In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

Halloween spending is reaching record levels . . . so we know people embrace the orange and black color scheme. It just so happens that Beaver Orange (CMYK 0-79-100-0 and RGB 220-68-5) and Paddletail Black (CMYK 0-0-0-100 and RGB 0-0-0) are the dominant colors – along with white – in the OSU brand color palette. Own the orange! There is also a land, sea, sun and space grant-based secondary color palette. You’ll find brand colors on pages 24-26 in the Extension Style Guide or on the OSU brand guide website

Leadership update: Weekly Q&A recap

As you know, we are test-driving several new communication channels in an ongoing effort to ensure direct, responsive, and transparent communication throughout our organization.

Though we had no participants on the first open phone line, we are receiving a few questions from the online form, as well as individual and small-group conversations. We’ll plan to provide a quick summary in each week’s ConnEXTion to recap what we are hearing, and sharing.

Remember, here are some of the ways to stay connected:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17
  • You are always welcome to contact members of our leadership team directly.

Operations and regional updates

When will the six new regions go into effect?

  • While the map is set, the staffing and implementation plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Here’s what is in effect now, and what is coming next.
  • The Coast Region is in place, and Dr. Wiley Thompson began serving as Regional Director on Oct. 30.
  • The West Central Regional Director position search is in progress.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details or new developments, as possible.

The Regional Administrator role is changing to Regional Director. Will the County Leader job change, too?

  • County points of contact remain vital in our organization.
  • There are no changes now to the county leader role.
  • At their November meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing potential scenarios for consideration about the future of the county leader position.

Outdoor School

Many Oregon School Districts and Education Service Districts have completed Master Agreements and are submitting funding applications for the 2017-18 school year, which are due Nov. 14. Extension faculty and staff are important community connections, and you may receive questions from parents, schools, and others. If you do, it will be helpful for you to reiterate that the Year 1 application process is designed to be as simple and easy as possible, refer people to the Outdoor School webpage, and encourage them to contact us directly (

OSU Extension Web Project Update

Status updates, content team updates, and additional FAQs have been posted to the project website. On the project website, you can also enter your email address to receive notification of new blog posts directly.

Program Leader Sam Angima is hosting a webinar for the Ag & Natural Resources Extension Program on Nov. 3 to review the overall strategy, website content process, and expectations for working groups. Jennifer Alexander and Lucas Turpin, from the project team, will join to help answer questions. Refer to emails and calendar invitation from Sam for additional details.

We expect to launch the new internal/employee resources website the week of Nov. 13.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events and resources

Trick or Treat for UNICEF: Tonight Crescent Valley and Corvallis and High School students will be going door to door to raise money for The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Follow this link to find out if they will visit your neighborhood.

Uprooted: Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during World War II: The Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view the traveling exhibit “Uprooted” which showcases the history of the Japanese American farm labor camp near Nyssa, Oregon. The display can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library and will be up through Jan. 5, 2018.

OSU Africa Initiative: Larry Becker, Professor, Geography, OSU, will present Whose Rice and for What? African Rice (Oryza glaberrima) Contradictions. Notes from the Field (2016) in Côte d’Ivoire, on November 2, noon, at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Contact: Larry Becker, Co-Coordinator, OSU Africa Initiative, 541-737-9504.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center celebrates 12 years in the Sunflower House with an event on Saturday, December 16, 10am – 4pm. Visit their website for more information about events, fundraisers, volunteer opportunies and upcoming, FREE community exhibits.

Taste of the ‘Chives-A Showcase of Global Flavors: Sample the many flavors brought to campus by international student clubs! This annual public tasting of archived recipes will showcase dishes such as caldo verde, lemon rice, aloo gobi, and others originally featured at cultural celebrations. The event is October 31, noon to 1 p.m, Valley Library- 3rd floor Willamette Rooms.

OABE Winter Institute:Empowering and Sustaining Multicultural and Multilingual Communities. January 12 & 13 at Lewis & Clark College. For more information and to register visit

In the News

Portland prison inmates complain about greasy dishes
Glenda Hyde, a food preservation and food safety expert with the Oregon State University Extension Service, said she’s surprised to hear such a large institution washes dishes by hand given the efficiency of modern dishwashing machines.

How mobile homes hinder the American Dream
City Lab
These homes, whether single or double wide, provide low-cost housing for 20 million Americans. Katherine MacTavish, a professor at Oregon State University is the co-author of the recent book Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park.

Oregon legislators reflect growing Latino influence
Statesman Journal
Latino candidates are a “demographic inevitability,” said Ron Mize, associate professor of language, culture and society at Oregon State University.

NEAFCS Award Winners

Shana Withee (4-H/FCH Harney County), Communication Photography Award, 1st place Western Region Winner

Tonya Johnson (FCH Marion County) and Jessica Ramey, Communications Radio/Podcast Program Award, 2nd Place Western Region Winner

Glenda Hyde was thanked for her service on the NEAFCS Board as Vice President of Public Affairs, (National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences).

All of these were awarded at the NEAFCS National Conference in Omaha, NE Oct 16-19.

What are you reading?

We are experimenting with a new weekly feature in ConnEXTions. Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Here are a couple to kick us off:

  • Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. I read this as part of my LEAD21 program. It’s a quick read, and the biggest takeaway for me was the concept of prioritizing the team you are on over the team you lead. – Jennifer Alexander
  • Book: The Originals. I led a discussion group on this book for the last LDPE cohort, and it sparked some interesting conversation. I know some of you picked up this book at last spring’s Innovate event. – Scott Reed

Extension in the News

Managing manure, mud a challenge for livestock owners
Capital Press
Whether it is for commercial or comfort reasons, Oregon State University Extension specialists stressed during a recent workshop that management of mud and manure is important for animals.

GMOs–solution to hunger or against our values?
Tillamook County Pioneer
Troy Downing asks some tough questions: How does the planet have the food and water to support this many people? How have we been able to feed so many to this point? No matter how you look at it, modern agriculture has a serious challenge trying to balance input resources like land, water, and labor and the demands of feeding 7.5 billion people today, and 11.2 billion people by the end of the century.

Searching for water efficiency in farming
La Grande Observer
Dr. Wang is dedicated to utilizing his geographic-specific research at the Union Research Station to help farmers and ranchers in Eastern Oregon grow cattle feed crops in a customized way that maximizes returns.

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