In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recap

The recording of the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly conversation is now available. Here is a quick summary:

Leadership update: Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley

  • State and federal legislative outlook, current activities
  • Gratitude for the work of our employees, volunteers, and programs that make OSU Extension a responsive organization
  • Our evolving regional administrative structure—guiding principles, values, context for decisions about the new 6-region map, current status of discussions about the role of a local leader/county point of contact position, reminder of opportunities to learn more, and Q&A

UABC Meet and Greet: Meet colleagues from the University Administrative Business Center, and learn what services and support they provide for our organization.

Outdoor School update – Kris Elliott

  • Talking points OSU Extension employees can share
  • Reminder of ways to connect: stakeholder listserv and social media
  • Status updates on Year 1 process and funding, and goals going forward
  • For more information: Outdoor School webpage

New OSU Extension Intranet – Jennifer Alexander

  • Our internal content/employee resources are live on a new website
  • In the future, after our new external website is launched and running smoothly, we can focus on additions and improvements to our internal hub
  • To share needs, ideas, or requests for an engaging “intranet” site, please contact the project team.

Save the date for the next Quarterly Conversation: February 16, 2018.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization. We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • Leadership update at Extension Annual Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute! The ConnEXTions newsletter is currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

Marketing Update

Share your county’s marketing successes with your peers at the Extension Annual Conference. Bring (or email Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) one or two examples of what you consider to be your best work with a brief explanation of how the marketing approach/tool was used and its outcome.

Branding Update

A Design Studio will be offered by Erik Simmons (EESC), Mark Farley (Sea Grant), and University Marketing designers at the Extension Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to receive face-to-face design feedback on the marketing tools you’re currently working on or want to update. You’ll get the help you need to make your piece more visually appealing. The drop-in Design Studio will take place Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Alumni Center.

Volunteers needed for Oregon Science Fairs

Here is information on judging at Oregon Science Fairs. When registering to judge you can select up to three categories about which you feel confident. Judges are needed for all our Northwest Science Expo Fairs. Each fair is a one day commitment, please register for as many as fit your schedule.

For 2018 the Intel Northwest Science Expo will combine middle and high school once again. It will be Friday April 13, 2018, set-up will be available the evening before. It will be held in the new Viking Pavilion at Portland State University. Here is the link to Regional Fairs is available online now if you can help.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

An Exploration of the Self (Identity)-Related Motivations Model and Museums: Featuring John H. Falk (OSU) and Judy Koke (Art Gallery Ontario). This hour and a half seminar/workshop is designed as an examination of John Falk’s evolving Self (Identity)-Related Motivations model and its application to understanding and supporting visitors to free-choice learning settings like museums. Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., in Furman 404.  RSVP here: Victoria Bonebrake

Immigrant Stories Exhibit at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center: Visit this wonderful exhibit featuring immigrant and international visitor stories and art. This FREE exhibit runs until December 7th. Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. More info: http://www.cmlcenter.org/

Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

In the News

OSU will rename three campus buildings (KTVZ)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday his decision to rename three buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus while retaining the names of two other buildings. (see also Gazette-Times, Inside Higher EdKVAL)

What are you reading?

Book: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Inspirational non-fiction highlighting how one person’s pursuit of truth thru good science in the face of arrogance and classist thinking created a watershed moment in global health and sanitation practices.

It’s geeky (and so am I), but it’s an awesome (true) story. Can’t imagine where we would be today if he hadn’t stuck to his guns. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the News

A portrait of Central Oregon small farms and ranches
Bend Bulletin
A handful of ranches and small farms in Central Oregon sold $1.5 million worth of meat and produce in 2014, according to a recent study by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Prepare your garden for winter
KXLY Spokane
A perennial question is whether to cut down plants now or in spring. The answer is not clear cut, said Jeff Choate, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. When it comes to vegetable gardens, everything should come out. Annuals, too, can be uprooted. With perennials, it depends.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

Update (10:45 a.m., Nov. 21): The recording of the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly conversation is now available.

We received the recording link immediately after ConnEXTions was distributed this morning. We’ve updated this post to include the link. Because some employees may have already read ConnEXTions this week and won’t see this update, we will repeat the link and provide a quick text recap in next week’s ConnEXTions.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization. We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

    • 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#
    • Leadership update at Extension Annual Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 4
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly!

Marketing Update

Marketing is an important tool to increase awareness of Extension programming. Share your county’s marketing successes with your peers at the Extension Annual Conference. Bring (or email Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) one or two examples of what you consider to be your best work with a brief explanation of how the marketing approach/tool was used and its outcome.

Branding Update

A Design Studio will be offered by Erik Simmons (EESC), Mark Farley (Sea Grant), and University Marketing designers at the Extension Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to receive face-to-face design feedback on the marketing tools you’re currently working on. You’ll get the help you need to make your piece more visually appealing. The drop-in Design Studio will take place Wednesday afternoon 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events and resources

TODAY! How Gritty Are You? Join the OSU Institutional Reps from Oregon Women in Higher Ed (OWHE) for a brown bag lunch and lively discussion following the screening of Angela Duckworth’s TED talk on Grit: The power of passion and perseverance. Tuesday, Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m. (screening begins at 12:10 p.m.). Willamette Room, Valley Library. Questions? Contact olivia.heath@oregonstate.edu

“Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists:” An exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery (210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis, OR) Nov. 12 through Dec. 8. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteers needed for Winter 2018 International Student Orientation, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5.  This is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world, practice your intercultural communication and gain valuable leadership skills and experience. There will be half day Volunteer Training on Thursday, Dec. 28. Use the link to sign up: https://tinyurl.com/y83b55fx Please contact Erica Mercier at Erica.mercier@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

In the News

Oregon State sees increase in diversity among students (KVAL)
OSU’s enrollment numbers for Fall 2017 indicate a 10% increase over the last decade for students from different ethnic and racial backgrounds.

The truth about trailer parks (Top of Mind BYU Radio)
An interview with OSU’s Kate MacTavish.

Echoes of the Klan (Portland Mercury)
“The guy who spread the virus to the Beaver State was named Luther Powell,” says Finn John, an Oregon State University instructor and author of Wicked Portland.

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?

Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design – Scott Reed
Great insights on creative leadership.

Extension in the News

By Extension: Do not wash the turkey! And other helpful tips for turkey day
Tillamook County Pioneer
During Thanksgiving, protect your family from start to finish with these five tips from Oregon State University Extension Service Family & Community Health Food Preservation & Safety program.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

There will be a host of informational and hands-on sessions with an Extension sub-brand and marketing focus at Extension Annual Conference, beginning on December 4. These include how to create better design layouts and better headlines, how to talk about the value of Extension to different audiences, using grassroots videos to increase your presence and share your expertise, several social media sessions, how to use the OSU and Extension logos, and much more, including a more comprehensive look at the Extension sub-brand. A design clinic also will be offered where you will receive immediate feedback on your marketing and educational materials. Be sure to register for the conference!

Leadership update: Weekly 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.

To date, we’ve had fewer than 10 questions and comments from the online form, and one caller on the weekly open line. We’ll keep these channels open through the end of this calendar year, and then decide whether to continue.

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • 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 this Friday, November 17)

Regional structure and operations: What’s next

  • At their November 14 meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing scenarios for consideration for regional staffing plans and the county leader position.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details and new developments on the process and timeline, as possible.

New Intranet Website

Our new internal/employee resources website will launch this week, likely on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Employee Resources link on the Extension website will be updated to point to the new location. The new address will be https://employee.extension.oregonstate.edu

Read more on the Extension website project blog, and tune in to the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation for a short demo of our new intranet site.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events and resources

FREE CeCe Film Screening: Join the Pride Center for a screening of the documentary Free CeCe followed by a discussion about the prison industrial complex. This documentary pushes past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe McDonald and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Centro Cultural César Chávez. View the film trailer and event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9161.

Wednesday International Women’s Conversation Hour: A meeting space for international women students at OSU to connect and build community. This is a space intended for talking about different aspects of your experience as an international woman studying at OSU. This also includes seeking support around your experience of adjusting to the US, and with social justice and multicultural issues. One objective for offering this event is creating a platform for womens’ voices, and starting a dialogue about womens’ experiences studying abroad. Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., ILLC 349.

In the News

Because diversity matters (LIFE@OSU)
Eight undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 19-21. Thanks to generous alumni and friends, the College of Science was able to support these students on their travels and participation at SACNAS.

For minorities in science, building community matters (UnDark)
“It was really overwhelming,” recalls Delia Shelton, a postdoctoral fellow in biology at Oregon State University who was among the first Turner awardees back in 2005. Turner fellows assembled for professional development talks about meeting etiquette. They also received advice on giving poster presentations, and learned more about how to get involved in the Animal Behavioral Society, apply to graduate school, and locate funding. But the most special thing to Shelton was being paired with a mentor.

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?

Extension in the news

Onion growers benefit from research related to produce rule
Capital Press
Researchers at OSU’s Malheur County experiment station conducted several trials over the past four years that collectively showed onions are not at risk of being contaminated by irrigation water containing large amounts of bacteria.

In this week’s issue:

Brand Updates

Telling a compelling, concise and consistent story about OSU Extension is challenging. The Extension Style Guide has tools to help us target our messages to different audiences. Look on page 20 of the Style Guide to see how the Extension message is transformed for each distinct audience. Visit this page as you prepare to write a presentation, letter, or marketing materials. It may provide just the inspiration you need.

Our greatest value to:

  • Producers is accessible knowledge and service;
  • Stewards is a partnership with shared values and purpose;
  • Advocates is the positive effect we can create together;
  • Learners is the breadth and expertise of our diverse network; and
  • Internal is our direct connection to Oregon communities.

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.

We had one participant on the Nov. 2 open phone line! Thank you!

Our caller wondered about the legislative outlook for the upcoming short session and next biennium. A reminder that you can follow the OSU Government Relations Blog for periodic updates, and contact their office to receive these periodic updates directly via email.

A hot topic continues to be the evolution our regional structure and operations. Here’s a recap of what’s happening now, and what’s next:

Now:

  • The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, and the staffing and implementation plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate.
  • There’s no one-size-fits all approach, so we are working with individuals, counties, and others as needed to plan for each region.
  • The West Central Regional Director position search is in progress. Please encourage qualified candidates to apply by Nov. 17.

Next:

  • At their November meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative will be discussing and developing scenarios for consideration for regional staffing plans and the county leader position.
  • Please plan to join the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement quarterly conversation, where we will share additional details and new developments on the process and timeline, as possible.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events and resources

Portland Latin American Film Festival: November screenings will feature films from Venezuela and Cuba. Visit the festival website for more information on films and to buy tickets.

Religious Liberty as Discrimination? Flash Panel – Four panelists will bring areas of expertise in gender, history, culture, and ethics to bear on the question of the scope of religious freedom and its potentially discriminatory applications. Thursday, Nov. 9, 4 p.m. MU: La Raza Room, 208. NOTE: This may be streamed or recorded for later viewing – email Analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu for more information. 

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, through the stories of the people who lived and worked in the camp. The display can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library and will be up through Jan. 5, 2018. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives

Search Advocate Community of Practice meetings: The December 8 meeting will feature special guest speakers, Linda Herrera and Kylen Stevens from Chemeketa Community College, who will share strategies they are using with search committees as they move forward with implementation of their own search advocate program.

In the News
Judge blocks transgender military ban
A federal judge has blocked the enforcement of key provisions of President Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Local governments consider outsourcing tasks (Jefferson Public Radio)
Bruce Sorte from the Rural Studies Program at Oregon State University studies policy options that face smaller governments.

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?

  • Book: Lab Girl. I just finished this memoir by Hope Jahren. I learned that trees attacked by tent caterpillars emit a chemical signal that can trigger trees miles away to produce caterpillar poisons in their leaves. Way cool. Also, the book is a strong reminder that you have to be a special kind of crazy to succeed in academia. – Wendy Hein

Extension in the News

Oregon State recruits citizen season trackers
Daily Astoria
Oregon State University Extension Service is providing citizen scientists a chance to help track the change of the seasons.

EXTENSION: Have nutritionists gotten it wrong on fats and carbs?
Tillamook County Pioneer
Jessica Linnell, PhD, Assistant Professor (Practice), Family & Community Health, OSU Extension shares findings from new nutrition study.

Climate change difficult to link to western Cascades wildfires
NRToday.com
Daniel Leavell, an Oregon State University extension agent of forestry and fire science, said ingredients are in place for worse fire behavior on this side of the state.