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:


  • 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.


  • 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 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 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
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.

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