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 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 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

“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: Please contact Erica Mercier at 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

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.

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