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 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 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:

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

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.

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