In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

‘Tis the season for wrapping up (no pun intended) 2017 activities and planning for 2018. And the Extension web upgrade project is no exception.

See the latest blog posts on the project website for next steps and (if you missed it) screenshots from the demo shown at Extension Annual Conference.

Brand Update

Join the Slack (Internal) Communication Channel – There is growing interest among OSU Extension office managers in staying connected. The OSU web community has been using Slack for a while, and the OSU communicators network also uses it.

As a pilot, an #Extension channel within the OSU Comm Slack workspace was created and can be used to ask Extension-focused brand questions, discuss common marketing challenges, share examples of work, etc.

To sign up for the OSU Comm Slack workspace, create an account, then select all the channels you have an interest in, including #Extension. See you on Slack!

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • 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#
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

We’ll keep ConnEXTion, the online form, and the open line going in their current formats through the end of this calendar year, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Pace offers online trainings

Pace is offering the following trainings this winter, follow the links for more information:

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

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at

Spinning into Butter: A play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage

Spinning Into Butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today’s headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: 

In the news

Corvallis Multi-Cultural Literacy Center extends its tenancy in the Sunflower House!
“We are happy to share the news that the lease for CMLC has been extended so we will remain in the “Yellow House” until June 30, 2018.  The house is so meaningful to us and we are grateful to have six more months to enjoy being here and to allow for a smooth transition to our new space.” For more info about the center and it’s offerings visit them:

Annual Conference Photos

Awards photos and portraits, taken at this month’s Annual Conference, are now available for download.

Awards –

Portraits –

These sites are temporary (in order to keep our Web server running fast) and will remain online through March.

The original photos will remain in the EESC database (digital asset management system) for at least 5 years. Feel free to contact us for your photo needs.

What are you reading? 

Book: Great Work; How to Make a Difference People Love by David Sturt
This books is reveals practical skills for making good work GREAT! I was inspired by the many stories of great work shared from polaroid cameras to Dr. Seuss kicking Dick and Jane to the curb. The book also shares research on a worldwide study of great work. People who look to improve their work are 17.1 times more likely to feel passion for their work. – Mike Knutz

Book: Travels with Charley: In Search of America  by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s 1960s exploration of the United States is a relevant social review for today. He ponders social changes from technology, (the shift from telegrams to telephones) with the same wonder I feel about cell phone use. His tour of the South, during the Civil Rights era, results in a poetic deconstruction of prejudice. This discussion fueled my thoughts about equity, keeping me grounded at work. It’s a difficult time to serve underprivileged children, and the gentle wisdom that Steinbeck reveals is great salve –  Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

Oregon Sea Grant Produces Pumpout Training Video
Marina Dock Age
“The idea for the videos came about after hearing from boaters that they encountered some pumpouts that were out of order,” said Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension.

Controlling moss in your lawn starts with keeping grass healthy
Alec Kowalewski and Brooke Edmunds, horticulturists with Extension, developed a publication and video on Managing Moss in the Landscape in Western Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Designing with PowerPoint – If you missed the session at the Extension Annual Conference titled “Bye Bye Publisher: Using PowerPoint for Design,” or if you want to refresh your memory, University Marketing published a training video about this very topic. You can find the link here (the video is 56:44 minutes). You’ll see a demonstration on how to use the design tools in PowerPoint to create branded communication and marketing pieces for your programs. In the process, you’ll learn more about OSU brand elements.

Extension Annual Conference: Leadership Recap

Thank you to faculty and staff from throughout our organization who gathered from across the state to connect, learn, and share with colleagues at last week’s Extension Annual Conference. We appreciate your time and contributions. Your presence is what makes this conference successful.

Our leadership team can still feel the buzz from Tuesday morning’s Administrative Update session, where attendees worked in table groups to brainstorm ideas for Extension work of the future to address emerging trends.

And the winner (with 35 votes from colleagues) is:

Use augmented reality and gamification to teach emergency prep and response. It is difficult to train our brain to respond when we haven’t experienced the event.

Congrats to Jamie Davis, Lauren Grand, Patty Driscoll, Carolyn Ashton, John Baggot, Virginia Bodeau, Lena Hosking, and Lynette Black! Their table team receives paid registrations to the eXtension Designathon One event in Portland in February 2018.

Updates and resources
Members of leadership team also shared brief updates. Here’s a quick list of links to learn more about issues, initiatives, and projects mentioned:

Oh Snap! Get your Geofilter on!

Geofilters are a social media tool, mostly used with Snapchat, to enhance photos. The tool allows Snapchat users to place a graphic overlay on photos before sharing the photo with others. For example, if you are providing a Forestry workshop, you may have an OSU Extension logo geofilter available for participants to share their experience in the workshop. The filter is available to people who are “snapping” in a physical region set by the designer.

OSU Extension-themed geofilters are available to all counties and programs as part of a funded innovation pilot project. Contact Jamie Davis to request a geofilter design for specific programs, county fairs, or other events you are hosting.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • 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#
    • Note: Dec. 14 meeting cancelled due to team members’ availability. No call-in line this week.
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!

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

Call for Proposals: 2018 Engagement Scholarship Conference

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2018 conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. The conference will be held September 30 through October in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Proposals for presentations are due March 16, 2018. Detailed submission guidelines are on the conference web page.

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers, as well as presentations and panel discussions on best practices in transforming the nature of higher education though publicly-engaged scholarship, teaching, practices, and policies.

Photos, photos, photos!

There was much discussion at Annual Conference about the emphasis of visual content in our new Web presence, in our learning materials, and in our marketing materials. EESC’s searchable online Photo Archive was mentioned several times as a great resource for EESC-produced photos. All Extension and Experiment Station personnel have access to the Photo Archive and may use photos for OSU purposes with credit to the photographer. The site is password protected. If you don’t know the password, contact your office staff or Digital Asset Manager Karen Zimmermann.

Want to contribute?
We don’t yet have the capacity to add photos taken by other Extension personnel, but are working with other departments on campus on a University-wide Digital Asset Management system that will allow sharing across the University. Stay tuned.

New site for type-ready photos
If you can’t find photos you need, there are plenty of free and low-cost places to search. Now that our brand identity prescribes putting type over photos, there’s a new, free site that might be helpful:

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the News

Why your Christmas tree costs more — again
LA times
Growers in Oregon and North Carolina, which supply most of the nation’s Christmas trees, were betting on an increase in demand shortly before the recession hit in 2007. Sales tanked, causing a severe oversupply of trees. That resulted in sharply lower tree plantings, said Chal Landgren, a professor at Oregon State University Extension Service and a Christmas tree specialist.

New outdoor school funding program has high participation in first year
Corvallis Gazette Times
Kristopher Elliott, who administers the distribution of these funds for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the goal of extension service staff was to have a 45 percent participation level this year.

In this week’s issue:

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

Communication Across Barriers Workshop: Poverty, Race, and Consciousness with Dr. Shariff Abdullah and Dr. Donna M. Beegle. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m. at the Unity of Portland 4525 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215. For more information and to register, click here.

Opening Space for the Radical Imagination: This FREE workshop will take place on OSU’s Corvallis campus, April 6-8, 2018. For more information visit:

In the News

OSU prof: Social policies kept child poverty from rising during recession (KTVZ)
Social policies enacted in the United States during the Great Recession appear to have kept child poverty rates stable during a critical period when such programs were most needed because of a struggling economy, an Oregon State University researcher has found in a new study.

You can now help the homeless in Portland just by picking up a bag of coffee (Willamette Week)
The idea was hatched by a team of graphic design interns at Oregon State University, with the help of local ad and branding agencies Ideaville and Marigold and New Seasons quickly signed on when asked.

OSU building names (Think Out Loud)
Oregon State University president Ed Ray announced this week that the school will be renaming three of its buildings after concerns were raised about the values and views of the men they were named after. We talk to OSU historian Stacey Smith, who headed the historical building research team, and Steve Clark, who chaired the architectural building renaming committee, about what went into the decision and how these kinds of controversies will be handled in the future.

The impact of food safety

Foodborne Illness is expensive and dangerous. Glenda Hyde uses this article, High Cost of Foodborne Illness to illustrate the importance of the work Extension does. We are making a difference!

Extension in the News

Comice to Cabernet

The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) has planted a new trial vineyard, the fourth such site established by the agricultural experiment station since the 1950s and the third in its present West Medford location.

Hermiston Farm Fair highlights latest research, trends
Capital Press
Heading into its second year at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, the Hermiston Farm Fair continues to add new lectures and seminars highlighting previously overlooked aspects of Columbia Basin agriculture.

A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year
Mike Omeg receives Grower of the Year honor.