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.

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