In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

See the January 26 project blog post for a brief project update and shout-outs and tips for our hard-working content teams. We’ve also posted a few new links to the Learn with us page, including links to sites that have a similar strategy.

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Marketing Tools

Extension Fast Facts, a one page marketing tool, is now available in OSU Box (the same Box as logos and letterhead). Look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.

You’ll find the PDF in the Marketing Tools folder. This is the first rebranded Extension marketing tool available for everyone, but more will follow! It is a print on demand, two-sided document with facts on the front and the map of OSU locations on the back.

SP4.0: Your input welcome

Development of OSU’s fourth strategic plan under President Ray’s leadership, referred to as SP4.0, is now underway. The SP4.0 website provides information on the process, timeline, and ways to provide input.

Progress update: Regional Director positions

West Central Region:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the interview process and provided input.
  • The search committee met to debrief and review submitted feedback on Friday, January 19, 2018.
  • Reference checking is in process.

East Region

  • Regional Director search is in progress. The posting closes February 18, 2018.
  • The region assigned will be East Oregon which will cover Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.

Protect yourself! Protect OSU! Do “Duo”!

A reminder that OSU has a new two-step authentication service, called Duo, to prevent unauthorized access to your OSU account. In addition to protecting your account, after you enroll in Duo and complete an ONID password change, your password will no longer expire!

You can learn more about Duo and enroll at http://duo.oregonstate.edu

Communication includes U!

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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: No open line this week due to the State of the University Address in Portland.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

Upcoming Webinars in February

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/ryv4wr91ohj4/

Using the Photoshop Healing Brush & Cloning Stamp to Improve Photos
Find out how to use the healing brush and clone stamp in Photoshop to fix photographs and remove unwanted artifacts and objects.
Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/rqvqhg4q7h1s/

Search engine change for Extension websites

The contract for the search engine used by all of the Extension family of websites is expiring at the end of the month. This is 3 months sooner than anticipated and requires us to switch search engines before Jan 31.

What is going to happen
The EESC web team will be updating all of the Extension websites to use a different search engine next week. The change doesn’t require any down time and will be transparent to users.

What will be different
The current search engine searches all of the Extension websites with an option to search just the current website. We won’t have the ability to search all of Extension after the change. This isn’t a perfect solution but it is a temporary one until the new Extension website is launched. We anticipate the new Extension website will launch sometime in March. For more information about the new website visit our project blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/

Please direct any questions or concerns to extwebsupport@oregonstate.edu or call Bryan at 541-737-0813

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring Term 2018 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg at karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu.

Collegiate Recovery Community Open House: Interested in living orange, black and sober while at OSU? The Collegiate Recovery Community offers students a traditional college experience in a recovery-first community. Open Houses will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and March 2 at Dixon Lodge. More information is available by emailing recovery@oregonstate.edu.

China Night 2018: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at OSU from 5-9 p.m., Feb. 11, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Dinner (Chinese food) is served between 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for OSU student and kids 2-10. $8 for General and Faculty. Tickets are sold at the front desk of Student Experience Center. Online Tickets: www.universe.com/events/china-night-tickets-corvallis-ZCV503

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is Dominique Christina. The conference includes breakout sessions and workshops with national presenters. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register at https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or all (541) 737-9030

International Women’s Group: You’re invited to join the International Women’s Conversation Hour, and explore topics related to studying and living in the US as an international woman student. Tuesdays 5 to 6 p.m. (except Feb 20). Starting Week 3. MU Talisman Room

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training:  This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

In the News

MLK award-winners announced (LIFE@OSU)
During the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast at Oregon State University, three OSU community members were honored for their service and commitment to social justice.

Oregon State athletes launch mental health initiative to help students with depression (USA Today)
Oregon State men’s soccer player Nathan Braaten heard about the Tyler Hilinski news, and his heart dropped.

Athletes’ mental health (Think Out Loud)
After a high profile death by suicide of a Washington State University quarterback, we discuss the larger questions of how much access college athletes have to mental health resources. Our guests are Dr. Brian Hainline, the chief medical officer for the National College Athletic Association, former Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and Oregon State University Sports Psychologist Dr. Fernando Frias.

Engaging youth with disabilities: OSU’s physical IMPACT (Corvallis Advocate)
Each Friday afternoon during the school year, Oregon State University students host a truly impactful physical activity outreach program for special needs children. The IMPACTprogram, which stands for Individualized Movement and Physical Activities for Children Today, focuses on creating a supportive environment for improving motor skills fitness in children with disabilities aged 6 months to 21 years.

Strengthening Campus-Community Collaboration: Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis (National Center for Safe, Supportive Learning Environments)
Oregon State and the city of Corvallis have created a strategy to mitigate these negative effects and to engage in campus-community collaboration. Campus-community collaboration is a well-regarded strategy to promote safe, healthy, and conducive learning environments.

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

Scientists, Morrow County wheat farmers talk shop
East Oregonian
The meeting was part of “Shop Talk,” a recent effort by the OSU Extension Service to meet with farmers to discuss how their research efforts align with practical application.

Organic Blueberry Study at OSU Pt 3
AgInfo.net
Organic blueberry growers can now get similar yields and returns as conventional growers thanks to a 10-year study at Oregon State University.

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School: How you can help

We know that OSU Extension employees, as engaged members of your communities, are often the “go to” for questions about, well, just about everything!

A quick reminder: If you receive questions from schools or districts in your communities about Outdoor School, please encourage them to contact us directly. We aim to return all messages within 24 hours, and often return them the same business day.

You can also help by sharing the link to our webpage, which provides the most current information about the funding process and timeline, and other aspects of the program.

Extension Web Update

The recording of our January 18 webinar for office managers and county leaders is available. See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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: No open line on Feb. 1 (State of the University address in Portland) and Feb. 15 (exec meeting cancelled)
    • Cancellations or changes to connection info will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • 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.

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for “Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship,” facilitated by Susan Rowe and Shawn Rowe. Register here. The TEXTtalks is January 31, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in MU 206. Session Description: What does it mean to be an “engaged scholar” at an “engaged university”? Is it simply marketing? Is it simply outreach? Or is there really something else to it? In this interactive Text Talk, presenters will explore seminal ideas about engaged scholarship and discuss the implication the term holds for the university today. Come help us brainstorm the role of university engagement in creating democratic civil society. Facilitators ask that participants read The Scholarship of Engagement by Ernest L. Boyer prior to the presentation.

Brand Update and Tips

Elevator speeches – Concise descriptions of OSU Extension (who we are and what we do) are available on page 21 of the Extension Style Guide. From 140 characters to 10- and 30-second elevator speeches, they will be helpful when introducing yourself to anyone unfamiliar with the work of OSU Extension, when composing an email, and as an introductory presentation slide.

 

 

 

OSU institutional logos – The OSU logo always should appear on the front of everything we create for external use (companion logos, e.g., the OSU Extension Service logo, appear on the back page or not at all). For easier access to the OSU logo, all versions are now available to download from OSU Box along with all other Outreach and Engagement, Extension and AES logos. You’ll find OSU logos in the “Primary Logo” folder. To see all the vertical and horizontal options for the OSU logo, click on the folder titled “EPS Spot for printing and Adobe Creative Suite” and look for the Art Sheet PDF. Before using any logo, please refer to the guidelines for logo use. If you have questions about logo use, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2018

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • Results from the November 2017 Funding Cycle

During the November funding cycle, faculty and staff  were awarded $5,221 through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The 56 individuals receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

  • Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffles

A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffles held at Extension Annual Conference. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn from a “raffle bucket”.

  • Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, a total of $2,000 was generated for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Bucket Raffle ticket sales generated $1,000 which was deposited in the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Starting with the 2017 Extension Annual Conference a $10 tour participation fee was assessed.  The funds generated through collection of these fees were transferred to the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. From the 2017 Extension Conference, $920 was generated related in tour participation fees.  A special Thank You to all involved!!

  • “Growing the Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights

Special Announcements

Do you know all the services that you can access from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access? Contact them about accommodations, complaints, questions and more! They have resources (AND A BUDGET!) to support your county and program to be accessible to ALL populations!

What is the latest news on DACA? Catch up by clicking on the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

Call for nominations for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award
Nomination are due by March 17, 2018. For more information and eligibility criteria visit: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/diversity/events-and-initiatives/outstanding-diversity-advocate-award

Events & Resources

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Suicide is preventable and depression is treatable – you can help save a life. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from 12 to 1:30pm. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

Welcome to the Poverty, Race, and Consciousness Institute!
Understand the intersection of race and class, subconscious bias and its influence on breaking barriers, and learn practical strategies to eliminate racism and poverty. The workshop will take place January 31 at Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, OR, 97215 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. If you have any questions, email Communication Across Barriers atethan@combarriers.com or call (503) 590-4599.

Help raise money for Women in Science! The Sigma Delta Omega sorority for Women in Science is selling bags of chocolate covered coffee beans for $5/each. Stop by and See Megan Zaiger in Ballard Hall, Room 102 for more information. Supplies are limited!

In the News

‘The struggle continues’ (Gazette-Times)
Fiery speeches. Calls for social justice. A peace march through campus. Anyone attending Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances on Monday might be forgiven for thinking the year was 1968, not 2018.

OSU students celebrate MLK Jr. Day of Service by painting new Arc Thrift Store (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University students and staff participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday by painting the walls at the new Arc Thrift Store in Philomath.

OSU engineering school honored for gender diversity efforts (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering has won a 2017 Women in Build Award.

OSU student athletes launch campaign #DamWorthIt to talk mental health, suicide (KPTV)
Two student athletes at Oregon State University, gymnast Taylor Ricci and soccer player Nathan Braaten, started a campaign called #DamWorthIt. After the death of two fellow athletes to suicide, the duo wanted to do something so they began the campaign.

#DamWorthIt mental health awareness campaign launches (OSU Beavers)
OSU student-athletes aspire to bring awareness to the mental health crises in collegiate athletics and society with the #DamWorthIt Campaign.

Racial issues churn in ‘Spinning Into Butter’ play (Gazette-Times)
Although the play “Spinning Into Butter” was written in 1999, its theme of racism couldn’t be more timely today, says the director of a production that will be staged three times this weekend at Oregon State University.

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

Oregon commercial Dungeness crab fishing on hold again amid negotiations
Katu.com
Kaety Jacobson, marine fisheries extension agent with the Oregon Sea Grant program, says these negotiations are not uncommon.

‘Great for everybody’: Border economics board members ready for planning
The Argus Observer
Oregon State University extension agent Stuart Reitz, who will serve through the year on the board, said it’s an honor to have been selected.

In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • 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.

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sarc.

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: http://www.anarresproject.org/deadline-extended-for-the-radical-imagination-conference/ Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions, contactMDE@oregonstate.edu

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

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

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Regional Director Candidates

Note: This week’s open phone line with O&E Executive Team (Jan. 11, 2 p.m.) is cancelled due to West Central Regional Director candidate interviews.

Please join the OSU Extension Service as we welcome candidates for the West Central Regional Director position. As your schedule allows, please engage in the presentations and meet & greets, listed below, and provide your feedback. Note the various locations. Presentation recordings will be provided for those who can’t watch live or attend in-person.

OSU Campus Presentations: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Darin Paine
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu 
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Jarrod Hogue
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

Linn County Extension Office: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Tryna Luton
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 John Punches
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Tryna Luton
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  John Punches
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)
     

OSU Campus Presentations: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Tryna Luton
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     John Punches
    Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

 Lane County Extension Office: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Darin Paine
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Jarrod Hogue
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Darin Paine
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Jarrod Hogue
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)

Web Upgrade Project Update

The recording of the Jan. 3, 2018 content planning kickoff webinar for Ag & Natural Resources Extension work groups is now available. A second webinar opportunity (same information) is available on Jan. 11, 9 a.m (WebEx link). This information is also posted on the content teams page for reference.

Impact Reporting: How is it Used?

The EESC team uses Digital Measures as a source (though not the sole source) of raw material for impact statements posted on our Bridges to Prosperity website. When appropriate, these impact statements are also pitched to national partners – USDA-NIFA, Ag is America, Land-Grant Impacts, and others – for inclusion in their databases, communications and social media.

Ann Murphy uses Digital Measures impact statements as a source of ideas for O&E blog posts.

We also turn to Bridges and Digital Measures when we need to compile information for legislative communications, OSU executive communications, and other such leadership needs.

Designathon One Registration Open

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

What happens at Designathon One?

  • Trained facilitators will use custom tools (like the Adobe Kickbox Innovation Kit which has gained attention from Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and more) to guide a process for ideation and lean experimentation.
  • This process encourages testing ideas and iteration for rapid prototyping.
  • The result is Extension programs that are designed to make a difference.

See the promo video, and learn more.

Taking Food Safety Nationwide

Thanks to the creative minds of Jeanne Brandt and Glenda Hyde, OSU Extension’s food-safety efforts got national exposure with an infographic on safe giving of home-prepared foods. Here it is on Ag is America’s website. Ag is America (a national campaign that showcases land-grant universities’ research, news, and impact) also posted it to their Twitter and Facebook pages. Here it is on our own Twitter feed (Dec. 28th post).

How it happened: Ag is America got hold of EESC early in December and asked for some clever, informative content on a holiday theme. EESC recruited Jeanne and Glenda, who eagerly stepped forward. Kudos to them! We threw around some ideas, and Ag is America provided graphics.

Result: A catchy, effective message that helps get OSU Extension in front of a national audience.

We thought the story was worth sharing because it was an opportunity to work with a key national partner to spread our good information in a mostly visual way—something we’re trying to do more of.

We hope this example will help you “think visual” about your own programs and activities. If you have ideas or questions about visual communication (or any kind of communication), please get in touch with us at EESC. We’re always up for a conversation.

Annual Conference Photos

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

Awards – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217awards/

Portraits – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217portraits/

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.

Brand-related Tips – Fonts

Brand font families are loaded on all Extension field faculty computers. Look for Stratum (for headlines and subheads), Rufina Stencil (for headlines and subheads) and Kievit Office (for all body text). On-campus faculty and staff need to request the licensed brand fonts from University Relations and Marketing.

Recommended fonts for general business correspondence are universally available systems fonts: Cambria or Georgia (serif fonts), or Verdana or Calibri (san serif fonts).

The numbers in the Rufina Stencil branded font family behave differently than numbers in the other recommended fonts: it defaults to using hanging numerals (some of the numbers appear to drop below the line). Our brand calls for using full-height numerals. Don’t worry. It’s easy to set a default for the numbers to appear correctly! Find the secret for Microsoft Word and InDesign here. Unfortunately, Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t allow for changing numbers to full height. If numbers are used prominently in your presentation or design, use Stratum or Kievit Office branded font families instead.

To learn more about OSU’s typography guidelines, start here.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

OSU College of Engineering to present “Spinning into Butter” in January (Democrat-Herald)
The Oregon State University College of Engineering is sponsoring “Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman and produced by Bag&Baggage Productions. 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: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community  

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

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 hamsn@oregonstate.edu

In the news

Eating better on a budget (KLCC)
Julia also plans her meals a week ahead. Mary Cluskey of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Services says that’s key.

OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (The Skanner)
The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan.13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

Extension in the news

By Extension: 30 year Extension career experiences – canning alligator and many changes
Tillamook County Pioneer
A look at the career of Nancy Kershaw in Tillamook County.

Season’s smaller Bings highlight need for better crop load management tools
Good Fruit Grower
Lynn Long, Extension horticulturist from Wasco County gives advice on increasing cherry size.

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Update

Open line recap
We welcomed two callers on the Dec. 21 open phone line and enjoyed the opportunity for Q&A to clarify the current status, process, and future options for the county leader position. We also had a productive dialogue about workplace culture. Two themes that emerged were:

  • The importance of local leadership in determining and supporting workplace and office culture
  • The value of being able to bring your whole self to work, including showing (and remembering) that leaders and administrators are humans, too!

Mission and values at a glance?
A recent submission from our online form asked if it would be possible to have a small, nicely designed card or flyer with the OSU Extension mission and values, suitable for posting near a desk or workstation. Thank you for the suggestion! We will do this, and announce in ConnEXTions when it is available.

In the meantime, remember that posters, brochures, and wallet cards for the Outreach & Engagement strategic plan are available.

Ideate! Innovate!
We enjoyed the opportunity to ideate together with an interactive activity at Extension Annual Conference. With eXtension, we are hosting one of ten Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. See the promo video, and learn more. Watch for emails from eXtension with registration details.

Impact Reporting

Impact. It’s a word that best describes the purpose of OSU Extension Service and its role in improving the lives of Oregon residents. Each year at this time, Extension faculty report their impact on the communities they serve through statements entered into Digital Measures.

Fortunately, there are resources for Extension faculty to refer to when they are writing their impact statements. Here are four:

Next week, we’ll share what happens to those impact statements after you’ve written and entered them into Digital Measures.

PROF Process Update

A Periodic Review of Faculty (PROF) task force has worked to improve the performance review process for all Extension field faculty.  OSU Extension Service will adopt the Digital Measures’ Workflow function and adapt it to conduct the 2017 performance evaluation for all field-based professorial/ranked faculty: tenured/annual tenure and fixed-term professorial/ranked positions such as professor of practice series, senior instructor, instructor, faculty research assistant.  The launch date for the Digital Measures Workflow feature was Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Why the Change? – This change will increase evaluation efficiency for the faculty and supervisors alike, by integrating faculty Digital Measures entries into the annual evaluation.

Guidance for this new procedure will be found on the Digital Measures webpage and the Extension Service’s Performance Evaluation webpage.

Extension Web Update

Kickoff content planning webinars for Ag and Natural Resources Extension work groups are scheduled for January 3 and 11. An informational webinar for office managers and county leaders is set for January 18. See details and connection info on the project website.

You can subscribe to the project website and receive notification of new blog posts via email. See “Stay up to date” section on the project website homepage.

Revised OSU Statewides Map

The Oregon “Statewides” map, depicting the general locations of OSU sites, centers, and campuses throughout the state, has been revised. The new map can be found near the bottom of the first page of the “Bridges to Prosperity” impact stories website. It can be downloaded in .pdf format from that website.

OSU Model Release Policy

Please be aware, when taking or using photos, that OSU has a policy about model releases:
“The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students…” The short form model release (for individuals) and the long form (for groups) may be downloaded from the OSU Brand Box folder.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

Register now for the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Peace Breakfast: Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, while honoring members of the OSU community who carry his message and work forward in the present. The breakfast is free and open to the public but registration is required. Jan. 15, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. For accommodations contact 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu. For a full calendar of events visit, leadership.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

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 hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

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: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community.

ElderCare Connections: Long-Term Care Ombudsmen as Your Advocates for Better Care: Do you have a family member or friend living in skilled nursing home care, assisted living or adult foster care? Do you sometimes have concerns and questions about the care they receive? Presenters will discuss residents’ rights, the role of Ombudsman as resident advocate and ombudsman volunteer opportunities. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in MU 212.

Hispanic Leadership Institute conference: The office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement will host an informational meeting for students who wish to learn more about the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) 36th national conference and the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 32nd Annual Conference in Chicago on Feb. 15-18. An informational meeting will take place at the Centro Cultural César Chávez on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 4-5:15 p.m.

In the news

OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (The Skanner)
The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan.13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

What are you reading?

Book: The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
It was excellent. Learned a lot about the Irish famine and immigration to America. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

OSU research shows best techniques for organic blueberries
Good Fruit Grower
Planting in raised beds, using a weed mat mulch and finding a fertilizer compatible with the cultivar can help organic blueberry growers compete head-to-head with their conventional counterparts, according to a 10-year Oregon State University study.

Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard
Associated Press
“In the early spring, bees are going to need food to get their engines started again,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

New statewide Outdoor School program doles out funding
KTVZ News Channel 21
“The response from schools was encouraging to say the least, and reflects the feeling across the state that Outdoor School can make a positive difference in children’s lives.” -Kristopher Elliott, Oregon State University Extension Service

Reflecting on year two of Year of Wellness
Tillamook Headlight Herald
As the second “Year of Wellness” draws to a close, we extend our gratitude to the community partners and volunteers who are helping to make Tillamook County a healthier place to live, work and play… YOW Nutrition committee held their “Eating Well, Being Well” workshop with nutrition expert Judy Barbe, sponsored by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook Services and OSU Extension.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, we 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: No open line on Jan. 4, exec team meeting cancelled.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)