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 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 For a full calendar of events visit,

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:

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)
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