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:
  • 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 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:

Call for nominations for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award
Nomination are due by March 17, 2018. For more information and eligibility criteria visit:

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 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
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.

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