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

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:

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:

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

Please direct any questions or concerns to or call Bryan at 541-737-0813

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

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 for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg at

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

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:

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 For more information: 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
Organic blueberry growers can now get similar yields and returns as conventional growers thanks to a 10-year study at Oregon State University.

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