In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update and updates on the Coastal Region, Oregon Sea Grant, branding, and Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Information about the Portland Hub initiative was shared by Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

 

Only one day remains! Submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are due by February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Branding Update

Exclusive Extension and 4-H templates for fliers (three options, all of which include gray scale options) are now available in the “Marketing, Templates and Inspiration” folder in OSU Box. In addition to the generic templates available as downloads, University Marketing recreated the event fliers found as examples in the Extension Style Guide (pp. 33-35). Also available are 4-H recruitment fliers featuring Confidence Grows Here, Resilience Grows Here and Leadership Grows Here. Modify the fliers with county contact information.

Extension Web Update

Why are we doing this, again? See this week’s post on the project website for a quick “why” refresher and a timeline update.

Communication and conversation opportunities

  • 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  is cancelled this week. Call us next week!
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair – The Corvallis Maker Fair is back for its 5th year! Co-sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, the event is an all-ages, all-activities maker fair, where exhibitors and attendees gather to share their love of making things with their hands. This means robots, art, food, stories, computer code, and much more. The Fair will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom and on the SEC plaza outside the Union on Saturday, April 28.

If you, your learners or volunteers love to make, to tinker, and want to share and learn, exhibitor applications are now being accepted (apply here!). Exhibiting is free, and open to all. Stipends are available to help exhibitors with any cost. Questions? info@corvallismakerfair.org

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

What’s Your Big Lie? – A breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay. What if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot. Via an innovative, mobile platform attendees can anonymously share to help break down stigma and create connection. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public.  https://www.facebook.com/events/104561010347758/

In the News

Story Next Door: Kerstin Colon takes over at literacy center
Kerstin Colón was ready for a career change and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center was looking for an executive director. It was kind of a convergence.

Renovations set to increase, improve ADA accessibility on campus
DAS dedicates $650,000 to updating sidewalks, parking, street crossings.

Removing barriers to the outdoors
People of color, people with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups have long faced barriers in accessing the outdoors. 

More than 70 turn out for racism talk
Willamette University’s Emily Drew led second ‘Conversation Project’ hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

Extension in the News

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Preparing for Drought: Commissioners declare drought emergency
Herald and News
Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, told commissioners an acre of wheat feeds 44 people per year; an acre of potatoes feeds 1,355 people per year; an acre of beef feeds around eight people per year; and an acre of dairy cows provides enough milk for around 40,000 half-pint servings.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

New brand-related resources

Extension email signature guidelines – Using a common email signature style across OSU Extension creates consistency and reinforces the OSU brand. Update your email signature using the Extension Email Signature Guidelines as soon as possible. While it is true the use of logos, favorite quotes and the use of Beaver Orange (unless font size is 14-point or larger) is discouraged, following the guidelines will strengthen the connection between OSU Extension and Oregon State.

PowerPoint templates – PowerPoint templates for Extension and 4-H are now available to download from OSU Box. There are templates using branded fonts and systems fonts and each template includes information on how to incorporate brand elements in your presentation, presentation best practices and additional resources (e.g., for quality images). You’ll find the templates in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for the “Templates” sub-folder.

Inspiration –Examples of branded marketing materials in OSU Box are now available as inspiration. You’ll find them in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for them in the “Inspiration” sub-folder. Help build the inspiration library! Send the branded marketing tools you have created to Ann Marie Murphy. She’ll share them to inspire others.

Extension Web Update

Please see this week’s post on the project blog for a 10-second request for content team leaders, a revised FAQ, updates from last week’s back-end usability testing, and a look at this week’s priorities.

Now available: Print-friendly Extension values

You asked for it, and here it is: A print-friendly version of Extension’s mission and values is now available. Look toward the bottom of the “mission” web page for the “print version” link.

There are three per page: one for here, one for “out there” (wherever you do your work), and one to share! (Or, of course, for three different people in your office. But rhyming is fun.)

Help us help you: combat email overload, that is

ConnEXTions is designed, in part, to address the issue of email overload. It’s also currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

If your communication is of statewide interest and timely, but not urgent, please submit it to ConnEXTion instead of emailing the OES state list.

We also welcome your feedback on ConnEXTion.

Communication and conversation opportunities

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 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Rural Community Grant Program

Please read this flyer regarding the Northwest Farm Credit Grant program that may be useful to your work. The program provides small awards (up to $5000) for facilities and equipment projects in rural communities. There are several awards available every year and in some counties the program is under subscribed. NWFCS has offices across Oregon. Contact the office in your region for more information about this opportunity.

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

Third Culture Kids: Were you raised in a different culture than that of your parents? Do you feel like you belong to many cultures, but aren’t accepted by any? Please join us as we discuss and recognize our community of Third Culture Kids! Come hear and share experiences as a third culture kid in an open mic forum! February 20th, in the Ettihad Cultural Center in Corvallis from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Family Saturday: Latino Cultures in Oregon: Families are invited to this free all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. All Family Saturdays will include hands-on crafts and activities and some events will feature special performances by community groupsDance peformances include Ballet Papalotl, Atlachinollican Aztec Dance, and a Charreria. This event will be in the Oregon Historical Society on the 24th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Undocumented student care: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities Session for Faculty and Staff with OSU’s Undocumented Student Care and Well being Committee and immigration lawyer Maria Cobarrubias on Thursday, Feb. 22 from noon -1 p.m. or  2-3 p.m. in the MU Multipurpose Room (MU 13). Coffee & water will be provided. RSVP deadline was Monday, Feb. 19 but walk-in attendance available depending on space availability. Learn more about the presenter here.

 Social Justice. Race. DACA. The Muslim Ban. : In his talk, Professor Orosco will discuss his book, Toppling the Melting Pot: Immigrants and Pluralistic Democracy in American Pragmatism, which explores the historical origins of the “melting pot” metaphor, and explains why the melting pot is not an adequate vision of a multicultural society. He will then discuss current immigration issues, such as the Muslim Ban and challenges to DACA, and how these policies are the result of the foundation of immigration policy in the United States. The event is free and opened to the public, February 27th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Native American Longhouse in Corvallis.

CMLC Immigration Stories Exhibit: A collaboration between the Benton County Cultural Coalition, the Corvallis Multicultural Learning Center, and Corvallis/Benton County library showcase personal stories from diverse immigrants and international neighbors in the community. Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00 pm running trough March 14th at the Benton County Public Library.

India Night 2018: Enjoy a line-up of performance, with a variety of Indian Culture and there will authentic Indian Food.  Tickets will be available in March, Students tickets will be $5 and community tickets will be $8. The event will take place in LaSell  Stewart Center from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm the 24th of April.

BEND CASCADES CAMPUS – Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative for faculty and staff at Oregon State University is an invitation to begin, or continue, your social justice and equity journey.  With humor, empathy, and expertise we will engage in a self-reflective process that helps us answer these important questions:  What is the story of the current context in Oregon — and how did we get here?  How do you locate yourself in this story?  Why does social justice matter?  Register here for a session.

In the News

Therapy program gets kids with disabilities moving in modified cars (WDAM)

“There is no commercially available motorized wheelchair for children two years old or younger,” said Sam Logan, an assistant professor at Oregon State University.  “By modifying these off the shelf ride on cars, for about $200, we can fill that gap with the mobility technology.”

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

Bee here now
Oregon Coast Today
Many institutions in Oregon recognize the critical value of pollinators and are working to ensure their survival, especially Oregon State University. Andony Melathopoulos, assistant professor of pollinator health extension at OSU, will be giving an update on the status of the Oregon Bee Project.

‘It’s a bad year for rats’ in Oregon cities: Here’s how to fight them
The Oregonian
It is a bad year for rats,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Eugene and parts of Portland are experiencing a noticeable increase. It could mean there are more rats or it could be evidence that people are providing more habitat.”

Soil-borne mosaic virus appears early in NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Christina Hagerty, an Oregon State University assistant professor and plant pathologist at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, said soil-borne wheat mosaic virus has arrived four weeks earlier than last year at a disease resistance nursery near Milton-Freewater.

Snowpack lacking, agriculture outlook uncertain
Hood River News
Steve Castagnoli, director at the local Oregon State University experiment station, said rain levels have been almost normal but snowpack has fallen behind its usual amount.

 

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Please see the Feb. 12 project blog post for an update on what’s happening in the next two weeks and a checklist for content teams.

Communication and Conversation Opportunities

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 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
    • Note: Feb. 15 exec team cancelled; no open line
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

Award Program Opportunities

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Excellence Awards Program provides recognition of institutional excellence in engaged scholarship in four categories:  Student, Faculty, Community Partner, and Institutional Leadership. For more information and submissions visit the awards portal. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

Deadline for submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence if February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Webinar this week

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link

OSU 150 Facts

There are 150 facts about OSU at your fingertips, thanks to the OSU 150 celebration. Elevate OSU and Extension’s connection with the university!

Use the stories for social media posts through October 2018 to celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday. You’ll find a few Extension facts in the mix and lots of other interesting stories that showcase OSU and alumni contributions to the state, the region and the world. For example, did you know that Oregon State University sent 55 athletes to the Olympic Games between 1908 and 2016?

JCEP Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Register now for the Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 10 AM February 14. Lynette Black, 2018 JCEP Creative Excellence Award Winner will be there live. The session topic is Emerging Issues: Balancing Tradition and Innovation.

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

NEW! NIH Mobile Unit: The mobile unit for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us  precision medicine program will be on campus in the Brick Mall off the NE corner of the MU from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The unit will explain and offer people the opportunity to join this landmark research project that aims to gather data from 1 million people or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. On campus, this initiative is supported by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this years 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 event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register here. For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9030

Getting to Health Equity:  Join David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., as he will discuss the forces fueling inequities and how to intervene, making Oregon – and America – healthier for all. For more information, please check here . February, 28 at 7:00 pm in Maranatha Church: 4222 N.E. 12th Ave. Portland 97211.

Folk Club scholarships: OSU Folk Club is offering scholarships for non-traditional women students (30 years+ by application deadline, pursuing a BS, MS or professional degree) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of either Benton County, Linn County or Monmouth or Independence in Polk County. Details and application forms for these $3,000 scholarships ($1,500 part-time) are available at osufolk.oregonstate.edu, click Scholarships and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 26.

In the News

Therapists learn to retrofit kid cars for students with mobility needs (Greensboro News & Record)
They spent the morning learning from Oregon State University professor Sam Logan and then split into teams to re-wire the cars, taking out steering wheels and replacing them with big accelerator buttons, and adding on-off switches in the back for parents. They also built up the sides and backs of the cars with materials like PVC pipe and pool noodles.

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

Winter is the time to get ahead of fruit tree problems
OregonLive.com
Giving them attention now helps ward off insects and diseases, said Steve Renquist, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service who has taught hundreds of gardeners the basics of managing fruit trees. Applying dormant sprays – Superior oil, copper, and lime sulfur – helps control nasty …

Grow your own asparagus; here’s how
Statesman Journal
Oregon State University Extension horticulturists recommend planting asparagus in a trench about 6 inches deep, planting crowns about 12 inches apart. Spread roots, and cover the crowns with 2 inches of soil amended with compost or slow-release fertilizer. Add lime if soil is acidic. As the spears …

 

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Isn’t that nice. In the spirit of looking ahead, check out the February 5 blog post on the project website for an update on what the next six(ish) weeks look like for the Extension web project and our work together.

OSU150 Promotional Items

Celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday by sharing OSU150 promotional items with staff, OSU advocates and learners. Click here to see a list of items and cost (some items have limited quantities, e.g., high ball glasses). Send your order request to Shelly Signs and include your index/activity code and shipping address. Shipping costs will be added to the total order.

OSU American Evaluation Association Award Winners

Molly Engle, Professor, College of Education, Oregon State University 2017
The Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation Award
This award is given for administrative or program leadership toward outstanding organizational, policy and resource contributions to Extension evaluation. People who nominated Dr. Engle stated that her long and impressive career as an evaluation specialist, and the leadership she has provided, certainly is deserving of this recognition.

Marc T. Braverman, Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences 2017
Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation award 
This award is given for conceptual, methodological and evaluation accomplishments making outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation. Letters of support described how Marc has been involved in program evaluation for more than 36 years, beginning as an evaluation associate at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland.

Communication and Conversation Opportunities

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.
    • Note: New connection information beginning this week: Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

State of the University Address

Over 800 OSU alumni and friends heard President Ray’s compelling message about excellence, leadership and innovation at Oregon State during his State of the University Address.

President Ray’s speech is available to watch online and a photo album from the event is available on the OSUAA Facebook page.

PILD conference in D.C.

If any of you might have an interest in attending the Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington, D.C. here’s your opportunity! The conference takes place April 8- 12, 2018, with a mission of developing leadership and advocacy skills for Extension professionals to effect public issues.

ESP has funds to assist with defraying some of the costs of the conference for travel, lodging, and registration. If you are interested in representing ESP as a part of the Oregon delegation to the conference please let Kevin Gamble know as soon as possible.

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

 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 call (541) 737-9030

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.

International Language Club as Oregon State University: ILC at OSU is a club that aims to celebrate the diverse languages and cultures on campus as well as build community by offering free, casual, and volunteer-run classes. Everyone, including non-students, is welcome. Classes start January 26th and end March 9th. For more information, email ilcatosu@gmail.com

In the News

Ed Ray on OSU’s Portland expansion, income inequality, the need for cybersecurity and more (Portland Tribune)
Corvallis-based Oregon State University continues to expand — this time into a new headquarters for its Portland base of operations. This, said OSU President Ed Ray in a meeting Thursday, Feb. 1, with the Pamplin Media Group, will allow the university to tap into pent up local demand for its online courses and other opportunities. (see also KLCCPortland Business JournalOregon Business)

Literacy center keeps the faith (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University, which owns the property at the east end of campus, has extended the center’s lease until at least June 30 because of remodeling work required at the Jackson building. The university is spending more than $200,000 to assist with the move, including remodeling, moving and operating costs.

Dr. Warren Washington: A pioneering black climate scientist that overcame more than skepticism (Forbes)
In the late 1950s, Dr. Washington received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in meteorology from the same institution. Meteorology as an academic discipline is hard enough, but I cannot imagine the additional challenges Dr. Washington faced pursuing a science degree as an African American during this particular time in American history.

What are you reading?

Book: Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine Carver
This Scottish science writer weaves pop-culture, (Daleks included!) and history into the complex interaction of cells, body chemistry and medical practice, as well as research, to tell the story of how we fight diseases, personally and as a society. This book is a great read, engaging, fun and will give readers a foundation for understanding immune responses. Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

After loss, important postharvest research continues
Good Fruit Grower
The late Oregon State University researcher Yan Wang talks about postharvest lab instrumentation for measuring levels of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide within several storage chambers at the university’s Mid-Columbia Research and Extension Center laboratory in Hood River, Oregon, in 2013.

Naked barley flashes potential, versatility
Capital Press
Oregon State University is now leading a three-year, five state project to test new varieties of naked barley, with $2 million in funding from the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Partners include Washington State University representing the Pacific Northwest, the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin-Madison representing the Midwest, and Cornell University representing the Northeast.

High-efficiency irrigation pays off
Capital Press
Mylen Bohle, a forage agronomist with the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Prineville, Ore., said these two methods provide 96 to 97 percent water efficiency because there is minimal wind drift and evaporation of the water.