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 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:

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 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

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.

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