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 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: 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, 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
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 …

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