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 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.

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2 thoughts on “February 20, 2018

  1. Under the topic of email signatures, many of us include the OSU non-discrimination statement under our email signature. Is this something that we should remove from our email signature?

  2. Thank you for asking the question!

    The OSU non-discrimination statement should not be included in your email signature. However, if you are sending an email to recruit for a program or event, the non-discrimination statement should be included in the body of the email.

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