In this week’s issue:

  • 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: March 8 exec team meeting cancelled; no open line this week.
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)
    • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
      Note: The defective “Captcha” security feature has been removed from OSU blogs, so it is much easier to comment/reply!

    Extension regional structure updates

    A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure transition are available on this resource page.

    We add information as it becomes available. Please refer to Director Scott Reed’s March 2 email for additional information on our commitments to and expectations for transparency, search excellence and civility.

    Extension web update

    This week, we open the back end of our new site to content teams for initial content entry! Learn more in the latest blog post. Content team leaders will receive emails with more information and “getting started” resources.

    Photoshop webinar recordings

    Missed the Photoshop webinars last month? Here are the recordings.

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 1

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 2

    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

    Global Forum: Untold Stories of Ethnic Cleansing – Eyewitness Accounts of Rohingya Crisis: The Global Beavers Team will focus the winter term Global Forum on the Rohingya Crisis. We feel that the ethnic cleansing and resulting refugee crisis Rohingya people are currently facing has gone relatively unnoticed by the western world. We mean to fill this knowledge gap by bringing in a panel of speakers with first-hand accounts of this humanitarian crisis. March 6, noon – 2 p.m., Student Experience Center Involvement Lounge ( EC112)All students and faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dn9H4WW81bn5MEd

    ElderCare Connections-Preparing to Downsize Belongings: For many aging adults, the thought of parting with possessions can be daunting as they hold many precious memories from their lifetime. Join us on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 212 as Queen Bee Organizing discusses tips and tricks to helping your aging loved ones downsize their belongings.

    Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon: Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation that explores isolation and the differences of experience between Oregonians of different races—such as institutional racism, white privilege, and unconscious bias. Register here, workshop will be in Tualatin, March 7th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

    Women in Business: Wednesday March 7th from 11:30-1:00 at Phoenix Inn Suites. Pre-registration is required, Chamber membership is not. https://www.facebook.com/events/175351393196087/

    Transgender 101: Join the Albany First Christian’s workshop about understanding issues face by those who are transgender. This is a free training that is led by the Basic Rights Oregon. The workshop will be March 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 432 Ferry SW, Albany, Oregon 97321. https://www.facebook.com/events/812177608991699/

    History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211. https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

    In the News

    German native Marie Gülich grows into dominating center for Oregon State (ESPN)
    When Marie Gülich came to Oregon State from her native Germany, she wasn’t too worried about being on her own so far from home or getting used to the food or adjusting to college basketball. She could handle all of that. But there was an element of the language difference that gave her pause.

    What can be done to help students better manage their health (The College Puzzle)
    “Health is an area being neglected, yet all the available research show that healthy habits and healthy [students] can lead to better academic success. We are doing a disservice to our kids by not teaching them these essential life skills,” writes Brad Cardinal, a co-author of a health study at Oregon State University.

    Panel: greater inclusivity needed ( DJC Oregon)
    A group of African-American design and architecture professionals shared their personal experiences in the industry Wednesday during a special panel discussion directed by local students.

    What are you reading?

    Here’s what Shara Anslow is reading…
    The Hundred Dresses: the most iconic styles of our time (2013) by lexicographer Erin McKean is a witty review of women’s fashion and archetypes. Clever illustrations and laugh aloud writing provides an exploration of culture that might just inspire your own writing. Pair this book with McKean’s Ted Talks, and truly liberate your use of words. If you want to take it further, read McKean’s inspiration and the namesake for this book, The Hundred Dresses (1944) by Eleanor Estes. This children’s novel is a charming tale of a poor Polish girl whose imagination and talent helps her live outside of prejudice and poverty.

    Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

    Extension in the news

    Hermiston middle schoolers learn basics of cooking, nutrition
    East Oregonian
    Angie Treadwell, who works with the OSU Extension program, coordinated the class with Hermiston High School teacher Susie Cobb and a few high school students.

    Resistance rising for powdery mildew
    Good Fruit Grower
    In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where mildew is a constant concern, resistance has recently been confirmed for Frac group 11 and Frac group 3, the DMIs, while group 7 appears at-risk, said Jay Pscheidt, Extension pathologist for Oregon State University.

    Idle, uncleaned milk trucks don’t compromise the quality of raw milk …
    Coos Bay World
    The findings in a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science could provide guidance for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it reviews its Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, said Lisbeth Goddik, professor and OSU Extension Service specialist in dairy processing

    Literary Gardener: March is a busy month for planting a vegetable …
    Mail Tribune
    I follow the planting calendar recommended by the OSU Extension Service in the “Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley” (revised in 2017). I choose from the following to direct seed in March: arugula, carrots, chives, cilantro, kohlrabi, leeks, leaf lettuce, mustard and turnip greens, onions (bulbs and bunching)

    Capital Press
    Rachel Suits, who works for Oregon State University Extension Service in the Columbia River Gorge, led a presentation titled “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” as part of the 2018 Oregon Small Farms Conference at the OSU campus in Corvallis.
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