In this week’s issue:

Brand Update

Logo placement for promotional products – Scroll down the information about companion logos on the OSU Brand Guidelines website and you’ll find ideas for how to use the OSU Extension Service (or county) companion logos on promotional items. More conversations will take place about how to best use the 4-H emblem. Stay tuned!


Quick tip sheets: Brand checklist and fonts – Doing five things when developing marketing tools, such as proper use of logos, e.g., OSU logo on the front of everything, will bring your fliers and brochures into brand standard. Keep the checklist with the “must do’s” and a list of resources handy. You’ll find it on the online Extension Style Guide. You’ll also find a branded and substitute systems fonts tip sheet as well.

OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Scott will provide a brief overview of our regional redesign plan and process—including current status and next steps—and then take your questions and comments.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post outlines new resources, progress updates, and next steps, including a new guide to “managing program content” for program groups/teams.

Communication and connection 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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

In memoriam, Ralph Duddles, Extension Coos County

With sadness, we share the passing of Ralph Duddles, retired Extension Forester in Coos County.  Ralph passed away on Feb. 23, 2018, in Coos Bay.  His memorial service was held on March 8th. More information on Ralph’s life.

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

Beyond Cultural Competence: will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LINC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D, who has spent 22 years consulting, training and serving as executive director of diversity, human rights and social justice at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Sponsored by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Students for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity; and the colleges of Liberal Arts, Education, Agricultural Sciences, and Business. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from South, Southwestern and Central Asia & Northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Second Sunday: Housing Segregation and Resistance in Portland: Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the publication of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, local researchers are uncovering and analyzing new sources related to the history of housing segregation — and resistance to that discrimination — in Portland, Oregon. For more information visit the Facebook event page:

In the News

Women of Culture event honors diversity
Education, awareness and celebration marked the various events and displays involved in Western’s annual Women of Culture celebration sponsored by Multicultural Student Union.

Oregon State seeks public input on new names for 3 campus buildings
Oregon State plans to change the names of Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Avery Lodge.

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

Life lessons: Outdoor School opportunities expand with funding
Albany Democrat-Herald
Kris Elliott, who is administering the program through the OSU Extension Service, said he’s confident 76 percent of eligible fifth- and sixth-graders — more than 36,400 across the state — will have participated by the time school wraps up this summer.

New districts will impact services, taxes for some
East Oregonian
In May, Umatilla and Morrow County voters will decide whether to add two new districts to the tax rolls, which would fund support staff and operations for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Country Dwellers Learn To Take Care Of Their Land
Jefferson Public Radio
And a few longtime city- or suburb-dwellers may be a little mystified about the needs of landscapes and their inhabitants. Which is why Oregon State University’s Extension Service runs a Land Steward Program.

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