In this week’s issue:

Branding Update
Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3
Extension Web Update
Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the news

Branding Update

Extension elevator speeches – Talking about Extension just got a little easier. Out of the Extension sub-brand work, we now have three short elevator speeches. Whether you are speaking with someone in person, making a community presentation, communicating over email, or composing a tweet, you are encouraged to use these to describe OSU Extension (they also can be found in the Extension Style Guide on page 21):

140-character statement: Oregon State University Extension provides information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

10-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon.

30-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians. As a land, sun, space and sea grant institution, we’re committed to nurturing our great state’s communities, economies and ecosystems. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Reminder: 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.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes brief updates on project timeline, content strategist recruitment, and resource revisions.

Remember: Office hours/open labs are available for content teams to work through questions and examples with the project team.


EESC has some exciting news! We have three award winners from the Association for Communications Excellence’s Critique and Awards program.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Results from the February 2018 Funding Cycle
During the February funding cycle 31 applications were received and $5,449 was awarded through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The faculty and staff receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

“Growing the Fund”
Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region

Due to the Regional Director interviews for East Region candidates there will be no open phone line with the executive team this Thursday, 4/5, 2pm.

Presentation: Candidates will have 30 minutes to give their presentations with 15 minutes of Q & A to follow.
Thursday, April 5
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Timothy Kock
Kidder 202 or at

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Paul Hill
Kidder 202 or at

Friday, April 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Peter Schreder
Kidder 202 or at

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Joaquina Kankam
Kidder 202 or at

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

Radical Imagination: ​ This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizer. The conference will take place at Oregon State University the dates are April 6-8, register for free here.

Storytime – Celebrating Diversity: April is our month for international storytimes! The culture and language change each week. Join the Canby Public Library and  learn about people from all around the world.  This event will take place the 6th and 7th of april from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Location: 220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, Oregon 97013. For more information check out the event page.

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. 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 southern, southwestern and central Asia and 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.

Transgender Inclusion 101: This workshop is designed as a first step for attendees to become allies to the transgender community. We do this by exploring concepts of sex and gender through narrative, breaking down our deeply held assumptions and language, creating space for transgender and gender non-conforming folks in our conversations. The workshop will be the 25th of April from 8:30 to 11:30. Location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. Register here.

 In the News

Salem residents want diversity, bikes, coffee reflected in police HQ designs
A coffee stand. Bike racks for cyclists. Art that represents diversity and culture. Those were among residents’ top requests for amenities at the Salem police headquarters.

Bald Hill field trip offered in Spanish
Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog. “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.

Eugene Emeralds join MiLBs “Copa de la Diversion” to welcome Latino fans
When the Eugene Emeralds opened last season at PK Park, they had a Venezuelan playing first base, third base, shortstop and right field. The starting pitcher from Mexico threw to a catcher from Panama. The second baseman was a native of the Dominican Republic. Twenty of the 29 players on Eugene’s Opening Day roster were from Latin American countries.

What are you reading?

Books: The War that Saved My Life (2015) and The War I Finally Won (2017) by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
When Haley, my granddaughter, recommends a book, I read it! Haley said, “You will love these [Young Reader] books and they will make you cry!”  Set in WWII, the protagonist is 10 year Ada, abused and neglected, she flees London as an evacuee. Ada is bold and intelligent, though completely uneducated. The author writes such a moving story, illustrating the challenges for children who have experienced abuse to accept kindness and feel safe. And bonus, if you grew up riding as I did, Ada gets a pony. The author revels the healing power of horses! I highly recommend that you share these books with the wonderful tween girls in your life.  Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Head start on better berries
Good Fruit Grower
Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University Extension berry specialist, inspects organic blueberries in a test plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Strik has completed a 10-year organic blueberry study published in September in the journal HortScience.

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

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