In this week’s issue:

Updates and reminders: Regional director search processes

West Central:

East: One additional in-person interview is scheduled for May 3-4.

  • Open forum presentation by Natalie Kinion is Thursday, May 3, 2:00-2:45 p.m. in Kidder 202 on campus.
  • The presentation will be recorded but not livestreamed for consistency with the earlier east region candidates’ presentations.
  • Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

Extension Web Update

See this week’s blog post for an update on the “events” content type and information on a webinar/demo of county pages, to be held May 4 (will be recorded).

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.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
    • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • 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)

Outreach and Engagement Awards Event

Last week to register for the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Join in the celebration of 10 stellar outreach and engagement projects (many recognizing the work of OSU Extension). Last day to register is May 4! The event will celebrate the past, present, and future of outreach and engagement at OSU. This is a university-wide event. You are encouraged to invite colleagues from across the institution. There is no cost to attend the event on May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

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

What’s DEI?
Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alai Reyes-Santos, on May 2nd ,who will lead a discussion about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone. Registration is required, visit the event page here for more information.

Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know: Shattering Stigma will host a conference for parents in the Lake Oswego area “Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know” will take place at Lakeridge Junior High the morning of Saturday, May 5. They will cover what parents should know about depression, anxiety, suicide and more, plus hear from families and/or kids with mental health struggles about their experiences. For more information visit the event page here.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join us for the 42nd Annual OSU Klatowa Eena Powwow on May 19, 2018 at the McAlexander Fieldhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. The Klatowa Eena Powwow is presented in collaboration with NASA (Native American Student Association) at Oregon State University. Inside Gill Colliseum, thousands of participants and spectator will experience dance competitions, drumming, and crafts and native food vendors! Bring your friends and family for a great time. For more information, visit the event page here.

In the News

A voice for tolerance in Lake Oswego
Margo Sidline, The Review’s ‘Amazing Kid’ for 2018, uses her newfound fame to push for diversity and inclusion.

Navigating the maze of higher education (Latino USA)
One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.

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

Bend gardeners prepare plots for growing season
Bend Bulletin
The group of green thumbs worked together to weed and hoe the entire garden, including the walkways. The garden features 90 designated plots. It is managed by the Central Oregon Master Gardener Association, which is part of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program.

Mid-Valley InBusiness: Tourism efforts coalesce around outdoor recreation
Corvallis Gazette Times
Oregon is one of nine states actively promoting outdoor recreation, said Lindsey Shirley, associate director of the Oregon State University Extension Service. Shirley was invited to participate in Oregon’s “Roadmap to the Outdoors” initiative because of her prior experience with the outdoor products.

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One thought on “May 1, 2018

  1. Lincoln in the Bardo – this story of Abraham Lincoln’s loss of a child (and his process of letting go) is unlike anything I have ever read – I understand now that death, like life, is beautiful, painful, confusing, and transformative….favorite book this year!

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