In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

The website will launch the last week of May 2018, so counties and program content teams should coordinate how best to add any events happening June 1 or after.   Also see the latest blog for other ideas on adding and arranging content on the new website.
The EESC web team welcomes your questions! Contact them or drop in for office hours/open labs on Wednesdays 9am – 12pm and Fridays 2 pm – 5 pm.

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
  • 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)

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

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

Strategic Planning Through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens: Join Sara Curiel and Alexis Millet for a conversation and explore the opportunities and challenges of applying diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices into a strategic planning process. The session will take place the 17th of May from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, for information visit the registration page.

OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake: Sponsored in part by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, join us for OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake featuring special guest Lyla June to honor the salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest. May 18th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm, for more information, visit the event page.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow being held at McAlexander Fieldhouse! The event is free and open to the public, May 19th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for more information check out the event page.

Siletz Indian Fair: The Siletz Tribal & Heritage Board invites the public to join and learn about the culture and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians from Tribal members and Tribal families. May 18th and 19th, for more information visit the event page.

Universal Health Care conference: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Center for Global Health and the Chiu Program for Taiwan Study are presenting “Universal Health Care, Equity and Governance: Taiwan in International Perspective” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 24 and 25 in the Agriculture Production Room at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. Register today

In the News

That photo of a professor holding a student’s baby while he taught? It’s not the first time he’s done that

By now, you’ve seen the photo on your social feed: A student, in a childcare bind, brings her baby to class. The physics professor holds the infant while he teaches.

OSU focuses on mental health in May

To help mark Mental Health Month in May, Oregon State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services, along with key university partners, has developed a variety of programming on mental health topics.

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds (Lund Report)

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central)

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

Farmers look for damage from hail storm
Capital Press
Stuart Reitz, an Oregon State University Extension agent based in Ontario, said in a May 6 post on the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network that the National Weather Service reported the storm went from Nyssa, Ore., to the Fruitland and Payette areas in Idaho.

OSU agronomist bullish on potential of biochar
Capital Press
Stephen Machado, a professor and agronomist for Oregon State University Extension Service, wants to expand his biochar trials and is working with a new nonprofit dedicated to building a market for the carbon-rich material.

Citizens learn to be safe from wildfire
Curry Coastal Pilot
Local professionals taught residents how to protect their homes from the next wildfire at a Citizen Fire Academy April 28 at the Event Center on the Beach. Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the seminar.

Program promotes healthier food options, hopes to combat childhood obesity
Five different booths set up at the school that included: a certified dietitian, a farmer, the Oregon Agriculture Department, Food Hero from Oregon State University, and The Dairy Princess.

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