In this week’s issue:

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 or 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: August 17, 2018)

2018 ESP Award Winners

Congratulates each of you on your 2018 ESP Award!

Western Region:
Mid-Career: Jenny Rudolph
Early Career: Katie Ahern
Continued Excellence: Patricia Dawson
Visionary Leadership: Willie Riggs
Administrative Leadership: Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual: Patricia Dawson
National Friends of Extension: Bob and Charlee Moore

Please consider attending ESP’s national conference this October to receive your award in person.  The 2019 ESP National Conference will be held in Manhattan, Kansas. https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2018-Conference

Outdoor School Team Expanding

Our OSU Extension Outdoor School Team is growing. Starting on July 9th, please welcome:

  • Charissa Jones, our new Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator; and
  • Renee O’Neill, our new Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Both join Dr. Spirit Brooks, our Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator, who joined the Team this spring.

Charissa Jones brings a tremendous amount of diversity, equity, and inclusion experience to the Outdoor School Team. Previously, Charissa served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Tualatin Riverkeepers, connecting youth and families from diverse backgrounds to the river and environmental education.

Renee O’Neill joins us with more than ten years of experience in leading, coordinating, and developing field-based programs and leading teacher professional development programs. Most recently, Renee served as the Senior Programs Coordinator for OSU’s Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Program.

Dr. Spirit Brooks has been onboard for nearly two months now and is already deep into Outdoor School evaluation and our annual reporting requirements. Spirit will help us carefully evaluate the effectiveness and success of outdoor school so that we can continue to improve and increase program effectiveness in every school across our state.

While Spirit, Charissa, and Renee complete our search for full-time professional faculty positions in Corvallis, we will be announcing the search for three Regional Coordinator positions very soon. These positions will be located in 1. Eastern Oregon (Baker City); 2. Southern Oregon (Medford/Ashland); and 3. Portland Metro Area. Stay tuned for the announcement of these position descriptions.

Extension Web Update

The new Extension website offers many tools to use in adding photos, newsletters, faculty/staff profiles, and keywords that help web visitors navigate the content. In this week’s blog post, the web team shares details on new developments and guidelines for those who are working to add to and maintain the website.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

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

Nutrition specialists mixing it up with school lunches
East Oregonian
Most of the recipes, Berdan said, were adapted from the Food Hero program that Oregon State University’s extension service uses to teach families about affordable, nutritious cooking.

Health in All Policies: Working Across Sectors in Cooperative Extension to Promote Health for All
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
ECOP commissioned the work of Extension and Experiment Station colleagues in five teams to address five critical areas underlying the health and wellness extension programming across the country. The work of these teams has resulted in this special edition by Michele Walsh, Deborah John, Nicole Peritore, Andrea Morris, Carolyn Bird, Marion Ceraso, Sarah Eichberger, Rachel Novotny, Laura Stephenson, Suzanne Stluka, and Roberta Riportella.

Paul Simon says goodbye to Oregon fans with a gift for Outdoor School
OregonLive.com
There may be 50 ways to leave your fans, but Paul Simon’s way is one that Oregon kids will get to appreciate for years to come: a contribution to Outdoor School, Oregon’s 60-year-old environmental education program.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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.

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 or 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: August 17, 2018)

Extension Administration welcomes Kaylyn Hymes

Kaylyn’s first day was yesterday, and she will begin the transition to provide the HR recruitment support and coordination along with Marcia Dickson.  Kaylyn will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions for the unit including but not limited to primary building manager working with facilities and surplus, equipment needs, purchasing, technology support, telecom, and supervision of student employees.

Kaylyn comes to O&E/Extension Admin from the Extended Campus (eCampus/PACE) administrative team, as well as experience working in the Benton County Extension office.  We’re thrilled to have her join our team.

Our thanks to Elsa Curtis who has provided HR support in the past year, and who will take on additional duties providing information to new employees and work with the Extension Professional Development Fund (to be phased in).  And thank you to Kim Tarrant who has been our primary Building Manager for a number of years and managed through numerous moves and repairs.

Extension Web Update

Wondering where you can find web training information now that you’re ready to add content to the website? Not sure what group you need to be in or who to contact for more questions? Our web upgrade project website points you to the right places to get answers, and you can skim through this week’s and previous blog posts to learn the latest updates.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Join the Rurals at the Albany Pride Parade: Please join the LGBTQ community in their PRIDE Parade and Festival this year. June 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Albany, OR. For more info visit the event page.

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years: Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 70s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will be engaged by the examination of the repression and violence against African American that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. June 24 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the the event page.

Tillamook Latinx Leadership Movement: The Oregon Latino Health Coalition will be Hosting a FREE 2-Day Bilingual (Spanish/English) Leadership Development Program this Summer in Tillamook, OR from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm the 22-23 of June. For more information visit the even page.

Pride Forever: Portland LGBT History Walking Tour: Portland is known for being queer friendly, but it haven’t always been that way. Join comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community. Learn about scandals, challenges, and victories for LGBT people in Oregon. This walking tour is about one mile long, and uses Portland public sidewalks. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns. Friday, July 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, for more info visit the event page.

Environmental health summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. There will also be opportunities for networking with researchers, tribal scientists, state and federal agency representatives, and policy makers. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

In  the News

Kids who speak other languages improve at double the rate of native English speakers, study finds
Now, research from New York University and Oregon State University has shown multilingual students are making academic gains in reading and mathematics – at double or triple the rates of their English-only-speaking peers

 Study shows significant math, reading gains for English learners
“Despite the downsides of No Child Left Behind, the substantial recent progress of multilingual students demonstrated in our research suggests that the bundle of various policies and practices at the federal, state, district and school levels may have together been more beneficial than harmful,” New York University Associate Professor Michael J. Kieffer, who co-authored the study with Karen D. Thompson, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a press release.

Suicide rates have been on the rise for years. Here’s what can help those in crisis
The deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade recently underscored some grim numbers about increases in suicide rates. The latest CDC report found that 54 percent of people who died by suicide over the last two decades did not have a known mental health condition. Amna Nawaz talks with Dr. Liza Gold about risks, treatment and the scope of the problem

‘Diversity is a critical ingredient’ for student success, OSU mission
The level of diversity at Oregon State University has increased over the past 30 years and this is trend that OSU hopes to continue, according to OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander.

Finding opportunity for all Oregon students to succeed
What does it look like when schools center their strategic plan around cultural diversity and community engagement? It looks a lot like the Gervais and Woodburn school districts, places where educators and the community are focused on closing the achievement gap.

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

What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees
KTVZ
“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication
The Oregonian
A new publication on some of the best vegetable varieties for western Oregon gardens has been released by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble
Associated Press
“Here’s a species that spends a big part of its life as a vulnerable queen,” said Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University. Bumblebees have “this really fascinating solitary phase.”

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Redesign status update

In July 2017, we learned that a portion of our budget designated for supporting OSU Extension’s regional administrative structure would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by 2020. Based on changes that have been made so far, the total cost of our regional administrative structure has been adjusted by $528,000.

During the next year we will continue to explore opportunities for efficiency. The next step of the process is to convene an Extension Role Task Force to provide input and recommendations.

Additional information on this task force is listed on the regional redesign resource page.

Regional director searches

  • Natalie Kinion will join OSU Extension as regional director for Eastern Oregon on July 23.
  • The metro regional director search is open for another week.
    • Please share the posting with your networks!
    • Join the metro region listening session with Scott Reed on June 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Purpose: Share with Scott your insights about particular challenges and opportunities, as well as qualities of a regional director that will most help them be successful.
    • Attend in person at the Food Innovation Center, or via Zoom. See the regional redesign resource page for address and connection details.

Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session”

The OSU Extension Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce that we’re holding an Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session” for all District administrators, principals, and 5th and 6th grade teachers in Eastern Oregon (Pendleton) on August 9, 2018.

We also welcome the attendance and participation of local Extension Faculty and Staff who are interested in learning more about the Outdoor School Program and how we aim to better serve Eastern Oregon. However, space is limited and we will give priority to District attendees. Please note that the Outdoor School Program Office cannot reimburse your travel or time. If you are interested in attending, please register here, and we’ll be in touch with details.

For those of you located in other parts of the state, please know that we’ll be working our way across the state with these “Listen and Learn Sessions”, so please keep an ear open for one in your area.  Or, if you’re interested in hosting a session in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact Rita Bauer  to get that process started.

 As always, we welcome your input, and are available at any time to answer your questions about the program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu.

4-H Float in Starlight Parade

For the second consecutive year, the Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program was represented with a float in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on June 2. The float was designed and built by 4-H youth in Clackamas and Washington counties. The parade was broadcast live by Fox 12 and an estimated crowd of 300,000 attended the event in downtown Portland.

Extension Web Update

These two weeks since the OSU Extension website launch have been a transition period, and EESC is doing our best to guide you through it. Keep sending us your questions or changes that you see needed through our Web Support. The web team is also making small changes to public views and behind the scenes based on feedback in these initial weeks. New and upcoming updates that everyone entering content should know is posted on our web upgrade project blog this week.

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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Understanding LGBTQ Veterans from a Trauma-Informed Lens: Hosted by the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Team and SAGE Metro Portland. There will be a viewing of Breaking The Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans , a panel discussion and a presentation aboout LGBTQ Veterans Trauma. June 13 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, in Portland. For more information check out the event page.

Welcoming The Stranger: Refugee 101- presented by Glocal Community Partners. At the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, June 18 from  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Check out the envent page for more information.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage: http://www.museumatwarmsprings.org/exhibitions-events/

History Pub: The Dark History of Eugenics in Oregon: In 1917, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Board of Eugenics. Its charge was to review reports from the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state hospitals, and the State Institution for the Feeble-Minded of “all feeble-minded, insane, epileptic, habitual criminals, moral degenerates, and sexual perverts, who are persons potential to producing offspring who, because of inheritance of inferior or antisocial traits, would probably become a social menace or ward of the State.” June 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Portland.

In the News

Inside the Push to Bring Racial Equity to Land Grant Universities

An underdog campaign is being waged among America’s public and land grant universities to address their history of racism and to prioritize the issues of racial equity and food justice.

DA’s clothes closet removes barriers to justice system
Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel and her staff have transformed the wing into a space with comfortable chairs, toys for children and a closet stocked with court-appropriate clothing.

Service Learning in Puerto Rico Packs Lifelong Lessons
In late March, thirty-one students led by seven faculty members traveled to Puerto Rico for a service learning trip, the third one since 2016. Previous trips were designed as agriculture tours that focused on tropical sustainability and food security—but this trip was different.

In ‘All Coyote’s Children,’ eastern Oregon author links family, land, loss and culture 
Now, “All Coyote’s Children” (Oregon State University Press, 237 pages, $18.95), Husted’s debut novel. This lyrically written work of contemporary fiction focuses on the much-challenged life of Annie Fallon, a recently widowed farm wife and teacher in eastern Oregon.

Food of the Faithful
In a new book, Food of Sinful Demons (Columbia University Press, 2018), Geoffrey Barstow has opened a window on how culture and Buddhism in Tibet have interacted for more than a thousand years to influence food choices — specifically the decision about whether or not to eat meat.

Nutritional wellness is a challenge for college students 
Setting good habits while being a young adult at Oregon State is important in order to ensure wellness and success throughout the remainder of one’s life. Students of all ages will improve the general wellness both now and in the future by setting in place good habits for nutritional, physical, mental and sustainable wellness.

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: August 17, 2018)

Extension in the news

‘The goal is to change behaviors, to make the healthy choice the easy choice’
KCBY
Oregon State University’s extension SNAP education program features a social marketing campaign called “Food Hero.” It teaches students about healthy eating and is what the local nutrition coordinator calls a step toward preventing chronic diseases like diabetes.

OSU honeybees study may help struggling industry
KTVZ
This is the first study that has thoroughly investigated the role of nutritional state of larvae in their selection for queen rearing, said lead author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU Extension’s new tree fruit specialist from Brazil
Capital Press
A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons.

Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods
The New York Times
The Food Innovation Center, a multidisciplinary partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is one of several similar extension programs at universities like Rutgers and Louisiana State.

In this week’s issue:

O&E Faculty & Staff Directory moves to Find Us

To reduce redundant efforts and increase efficient use of time and resources, O&E/Extension Administration will no longer produce the hard-copy O&E Faculty & Staff Directory and will move to fully utilizing the online “Find Us” on our website for faculty/staff and office contact information.  This change is effective immediately.

For now, please continue to contact Victor.Villegas@oregonstate.edu with necessary updates to faculty/staff information for “Find Us.” Contact EESC with corrections to office locations or contact information for “Find Us.”

OSU Drones in Education Workshop for Educators

OSU is holding their second “Drones in Education Workshop for Educators” at the Corvallis campus, July 10-12. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to use drones for education. Please pass this information to any educator you think may be interested.
Topics the workshop will cover:
  • Overview of drone technology, applications and industry
  • Drone platform options for STEM education
  • Drone flight training and safety
  • Aerial photography/videography for media production and journalism classes
  • Data acquisition and processing options for drones
  • Using drones to teach coding and programming skills
  • Curriculum development, pedagogy and learning project ideas
  • Ideas on how to obtain program funding and support
  • Insurance requirements and information
  • Current Oregon and FAA drone rules and regulations
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot certification preparation
Drones in Education Workshop Registration page.
For more information, contact Victor Villegas: (541) 737-8255

Apply now for your Snapchat Geofilter

As you are planning your Summer Programs, this is a reminder to submit a request for a Snapchat Geofilter to support the marketing of your local/county/state events.

Our goal is to have a co-branded Geofilter (OSU Extension & 4-H) at every County Fair this year. Please coordinate with your office colleagues to submit one (1) County Fair Geofilter request by Thursday, June 14.

Please note you do not need to be a Snapchat user or have a Snapchat account to offer a Geofilter at your events. To request a Geofilter, simply complete the web form.  Our Innovation Team will take it from there!  We will create the Geofilter, submit it to Snapchat and provide you with the analytics.

Communication Channels Reminders

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online formto submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspacefor 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 blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Web Update

The “Search” feature is the main way to navigate OSU Extension’s new website full of content, so it is no surprise the Search page was the top visited page over this past weekend. Twice as many people visited the Extension website, according to pre- and post-launch analytics, and are staying twice as long to view more than one page. Read this week’s website project blog to learn the top terms and pages people have searched for since launch. Also find the links to recent and upcoming website webinar trainings.

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

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon: Drop in anytime between 2 and 7pm and learn about the history of, and the importance of our native plants to, the Tribes of our region! Presenter Greg Archuleta and other members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will share their knowledge and demonstrate some hands-on techniques for cordage making, basic basketry, wood carving and dyeing using locally-sourced plant materials. For more information visit the event page.

Puerto Rico Service Learning Trip Presentation: Reflection and Information Session: OSU students who traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break will give a presentation about their collaborative projects with Puerto Rico’s land grant university, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. Attendees will also hear about individual experiences during an open poster presentation. The session is on June 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union.

Identity, Power, and Privilege/ Identidad, Poder y Privilegio: This is a participatory workshop intended to help guide participant’s in understanding and addressing difficult issues surrounding identity, power, and privilege. June 13 from 5:30 pm t0 8:30pm, for more information visit the event page. / Este es un taller participativo que pretende ayudar a los participantes a comprender mejor y abordar cuestiones difíciles relacionadas con la identidad, el poder y el privilegio. Junio 13 de las 5:30 pm a 8:30 pm, para mas informacion.

Environmental Health Summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:50 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage.

In the News

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing
The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

Helping families dealing with ALS
The ALS Association came together about 12 years ago, and has many, many research studies in progress. Dr. Joseph Beckman with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is one of the major researchers of ALS, and he’s making a difference in Oregon. He is in the process of getting FDA approval, and he is in live trials in Australia right now.

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

‘These statistics are real’
Ontario Argus Observer
“These statistics are real,” said Barbara Brody, assistant professor, Oregon State University Extension, and co-facilitator for the poverty simulation, as she explained the different scenarios participants would be playing out in groups of designated “families.”

Farmer survey informs education
Dalles Chronicle
During the summer of 2017, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension teamed up with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) to survey producers in the Central Gorge and ask about educational and infrastructure needs.