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

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 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:

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:

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’
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
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.

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