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 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

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
“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.”

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