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.

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 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:

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
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.

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