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: November 16, 2018)

Peter Bloome Memorial Service

The memorial service for Peter Bloome will be Saturday, September 1 at 2:30 PM. The service will be at St. Mary’s Church, 501 NW 25th Street, Corvallis. The family wishes to express that anyone is welcome to attend but they don’t want anyone to feel obligated. They also want to say thanks for the many years of meaning and support that OSU extension has provided to their dad.

New statewide map now available

The new statewide map has been updated and is now ready to use. The updated map is available from the photo archive or the Bridges to Prosperity site.

Extension Web Update

With any big website transition, the amount of content to sort through is a big task, leaving people to ask “Who is going to enter all this content?” This week’s blog post for the Extension web upgrade project looks at who has taken on the responsibilities of entering content, and ways to reduce the effort through taking a closer look at the content being considered for inclusion.

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

Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People & Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a demonstrable need to cultivate sensitivity and connect with other resource providers to develop flexible and adaptive approaches that support both unhoused people and natural areas. Join this conversation at a workshop on Oct. 10 at the CH2M Hill Alumni. Cost: $10 (scholarships available by request). Contact Elsa.Curtis@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now: bit.ly/unhoused2018

Images and Voices of the Queer Diaspora: An exhibition about queer displacement what is it like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming—and, in most cases, a person of color in the West. September, 2nd from 12:00 pm to  8:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

Everyday Leaders Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority

Lois Ruskai Melina will lead a conversation exploring questions such as, how are leadership, power, and authority different? What do every day acts of leadership look like? August, 30 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

Serbian Fest 2018

12th Annual Serbian Festival on September 8th & 9th. This is a celebration of food, wine, dance and culture of the Serbian Orthodox people. For more info visit the event page.

Multicultural Day at the Capitol

This is the first Multicultural Day at the Capitol that celebrates the contributions of all cultures to the state of Oregon. Learn more about the diversity within our state at this four-hour family-friendly event, complete with activities, exhibits, performances. September 8 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Salem, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Strengthening native roots with higher education

Accepting comfort was not enough of a challenge for Gustavo Ramos Nuñez, whose decision to enroll in the Spanish bachelor’s degree program online through Oregon State Ecampus arose from honoring his Peruvian roots and a desire for self-improvement.

National Park Service Awards $1.5 Million in Grants for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

The National Park Service today announced more than $1.5 million in Japanese American Confinement Sites grants. The money will fund preservation, restoration, and education projects related to the detainment of Japanese Americans by the U.S. government during World War II.

Nature through a cultural lens

A class of roughly 50 Native American students gathered at the Tryon Creek State Natural Area last week for a day of hiking, outdoor exploration and learning.

Record $3.02 Million in Grants Awarded To 137 Oregon Cultural Organizations

As a testament to Oregonians’ steadfast and growing commitment to supporting culture, the Oregon Cultural Trust will award a record $3.02 million in grants to 137 cultural nonprofits in fiscal year 2019, a 3 percent increase over 2018 and the first time grants have exceeded $3 million. The increase is the direct result of another record year of fundraising and a 55 percent uptick in new donors.

Japanese musician recreates YInMn blue to help the children of Fukushima

It is fitting then that YInMn blue—the pigment discovered in 2009 by Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian—has become a part of new beginnings in northeastern Japan that was rocked by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Theater’s other diversity problem: Me

Whether you call it diversity, inclusion, representation or equity, the quest to make more room for women and people of color has been the debate of the decade in the theater world.

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

Oregon agencies push for more prescribed burns
KTVZ
“The one-hour threshold does not align with national standards for air quality,” Nicole Strong of the Oregon State University Extension Service said. “It’s putting an undue burden and restriction on the amount of prescribed burning and forest restoration, wildfire mitigation that we can do in the area.”

Cooperative Extension adapts to a less agricultural America (Associated Press)
Urban and suburban communities have their own health needs, says Wiley Thompson, a regional director for Oregon State University Extension.

Lamb auction raises $23,200 for Echo girl with brain tumor
Hermiston Herald
After Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old 4-H student from Echo, showed him at the Umatilla County Fair his sale brought in $23,200 — totaling about $162 per pound at an auction where lambs were averaging $7 per pound.

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: November 16, 2018)

Quarterly Conversation

The August Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download.  Topics of the conversation included a leadership update by Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley, including a re-introduction of the PACE team, and a presentation about Extension’s Rural Communities Explorer by Vince Adams.

In Memoriam

Charles M. Fischer, Extension Poultry Specialist Emeritus, passed away on Saturday August 11, 2018 at the age of 96.  Charlie Began at Oregon State in the mid 1950’s as Extension Marketing Specialist for Poultry and moved to the Department of Poultry Science in 1971 as Extension Poultry Specialist, retiring in 1985.  Charlie was instrumental in the establishment of the Oregon Fryer Commission and the Oregon Broiler Growers Association in the late 1950’s, and the development of the Oregon Broiler Growers BBQ salt which is still sold by the industry today.  In the early 1990’s the Oregon Fryer Commission established an endowed scholarship in Charlie’s name to support undergraduate students in Animal Science interested in poultry. Here is Charlie’s obituary.

Extension Web Update

Since the web launch, visitors have viewed more pages (increased 67%) compared to before the launch and new visitors are attracted by the educational content on the various topics. This week’s blog post looks at the top visited topics and also how to request changes to the topic menu. Returning visitors spend more time looking at ways to get involved with programs and county office events, so EESC is available to talk about how subpages can assist with what these visitors may be looking to find.

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

Hood River Latino Festival: Latin entertainment for the whole family. Food, music and a lot of local information. We will have a a special presentation from Mariachi Juvenil de Colotlan along with local artist. August 22nd in Hood River from 3:00 pm to 9:00pm, for more info visit event page.

Conversation Project: Everyday Leaders – Recognizing Leadership Beyond Power and Authority: The notion of “leadership” often conjures up individuals with titles reflecting positions of power and authority—those who control resources and make important decisions that affect large groups of people. Many of our ideas about leadership are also influenced by race, gender, age, and other identities. August 30th from 3:30 pm tp 4:30 pm in La Grande, for more info visit the event page.

The Arab Festival: Join the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon as they celebrate their Arab heritage with live music featuring Raid Alasmar and other musicians from the Arab world, dabka, a Souq (Bazaar), Middle Eastern cuisine, henna, games, dance, poetry, networking opportunities. September 1st from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Superintendents of color bring rich experience to schools
There are only a handful of school superintendents of color in Oregon and roughly half of them head school districts in East Multnomah County, one of the most diverse areas in the state.

Bilingual program becomes Oregon City district magnet school
What began as a small program embedded in a traditional school for the Jennings Lodge neighborhood will this year become a magnet program serving elementary-age students across the Oregon City School District.

Dove Spector and the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
Dove Spector is a senior research assistant with the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Her role is to support tribal engagement and help Native American youth envision a future in advanced education and beyond.

Oregon ranks first for homeless youth

Oregon ranks first in the nation for the rate of homeless children and youth and 10th in the percentage of foster care placements, according to a new report by WalletHub.

Survey: People think Native Americans don’t exist/aren’t discriminated against
Where are Native Americans? For many Americans, tribes are relegated to history books. A recent survey found 40 percent of respondents didn’t think Native Americans still exist.

Surprise Gift: Free Tuition for All N.Y.U. Medical Students

The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” facing graduates.

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

Oregon City Farmers Market offers tours, recipe demos
Clackamas Review
The Oregon State University Extension Service, Clackamas County and the Oregon City Farmers Market have solved that dilemma by teaming up to offer market tours and food demonstrations on the second Saturday of the month through October.

East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell of the Oregon State University extension program and SNAP-ed coordinator promotes healthy living, but she said life is all about balance.

In this week’s issue:

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

REGISTER NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! On September 5, join leaders, researchers, colleagues and community members as we kick off an important conversation about community food resilience and food equity at the Portland Art Museum, or at any one of the 13 livestream locations. The Communities, Food, Resilience event takes place 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. with a reception following at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Register today!

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)

Tiffany Gillis wins F & A All Star Award

Tiffany Gillis, our Finance and Accounting Manager in the University Administrative Business Center, was recently honored as the recipient of the Division of Finance and Administration’s All Star Award. This is the highest award across a large organization that includes Budget and Fiscal Planning, Business Affairs, Human Resources, OSU Shared Services (Business Centers), Public Safety, Risk Management, and University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations. As Scott Reed indicated in his letter supporting the nomination:
 
Tiffany is a valued colleague to Extension Service and Division administrators. I cannot imagine a more deserving nominee for this award. Tiffany Gillis represents the best qualities in an employee, and goes well beyond expectations. She does all of this with a smile and attitude that convinces those around her to excel.
 
Congratulations Tiffany! We are all very proud of you.

Extension Web Update

Have you ever received a call with someone asking “Where do I find ____ on the website?” Since the Extension website looks different than in the past, our volunteers, partners, and the public may need guidance to find where information they use is now located online. This week’s web upgrade blog post looks at how faculty and staff can give a quick tour as needed to help others to navigate the new Extension site.

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 Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA? 

(1) DACA renewals continue to be accepted, (2) new DACA applications are not currently being accepted, and (3) in the near term, pending rulings could quickly change the landscape for DACA in either direction.

  • DC District Court. On August 3, Judge Bates ruled in the NAACP and Princeton cases that the entire DACA program must be restored and all qualified persons must be permitted to file new DACA applications and renewals.  Judge Bates stayed his order until August 23 to provide the government the opportunity to appeal and seek a stay. This means the order is not effective until August 23, at which time the government may be required to accept new DACA applications, in addition to DACA renewals, unless the government appeals the order.
  • Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit has not yet issued its decision in the five related DACA cases, Regents of University of California and four others, that the government appealed and for which oral arguments took place on May 15, 2018.  The preliminary injunction is still in place in these cases, requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications.
  • Second Circuit. The preliminary injunction requiring the government to process DACA renewal applications is also currently in place in the New York DACA cases. Batalla Vidal and New York v. Trump are on appeal. No hearing has yet been scheduled.
  • Southern District Court in Texas. Texas and six other states have sought to terminate the entire DACA program, and that case is currently before Judge Hanen in the Southern District Court in Texas.  A hearing on the government’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt DACA was scheduled for August 8. Hanen did not issue an immediate ruling Wednesday.

With the uncertainty surrounding DACA, we encourage you to please remind all undocumented students and employees with DACA of on-campus resources available them:

  • ASOSU Student Legal Services provides no-cost attorney consultations directly to any OSU student, regardless of immigration status and where the student is located. These attorneys are not OSU employees and have a direct attorney-client relationship and privilege/confidentiality with OSU students. Students may visit ASOSU Student Legal Services on the third floor of the Student Experience Center or call 541-737-4165 to make an appointment. If students have questions about their DACA status or renewal, please encourage them to make an appointment with ASOSU Student Legal Services as soon as possible.
  • The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is available to provide advising and support to DACA and undocumented students. Students may contact Janet Nishihara  or Courtney Garcia  for more information.
  • Any employee with DACA may contact Jennifer Short  in Human Resources with questions related to employment, or the Office of Institutional Diversity (diversity@oregonstate.edu) with general questions.

Events & Resources

Conversations About Dementia: When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Our Dementia Conversations class is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. August 15th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

2018 Corvallis Pride Pageant: Haus of Dharma invites you join them for the first annual Corvallis Pride Pageant! Hosted by Miss Dharma Prada MacPherson & Lucielle S. Balls. Three tittles will be awarded Miss Corvallis Pride 2018, Mr. Corvallis Pride 2018, and Mx. Corvallis Pride 2018! August 17th at 10:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information vist the event page.

JADE International Night Market 2018: Portland Community College Southeast Campus ainvites the public to enjoy authentic international cuisine, cultural performances, and celebrate the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland.  For more information check out the event page.

Fiesta en el Parque: Fiesta en el Parque is a free community-wide event celebrating Latino culture and diversity in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. August 19th from 2:00 to 6:00pm in Beaverton, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

OSU changing building names to promote inclusivity 

After a two-year process, Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday that he has chosen new monikers for three university buildings whose previous namesakes have ties to historical racist positions or beliefs. (see also KEZI, Register-GuardKXL)

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

Oregon’s Outdoor School
KUMA
Chris Elliott, OSU Extension Office in Corvallis and Mark Mulvihill, Intermountain ESD Superintendent discuss Outdoor School with host Butch Thurman.
Topics include how Outdoor School is funded, Measure 99, adding State funded staffing to the mix, impact of the program and best practices for student success.

Yellowjackets ruining your picnic? Here’s what the buzz is all about
KATU
Western Oregon residents are seeing more yellowjackets than usual in their yards and gardens this year, according to Gail Langellotto, an Oregon Sate University Extension entomologist.

Pesticide ruling impacts local ag producers
Ontario Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension Agent Stuart Reitz confirmed in an email that chlorpyrifos is commonly used in the area and one of the products it appears in is Lorsban.

In this week’s issue:

Annual Conference: Send us your Proposals!

Extension Annual Conference: Proposals and Session Information Due August 27
It’s time to submit your proposals for Extension Annual Conference (December 3-6, 2018). The website has been updated with proposal information.

Elevate Extension Keynote Talks – NEW! We’re going to hear amazing stories and ideas from our own ranks this year. We are looking for 5-8 people to present seven minute talks. The topic and content must involve one or more of these themes and be of interest to a broad Extension audience:
• Innovation in Extension Programs (either through new efforts or by making programs/processes better, more efficient, or wider-reaching)
• Working together to solve “wicked” problems
• Building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• An inspirational case study about the transformative power of Extension

Additionally, we would be interested in seeing proposals on the following specific ideas: civil discourse, public health and well being, OSU strategic initiatives, convening communities, extension leadership to build community, the future of Extension services, societal trends, and storytelling.
Apply for keynote talks here!

Peer Reviewed Workshops and Posters – This worked so well last year, we’re doing it again! OSUEA will review the proposals. The Request for Proposals includes descriptions of each type of presentation:
Workshops: Teach a new skill or share a program
Summits: Convene a session to bring out new ideas and best practices (see World Café for a suggested format)
Refereed Posters: Share your display about a new program or research findings
Poster to Share With Peers: Show off your favorite educational or promotional display
– Apply for workshops and posters here!

For everything else that needs to be scheduled – Planning a meeting? Admin sponsored session? HR training? Applications are subject to approval and schedule constraints. Use the Invited Application.

COARC name change

The name of the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) in Madras has been updated to the Central Oregon Agriculture Research and Extension Center (COAREC), effective immediately.

This change reflects the strong Extension work that faculty and staff assigned to the Madras location are involved in. The name change was approved through Oregon State’s unit name change process and has the support of local stakeholders.

Carol Tollefson continues her role as director and all faculty and staff assignments and work locations will remain the same.

Over the coming weeks, Carol will facilitate the logistical aspects of this name change, including updating signage, logos, and other materials as needed.

In Memoriam

Wayne D. Mosher, long time Extension specialist from Douglas County has passed away. He specialized in forage management and animal nutrition. During his career he traveled the world sharing his expertise and retired from OSU as a Professor Emeritus. He co-authored several papers, worked on many research projects, and started the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

To honor his wishes there will not be a service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight of Oregon: honorflightoforegon.org, Providence Benedictine Hospice of Mt Angel or the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

Extension Web Update

Websites work because the people behind it are focused on better ways to making it function. This doesn’t only include technical pieces, but also the people who make the content happen. In this week’s web upgrade blog post How to Guide your Content Team Forward, EESC links to a new instructional guide and shares advice from content teams that have completed entering their priority content into the new Extension 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.

Events & Resources

2nd Annual Pan African Festival: The festival will host live music, dance, food and entertainment. Along with talks and discussion around health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community. August 11th in Portland form 12:00pm to 8:30pm, for more info visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians: Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? September 6th 12:00 pm, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Camp at OSU combines mariachi music and science 

This week, 30 eighth- through 12th-grade students from Portland, Hillsboro and Forest Grove are participating in the third annual Mariachi STEAM Camp at Oregon State University. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.)

Naming project aims to remind visitors that Marys Peak is still sacred to tribes 

Settlers and their descendants have historically ignored — even disrespected — these sacred spaces, said Oregon State University professor Natchee Barnd. He hopes the project inspires visitors to go beyond understanding the past — to ask what else can be done in the future.

Diversifying Lake Oswego School District’s staff ‘a matter of urgency’

Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion continues to be a primary focus as the Lake Oswego School District approaches a new school year.

PSU offers Oregon’s first major in Indigenous Nations Studies

Portland State University is offering the state’s first major in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies.

What are you reading?

Book: The Blood of Emmett Till (2017) by Timothy Tyson

Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American youth from Chicago. In the summer of 1955 he went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. There is a strong connection between African-American families from this part of Mississippi and the South side of Chicago. The industrialization of the north (creating a pull) and Jim Crow Law (creating a push) influenced migration from Mississippi to Chicago after the Civil War. While visiting that summer, Emmett was accused of flirting with a white store clerk named Carolyn Bryant. Later that night he was pulled from his bed in the by two white men, the clerk’s husband and brother. Emmett was brutally murdered and dumped in the Tallahatchie River. His mother requested his body be brought back to Chicago for an open-casket funeral. The funeral was attended by thousands, was well-covered in the media, and sparked a new energy in the civil rights movement for a young generation of African Americans. Spoiler alert – both white men were acquitted.

Best quote in the book “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him” – Carolyn Bryant.

August 28th marks 63 years since is brutal murder. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the news

More farms, ranches embracing agritourism
Capital Press
Mary Stewart, an agritourism specialist for the Oregon State University Extension, along with other experts, is trying to get USDA to adopt a wider view of agritourism.