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)

      Revised OSU Model Releases for photos, etc.

      University Relations and Marketing made a couple of updates to OSU’s Model Release Forms. Beginning now, please use the new forms located with the OSU Brand materials. Instructions and link to forms are at: https://communications.oregonstate.edu/brand-guide/visual-identity/photography/contracts-and-model-releases

      Extension Web Update

      With the changing of seasons, this can be a good time to review, update, and create content that web audiences may be interested in this time of year. In the process, take a moment to assess not only if the writing is accurate but readable. This week’s website upgrade blog post looks at how “articles” (rather than downloadable documents) are the most widely read type of content on the Extension website, and how simple formatting can make articles easier to read online.

      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 Annoucement

      OSU launches We Have Work To Do campaign: This student focused, year-long campaign celebrates the strides OSU has made to create a more diverse and equitable university, while recognizing that there is still much work to be done. For more information, visit the website: https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/we-have-work-to-do

      Events & Resources

      Trauma Informed Care Training: Serving Unhoused People and Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a 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

      3 Doors: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? Find out September 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      Queer History Month BBQ: A social get together for the LGBTQIA+ community at OSU and around Corvallis for good food and a good time. October 4 from 4:00 om to 6:00 pm in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

      2nd Annual My Hair, My Health PDX!: My Hair My Health PDX! is an award winning, one-day community celebration adapted from San Bernadino Department of Public Health’s program designed for African-American women. October 6 from 1:30 to 5:00 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

      In the News

      Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens at higher risk of substance abuse, study finds 

      According to a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Oregon State University found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youths are at a higher risk of substance use compared to their heterosexual peers.

      First-generation students construct their own path

      Oregon State University is home to almost 32,000 students on its Corvallis campus, some who are the first in their family to attend college. First-generation student and President of Oregon State University Ed Ray is an example of what success can look like after a higher education.

      Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

      Oregon State University has received the 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

      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 difference between green, orange and red peppers?
      mnn.com
      Oregon State University Extension Service explains that “all pepper fruits are ripened ovaries containing seeds formed after pollination.”

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)

Land Grant Festival commemorates Oregon State’s 150th anniversary

The OSU150 Land Grant Festival, from Oct. 1 to 17 at Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, features nearly two dozen free events including art exhibits, tours of wine, beer and cheese making facilities and a lecture about the future of energy.

Extension Web Update

Extension reaches people in many different ways and on many different topics, and this can feel complex when trying to present all of this on the website. In this week’s web upgrade blog post, we look at “Clarifying Programs, Projects, and Topics on the Websiteto provide guidance on the existing ways content is organized and explain the new addition of a “project” content type.

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

Pride Connect: Join the Pride Center during Welcome Week 2018 for a social event for all LGBTQIA+ members of the OSU and Corvallis community. September 19 from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm in Corvallis, for more info check the event page. 

Autumn Moon Festival: Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival, one of the four most important holidays on the Chinese calendar, at Lan Su Chinese Garden with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 22. For more information visit the event page.

8th Annual Warm Springs Tribal Celebration: On Saturday, September 22nd, the Warm Springs Tribes will celebrate the history of their ancestors during the eighth annual Warm Springs Tribal Celebration at Mt. Hood Skibowl. For more information visit the event page.

3 Doors: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What must the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) community do to diversify who succeeds in our disciplines and related careers? John Matsui, Ph.D., assistant dean, Biological Sciences, director and co-founder, Biology Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley, will share his insights and recommendations.  September 28 in Porland from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, for more information visit the event page.

2ND Annual My Hair, My Health PDX!: My Hair My Health PDX! is an award winning, one-day community celebration designed for African-American women. This event will speak to your mind, body, and soul! Come and experience workshops, dancing, vendors, food tasting, and other resources that encourage healthy hair, eating, and active living! October 6 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

Rice Krispies Make Love More Accessible With Braille Snack Notes

For many parents, putting a note in their kids’ lunch is a way to connect with them, share a joke, inspire them to do well, or just to let the little ones know they’re loved. But what about the over 63,000 school-aged visually impaired kids that can’t read a note in their lunch box?

Lesbian Oral History Project to become part of UO collections

The history of Eugene’s lesbian community from the 1960s through the 1990s will be kept alive through video interviews and archival documents of more than 140 women taking part in the UO’s Lesbian Oral History project.

Combatting social isolation

No one should ever feel isolated. This belief motivates Jonathan Garcia, PhD, to combat social isolation among Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth living in the U.S.

The impact of IMPACT

Oregon State alumni share many of the same experiences, and for thousands of them, a defining experience is IMPACT.

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

Women of the Woodlands
The Corvallis Advocate
“The goal is for women to come together and learn not only from whatever educational opportunity we’re offering at that time, but also to network and engage with one another and to share experiences between each other,” says Tiffany Hopkins, the coordinator for both WOWNet and the Master Woodland Manager Program for Oregon State University’s College of Forestry’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Program. “

Mallory-Smith reflects on past, sees a future of challenges
Capital Press
In a sweeping discourse at the OSU Extension Seed Crop and Cereal Production Meeting in Salem, Ore., Sept. 12, Carol Mallory-Smith reflected on her career and addressed what growers might expect in the future.

Grand Ronde Food Bank hosts resiliency event
Smoke Signals
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Grand Ronde Food Bank– iskam mfkHmfk haws– joined in as one of several live-stream sites for the “Communities, Food, Resilience” event, sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

 

In this week’s issue:

Angela Sandino is the new Extension Metro Regional Director

Angela Sandino is the new Metro Regional Director.  She will begin her new duties on September 17, 2018.  Mike Bondi and Wiley Thompson will continue to assist with the transition of leadership in the region.

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)

Oregon State to host robotics and artificial intelligence symposium

Oregon State University will culminate the 15-month celebration of its 150th anniversary with a day long symposium on how artificial intelligence and robotics may change society, jobs and the economy.

The Promise and the Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” takes place on Oct. 23 at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Registration is open for the free, daylong symposium, which will attract industry, higher education faculty and leaders, policy makers and is open to the public.

Extension Web Update

In the planning of the website upgrade project, there were certain criteria that guided this bold change. For this week’s blog post, we are Remembering What Guided us to this Point and how the advice from back then can help us to stay focused on the strategy moving forward.

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 and Sustaining Our Natural Areas: There is a 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

Fall Term SJEI Workshop: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs has a full schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, both open now for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46. Join your colleagues and peers to begin, or continue, your social justice journey in this well-reviewed program. Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

We the People? Belonging & the US Constitution: What does the Constitution have to say about citizenship, immigration, and questions of inclusion and exclusion? How have those concepts and their interpretations changed over time? September 17 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Aging our Way: 2018 Gay and Grey Expo: The country’s largest gathering for LGBT older adults and allies, registration is required. September 22 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

25th Polish Festival: The Polish festival is an event for families and singles, adults and children, for food connoisseurs, music lovers, concert goers, dance enthusiasts. September 22-23 in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Faculty and Staff: Share your SNAP Story

Beavers know how to work hard – how to get out there and dig in to accomplish big things. But a growling stomach is distracting and bound to slow down even the best students.

Low-Income Students Get Penalized For Having To Work Their Way Through College

When Seth Frotman, the U.S. official who investigated predatory student loan lending practices at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, quit last week, his resignation letter, became hot reading.

Decolonizing the classroom: Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?

“Education is what got us into this mess … but education is the key to reconciliation,” said Senator Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.

Where are blacks, women? Living history museums rethink past

A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience.

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

This year, caterpillars in tents intense
St. Helens Chronicle
“They don’t look attractive, but they are harmless,” said Chip Bubl of the Oregon State University Extension Office in St. Helens. “They are one of two varieties we see in this area. The other is the western tree caterpillar, which is usually active in the spring, between June and April and also builds a tent.”

Large number of dying conifers attributed to drought, heat
KGW
Glenn Ahrens is a Forester with Oregon State University Extension. He’s been studying trees for more than three decades.

Getting started a tall order for beginning farmers
Capital Press
“Farming is not a “1, 2, 3, here is what you need to know,” said Amy Garrett, also of OSU Extension Small Farms.

Using drones for wildfire suppression
USDA radio network
Victor Villegas explains how drones are helping with the wildfire fight.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 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: November 16, 2018)

Extension Web Update

Starting in September the EESC web team will be ending the Friday office hours due to low use, but will continue to have the Web Support service desk available to answer questions. Individualized meetings and trainings will also be happening this fall. Stay tuned for details.

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.

Readings

Gender and Racial Disparities in a Youth Urban Agriculture Workshop Urban youth participation in agricultural activities has been linked to positive educational outcomes. This article explores the gender and racial differences in perceived knowledge gain and intended behavior change among youths participating in a youth urban agriculture workshop in 2015.

Latinos Living Well—A Diabetes Education Program for Rural-Residing Latinos Diabetes is a health issue for many Latinos. Extension can help provide diabetes self-management education for rural-residing Latinos. In a pilot study, we evaluated the Extension-delivered diabetes program Latinos Living Well (LLW), as provided to 76 rural-residing Latino adults in a midwestern state.

RELAX to Relajarse: A Framework for Culturally Adapting Educational Programming in Extension Family life and Extension family and consumer science educators are encouraged to adapt existing curricula to effectively use with ethnically diverse audiences. Scholars have described different methods for culturally adapting programming; however, few have documented the process by which Extension educators may tackle this endeavor. The purpose of this article is to provide a framework and step-by-step example for how one Extension program was translated and culturally adapted for U.S. Latino participants. Lessons learned and recommendations are provided.

Strategies for 4-H Program Planning and Recruitment Relative to African American Male Youths

Extension educators often seek new strategies for engaging minority youths in 4-H programs, especially young Black males. These strategies require programming developed in response to the context of this population. We offer insights into the social context of Black males and offer suggestions that will help educators develop identity and integrative site-based programs for this population.

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 

2018 Basic Rights Statewide Leadership Summit: As a hub for our statewide LGBTQ community, our 3rd annual summit is the place to be to build your personal skills, make connections, and join the movement for LGBTQ justice across Oregon. September 8th from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Eugene, for more information visit the event page.

Latino Fest: The Latino Community Association (LCA) invites the community to the Latino Fest on September 15th, 2018 at Madras’s Sahalee Park from 10am-6pm. For more information visit the event page.

Aging our Way: 2018 Gay and Grey Expo: The country’s largest gathering for LGBT older adults and allies. September 22nd from 9:00am to 3:30pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page. 

In the News

Area high schools get glimpse of tribal ways

Dozens of area high school students got a peek at life from the view of local American Indian tribes in an effort to bridge cultural divides

Strong Women: OSU Extension program provides strength in numbers
Strong Women and its counterpart, Strong Bones, are programs of the Oregon State University Extension Office.

Ginew Releases a Stunning Lookbook Shot on the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Ginew’s story sounds like the beginning of a superhero tale. Married duo Erik Brodt and Amanda Bruegl spend their days helping sick patients—as a family medicine doctor and women’s oncology doctor, respectively. But on nights and weekends they design and run the country’s only Native-owned, premium denim collection.

Everyday Heroes: Salem teen spearheads effort to create homeless youth shelter
We meet Raul Marquez, who as a senior at McKay High School in Salem convinced the board of the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley to provide a grant for $100,000 to create a homeless youth shelter.

Daunting but dreamt-of: New Portland school aims to change the narrative for children of color

Butler has spent the past year in preparation for the revival of Harriet Tubman, the middle school that black Portlanders created in the 1980s through protests but the district closed in 2012 citing low enrollment.

What are you reading?

Book: Boys in the Boat (2013) by Daniel James Brown

Gives a gut wrenching journey through the brutal conditions people lived through during the Great Depression.  Very uplifting in the end.  An inspiration for all. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

Sept. 1 is Chip Bubl Day, county proclaims
St. Helens Chronicle
Chip Bubl has served as Columbia County’s OSU extension agent for 40 years and is an OSU associate professor of horticulture; and whereas, during his tenure, Chip Bubl has contributed immensely to the education…

Fall Into the Fall Garden
The Source Weekly
“Some of the main factors that contribute to these difficulties include temperature, precipitation, soil types, elevation, USDA hardiness zones and microclimates,” wrote Amy Jo Detweiler, an associate professor in home and commercial horticulture at Oregon State University, in an article about gardening in Central Oregon.