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 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 or 541-737-1346 for scholarship questions or accommodations requests. Register now:

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 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:

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
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.

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