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)

OSU Women’s Giving Circle now accepting grant proposals

OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grants to be awarded in May 2019. The applications are due by Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, please visit www.osufoundation.org/wgc_grant. Questions contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or Molly.MoriartyRussell@osufoundation.org.

Extension Web Update

New improvements to events, search, and navigation are shared in this week’s web upgrade blog post. Also, check out a new video and instructional guide on how to display and organize content that appears on the Extension website’s topic menu pages. If you have any other needs or questions, please feel free to contact the web support team.

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

MUNBINIKAN? Stories From Mali & U.S.: Stories from a workshop series led by Malian Baba Wague Diakite, artist and founder of Ko-Falen Cultural. November 3 from 11:00am to 12:30pm in Tillamook, for more information visit the event page.

Feed The Movement, Workout for Hunger: Workout for hunger is just that, a workout to build awareness of childhood hunger. This event will feature four different types of workouts: Cardio Dance, High Fitness, Pound and Energy Explosion.  November  from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Salem, for more information visit the event page.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz: 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow: The Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon Inivtes you to celebrate with them at their 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow held at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort. November 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00 pm in Lincoln City, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

OSU supports transgender community members

Recently, the New York Times has reported that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo proposes restricting the definition of gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This is very concerning. In addition, yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses could discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law.

OSU celebrates Queer History Month

Queer History Month is nationally recognized in the month of October, and the OSU community will mark this month with a series of events devoted to growth and celebration.

OHSU Transgender Health Program strongly refutes discriminatory statements by national leaders

The OHSU Transgender Health Program, a program of the Partnership Project, stands in solidarity with transgender communities in opposition to any suggestion that gender is an unchangeable binary construct.

Not just a feel-good step: Businesses are increasingly hiring people with disabilities, and it’s helping the bottom line

When Glynis Harvey and Mark Cagley opened Hidden Manna Cafe four years ago, the couple did not set out to hire people with disabilities. But then a social service agency asked: Might the Matteson restaurant employ a woman with cerebral palsy? How about a man with mild blindness? A customer asked for an application for her sister, who has an intellectual disability.

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

Onion quality ‘excellent’ as harvest crosses finish line
Capital Press
Recent rain and frost likely did not reduce onion quality or yield, said Oregon State University Extension Malheur County Crop Agent Stuart Reitz.
OSU Extension’s poultry specialist sees 31 years of change
Capital Press
When James Hermes came to Oregon State University’s poultry department 31 years ago, big company buyouts, cage-free egg production and stringent antibiotic restrictions were not issues. Today, as enters his last full academic year as Oregon State University Extension’s poultry specialist, Hermes is dealing with all three.

Local partnership sends surplus potatoes to food banks
Capital Press
In the past, the spuds would have gone to waste, tilled over after they served their purpose as a test plot at the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center. But four years ago the experiment station decided to start partnering with local producers and the nonprofit Farmers Ending Hunger to put them to good use in food boxes for families in need.

Findley says sage grouse impact local decisions
The Argus Observer
Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University Extension Agent, said he has been working on a project to help develop mapping of ecosystems and sage grouse habitat which will allow people to develop rangeland management plans and objectives.

In this week’s issue:

Lincoln County practices tsunami evacuation

As part of the Oregon great shake out on Thursday Lincoln County Extension personnel not only dropped and covered for 60 seconds but then also practiced their tsunami evacuation route. They grabbed their go bags provided by the Red Cross and marched up the hill to complete the drill. A good example for the coastal communities to be ready to grab and go quickly.

Extension Web Update

This ambitious website project may just be getting underway in the broader timeline of the digital strategy goals, but a lot of effort has already been invested. Thank you to those leading the way and working behind the scenes through the iterative process. All of Extension faculty and staff that have the opportunity to help shape it further. This week’s web upgrade blog post looks at how to get onboard, be informed, and be recognized as part of what Extension offers going 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.

Readings:

Using a Translational Process to Apply Latino Youth Development Research Findings in Practice

Translating research into practice is a cornerstone for Extension programs. We developed an intentional and collaborative translational process for converting evidence-based knowledge from Latino youth development literature into Extension practice. https://joe.org/joe/2018october/iw3.php?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018october

OSU Juntos – Open Campus as an Honorable Mention

Honorable mentions are programs that have made a significant impact on Latino students at your institution and within your communities. https://www.edexcelencia.org/2018-What-Works-for-Latino-Student-Success-in-Higher-Education

Events & Resources

A Journey To Africa 2018: Join the African Students Association at OSU in the Memorial Union Multipurpose room for a free night of food, games, music, information, and more! Enjoy a night of learning amazing things about the second largest continent in the world, Africa! November 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Day of the Dead Exhibit: Celebrate with the community in Ontario on Oct. 27th, Saturday from 4:30 – 9 PM. We’ll have beautifully created altars by local families, family activities and crafts, folkloric dancing, mariachis, a DJ, and a baile that will be held outside in the garden. For more info visit the event page.

Día de los muertos: A great time and learning experience for all ages, and pan de muerto and hot chocolate will be provided. October 29 starting at 6:00 pm in Albany. For more info, visit the event page.

AKAP Korean Culture Night: Join AKAP for a fun and engaging evening with catered food from Kim Jong Grillin’ food truck (special menu offered), enjoy the performance by the Oregon Korean Performing Arts dancers, raffle drawing for exciting prizes and activities for all ages. October 27 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

Black feminist speaker series began at the UO Oct. 19

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is hosting a new speaker series, New Directions in Black Feminist Studies, this year at the University of Oregon.

2019 Best Public Elementary Schools in Oregon

When Election Day lands on Nov. 6, Oregon voters will no doubt put education — meaning, public schools funding, the ability of the state to generate top-notch students and overall teacher and institution quality — toward the top of their issues list.

What Latinos look like: Latin American students share their stories

“to celebrate the end of Latin American Heritage month, I decided to shed light on this diversity and speak to UP students from different Latino backgrounds — some born in Latin America, others first or second-generation Latinos in the U.S.”

Building a Diverse Workforce for Next-Generation Analytics and AI

High-performance computing (HPC) has a well-known diversity problem, and groups such as Women in HPC are working to address it.

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

Ag director hears farmers’ concerns
The Mail Tribune
She began her day meeting with scientists and project leaders at the Southern Oregon Research & Extension Center, and with state Sen. Alan DeBoer. Bee projects, small farm programs, grapes and cannabis were discussed by the extension staff.

Building strong leaders
Herald and News
The students started the day with Ian McGregor, a livestock extension agent with OSU KBREC … McGregor answered questions about careers and the work being done to improve the agriculture industry, listening and giving advice as students told him some of their career interests, which ranged from engineering, marketing and human resources to insurance, contract farming and real estate.

Flight of aphids clogs Pendleton air
East Oregonian
Thompson assists the irrigated agriculture entomology program at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Hermiston. He said the bugs in Pendleton are a type of woolly aphid that takes to the air each fall.

In this week’s issue:

Short Term Fellowships with AOC

Oregon Extension educators are invited to consider a short-term fellowship AOC Fellow Priority Projects Oregon Extension educators are invited to consider a short-term fellowship in cooperation with the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). This pilot program AOC Fellow Pilot place an Extension professional within the AOC County Solutions office to work on important community issues. The term of a fellowship is flexible based upon the issue and availability of qualified individuals. Extension leadership will work with anyone interested to define the best course, including study leave, sabbatical or short-term  transfer of assignment. Please consider this unique opportunity to learn more about our AOC partner and contribute to an important issue If interested, email Scott Reed and “cc” Jackie Russell and your supervisor with “AOC Fellow” in the subject line, and information about which priority project interests you, why, any conditions associated with your availability by November 1 end of day.

Deadline reminder: 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)

National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference

Several Oregon ESP Members attended the National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference in Manhatten, KS, October 1-4 to receive the following national awards:
Excellence in Early Career Service: Katie Ahern
Excellence in Mid-Career Service: Jenny Rudolph
Continue Excellence: Patricia Dawson

Administrative Leadership: Sam Angima
Visionary Leadership: Willie Riggs
Excellence in Diversity Multicultural Programming: Patricia Dawson.

Bob & Charlee Moore of Bob’s Red Mill were presented the National Friend of Extension Award.

Oregon’s members were featured in several concurrent sessions. Jan Williams, Wendy Hein, Trisha Applebee presented a concurrent session on “Continuing Education for Volunteers Using eXtension”. Sam Angima presented, “Innovative Approaches to Programming Under Reduced State and Federal Funding”. “Building Capacity with a Wellness Committee to Enhance Health Outcomes” was presented by Katie Ahern. And Mike Knutz and Kelli Watcherson presented “Building Rapport with Elected Officials”.

Extension Web Update

This week’s web upgrade blog post provides answers to guide you in knowing whether or not research content should go on the Extension website and next steps based on that decision. It also provides a Box link to backed-up archive content and a recorded webinar for combined stations.

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

3rd Annual History Dinner: Join the Tenmile Lakes Association for a rich, historical presentation of Native American Life on Coos Waterways at this year’s 3rd Annual History Dinner! October 17 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm in Lakeside, for more info visit the event page.

Culture and Conversation – Is History Repeating Itself? Portland State University School of Social Work is bringing you another installment of our Culture and Conversation Series. This event, Culture and Conversation: Is History Repeating Itself? Facilitating injustice during internment, will be held in ARSC 6th, rooms 620/630 on October 19 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, for more information visit the event page.

Pakistani Night 2018: Pakistan Student Association presents the first Pakistani Night at Oregon State University starring the sensational Qawwals: “Fanna-Fi-Allah” October 21 from 6:30 t0 10:00 in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Día de Muertos Celebration: Face Painting, Aztec Dancers live performance, kids crafts and activities, live music, food and drink in Newberg. November 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm, for more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center to open in new home 

OSU paid to move the center to its new quarters. The university also remodeled the building to help it fit the center’s programs. Counting parking permits and parking credits, the university spent more than $200,000 to relocate the center, which will continue to be charged $1 per month in rent.

Oregon Schools Face Long, Uphill Road To More Diverse Teaching Force

If you’re inclined to grade Oregon schools for making progress, these numbers might be encouraging: Public schools are adding non-white and multilingual teachers almost four times as fast as they’re hiring monolingual, white teachers, according to numbers in the recent Oregon Educator Equity Report.

Longstanding Equity Issues At Clark College Alienate Staff, Students

School records and dozens of interviews with staff and students show a culture at Clark College that alienates people of color, even as top school officials say the campus is becoming more inclusive.

Pride celebration commemorates diversity and inclusion

The LGBT community and supporters celebrated diversity and inclusion at the 2018 Rogue Valley Pride Celebration today, hosted by the Lotus Rising Project. Honoring this year’s theme of “Rising With Pride,” people of all sexual orientations joined together in a parade through downtown Ashland.

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

Cannon Beach Has A Rabbit Problem
OPB
Eradication or hutching are both reasonable solutions, said Dana Sanchez, a wildlife specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. The rabbits may seem like pets to some neighbors, she said, but they are considered feral.

The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon
OPB
To fulfill that mandate, Kincaid’s department teamed up with the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2017 to create the Oregon Bee Project.

Study shows value of fungicides for hazelnuts
Western Farmer-Stockman
“Although we have a lot of new hazelnut acres (almost 40,000) of EFB-resistant cultivars, the previous old, susceptible orchards (30,000 acres) are still producing as these young ones grow up,” says Jay Pscheidt, an OSU professor, OSU Extension Service plant pathology specialist and the lead author of the study.

In this week’s issue:

Marijuana policy reminder

Regarding the issue about marijuana questions and policy, faculty, staff, and volunteers should continue to refer to OSU policies regarding marijuana.

All media inquiries should continue be referred to Jay Noller, who is OSU’s point of contact with questions about marijuana and/or industrial hemp production in Oregon.

Although Extension isn’t allowed to directly answer questions about marijuana, we can discuss it indirectly. For instance, if a grower asks what the best pesticide is, we can tell them of pesticides used on similar crops or refer them to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

ODA, Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) regulate other aspects of the marijuana industry. It is OK to refer appropriate questions to these agencies as applicable.

Here are some questions we cannot answer but rather refer them to ODA or OLCC:

  • Propagation
  • How to plant and care for marijuana plants (seed, growing medium, start a nursery, weed control, germination rates, fertilizer rates, harvesting, yield)
  • Testing soils for growing marijuana
  • Hemp/marijuana growing regulations
  • Nutrient requirements, cultivars, plant physiology
  • Compounds found in marijuana
  • Size, space, slope aspect, water requirements
  • Donating gifts/funds to support research
  • Collaboration with other scientists and/or marijuana growers on projects that are not related to marijuana?
  • Analytical labs to test for residues
  • Developing edible products
  • Testing edible product for water activity, pH or microbes
  • Testing THC-free product for water activity for adding to cannabis later
  • Working on hemp or cannabidiol(s) (CBDs)
  • IPM plan for marijuana pests (e.g., monitoring, plant spacing, indicator susceptible plants, and pruning for aeration).

Also, remember that we can’t accept gifts or money from known growers of marijuana even for projects that are not related to marijuana.

In Memorium

Ray McNeilan, OSU Professor of Horticulture and head of the Extension Master Gardener Program from 1978 to 1996, has passed away. It is impossible to overstate the impact that Ray has had on Oregon’s Master Gardener Program, and on home gardeners across Oregon. He has taught generations of Master Gardeners, was a gracious colleague to fellow horticulturists, and author of several books and countless Extension fact sheets. Upon his retirement, he continued to volunteer his time and expertise to the Master Gardener Program and to the Oregon Master Gardener Association. In honor of his contributions, the Oregon Master Gardener Association funds a scholarship for an OSU Horticulture student, in Dr. McNeilan’s name. His smile was huge, as was his heart. Together with his wife Jan (who was also an OSU Extension Professional, and the Coordinator of OSU’s Master Gardener Program from 2003 to 2007), the McNeilans helped to establish the Statewide Master Gardener Endowment Fund at OSU, which has been integral to keeping the program strong, to this day. A giant in the world of horticulture, he was humble, generous, and always had a huge smile. His legacy will live on in the generations of Master Gardeners he has trained, the students who study horticulture at OSU via the Ray McNeilan scholarship, and the many colleagues he has supported and encouraged.

A celebration of life is planned for a later date, to be announced.

Election reminder

With the approach of the November elections, the information below provides guidance for public employees in their official capacity relating to election and political matters.

Public employees may not engage in certain political activity while on the job during working hours, under ORS 260.432. The statute prohibits public employees from promoting or opposing the adoption of a ballot measure, or a candidate for public office, while on the job during working hours. It also prohibits any person from requiring or attempting to require other public employees to give money, service or anything of value to promote or oppose a ballot measure or a candidate.

The statute does not mean that you give up your individual rights to engage in political activity as a result of your public employment. However, it is important to be clear when you are speaking in your private capacity. The Secretary of State notes that the use of a working title tends to indicate that an employee is acting in the employee’s official capacity. It would be prudent for you to avoid using your OSU title if you promote or oppose candidates or ballot measures. If there is any question about the capacity in which you are speaking or acting, it would also be prudent for you to expressly state that you are speaking and acting in your private capacity and not as an OSU employee.

The Oregon Secretary of State has published valuable guidance on this law, titled “Restrictions on Political Campaigning by Public Employees, ORS 260.432.”  The guidance can be found at:  http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Documents/restrictions.pdf.

The penalties for non-compliance with this statute are potentially severe. The Secretary of State may impose a civil penalty of up to $1000 for each violation, and the district attorney or a taxpayer may seek recovery of any improper expenditure of public funds in connection with promotion or opposition of a candidate or ballot measure.

If you have any questions about this matter, please feel free to contact the Oregon State University Office of Human Resources at:  human.resources@oregonstate.edu.

Below are some resources to help you professionally and effectively communicate with legislators. Information available on OSU Government Relations State Advocacy site:

150 Events in full swing

The OSU150 Land Grant Festival, from Oct. 1 to 17 at Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, is under way with two dozen free events including art exhibits, the wave lab, and a lecture about the future of energy. Of special interest is The Promise and Peril of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics on October 23.You can pick and choose what portions of the symposium you want to attend. However, please, do not delay as registrations are coming in briskly.

This free, daylong Futures Focus Symposium at the LaSells Stewart Center is expected to attract more than 1,000 attendees to consider the potential benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence and robotics. Invited national and OSU experts will share their insights into the potential for AI and robotics to transform agriculture, health care, natural resource management, transportation, arts and entertainment, as well as consider possible impacts on jobs, the economy, our communities, laws and privacy.

Extension Web Update

This week’s web upgrade blog reveals a “New Look to Topic Pages Coming Soon”. Get a sneak peek at the new visual designs that will roll out this month. Topic pages on the Extension website will be curated by topic committees made up of representatives from the various content teams that contribute content to the topic. These topic stewards will feature fresh and relevant content to meet changing seasons and audience’s interests.

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

Rogue Valley Pride 2018 “Rising with Pride!”: Ashland hosts space for diversity and inclusiveness in the 2018 Parade! We will create a colorful atmosphere of fun, and more importantly, celebrate our LGBTQ+ community in Southern Oregon! This year’s theme is “Rising with Pride.” October 13 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Ashland, for more info visit the event page.

Persistent Health Disparities: The Laurel Case Lecture and Visiting Professorship presents Denise Rodgers, M.D., vice chancellor of Interprofessional Programs and director of Urban Health and Wellness Institute, Rutgers University. October 17 from 11:30 to 1:30 in Portland, for more info visit the event page.

Hispanic Heritage Day at the Oregon State Capitol: To conclude National Hispanic Heritage Month the Oregon State Capitol Foundation is proud to sponsor this event through the Capitol History Gateway Program. Enjoy music, dancing, art and exhibits during this free, family-friendly event that is open to the public. October 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Salem, for more info visit the event page.

3rd Annual DV in Indigenous, Black & Communities of Color Event: Featuring keynote speaker Vanessa Timmons, and culturally specific workshops, this multifaceted event will center the conversation around DV in Indigenous, Black, and communities of color. October 24 from 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm in Portland, if you want more info visit the event page.

In the News

We Have Work To Do

We Have Work To Do is a university-wide campaign that will be led by the Office of Institutional Diversity during the 2018-19 academic year.

After colleges promised to increase it, hiring of black faculty declined

At Oregon State University, where the 2016 federal figures analyzed by Hechinger recorded 1 percent of tenure-track instructors as being black, school leaders are working with the nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board to find black professors from southern universities, said Charlene Alexander, the university’s vice president and chief diversity officer.

Unmaking “Hispanic”: Teaching the Creation of Hispanic Identity

“Hispanic” heritage includes a diverse range of cultures, nationalities, histories and identities. This TT teaching and learning specialist offers recommendations for teaching students the complex histories behind Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

Minnesota Residents Call Police On Rowdy Drunk Birds
NPR
Oregon State University’s Extension Service notes that by October, the birds that have consumed the fruit “may be tipsy, inadvertent victims of alcohol consumption.”

Tucking in hazelnut orchards for the winter
Capital Press
“Fall of 2016 it started raining and never really stopped — a big wake-up call,” Oregon State University Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman said. “The mud clogs up the harvesters and you end up with really dirty loads with cleaning fees that can exceed the nuts’ value. Moisture increases kernel defects, and moldy kernels are a big problem in the industry.”

Pendleton’s dry spell lingers
East Oregonian
Don Wysocki, a soil scientist for Oregon State University Extension Service, said wheat farmers have been forced to move back their planting dates while they wait for rains to arrive.

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)

Diversity Webinar

An exciting webinar is being offered Tuesday, October 23 at 10 AM. It is:   “California 4-H Embracing Diversity & Fostering Inclusion – Not an easy task!” California 4-H leads the largest 4-H Latino Youth initiative in the nation. The initiative started in 2015 when the California 4-H team set high total enrollment expectations and achieve parity for Latino, Black and Asian youth.  In 2016, we started a pilot program in seven counties, focused in the Latino community and hired bilingual and bicultural program representatives in an effort to introduce 4-H to the Latino community, our initial goal was getting to know the community and offered new and innovative 4-H delivery modes, like afterschool programs and day camps. After two years, California 4-H has increase total enrollment by 38.7%, the participation of the Latino youth in California 4-H by 89.3% and the number of counties which achieved parity by 70%. During our presentation we will share our challenges and opportunities during our journey in an effort to motivate the audience to embrace diversity and foster inclusion in their 4-H programs.

Update: 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.

“Growing the Fund”
Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to the following fund:

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)

Extension Web Update

Extension faculty and staff can stay on top of web updates and share your input through events this month. EESC is gearing up for web trainings, and giving web status and strategy reports to different groups throughout October. Read this week’s web upgrade blog post for who will be involved and the upcoming dates, times, and places.

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

Diversity and Inclusion—What, Why, and ROI: Creating A LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff, Clients, and Students— The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will be hosting Mike Chaddock from Michigan State University on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Magruder Hall M 102. This presentation will include basic information on diversity and inclusion and the business case for diversity and inclusion, and provide take-home ideas and tips on how to create a LGBTQ+ friendly environment. This is a free lecture open to students, staff and faculty. For questions or accommodations contact Sara.k.smith@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6779.

How to Identify Culturally Diverse and LGBTQ+ Friendly Educational and Employment Opportunities AND How to Make the Environment LGBTQ+ Friendly”: Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 12:00 pm in the MagruderHall Room 2012.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity—What and Why. Creating a LGBTQ+ Friendly Environment for Staff and Clients”
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 8 at 5:30 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

Mental Health Outcomes and Stressors in LGBTQ+ DVM Workforce and the Classroom
Hosted by Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine & Banfield Pet Hospital in Corvallis October 9 at 12:00 pm in the Magruder Hall Room 2012.

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

(In)Visible Series: Living in Albany: A series of events meant to improve community relationships in Albany. This series is intended to improve the collective understanding of what intersectionality is, what actions Albany residents can take in their community, and what changes they want to see in how they interact with each other in their daily lives.  Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church 432 S.W. Ferry St, Albany. This event was funded through a Health Equity grant written by OSU Extension Linn County.

In the News

Inspiring Future Leaders

When you think of scientists, what comes to mind? Lab coats and microscopes? Beakers and goggles? These images are how science is often portrayed through media, but for many youth—especially in underserved communities—it might be the only impression they have.

LatinX Heritage Month: A festival of culture, history and tradition

From art exhibits to film screenings to operas to a celebration of life and death, this year’s UO LatinX Heritage Month honors the diverse LatinX community.

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

Class in the woods: Klamath County sixth-graders participate in forestry tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell is an assistant forestry professor with the Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, which organized the event. He said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing. “We use products from the forest all the time,” he said.