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 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
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
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.

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