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)

Alberta B. Johnston Awards – Nomination deadline extended to Nov 13

Extension Administration has extended the deadline and updated the requirements for nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards.  Nominations are due by November 13, end of day, with submission by email to  For updated nomination criteria and instructions see online links below. Awards are received at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education

Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership

Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program.

Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

Extension Web Update

If you are new to working on the Extension website, or need a refresher, then read “Back to the Basics – 10 Tips to Remember for Web Entry” to get answers to frequently asked questions and avoid common missteps when still learning the new website structure.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Special Announcement:

Claudia Torres has been named Executive Director for Casa Latinos Unidos, a Latino non-profit organization which serves the Latinx community in the Corvallis-Benton County area. Claudia comes to Casa Latinos Unidos with vast experiences in public relations, marketing, event management, sales and community engagement. She is a community builder who, based upon previous experiences, is a well-organized, efficient communicator and well known in Oregon for her abilities to engage parents, students, and local agencies in serving the Latinx community.

Events & Resources

Columbia River Indian Autumn Gathering: Join the gathering to share and celebrate with all of our neighbors the bounty of the Columbia River Gorge. November 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 am in The Dalles. For more info visit the event page.

The Race in America Series Presents: You Are Enough – Join in for a discussion about the experiences surrounding the one drop rule, blood quantum, and anti-blackness/anti-indigenousness in America with Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes. November 15 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Corvallis, for more info visit the event page.

Confederated Tribes of Siletz: 41st Annual Restoration Pow-wow: The Confederate Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon invites 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.

3rd Annual History Dinner – Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpua and Siuslaw: Join for a rich, historical presentation of Native American Life on Coos Waterways at this year’s 3rd Annual History Dinner! November 17 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Lakeside, for more info visit the event page.

Day of the Dead Exhibit: Each year, Four Rivers Cultural Center celebrates the Day of the Dead with a family event and fiesta and a temporary altar that remains on display for the first two weeks of November. We welcome everyone to come and take a look at the beautifully created altars of local families. From November 2 to the 15 in Ontario, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Oregon Outdoor School releases informational flyers in 8 languages, including braille.
For more information or to request copies, please contact or visit the Outdoor School website:

Looking Forward,  Looking Past

These photos and captions are part of our Emerging Journalists, Community Stories fellowship project, which is funded in large part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes. Emilly Prado is one of three journalists who are working on stories as part of this project. This excerpt is from Prado’s story about undocumented and mixed-status families living in Oregon.

Trailer parks face rising rents. This one’s residents found a way out

Not all parks are suited for coop conversions, says Kate MacTavish, a professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University. Oregon is one of several states that give residents the right to buy their communities, which creates an opening for ROC USA and its affiliates to work.

Latino Enrollment Shrank Where Police Worked With Federal Immigration Authorities

Thousands of students were uprooted from schools over the last decade in communities where local police partnered with ICE on immigration enforcement, a Stanford study found.

Drag culture provides a chance to speak out

Rainbow Continuum put on the Fall Drag Show at the LaSells Stewart Center. Drag is the adoption of clothing and roles of another gender for the purposes of play, entertainment or eroticism.

Native American Heritage Month: A celebration of resilience

The rich and diverse cultures, traditions and history of Native Americans are reflected in the many UO offerings for Native American 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

We ‘crunched at once’
Klamath Falls Herald and News
“We hope this event sparked conversation for youth and their families about the important role farmers have in providing healthy food for our schools,” said organizer Patty Case, associate professor at OSU Extension Family and Community Health.

Class Of 2025: More Money + More Days = More Impact At Outdoor School
Oregon State University’s extension service, which manages the Outdoor School program statewide, said schools have applied for money to cover more than 42,000 students. That’s up from about 30,000 students a year ago.

Oregon’s Pinot profusion
Good Fruit Grower
“We need more research, but people have been convinced that they can increase yields without lowering quality,” said Patty Skinkis, OSU associate professor and viticulture extension specialist. “It’s all in thinking about the capacity of a particular vineyard site.”

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