In this week’s issue:

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2019

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffles

A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffles held at Extension Annual Conference. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn Projessfrom a “raffle bucket”.

  • Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, a total of $1,400 was generated for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund Endowment. A special Thank You to all involved!!

  • “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 at:
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Employment Opportunities

University of Wisconsin in Madison has some open positions:

Director of Program Support Services:

The Director of the Office of Program Support Services (OPSS) is an administrator who will oversee the Office of Program Support Services (formerly known as Program Development and Evaluation), and will be responsible for the office’s delivery of services to assist faculty and staff with planning, implementing and evaluating high quality educational programs for the people of Wisconsin.

Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement:

The Office of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement supports UW-Extension’s communication, educational materials development and technology integration.  Staff collaborate across the institution on priority projects that range from public interest stories, multimedia educational design and publishing to technology adoption, news and inquires, impact reporting, marketing and accountability efforts.

Volunteer Management System Specialist:

This newly identified position will provide strong statewide leadership in cultivating formal volunteer management and the holistic development of volunteers within UW-Extension programs to increase the capacity of the organization. From policy to process, this position will create a consistent framework for volunteer management and development, which includes but is not limited to training, technology interface, risk management, and retention.

Seeking employment brand focus group participants

Outreach and Engagement is partnering with Shane Turner in Human Resources to develop an employment brand for the unit. Successful employment branding reduces hiring costs, increases the size and quality of applicant pools, and helps to align everyone around a shared vision and mission. This project sets out to learn how our employees would answer the question: “What does it mean to work for OSU Division of University Outreach and Engagement?” In order to find out, we are seeking employees who would be willing to participate in a focus group to share their thoughts. If you are willing to participate, please send an email to Shane Turner by the end of the day on January 22, 2019. Dates and communication channel for the focus group are yet to be determined.

Extension Web Update

For this week’s post, we thought we’d start the year with a couple of tips that can save you time and frustration.

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

Japanese New Year Celebration Event: Celebrate the Year of the boar with your friends and colleagues together. January 17 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Portland, for more info about the event and registration, visit the event page.

What Transpires Now: Transgender Histories & Futures: Susan Stryker explores the relationship between the transgender past and present, and how history can inspire us to reimagine the future. January 17 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Corvallis, for more information visit the event page.

Women’s March Southern Oregon 2019: This year the Women’s March will highlight the people and organizations who have helped women, and other underrepresented groups; trough their services such as educating, mentoring, and helping them build strength in their minds and in their bodies. January 19 from 11:00am to 1:30pm in Medford, for more information visit the event page.

NW KhSA Conference 2019: Journey of Our Youth (JOY): The Cambodian Student Associations from Portland State University and Oregon State University present to you the next annual Northwest Khmer Conference of 2019 that focuses on the the next generation of Cambodians, Cambodian Americans, and other youth. January 19 from 9:00am to 9:00pm in Portland, for more information visit the event page.

In the News

A Cree doctor’s caring approach for transgender patients Alberta doctor attracts people from around country, world

In the burgeoning field of gender transitioning, Makokis’s workplaces, both his main clinic at the health center on Enoch Cree Nation west of Edmonton, and his secondary one in the city, have become destinations for people from around the world to seek medical help.

Sandra Oh Wins Golden Globe For Lead Actress In A Drama

When the news of Oh’s nomination in the category broke, she took time to reflect on the potential of a trailblazing win. She told The New York Times she hoped her nomination could help bring change to an industry still dominated by white men.

Retirements prompt mass eviction at affordable refuge in downtown Portland

City’s relocation funds will help tenants with the move, but loss of affordable units could make it tough to find new homes.

Emergency Medical Responders Confront Racial Bias

A recent study out of Oregon suggests emergency medical responders — EMTs and paramedics — may be treating minority patients differently from the way they treat white patients.

Reconstructing Latin America’s African past

UCI professor uses linguistics, DNA to help long-isolated Colombian community descended from escaped slaves find its roots.

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

How to grow the perfect Christmas Tree (it’s harder than you think)
PBS NewsHour
Christmas tree farms make for prime habitat for those parasites because the trees are so tightly packed together and of one consistent variety, said Chal Landgren, Oregon State University Extension’s Christmas tree specialist.

Extension crop specialist enjoying Pacific Northwest challenge
Albany Democrat-Herald
Meeting mid-valley grass seed farmers and developing an understanding of living in a state with more than 250 different crops has been a priority since May for OSU Extension Service seed specialist Will Jessie.

Kerr inducted into the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame
Lake County Examiner
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Phyllis Kerr was inducted in the Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She was joined by her family, friends, and Lake County Extension Staff at a celebratory banquet.

Cougar sightings: Why they’ve become more prevalent and what to do if you encounter one
St. Helens Chronicle
If you’ve followed local social media, you may have noticed an uptick in cougar sightings being reported throughout Columbia County. According to Chip Bubl, with the Oregon State University Extension Service, there are several reasons we may be seeing these large cats more often.

Investment advice for orchardists
Good Fruit Grower
Have accurate figures ready, said Clark Seavert, an Oregon State University agricultural economist. Know your establishment’s costs and returns. A bank would ask similar questions for a conventional loan.

A century of service
Newport News-Times
In 1918, the second ever Oregon State University Extension Service office was founded in Lincoln County.

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