In this week’s issue:

Joy Jones reception

Sadly Joy Jones is leaving us, her reception will be May 16 from 4:00-6:00 pm Tillamook County Extension. She will be missed!

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 ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 17, 2019)

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

This fund is designed to help faculty and staff gain the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors to enhance Extension education programs and services.

The fund is able to support a LOT of opportunities! Everyone is eligible to apply — as long as they have at least a .25 FTE and the other funding criteria are met!

Other Funding Criteria

  • At least 50% matching funds available from other sources.
  • Application submission precedes date of event.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications accepted from an individual.
  • A total limit of $1,000 will be awarded to an individual in one calendar year.
  • Awarded funds must be used within one year of award.

Activity also must support one or more of the following five strategic objectives and priorities:

  • Improve OSU Extension’s ability to reach culturally diverse audiences.
  • Enhance faculty members’ proficiency with impact evaluation and reporting.
  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness of office and program support staff through new and improved practices.
  • Develop ability to make decisions and positively influence diverse groups and individuals.
  • Invest in lifelong learning of faculty and staff through undergraduate and advanced degrees.


For complete information and application form, see: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

“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.
  • Earnings from the endowment feed 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.

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/debit card).
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • As you complete the on-line process, be sure to designate contributions to the following fund.
    • 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)

October 15, 2019 — Application Deadline for the Following Programs/Awards

The Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA) website is now updated related to all of the following programs/awards:

  • Search for Excellence Program
  • OSUEA Cooperator Awards Program
  • ESP Friend of Extension Program
  • Alberta Johnston Awards Program
  • Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants Program
  • Oscar Hagg Extension Communications Award
  • OSUEA Staff Awards Program (this includes):
  • Newer Faculty Awards
  • Experienced Faculty Awards
  • Classified Staff Awards
  • Educational Program Assistant Awards
  • Professional Faculty (administrative) Awards
  • Team Award

Extension Web Update

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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

2019 Southern Oregon LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Summit: The goal is to improve care for the LGBTQ+ community through reaching out to regional medical and behavioral healthcare providers and improve access to quality services. May 9–10 in Medford, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? – Exploring What Makes Us Oregonian : Join Kerani Mitchell as they lead a conversation that asks what makes us Oregonian and how can we create inclusive communities. May 9 starting at 6:00 pm in Coos Bay. For info, visit the event page.

Women on the Rise: Join the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as they try and connect, inspire, and empower generation of women. May 11 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Pendleton. For more information, visit the event page.

2nd Annual Lā ʻOhana Lūʻau: La ʻOhana celebrates and honors or ʻohana and the many who continue to support the growth and amazing journey the halau has been on and continue to be on. May 11 from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm in Beaverton. For more information visit the event page.

PSU Pacific Islanders Club 17th Annual Lū’au: Join the PSU Pacific Islanders Club for some legendary storytelling from around the Pacific through song, dance, and food. May 11 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Recovering an erased history: The Chinese railroad workers who helped connect the country

In the first of 5 articles about the Transcontinental Railroad anniversary, descendants of Chinese railroad workers share their hope for the recognition of their ancestors’ labor.

Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.”

Juntos: Local schools work to raise Latino graduation rate

College posters for OSU and University of Oregon hang from the wall next to folders of federal-aid forms, free for the taking, and explanatory sheets detailing graduation requirements.

A 45-Year-Old Man Shared An Emotional Reaction To Putting On A Bandage In His Skin Tone For The First Time

“This was one of the first things that made me aware of ‘race’ when I was a kid,” one user wrote.

Hey, did you see this?

Have you seen or read something that would be of interest to your Extension colleagues? Let us know and we’ll share in ConnEXTion.

Extension in the news

Mulch-in cherries
Good Fruit Grower
However, the mulch did significantly increase organic matter, and as the mulch breaks up over time, it may improve the biology of both trees and fruit, according to Oregon State University Extension specialist Ashley Thompson, one of the researchers on the study.

4-H Entrepreneurship Curriculum: Collaboration helps students hone skills to start business
The Argus Observer
Dubbed the 4-H Mobile Maker Studio, the classroom is contained in a 32-foot recreational vehicle that is slated to serve students in rural schools throughout eastern and central Oregon, with Nyssa being the first, said Barbara Brody, Oregon State University Extension in Malheur County.

Preparing for a Chiloquin wildfire
The Herald and News
KLFHP member and Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center Forest Agent Daniel Leavell said the partnership encouraged solutions, not blame-shoveling, between partners.