In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

We’re trying a new, regular feature in ConnEXTion. If you tuned into the May 17 Quarterly Conversation, you heard Scott begin by sharing a few examples of impactful programs; success stories; and faculty, staff, and partner recognitions. We know there are more great things happening every day across the state, and as Scott shared, it’s important we take time out of our daily tasks to celebrate and acknowledge those.

Here’s a place we can do that. If you have a bright spot, a success, or a shout-out, please submit it. We’ll publish these weekly in a new “Bright Spots” section of each ConnEXTion issue.

2018-2019 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2019! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty.

Promoted to Senior Instructor I:

  • Amanda Hatfield, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Kelly Streit, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Tina Dodge Vera, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:

  • Stephanie Polizzi, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences

Promotion to Associate Professor of Practice:

  • Barbara Bromley Brody, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Jamie Davis, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:

  • Lauren Gwin, College of Agricultural Sciences,Crop and Soil Science

Promoted to Professor:

  • Amy Jo Detweiler, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
  • Katherine (Kathy) Gunter, College of Public Health and Human Sciences,Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Deborah John, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Dustin Johnson, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
  • Patty Skinkis, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
  • David Stone, College of Agricultural Sciences, Food Science and Technology
  • Scott Leavengood, College of Forestry, Wood Science and Engineering

Awards for Excellence Event Recording and Resources

On May 2, the inaugural Failing Forward Award and 10 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence were awarded to diverse projects from across the university, including five with direct ties to the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. You will find a recording of the event, a PDF of the event program, a photo gallery, and descriptions of the award winning projects on the event website.

Upcoming webinars

Managing County Landing Pages and Local Focus Areas
Presented by Bryan Mayjor
Learn about the new options for managing County landing pages, and Local focus areas. The webinar will cover basics such as logging in using DUO, editing your editing your website profile and photo.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting number: 926 421 616
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Friday, May 31, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 am
Session number: 924 232 853
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Extension Web Update

This week’s update includes an update on the Navigator, upcoming webinars, and a list of website updates.

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

SAY HEY! – Legacy Health Atrium: Say Hey! is an evening program to welcome professionals of color who recently relocated to the region. Join in for a fun evening of connecting, celebrating and showing our newest neighbors that there’s a rich and thriving multicultural community. May 29 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own.  May 29 starting at 6:00 pm in Ontario. For more information, visit the event page.

America’s Global Village Festival: The Festival displays authentic cultural villages—African, Basque, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mexican, Native American, Pioneer, Scottish. Each village features food, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations and free youth activities. June 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Ontario. For more information, visit the event page.

1st Annual Albany Autism Walk: Join the Autism Society of Oregon for a day of family fun with activies like face painting, crafting and other inclusive activities. June 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Albany. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Black Mark, Black Legend: Uncovering the lineage of Black artists in Portland

I enter this work, Intisar S. Abioto, a Black woman, artist, Southern writer, storyteller, born in the year 1986, working in this world until a year yet to be determined.

Social equity becomes a key question as pot legalization spreads

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

Park’s plans seen as promise of increased awareness, community togetherness

A local nonprofit organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families unveiled this week plans for an all-inclusive, fully accessible community park.

Warm Springs Tribes official to deliver OSU-Cascades commencement

Alyssa Macy, chief operating officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University – Cascades’ 18th commencement ceremony.

Directors Coin for Excellence

We are pleased to announce the newest director’s coin for excellence recipients. They are:

Michelle Jenck
Kurt Englund
John Corbin
Sheila Garber
Yosvan Campos
Celia August
Teresa Crowley
Shana Withee
Cassie Bouska
Lynette Black
Lindsay Davis
Mark LAbhart

Congratulations to all of you!

Please send in your nominations here.

Extension in the news

We Need Summer Camp More Than Ever Before
“We know all of the evidence tells us that students learn more and they retain more when they learn in an outdoor setting,” says Kris Elliott, assistant director for outreach and engagement for the outdoor-school program, which is facilitated by the Oregon State University cooperative-extension system. “They’re not only retaining that information in a more meaningful way, they’re also connecting to nature and to a place, and they carry that with them into the future.”

Hood River County Library to offer ‘things’ to checkout
Hood River News
“We are kicking off this collection with home kitchen and preservation tools in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service.”

OSU researcher focuses on integrated pest management
The Creswell Chronicle
Now a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Gail Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.

Bugs, birds and more at Beazell: Students enjoy lessons in the forest
Philomath Express
The program serves Title 1 underserved elementary schools, such as Philomath, Blodgett and others. Maggie Livesay, Benton County 4-H outreach leader with the OSU Extension Service, said 256 third and fourth graders went through the program last year.

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