In this week’s issue:

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2019

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

“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.

Professional Development Opportunity: REAL Oregon

The Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program for Oregon (REAL Oregon) is accepting applications for their 2019-20 program through July 25.

REAL Oregon is an annual leadership and professional development program that exposes a cross-section of individuals from Oregon’s natural resource communities to the diversity of Oregon’s geography, economy and cultures through a series of five statewide sessions. Program objectives are:

  1. Improve personal leadership skills, enhance self-confidence, and develop agriculture and natural resource awareness.
  2. Encourage a network of leaders to take an active leadership role in community, state, and national issues.
  3. Promote Oregon’s Natural Resources and the development of strong rural communities.
  4. Continue to build a network of informed, trained and motivated rural leaders across Oregon.

Speak with your supervisor if you are interested in applying. If selected, and additional funds are needed to participate, consider applying to the Extension professional development fund.

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: August 16, 2019)

Extension Web Update

Are you meeting lots of people while exhibiting at the county fairs or tabling at the farmer’s markets this summer? If you give them Extension’s website to learn more, then you’ll want to create a welcoming place for them to land.

This week’s blog post shows you some new designs that you can easily apply to your program pages. Check out some of the fabulous program page examples, and watch the short training videos to walk you through how to make changes.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Free art exhibit: Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Now through August 12, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the OSU Corvallis Campus Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Buried Hxstories for BIPOC Youth
A new monthly series at the PDX People’s Food Co-op this Summer! Every third Wednesday of the month (6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.), Buried Hxstories for BIPOC youth brings kid-friendly lessons on ancestral wisdom of Black or African, Indigenous or Native, and Non-Black People of Color.

Speed Friending Event with INTO OSU Mexican Teaching Group is seeking OSU and Community members to participate in brief five-minute conversations with a group of 15 Mexican educators on Monday, July 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Campus Valley Library, Willamette East/West Room (Valley 3622). Register here.

Huerto de la Familia & The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
Saturday, July 20, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene. Hosted by the Latino Professionals Connect network.

In the News

‘Here It Goes’: Coming Out to Your Doctor in Rural America (Valley Public Radio)
A poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds that 18 percent of all LGBTQ Americans refrain from seeing a physician for fear of discrimination.

Dorm Design Affects Student Outcomes, Especially for African Americans (Insight Into Diversity)
A new study, published in the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, examines whether residence hall design affects new student academic outcomes.

Yale Was a Boys’ Club For Centuries. Then the First Women Came Along. (Chronicle of Higher Edu)
As Anne Gardiner Perkins explains in her forthcoming book, Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant, those women had to cope with a culture that tended to view them less as fellow leaders-to-be and more as campus curiosities. “Institutions do not slough off their history so easily,” she writes.

Extension in the News

Cash Crop
The Mail Tribune
“With cannabis, people were concerned about underutilization of land because of the limit on the number of plants,” noted Maud Powell, RVFSN board chair, Applegate farmer and Oregon State University Small Farms extension agent. Underutilization of land puts water rights, soil health and EFU designations at risk and takes land out of agricultural production.

Food preservation hotline open July 15
The Register-Guard
If you’re getting ready to preserve oodles of produce or a fresh catch of fish but want to be sure you’re doing it safely, the Oregon State University Extension Service food preservation hotline is here to help.

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