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 ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 16, 2019)

New Extension Name Badge

Feedback tells us the metal name badges introduced last year are not holding up to the level of use by our Extension employees – they tend to bend and scratch easily. Thus, we’re bringing back the sturdy orange plastic badges with new designs, one of which offers the use of preferred pronouns. In the spirit of language inclusivity, the addition of swinger plates to identify language proficiency is also available. The intention of the language plates is to let our clientele know who they can speak to in their preferred language. If you are proficient in more than one language, multiple swinger plates can be stacked. Continued use of current metal name badges is fine. New employees and replacement badges will use the new style.

  • Extension Administration covers the cost of a name badge for new employees. Please contact Kaylyn Hymes in Extension Administration to obtain an index and activity code to charge.
  • Units cover the cost of replacement badges for current employees.

Supervisors or office managers should go to the R3 Customshop website to order new name badges. Create an account, choose OSU Extension as the department and badge options will appear. Excel spreadsheets can be uploaded, if needed.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Summer Events

Besides fairs and workshops many counties have special events such as Shop at the Dock. Check the Extension Events Calendar often to see what may be of interest to our clients across the state.

Extension Web Update

What is the most critical factor in helping us create a shared use of CRM practices in Extension? Trust. Read about it in today’s Navigator post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Native American Chamber Networking Lunch
Join the Oregon Native American Chamber for a networking lunch on Wednesday, July 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Metro (600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon 97232).

Extension Professional Development Funds available (Aug. 1 deadline)
Faculty and staff with an Extension appointment of .25 FTE or greater are encouraged to apply. To view criteria and apply, visit the webpage.

Salem Pride in the Park 2019
Just when it looked like Pride was not happening in Salem in 2019, the community spoke out, showed up, and let us know how important this event is to our city. Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salem’s Riverfront Park.

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics
This webinar provides an introduction to the newly published guide, Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics, including examples of metrics in four different themes and ways the guide can be used.

In the News

Beyond braille: Oregon-made ‘printers’ open opportunities for the blind in math and science (Oregonian)
At the age of 48, Gardner took time off from Oregon State University to learn how to live without sight. He adapted to walking with a cane and learned how to get from one place to another without driving.

Planting the seeds of peace (Gazette-Times)
Planting a tree is always a hopeful act, but the persimmon sapling planted in April behind the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center on the OSU campus expresses a very particular hope: the hope for an end to nuclear weapons.

Oregon Native designers celebrate heritage, counter mass fashion (Oregonian)
Across Oregon, a growing number of popular Native American artists and designers are confronting mass fashion trends and celebrating their heritage through their work. Luhui Whitebear, assistant director of Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse, says indigenous artwork is connected to Native teachings and traditions.

Extension in the News

Benevolent or fearsome? Yellowjackets can be both
Associated Press
“Yellowjackets, hornets and paper wasps are all beneficial predators of soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, grubs and flies,” said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

‘An incredible week’: STEM camp gets kids ‘Ready for Tomorrow’
Argus Observer
Youth came from Adrian, Nyssa, Vale, Ontario and Idaho for the camps geared toward science, technology, engineering and math, Oregon State University Extension Agent Barbara Brody said.

Drought-stricken trees die in and around Eugene
The Register-Guard
Each year of drought puts more strain on trees, said Lauren Grand, forester with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County.

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