In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The November Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • University Leadership Update – Anita shared the search status of OSU President, deans and Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. Included renaming the division and Q&A. Because Extension is the face of OSU in every county, it is important to understand how the university functions and how Extension supports its success. (3:35)
  • Budget Conversation [Note: budget numbers are draft and subject to change.] Anita wanted to provide enough information so each of us can talk with stakeholders in an objective and informed way about how the Extension budget works. (24:11)
  • Division Leadership Team Restructuring (1:03:53)
  • Question and Answer (1:07:16)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

New homepage design coming soon. Also see our sessions at Extension Annual Conference!

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Native American Heritage month resources:

OSU Resources for DREAMers and Undocumented Students
Access a wide array of information and services, and connect with OSU partners like OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program.

DEI In the News

It’s Been A Minute Podcast: White Nationalism (NPR Throughline)
How has white nationalism shaped U.S. immigration policy in the 20th century? Why is it important to talk about race? This podcast provides historical contact as we move forward as a nation. It will help set the tone for many of the DEI sessions at the Extension Annual Conference next week.

Unconscious Bias: When Making People Too Comfortable Backfires (CIC Blog)
If we are going to move this work forward, we must be willing to first have the uncomfortable conversations not just about the bias but its impact. We then can move people towards authentic and culturally intelligent strategies for managing their biases.

Student Spotlight: Lara Jacobs (OSU Graduate School)
What is the impact of outdoor recreation on the ecological health of Native Americans’ lands? Lara Jacobs, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, is digging into this topic for her Ph.D. research at OSU.

Extension in the News

After seedling shortage a decade ago, some Oregon Christmas tree farmers facing tough times
The Oregonian
Christmas trees take between seven and 11 years to mature and, just about a decade ago, seedling suppliers grew too few small trees to go around, according to Chal Landgren, an Extension Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University.

Local trap shooters qualify for championships
Madras Pioneer
Four Jefferson County 4-H youths have qualified to compete alongside 700 4-H youths from 36 states in the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska 4-H.

Learn to safely preserve at home
KTVZ
Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, a national award-winning, online food safety and preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products.

‘Stockings for Soliders’ are about to be shipped to local troops
KOBI
The OSU Extension Office in Josephine County has been collecting hygiene products, non-perishable food and more from the community for the past two months. Because of all the generous donations every National Guard member will receive one.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recording

Look for the link to the November 15 Quarterly Conversation recording in the November 26 ConnEXTion.

Scholarship of Engagement was mentioned several times during the Quarterly Conversation. For those interested in learning more about engagement scholarship, check out the Scholarship of Engagement Summary written by Sam Angima and posted on the O&E blog in March 2016. Here’s a teaser to encourage you to explore more: “Scholarship of engagement (also known as engaged scholarship) is as rigorous as traditional academic work, but it cuts across the categories of academic scholarship and outreach in a reciprocal, collaborative relationship with the public or a specific interest group or community. The scholarship of engagement incorporates reciprocal practices of civic engagement into the production of knowledge. Through instruction, discovery, and outreach, educators communicate and work with communities. This approach encourages public participation in the production of scholarship and creates scholarship that addresses public issues.”

Communication and connection opportunity

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: November 15, 2019)

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

A fly over of the regional trainings that have taken place across the state.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY: Transgender Resource Fair (Corvallis)
This program is centered around providing resources and support for folx within the queer and trans community on how to navigate through health-oriented spaces. Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., OSU’s Student Experience Center in Corvallis.

Men’s Mini- Gathering of Native Americans (Pendleton)
Join the third Men’s Mini-GONA on November 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Pendleton. Dinner will be provided. Transportation is available if requested by Tuesday, November 19 before 4 p.m. All males are encouraged and welcome to attend! Contact 541-966-9830 for more information.

Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities (Webinar)

Tues. Dec. 3, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (PST). In this webinar, we’ll learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Following this introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative will discuss their partnership designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course. Register here for FREE.

DEI In the News

The Daily Podcast: Because of Sex
Aimee Stephens was fired after coming out as transgender. Now, she is the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that will determine the employment rights of gay and transgender workers across the nation.

Finding My Voice (Saturday Evening Post)
For a stutterer, even the simplest communication is fraught with difficulty. “Aside from the speech impediment, I haven’t encountered a lot of struggle in my life. But my stutter has taught me about bias and marginalization. It has taught me how easy it is to overlook someone’s talent because of a trait irrelevant to job performance: disability, race, family status, religion, physical appearance.”

Connecting Without Social Capital: How Underserved Students Network Despite Barriers (Insight Into Diversity)
For students from underserved backgrounds networking can be especially difficult. Social capital and other less obvious factors — such as having the financial freedom to accept an unpaid internship — can put them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to making professional connections.

Extension in the News

Leading the way: OSU Extension fire program to prioritize fire education across state
Herald and News
A statewide fire program created by the Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Forestry is building on examples set by organizations like the Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership by expanding those efforts across the state and introducing even more education and outreach resources.

The community’s childcare shortage: Hood River County among ‘childcare deserts’ in Oregon
Hood River News
Lauren Kraemer, Assistant Professor of Practice with OSU Extension Service, estimates there are 11 infants and toddlers waiting for each available slot in Hood River County, a number she said doesn’t take into account the families who work in Hood River but live in The Dalles or White Salmon and are also looking for placement.

The Bazaar: 50th anniversary for Brookings Community Christmas Bazaar
Curry Coastal Pilot
The bazaar began at the Brookings Catholic School half a century ago as a way to combine various holiday bazaars in one location, and also to promote the Oregon State University Extension Office and its various activities.

In this week’s issue:

Upcoming Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Workshops

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) will be hosting workshops in early December 2019 about how to apply to the 2020 grant year. These workshops will take place in nearly twenty different locations across the state. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Find the nearest workshop. Questions? Contact Gabrielle Redhead (503-968-6473) at Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Communication and connection opportunity

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: November 15, 2019)

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Read some feedback left by visitors to the Extension website and learn how to use this feedback to improve your content.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

“Sparkshop” workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning now offers “Sparkshops.” There are three categories of Sparkshops topics: assessment, active learning and inclusive teaching. This is a 15-minute workshop on an evidence-based instructional practice that can be presented to faculty during a department meeting or other teaching-related meetings. Contact Funmi Amobi to schedule one of these Sparkshops in your office, program or department.

Communities of Color Talk: “The Prevention of Underage and High-Risk Drinking in Underrepresented Minority Communities” (Corvallis)
Let’s Talk About It!” High-risk drinking creates health and safety concerns for all and reducing its prevalence is a shared responsibility. Listen to a panel of student leaders speak about how they are affected by the drinking culture and their perspectives on what can be done. This candid talk will encourage inclusive excellence to promote a climate that supports the retention and success of all students. Nov. 19, SEC lounge, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided. For info, contact Nikia Braxton-Franklin, 541-737-7266.

DEI In the News

Bend brewery, partner spotlight individuals with disabilities (KTVZ)
Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing and Oregon Adaptive Sports have teamed up to diversify craft beer media by highlighting individuals with disabilities. You can access their FREE photo archive at the bottom of the article.

Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month with Literature (Insight Into Diversity)
A book list celebrating a variety of Native authors and stories.

Oregon State named top school for veterans in the Pacific Northwest (OSU Today)
“It’s great to see that the hard work of our university partners and our student veterans is taking us in the right direction,” said William Elfering, military and veteran resources advisor at Oregon State University. He oversees many of the programs that serve military students on campus.

Extension in the News

Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive
Capital Press
Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive … said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with Oregon State University.

Hemp, A New Old Crop in Oregon: Reflections from the 2019 growing season and looking forward.
Capital Press
The featured presenter is Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D. with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Her presentation includes research data from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Global Hemp Innovation Center.

In this week’s issue:

Government Relations director candidate open forums

Government Relations director candidate open forums will take place on November 5, 6 and 8. This is a critical role for the OSU Extension Service. Please attend as you are able (these will also be livestreamed on OSU Live). Information will be posted online, which will include bios and candidate evaluation forms as soon as they are available.

Elevate the student success impact of OSU Extension

Extension plays an important role in contributing to the success of OSU students who continue their journey from Extension programs into on campus, online, or Workspace (PACE) coursework. Elevate the awareness of Extension within the OSU community by responding to a call for proposals. Possible topic areas include interactive engagement and cooperative learning, DEI, easing students’ navigation of the university and maximizing the opportunities available at OSU, and many more. Learn more and/or submit a proposal.

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Communication and connection opportunity

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: November 15, 2019)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

A year ago, the majority of archived county and program sites on Drupal 6 went away for good. The flurry in putting content on the new Extension website meant some content didn’t get thoroughly reviewed. Others got left in Box unless someone asked for it. Do you have content that needs a second look? Some low hanging tasks are covered in this week’s blog post “How keeping your content fresh makes for happy visitors.”

Diversity Highlights

Please contact analu.fonseca@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

Health Equity Benefit Dinner: Transforming Trauma into Truth (Portland)
November 7, 2019 at the World Forestry Center in support of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition. This event will introduce their newest program, the Latino Emotional Health Collaborative, which aims to shift traditional thinking away from the cultural stigmas associated with mental illness. For more information, contact info@orlhc.org or call 971-229-0482. Tickets available at www.orlhc.org.

Womxn of Color Student Support Group (Corvallis)
Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at the CAPs office in Snell Hall. Contact: Shaznin Daruwalla at shaznin.daruwalla@oregonstate.edu or CAPS at 541-737-2131.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open
ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office. Submit your application today.

DEI In the News

UC Berkeley Students Create a Class for ‘Coming Out’ (Insight Into Diversity)
“I remember wishing for some sort of guidance, some way of knowing how to move forward in accepting myself and coming out to my parents, friends, and everyone else,” Kamkar, now a senior, says. “I knew that I probably wasn’t the only closeted student who might be wishing for this, and I could help [others] by bringing students in the LGBTQ+ community in communication with each other.”

Getting girls interested in STEM (Diversity Global)
How can we break the stereotypes around STEM education and career pathways? Can we raise girls’ interest in STEM by enhancing the STEM curriculum in education from early age? Microsoft and UNESCO presented their findings during the event ‘Changing the FACE of STEM’.

College Athletes Push for More Mental-Health Care, Fighting ‘Tough It Out’ Culture (The Chronicle)
Students from Oregon State University’s group, Dam Worth It, recently got a grant from the Pac-12 Conference to spread its model across the West Coast.

Extension in the News

Researchers dig into vineyard science
Western Farmer-Stockman
“In a widely spaced vineyard,” explains Patty Skinkis, an Oregon State University horticulture professor and viticulture Extension specialist, “two-and-a-half tons of fruit would be all they could yield per acre before crop thinning. But on the high-density plantings, which became more popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, crop thinning to two-and-a-half tons per acre cuts more than 50% of the fruit off the vine.”

OSU hires new wheat extension agent for Wasco, Sherman counties
Capital Press
Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties.

OSU Extension building partnerships in new fire program
KTVZ
In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service said Friday it has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.