In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

The next module in the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event course will be released on Wednesday, March 18. Module 2 The Experience is all about getting ready to experience the Cascadia Earthquake. You will learn how to stay safe and what you need to do immediately after this mega-quake. If you are on the coast you will find additional recommendations.

Following the preview of the Cascadia Simulation at the Extension Annual Conference, Alan Dennis, our talented designer at EESC, has put on some polishing touches to the project. When you open Session 2.1 Cascadia Simulation you find the video tour of a house experiencing a M9.0 earthquake playing. If you click on the play arrow, you can start an interactive experience. If you have access to virtual reality goggles, this session might feel more like a carnival ride. We recommend that you be seated during this option! Set a timer for 5 to 7 minutes and help your brain adjust and increase your resiliency for the real Cascadia earthquake. Session 2.2 has important tips to stay safe. Session 2.3 links you to the Oregon Field Guide Unprepared documentary comparing the recent tsunami in Japan to what can happen in Oregon through the eyes of our experts. Finally, condition yourself to what you might expect in Session 2.4. You can read a thrilling imagined-account of the earthquake and the weeks following set in a Bellingham, WA neighborhood.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and attend to your health and your family.

Following Oregon State University’s guidance, OSU Extension is taking these steps to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

  • Effective immediately, all Extension programming will be provided virtually, postponed or cancelled. Exceptions must be approved by the supervisory team (regional director/program leader) and associate provost Lindsey Shirley.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, county offices closed to the public for physical visitors. We will continue to take calls, return emails and meet via Zoom video appointments.
  • All employees are encouraged to work remotely where work responsibilities and duties allow. Employees may continue working at a work site but should practice maximum social distancing.

These steps were outlined in Friday’s COVID-19 OSU Extension update webinar.

All employees should continue to contact your supervisor with any questions or concerns and to coordinate decisions about local operations and activities. Supervisors are coordinating with Extension and OSU leadership as needed.

As we transition to remote and virtual Extension work, we encourage you to be aware of these resources:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Today’s blog post gives a status update on what’s new on the website. As you think about ways to engage the public from a distance, there’s new visual features on the website to try out. If you need quick ideas to fill out your newsletters, then a tool coming soon will give you ready-to-go content teasers and photos to use. Finally, we give a few tips about sharing coronavirus updates and content on the website.

Diversity Highlights

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

 DEI In the News

Here’s where Portland Public Schools will serve kids free meals during coronavirus closure(Oregon Live)
Franklin High School is one of 14 meal sites for children aged 1-18 who typically rely on free breakfast and lunches as Portland Public Schools cancel classes as part of an order by Gov. Kate Brown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Is the Diversity of Your School Accurately Reflected in Its Promotional Materials? (NY Times)
The video was just two minutes long: a sunny montage of life at the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in Madison. “Home is where we grow together,” a voice-over said. “It’s where the hills are. It’s eating our favorite foods. It’s where we can all harmonize as one. Home is Wisconsin cheese curds. It’s welcoming everyone into our home.”

HBCUs Face An Additional Set of Coronavirus Concerns (Diverse Education)
Campuses across the country are temporarily closing in response to the coronavirus, encouraging students to go home and offering online classes to prevent the virus from spreading. Historically Black colleges and universities – and other minority serving institutions – are no exception. But these schools face an extra set of concerns as they try to keep underrepresented students safe on tighter budgets than predominantly White institutions.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Small Farmer Helper
Jefferson Public Radio
Maud Powell, assistant profession and Extension specialist in the OSU Small Farms Program, discusses small-acreage farming in the latest episode of Stories of Southern Oregon on the Jefferson Exchange.

Managing Nutrition for Organic Vegetables
Organic Grower
But managing soil nitrogen levels with organic matter is tricky, according to Nick Andrews, Oregon State University (OSU) organic extension agent.

Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide
Sunset
If you’re keeping mason bees rather than honey bees, Oregon State University’s Extension Service has some guidance in their handy fact sheet.

Cabin Fever offers family fun
East Oregonian
The event also featured an educational component with booths from the Oregon State University Extension Office, including James “Snake Guy” McKnight and a 5-foot python, as well as information about entomology and agriculture.

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