In this week’s issue:

Training Update–Staying Safe in the Workplace

Last week you received updates on the OSU Extension office opening approval process during the Quarterly Conversation.  You can access the materials and resources that were presented during that session at the this website.

One of the core tasks that needs to be completed by OSU Extension employees (as outlined in the plan on slide 10) is a COVID-19 awareness training.  A team of FCH Program faculty have taken a lead role in developing the materials that are included in the training.  A special thank you to Dusti Linnell, Barbara Brody, Tracy Wilson, and Roberta Riportella.  You will notice that we are using a unique system for this training—this has provided us an easy, customizable format for quickly designing, developing, and deploying the training.  Further, we are able to confirm the completion of the training immediately.

You can access the training by clicking on this link.

This training will need to be completed before re-entering an OSU Extension Office.  Please note, completion of this training is only one step in the multi-step process.  Your supervisory team will provide other details as necessary.  Once you click on the link, you will be prompted to enter the system and I will receive a notification.  Your progress is automatically tracked.  A certificate of completion is generated for your records.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  All the best, Lindsey

Extension newsletter templates now available for MailChimp

Newsletter are a good way to convey information and create engagement with your audiences. Three Extension newsletter templates are now available for MailChimp. You will find the links in a document residing in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Newsletter Templates Box folder. Next up? Similar templates for Constant Contact. Look for those in June.

To learn about newsletter best practices, read the Email newsletter best practices you need to know blog post. And there was a professional development session recorded on May 21 you’ll want to watch about “CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!” Newsletters recorded video

If you would like guidance on converting your current newsletter to the new format, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, May 29 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s been a month since each county had a template “online resources and activities” focus area added to your county pages to show all that Extension is doing. Now is the time to select more recent resources and news to feature! Go into the edit screen, scroll down to the two “custom content lists,” click edit and remove what is there. Then click the “Select Content” button to see the chronological list of latest content on the site, and pick three new resources to add.

While we are on a path to reopening, people in your communities still need to know what resources there are to support them with essentials like summer meals or financial or health assistance. On May 1, a COVID-19 focus area template was pushed out to all counties, and so far only a handful have filled in your local information and published it. Please take steps to find this in your county office group (when logged in) and complete by the end of May.

Questions? Contact https://beav.es/extension-support to request a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Celebrate API Heritage Month in community: Storytelling brings communities closer. In a time that calls for increased support and compassion, join together with friends for a live webcast and celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In this TED style talk, hear the stories of alumni and students that center the power of humility, connection and resiliency in the API community. May 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Online live webcast. Register at osualum.com/API-talk.

Women of Color Caucus Mental Health Summit: Storytelling and expanding your mental health toolkit. May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keynote by Charlene Martinez of Student Experiences and Engagement, panel with speakers from OSU and other institutions, and mental health workshops by licensed therapists including Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS. Registration here with refundable fee: http://tinyurl.com/YC7287Q2

DEI In the News

Why Flexibility in Credit Transfers Is Crucial for Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Diverse Edu)
“We understand that curriculum is in the hands of faculty, but we have to be as compassionate and flexible as possible. We have to think about what students are going through.”

Who Paid for America’s Universities (NY Times Opinion)
“The University of Idaho, for instance, got started with 90,000 acres that had been taken from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Schitsu’umsh, the Te Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Nez Percé tribe between 1855 and 1873.” 

Extension in the News

These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts
Better Homes & Gardens
“In the not too distant past, the garden that many people aspired to have was one that was free of insects,” says Gail Langellotto, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “Now many people, including me, view these types of gardens as biological dead zones,” she adds.

Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
High Country News
Right now, it’s time to “make hay while the sun shines,” said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, an agricultural extension agent for Oregon State University and the director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus
The Astorian
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension, associated with Oregon State University, hopes to track and document the impacts of the coronavirus on Oregon’s seafood industry.

That’s no drone! Humble honey bees thriving in Bend
The Bulletin
Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said her office has received several calls from concerned citizens asking if the Western cicada killer wasps seen last summer were actually the murder hornets.

Lost River wins $10,000 Farm to School grant: Grant will help fund programs to grow food for Merrill, Malin, Lost River cafeterias
Herald and News
All schools in the Klamath County School District participate in Farm to School programs in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots: National Recognition for Juntos and EESC

Congrats to the Juntos team, Jeff Sherman, Gina Galaviz-Yap, Nicole Strong, Andrea Flores, Anna Browne, Amy Young, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Jose Garcia, and Monse Alegria for receiving the Western Region Directors Award for Excellence.

Members of Extension and Experiment Station Communications received several awards from the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for work done on behalf of OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The awards will be presented at the June virtual ACE Conference.

  • Gold award in Media Relations, News Release: Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows. Chris Branam
  • Gold award in Electronic Media, Video for Promotional, Recruitment, and Fundraising Products: Out There Video. Ann Marie Murphy, David Baker and Darryl Lai
  • Silver award in the Interactive Multimedia & Web Graphics: OPEnSampler – an interactive water-sampling instrument. Alan Dennis
  • Silver award in Marketing : OSU Extension Service Grocery Tote. Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons and Pete Petryszak
  • Bronze award in Media Relations, News Release: Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows. Chris Branam

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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):

A PDF of the presentation slides  and details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download.

OSU Extension Reopening Plans

As part of OSU’s resumption planning, OSU Extension is developing plans to resume in-person programming and enable a gradual restart of on-site work and activities statewide over the summer.

    • See OSU Extension’s reopening plan, including a county status map.
    • Find county office signage templates for baseline and phase 1 on the OSU Extension COVID-19 resource page, in the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
    • EESC will manage county website alerts (top banner) centrally as offices are approved to move to a different phase.
    • University Marketing is working on a university-wide toolkit that will include safe distancing floor stickers and more. The kit is expected to be available in early June.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is wildfire preparedness month and there are several online opportunities for people to start thinking about the upcoming fire season across eastern Oregon agricultural lands. There is a free online Agricultural Wildfire Course at: https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1842. The course covers how to develop emergency action plans, powerline and fireline safety, defensible space, fire control, and fire behavior. This course provides training that meets the new annual Ag Wildfire refresher requirement from Oregon OSHA for producers with employees who may need to suppress wildfires on their operation.

In addition, there is an upcoming webinar that will be also be recorded and available via YouTube at https://beav.es/42a.

      • May 21st, 5-6:30 pm, An Evening of Fire Preparedness for Eastern Oregon Agriculture Producers. Join OSU Professionals Jacob Powell, Chris Schachtschneider, Jordan Maley, and Dustin Johnson online as they discuss fire preparedness in crops, CRP, and rangelands. In addition, the current fuel outlook, the use of livestock, and how to map and inventory fire resources will be covered. Register at: https://beav.es/42s

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8328, 2020 Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Learn how to control insects, weeds and disease during each stage of hazelnut growth.

EM 8329, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Cherries: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in cherry orchards of the Willamette Valley.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here. Please let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

      • Tuesday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm: ¿Hablas Español? – Learn basic Spanish
      • Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
      • Thursday, May 21 @ 11:00 am: CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!
      • Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Many persistent myths about how visitors use websites have sprung up since the web’s inception. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few and use research and data from the field and the Extension website to determine whether or not they have a basis in reality.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVD 19
May 20, 2020 10:00 AM. The current research on underserved students in community colleges identifies acute basic needs insecurities as persistent barriers that threaten their health, wellbeing, and likelihood of success. In this webinar, the presenters will highlight patterns of acute basic needs insecurities that emerged from data collected via the Community College Success Measure and focus groups with community college students.

Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund Under IRS Code Section 139: In collaboration with the OSU Foundation, Oregon State University is offering emergency financial assistance grants through the OSU Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to help regular classified and unclassified employees in our university community with unexpected needs during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classified staff, professional faculty and academic/research faculty are eligible regardless of service time or FTE. An individual must be actively employed on the date of grant distribution. Read more about the details of the program here. Student hourly employees, graduate assistants, and stipend recipients (e.g., fellows) are not eligible. There are separate programs for students located here: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/covid-19.

DEI In the News

Missouri’s 4-H youth provide company to seniors (Missourian)
Missouri 4-H youth volunteers have launched a pilot program to provide comfort to elderly members of their communities who are experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts Provide Mental Health Tips Amid Pandemic-Related Stressors (Diverse Edu)
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people around the world. With social distancing policies and stay at home orders in place across the country, schools and businesses have transitioned to remote learning and work. The changes and uncertainties of the pandemic have negatively affected the mental health of young people and adults in the United States.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension creates youth education web page for families and educators
KTVZ
The youth education resources page on Extension’s website provides research-based lessons and activities for Oregon’s families, said Anita Azarenko, OSU’s interim vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

Oregon 4-H, FFA members stay busy despite fairs closing
Capital Press
Marilyn Lesmeister, 4-H program leader for Oregon State University Extension Service, said counties are exploring their options. Virtual livestock shows and auctions are nothing new, but can be expensive to hire production crews and judges willing to evaluate animals on screens, rather than in person.

Harvest will bring unique challenges
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University Extension Agent Ashley Thompson said somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 people will come to Wasco County for cherry harvest, expected to begin June 6.

Oregon hasn’t seen Asian giant hornets yet
The Madras Pioneer
The Asian giant hornet should not be confused with either the Pacific cicada killer, Sphecius convallis, or the Western cicada killer, Sphecius grandis, wasps that are native to the western United States. There were many sightings in Jefferson and Crook counties that were reported to the local Oregon State University Extension offices and the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras.

A Practical Guide to Starting a Pandemic Garden
Willamette Week
“Don’t lose heart,” says Weston Miller, a faculty member for Oregon State University’s Extension Service who runs the master gardener program for the Portland metro area. “Even people who are experienced vegetable gardeners run into problems, too, because we’re at the whims of weather and pests.”

UVAA uses art kits, social media to stay connected with the community during pandemic
The News-Review
The fourth week brought an opportunity to partner with Oregon State University Extension Program and Douglas County School Garden Hub for art and gardening lessons.

Prepare for preserving
Democrat-Herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service is your best starting point for up to date, reliable and safe information.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.

‘The Fire Within’: North Bend library to host health webinar online
KMTR
“Stephanie Polizzi of the Oregon State University Extension Service will show how we can fight chronic inflammation and disease with simple food choices,” the Library said in a news release.

High-tech, gardening go online: Wasco Extension 4-H STEM classes go online, sewing and gardening added
Hood River News
Lu Seapy, Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H youth development STEM educator in Wasco County, tends to stay busy.

Texts, College Talk Tuesdays keep Juntos families informed
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
When the COVID-19 pandemic forces mass cancellations of large gatherings in Oregon, the folks who run Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service’s Juntos program knew they had to act fast and shift their strategy.

Coos County Fair, 4-H uncertain with continued suspension of social gatherings
KCBY
4-H Youth Development Coordinator Elissa Wells says they’re keeping health and safety in mind and finding ways to continue the educational program, such as through Zoom call presentations and judging.

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA feel impacts of fair cancellation
KTVZ
Candi Bothum, Oregon State Extension 4-H statewide animal science coordinator, said planning is for 4-H youth to display their animals virtually.

In this week’s issue:

Time-saving tips for promoting content

Did you miss the May 4 professional development webinar about Time-saving tips for promoting your content, or haven’t had an opportunity to view the recording? Take note of these top three tips and tools highlights.

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content. The new content bank (log in at bottom of the page) provide ready-made blurbs and images to use.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time.  Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature on Extension webpages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page.  

New Extension youth education resources webpage, flyer

Extension now has two new tools at their fingertips to share the breadth and depth of our programming for children. For the first time, all of Extension’s educational resources for youth can be found on one webpage on the Extension website. The “youth portal” is the result of a partnership between EESC and Extension youth faculty and staff to provide a single stop for families and educators who are seeking research-based, hands-on education for children. The materials are organized by subject areas and grade levels, in addition to links to Extension’s youth programs, the 4-H Central Weekly Booklet (Folleto Semanal) and a fitness program, among other things.

All of Extension’s youth programming is also featured in a flyer that can be shared with schools and stakeholders.  English and Spanish versions of the flyer are being finalized and will be available this week in the Extension COVID-19 communication toolkit. We encourage all faculty and staff to promote these resources on their social media accounts and in their newsletters.

Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 214-S, La congelación de frutas y verduras
Tonya Johnson, Jeanne Brandt
Revised. La congelación es un método sencillo y rápido para conservar los alimentos. Con las condiciones óptimas, se conservan bien los nutrientes, el sabor y la textura de los alimentos.

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:
Tuesday, May 12 @ 1:00 pm: Local Media Relations
Add to calendar
Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tracy Tracy, Klamath County; and Kym Hamann, Tillamook County. Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 9:00 am: Digital Measures: Reporting Isolated program Delivery
Add to calendar
Presented by: Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant. Session Audience: Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Add to calendar
Presented by: Lindsey Shirley, University Extension & Engagement Associate Provost
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Thursday, May 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network
Add to calendar
Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs
Join via Zoom
Friday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm: Social media: OSU best practices and policies
Add to calendar
Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tanya Randhawa, social media coordinator, University Relations and Marketing
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

STEP AWAY FROM THE CAPS-LOCK KEY: Five questions to ask yourself before you use that acronym in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Open Educational Resources online workshops
The OSU Open Educational Resources Unit is hosting a series of virtual workshops this month on how to find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials. Topics include implementing affordable learning materials to save students money (May 12 and 14); reviewing and becoming familiar with open textbooks (May 19); and the Creative Commons licensing process (May 22). Learn more about each workshop and register today.

Virtual event: Valuing Diversity in Teams
Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Register now.

Access At Home Conference: May 27-29
Struggling with the shift to virtual environments? You’re not alone. ACCESS at Home will provide professionals with tools to navigate virtual accessibility confidently during uncertain times. Learn from accessibility professionals in a variety of industries about how to make your websites, communications, and videos accessible. View the agenda and register here.

DEI In the News

How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur (Diverse Edu)
Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in awareness among educators and the public about racial microaggressions. Coined by Chester Pierce in the 1970’s, racial microaggressions are the subtle forms of racism that are communicated to people of color through messages that degrade and demean them.

3 Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-Pandemic (The Chronicle)
“Well-resourced schools should really step up and do everything they can to help the larger ecosystem, not only their own institutions.”

For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity (NY Times)
Public health experts say Latinos may be more vulnerable to the virus as a result of the same factors that have put minorities at risk across the country.

Extension in the News

Asian Giant Hornets unlikely this season, beekeepers remain on alert
KOBI
Risa Halpin, president of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, spoke with her contacts at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis to find out more about what they’re dealing with. The public is asked to keep an eye out and report any potential sightings to the local OSU Extension office as well.

HAREC research could boost blueberry production in Eastern Oregon
Hermiston Herald
Scott Lukas is one of many researchers at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center who help area growers refine their craft.

Pear growers beat some COVID-19 impacts
Mail Tribune
Many orchards rely on the federal H2A program that brings out-of-country workers to the valley, houses them and then returns them home, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Stay Home, Get Dirty
Eugene Weekly
During the COVID-19 crisis, people are worried about having access to food, says Erica Chernoh, a horticulture specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Kids, adults learn to grow vegetables at home with free online OSU courses
The Oregonian
How’s this for convenient learning: Oregon State University Extension Service has free, online gardening courses that adults and interested older kids can access anytime.

NW Hazelnut grower seminars applaud OSU varieties, need for stinkbug research
Capital Press
The seminars applauded Oregon State University’s Hazelnut Breeding Program in establishing new varieties and OSU Hazelnut Extension’s efforts at battling the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB).

Before heading to the beach, make sure it’s open – and help keep it clean
KATU
Angee Doerr, Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty, says we may see some changes to certain ecosystems like sand dunes, but the change depends on tourism as the months follow.

Learn how to care for, propagate houseplants through online library presentation
Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season. We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to nurture houseplants on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension to host fire prevention, awareness series
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

The news and public issues team in EESC functions as part of the “public relations” arm of OSU Extension, producing news releases and impact stories, handling media requests, monitoring media coverage, and providing media training/consulting.

Last fall, our team tried something new. In addition to news releases, we began producing news stories that are published first to the news section of the Extension website. These stories are shared on social media and pitched to specific media outlets that are likely to cover the story.

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past two weeks:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Welcome Erika

In April, Extension welcomed the following employee:

  • Erika Peterson, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:
Wednesday, May 6 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, May 7 @ 10:00 am: Making Excel Your Happy Place
Friday, May 8 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity
Friday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm: Lights! Camera! Action! Gain confidence in video production

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How do RFI forms differ from newsletter opt-in? This week’s blog explores the issue.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Series and May 6 webinar (AAPF)
Throughout the Under the Blacklight series, host Kimberlé Crenshaw has engaged scholars, activists, and thought leaders in dialogue about how we can contextualize this time, both historically and theoretically, and how an intersectional frame shows us the particular vulnerabilities that COVID-19 puts in sharp relief. This week, the discussion turns to unpacking ways that an ideology of whiteness has become central to the American response to COVID-19.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Free Webinar

Part 1:  Will Diversity Suffer After the Budget Crisis, 10:00-10:45am
Part 2:  Remaining Unanswered Big Diversity Questions, 10:45-11:30am
Thursday, May 7, 10:00-11:30 AM. The first part of this webcast will delve into how institutions can maintain and preserve existing diversity and inclusion efforts during this crisis. Part 2 will explore the impact on diversity professionals.

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now!
See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Expansion: The Missing Link To Sustainable Diversity And Inclusion (Forbes)
Part of the struggle to embrace inclusion is that we human beings are not hardwired for it. We instinctively seek safety, stability, and similarity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives shake things up, asking people to recognize biases and become vulnerable.

MI Governor Proposes Free College For Frontline Workers (Diverse Edu)
The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on Wednesday proposed “Futures for Frontliners,” a program that if approved by lawmakers will be available to “essential workers” without a college degree. The program is intended to ensure “a tuition-free pathway to college.”

Extension in the News

Clatsop County Face Mask Makers delivers over 1,300 masks
Cannon Beach Gazette
After the first week, a friend of Fauver’s, Sandra Carlson, called her and asked how she could help. Carlson works for the Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Office in Astoria. She and two other women from the office came on board.

New OSU Extension Fire Program to host fire preparedness webinars
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

OSU Extension launches Lincoln County Local Food Guide
The News Times
The Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension launched a new site last week, in an effort to connect Lincoln County residents directly with local food producers: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/lincoln-county-local-food.

Klamath libraries take gardening lecture series online
The Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season! We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to grow fruit trees in the Klamath Basin on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active
Tillamook Headlight Herald
Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople – two Oregon State University (OSU) Family and Community Health Extension Service programs for adults – continue to help keep Oregonians staying active during the state’s stay at home order.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
The most common calls we receive in the Extension office concern ants, either the tiny “sugar” ants, harvester ants, or carpenter ants.

For 4-H members, the show goes on
Argus Observer
Marilyn K. Lesmeister, associate professor and Oregon 4-H Program Leader, said currently 4-H activities are being conducted at home, and club members are being creative at how they conduct meetings and interact with their leaders and work with their projects.