In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update and updates on the Coastal Region, Oregon Sea Grant, branding, and Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Information about the Portland Hub initiative was shared by Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence


Only one day remains! Submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are due by February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Branding Update

Exclusive Extension and 4-H templates for fliers (three options, all of which include gray scale options) are now available in the “Marketing, Templates and Inspiration” folder in OSU Box. In addition to the generic templates available as downloads, University Marketing recreated the event fliers found as examples in the Extension Style Guide (pp. 33-35). Also available are 4-H recruitment fliers featuring Confidence Grows Here, Resilience Grows Here and Leadership Grows Here. Modify the fliers with county contact information.

Extension Web Update

Why are we doing this, again? See this week’s post on the project website for a quick “why” refresher and a timeline update.

Communication and conversation opportunities

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team  is cancelled this week. Call us next week!
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair – The Corvallis Maker Fair is back for its 5th year! Co-sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, the event is an all-ages, all-activities maker fair, where exhibitors and attendees gather to share their love of making things with their hands. This means robots, art, food, stories, computer code, and much more. The Fair will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom and on the SEC plaza outside the Union on Saturday, April 28.

If you, your learners or volunteers love to make, to tinker, and want to share and learn, exhibitor applications are now being accepted (apply here!). Exhibiting is free, and open to all. Stipends are available to help exhibitors with any cost. Questions?

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Events & Resources

What’s Your Big Lie? – A breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay. What if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot. Via an innovative, mobile platform attendees can anonymously share to help break down stigma and create connection. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public.

In the News

Story Next Door: Kerstin Colon takes over at literacy center
Kerstin Colón was ready for a career change and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center was looking for an executive director. It was kind of a convergence.

Renovations set to increase, improve ADA accessibility on campus
DAS dedicates $650,000 to updating sidewalks, parking, street crossings.

Removing barriers to the outdoors
People of color, people with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups have long faced barriers in accessing the outdoors. 

More than 70 turn out for racism talk
Willamette University’s Emily Drew led second ‘Conversation Project’ hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

Extension in the News

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Preparing for Drought: Commissioners declare drought emergency
Herald and News
Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, told commissioners an acre of wheat feeds 44 people per year; an acre of potatoes feeds 1,355 people per year; an acre of beef feeds around eight people per year; and an acre of dairy cows provides enough milk for around 40,000 half-pint servings.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Introducing the OSU Extension sub-brand Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service is invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new sub-brand. Please register for the sub-brand training session on September 19, 2017, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. (your name and email is required for this meeting platform). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Live mic audio is available only to presenters. Please email any questions and observations to Ann Marie Murphy.

Outdoor Summit

Plan to attend a two-day Outdoor Summit at OSU. The event will explore opportunities and challenges of traveling to, living in, and enjoying life in Oregon’s great outdoors. Community leaders, public officials, outdoor enthusiasts, recreation-related businesses, public officials, educators, and students from across Oregon are all invited to participate.

Share the invitation to the Outdoor Summit with community collaborators, outdoor-related businesses, and friends, or anyone who is passionate about the outdoors and wants to learn or add to the conversation. Developing outdoor recreation as a sustainable enterprise doesn’t happen all by itself. With this summit, we hope to work with our partners at Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks to identify needs and opportunities.

For agenda and registration information, go to University Outreach and Engagement’s Outdoor Summit website. The two-day summit costs $10 per day; Monday night’s crop-up dinner is another $25.

Alberta B. Johnston Awards

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta B. Johnston awards. Nominations are due by October 16, 2017, with submission by email to Nomination criteria and instructions are available online.

Alberta Johnston Award for Excellence in Extension Education
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must be currently employed as an Extension faculty, specialist, or educational program assistant.

Alberta Johnston Award for Extension Leadership
Award: The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and plaque awarded at the Extension Annual Conference Faculty & Staff Awards program. Eligibility: Nominees must have been an administrator or providing educational leadership (or a combination of the two) for at least three consecutive years in the OSU Extension Service. Eligible positions include, but are not limited to, faculty, specialist, program leader, unit leader, department head, administration, assistant/associate director, or director.

See Extension Annual Conference site for list of additional opportunities for Awards, Recognition and Scholarship.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources
DACA support and resources from Oregon State University’s Office of the President: Last Tuesday, President Ray wrote to the OSU Community to ensure support for OSU students with DACA, undocumented students and students from mixed-immigration status families, despite the U.S. Department of Justice announcing this week that in six months it will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. He provided the first two resources below. The third is a toolkit shared with us by our colleagues at Linn-Benton Community College.

• Students impacted directly by this announcement are encouraged to contact Janet Nishihara, director of the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), at or by calling (541) 737-3628. EOP is prepared to provide all OSU students with guidance on university resources.

• Faculty, staff and students can learn what more they can do by reviewing the university’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs.” A recorded informational session “Advising Students on DACA and Undocumented Status Issues” is also a helpful resource.

A Toolkit for DREAMers

TODAY at 3pm (September 11): Learn more about the DACA renewal application process in this FREE webinar. Register here.

OSU building name evaluation process: A website has been created to inform and engage members of the OSU community and stakeholders about the scheduled evaluation process of some of our building names. Community dialogue sessions, where you can learn about and offer input on the evaluation process, will be held on Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. You can view an article by the Gazette Times by following this link.

In the news
Training Extension Agents for the 21st Century (Chronicle)
American colleges and universities have been the foundation of innovation and social change since the establishment of the republic. But what are their primary roles and responsibilities now, at a time when government is dysfunctional, society is fractured, and both domestic and international problems seem increasingly daunting?

Self-identifying as disabled and developing pride in disability aid overall well being (Med Xpress)
Experiencing stigma, the severity of a disability and a person’s age and income level help determine whether someone with an impairment considers themselves to be a person with a disability, and experiencing stigma predicts whether those individuals will ultimately develop disability pride, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Nine proposed action areas to enhance diversity and inclusion in the American Fisheries Society (Journal of Fisheries)
An essay co-written by OSU’s Ivan Aresmendi and Brooke Penaluna.

12th Annual Campeones de Salud (Champions of Health) event (Gazette Times)
On Sunday, August 27, Benton County Health Services partnered with Corvallis Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Health Authority and Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties to put on the 12th annual Campeones de Salud event. This annual event provides low income people with free health and dental screenings from providers who speak English and Spanish. This year, more than 30 organizations with informational booths and free food participated.

What did Dr. King mean by love? (Marin Scope)
An essay by José-Antonio Orosco, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and director of the Oregon State University Peace Studies Program.

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.

Ad in fall 2017 Oregon Stater alumni magazine showcases Juntos and encourages donations

OSU Extension is trying something new: To raise awareness about Extension programs and encourage donations to fund growth, a full-page ad featuring the Juntos program and Open Campus Coordinator José Garcia is appearing in the fall issue of Oregon Stater. A heartwarming video and donation website landing page was created to support the advertising. Take a look and share it with friends, family, and Open Campus/Juntos partners.

Recording of Aug. 18 Quarterly Conversation

The August 18, 2017, Quarterly Conversation recording is now available. PROMISE interns demonstrate the OSU Extension Story Map; learn why you should attend the first-ever Outdoor Summit (co-sponsored by Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks); and hear about the Divisions new executive team and other administrative activities. Note: the 2017 Roads Scholar Tour has been cancelled.

Extension in the News

What it means to be “4-H Grown”
Tillamook County Pioneer, September 8, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, and Amy Schmid, administrative program specialist, Tillamook County

Year of wellness: Doing the can-can at home with salmon
Tillamook Headlight Herald, September 6, 2017
Features Jessica D. Linnell, Family and Community Health, Tillamook County

Saving seeds also saves money and plant history
Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, September 5, 2017
Features Weston Miller, horticulturalist, Clackamas County and Portland Metro area

Since you asked: You’re still hearing crickets on those smoky nights
Mail Tribune, September 2, 2017
Featuring Extension Service entomologist Rick Hilton

Tomatoes into the fall season
Lancaster Farming, September 1, 2017
Featuring Barb Fick, horticulturalist

Port partners for growth and innovation
Oregon Business
Featuring Brian Tuck, Mid-Columbia regional administrator

In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions or comments or if you have suggestions for events or news stories to include in Diversity Highlights.


Events and resources

Technical Assistance in Grant Writing for Diverse Communities: September 22, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Oregon State University, College of Public Health and Human Services, Waldo Hall 400, Corvallis, OR 97331. This event is being brought to you by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Region X Office of Regional Operations in partnership with The Oregon Primary Care Association, The Oregon Public Health Association, The Oregon State Office of Equity and Inclusion, Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Familias en Acción as part of their commitment to improving access to health care and building community capacity to address these issues. Through presentations and facilitated discussions, participants will explore the basics of responding to HRSA grants, become familiar with relevant resources to use in practice, and identify strategies for building sustainable partnerships among and between community and health partners. Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 15.

Basic Rights Oregon Statewide Leadership Summit 2017: October 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene (1685 W 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402). This all-day event will be your opportunity to meet with hundreds of LGBTQ and ally Oregonians from around the state, attend organizing workshops, and get the skills you need to become a leader in your community. For more information or to register or volunteer, follow this link.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Sept. 6 and Oct. 6.

FYI – Restroom Signage Changes: Recently, around 60 restroom signs were changed all over the Corvallis campus to increase the number of restrooms accessible to all genders. These signs are labeled “Single-User Restroom” and can be used by anyone. This campus map will be updated to reflect these changes, in total around 200 public restrooms are now non-gendered. This sign will become a campus standard for single-user restrooms moving forward. Contact Gabriel Merrell in Equal Opportunity and Access with questions, Capital Planning and Development as well as Facilities Services have been helping to address issues such as fixing damage caused by removing the old signs

Expert on civic engagement will give University Day keynote (LIFE@OSU): An expert on civic engagement and democracy will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s University Day celebration on Sept. 18. Harry Boyte, senior scholar in public work philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, will speak at 10:30 a.m. in The La Sells Stewart Center.

In the news

VOLUNTEER FORCE- for all abilities project receives an Innovation Award from The Division of University Outreach & Engagement. This project will help mobilize trained and dedicated Extension volunteers to reach and include Oregon’s citizens who experience a disability.

Have you ever suffered at work because of your appearance? Share your stories (Guardian) – A university in the US has introduced a course entitled ‘Fat Studies’, where students can “examine body weight, shape and size as an area of human difference subject to privilege and discrimination that intersects with other systems of oppression based on gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, and ability.” Prof Patti Lou Watkins, who teaches the course at Oregon State University, said that “weight-based bias and discrimination” has increased as the “war on obesity has escalated”.

Branding Update

Introducing OSU Extension Brand

Save the date! Everyone in OSU Extension Service are invited to a virtual introduction to OSU Extension’s new brand. Presented by Ologie, with introduction by Scott Reed, on September 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dial-in information details to come.

Finding Extension and AES Logos

Are you looking for logos? They can be found in the “For Employees” section of the Extension website (same place they have always been!).

  • On the Extension homepage, select “For Employees” from the top menu and then “Employee Resources” in the dropdown menu.
  • Next click on “Marketing Tools” and then “Logos” in the right navigation bar. There, you will see the link to companion logos. Clicking this link opens the “Extension and AES” Box.

o The “Extension and AES” Box is the one-stop-shop for brand assets specific to University Outreach & Engagement, OSU Extension, and Ag Experiment Station.

o In this Box, there are four “pages” of unit folders. You can sort by name, and also use the pager arrows (upper right next to the Download button) to move to the next page.

o Each folder has logos in .png and .eps formats. Open the .eps logo folder and the logo art sheet to view logo color options and file names.

Tip: You can also use the “favorites” feature in Box for quick access to your commonly used files and folders. Here’s a short video from our friends at URM.

Please review the OSU brand guidelines before using the logo.

If you need assistance, please contact Ann Marie Murphy at or by calling 541-737-1327.

Free Virtual Conference on “Learning Through Change”

Is your state experiencing change?  Change is hard!  Do you feel change accelerating in your professional or personal life? Do you thrive on workplace change? Join the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference to LEARN strategies for managing change, GROW your understanding of your capacity for change and begin to THRIVE as you connect with colleagues facing similar challenges.  Cooperative Extension professionals will find lots of great information to help navigate change at work and with their clientele. The virtual conference is September 26-29. Register free here: View the Save-the-Date video here:

Extension in the News

BY EXTENSION: Driven by personal experience, Juntos coordinator helped Latino families find pathways to college
Tillamook County Pioneer
August 24, 2017
Featuring Maydra Valencia, Open Campus

10 flowers that will keep a garden colorful into the fall
August 23, 2017
Featuring Neil Bell, OSU Extension Community Horticulturalist, Marion County

Unique Approach to Creating and Implementing a Social Media Strategic Plan
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Jamie Davis and Karissa Dishon, 4-H Lake and Deschutes Counties, respectively

Effective Chaperone Selection and Training for Enhanced Youth Experiences
Journal of Extension
August 2017
Featuring Emily Anderson, 4-H in Lane County, in collaboration with colleagues from Wyoming and Utah

A wise word about water-wise gardening
The Bulletin
August 22, 2017
Featuring Amy Jo Deitweiler, OSU Extension Horticulturalist, Deschutes County

Clatskanie Grows: The spider talk
The Chief
August 20, 2017
Featuring Chip Bubl, OSU Extension in Columbia County

Pelican Elementary playground gets touched up
Herald and News
August 20, 2017
Featuring Karen Hottman, SNAP-Ed in Klamath County

Childhood obesity in county exceeds national rate
Columbia County Spotlight
August 18, 2017
Featuring Kathy Gunter, physical activity specialist, Family and Community Health Extension


In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversations: May 19, 2017

Plan to attend the next O&E Quarterly Conversation on May 19, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Kidder 202 and livestreamed. This is your opportunity to ask questions of O&E leadership and to learn about O&E and Extension initiatives.

OSU 150, special guest, Shelly Signs
Branding Discussion

Join us in Kidder 202, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., or join via livestream and ask your questions online.


The suite of Extension Service logos will be available this week. Keep an eye out for an email explaining how to access the logo for your county. Please read the Brand Guide before using the new logos. For example, it is important to have space around the logo that is the width of the crest. And to ensure legibility, the logo should not appear smaller than 1.375 inches wide in printed materials. If you have questions contact Ann Marie Murphy, communication and marketing manager for University Outreach and Engagement and OSU Extension Service.

10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum

The 10th annual Ecampus Faculty Forum is just two weeks away, and it has a little bit of everything for you and hundreds of your Oregon State colleagues.

  • 15 interactive sessions about online teaching innovation
  • Ample networking opportunities
  • A lunchtime address by OSU President Edward J. Ray
  • A hands-on workshop on research design projects
  • Free food (breakfast and lunch)

If you haven’t done so, please check the agenda and register now to secure your place at one of Oregon State’s best professional development events of the year.

When: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 9
Where: CH2M Hill Alumni Center

Register TODAY!

The Faculty Forum brings more than 200 Oregon State faculty and staff together for thought-provoking discussions that showcase OSU’s excellence in online education.

During lunch, OSU President Edward J. Ray will give an address on the university’s excellence and the role Ecampus plays in it. Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs, will also recognize distinguished faculty members.

In the afternoon, register for an optional, hands-on workshop titled “Research Design for Teaching, Learning and Technology Projects” led by Dr. Katie Linder and Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto of the OSU Ecampus Research Unit. More details will follow once you register for the forum.

Reserve your spot today, and we’ll see you soon.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer) Recruitment

Please share the following recruitment information with qualified and interested individuals.

Analyst Programmer (Web Developer)

Oregon State University’s Extension and Experiment Station Communications (EESC) unit is looking for a new member for our Web and Content Strategy team.

This team focuses on developing educational, user-focused online experiences. As an analyst programmer (web developer) on the team, your role will be to collaboratively design, develop, test, and maintain web and Drupal content management systems for the OSU Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). This is a full-time position located in Corvallis, Oregon.

· You will work on a new OSU Extension web presence, the OSU Extension Catalog, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress magazine, and other special web projects.
· These websites and systems increase the public’s access to and engagement with educational resources and information.
· This work helps build positive change for youth, families, communities, and businesses throughout Oregon in the areas of sustainable ecosystems, human health and wellness, and economic development.

EESC’s mission is to support the critical communication needs of OSU Extension and AES through educational publishing, public issues and impact communication (including news and media relations), and web and content strategy. EESC is a creative and highly collaborative team. We embrace change and diversity and support professional development and employee well-being.

If you are committed to web development best practices, enjoy working collaboratively, and share our goal of enabling effective online engagement, then we want you on our team.

For more information and to apply, please visit:
Closing date: 5/29/17

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Student Job Posting: Benny the Beaver Handlers at the County Fairs

University Events has again posted a job for OSU Students to assist Benny while he’s on his Oregon County Fair tour this summer. If you know an OSU Student who is looking for a fun job this summer, have them apply at:

Student Outreach Assistant (Benny Assistant) position closes on May 16th. Stipulations are that they must be enrolled at Oregon State University and able to leave from, and return to Corvallis for each county fair trip.

Extension in the News

Farmers warned to prepare for new produce safety rule
Capital Press
May 2, 2017
Featuring, Stuart Reitz

Screen Free Week encourages families to turn off the TV
East Oregonian
May 4, 2017
Featuring Angie Treadwell, Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Field Day Fun
The Argus Observer
May 7, 2017
Featuring Barbara Brody,