In this week’s issue:

Benny ad templates in OSU Box

Benny fair ad templates are available in OSU Box! It is easy to modify the information in the ad templates by right clicking to edit text. If you need help, contact Ann Marie Murphy.

  • Go to Extension Intranet.
  • Under Popular Links, click on OSU Box (the first bullet).
  • Log into Box then look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.
  • Three sizes of Benny fair ads are available in the “Templates” then “Benny at Fairs Advertising” subfolders.
  • Save as PDF to send to advertising program vendor.

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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, 4-H Youth Development update, and Innovation in Extension – Inspiration from Design One Adobe Kickbox (information links for this presentation can be found in the May 22 ConnEXTion).


New Letterhead and Event Announcement Templates

University Marketing now supports having Extension county companion logos on letterhead (in place of the OSU logo)! Your county’s letterhead has been updated in OSU Box to reflect this change. Use of the Extension county companion logos makes a stronger connection between OSU Extension Service and Oregon State University, as well as more strongly reinforcing Extension’s connection to the counties we serve.

Also added to your county’s Box folder is an event announcement template customized for your county. Use this template when sharing event announcements with local media.

Follow these steps to find the letterhead and event announcement templates for your county:

  • Visit the Extension Employee Intranet website.
  • Click on OSU Box (logos, letterhead, templates, and more) under Popular Links and sign into Box.
  • Find and open your county’s folder. There are subfolders for letterhead and the event announcement.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension Web Update

Sometime this week—barring any major issues to delay it—we will turn on the switch and you will notice a difference at The new web presence is just the beginning of a more engaging digital strategy. Together we will work to continue to refine and enhance the website and related strategies and systems. Our new website shines a spotlight on the amazing work that OSU Extension does in helping Oregonians–and Oregon–thrive. In the web upgrade blog this week, we highlight new features of the website and what comes after launch.

Communication Channels Reminders

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 for informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

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

Flint, Michigan & Racial Capitalism: Dr. Pulido is a professor of Geography and Head of Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. She is a race scholar in geography and critical ethnic studies whose commitment to anti-racist practice is central to her work. Through her research, she explores “the racial processes that shape place and how place informs race.” For more information visit the event page.

Creating Anti-Racist Communities: The College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women present: Creating Anti-Racist Communities. In today’s society what does it take to create a just community? How can we break through the deeply ingrained layers of structural racism to create an equal America? On May 30 at 6 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, Tricia Rose, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author and the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, attempts to tackle this in our political landscape. For information or accommodations, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or

Transforming the Curriculum: A Conversation with the 2017-18 DPD Cohort: Join this year’s DPD Academy cohort for a discussion of their curriculum transformation projects. Thursday, May 31, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program, visit the DPD website.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon: Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

For Latinos a program for college readiness
Ensuring students are prepared for college can be daunting for parents. The Juntos program’s six-week college readiness workshop — taught entirely in Spanish — aims to provide Latino families with the right information to support that process. Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Encouraging unity, celebrating diversity
“Diversity” is a term that covers a broad range of topics including race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status and other components of a person’s identity. ASWOU aimed to educate the Western community on these topics during Diversity Week.

Oregon school district includes all students with disabilities in regular classes
The daily progress report waiting inside broke down her son’s day. How many times did he go to the bathroom? What did he eat for lunch? What activities did he accomplish? How did he interact with the other kids in school? It was only a matter of time, she worried, that she’d find a note from the teacher saying Nate’s unexpected outbursts disrupted the rest of the kids in the third-grade class. It’s why Paskins didn’t want the Oregon school district to place her non-verbal son, who has Down syndrome and autism, in a typical classroom with students who don’t have disabilities.

What are Oregon’s fastest-growing cities? New Census data has plenty of surprises
Portland has added more than 60,000 residents since 2010, but on a percentage basis, it’s far from the fastest-growing city in Oregon. The U.S. Census Bureau last week released new local population estimates. Here’s how each Oregon city with a population of 10,000 or more stacks up in growth.

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert
Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Madison Elementary wins School Wellness Award
Coos Bay World
Madison won the award again for its partnership with the Oregon State University extension office in Coquille and its nutritional focus, as well as the outdoor garden and fulltime physical education teacher.

OSU hires new Willamette Valley extension faculty
Capital Press
Will Jessie is one of two new field crops extension faculty hired recently by Oregon State University’ College of Agricultural Sciences. He is covering Linn, Benton and southern Polk counties in the Willamette Valley. Christy Tanner, who also has watershed management duties for OSU Extension, will be covering field crops in Malheur County when she starts June 25.

Cherry fruit fly emerges in area
The Dalles Chronicle
The first capture of the western cherry fruit fly occurred at the Oregon State University (OSU) Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) station in Hood River May 20, one day later than the OSU model predicted, according to Ashley Thompson, Assistant Professor of Horticulture at OSU.