In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

From Ana Lu Fonseca:

Events and resources:

Eclipse recursos:
Nuestro increíble personal de Open Campus ha incluído recursos en ingles y español sin costo para el eclipse solar que se llevará a cabo el 21 de Agosto del año 2017.

Our amazing Open Campus team has put together some great, free resources in English and Spanish for the Eclipse that is scheduled to happen on August 21, 2017.

Tomorrow, August 1, 9- 11 a.m., Implicit bias webinar: “Controlling for Implicit Bias in Hiring and Managing Student Support Staff and Students to Create More Inclusive Environments.” Learn how implicit bias manifests in our daily work, and how to work with students and student support staff in an inclusive way that addresses potential bias. First hour is the webinar; second hour is discussion with Anne Gillies and Kerry McQuillin. Memorial Union – 13 Multipurpose Room.

Social Justice Education Initiative for Summer Term: The SJEI is a professional development program for all OSU faculty, staff, and graduate students aimed at building knowledge about equity and inclusion, and developing intercultural competencies. In addition to the platform curriculum, comprised of Session One and Session Two, there are new shorter workshops that explore specific topics with more depth. SJEI is also available to hold in-house workshops for individual units, including customized training to meet your unit’s needs. Now is a great time to build your equity and inclusion skills! Space is limited, register today! For more information, please contact:; 541-737-0866.

In the news:

Pinterest Diversity Chief, Candice Morgan, shares what she’s learned since being hired in 2016 and how she has helped the company fine tune and rethink their strategy for hiring a diverse work force. View article here.

Rural Muslims fight for safety, inclusion (Oregonian)
Muslims have more resources in larger cities like Portland and Seattle than they do in communities like Albany and Corvallis. People like Khan try to fill those gaps. Ismail Warsame, also Muslim, works at Oregon State University as a case manager for international students.

Please contact with any questions or comments about these Diversity Highlights.

NAEPSDP 2017 Webinar Schedule

The National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) has released a schedule for the 2017 Virtual Summer School and is available to view here:

One of particular interest is the Digital Storytelling for Scholarly Engagement.

Title: Digital Storytelling for Scholarly Engagement

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Presenter: Dr. James K. Woodell (Jim), Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities & Christine Geith, CEO, eXtension

Description: Extension personnel have teaching, research, and service portfolios that often look different from traditional academics’ dossiers, which most frequently emphasize basic research and publications. This session will explore how Extension portfolios emphasizing outreach, practical research, and scholarly engagement are published and presented in digital formats—online journals, blogs, webinars, e-learning, social media, and website development. Presenters will talk about undertaking knowledge advancement via these platforms as well as the challenges of working with tenure and promotion committees to help them understand the value.

Link to Join:

Benny Photos or News Articles

For the counties who have already hosted Benny at your fair, please share your photos and any news stories with Use the hashtag #bennyfair17 in your social media posts.

New Safety Purchase Assistance Program

Enterprise Risk Services will assist in providing up to $5,000 per approved request. Units may request funding up to 75% of their approved safety related purchase (units are required to fund a minimum of 25% of any approved purchase request).

Please review the document at the link below for more details about the program as well as information about exclusions (for example, general ergonomic equipment).

Announcement in OSU Today
NEW! New Safety Purchase Assistance Program from Enterprise Risk Services: Enterprise Risk Services has developed a new program to assist departments with funding of qualifying of items to be used towards safety improvements, such as equipment and training, or other safety related items. The program is aimed at increasing employee safety and a reduction of injuries and workers’ compensation claims. For more information on this Safety Purchase Assistance program, program documentation (which includes information on qualifying purchases) and to request funding through our online application form, please visit

Extension in the News

Shop the Dock debuts in Warrenton
The Daily Astorian
July 17, 2017
Featuring Amanda Gladics, Clatsop County Extension

Big Fair Fun returns to Hillsboro
Hillsboro Tribune
July 21, 2017
Featuring Washington County 4-H

The critters are back
Curry Coastal Pilot
July 25, 2017
Featuring Margie House, Curry COunty

NWREC open house educates, entertains neighbors
July 26, 2017
Wilsonville Spokesman
Featuring North Willamette Research and Extension Center and Bernadine Strik

In this week’s issue:


County Leader Task Force Submits Report

As OSU Extension transitioned into the Regional Administration Model the County Leader role was shaped by the unique situation and needs of each county. The recent evaluation of the Regional Model indicated that this organic approach caused confusion and concern among internal and external stakeholders. In response, a task force was appointed to more clearly define and standardize the CL role and make recommendations for improving the CL assignment. Sincere thanks to Pamela Rose, Program Leader and former County Leader for Marion and Polk counties; Derek Godwin, West Central Regional Administrator; Bob Parker, County Leader for Baker County; Pat Corcoran, County Leader for Clatsop County; Tracy Brunner, County Leader for Klamath County; Rebecca Badger, Ecampus Marketing Project Manager; Alfonso Bradoch, DLS Director, and task force chair Eric Dunker, Coastal Oregon Regional Administrator, for their time, energy and thorough work. Please read the report before Extension Annual Conference. Time will be dedicated on Tuesday morning of the Extension Annual Conference to hearing your reactions to and comments about the recommendations.


Digital Measures, the next thing after SOARS

If you missed the Digital Measures webinar last week, check out the archived version at

A question was asked during the webinar about the deadline for entering 2015 data. January 10, 2016, is the deadline for all Extension faculty to enter 2015 accomplishments and impact statements in Digital Measures, including on-going data (number of contacts, number of volunteers, external funding, scholarly publications/presentations, and awards).


Open Forums Associate Provost of Outreach & Engagement/Associate Director of Extension – 12/2 & 12/3

Reminder of the for the Open Forum presentations for two candidates for Associate Provost for University Outreach & Engagement and Associate Director for Extension Service.

For the Q&A portion of the Forums, off-campus sites connecting by video conference may submit questions for candidates by email during the Forum to I’ll be monitoring email and will relay your questions to the candidates. (Reminder that your audio will need to remain muted during the Forums).

December 2, Dr. Kenneth Martin, Ohio State University Extension
9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, and video conference

December 3, Dr. Edward Martin, University of Arizona
9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, and video conference

Upcoming Forums:
December 21, 9:45-10:45am, Kidder 202, Dr. William Hubbard, University of Georgia


2015 OSU Extension Annual Conference

As a reminder the 2015 OSU Extension Annual Conference begins on Monday, December 7th on the Corvallis campus. Conference organizers would like to inform you that no name badges will be provided at the event, so please remember to bring your Orange OSU Extension name badge.  However, if you have misplaced your badge, the last order has already been submitted and you will not be able to get a new one in time.

The organizers are busy with final details, but if you do have any questions you can call the main Extension Administration phone line at 541-737-2713.


“Life” Campaign Sunsets

The “Life. Get Good at It.” Campaign was introduced several years ago to raise awareness about Extension with the general public.

Since 2012, no additional investment has been made in the campaign. With efforts underway to update Division and Extension websites, the time is right to remove references to the old campaign.

Effective December 31, 2015, “Life” materials and the page itself will be removed from the Extension website.

Discussions about how to position and increase awareness of Extension will continue to take place in the coming months, starting with a conversation with Regional Administrators about marketing on Dec.1.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (, 541-737-1327).



OSU has established a partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for them to offer the OMSI Science Communication Fellows Workshop on campus from Jan to Mar 2016. This program prepares selected faculty and students to increase their effectiveness in science communication and  outreach events.  Participants in the program also become eligible to participate in “Meet-a-Scientist” nights at OMSI.

The cost of the program is $2500 per participant, and the Division of University Outreach and Engagement will support up to three Division faculty/staff with a 50% scholarship. Details about the program and application procedures are at:


EdTechLN Learning Opportunities at NAEPSDP, Dec 1-3!

Join the #EdTechLN at the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals Conference– even if you’re not attending in person! 

The EdTechLN will be facilitating five breakout sessions during the conference. Each session will be streamed Live via Periscope for those who want to join virtually. Follow Paul Hill (@4Hpro) & Jamie Seger (@JamieMSeger) on Twitter to see the Live stream link once each session starts!

EdTechLN-Led Session Schedule:
-Tuesday, December 1-
@ 11:45am PT / 2:45pm ET: Narrate Your Work

-Wednesday, December 2-
@ 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET: The New Peer Review: Digital Scholarship in a World of Traditional Pubs
@ 1:45pm PT / 4:45pm ET: Social Media Analytics Workshop
@ 2:30pm PT / 5:30pm ET: How to Manage Information Flow and Curate for Thought Leadership in Social Media

-Thursday, December 3rd-
@9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET: Digital and Social Media Confab

View the entire NAEPSDP agenda here.

Ed Tech Learning Network Blog & Social Media:
Click here to visit the Ed Tech Learning Network blog and see the many ways you can get more involved and more engaged, including on social media:

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