In this week’s issue:

Extension regional structure questions

Last week, your O&E leadership team received two questions from the online form related to our regional structure redesign.

One question asked about the overall timeline. We are aiming to have the six regions and regional directors in place on July 1, 2018.

The second question asked about particulars of the failed West Central Regional Director search. Again, I will reaffirm my expectation and our commitment to acting with transparency, respect, and civility. We share that we received this question to be transparent. But in line with OSU policies, we must maintain confidentiality of search and personnel details.

A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure are available on this resource page. We will announce in ConnEXTions when there are substantive updates to this information.

If you have additional questions or comments about this organizational transition, I welcome hearing from you directly.

Thank you,

Scott Reed

Extension’s new employee resource webpage

Extension’s New Employee Information and Resources website has been updated to reflect revised procedures effective immediately. Please refer to this intranet site for information on:

  • New email requests
  • Name badges
  • Business cards
  • Adding names to Outlook Global Address Book
  • and more

Extension Web update

Last week marked one small step for our content teams and the project team, and one giant leap for Extension’s new digital strategy! The latest blog post provides tips for content teams based on the first few days of content entry. Content teams who are just getting started should be sure to check out the training materials and office hours/open lab schedule.

Outdoor School update

The OSU Extension Outdoor School office will publish a final list of all school districts and education service districts that applied for state finding within the next two months. We have been cautious to release the list until it is complete, and we have been finalizing a few late application approvals that have required more interaction and assistance to applicants. Additionally, Outdoor School Advisory Committee members and our team have been contacting eligible districts that did not apply this year to ask why they did not seek funding and how we can better support them in the future. The data will be discussed at our April Advisory Committee meeting, and summative findings will be shared this spring.

In the meantime, we are happy to respond to individual requests by Extension faculty and staff for information on your local/county schools. Please contact us directly at This is the best way to ensure prompt, complete, and accurate information to support your local schools. Our team is committed to customer service, including timely responses to all messages.

Thank you to everyone who has provided assistance to support the work of Outdoor School in your counties and communities. We could not do this work without you. For additional updates on Outdoor School, we encourage you to subscribe to our email list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Oregon Lottery Outdoor School TV spot

The Oregon Lottery launched a new statewide brand campaign that includes a spot featuring Outdoor School in English and Spanish (Oregon Lottery funds support Outdoor School). The 15-second TV spot launched on March 7 and will air in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Bend, and also throughout eastern Oregon. The commercials will be on-air at a heavy rotation through April 8.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at:

Diversity highlights

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

Special Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA?
The state of Oregon passed HB 4111A and SB 1563, which maintains driving privileges for Oregon’s DACA recipients and TPS holders by permitting a person to use expired documentation to renew or replace a driver license. SB 1563 advances Oregon’s existing Tuition Equity laws by reducing barriers for undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and apply for state-based financial aid. If you want to keep up with the latest news regarding DACA and what OSU is doing check out: for more information.

Events & Resources

New Resource Maps: two new resource maps are available under the DEI Resources section of our website. Watch the short video (< 2 minutes) for a quick tutorial on how to access these new tools.

Transgender 101: Join the Albany First Christian’s workshop about understanding issues face by those who are transgender. This is a free training that is led by the Basic Rights Oregon. The workshop will be March 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 432 Ferry SW, Albany, Oregon 97321.

History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211.

In the News

7 black inventors whose intellects changed the world (Study Break)
Viewing intellect as a way to escape his harsh upbringing, Emeagwali studied hard and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University. There, he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Will this be the time Lake Oswego truly confronts racism? (Oregon Live)
In February, three white students at Lake Oswego Junior High School passed a note containing a racial slur to a black student. It’s far from the first racist incident at the suburban school district. But something different happened this time. A few days later, hundreds of students, with the support of the school district, walked out of class and held their own rally for equity.

Inclusion and basketball celebrated on and off the court in Gaston (Fox 12 Oregon)
Inclusion and basketball, it’s a match made in middle school round ball heaven in Gaston.

Communication and conversation opportunities

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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension in the news

Experts: Wildfire season has benefits too
KOIN6 News
“Fire has been a part of this landscape, and the reason we have a problem now is because we tried to put fire out,” said Nicole Strong, Extension Forester for the University of Oregon State – Central Oregon.

The truth behind 6 gardening myths
The Oregonian
Myths tend to stick around, no matter how many times they’re corrected. Oregon State University Extension experts are out to change that. Once you know the truth, pass it on.