In this week’s issue:

New Extension Regions Map (& Other Leadership Updates)

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team hosted an update and Q&A session to provide information, clarity, and context for several strategic initiatives occurring over the next year. The recording link will be available in next week’s ConnEXTions issue. Here is a brief summary.

A Message from the Director – Scott Reed

Scott Reed recently returned from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference, where he received the organization’s highest recognition and delivered the prestigious Ruby Lecture. He shared observations from this and other recent conferences:

  • Extension needs a big tool box, nimbleness in services.
  • The status quo puts us at risk.
  • Extension must move past efficiency to a culture of innovation. This requires a growth mindset.

Operations and Regional Updates – Lindsey Shirley

Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address these challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and communicate our relevance to stakeholders.

  • We are beginning to move to a six-region structure. The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, while the staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Regional leadership positions will be retitled “Regional Director.”
  • This structure allows us to maintain and enhance strategic connections with partners and stakeholders, while adding value in terms of managing costs and increasing effectiveness.
  • County points of contact remain vital in our structure.
  • The Coastal Regional Director recruitment is in the final stages and will be announced the week of Oct. 16.
  • The West Central Regional Director position will be posted soon.

OSU Extension Digital Strategy and Web Upgrade – Jennifer Alexander

Our approach to digital strategy will enhance and support our statewide presence by adding an improved, user-focused website and, eventually, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. We will also move internal (employee resources) content to a separate website. Program content teams are beginning to assess and evaluate content for the new public website. For updates, content team info, and FAQs, please see the project website.

Innovation and Advancement Highlights – Jeff Sherman

  • In partnership with PACE, we will begin offering faculty-staff fitness off-campus, beginning with yoga and high-intensity fitness. Watch for more information at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Two innovation projects were funded: Snapchat Geofilters (Jamie Davis) and Disability access to all programs (Marilyn Lesmeister)
  • The OSU Gateway project will move forward, increasing affordable, online access to the first two years of an Oregon State education. Extension will likely have a leadership role in this project.
  • The next LDPE cohort kicks off in December.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update – Ana Lu Fonseca

Ana Lu reviewed the mission of our Division’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; announced a new webpage, which will house helpful links and resources; and announced several upcoming university-wide initiatives that we are involved in. She also thanked the more than 40 people (and counting!) who have signed up to be part of our Diversity Champions team. This team has a kickoff event on the Monday of Extension Annual Conference.

Outdoor School Update – Kris Elliott

Kris thanked everyone—employees, stakeholders, advisory committee, and other partners—who has been involved in getting this new program off the ground and well-positioned for success. He reviewed the Year 1 funding process and Year 1 goals for creating and sustaining an excellent program. For information, refer to the OSU Extension Outdoor School webpage. Direct questions to

Staying connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Following this meeting, we will continue to provide opportunities for updates, questions and connection via:

  • Statewide updates (like this) as needed
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
  • Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team, beginning Oct. 26 (details in next week’s ConnEXTions)
  • Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter

We need your feedback. Let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you. Thank you!

New DEI Website (and Other 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:

Become a Diversity Champion: The newly created Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Division of Outreach & Engagement needs your help!  Becoming a Diversity Champion is your opportunity to play a key role in the Division’s evolution towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Sign up to become Diversity Champion here as soon as possible to ensure your seat at the Diversity Champion Kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference (conference registration is also required to attend the kick-off sessions and space is limited).

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) webpage for the Division of Outreach & Engagement: Visit for information about the office and to find useful resources and tools. We will continue to add content in the upcoming weeks and months, so please check back regularly for updated information.

FREE OSU Webinar: Q&A Session About Community Health Workers. Get exclusive access to an expert-led Q&A session and learn how community health workers can help improve health care while lowering overall costs. Webinar starts Oct. 17 at noon – sign up here for access.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2018 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference in Sunriver, Jan. 26-27, 2018. In order to apply, please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 27. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Nov. 10. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg.

In the News

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray explains the continuing need to build and support our diverse communities in his recent address to Oregon State Faculty Senate.

Editorial: OSU report on Arnold sets the stage (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s report on the life and times of Benjamin Lee Arnold — the namesake for OSU’s Arnold Dining Hall — provides an excellent starting point for the university’s discussion of its history and whether it should rename some of its buildings.

OMSI Announces Science Communication Seminars

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar. These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar. They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field.

The next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation, will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience. Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day. Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants.

For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, please visit the OMSI Communication Services website and click on “One Day Science Communication Seminar”. To register directly, please go to the registration form.

ESP National Awardees

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues honored with national awards by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)! Dr. A. Scott Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition – the Distinguished Service Ruby.  As the Ruby Recipient, Dr. Reed gave the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, during the 2017 ESP National Conference. (See article)

Awardees receiving Western Region recognition included Oregon Gamma Chapter members:

  • John Williams, Continued Service Award
  • Lynette Ranney Black, Mid Career Service Award – tie
  • Jamie Davis, Early Career Service Award
  • Pamela Rose, Visionary Leadership Award
  • Ross Penhallegon, International Service Award
  • Carole Smith – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones, Distinguished Team – tie

Extension in the News

County extension expands into new offices
Blue Mountain Eagle
From supporting 4-H kids and county fairs to advising farmers and ranchers, the Oregon State University Extension Service offers a wide variety of …

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one
East Oregonian
Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, …

Not all Master Gardeners start out as expert gardeners
Statesman Journal
The program — part of Oregon State University Extension Service — reached 106,000 people in 2016. “Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic …

OSU researchers respond to Oregon wildfires
The Daily Barometer
OSU Extension Foresters, such as Nicole Strong, collaborate with many stakeholders, including county, state and federal partners, to create the best …

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The 45-minute video of yesterday’s OSU Extension’s sub-brand launch is now available for review and download here.

This session introduces the foundational messaging and visual elements for building OSU Extension’s sub-brand. Scott Reed’s introductory comments affirm why the branding work is an essential investment in increasing the visibility of Extension throughout Oregon and the university.

• An online style guide will be available September 30. Tools and resources will be added to the style guide in the weeks and months to come.
• Messaging and visual identity elements are being developed for each of the Extension Programs, including contextual graphics and icons.
• A suite of templates is being developed for OSU Extension. HELP US IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF TEMPLATES YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR WORK EASIER.
• Face-to-face and other types of training, including at the Extension Annual Conference, will be provided. TELL US WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING YOU VALUE (and let us know when you have program, region, or county gatherings where brand training would be appropriate).

If you have questions about Extension’s sub-brand, or how to incorporate it into your marketing efforts, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (, 541-737-1327).


Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Corvallis Changemakers Conference: A conference for Women and their Allies. The panelists presenting at this conference include activists who have run for local and national office, managed non-profits, started businesses, initiated grassroots campaigns, and more. Topics include mentoring, networking, and movement building; using personal narratives, initiatives, canvassing, and other educational tools to affect public opinion. To learn more about the conference and purchase tickets ($20 – $40) visit Full day event with meals included. Oct. 1, CH2M Hill Alumni Center. Venue sponsor: Golden Z Club at OSU. Event is open to all.

Cultural conversant: INTO OSU conversant program volunteers needed. Volunteer applications are now open for the Cultural Ambassador Conversant Program (CACP). This is a great opportunity for OSU staff/faculty, domestic student, and Corvallis community members to be matched with an international student as a conversation partner. Please submit application by Sept. 27. More information and the online volunteer sign-up are located at

Sanctuary Cities in Oregon: Myth or Law? Join Benton County District Attorney, John Haroldson, as he explores this topic. October 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR.

DACA Information Session: OSU is partnering with the Corvallis School District to bring immigration lawyer and OSU Alum, Maria Cobarrubias, to campus (and stream the session) for an information session. This conversation-style session will cover such topics as: What is DACA, the importance of the program and the impact in case it is dismantled; useful information to better support students; local and national efforts to seek immediate attention for this case. Tuesday Sept. 26, 4-5 p.m., Hallie E. Ford Center, Room 115 or online at

Oregon State University Leadership has provided these DACA tools: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student FAQs and an OSU Undocumented Student Toolkit.

In the news

The spirit of dialogue (Think Out Loud) – Oregon State University geography professor Aaron Wolf has traveled the world helping negotiate water conflicts. Even though he’s a scientist, he’s relied on a variety of spiritual practices in his work, which he writes about in his new book: The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict.

Data offers insight into costs, stay length, and demographics of care for older Americans (The Lund Report) – The event, which will be held at Portland State University, will feature scientists from PSU, DHS and Oregon State University. Speakers will present a host of information based on new studies on assisted living, residential care, endorsed memory care, adult foster homes and nursing facilities in the state.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown declares September 15 to October 15 Hispanic Heritage month ( – View a transcript of her speech by following this link:

“You research the facts, you talk about the history”: OSU considers renaming Gill Coliseum (KVAL) – Leaders at Oregon State University are considering renaming Gill Coliseum after students and faculty raised concerns that its namesake has ties to racism. (see also OPB).

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


OSUEA Awards and Hoecker Grant

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:


Opening for Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

Recruitment Announcement: Oregon State University Extension Service, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Extension Service at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty, Assistant to the Outdoor School Program Leader. This position provides executive-level assistance to the OSU Extension Service Assistant Director/Outdoor School Program Leader. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. To review posting and apply, please visit Apply to posting #P01570UF. Closing date: 09/29/17. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Please share this announcement and OSU ODS Admin Asst Recruitment Flyer with your organizations, networks, and communities.


Nellie Oehler to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

Nellie Oehler, who has served Oregon’s 4-H Youth Development Program for more than five decades, is the state’s 2017 inductee into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Oehler will be one of 16 people inducted on Oct. 6 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Click here for more details.


Extension in the News

Teddy bears, colons and gift cards equal healthy fun
Hermiston Herald, September 20, 2017
Featuring Angie Treadwell, SNAP-Ed coordinator, Umatilla County.

OSU Extension continues work for May ballot
My Columbia Basin, September 22, 2017
Featuring OSU Extension, Umatilla County.