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.

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School Leader Announced

Dr. Kristopher Elliott was selected as Oregon Outdoor School Leader within the OSU Extension Service. He will begin his appointment at OSU September 1, 2017.

Kris most recently held the position of Director of STEM in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools where he was responsible for professional development for more than 2,000 science and STEM educators. He was formerly Assistant Professor at University of Georgia and Instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a PhD in science education and M.S. in agricultural education from Oregon State University, and B.S. in agricultural education from California Polytechnic State University. Dr. Elliott’s scholarly work includes evaluation of Latino experiences in agricultural education, urban and sustainable agriculture, and teacher education.

In his role leading Outdoor School, he is responsible for development of strategic, long-range plans and identifies measurable benchmarks; secures financial resources; promotes partnerships and collaboration with internal and external partners; ensures program visibility at local and state level; supervises program staff; manages budgets to meet established benchmarks; promotes the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; reports on program accomplishments and ensures that program practices reflect best practices in education.

The Extension Service owes a HUGE statement of gratitude to Susan Sahnow who led early development of Outdoor School since December, 2016 on an interim basis. Her path breaking work set the stage for advancing the new statewide educational program. She established new relationships with statewide partners and stakeholders to define programmatic elements, created vibrant program advisory and working committees, and developed systems for gathering and reporting information. Hats off!

Outreach and Engagement Quarterly Conversation

Join us in person or online for the August 2017 Quarterly Conversation.

Friday, August 18
9:00am – 10:30am
Kidder 202 and livestream

Next Quarterly Conversation: Nov 17, 2017, 9-1030am

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources:

  • Solidarity With Charlottesville – Corvallis: Come together with our community and other communities across the nation. Tonight at 6 p.m. at the Benton County Courthouse.
  • Leading with Cultural Intelligence Online Program. Maximize your leadership and team success with cultural diversity training. This new OSU online short course features leadership expert and consultant, Samad Aidane. Learn more about leading with cultural awareness.
  • 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 Jane Waite at or 541-737-0866.
  • Join the 4-H system for the 2017 Professional Development E-Academy: The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Positive Youth Development. The target audience for these FREE sessions is 4-H field faculty, but all positive youth development professionals are welcome to participate!The focus will be on engaging diverse youth and understanding the social issues they face. There will be 10 one-hour online sessions occurring from October 2-23, 2017. Find out more and register at 2017 E-academy Registration. If you have questions, please contact Ana Lu Fonseca (, 541-737-3439) or Doug Swanson, national program leader (, 202-690-1227).

In the news:

More diversity means more demands (New York Times)
Students are demanding official recognition of their identities, whether racial, ethnic, sexual, religious, first-generation, low-income or immigrant. When freshmen step onto campus, they aren’t necessarily assuming the mascot and identity of their future alma mater, said Dwaine Plaza, a sociology professor at Oregon State University. “O.S.U. is not what students are now embracing”; instead they are “seeing themselves as important being Jamaican-American, as being Indian-American.”

Safe eclipse viewing fact sheet

Share the eclipse fact sheet created by Glenda Hyde, associate professor (practice) in Extension Family and Community Health Program. It may be a valuable tool for communities in the path of totality. Add local contact information and county emergency contacts by editing the PDF (click on Tools and then the Edit Text & Images). After adding local information, share it on your social media sites.

The Open Campus website offers culturally relevant eclipse information in Spanish.

Extension in the News

‘Inventors camp’ challenges youth
The Dalles Chronicle
August 10, 2017
Featuring Ann Harris, Oregon State Open Campus and Wasco County

How will plants, birds and insects respond to the solar eclipse?
August 13, 2017
Featuring Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture