In this week’s issue:

Follow-up: OSU Extension Town Hall

The recording of the April 3 Town Hall is available on our redesign resource page.

A reminder that Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley welcome the opportunity to schedule conversations with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this change means in the context of your work.

Reminder: Feedback on East regional director candidates

Links to recordings of the East regional director candidates’ presentations are available on our redesign resource page. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

Changes: Communication and connection opportunities

Beginning last fall, we tried two new connection opportunities: a weekly open phone line with your leadership team, and an online question/comment form. We agreed to keep these going through March and then evaluate. As you heard during the Town Hall, use of these forums has been modest. Our sense, based on your feedback, is that these haven’t provided the type of personal connection and dialogue that you prefer or would find helpful.


  • We will discontinue the weekly open phone line, effective now.
  • We will keep the online question/comment form going through June, and then re-evaluate. We have added a field for “name” so we can ensure you receive a personal response.

We are also adding a new opportunity: Slack

  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack.
  • Here is a quick intro to Slack(courtesy of OSU’s web community, who also uses Slack for this purpose).
  • Why Slack? There are a number of chat tools available to OSU employees. Slack was one of the first good persistent chat tools, and other communities at OSU have adopted it, notably the web community and OSU communicators network.
  • Tips:
    • DO Download the Slack app for your desktop for the best experience. Also available for mobile devices.
    • DO watch for Slack tips in future ConnEXTions issues.
    • DO NOT use Slack to share data or information that’s classified as sensitive or confidential.

Reminder: Ongoing communication opportunities

  • 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 Web Update

See the two recent blog posts for an update on the content strategist hire and project timeline, plus a few updated resources and tips for content teams.

OSU Brand Symposium

If your work responsibilities include communication and marketing, please consider registering for the OSU Brand Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Come hear from an exciting lineup of guest speakers that are sure to inspire and ignite creativity in the areas of diversity and inclusion, graphic design, media and film. We’ll also provide updates on the OSU brand system and launch an awards program!

Registration for faculty and staff is $30 and includes lunch and light refreshments. Please register by April 16.

Social Media Resources

Social media can be confusing, especially with all the changes coming at you constantly. If you’re new to social media or just want a brush up, take advantage of OSU’s resources for Brand-related policies, Overall policy, Tips, and Best practices.

For additional questions, contact EESC social media specialists Kym Pokorny (541-737-3380) or Chris Branam (541-737-2940).

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

Sisters Supporting Survivors: Join us for a group conversation on how to respond to and support survivors of sexual assault and other traumas. This is brought to you by the Women’s Center, Panhellenic Council, and Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. Tuesday, April 10, 4-6 p.m., Kappa Delta Sorority, 305 N.W. 25th St.

Bridging Cultures: Our Neighbors’ Stories: Join Ethel Marquez, Viktoria Haas, Luis Dominguez, Neiko Bronson and Ubaldo Hernandez as they tell their fascinating stories of “bridging cultures”’ where they have faced challenges and discovered delights. You don’t have to be an immigrant to “bridge cultures”. The event will be at the Hood River Library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information visit the event page.

Sexual Assault Awareness: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This month features many opportunities to learn about sexual violence in various communities, ways to support survivors, and commitments we can all make to end rape culture. Events are happening all month; please join our campus community and attend some of these important programs. View the full calendar of events here: SAAM Calendar

In the News

American History Through a Multi-perspective Lens: Oregon’s Teacher of the Year

Matt Bacon-Brenes, Oregon State Teacher of the Year 2018, cares about creating an environment that is conducive to learning for children from all backgrounds. Being Teacher of the Year is much more than a title; Bacon-Brenes and his fellow TOYs will meet up throughout the year to discuss the impact they want to have on the education environment in America.

Hunger at school does not end at college admission
The College and University Food Bank Alliance, co-founded by the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry, provides support, training, and resources for campus food banks and pantries that primarily serve students. Federal policy could make a difference too.

Anthropology student sheds light on Islam
At Bazaar International Market in Corvallis, a variety of food products from across the Middle East line the shelves, cuts of fresh halal meat are available daily and a collection of teas invite curious customers. This is where anthropology major Elliot Paulson spends a good portion of his time gathering research and information for his senior thesis titled “Mainstreaming Halal: A Growing Niche Market in an Oregon University Town.”

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

Oregon’s Growing Olives
Oregon Wine Press
The growers’ association also has a strong ally in the Oregon State University Extension Service. A four-person research team, headed by Javier Fernandez-Salvador of the Marion-Polk County Extension Service, is studying olive trees at locations in Aurora and Alpine.

Business Oregon awards $45,000 to Partners for Rural Innovation
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The funding will be used for three programs: relaunching the Recipe to Market classes conducted by Oregon State University Extension and Small Business Development Center; creating a Tillamook County brand or co-brand of foods to enhance marketing efforts; and a feasibility study on the creation of a food hub to improve distribution of foods, such as fish, meat and produce, between local and regional buyers and sellers.

In this week’s issue:

National Agriculture Week

March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, a time Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to our farmers and ranchers. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has listed seven adjectives –  one for each day – to describe agriculture in Oregon.

  • Sunday: Oregon agriculture is diverse
  • Monday: Oregon agriculture is thriving
  • Tuesday: Oregon agriculture is authentic
  • Wednesday: Oregon agriculture is universal
  • Thursday: Oregon agriculture is innovative
  • Friday: Oregon agriculture is boundless
  • Saturday: Oregon agriculture is celebratory

We’re encouraging those who manage local Extension social media accounts to use these themes this week, and to follow and share OSU Extension’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Finding logos, letterhead, templates, and more

Finding OSU institutional, county and other Extension companion logos just got a little easier. Housed in OSU Box, a direct link to logos, letterhead, templates and other marketing tool is now available on the Extension Employee Intranet. Look for the first priority link. Bookmarking the link will make it even easier to access. Please review logo guidelines so that logos are used properly. If you have questions about logo use and placement, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Social media post idea

EESC’s own Phillip Brown created a moving two-minute video poem titled “A Field at Every Hour” for the latest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. It creatively shares the important work of Extension and Ag Experiment Stations. It, and other articles from OAP, would make excellent social media posts.

Extension Web Update

Monday’s blog post outlines what’s planned for the next two weeks, as well as new and “coming soon” resources, including a new FAQ about business cards and an updated office hours/open lab schedule.

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

Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States?
In this History Pub talk, Julie M. Weise, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will help answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the “push” and “pull” factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. The workshop will the 20th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 418 A St, Springfield, Oregon 97477.  For more information visit the event page:

Pacific Perspectives: The Only Islander In The Room: Join us for an evening of stories from members and friends of UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) as they share what it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room. This is an all ages event that is open to the entire community, fot a timeline of the event please refer to the Facebook event page: The event will be the 24th of March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 936 34th SE Street, Portland, Oregon 97214.

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.

Intercambio: a Spanish-English discussion group: Intercambio is an opportunity for speakers and learners of English and Spanish to gather together for conversation and language practice. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Saturday. If you want more information about the next meeting, visit their Facebook event page:

In the News

KCUR 89.3 Announces New Reporting Collaborative On Race, Culture and Identity (KCUR 89.3)
Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It’s hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources. But when we dig into stories about our identities and how they affect our families, our politics, arts and health – it’s hard not to recognize that race, culture and identity is a central force our lives, and deserves special attention in our news coverage. That’s why KCUR 89.3 and three other stations across the country (St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis, Missouri, Portland, Oregon and Hartford, Connecticut) have started a reporting collaborative called Sharing America, focused on the impact of race, ethnicity and identity on our cities.

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (KOIN 6)
National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

UO is rated the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon (AroundtheO)
The University of Oregon — already named one of the top 25 universities in the nation for LGBTQ students — has also been recognized as the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon.

Cultural meals tie together communities, create connections (DailyBarometer)
Born and raised close to the ocean in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pyrena Luhur grew up predominantly on fish dishes that were traditional to that region. Now at Oregon State University, Luhur, who works as a student success peer facilitator at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, struggles with finding foods and ingredients in order to make and eat the cultural foods she is accustomed to.

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. Then we’ll follow the chicks in the brooding pen until March 23. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at:

April permaculture courses online

OSU PACE announces that Department of Horticulture instructor Andrew Millison will teach two online permaculture courses beginning in April. See:

Programming for clientele with developmental disabilities

A research and practice-informed training program launched by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. eXtension webinar this Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT.

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)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

Extension in the news

OSU Extension adds pest management plans to catalog
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension is adding several crop-specific pest management plans to its repertoire, working in collaboration with farmers, researchers, agribusiness and industry representatives.

Oregon wine grape pioneer honored
Capital Press
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center on March 12 dedicated its first new wine grape planting in 30 years, naming it after Porter Lombard, the Oregon State University researcher who showed Oregon growers how to make vineyards pay off.

Armyworms surprise grass seed growers
Capital Press
“There was massive feeding to newly harvested fields; it was really an all-hands-on-deck type of situation,” said Nicole Anderson, Oregon State University Extension Field Crops Agronomist in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. “I don’t know that anybody remembers something like the outbreak of the true armyworm this year.”

Survey Says: We Want to Hear from YOU! By Extension
Tillamook County Pioneer
The purpose of this survey is to find out what Tillamook County Pioneer readers think about the articles we have published so far.