In this week’s issue:

Communication and connection 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.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: February 15, 2019)

Updated Extension Promotional Materials Order Process

There will be a new and easier process to order Extension promotional materials beginning tomorrow, January 30. When you click on the usual link to place your order, you’ll be directed to a webpage instead of a PDF order form. Log in with your OSU affiliate account and place your order. It’s that simple! Please note that promotional materials must be ordered separate from publications.

Tammy Cushing to serve as president of SAF

Next year, Tammy Cushing, an Extension forest business specialist at Oregon State University, will become the third woman to serve as president of the largest professional society of foresters in the world.

Cushing is currently serving a one-year term as vice president of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), which represents and serves 12,000 forestry professionals in the United States.

“SAF has served as a common thread throughout my career, allowing me to connect with other professionals, and it will be an honor to serve as president in 2020,” Cushing said. “I look forward to working with our members to further the mission of SAF. I’m particularly excited about creating a mechanism for foresters to reach out to recent college graduates who have relocated to their area. This will create a support system for our young professionals and increase member engagement.”

Cushing is the Starker Chair of Private and Family Forestry and an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management. Her research focuses on financial decision-making and tax impacts on private forest landowners. In addition to teaching, she has responsibilities in the OSU Extension Service’s Forestry & Natural Resources Program related to educating forest landowners and professionals about the business side of forestry including economics, policy, and management.

Cushing was named a fellow of SAF in 2017 and served as the convention chair for the SAF National Convention, held in Portland in 2018.

“Serving as SAF president is a great honor for Tammy and also for Oregon State University,” said Jim Johnson, OSU Extension forestry program leader. “Tammy is a national leader in her field and is widely sought for tax advice by landowner associations across the country. We are proud to have her here as our Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry.”

Call for nominations – 2019 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

The Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellenceencourage and reward efforts to create and nurture healthy communities, healthy planet and a healthy economy through outreach and engagement efforts. Deadline for nominations is February 28. To learn more about award criteria and to complete the nomination form, click here. You are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate others. Award event will be held in the MU Ballroom, Thursday, May 2, 3:30 until 5 p.m., followed by a reception. Registration for the event opens February 1.

Extension Web Update

As you look back over 2018, if you led an Extension website content team or contributed to the web migration process, then Make Your Effort Count: Document your Contributions in Digital Measures. This week’s blog post gives suggestions for how to report this type of activity under other assigned duties.

Diversity Highlights

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

Conversation Starter Video:

We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film)

Bullying. Harassment. Is this the best a man can get? It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more, that we can get closer to our best. To say the right thing, to act the right way.

Events & Resources

White Fragility Workshop: This workshop will provide an overview of the socialization that instills White Fragility and give the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build racial stamina and develop more equitable racial practices. January 31 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in Bend. For more information visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Race and Place – Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future: Facilitators Traci Price and Anita Yap will lead participants in a conversation that looks at how Oregon’s history of racism influences our present and asks, How can understanding Oregon’s historic and current impacts of racism contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? February 4 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 in Bend, for more information visit the event page.

Feminism, Internationalism, State Power: The 2018-2019 New Directions in Black Feminist Studies speaker series centers on the ways in which academic and popular critics have recently galvanized black feminism as both a critical and creative corrective to ongoing state-sanctioned racialized, gendered, sexual, economic, and environmental injustices. February 7 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in Eugene. For more information visit the event page.

Culturally Responsive STEM Teaching: Join The Oregon Coast STEM Hub’s FREE Community of Practice, where we will collaboratively support one another in increasing dialogue and skills for equitable STEM Teaching on the Oregon Coast. February 9 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Newport. For more information, visit the event page.

Beyond Invitation: How Do We Create Inclusive Communities: Organizations and communities are working to invite broader groups of people to engage in their work as employees, patrons, board members, and donor. February 9 from 2:00 am to 4:00 pm in Newberg. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Oregon Sued Over Instruction Time For Students With Disabilities

Disability Rights Oregon has joined with four other legal groups to sue the state of Oregon over what they say is the state’s lax oversight of special education programs, especially for children with disabilities in small, rural communities.

Former homeless youth creates website to help others in Bend

In his spare time Zachary Cota, 24, has been working on creating a website that compiles different resources around Central Oregon to help young adults in need.

OSU-Cascades hosting diversity discussions

OSU-Cascades officials want the Central Oregon community to start thinking about diversity. To help get people started, they’re offering a few workshops.

To improve teacher diversity, Salem-Keizer focusing on training its own students, classroom aides

The district’s 16,000 Latino students rarely see someone who looks like them in front of the classroom. Superintendent Christy Perry has made changing that a priority.

How migration changes Oregon

A couple years ago we examined Oregon’s diversity and the fact that Oregon’s foreign-born population is fairly similar to, albeit smaller than the U.S. as a whole. Now, Oregon does have a somewhat larger Mexican-born population, but many such residents moved to the U.S. during 1980s, 1990s and through the housing bubble.

How Zimbabwe’s grandmothers are turning the tide on mental health

When the African country couldn’t afford a clinical diagnosis network for mental health, 400 grandmothers and a system of ‘Friendship Benches’ came in.

50 Years After Dr. King’s Death, Remembering the Women Who Steered the Movement

For decades, it seems, Diane Nash has been asked about women’s role in the civil rights movement: what it was, why it hasn’t been more widely acknowledged, if she can describe her fellow organizers’ contributions.

What are you reading?

Book: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – And Why Things Are Better than You Think (2018) by Hans Rosling

What I am enjoying about this book is that it has reminded me to check my assumptions, and make sure I am using the most up-to-date best available science to frame my world view. I am also now a proud “possibilitist”. This book provides hope and perspective when it is quite easy to focus on short term negativity.   Nicole Strong

Extension in the news

Purple Potatoes for All
Hermiston Herald
Students at Rocky Heights Elementary School got a special surprise with lunch last week — they got to sample purple potatoes, grown at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Roses and Raspberries for Friday, Jan. 25
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Dionisia Morales, publishing manager for Oregon State University Extension and Experiment Station Communications, was nominated in that category for her first book of essays, “Homing Instincts.”

Union firefighters oppose rangeland protection associations in Washington
Capital Press
Well-led rangeland associations have been effective, said Emily Jane Davis, an extension specialist in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Trained landowners become an asset to fire agencies rather than a source of conflict, she recently told the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Registration

Support your colleagues! Register today for the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Ten projects (many of which are Extension projects) will be
showcased on Monday, May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom (Corvallis) as outstanding examples of outreach and engagement work. The awards portion of the event will be followed by a poster session and reception. The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is hosting the event; there is no cost to attend. Space is limited so please register early. Last day to register is May 4.


Notecards and Thank You cards

Notecards and generic thank you cards can be ordered online through Printing and Mailing. Click on the Design Online link, register or sign in, then click on the Catalog tab. Notecards can be customized with companion logos (front) and contact information (back). Consider
adding OSU Extension’s elevator speech statement to the back panel: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon. Envelopes also can be ordered online (note: only the OSU institutional logo appears on envelopes).

Extension Web Update

Based on feedback from content teams, we’ve added a few new ways to enter content and some new tools, see: New and updated guidelines for content entry. Please review before adding additional content to the website.

Communication and connection 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.)
  • 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:
  • 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)

Earth Day of Service materials and website

Please share the Earth Day of Service marketing materials which includes printable posters and social media images, and the Beyond Earth Day website, which features the many great events in addition to the Day of Service that will be taking place at OSU.

Earth Day of Service marketing:

Beyond Earth Day website:

Sensory Evaluation of Wine

If you live in Oregon, you probably know about the amazing wine we make in the region, and Oregon State University has been deeply involved with this industry for years. Our Sensory Evaluation of Wine course benefits from this industry knowledge and offers you insights about the types of grapes produced in Oregon and Washington and beyond.

Led by Oregon State’s renowned wine expert, Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, you will get to experience a range of wines and wine styles from around the world, including Australia Shiraz, New Zealand Pinot noir, French Rosé and much more!

In this four-day course in Corvallis, you’ll gain:

  • A detailed introduction to the many nuances of wine tasting
  • Knowledge to evaluate and describe taste, smell and mouthfeel of wine
  • The ability to communicate your newfound expertise to others

Due to popular demand, we are offering this course in the evening in order to accommodate your busy schedule. Secure your seat today as spaces are limited!

Robotics team secure World Finals competition spot: bring home state championship banner

Students from Wasco County 4-H entered the Oregon State VEX Robotics finals as underdogs but walked out with the championship banner and a ticket to the world championship later this spring.

“This is the first time any robotics team from The Dalles has advanced to the world finals level and displays a tremendous amount of work from the students and a high quality program,” said Wasco County 4-H coach Lu Seapy.

With the three team alliance of Binary Kaos, Flip N’ Awesome of Sandy, and Flavor Town of Salem, the trio was able to easily sweep the finals and bring home the champions banner. Now the team faces an added challenge: making it to the World Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Getting our team to Worlds is a huge honor, and it will be expensive,” said coach Ajay Rundell. The team will need to raise approximately $8,000 for plane tickets and travel costs. Individuals wishing to contribute can contact Ajay Rundell at or call Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494.

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

Community Dialogue on Safety and Justice: Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Join us in exploring multiple perspectives on strategies to realize community safety and racial justice. April 30, 6-8 p.m. MU Multipurpose Room 13. More information on the Community Dialogues website.

Dessert & Documentaries: Sexual Assault in Latinx Communities:  A showing of two films on the topic of rape in the Field on April 19 at 7:00 p.m, the second film is on the topic of rape in the night shift and the showing for that time will be April 24 at 7:00 pm. The location for both films will be at the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Transgender Lives of People in Argentina and Mexico: Photographer Kike Arnal comes to talk about his experience documenting the lives of Trans people in Mexico and Argentina. April 18, 5-7 p.m. Memorial Union Ballroom. More information on the visit the event page.

Siembra la Cena Gradening Series: In collaboration with OSU Extension and FISH Food Bank, The Next Door hosts a ‘Siembra la Cena’ gardening series. The classes, delivered in Spanish, will cover topics such as soil preparation, how to grow pesticide-free fruits and veggies, proper watering, and more. For information and registration, call Jody at 541-436-0313. To see when the next class is going to be, check out the event page.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Early Stage: This class is free and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit April 20 from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm at 1651 Lexington Ave, Astoria, OR.

WU Hawaiʻi Club’s 29th Annual Lūʻau: Join Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club is celebrating the culture and history of Hawai’i through food, music, and dance. April 21, 5:50 pm- 9:30 pm. At Cone Fieldhouse Willamette University. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

Bend parents talk inclusion, standing against hate
The presenters were Central Oregon Community College Director of Diversity and Inclusion Karen Roth and the college’s Program Director of Early Childhood Education Amy Howell. When parents were asked why they came to the meeting, one said she wants her kids to truly understand the meaning of the word “hate”.

Navigating Challenges: A PCC Student Story
It is an institutional strategy aimed at increasing student success through building guided pathways, enhancing support services, implementing diversity, equity and inclusion tactics, … And as a result of his tireless work, Truong was honored with the Student Activism Honor Award by Oregon Open Educational Resources.

Why we need emoji representing people with disabilities
‘Having accessibility and inclusion of all types be a priority in tech is a huge issue.’

The Arts Center and OSU seek art for mental health exhibition
The Arts Center and Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are seeking artwork for “Art Saves Lives,” a pop-up show in May directed at furthering the dialogue on mental health.

Photo Model Releases

The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students. As a general guide, if you’re taking a picture of a single person or a small group and they’re the main focus of your shot, have them complete and sign a model release form.

For large groups, workshops or events, there’s a model release long form for multiple names.

The most up to date model release forms can be found on the OSU Brand Guidelines website. Everyone should use these online forms.

There is not yet a Spanish-language version, but University Marketing is working on it.

What are you reading?

Book: Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom (2009) by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius.
Mindfulness is a hot topic for mental health, ACE and Trauma informed outreach. This book is a good lay-reference to brain function and the positive neural response of meditation and mindfulness. Plus, great tips for bringing mindful practice into your own life. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Researchers focus on helping hazelnut boom
Capital Press
Oregon State Extension Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman updates growers on brown marmorated stink bug research. … It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State University that are resistant to eastern filbert blight.Bankruptcies point to tougher organic potato market
Capital Press
“I wonder if we just got too many acres too quickly,” said Brian Charlton, cropping systems specialist at Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. The Klamath Basin’s high elevation and low winter temperatures help suppress fungus and insect problems in potatoes.