In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Please see the Feb. 12 project blog post for an update on what’s happening in the next two weeks and a checklist for content teams.

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
    • Note: Feb. 15 exec team cancelled; no open line
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

Award Program Opportunities

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Excellence Awards Program provides recognition of institutional excellence in engaged scholarship in four categories:  Student, Faculty, Community Partner, and Institutional Leadership. For more information and submissions visit the awards portal. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

Deadline for submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence if February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Webinar this week

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link

OSU 150 Facts

There are 150 facts about OSU at your fingertips, thanks to the OSU 150 celebration. Elevate OSU and Extension’s connection with the university!

Use the stories for social media posts through October 2018 to celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday. You’ll find a few Extension facts in the mix and lots of other interesting stories that showcase OSU and alumni contributions to the state, the region and the world. For example, did you know that Oregon State University sent 55 athletes to the Olympic Games between 1908 and 2016?

JCEP Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Register now for the Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 10 AM February 14. Lynette Black, 2018 JCEP Creative Excellence Award Winner will be there live. The session topic is Emerging Issues: Balancing Tradition and Innovation.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

NEW! NIH Mobile Unit: The mobile unit for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us  precision medicine program will be on campus in the Brick Mall off the NE corner of the MU from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The unit will explain and offer people the opportunity to join this landmark research project that aims to gather data from 1 million people or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. On campus, this initiative is supported by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this years conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is  Dominique Christina. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register here. For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9030

Getting to Health Equity:  Join David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., as he will discuss the forces fueling inequities and how to intervene, making Oregon – and America – healthier for all. For more information, please check here . February, 28 at 7:00 pm in Maranatha Church: 4222 N.E. 12th Ave. Portland 97211.

Folk Club scholarships: OSU Folk Club is offering scholarships for non-traditional women students (30 years+ by application deadline, pursuing a BS, MS or professional degree) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of either Benton County, Linn County or Monmouth or Independence in Polk County. Details and application forms for these $3,000 scholarships ($1,500 part-time) are available at osufolk.oregonstate.edu, click Scholarships and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 26.

In the News

Therapists learn to retrofit kid cars for students with mobility needs (Greensboro News & Record)
They spent the morning learning from Oregon State University professor Sam Logan and then split into teams to re-wire the cars, taking out steering wheels and replacing them with big accelerator buttons, and adding on-off switches in the back for parents. They also built up the sides and backs of the cars with materials like PVC pipe and pool noodles.

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

Winter is the time to get ahead of fruit tree problems
OregonLive.com
Giving them attention now helps ward off insects and diseases, said Steve Renquist, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service who has taught hundreds of gardeners the basics of managing fruit trees. Applying dormant sprays – Superior oil, copper, and lime sulfur – helps control nasty …

Grow your own asparagus; here’s how
Statesman Journal
Oregon State University Extension horticulturists recommend planting asparagus in a trench about 6 inches deep, planting crowns about 12 inches apart. Spread roots, and cover the crowns with 2 inches of soil amended with compost or slow-release fertilizer. Add lime if soil is acidic. As the spears …

 

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Isn’t that nice. In the spirit of looking ahead, check out the February 5 blog post on the project website for an update on what the next six(ish) weeks look like for the Extension web project and our work together.

OSU150 Promotional Items

Celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday by sharing OSU150 promotional items with staff, OSU advocates and learners. Click here to see a list of items and cost (some items have limited quantities, e.g., high ball glasses). Send your order request to Shelly Signs and include your index/activity code and shipping address. Shipping costs will be added to the total order.

OSU American Evaluation Association Award Winners

Molly Engle, Professor, College of Education, Oregon State University 2017
The Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation Award
This award is given for administrative or program leadership toward outstanding organizational, policy and resource contributions to Extension evaluation. People who nominated Dr. Engle stated that her long and impressive career as an evaluation specialist, and the leadership she has provided, certainly is deserving of this recognition.

Marc T. Braverman, Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences 2017
Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation award 
This award is given for conceptual, methodological and evaluation accomplishments making outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation. Letters of support described how Marc has been involved in program evaluation for more than 36 years, beginning as an evaluation associate at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland.

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.
    • Note: New connection information beginning this week: 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: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

State of the University Address

Over 800 OSU alumni and friends heard President Ray’s compelling message about excellence, leadership and innovation at Oregon State during his State of the University Address.

President Ray’s speech is available to watch online and a photo album from the event is available on the OSUAA Facebook page.

PILD conference in D.C.

If any of you might have an interest in attending the Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington, D.C. here’s your opportunity! The conference takes place April 8- 12, 2018, with a mission of developing leadership and advocacy skills for Extension professionals to effect public issues.

ESP has funds to assist with defraying some of the costs of the conference for travel, lodging, and registration. If you are interested in representing ESP as a part of the Oregon delegation to the conference please let Kevin Gamble know as soon as possible.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

 China Night 2018: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at OSU from 5-9 p.m., Feb. 11, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Dinner (Chinese food) is served between 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for OSU student and kids 2-10. $8 for General and Faculty. Tickets are sold at the front desk of Student Experience Center. Online Tickets: www.universe.com/events/china-night-tickets-corvallis-ZCV503

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is Dominique Christina. The conference includes breakout sessions and workshops with national presenters. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register at https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9030

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training:  This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

International Language Club as Oregon State University: ILC at OSU is a club that aims to celebrate the diverse languages and cultures on campus as well as build community by offering free, casual, and volunteer-run classes. Everyone, including non-students, is welcome. Classes start January 26th and end March 9th. For more information, email ilcatosu@gmail.com

In the News

Ed Ray on OSU’s Portland expansion, income inequality, the need for cybersecurity and more (Portland Tribune)
Corvallis-based Oregon State University continues to expand — this time into a new headquarters for its Portland base of operations. This, said OSU President Ed Ray in a meeting Thursday, Feb. 1, with the Pamplin Media Group, will allow the university to tap into pent up local demand for its online courses and other opportunities. (see also KLCCPortland Business JournalOregon Business)

Literacy center keeps the faith (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University, which owns the property at the east end of campus, has extended the center’s lease until at least June 30 because of remodeling work required at the Jackson building. The university is spending more than $200,000 to assist with the move, including remodeling, moving and operating costs.

Dr. Warren Washington: A pioneering black climate scientist that overcame more than skepticism (Forbes)
In the late 1950s, Dr. Washington received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in meteorology from the same institution. Meteorology as an academic discipline is hard enough, but I cannot imagine the additional challenges Dr. Washington faced pursuing a science degree as an African American during this particular time in American history.

What are you reading?

Book: Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine Carver
This Scottish science writer weaves pop-culture, (Daleks included!) and history into the complex interaction of cells, body chemistry and medical practice, as well as research, to tell the story of how we fight diseases, personally and as a society. This book is a great read, engaging, fun and will give readers a foundation for understanding immune responses. Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

After loss, important postharvest research continues
Good Fruit Grower
The late Oregon State University researcher Yan Wang talks about postharvest lab instrumentation for measuring levels of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide within several storage chambers at the university’s Mid-Columbia Research and Extension Center laboratory in Hood River, Oregon, in 2013.

Naked barley flashes potential, versatility
Capital Press
Oregon State University is now leading a three-year, five state project to test new varieties of naked barley, with $2 million in funding from the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Partners include Washington State University representing the Pacific Northwest, the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin-Madison representing the Midwest, and Cornell University representing the Northeast.

High-efficiency irrigation pays off
Capital Press
Mylen Bohle, a forage agronomist with the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Prineville, Ore., said these two methods provide 96 to 97 percent water efficiency because there is minimal wind drift and evaporation of the water.

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

See the January 26 project blog post for a brief project update and shout-outs and tips for our hard-working content teams. We’ve also posted a few new links to the Learn with us page, including links to sites that have a similar strategy.

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Marketing Tools

Extension Fast Facts, a one page marketing tool, is now available in OSU Box (the same Box as logos and letterhead). Look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.

You’ll find the PDF in the Marketing Tools folder. This is the first rebranded Extension marketing tool available for everyone, but more will follow! It is a print on demand, two-sided document with facts on the front and the map of OSU locations on the back.

SP4.0: Your input welcome

Development of OSU’s fourth strategic plan under President Ray’s leadership, referred to as SP4.0, is now underway. The SP4.0 website provides information on the process, timeline, and ways to provide input.

Progress update: Regional Director positions

West Central Region:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the interview process and provided input.
  • The search committee met to debrief and review submitted feedback on Friday, January 19, 2018.
  • Reference checking is in process.

East Region

  • Regional Director search is in progress. The posting closes February 18, 2018.
  • The region assigned will be East Oregon which will cover Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.

Protect yourself! Protect OSU! Do “Duo”!

A reminder that OSU has a new two-step authentication service, called Duo, to prevent unauthorized access to your OSU account. In addition to protecting your account, after you enroll in Duo and complete an ONID password change, your password will no longer expire!

You can learn more about Duo and enroll at http://duo.oregonstate.edu

Communication includes U!

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 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line this week due to the State of the University Address in Portland.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

Upcoming Webinars in February

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/ryv4wr91ohj4/

Using the Photoshop Healing Brush & Cloning Stamp to Improve Photos
Find out how to use the healing brush and clone stamp in Photoshop to fix photographs and remove unwanted artifacts and objects.
Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/rqvqhg4q7h1s/

Search engine change for Extension websites

The contract for the search engine used by all of the Extension family of websites is expiring at the end of the month. This is 3 months sooner than anticipated and requires us to switch search engines before Jan 31.

What is going to happen
The EESC web team will be updating all of the Extension websites to use a different search engine next week. The change doesn’t require any down time and will be transparent to users.

What will be different
The current search engine searches all of the Extension websites with an option to search just the current website. We won’t have the ability to search all of Extension after the change. This isn’t a perfect solution but it is a temporary one until the new Extension website is launched. We anticipate the new Extension website will launch sometime in March. For more information about the new website visit our project blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/

Please direct any questions or concerns to extwebsupport@oregonstate.edu or call Bryan at 541-737-0813

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring Term 2018 projects are now being accepted. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $500. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg at karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu.

Collegiate Recovery Community Open House: Interested in living orange, black and sober while at OSU? The Collegiate Recovery Community offers students a traditional college experience in a recovery-first community. Open Houses will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and March 2 at Dixon Lodge. More information is available by emailing recovery@oregonstate.edu.

China Night 2018: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at OSU from 5-9 p.m., Feb. 11, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Dinner (Chinese food) is served between 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for OSU student and kids 2-10. $8 for General and Faculty. Tickets are sold at the front desk of Student Experience Center. Online Tickets: www.universe.com/events/china-night-tickets-corvallis-ZCV503

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is Dominique Christina. The conference includes breakout sessions and workshops with national presenters. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register at https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or all (541) 737-9030

International Women’s Group: You’re invited to join the International Women’s Conversation Hour, and explore topics related to studying and living in the US as an international woman student. Tuesdays 5 to 6 p.m. (except Feb 20). Starting Week 3. MU Talisman Room

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training:  This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

In the News

MLK award-winners announced (LIFE@OSU)
During the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast at Oregon State University, three OSU community members were honored for their service and commitment to social justice.

Oregon State athletes launch mental health initiative to help students with depression (USA Today)
Oregon State men’s soccer player Nathan Braaten heard about the Tyler Hilinski news, and his heart dropped.

Athletes’ mental health (Think Out Loud)
After a high profile death by suicide of a Washington State University quarterback, we discuss the larger questions of how much access college athletes have to mental health resources. Our guests are Dr. Brian Hainline, the chief medical officer for the National College Athletic Association, former Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and Oregon State University Sports Psychologist Dr. Fernando Frias.

Engaging youth with disabilities: OSU’s physical IMPACT (Corvallis Advocate)
Each Friday afternoon during the school year, Oregon State University students host a truly impactful physical activity outreach program for special needs children. The IMPACTprogram, which stands for Individualized Movement and Physical Activities for Children Today, focuses on creating a supportive environment for improving motor skills fitness in children with disabilities aged 6 months to 21 years.

Strengthening Campus-Community Collaboration: Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis (National Center for Safe, Supportive Learning Environments)
Oregon State and the city of Corvallis have created a strategy to mitigate these negative effects and to engage in campus-community collaboration. Campus-community collaboration is a well-regarded strategy to promote safe, healthy, and conducive learning environments.

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

Scientists, Morrow County wheat farmers talk shop
East Oregonian
The meeting was part of “Shop Talk,” a recent effort by the OSU Extension Service to meet with farmers to discuss how their research efforts align with practical application.

Organic Blueberry Study at OSU Pt 3
AgInfo.net
Organic blueberry growers can now get similar yields and returns as conventional growers thanks to a 10-year study at Oregon State University.

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School: How you can help

We know that OSU Extension employees, as engaged members of your communities, are often the “go to” for questions about, well, just about everything!

A quick reminder: If you receive questions from schools or districts in your communities about Outdoor School, please encourage them to contact us directly. We aim to return all messages within 24 hours, and often return them the same business day.

You can also help by sharing the link to our webpage, which provides the most current information about the funding process and timeline, and other aspects of the program.

Extension Web Update

The recording of our January 18 webinar for office managers and county leaders is available. See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • 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 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line on Feb. 1 (State of the University address in Portland) and Feb. 15 (exec meeting cancelled)
    • Cancellations or changes to connection info will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for “Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship,” facilitated by Susan Rowe and Shawn Rowe. Register here. The TEXTtalks is January 31, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in MU 206. Session Description: What does it mean to be an “engaged scholar” at an “engaged university”? Is it simply marketing? Is it simply outreach? Or is there really something else to it? In this interactive Text Talk, presenters will explore seminal ideas about engaged scholarship and discuss the implication the term holds for the university today. Come help us brainstorm the role of university engagement in creating democratic civil society. Facilitators ask that participants read The Scholarship of Engagement by Ernest L. Boyer prior to the presentation.

Brand Update and Tips

Elevator speeches – Concise descriptions of OSU Extension (who we are and what we do) are available on page 21 of the Extension Style Guide. From 140 characters to 10- and 30-second elevator speeches, they will be helpful when introducing yourself to anyone unfamiliar with the work of OSU Extension, when composing an email, and as an introductory presentation slide.

 

 

 

OSU institutional logos – The OSU logo always should appear on the front of everything we create for external use (companion logos, e.g., the OSU Extension Service logo, appear on the back page or not at all). For easier access to the OSU logo, all versions are now available to download from OSU Box along with all other Outreach and Engagement, Extension and AES logos. You’ll find OSU logos in the “Primary Logo” folder. To see all the vertical and horizontal options for the OSU logo, click on the folder titled “EPS Spot for printing and Adobe Creative Suite” and look for the Art Sheet PDF. Before using any logo, please refer to the guidelines for logo use. If you have questions about logo use, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2018

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • Results from the November 2017 Funding Cycle

During the November funding cycle, faculty and staff  were awarded $5,221 through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The 56 individuals receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

  • Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffles

A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffles held at Extension Annual Conference. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn from a “raffle bucket”.

  • Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, a total of $2,000 was generated for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Bucket Raffle ticket sales generated $1,000 which was deposited in the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Starting with the 2017 Extension Annual Conference a $10 tour participation fee was assessed.  The funds generated through collection of these fees were transferred to the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. From the 2017 Extension Conference, $920 was generated related in tour participation fees.  A special Thank You to all involved!!

  • “Growing the Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Diversity Highlights

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

Special Announcements

Do you know all the services that you can access from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access? Contact them about accommodations, complaints, questions and more! They have resources (AND A BUDGET!) to support your county and program to be accessible to ALL populations!

What is the latest news on DACA? Catch up by clicking on the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

Call for nominations for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award
Nomination are due by March 17, 2018. For more information and eligibility criteria visit: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/diversity/events-and-initiatives/outstanding-diversity-advocate-award

Events & Resources

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Suicide is preventable and depression is treatable – you can help save a life. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from 12 to 1:30pm. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

Welcome to the Poverty, Race, and Consciousness Institute!
Understand the intersection of race and class, subconscious bias and its influence on breaking barriers, and learn practical strategies to eliminate racism and poverty. The workshop will take place January 31 at Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, OR, 97215 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. If you have any questions, email Communication Across Barriers atethan@combarriers.com or call (503) 590-4599.

Help raise money for Women in Science! The Sigma Delta Omega sorority for Women in Science is selling bags of chocolate covered coffee beans for $5/each. Stop by and See Megan Zaiger in Ballard Hall, Room 102 for more information. Supplies are limited!

In the News

‘The struggle continues’ (Gazette-Times)
Fiery speeches. Calls for social justice. A peace march through campus. Anyone attending Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances on Monday might be forgiven for thinking the year was 1968, not 2018.

OSU students celebrate MLK Jr. Day of Service by painting new Arc Thrift Store (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University students and staff participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday by painting the walls at the new Arc Thrift Store in Philomath.

OSU engineering school honored for gender diversity efforts (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering has won a 2017 Women in Build Award.

OSU student athletes launch campaign #DamWorthIt to talk mental health, suicide (KPTV)
Two student athletes at Oregon State University, gymnast Taylor Ricci and soccer player Nathan Braaten, started a campaign called #DamWorthIt. After the death of two fellow athletes to suicide, the duo wanted to do something so they began the campaign.

#DamWorthIt mental health awareness campaign launches (OSU Beavers)
OSU student-athletes aspire to bring awareness to the mental health crises in collegiate athletics and society with the #DamWorthIt Campaign.

Racial issues churn in ‘Spinning Into Butter’ play (Gazette-Times)
Although the play “Spinning Into Butter” was written in 1999, its theme of racism couldn’t be more timely today, says the director of a production that will be staged three times this weekend at Oregon State University.

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 commercial Dungeness crab fishing on hold again amid negotiations
Katu.com
Kaety Jacobson, marine fisheries extension agent with the Oregon Sea Grant program, says these negotiations are not uncommon.

‘Great for everybody’: Border economics board members ready for planning
The Argus Observer
Oregon State University extension agent Stuart Reitz, who will serve through the year on the board, said it’s an honor to have been selected.

In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • 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 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sarc.

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: http://www.anarresproject.org/deadline-extended-for-the-radical-imagination-conference/ Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions, contactMDE@oregonstate.edu

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

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

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Update

Open line recap
We welcomed two callers on the Dec. 21 open phone line and enjoyed the opportunity for Q&A to clarify the current status, process, and future options for the county leader position. We also had a productive dialogue about workplace culture. Two themes that emerged were:

  • The importance of local leadership in determining and supporting workplace and office culture
  • The value of being able to bring your whole self to work, including showing (and remembering) that leaders and administrators are humans, too!

Mission and values at a glance?
A recent submission from our online form asked if it would be possible to have a small, nicely designed card or flyer with the OSU Extension mission and values, suitable for posting near a desk or workstation. Thank you for the suggestion! We will do this, and announce in ConnEXTions when it is available.

In the meantime, remember that posters, brochures, and wallet cards for the Outreach & Engagement strategic plan are available.

Ideate! Innovate!
We enjoyed the opportunity to ideate together with an interactive activity at Extension Annual Conference. With eXtension, we are hosting one of ten Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. See the promo video, and learn more. Watch for emails from eXtension with registration details.

Impact Reporting

Impact. It’s a word that best describes the purpose of OSU Extension Service and its role in improving the lives of Oregon residents. Each year at this time, Extension faculty report their impact on the communities they serve through statements entered into Digital Measures.

Fortunately, there are resources for Extension faculty to refer to when they are writing their impact statements. Here are four:

Next week, we’ll share what happens to those impact statements after you’ve written and entered them into Digital Measures.

PROF Process Update

A Periodic Review of Faculty (PROF) task force has worked to improve the performance review process for all Extension field faculty.  OSU Extension Service will adopt the Digital Measures’ Workflow function and adapt it to conduct the 2017 performance evaluation for all field-based professorial/ranked faculty: tenured/annual tenure and fixed-term professorial/ranked positions such as professor of practice series, senior instructor, instructor, faculty research assistant.  The launch date for the Digital Measures Workflow feature was Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Why the Change? – This change will increase evaluation efficiency for the faculty and supervisors alike, by integrating faculty Digital Measures entries into the annual evaluation.

Guidance for this new procedure will be found on the Digital Measures webpage and the Extension Service’s Performance Evaluation webpage.

Extension Web Update

Kickoff content planning webinars for Ag and Natural Resources Extension work groups are scheduled for January 3 and 11. An informational webinar for office managers and county leaders is set for January 18. See details and connection info on the project website.

You can subscribe to the project website and receive notification of new blog posts via email. See “Stay up to date” section on the project website homepage.

Revised OSU Statewides Map

The Oregon “Statewides” map, depicting the general locations of OSU sites, centers, and campuses throughout the state, has been revised. The new map can be found near the bottom of the first page of the “Bridges to Prosperity” impact stories website. It can be downloaded in .pdf format from that website.

OSU Model Release Policy

Please be aware, when taking or using photos, that OSU has a policy about model releases:
“The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students…” The short form model release (for individuals) and the long form (for groups) may be downloaded from the OSU Brand Box folder.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

Register now for the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Peace Breakfast: Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, while honoring members of the OSU community who carry his message and work forward in the present. The breakfast is free and open to the public but registration is required. Jan. 15, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center Ballroom. For accommodations contact 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu. For a full calendar of events visit, leadership.oregonstate.edu/mlk.

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

Spinning into Butter: A play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage
Spinning Into Butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today’s headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community.

ElderCare Connections: Long-Term Care Ombudsmen as Your Advocates for Better Care: Do you have a family member or friend living in skilled nursing home care, assisted living or adult foster care? Do you sometimes have concerns and questions about the care they receive? Presenters will discuss residents’ rights, the role of Ombudsman as resident advocate and ombudsman volunteer opportunities. Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 12:10-12:50 p.m. in MU 212.

Hispanic Leadership Institute conference: The office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement will host an informational meeting for students who wish to learn more about the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) 36th national conference and the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 32nd Annual Conference in Chicago on Feb. 15-18. An informational meeting will take place at the Centro Cultural César Chávez on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 4-5:15 p.m.

In the news

OSU to host 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (The Skanner)
The annual Oregon State University celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., takes place Jan.13-19. This is the 36th year of the event. It is one of the university’s longest-running social justice events.

What are you reading?

Book: The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
It was excellent. Learned a lot about the Irish famine and immigration to America. Scott Duggan

Extension in the news

OSU research shows best techniques for organic blueberries
Good Fruit Grower
Planting in raised beds, using a weed mat mulch and finding a fertilizer compatible with the cultivar can help organic blueberry growers compete head-to-head with their conventional counterparts, according to a 10-year Oregon State University study.

Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard
Associated Press
“In the early spring, bees are going to need food to get their engines started again,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

New statewide Outdoor School program doles out funding
KTVZ News Channel 21
“The response from schools was encouraging to say the least, and reflects the feeling across the state that Outdoor School can make a positive difference in children’s lives.” -Kristopher Elliott, Oregon State University Extension Service

Reflecting on year two of Year of Wellness
Tillamook Headlight Herald
As the second “Year of Wellness” draws to a close, we extend our gratitude to the community partners and volunteers who are helping to make Tillamook County a healthier place to live, work and play… YOW Nutrition committee held their “Eating Well, Being Well” workshop with nutrition expert Judy Barbe, sponsored by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, Oregon Food Bank – Tillamook Services and OSU Extension.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, we have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line on Jan. 4, exec team meeting cancelled.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

‘Tis the season for wrapping up (no pun intended) 2017 activities and planning for 2018. And the Extension web upgrade project is no exception.

See the latest blog posts on the project website for next steps and (if you missed it) screenshots from the demo shown at Extension Annual Conference.

Brand Update

Join the Slack (Internal) Communication Channel – There is growing interest among OSU Extension office managers in staying connected. The OSU web community has been using Slack for a while, and the OSU communicators network also uses it.

As a pilot, an #Extension channel within the OSU Comm Slack workspace was created and can be used to ask Extension-focused brand questions, discuss common marketing challenges, share examples of work, etc.

To sign up for the OSU Comm Slack workspace, create an account, then select all the channels you have an interest in, including #Extension. See you on Slack!

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

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

We’ll keep ConnEXTion, the online form, and the open line going in their current formats through the end of this calendar year, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Pace offers online trainings

Pace is offering the following trainings this winter, follow the links for more information:

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

Spinning into Butter: A play by Rebecca Gilman, produced by Bag&Baggage

Spinning Into Butter explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America; a story seemingly ripped from today’s headlines and uniquely relevant to our political culture. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here: engineering.oregonstate.edu/community 

In the news

Corvallis Multi-Cultural Literacy Center extends its tenancy in the Sunflower House!
“We are happy to share the news that the lease for CMLC has been extended so we will remain in the “Yellow House” until June 30, 2018.  The house is so meaningful to us and we are grateful to have six more months to enjoy being here and to allow for a smooth transition to our new space.” For more info about the center and it’s offerings visit them: http://www.cmlcenter.org/

Annual Conference Photos

Awards photos and portraits, taken at this month’s Annual Conference, are now available for download.

Awards – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217awards/

Portraits – http://eescmedia.extension.oregonstate.edu:8085/1217portraits/

These sites are temporary (in order to keep our Web server running fast) and will remain online through March.

The original photos will remain in the EESC database (digital asset management system) for at least 5 years. Feel free to contact us for your photo needs.

What are you reading? 

Book: Great Work; How to Make a Difference People Love by David Sturt
This books is reveals practical skills for making good work GREAT! I was inspired by the many stories of great work shared from polaroid cameras to Dr. Seuss kicking Dick and Jane to the curb. The book also shares research on a worldwide study of great work. People who look to improve their work are 17.1 times more likely to feel passion for their work. – Mike Knutz

Book: Travels with Charley: In Search of America  by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s 1960s exploration of the United States is a relevant social review for today. He ponders social changes from technology, (the shift from telegrams to telephones) with the same wonder I feel about cell phone use. His tour of the South, during the Civil Rights era, results in a poetic deconstruction of prejudice. This discussion fueled my thoughts about equity, keeping me grounded at work. It’s a difficult time to serve underprivileged children, and the gentle wisdom that Steinbeck reveals is great salve –  Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

Oregon Sea Grant Produces Pumpout Training Video
Marina Dock Age
“The idea for the videos came about after hearing from boaters that they encountered some pumpouts that were out of order,” said Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University Extension.

Controlling moss in your lawn starts with keeping grass healthy
OregonLive.com
Alec Kowalewski and Brooke Edmunds, horticulturists with Extension, developed a publication and video on Managing Moss in the Landscape in Western Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

Designing with PowerPoint – If you missed the session at the Extension Annual Conference titled “Bye Bye Publisher: Using PowerPoint for Design,” or if you want to refresh your memory, University Marketing published a training video about this very topic. You can find the link here (the video is 56:44 minutes). You’ll see a demonstration on how to use the design tools in PowerPoint to create branded communication and marketing pieces for your programs. In the process, you’ll learn more about OSU brand elements.

Extension Annual Conference: Leadership Recap

Thank you to faculty and staff from throughout our organization who gathered from across the state to connect, learn, and share with colleagues at last week’s Extension Annual Conference. We appreciate your time and contributions. Your presence is what makes this conference successful.

Ideate!
Our leadership team can still feel the buzz from Tuesday morning’s Administrative Update session, where attendees worked in table groups to brainstorm ideas for Extension work of the future to address emerging trends.

And the winner (with 35 votes from colleagues) is:

Use augmented reality and gamification to teach emergency prep and response. It is difficult to train our brain to respond when we haven’t experienced the event.

Congrats to Jamie Davis, Lauren Grand, Patty Driscoll, Carolyn Ashton, John Baggot, Virginia Bodeau, Lena Hosking, and Lynette Black! Their table team receives paid registrations to the eXtension Designathon One event in Portland in February 2018.

Updates and resources
Members of leadership team also shared brief updates. Here’s a quick list of links to learn more about issues, initiatives, and projects mentioned:

Oh Snap! Get your Geofilter on!

Geofilters are a social media tool, mostly used with Snapchat, to enhance photos. The tool allows Snapchat users to place a graphic overlay on photos before sharing the photo with others. For example, if you are providing a Forestry workshop, you may have an OSU Extension logo geofilter available for participants to share their experience in the workshop. The filter is available to people who are “snapping” in a physical region set by the designer.

OSU Extension-themed geofilters are available to all counties and programs as part of a funded innovation pilot project. Contact Jamie Davis to request a geofilter design for specific programs, county fairs, or other events you are hosting.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization.

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: Dec. 14 meeting cancelled due to team members’ availability. No call-in line this week.
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!

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

Call for Proposals: 2018 Engagement Scholarship Conference

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for its 2018 conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. The conference will be held September 30 through October in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Proposals for presentations are due March 16, 2018. Detailed submission guidelines are on the conference web page.

The conference will feature nationally recognized speakers, as well as presentations and panel discussions on best practices in transforming the nature of higher education though publicly-engaged scholarship, teaching, practices, and policies.

Photos, photos, photos!

There was much discussion at Annual Conference about the emphasis of visual content in our new Web presence, in our learning materials, and in our marketing materials. EESC’s searchable online Photo Archive was mentioned several times as a great resource for EESC-produced photos. All Extension and Experiment Station personnel have access to the Photo Archive and may use photos for OSU purposes with credit to the photographer. The site is password protected. If you don’t know the password, contact your office staff or Digital Asset Manager Karen Zimmermann.

Want to contribute?
We don’t yet have the capacity to add photos taken by other Extension personnel, but are working with other departments on campus on a University-wide Digital Asset Management system that will allow sharing across the University. Stay tuned.

New site for type-ready photos
If you can’t find photos you need, there are plenty of free and low-cost places to search. Now that our brand identity prescribes putting type over photos, there’s a new, free site that might be helpful: https://unsplash.com/search/photos/type-ready.

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

Why your Christmas tree costs more — again
LA times
Growers in Oregon and North Carolina, which supply most of the nation’s Christmas trees, were betting on an increase in demand shortly before the recession hit in 2007. Sales tanked, causing a severe oversupply of trees. That resulted in sharply lower tree plantings, said Chal Landgren, a professor at Oregon State University Extension Service and a Christmas tree specialist.

New outdoor school funding program has high participation in first year
Corvallis Gazette Times
Kristopher Elliott, who administers the distribution of these funds for the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the goal of extension service staff was to have a 45 percent participation level this year.

In this week’s issue:

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Communication Across Barriers Workshop: Poverty, Race, and Consciousness with Dr. Shariff Abdullah and Dr. Donna M. Beegle. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1 – 5 p.m. at the Unity of Portland 4525 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97215. For more information and to register, click here.

Opening Space for the Radical Imagination: This FREE workshop will take place on OSU’s Corvallis campus, April 6-8, 2018. For more information visit:https://oregonradicalimagi.wixsite.com/imagine/venue

In the News

OSU prof: Social policies kept child poverty from rising during recession (KTVZ)
Social policies enacted in the United States during the Great Recession appear to have kept child poverty rates stable during a critical period when such programs were most needed because of a struggling economy, an Oregon State University researcher has found in a new study.

You can now help the homeless in Portland just by picking up a bag of coffee (Willamette Week)
The idea was hatched by a team of graphic design interns at Oregon State University, with the help of local ad and branding agencies Ideaville and Curate.org. Marigold and New Seasons quickly signed on when asked.

OSU building names (Think Out Loud)
Oregon State University president Ed Ray announced this week that the school will be renaming three of its buildings after concerns were raised about the values and views of the men they were named after. We talk to OSU historian Stacey Smith, who headed the historical building research team, and Steve Clark, who chaired the architectural building renaming committee, about what went into the decision and how these kinds of controversies will be handled in the future.

The impact of food safety

Foodborne Illness is expensive and dangerous. Glenda Hyde uses this article, High Cost of Foodborne Illness to illustrate the importance of the work Extension does. We are making a difference!

Extension in the News

Comice to Cabernet
OregonWinePress.com

The Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (SOREC) has planted a new trial vineyard, the fourth such site established by the agricultural experiment station since the 1950s and the third in its present West Medford location.

Hermiston Farm Fair highlights latest research, trends
Capital Press
Heading into its second year at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, the Hermiston Farm Fair continues to add new lectures and seminars highlighting previously overlooked aspects of Columbia Basin agriculture.

A grower with industry influence: 2017 Grower of the year
Goodfruit.com
Mike Omeg receives Grower of the Year honor.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recap

The recording of the Nov. 17 Outreach & Engagement Quarterly conversation is now available. Here is a quick summary:

Leadership update: Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley

  • State and federal legislative outlook, current activities
  • Gratitude for the work of our employees, volunteers, and programs that make OSU Extension a responsive organization
  • Our evolving regional administrative structure—guiding principles, values, context for decisions about the new 6-region map, current status of discussions about the role of a local leader/county point of contact position, reminder of opportunities to learn more, and Q&A

UABC Meet and Greet: Meet colleagues from the University Administrative Business Center, and learn what services and support they provide for our organization.

Outdoor School update – Kris Elliott

  • Talking points OSU Extension employees can share
  • Reminder of ways to connect: stakeholder listserv and social media
  • Status updates on Year 1 process and funding, and goals going forward
  • For more information: Outdoor School webpage

New OSU Extension Intranet – Jennifer Alexander

  • Our internal content/employee resources are live on a new website
  • In the future, after our new external website is launched and running smoothly, we can focus on additions and improvements to our internal hub
  • To share needs, ideas, or requests for an engaging “intranet” site, please contact the project team.

Save the date for the next Quarterly Conversation: February 16, 2018.

Reminder: Ways to connect

As you know, have several communication channels available to provide direct, responsive, and transparent two-way communication throughout our organization. We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Remember, here are some of the options for connection and conversation:

  • Online form to submit questions
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
  • Leadership update at Extension Annual Conference, Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute! The ConnEXTions newsletter is currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

Marketing Update

Share your county’s marketing successes with your peers at the Extension Annual Conference. Bring (or email Annmarie.murphy@oregonstate.edu) one or two examples of what you consider to be your best work with a brief explanation of how the marketing approach/tool was used and its outcome.

Branding Update

A Design Studio will be offered by Erik Simmons (EESC), Mark Farley (Sea Grant), and University Marketing designers at the Extension Annual Conference. This is an opportunity to receive face-to-face design feedback on the marketing tools you’re currently working on or want to update. You’ll get the help you need to make your piece more visually appealing. The drop-in Design Studio will take place Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 4:00-4:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Alumni Center.

Volunteers needed for Oregon Science Fairs

Here is information on judging at Oregon Science Fairs. When registering to judge you can select up to three categories about which you feel confident. Judges are needed for all our Northwest Science Expo Fairs. Each fair is a one day commitment, please register for as many as fit your schedule.

For 2018 the Intel Northwest Science Expo will combine middle and high school once again. It will be Friday April 13, 2018, set-up will be available the evening before. It will be held in the new Viking Pavilion at Portland State University. Here is the link to Regional Fairs is available online now if you can help.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

An Exploration of the Self (Identity)-Related Motivations Model and Museums: Featuring John H. Falk (OSU) and Judy Koke (Art Gallery Ontario). This hour and a half seminar/workshop is designed as an examination of John Falk’s evolving Self (Identity)-Related Motivations model and its application to understanding and supporting visitors to free-choice learning settings like museums. Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., in Furman 404.  RSVP here: Victoria Bonebrake

Immigrant Stories Exhibit at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center: Visit this wonderful exhibit featuring immigrant and international visitor stories and art. This FREE exhibit runs until December 7th. Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. More info: http://www.cmlcenter.org/

Social Justice Education Initiative for Fall term! The SJEI is a professional development program from Academic Affairs 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. Space is limited, register today http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46

In the News

OSU will rename three campus buildings (KTVZ)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday his decision to rename three buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus while retaining the names of two other buildings. (see also Gazette-Times, Inside Higher EdKVAL)

What are you reading?

Book: The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World Inspirational non-fiction highlighting how one person’s pursuit of truth thru good science in the face of arrogance and classist thinking created a watershed moment in global health and sanitation practices.

It’s geeky (and so am I), but it’s an awesome (true) story. Can’t imagine where we would be today if he hadn’t stuck to his guns. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the News

A portrait of Central Oregon small farms and ranches
Bend Bulletin
A handful of ranches and small farms in Central Oregon sold $1.5 million worth of meat and produce in 2014, according to a recent study by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Prepare your garden for winter
KXLY Spokane
A perennial question is whether to cut down plants now or in spring. The answer is not clear cut, said Jeff Choate, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. When it comes to vegetable gardens, everything should come out. Annuals, too, can be uprooted. With perennials, it depends.