In this week’s issue:

Reminder: West Central regional director interviews

Candidates for the West Central regional director position are interviewing on April 24-25. The regional redesign resource page lists the open forum schedule, and links to candidates’ presentation recordings will be posted there when available. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 3, 2018.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes a welcome to Michele Scheib (our new content strategist), as well as next steps for the “events” content type and county landing pages.

Slack tips

Are you interested in trying the new OSU Extension Slack workspace, but not sure where to begin?

  • Sign up: Download the desktop app for best user experience.
  • Get oriented:Review this brief intro to Slack
  • Join the conversation:
  • Slack uses “channels” as one way to organize discussions. You can think of a channel as a themed conversation.
  • Click “channels” in the sidebar. From there, you can browse and join all channels available in a workspace.
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your leadership team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.

Communication and connection opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

    • Online formto submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
    • OSU Extension Slack workspacefor informal communication and collaboration
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference, Transforming Higher Education Through Engaged Scholarship. Pre-conference workshops occur September 30 through October 1, 2018 and the main conference takes place October 2 and 3, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriot City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rural Communities Explorer

RCE is a resource that provides public, online access to social, demographic, economic, and environmental information about Oregon’s counties and places and it has recently been updated. Be aware of it as a resource and you are encouraged to share it with local organizations and partners.

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 Note

LGBTQIA+ student publication: Calling all creatives: The OSU Pride Center is now seeking arts and literary submissions for a new publication featuring the creative works of LGBTQIA+ students from all Oregon State campuses and online. The publication will be available digitally and around the Corvallis campus later this spring. Submissions will close Friday, April 27. Direct any questions to Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu. View guidelines and submit your works here.

Events & Resources

Conversations for Health Equity Through Awarness, Action and Healing: Native American Health Seminar presented by Dr. Karina Walters, Phd, MSW presents “Honoring the Sacred: A focus on Native American Women and Future Generations and Addressing Historical Trauma, Health and Healing”. For those who can’t attend, the presentation will be recorded and made available at a later date. For more information visit the event page.

Breaking the Silence Astoria Screening: Join the Lower Columbia Q Center and ODVA LGBTQ Vet for a screening of ODVA’s Breaking the Silence: an Oral History of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans and Servicemembers.  The event will take place in Astoria, OR from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  on April 25. For more information visit the event page.

Creating our “Age Friendly” Community: Will you join the conversation? What steps should we take to create a more “Age Friendly” community? Help prioritize issues affecting local seniors like isolation, health care, transportation, housing and more. Then help create short-, mid-, and long-range goals to address those needs. The event will take place in Sisters, OR from 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm on April 25. Register here.

Where are Queer People Welcome?: Join the City of Springfield’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion for the free monthly community Conversation Project. Meetings will be held in the Library Meeting Room at City Hall, 225 Fifth Street on the 26th of April from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm. This final conversation in the series will be facilitated by Jill Winsor. For more information check out the event page.

Advancing Women in Leadership. OSU’s College of Business brings the Portland business community together for short discussions and networking around ideas and strategies on how we can work together to advance women in business. Check out the registration page for the list of panelists. Register here. Event is Tuesday, May 15.

The OSU 1st Annual Amazing Race. Inspired by the TV show “Amazing Race”, the Corvallis Maker Fair, The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, and the Student SACNAS Chapter presents the 1st Diversity Amazing Race event at OSU campus. In collaboration with various OSU and Corvallis Community partners, this event invites you to join in a fun, fast paced (but accommodating) race across campus where teams (families are welcome) will try to complete as many challenges as possible during the race time. Everyone is welcome to participate, watch, cheer. Come join us in celebrating diversity! Register a team or volunteer here.

In the News

#DamWorthIt earns national award
This year’s recipient of the Civic Leaders Award is Oregon State’s #DamWorthIt campaign, led by current men’s soccer student-athlete Nathan Braaten and former gymnast Taylor Ricci. #DamWorthIt is a campaign designed by Braaten and Ricci for student-athletes in order to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health through education and awareness.

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights
Astronomers have a term for three celestial bodies coming into alignment: a syzygy. It’s the most appropriate term we could think of for the onstage confluence in Oregon this month: three of the state’s biggest professional theaters are staging works by contemporary indigenous playwrights — all of them women.

Extension Juntos Program Works to Strengthen Families and Increase Graduation Rates in Local Schools
Local OSU Extension educator, Anna Browne, has introduced a new program to Umatilla and Morrow Counties. The program, called Juntos, means “together” in Spanish and works to unite OSU and our partners in providing culturally relevant programming for Latino 6-12th graders and their parents.

There’s no easy tech fix for online hate speech (Slate)
To understand the depth of the challenge Zuckerberg has taken up, I called Dan Faltesek, a researcher at Oregon State University and author of Selling Social Media: The Political Economy of Social Networking. His assessment was blunt: “It won’t do what they say it’s going to do, so I think right now they’re overpromising and they’re going to underdeliver, as a lot of these folks do.”

What are you reading?

Book: Catching Fire: how cooking made us human (2009) by Richard Wrangham. This Harvard professor of Biological Anthropology employs his field, to discuss cultural trends, such as the raw food diet in relationship to the developing science of nutrition, calling for an updated measurement for human nutrient intake. He illuminates how cooking formed social norms and the resulting gender norm of female hearth tending. He writes that women’s role as cook is both empowering and has contributed to the repression and abuse of women. And based on his expertise, from reading this book, I learned a lot about primates as Wrangham looks for evidence of early hominoids behavior. Shara Anslow

Book: Evidence of Things Unseen  (2004) by Marianne Wiggins. This novel takes place in Tennessee, post WWI and through WWII. The author’s magic in using nature and science to illuminate the characters personalities, relationships and her kind commentary on human nature makes this a must read. While telling about these decades, she gently tucks-in poignant episodes of this nation’s history, like the Dustbowl Migration. It’s a book that inspires contemplation. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

New Items on Oregon School Lunch Menus
KDRV
The trainings use Oregon State University Extension Food Hero recipes that meet USDA school nutrition requirements and emphasize using locally produced foods and ingredients.

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers
The Washington Post via AP
Honeybees are among the first of the bee species to become active each year, said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Oregon school begins each day with food, fitness
East Oregonian 
Students at an Oregon elementary school receive 15 minutes of recess and then breakfast in the classroom at the beginning of each school day. The school recently received statewide recognition for its breakfast program. Angie Treadwell, the nutrition education coordinator for OSU Extension Service, nominated McNary Heights for the award.

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: https://osu-extension.slack.com/signup
  • 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: https://goo.gl/Cis8PC

Beyond Earth Day website: https://earthday.oregonstate.edu

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 rundella@nwasco.k12.or.us or call Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494.

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

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 http://bit.ly/2FB56MB. 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.

In this week’s issue:

Follow-up: OSU Extension Town Hall

The recording of the April 3 Town Hallhttps://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_89a01wwy/ is available on our redesign resource page.

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

Reminder: Feedback on East regional director candidates

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

Changes: Communication and connection opportunities

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

Decisions:

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

We are also adding a new opportunity: Slack

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

Reminder: Ongoing communication opportunities

  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension Web Update

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

OSU Brand Symposium

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

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

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

Social Media Resources

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

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

Diversity Highlights

Please contact 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

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

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

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

In the News

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

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

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

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

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update
Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3
Extension Web Update
EESC ACE Awards
Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the news

Branding Update

Extension elevator speeches – Talking about Extension just got a little easier. Out of the Extension sub-brand work, we now have three short elevator speeches. Whether you are speaking with someone in person, making a community presentation, communicating over email, or composing a tweet, you are encouraged to use these to describe OSU Extension (they also can be found in the Extension Style Guide on page 21):

140-character statement: Oregon State University Extension provides information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

10-second statement: 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.

30-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians. As a land, sun, space and sea grant institution, we’re committed to nurturing our great state’s communities, economies and ecosystems. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes brief updates on project timeline, content strategist recruitment, and resource revisions.

Remember: Office hours/open labs are available for content teams to work through questions and examples with the project team.

EESC ACE Awards

EESC has some exciting news! We have three award winners from the Association for Communications Excellence’s Critique and Awards program.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Results from the February 2018 Funding Cycle
During the February funding cycle 31 applications were received and $5,449 was awarded through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The faculty and staff 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.

“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
  • 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)

Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region

Due to the Regional Director interviews for East Region candidates there will be no open phone line with the executive team this Thursday, 4/5, 2pm.

Presentation: Candidates will have 30 minutes to give their presentations with 15 minutes of Q & A to follow.
Thursday, April 5
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Timothy Kock
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Paul Hill
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

Friday, April 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Peter Schreder
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Joaquina Kankam
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

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

Radical Imagination: ​ This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizer. The conference will take place at Oregon State University the dates are April 6-8, register for free here.

Storytime – Celebrating Diversity: April is our month for international storytimes! The culture and language change each week. Join the Canby Public Library and  learn about people from all around the world.  This event will take place the 6th and 7th of april from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Location: 220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, Oregon 97013. For more information check out the event page.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LInC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from southern, southwestern and central Asia and northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances and clothes of this culturally diverse region, all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Transgender Inclusion 101: This workshop is designed as a first step for attendees to become allies to the transgender community. We do this by exploring concepts of sex and gender through narrative, breaking down our deeply held assumptions and language, creating space for transgender and gender non-conforming folks in our conversations. The workshop will be the 25th of April from 8:30 to 11:30. Location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. Register here.

 In the News

Salem residents want diversity, bikes, coffee reflected in police HQ designs
A coffee stand. Bike racks for cyclists. Art that represents diversity and culture. Those were among residents’ top requests for amenities at the Salem police headquarters.

Bald Hill field trip offered in Spanish
Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog. “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.

Eugene Emeralds join MiLBs “Copa de la Diversion” to welcome Latino fans
When the Eugene Emeralds opened last season at PK Park, they had a Venezuelan playing first base, third base, shortstop and right field. The starting pitcher from Mexico threw to a catcher from Panama. The second baseman was a native of the Dominican Republic. Twenty of the 29 players on Eugene’s Opening Day roster were from Latin American countries.

What are you reading?

Books: The War that Saved My Life (2015) and The War I Finally Won (2017) by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
When Haley, my granddaughter, recommends a book, I read it! Haley said, “You will love these [Young Reader] books and they will make you cry!”  Set in WWII, the protagonist is 10 year Ada, abused and neglected, she flees London as an evacuee. Ada is bold and intelligent, though completely uneducated. The author writes such a moving story, illustrating the challenges for children who have experienced abuse to accept kindness and feel safe. And bonus, if you grew up riding as I did, Ada gets a pony. The author revels the healing power of horses! I highly recommend that you share these books with the wonderful tween girls in your life.  Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Head start on better berries
Good Fruit Grower
Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University Extension berry specialist, inspects organic blueberries in a test plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Strik has completed a 10-year organic blueberry study published in September in the journal HortScience.

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

  • 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: March 8 exec team meeting cancelled; no open line this week.
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)
    • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
      Note: The defective “Captcha” security feature has been removed from OSU blogs, so it is much easier to comment/reply!

    Extension regional structure updates

    A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure transition are available on this resource page.

    We add information as it becomes available. Please refer to Director Scott Reed’s March 2 email for additional information on our commitments to and expectations for transparency, search excellence and civility.

    Extension web update

    This week, we open the back end of our new site to content teams for initial content entry! Learn more in the latest blog post. Content team leaders will receive emails with more information and “getting started” resources.

    Photoshop webinar recordings

    Missed the Photoshop webinars last month? Here are the recordings.

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 1

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 2

    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

    Global Forum: Untold Stories of Ethnic Cleansing – Eyewitness Accounts of Rohingya Crisis: The Global Beavers Team will focus the winter term Global Forum on the Rohingya Crisis. We feel that the ethnic cleansing and resulting refugee crisis Rohingya people are currently facing has gone relatively unnoticed by the western world. We mean to fill this knowledge gap by bringing in a panel of speakers with first-hand accounts of this humanitarian crisis. March 6, noon – 2 p.m., Student Experience Center Involvement Lounge ( EC112)All students and faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dn9H4WW81bn5MEd

    ElderCare Connections-Preparing to Downsize Belongings: For many aging adults, the thought of parting with possessions can be daunting as they hold many precious memories from their lifetime. Join us on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 212 as Queen Bee Organizing discusses tips and tricks to helping your aging loved ones downsize their belongings.

    Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon: Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation that explores isolation and the differences of experience between Oregonians of different races—such as institutional racism, white privilege, and unconscious bias. Register here, workshop will be in Tualatin, March 7th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

    Women in Business: Wednesday March 7th from 11:30-1:00 at Phoenix Inn Suites. Pre-registration is required, Chamber membership is not. https://www.facebook.com/events/175351393196087/

    Transgender 101: Join the Albany First Christian’s workshop about understanding issues face by those who are transgender. This is a free training that is led by the Basic Rights Oregon. The workshop will be March 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 432 Ferry SW, Albany, Oregon 97321. https://www.facebook.com/events/812177608991699/

    History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211. https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

    In the News

    German native Marie Gülich grows into dominating center for Oregon State (ESPN)
    When Marie Gülich came to Oregon State from her native Germany, she wasn’t too worried about being on her own so far from home or getting used to the food or adjusting to college basketball. She could handle all of that. But there was an element of the language difference that gave her pause.

    What can be done to help students better manage their health (The College Puzzle)
    “Health is an area being neglected, yet all the available research show that healthy habits and healthy [students] can lead to better academic success. We are doing a disservice to our kids by not teaching them these essential life skills,” writes Brad Cardinal, a co-author of a health study at Oregon State University.

    Panel: greater inclusivity needed ( DJC Oregon)
    A group of African-American design and architecture professionals shared their personal experiences in the industry Wednesday during a special panel discussion directed by local students.

    What are you reading?

    Here’s what Shara Anslow is reading…
    The Hundred Dresses: the most iconic styles of our time (2013) by lexicographer Erin McKean is a witty review of women’s fashion and archetypes. Clever illustrations and laugh aloud writing provides an exploration of culture that might just inspire your own writing. Pair this book with McKean’s Ted Talks, and truly liberate your use of words. If you want to take it further, read McKean’s inspiration and the namesake for this book, The Hundred Dresses (1944) by Eleanor Estes. This children’s novel is a charming tale of a poor Polish girl whose imagination and talent helps her live outside of prejudice and poverty.

    Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

    Extension in the news

    Hermiston middle schoolers learn basics of cooking, nutrition
    East Oregonian
    Angie Treadwell, who works with the OSU Extension program, coordinated the class with Hermiston High School teacher Susie Cobb and a few high school students.

    Resistance rising for powdery mildew
    Good Fruit Grower
    In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where mildew is a constant concern, resistance has recently been confirmed for Frac group 11 and Frac group 3, the DMIs, while group 7 appears at-risk, said Jay Pscheidt, Extension pathologist for Oregon State University.

    Idle, uncleaned milk trucks don’t compromise the quality of raw milk …
    Coos Bay World
    The findings in a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science could provide guidance for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it reviews its Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, said Lisbeth Goddik, professor and OSU Extension Service specialist in dairy processing

    Literary Gardener: March is a busy month for planting a vegetable …
    Mail Tribune
    I follow the planting calendar recommended by the OSU Extension Service in the “Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley” (revised in 2017). I choose from the following to direct seed in March: arugula, carrots, chives, cilantro, kohlrabi, leeks, leaf lettuce, mustard and turnip greens, onions (bulbs and bunching)

    Capital Press
    Rachel Suits, who works for Oregon State University Extension Service in the Columbia River Gorge, led a presentation titled “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” as part of the 2018 Oregon Small Farms Conference at the OSU campus in Corvallis.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update and updates on the Coastal Region, Oregon Sea Grant, branding, and Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Information about the Portland Hub initiative was shared by Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

 

Only one day remains! Submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are due by 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.

Branding Update

Exclusive Extension and 4-H templates for fliers (three options, all of which include gray scale options) are now available in the “Marketing, Templates and Inspiration” folder in OSU Box. In addition to the generic templates available as downloads, University Marketing recreated the event fliers found as examples in the Extension Style Guide (pp. 33-35). Also available are 4-H recruitment fliers featuring Confidence Grows Here, Resilience Grows Here and Leadership Grows Here. Modify the fliers with county contact information.

Extension Web Update

Why are we doing this, again? See this week’s post on the project website for a quick “why” refresher and a timeline update.

Communication and conversation opportunities

  • 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  is cancelled this week. Call us next week!
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair – The Corvallis Maker Fair is back for its 5th year! Co-sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, the event is an all-ages, all-activities maker fair, where exhibitors and attendees gather to share their love of making things with their hands. This means robots, art, food, stories, computer code, and much more. The Fair will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom and on the SEC plaza outside the Union on Saturday, April 28.

If you, your learners or volunteers love to make, to tinker, and want to share and learn, exhibitor applications are now being accepted (apply here!). Exhibiting is free, and open to all. Stipends are available to help exhibitors with any cost. Questions? info@corvallismakerfair.org

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

What’s Your Big Lie? – A breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay. What if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot. Via an innovative, mobile platform attendees can anonymously share to help break down stigma and create connection. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public.  https://www.facebook.com/events/104561010347758/

In the News

Story Next Door: Kerstin Colon takes over at literacy center
Kerstin Colón was ready for a career change and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center was looking for an executive director. It was kind of a convergence.

Renovations set to increase, improve ADA accessibility on campus
DAS dedicates $650,000 to updating sidewalks, parking, street crossings.

Removing barriers to the outdoors
People of color, people with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups have long faced barriers in accessing the outdoors. 

More than 70 turn out for racism talk
Willamette University’s Emily Drew led second ‘Conversation Project’ hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

Extension in the News

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Preparing for Drought: Commissioners declare drought emergency
Herald and News
Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, told commissioners an acre of wheat feeds 44 people per year; an acre of potatoes feeds 1,355 people per year; an acre of beef feeds around eight people per year; and an acre of dairy cows provides enough milk for around 40,000 half-pint servings.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

New brand-related resources

Extension email signature guidelines – Using a common email signature style across OSU Extension creates consistency and reinforces the OSU brand. Update your email signature using the Extension Email Signature Guidelines as soon as possible. While it is true the use of logos, favorite quotes and the use of Beaver Orange (unless font size is 14-point or larger) is discouraged, following the guidelines will strengthen the connection between OSU Extension and Oregon State.

PowerPoint templates – PowerPoint templates for Extension and 4-H are now available to download from OSU Box. There are templates using branded fonts and systems fonts and each template includes information on how to incorporate brand elements in your presentation, presentation best practices and additional resources (e.g., for quality images). You’ll find the templates in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for the “Templates” sub-folder.

Inspiration –Examples of branded marketing materials in OSU Box are now available as inspiration. You’ll find them in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for them in the “Inspiration” sub-folder. Help build the inspiration library! Send the branded marketing tools you have created to Ann Marie Murphy. She’ll share them to inspire others.

Extension Web Update

Please see this week’s post on the project blog for a 10-second request for content team leaders, a revised FAQ, updates from last week’s back-end usability testing, and a look at this week’s priorities.

Now available: Print-friendly Extension values

You asked for it, and here it is: A print-friendly version of Extension’s mission and values is now available. Look toward the bottom of the “mission” web page for the “print version” link.

There are three per page: one for here, one for “out there” (wherever you do your work), and one to share! (Or, of course, for three different people in your office. But rhyming is fun.)

Help us help you: combat email overload, that is

ConnEXTions is designed, in part, to address the issue of email overload. It’s also currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

If your communication is of statewide interest and timely, but not urgent, please submit it to ConnEXTion instead of emailing the OES state list.

We also welcome your feedback on ConnEXTion.

Communication and conversation opportunities

Is there anything about which you are interested, curious, or concerned? Here are some ways to share and ask:

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Rural Community Grant Program

Please read this flyer regarding the Northwest Farm Credit Grant program that may be useful to your work. The program provides small awards (up to $5000) for facilities and equipment projects in rural communities. There are several awards available every year and in some counties the program is under subscribed. NWFCS has offices across Oregon. Contact the office in your region for more information about this opportunity.

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

Third Culture Kids: Were you raised in a different culture than that of your parents? Do you feel like you belong to many cultures, but aren’t accepted by any? Please join us as we discuss and recognize our community of Third Culture Kids! Come hear and share experiences as a third culture kid in an open mic forum! February 20th, in the Ettihad Cultural Center in Corvallis from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Family Saturday: Latino Cultures in Oregon: Families are invited to this free all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. All Family Saturdays will include hands-on crafts and activities and some events will feature special performances by community groupsDance peformances include Ballet Papalotl, Atlachinollican Aztec Dance, and a Charreria. This event will be in the Oregon Historical Society on the 24th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Undocumented student care: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities Session for Faculty and Staff with OSU’s Undocumented Student Care and Well being Committee and immigration lawyer Maria Cobarrubias on Thursday, Feb. 22 from noon -1 p.m. or  2-3 p.m. in the MU Multipurpose Room (MU 13). Coffee & water will be provided. RSVP deadline was Monday, Feb. 19 but walk-in attendance available depending on space availability. Learn more about the presenter here.

 Social Justice. Race. DACA. The Muslim Ban. : In his talk, Professor Orosco will discuss his book, Toppling the Melting Pot: Immigrants and Pluralistic Democracy in American Pragmatism, which explores the historical origins of the “melting pot” metaphor, and explains why the melting pot is not an adequate vision of a multicultural society. He will then discuss current immigration issues, such as the Muslim Ban and challenges to DACA, and how these policies are the result of the foundation of immigration policy in the United States. The event is free and opened to the public, February 27th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Native American Longhouse in Corvallis.

CMLC Immigration Stories Exhibit: A collaboration between the Benton County Cultural Coalition, the Corvallis Multicultural Learning Center, and Corvallis/Benton County library showcase personal stories from diverse immigrants and international neighbors in the community. Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00 pm running trough March 14th at the Benton County Public Library.

India Night 2018: Enjoy a line-up of performance, with a variety of Indian Culture and there will authentic Indian Food.  Tickets will be available in March, Students tickets will be $5 and community tickets will be $8. The event will take place in LaSell  Stewart Center from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm the 24th of April.

BEND CASCADES CAMPUS – Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative for faculty and staff at Oregon State University is an invitation to begin, or continue, your social justice and equity journey.  With humor, empathy, and expertise we will engage in a self-reflective process that helps us answer these important questions:  What is the story of the current context in Oregon — and how did we get here?  How do you locate yourself in this story?  Why does social justice matter?  Register here for a session.

In the News

Therapy program gets kids with disabilities moving in modified cars (WDAM)

“There is no commercially available motorized wheelchair for children two years old or younger,” said Sam Logan, an assistant professor at Oregon State University.  “By modifying these off the shelf ride on cars, for about $200, we can fill that gap with the mobility technology.”

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

Bee here now
Oregon Coast Today
Many institutions in Oregon recognize the critical value of pollinators and are working to ensure their survival, especially Oregon State University. Andony Melathopoulos, assistant professor of pollinator health extension at OSU, will be giving an update on the status of the Oregon Bee Project.

‘It’s a bad year for rats’ in Oregon cities: Here’s how to fight them
The Oregonian
It is a bad year for rats,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Eugene and parts of Portland are experiencing a noticeable increase. It could mean there are more rats or it could be evidence that people are providing more habitat.”

Soil-borne mosaic virus appears early in NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Christina Hagerty, an Oregon State University assistant professor and plant pathologist at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, said soil-borne wheat mosaic virus has arrived four weeks earlier than last year at a disease resistance nursery near Milton-Freewater.

Snowpack lacking, agriculture outlook uncertain
Hood River News
Steve Castagnoli, director at the local Oregon State University experiment station, said rain levels have been almost normal but snowpack has fallen behind its usual amount.

 

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.