In this week’s issue:

New Extension Regions Map (& Other Leadership Updates)

On Friday, Oct. 13, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team hosted an update and Q&A session to provide information, clarity, and context for several strategic initiatives occurring over the next year. The recording link will be available in next week’s ConnEXTions issue. Here is a brief summary.

A Message from the Director – Scott Reed

Scott Reed recently returned from the Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference, where he received the organization’s highest recognition and delivered the prestigious Ruby Lecture. He shared observations from this and other recent conferences:

  • Extension needs a big tool box, nimbleness in services.
  • The status quo puts us at risk.
  • Extension must move past efficiency to a culture of innovation. This requires a growth mindset.

Operations and Regional Updates – Lindsey Shirley

Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address these challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and communicate our relevance to stakeholders.

  • We are beginning to move to a six-region structure. The map (OSUES_6regionmap) is set, while the staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. Regional leadership positions will be retitled “Regional Director.”
  • This structure allows us to maintain and enhance strategic connections with partners and stakeholders, while adding value in terms of managing costs and increasing effectiveness.
  • County points of contact remain vital in our structure.
  • The Coastal Regional Director recruitment is in the final stages and will be announced the week of Oct. 16.
  • The West Central Regional Director position will be posted soon.

OSU Extension Digital Strategy and Web Upgrade – Jennifer Alexander

Our approach to digital strategy will enhance and support our statewide presence by adding an improved, user-focused website and, eventually, a CRM (customer relationship management) tool. We will also move internal (employee resources) content to a separate website. Program content teams are beginning to assess and evaluate content for the new public website. For updates, content team info, and FAQs, please see the project website.

Innovation and Advancement Highlights – Jeff Sherman

  • In partnership with PACE, we will begin offering faculty-staff fitness off-campus, beginning with yoga and high-intensity fitness. Watch for more information at Extension Annual Conference.
  • Two innovation projects were funded: Snapchat Geofilters (Jamie Davis) and Disability access to all programs (Marilyn Lesmeister)
  • The OSU Gateway project will move forward, increasing affordable, online access to the first two years of an Oregon State education. Extension will likely have a leadership role in this project.
  • The next LDPE cohort kicks off in December.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update – Ana Lu Fonseca

Ana Lu reviewed the mission of our Division’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; announced a new webpage, which will house helpful links and resources; and announced several upcoming university-wide initiatives that we are involved in. She also thanked the more than 40 people (and counting!) who have signed up to be part of our Diversity Champions team. This team has a kickoff event on the Monday of Extension Annual Conference.

Outdoor School Update – Kris Elliott

Kris thanked everyone—employees, stakeholders, advisory committee, and other partners—who has been involved in getting this new program off the ground and well-positioned for success. He reviewed the Year 1 funding process and Year 1 goals for creating and sustaining an excellent program. For information, refer to the OSU Extension Outdoor School webpage. Direct questions to

Staying connected

As we work together to evolve as an organization to address challenges and opportunities, it’s vital to remain connected. Following this meeting, we will continue to provide opportunities for updates, questions and connection via:

  • Statewide updates (like this) as needed
  • O&E Quarterly Conversation (Next is November 17)
  • Online form to submit questions to O&E Executive Team
  • Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team, beginning Oct. 26 (details in next week’s ConnEXTions)
  • Regular updates in ConnEXTions newsletter

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

New DEI Website (and Other Diversity Highlights)

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

Events & Resources:

Become a Diversity Champion: The newly created Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the Division of Outreach & Engagement needs your help!  Becoming a Diversity Champion is your opportunity to play a key role in the Division’s evolution towards a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture. Sign up to become Diversity Champion here as soon as possible to ensure your seat at the Diversity Champion Kick-off event at the Extension Annual Conference (conference registration is also required to attend the kick-off sessions and space is limited).

New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) webpage for the Division of Outreach & Engagement: Visit for information about the office and to find useful resources and tools. We will continue to add content in the upcoming weeks and months, so please check back regularly for updated information.

FREE OSU Webinar: Q&A Session About Community Health Workers. Get exclusive access to an expert-led Q&A session and learn how community health workers can help improve health care while lowering overall costs. Webinar starts Oct. 17 at noon – sign up here for access.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff, and students to attend the 2018 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) Conference in Sunriver, Jan. 26-27, 2018. In order to apply, please complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 27. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Nov. 10. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg.

In the News

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray explains the continuing need to build and support our diverse communities in his recent address to Oregon State Faculty Senate.

Editorial: OSU report on Arnold sets the stage (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University’s report on the life and times of Benjamin Lee Arnold — the namesake for OSU’s Arnold Dining Hall — provides an excellent starting point for the university’s discussion of its history and whether it should rename some of its buildings.

OMSI Announces Science Communication Seminars

OMSI is excited to announce an upcoming Science Communication Seminar. These half-day or full day workshops are designed as professional development opportunities for STEM-based professionals and will highlight various aspects of communicating science in each seminar. They are a great opportunity to build your science communication skills while networking with other scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field.

The next two seminars, Developing Your Message and Data Visualization & Presentation, will take place Saturday, November 18th. You may sign up for either seminar individually, or take both for a full-day experience. Tuition is $125 for each seminar, or $200 for the full day. Lunch will be provided for all full-day participants.

For more information, including descriptions of each seminar, please visit the OMSI Communication Services website and click on “One Day Science Communication Seminar”. To register directly, please go to the registration form.

ESP National Awardees

Congratulations to our OSU Extension colleagues honored with national awards by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)! Dr. A. Scott Reed is the 2017 recipient of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s highest recognition – the Distinguished Service Ruby.  As the Ruby Recipient, Dr. Reed gave the prestigious Ruby Lecture at the Ruby Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, during the 2017 ESP National Conference. (See article)

Awardees receiving Western Region recognition included Oregon Gamma Chapter members:

  • John Williams, Continued Service Award
  • Lynette Ranney Black, Mid Career Service Award – tie
  • Jamie Davis, Early Career Service Award
  • Pamela Rose, Visionary Leadership Award
  • Ross Penhallegon, International Service Award
  • Carole Smith – SNACZ (Students Now Advocating to Create (healthy snacking) Zones, Distinguished Team – tie

Extension in the News

County extension expands into new offices
Blue Mountain Eagle
From supporting 4-H kids and county fairs to advising farmers and ranchers, the Oregon State University Extension Service offers a wide variety of …

Cities put proposed tax districts on ballot, minus one
East Oregonian
Cities in Umatilla and Morrow counties have passed resolutions putting the proposed Oregon State University Extension Service districts to voters, …

Not all Master Gardeners start out as expert gardeners
Statesman Journal
The program — part of Oregon State University Extension Service — reached 106,000 people in 2016. “Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic …

OSU researchers respond to Oregon wildfires
The Daily Barometer
OSU Extension Foresters, such as Nicole Strong, collaborate with many stakeholders, including county, state and federal partners, to create the best …

In this week’s issue:

Leadership Team Update and Q & A

On Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 AM, you are invited to join the Outreach and Engagement leadership team for an update and Q & A session. Join us in Kidder 202, or join via and ask your questions online.  The meeting and conversation will be recorded.  Over the next year, our organization will be implementing and initiating several strategic initiatives.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with clarity and context surrounding the changes that will be occurring.  The strategic initiatives that we will be sharing with you will contribute to us being proactive about our future.

If you wish to submit questions in advance, or as a follow-up, I encourage you to do so using this online form. Please refer to the October 9 email from Lindsey Shirley for more details.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Charlene Alexander Welcome Reception: A reception welcoming Charlene Alexander, new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 in the Student Experience Center (SEC 112). All members of OSU and the broader community are invited to enjoy desserts, beverages, and to meet Charlene. For more information or questions, please contact University Events or 541-737-4717.

Microagressions Against LGBTQ & Disabled People Workshop: Join Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law Trainings, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at the Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, 905 4th Avenue SE, Albany, OR. Register here by Wednesday Nov 1st, 2017.

The History of Mexicans in Oregon: Join Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the Corvallis Church of the Good Samaritan. No registration is required.

PCUN’s Annual Celebration: This year’s celebration falls on the famous Mexican holiday “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and on PCUN President, Ramon Ramirez’s, birthday. Thursday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m. at SEIU 6401 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206. Purchase tickets here!

Queer, Trans and Disabled: Join in on a social gathering to build community with folks in the LGBTQ+ community with shared identities and experiences. This social space will be held for disabled identifying folks and friends. Join us Oct. 10, noon – 2 p.m., at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center for some snacks and a chance to make new friends in the community! View the Facebook event page. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email or call (541) 737-9161.

In the News

OSU research: Gene therapy for the deaf(Corvallis Advocate)
Researchers at Oregon State University have been working on what could lead to the development of gene therapies for those born deaf. Mutations in a protein called otoferlin, which binds to calcium receptors in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear, can be directly linked to hearing loss.

Julie Green at Texas State University (Glasstire)
Julie Green,an Oregon State University-based artist, combines our familiarity with food and our fascination with prison life in her exhibition The Last Supper: 700 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates at Texas State University’s Galleries in San Marcos.

NIFA wants to hear from you

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting input from stakeholders regarding research, extension, and education priorities in food and agriculture. A series of four in-person listening sessions hosted in different regions across the country and submission of written comments will offer two ways to share your thoughts and ideas. Stakeholder input received from both methods will be treated equally.

This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions:
• What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension, or education that NIFA should address?
• What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?

Follow this link to give NIFA your input.

Award nominations and grant application all due this week

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:

Extension Administration seeks nominations for two Alberta Johnston awards. These nominations are also due October 16, 2017, submission is by email to

Extension in the News

Growing concern over the health of Oregon’s bee population
KPTV Fox 12 news, October 4, 2017
Features Antony Melathopoulos, Extension Entomologist

Fuels management can be a big help in dealing with wildfires
Herald and News, October 8, 2017
Features Daniel Leavell, Extension Forester

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update

The OSU Extension Service Style Guide is here! Refer to it to learn more about—and use—the new Extension sub-brand. You can find it on the Extension Employee Resources website under Marketing Tools. The Extension style guide supplements the OSU master brand guidelines.

Information and templates will be added in the weeks and months ahead, such as co-branding, email signatures, and visual elements and messaging for each of the Extension program areas. Additions to the style guide will be announced in ConnEXTions. And look for brand-related educational sessions at Extension Annual Conference. If you have questions, or want guidance on how to incorporate the Extension sub-brand, please contact Ann Marie Murphy online or by calling 541-737-1327.

Diversity Highlights

Events and resources

Gardenswartz & Rowe Downloadable Diversity Resources:.
Follow this link to access an archive of downloadable PDFs on such topics as How do you recruit for Diversity and Are Stereotypes and Prejudice Sabotaging Your Organization?

Title IX update:. The U.S. Department of Education announced that it has replaced prior federal Title IX gender equity directives with new interim guidance. This new guidance does not mandate changes to OSU’s current standards of evidence or enforcement procedures.  OSU will continue to monitor any changes to federal regulations that may apply and provide updates as they become available.  Additional information on the new policy and process, and resources for affected students and employees, can be found at

Noche de Alma Latinoamericana Concert: This evening will feature bilingual educator, children’s author and recording artist, José-Luis Orozco, and pianist duo, XX Digits Duo, and offers fun activities for the whole family. You are invited to wear traditional wear and/or accessories that represent your culture during the event. Event and parking are free! Sunday, October 22, 2:30 – 7:30 pm at the Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center.

Resources available from OSU’s Disability Access Services:
OSU’s policies related to disability
Disability Access Services Faculty and Staff Guidelines
Disability Access Services Faculty Training

Oregon State University Leadership has provided these DACA tools:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Student
FAQs: and an OSU Undocumented Student Toolkit:

In the News

Strong family ties improve employment options for people with childhood-onset disabilities (Medical Xpress)
Family and close friends play an integral role in helping people with childhood-onset disabilities attain quality employment as adults, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

Memory care facilities multiplying in Oregon (Bend Bulletin)
To prepare, Oregon’s Department of Human Services commissioned PSU and Oregon State University to prepare annual reports on the availability, cost and other characteristics of long-term care in the state.

Dogs help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities (Animal Wellness Magazine)
According to a recent study conducted at Oregon State University, a family dog can help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their lives. In addition to ground-breaking findings related to the health of children with disabilities, this study is one of the first to evaluate how a dog’s behavior and wellbeing are affected by their participation in animal-assisted therapy.

OSUEA Awards and Hoecker Grant

Please send in your nominations for OSUEA Awards, as well as applications for a Hoecker Grant by October 16, 2017. Information is available at this web link:

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Is this a teachable moment about wildfire?
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 24, 2017
Features Janean Creighton, Forester

Wild weather year proves challenging for small farms
Albany Democrat-Herald, September 25, 2017
Features Amy Garrett, small farms program, Nik Wiman, orchard specialist, and Patty Skinkis, viticulture specialist.

A plant for everyone at the Lane County Master Gardener Association Fall Festival in Eugene
Eugene Register Guard, September 26, 2017
Features Eugene Master Gardeners