In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Administration welcomes Kaylyn Hymes

Kaylyn’s first day was yesterday, and she will begin the transition to provide the HR recruitment support and coordination along with Marcia Dickson.  Kaylyn will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions for the unit including but not limited to primary building manager working with facilities and surplus, equipment needs, purchasing, technology support, telecom, and supervision of student employees.

Kaylyn comes to O&E/Extension Admin from the Extended Campus (eCampus/PACE) administrative team, as well as experience working in the Benton County Extension office.  We’re thrilled to have her join our team.

Our thanks to Elsa Curtis who has provided HR support in the past year, and who will take on additional duties providing information to new employees and work with the Extension Professional Development Fund (to be phased in).  And thank you to Kim Tarrant who has been our primary Building Manager for a number of years and managed through numerous moves and repairs.

Extension Web Update

Wondering where you can find web training information now that you’re ready to add content to the website? Not sure what group you need to be in or who to contact for more questions? Our web upgrade project website points you to the right places to get answers, and you can skim through this week’s and previous blog posts to learn the latest updates.

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 Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Join the Rurals at the Albany Pride Parade: Please join the LGBTQ community in their PRIDE Parade and Festival this year. June 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Albany, OR. For more info visit the event page.

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years: Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 70s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will be engaged by the examination of the repression and violence against African American that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. June 24 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the the event page.

Tillamook Latinx Leadership Movement: The Oregon Latino Health Coalition will be Hosting a FREE 2-Day Bilingual (Spanish/English) Leadership Development Program this Summer in Tillamook, OR from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm the 22-23 of June. For more information visit the even page.

Pride Forever: Portland LGBT History Walking Tour: Portland is known for being queer friendly, but it haven’t always been that way. Join comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community. Learn about scandals, challenges, and victories for LGBT people in Oregon. This walking tour is about one mile long, and uses Portland public sidewalks. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns. Friday, July 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, for more info visit the event page.

Environmental health summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. There will also be opportunities for networking with researchers, tribal scientists, state and federal agency representatives, and policy makers. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

In  the News

Kids who speak other languages improve at double the rate of native English speakers, study finds
Now, research from New York University and Oregon State University has shown multilingual students are making academic gains in reading and mathematics – at double or triple the rates of their English-only-speaking peers

 Study shows significant math, reading gains for English learners
“Despite the downsides of No Child Left Behind, the substantial recent progress of multilingual students demonstrated in our research suggests that the bundle of various policies and practices at the federal, state, district and school levels may have together been more beneficial than harmful,” New York University Associate Professor Michael J. Kieffer, who co-authored the study with Karen D. Thompson, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a press release.

Suicide rates have been on the rise for years. Here’s what can help those in crisis
The deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade recently underscored some grim numbers about increases in suicide rates. The latest CDC report found that 54 percent of people who died by suicide over the last two decades did not have a known mental health condition. Amna Nawaz talks with Dr. Liza Gold about risks, treatment and the scope of the problem

‘Diversity is a critical ingredient’ for student success, OSU mission
The level of diversity at Oregon State University has increased over the past 30 years and this is trend that OSU hopes to continue, according to OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander.

Finding opportunity for all Oregon students to succeed
What does it look like when schools center their strategic plan around cultural diversity and community engagement? It looks a lot like the Gervais and Woodburn school districts, places where educators and the community are focused on closing the achievement gap.

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

What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees
KTVZ
“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication
The Oregonian
A new publication on some of the best vegetable varieties for western Oregon gardens has been released by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble
Associated Press
“Here’s a species that spends a big part of its life as a vulnerable queen,” said Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University. Bumblebees have “this really fascinating solitary phase.”

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Redesign status update

In July 2017, we learned that a portion of our budget designated for supporting OSU Extension’s regional administrative structure would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by 2020. Based on changes that have been made so far, the total cost of our regional administrative structure has been adjusted by $528,000.

During the next year we will continue to explore opportunities for efficiency. The next step of the process is to convene an Extension Role Task Force to provide input and recommendations.

Additional information on this task force is listed on the regional redesign resource page.

Regional director searches

  • Natalie Kinion will join OSU Extension as regional director for Eastern Oregon on July 23.
  • The metro regional director search is open for another week.
    • Please share the posting with your networks!
    • Join the metro region listening session with Scott Reed on June 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Purpose: Share with Scott your insights about particular challenges and opportunities, as well as qualities of a regional director that will most help them be successful.
    • Attend in person at the Food Innovation Center, or via Zoom. See the regional redesign resource page for address and connection details.

Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session”

The OSU Extension Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce that we’re holding an Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session” for all District administrators, principals, and 5th and 6th grade teachers in Eastern Oregon (Pendleton) on August 9, 2018.

We also welcome the attendance and participation of local Extension Faculty and Staff who are interested in learning more about the Outdoor School Program and how we aim to better serve Eastern Oregon. However, space is limited and we will give priority to District attendees. Please note that the Outdoor School Program Office cannot reimburse your travel or time. If you are interested in attending, please register here, and we’ll be in touch with details.

For those of you located in other parts of the state, please know that we’ll be working our way across the state with these “Listen and Learn Sessions”, so please keep an ear open for one in your area.  Or, if you’re interested in hosting a session in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact Rita Bauer  to get that process started.

 As always, we welcome your input, and are available at any time to answer your questions about the program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu.

4-H Float in Starlight Parade

For the second consecutive year, the Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program was represented with a float in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on June 2. The float was designed and built by 4-H youth in Clackamas and Washington counties. The parade was broadcast live by Fox 12 and an estimated crowd of 300,000 attended the event in downtown Portland.

Extension Web Update

These two weeks since the OSU Extension website launch have been a transition period, and EESC is doing our best to guide you through it. Keep sending us your questions or changes that you see needed through our Web Support. The web team is also making small changes to public views and behind the scenes based on feedback in these initial weeks. New and upcoming updates that everyone entering content should know is posted on our web upgrade project blog this week.

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 Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Understanding LGBTQ Veterans from a Trauma-Informed Lens: Hosted by the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Team and SAGE Metro Portland. There will be a viewing of Breaking The Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans , a panel discussion and a presentation aboout LGBTQ Veterans Trauma. June 13 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, in Portland. For more information check out the event page.

Welcoming The Stranger: Refugee 101- presented by Glocal Community Partners. At the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, June 18 from  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Check out the envent page for more information.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage: http://www.museumatwarmsprings.org/exhibitions-events/

History Pub: The Dark History of Eugenics in Oregon: In 1917, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Board of Eugenics. Its charge was to review reports from the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state hospitals, and the State Institution for the Feeble-Minded of “all feeble-minded, insane, epileptic, habitual criminals, moral degenerates, and sexual perverts, who are persons potential to producing offspring who, because of inheritance of inferior or antisocial traits, would probably become a social menace or ward of the State.” June 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Portland.

In the News

Inside the Push to Bring Racial Equity to Land Grant Universities

An underdog campaign is being waged among America’s public and land grant universities to address their history of racism and to prioritize the issues of racial equity and food justice.

DA’s clothes closet removes barriers to justice system
Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel and her staff have transformed the wing into a space with comfortable chairs, toys for children and a closet stocked with court-appropriate clothing.

Service Learning in Puerto Rico Packs Lifelong Lessons
In late March, thirty-one students led by seven faculty members traveled to Puerto Rico for a service learning trip, the third one since 2016. Previous trips were designed as agriculture tours that focused on tropical sustainability and food security—but this trip was different.

In ‘All Coyote’s Children,’ eastern Oregon author links family, land, loss and culture 
Now, “All Coyote’s Children” (Oregon State University Press, 237 pages, $18.95), Husted’s debut novel. This lyrically written work of contemporary fiction focuses on the much-challenged life of Annie Fallon, a recently widowed farm wife and teacher in eastern Oregon.

Food of the Faithful
In a new book, Food of Sinful Demons (Columbia University Press, 2018), Geoffrey Barstow has opened a window on how culture and Buddhism in Tibet have interacted for more than a thousand years to influence food choices — specifically the decision about whether or not to eat meat.

Nutritional wellness is a challenge for college students 
Setting good habits while being a young adult at Oregon State is important in order to ensure wellness and success throughout the remainder of one’s life. Students of all ages will improve the general wellness both now and in the future by setting in place good habits for nutritional, physical, mental and sustainable wellness.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension in the news

‘The goal is to change behaviors, to make the healthy choice the easy choice’
KCBY
Oregon State University’s extension SNAP education program features a social marketing campaign called “Food Hero.” It teaches students about healthy eating and is what the local nutrition coordinator calls a step toward preventing chronic diseases like diabetes.

OSU honeybees study may help struggling industry
KTVZ
This is the first study that has thoroughly investigated the role of nutritional state of larvae in their selection for queen rearing, said lead author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU Extension’s new tree fruit specialist from Brazil
Capital Press
A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons.

Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods
The New York Times
The Food Innovation Center, a multidisciplinary partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is one of several similar extension programs at universities like Rutgers and Louisiana State.

In this week’s issue:

O&E Faculty & Staff Directory moves to Find Us

To reduce redundant efforts and increase efficient use of time and resources, O&E/Extension Administration will no longer produce the hard-copy O&E Faculty & Staff Directory and will move to fully utilizing the online “Find Us” on our website for faculty/staff and office contact information.  This change is effective immediately.

For now, please continue to contact Victor.Villegas@oregonstate.edu with necessary updates to faculty/staff information for “Find Us.” Contact EESC with corrections to office locations or contact information for “Find Us.”

OSU Drones in Education Workshop for Educators

OSU is holding their second “Drones in Education Workshop for Educators” at the Corvallis campus, July 10-12. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to use drones for education. Please pass this information to any educator you think may be interested.
Topics the workshop will cover:
  • Overview of drone technology, applications and industry
  • Drone platform options for STEM education
  • Drone flight training and safety
  • Aerial photography/videography for media production and journalism classes
  • Data acquisition and processing options for drones
  • Using drones to teach coding and programming skills
  • Curriculum development, pedagogy and learning project ideas
  • Ideas on how to obtain program funding and support
  • Insurance requirements and information
  • Current Oregon and FAA drone rules and regulations
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot certification preparation
Drones in Education Workshop Registration page.
For more information, contact Victor Villegas: (541) 737-8255

Apply now for your Snapchat Geofilter

As you are planning your Summer Programs, this is a reminder to submit a request for a Snapchat Geofilter to support the marketing of your local/county/state events.

Our goal is to have a co-branded Geofilter (OSU Extension & 4-H) at every County Fair this year. Please coordinate with your office colleagues to submit one (1) County Fair Geofilter request by Thursday, June 14.

Please note you do not need to be a Snapchat user or have a Snapchat account to offer a Geofilter at your events. To request a Geofilter, simply complete the web form.  Our Innovation Team will take it from there!  We will create the Geofilter, submit it to Snapchat and provide you with the analytics.

Communication Channels Reminders

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
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Web Update

The “Search” feature is the main way to navigate OSU Extension’s new website full of content, so it is no surprise the Search page was the top visited page over this past weekend. Twice as many people visited the Extension website, according to pre- and post-launch analytics, and are staying twice as long to view more than one page. Read this week’s website project blog to learn the top terms and pages people have searched for since launch. Also find the links to recent and upcoming website webinar trainings.

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

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon: Drop in anytime between 2 and 7pm and learn about the history of, and the importance of our native plants to, the Tribes of our region! Presenter Greg Archuleta and other members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will share their knowledge and demonstrate some hands-on techniques for cordage making, basic basketry, wood carving and dyeing using locally-sourced plant materials. For more information visit the event page.

Puerto Rico Service Learning Trip Presentation: Reflection and Information Session: OSU students who traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break will give a presentation about their collaborative projects with Puerto Rico’s land grant university, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. Attendees will also hear about individual experiences during an open poster presentation. The session is on June 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union.

Identity, Power, and Privilege/ Identidad, Poder y Privilegio: This is a participatory workshop intended to help guide participant’s in understanding and addressing difficult issues surrounding identity, power, and privilege. June 13 from 5:30 pm t0 8:30pm, for more information visit the event page. / Este es un taller participativo que pretende ayudar a los participantes a comprender mejor y abordar cuestiones difíciles relacionadas con la identidad, el poder y el privilegio. Junio 13 de las 5:30 pm a 8:30 pm, para mas informacion.

Environmental Health Summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:50 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage.

In the News

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing
The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

Helping families dealing with ALS
The ALS Association came together about 12 years ago, and has many, many research studies in progress. Dr. Joseph Beckman with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is one of the major researchers of ALS, and he’s making a difference in Oregon. He is in the process of getting FDA approval, and he is in live trials in Australia right now.

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

‘These statistics are real’
Ontario Argus Observer
“These statistics are real,” said Barbara Brody, assistant professor, Oregon State University Extension, and co-facilitator for the poverty simulation, as she explained the different scenarios participants would be playing out in groups of designated “families.”

Farmer survey informs education
Dalles Chronicle
During the summer of 2017, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension teamed up with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) to survey producers in the Central Gorge and ask about educational and infrastructure needs.

In this week’s issue:

Benny ad templates in OSU Box

Benny fair ad templates are available in OSU Box! It is easy to modify the information in the ad templates by right clicking to edit text. If you need help, contact Ann Marie Murphy.

  • Go to Extension Intranet.
  • Under Popular Links, click on OSU Box (the first bullet).
  • Log into Box then look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.
  • Three sizes of Benny fair ads are available in the “Templates” then “Benny at Fairs Advertising” subfolders.
  • Save as PDF to send to advertising program vendor.

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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, 4-H Youth Development update, and Innovation in Extension – Inspiration from Design One Adobe Kickbox (information links for this presentation can be found in the May 22 ConnEXTion).

 

New Letterhead and Event Announcement Templates

University Marketing now supports having Extension county companion logos on letterhead (in place of the OSU logo)! Your county’s letterhead has been updated in OSU Box to reflect this change. Use of the Extension county companion logos makes a stronger connection between OSU Extension Service and Oregon State University, as well as more strongly reinforcing Extension’s connection to the counties we serve.

Also added to your county’s Box folder is an event announcement template customized for your county. Use this template when sharing event announcements with local media.

Follow these steps to find the letterhead and event announcement templates for your county:

  • Visit the Extension Employee Intranet website.
  • Click on OSU Box (logos, letterhead, templates, and more) under Popular Links and sign into Box.
  • Find and open your county’s folder. There are subfolders for letterhead and the event announcement.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension Web Update

Sometime this week—barring any major issues to delay it—we will turn on the switch and you will notice a difference at http://extension.oregonstate.edu. The new web presence is just the beginning of a more engaging digital strategy. Together we will work to continue to refine and enhance the website and related strategies and systems. Our new website shines a spotlight on the amazing work that OSU Extension does in helping Oregonians–and Oregon–thrive. In the web upgrade blog this week, we highlight new features of the website and what comes after launch.

Communication Channels Reminders

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

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

Flint, Michigan & Racial Capitalism: Dr. Pulido is a professor of Geography and Head of Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. She is a race scholar in geography and critical ethnic studies whose commitment to anti-racist practice is central to her work. Through her research, she explores “the racial processes that shape place and how place informs race.” For more information visit the event page.

Creating Anti-Racist Communities: The College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women present: Creating Anti-Racist Communities. In today’s society what does it take to create a just community? How can we break through the deeply ingrained layers of structural racism to create an equal America? On May 30 at 6 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, Tricia Rose, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author and the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, attempts to tackle this in our political landscape. For information or accommodations, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Transforming the Curriculum: A Conversation with the 2017-18 DPD Cohort: Join this year’s DPD Academy cohort for a discussion of their curriculum transformation projects. Thursday, May 31, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program, visit the DPD website.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon: Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

For Latinos a program for college readiness
Ensuring students are prepared for college can be daunting for parents. The Juntos program’s six-week college readiness workshop — taught entirely in Spanish — aims to provide Latino families with the right information to support that process. Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Encouraging unity, celebrating diversity
“Diversity” is a term that covers a broad range of topics including race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status and other components of a person’s identity. ASWOU aimed to educate the Western community on these topics during Diversity Week.

Oregon school district includes all students with disabilities in regular classes
The daily progress report waiting inside broke down her son’s day. How many times did he go to the bathroom? What did he eat for lunch? What activities did he accomplish? How did he interact with the other kids in school? It was only a matter of time, she worried, that she’d find a note from the teacher saying Nate’s unexpected outbursts disrupted the rest of the kids in the third-grade class. It’s why Paskins didn’t want the Oregon school district to place her non-verbal son, who has Down syndrome and autism, in a typical classroom with students who don’t have disabilities.

What are Oregon’s fastest-growing cities? New Census data has plenty of surprises
Portland has added more than 60,000 residents since 2010, but on a percentage basis, it’s far from the fastest-growing city in Oregon. The U.S. Census Bureau last week released new local population estimates. Here’s how each Oregon city with a population of 10,000 or more stacks up in growth.

What is ‘racial bias training’? As Starbucks breaks to learn, we ask an expert
Starbucks stores across the country will be closed on Tuesday afternoon. The company announced it would use the half day to “conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.

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

Madison Elementary wins School Wellness Award
Coos Bay World
Madison won the award again for its partnership with the Oregon State University extension office in Coquille and its nutritional focus, as well as the outdoor garden and fulltime physical education teacher.

OSU hires new Willamette Valley extension faculty
Capital Press
Will Jessie is one of two new field crops extension faculty hired recently by Oregon State University’ College of Agricultural Sciences. He is covering Linn, Benton and southern Polk counties in the Willamette Valley. Christy Tanner, who also has watershed management duties for OSU Extension, will be covering field crops in Malheur County when she starts June 25.

Cherry fruit fly emerges in area
The Dalles Chronicle
The first capture of the western cherry fruit fly occurred at the Oregon State University (OSU) Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) station in Hood River May 20, one day later than the OSU model predicted, according to Ashley Thompson, Assistant Professor of Horticulture at OSU.

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Here is a summary of recent updates in our regional redesign process, as shared at the May 18 Quarterly Conversation. This information is also available on our redesign resource page.

  • West Central: Richard Riggs will serve as regional director, effective May 25.
  • East: Regional director search is still in process.
  • Metro: Regional director search in process. The position posting closes June 18. Search chair is Dave Stone.
  • Extension roles task force:
    • We are forming a short-term task force to examine current roles, review input provided to date, and develop recommendations.
    • The purpose of the task force is to clarify and assess the specific roles and responsibilities needed for essential positions of the OSU Extension Service across our statewide organization—regional director, local leader, office manager, faculty, staff, etc.
    • We will list task force members, updates on their work, and additional opportunities for input on the resource page and in ConnEXTions.

Extension Web Update

We have some exciting news. The first phase of our project to update the OSU Extension family of websites is close to realization! We are planning to launch the site the week of May 29, and “go live” by Thursday next week. What may seem like “flipping a switch” to make the new site public is actually a sequence of behind-the-scenes steps and collaboration with OSU’s central web services team. If we run into any unforeseen delays or issues, we’ll post updates on the project website and email affected groups as needed. In the lead up to the launch, there are still aspects in progress. Learn more in this week’s post on the project website and see a preview of the new website. If you have questions at any time, please contact the project team.

Innovation in OSU Extension: Continue the momentum and get involved

At the May 18 Quarterly Conversation, a team of OSU Extension colleagues who attended the eXtension Designathon One event shared inspiration and examples of both an innovation process tool (Adobe Kickbox) and an innovative idea sparked from discussion at the event (Virtual Forest Ranger).

They also issued calls to action for anyone who would like to share ideas for helping address hurdles to innovation in our organization:

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

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

Creating Anti-Racist Communities: The College of Engineering and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women present: “Creating Anti-Racist Communities.” In today’s society what does it take to create a just community? How can we break through the deeply ingrained layers of structural racism to create an equal America? On May 30 at 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Tricia Rose, acclaimed scholar and award-winning author and the Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, attempts to tackle this in our political landscape. For information or accommodations contact, University Events 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Our Story. Our Voice. Our Culture: Oregonians from Bhutanese, Micronesian, and African communities will introduce their cultures and share stories in an evening of fun and learning. Women will tell birth stories, offering a glimpse of experiences that carry vital lessons to be learned by health professionals and the broader Portland community. For more information visit the event page.

Tualatin: Online Community Engagement – Strategies for Success: Join Engaging Local Government Leaders members from Bang the Table for this interactive roundtable utilizing case studies to help you successfully integrate online tools into your community engagement strategy so you can create an accessible and inclusive space. For more information, visit the even page.

The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon: In this conversation, Manuel Padilla, who has worked with refugees in Haiti, Chad, and Washington D.C., asks participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities. The event will take place June 8, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Coos History Museum & Maritime Collections in Coos Bay. For more information check out the event page.

In the News

Parents Are Divided Over a Book in a Popular Student Reading Program in Oregon
The book “George,” a debut novel for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, has set off a storm within a popular student reading competition in Oregon. Written by Alex Gino, the book is the story of George, a 10-year-old transgender girl struggling for acceptance among her friends and family while standing up to school bullies. George, who has secretly renamed herself Melissa, longs to play Charlotte in the fourth-grade production of “Charlotte’s Web.”

Student group plans veteran suicide awareness march (Gazette-Times)
The Student Veterans Association of Oregon State University and local community members are planning a 22-kilometer march Saturday to raise awareness of veteran suicide rates.

As Oregon Grows, So Does Its Demand For Ethnic Grocery Stores 
Grocery stores can provide some hints into who lives — and doesn’t live — in a neighborhood. As Oregon gets more diverse, the demand for ethnic grocery stores grows.

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds 
Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central)

OSU resource center helps students in need
Johannah Hamilton, 26, grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She picked up a degree from the University of Kentucky in agricultural economics with minors in business and Spanish and added a master’s in agricultural economics from Auburn in Alabama. Then she was recruited to enter a four-year doctoral program in public policy at Oregon State University.

What are you reading?

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

Extension in the news

Is homegrown food safer? Only if gardeners take precautions
The Washington Post (via AP)
“The odds are better there won’t be any contamination from the things we grow ourselves, but no fresh foods are safe,” said Jeanne Brandt, a family and community health specialist with Oregon State University Extension. “Gardening and cooking are a food safety continuum. Safety must be considered with every step in the process, from pre-planting to placing meals on the table.”

Analyze Agriculture
Baker City Herald
The animals are medium-framed and usually have a good disposition, Leticia Henderson, Oregon State University Extension livestock and natural resources agent told her first group of students Tuesday morning as the second day of the two-day event got under way.

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

The website will launch the last week of May 2018, so counties and program content teams should coordinate how best to add any events happening June 1 or after.   Also see the latest blog for other ideas on adding and arranging content on the new website.
The EESC web team welcomes your questions! Contact them or drop in for office hours/open labs on Wednesdays 9am – 12pm and Fridays 2 pm – 5 pm.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

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

Extension Professional Development Fund Applications

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

Strategic Planning Through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens: Join Sara Curiel and Alexis Millet for a conversation and explore the opportunities and challenges of applying diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices into a strategic planning process. The session will take place the 17th of May from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, for information visit the registration page.

OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake: Sponsored in part by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, join us for OSU’s 20th Annual Salmon Bake featuring special guest Lyla June to honor the salmon culture of the Pacific Northwest. May 18th from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm, for more information, visit the event page.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws for OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow being held at McAlexander Fieldhouse! The event is free and open to the public, May 19th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for more information check out the event page.

Siletz Indian Fair: The Siletz Tribal & Heritage Board invites the public to join and learn about the culture and traditions of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians from Tribal members and Tribal families. May 18th and 19th, for more information visit the event page.

Universal Health Care conference: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ Center for Global Health and the Chiu Program for Taiwan Study are presenting “Universal Health Care, Equity and Governance: Taiwan in International Perspective” from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 24 and 25 in the Agriculture Production Room at OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center. Register today

In the News

That photo of a professor holding a student’s baby while he taught? It’s not the first time he’s done that

By now, you’ve seen the photo on your social feed: A student, in a childcare bind, brings her baby to class. The physics professor holds the infant while he teaches.

OSU focuses on mental health in May

To help mark Mental Health Month in May, Oregon State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services, along with key university partners, has developed a variety of programming on mental health topics.

Racial or ethnic discrimination impacts Latinas’ satisfaction with contraceptive services, study finds (Lund Report)

Young Latina women who have experienced racial or ethnic discrimination are less satisfied overall with their contraceptive care, which could affect their access to more effective contraceptives, a new study from Oregon State University has found. (see also Psych Central)

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

Farmers look for damage from hail storm
Capital Press
Stuart Reitz, an Oregon State University Extension agent based in Ontario, said in a May 6 post on the Pacific Northwest Pest Alert Network that the National Weather Service reported the storm went from Nyssa, Ore., to the Fruitland and Payette areas in Idaho.

OSU agronomist bullish on potential of biochar
Capital Press
Stephen Machado, a professor and agronomist for Oregon State University Extension Service, wants to expand his biochar trials and is working with a new nonprofit dedicated to building a market for the carbon-rich material.

Citizens learn to be safe from wildfire
Curry Coastal Pilot
Local professionals taught residents how to protect their homes from the next wildfire at a Citizen Fire Academy April 28 at the Event Center on the Beach. Oregon State University Extension Service hosted the seminar.

Program promotes healthier food options, hopes to combat childhood obesity
KTVL
Five different booths set up at the school that included: a certified dietitian, a farmer, the Oregon Agriculture Department, Food Hero from Oregon State University, and The Dairy Princess.

In this week’s issue:

Recording available: East regional director presentation

The recording of candidate Natalie Kinion’s presentation is available. Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
    • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • 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

County teams can now begin adding announcements, events, sub-pages, and social media links to the website! View our Friday county webinar for the details and also refer to the managing county content guide for specifics on entering content. The OSU Extension Web Upgrade Project blog this week also shares a few reminders for entering content, highlights from the website, also an example of a well-formatted article.

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

Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar: This event is FREE and open to the public! Join the Muslim Student Association at OSU during a Ramadan Iftar dinner to learn more about the historic legacy of Malcolm X and his messages of solidarity and social justice. Executive Director of the Council of Islamic American Relations in Michigan, Dawud Walid, will discuss Islam, social justice, the legacy of Malcolm X, and the importance of Black Muslim voices in our communities. For more information visit the event page here.

SJEI workshops: Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs. Additional spring term Tier One dates and new Tier Two workshops are now open for registration at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=46 Join your colleagues and peers to begin, or continue your social justice journey in this well-reviewed program. Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

 In the News

Juntos program reaches to community (Daily Astorian)

Ryan Stanley, the coast coordinator for Juntos, offered through Oregon State University, said the biggest benefit is showing students and families “what’s possible, especially living in a smaller community.”

Where college students can find emergency money and housing

The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

County wrestles with ADUs

Nicole Hindes, who works with low-income students at Oregon State University, said a survey showed that a significant number are in desperate need of affordable housing.

America is more diverse thanever — but still segregated

The United States is on track to be a majority-minority nation by 2044. But census data show most of our neighbors are the same race.

What are you reading?

Book: Lincoln in the Bardo (2017) by George Saunders. This story of Abraham Lincoln’s loss of a child (and his process of letting go) is unlike anything I have ever read – I understand now that death, like life, is beautiful, painful, confusing, and transformative….favorite book this year! Anne Hoisington

Book: Homing Instincts  (2018) by Dionisia Morales. Our OSU Extension colleague Dio Morales shows her talent for weaving stories in this collection of essays, exploring the concept of “home,” that follows her and her family as they migrate to Oregon. Fellow Extension professionals will appreciate the sciences Dio cleverly covers: lots of geography, some geology, hydrology, apiculture, agriculture, family & community health (both here and in her native New York City), and even a little forestry (as she paints the picture of her husband’s hometown at the edge of the Black Forest). An easy, fun, touching, and thought-provoking read.  Karen Zimmermann

Extension in the news

Oregon-cherries-withstand-february-freeze
Capital Press
Ashley Thompson joined Oregon State University as the Mid-Columbia Extension horticulturist on April 30, serving Wasco and Hood River counties.

Keep Cats Out of Your Garden
KATU
Brooke Edmunds, PhD, OSU Extension Service Community Horticulturist, joined us to share some ways to keep curious cats from invading your outdoor spaces.

Oregon Diet
AgInfo.net
OSU project directors Siew Sun Wong, an assistant professor of nutrition and a specialist with the Extension Service, and Melinda Manore, a professor of nutrition, were awarded $4.7 million to start the program awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

In this week’s issue:

Updates and reminders: Regional director search processes

West Central:

East: One additional in-person interview is scheduled for May 3-4.

  • Open forum presentation by Natalie Kinion is Thursday, May 3, 2:00-2:45 p.m. in Kidder 202 on campus.
  • The presentation will be recorded but not livestreamed for consistency with the earlier east region candidates’ presentations.
  • Please return feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on May 9, 2018.

Extension Web Update

See this week’s blog post for an update on the “events” content type and information on a webinar/demo of county pages, to be held May 4 (will be recorded).

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration
    • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • 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)

Outreach and Engagement Awards Event

Last week to register for the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Join in the celebration of 10 stellar outreach and engagement projects (many recognizing the work of OSU Extension). Last day to register is May 4! The event will celebrate the past, present, and future of outreach and engagement at OSU. This is a university-wide event. You are encouraged to invite colleagues from across the institution. There is no cost to attend the event on May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

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 DEI?
Join a dynamic, interactive roundtable with Alai Reyes-Santos, on May 2nd ,who will lead a discussion about people and change in Northeast Oregon. Meet other organization leaders and community volunteers willing to have the hard conversations that are needed to build a better future for everyone. Registration is required, visit the event page here for more information.

Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know: Shattering Stigma will host a conference for parents in the Lake Oswego area “Mental Health: What Parents Need to Know” will take place at Lakeridge Junior High the morning of Saturday, May 5. They will cover what parents should know about depression, anxiety, suicide and more, plus hear from families and/or kids with mental health struggles about their experiences. For more information visit the event page here.

OSU’s 42nd Annual Klatowa Eena Pow-Wow: Join us for the 42nd Annual OSU Klatowa Eena Powwow on May 19, 2018 at the McAlexander Fieldhouse in Corvallis, Oregon. The Klatowa Eena Powwow is presented in collaboration with NASA (Native American Student Association) at Oregon State University. Inside Gill Colliseum, thousands of participants and spectator will experience dance competitions, drumming, and crafts and native food vendors! Bring your friends and family for a great time. For more information, visit the event page here.

In the News

A voice for tolerance in Lake Oswego
Margo Sidline, The Review’s ‘Amazing Kid’ for 2018, uses her newfound fame to push for diversity and inclusion.

Navigating the maze of higher education (Latino USA)
One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.

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

Bend gardeners prepare plots for growing season
Bend Bulletin
The group of green thumbs worked together to weed and hoe the entire garden, including the walkways. The garden features 90 designated plots. It is managed by the Central Oregon Master Gardener Association, which is part of the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener program.

Mid-Valley InBusiness: Tourism efforts coalesce around outdoor recreation
Corvallis Gazette Times
Oregon is one of nine states actively promoting outdoor recreation, said Lindsey Shirley, associate director of the Oregon State University Extension Service. Shirley was invited to participate in Oregon’s “Roadmap to the Outdoors” initiative because of her prior experience with the outdoor products.

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.