In this week’s issue:

Extension regional structure questions

Last week, your O&E leadership team received two questions from the online form related to our regional structure redesign.

One question asked about the overall timeline. We are aiming to have the six regions and regional directors in place on July 1, 2018.

The second question asked about particulars of the failed West Central Regional Director search. Again, I will reaffirm my expectation and our commitment to acting with transparency, respect, and civility. We share that we received this question to be transparent. But in line with OSU policies, we must maintain confidentiality of search and personnel details.

A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure are available on this resource page. We will announce in ConnEXTions when there are substantive updates to this information.

If you have additional questions or comments about this organizational transition, I welcome hearing from you directly.

Thank you,

Scott Reed

Extension’s new employee resource webpage

Extension’s New Employee Information and Resources website has been updated to reflect revised procedures effective immediately. Please refer to this intranet site for information on:

  • New email requests
  • Name badges
  • Business cards
  • Adding names to Outlook Global Address Book
  • and more

Extension Web update

Last week marked one small step for our content teams and the project team, and one giant leap for Extension’s new digital strategy! The latest blog post provides tips for content teams based on the first few days of content entry. Content teams who are just getting started should be sure to check out the training materials and office hours/open lab schedule.

Outdoor School update

The OSU Extension Outdoor School office will publish a final list of all school districts and education service districts that applied for state finding within the next two months. We have been cautious to release the list until it is complete, and we have been finalizing a few late application approvals that have required more interaction and assistance to applicants. Additionally, Outdoor School Advisory Committee members and our team have been contacting eligible districts that did not apply this year to ask why they did not seek funding and how we can better support them in the future. The data will be discussed at our April Advisory Committee meeting, and summative findings will be shared this spring.

In the meantime, we are happy to respond to individual requests by Extension faculty and staff for information on your local/county schools. Please contact us directly at This is the best way to ensure prompt, complete, and accurate information to support your local schools. Our team is committed to customer service, including timely responses to all messages.

Thank you to everyone who has provided assistance to support the work of Outdoor School in your counties and communities. We could not do this work without you. For additional updates on Outdoor School, we encourage you to subscribe to our email list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Oregon Lottery Outdoor School TV spot

The Oregon Lottery launched a new statewide brand campaign that includes a spot featuring Outdoor School in English and Spanish (Oregon Lottery funds support Outdoor School). The 15-second TV spot launched on March 7 and will air in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Bend, and also throughout eastern Oregon. The commercials will be on-air at a heavy rotation through April 8.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at:

Diversity highlights

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

Special Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA?
The state of Oregon passed HB 4111A and SB 1563, which maintains driving privileges for Oregon’s DACA recipients and TPS holders by permitting a person to use expired documentation to renew or replace a driver license. SB 1563 advances Oregon’s existing Tuition Equity laws by reducing barriers for undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and apply for state-based financial aid. If you want to keep up with the latest news regarding DACA and what OSU is doing check out: for more information.

Events & Resources

New Resource Maps: two new resource maps are available under the DEI Resources section of our website. Watch the short video (< 2 minutes) for a quick tutorial on how to access these new tools.

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

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

In the News

7 black inventors whose intellects changed the world (Study Break)
Viewing intellect as a way to escape his harsh upbringing, Emeagwali studied hard and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University. There, he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Will this be the time Lake Oswego truly confronts racism? (Oregon Live)
In February, three white students at Lake Oswego Junior High School passed a note containing a racial slur to a black student. It’s far from the first racist incident at the suburban school district. But something different happened this time. A few days later, hundreds of students, with the support of the school district, walked out of class and held their own rally for equity.

Inclusion and basketball celebrated on and off the court in Gaston (Fox 12 Oregon)
Inclusion and basketball, it’s a match made in middle school round ball heaven in Gaston.

Communication and conversation opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read 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 in the news

Experts: Wildfire season has benefits too
KOIN6 News
“Fire has been a part of this landscape, and the reason we have a problem now is because we tried to put fire out,” said Nicole Strong, Extension Forester for the University of Oregon State – Central Oregon.

The truth behind 6 gardening myths
The Oregonian
Myths tend to stick around, no matter how many times they’re corrected. Oregon State University Extension experts are out to change that. Once you know the truth, pass it on.

In this week’s issue:

Regional Director Candidates

Note: This week’s open phone line with O&E Executive Team (Jan. 11, 2 p.m.) is cancelled due to West Central Regional Director candidate interviews.

Please join the OSU Extension Service as we welcome candidates for the West Central Regional Director position. As your schedule allows, please engage in the presentations and meet & greets, listed below, and provide your feedback. Note the various locations. Presentation recordings will be provided for those who can’t watch live or attend in-person.

OSU Campus Presentations: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Darin Paine
    Kidder 202 or at 
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Jarrod Hogue
    Kidder 202 or at

Linn County Extension Office: Wednesday, Jan. 10

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Tryna Luton
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 John Punches
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Tryna Luton
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Linn County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  John Punches
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 920 965 605)

OSU Campus Presentations: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Tryna Luton
    Kidder 202 or at
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     John Punches
    Kidder 202 or at

 Lane County Extension Office: Thursday, Jan. 11

  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Darin Paine
    WebEx Presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm                 Jarrod Hogue
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Darin Paine
    Meet & Greet (join us in person at the Lane County Office!)
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm                  Jarrod Hogue
    WebEx presentation and Q&A (view online at WebEx Meeting # 929 482 361)

Web Upgrade Project Update

The recording of the Jan. 3, 2018 content planning kickoff webinar for Ag & Natural Resources Extension work groups is now available. A second webinar opportunity (same information) is available on Jan. 11, 9 a.m (WebEx link). This information is also posted on the content teams page for reference.

Impact Reporting: How is it Used?

The EESC team uses Digital Measures as a source (though not the sole source) of raw material for impact statements posted on our Bridges to Prosperity website. When appropriate, these impact statements are also pitched to national partners – USDA-NIFA, Ag is America, Land-Grant Impacts, and others – for inclusion in their databases, communications and social media.

Ann Murphy uses Digital Measures impact statements as a source of ideas for O&E blog posts.

We also turn to Bridges and Digital Measures when we need to compile information for legislative communications, OSU executive communications, and other such leadership needs.

Designathon One Registration Open

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

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

What happens at Designathon One?

  • Trained facilitators will use custom tools (like the Adobe Kickbox Innovation Kit which has gained attention from Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and more) to guide a process for ideation and lean experimentation.
  • This process encourages testing ideas and iteration for rapid prototyping.
  • The result is Extension programs that are designed to make a difference.

See the promo video, and learn more.

Taking Food Safety Nationwide

Thanks to the creative minds of Jeanne Brandt and Glenda Hyde, OSU Extension’s food-safety efforts got national exposure with an infographic on safe giving of home-prepared foods. Here it is on Ag is America’s website. Ag is America (a national campaign that showcases land-grant universities’ research, news, and impact) also posted it to their Twitter and Facebook pages. Here it is on our own Twitter feed (Dec. 28th post).

How it happened: Ag is America got hold of EESC early in December and asked for some clever, informative content on a holiday theme. EESC recruited Jeanne and Glenda, who eagerly stepped forward. Kudos to them! We threw around some ideas, and Ag is America provided graphics.

Result: A catchy, effective message that helps get OSU Extension in front of a national audience.

We thought the story was worth sharing because it was an opportunity to work with a key national partner to spread our good information in a mostly visual way—something we’re trying to do more of.

We hope this example will help you “think visual” about your own programs and activities. If you have ideas or questions about visual communication (or any kind of communication), please get in touch with us at EESC. We’re always up for a conversation.

Annual Conference Photos

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

Awards –

Portraits –

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

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

Brand-related Tips – Fonts

Brand font families are loaded on all Extension field faculty computers. Look for Stratum (for headlines and subheads), Rufina Stencil (for headlines and subheads) and Kievit Office (for all body text). On-campus faculty and staff need to request the licensed brand fonts from University Relations and Marketing.

Recommended fonts for general business correspondence are universally available systems fonts: Cambria or Georgia (serif fonts), or Verdana or Calibri (san serif fonts).

The numbers in the Rufina Stencil branded font family behave differently than numbers in the other recommended fonts: it defaults to using hanging numerals (some of the numbers appear to drop below the line). Our brand calls for using full-height numerals. Don’t worry. It’s easy to set a default for the numbers to appear correctly! Find the secret for Microsoft Word and InDesign here. Unfortunately, Microsoft PowerPoint doesn’t allow for changing numbers to full height. If numbers are used prominently in your presentation or design, use Stratum or Kievit Office branded font families instead.

To learn more about OSU’s typography guidelines, start here.

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

OSU College of Engineering to present “Spinning into Butter” in January (Democrat-Herald)
The Oregon State University College of Engineering is sponsoring “Spinning Into Butter,” a play by Rebecca Gilman and produced by Bag&Baggage Productions. Saturday, Jan. 20 (2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, January 21 (2 p.m. only). Oregon State University Learning Innovation Center, Room 200. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved here:  

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

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

In the news

Eating better on a budget (KLCC)
Julia also plans her meals a week ahead. Mary Cluskey of Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Services says that’s key.

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

Extension in the news

By Extension: 30 year Extension career experiences – canning alligator and many changes
Tillamook County Pioneer
A look at the career of Nancy Kershaw in Tillamook County.

Season’s smaller Bings highlight need for better crop load management tools
Good Fruit Grower
Lynn Long, Extension horticulturist from Wasco County gives advice on increasing cherry size.