In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Find a link to the paper-based COVID-19 awareness training under the “COVID-19 training” heading.

The following article outlines new communication resources available.

New resumption communication tools

As Extension’s phased resumption continues, new communications tools and templates are added to COVID-19 resources for Extension. This week several new resources are available:

  • Communication tips for conversations with mask-less community members in OSU locations is a tool for Extension offices and volunteers. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section. As you have success reinforcing the value of wearing a face covering or see businesses in your community offering a positive approach, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy. We’ll keep the document updated with new and positive approaches.
  • In response to a request by the local health authority, OSU Extension in Hood River County developed a “Stay Safe” flyer and social media graphics in English and Spanish. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share it on your social media channels. Thank you Lauren Kraemer and intern Daniela Valle for being responsive to your community and sharing your good work with us!
  • The Spanish version of the modified access office sign is now available. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings, several toolkits are available through the CDC (English and Spanish) and #MaskUpOR, the State of Oregon’s social media campaign, which offers a wide range of images, themes and tones. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share on your social media channels.

Welcome New Employees

New People welcomed in July

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H,
Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology
Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

New People welcomed in June

Avery Pheil, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Marion County
Karen Willis, Instructional Designer, PACE
Yasmeen Hossain, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Coordinator, Forestry
Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County

New Extension PowerPoint presentation templates

The Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration folder in Box offers Extension templates and examples for flyers, brochures, posters, Out There videos, Take Five for Extension presentation and more. Now two new templates for PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Extension Presentation Templates folder: a streamlined twist relying on branded icons for visual interest and a more traditional—but updated—Out There collection of slide templates that rely on photographic imagery. Both templates are offered in systems fonts and branded fonts (preferred). Build your slides using the slide templates and delete the slides templates you choose not to use. Helpful how-to’s and resources are also offered as an introduction to each file and on individual slide templates. If you have questions about how to use or access the templates, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

OSU Extension Internship Blog

The inaugural OSU Extension Service Internship Program is off and running, with about a dozen interns working in offices throughout the state and on the OSU campus – at least virtually. The goals of the program are for the interns to have a community-based learning opportunity, learn about the Extension Service and the land grant mission, and to have the opportunity to be a valued team member.

Throughout the summer, OSU Extension’s interns will be sharing their experiences on this blog, providing a window into their work with our Extension professionals and the communities they serve.

We’ll be promoting their stories by sharing posts on OSU Extension’s Facebook account throughout the summer.

Please help support the interns by commenting on their blog posts and sharing the social media posts on your Extension accounts and with your networks, and check back as they post about their experiences over the next couple months.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9250, Wildlife Habitat: Nurturing a Diverse Mix of Flora and Fauna
Rachel Werling, Cat Kizer
New.Property owners can play key roles in wildlife habitat. Learn how to manage your land to promote a diverse native habitat and support ecological systems. One of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

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Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Faculty and staff that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom
Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Open Campus shares Antiracist Resources

Open Campus has assembled an amazing list of Antiacist resources including trainings, films, books, online news articles and podcasts discussing race issues in America.  Here they are: (https://oregonstate.box.com/s/m2l5ritnsi1qnmhnzucnwjcc0xjnsznt)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The topic menu is often the first place that web visitors click on the Extension website. The topic pages provide opportunities to engage new visitors and to organize information in one place. Recently, we’ve added new features and identified point people in Extension program areas that can help faculty better organize topic pages that relate to their work. Find out how you can improve a topic page in this week’s blog post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Department of Justice Community Conversations
Help open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon by joining sessions throughout the month of July to discuss your experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, as well as Oregon’s new hate crime law, and how Oregon DOJ can engage with your community. Sessions are intended for participation and input from folks who identify in the specified population.  All are invited to attend, but please reserve input and speaking time for those folks who identify in the specified population. Session list/dates and connection information available here.

Remote delivery of (new!) Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu.

Search Advocate Workshops available by Zoom!
The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Why Latinx people are hospitalized from COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites (NPR)
Daniel López-Cevallos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies how health disparities affect Latinx communities, told NPR that another reason Latinx people are more at risk is that they’re less likely to trust the government.

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace (Washington Post)
What will come of the gathering call for action? The civil rights movement produced landmark legislation, but black people continue to face discrimination in virtually all aspects of life. Economic gains for many black Americans are undeniable, yet huge disparities in jobs, housing, income and wealth still exist.

Extension in the News

Luisa Santamaria: A scholar of passion and drive
Capital Press
OSU Extension plant pathologist Luisa Santamaria: “I like to keep myself busy in some way, and I put my heart in everything I do.”

Shelby Filley: Love of animals feeds her career
Capital Press
Shelby Filley is an Extension livestock and forage specialist who provides information on those topics, but in her spare time she enjoys working with cows and their calves.

Barb Iverson: All-consuming passion for farming
Capital Press
“I loved growing up on the farm and enjoy the outdoors,” Iverson said. “I was active in 4-H entomology and would hunt insects all summer as well as ride Thistle, the horse I trained — of course, after all the work was done.”

Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
Malheur Enterprise
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.

Beyond Factory Farms: ‘Big Meat’ Comes At High Cost
Natural Awakenings
“Our bodies are designed to be omnivores, and animal products are part of a diverse, real food diet,” says Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

When you can’t turn off the rain
Progressive Dairy
An article co-written by David Hannaway, professor and Extension forage specialist.

Summer lunches to-go
Herald and News
IYS hosted the distribution in conjunction with several community partners, including the city of Klamath Falls, Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes Foundation, Oregon State University Extension, Klamath Falls City Schools, and Klamath County School District.

The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards
Popular Mechanics
Surface area is the key to a hotter fire,” says Daniel Leavell, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Here is a reminder of various tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and transition to modified operations, as well as our continued remote work and virtual programming.

University resources:

Extension resources:

You can also find these on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

Program leaders and statewide coordinators are developing and providing guidance for specific types of programming, and volunteer activities within.

Don’t forget about the Virtual Extension resources with tips and guides for remote and virtual programming, as well as recordings of previous Extension professional development sessions on a variety of topics.

New Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8721, A Guide to Hedgerows: Plantings That Enhance Biodiversity, Sustainability and Functionality
Pamela Monnette, Jude Hobbs
Revised. Hedgerows are living fences with the ability to grow food, shelter wildlife, save water, manage weeds and look beautiful all year round. Study the many benefits of hedgerows, and learn what you need to know to plant your own living fence.

EM 9136, Water-wise Gardening in Central Oregon
Amy Jo Detweiler
Revised. You can have a colorful and beautiful landscape while conserving water and saving time, energy and money. Learn innovative conservation techniques for water-wise gardening, or xeriscaping, in central Oregon. Full plant lists give you plenty of options!

EM 9290, Buenas Practicas en el Campo Para Trabajadores Agrícolas/Good Agricultural Practices for Food Safety
Luisa Santamaria, Maria Marlin
New.La agricultura es un sector muy importante de la economía de Oregon. Como trabajador en la agricultura, lo que haces puede tener efectos en todas las personas que consumen las frutas o vegetales que cosechas. Cada uno de ustedes tiene mucha responsabilidad para prevenir la contaminación de los alimentos que maneja. Esta serie de videos cubre buenas prácticas para los trabajadores agrícolas. El audio es español y los subtítulos son inglés.

Agriculture is an important part of Oregon’s economy. As a worker in agriculture, what you do has effects on the human population that consumes the fruits. You have a lot of responsibility to prevent contamination of the food you handle. This series of videos shows good practices for agriculture workers. Audio is Spanish and subtitles are English.

PNW 741, Pacific Northwest Watermelon Production East of the Cascades
Scott Lukas, Logan Clark, Kenneth Frost, Linda Brewer
New. Here are steps to successful commercial watermelon production in the Columbia Basin and other warm-climate regions of the Pacific Northwest. You’ll learn best practices for cultivar selection, site preparation, planting, pollination, irrigation, pest management (weed, insect and disease), harvest, and marketing.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

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Come learn how to increase participant participation and input on Zoom through using Mentimeter and the Zoom whiteboard with Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

Join via Zoom

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What’s next and a look back to where we started

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

The Fight for Tenure: An Uphill Battle for Minoritized Faculty
Complimentary webcast on Wed., July 1, 10-11:30am. The tenure denial of Dr. Paul C. Harris, an education professor at The University of Virginia, has galvanized the nation. Support for Dr. Harris’s appeal to UVA’s Faculty Senate Grievance Committee is growing with thousands signing on to a letter demanding “Tenure for Paul”. Black and other minoritized faculty have long complained about an implicit bias in the tenure and promotion process. In this webcast, Dr. Harris will be in conversation with Dr. Jamal Watson, Editor-at-Large at Diverse about his particular case. After the conversation with Dr. Harris, the program will follow with a panel discussion of faculty experts.

Roots of the Soil: Land Succession Issues among African American Farm Families

This webinar on Wed., July 8 will focus on the unique challenges faced by African American farm families regarding the transfer of land from generation to generation. Program speakers will discuss the importance of and the power inherent in land ownership by African American farmers.  They will provide historical perspectives highlighting the growth of African American farm ownership from Emancipation until the 1920s, as well as the subsequent land loss since that time and the reasons for the decline. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

Black Minds Matter: A Five Part Series Beginning July 16, 2020
Black Minds Matter addresses the experiences and realities of Black students in education. Black Minds Matter is a national movement that draws parallels between the policing of Black lives and schooling of Black minds. This course from CORA Learning will balance a discussion of issues facing Black students as well as offer research-based strategies for improving their success.

DEI In the News

Oregon-Oregon State drop ‘Civil War’ moniker from rivalry games (Register-Guard)

Oregon and Oregon State are hoping to renew the football rivalry between the schools for the 124th time on Nov. 28. (see also Inside Higher EdOPB NewsKGW)

What Role Should Higher Education Play in Combating Racism? 

(Diverse Edu)As anti-racist protests continue across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd – a Black man who died after a Minnesota police officer pinned his neck to the ground – college and university leaders are asking themselves what role higher education can play in confronting racism and structural inequity in the United States.

Extension in the News


Charlton named director of OSU Klamath Basin research station

Capital Press
Brian Charlton was named director of the Klamath Basin research and Extension Center on June 26 after serving the last two years as interim director.
All Hail the Marionberry, Prized Jewel of the Pacific Northwest
Civil Eats
According to Bernadine C. Strik, professor of horticulture and berry crops specialist at Oregon State University, that perfect flavor comes down to chemistry: Marionberries have a 14% sugar concentration, 1.5% acidity, and a pH of 3.2, which is similar to the pH of a sweet strawberry. For non-horticulturalists, that means it’s delicious.
Cook your compost to the same temperature as your burgers
Food Safety News
Not yet certain you are up for a formal master gardener program? You may enjoy the free Oregon State University Online Intro to Master Gardener Program for informative videos and lessons.
Oregon lawmakers approve state meat inspection to strengthen local meat
Capital Press
Furthermore, the USDA will cover the costs of inspection while the meat processor would have to pay ODA fees to cover part of the agency’s cost, said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of Oregon State University’s Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.
Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.
Food Hero program is teaching children to be healthy
The Register-Guard
Food Hero was at Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Market last Saturday handing out bags full of goodies, which included fresh herbs, recipes, spice blend samples, and craft activities for kids.

In this week’s issue:

PFLA Discussion

How can the Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) help grow your own skills, connections and career? Join us on Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an interactive discussion and opportunity to connect. All OSU Extension professional faculty are especially invited to join! Non-members: Please contact Gretchen Dursch, PFLA Director of Professional Development to register & receive the ZOOM link.

Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9247, The Home Ignition Zone: Protecting Your Property from Wildfire
Max Bennett, Clint Nichols
New. Wildfire is inevitable — learn what you need to know to prepare your home and property. Handy worksheets help you assess each zone of your property to reduce the threat wildfires pose. This publication is one of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

New Food Preservation Marketing Tools and Initiatives

As the season for food preservation kicks into high gear, new tools are available that can be customized by county. Look for the “Food Preservation Tips” and “Safe Canning Do’s and Don’ts” brochures and a “Food Preservation – Help you can rely on” flyer in Box. You’ll find them in the Extension and AES/Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Templates/Food Preservation Templates folder. Consider sharing them with local retailers that sell food preservation supplies. For accessibility, Word documents with larger print are available. Spanish translations also are being explored.

Bi-Mart stores throughout Oregon now have OSU Extension resources and food preservations tip signage located in stores wherever food preservation supplies are for sale. Wilco will be sharing copies of the “Food Preservation Tips” brochure at each of their 15 Oregon locations. The brochures provide local Extension office contact information. EESC will keep a close eye on catalog and website metrics to gauge the impact of the promotions. This visibility for OSU Extension food preservation is thanks to the creative thinking of Family and Community Health faculty members Nellie Oehler and Jillian Drewes both with Extension in Lane County.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2020

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.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, June 24 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 26 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The resources in today’s blog are those that help us with those wide-distribution digital communications we rely on from time to time. We are talking about enewsletters.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. In this webinar, presenters from the Equity Institute, Peralta Community College and CORA Learning will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend.

Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice: Corvallis Boys & Girls Club recording
On June 15, BGCC hosted the “Addressing Racism Through Youth Voice” Zoom panel to share the realities of local youth experiencing racism and discrimination in Corvallis schools and communities.

Juneteenth Oregon 155th Anniversary livestream recording
The Juneteenth Oregon Celebration was founded 45 years ago by the late and beloved community leader Clara Peoples. Peoples introduced the tradition, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, to her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Portland after learning it was unknown in this part of the country. Visit the event webpage for a recording of musical preformances, speakers and interviews, and to learn more about the history and future of the event.

DEI In the News

Corvallis resident addresses rotary club on history of racism, how to be better allies (Gazette-Times)
“Growing up in Corvallis, I didn’t necessarily experience racism,” he said. “I experienced this other thing called ignorance.” A white girl in his Hoover Elementary School class told him he’d make more friends if he bleached his skin. She didn’t know what she said was racist. Neither did Carson, until years later. But that day, he ran to the bathroom and cried because her words hurt all the same.

Governor, senators, others react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling (KTVZ)
Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray released the following statement about the opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Are We Really Serious About Diversity, Equity and Inclusion? (Diverse Edu Views)
While I believe that most faculty members and leaders, no matter their race or ethnicity, value diversity and are committed to the concepts of equity and inclusion — and may even have specific goals to improve diversity — progress is stalled. Actions do not seem to match rhetoric. The question is, are we in higher education truly sincere in what we say about the value of diversity, equity and inclusion?

Extension in the News

Two pesticides found to shorten bee’s lifespan
New Food
Honeybees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, said study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Leaders working on modified plan to hold fair youth activities
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant County Oregon Extension Office/4-H is working on modified plans to hold livestock auctions and youth activities that work within the Phase 2 state guidelines, 4-H Coordinator Bonni Booth said Monday.

UPDATED: HR Co. Fair will be 4-H, FFA event
Hood River News
As for 4-H and FFA events, Rice said, “We feel it is important to uphold long time community traditions, as well as give the youth in our community the opportunity to showcase their 4-H and FFA projects that they have worked so hard to prepare for fair.”

Deschutes County Fair…on a smaller scale
The Bulletin
Candi Bothum, the coordinator for the Deschutes County 4-H program, is trying to make it happen for the kids this year — though as a “mini-fair” that looks much different.

Farmers’ market set to launch Sunday for first of six weekends in Philomath
The Philomath Express
“I think the big thing is if folks want to see it in the future, this year is the year to show up and shop here and show us that you want this in your community,” said Pami Monnette, a steering committee member who works with the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Small Farms program.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Our commitments to helping end systemic racism

You will notice that our Extension homepage, as well as our DEI page, have been updated to more clearly state publicly our commitment. To carry this forward, you can help share these statements publicly along with program actions and outcomes.

For program coordinators creating calls to action

  • If your program web presence lives within the OSU Extension website, you could add your program’s actions on your subpages.
  • Once posted, send a link to your posts to https://beav.es/extension-support and we will highlight this on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion page with Anita’s statement.
  • We will publish everything we have received by the end of this week and then update as you share more. It will look something like this.

  • This DEI page is in the About Us menu and linked to from the homepage. The DEI page can also be added as “featured content” to other pages (see instructions below).

County office group members who want to share the messages

    • Log in to the Extension website and go to your county page to edit it.
    • Scroll down to the “featured content” section and click the “select content” button.
    • In the pop-up title field type “Ed Ray” to find his statement and type “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” for the page with Anita’s message.
    • When you save, it will look like this.


If you would like more guidance for how you can do this on the pages within our Extension web presence that you are responsible for, please contact https://beav.es/extension-support.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8421, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Walnuts: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in walnut orchards.

EM 9287, Survival Basics: Stress Less
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Lauren Kraemer
New. In an emergency, fear and anxiety are a natural reaction. However, there are ways to prepare for those tense, anxious moments with an emotional toolkit that helps you cope and respond effectively during a disaster. This publication explores a sampling of mindfulness techniques to help you respond with resiliency in stressful times.

Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2020! The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded this year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website at: https://health.oregonstate.edu/moore-center/hcop/rfp

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3:00 pm: Designing with PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 17 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 19 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out some blog posts you may have missed in the past:
What is Everyone’s Role?
What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care?
Top 5 Tips for Program Pages
Email newsletter best practices you need to know
Better writing for easier reading
So, you want to make a video?

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar Series: The Impact of Racism on the Health and Well-Being of the Nation
Join the leadership of the American Public Health Association in a webinar series about racism’s impact on health and disparities. View a guide to the series here.

Webinar: Addressing Anti-Blackness on Campus: Implications for Educators and Institutions
In this webinar, the presenters will address tangible strategies for addressing anti-Blackness in schools, colleges, and universities. All educators and institutions looking for concrete strategies and next steps should attend. June 24, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Webinar: New Census data tools for COVID-19
The Census Bureau has released an interactive data hub resource page on COVID-19. The resource page is designed to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to navigate through this interactive data hub at a webinar on June 17,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

DEI In the News

Civil Rights Law Protects Gay and Transgender Workers, Supreme Court Rules (NY Times)
The court said the language of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination, applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Universities Plan Fall Initiatives to Address Systemic Racism and Police Brutality (Diverse Edu)
“The students were very clear that they wanted to keep this momentum going in the sense that folks are paying attention and thinking strategically about these conversations,” said Dr. Charlene Alexander, vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State.

Extension in the News

Malheur land managers get early look at rangeland-threats course
Capital Press
Project Director Sergio Arispe, with OSU Extension in Ontario, said he’s offering an earlier version of the course to local land managers in light of several large-scale, public-lands proposals for southeastern Oregon with implications on livestock grazing, recreation and other uses. Instruction is planned via videoconferencing for up to 10 participants.

Good fences make good neighbors of humans, wildlife
Associated Press
“I think thoughtful management of shared habitat is the best option, both for us humans as well as the many wild species (vertebrate and invertebrate) that quietly support our ecosystem and economies via their ecological services and enjoyment value,” said Dana Sanchez, an Extension wildlife specialist with Oregon State University.

Fruit fly to emerge Sunday
The Observer
The Oregon State University Extension Service announced the pest should emerge Sunday in the La Grande area, with 50% of adult files emerging from the ground June 28.

HAREC hosts live potato research update
Hermiston Herald
Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is hosting their first virtual live potato research update provided by university scientists from 6–8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Food Hero cooking classes go online and are a big hit. The videos, between six and 12 minutes long, walk participants through simple, nutritious recipes, such as a broccoli and beef stir fry or the Popeye Power Smoothie. Each recipe comes from the Food Hero website, where the Extension Service provides free, healthy recipes searchable by what ingredients families have on hand.

Congratulations on your National ESP Award!

Mid-Career Service Award –Patricia Skinkis
Early Career Service Award –Emily Henry
Administrative Leadership Award –Lindsey Shirley
International Service Award- Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual- Mario Magana

https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2020-National-Award-Winners

Operation Pallet Drop

Last week, at 18 distribution sites across the state, Oregon State University Extension Service employees worked side by side with the Oregon Army National Guard to sort, load and deliver personal protective equipment earmarked for agricultural producers and farmworkers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative – part of Oregon’s $30 million investment to secure the state’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers – resulted in the distribution of 915,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in all 36 counties. It was a collaborative effort of OSU Extension, the Guard, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

Congratulations to those involved. There was significant media coverage, including:

Clackamas
OSU Extension serves as mask distribution site
Oregon National Guard distributes PPE to farmers across the state

Deschutes
State provides free PPE to agricultural businesses

Douglas
National Guard joins effort to hand out masks for farm workers at Oregon Serigraphics Thursday

Jackson
Ag Workers Prepare For Harvest Season Amid Pandemic
NATIONAL GUARD HELPS GIVE PPE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Lincoln
National Guard delivery

 Linn
OSU Extension helps farm workers stay safe
FARMERS FACE BUSY SEASON WITH NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

Marion
In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet

Washington
National Guard hands out PPE to Oregon farmers ahead of harvest

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include our best how-to tips for delivering remote programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned. As we plan to enter a new phase, Virtual Extension resources can help you blend remote and in-person programming.

Newly added information:

Welcome New and Promoted Employees

Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County
Carrie Berger, Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Extension Program Manager
Sarah Contreras, 4-H Education Program Assistant, Marion County
Daniel Jones, FCH Education Program Assistant,  Crook County,

Online Training for Extension Volunteers: Feedback needed!

Do you manage, train or work with Extension volunteers? If so, your insights are needed for a new online training for Extension volunteers that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us on June 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the goals of the training and to provide feedback that will shape its development. Register now to receive connection information.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8419, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Peaches: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in peach orchards of the Willamette Valley.

PNW 737, Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest
Sonia A. Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, J. Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, Emily Jane Davis
New. This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.

PNW 742, Revenue Sources for a Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. Pollination services and honey production are the primary revenue sources for a beekeeping business based in the Pacific Northwest. Those starting a beekeeping operation should focus on two to three revenue sources initially and diversify after gaining experience. This publication provides information for formulating a production plan and estimating sales for a PNW-based beekeeping business.

PNW 743, Operational Equipment Expenses for Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. When developing a business plan for a commercial beekeeping operation, a beekeeper must plan for honey production. Even if other income sources, such as pollination or nucleus/package/queen sales, are expected to be the primary revenue stream, honey bees almost always make honey in the PNW. The amount of honey will vary from year to year, but a plan for processing and selling honey is essential. The supplemental material includes two informational graphics that describe two forms of honey and wax extraction—the spinning method and the slurry method.

PNW 744, Beekeeping Equipment Expenses: Woodenware and Other Components
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Woodenware for a typical honey bee colony includes vertically stackable boxes with removable frames, a bottom board, lid and a queen excluder. The most common design is Langstroth equipment. Langstroth colony configuration varies widely among beekeepers but is generally standardized within an operation for ease of transport, storage and management.

PNW 745, Honey Bee Colony Maintenance Expenses: Supplemental Feed, Requeening and Medication.
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Success in pollination, honey production and other aspects of a beekeeping business depends on honey bee health. Strong, thriving colonies require many inputs from the beekeeper, including feed (carbohydrates and protein), medications and new queens when necessary.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom June 11th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93498246542

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 pm: Microsoft OneNote Basics
Wednesday, June 3 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s the two year anniversary of the Extension website launch. This week’s Navigator post includes two short videos that show the cool features of the web’s content management system, and other tips and reminders for frequently asked questions.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

DEI Response to COVID-19: From Principles to Action: On June 4, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Dr. Charlene Alexander, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer, hosts a conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the time of COVID-19 with a distinguished group of leaders on this important topic.  Speakers include Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in the University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gullatt along with Chief Diversity Officers from the University of California developed guiding Principles on Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19. Panelists will consider the application of DEI principles in their work, lived experiences and identify ways to move from thought to action. Click HERE to Register.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU: IE@OSU is a professional development program for STEM faculty to understand and confront inequities in STEM education. The IE@OSU team is recruiting interested faculty for the Fall 2020 cohort of Fellows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Academy is shifting to a virtual format, which will take place over the course of Fall term. More information about the program can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short survey; deadline to indicate interest is Friday, June 5. Please contact program coordinator Ann Sitomer with any questions.

DEI In the News

OSU President Ray addresses George Floyd killing (The Corvallis Advocate)
On Sunday, Oregon State University President Ed Ray released a statement concerning the George Floyd killing, and his views concerning policing.

Family Equity Story Series: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections. As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. These are their stories

Extension in the News

Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Salem Reporter
Yolanda Rodriguez, of Oregon State University Extension, poses for a photo in her mask on Wednesday, May 27 at a mask distribution event for farmworkers and the agricultural sector.

With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Salem Reporter
Melanie McCabe, Marion County 4-H coordinator, is working with 4-H clubs and the county fair coordinators to create a virtual space for everything from breeding animal and market livestock classes to home economics and arts classes.

Getting set for a virtual auction
The Observer
“There wasn’t any other option but to go virtual,” Union County 4-H extension agent Carole Smith said, noting 4-H remains under closure orders because it is part of the university system.

‘Black Futures Farm’ grows food, fosters community
East PDX News
This particular location is ideal, Hill observed, because partners at the site include Portland State University, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland Public Schools, and the Multnomah County Master Gardeners program.

Easy Tips to Grow Your Best Garden
Consumer Reports
First, make a seed starter with compost, peat moss, and a drainage aid like perlite, using this recipe from Oregon State University.

Legal Ledger Brief: New resource for grazing management
Western Livestock Journal
Oregon State University Extension has developed a resource to assist livestock producers seeking to improve their pasture and grazing management.

In this week’s issue:

Training Update–Staying Safe in the Workplace

Last week you received updates on the OSU Extension office opening approval process during the Quarterly Conversation.  You can access the materials and resources that were presented during that session at the this website.

One of the core tasks that needs to be completed by OSU Extension employees (as outlined in the plan on slide 10) is a COVID-19 awareness training.  A team of FCH Program faculty have taken a lead role in developing the materials that are included in the training.  A special thank you to Dusti Linnell, Barbara Brody, Tracy Wilson, and Roberta Riportella.  You will notice that we are using a unique system for this training—this has provided us an easy, customizable format for quickly designing, developing, and deploying the training.  Further, we are able to confirm the completion of the training immediately.

You can access the training by clicking on this link.

This training will need to be completed before re-entering an OSU Extension Office.  Please note, completion of this training is only one step in the multi-step process.  Your supervisory team will provide other details as necessary.  Once you click on the link, you will be prompted to enter the system and I will receive a notification.  Your progress is automatically tracked.  A certificate of completion is generated for your records.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  All the best, Lindsey

Extension newsletter templates now available for MailChimp

Newsletter are a good way to convey information and create engagement with your audiences. Three Extension newsletter templates are now available for MailChimp. You will find the links in a document residing in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Newsletter Templates Box folder. Next up? Similar templates for Constant Contact. Look for those in June.

To learn about newsletter best practices, read the Email newsletter best practices you need to know blog post. And there was a professional development session recorded on May 21 you’ll want to watch about “CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!” Newsletters recorded video

If you would like guidance on converting your current newsletter to the new format, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, May 29 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s been a month since each county had a template “online resources and activities” focus area added to your county pages to show all that Extension is doing. Now is the time to select more recent resources and news to feature! Go into the edit screen, scroll down to the two “custom content lists,” click edit and remove what is there. Then click the “Select Content” button to see the chronological list of latest content on the site, and pick three new resources to add.

While we are on a path to reopening, people in your communities still need to know what resources there are to support them with essentials like summer meals or financial or health assistance. On May 1, a COVID-19 focus area template was pushed out to all counties, and so far only a handful have filled in your local information and published it. Please take steps to find this in your county office group (when logged in) and complete by the end of May.

Questions? Contact https://beav.es/extension-support to request a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Celebrate API Heritage Month in community: Storytelling brings communities closer. In a time that calls for increased support and compassion, join together with friends for a live webcast and celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In this TED style talk, hear the stories of alumni and students that center the power of humility, connection and resiliency in the API community. May 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Online live webcast. Register at osualum.com/API-talk.

Women of Color Caucus Mental Health Summit: Storytelling and expanding your mental health toolkit. May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keynote by Charlene Martinez of Student Experiences and Engagement, panel with speakers from OSU and other institutions, and mental health workshops by licensed therapists including Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS. Registration here with refundable fee: http://tinyurl.com/YC7287Q2

DEI In the News

Why Flexibility in Credit Transfers Is Crucial for Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Diverse Edu)
“We understand that curriculum is in the hands of faculty, but we have to be as compassionate and flexible as possible. We have to think about what students are going through.”

Who Paid for America’s Universities (NY Times Opinion)
“The University of Idaho, for instance, got started with 90,000 acres that had been taken from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Schitsu’umsh, the Te Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Nez Percé tribe between 1855 and 1873.” 

Extension in the News

These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts
Better Homes & Gardens
“In the not too distant past, the garden that many people aspired to have was one that was free of insects,” says Gail Langellotto, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “Now many people, including me, view these types of gardens as biological dead zones,” she adds.

Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
High Country News
Right now, it’s time to “make hay while the sun shines,” said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, an agricultural extension agent for Oregon State University and the director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus
The Astorian
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension, associated with Oregon State University, hopes to track and document the impacts of the coronavirus on Oregon’s seafood industry.

That’s no drone! Humble honey bees thriving in Bend
The Bulletin
Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said her office has received several calls from concerned citizens asking if the Western cicada killer wasps seen last summer were actually the murder hornets.

Lost River wins $10,000 Farm to School grant: Grant will help fund programs to grow food for Merrill, Malin, Lost River cafeterias
Herald and News
All schools in the Klamath County School District participate in Farm to School programs in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

The news and public issues team in EESC functions as part of the “public relations” arm of OSU Extension, producing news releases and impact stories, handling media requests, monitoring media coverage, and providing media training/consulting.

Last fall, our team tried something new. In addition to news releases, we began producing news stories that are published first to the news section of the Extension website. These stories are shared on social media and pitched to specific media outlets that are likely to cover the story.

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past two weeks:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Welcome Erika

In April, Extension welcomed the following employee:

  • Erika Peterson, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:
Wednesday, May 6 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, May 7 @ 10:00 am: Making Excel Your Happy Place
Friday, May 8 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity
Friday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm: Lights! Camera! Action! Gain confidence in video production

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How do RFI forms differ from newsletter opt-in? This week’s blog explores the issue.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Series and May 6 webinar (AAPF)
Throughout the Under the Blacklight series, host Kimberlé Crenshaw has engaged scholars, activists, and thought leaders in dialogue about how we can contextualize this time, both historically and theoretically, and how an intersectional frame shows us the particular vulnerabilities that COVID-19 puts in sharp relief. This week, the discussion turns to unpacking ways that an ideology of whiteness has become central to the American response to COVID-19.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Free Webinar

Part 1:  Will Diversity Suffer After the Budget Crisis, 10:00-10:45am
Part 2:  Remaining Unanswered Big Diversity Questions, 10:45-11:30am
Thursday, May 7, 10:00-11:30 AM. The first part of this webcast will delve into how institutions can maintain and preserve existing diversity and inclusion efforts during this crisis. Part 2 will explore the impact on diversity professionals.

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now!
See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Expansion: The Missing Link To Sustainable Diversity And Inclusion (Forbes)
Part of the struggle to embrace inclusion is that we human beings are not hardwired for it. We instinctively seek safety, stability, and similarity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives shake things up, asking people to recognize biases and become vulnerable.

MI Governor Proposes Free College For Frontline Workers (Diverse Edu)
The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on Wednesday proposed “Futures for Frontliners,” a program that if approved by lawmakers will be available to “essential workers” without a college degree. The program is intended to ensure “a tuition-free pathway to college.”

Extension in the News

Clatsop County Face Mask Makers delivers over 1,300 masks
Cannon Beach Gazette
After the first week, a friend of Fauver’s, Sandra Carlson, called her and asked how she could help. Carlson works for the Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Office in Astoria. She and two other women from the office came on board.

New OSU Extension Fire Program to host fire preparedness webinars
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

OSU Extension launches Lincoln County Local Food Guide
The News Times
The Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension launched a new site last week, in an effort to connect Lincoln County residents directly with local food producers: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/lincoln-county-local-food.

Klamath libraries take gardening lecture series online
The Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season! We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to grow fruit trees in the Klamath Basin on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active
Tillamook Headlight Herald
Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople – two Oregon State University (OSU) Family and Community Health Extension Service programs for adults – continue to help keep Oregonians staying active during the state’s stay at home order.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
The most common calls we receive in the Extension office concern ants, either the tiny “sugar” ants, harvester ants, or carpenter ants.

For 4-H members, the show goes on
Argus Observer
Marilyn K. Lesmeister, associate professor and Oregon 4-H Program Leader, said currently 4-H activities are being conducted at home, and club members are being creative at how they conduct meetings and interact with their leaders and work with their projects.

In this week’s issue:

Virtual Extension

Some recent updates to the website include:

  • A new OSU Zoom FAQs link has been added to the Virtual Extension site. Zoom has added a number of security enhancements to help protect user data and improve the security of meetings. Please refer to the FAQs if you field questions from your learners and community partners about using OSU’s video and web or audio conferencing tool.
  • An enhanced Video and Multimedia Recommendations
  • A new case study about using Zoom to replace an in-person event.

The Virtual Extension site on the Employee Intranet complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. We are adding resources, revising guidance and sharing more case studies weekly.

The Virtual Extension team encourages your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future. Let’s talk!

Ask Anita: A new weekly connection opportunity

As shared in her April 27 email, Vice Provost Anita Azarenko invites you to join her each Friday at 10:30 a.m. for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

The weekly chats begin this Friday, May 1, and currently run through the end of June. Find details and an “add to calendar link” on the professional development and connection opportunities page.

Typical format:
Updates from Anita (10-15 minutes)
Q&A, discussion (30 minutes)

Access restricted to ONID account users. Sessions are not recorded. No session on Friday, May 15 due to Extension & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Covid-19 Extension Communication Toolkit

As part of our overall strategy to communicate OSU Extension’s relevance, value and impact to Oregonians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, we are releasing a new toolkit this week to all employees. These communications support the “We’re here for you” messaging provided by University Relations and Marketing. The tools can be found in the COVID-19 Templates Box folder and are now available for use.

  • Stories about local virtual Extension efforts are being added to the News section of the Extension website
  • “We’re here for you” statement for Extension
  • Letter template for stakeholder outreach
  • Storytelling flyer template

EESC is here to help with creating statements about the virtual Extension stories you want to tell and customizing these tools for your particular needs. Please contact Ann Marie Murphy for assistance.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

April Issue of JOE available

The April 2020 issue of the Journal of Extension is now available. The entire issue can be accessed directly on the JOE website at www.joe.org.
Several of your colleagues were published this month! Congratulations go to:
Curious about publishing your Extension impacts in the Journal of Extension? Check out ‘Getting Published in JOE-Strategies for Success‘ and consider submitting! 

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We want to elevate visibility and awareness of OSU Extension’s work with Oregon communities with particular focus on local and county-level impact and resilience in the face of COVID-19. We share in our blog this week about how you can show this on the county webpages.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY: Compliance in the Classroom: Students’ experiences of college vary depending on how students perceive the institution affirms their identities and experiences in the classroom. Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services, and Equal Opportunity and Access for an informative session on equitable classroom practices to create inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. April 28, 1-2 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98857531378 Phone Dial-In Information: +1 971 247 1195. Meeting ID: 988 5753 1378

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now! See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Breaking Barriers award nominations close Friday, May 1. Awards are open to anyone who identifies as a woman, and we accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members. Categories include: Breaking Barriers in Education, Breaking Barriers in Research, Breaking Barriers in Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder, and the Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award. Submit nominations at beav.es/4i9. Awardees will be honored at the Breaking Barriers Celebration in summer or fall 2020. Contact pcosw@oregonstate.eduwith questions.

DEI In the News

Racism is a Virus (One Down)
“Many vulnerable populations do not have the privilege to continue ignoring the environmental impacts that have already taken a toll on their communities, making them even more susceptible to the destructive effects of COVID-19. To address this health pandemic is to address climate change and environmental justice.”

Risk Without Reward (Inside Higher Ed)
New computational analysis finds that underrepresented scholars outperform majority peers in terms of novel research, but they don’t reap the same rewards.

Extension in the News

Tillamook County Face Mask Project delivers 1,200 face masks
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
The Facebook group has streamlined production and joined forces with Tillamook County Creamery Association and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service to provide face masks to medical workers, those with underlying medical conditions, law enforcement, retail workers, and more.

Settling the debate – calf table or roping at branding time?
Idaho County Free Press
A team of researchers –Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University assistant professor and Extension livestock specialist, Wade Black and Jared Higby from Treasure Valley Community College, and I – decided to shed some light on the subject.

Creative Ways to Maximize a Small Garden
Good Housekeeping
Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

  • Bright Spots

    Congratulations to the 2020 OSUEA 4-H Award Recipients:
    Excellence in 4-H Club Support, Elli Korthous (Benton)
    Excellence in Camping, Mike Knutz (Yamhill) & Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Excellence in Natural Resources & Environmental Education, Pat Willis (Washington)
    Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Mike Knutz (Yamhill), Melanie McCabe (Marion), Abby Lewis (Marion) & Kelly Noack (Marion)
    Excellence in Teamwork, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Excellence in Workforce Development, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Search for Excellence in Teen Programming, Wendy Hein (Clackamas)
    Educational Package-Individual, Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Outstanding Newer 4-H EPA, Abby Lewis (Marion)
    Outstanding Experienced 4-H EPA, Reaza Mansur (Marion) & Jared Delay (Clatsop)
    Achievement of Service, Kelly Noack (Marion) & Samara Ruefner (Crook)
    Distinguished Service, Jon Gandy (Jefferson) & Teresa Middleton (Douglas)
    Meritorious Service, Carolyn Ashton (Benton)
    25 Years of Service, Candi Bothum (Deschutes)

    Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

    PNW 726, 4-H Animal Science Lesson Plans
    Scott Nash, Jim Wilson, Meranda Small, Cindy Kinder, Sarah D. Baker, Samantha Graf, Nikola Dalton, Rikki Ruiz, Shannon Williams, Alaena Ruth, Gail Silkwood, Brandy Kay, Steve Harrison, Erika Jeffries
    New. By providing instruction outlines for adults, this curriculum delivers animal science education to youth, particularly 4-H members working with beef, sheep, swine, and goats. The downloadable and research-based lesson plans, which follow an experiential learning model, thoroughly cover the subject matter, whose sections include facilities management; livestock breed selection, reproduction, nutrition, and health and diseases; the showring; advocacy and marketing; recordkeeping; and quality assurance.

    OSU Digital Days of Service

    Oregon State’s annual Day of Service has always been a celebration of our global Beaver community making positive change. And even while we must maintain our physical distance from one another, we’ll continue to do good together as Beaver Nation. Introducing the first-ever DIGITAL DAYS of Service May 1-16. Join or start a project for Oregon State’s Digital Days of Service. This website identifies some valuable ways to help your OSU and local communities.

    Navigator Digital Strategy Update

    It is important for our learners, stakeholders and funders to know that OSU Extension continues to actively serve, engage, respond and innovate during the COVID-19 pandemic—even while locations are closed and employees are working remotely. See examples of what specific counties and programs have shared on their webpages in this week’s blog post. Also, get guidance on how to add resources from Zoom webinars, what to consider when adding program resources and where to point people to find everything your county is active in doing.

    Diversity Highlights

    Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

    Statewide Events & Resources

    Webinar Recording: Racial Equity in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead
    “As food system educators, are we making progress in reaching equity goals in our organizations? What is limiting us from using an equity lens in our work? What are we most interested in learning more about, and where and what are the examples that illustrate we are operationalizing our learnings to inspire us to go further? In this webinar, we share provocative findings from a national survey of Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup webinar registrants that ground a thoughtful discussion of these questions.”

    Portland Business Roundtable: Eric Knox, Valuing Diversity in Teams
    Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Eric coached the Benson High School girls’ basketball team from unranked to state champs in just two years and uses his energetic personality to inspire youth both athletically and professionally. Listen and learn as he shares his tips for supporting and elevating students in his community. Register now.

    Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for the June 4 session.

    DEI In the News

    Schools Transform Into ‘Relief’ Kitchens (NY Times)
    Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

    Extension in the News

    Website offers lessons for Oregon students who missed out on Outdoor School this year
    KATU
    The sudden end to in-person learning in Oregon’s K-12 schools canceled many Outdoor School opportunities. The statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program has launched “Educational Resources for Stay Home, Save Lives” as a way to help fill the gap.

    OSU Master Gardeners Offer Tips As People Plant Pandemic Patches
    OPB
    And the idea of growing your own food is still popular — so popular, in fact, that Oregon State University has seen online enrollment for their Master Gardener Short Course Series jump by nearly a thousandfold.

    Pandemic Gardening
    The Source Weekly
    She recommended novices take the free introductory course and then follow it up by reading, “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon,” written by Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension’s community horticulturist for Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Jeanne Brandt made 50 masks out of scraps of fabric she had from other projects.  Twenty were sent to Samaritan through Joann’s Fabrics and 25 were delivered to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department who is currently collecting and distributing them to organizations that need them, such as GAPS childcare program.  Others have gone to friends and family who have not been able to purchase them. Masks slide flat into an envelope for mailing. Great work Jeanne!

Covering our Communities

The CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Through its Covering Our Communities initiative, OSU Extension seeks to provide credible information on face coverings so individuals can help keep themselves, their families and their communities safe and healthy.

This effort is featured on the OSU Extension homepage and county homepages with a link to an article in English and Spanish about how to wear, make and donate cloth face coverings to keep yourself, and our communities healthy. Volunteers can report their donations at http://beav.es/4Yy

Please share the OSU Extension web article with your communities and networks.

OSU Extension is also coordinating internally to receive requests from county/tribal emergency operations centers for home-sewn items and share those directly with employees, volunteers and clients.

PILD Conference

Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference Public Issues in Leadership Development (PILD) Conference was April 6-8 in a virtual format due to the COVID19 crisis. OSU Extension Professionals played a role on the planning committee for successfully adapting and delivering the virtual conference attended by more than 260 people from across the nation. Planning committee members from Oregon were Lyla Houglum, Lynette Black, and Mike Knutz. Two of the six breakout sessions were led by OSU Extension Professionals:

Building Rapport with Elected Officials – Richard Riggs & Mike Knutz

Decade of Disasters: Lessons Learned, Actions Taken, Extension Role – Lynette Black

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9282, Biology and Management of Beet Leafhopper and Purple Top in Potatoes in the Pacific Northwest
Silvia Rondon, Tiziana Oppedisano
New. Leafhoppers damage potatoes by feeding on the plants, or by transmitting viruses and phytoplasmas, which are small bacterial parasites of plant phloem tissue. Phytoplasmas cause purple top disease, which reduces yield and produces rolling of the leaves and purple discoloration. Producers should monitor pest populations and use a combination of controls to manage leafhoppers.

EM 9285, Survivor Basics: Water
Lynette Black, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer
New. Explore a variety of methods for purifying and storing water for an extended emergency. Learn how to find or make safe water from additional sources. This publication is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program is open to everyone. It includes videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the earthquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.

PNW 581, Land Survey and Mapping: An Introduction for Woodland Owners
Norma Kline, Alicia Christiansen
Revised. Discusses types of plane surveys, including property surveys and cadastral surveys. Briefly sketches the history of the rectangular survey system in the United States and describes how the rectangular system works. Tells how to use certain types of maps, such as transportation maps and topographic maps, to locate on-the-ground features. Also discusses using aerial photos. Briefly defines geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

OSU Extension helps Oregon Create a Culture of Preparedness

Oregon has many different types of natural disasters, but most, other than recent wildfires, are small when compared to other states. Oregonians really are not prepared culturally for any kind of major disaster. Thanks to scientists from Oregon State University and Washington State University, we now know much more about the Pacific Northwest’s naturally recurring disaster: the Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes.

There’s still time to enroll! The final module for the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event free online sessions will be released on Thursday morning this week. Modules 1 to 3 can be viewed in about two hours for each module. Module 4 shows how OSU Extension professionals can be active, professionally, in disasters. Session 4.1 can be viewed in less than an hour.

The Extension team that developed the modules needs critical feedback before making the training available to the public, but you must enroll and review the sessions by April 30. Extension volunteers also are invited to view the sessions and provide comments and suggestions. The sessions are available at https://beav.es/Cascadia on eXtension.org. You will need to “Create an Account” with your name and a password to view the sessions and return in the future. Certificates of Achievement can be obtained to record in Digital Measures.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

There are best practices we all can adopt to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of our email newsletters. Adopt these best practices and we’ll make significant strides in readability, effectiveness and accessibility.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.
Statewide Events & Resources
Reminder: Transport Translations platform available to Extension
OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities. Transport is an online translations platform that you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. More information, including a How-to Video and link to the portal can be found on the Extension Language Access webpage.
Wed., April 22, 10am-11am (PST). Join for COVID-19 specific guidelines and strategies to help ensure you continue and improve diversity recruitment efforts for faculty and staff, while maintaining your retention strategies that support your diverse faculty and staff and support the mission and values of your institution.
DEI In the News
After the Pandemic, the Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back (The Atlantic)
Women are rated by others as more competent when they wear formal attire, and racial bias has also been embedded in dress codes.
How the U of Minnesota, Twin Cities Doubled Its Retention of Native American Students (Diverse Edu)
Dustin Morrow was scrolling through the usual blur of posts and advertisements on Facebook when a commercial for the University of Minnesota caught his eye — and held it for ten minutes. The video was entirely in Ojibwe, the language his ancestors had spoken for centuries.

Extension in the News

Jackson Co. 4-H posts resources on social media
KOBI-TV
Jackson County 4-H is bumping up it’s online presence with resources for families.

Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Organic Farmer
“We found the wasp in downtown Portland; we started moving it around,” said Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman.