In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The November Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following (numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • University Leadership Update – Anita shared the search status of OSU President, deans and Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. Included renaming the division and Q&A. Because Extension is the face of OSU in every county, it is important to understand how the university functions and how Extension supports its success. (3:35)
  • Budget Conversation [Note: budget numbers are draft and subject to change.] Anita wanted to provide enough information so each of us can talk with stakeholders in an objective and informed way about how the Extension budget works. (24:11)
  • Division Leadership Team Restructuring (1:03:53)
  • Question and Answer (1:07:16)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

New homepage design coming soon. Also see our sessions at Extension Annual Conference!

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Native American Heritage month resources:

OSU Resources for DREAMers and Undocumented Students
Access a wide array of information and services, and connect with OSU partners like OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program.

DEI In the News

It’s Been A Minute Podcast: White Nationalism (NPR Throughline)
How has white nationalism shaped U.S. immigration policy in the 20th century? Why is it important to talk about race? This podcast provides historical contact as we move forward as a nation. It will help set the tone for many of the DEI sessions at the Extension Annual Conference next week.

Unconscious Bias: When Making People Too Comfortable Backfires (CIC Blog)
If we are going to move this work forward, we must be willing to first have the uncomfortable conversations not just about the bias but its impact. We then can move people towards authentic and culturally intelligent strategies for managing their biases.

Student Spotlight: Lara Jacobs (OSU Graduate School)
What is the impact of outdoor recreation on the ecological health of Native Americans’ lands? Lara Jacobs, a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, is digging into this topic for her Ph.D. research at OSU.

Extension in the News

After seedling shortage a decade ago, some Oregon Christmas tree farmers facing tough times
The Oregonian
Christmas trees take between seven and 11 years to mature and, just about a decade ago, seedling suppliers grew too few small trees to go around, according to Chal Landgren, an Extension Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University.

Local trap shooters qualify for championships
Madras Pioneer
Four Jefferson County 4-H youths have qualified to compete alongside 700 4-H youths from 36 states in the 2020 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships, hosted by the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska 4-H.

Learn to safely preserve at home
KTVZ
Oregon State University Extension Service invites you to enroll in Preserve @ Home, a national award-winning, online food safety and preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products.

‘Stockings for Soliders’ are about to be shipped to local troops
KOBI
The OSU Extension Office in Josephine County has been collecting hygiene products, non-perishable food and more from the community for the past two months. Because of all the generous donations every National Guard member will receive one.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recording

Look for the link to the November 15 Quarterly Conversation recording in the November 26 ConnEXTion.

Scholarship of Engagement was mentioned several times during the Quarterly Conversation. For those interested in learning more about engagement scholarship, check out the Scholarship of Engagement Summary written by Sam Angima and posted on the O&E blog in March 2016. Here’s a teaser to encourage you to explore more: “Scholarship of engagement (also known as engaged scholarship) is as rigorous as traditional academic work, but it cuts across the categories of academic scholarship and outreach in a reciprocal, collaborative relationship with the public or a specific interest group or community. The scholarship of engagement incorporates reciprocal practices of civic engagement into the production of knowledge. Through instruction, discovery, and outreach, educators communicate and work with communities. This approach encourages public participation in the production of scholarship and creates scholarship that addresses public issues.”

Communication and connection opportunity

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

A fly over of the regional trainings that have taken place across the state.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY: Transgender Resource Fair (Corvallis)
This program is centered around providing resources and support for folx within the queer and trans community on how to navigate through health-oriented spaces. Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., OSU’s Student Experience Center in Corvallis.

Men’s Mini- Gathering of Native Americans (Pendleton)
Join the third Men’s Mini-GONA on November 20 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Pendleton. Dinner will be provided. Transportation is available if requested by Tuesday, November 19 before 4 p.m. All males are encouraged and welcome to attend! Contact 541-966-9830 for more information.

Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities (Webinar)

Tues. Dec. 3, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (PST). In this webinar, we’ll learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty. Following this introduction to the concept of food sovereignty and its role in African American communities, Malik Yakini with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Lilly Fink Shapiro with the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Food Systems Initiative will discuss their partnership designing and co-leading the Food Literacy for All course. Register here for FREE.

DEI In the News

The Daily Podcast: Because of Sex
Aimee Stephens was fired after coming out as transgender. Now, she is the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that will determine the employment rights of gay and transgender workers across the nation.

Finding My Voice (Saturday Evening Post)
For a stutterer, even the simplest communication is fraught with difficulty. “Aside from the speech impediment, I haven’t encountered a lot of struggle in my life. But my stutter has taught me about bias and marginalization. It has taught me how easy it is to overlook someone’s talent because of a trait irrelevant to job performance: disability, race, family status, religion, physical appearance.”

Connecting Without Social Capital: How Underserved Students Network Despite Barriers (Insight Into Diversity)
For students from underserved backgrounds networking can be especially difficult. Social capital and other less obvious factors — such as having the financial freedom to accept an unpaid internship — can put them at a severe disadvantage when it comes to making professional connections.

Extension in the News

Leading the way: OSU Extension fire program to prioritize fire education across state
Herald and News
A statewide fire program created by the Oregon State University Extension Service and College of Forestry is building on examples set by organizations like the Klamath-Lake Forest Health Partnership by expanding those efforts across the state and introducing even more education and outreach resources.

The community’s childcare shortage: Hood River County among ‘childcare deserts’ in Oregon
Hood River News
Lauren Kraemer, Assistant Professor of Practice with OSU Extension Service, estimates there are 11 infants and toddlers waiting for each available slot in Hood River County, a number she said doesn’t take into account the families who work in Hood River but live in The Dalles or White Salmon and are also looking for placement.

The Bazaar: 50th anniversary for Brookings Community Christmas Bazaar
Curry Coastal Pilot
The bazaar began at the Brookings Catholic School half a century ago as a way to combine various holiday bazaars in one location, and also to promote the Oregon State University Extension Office and its various activities.

In this week’s issue:

Upcoming Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Workshops

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) will be hosting workshops in early December 2019 about how to apply to the 2020 grant year. These workshops will take place in nearly twenty different locations across the state. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Find the nearest workshop. Questions? Contact Gabrielle Redhead (503-968-6473) at Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Communication and connection opportunity

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Read some feedback left by visitors to the Extension website and learn how to use this feedback to improve your content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

“Sparkshop” workshops
The Center for Teaching and Learning now offers “Sparkshops.” There are three categories of Sparkshops topics: assessment, active learning and inclusive teaching. This is a 15-minute workshop on an evidence-based instructional practice that can be presented to faculty during a department meeting or other teaching-related meetings. Contact Funmi Amobi to schedule one of these Sparkshops in your office, program or department.

Communities of Color Talk: “The Prevention of Underage and High-Risk Drinking in Underrepresented Minority Communities” (Corvallis)
Let’s Talk About It!” High-risk drinking creates health and safety concerns for all and reducing its prevalence is a shared responsibility. Listen to a panel of student leaders speak about how they are affected by the drinking culture and their perspectives on what can be done. This candid talk will encourage inclusive excellence to promote a climate that supports the retention and success of all students. Nov. 19, SEC lounge, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided. For info, contact Nikia Braxton-Franklin, 541-737-7266.

DEI In the News

Bend brewery, partner spotlight individuals with disabilities (KTVZ)
Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing and Oregon Adaptive Sports have teamed up to diversify craft beer media by highlighting individuals with disabilities. You can access their FREE photo archive at the bottom of the article.

Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month with Literature (Insight Into Diversity)
A book list celebrating a variety of Native authors and stories.

Oregon State named top school for veterans in the Pacific Northwest (OSU Today)
“It’s great to see that the hard work of our university partners and our student veterans is taking us in the right direction,” said William Elfering, military and veteran resources advisor at Oregon State University. He oversees many of the programs that serve military students on campus.

Extension in the News

Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive
Capital Press
Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive … said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with Oregon State University.

Hemp, A New Old Crop in Oregon: Reflections from the 2019 growing season and looking forward.
Capital Press
The featured presenter is Betsy Verhoeven, Ph.D. with the Oregon State University Extension Service. Her presentation includes research data from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Global Hemp Innovation Center.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Clackamas County Commissioners gave the green light on Tuesday, October 22 to begin construction for a new Oregon State University Extension Service Education Center in Oregon City on their Red Soils campus.  The new building will be located on the southeast corner of Beavercreek and Warner Milne Roads—about two blocks east of OSU’s current Extension office location.  Ground breaking is expected this coming spring.  Occupancy is projected for year-end 2020. Read more here.

Alda Center helps Gail Langellotto get revitalized. Alan Alda himself comments! Read about it here.

Mary Stewart won an award for best poster at the Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference in Astoria conference in Astoria. Good job Mary!

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact trainings@basicrights.org directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2019

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

“Growing the Fund”

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation 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: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Communication and connection opportunity

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Evening Wine Tasting Experience from WorkSpace

Enjoy this two-hour sensory evaluation of Prosecco available in Portland and Corvallis. More details here.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The benefit of using CRM software is it provides the ability to make data-informed decisions. Read about how it can help send better emails.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Get Out the Count (Webinar)
The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is hosting a Census 2020 webinar on Oct. 29, 1-2:30, to focus on how college students, organizations and staff can get involved in ensuring that college students are counted. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here before the session, and send any questions to Raima Roy (rroy@advancingjustice-aajc.org). If you missed September’s webinar on Census data, you can view the webinar recording online.

Learning Circle Webinar Series: Heal, Repair, Recover: A Learning Community for Agents Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace or Community (Webinar)
Community organizers and educators leading or engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work are generally highly committed but have odds stacked against them. The chance for social change can feel slim and the resistance we face can feel painful. Together we must take turns feeling what is happening to and around us, and letting our feelings guide us into solidarity action for systematic change in university and community settings. Webinars are from 12–1 on November 4, 11 and 18. Register here.

Working in a Changing Environment workshop (Webinar or Corvallis)
Cascade Employee Assistance Program is providing a workshop for all OSU employees on Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m. in MU, Room 13. The topic of the workshop is: Working in a Changing Environment – Strategies to Cope with Change and Transitions in the Workplace. During this presentation EAP staff will address the elements of change, different types of loss individuals experience related to change and the transitional stages in the process. They will also offer ideas regarding healthy ways of coping with stress and change. To register: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/workshops-open-registration. This is also offered through Zoom if you would like to attend remotely: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/workshops-open-registration. Questions? Contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu or 541-757-2805.

DEI In the News

Hundreds of Colleges May Be Out of Compliance With Title IX. Here’s Why. (The Chronicle)
Lisa Niblock had no intention of suing the University of Kentucky when she transferred there two years ago. She just wanted to be closer to home and surrounded by classmates at a bigger school with a bigger atmosphere. Then Suzie Stammer approached her.

Universities Take Steps to Remain Vigilant of Hate Groups on Campus (Insight Into Diversity)
“Showing solidarity in the face of hate speech and ideologies is key to ensuring students feel safe and supported and in sending a message that such values have no place in higher education,” says Elissa Buxbaum, director of National College and University Programs for ADL.

Running program supports rehabilitation for women in Wilsonville prison (Oregon Live)
Run is not a word you usually want to associate with a prison. Yet a running program at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility offers women a different kind of an escape.

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Firefighting work forges bonds on rangelands
Albany Democrat Herald
The study’s lead author, Emily Jane Davis, an assistant professor and Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Forestry, said that finding ways to bridge the gap between landowners and firefighting agencies, especially in vast rangeland areas such as the Great Basin of Oregon and Idaho, makes sense: “They’re closest to the land. They know it the best.”

Sheep and other wine-growing tips
The Mail Tribune
Since the late 1960s, conducting research into best practices and providing advice to Southern Oregon wine grape producers, known as winegrowers, has been the business of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, a facility of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU Extension celebrates Redmond expansion
KTVZ
The OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County celebrated the expansion of its Redmond facilities Friday evening, providing more classroom space.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Hopefully your office took the Great Shake Out on Thursday seriously. Here are some pics from Clackamas County:

     

Cindy Brown of Oregon State University, Sherman County Extension, was selected as the First Place Western Region Winner for a Communications Written Press Release at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference in Hershey, Pa.  See the press release.

Glenda Hyde, an associate professor of practice with Oregon State University Extension Service, was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. See more here.

Angela Sandino is making a difference in Clackamas County, read about it here.

Transport Webinar recording now available

Did you miss the webinar on Friday? The recording is now available here.

OSU Faculty and Staff win awards at 2019 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference

Last week, at the 2019 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference in Colorado Springs, CO, five Oregon Extension Service Employees and one team received Recognition Awards for their service and accomplishments nationally, or in the Western Region:

Patricia Dawson, Professor, 4-H Youth Development, received the 2019 Distinguished Service Ruby Award

Kristopher Elliott, Extension Service Assistant Director and Outdoor School Program Leader, received the Western Region Visionary Leadership Award

Jose Garcia, Juntos Coordinator for Yamhill, Polk, and Marion Counties, received the Western Region Early Career Service Recognition Award

Joy Jones, Tillamook County, received the Western Region Continued Excellence Award

Deb Warnock, Wallowa County, received a Western Region Distinguished Service Award

The SMILE Program Team (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences): Barbara Brody and Ken Dickey (Nyssa High School SMILE Instructor), received a Western Region Mulitcultural/Diversity Team Award

Journal of Extension features OSU contributions

The October 2019 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! 

Seeking topic ideas for internal communication channels

Share with Anita Azarenko and Lindsey Shirley the topics you would like to see discussed or learn more about during Quarterly Conversations and First Monday Update videos. What do you want to know about what’s happening in the Division and around the university. Share your ideas with Ann Marie Murphy.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

To Box or not to Box? Benefits to using Box for managing your files. Read more here.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Men’s Mini-Gathering of Native Americans (Mission, OR)
The Men’s Mini-Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) is an opportunity for males in the community to connect. This is the second Men’s Mini-GONA that will be held. The first was held during Men’s Health Month in June. There was a great turnout and great discussion. Males, youth through elder, participated and wanted a space to continue to meet and share. Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-8pm at the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Mission, OR.

Supporting Literacy in Our Community (Roseburg, OR)
Join the Altrusa Club of Roseburg at the Roseburg Public Library on Sat, Oct. 26 from 11am – 12:30pm for crafts, story time and free book giveaways.

OSU Fall Drag Show (Corvallis, OR)
Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-9:30pm. Hosted by Rainbow Continuum, the OSU Fall Drag Show is a long-standing tradition on campus. Engage with the LGBTQ+ community for a night of music, dance, and amazing looks and performances. Tickets will be available at the Student Experience Center. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to the Pride Center at 513-737-9161 or Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu.

Native Artist & Storyteller Symposium (Portland, OR)
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. is happy to announce our fall 2019 Native Artist & Storyteller Symposium. We will be showcasing Native Artists and Storytellers from our region. In addition to serving a community meal, our invited artists and storytellers will have art and wares for sale. A moderated panel discussion and Q & A will closeout this wonderful afternoon of cross-cultural and intergenerational teaching and learning. Saturday, Oct. 26 from 12 – 6pm at the Portland State University Native American Student and Community Center.

DEI In the News

OSU may cut ties with state police, Ray slams arrest of OSU bicyclist (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University could pull out of its law enforcement contract with the Oregon State Police in the wake of the controversial arrest of an OSU student on Sunday. (see also KATU)

Optimism, not resentment, rules as Oregon enters version 2.0 of school improvement crusade (Oregon Live)
Last fall, educators at Oliver Elementary in outer Southeast Portland got the news: Due to your students’ low reading and math scores and rampant chronic absenteeism, your school is officially one of lowest performers in Oregon. As a result, the school and its parent district, Centennial, were subject to state oversight, offered technical assistance and awarded a modest federal grant. The message? You must do better.

6 Takeaways for Colleges That Want to Help Low-Income Students Get Career-Ready (The Chronicle)
With the rise of the gig economy, the erosion of job security and employer-provided training, and the threats to jobs from a coming wave of automation, the role of education in helping people prepare for their working lives — perhaps over and over again — couldn’t be more pressing.

Extension in the News

Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers
Associated Press
“Containers are vulnerable to freeze damage,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service.

Climate Change Has Some Willamette Valley Farmers Adapting An Ancient Way To Grow Food
OPB
Oregon State Extension small farms specialist Amy Garrett has been researching dry farming since 2013 and started her own case studies in 2015 in the Willamette Valley.

Four ways to make beef more sustainable
Popular Science
In many rangelands, the problem isn’t too many cattle, it’s that the cattle aren’t using the land evenly, says Leticia Henderson, a livestock and range science professor and Extension specialist at Oregon State University.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Klamath County School District, in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research & Extension Service, has been awarded a competitive $96,538 USDA implementation grant for its Farm-to-School program. Read more here.

Livestream the Ruby Lecture by OSU’s Patricia Dawson

For more than 33 years, Patricia Dawson has devoted her Extension career to delivering high quality educational programs and resources that met the needs of colleagues and constituents at the local, state and national level. Recognized nationwide for her visionary leadership, she has served in countless roles including National ESP President, National Editor for the Journal of Youth Development – 12 years, NAE4-HA Board of Directors, JCEP Board Secretary and JOE Board of Directors. A prolific writer/researcher, Patricia’s youth development curriculum has been showcased at over 100 refereed state and national presentations. Recently retired from Oregon State University, Patricia maintains an active role with Epsilon Sigma Phi.

Presentation is scheduled for approximately 11:45 pm (Pacific), Tuesday, October 15. As this is a live event, streaming could start early.

The presentation will be taped and made available on the ESP website after the conference

Live link: https://zoom.us/j/571784677

Transport translations tool available

OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities.

As part of our overall language access strategy, OSU Extension has contracted with Translations.com to provide a tool called Transport. It is an online translations platform you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. Transport:

  • Is accessible via OSU ONID single-sign on
  • Routes for OSU budget authority approval
  • Saves historical information so we have better data on translation needs and costs across our organization

A Transport login link, user guide, and additional information are available on our language access resource page.

A brief demo and Q&A session will be offered (and recorded) on Friday, October 18 from 10am – 10:45am via Zoom video conference. Join here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/192577911

Learn more about language access and see a preview of the Transport tool in the August Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Questions? Please contact Transport.Support@oregonstate.edu

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

What we love about Clackamas County 4-H
We share what is working so well.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Supporting Diverse Learners through Culturally Responsive Teaching: Join Jeff Kenney to explore the theory and practice of culturally responsive teaching. +Tech Talk: Learn about polling options for small group and/or non-course settings for gathering informal feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in OSU Corvallis Milam Hall, Rm 215 Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Sense of Place: Traditional First Foods & The Creation Story
Each year, tribes in the Columbia River Basin celebrate the return of the salmon. It is part of an annual First Foods ceremony that honors the tribes’ Creation Story and their unique connection to the Pacific Northwest. This relationship has spanned thousands of years and hundreds of generations and their traditional First Foods give insight into how this coexistence between people and place has endured. Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. $10 suggested donation. More information here.

WIC at NAYA (Portland): Receive information about Women, Infant and Children (WIC) services at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA). Thursday, Oct. 17 from 1-4pm. Appointments, breastfeeding support, food package changes, answers to your questions and more. Call (503) 988-3503 to schedule an appointment; WALK-INS WELCOME and will be seen as time allows.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for winter term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 1 (week 5), with notification two weeks later (week 7). Visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at joy.jorgensen@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

New ACT Test Options Could Help Disadvantaged Students (Insight Into Diversity)
The ACT exam will begin offering new options in September 2020 in an effort to make the standardized college admissions test more flexible for students, the nonprofit testing service announced on Tuesday.

New Role: Taking an Unblinking Look at a University’s Past (The Chronicle)
As colleges in several states struggle to reconcile their current values with their historic ties to slavery, one in Virginia took the unusual step of hiring a historian to explore that past.

Program gives underrepresented STEM undergraduates a boost (LIFE@OSU)
OSU STEM Leaders provides students with mentors, lab time.

Extension in the News

Tourism conference sparks conversation
The Astorian
The story helped kick off the biennial Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference, hosted by Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

Argus Observer
Some of these were presented during the Fall Cover Crops Tour hosted by Christy Tanner, Oregon State University Extension agent, on Monday, beginning with some crop trials she is conducting at the Malheur Experiment Station.
Ashland Tidings
“I didn’t hear any really big negatives. Some folks said the yield was light, others said the yield looked good,” said Rick Hilton, entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Central Point.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

On Sept. 20, the Harvest Dinner at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora brought together 300 local farmers, agricultural industry and business leaders, university faculty and elected officials — including Gov. Kate Brown — in Clackamas County. See more here.

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2019

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

“Growing the Fund”

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation 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: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Transport translations tool available

OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities.

As part of our overall language access strategy, OSU Extension has contracted with Translations.com to provide a tool called Transport. It is an online translations platform you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. Transport:

  • Is accessible via OSU ONID single-sign on
  • Routes for OSU budget authority approval
  • Saves historical information so we have better data on translation needs and costs across our organization

A Transport login link, user guide, and additional information are available on our language access resource page.

A brief demo and Q&A session will be offered (and recorded) on Friday, October 18 from 10am – 10:45am via Zoom video conference. Join here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/192577911

Learn more about language access and see a preview of the Transport tool in the August Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Questions? Please contact Transport.Support@oregonstate.edu

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Read the blog this week for Tips for program pages. Top 5 tips for program pages to save time and improve content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Decolonizing the Rhizosphere and Gut Microbiomes: Indigenous Agroecology, Heritage Cuisine, and Community Health 
On Wednesday, October 9, 4:00-5:30pm, in Memorial Union 109, Dr. Peña will discuss how food sovereignty and indigenous agroecology are pathways to the recovery of the health of the soil and the community. Drawing from his own work as a biodynamic farmer, he will discuss the history of indigenous soil knowledge and how these practices affect soil health and the nutrient density and quality of native crops. Decolonizing the root zone (rhizosphere) involves the resurgence of indigenous farming practices. Decolonizing the gut microbiome involves a commitment to care for soil and the self by eating more like our ancestors.

Mindfulness for Educators with Classroom Integration: This event will teach participants about the neuroscience of stress, resiliency, and why mindfulness is such a potent solution for today’s educator. Participants will learn an overview of current research to inform their practice, and walk away with activities they can implement right away within their existing classroom structure. Friday, Oct. 11, 8:15am – 2:30pm at the Abiqua Academy in Salem, OR. Register here.

Great Shake Out Resources for People with Disabilities: On October 17. 2019 at 10:17 am, the OSU community will join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake. View the Emergency Management event webpage for tips and guidance on how to stay safe during an earthquake with a disability or other access/functional needs.

DEI In the News

Want a More Diverse Campus? Start at the Top (The Chronicle)
When Nair, who’s Indian American, became president of Arcadia University last year, he was the only person of color in the executive cabinet. Now, less than a year and a half later, 40 percent of his team are people of color, and 60 percent are women. His governing board’s racial diversity has jumped by nearly 20 percent.

Women in STEM face unique challenges (Diversity Global)
Women accounted for nearly 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering careers in 2015, according to the National Science Foundation. From 2005-’13, females consistently accounted for about 40 percent of all STEM majors at Marquette, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

This artist’s subjects: Exonerated prisoners’ first taste of freedom (LA Times)
“Some years past, and we still have capital punishment,” Green said by phone from Corvallis, Ore., where the artist teaches at Oregon State University. “So I thought I should start this new project.”

Extension in the News

Battling the spruce aphid on the North Coast
The Astorian
“This is something that’s happening in our own backyards, in our own neighborhoods,” said Oregon State University Extension Forester Dan Stark, who organized an informational meeting held at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in September.

Youth groups: Finding the best fit for your child
East Oregonian
We’ll start with the big one in our agricultural-based economy: 4-H, which offers youth programs in every county in Eastern Oregon. Most people associate it with showing animals or projects at the county fair. Erin Hansell-Heideman, who works with 4-H Youth Development in Morrow County, says there’s much more to it.

Mice, other pests take their toll on crops, equipment
Capital Press
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, Oregon State University Extension small farm and berry assistant professor for Marion and Polk counties, has heard of berry farmers with full-time crews dedicated to checking and repairing drip irrigation where rodent damage is severe.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Lillian Larwood, a 35-year veteran of 4-H professional leadership, joins nine other Oregonians inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame since it began in 2002.

Larwood will be inducted along with 16 other individuals from around the country on Oct. 11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Read more about her great career here.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspace or informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: November 15, 2019)

Why ConnEXTion?

ConnEXTion is published weekly as a source of news, updates and dialogue. Submissions are welcome from all in Extension.

With your contributions, ConnEXTion can become our one-stop-shop for timely items of interest and help cut down on the many emails we all receive.

Over the years, ConnEXTion has evolved based on your feedback—in terms of format, publishing frequency, and types of content included. This will continue, and we welcome your questions and ideas anytime.

For major announcements and things that need to be sent right away, our email lists including the “OES State” are always an option.

We look forward to hearing from you! (Your colleagues do, too!)

Vaping Illnesses: Resources for Extension educators

In response to the national outbreak of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping and use of e-cigarettes, the Oregon Health Authority, is warning all Oregonians to not use vaping products or e-cigarettes.

Those who want to break their nicotine addiction or need help to stop vaping can visit https://smokefreeoregon.com, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or see a health care provider about FDA-approved nicotine replacement and cessation options, such as skin patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and medicines.

Here is additional educational information about vaping and e-cigarettes from the American Lung Association:

In the course of your Extension work, you may have opportunities to share this information with audiences who are outside of the usual health department reach.

For other questions, contact Marc Braverman, 541-737-1021, , or Marion Ceraso, 541-737-2663, marion.ceraso@oregonstate.edu

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

This week we respond to questions about how teams can maintain the quality of content on the Extension website by starting to discuss their content processes. Learn more about the three steps to get started and related tools in our post “The roadmap to taming the wild west of content quality.”

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

I’ll Go with You Re-Launch: In solidarity with Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender-Conforming people on our campus, we will be relaunching our I’ll Go With You button campaign. Join in creating buttons and discussing what the I’ll Go With You campaign is and what it means to be a part of it. Wed. Oct. 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Cezar Chavez on OSU’s Corvallis Campus. More information here.

Newport Pride Exploratory Committee: All are welcome to join an exploratory group forming to determine if we can pull off a Pride here in Newport – The Friendliest – in 2020. In addition to larger cities, many smaller Oregon communities now host a Pride celebration. Why not Newport? Let’s see what is possible for hosting a 2020 Pride. Sunday, Oct.  6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Teatro Milagro- Judge Torres: An immigrant. A dreamer. A survivor. This is the story of Xiomara Torres. Milta Ortiz’s Judge Torres recounts the inspiring story of one of Oregon’s finest judges, woven together with magic realism and Mayan folktales from her home of El Salvador. Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at OSU Cascades Campus Tykeson Hall, Room 111.

DEI In the News

Research shows acceptance is key to prevent suicide among LGBTQ people (Commonwealth Times)
LGBTQ youth are 40% less likely to attempt suicide if they have just one accepting adult in their lives, according to new survey data released by the Trevor Project.

4 Common Diversity And Inclusion Myths In The Workplace (Forbes)
Myth #4: D&I is a Human Resources responsibility. Reality: D&I should be a leadership priority and embraced by all. “CEOs and leaders must articulate a compelling vision, embedded with real accountability for delivery, and cascade down through middle management.”

Interview with an Expert: How PricewaterhouseCoopers Recruits for Diversity (Insight Into Diversity)
Having won numerous accolades for workplace diversity and inclusion, the company ranks sixth on a 2018 Universum list of most attractive employers.

Extension in the News

Infestation bugs Baker residents
Baker City Herald
After examining the Tweits’ close up photo, Silvia Rondon, a professor and extension entomologist specialist for Oregon State University, said the specimen was an immature bug rather than the adult that experts prefer when making an identification.

Molalla Log House relocated to Oregon City area
Molalla Pioneer
“We educate about the use of wood, and the Molalla Log House is the perfect example of bringing the past into the future here in Oregon and why managing our forests ties all that together,” said Peter Matzka, a forestry educator at Hopkins Demonstration Forest for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Master Gardeners are doing great things in our state, here is an example.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Some people are interested in what a CRM can do, but are curious how it really works. Here are some practical examples.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Diversity & Cultural Engagement Welcome Week events: These events on the Corvallis campus include the Ettihad Welcome, Black Connect and more! Take advantage of these great opportunities to get to know your cultural resource centers during the week of 9/23-9/27.

Bend Language Institute Grand Opening: Friday, September 27 from 5-8. This is an opportunity to meet the Bend Language Institute team and other members of the Central Oregon community who are interested in different languages. Check out our their classroom space just inside the Mactek building at 416 NE Greenwood Ave, while enjoying tasty food and drinks.

Hood River Veterans Support Group: This group meets monthly on Fourth Tuesdays from 6 – 7:30pm at the Hood River Elks Lodge #1507. Gorge area Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel are invited to join, free of charge – no registration required – come as you are. You need not be an Elks member to attend.

Making Waves Podcast: “Making Waves” is a podcast created by OSU students Audrey Kadoya, Erica Suh, and Sophia Kea, that explores topics of identity, race, and the Asian and Pacific Islander experience. Listen to this podcast (and others!) on OSU’s KBRV radio station webpage.

DEI In the News

SNAP moved 3.1 million people out of poverty in 2018 (Census.gov)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced poverty by just over 1 percentage point for the three-year period from 2016 to 2018, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American History (Smithsonian)
A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous culture.

Canadian workplaces: The most welcoming in the world (CNBC)
The results, published Tuesday, detailed that Canada’s strength stemmed from female representation at senior levels, as well as the majority of Canadians believing their employers were actively pursuing a more diverse and open workplace.

Extension in the News

A great collaborative’: Event puts poverty in the foreground with goal to reduce it
Argus Observer
The Poverty Simulation is sponsored by Oregon State University Extension Service in Malheur County, TVCC, Malheur Education Service District and Four Rivers Healthy Community and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Lessons in the woods: Sixth-graders participate in 56th annual Klamath County Forestry Tour
Herald and News
Daniel Leavell, an Oregon State University forestry professor who works with the OSU Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, said the event provides students with knowledge about the forests they use for camping, hunting and fishing.

Horneck events benefit 4-H programs, Funland Park rebuild
East Oregonian
In addition to donating proceeds to Umatilla County 4-H, money also will go to Hermiston’s Funland Park rebuild project.

Oregon wine continues to rise in sales, production
Capital Press
Steve Renquist, extension agent for Oregon State University in Douglas County, said the bulk of newly planted acres in the Umpqua Valley do not appear to be coming from new growers, but rather existing businesses that are expanding their capacity.

After school program teaches elementary, middle school students skills in the kitchen
The News-Review
Oregon State University Extension Service and the Mercy Foundation have teamed up to teach cooking skills to students in schools where more than half of the students qualify for reduced cost or free lunches.