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.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

This week, six Oregon members of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) learned that their projects or programs were recognized in one of four subcategories of the national impact reports, NEAFCS IMPACT 2020. These reports are delivered to Senator and Representative Offices on Capitol Hill by Extension state delegations during the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in a normal year. Copies are also delivered to NIFA Program Leaders and JCEP leadership. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, these nationally recognized project and program impacts will be delivered electronically.

In the Childhood Obesity Prevention category three projects from Oregon were highlighted. Cheryl Kirk submitted the Healthy School Celebrations Teacher Toolkit. Olivia Davis’ culturally adapted cooking classes during the School Holiday Break Camp was recognized. Cindy Brown’s Sherman County SKORE Afterschool Cooking Program was featured. Angie Treadwell’s Cooking Matters Expansion to older adults and mental health and drug addiction support groups was featured in the Food and Nutrition impact statement. In the category, Improving our Children’s Lives, Joanne Lyford’s Fix the Lunch Line Project with School Nutrition Assessment Tool for High Schools was chosen. In the Food Safety impact report, state survey data for two programs was submitted by Glenda Hyde. Impacts from Community Canning Classes and the Master Food Preserver volunteer program, two quotes from participants and a photo were featured. All ten NEAFCS IMPACT 2020 reports can be seen at https://www.neafcs.org/impact-statements.

Virtual Extension

Three important links have been added to the Virtual Extension website.

  • Safe Virtual Programming for OSU Youth Programs – guidance that supports OSU units with developing and implementing virtual programming for participates younger than 18
  • OSU’s Zoom security info – Zoom is powerful virtual meeting platform, but things can go awry if you choose the wrong settings for your meetings.
  • OSU Extension Professional Development & Connection Opportunities – This page lists upcoming statewide professional development and connection opportunities for OSU faculty and staff, geared toward Extension and noncredit education. Please note: Advance self-study is required prior to Lynette Black’s April 21 session on Extension and community recovery following COVID-19. See the session description for details.

Virtual Extension 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 wants 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!

Moore Family Center Grants

The Moore Family Center is happy to announce the request for proposals for 2020 Healthy Community Outreach Grants.  This year there are two opportunities that Extension professionals in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences can apply for to support projects related to improving nutrition and the local food environment. 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.

1).  NEW – Mini Grants!

A new opportunity is available to request a mini grant of up to $5,000 for the continuation of a previously-funded Healthy Community Outreach project.  A list of previously funded projects can be found on the Moore Family Center’s website. Only projects that were funded in the 2014-2015 cycle are eligible for mini grants this year.  A maximum of 6 mini grants will be funded in 2020.  The Deadline to apply for mini grants is April 15, 2020.  Requests for mini grants must be submitted online through this link.

2).  Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

This grant opportunity will support the launch of a new project.  Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded per year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website . The deadline to apply for full grants is May 15, 2020.

ESC 2020 Conference Postponed

The 2020 conference planned for September 15-16 in Philadelphia, PA, has been postponed to fall of 2021 out of an abundance of caution amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Conference Planning Committee is working diligently to provide more details around 2020 awards as well as scheduled pre-conference activities. We will be reaching out in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.

We look forward to connecting with all of our colleagues across higher education at the 2021 conference, where we will undoubtedly have much to discuss and learn from one another as a result of these unprecedented times.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9231, Tribes & Climate Change
Michael Case, John Kim, Becky Kerns
New. Native Americans rely on tribally important ecosystem services such as traditional foods, hunting, timber production, non-timber forest resources (recreation, water), and cultural resources. Unfortunately, many of these resources may be highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A research team sought to answer the question: Where and which tribally-important ecosystem services will be affected by climate change in the Pacific Northwest?

EM 9283, How to Spot Signs of X-Disease in Cherries
Ashley Thompson
New. Field workers picking cherries can use this card to identify signs of X-Disease in a cherry orchard. One side of the card is in English and the other side is in Spanish.
Los trabajadores de campo que recogen cerezas pueden usar esta tarjeta para identificar signos de enfermedad X en un huerto de cerezos. Un lado de la tarjeta está en inglés y el otro lado está en español. Se pueden comprar paquetes de 50 tarjetas.

PNW 133, Puncturevine
Kale Whaley, Robert Parker, Rick Boydston
Revised.With a spiny fruit capable of injuring hooves, feet, and vehicle tires, growers from across the spectrum can learn to effectively manage this weed.

PNW 739, Selling Logs from your Property: A Curriculum Package for Educators in the Western U.S.
Lauren Grand, Alicia Christiansen, Francisca Belart, Tamara Cushing, Chris Schnepf, Kelsey Ketcheson
New. Selling logs is one of the most important decisions a landowner can face. This curriculum package for forestry educators brings together consulting foresters, log buyers and loggers to teach participants how to get a fair deal for their timber, how to protect themselves from exposure to unnecessary liability and how to make sure their property looks the way they want it to when the operation is done. The package includes sample agendas, PowerPoint presentations, field trip how-tos and follow-up evaluations.

Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Welcome New Employees

In March, Extension welcomed or promoted the following employees:

  • Katie Hauser, 4-H Program Coordinator, Baker County
  • Shawna Horner, Administrative Office Manager, Coos County
  • Bonni Booth, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Grant County
  • Sierra Fell, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Jody Durighello, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Janice Schooler, Education Program Assistant 1, Klamath County
  • Diana Cardenas, Education Program Assistant 1, Linn County
  • Marilee Anderson, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Gilliam C.
  • Katherine Birkhauser, Education Program Assistant 2, Jackson County
  • Kristi Backe, ODS Curriculum & Prof Dev Coord, Outdoor School
  • Kara Young, Faculty Research Assistant, Deschutes County
  • Dale Hammack, Education Program Assistant 2, Wasco County
  • Ji Kim, Office Specialist 2, PACE
  • Cynthia Edison, Education Program Assistant 1, Union County
  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, Education Program Assistant 1, Marion C.
  • Sara Hinkle, Office Specialist 2, Umatilla County
  • Mary McNamee, Education Program Assistant 1, Josephine County
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County
  • Kim Deck, Ore. Parenting Education Collaborative Coordinator, FCH

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Want to learn how to engage online? We have some resources.

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

Search Advocate Workshops via Zoom: All OSU Search Advocate workshops will be offered via Zoom for the next 2+ months. The initial workshop series is a full two-day sequence open to all OSU staff and faculty. 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.

Inclusive Excellence @ OSU Fellows Program 
Inclusive Excellence @OSU is seeking applications for the 2020 cohort of Fellows! IE@OSU is a program for STEM faculty to develop their teaching practice around equity and inclusion. Please apply if you teach in a STEM descipline and are interested in exploring your own understanding of inclusion and equity and engaging in student-centered inclusive pedagogy. More information, including the application, are available here.

Indigenous Land is the Foundation of the Land-Grant University System (HCN)
Explore a new report from High County News on the expropriation of Indigenous land through the development of our land grant system.

DEI In the News

Clackamas County kids get free books, bites (Portland Tribune)
The Clackamas County nonprofit organization, Clackamas Bookshelf, has been distributing thousands of free books to children who are receiving free lunches during the COVID-19 closures.

Pendleton Area Hit By Floods, then COVID-19 (East Oregonian)
The February floods were the biggest disaster of 2020 before a worldwide pandemic arrived the following month and usurped it.

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases (NPR)
Most available coronavirus data doesn’t include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.

Extension in the News

Oregon’s free online vegetable gardening course draws in 18,000 people following stay-home orders
The Oregonian
About 1,000 people a day are signing up for a free, online vegetable gardening course offered by Oregon State University Extension Service.

More people buying food directly from farms during virus
Capital Press
Heidi Noordjik, Oregon State University’s small farms coordinator, said she thinks CSAs are also gaining traction because more people are cooking at home and thinking about how they can support local businesses and producers.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Module 3: It’s time to get Ready in the online course Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event has been launched. In this session, you’ll be taking a look at the things you can do now to be able to plan, prepare, respond and rebuild before, during and after the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. Especially relevant now are the emotional and mental health resources in this module to help improve response and resiliency in these stressful times. Alan Dennis’ Cascadia Simulation from Module 2 provides the basis for Session 3.3. Learn through an articulate overlay ways to assess risk in a home so you can make plans and take actions to reduce or limit injury or damage. If you have some DYI tools and skills, basic instructions and plans for small to medium difficulty projects are available in Module 3 Resources.

Module 4: Professional Level Basics will be released next week!

Resource roundup

Extension’s Role in Supporting the CDC 

Tuesday March 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Register at: bit.ly/EDEN-Webinar-Registration-CDC-March2020

Webinar sponsored by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

During this webinar, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide resources and tools for Extension professionals regarding COVID-19. During the current pandemic, it is essential that Extension leverages its local connections to provide consistent and accurate information to communities across the U.S. The CDC will answer questions submitted during registration. This webinar will not be recorded and registration to attend is required.

The Center for Public Issues Education from University of Florida/IFAS conducted a national public opinion survey to examine the perceptions of Americans related to COVID-19. The PIE Center has plans to continue public opinion surveys related to COVID-19 throughout the next few months. Learn more below about findings from the survey and how the findings can be applied to your organization’s communication efforts. https://piecenter.com/covid-19/

National System Dialogue Opportunity – Q: What is the National Action Dialogue? A: An online community of Extension Professionals (116 and growing) that is currently exploring a Community-Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age. Other conversations to follow. To learn more and join, go to: https://connect.extension.org/g/national-action-dialogue.

National Action Dialogue – Community Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age: Part 2
April 1, 2020
3-4:30 PM ET
Available to: All Cooperative Extension Professionals
The top issues from Part 1 (March 26) will be explored more deeply by breakout groups to share strategies for addressing these issues and potential needs to address the issues. Link to register

Virtual Extension

OSU Extension’s educational outreach teams — PACE, EESC and ECTU – have released a major update to the Virtual Extension webpage on the Extension Employee Intranet.

Virtual Extension complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. The webpage features a list of resources to help you:

  • Take your work online using the right tools for the right tasks
  • Connect with your audiences in new and creative ways
  • See what others in Extension are doing to respond, adapt and innovate

Virtual Extension will be highlighted in next week’s First Monday video. In the meantime, the Virtual Extension team seeks 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.

The button link toward the bottom of the page is the best way to connect with the teams about:

  • Requesting tool and technology help
  • Shifting to remote and online delivery, including outreach strategies
  • Providing feedback on Virtual Extension resources and sharing your success stories

Recent Additions to the Extension Catalog

In an effort to reduce statewide emails we will now be announcing new catalog items here.

EC 631, Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards
Jay Pscheidt, Heather Stoven, Ashley Thompson, Brooke Edmunds, Nik Wiman, Richard Hilton
Revised. This pest management guide is for the home gardener. It recommends management practices for controlling diseases and insects in home orchards. It doesn’t meet the exacting requirements of the commercial fruit grower.

EM 9274, Is Starting a Farm Stand Right for You?
Maud Powell, Melissa Fery
New. Learn what’s needed to start a farm stand business on your farm, from how to get land-use permits to make sure your farm stand is legal, to the details of the business, like developing a marketing plan and making road signs to draw customers to your stand. There are also some thoughts on the importance of having a web presence to help keep the customers coming.

EM 9284, Cascadia Actions Steps: It’s Time to Get Ready
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Patrick Corcoran, Lauren Kramer
New. This checklist is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program (https://beav.es/Cascadia) 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.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Update

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Time to expand on last CRM post about “Request For Information” forms on Extension website pages.

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

Under the Blacklight Part II: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare
Part II of this discussion will feature disability rights activist, Dara Baldwin, media critic, Janine Jackson, restaurant workers’ advocate, Saru Jayaraman, international climate activist and author, Naomi Klein, and the award-winning author, Kiese Laymon. Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Register and read more about the panelists here.
(A recording of Under The Blacklight, Part 1 can be found here.)

The Neighborhood: A Virtual Hub for LGBTQ+ Families

A virtual resource for building community, education, and entertainment for LGBTQ+ parents and families amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Attend or submit an event today! Online workshops this week include Financial Planning During Turbulent Times, LGBTQ+ Paths to Pregnancy and a QPOC and Partners Peer Support Space.

DEI In the News

‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’ (New York Times)
Times of crisis ask us who we are as a country. As hospitals prepare for shortages in ventilators and other scarce medical resources, many people with disabilities are worried about the answer to that question.

How Do You Shelter in Place When You Don’t Have a Home? (New Yorker)
“Homeless people are ten times more susceptible to COVID-19, by the fact they have nowhere to go and to clean themselves,” he said. Public-health scholars, such as Randall Kuhn, a professor at U.C.L.A.’s Fielding School of Public Health, have argued that once the virus reaches the homeless population, it could ravage that community; this, in turn, would increase infection in the general population.

‘Professoring’ While Black: Strategies for Thriving in the White Professoriate (Diverse Edu)
From navigating the graduate school and post-doctoral processes, disparate treatment as contingent faculty, thriving on the tenure track, to earning and being respected as full, distinguished, and or endowed professors and the overall lack of Black faculty representation in the professoriate. A bourgeoning literature base has begun to evolve to address this gap, the Black professoriate, in the scholarship.

Extension in the News

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens
NPR
There has been a surge of people interested in growing their own food. Oregon State University’s Master Gardener program noticed this, and made their online vegetable gardening course free through the end of April. Their post on Facebook was shared more than 21,000 times.

OSU Master Gardener Program Offers Free Vegetable Course
KLCC
With “Stay at Home” orders in place more people are finding themselves with extra time on their hands, and an interest in growing their own food. In response, Oregon State University’s Extension Program is offering a free course to get folks started.

Soil proprietorship: The plot thickens
Las Cruces News
“Seed to Supper: A beginner’s guide to low-cost vegetable gardening” is an amazing new resource. First developed by the Oregon State University Extension Service in collaboration with the Oregon Food Bank, these materials were adapted by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service for gardening in New Mexico.

How to Grow and Harvest Rhubarb at Home
Martha Stewart Living
According to a guide from Oregon State University, a robust five-year-old plant will grow up to 10 choice stalks; a classic Rhubarb Pie recipe calls for six cups chopped—or about 15 stalks.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

  • The Pendleton Farmers Market was recently recognized for excellence — receiving the 2020 Oregon Farmers Market Association award as the outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year. Read more….
  • Ruth Jones, the Open Campus education coordinator in Deschutes County, won the community hero award at the 2020 Women of the Year Awards hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lauren Grand, Lane County’s Extension forester, narrates and stars in the newest Oregon Forest Resource Institute’s video: Forest Team GOThe video explains the sustainable cycle of forestry while introducing students to the forestry professionals. It was developed for fourth- through sixth-grade students, to show them the range of careers in the forest sector and how these professionals work together to manage our forests. Lauren also peer-reviewed the script and found the locations. The OFRI team  wrote, directed, produced, edited, filmed, etc. For more details, visit the OFRI blog post about the video.
  • The first of the new OSU Extension sessions in Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event will be launching later this week! Look for a special email with course link so you can learn about the 10,000 year history of the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami and probable impacts in your area. With this knowledge, you can determine your level and type of preparedness through future sessions.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Thank you for your efforts during this rapidly changing situation. OSU and OSU Extension continue to monitor the situation and prepare for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

Please continue to read all messages from OSU, and regularly review information on OSU’s COVID-19 resource page. This information is updated each day.

Please contact your supervisory team (regional director, program leader, department head) with any questions or concerns. These teams are here to support you and assist in providing prompt responses and guidance, including decisions about local events and operations.

We will host an OSU Extension-wide Zoom call on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM to share updates and answer questions that you may have. A calendar invite will be shared soon with further details.

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and follow good handwashing and other illness prevention practices. If you are ill, stay home and contact your personal health provider.

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 March 12th 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/439234625

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Oregon Master Naturalist is an excellent example of a statewide program using the website layout. These are some of the things we love. This post is helpful for program groups who are considering how to display their content.

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

Funding Opportunity: Project AWARE
The federal government appropriated nearly $23 million in federal funding for Mental Health First Aid-related projects in FY 2020. Grant applications are now available at the link above! The Project AWARE state education agency (SEA) grants will help get young people the mental health and substance use support they need.

BMCC Pow Wow  (Pendleton)
Join us at the BMCC Pow Wow in the MAC Activity Center on the Pendleton Campus for singing and dancing! The first 20 singers will receive a $20 Arrowhead gift card. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm- 9:00pm at Blue Mountain Community College. For more information, contact Annie Smith at 541-278-5935 or asmith@bluecc.edu.

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis)
Womxn of Color Fest (WOC Fest) is an all-day event on March 12th, 2020 that celebrates femmes of color in the community. This year we have a schedule of events that range from performances, vendors, dance, and more! The event will be from 11am – 8:30pm at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

DEI In the News

Gender Equity Is Useless Without Racial Equity (Forbes)
“Any person that calls themselves a feminist must understand the concept of intersectionality and how different types of discrimination can interact to create unique experiences for women.”

A Push To Get More Women On Corporate Boards Gains Momentum (KLCC)
California requires their publicly traded companies to have at least one female board director or face a $100,000 fine.

Why This ‘Diversity Librarian’ Wants to Make Her Job Obsolete (The Chronicle)
Twanna Hodge always felt seen in libraries growing up on her native St. Thomas. So when she decided in middle school to become a librarian, she didn’t realize she was going to be rarity in her profession.

Extension in the News

OSU program helps those in need turn food pantry staples into delicious dinners
Central Oregon Daily
OSU Extension’s Nutrition Education Volunteer program leads healthy recipe demonstrations in Deschutes County food pantries.

Oil of Olea: Researchers aim to kick-start Oregon olive industry
Capital Press
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, a berry and olive specialist for the OSU Extension Service, led a small tour of the project on Feb. 7 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center south of Portland.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Several of your colleagues were published this month in the February 2020 Journal of Extension! 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!

Another Bright Spot (from Glenda Hyde):

I’d like to make you aware of High Speed Hand Washing (HSHW), a system that was developed here at Oregon State University Extension to model proper hand washing technique in 30-minute classroom nutrition education programs. To increase speed, teachers were asked to use and practice HSHW in classrooms throughout the course of their day (before lunch or snacks and after recess and group restroom breaks) after an introductory lesson from OSU Extension professionals. This technique has been adopted and used successfully by pre-K through high school and used with adult audiences, too. NeighborImpact Head Start in Central Oregon adopted HSHW as a policy to prevent pertussis after a significant outbreak. Head Start teachers report that with two weeks of repetition pre-schoolers can learn HSHW. Most recently a major national meat packing plant adopted HSHW to assure clean hands were coming to work at the start of shifts and after breaks. Workers provided positive feedback on this method.

When used regularly, HSHW saves time, water, and heating costs and the increased hand scrubbing time by participants can help reduce spread of disease.

New Extension Fast Facts

Find the newest update of the Extension Fast Facts and other marketing tools in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder. Look for the Ready to Use subfolder. You may also order copies of the updated Fast Facts through the Promotional Inventory system. Please discard any older versions of Fast Facts that you still have on hand. Thank you!

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffle
A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffle held at Extension Annual Conference last December. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn from a “raffle bucket”.

Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, we are now at over 97% of our goal related to growing this endowment to $500,000. A special Thank You to all involved!!

 “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-fundpays 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.

Welcome New Employees

In January and February, Extension welcomed the following employees:

  • Marilee Anderson, 4-H Program Coordinator, Gilliam County
  • Dani Annala, 4-H Program Coordinator, Hood River County
  • Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, Outdoor School
  • Mary Beuthin, Seed Certification Specialist, Campus
  • Katherine Birkhauser, Education Program Assistant 2, Jackson County
  • Diana Camacho-Figueroa, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Benton County
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County
  • Kim Deck, Professional Development Coordinator, Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, campus
  • Cynthia Edison, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Union County
  • Dale Hammack, 4-H Education Program Assistant 2, Wasco County
  • Katie Hauser, 4-H Program Coordinator, Baker County
  • Adrienne Henry, FCH Faculty Research Assistant, Campus
  • Sara Hinkle, Office Specialist 2, Umatilla County
  • Lura Kennerly, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Columbia County
  • Ji Kim, Office Specialist 2, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Marion County
  • Paula Matano, Program Manager, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Mary McNamee, 4-H Education Program Assistant 1, Josephine County
  • Jamie Menzel, Education Program Assistant 1, Jackson County
  • Frank Moro, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Clatsop County
  • Ellen Otis-Sykes, Seed Certification Aid, Union County
  • Danny Powers, Learning Experience & Design Manager, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Kara Young, Crop & Soil Faculty Research Assistant, Deschutes County
  • John Zielinski, Seed Certification Specialist, campus
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County

Note: Watch for this new “Welcome” section in the first ConnEXTions of each month.

Coronavirus Update

Oregon State University is actively engaged in monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and is collaborating closely with local and state public health experts to provide prevention, response, travel information and resources to the OSU community.

OSU has established a webpage detailing the university’s coronavirus planning and resources for questions from the public.

OSU Extension’s website has a link to OSU’s coronavirus resource page. It appears in the top menu bar and is visible on all pages within our site.

Please contact your supervisor for guidance or with questions.

Communications:

  • University Relations and Marketing is coordinating all media outreach, including social media.
  • Please refer media inquiries about OSU or OSU’s response to Steve Clark, Vice President University Relations and Marketing, 541-737-3808 (office), 503-502-8217 (cell).
  • EESC is available to assist with other communication questions or needs, in coordination with Extension and OSU leadership. Please contact Chris Branam, public issues education leader.

New Division Name is Official

This morning, Provost Ed Feser announced the division’s name change to the Division of Extension and Engagement. The new name is effective immediately. Logos for the division are found in Box along with all logos for Extension and AES. A link to the Box folder with logos, letterhead, templates and more, appears on the Employee Intranet site (look under Popular Links). Search for the Extension and Engagement folder. Use of the division logo is limited primarily to inter-university communications and the offices of the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost. If you have questions about the use of the division logo, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

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 March 12th 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/439234625

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We all struggle with writing. Here are some tips that can help you help your readers understand what the heck you are talking about.

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

Search Advocate Workshops in Bend and Central Point in April
Take advantage of these upcoming, off-campus opportunities to become an OSU Search Advocate. Search Advocates are trained search committee members who promote equity, validity, and diversity on OSU searches. As Extension moves towards alignment with OSU’s Search Excellence guidelines, our need for trained advocates will increase. Please encourage your colleagues, faculty and staff to attend.  Register here for the April workshops, or take a look at other future opportunities.

Dehumanization of Indigenous Women (Corvallis)
Free webinar & post screening discussion as part of Womxn’s Herstory Month. For accommodations related to disability, please contact 541 -737-9036 or luhui.whitebear@oregonstate.edu. March 4, 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

Salaam Dunk: Film Screening & Panel Discussion  (Portland)
Watch Salaam Dunk with us, and learn from a panel of students about gender roles in their home counties. Snacks will be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public. Our student panel will include Dashne Abdulghafour, former captain of the women’s basketball team featured in the documentary and current Fullbright scholar ar Portland State University! Friday, March 6, 2020 at 3:00pm-5:00pm.

BMCC Pow Wow  (Pendleton)
Join us at the BMCC Pow Wow in the MAC Activity Center on the Pendleton Campus for singing and dancing! The first 20 singers will receive a $20 Arrowhead gift card. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00- 9:00pm at Blue Mountain Community College. For more information, contact Annie Smith at 541-278-5935 or asmith@bluecc.edu. 

DEI In the News

Nuñez Pérez, Rodriguez “very excited” for upcoming OSU presidency. (The Daily Barometer)
“This is huge as far as representation…..we’re also the first dual Latina ticket to be president and vice president elect, and will get inaugurated, and that’s huge, especially for underrepresented students on this campus, and my hope is that it just keeps going up from there.”

In their own words  (PSU Vanguard)
Trans people often have their own narrative stolen and co-opted by others to demonize trans people, consolidatee a base or prop up a political campaign. A Portland event gace trans people the opportunity to tell their stories in their own voices.

Family, friends say Rian Middleton is on a mission to bring joy to the entire world (The East Oregonian)
Hermiston High School swimmer Rian Middleton’s high fives are “legendary,” his friends and family say, and has “never met a stranger.”

Colombian resident flying to visit UO student girlfriend deported (Daily Emerald)
When Hendrick Valera was detained and taken into secondary inspection at the Los Angeles International Airport, he still felt he had no rease to worry. He had a legal tourist visa and never had issues when he traveled the United States several times in the past.

Extension in the News

Big event for small farms: OSU conference draws participants from around the Northwest
Capital Press
At its core, the OSU Small Farms Conference aims to make small-scale farming a viable business by sharing university-led research and highlighting new market opportunities.

State gathers data on spruce aphid outbreak
The Astorian
Christine Buhl, a forest entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, plans to coordinate with Dan Stark, of the Oregon State University Extension Forestry in Astoria, to train citizen scientists to locate and log information about spruce trees on the North Coast.

Diverse Landscape
Oregon Wine Press
Mark Chien, head of the Marion County Extension office, is featured in a story about the impact of Asian-Americans on the Oregon’s wine industry.

In this week’s issue:

First Disaster Module Ready

Last week we marked a milestone! Module 1: The Evidence, of the online
course, “Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event” has been uploaded!
Each session is a narrated PowerPoint with an accompanying notes-version for download. Sessions were developed by Extension Disaster Preparedness experts, Lynette Black and Patrick Corcoran.

Session 1.1 features the scientific and cultural evidence of past Cascadia
earthquakes and tsunamis with supporting videos and print media resources. Session 1.2 helps Oregon residents and guests understand how to make plans by showing them what they should expect across Oregon. Six supporting regional sessions show localized hazards with expected damage. The Coast Region session features NVS Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps and special guidance for coast residents and visitors.

Quarterly Conversation

The February 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 and Recognition – Anita shared a search update for the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement and Bright Spots and Director’s Coin recognition (0:00)
Data Science for Public Good – Lindsey Shirley and Brett Tyler (18:10)
Introduction to Employee and Labor Relations – Heather Horn (40:38)
What’s New in Human Resources – Carolyn Warfield (1:00)
A PDF of the presentation slides are available for download.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Aiming to increase newsletter subscribers? We have a plan for that!

Discover how to use a special web form called an RFI form to increase access to your newsletters. Read all about it here.

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

Black Celebration Month: Black Arts Festival (Portland)
Come celebrate festival-style during our 3rd annual Black Arts Festival presented by the Reed College Multicultural Resource Center and JOOP JOOP Creative. The event will be Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00pm to 9:00pm at the Kaul Auditorium.

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis)
Womxn of Color Fest (WOC Fest) is an all-day event on March 12th, 2020 that celebrates femmes of color in the community. This year we have a schedule of events that range from performances, vendors, dance, and more! The event will be from 11am – 8:30pm at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

 “HOW” to Apply Racial Equity to Policies, Advocacy, Programs, and Service Provision to End Hunger (Webinar, Why Hunger)
This webinar was co-hosted by Closing the Hunger Gap and Bread for the World, featuring Marlysa D. Gambin. Ms. Gambin, lead author on the report, Appling Racial Equity to U.S. Federal nutrition Assistance Programs: SNAP, WIC and Child Nutrition by Bread for the World, who walked attendees through how structural racism makes people of color more likely to experience hunger or poverty. She also talked about how anti-hunger organizations can apply a racial equity lens to begin to dismantle embedded structures of racial inequity.

  DEI In the News

 How to Help Minority Students Feel That They Belong (The Chronicle)
College students from underrepresented ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups do not want “safe spaces” so they can hide away from challenging ideas. On the contrary, many of them relish exposure to stimulating new ideas. But they also need “counterspaces” in which they can recover from harm they experience on their campuses.

Report: Diminishing Financial Aid for Low-Income Students (Diverse Education)
As public institutions become less and less affordable for low-income students, a new report says that, as universities chase high rankings and future donors, financial aid money is too often allocated to students who don’t really need it.

Extension in the News

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations
Associated Press
Homeowners should avoid using pesticides in backyards and instead use nontoxic methods such as soapy water to get rid of pests such as aphids,” said Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor-apiculture and Extension faculty.

How a Portland Food Bank is Making Gardening Accessible for All
Next City
That’s why, in 2012, the Oregon Food Bank teamed up with Oregon State University’s Extension Service to develop Seed to Supper, a six-week gardening education course designed to empower adults to “grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.”

Trellising and training tips for pears
Good Fruit Grower
“There is increasing interest in trellising and training pears in the Hood River area,” said Ashley Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and a member of the OSU Extension fruit tree faculty for Wasco and Hood River counties.