In this week’s issue:

Willie Riggs Retirement Celebration

Willie Riggs is retiring, come to his retirement celebration at the Klamath County Fairgrounds blue building, June 28 from 4:00-8:00 PM. There will be light refreshments and drinks, a no host bar is provided. Come and celebrate a great career.

Dana Martin Retirement Celebration

Please join us for a few minutes or the entire time, to just say hello to Dana, tell your favorite Dana story (oh I know there are many) or just remind her how much her efforts have been appreciated.


We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres and punch, please feel free to bring something you and/or others will enjoy, or not – mostly it’s your presence that will be most valuable.  Please join us on:

Thursday, June 27, 2019
4 – 6 pm (or so)
North Sister Building, Deschutes County Fair & Expo
Redmond, OR
RSVP if you can attend, by calling/texting Candi Bothum.

Office:  541-548-6088 x 79540
Cell/Text:  541-419-6350

Communication and connection opportunites

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: August 16, 2019)

Video clips featuring Extension

In addition to the 80-second and longer silent Out There Extension videos, six short 30-second clips are now available. The clips feature various Extension programs around a variety of Extension themes: youth outreach, healthy living, food production and food resiliency, and thriving communities. The videos can be downloaded from the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” folder in Box where Extension and AES logos are located. All videos are currently available in English with captioning and soon will be available in Spanish with captioning. The videos also are available on the Extension YouTube Channel. You are encouraged to use social media to share the videos.

Extension Web Update

Check out our blog this week. This is part one of preparing for the future. Find out why is adding content is so complicated.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Pi-ume-sha Health Fair: Wednesday, June 26 at 9 AM – 1 PM. 2200 Hollywood Blvd, Warm Springs. Hosted by CTWS Community Health Services and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

CMLC Citizenship Workshop and Legal Consultation Clinic: Free Citizenship Clinic for those interested in getting U.S citizenship. Attendees will be provided with answers to questions about getting started on the process, and be provided an opportunity to meet briefly with an immigration attorney for free. Friday, June 28 , 4-8 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. Presentations will be held at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m, legal consultations held all evening. Free. Contact info@cmlcenter.org to reserve a free consultation with an immigration lawyer. This workshop is co-sponsored by SOAR (http://emoregon.org/soar/), a Portland-based nonprofit that specializes in citizenship and immigration processes.

22nd annual World Beat Festival: Friday, June 28 – Sunday June 30 at Riverfront Park in Salem. Hosted by the Salem Multicultural Institute.

PDX Pride Luau: Saturday, June 29 at the Lagunitas Community Room (237 NE Broadway St, Portland). Hosted by Utopia PDX – United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance Portland.

 In the News

Protesters rally at Oregon State Capitol as Senate unable to reach quorum (Statesman Journal)
The Oregon Senate was unable to reach a quorum during their brief floor session Sunday morning as Republican senators continued their unexcused absence from the Capitol.

Women’s experiences at work are undeniably different.” (NY Times)
“There are certain things that women learn from a lifetime of operating in male-dominated spaces — things like patience, compassion and calm — that may be assets.”

What’s the matter with moving these federal workers to Kansas City?  (CNN Politics)

Who’s in and who’s out of the Beltway? Amazon is moving into the DC, region, frustrating locals; and parts of the federal government are moving out, frustrating displaced employees.

Half of all college students are food insecure. Are universities doing enough to help them? (Pacific Standard)

Program directors fighting food insecurity across the country applaud these gestures—and point to examples of real change that resulted from them. For example, Oregon State’s faculty senate passed a resolution this year to include a section on every class syllabus that refers students who are struggling to find food or housing to the Human Services Resource Center, according to Nicole Hindes, the center’s assistant director.

Extension in the news

Outdoor School, state parks team for ‘Get Out There Together’
KTVZ
“Oregon State Parks and the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program are committed to helping families continue to engage in the outdoors and extend the amazing opportunities that Outdoor School provides,” said Kristopher Elliott, an Oregon State University Extension Service assistant director who leads statewide Outdoor School.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

The Dalles Game Dev. Students Win Player’s Choice Award at OGPC

Last month, two middle school 4-H Tech Club teams from Wasco County travelled to Monmouth to show off their video game projects at the annual Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC).

“Lightened Studios” from The Dalles, with developers: Colin Schecter, Ian Field, and Silas Parsons, took home the Player’s Choice award for their game Light which dealt with the season’s theme of scarcity by allowing players to explore a world without light. Their game also looked at mental health issues such as depression.

The Dufur team “DR Studios,” made up of developers: AJ Shaw, Caleb Brougher, and Kathryn Schreiber, also got plenty of attention and feedback for their first year at the competition. And the team has already started planning what to make for next year’s challenge.

Willie Riggs Retirement Celebration

Willie Riggs is retiring, come to his retirement celebration at the Klamath County Fairgrounds blue building, June 28 from 4:00-8:00 PM. There will be light refreshments and drinks, a no host bar is provided. Come and celebrate a great career.

Dana Martin Retirement Celebration

Please join us for a few minutes or the entire time, to just say hello to Dana, tell your favorite Dana story (oh I know there are many) or just remind her how much her efforts have been appreciated.


We’ll provide some hors d’oeuvres and punch, please feel free to bring something you and/or others will enjoy, or not – mostly it’s your presence that will be most valuable.  Please join us on:

Thursday, June 27, 2019
4 – 6 pm (or so)
North Sister Building, Deschutes County Fair & Expo
Redmond, OR
RSVP if you can attend, by calling/texting Candi Bothum.

Office:  541-548-6088 x 79540
Cell/Text:  541-419-6350

Nonprofit law changes go into effect in January 2020

At long last revisions have been made to the Oregon laws governing nonprofits! Please share this information with your professional associations, 4-H associations, and other nonprofit partners. Some of the major changes include a new provision to allow a board to vote by email, default rules for voting and governance if they are not specified in the corporation’s documents, requiring a treasurer (as well as a president and secretary), and permitting the election of officers who are not members of the board. There are also new definitions for “appointed,” “designated,” and “elected” board members.

from the Nonprofit Association of Oregon:
SB360 was passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown with an effective date of January 1, 2020. This law refines and rewrites portions of ORS Chapter 65 – the set of laws that govern nonprofits in Oregon.

Changes should clarify or improve the functioning of the statutory framework, but not make major policy changes to the legal structure for nonprofit corporations in Oregon. A nonprofit corporation should, with limited exceptions, be able to draft its own governance rules through its Articles and Bylaws. Certain rules will be mandatory and will be clearly identified as such in the statutes. Most rules will be default rules and will apply if the Articles and Bylaws of a nonprofit corporation are silent on the issue.

For a detailed explanation of the bill and discussion of the purposes behind some of the changes, see the Report on the NOLS website.

Full text of the bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB360

Juntos statewide leadership

It is a great pleasure to announce Gina Galaviz-Yap has been appointed as the Statewide Leader of the OSU Juntos Program, beginning July 10, 2019. Juntos has been under the interim leadership of José Garcia since August of 2018.

Currently, the Director of Admissions at Eastern Oregon University, Gina brings a wide variety of experiences to Juntos, including serving at Oregon State University as the past Interim Program Coordinator of the Campus Visitor Center from 2011-2014. Gina has also been an Admissions Advisor at OSU, and is a self-described social justice champion. With this incredible background, Juntos will continue to be closely aligned to OSU Enrollment Management and the University Division of Outreach & Engagement.

Under the leadership of OSU’s Open Campus Program, Juntos serves Latinx families across the state to reduce barriers to higher education, empower families around educational systems, and develop culturally-relevant curriculum. Juntos partners with over 40 schools across the state to provide year-round impactful programming funded by OSU, Community Colleges, School Districts, The Ford Family Foundation, and multiple community partners.

Please help me welcome Gina back to Oregon State University, and thank José Garcia for his interim leadership.

Promotional items now easy to order

The promotional items are now in an online catalog similar to the publications catalog. You can get to it through the For Employees  link at the bottom of the main Extension page on the right. The link to Marketing/Promo items is the fourth option down on the “Popular Links” menu on the left. You’ll need to be logged in with your affiliate account (the same login used to purchase catalog publications) Let Pete know if you need your password reset.

Marketing as a tool for social justice

Recorded at the annual brand symposium, University Marketing shared how they embarked on the adoption of a cultural enhancement model in a presentation titled Elevating the Conversation: How to use marketing as a tool for social justice. It’s an approach of great interest to EESC as we make progress in making our marketing tools and messages more authentic and accessible. A second presentation by Dr. Susan Shaw, College of Liberal Arts, titled Spheres of Influence: Difference, power, and social justice in university marketing also was recorded. The recordings have a permanent home in the “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” subfolder of the Box folder where logos are found.

Extension “healthy living” tote bags

Now available! A colorful tote bag promoting “healthy living” is the newest addition to the Extension promotional item inventory. Made from sturdy 100% recycled materials, it is an affordable ($1 per tote) and lively way to increase awareness of OSU Extension. Order totes through the promotional items web page.

Snapchat geofilter at your county fair

Last year, Snapchat geofilters proved to be a cost effect way to engage 4-H audiences and expand awareness of Extension at county fairs. The SnapChat Geofilter Innovation Team encourages each county to flight geofilters again this year. With no prompting, Snapchat users seek out new geofilters when they are in a new location or attending an event so no Snapchat expertise is required. Instructions, templates and everything you need to successfully flight a geofilter can be found in the Snapchat Box folder.

Extension Web Update

Tips to make web content accessible to visitors with disabilities and others using assistive technology.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Here Comes the FUN: Dam Right Drag Night’s 2nd Annual Pride: Join the Dam Right Drag Night crew for a night full of gag-worthy performances from some of the Willamette Valley’s fiercest performers in celebration of Pride Month. This show is open to all folks ages 16 and up. June 21-22 starting at 9:30am in Corvaliis. For more information, visit the event page.

Oregonians and the State’s Racist Past, Present, and Future: Join facilitator Tai Harden-Moore in a conversation that asks, What does Oregon’s racist past mean for Oregonians? How does the state’s history affect how bias shows up for individuals? This conversation will also look at how we can identify our own racial biases and work toward concrete ways to move forward as individuals and community. June 22 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in Portland. For more information visit the event page.

Trauma-Informed Hate Response: How to Offer Help to Those Who Have Been a Target of Hate: In this training, they will address how to assess and respond to someone who has recently been the target of hate. June 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

OSU-Cascades notes record diversity in Class of 2019

Oregon State University–Cascades graduated its most diverse class ever during its 18th commencement ceremony Sunday, June 16, including a record number of graduates who are the first in their family to earn a college degree.

In Rural Oregon, Pride Organizers Are Fighting For Recognition—From Their Hometowns and the LGBTQ Community at Large

Trish Perry has a dream—she wants to see a Pride parade in her hometown of Bend. At a glance, that hardly seems like an impossible goal. After all, Bend is one of the fastest-growing cities not just in Oregon but the entire United States, and there’s already a Pride celebration that happens in downtown’s Drake Park.

Women in Oceanography Still Navigate Rough Seas

Female scientists have weathered bias, lack of support, and unsafe work environments since the dawn of oceanography. Could recent initiatives, technology, and awareness chart the way to safer waters?

The lavender scare: How the federal government purged gay employees

You may have heard of the “Red Scare” of the 1950s – the fear stoked by Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy that Communists had infested the federal government. Accused State Department employees would be interviewed for the purpose of acquiring information concerning others. “That was the technique that was used by the government: grab one person, and then get that person to inform on other people,” said filmmaker Josh Howard.

Portland Pride Parade 2019: Tens of thousands clad in rainbow colors flood downtown Portland (PHOTOS)

An estimated 45,000 people packed about a mile long route in downtown Portland Sunday, June 16, 2019, for the Portland Pride Parade. Approximately 8,000 people from nearly 200 group participated, including the motorcycle group Dykes on Bikes, Nike, Keen, Alaska Airlines, the Harry Potter Alliance, Powells Books, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Senator Ron Wyden and Portland’s new fire chief Sara Boone.

Extension in the news

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry ‘mess’
Associated Press
Lloyd Nackley, a plant ecologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, holds freshly picked tops of hemp plants from one of Oregon State’s hemp research stations in Aurora, Ore.

Milwaukie Center class participants Walk With Ease
Clackamas Review
For the past six years, the Milwaukie Center has partnered with the Oregon State University Extension Service’s Family and Community Health program in Clackamas County.

Drone safety needs emphasized
Fox 12 news
Victor Villegas helps get the message out, be safe with your drones.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Oregon Extension colleagues receive national recognition

Congratulations to the OSU Extension Oregon Gamma Chapter colleagues being recognized at the national Epsilon Sigma Phi conference:

  • Patricia Dawson, National Distinguished Service Ruby Award (former 4-H Youth Development, Umatilla County)
  • Deb Warnock, Distinguished Service Award (4-H Youth Development, Wallowa County)
  • Joy Jones, Continued Excellence Award (retired 4-H Youth Development and Master Gardeners™, Tillamook County)
  • José Garcia, Early Career Service Award (Open Campus/Juntos, Yamhill County)
  • Kristopher Elliott, Visionary Leadership Award (Outdoor School)
  • Barbara Brody, Diversity Multicultural Team (4-H, Family & Community Health, and SNAP-Ed , Grant and Malheur Counties)

Awardees will be honored during the 2019 Epsilon Sigma Phi National Conference, October 14-17, 2019, in Colorado Springs. Click here for conference details and registration information.

4-H Float in Starlight Parade

For the third consecutive year, the Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program was represented with a Starlight paradefloat in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on June 1. The float was designed and built by 4-H youth in Clackamas and Washington counties. See the amazing 4-H float here. The parade was broadcast live by Fox 12 and an estimated crowd of 300,000 attended the event in downtown Portland.

 

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: August 16, 2019)

Extension Web Update

Check out this weeks blog on keeping constituent experience a top priority. Our goal is to retain and enhance people’s awareness of the unique expertise and perspective brought to their questions and their challenges by OSU Extension Service.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Oregon Inclusive Emergency Planning (ORIEP) Workshop: Help improve emergency planning across Oregon to include persons with disabilities. Together, we can work toward emergency planning done with and for all Oregonians. June 18 from 8:30am to 4:30pm in Salem. For more info, visit the event page.

Latino Health Equity Conference: Seeding Latino Food Equity: Science tells us that eating healthy foods can reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and cancer, yet many Latinos struggle to access those foods. This conference will explore topics that address food equity for Latinos, with specific emphasis on how colonization has and continues to have impact on food choice, availability, and cultural identity. June 21 from 8:30am to 4:30pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Here Comes the FUN: Dam Right Drag Night’s 2nd Annual Pride: Join the Dam Right Drag Night crew for a night full of gag-worthy performances from some of the Willamette Valley’s fiercest performers in celebration of Pride Month. This show is open to all folks ages 16 and up. June 21 from 9:30pm to 11:30pm in Corvallis. For more information, visit the event page.

Oregonians and the State’s Racist Past, Present, and Future: Join facilitator Tai Harden-Moore in a conversation that asks, What does Oregon’s racist past mean for Oregonians? How does the state’s history affect how bias shows up for individuals? This conversation will also looks at how you can identify our own racial biases and work toward concrete ways to move forward as individuals and community. June 22 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Portland. For more info visit the event page.

In the News

Madras High sees Native American graduation rate double

“Olney is one of 45 Native American students who graduated from Madras High on June 1 — that’s 19 more graduates than in the class of 2018. She had multiple theories as to why these students have become more successful at Madras, from the school’s welcoming vibe to a tribal dance program that began when she was in middle school.”

Top 10 milestones of Portland’s Pride celebration

This weekend, the 45th annual Portland Pride celebration, presented by the nonprofit Pride Northwest, will include a two-day Waterfront Festival, and a Sunday parade that will wind its way from Old Town to Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

OSU-Cascades students promote diversity in Bend

A group of OSU-Cascades students are looking to create opportunities for more diversity and inclusivity in Bend.

Entire school learns sign language to welcome deaf kindergartner

At Dayton Consolidated School in Maine, one student has inspired a big change to the curriculum. Morey Belanger, a 6-year-old kindergartener, is the school’s first deaf student. To make her feel welcome, the school embraced the opportunity to teach all the students some sign language.

Boot camp in Oregon aims to bring more women to wildland firefighting

A special boot camp in eastern Oregon aims to bring more women into wildland firefighting careers.

Nike introduces curvy mannequins

Nike’s flagship London store has introduced plus-size and para-sport mannequins to its redeveloped women’s floor, signaling a further step towards inclusivity for the sportswear brand.

Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Native American Men

Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship. Contrary to a common misperception, women are not the only ones who can experience domestic violence: American Indian and Alaska Native men report high rates of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking, too.

Extension in the news

Crypto may be concern for calves
The Madras Pioneer
Scott Duggan suggests caution especially for children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and the elderly.

OSU names interim vice president for outreach and engagement
The Register-Guard
Anita Azarenko, who has served more than 30 years in a variety of leadership roles at Oregon State University, has been named interim vice provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement and director of the OSU Extension Service.

OSU’s ‘dairy person’ answers popular questions
Capital Press
Among her many roles as an assistant professor at Oregon State University Extension, Jenifer Cruickshank serves as the “dairy person” on food-related tours organized by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council.

Pasture management key to dairy profits
Capital Press
When feed costs rise, dairy producers take a renewed interest in growing high-quality feeds on their own land to keep overhead low. That was the case 10 years ago, “… when feed costs went crazy,” said Troy Downing, the Oregon State University Extension dairy specialist in Tillamook County. The county is one of the top three Oregon milk producers.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Lauren Tobey, Assistant Professor of Practice and Food Hero Social Marketing Coordinator, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, was recognized as a “Best Collaborator” (one of only four such awards) by the OSU Foundation in recognition of her work promoting Food Hero for Dam Proud Day. As a result of her enthusiasm and efforts, Food Hero (and Family and Community Health Extension) had the third highest number of donors for the campaign.

October 15, 2019 — Application Deadline for the Following Programs/Awards

The Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA) website is updated related to 2019 awards. For complete information go to: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/osuea/ and check in the RECOGNITION section in the black bar at the top of the page.

Included you will find information on the following programs/awards:

  • Search for Excellence Program
  • OSUEA Cooperator Awards Program
  • ESP Friend of Extension Program
  • Alberta Johnston Awards Program
  • Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants Program
  • Oscar Hagg Extension Communications Award
  • OSUEA Staff Awards Program (this includes):
  • Newer Faculty Awards
  • Experienced Faculty Awards
  • Classified Staff Awards
  • Educational Program Assistant Awards
  • Professional Faculty (administrative) Awards
  • Team Award

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2019

The next deadline for Extension Professional Development Fund is August 1. Applications 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. 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 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.

Extension Web Update

It’s not just about the expert information we provide to Extension audiences, but also how it is presented that makes it helpful and usable. In this week’s blog post we look at insights into how to catch people’s attention and keep it in the online world of written content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own. How do we make sense of this and what effect does it have on us as individuals and as Oregonians? June 10 starting at 4:00 pm in Lincoln City. For more information, visit the event page.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –  What, Why & How: Nonprofits increasingly have staff and assist clients from diverse cultures, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and genders. After completing this workshop, you will understand the challenges and strengths that diversity brings to nonprofit operations and be familiar with tools and techniques to incorporate equity concerns and to create an inclusive environment. June 11 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: How Do We Create Equitable Spaces Within Our Public Lands?: In the last 200 years, the landscape has changed drastically. What does the past and present mean for the future of our natural lands? And for those who have been removed from these areas? Educator Gabe Sheoships leads a discussion about what a relationship with nature means, how we can provide inclusive and equitable spaces within our public lands and natural areas, and how we can begin to work toward healing relationships with our land. June 14 in Port Orford.  For more information visit the event page.

Pride at the Museum:  Pride at the Museum welcomes visitors of all ages for a night of Pride-inspired science demos, guest scientists, drag performances, aerial dancers, music, and complimentary admission to our featured exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar. June 14 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

The impact of the walkout, 50 years later

OSU celebrates 50th anniversary of historic 1969 Black Student Union walkout.

Reclaiming tribal histories, one page at a time

Oregon State professor is out to open students’ eyes to the lost histories of Indigenous peoples

Marginalized Groups Team Up To Build Momentum – And Money — In Portland

For many nonprofits, spring is fundraising season. The events usually follow the same pattern: wine and beer at a silent auction cocktail hour, a seated dinner followed by a paddle raise auction. But organizers of TASTE: United For Equity, an event this Friday at the Portland Art Museum, decided to throw a different type of party.

Oregon schools will be required to teach about the Holocaust. A 14-year-old helped make it happen.

Public schools in Oregon will be required to teach students about the Holocaust and the concept of genocide, born from a meeting between two unlikely partners.

Farewell Frybread, Hello Camas; First Nations Revisit Traditional Foods

The modern American diet – with its on-the-shelf processed foods in grocery stores, Big Macs and Doritos Locos Tacos at drive-through eateries – has sparked super-sized health problems. That’s bad in itself, but data shows Native Americans suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than the general population, and diet is a factor.

Extension in the news

Researchers ask growers’ help in ergot monitoring
East Oregonian
Oregon State University Extension plant pathologist Jeremiah Dung hopes to engage growers in a citizen-science approach to monitor for ergot in grass seed crops

Fire suppression, drought increasing mortality among Central Oregon trees
The Register-Guard
Nicole Strong, a forestry and natural resources extension agent for OSU, described an increased amount of tree mortality — including junipers — in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Javier Fernandez-Salvador and Neil Bell have been partnering on a project and
were featured in an world-renowned magazine.

Summer Master Gardener Class

An accelerated summer online master gardener glass is now available. The gardeners who don’t want to wait until January can get information here.

Healthy Community grants available

The OSU Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition & Preventive Health is pleased to announce that the request for proposals for the 2019 Healthy Community Outreach Grants is now open. This statewide outreach program seeks to improve the nutrition and food environment in underserved communities across the State of Oregon in partnership with our colleagues in the OSU Extension Service and local community health partners.

Available Funding

The Moore Family Center Healthy Community Outreach program is seeking proposals from Extension professionals in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for community-based projects. 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). The OSU Moore Family Center shall act as the fiscal agent on each funded project.

Project Focus

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. We welcome project proposals related to improving nutrition and the food environment from Extension teams across the state.  Cross program collaborations are encouraged.

Proposal Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019.  For full proposal guidelines and application instructions please visit our website. Please send your questions about this funding opportunity to Jenny Rudolph, Moore Family Center Outreach Coordinator.

Quarterly Conversation

The May Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversation included the leadership update by Scott Reed, Oregon Outdoor School by Kris Elliott and his team, making outdoor school an integral part of school curriculum by Susan Sahnow and LeeAnn Mikkelson, and Extension’s digital strategy by Jennifer Alexander and Lucas Turpin.

Extension Web Update

Answers to your frequently asked questions about the new digital strategy, and useful tips for thinking about and searching for online content on the Extension website are now highlighted at: https://beav.es/navigator.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

AMERICA’S GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL: The opening ceremonies include a costumed parade through the park. The main stage will highlight cultural entertainment throughout the day. June 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Ontario. For more inforamtion, visit the event page.

Beyond Vanport: Remembering Native North Portland/Peggy Ball-Morrill: Klamath/Modoc artist Peggy Ball-Morrill’s paintings portray a community nearly invisible in popular culture where representations of native people are often limited to westerns or cartoons. The paintings remember a close-knit native community at a time when federal termination and relocation policies threatened Native survival. June 1–5 in Portland. For more info, visit the event page.

Gambatte: An American Legacy – Community Healing Gathering: This event focuses on sharing and listening to the emotional legacies held within the Japanese American experience. Generations have been impacted by the history of racism through lived experiences, historic impacts and the individual and collective pursuit of understanding identities in America. June 1– 5 in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Oregon State Students Re-enact 1969 March Across Campus

Dozens of people of all races and backgrounds participated in a march at Oregon State University on Tuesday, re-enacting the action students took decades earlier that created the opportunities they now have.

Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women

Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who has jurisdiction can lead to lax pursuit of cases and insufficient data.

Oregon State University at NCORE

For the first time in its history, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education will take place in Portland, Oregon from May 28 to June 1, 2019.

Residents See Trailer Parks As Home. Investors See Them As Cash Cows.

Meet the mobile home owners fighting back.

OSU part of grant to study link between microbiome, autism

An Oregon State University researcher is part of a $1.94 million grant to look for possible connections between the human microbiome and autism spectrum disorder.

Hey, did you see this?

Siri and Alexa Reinforce Gender Bias, U.N. Finds

Why do most virtual assistants that are powered by artificial intelligence — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa system — by default have female names, female voices and often a submissive or even flirtatious style?

Extension in the news

Mob grazing paying off near Jordan Valley
Capital Press
Weaned cows have been staying on U.S. Bureau of Land Management range in late fall to graze densely on medusahead and cheat grasses as part of an Oregon State University Extension study.

Barring wildlife helps get your space back
Idaho Press-Tribune
“Our homes and gardens often overlap with spaces and resources used by wild animals, both native and non-native,” said Dana Sanchez, Oregon State University extension service wildlife specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

We’re trying a new, regular feature in ConnEXTion. If you tuned into the May 17 Quarterly Conversation, you heard Scott begin by sharing a few examples of impactful programs; success stories; and faculty, staff, and partner recognitions. We know there are more great things happening every day across the state, and as Scott shared, it’s important we take time out of our daily tasks to celebrate and acknowledge those.

Here’s a place we can do that. If you have a bright spot, a success, or a shout-out, please submit it. We’ll publish these weekly in a new “Bright Spots” section of each ConnEXTion issue.

2018-2019 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2019! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty.

Promoted to Senior Instructor I:

  • Amanda Hatfield, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Kelly Streit, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Tina Dodge Vera, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:

  • Stephanie Polizzi, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences

Promotion to Associate Professor of Practice:

  • Barbara Bromley Brody, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Jamie Davis, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:

  • Lauren Gwin, College of Agricultural Sciences,Crop and Soil Science

Promoted to Professor:

  • Amy Jo Detweiler, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
  • Katherine (Kathy) Gunter, College of Public Health and Human Sciences,Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Deborah John, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Dustin Johnson, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
  • Patty Skinkis, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
  • David Stone, College of Agricultural Sciences, Food Science and Technology
  • Scott Leavengood, College of Forestry, Wood Science and Engineering

Awards for Excellence Event Recording and Resources

On May 2, the inaugural Failing Forward Award and 10 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence were awarded to diverse projects from across the university, including five with direct ties to the Division of University Outreach and Engagement. You will find a recording of the event, a PDF of the event program, a photo gallery, and descriptions of the award winning projects on the event website.

Upcoming webinars

Managing County Landing Pages and Local Focus Areas
Presented by Bryan Mayjor
Learn about the new options for managing County landing pages, and Local focus areas. The webinar will cover basics such as logging in using DUO, editing your editing your website profile and photo.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting number: 926 421 616
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Friday, May 31, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 am
Session number: 924 232 853
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Extension Web Update

This week’s update includes an update on the Navigator, upcoming webinars, and a list of website updates.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

SAY HEY! – Legacy Health Atrium: Say Hey! is an evening program to welcome professionals of color who recently relocated to the region. Join in for a fun evening of connecting, celebrating and showing our newest neighbors that there’s a rich and thriving multicultural community. May 29 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Issues of cultural appropriation and identity are complicated. Power dynamics influence who benefits from certain cultural experience, and—given the global nature of our world—parts of our individual and cultural identities are shaped by cultures other than our own.  May 29 starting at 6:00 pm in Ontario. For more information, visit the event page.

America’s Global Village Festival: The Festival displays authentic cultural villages—African, Basque, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mexican, Native American, Pioneer, Scottish. Each village features food, arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations and free youth activities. June 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Ontario. For more information, visit the event page.

1st Annual Albany Autism Walk: Join the Autism Society of Oregon for a day of family fun with activies like face painting, crafting and other inclusive activities. June 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Albany. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Black Mark, Black Legend: Uncovering the lineage of Black artists in Portland

I enter this work, Intisar S. Abioto, a Black woman, artist, Southern writer, storyteller, born in the year 1986, working in this world until a year yet to be determined.

Social equity becomes a key question as pot legalization spreads

Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities.

Park’s plans seen as promise of increased awareness, community togetherness

A local nonprofit organization that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families unveiled this week plans for an all-inclusive, fully accessible community park.

Warm Springs Tribes official to deliver OSU-Cascades commencement

Alyssa Macy, chief operating officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, will deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University – Cascades’ 18th commencement ceremony.

Directors Coin for Excellence

We are pleased to announce the newest director’s coin for excellence recipients. They are:

Michelle Jenck
Kurt Englund
John Corbin
Sheila Garber
Yosvan Campos
Celia August
Teresa Crowley
Shana Withee
Cassie Bouska
Lynette Black
Lindsay Davis
Mark LAbhart

Congratulations to all of you!

Please send in your nominations here.

Extension in the news

We Need Summer Camp More Than Ever Before
Outside
“We know all of the evidence tells us that students learn more and they retain more when they learn in an outdoor setting,” says Kris Elliott, assistant director for outreach and engagement for the outdoor-school program, which is facilitated by the Oregon State University cooperative-extension system. “They’re not only retaining that information in a more meaningful way, they’re also connecting to nature and to a place, and they carry that with them into the future.”

Hood River County Library to offer ‘things’ to checkout
Hood River News
“We are kicking off this collection with home kitchen and preservation tools in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service.”

OSU researcher focuses on integrated pest management
The Creswell Chronicle
Now a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Gail Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.

Bugs, birds and more at Beazell: Students enjoy lessons in the forest
Philomath Express
The program serves Title 1 underserved elementary schools, such as Philomath, Blodgett and others. Maggie Livesay, Benton County 4-H outreach leader with the OSU Extension Service, said 256 third and fourth graders went through the program last year.

In this week’s issue:

Dam Proud Day raises funds for Extension

As of May 13, Oregon State University raised $621,661 from 2,731 donors during its first ever 24-hour giving day. Extension’s participation in the fundraising event raised $13,660 from 447 donors (includes duplicate donors). Food Hero had the third highest number of donors of any college or department at 250. Way to go Lauren Tobey and the FCH/Food Hero team! Within Extension, Open Campus and Juntos raised the most funds for a total of $3,465 thanks in part to a very active social media campaign. Thank you to everyone who helped to promote the event.

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 (This Friday: May 17, 2019, Kidder 202 or via WebEx)

Upcoming webinars

Managing County Landing Pages and Local Focus Areas
Presented by Bryan Mayjor
Learn about the new options for managing County landing pages, and Local focus areas.
The webinar will cover basics such as logging in using DUO, editing your editing your website profile and photo.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting number: 926 421 616
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 926 421 616
Friday, May 31, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting number: 920 145 176
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 920 145 176

Extension Web Update

Content strategy guides planning for the creation, delivery, and governance of useful, usable content that meets audience needs. Getting to this point can be full of fun, interactive, and reflective exercises. If you are planning a statewide working group meeting this summer, consider adding a content strategy workshop to your agenda. Content teams for Extension’s website can get ideas in this week’s digital strategy blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

28th Annual Nestra Fiesta Latina: MSU invites everyone to Nuestra Fiesta Latina with activities for all ages, entertainment such as mariachi music, salsa and merengue dancing, traditional food and a “baile” to end the day. May 17 from 11:00am to 12:00pm in Monmouth. For more information, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: The Middle Class and Other Stories About Wealth, Status, and Power: Join Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis for a conversation that explores what we think and how we talk about class in Oregon and the nation.  May 18 from 1:00pm to 2:00 pm in Tillamook. For more information, visit the event page.

Gathering of Grand Ronde Tilixam: Join the The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for a gathering to discuss how our tribal histories have impacted their community to this today. This will be a gathering to experience culture, collective healing and historical wisdom. May 21 from 8:00am to 5:00pm in Grand Ronde. For more information, visit the event page.

SAY HEY! – Legacy Health Atrium: Say Hey! is an evening program to welcome professionals of color who recently relocated to the region. Join in for a fun evening of connecting, celebrating and showing our newest neighbors that there’s a rich and thriving multicultural community. May 29 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Virtual Classroom Aims To Reduce Implicit Bias & Student Suspensions

A former educator is diving into the Eugene tech field to change how teachers address bias in classrooms. Her virtual reality program could help decrease student suspensions.

OSU Libraries receive grant money for activist photographic collection

Work of photographer Chuck Williams, including cultural events, Oregon landscapes, will be displayed at OSU.

Washington County proclaims Asian Heritage Month

Washington County is home to Oregon’s largest share of Asians and Pacific Islanders at 11-12 percent of 610,000 population. Two speakers warn against generalizations about diverse peoples and cultures.

Arabic culture on display at Annual Foreign Language and International Studies Day

High school students from all over the state of Oregon piled into the EMU on Friday, May 3 at the University of Oregon to attend the 41st Annual Foreign Language and International Studies Day.

How Colleges Use 6-Word Stories About Race as a Teaching Tool

Beckie describes how some colleges and professors are using Michele Norris’s Race Card Project as a teaching tool.

Hey, did you see this?

Extension helps kids go screen free.

Extension in the news

Kids keep their eyes on the eggs
Post Register
Fertile eggs and incubators were provided by Lost River FFA with the help of the Oregon State University Extension Service and its Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network grant.

Early weaning can have advantages
Fence Post
David Bohnert, beef Extension specialist and ruminant nutritionist for Oregon State University said ranchers who use public lands generally do not like to wean early because it means an extra gather off their allotments, turning the cows back out after taking the calves off them.

In this week’s issue:

OSU public records requests

Jackie Bangs has been named the new public records officer within University Relations and Marketing. In a new policy that took effect on May 1, all OSU public records requests are to be directed to the OSU Public Records Office.

Upcoming Webinars

Managing County Landing Pages and Local Focus Areas
Presented by Bryan Mayjor

Learn about the new options for managing County landing pages, and Local focus areas.
The webinar will cover basics such as logging in using DUO, editing your editing your website profile and photo.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting number: 926 421 616
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 926 421 616
Friday, May 31, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting number: 920 145 176
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 920 145 176

New: 300 million images!

Creative Commons has launched their new search engine which searches 300 million images that you can use on your websites, blogs, presentations, and more! All the images are free, but you must follow the instructions on the license. The search engine now searches many more places than just Flickr. It’ll search 19 collections, including Flickr, Animal Diversity Web, Flora-On, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Have fun with it, and if you have questions about photos and Creative Commons, you can contact Karen Zimmermann of EESC.

Extension Web Update

What exactly is a CRM… and why should I care? Wondering what a CRM is? Or what a strategy for using a CRM at Extension might look like? Read this week’s blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Special Announcement:

Diversity & Inclusion Three-Part Series: This session will be led by Dr. Juanita Simmons and is for eXtension members only as part of Engage & Empower Online. Click on the workshop tittle for the registration link. May 8, 2019 1:00 PM

Part II, Implicit Bias, Civility, and Microaggressions in the Workplace

  • To understand the meaning, symptoms, and prevention of Implicit Bias in theory and practice;
  • To understand how Implicit Bias impacts institutional climate;
  • To understand ad recognize Microaggressive behavior and the impact that microaggressions have on institutional climate and relationships;
  • To introduce Civility in the Workplace (I)

Events & Resources

Binaries That Bind Us: This is part of a series of groups examining cognitive distortions, also called thinking errors. These are irrational beliefs or biases that often ultimately work against us and our overall wellness. They often reinforce negative patterns, causing one to feel “stuck”. May 13 7:00pm from 8:30pm in Portland. Fore more information, visit the event page.

Indigenous Masculinities Conversations: A space to discuss indigenous masculinities, from gender roles to gendered issues. May 14 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Corvallis.  For more information, visit the event page.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde: Annual Salmon Fish Ceremony: Join in and check out Tribal and local organization information tables, a demonstration salmon pit, speakers and community ceremony. May 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 in West Linn. For more info, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: The Middle Class and Other Stories about Wealth, Status, and Power: Join Oregon Humanities Executive Director Adam Davis for a conversation that explores what we think and how we talk about class in Oregon and the nation. May 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 in Tillamook. For more info, visit the event page.

In the News

How Oregon is closing the graduation gap for Latinx students

In January, Oregon educators received some encouraging news about graduation rates, particularly for historically underserved students in Oregon, and most notably for Oregon’s Latinx students.

Springfield Family Preserves Mexican & Salvadoran Culture Through Food

For the past 20 years a local nonprofit has helped Lane County immigrants find support and build community through gardening. KLCC’s Melorie Begay caught up with one family that cooks with food they grow as a way to keep their culture alive.

A witness to horror: Auschwitz survivor tells story at OSU event

Stephen Nasser, a Hungarian Jew who was the lone Holocaust survivor among 21 family members, mesmerized a crowd of 750 witnesses Monday night at the La Sells Stewart Center.

The real history of Cinco de Mayo, and how it’s celebrated around the world

Restaurants and watering holes across the country have been stocking up on tequila and taco fixings in preparation for the thousands of Americans who queued up for margarita specials on May 5. Many, however, won’t have a clue what exactly they’re drinking to.

Hey, did you see this?

Burger King spoofs McDonald’s with not-so-happy meals

Burger King is rolling out a new box meal called the “Real Meal.” It’s designed as a play on McDonald’s happy meal, and a way to bring attention to mental illness.

Extension in the news

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit comes to Kings Valley
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The Oregon State University Extension Service has staged the event for 17 years now with Maggie Livesay implementing the program as the 4-H outreach leader.

In this week’s issue:

Joy Jones reception

Sadly Joy Jones is leaving us, her reception will be May 16 from 4:00-6:00 pm Tillamook County Extension. She will be missed!

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: May 17, 2019)

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

This fund is designed to help faculty and staff gain the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors to enhance Extension education programs and services.

The fund is able to support a LOT of opportunities! Everyone is eligible to apply — as long as they have at least a .25 FTE and the other funding criteria are met!

Other Funding Criteria

  • At least 50% matching funds available from other sources.
  • Application submission precedes date of event.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications accepted from an individual.
  • A total limit of $1,000 will be awarded to an individual in one calendar year.
  • Awarded funds must be used within one year of award.

Activity also must support one or more of the following five strategic objectives and priorities:

  • Improve OSU Extension’s ability to reach culturally diverse audiences.
  • Enhance faculty members’ proficiency with impact evaluation and reporting.
  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness of office and program support staff through new and improved practices.
  • Develop ability to make decisions and positively influence diverse groups and individuals.
  • Invest in lifelong learning of faculty and staff through undergraduate and advanced degrees.

Apply

For complete information and application form, see: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

“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.
  • Earnings from the endowment feed 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.

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/debit card).
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • As you complete the on-line process, be sure to designate contributions to the following fund.
    • 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)

October 15, 2019 — Application Deadline for the Following Programs/Awards

The Oregon State University Extension Association (OSUEA) website is now updated related to all of the following programs/awards:

  • Search for Excellence Program
  • OSUEA Cooperator Awards Program
  • ESP Friend of Extension Program
  • Alberta Johnston Awards Program
  • Hoecker Extension Innovative and Replication Grants Program
  • Oscar Hagg Extension Communications Award
  • OSUEA Staff Awards Program (this includes):
  • Newer Faculty Awards
  • Experienced Faculty Awards
  • Classified Staff Awards
  • Educational Program Assistant Awards
  • Professional Faculty (administrative) Awards
  • Team Award

Extension Web Update

Topic page statistics: Using topic pages and tags helps website visitors find educational content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Events & Resources

2019 Southern Oregon LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Summit: The goal is to improve care for the LGBTQ+ community through reaching out to regional medical and behavioral healthcare providers and improve access to quality services. May 9–10 in Medford, visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? – Exploring What Makes Us Oregonian : Join Kerani Mitchell as they lead a conversation that asks what makes us Oregonian and how can we create inclusive communities. May 9 starting at 6:00 pm in Coos Bay. For info, visit the event page.

Women on the Rise: Join the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center as they try and connect, inspire, and empower generation of women. May 11 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Pendleton. For more information, visit the event page.

2nd Annual Lā ʻOhana Lūʻau: La ʻOhana celebrates and honors or ʻohana and the many who continue to support the growth and amazing journey the halau has been on and continue to be on. May 11 from 3:00pm to 6:00 pm in Beaverton. For more information visit the event page.

PSU Pacific Islanders Club 17th Annual Lū’au: Join the PSU Pacific Islanders Club for some legendary storytelling from around the Pacific through song, dance, and food. May 11 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm in Portland. For more information, visit the event page.

In the News

Recovering an erased history: The Chinese railroad workers who helped connect the country

In the first of 5 articles about the Transcontinental Railroad anniversary, descendants of Chinese railroad workers share their hope for the recognition of their ancestors’ labor.

Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a “playful and engaging way.”

Juntos: Local schools work to raise Latino graduation rate

College posters for OSU and University of Oregon hang from the wall next to folders of federal-aid forms, free for the taking, and explanatory sheets detailing graduation requirements.

A 45-Year-Old Man Shared An Emotional Reaction To Putting On A Bandage In His Skin Tone For The First Time

“This was one of the first things that made me aware of ‘race’ when I was a kid,” one user wrote.

Hey, did you see this?

Have you seen or read something that would be of interest to your Extension colleagues? Let us know and we’ll share in ConnEXTion.

Extension in the news

Mulch-in cherries
Good Fruit Grower
However, the mulch did significantly increase organic matter, and as the mulch breaks up over time, it may improve the biology of both trees and fruit, according to Oregon State University Extension specialist Ashley Thompson, one of the researchers on the study.

4-H Entrepreneurship Curriculum: Collaboration helps students hone skills to start business
The Argus Observer
Dubbed the 4-H Mobile Maker Studio, the classroom is contained in a 32-foot recreational vehicle that is slated to serve students in rural schools throughout eastern and central Oregon, with Nyssa being the first, said Barbara Brody, Oregon State University Extension in Malheur County.

Preparing for a Chiloquin wildfire
The Herald and News
KLFHP member and Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center Forest Agent Daniel Leavell said the partnership encouraged solutions, not blame-shoveling, between partners.