In this week’s issue:

Annual Conference: Send us your Proposals!

Extension Annual Conference: Proposals and Session Information Due August 27
It’s time to submit your proposals for Extension Annual Conference (December 3-6, 2018). The website has been updated with proposal information.

Elevate Extension Keynote Talks – NEW! We’re going to hear amazing stories and ideas from our own ranks this year. We are looking for 5-8 people to present seven minute talks. The topic and content must involve one or more of these themes and be of interest to a broad Extension audience:
• Innovation in Extension Programs (either through new efforts or by making programs/processes better, more efficient, or wider-reaching)
• Working together to solve “wicked” problems
• Building a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• An inspirational case study about the transformative power of Extension

Additionally, we would be interested in seeing proposals on the following specific ideas: civil discourse, public health and well being, OSU strategic initiatives, convening communities, extension leadership to build community, the future of Extension services, societal trends, and storytelling.
Apply for keynote talks here!

Peer Reviewed Workshops and Posters – This worked so well last year, we’re doing it again! OSUEA will review the proposals. The Request for Proposals includes descriptions of each type of presentation:
Workshops: Teach a new skill or share a program
Summits: Convene a session to bring out new ideas and best practices (see World Café for a suggested format)
Refereed Posters: Share your display about a new program or research findings
Poster to Share With Peers: Show off your favorite educational or promotional display
– Apply for workshops and posters here!

For everything else that needs to be scheduled – Planning a meeting? Admin sponsored session? HR training? Applications are subject to approval and schedule constraints. Use the Invited Application.

COARC name change

The name of the Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) in Madras has been updated to the Central Oregon Agriculture Research and Extension Center (COAREC), effective immediately.

This change reflects the strong Extension work that faculty and staff assigned to the Madras location are involved in. The name change was approved through Oregon State’s unit name change process and has the support of local stakeholders.

Carol Tollefson continues her role as director and all faculty and staff assignments and work locations will remain the same.

Over the coming weeks, Carol will facilitate the logistical aspects of this name change, including updating signage, logos, and other materials as needed.

In Memoriam

Wayne D. Mosher, long time Extension specialist from Douglas County has passed away. He specialized in forage management and animal nutrition. During his career he traveled the world sharing his expertise and retired from OSU as a Professor Emeritus. He co-authored several papers, worked on many research projects, and started the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

To honor his wishes there will not be a service.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight of Oregon: honorflightoforegon.org, Providence Benedictine Hospice of Mt Angel or the OSU Forage/Livestock Research Program Endowment.

Extension Web Update

Websites work because the people behind it are focused on better ways to making it function. This doesn’t only include technical pieces, but also the people who make the content happen. In this week’s web upgrade blog post How to Guide your Content Team Forward, EESC links to a new instructional guide and shares advice from content teams that have completed entering their priority content into the new Extension website.

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

2nd Annual Pan African Festival: The festival will host live music, dance, food and entertainment. Along with talks and discussion around health education, education and career awareness, financial literacy, and relevant other opportunities for people to get involved and take action to solve problems in their community. August 11th in Portland form 12:00pm to 8:30pm, for more info visit the event page.

Conversation Project: Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians: Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? September 6th 12:00 pm, for more info visit the event page.

In the News

Camp at OSU combines mariachi music and science 

This week, 30 eighth- through 12th-grade students from Portland, Hillsboro and Forest Grove are participating in the third annual Mariachi STEAM Camp at Oregon State University. (STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.)

Naming project aims to remind visitors that Marys Peak is still sacred to tribes 

Settlers and their descendants have historically ignored — even disrespected — these sacred spaces, said Oregon State University professor Natchee Barnd. He hopes the project inspires visitors to go beyond understanding the past — to ask what else can be done in the future.

Diversifying Lake Oswego School District’s staff ‘a matter of urgency’

Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion continues to be a primary focus as the Lake Oswego School District approaches a new school year.

PSU offers Oregon’s first major in Indigenous Nations Studies

Portland State University is offering the state’s first major in Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies.

What are you reading?

Book: The Blood of Emmett Till (2017) by Timothy Tyson

Emmett Till was a 14 year old African-American youth from Chicago. In the summer of 1955 he went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. There is a strong connection between African-American families from this part of Mississippi and the South side of Chicago. The industrialization of the north (creating a pull) and Jim Crow Law (creating a push) influenced migration from Mississippi to Chicago after the Civil War. While visiting that summer, Emmett was accused of flirting with a white store clerk named Carolyn Bryant. Later that night he was pulled from his bed in the by two white men, the clerk’s husband and brother. Emmett was brutally murdered and dumped in the Tallahatchie River. His mother requested his body be brought back to Chicago for an open-casket funeral. The funeral was attended by thousands, was well-covered in the media, and sparked a new energy in the civil rights movement for a young generation of African Americans. Spoiler alert – both white men were acquitted.

Best quote in the book “Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him” – Carolyn Bryant.

August 28th marks 63 years since is brutal murder. Wiley Thompson

Extension in the news

More farms, ranches embracing agritourism
Capital Press
Mary Stewart, an agritourism specialist for the Oregon State University Extension, along with other experts, is trying to get USDA to adopt a wider view of agritourism.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Web Update

The EESC web team made new improvements throughout June and July to the new website to make sharing content, finding faculty and staff, and seeing the latest content easier. The web groups who are entering content also have new tools to track revisions, limit photo access, check duplicates, and sort content. Read about these and what is coming next in this week’s web upgrade project 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

Early Learning Hub Equity Training: The Early Learning Hub of Linn, Benton & Lincoln counties is hosting their second annual conference focused on service and education equity. August 3 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in Albany, for more information visit the event page.

Portland Iranian Festival (19th Annual): Join the Andisheh Center in celebrating the 19th Annual Iranian Festival on Saturday, August 4 from 11am-4pm, in the South Park Blocks-PSU. The Festival’s theme this year is to honor the amazing women and artists that have contributed so much to our rich cultural heritage. For more information, visit the event page.

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana: Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for delicious food, amazing entertainment, a carnival, Fiesta Court coronation, an endlessly entertaining parade, car show, and soccer tournament at the 55th annual Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana. August 4-5 in Woodburn. For more information, visit the event page.

Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego: Neighbors gather to discuss and respond to racism in Lake Oswego. Please come prepared to listen compassionately and with an open mind to your neighbors’ experiences. Sharing is optional but encouraged. August 6 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Lake Oswego, for more information visit the event page.

Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Oregon: When Euro-Americans planted their flags and religious symbols in “newly discovered” lands, they were undertaking well-recognized legal procedures and rituals of Discovery to demonstrate their country’s legal claim over the lands and peoples. Professor Miller will explain the doctrine and how it became American Manifest Destiny and led to the United States acquiring the Oregon Country. August 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 in Coos Bay. For more information, visit the event page.

Diversity & Inclusion 101 for Extension Personnel: Recordings of this webinar series are now available on the National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals website: https://naepsdp.org/Webinar-Archive

In the News

Isabella Ash: Diversity discussion spurs effort to continue conversation after camp

Our diversity discussion at Oregon State University’s campus library was two hours of conversation between students and mentors about personal opinions and experiences with diversity. I felt empowered while surrounded by peers who not only share the same passions and views as me but also the same struggles and hardships.

Multilingual learners doing better in US schools than previously thought 

Co-written by Karen Thompson, assistant professor in the College of Education at Oregon State University.

New Hampshire, 94 Percent White, Asks: How Do You Diversify a Whole State?

Catalina Celentano used to hold training sessions for hospital workers in Lynn, Mass., to familiarize them with the cultures of patients from Cambodia, Russia and the Dominican Republic. When she moved to New Hampshire, she suddenly found herself in an ethnic vacuum.

Beyond Stonewall: A Comprehensive List Of Documentaries That Explore LGBTQ History

Queer cinema is inherently political by its very nature, defying the heteronormative status quo by virtue of its very existence. However, LGBTQ documentaries are arguably even more potent than their fictional counterparts, shining a much-needed light on the history of the queer community.

Palestinian embroidery is Oregon artist’s link to the past

Some 6,800 miles from Palestine, Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim is keeping the culture of her homeland alive – in thread.  She’s taught Palestinian hand-embroidery to her three daughters and to people across the U.S. Now, she’s being honored for her lifetime of work.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

OSU Class teaches locals about healthy cooking
East Oregonian
Angie Treadwell wants to talk produce. Though the classes target women and children, Treadwell said they encourage the whole family to join in.

Clackamas County 4-H Club featured in Portland-based movie
Pamplin Media Group
Clackamas County 4-H members are enjoying a bit of celebrity status after the recent release of the Portland-based movie “Leave No Trace.”

Be a Food Hero
Camp Business
Food Hero was launched by the OSU Extension Service to encourage healthy eating among low-income Oregonians, in part by promoting home cooking as well as increased fruit and vegetable consumption.

In this week’s issue:

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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

New O & E leadership team members

Beginning July 1, the Outreach & Engagement Leadership Team welcomes two additional members, Jim Johnson, Extension Forestry Program Leader, and Wiley Thompson, Regional Director Coast Region. Each are serving a rotating term as representative of their group on the executive team through June 30, 2019.

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

Register early for the Communities, Food, Resilience, an event designed to spark bold and visionary conversations around food systems and community food resilience and the role of the land grant university. Hosted by College of Agricultural Sciences and OSU Extension, the OSU150 event takes place in Portland on September 5, 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum (reception following will be held at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). The event will be livestreamed and Extension offices are encouraged to invite members of their communities to a viewing party. To be identified as a livestream location and receive the invite template, ideas, and livestreaming instructions, contact Amanda Bielenberg by August 9. Visit the event website for more details and view the event flyer here.

In Memoriam

It is with sadness we share that Jackson Weaver Ross, Jr., passed away on June 24, 2018. Jack worked in a series of positions with the Extension Service: Farm Crops Specialist, Area Supervisor, Community Development Specialist and finally Assistant Director, County Programs. In 1959, he received a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship and earned an MA in Extension Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He returned to work at Oregon State, and after a successful career retired in August 1975 at age 55.  At his request, only private services will be held. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Corvallis Boys and Girls Club for the Jackson Ross Memorial bench and planter, 1112 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330 (www.bgccorvallis.org) or the Vina Moses Center.  https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/obituaries/jackson-weaver-ross-jr/article_35d2c267-290b-53ec-881a-e6d32e6cb1ff.html

Extension Web Update

Not everyone in Extension is involved behind-the-scenes in adding to the website, but many do author or use the content. Whether it is requesting missing content, evaluating what to migrate, or avoiding duplicating content others have entered, the latest website upgrade blog post reminds us about reasons you may need to talk with each other. Also, where you can look to find out who you should be speaking to in the first place.

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.

Readings:

Reimagining publics and (non)participation: Exploring exclusion from science communication through the experiences of low-income, minority ethnic groups. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0963662517750072

Events & Resources

Conversation Project: What Is Cultural Appropriation?: Facilitator Surabhi Majahan will lead a conversation to explore cultural appropriation beyond who’s “allowed” to wear certain clothing or cook particular foods. July 25th from 6:30pm t0 7:30pm in Portland. For more information.

NEOEDD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtable-Wallowa County: NEOEDD is hosting two different events to explore DEI topics. NEOEDD continues its round table discussions for volunteers, boards, and staff members to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next round table will be held Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Place in Joseph, and be moderated by Anita Yap and Traci Price. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes lunch. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana: Mark your calendar and be sure to join us for delicious food, amazing entertainment, a carnival, Fiesta Court coronation, an endlessly entertaining parade, car show, and soccer tournament at the 55th annual Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana. August 4-5 in Woodburn.

Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and Oregon: When Euro-Americans planted their flags and religious symbols in “newly discovered” lands, they were undertaking well-recognized legal procedures and rituals of Discovery to demonstrate their country’s legal claim over the lands and peoples. Professor Miller will explain the doctrine and how it became American Manifest Destiny and led to the United States acquiring the Oregon Country. August 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 in Coos Bay. For more information.

In the News

How Teaching Native History and Culture In Wisconsin’s Schools Became Law [Audio]

In the early 1980s, conflict erupted when Wisconsin Native Americans asserted certain treaty rights. A few years later, a law called Act 31 made teaching Native American history and culture mandatory in Wisconsin schools. We’ll look at what led to its adoption, and how successful it’s been.

Elite Native American crew fights fires, serves community

Members of the Warm Springs Hotshots were getting ready to head home when the radio buzzed — a wildfire had started — and the elite crew launched into motion to tamp down the blaze in the sagebrush of eastern Oregon’s foothills.

Returning to Manzanar

A brief retelling of the experiences of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Dear Stranger: Connecting Oregonians, one letter at a time

Oregon is a big place, home to a great diversity of geography and experience. It’s hard to say anything about the state that holds as true in Nyssa as it does in Neskowin. How can we hope to understand the experiences of people living in such different places? How can we work together for the good of all?

Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

The French are welcoming home their soccer heroes in Paris on Monday after becoming the 2018 World Cup champions. But what is notable about the squad isn’t just the goals they managed to rack up, but the diversity the players embody.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

OSU Extension food preservation hotline opens for canning season
KTVZ
As canning season gets underway, the Food Preservation hotline from Oregon State University ExtensionService started taking calls Monday.
Eastern Oregon wheat harvest off to fiery start
Capital Press
Wheat harvest is off to a blazing start in Eastern Oregon — literally. …  Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist for Oregon State University in Pendleton, said most of the lower elevations in Morrow and Gilliam counties were short on rainfall during May and June, and he expects they may cut around 10-15 bushels of wheat per acre below average.
New OSU Extension agent hired for Marion, Clackamas counties
Capital Press
Betsy Verhoeven, whose mother, Mary Verhoeven, worked in the wheat program at Oregon State University, and who worked in OSU barley breeder Pat Hayes’ lab as a teenager, has been named Oregon State University Extension’s new field crops agent for Marion and Clackamas counties.

In this week’s issue:

New Extension name badge

New OSU Extension name badge – To adopt the new OSU branding and provide consistency across the Division, Extension Administration will pay for one replacement name badge for all faculty and staff through December 31, 2018 (this does not include name badges for students or temporary employees; these are the responsibility of the county/department).

Supervisors or office managers should contact R3 Engraving at r3@r3engraving.com to order the replacement name badges. Please contact Kaylyn Hymes in Extension Administration to obtain an index and activity code to charge.

Example of the new OSU Extension name badge:

2017-18 Academic Report for University Outreach and Engagement

The annual academic report on the Division of University Outreach and Engagement is now available online. The report attempts to provide the Provost and other readers with a snapshot of the wide project and geographic scope of work that is done within the Division by our dedicated faculty and staff and the positive impact your work has on individuals, families, industry, and communities.

Benny at the Fair Advertising Templates

Fair season has arrived! To promote Benny the Beaver’s appearance at your fair, three ad templates are available for your use. Access them in Box. Here’s how:

Access Box via the Employee Intranet site. Click on the first bullet, which takes you to all the Extension and AES folders. Search for the “Marketing, Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder. Click on Templates and then on the “Benny at the Fairs Advertising” folder. If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the files, please contact Ann Marie Murphy (541-737-1327).

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Peter Bloome, retired Extension Associate Director, who passed away at his home on June 30 with family by his side. Peter held the position of Extension Associate Director from October 1, 1997 and served in this role until he retired December 31, 2002. Starting July 1, 2003, Peter held an Emeritus Appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Biological & Ecological Engineering Department.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date. https://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/obituaries/peter-bloome/article_97676768-2d22-5d70-a842-8a87053289bd.html

Extension Web Update

Many teams are working hard to add content to the new Extension website, but need just a little more time. The decision to move the deadline from August 1 to November 1 for accessing the archived Extension content gives more time for content teams to review and assess what is needed before the old content goes completely offline. Other changes this week include the EESC web team reducing our office hours, since the number of people attending has tapered off post-launch. People can still inquire during office hours on Fridays 2-4 pm, or contact us to set up an individual meeting time during the week. Learn more about this and other updates in the recent web upgrade project 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

UPDATE! Diversity & Inclusion Summer School 101

Register now for sessions next week starting Monday: https://naepsdp.org/Schedule

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? July 25th, at 6:30 pm in Portland. More information.

Priced Out: Gentrification

A screening of the documentary film Priced Out, which chronicles the journey of one black, single mother as she decides to sell her home and move to Texas amidst the rapid gentrification of the neighborhood that she grew up in. We’ll have time for a discussion of the film’s themes after the screening. Free and open to all! July 29th, at 7:30pm to 9:30pm, in Portland. For more information.

¡Festival Latino de Albany 2018!

Festival Latino 2018 is just around the corner! This free event includes cultural performances, children’s activities, food for purchase, and a Health & Community Resource Fair. You can’t miss it! July 29th, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in Albany. More information.

In the News

What work does a street sign do?

Natchee Blu Barnd is an assistant professor of ethnic studies and Native American studies at Oregon State University. Barnd’s recent work focuses on how place-naming shapes perspectives of history related to Indigenous peoples in the United States. In the conversation below, we look at what this does or does not do to benefit different interest groups.

Hip hop forestry: Thomas Rashad Easley of F&ES

Thomas Rashad Easley, assistant dean of community and inclusion at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, describes how he learned to love people and share his truth from hip hop and how to respect the earth through forestry. Bringing them together, he says, has allowed him to connect people who have been unnaturally kept apart to create a better world.

NEOEDD offering more DEI Sessions

Do you wonder what people mean by “DEI” –– diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race, gender, class, sexual orientation or migration? Are you wondering why or how your organization should take part in discussions of privilege?

OSU-Cascades honors faculty, staff achievements

Oregon State University–Cascades recently recognized six recipients of the 2018 Employee Awards.  The awards recognize faculty and staff in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion; outreach; outstanding staff; scholarship and creative activity; sustainability; and teaching excellence.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Net some knowledge
Oregon Coast Today
Experts from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service will run the free tours, connecting seafood lovers with commercial fishermen.

Research station fights back against rose stem girdler
Capital Press
A new pest has burst on the scene at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.

Sharing equipment benefits small-scale farmers
Capital Press
Historically, many farmers of all scales have shared equipment. However, the idea is gaining in popularity among new farmers — especially those looking for a collaborative group, said Melissa Fery, an Oregon State University Small Farms Extension agent.

In this week’s issue:

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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative workshop

The OSU College of Engineering is organizing the inaugural Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative workshop to be held August 6-7, 2018. Please consider attending and submitting an abstract for the poster session.

The keynote address, “Urban Water Supply Re-invention for Dry Cities,” will be given by Richard G. Luthy, Silas H. Palmer Professor in Department Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure at Stanford University.

Other invited talks will be added to the program as they are confirmed.

Abstracts for the poster session are being accepted now at http://cbee.oregonstate.edu/water and are due no later than July 17.

There is no cost to attend this workshop but advance registration is required.

If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lewis Semprini.

Marketing items order form

If you have downloaded the order form before, please check the online form again and download the updated version before placing a new order. The online form is updated frequently. If you re-use an older version of the form, new items and out-of-stock notifications will not be shown.

Updated Statewide Sites

Check out the updated Statewides map. The new version will be available through Portfolio and the photo archive.

Better, Bones, and Balance Instructor Training

Our Better, Bones, and Balance Instructor Training is coming to Corvallis September 13 and 14, 2018!  This message is to remind you that early bird pricing will be ending July 31.

What is Better Bones and Balance?
BBB is a research-based program from OSU shown to improve balance, strength, and mobility.
The research also shows a reduced rate of bone loss among BBB class participants!

Who should consider leading a Better Bones and Balance class as an instructor?

If you have a passion for fitness and health, a dedication to teaching and sharing with others and an outgoing personality…..becoming an instructor is right for you!

What does Better Bones and Balance Instructor Training Provide?

  • Practical Exercise Leadership
  • Specific Protocol Training
  • Sample Lesson Plans
  • Valuable Instructor Feedback
  • Marketing Tips
  • The Latest Research Information!

How do I register?

Print out the form!  Mail it along with your personal check to our 2018 Training Venue, LBCC (address is on the form).

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by August 23rd to Michelle Smith, 541.737.7417 and michelle.smith@oregonstate.edu.

Extension Web Update

As more content is added on the OSU Extension website, the EESC web team begins to get more requests for how to organize content for specific audiences. This week’s website blog post looks at what the different ways content is managed automatically by the website and what can be done, such as creating collection pages, to help in curating content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Check out other events going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar     

Events & Resources

HSRC Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity: The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is looking for faculty, staff, students and community members to volunteer at the HSRC food pantry this summer. To volunteer, complete a one hour training. You can drop by Avery Lodge (HSRC) anytime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete it. More information about the HSRC and the food pantry schedule can be found here. For more information: hsrc.foodpantry@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Women’s Center strategic planning:  View a sample of feedback from a recent planning survey: Women’s Center Feedback and participate in a current (super-short) survey that will help in the development of guiding principles and core values.

In the News

Inside the #MeToo movement at Nike: Employees are hoping for a culture change.

Benton County considers shelter options: Proposals include using a building near the corner of Northeast Walnut Boulevard and Belvue Street as a temporary shelter.

Homeless protesters set up camp outside Corvallis City Hall: The continuing saga of the homeless situation in Corvallis has produced some new approaches.

Extension in the News

No-till farming can help save water, proponents say
Capital Press
In contrast to traditional farming methods, no-till leaves all of the crop residue — the part of the plant not harvested — on the surface instead of plowed under. The root systems of the plants remain intact, providing soil stability, according to Donald Wysocki, a soil scientist at Oregon State University Extension in Pendleton, Ore.

In this week’s issue:

Branded color palette now available on your desktop

Click on the Design tab and then the Color drop down menu in Word and PowerPoint and you’ll see the OSU branded color palette (OSU RGB 2018). Click to make it your default color palette and it will be easy to use Beaver Orange and several of the secondary brand colors in your marketing and outreach materials. To learn more about OSU brand colors, visit the OSU Brand Guide.

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

 Register for an event designed to spark bold and visionary conversations around food systems and community food resilience and the role of the land grant university. Hosted by College of Agricultural Sciences and OSU Extension, the event takes place in Portland on September 5, 2:30 to 5:15 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum (reception following will be held at the Oregon Historical Society from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.). The event will be livestreamed and Extension offices are encouraged to invite members of their communities to a viewing party. To be identified as a livestream location and receive the invite template, ideas, and livestreaming instructions, contact Amanda Bielenberg by July 23. Visit the event website for more details and view the event flyer here.

Cultivating Change Conference

Kris Elliott and Jeff Sherman attended the Cultivating Change Summit in Des Moines, Iowa this past week. They have made a short video, discussing why this work matters to OSU Extension, and to them personally.

For context, the Cultivating Change Foundation values and elevates LGBT+ agriculturalists through advocacy, education, and community by being more visible to each other, more visible to others, and by connecting to people, companies, and organizations who are doing incredible work for the LGBT+ community. Kris and Jeff feel lucky to work for an organization like the OSU Extension Service and associated programs who value people and all the identities they bring with them to the workplace. Last year, OSU Extension and OSU College of Agricultural Sciences sponsored the summit when the meeting was on the west coast. If you are interested in being part of the conversation, feel free to reach out directly to Kris or Jeff, participate in the local Cultivating Change reception held each winter in Portland, or visit the foundation website at:  http://www.cultivatingchangefoundation.org/mission-vision-values/

We are both proud to work for Oregon State University Extension, and look forward to continuing the conversation! Left is the Safe Zone poster many offices and work spaces are posting to let employees, students, community members, and friends know that there are spaces free from hate and discrimination, a nice addition to our Civil Rights posters.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — August 1, 2018
The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is August 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation
  • Contributions may be made to one or both of the following funds, indicate percentage (%) as you complete the on-line process.

6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Endowment Fund)
4100-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund (Current Use Fund)

Extension Web Update

Visitors that used search features in the past two weeks on the OSU Extension website browsed through more pages and stayed longer on the website than the site average. This week’s blog post looks at how search can help visitors explore the site and how to narrow down search results on this content-rich site.

Diversity Highlights

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

Check out other events going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar     

Events & Resources

Equal Opportunity and Access Title IX/Title VII workshop July 11-13: No cost, register at http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/annual-title-ix-workshop by June 29.  This year we are proud to host our annual statewide Title IX/Title VII workshop at Oregon State University.  This two-and-a-half day workshop will include information on Title IX, Title VII and other anti-discrimination legal issues and procedures, and an overview of best practices. Presenters include Jackie Sandmeyer and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, LLP.

HSRC Food Pantry Volunteer Opportunity: The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is looking for faculty, staff, students and community members to volunteer at the HSRC food pantry this summer. To volunteer, complete a one hour training. You can drop by Avery Lodge (HSRC) anytime between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday to complete it. More information about the HSRC and the food pantry schedule can be found here. For more information: hsrc.foodpantry@oregonstate.edu.

OSU Women’s Center strategic planning:  View a sample of feedback from a recent planning survey: Women’s Center Feedback and participate in a current (super-short) survey that will help in the development of guiding principles and core values.

Cuentos y Conversación: Ofrecemos cuentos y actividades bilingües para los niños y una oportunidad de charlar y practicar el inglés para los adultos. Los lunes a las 6:30 p.m. desde el 9 de julio en adelante en la biblioteca pública de Albany. Starting on July 9, the Albany Public Library will offer Spanish speaking and bilingual children’s activities, while giving adults time to practice their English conversation skills. 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through the summer.

In the News

As pathway market expands, enrollment outcomes diverge  (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University, INTO’s first partner in the U.S., increased its international student population as a proportion of total enrollment from 4.9 percent in fall 2008, when the partnership started, to 11.5 percent in fall 2017. According to published enrollment figures, the university enrolled 898 students across the various INTO Oregon State intensive English and pathway programs in fall 2017, down from a peak of 1,496 in 2014. Most of the drop was in intensive English enrollments, where numbers are falling nationwide, in large part due to the drop in Saudi students.

Special Olympics State Summer Games in Corvallis canceled (Gazette-Times)

The organization held its Summer State Games in Corvallis for the first time in 2017 on campus at Oregon State University and on the track at Corvallis High School. After those games, organizers of the event praised OSU and the Corvallis community and said the organization wanted to hold games in Corvallis for many years to come.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

New statewide IPM coordinator named for Oregon
Good Fruit Grower
Katie Murray, of Oregon State University’s Integrated Plant Protection Center, has been appointed statewide integrated pest management coordinator for Oregon, according to a statement from OSU.

Hive Mind: Inside The Complicated World of Bee Colonies
Science Friday
Oregon State University entomologist Ramesh Sagili chats about his study published in the journal Scientific Reports. He examined what happens when the queen of a honeybee hive dies and how the surviving bees choose the next queen

Potatoes get revamped
Western Farmer-Stockman
Aymeric Goyer, associate professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, studied the levels of vitamin B9, or folate, in different potatoes. Vitamin B9 is essential for optimal brain and nerve function, and for infant development.

In this week’s issue:

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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

2018 ESP Award Winners

Congratulates each of you on your 2018 ESP Award!

Western Region:
Mid-Career: Jenny Rudolph
Early Career: Katie Ahern
Continued Excellence: Patricia Dawson
Visionary Leadership: Willie Riggs
Administrative Leadership: Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual: Patricia Dawson
National Friends of Extension: Bob and Charlee Moore

Please consider attending ESP’s national conference this October to receive your award in person.  The 2019 ESP National Conference will be held in Manhattan, Kansas. https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2018-Conference

Outdoor School Team Expanding

Our OSU Extension Outdoor School Team is growing. Starting on July 9th, please welcome:

  • Charissa Jones, our new Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator; and
  • Renee O’Neill, our new Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator

Both join Dr. Spirit Brooks, our Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Coordinator, who joined the Team this spring.

Charissa Jones brings a tremendous amount of diversity, equity, and inclusion experience to the Outdoor School Team. Previously, Charissa served as the Environmental Education Coordinator for the Tualatin Riverkeepers, connecting youth and families from diverse backgrounds to the river and environmental education.

Renee O’Neill joins us with more than ten years of experience in leading, coordinating, and developing field-based programs and leading teacher professional development programs. Most recently, Renee served as the Senior Programs Coordinator for OSU’s Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) Program.

Dr. Spirit Brooks has been onboard for nearly two months now and is already deep into Outdoor School evaluation and our annual reporting requirements. Spirit will help us carefully evaluate the effectiveness and success of outdoor school so that we can continue to improve and increase program effectiveness in every school across our state.

While Spirit, Charissa, and Renee complete our search for full-time professional faculty positions in Corvallis, we will be announcing the search for three Regional Coordinator positions very soon. These positions will be located in 1. Eastern Oregon (Baker City); 2. Southern Oregon (Medford/Ashland); and 3. Portland Metro Area. Stay tuned for the announcement of these position descriptions.

Extension Web Update

The new Extension website offers many tools to use in adding photos, newsletters, faculty/staff profiles, and keywords that help web visitors navigate the content. In this week’s blog post, the web team shares details on new developments and guidelines for those who are working to add to and maintain the website.

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:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

Nutrition specialists mixing it up with school lunches
East Oregonian
Most of the recipes, Berdan said, were adapted from the Food Hero program that Oregon State University’s extension service uses to teach families about affordable, nutritious cooking.

Health in All Policies: Working Across Sectors in Cooperative Extension to Promote Health for All
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension
ECOP commissioned the work of Extension and Experiment Station colleagues in five teams to address five critical areas underlying the health and wellness extension programming across the country. The work of these teams has resulted in this special edition by Michele Walsh, Deborah John, Nicole Peritore, Andrea Morris, Carolyn Bird, Marion Ceraso, Sarah Eichberger, Rachel Novotny, Laura Stephenson, Suzanne Stluka, and Roberta Riportella.

Paul Simon says goodbye to Oregon fans with a gift for Outdoor School
OregonLive.com
There may be 50 ways to leave your fans, but Paul Simon’s way is one that Oregon kids will get to appreciate for years to come: a contribution to Outdoor School, Oregon’s 60-year-old environmental education program.

In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

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 ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Administration welcomes Kaylyn Hymes

Kaylyn’s first day was yesterday, and she will begin the transition to provide the HR recruitment support and coordination along with Marcia Dickson.  Kaylyn will also be responsible for a variety of administrative functions for the unit including but not limited to primary building manager working with facilities and surplus, equipment needs, purchasing, technology support, telecom, and supervision of student employees.

Kaylyn comes to O&E/Extension Admin from the Extended Campus (eCampus/PACE) administrative team, as well as experience working in the Benton County Extension office.  We’re thrilled to have her join our team.

Our thanks to Elsa Curtis who has provided HR support in the past year, and who will take on additional duties providing information to new employees and work with the Extension Professional Development Fund (to be phased in).  And thank you to Kim Tarrant who has been our primary Building Manager for a number of years and managed through numerous moves and repairs.

Extension Web Update

Wondering where you can find web training information now that you’re ready to add content to the website? Not sure what group you need to be in or who to contact for more questions? Our web upgrade project website points you to the right places to get answers, and you can skim through this week’s and previous blog posts to learn the latest 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.

Special Announcement:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Join the Rurals at the Albany Pride Parade: Please join the LGBTQ community in their PRIDE Parade and Festival this year. June 23 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in Albany, OR. For more info visit the event page.

Racing to Change: Oregon’s Civil Rights Years: Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 70s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will be engaged by the examination of the repression and violence against African American that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. June 24 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Portland, for more info visit the the event page.

Tillamook Latinx Leadership Movement: The Oregon Latino Health Coalition will be Hosting a FREE 2-Day Bilingual (Spanish/English) Leadership Development Program this Summer in Tillamook, OR from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm the 22-23 of June. For more information visit the even page.

Pride Forever: Portland LGBT History Walking Tour: Portland is known for being queer friendly, but it haven’t always been that way. Join comedian/activist, Belinda Carroll and historian, Melissa Lang for an evening exploring over a century of action and resilience in the LGBTQ community. Learn about scandals, challenges, and victories for LGBT people in Oregon. This walking tour is about one mile long, and uses Portland public sidewalks. Please let us know if you have any accessibility concerns. Friday, July 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm, for more info visit the event page.

Environmental health summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. There will also be opportunities for networking with researchers, tribal scientists, state and federal agency representatives, and policy makers. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

In  the News

Kids who speak other languages improve at double the rate of native English speakers, study finds
Now, research from New York University and Oregon State University has shown multilingual students are making academic gains in reading and mathematics – at double or triple the rates of their English-only-speaking peers

 Study shows significant math, reading gains for English learners
“Despite the downsides of No Child Left Behind, the substantial recent progress of multilingual students demonstrated in our research suggests that the bundle of various policies and practices at the federal, state, district and school levels may have together been more beneficial than harmful,” New York University Associate Professor Michael J. Kieffer, who co-authored the study with Karen D. Thompson, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, said in a press release.

Suicide rates have been on the rise for years. Here’s what can help those in crisis
The deaths of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade recently underscored some grim numbers about increases in suicide rates. The latest CDC report found that 54 percent of people who died by suicide over the last two decades did not have a known mental health condition. Amna Nawaz talks with Dr. Liza Gold about risks, treatment and the scope of the problem

‘Diversity is a critical ingredient’ for student success, OSU mission
The level of diversity at Oregon State University has increased over the past 30 years and this is trend that OSU hopes to continue, according to OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Charlene Alexander.

Finding opportunity for all Oregon students to succeed
What does it look like when schools center their strategic plan around cultural diversity and community engagement? It looks a lot like the Gervais and Woodburn school districts, places where educators and the community are focused on closing the achievement gap.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

What’s the buzz? Next week is all about the bees
KTVZ
“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service.

Master Gardeners put vegetable varieties to the test in Oregon for new publication
The Oregonian
A new publication on some of the best vegetable varieties for western Oregon gardens has been released by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble
Associated Press
“Here’s a species that spends a big part of its life as a vulnerable queen,” said Andony Melathopoulos of Oregon State University. Bumblebees have “this really fascinating solitary phase.”

In this week’s issue:

Regional redesign updates

Redesign status update

In July 2017, we learned that a portion of our budget designated for supporting OSU Extension’s regional administrative structure would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by 2020. Based on changes that have been made so far, the total cost of our regional administrative structure has been adjusted by $528,000.

During the next year we will continue to explore opportunities for efficiency. The next step of the process is to convene an Extension Role Task Force to provide input and recommendations.

Additional information on this task force is listed on the regional redesign resource page.

Regional director searches

  • Natalie Kinion will join OSU Extension as regional director for Eastern Oregon on July 23.
  • The metro regional director search is open for another week.
    • Please share the posting with your networks!
    • Join the metro region listening session with Scott Reed on June 15, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Purpose: Share with Scott your insights about particular challenges and opportunities, as well as qualities of a regional director that will most help them be successful.
    • Attend in person at the Food Innovation Center, or via Zoom. See the regional redesign resource page for address and connection details.

Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session”

The OSU Extension Outdoor School Program Office is pleased to announce that we’re holding an Outdoor School Measure 99 Funding “Listen and Learn Session” for all District administrators, principals, and 5th and 6th grade teachers in Eastern Oregon (Pendleton) on August 9, 2018.

We also welcome the attendance and participation of local Extension Faculty and Staff who are interested in learning more about the Outdoor School Program and how we aim to better serve Eastern Oregon. However, space is limited and we will give priority to District attendees. Please note that the Outdoor School Program Office cannot reimburse your travel or time. If you are interested in attending, please register here, and we’ll be in touch with details.

For those of you located in other parts of the state, please know that we’ll be working our way across the state with these “Listen and Learn Sessions”, so please keep an ear open for one in your area.  Or, if you’re interested in hosting a session in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact Rita Bauer  to get that process started.

 As always, we welcome your input, and are available at any time to answer your questions about the program. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu.

4-H Float in Starlight Parade

For the second consecutive year, the Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program was represented with a float in the Rose Festival Starlight Parade on June 2. The float was designed and built by 4-H youth in Clackamas and Washington counties. The parade was broadcast live by Fox 12 and an estimated crowd of 300,000 attended the event in downtown Portland.

Extension Web Update

These two weeks since the OSU Extension website launch have been a transition period, and EESC is doing our best to guide you through it. Keep sending us your questions or changes that you see needed through our Web Support. The web team is also making small changes to public views and behind the scenes based on feedback in these initial weeks. New and upcoming updates that everyone entering content should know is posted on our web upgrade project blog this week.

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:

Check out other events that are going on in your region on our webpage: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/dei-events-calendar

Events & Resources

Understanding LGBTQ Veterans from a Trauma-Informed Lens: Hosted by the Multnomah County Older Adult Behavioral Health Team and SAGE Metro Portland. There will be a viewing of Breaking The Silence: Stories of Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans , a panel discussion and a presentation aboout LGBTQ Veterans Trauma. June 13 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, in Portland. For more information check out the event page.

Welcoming The Stranger: Refugee 101- presented by Glocal Community Partners. At the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, June 18 from  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Check out the envent page for more information.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage: http://www.museumatwarmsprings.org/exhibitions-events/

History Pub: The Dark History of Eugenics in Oregon: In 1917, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Board of Eugenics. Its charge was to review reports from the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state hospitals, and the State Institution for the Feeble-Minded of “all feeble-minded, insane, epileptic, habitual criminals, moral degenerates, and sexual perverts, who are persons potential to producing offspring who, because of inheritance of inferior or antisocial traits, would probably become a social menace or ward of the State.” June 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in Portland.

In the News

Inside the Push to Bring Racial Equity to Land Grant Universities

An underdog campaign is being waged among America’s public and land grant universities to address their history of racism and to prioritize the issues of racial equity and food justice.

DA’s clothes closet removes barriers to justice system
Union County District Attorney Kelsie McDaniel and her staff have transformed the wing into a space with comfortable chairs, toys for children and a closet stocked with court-appropriate clothing.

Service Learning in Puerto Rico Packs Lifelong Lessons
In late March, thirty-one students led by seven faculty members traveled to Puerto Rico for a service learning trip, the third one since 2016. Previous trips were designed as agriculture tours that focused on tropical sustainability and food security—but this trip was different.

In ‘All Coyote’s Children,’ eastern Oregon author links family, land, loss and culture 
Now, “All Coyote’s Children” (Oregon State University Press, 237 pages, $18.95), Husted’s debut novel. This lyrically written work of contemporary fiction focuses on the much-challenged life of Annie Fallon, a recently widowed farm wife and teacher in eastern Oregon.

Food of the Faithful
In a new book, Food of Sinful Demons (Columbia University Press, 2018), Geoffrey Barstow has opened a window on how culture and Buddhism in Tibet have interacted for more than a thousand years to influence food choices — specifically the decision about whether or not to eat meat.

Nutritional wellness is a challenge for college students 
Setting good habits while being a young adult at Oregon State is important in order to ensure wellness and success throughout the remainder of one’s life. Students of all ages will improve the general wellness both now and in the future by setting in place good habits for nutritional, physical, mental and sustainable wellness.

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 for informal communication and collaboration
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension in the news

‘The goal is to change behaviors, to make the healthy choice the easy choice’
KCBY
Oregon State University’s extension SNAP education program features a social marketing campaign called “Food Hero.” It teaches students about healthy eating and is what the local nutrition coordinator calls a step toward preventing chronic diseases like diabetes.

OSU honeybees study may help struggling industry
KTVZ
This is the first study that has thoroughly investigated the role of nutritional state of larvae in their selection for queen rearing, said lead author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU Extension’s new tree fruit specialist from Brazil
Capital Press
A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons.

Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods
The New York Times
The Food Innovation Center, a multidisciplinary partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is one of several similar extension programs at universities like Rutgers and Louisiana State.

In this week’s issue:

O&E Faculty & Staff Directory moves to Find Us

To reduce redundant efforts and increase efficient use of time and resources, O&E/Extension Administration will no longer produce the hard-copy O&E Faculty & Staff Directory and will move to fully utilizing the online “Find Us” on our website for faculty/staff and office contact information.  This change is effective immediately.

For now, please continue to contact Victor.Villegas@oregonstate.edu with necessary updates to faculty/staff information for “Find Us.” Contact EESC with corrections to office locations or contact information for “Find Us.”

OSU Drones in Education Workshop for Educators

OSU is holding their second “Drones in Education Workshop for Educators” at the Corvallis campus, July 10-12. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to use drones for education. Please pass this information to any educator you think may be interested.
Topics the workshop will cover:
  • Overview of drone technology, applications and industry
  • Drone platform options for STEM education
  • Drone flight training and safety
  • Aerial photography/videography for media production and journalism classes
  • Data acquisition and processing options for drones
  • Using drones to teach coding and programming skills
  • Curriculum development, pedagogy and learning project ideas
  • Ideas on how to obtain program funding and support
  • Insurance requirements and information
  • Current Oregon and FAA drone rules and regulations
  • FAA Part 107 UAS Remote Pilot certification preparation
Drones in Education Workshop Registration page.
For more information, contact Victor Villegas: (541) 737-8255

Apply now for your Snapchat Geofilter

As you are planning your Summer Programs, this is a reminder to submit a request for a Snapchat Geofilter to support the marketing of your local/county/state events.

Our goal is to have a co-branded Geofilter (OSU Extension & 4-H) at every County Fair this year. Please coordinate with your office colleagues to submit one (1) County Fair Geofilter request by Thursday, June 14.

Please note you do not need to be a Snapchat user or have a Snapchat account to offer a Geofilter at your events. To request a Geofilter, simply complete the web form.  Our Innovation Team will take it from there!  We will create the Geofilter, submit it to Snapchat and provide you with the analytics.

Communication Channels Reminders

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

  • Online formto submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • OSU Extension Slack workspacefor informal communication and collaboration
  • Note: We recently added a new channel to our workspace called “Ask us.” This is a place to ask questions of your O&E exec team. We will respond, and others can chime in, too.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blogwith First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: August 17, 2018)

Extension Web Update

The “Search” feature is the main way to navigate OSU Extension’s new website full of content, so it is no surprise the Search page was the top visited page over this past weekend. Twice as many people visited the Extension website, according to pre- and post-launch analytics, and are staying twice as long to view more than one page. Read this week’s website project blog to learn the top terms and pages people have searched for since launch. Also find the links to recent and upcoming website webinar trainings.

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

Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon: Drop in anytime between 2 and 7pm and learn about the history of, and the importance of our native plants to, the Tribes of our region! Presenter Greg Archuleta and other members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde will share their knowledge and demonstrate some hands-on techniques for cordage making, basic basketry, wood carving and dyeing using locally-sourced plant materials. For more information visit the event page.

Puerto Rico Service Learning Trip Presentation: Reflection and Information Session: OSU students who traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break will give a presentation about their collaborative projects with Puerto Rico’s land grant university, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. Attendees will also hear about individual experiences during an open poster presentation. The session is on June 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union.

Identity, Power, and Privilege/ Identidad, Poder y Privilegio: This is a participatory workshop intended to help guide participant’s in understanding and addressing difficult issues surrounding identity, power, and privilege. June 13 from 5:30 pm t0 8:30pm, for more information visit the event page. / Este es un taller participativo que pretende ayudar a los participantes a comprender mejor y abordar cuestiones difíciles relacionadas con la identidad, el poder y el privilegio. Junio 13 de las 5:30 pm a 8:30 pm, para mas informacion.

Environmental Health Summit: Registration is open for the third Tribal Environmental Health Summit to be held June 25-26 at CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The program will feature leaders in tribal environmental health and will emphasize how to sustain long-term partnerships and projects with Native American communities and increase stakeholders’ understanding of tribal environmental health policy needs and goals. Contact CPHHS associate professor Molly Kile or Amelia Vaughan with questions.

Memory of the Land: Treaty of the Middle Columbia River Tribes and Bands:  The museum will host a Traditional Horse Parade to commemorate the Treaty and Land in honor of their ancestors. June 21 from 5:50 pm to 7:30 pm, for more information visit the webpage.

In the News

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing
The food pantry at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., provides about 20,000 meals per semester, says Nicole Hindes, assistant director of the university’s human services resource center. Hindes says free dining hall vouchers are the most heavily utilized program.

Helping families dealing with ALS
The ALS Association came together about 12 years ago, and has many, many research studies in progress. Dr. Joseph Beckman with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University is one of the major researchers of ALS, and he’s making a difference in Oregon. He is in the process of getting FDA approval, and he is in live trials in Australia right now.

What are you reading?

Please share an interesting book, blog, or article you’ve read lately. What’s one insight you gleaned?

Extension in the news

‘These statistics are real’
Ontario Argus Observer
“These statistics are real,” said Barbara Brody, assistant professor, Oregon State University Extension, and co-facilitator for the poverty simulation, as she explained the different scenarios participants would be playing out in groups of designated “families.”

Farmer survey informs education
Dalles Chronicle
During the summer of 2017, Oregon State University (OSU) Extension teamed up with Washington State University (WSU) Extension and Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN) to survey producers in the Central Gorge and ask about educational and infrastructure needs.