In this week’s issue:

Regards to Rural 2020

Be a part of the 2020 Regards to Rural Conference to help shape the future of rural communities with innovative and inspiring workshop presentations. Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is searching for high impact presenters for the Regards to Rural Conference held Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10 at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon. Click here to submit a proposal today.

Take 5 for Extension

To reinvigorate a practice that helped to raise awareness of the scope and value of Extension, we are reintroducing Take 5 for Extension! A prepared PowerPoint presentation, including a script, is now available in Box (you will find it in the Extension and AES “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” Box folder in the “Ready to Use” sub-folder). To provide inspiration, you will also find a video of Nicole Strong, Central Regional Director, modeling the presentation. Extension employees and volunteers are encouraged to use the presentation before classes and workshops, community presentations, or anywhere there is an opportunity to share the difference OSU Extension Service makes in the lives of Oregonians. If you have questions or suggestions, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy.

New Master Gardener™ brochure

The Master Gardener statewide brochure received an update! The brochure highlights the services offered by the Master Gardener program. It includes information about how and why to become a Master Gardener volunteer so that it also can be used as a volunteer recruitment tool. Packaged in quantities of 100, the brochure is available free to all Extension offices and can be ordered through the promotional materials catalog. Limited to 100 (1 package) per month unless special arrangements are made by contacting Pete Petryszak in EESC.

Congratulations Journal of Extension authors

The December 2019 issue of the Journal of Extension is now available. The entire issue can be accessed directly on the JOE website at www.joe.org.
Several of your colleagues were published this month! Congratulations go to:

Extension Teaching Network Launches

You’re invited to the launch of the Extension Teaching Network! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom January 9th at noon to discuss what you need to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join our first informal conversation.

We will meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon. Any questions? Please contact Mary Halbleib or visit our blog.

Ending Hunger is an Annual Commitment

February is Food Drive month. Compete with other units at OSU while keeping food and funds raised in your local community.  Currently four Extension offices and other units are participating in the drive.  All that is required to participate is identifying a point person to send out a few emails. But you can make it as fun and elaborate as you want (e.g., last year, EESC pitched teams named after the four Hogwart houses against each other for a little competitive spirit). Contact Shelly Signs by January 14 to participate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Are you a champion of the Extension website? Find out who else has been active and achievements made in 2019. This week’s Navigator blog post also looks ahead in 2020 with ideas on how you can support each other to continue this digital strategy transition.

Diversity Highlights

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

SIGN UP FOR THE 2020 DIVERSITY CHAMPION PROGRAM!

Do you feel like you need more tools to address topics such as race, gender, difference, and equity? Would you benefit from a space where you can ask questions and grow your understanding in a nurturing environment? If so, we encourage you to join the 2020 cohort of Diversity Champions! Visit this page for more information, or proceed directly to our 2020 Membership Form!

Statewide Events & Resources

Veteran’s Coffee Club (Prineville)
Crook County Library and Crook County Veteran Services host a FREE casual coffee program for veterans every Wednesday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the library. During the month of January, FREE coffee and snacks will be provided.

Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams & the Columbia River Treaty (Portland)
Join Patagonia Portland and Peter Pochocki Marbach to learn about creating a Columbia River Treaty that honors indigenous knowledge and starts the process to restore one of the greatest salmon runs the world has ever seen. Connect with local non-profit organization, Columbia Riverkeeper, and learn more about their ongoing projects and how to get involved. Thursday, January 9 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Patagonia Portland.

Black Minds Matter Course: Winter 2020 (Corvallis)
The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success will again host Black Minds Matter course. This free 7-week hybrid course provides academic teaching and professional faculty members an opportunity to engage in conversations and activities that focuses on issues affecting Black student’s success in higher education. The first kick-off session will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Register for the course this winter by emailing AA.AAESS@oregonstate.edu.

DEI In the News

Study on Black Youth and Racism Should Alarm Us All and Push Us to Action (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Coping with racism –- individual, group, vicarious, implicit, explicit – must be taught. Our Black children of all ages must be taught to not internalize racism, with the recognition that racism can run rampant in schools. Instead of learning academics, far too many are battling discrimination.

Acknowledging Native Land is a Step Against Indigenous Erasure (Insight Into Diversity)

Like many American organizations, colleges and universities in the U.S. often occupy land that was once home to Native American communities. While modern Americans typically take for granted the fact that they reside on territory stolen from indigenous people, there is a growing trend in higher education to remember and honor the tribes and people to whom this land originally belonged through official land acknowledgement statements.

Smartphone makers hope to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities (Well+Good)
New technology may bring a big win for the one in four Americans living with a disability.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Douglas County Master Woodland Managers are ready to make an impact on Oregon’s forests
The News Review
Graduates of the Master Woodland Manager (MWM) training program have been making an impact in Oregon for over 20 years.

At Ontario High, graduation’s all in the familia with Juntos
Malheur Enterprise
“We break it all down so that it makes sense to them,” said Jose Garcia, a coordinator for the Juntos program at Oregon State University.

Benton eyes $7.1M building
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The OSU Extension Service is also in need of more room, although plans call for it eventually to move into new quarters at the county fairgrounds.

Mistletoe season: Entrepreneurs profit from parasitic plant
Capital Press
In Oregon, mistletoe is collected from oak trees that it naturally infests, but in Europe, a related type is actually grown and harvested from fruit orchards, said Dave Shaw, a professor and forest health specialist for Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Potato breeders, growers compete for Best Oregon Potato Award
Spudman
Brian Charlton, interim director of the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, who was on hand Dec. 6, said the contest helps Oregon State University screen varieties in its potato breeding program.

In this week’s issue:

Conference photos now available

Congratulations again to all the award winners. The photos are now available in Portfolio, here is the link. Thank you everyone for getting head shots they are now available at this link.

Offering balloon alternatives

In an effort to be kinder to the planet, EESC will no longer be offering one-time use balloons in its promotional item inventory. Based on conversations with county Extension offices, balloons typically are used as giveaways for youth and as one-time use decorative items to offer a punch of orange, black and white at events where we interface with the public.

Temporary tattoos are now available in inventory and are a cost effective giveaway for youth (and adults!). In addition to promoting OSU, the tattoos promote Extension and 4-H. The tattoos can be shared as a sheet or, after cutting them apart, individually. In lieu of offering a free monthly bag of balloons, counties are now able to order 50 sheets of tattoos each month at no charge (shipping charges apply). Additional sheets can be ordered for $0.50 each. We will continue to look for low-cost items with some longevity to add to the promotional inventory. If you have ideas to share, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

To add color to tables, fair displays and other events, EESC has been testing the use of several reusable decorative items. We have found that nylon lanterns provide durability, color and ease of use. The accompanying photo shows an instance where the lanterns have been used. We ordered multiple sizes online from Paper Lantern Store. Our supply of nylon lanterns is available for check out.

Extension Teaching Network Launches

You’re invited to the launch of the Extension Teaching Network! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom January 9th at noon to discuss what you need to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join our first informal conversation: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

We will meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon. Any questions? Please contact mary.halbleib@oregonstate.edu or visit http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/halbleib/

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We released a content analytics dashboard for content groups on the Extension website. See how to access the dashboard in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources 

Zip code Destiny from Hidden Brain: Listen on Apple Podcasts
Did you know that your kindergarten teacher and the neighborhood you grew up in has a tremendous impact on your adult income? Where we grow up really matters for upward mobility. Find out how aspects of our lives, such as racial segregation, family composition, community support and social capital have huge and lasting impact.

OSU Conference on Affordability in Online Learning (Corvallis)
OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in Corvallis at the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

 Free Community Self Defense (Portland)

The PDX Q Center is hosting a free, ongoing community self defense workshop geared towards the LGBTQ2SIA+ community! Drop in at our biweekly workshop and learn practical self defense.  All ages are welcome. No supplies are needed. Please contact Page at page@pdxqcenter.org with any questions!

 DEI In the News

Black Teens Face Racial Discrimination Multiple Times Daily, Suffer Depressive Symptoms as a Result (Rutgers Today)
Black teenagers experience daily racial discrimination, most frequently online, which can lead to negative mental health effects, according to a Rutgers researcher. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined how often black teens experience racial discrimination each day.

Moving Beyond Enrollment: The Future of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Depends on More than Growing Student Numbers (Insight Into Diversity)
Over the last 30 years, college enrollment for Hispanic and Latinx students has skyrocketed. In 1995, when the federal government first appropriated special funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — or those with at least 25 percent Latinx enrollment — an estimated 1 million Hispanic and Latinx students attended American colleges and universities. By 2016, that number had more than tripled to 3.2 million.

Extension in the News

Catch the Buzz – No Honey Bees, No Business
Bee Culture
According to Andony Melathopolus, an associate professor at Oregon State University specializing in pollinators, of the two bees used for agricultural production in the Central Oregon area, the leafcutting bee has the more typical life cycle and has an easier time surviving the winter.

Researchers at OSU set to tackle Fruit Fly problem that’s costing Oregon farmers billions
KMTR
OSU Extension researcher Vaughn Walton says growers now they might be able to use fewer pesticides all thanks to a tiny wasp.

Hort Show sessions end with a Cosmic bang
Good Fruit Grower
But when it comes to brown marmorated stink bugs, precise timing of sprays isn’t an option. OSU Extension entomologist Nik Wiman shared findings from trials the past two years that aimed to correlate trap catch with fruit damage in Oregon pear, cherry and hazelnut blocks.

Are you ready? Students get hands-on look at new careers
The Argus Observer
Barbara Brody, extension agent and one of the coordinators of the events, said the Health Science Day was started in 2017 as a way to expose youths to health and science careers and careers in related fields.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to our award winners, pictures will be available soon. Sea Grant would like to especially acknowledge Amanda Gladics for her Newer Faculty award and Jaimie Doyle for her team award for Master Naturalist Program.

Revised Statewide Locations Map available

A revised “statewide locations” map, showing Extension, Ag Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory sites is available.

You can always find the current version of the map on the Our Impact website and in the EESC photo archive . We recommend you do not save a copy locally, as this increases the chance of accidentally using an older version.

EESC maintains the master copy of this map and requests review twice a year for updates and corrections. We also make time-sensitive updates between review cycles as needed.

OSU Board to Consider Appointment of New President

The OSU Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 13, to consider the board’s appointment of OSU’s next president for a term starting July 1, 2020. The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Following the board meeting, trustees will host an OSU community and public reception in the main lounge of the Memorial Union at 10:45 a.m. to welcome our next president.

The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda and details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. The meeting will be livestreamed https://live.oregonstate.edu/.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In case you missed us at annual conference here are our sessions to download. The team really enjoyed meeting so many of you, keep the questions coming.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

2020 OSU MLK Celebration
Free tickets for the 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. peace breakfast are now available at the link above to OSU faculty, staff and students. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom on Monday, Jan. 20, and seating is limited. After the breakfast, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist, writer and the executive editor of Out Magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration lecture at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week runs Jan. 18 through 24.
Volunteers needed for Jan. 20 MLK Peace March: contact Mealoha McFadden at 541-737-6522 or Mealoha.mcfadden@oregonstate.edu.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for spring term projects are now being accepted:
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students, and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, with notification in Week 7. Visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at joy.jorgensen@oregonstate.edu

The Statewide Social Justice Education Initiative (SJEI):
The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey.

EXTENSION OFFICES TAKE NOTE: Host this workshop in your county by putting together a group of just 12 people and providing meals (no workshop or additional costs apply). Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu, or the Extension Diversity, Equity and Inclusion unit at inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu.

 DEI In the News

What is the CROWN Act? (CBS)
This year, California became the first state to ban discrimination against black students and employees over their natural hairstyles with New York and other states looking to follow suit.  A recent study by Dove says that black women are 80% more likely to change their natural hair to conform to social norms or expectations at work.

A Portland boy fell in his wheelchair at school, fracturing 2 bones. Nobody told his mom for days, $2.8M suit says (Oregon Live)
The mother of an Portland middle schooler is suing the district after her son fell in his wheelchair and fractured both his thigh bones, an incident she says school staff didn’t tell her about until three days after it happened.

How to Be a Radically Open Department Head (The Chronicle)
Administrators talk a lot about “transparency.” But for that word to be more than jargon, you have to live by it and actively promote it.

Extension in the News

Hermiston Farm Fair set to open for 46th year
East Oregonian
“It’s a large-scale opportunity for growers to learn more about the new resources and technology that are available to them,” said Angie Treadwell, who works at the Oregon State University Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension center (OSU-HAREC) and is a moderator for the fair. “You don’t always get that in Eastern Oregon.”

Renewed research in the Rogue Valley
Good Fruit Grower
Oregon State University Extension plants new vineyards for studies as region’s wine grape acreage continues to grow.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation Recording

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

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

Communication and connection opportunity

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

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

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Upcoming Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) Workshops

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

Communication and connection opportunity

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

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

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Government Relations director candidate open forums

Government Relations director candidate open forums will take place on November 5, 6 and 8. This is a critical role for the OSU Extension Service. Please attend as you are able (these will also be livestreamed on OSU Live). Information will be posted online, which will include bios and candidate evaluation forms as soon as they are available.

Elevate the student success impact of OSU Extension

Extension plays an important role in contributing to the success of OSU students who continue their journey from Extension programs into on campus, online, or Workspace (PACE) coursework. Elevate the awareness of Extension within the OSU community by responding to a call for proposals. Possible topic areas include interactive engagement and cooperative learning, DEI, easing students’ navigation of the university and maximizing the opportunities available at OSU, and many more. Learn more and/or submit a proposal.

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

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

Communication and connection opportunity

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

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

A year ago, the majority of archived county and program sites on Drupal 6 went away for good. The flurry in putting content on the new Extension website meant some content didn’t get thoroughly reviewed. Others got left in Box unless someone asked for it. Do you have content that needs a second look? Some low hanging tasks are covered in this week’s blog post “How keeping your content fresh makes for happy visitors.”

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Health Equity Benefit Dinner: Transforming Trauma into Truth (Portland)
November 7, 2019 at the World Forestry Center in support of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition. This event will introduce their newest program, the Latino Emotional Health Collaborative, which aims to shift traditional thinking away from the cultural stigmas associated with mental illness. For more information, contact info@orlhc.org or call 971-229-0482. Tickets available at www.orlhc.org.

Womxn of Color Student Support Group (Corvallis)
Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at the CAPs office in Snell Hall. Contact: Shaznin Daruwalla at shaznin.daruwalla@oregonstate.edu or CAPS at 541-737-2131.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open
ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office. Submit your application today.

DEI In the News

UC Berkeley Students Create a Class for ‘Coming Out’ (Insight Into Diversity)
“I remember wishing for some sort of guidance, some way of knowing how to move forward in accepting myself and coming out to my parents, friends, and everyone else,” Kamkar, now a senior, says. “I knew that I probably wasn’t the only closeted student who might be wishing for this, and I could help [others] by bringing students in the LGBTQ+ community in communication with each other.”

Getting girls interested in STEM (Diversity Global)
How can we break the stereotypes around STEM education and career pathways? Can we raise girls’ interest in STEM by enhancing the STEM curriculum in education from early age? Microsoft and UNESCO presented their findings during the event ‘Changing the FACE of STEM’.

College Athletes Push for More Mental-Health Care, Fighting ‘Tough It Out’ Culture (The Chronicle)
Students from Oregon State University’s group, Dam Worth It, recently got a grant from the Pac-12 Conference to spread its model across the West Coast.

Extension in the News

Researchers dig into vineyard science
Western Farmer-Stockman
“In a widely spaced vineyard,” explains Patty Skinkis, an Oregon State University horticulture professor and viticulture Extension specialist, “two-and-a-half tons of fruit would be all they could yield per acre before crop thinning. But on the high-density plantings, which became more popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, crop thinning to two-and-a-half tons per acre cuts more than 50% of the fruit off the vine.”

OSU hires new wheat extension agent for Wasco, Sherman counties
Capital Press
Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties.

OSU Extension building partnerships in new fire program
KTVZ
In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service said Friday it has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2019

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

“Growing the Fund”

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

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

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

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process.Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Communication and connection opportunity

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

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

Evening Wine Tasting Experience from WorkSpace

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

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

     

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

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

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

Transport Webinar recording now available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal of Extension features OSU contributions

The October 2019 issue of the Journal of Extension is now available. The entire issue can be accessed directly on the JOE website at www.joe.org.
Several of your colleagues were published this month! Congratulations go to:
Curious about publishing your Extension impacts in the Journal of Extension? Check out ‘Getting Published in JOE-Strategies for Success‘ and consider submitting! 

Seeking topic ideas for internal communication channels

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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