In this week’s issue:

National Agriculture Week

March 18-24 is National Agriculture Week, a time Oregonians and citizens across the United States have a chance to say thank you to our farmers and ranchers. Alexis Taylor, director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, has listed seven adjectives –  one for each day – to describe agriculture in Oregon.

  • Sunday: Oregon agriculture is diverse
  • Monday: Oregon agriculture is thriving
  • Tuesday: Oregon agriculture is authentic
  • Wednesday: Oregon agriculture is universal
  • Thursday: Oregon agriculture is innovative
  • Friday: Oregon agriculture is boundless
  • Saturday: Oregon agriculture is celebratory

We’re encouraging those who manage local Extension social media accounts to use these themes this week, and to follow and share OSU Extension’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Finding logos, letterhead, templates, and more

Finding OSU institutional, county and other Extension companion logos just got a little easier. Housed in OSU Box, a direct link to logos, letterhead, templates and other marketing tool is now available on the Extension Employee Intranet. Look for the first priority link. Bookmarking the link will make it even easier to access. Please review logo guidelines so that logos are used properly. If you have questions about logo use and placement, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Social media post idea

EESC’s own Phillip Brown created a moving two-minute video poem titled “A Field at Every Hour” for the latest issue of Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. It creatively shares the important work of Extension and Ag Experiment Stations. It, and other articles from OAP, would make excellent social media posts.

Extension Web Update

Monday’s blog post outlines what’s planned for the next two weeks, as well as new and “coming soon” resources, including a new FAQ about business cards and an updated office hours/open lab schedule.

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

Why are there so many Mexican immigrants in the United States?
In this History Pub talk, Julie M. Weise, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon, will help answer this question. Her presentation will discuss the history of Mexican immigration to the United States, the “push” and “pull” factors that have brought so many here, and legal changes that have left so many vulnerable to deportation. The workshop will the 20th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 418 A St, Springfield, Oregon 97477.  For more information visit the event page: https://calendar.uoregon.edu/event/why_are_there_so_many_mexican_immigrants_in_the_united_states#.WqwPYMPwat8

Pacific Perspectives: The Only Islander In The Room: Join us for an evening of stories from members and friends of UTOPIA PDX (United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance) as they share what it’s like to be the only Pacific Islander in the room. This is an all ages event that is open to the entire community, fot a timeline of the event please refer to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/164617187676005/. The event will be the 24th of March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 936 34th SE Street, Portland, Oregon 97214.

History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211. https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

Intercambio: a Spanish-English discussion group: Intercambio is an opportunity for speakers and learners of English and Spanish to gather together for conversation and language practice. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Saturday. If you want more information about the next meeting, visit their Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1763089053999945/.

In the News

KCUR 89.3 Announces New Reporting Collaborative On Race, Culture and Identity (KCUR 89.3)
Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It’s hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources. But when we dig into stories about our identities and how they affect our families, our politics, arts and health – it’s hard not to recognize that race, culture and identity is a central force our lives, and deserves special attention in our news coverage. That’s why KCUR 89.3 and three other stations across the country (St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis, Missouri, Portland, Oregon and Hartford, Connecticut) have started a reporting collaborative called Sharing America, focused on the impact of race, ethnicity and identity on our cities.

National Geographic acknowledges past racist coverage (KOIN 6)
National Geographic acknowledged on Monday that it covered the world through a racist lens for generations, with its magazine portrayals of bare-breasted women and naive brown-skinned tribesmen as savage, unsophisticated and unintelligent.

UO is rated the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon (AroundtheO)
The University of Oregon — already named one of the top 25 universities in the nation for LGBTQ students — has also been recognized as the most LGBTQ-friendly college in Oregon.

Cultural meals tie together communities, create connections (DailyBarometer)
Born and raised close to the ocean in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pyrena Luhur grew up predominantly on fish dishes that were traditional to that region. Now at Oregon State University, Luhur, who works as a student success peer facilitator at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, struggles with finding foods and ingredients in order to make and eat the cultural foods she is accustomed to.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Then we’ll follow the chicks in the brooding pen until March 23. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/

April permaculture courses online

OSU PACE announces that Department of Horticulture instructor Andrew Millison will teach two online permaculture courses beginning in April. See:

Programming for clientele with developmental disabilities

A research and practice-informed training program launched by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. eXtension webinar this Thursday, March 22, 2018, 10 a.m. PDT.

Communication and conversation 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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

A reminder: As announced in January, we are continuing the open line and online question form through March, and will then evaluate whether to continue.

Extension in the news

OSU Extension adds pest management plans to catalog
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension is adding several crop-specific pest management plans to its repertoire, working in collaboration with farmers, researchers, agribusiness and industry representatives.

Oregon wine grape pioneer honored
Capital Press
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center on March 12 dedicated its first new wine grape planting in 30 years, naming it after Porter Lombard, the Oregon State University researcher who showed Oregon growers how to make vineyards pay off.

Armyworms surprise grass seed growers
Capital Press
“There was massive feeding to newly harvested fields; it was really an all-hands-on-deck type of situation,” said Nicole Anderson, Oregon State University Extension Field Crops Agronomist in Oregon’s North Willamette Valley. “I don’t know that anybody remembers something like the outbreak of the true armyworm this year.”

Survey Says: We Want to Hear from YOU! By Extension
Tillamook County Pioneer
The purpose of this survey is to find out what Tillamook County Pioneer readers think about the articles we have published so far.

In this week’s issue:

Extension regional structure questions

Last week, your O&E leadership team received two questions from the online form related to our regional structure redesign.

One question asked about the overall timeline. We are aiming to have the six regions and regional directors in place on July 1, 2018.

The second question asked about particulars of the failed West Central Regional Director search. Again, I will reaffirm my expectation and our commitment to acting with transparency, respect, and civility. We share that we received this question to be transparent. But in line with OSU policies, we must maintain confidentiality of search and personnel details.

A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure are available on this resource page. We will announce in ConnEXTions when there are substantive updates to this information.

If you have additional questions or comments about this organizational transition, I welcome hearing from you directly.

Thank you,

Scott Reed

Extension’s new employee resource webpage

Extension’s New Employee Information and Resources website has been updated to reflect revised procedures effective immediately. Please refer to this intranet site for information on:

  • New email requests
  • Name badges
  • Business cards
  • Adding names to Outlook Global Address Book
  • and more

Extension Web update

Last week marked one small step for our content teams and the project team, and one giant leap for Extension’s new digital strategy! The latest blog post provides tips for content teams based on the first few days of content entry. Content teams who are just getting started should be sure to check out the training materials and office hours/open lab schedule.

Outdoor School update

The OSU Extension Outdoor School office will publish a final list of all school districts and education service districts that applied for state finding within the next two months. We have been cautious to release the list until it is complete, and we have been finalizing a few late application approvals that have required more interaction and assistance to applicants. Additionally, Outdoor School Advisory Committee members and our team have been contacting eligible districts that did not apply this year to ask why they did not seek funding and how we can better support them in the future. The data will be discussed at our April Advisory Committee meeting, and summative findings will be shared this spring.

In the meantime, we are happy to respond to individual requests by Extension faculty and staff for information on your local/county schools. Please contact us directly at outdoorschool@oregonstate.edu. This is the best way to ensure prompt, complete, and accurate information to support your local schools. Our team is committed to customer service, including timely responses to all messages.

Thank you to everyone who has provided assistance to support the work of Outdoor School in your counties and communities. We could not do this work without you. For additional updates on Outdoor School, we encourage you to subscribe to our email list or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Oregon Lottery Outdoor School TV spot

The Oregon Lottery launched a new statewide brand campaign that includes a spot featuring Outdoor School in English and Spanish (Oregon Lottery funds support Outdoor School). The 15-second TV spot launched on March 7 and will air in Portland, Eugene, Medford and Bend, and also throughout eastern Oregon. The commercials will be on-air at a heavy rotation through April 8.

OSU Chick Cam!

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, returns for its third year March 14-23. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected date of March 20. Viewers can watch the LIVE feed at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clatsop/

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 Announcements

What is the latest news on DACA?
The state of Oregon passed HB 4111A and SB 1563, which maintains driving privileges for Oregon’s DACA recipients and TPS holders by permitting a person to use expired documentation to renew or replace a driver license. SB 1563 advances Oregon’s existing Tuition Equity laws by reducing barriers for undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and apply for state-based financial aid. If you want to keep up with the latest news regarding DACA and what OSU is doing check out: https://undocumented.oregonstate.edu/ for more information.

Events & Resources

New Resource Maps: two new resource maps are available under the DEI Resources section of our website. Watch the short video (< 2 minutes) for a quick tutorial on how to access these new tools.

Transgender 101: Join the Albany First Christian’s workshop about understanding issues face by those who are transgender. This is a free training that is led by the Basic Rights Oregon. The workshop will be March 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 432 Ferry SW, Albany, Oregon 97321.https://www.facebook.com/events/812177608991699/

History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211.https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

In the News

7 black inventors whose intellects changed the world (Study Break)
Viewing intellect as a way to escape his harsh upbringing, Emeagwali studied hard and earned a scholarship to Oregon State University. There, he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Will this be the time Lake Oswego truly confronts racism? (Oregon Live)
In February, three white students at Lake Oswego Junior High School passed a note containing a racial slur to a black student. It’s far from the first racist incident at the suburban school district. But something different happened this time. A few days later, hundreds of students, with the support of the school district, walked out of class and held their own rally for equity.

Inclusion and basketball celebrated on and off the court in Gaston (Fox 12 Oregon)
Inclusion and basketball, it’s a match made in middle school round ball heaven in Gaston.

Communication and conversation 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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Extension in the news

Experts: Wildfire season has benefits too
KOIN6 News
“Fire has been a part of this landscape, and the reason we have a problem now is because we tried to put fire out,” said Nicole Strong, Extension Forester for the University of Oregon State – Central Oregon.

The truth behind 6 gardening myths
The Oregonian
Myths tend to stick around, no matter how many times they’re corrected. Oregon State University Extension experts are out to change that. Once you know the truth, pass it on.

In this week’s issue:

  • Communication and conversation 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.)
    • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
      • Note: March 8 exec team meeting cancelled; no open line this week.
    • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
    • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)
    • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
      Note: The defective “Captcha” security feature has been removed from OSU blogs, so it is much easier to comment/reply!

    Extension regional structure updates

    A reminder: Status updates on our regional structure transition are available on this resource page.

    We add information as it becomes available. Please refer to Director Scott Reed’s March 2 email for additional information on our commitments to and expectations for transparency, search excellence and civility.

    Extension web update

    This week, we open the back end of our new site to content teams for initial content entry! Learn more in the latest blog post. Content team leaders will receive emails with more information and “getting started” resources.

    Photoshop webinar recordings

    Missed the Photoshop webinars last month? Here are the recordings.

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 1

    Using Photoshop to Salvage a “Bad” Photograph Part 2

    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

    Global Forum: Untold Stories of Ethnic Cleansing – Eyewitness Accounts of Rohingya Crisis: The Global Beavers Team will focus the winter term Global Forum on the Rohingya Crisis. We feel that the ethnic cleansing and resulting refugee crisis Rohingya people are currently facing has gone relatively unnoticed by the western world. We mean to fill this knowledge gap by bringing in a panel of speakers with first-hand accounts of this humanitarian crisis. March 6, noon – 2 p.m., Student Experience Center Involvement Lounge ( EC112)All students and faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dn9H4WW81bn5MEd

    ElderCare Connections-Preparing to Downsize Belongings: For many aging adults, the thought of parting with possessions can be daunting as they hold many precious memories from their lifetime. Join us on Tuesday, March 6 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 212 as Queen Bee Organizing discusses tips and tricks to helping your aging loved ones downsize their belongings.

    Power, Privilege, and Racial Diversity in Oregon: Willamette University professor Emily Drew will lead participants in a conversation that explores isolation and the differences of experience between Oregonians of different races—such as institutional racism, white privilege, and unconscious bias. Register here, workshop will be in Tualatin, March 7th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

    Women in Business: Wednesday March 7th from 11:30-1:00 at Phoenix Inn Suites. Pre-registration is required, Chamber membership is not. https://www.facebook.com/events/175351393196087/

    Transgender 101: Join the Albany First Christian’s workshop about understanding issues face by those who are transgender. This is a free training that is led by the Basic Rights Oregon. The workshop will be March 18th, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Location: 432 Ferry SW, Albany, Oregon 97321. https://www.facebook.com/events/812177608991699/

    History Pub: Women of the Civil Rights Movement: Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement — their struggles and greatest memories. This workshop will be the 26th of March, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97211. https://www.facebook.com/events/1565662293530035/

    In the News

    German native Marie Gülich grows into dominating center for Oregon State (ESPN)
    When Marie Gülich came to Oregon State from her native Germany, she wasn’t too worried about being on her own so far from home or getting used to the food or adjusting to college basketball. She could handle all of that. But there was an element of the language difference that gave her pause.

    What can be done to help students better manage their health (The College Puzzle)
    “Health is an area being neglected, yet all the available research show that healthy habits and healthy [students] can lead to better academic success. We are doing a disservice to our kids by not teaching them these essential life skills,” writes Brad Cardinal, a co-author of a health study at Oregon State University.

    Panel: greater inclusivity needed ( DJC Oregon)
    A group of African-American design and architecture professionals shared their personal experiences in the industry Wednesday during a special panel discussion directed by local students.

    What are you reading?

    Here’s what Shara Anslow is reading…
    The Hundred Dresses: the most iconic styles of our time (2013) by lexicographer Erin McKean is a witty review of women’s fashion and archetypes. Clever illustrations and laugh aloud writing provides an exploration of culture that might just inspire your own writing. Pair this book with McKean’s Ted Talks, and truly liberate your use of words. If you want to take it further, read McKean’s inspiration and the namesake for this book, The Hundred Dresses (1944) by Eleanor Estes. This children’s novel is a charming tale of a poor Polish girl whose imagination and talent helps her live outside of prejudice and poverty.

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

    Extension in the news

    Hermiston middle schoolers learn basics of cooking, nutrition
    East Oregonian
    Angie Treadwell, who works with the OSU Extension program, coordinated the class with Hermiston High School teacher Susie Cobb and a few high school students.

    Resistance rising for powdery mildew
    Good Fruit Grower
    In Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where mildew is a constant concern, resistance has recently been confirmed for Frac group 11 and Frac group 3, the DMIs, while group 7 appears at-risk, said Jay Pscheidt, Extension pathologist for Oregon State University.

    Idle, uncleaned milk trucks don’t compromise the quality of raw milk …
    Coos Bay World
    The findings in a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science could provide guidance for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it reviews its Grade “A” Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, said Lisbeth Goddik, professor and OSU Extension Service specialist in dairy processing

    Literary Gardener: March is a busy month for planting a vegetable …
    Mail Tribune
    I follow the planting calendar recommended by the OSU Extension Service in the “Garden Guide for the Rogue Valley” (revised in 2017). I choose from the following to direct seed in March: arugula, carrots, chives, cilantro, kohlrabi, leeks, leaf lettuce, mustard and turnip greens, onions (bulbs and bunching)

    Capital Press
    Rachel Suits, who works for Oregon State University Extension Service in the Columbia River Gorge, led a presentation titled “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” as part of the 2018 Oregon Small Farms Conference at the OSU campus in Corvallis.

In this week’s issue:

Quarterly Conversation

The February Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. If you would like to take a closer look, the slides are available for download. Topics of the conversations included a leadership update and updates on the Coastal Region, Oregon Sea Grant, branding, and Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Information about the Portland Hub initiative was shared by Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering.

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence

 

Only one day remains! Submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are due by February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Branding Update

Exclusive Extension and 4-H templates for fliers (three options, all of which include gray scale options) are now available in the “Marketing, Templates and Inspiration” folder in OSU Box. In addition to the generic templates available as downloads, University Marketing recreated the event fliers found as examples in the Extension Style Guide (pp. 33-35). Also available are 4-H recruitment fliers featuring Confidence Grows Here, Resilience Grows Here and Leadership Grows Here. Modify the fliers with county contact information.

Extension Web Update

Why are we doing this, again? See this week’s post on the project website for a quick “why” refresher and a timeline update.

Communication and conversation opportunities

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team  is cancelled this week. Call us next week!
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair

Maker exhibitors wanted for Corvallis Maker Fair – The Corvallis Maker Fair is back for its 5th year! Co-sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, the event is an all-ages, all-activities maker fair, where exhibitors and attendees gather to share their love of making things with their hands. This means robots, art, food, stories, computer code, and much more. The Fair will be held in the Memorial Union ballroom and on the SEC plaza outside the Union on Saturday, April 28.

If you, your learners or volunteers love to make, to tinker, and want to share and learn, exhibitor applications are now being accepted (apply here!). Exhibiting is free, and open to all. Stipends are available to help exhibitors with any cost. Questions? info@corvallismakerfair.org

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

What’s Your Big Lie? – A breakthrough mental health program based on the premise that each of us is living a big lie — and that it’s okay. What if we shared these lies with those around us? Well, it would change a lot. Via an innovative, mobile platform attendees can anonymously share to help break down stigma and create connection. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public.  https://www.facebook.com/events/104561010347758/

In the News

Story Next Door: Kerstin Colon takes over at literacy center
Kerstin Colón was ready for a career change and the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center was looking for an executive director. It was kind of a convergence.

Renovations set to increase, improve ADA accessibility on campus
DAS dedicates $650,000 to updating sidewalks, parking, street crossings.

Removing barriers to the outdoors
People of color, people with disabilities and other historically marginalized groups have long faced barriers in accessing the outdoors. 

More than 70 turn out for racism talk
Willamette University’s Emily Drew led second ‘Conversation Project’ hosted by the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community.

Extension in the News

Networking, internships, education help farmers get started
Capital Press
As new farmers take root and established farms transfer land within families, there’s space for a new generation of farmers, Melissa Fery, a Oregon State University Extension small farms agent, said.

Preparing for Drought: Commissioners declare drought emergency
Herald and News
Willie Riggs, director of Oregon State University Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center, told commissioners an acre of wheat feeds 44 people per year; an acre of potatoes feeds 1,355 people per year; an acre of beef feeds around eight people per year; and an acre of dairy cows provides enough milk for around 40,000 half-pint servings.

Trade uncertainty hits home for NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Bruce Sorte, community economist for Oregon State University Extension in Eastern Oregon, said wheat isn’t the only commodity that may be affected. Fruit also depends on exports, along with processed potatoes and onions.

In this week’s issue:

New brand-related resources

Extension email signature guidelines – Using a common email signature style across OSU Extension creates consistency and reinforces the OSU brand. Update your email signature using the Extension Email Signature Guidelines as soon as possible. While it is true the use of logos, favorite quotes and the use of Beaver Orange (unless font size is 14-point or larger) is discouraged, following the guidelines will strengthen the connection between OSU Extension and Oregon State.

PowerPoint templates – PowerPoint templates for Extension and 4-H are now available to download from OSU Box. There are templates using branded fonts and systems fonts and each template includes information on how to incorporate brand elements in your presentation, presentation best practices and additional resources (e.g., for quality images). You’ll find the templates in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for the “Templates” sub-folder.

Inspiration –Examples of branded marketing materials in OSU Box are now available as inspiration. You’ll find them in the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder; look for them in the “Inspiration” sub-folder. Help build the inspiration library! Send the branded marketing tools you have created to Ann Marie Murphy. She’ll share them to inspire others.

Extension Web Update

Please see this week’s post on the project blog for a 10-second request for content team leaders, a revised FAQ, updates from last week’s back-end usability testing, and a look at this week’s priorities.

Now available: Print-friendly Extension values

You asked for it, and here it is: A print-friendly version of Extension’s mission and values is now available. Look toward the bottom of the “mission” web page for the “print version” link.

There are three per page: one for here, one for “out there” (wherever you do your work), and one to share! (Or, of course, for three different people in your office. But rhyming is fun.)

Help us help you: combat email overload, that is

ConnEXTions is designed, in part, to address the issue of email overload. It’s also currently our best option for a central, regular, and archived source of timely organizational news and information.

If your communication is of statewide interest and timely, but not urgent, please submit it to ConnEXTion instead of emailing the OES state list.

We also welcome your feedback on ConnEXTion.

Communication and conversation 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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTion weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: May 18, 2018)

Rural Community Grant Program

Please read this flyer regarding the Northwest Farm Credit Grant program that may be useful to your work. The program provides small awards (up to $5000) for facilities and equipment projects in rural communities. There are several awards available every year and in some counties the program is under subscribed. NWFCS has offices across Oregon. Contact the office in your region for more information about this opportunity.

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

Third Culture Kids: Were you raised in a different culture than that of your parents? Do you feel like you belong to many cultures, but aren’t accepted by any? Please join us as we discuss and recognize our community of Third Culture Kids! Come hear and share experiences as a third culture kid in an open mic forum! February 20th, in the Ettihad Cultural Center in Corvallis from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Family Saturday: Latino Cultures in Oregon: Families are invited to this free all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. All Family Saturdays will include hands-on crafts and activities and some events will feature special performances by community groupsDance peformances include Ballet Papalotl, Atlachinollican Aztec Dance, and a Charreria. This event will be in the Oregon Historical Society on the 24th from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information visit the Facebook event page.

Undocumented student care: Know Your Rights & Responsibilities Session for Faculty and Staff with OSU’s Undocumented Student Care and Well being Committee and immigration lawyer Maria Cobarrubias on Thursday, Feb. 22 from noon -1 p.m. or  2-3 p.m. in the MU Multipurpose Room (MU 13). Coffee & water will be provided. RSVP deadline was Monday, Feb. 19 but walk-in attendance available depending on space availability. Learn more about the presenter here.

 Social Justice. Race. DACA. The Muslim Ban. : In his talk, Professor Orosco will discuss his book, Toppling the Melting Pot: Immigrants and Pluralistic Democracy in American Pragmatism, which explores the historical origins of the “melting pot” metaphor, and explains why the melting pot is not an adequate vision of a multicultural society. He will then discuss current immigration issues, such as the Muslim Ban and challenges to DACA, and how these policies are the result of the foundation of immigration policy in the United States. The event is free and opened to the public, February 27th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Native American Longhouse in Corvallis.

CMLC Immigration Stories Exhibit: A collaboration between the Benton County Cultural Coalition, the Corvallis Multicultural Learning Center, and Corvallis/Benton County library showcase personal stories from diverse immigrants and international neighbors in the community. Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00 pm running trough March 14th at the Benton County Public Library.

India Night 2018: Enjoy a line-up of performance, with a variety of Indian Culture and there will authentic Indian Food.  Tickets will be available in March, Students tickets will be $5 and community tickets will be $8. The event will take place in LaSell  Stewart Center from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm the 24th of April.

BEND CASCADES CAMPUS – Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative for faculty and staff at Oregon State University is an invitation to begin, or continue, your social justice and equity journey.  With humor, empathy, and expertise we will engage in a self-reflective process that helps us answer these important questions:  What is the story of the current context in Oregon — and how did we get here?  How do you locate yourself in this story?  Why does social justice matter?  Register here for a session.

In the News

Therapy program gets kids with disabilities moving in modified cars (WDAM)

“There is no commercially available motorized wheelchair for children two years old or younger,” said Sam Logan, an assistant professor at Oregon State University.  “By modifying these off the shelf ride on cars, for about $200, we can fill that gap with the mobility technology.”

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

Bee here now
Oregon Coast Today
Many institutions in Oregon recognize the critical value of pollinators and are working to ensure their survival, especially Oregon State University. Andony Melathopoulos, assistant professor of pollinator health extension at OSU, will be giving an update on the status of the Oregon Bee Project.

‘It’s a bad year for rats’ in Oregon cities: Here’s how to fight them
The Oregonian
It is a bad year for rats,” said Dana Sanchez, wildlife specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Eugene and parts of Portland are experiencing a noticeable increase. It could mean there are more rats or it could be evidence that people are providing more habitat.”

Soil-borne mosaic virus appears early in NE Oregon wheat
Capital Press
Christina Hagerty, an Oregon State University assistant professor and plant pathologist at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center, said soil-borne wheat mosaic virus has arrived four weeks earlier than last year at a disease resistance nursery near Milton-Freewater.

Snowpack lacking, agriculture outlook uncertain
Hood River News
Steve Castagnoli, director at the local Oregon State University experiment station, said rain levels have been almost normal but snowpack has fallen behind its usual amount.

 

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Please see the Feb. 12 project blog post for an update on what’s happening in the next two weeks and a checklist for content teams.

Communication and Conversation 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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
    • Note: Feb. 15 exec team cancelled; no open line
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

Award Program Opportunities

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Excellence Awards Program provides recognition of institutional excellence in engaged scholarship in four categories:  Student, Faculty, Community Partner, and Institutional Leadership. For more information and submissions visit the awards portal. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

Deadline for submissions for this year’s Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence if February 28, 2018. Nominate yourself or others. Winning projects will receive $1,000 (service and supply index) and recognition at the May 14 awards event to be held 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Click here to submit a nomination or to register for the event.

Webinar this week

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link

OSU 150 Facts

There are 150 facts about OSU at your fingertips, thanks to the OSU 150 celebration. Elevate OSU and Extension’s connection with the university!

Use the stories for social media posts through October 2018 to celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday. You’ll find a few Extension facts in the mix and lots of other interesting stories that showcase OSU and alumni contributions to the state, the region and the world. For example, did you know that Oregon State University sent 55 athletes to the Olympic Games between 1908 and 2016?

JCEP Virtual Town Hall Meeting

Register now for the Virtual Town Hall Meeting, 10 AM February 14. Lynette Black, 2018 JCEP Creative Excellence Award Winner will be there live. The session topic is Emerging Issues: Balancing Tradition and Innovation.

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

NEW! NIH Mobile Unit: The mobile unit for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us  precision medicine program will be on campus in the Brick Mall off the NE corner of the MU from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. The unit will explain and offer people the opportunity to join this landmark research project that aims to gather data from 1 million people or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. On campus, this initiative is supported by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this years conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is  Dominique Christina. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register here. For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9030

Getting to Health Equity:  Join David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H., as he will discuss the forces fueling inequities and how to intervene, making Oregon – and America – healthier for all. For more information, please check here . February, 28 at 7:00 pm in Maranatha Church: 4222 N.E. 12th Ave. Portland 97211.

Folk Club scholarships: OSU Folk Club is offering scholarships for non-traditional women students (30 years+ by application deadline, pursuing a BS, MS or professional degree) for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and residents of either Benton County, Linn County or Monmouth or Independence in Polk County. Details and application forms for these $3,000 scholarships ($1,500 part-time) are available at osufolk.oregonstate.edu, click Scholarships and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 26.

In the News

Therapists learn to retrofit kid cars for students with mobility needs (Greensboro News & Record)
They spent the morning learning from Oregon State University professor Sam Logan and then split into teams to re-wire the cars, taking out steering wheels and replacing them with big accelerator buttons, and adding on-off switches in the back for parents. They also built up the sides and backs of the cars with materials like PVC pipe and pool noodles.

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

Winter is the time to get ahead of fruit tree problems
OregonLive.com
Giving them attention now helps ward off insects and diseases, said Steve Renquist, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service who has taught hundreds of gardeners the basics of managing fruit trees. Applying dormant sprays – Superior oil, copper, and lime sulfur – helps control nasty …

Grow your own asparagus; here’s how
Statesman Journal
Oregon State University Extension horticulturists recommend planting asparagus in a trench about 6 inches deep, planting crowns about 12 inches apart. Spread roots, and cover the crowns with 2 inches of soil amended with compost or slow-release fertilizer. Add lime if soil is acidic. As the spears …

 

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Isn’t that nice. In the spirit of looking ahead, check out the February 5 blog post on the project website for an update on what the next six(ish) weeks look like for the Extension web project and our work together.

OSU150 Promotional Items

Celebrate OSU’s 150th birthday by sharing OSU150 promotional items with staff, OSU advocates and learners. Click here to see a list of items and cost (some items have limited quantities, e.g., high ball glasses). Send your order request to Shelly Signs and include your index/activity code and shipping address. Shipping costs will be added to the total order.

OSU American Evaluation Association Award Winners

Molly Engle, Professor, College of Education, Oregon State University 2017
The Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation Award
This award is given for administrative or program leadership toward outstanding organizational, policy and resource contributions to Extension evaluation. People who nominated Dr. Engle stated that her long and impressive career as an evaluation specialist, and the leadership she has provided, certainly is deserving of this recognition.

Marc T. Braverman, Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences 2017
Sustained Excellence in Extension Evaluation award 
This award is given for conceptual, methodological and evaluation accomplishments making outstanding contributions to Extension and evaluation. Letters of support described how Marc has been involved in program evaluation for more than 36 years, beginning as an evaluation associate at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland.

Communication and Conversation 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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
    • Note: New connection information beginning this week: Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next: Feb. 16 and May 18, 2018)

State of the University Address

Over 800 OSU alumni and friends heard President Ray’s compelling message about excellence, leadership and innovation at Oregon State during his State of the University Address.

President Ray’s speech is available to watch online and a photo album from the event is available on the OSUAA Facebook page.

PILD conference in D.C.

If any of you might have an interest in attending the Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington, D.C. here’s your opportunity! The conference takes place April 8- 12, 2018, with a mission of developing leadership and advocacy skills for Extension professionals to effect public issues.

ESP has funds to assist with defraying some of the costs of the conference for travel, lodging, and registration. If you are interested in representing ESP as a part of the Oregon delegation to the conference please let Kevin Gamble know as soon as possible.

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

 China Night 2018: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at OSU from 5-9 p.m., Feb. 11, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Dinner (Chinese food) is served between 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for OSU student and kids 2-10. $8 for General and Faculty. Tickets are sold at the front desk of Student Experience Center. Online Tickets: www.universe.com/events/china-night-tickets-corvallis-ZCV503

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is Dominique Christina. The conference includes breakout sessions and workshops with national presenters. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register at https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9030

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training:  This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

International Language Club as Oregon State University: ILC at OSU is a club that aims to celebrate the diverse languages and cultures on campus as well as build community by offering free, casual, and volunteer-run classes. Everyone, including non-students, is welcome. Classes start January 26th and end March 9th. For more information, email ilcatosu@gmail.com

In the News

Ed Ray on OSU’s Portland expansion, income inequality, the need for cybersecurity and more (Portland Tribune)
Corvallis-based Oregon State University continues to expand — this time into a new headquarters for its Portland base of operations. This, said OSU President Ed Ray in a meeting Thursday, Feb. 1, with the Pamplin Media Group, will allow the university to tap into pent up local demand for its online courses and other opportunities. (see also KLCCPortland Business JournalOregon Business)

Literacy center keeps the faith (Democrat-Herald)
Oregon State University, which owns the property at the east end of campus, has extended the center’s lease until at least June 30 because of remodeling work required at the Jackson building. The university is spending more than $200,000 to assist with the move, including remodeling, moving and operating costs.

Dr. Warren Washington: A pioneering black climate scientist that overcame more than skepticism (Forbes)
In the late 1950s, Dr. Washington received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in meteorology from the same institution. Meteorology as an academic discipline is hard enough, but I cannot imagine the additional challenges Dr. Washington faced pursuing a science degree as an African American during this particular time in American history.

What are you reading?

Book: Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You by Catherine Carver
This Scottish science writer weaves pop-culture, (Daleks included!) and history into the complex interaction of cells, body chemistry and medical practice, as well as research, to tell the story of how we fight diseases, personally and as a society. This book is a great read, engaging, fun and will give readers a foundation for understanding immune responses. Shara Anslow

Extension in the News

After loss, important postharvest research continues
Good Fruit Grower
The late Oregon State University researcher Yan Wang talks about postharvest lab instrumentation for measuring levels of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide within several storage chambers at the university’s Mid-Columbia Research and Extension Center laboratory in Hood River, Oregon, in 2013.

Naked barley flashes potential, versatility
Capital Press
Oregon State University is now leading a three-year, five state project to test new varieties of naked barley, with $2 million in funding from the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. Partners include Washington State University representing the Pacific Northwest, the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin-Madison representing the Midwest, and Cornell University representing the Northeast.

High-efficiency irrigation pays off
Capital Press
Mylen Bohle, a forage agronomist with the Oregon State University Extension Service office in Prineville, Ore., said these two methods provide 96 to 97 percent water efficiency because there is minimal wind drift and evaporation of the water.

In this week’s issue:

Extension Web Update

See the January 26 project blog post for a brief project update and shout-outs and tips for our hard-working content teams. We’ve also posted a few new links to the Learn with us page, including links to sites that have a similar strategy.

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Marketing Tools

Extension Fast Facts, a one page marketing tool, is now available in OSU Box (the same Box as logos and letterhead). Look for the “Marketing Tools, Templates and Inspiration” folder.

You’ll find the PDF in the Marketing Tools folder. This is the first rebranded Extension marketing tool available for everyone, but more will follow! It is a print on demand, two-sided document with facts on the front and the map of OSU locations on the back.

SP4.0: Your input welcome

Development of OSU’s fourth strategic plan under President Ray’s leadership, referred to as SP4.0, is now underway. The SP4.0 website provides information on the process, timeline, and ways to provide input.

Progress update: Regional Director positions

West Central Region:

  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the interview process and provided input.
  • The search committee met to debrief and review submitted feedback on Friday, January 19, 2018.
  • Reference checking is in process.

East Region

  • Regional Director search is in progress. The posting closes February 18, 2018.
  • The region assigned will be East Oregon which will cover Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.

Protect yourself! Protect OSU! Do “Duo”!

A reminder that OSU has a new two-step authentication service, called Duo, to prevent unauthorized access to your OSU account. In addition to protecting your account, after you enroll in Duo and complete an ONID password change, your password will no longer expire!

You can learn more about Duo and enroll at http://duo.oregonstate.edu

Communication includes U!

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.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line this week due to the State of the University Address in Portland.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

Upcoming Webinars in February

How to Salvage “Bad Photos” With Photoshop
Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/ryv4wr91ohj4/

Using the Photoshop Healing Brush & Cloning Stamp to Improve Photos
Find out how to use the healing brush and clone stamp in Photoshop to fix photographs and remove unwanted artifacts and objects.
Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:00pm
Presenter: Victor Villegas
Webinar link: http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/rqvqhg4q7h1s/

Search engine change for Extension websites

The contract for the search engine used by all of the Extension family of websites is expiring at the end of the month. This is 3 months sooner than anticipated and requires us to switch search engines before Jan 31.

What is going to happen
The EESC web team will be updating all of the Extension websites to use a different search engine next week. The change doesn’t require any down time and will be transparent to users.

What will be different
The current search engine searches all of the Extension websites with an option to search just the current website. We won’t have the ability to search all of Extension after the change. This isn’t a perfect solution but it is a temporary one until the new Extension website is launched. We anticipate the new Extension website will launch sometime in March. For more information about the new website visit our project blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/

Please direct any questions or concerns to extwebsupport@oregonstate.edu or call Bryan at 541-737-0813

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

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Spring Term 2018 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 $500. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9, with notification in Week 7.  Please visit http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/pcosw/awards-scholarships for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Karen Holmberg at karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu.

Collegiate Recovery Community Open House: Interested in living orange, black and sober while at OSU? The Collegiate Recovery Community offers students a traditional college experience in a recovery-first community. Open Houses will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and March 2 at Dixon Lodge. More information is available by emailing recovery@oregonstate.edu.

China Night 2018: Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 at OSU from 5-9 p.m., Feb. 11, in The LaSells Stewart Center. Dinner (Chinese food) is served between 5-7 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 for OSU student and kids 2-10. $8 for General and Faculty. Tickets are sold at the front desk of Student Experience Center. Online Tickets: www.universe.com/events/china-night-tickets-corvallis-ZCV503

Examining Masculinities Conference: Our 6th annual Examining Masculinities Conference (EMC) will take place on Feb. 17 in the Memorial Union. The theme of this year’s conference is “Through the Looking Glass: How do you see or experience masculinity? How has it impacted you?” The keynote speaker is Dominique Christina. The conference includes breakout sessions and workshops with national presenters. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Registration is filling up quickly so register at https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDjjrPlPbsh5OgR For more information: MDE@oregonstate.edu or all (541) 737-9030

International Women’s Group: You’re invited to join the International Women’s Conversation Hour, and explore topics related to studying and living in the US as an international woman student. Tuesdays 5 to 6 p.m. (except Feb 20). Starting Week 3. MU Talisman Room

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training:  This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

In the News

MLK award-winners announced (LIFE@OSU)
During the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast at Oregon State University, three OSU community members were honored for their service and commitment to social justice.

Oregon State athletes launch mental health initiative to help students with depression (USA Today)
Oregon State men’s soccer player Nathan Braaten heard about the Tyler Hilinski news, and his heart dropped.

Athletes’ mental health (Think Out Loud)
After a high profile death by suicide of a Washington State University quarterback, we discuss the larger questions of how much access college athletes have to mental health resources. Our guests are Dr. Brian Hainline, the chief medical officer for the National College Athletic Association, former Oregon State standout gymnast Taylor Ricci and Oregon State University Sports Psychologist Dr. Fernando Frias.

Engaging youth with disabilities: OSU’s physical IMPACT (Corvallis Advocate)
Each Friday afternoon during the school year, Oregon State University students host a truly impactful physical activity outreach program for special needs children. The IMPACTprogram, which stands for Individualized Movement and Physical Activities for Children Today, focuses on creating a supportive environment for improving motor skills fitness in children with disabilities aged 6 months to 21 years.

Strengthening Campus-Community Collaboration: Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis (National Center for Safe, Supportive Learning Environments)
Oregon State and the city of Corvallis have created a strategy to mitigate these negative effects and to engage in campus-community collaboration. Campus-community collaboration is a well-regarded strategy to promote safe, healthy, and conducive learning environments.

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

Scientists, Morrow County wheat farmers talk shop
East Oregonian
The meeting was part of “Shop Talk,” a recent effort by the OSU Extension Service to meet with farmers to discuss how their research efforts align with practical application.

Organic Blueberry Study at OSU Pt 3
AgInfo.net
Organic blueberry growers can now get similar yields and returns as conventional growers thanks to a 10-year study at Oregon State University.

In this week’s issue:

Outdoor School: How you can help

We know that OSU Extension employees, as engaged members of your communities, are often the “go to” for questions about, well, just about everything!

A quick reminder: If you receive questions from schools or districts in your communities about Outdoor School, please encourage them to contact us directly. We aim to return all messages within 24 hours, and often return them the same business day.

You can also help by sharing the link to our webpage, which provides the most current information about the funding process and timeline, and other aspects of the program.

Extension Web Update

The recording of our January 18 webinar for office managers and county leaders is available. See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Note: No open line on Feb. 1 (State of the University address in Portland) and Feb. 15 (exec meeting cancelled)
    • Cancellations or changes to connection info will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Nominate exceptional outreach and engagement projects

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that significantly advance the outreach and engagement mission of Oregon State. Award winning projects receive $1,000 (services and supplies index), recognition at the May 14 awards event, and a commemorative award. Submissions are due February 21. Recognize the efforts of others; self-nominations are encouraged, too. Visit the awards event website and nomination form for more information.

Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship

Join the Center for Teaching and Learning for “Making the Case for Engaged Scholarship,” facilitated by Susan Rowe and Shawn Rowe. Register here. The TEXTtalks is January 31, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. in MU 206. Session Description: What does it mean to be an “engaged scholar” at an “engaged university”? Is it simply marketing? Is it simply outreach? Or is there really something else to it? In this interactive Text Talk, presenters will explore seminal ideas about engaged scholarship and discuss the implication the term holds for the university today. Come help us brainstorm the role of university engagement in creating democratic civil society. Facilitators ask that participants read The Scholarship of Engagement by Ernest L. Boyer prior to the presentation.

Brand Update and Tips

Elevator speeches – Concise descriptions of OSU Extension (who we are and what we do) are available on page 21 of the Extension Style Guide. From 140 characters to 10- and 30-second elevator speeches, they will be helpful when introducing yourself to anyone unfamiliar with the work of OSU Extension, when composing an email, and as an introductory presentation slide.

 

 

 

OSU institutional logos – The OSU logo always should appear on the front of everything we create for external use (companion logos, e.g., the OSU Extension Service logo, appear on the back page or not at all). For easier access to the OSU logo, all versions are now available to download from OSU Box along with all other Outreach and Engagement, Extension and AES logos. You’ll find OSU logos in the “Primary Logo” folder. To see all the vertical and horizontal options for the OSU logo, click on the folder titled “EPS Spot for printing and Adobe Creative Suite” and look for the Art Sheet PDF. Before using any logo, please refer to the guidelines for logo use. If you have questions about logo use, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — February 1, 2018

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

  • Results from the November 2017 Funding Cycle

During the November funding cycle, faculty and staff  were awarded $5,221 through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The 56 individuals receiving funding will be using it for participation in workshops and conferences; for tuition/fees related to additional educational opportunities; for other types of professional development, and for international travel related to enhancing their Extension work.

  • Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffles

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

  • Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, a total of $2,000 was generated for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Bucket Raffle ticket sales generated $1,000 which was deposited in the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Starting with the 2017 Extension Annual Conference a $10 tour participation fee was assessed.  The funds generated through collection of these fees were transferred to the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. From the 2017 Extension Conference, $920 was generated related in tour participation fees.  A special Thank You to all involved!!

  • “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 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)

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 Announcements

Do you know all the services that you can access from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access? Contact them about accommodations, complaints, questions and more! They have resources (AND A BUDGET!) to support your county and program to be accessible to ALL populations!

What is the latest news on DACA? Catch up by clicking on the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-january-2018-preliminary-injunction

Call for nominations for the Outstanding Diversity Advocate Award
Nomination are due by March 17, 2018. For more information and eligibility criteria visit: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/diversity/events-and-initiatives/outstanding-diversity-advocate-award

Events & Resources

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst college students? This workshop will teach participants to recognize the warning signs and how to help if someone they know is thinking about suicide. Suicide is preventable and depression is treatable – you can help save a life. Feel free to bring your lunch! Each workshop will be in the Journey Room from 12 to 1:30pm. The dates are: Jan. 23, March 7, April 23, and May 24.

Welcome to the Poverty, Race, and Consciousness Institute!
Understand the intersection of race and class, subconscious bias and its influence on breaking barriers, and learn practical strategies to eliminate racism and poverty. The workshop will take place January 31 at Unity of Portland, 4525 SE Stark St, Portland, OR, 97215 from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. If you have any questions, email Communication Across Barriers atethan@combarriers.com or call (503) 590-4599.

Help raise money for Women in Science! The Sigma Delta Omega sorority for Women in Science is selling bags of chocolate covered coffee beans for $5/each. Stop by and See Megan Zaiger in Ballard Hall, Room 102 for more information. Supplies are limited!

In the News

‘The struggle continues’ (Gazette-Times)
Fiery speeches. Calls for social justice. A peace march through campus. Anyone attending Oregon State University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances on Monday might be forgiven for thinking the year was 1968, not 2018.

OSU students celebrate MLK Jr. Day of Service by painting new Arc Thrift Store (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University students and staff participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Saturday by painting the walls at the new Arc Thrift Store in Philomath.

OSU engineering school honored for gender diversity efforts (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Oregon State University’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering has won a 2017 Women in Build Award.

OSU student athletes launch campaign #DamWorthIt to talk mental health, suicide (KPTV)
Two student athletes at Oregon State University, gymnast Taylor Ricci and soccer player Nathan Braaten, started a campaign called #DamWorthIt. After the death of two fellow athletes to suicide, the duo wanted to do something so they began the campaign.

#DamWorthIt mental health awareness campaign launches (OSU Beavers)
OSU student-athletes aspire to bring awareness to the mental health crises in collegiate athletics and society with the #DamWorthIt Campaign.

Racial issues churn in ‘Spinning Into Butter’ play (Gazette-Times)
Although the play “Spinning Into Butter” was written in 1999, its theme of racism couldn’t be more timely today, says the director of a production that will be staged three times this weekend at Oregon State University.

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

Oregon commercial Dungeness crab fishing on hold again amid negotiations
Katu.com
Kaety Jacobson, marine fisheries extension agent with the Oregon Sea Grant program, says these negotiations are not uncommon.

‘Great for everybody’: Border economics board members ready for planning
The Argus Observer
Oregon State University extension agent Stuart Reitz, who will serve through the year on the board, said it’s an honor to have been selected.

In this week’s issue:

Reminder: Designation One
Extension Web Update
Communications channels update
Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the News

Reminder: Designation One

OSU Extension is partnering with eXtension to host one of 10 Designathon One events in Portland, Feb. 5-7, 2018. Registration is open!

Eight $250 registration scholarships are available. Apply by February 2. Scholarships will be reimbursed to an OSU account.

Extension Web Update

See the project website for the latest blog posts and new FAQs. Reminder: We there will be an informational webinar for county leaders and office managers on Thursday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. (WebEx link).

Communications channels update

Over the past few months, we piloted two new communication channels: A weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team and an online form for questions and comments. Both saw minimal engagement—less than a dozen participants/comments between the two—but the resulting dialogue was productive. We will continue both through the end of March 2018, and then evaluate whether to continue.

Reminder: Ways to connect

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Weekly open phone line for dialogue with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Call 800-689-9374, passcode: 494085#
    • Cancellations will be announced in ConnEXTions or with an email to OES State.
  • Read ConnEXTions weekly, and contribute!
  • O&E blog with First Monday videos (Engage via the comment section!)
  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)

We need your feedback. Please let us know how these communication channels are working (or could work better) for you.

Professional Development Opportunity: Science Talk 2018

Have you ever struggled to explain why your science matters to a non-scientist?

Science Talk 2018, to be held March 1-2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland,​​ will unite scientists, science communicators, journalists, policymakers, students, and others for two exciting days of sharing best practices for communicating science to non-scientists or those outside your discipline. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more. It will feature presentations, workshops, expert panels, and more.

Jenny East, boating outreach coordinator for OSU Extension and Oregon Sea Grant, was one of two dozen OSU faculty, students and professional faculty who attended the inaugural Science Talk in 2017.

She said, “Science Talk is an engaging conference where you can learn new and creative strategies of sharing science content with different audiences, especially in our online world. I appreciated hearing how I could connect more effectively with policymakers and journalists and demonstrate the impact of my work in Extension.”

Learn more and register on the Science Talk website. Early registration ends Jan. 31.

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

Deadline Extended! NASPA Student Summit on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response: Conference on Saturday, Jan. 20 (including lunch and transportation to/from Portland) to learn about innovative, student involved efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. For more information and to register by Wednesday, Jan. 17: StudentSummit. For transportation, please visit SARC’s website: http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/sarc.

Deadline extended for the Radical Imagination Conference: Anarres Project, along with various labor and social justice groups in Corvallis, are hosting a conference this spring (April 6-8, 2018) on the possibilities for the radical imagination.  Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. For a list of topics see: http://www.anarresproject.org/deadline-extended-for-the-radical-imagination-conference/ Submit your proposal using the following form.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Academy Applications:  Faculty applications are currently being accepted for the DPD Academy scheduled to be held the weeks of June 18 – 22 and June 25 -29.  The DPD Academy facilitates focused and productive engagement with contemporary, multidisciplinary scholarship on difference, power, and discrimination; critical pedagogies; and curriculum transformation.  Both individual and team applications are welcome.  For more information and to apply, visit the DPD Academy    webpage.  Deadline: Feb. 9

6th Annual Healthy Masculinities Conference: Join the OSU Men’s Development & Engagement (MDE) program on Saturday, Feb. 17 in the MU Horizon Room from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for our 6th annual Healthy Masculinities Conference. This year’s theme is Examining Masculinities Conference: Through the Looking Glass. Everyone is invited to attend. Conference registration is FREE. Registration will remain open until Feb. 10.  Light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Click here to register. For questions, contactMDE@oregonstate.edu

Dreams of Cuba: The Little Gallery (Kidder 210) presents “Dreams of Cuba,” an exhibition of photography by Greg Bal. On view Jan. 8-Feb. 28, with an opening reception Jan. 18, 3:30 p.m. The artist is displaying photos captured in Cuba in 2013 during a study abroad class led by OSU professor Nana Osei-Kofi.

In the News

Mexicanos in Oregon: New to the Northwest? Read this (Corvallis Advocate)
Nearly a decade after it was written, Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives remains a key text to understanding Mexican migration in Oregon. Written by Oregon State University professor and local activist, Dr. Erlinda Gonzales Berry and her colleague, Dr. Marcela Mendoza, the book ensures that individual stories won’t get lost in the debate over illegal immigration due to partisanship or outright xenophobia.

A triumph of truth (ESPN)

Brenda Tracy carried the football helmet in her left hand. It had a red S for Stanford, the white outline of a tree and a purple and teal ribbon commemorating Tracy’s “Set The Expectation” campaign to end sexual violence. She was given the helmet during halftime of the Stanford-Arizona State game on Sept. 30 — a game dedicated to Tracy and her efforts.

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

Think Too Much: Study casts new light on state economy
Democrat Herald
The authors of the paper, Nick Beleiciks of the Employment Department and Mallory Rahe, an Extension community economist and instructor at Oregon State University, paint a more detailed picture of how Oregon’s counties fared during the Great Recession.

Tree virus discovered in TD
The Dalles Chronicle
“I think if we get on top of the situation we can minimize the spread of the problems,” said Dr. Jay W. Pscheidt, an OSU professor and a plant pathology specialist.