In this week’s issue:

Vice Provost Awards for Excellence Registration

Support your colleagues! Register today for the 2018 Outreach and Engagement Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Ten projects (many of which are Extension projects) will be
showcased on Monday, May 14, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom (Corvallis) as outstanding examples of outreach and engagement work. The awards portion of the event will be followed by a poster session and reception. The Division of University Outreach and Engagement is hosting the event; there is no cost to attend. Space is limited so please register early. Last day to register is May 4.

 

Notecards and Thank You cards

Notecards and generic thank you cards can be ordered online through Printing and Mailing. Click on the Design Online link, register or sign in, then click on the Catalog tab. Notecards can be customized with companion logos (front) and contact information (back). Consider
adding OSU Extension’s elevator speech statement to the back panel: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon. Envelopes also can be ordered online (note: only the OSU institutional logo appears on envelopes).

Extension Web Update

Based on feedback from content teams, we’ve added a few new ways to enter content and some new tools, see: New and updated guidelines for content entry. Please review before adding additional content to the website.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack: https://osu-extension.slack.com/signup
  • 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)

Earth Day of Service materials and website

Please share the Earth Day of Service marketing materials which includes printable posters and social media images, and the Beyond Earth Day website, which features the many great events in addition to the Day of Service that will be taking place at OSU.

Earth Day of Service marketing: https://goo.gl/Cis8PC

Beyond Earth Day website: https://earthday.oregonstate.edu

Sensory Evaluation of Wine

If you live in Oregon, you probably know about the amazing wine we make in the region, and Oregon State University has been deeply involved with this industry for years. Our Sensory Evaluation of Wine course benefits from this industry knowledge and offers you insights about the types of grapes produced in Oregon and Washington and beyond.

Led by Oregon State’s renowned wine expert, Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, you will get to experience a range of wines and wine styles from around the world, including Australia Shiraz, New Zealand Pinot noir, French Rosé and much more!

In this four-day course in Corvallis, you’ll gain:

  • A detailed introduction to the many nuances of wine tasting
  • Knowledge to evaluate and describe taste, smell and mouthfeel of wine
  • The ability to communicate your newfound expertise to others

Due to popular demand, we are offering this course in the evening in order to accommodate your busy schedule. Secure your seat today as spaces are limited!

Robotics team secure World Finals competition spot: bring home state championship banner

Students from Wasco County 4-H entered the Oregon State VEX Robotics finals as underdogs but walked out with the championship banner and a ticket to the world championship later this spring.

“This is the first time any robotics team from The Dalles has advanced to the world finals level and displays a tremendous amount of work from the students and a high quality program,” said Wasco County 4-H coach Lu Seapy.

With the three team alliance of Binary Kaos, Flip N’ Awesome of Sandy, and Flavor Town of Salem, the trio was able to easily sweep the finals and bring home the champions banner. Now the team faces an added challenge: making it to the World Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Getting our team to Worlds is a huge honor, and it will be expensive,” said coach Ajay Rundell. The team will need to raise approximately $8,000 for plane tickets and travel costs. Individuals wishing to contribute can contact Ajay Rundell at rundella@nwasco.k12.or.us or call Lu Seapy at 541-296-5494.

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

Community Dialogue on Safety and Justice: Community Dialogues is a once-per-term series which seeks to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. Join us in exploring multiple perspectives on strategies to realize community safety and racial justice. April 30, 6-8 p.m. MU Multipurpose Room 13. More information on the Community Dialogues website.

Dessert & Documentaries: Sexual Assault in Latinx Communities:  A showing of two films on the topic of rape in the Field on April 19 at 7:00 p.m, the second film is on the topic of rape in the night shift and the showing for that time will be April 24 at 7:00 pm. The location for both films will be at the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Transgender Lives of People in Argentina and Mexico: Photographer Kike Arnal comes to talk about his experience documenting the lives of Trans people in Mexico and Argentina. April 18, 5-7 p.m. Memorial Union Ballroom. More information on the visit the event page.

Siembra la Cena Gradening Series: In collaboration with OSU Extension and FISH Food Bank, The Next Door hosts a ‘Siembra la Cena’ gardening series. The classes, delivered in Spanish, will cover topics such as soil preparation, how to grow pesticide-free fruits and veggies, proper watering, and more. For information and registration, call Jody at 541-436-0313. To see when the next class is going to be, check out the event page.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Early Stage: This class is free and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association for more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 help line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit http://bit.ly/2FB56MB. April 20 from 12:30 pm to 4:30pm at 1651 Lexington Ave, Astoria, OR.

WU Hawaiʻi Club’s 29th Annual Lūʻau: Join Willamette University’s Hawai’i Club is celebrating the culture and history of Hawai’i through food, music, and dance. April 21, 5:50 pm- 9:30 pm. At Cone Fieldhouse Willamette University. For more information visit the event page.

In the News

Bend parents talk inclusion, standing against hate
The presenters were Central Oregon Community College Director of Diversity and Inclusion Karen Roth and the college’s Program Director of Early Childhood Education Amy Howell. When parents were asked why they came to the meeting, one said she wants her kids to truly understand the meaning of the word “hate”.

Navigating Challenges: A PCC Student Story
It is an institutional strategy aimed at increasing student success through building guided pathways, enhancing support services, implementing diversity, equity and inclusion tactics, … And as a result of his tireless work, Truong was honored with the Student Activism Honor Award by Oregon Open Educational Resources.

Why we need emoji representing people with disabilities
‘Having accessibility and inclusion of all types be a priority in tech is a huge issue.’

The Arts Center and OSU seek art for mental health exhibition
The Arts Center and Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are seeking artwork for “Art Saves Lives,” a pop-up show in May directed at furthering the dialogue on mental health.

Photo Model Releases

The university requires individuals to sign a model release form when they are photographed, including all Oregon State faculty, staff and students. As a general guide, if you’re taking a picture of a single person or a small group and they’re the main focus of your shot, have them complete and sign a model release form.

For large groups, workshops or events, there’s a model release long form for multiple names.

The most up to date model release forms can be found on the OSU Brand Guidelines website. Everyone should use these online forms.

There is not yet a Spanish-language version, but University Marketing is working on it.

What are you reading?

Book: Buddha’s Brain: the practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom (2009) by Rick Hanson with Richard Mendius.
Mindfulness is a hot topic for mental health, ACE and Trauma informed outreach. This book is a good lay-reference to brain function and the positive neural response of meditation and mindfulness. Plus, great tips for bringing mindful practice into your own life. Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Researchers focus on helping hazelnut boom
Capital Press
Oregon State Extension Orchard Crops Specialist Nik Wiman updates growers on brown marmorated stink bug research. … It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State University that are resistant to eastern filbert blight.Bankruptcies point to tougher organic potato market
Capital Press
“I wonder if we just got too many acres too quickly,” said Brian Charlton, cropping systems specialist at Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center. The Klamath Basin’s high elevation and low winter temperatures help suppress fungus and insect problems in potatoes.

In this week’s issue:

Follow-up: OSU Extension Town Hall

The recording of the April 3 Town Hallhttps://media.oregonstate.edu/media/t/0_89a01wwy/ is available on our redesign resource page.

A reminder that Scott Reed and Lindsey Shirley welcome the opportunity to schedule conversations with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this change means in the context of your work.

Reminder: Feedback on East regional director candidates

Links to recordings of the East regional director candidates’ presentations are available on our redesign resource page. Please return your input via the feedback form to Elsa Curtis by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

Changes: Communication and connection opportunities

Beginning last fall, we tried two new connection opportunities: a weekly open phone line with your leadership team, and an online question/comment form. We agreed to keep these going through March and then evaluate. As you heard during the Town Hall, use of these forums has been modest. Our sense, based on your feedback, is that these haven’t provided the type of personal connection and dialogue that you prefer or would find helpful.

Decisions:

  • We will discontinue the weekly open phone line, effective now.
  • We will keep the online question/comment form going through June, and then re-evaluate. We have added a field for “name” so we can ensure you receive a personal response.

We are also adding a new opportunity: Slack

  • Based on interest among office managers, county leaders, and others, we have created a new Slack workspace for informal communication and collaboration.
  • Here is the link to sign up for Slack. https://osu-extension.slack.com/signup
  • Here is a quick intro to Slack(courtesy of OSU’s web community, who also uses Slack for this purpose).
  • Why Slack? There are a number of chat tools available to OSU employees. Slack was one of the first good persistent chat tools, and other communities at OSU have adopted it, notably the web community and OSU communicators network.
  • Tips:
    • DO Download the Slack app for your desktop for the best experience. Also available for mobile devices.
    • DO watch for Slack tips in future ConnEXTions issues.
    • DO NOT use Slack to share data or information that’s classified as sensitive or confidential.

Reminder: Ongoing communication opportunities

  • 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 Web Update

See the two recent blog posts for an update on the content strategist hire and project timeline, plus a few updated resources and tips for content teams.

OSU Brand Symposium

If your work responsibilities include communication and marketing, please consider registering for the OSU Brand Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Come hear from an exciting lineup of guest speakers that are sure to inspire and ignite creativity in the areas of diversity and inclusion, graphic design, media and film. We’ll also provide updates on the OSU brand system and launch an awards program!

Registration for faculty and staff is $30 and includes lunch and light refreshments. Please register by April 16.

Social Media Resources

Social media can be confusing, especially with all the changes coming at you constantly. If you’re new to social media or just want a brush up, take advantage of OSU’s resources for Brand-related policies, Overall policy, Tips, and Best practices.

For additional questions, contact EESC social media specialists Kym Pokorny (541-737-3380) or Chris Branam (541-737-2940).

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

Sisters Supporting Survivors: Join us for a group conversation on how to respond to and support survivors of sexual assault and other traumas. This is brought to you by the Women’s Center, Panhellenic Council, and Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. Tuesday, April 10, 4-6 p.m., Kappa Delta Sorority, 305 N.W. 25th St.

Bridging Cultures: Our Neighbors’ Stories: Join Ethel Marquez, Viktoria Haas, Luis Dominguez, Neiko Bronson and Ubaldo Hernandez as they tell their fascinating stories of “bridging cultures”’ where they have faced challenges and discovered delights. You don’t have to be an immigrant to “bridge cultures”. The event will be at the Hood River Library from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information visit the event page.

Sexual Assault Awareness: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This month features many opportunities to learn about sexual violence in various communities, ways to support survivors, and commitments we can all make to end rape culture. Events are happening all month; please join our campus community and attend some of these important programs. View the full calendar of events here: SAAM Calendar

In the News

American History Through a Multi-perspective Lens: Oregon’s Teacher of the Year

Matt Bacon-Brenes, Oregon State Teacher of the Year 2018, cares about creating an environment that is conducive to learning for children from all backgrounds. Being Teacher of the Year is much more than a title; Bacon-Brenes and his fellow TOYs will meet up throughout the year to discuss the impact they want to have on the education environment in America.

Hunger at school does not end at college admission
The College and University Food Bank Alliance, co-founded by the Michigan State Student Food Bank and the Oregon State University Food Pantry, provides support, training, and resources for campus food banks and pantries that primarily serve students. Federal policy could make a difference too.

Anthropology student sheds light on Islam
At Bazaar International Market in Corvallis, a variety of food products from across the Middle East line the shelves, cuts of fresh halal meat are available daily and a collection of teas invite curious customers. This is where anthropology major Elliot Paulson spends a good portion of his time gathering research and information for his senior thesis titled “Mainstreaming Halal: A Growing Niche Market in an Oregon University Town.”

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’s Growing Olives
Oregon Wine Press
The growers’ association also has a strong ally in the Oregon State University Extension Service. A four-person research team, headed by Javier Fernandez-Salvador of the Marion-Polk County Extension Service, is studying olive trees at locations in Aurora and Alpine.

Business Oregon awards $45,000 to Partners for Rural Innovation
Tillamook Headlight Herald
The funding will be used for three programs: relaunching the Recipe to Market classes conducted by Oregon State University Extension and Small Business Development Center; creating a Tillamook County brand or co-brand of foods to enhance marketing efforts; and a feasibility study on the creation of a food hub to improve distribution of foods, such as fish, meat and produce, between local and regional buyers and sellers.

In this week’s issue:

Branding Update
Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3
Extension Web Update
EESC ACE Awards
Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region
Diversity Highlights
What are you reading?
Extension in the news

Branding Update

Extension elevator speeches – Talking about Extension just got a little easier. Out of the Extension sub-brand work, we now have three short elevator speeches. Whether you are speaking with someone in person, making a community presentation, communicating over email, or composing a tweet, you are encouraged to use these to describe OSU Extension (they also can be found in the Extension Style Guide on page 21):

140-character statement: Oregon State University Extension provides information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.

10-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians so they may thrive in their communities, be lifted by growing economies, and share pride in the flourishing ecosystems of Oregon.

30-second statement: Oregon State University Extension puts information and expertise within reach of all Oregonians. As a land, sun, space and sea grant institution, we’re committed to nurturing our great state’s communities, economies and ecosystems. We’re partnering with people in every county and helping them thrive every day—just as we have done for more than 100 years.

Reminder: OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post includes brief updates on project timeline, content strategist recruitment, and resource revisions.

Remember: Office hours/open labs are available for content teams to work through questions and examples with the project team.

EESC ACE Awards

EESC has some exciting news! We have three award winners from the Association for Communications Excellence’s Critique and Awards program.

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

Results from the February 2018 Funding Cycle
During the February funding cycle 31 applications were received and $5,449 was awarded through the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund. The faculty and staff 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Regional Director Presentations – Eastern Region

Due to the Regional Director interviews for East Region candidates there will be no open phone line with the executive team this Thursday, 4/5, 2pm.

Presentation: Candidates will have 30 minutes to give their presentations with 15 minutes of Q & A to follow.
Thursday, April 5
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Timothy Kock
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Paul Hill
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

Friday, April 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     Peter Schreder
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.     Joaquina Kankam
Kidder 202 or at  live.oregonstate.edu

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

Radical Imagination: ​ This conference explores formats to address, fabricate and discuss social transformation that challenge the standard model of an academic conference. It invites participants to create a common space for radical imagination and social justice that goes beyond a skill-share for radical organizer. The conference will take place at Oregon State University the dates are April 6-8, register for free here.

Storytime – Celebrating Diversity: April is our month for international storytimes! The culture and language change each week. Join the Canby Public Library and  learn about people from all around the world.  This event will take place the 6th and 7th of april from 11:00 to 11:30 am. Location: 220 NE 2nd Avenue, Canby, Oregon 97013. For more information check out the event page.

Beyond Cultural Competence: Will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LInC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from southern, southwestern and central Asia and northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances and clothes of this culturally diverse region, all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Transgender Inclusion 101: This workshop is designed as a first step for attendees to become allies to the transgender community. We do this by exploring concepts of sex and gender through narrative, breaking down our deeply held assumptions and language, creating space for transgender and gender non-conforming folks in our conversations. The workshop will be the 25th of April from 8:30 to 11:30. Location: 2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331. Register here.

 In the News

Salem residents want diversity, bikes, coffee reflected in police HQ designs
A coffee stand. Bike racks for cyclists. Art that represents diversity and culture. Those were among residents’ top requests for amenities at the Salem police headquarters.

Bald Hill field trip offered in Spanish
Third-grader Amy Ibarra was on a wildlife scavenger hunt when she spotted the frog. “Un rana! Un rana!” she yelled, using the Spanish word for frog. The cry taken up by her partner Liana Schaefer. The pair’s fellow Garfield Elementary School students gathered around and they watched the frog until it hopped back to cover near a stream.

Eugene Emeralds join MiLBs “Copa de la Diversion” to welcome Latino fans
When the Eugene Emeralds opened last season at PK Park, they had a Venezuelan playing first base, third base, shortstop and right field. The starting pitcher from Mexico threw to a catcher from Panama. The second baseman was a native of the Dominican Republic. Twenty of the 29 players on Eugene’s Opening Day roster were from Latin American countries.

What are you reading?

Books: The War that Saved My Life (2015) and The War I Finally Won (2017) by Kimberly Brusker Bradley
When Haley, my granddaughter, recommends a book, I read it! Haley said, “You will love these [Young Reader] books and they will make you cry!”  Set in WWII, the protagonist is 10 year Ada, abused and neglected, she flees London as an evacuee. Ada is bold and intelligent, though completely uneducated. The author writes such a moving story, illustrating the challenges for children who have experienced abuse to accept kindness and feel safe. And bonus, if you grew up riding as I did, Ada gets a pony. The author revels the healing power of horses! I highly recommend that you share these books with the wonderful tween girls in your life.  Shara Anslow

Extension in the news

Head start on better berries
Good Fruit Grower
Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University Extension berry specialist, inspects organic blueberries in a test plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Strik has completed a 10-year organic blueberry study published in September in the journal HortScience.

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.

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:

Brand Update

Logo placement for promotional products – Scroll down the information about companion logos on the OSU Brand Guidelines website and you’ll find ideas for how to use the OSU Extension Service (or county) companion logos on promotional items. More conversations will take place about how to best use the 4-H emblem. Stay tuned!

 

Quick tip sheets: Brand checklist and fonts – Doing five things when developing marketing tools, such as proper use of logos, e.g., OSU logo on the front of everything, will bring your fliers and brochures into brand standard. Keep the checklist with the “must do’s” and a list of resources handy. You’ll find it on the online Extension Style Guide. You’ll also find a branded and substitute systems fonts tip sheet as well.

OSU Extension Employee Town Hall: April 3

You are invited to join a town hall-style event with OSU Extension Director Scott Reed on Tuesday, April 3, 10-11 a.m.

Please join us in person in Kidder Hall 202, or online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/ (live chat available). The town hall will be recorded, and we will share the recording link.

The primary purpose of this town hall is to provide clarity on OSU Extension’s evolving regional structure. Time permitting, it will also be an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Scott on other issues of interest to you.

Scott will provide a brief overview of our regional redesign plan and process—including current status and next steps—and then take your questions and comments.

Extension Web Update

This week’s blog post outlines new resources, progress updates, and next steps, including a new guide to “managing program content” for program groups/teams.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

  • Online form to submit questions (Think of this like a virtual comment box.)
  • 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.

In memoriam, Ralph Duddles, Extension Coos County

With sadness, we share the passing of Ralph Duddles, retired Extension Forester in Coos County.  Ralph passed away on Feb. 23, 2018, in Coos Bay.  His memorial service was held on March 8th. More information on Ralph’s life.

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

Beyond Cultural Competence: will provide skills and strategies for white faculty mentoring underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Join us from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, in LINC 128 for an engaging discussion by Cheryl Franks, Ph.D, who has spent 22 years consulting, training and serving as executive director of diversity, human rights and social justice at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Sponsored by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences; Students for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity; and the colleges of Liberal Arts, Education, Agricultural Sciences, and Business. Contact Kate MacTavish for more information and/or go here to register.

Ettihad Cultural Festival Volunteers Needed: Join the Ettihad Cultural Center to celebrate the sixth annual Ettihad Cultural Festival featuring more than 15 countries from South, Southwestern and Central Asia & Northern Africa. On Sunday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. come experience the various cuisines, languages, performances, and clothes of this culturally diverse region all for free. The festival still needs volunteers on April 7 and 8. If you are interested in volunteering, fill out this form.

Second Sunday: Housing Segregation and Resistance in Portland: Inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the publication of Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, local researchers are uncovering and analyzing new sources related to the history of housing segregation — and resistance to that discrimination — in Portland, Oregon. For more information visit the Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/172435916852811/

In the News

Women of Culture event honors diversity
Education, awareness and celebration marked the various events and displays involved in Western’s annual Women of Culture celebration sponsored by Multicultural Student Union.

Oregon State seeks public input on new names for 3 campus buildings
Oregon State plans to change the names of Benton Hall, Benton Annex and Avery Lodge.

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

Life lessons: Outdoor School opportunities expand with funding
Albany Democrat-Herald
Kris Elliott, who is administering the program through the OSU Extension Service, said he’s confident 76 percent of eligible fifth- and sixth-graders — more than 36,400 across the state — will have participated by the time school wraps up this summer.

New districts will impact services, taxes for some
East Oregonian
In May, Umatilla and Morrow County voters will decide whether to add two new districts to the tax rolls, which would fund support staff and operations for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Country Dwellers Learn To Take Care Of Their Land
Jefferson Public Radio
And a few longtime city- or suburb-dwellers may be a little mystified about the needs of landscapes and their inhabitants. Which is why Oregon State University’s Extension Service runs a Land Steward Program.

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 …