In this week’s issue:

Branded color palette now available on your desktop

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

Communities, Food, Resilience Event

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

Cultivating Change Conference

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

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

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

Update: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extension Web Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Check out other events going on in your region on our webpage:     

Events & Resources

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

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

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

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

In the News

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

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

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

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

What are you reading?

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

Extension in the news

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

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

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