In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Lillian Larwood, a 35-year veteran of 4-H professional leadership, joins nine other Oregonians inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame since it began in 2002.

Larwood will be inducted along with 16 other individuals from around the country on Oct. 11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Read more about her great career here.

Communication and connection opportunities

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

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

Why ConnEXTion?

ConnEXTion is published weekly as a source of news, updates and dialogue. Submissions are welcome from all in Extension.

With your contributions, ConnEXTion can become our one-stop-shop for timely items of interest and help cut down on the many emails we all receive.

Over the years, ConnEXTion has evolved based on your feedback—in terms of format, publishing frequency, and types of content included. This will continue, and we welcome your questions and ideas anytime.

For major announcements and things that need to be sent right away, our email lists including the “OES State” are always an option.

We look forward to hearing from you! (Your colleagues do, too!)

Vaping Illnesses: Resources for Extension educators

In response to the national outbreak of severe lung illnesses associated with vaping and use of e-cigarettes, the Oregon Health Authority, is warning all Oregonians to not use vaping products or e-cigarettes.

Those who want to break their nicotine addiction or need help to stop vaping can visit, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or see a health care provider about FDA-approved nicotine replacement and cessation options, such as skin patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and medicines.

Here is additional educational information about vaping and e-cigarettes from the American Lung Association:

In the course of your Extension work, you may have opportunities to share this information with audiences who are outside of the usual health department reach.

For other questions, contact Marc Braverman, 541-737-1021, , or Marion Ceraso, 541-737-2663,

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

This week we respond to questions about how teams can maintain the quality of content on the Extension website by starting to discuss their content processes. Learn more about the three steps to get started and related tools in our post “The roadmap to taming the wild west of content quality.”

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

Statewide Events & Resources

I’ll Go with You Re-Launch: In solidarity with Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender-Conforming people on our campus, we will be relaunching our I’ll Go With You button campaign. Join in creating buttons and discussing what the I’ll Go With You campaign is and what it means to be a part of it. Wed. Oct. 2, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Cezar Chavez on OSU’s Corvallis Campus. More information here.

Newport Pride Exploratory Committee: All are welcome to join an exploratory group forming to determine if we can pull off a Pride here in Newport – The Friendliest – in 2020. In addition to larger cities, many smaller Oregon communities now host a Pride celebration. Why not Newport? Let’s see what is possible for hosting a 2020 Pride. Sunday, Oct.  6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Newport Public Library.

Teatro Milagro- Judge Torres: An immigrant. A dreamer. A survivor. This is the story of Xiomara Torres. Milta Ortiz’s Judge Torres recounts the inspiring story of one of Oregon’s finest judges, woven together with magic realism and Mayan folktales from her home of El Salvador. Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at OSU Cascades Campus Tykeson Hall, Room 111.

DEI In the News

Research shows acceptance is key to prevent suicide among LGBTQ people (Commonwealth Times)
LGBTQ youth are 40% less likely to attempt suicide if they have just one accepting adult in their lives, according to new survey data released by the Trevor Project.

4 Common Diversity And Inclusion Myths In The Workplace (Forbes)
Myth #4: D&I is a Human Resources responsibility. Reality: D&I should be a leadership priority and embraced by all. “CEOs and leaders must articulate a compelling vision, embedded with real accountability for delivery, and cascade down through middle management.”

Interview with an Expert: How PricewaterhouseCoopers Recruits for Diversity (Insight Into Diversity)
Having won numerous accolades for workplace diversity and inclusion, the company ranks sixth on a 2018 Universum list of most attractive employers.

Extension in the News

Infestation bugs Baker residents
Baker City Herald
After examining the Tweits’ close up photo, Silvia Rondon, a professor and extension entomologist specialist for Oregon State University, said the specimen was an immature bug rather than the adult that experts prefer when making an identification.

Molalla Log House relocated to Oregon City area
Molalla Pioneer
“We educate about the use of wood, and the Molalla Log House is the perfect example of bringing the past into the future here in Oregon and why managing our forests ties all that together,” said Peter Matzka, a forestry educator at Hopkins Demonstration Forest for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

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