In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

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


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

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

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

Transport Webinar recording now available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal of Extension features OSU contributions

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

Seeking topic ideas for internal communication channels

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

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

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

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

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

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

DEI In the News

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

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

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

Extension in the News

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

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

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

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