In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Clackamas County Commissioners gave the green light on Tuesday, October 22 to begin construction for a new Oregon State University Extension Service Education Center in Oregon City on their Red Soils campus.  The new building will be located on the southeast corner of Beavercreek and Warner Milne Roads—about two blocks east of OSU’s current Extension office location.  Ground breaking is expected this coming spring.  Occupancy is projected for year-end 2020. Read more here.

Alda Center helps Gail Langellotto get revitalized. Alan Alda himself comments! Read about it here.

Mary Stewart won an award for best poster at the Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference in Astoria conference in Astoria. Good job Mary!

Employee feedback needed from Transgender and other LGBTQ+ faculty/staff members

In preparation for the Extension Annual Conference Tuesday workshop session by Basic Rights Oregon, we invite members of the LGBTQ+ community to provide confidential feedback on their experiences working with OSU Extension. Basic Rights Oregon specializes in providing trainings on transgender inclusion in the workplace and the training at the conference will be written and presented by primarily transgender people. This call for feedback is part of their usual process to inform workshop content and Basic Rights will not share any information with OSU or OSU Extension. To participate, please contact directly or visit this page to submit anonymous feedback.

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2019

The next quarterly deadline for the Extension Professional Development Fund is November 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 at:
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process.Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process: 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Communication and connection opportunity

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)

Evening Wine Tasting Experience from WorkSpace

Enjoy this two-hour sensory evaluation of Prosecco available in Portland and Corvallis. More details here.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The benefit of using CRM software is it provides the ability to make data-informed decisions. Read about how it can help send better emails.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Get Out the Count (Webinar)
The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is hosting a Census 2020 webinar on Oct. 29, 1-2:30, to focus on how college students, organizations and staff can get involved in ensuring that college students are counted. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here before the session, and send any questions to Raima Roy ( If you missed September’s webinar on Census data, you can view the webinar recording online.

Learning Circle Webinar Series: Heal, Repair, Recover: A Learning Community for Agents Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace or Community (Webinar)
Community organizers and educators leading or engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work are generally highly committed but have odds stacked against them. The chance for social change can feel slim and the resistance we face can feel painful. Together we must take turns feeling what is happening to and around us, and letting our feelings guide us into solidarity action for systematic change in university and community settings. Webinars are from 12–1 on November 4, 11 and 18. Register here.

Working in a Changing Environment workshop (Webinar or Corvallis)
Cascade Employee Assistance Program is providing a workshop for all OSU employees on Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m. in MU, Room 13. The topic of the workshop is: Working in a Changing Environment – Strategies to Cope with Change and Transitions in the Workplace. During this presentation EAP staff will address the elements of change, different types of loss individuals experience related to change and the transitional stages in the process. They will also offer ideas regarding healthy ways of coping with stress and change. To register: This is also offered through Zoom if you would like to attend remotely: Questions? Contact Employee Benefits at or 541-757-2805.

DEI In the News

Hundreds of Colleges May Be Out of Compliance With Title IX. Here’s Why. (The Chronicle)
Lisa Niblock had no intention of suing the University of Kentucky when she transferred there two years ago. She just wanted to be closer to home and surrounded by classmates at a bigger school with a bigger atmosphere. Then Suzie Stammer approached her.

Universities Take Steps to Remain Vigilant of Hate Groups on Campus (Insight Into Diversity)
“Showing solidarity in the face of hate speech and ideologies is key to ensuring students feel safe and supported and in sending a message that such values have no place in higher education,” says Elissa Buxbaum, director of National College and University Programs for ADL.

Running program supports rehabilitation for women in Wilsonville prison (Oregon Live)
Run is not a word you usually want to associate with a prison. Yet a running program at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility offers women a different kind of an escape.

Extension in the News

Think Too Much: Firefighting work forges bonds on rangelands
Albany Democrat Herald
The study’s lead author, Emily Jane Davis, an assistant professor and Extension specialist in OSU’s College of Forestry, said that finding ways to bridge the gap between landowners and firefighting agencies, especially in vast rangeland areas such as the Great Basin of Oregon and Idaho, makes sense: “They’re closest to the land. They know it the best.”

Sheep and other wine-growing tips
The Mail Tribune
Since the late 1960s, conducting research into best practices and providing advice to Southern Oregon wine grape producers, known as winegrowers, has been the business of the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, a facility of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

OSU Extension celebrates Redmond expansion
The OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County celebrated the expansion of its Redmond facilities Friday evening, providing more classroom space.

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