In this week’s issue:

Conference photos now available

Congratulations again to all the award winners. The photos are now available in Portfolio, here is the link. Thank you everyone for getting head shots they are now available at this link.

Offering balloon alternatives

In an effort to be kinder to the planet, EESC will no longer be offering one-time use balloons in its promotional item inventory. Based on conversations with county Extension offices, balloons typically are used as giveaways for youth and as one-time use decorative items to offer a punch of orange, black and white at events where we interface with the public.

Temporary tattoos are now available in inventory and are a cost effective giveaway for youth (and adults!). In addition to promoting OSU, the tattoos promote Extension and 4-H. The tattoos can be shared as a sheet or, after cutting them apart, individually. In lieu of offering a free monthly bag of balloons, counties are now able to order 50 sheets of tattoos each month at no charge (shipping charges apply). Additional sheets can be ordered for $0.50 each. We will continue to look for low-cost items with some longevity to add to the promotional inventory. If you have ideas to share, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

To add color to tables, fair displays and other events, EESC has been testing the use of several reusable decorative items. We have found that nylon lanterns provide durability, color and ease of use. The accompanying photo shows an instance where the lanterns have been used. We ordered multiple sizes online from Paper Lantern Store. Our supply of nylon lanterns is available for check out.

Extension Teaching Network Launches

You’re invited to the launch of the Extension Teaching Network! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom January 9th at noon to discuss what you need to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join our first informal conversation:

We will meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon. Any questions? Please contact or visit

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We released a content analytics dashboard for content groups on the Extension website. See how to access the dashboard in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources 

Zip code Destiny from Hidden Brain: Listen on Apple Podcasts
Did you know that your kindergarten teacher and the neighborhood you grew up in has a tremendous impact on your adult income? Where we grow up really matters for upward mobility. Find out how aspects of our lives, such as racial segregation, family composition, community support and social capital have huge and lasting impact.

OSU Conference on Affordability in Online Learning (Corvallis)
OSU is hosting a regional conference with a focus on improving student success and affordability in online and digital learning. Co-hosted by the Online Learning Consortium and OSU Ecampus, the event – scheduled for Feb. 7 in Corvallis at the Memorial Union – will bring faculty, administrators and online learning professionals together to address the opportunities and challenges facing the future of affordability in higher education. Learn more and register today.

 Free Community Self Defense (Portland)

The PDX Q Center is hosting a free, ongoing community self defense workshop geared towards the LGBTQ2SIA+ community! Drop in at our biweekly workshop and learn practical self defense.  All ages are welcome. No supplies are needed. Please contact Page at with any questions!

 DEI In the News

Black Teens Face Racial Discrimination Multiple Times Daily, Suffer Depressive Symptoms as a Result (Rutgers Today)
Black teenagers experience daily racial discrimination, most frequently online, which can lead to negative mental health effects, according to a Rutgers researcher. The study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, examined how often black teens experience racial discrimination each day.

Moving Beyond Enrollment: The Future of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Depends on More than Growing Student Numbers (Insight Into Diversity)
Over the last 30 years, college enrollment for Hispanic and Latinx students has skyrocketed. In 1995, when the federal government first appropriated special funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — or those with at least 25 percent Latinx enrollment — an estimated 1 million Hispanic and Latinx students attended American colleges and universities. By 2016, that number had more than tripled to 3.2 million.

Extension in the News

Catch the Buzz – No Honey Bees, No Business
Bee Culture
According to Andony Melathopolus, an associate professor at Oregon State University specializing in pollinators, of the two bees used for agricultural production in the Central Oregon area, the leafcutting bee has the more typical life cycle and has an easier time surviving the winter.

Researchers at OSU set to tackle Fruit Fly problem that’s costing Oregon farmers billions
OSU Extension researcher Vaughn Walton says growers now they might be able to use fewer pesticides all thanks to a tiny wasp.

Hort Show sessions end with a Cosmic bang
Good Fruit Grower
But when it comes to brown marmorated stink bugs, precise timing of sprays isn’t an option. OSU Extension entomologist Nik Wiman shared findings from trials the past two years that aimed to correlate trap catch with fruit damage in Oregon pear, cherry and hazelnut blocks.

Are you ready? Students get hands-on look at new careers
The Argus Observer
Barbara Brody, extension agent and one of the coordinators of the events, said the Health Science Day was started in 2017 as a way to expose youths to health and science careers and careers in related fields.

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