In this week’s issue:

Event Check Out Items

EESC has Extension-themed razor flags, hanging banners, backdrops, table covers and more for you to use at your next public outreach event. Visit the Extension Checkout Items page here.

The Checkout Items page is updated frequently, so be sure and check back often. Some items that we have (TVs, table covers and backdrops) have not been added to the page yet, but they are available. Borrowable items can be shipped if you provide us with an index to bill. However, the TVs cannot be shipped. They must be picked up and returned at the EESC office in 422 Kerr.

Please contact EESC at 541-737-3311 if you have questions about items and availability.

Using inclusive pronouns in your writing

OSU wants everyone to feel welcome. If you have ever wondered how to make your writing more inclusive, University Marketing shares tips on how to use inclusive pronouns (they/them/theirs).

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Check out our blog this week for tips on how to reach underserved audiences.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Inspiring Girls Expeditions (Alaska/Colorado/Washington)
Inspiring Girls Expeditions is a tuition-free wilderness science education program for high school girls that includes mountaineering in Alaska and Washington, kayaking in Alaska, and rock climbing in Colorado. All expeditions run between June and August 2020. The last day to start your application for 2020 is January 31, 2020.

Culture Night at the NAL Eena Haws (Corvallis, OR)
Cultural Night will be on January 30th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Come be in community with us for an evening of fun activities! There will be coloring pages, a language scavenger hunt, a station on how to make corn husk dolls, and beaded bracelets! Light refreshments are provided. Free and open to the community.

Inclusive Entrepreneurship – What Does it Mean (Corvallis, OR)
Learn about our new Women’s Entrepreneurship Workshop Series presented by Mary Phillips on Monday, February 3 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Corvallis Foundry.

The Mental Health of Our Youth (Pendleton, OR)
This event will be take place on February 11th from 7:00-8:30pm at the Science & Technology Building at Blue Mountain Community College. Chris Bettineski and Micaela Cathey will be discussing the mental health challenges facing children today. Pay at the door: $5 per person, students are FREE!

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis, OR)
Womxn of Color Fest (WOC Fest) is an all-day event on March 12th, 2020 that celebrates femmes of color in the community. This year we have a schedule of events that range from performances, vendors, dance, and more! See the schedule below for an in-depth look at the day.

DEI In the News

Oregon graduation rate hits 80% as all student groups show gain (The Oregonian)
Oregon schools raised the statewide graduation rate for the class of 2019 to 80%, slightly narrowed racial and economic inequities and registered improvement with every single group of students, according to figures made public early Thursday.

High school teacher hopes to open food truck for people with dietary restriction (East Idaho News)
A high school mathematics teacher understands that for people with dietary restrictions, finding certain food can be a challenge. So he’s putting his chef’s hat on.

DEI Podcasts to listen to 

‘Just Mercy’ Lawyer Asks America to Reckon With Its Racist Past & Present (Apple Podcast)
Public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice initiative, which represents people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced or abused in state jails and prisons.

Extension in the News

Western Innovator: Helping farmers grow agritourism
Capital Press
Comerford now works as the agritourism coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service, serving Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Extending Help To Agriculture
Jefferson Public Radio
Rich Roseberg, director of the Southern Oregon research and Extension Center, focuses on SOREC’s history and future in this radio interview.

Now is the time to prune your trees before Spring, and OSU Extension Service wants to help
From cutting off damaged branches to figuring out which tools work best for pruning your fruit tree, OSU Extension in Lane County has the answers to your tree pruning questions.

OSU hires extension beef specialist
Capital Press
OSU has hired Juliana Ranches as its new extension beef specialist in Burns.

What to do with the wrong rootstocks
Good Fruit Grower
Gisela 6 is vigorous, but it can be pruned heavily, said Lynn Long, a semiretired tree fruit extension specialist for Oregon State University. Each year, prune hard to keep trees in their space.


In this week’s issue:

Review and update your email signature

With the launch of a New Year, now is a good time to review and refresh your email signature for brand consistency. Updated guidelines for Extension email signatures are available on the Extension Style Guide webpage.

Tip: To a.m. or not to a.m.

The university uses Associated Press (AP) style rules to maintain consistency across the university. One of the most commonly misused items is time designations. When listing a range of dates or times, it is preferable to use the word “to” unless space is limited. For example: The party will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Always omit the first a.m. or p.m. if both times are in either the morning or afternoon (e.g., 10 to 11 a.m.). Do not capitalize AM or PM, add a space between the number and a.m. or p.m., and remember to use periods. The editorial style guide is helpful for titles, numbers and other useful information. You might also want to check out this blog post from University Marketing about the Top 10 AP Style Oops.

Apply Now: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

The next quarterly deadline to apply for Extension Professional Development Funds is February 1. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity. For more information, and to apply, visit this webpage.

Seeking Bright Spots for Quarterly Conversation and weekly ConnEXTion

Bright Spots are short, positive highlights shared at the beginning of the Quarterly Conversation and in ConnEXTion to highlight and celebrate the work of Division employees across the state. They can be an impact highlight, a program success story, a partnership, faculty or staff recognition, etc. They can be self-identified, or you are encouraged to recognize a colleague or team effort. If you would like to have your Bright Spot considered for the February 14 Quarterly Conversation, please send your highlight (one sentence please) to Ann Marie Murphy by February 7. For ConnEXTion Bright Spots, please share with Sandy Reichhuber at any time.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The Linn County ‘Forestry and Natural Resources’ focus area is a great example of a county focus area. These are some of the things we love.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Events (Corvallis)

Events include a film screening with activist, rapper, producer, writer and director, Boots Riley, and many more. View the full list here:

2020 PRIDE Planning Kickoff event (Eugene)

Join the Eugene community to beginning planning for the 2020 PRIDE Celebration. Help keep up the momentum after record attendance at the 2019 celebration! Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Eugene Public Library.

DEI In the News

Pushing back against ‘crisis of empathy’ (Gazette-Times)

That was the message delivered by Raquel Willis on Monday during a lecture titled “Overcoming the Crisis of Empathy,” the keynote address for Oregon State University’s 38th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

MLK marchers call for action (Democrat-Herald)

It could have been a scene from a 1960s civil rights demonstration: nearly 200 people marching across the Oregon State University campus carrying signs calling for racial equality and singing “We Shall Overcome.”

Exchange Exemplar: The rare black man in early Oregon (Jefferson Public Radio)

The book, from Oregon State University Press, shines light on an obscure corner of Oregon history, as little is known about Saules. 

At UC Irvine, Iranian Students Worry For Their Families (Diverse Issues in Higher Edu)

Many Iranian Americans worry for their families amidst tensions between the United States and Iran – escalated by the targeted killing of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani – and unrest over the Iranian military’s delay in taking responsibility for the Ukrainian airplane crash.


In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Jasmine White, a Washington County 4-Her, was interviewed about her Spirit of Community award. She learned how to make dog and cat toys from recycled materials from a 4-H workshop and is very active in the 4-H PetPALS club. Read the interview.

Stay in Touch

OSU Today, OSU’s daily e-mail newsletter, keeps subscribers up to date on everything happening at Oregon State University, including the Newport and Bend campuses. It includes events, OSU featured in the news media, employee information, job postings and more. OSU Today is available to anyone, including community members, students, faculty and staff. Signup to join nearly 14,000 other subscribers. Want to post an event? Check the event and news submission guidelines.

2020: Envisioning Engaged Scholarship

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium seeks proposals for our upcoming conference on September 15 and 16, 2020, in historic Philadelphia, PA.

The conference will feature panels, presentations, posters, and workshops on best practices for transforming higher education through publicly engaged scholarship, teaching, and policy. This year’s theme, “Envisioning Engaged Scholarship,” is an opportunity to think deeply about the many diverse futures ahead for community engagement and engaged scholarship. Submit proposals  by March 13, 2020 for consideration.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Doing Extension work well happens when we understand our constituents. The goal is to grasp how our constituents find us, what encounters they have with our team, plus how they felt about that experience. Find out why those experiences were less than the “excellent” you hoped for, and you can turn it around! Does your team have a shared vision of that constituent experience? Use a journey map to create a view of your program from their perspective. Mark Kindred from Extension’s Navigator team describes how.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.
Statewide Events & Resources
MLK Jr. Celebration and Day of Service (Corvallis) 
Free tickets for the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. peace breakfast are now available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the 9 a.m. event on Monday, Jan. 20 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center ballroom. The celebration week runs Jan. 18-24. After the breakfast, Raquel Willis, a black queer transgender activist, writer and the executive editor of Out Magazine, will be the keynote speaker for the celebration lecture at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. The keynote session is free and open to the public; tickets are not required. To register for the breakfast and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.
Day of Service: Students, faculty, staff, and their partners and children are all invited to participate in OSU’s largest day of service of the year on Saturday, Jan. 18. Projects will take place at various times with most projects starting in the morning. They include indoor and outdoor service activities with the City of Corvallis, Parks and Rec and Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information, contact To register for a project, visit:
The Social Justice Education Initiative (Statewide)
The Social Justice Education Initiative is open for registration through summer 2020. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin or expand your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your County Extension Office? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:
OSU Online Resources: Working with Students in Distress
Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of Student Life, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.
DEI In the News
The USA TODAY Network is launching a series on the Latino community in the U.S. called Hecho en USA, or Made in America. Roughly 80% of all Latinos living in the U.S. are American citizens. But media coverage of Hispanics tends to focus on immigration and crime, instead of how Latino families live, work and learn in their hometowns.
Inclusion Issues Explored at MLA Convention (Diverse Issues in Higher Edu)
Humanities faculty discussed practical techniques for boosting academic diversity alongside broader national conversations about race and White supremacy as the four-day Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention drew to a close.
Some students didn’t want to be seen walking into the campus office for lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues. So they’d come in through a second entrance, pretending they were seeking out different campus administrators. Or they’d meet Doug Bauder at a local bagel shop, in an effort to keep their identities hidden. That was then, 25 years ago, when Indiana University at Bloomington first offered support services for LGBTQ students.

Extension in the News

A better you in 2020: Earth-care
The Register-Guard
Water is our most precious resource — humans don’t survive long without it — and it’s not too hard to conserve in the garden. “Little things like that can go a long way,” said Erica Chernoh, horticulture specialist for Oregon State University Extension Services in Lane County.

Local producers get little help from new spending bill
Wallowa County Chieftain
Pete Schreder, the Oregon State University Extension livestock, range and natural resources agent for Wallowa County, said the county’s organic market is rather small and without knowing the strings attached to the funding he couldn’t be sure of the effects.

As agritourism grows, research universities urge farmers to take survey
Capital Press
Oregon State University’s Extension Service urges farmers to take a brief agritourism survey to help researchers measure the industry’s nationwide impact.

In this week’s issue:

Regards to Rural 2020

Be a part of the 2020 Regards to Rural Conference to help shape the future of rural communities with innovative and inspiring workshop presentations. Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is searching for high impact presenters for the Regards to Rural Conference held Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10 at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon. Click here to submit a proposal today.

Take 5 for Extension

To reinvigorate a practice that helped to raise awareness of the scope and value of Extension, we are reintroducing Take 5 for Extension! A prepared PowerPoint presentation, including a script, is now available in Box (you will find it in the Extension and AES “Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration” Box folder in the “Ready to Use” sub-folder). To provide inspiration, you will also find a video of Nicole Strong, Central Regional Director, modeling the presentation. Extension employees and volunteers are encouraged to use the presentation before classes and workshops, community presentations, or anywhere there is an opportunity to share the difference OSU Extension Service makes in the lives of Oregonians. If you have questions or suggestions, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy.

New Master Gardener™ brochure

The Master Gardener statewide brochure received an update! The brochure highlights the services offered by the Master Gardener program. It includes information about how and why to become a Master Gardener volunteer so that it also can be used as a volunteer recruitment tool. Packaged in quantities of 100, the brochure is available free to all Extension offices and can be ordered through the promotional materials catalog. Limited to 100 (1 package) per month unless special arrangements are made by contacting Pete Petryszak in EESC.

Congratulations Journal of Extension authors

The December 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:

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 Mary Halbleib or visit our blog.

Ending Hunger is an Annual Commitment

February is Food Drive month. Compete with other units at OSU while keeping food and funds raised in your local community.  Currently four Extension offices and other units are participating in the drive.  All that is required to participate is identifying a point person to send out a few emails. But you can make it as fun and elaborate as you want (e.g., last year, EESC pitched teams named after the four Hogwart houses against each other for a little competitive spirit). Contact Shelly Signs by January 14 to participate.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Are you a champion of the Extension website? Find out who else has been active and achievements made in 2019. This week’s Navigator blog post also looks ahead in 2020 with ideas on how you can support each other to continue this digital strategy transition.

Diversity Highlights

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


Do you feel like you need more tools to address topics such as race, gender, difference, and equity? Would you benefit from a space where you can ask questions and grow your understanding in a nurturing environment? If so, we encourage you to join the 2020 cohort of Diversity Champions! Visit this page for more information, or proceed directly to our 2020 Membership Form!

Statewide Events & Resources

Veteran’s Coffee Club (Prineville)
Crook County Library and Crook County Veteran Services host a FREE casual coffee program for veterans every Wednesday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the library. During the month of January, FREE coffee and snacks will be provided.

Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams & the Columbia River Treaty (Portland)
Join Patagonia Portland and Peter Pochocki Marbach to learn about creating a Columbia River Treaty that honors indigenous knowledge and starts the process to restore one of the greatest salmon runs the world has ever seen. Connect with local non-profit organization, Columbia Riverkeeper, and learn more about their ongoing projects and how to get involved. Thursday, January 9 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Patagonia Portland.

Black Minds Matter Course: Winter 2020 (Corvallis)
The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and Advancing Academic Equity for Student Success will again host Black Minds Matter course. This free 7-week hybrid course provides academic teaching and professional faculty members an opportunity to engage in conversations and activities that focuses on issues affecting Black student’s success in higher education. The first kick-off session will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Register for the course this winter by emailing

DEI In the News

Study on Black Youth and Racism Should Alarm Us All and Push Us to Action (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
Coping with racism –- individual, group, vicarious, implicit, explicit – must be taught. Our Black children of all ages must be taught to not internalize racism, with the recognition that racism can run rampant in schools. Instead of learning academics, far too many are battling discrimination.

Acknowledging Native Land is a Step Against Indigenous Erasure (Insight Into Diversity)

Like many American organizations, colleges and universities in the U.S. often occupy land that was once home to Native American communities. While modern Americans typically take for granted the fact that they reside on territory stolen from indigenous people, there is a growing trend in higher education to remember and honor the tribes and people to whom this land originally belonged through official land acknowledgement statements.

Smartphone makers hope to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities (Well+Good)
New technology may bring a big win for the one in four Americans living with a disability.

Extension in the News

Extension Spotlight: Douglas County Master Woodland Managers are ready to make an impact on Oregon’s forests
The News Review
Graduates of the Master Woodland Manager (MWM) training program have been making an impact in Oregon for over 20 years.

At Ontario High, graduation’s all in the familia with Juntos
Malheur Enterprise
“We break it all down so that it makes sense to them,” said Jose Garcia, a coordinator for the Juntos program at Oregon State University.

Benton eyes $7.1M building
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The OSU Extension Service is also in need of more room, although plans call for it eventually to move into new quarters at the county fairgrounds.

Mistletoe season: Entrepreneurs profit from parasitic plant
Capital Press
In Oregon, mistletoe is collected from oak trees that it naturally infests, but in Europe, a related type is actually grown and harvested from fruit orchards, said Dave Shaw, a professor and forest health specialist for Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Potato breeders, growers compete for Best Oregon Potato Award
Brian Charlton, interim director of the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon, who was on hand Dec. 6, said the contest helps Oregon State University screen varieties in its potato breeding program.