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.

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