In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Module 3: It’s time to get Ready in the online course Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event has been launched. In this session, you’ll be taking a look at the things you can do now to be able to plan, prepare, respond and rebuild before, during and after the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. Especially relevant now are the emotional and mental health resources in this module to help improve response and resiliency in these stressful times. Alan Dennis’ Cascadia Simulation from Module 2 provides the basis for Session 3.3. Learn through an articulate overlay ways to assess risk in a home so you can make plans and take actions to reduce or limit injury or damage. If you have some DYI tools and skills, basic instructions and plans for small to medium difficulty projects are available in Module 3 Resources.

Module 4: Professional Level Basics will be released next week!

Resource roundup

Extension’s Role in Supporting the CDC 

Tuesday March 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m. PDT
Register at:

Webinar sponsored by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

During this webinar, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will provide resources and tools for Extension professionals regarding COVID-19. During the current pandemic, it is essential that Extension leverages its local connections to provide consistent and accurate information to communities across the U.S. The CDC will answer questions submitted during registration. This webinar will not be recorded and registration to attend is required.

The Center for Public Issues Education from University of Florida/IFAS conducted a national public opinion survey to examine the perceptions of Americans related to COVID-19. The PIE Center has plans to continue public opinion surveys related to COVID-19 throughout the next few months. Learn more below about findings from the survey and how the findings can be applied to your organization’s communication efforts.

National System Dialogue Opportunity – Q: What is the National Action Dialogue? A: An online community of Extension Professionals (116 and growing) that is currently exploring a Community-Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age. Other conversations to follow. To learn more and join, go to:

National Action Dialogue – Community Based Programming in the Digital Networked COVID-19 Age: Part 2
April 1, 2020
3-4:30 PM ET
Available to: All Cooperative Extension Professionals
The top issues from Part 1 (March 26) will be explored more deeply by breakout groups to share strategies for addressing these issues and potential needs to address the issues. Link to register

Virtual Extension

OSU Extension’s educational outreach teams — PACE, EESC and ECTU – have released a major update to the Virtual Extension webpage on the Extension Employee Intranet.

Virtual Extension complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. The webpage features a list of resources to help you:

  • Take your work online using the right tools for the right tasks
  • Connect with your audiences in new and creative ways
  • See what others in Extension are doing to respond, adapt and innovate

Virtual Extension will be highlighted in next week’s First Monday video. In the meantime, the Virtual Extension team seeks your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future.

The button link toward the bottom of the page is the best way to connect with the teams about:

  • Requesting tool and technology help
  • Shifting to remote and online delivery, including outreach strategies
  • Providing feedback on Virtual Extension resources and sharing your success stories

Recent Additions to the Extension Catalog

In an effort to reduce statewide emails we will now be announcing new catalog items here.

EC 631, Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards
Jay Pscheidt, Heather Stoven, Ashley Thompson, Brooke Edmunds, Nik Wiman, Richard Hilton
Revised. This pest management guide is for the home gardener. It recommends management practices for controlling diseases and insects in home orchards. It doesn’t meet the exacting requirements of the commercial fruit grower.

EM 9274, Is Starting a Farm Stand Right for You?
Maud Powell, Melissa Fery
New. Learn what’s needed to start a farm stand business on your farm, from how to get land-use permits to make sure your farm stand is legal, to the details of the business, like developing a marketing plan and making road signs to draw customers to your stand. There are also some thoughts on the importance of having a web presence to help keep the customers coming.

EM 9284, Cascadia Actions Steps: It’s Time to Get Ready
Glenda Hyde, Lynette Black, Patrick Corcoran, Lauren Kramer
New. This checklist is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program ( is open to everyone. It includes videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the earthquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Update

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Time to expand on last CRM post about “Request For Information” forms on Extension website pages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Part II: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare
Part II of this discussion will feature disability rights activist, Dara Baldwin, media critic, Janine Jackson, restaurant workers’ advocate, Saru Jayaraman, international climate activist and author, Naomi Klein, and the award-winning author, Kiese Laymon. Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Register and read more about the panelists here.
(A recording of Under The Blacklight, Part 1 can be found here.)

The Neighborhood: A Virtual Hub for LGBTQ+ Families

A virtual resource for building community, education, and entertainment for LGBTQ+ parents and families amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Attend or submit an event today! Online workshops this week include Financial Planning During Turbulent Times, LGBTQ+ Paths to Pregnancy and a QPOC and Partners Peer Support Space.

DEI In the News

‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’ (New York Times)
Times of crisis ask us who we are as a country. As hospitals prepare for shortages in ventilators and other scarce medical resources, many people with disabilities are worried about the answer to that question.

How Do You Shelter in Place When You Don’t Have a Home? (New Yorker)
“Homeless people are ten times more susceptible to COVID-19, by the fact they have nowhere to go and to clean themselves,” he said. Public-health scholars, such as Randall Kuhn, a professor at U.C.L.A.’s Fielding School of Public Health, have argued that once the virus reaches the homeless population, it could ravage that community; this, in turn, would increase infection in the general population.

‘Professoring’ While Black: Strategies for Thriving in the White Professoriate (Diverse Edu)
From navigating the graduate school and post-doctoral processes, disparate treatment as contingent faculty, thriving on the tenure track, to earning and being respected as full, distinguished, and or endowed professors and the overall lack of Black faculty representation in the professoriate. A bourgeoning literature base has begun to evolve to address this gap, the Black professoriate, in the scholarship.

Extension in the News

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens
There has been a surge of people interested in growing their own food. Oregon State University’s Master Gardener program noticed this, and made their online vegetable gardening course free through the end of April. Their post on Facebook was shared more than 21,000 times.

OSU Master Gardener Program Offers Free Vegetable Course
With “Stay at Home” orders in place more people are finding themselves with extra time on their hands, and an interest in growing their own food. In response, Oregon State University’s Extension Program is offering a free course to get folks started.

Soil proprietorship: The plot thickens
Las Cruces News
“Seed to Supper: A beginner’s guide to low-cost vegetable gardening” is an amazing new resource. First developed by the Oregon State University Extension Service in collaboration with the Oregon Food Bank, these materials were adapted by NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service for gardening in New Mexico.

How to Grow and Harvest Rhubarb at Home
Martha Stewart Living
According to a guide from Oregon State University, a robust five-year-old plant will grow up to 10 choice stalks; a classic Rhubarb Pie recipe calls for six cups chopped—or about 15 stalks.

In this week’s issue:

Resource roundup

As we work together to support each other, our communities and our own well-being through the COVID-19 situation and beyond, there are many resources available. Some of these have also been shared in OSU Today, in email and other ways—but they are easy to miss among the dozens of other emails we get each day. Rather than fill email inboxes with one-off sharing, we are hoping to curate these resources in a couple of central places, including this “roundup” list and our new OSU Extension Teams platform. Have something to add? Please share with Sandy Reichhuber to include in next week’s list.

eXtension virtual Extension
eXtension has established a website that provides a place for Extension professionals to share with colleagues nationwide various resources and guides for teaching and working virtually. Several upcoming and recently recorded webinars are available.

Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, How to Embrace the Virtual Culture In Your Team
March 24th, 3 – 4 PM ET

From eXtension, Link to register:

Connect Extension: A Hub For Learning, Professional Development, and Collaboration, a new resource from eXtension. Register here:

eXtension Social Café
Every Thursday from March 26th – April 30th
1 PM – 2 PM ET
Available to All Cooperative Extension Professionals
The eXtension Social Café will provide a weekly opportunity for informal, drop-in conversations and questions about the effective use of social media and communications in Extension work.

To participate, please create your Connect Extension account. This event is listed on the main calendar.

ESC Calls for Grant Applications

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) has announced the call for Research/Creative Activities Grants applications for 2020.

The goals of the grants program are 1) to increase faculty involvement in engaged scholarship, 2) to increase awareness of the wealth of engaged research/creative activities occurring at member universities, 3) to enhance the level and amount of engaged research/creative activities that occur at member universities and 4) to enhance the ability of ESC member faculty to conduct engaged interdisciplinary research/creative activities within and between member universities.

Deadlines for the 2020 funding cycle are:

  • Applications due: May 15, 2020
  • Notifications: May 29, 2020
  • Grant Period: August 1, 2020 — July 31, 2021
  • Presentation: All grant awardees will present plans/findings at the next ESC Conference
  • Final report due no later than one month following the conclusion of the grant program

Faculty at ESC Member Institutions (OSU is a member) may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Collaborative projects among faculty from more than one discipline and/or at more than one university are encouraged. Funds may be used for faculty, graduate, undergraduate, community partner, and administrative stipends; supplies and expenses; and/or project-related travel. Preference will be given to tenure-line assistant or associate professors. Fixed-term professors of practice may also apply. No indirect costs will be associated with this seed award. Funds may not be used for travel to conferences.

ESC Board President Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for community affairs at The University of Alabama, emphasized the importance of the grants program. “Through these grants, or seed funds, the Engagement Scholarship Consortium is providing financial support that helps facilitate positive outcomes for both scholars and communities,” Pruitt said. “Conducting scholarship that is mutually beneficial for both university scholars and communities is the very foundation of engaged scholarship.”

Recipients will be recognized during ESC’s 2020 annual conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Faculty Scholars panel on Sept. 15.

For more information, visit

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Learn what content has been working well when shared on social media. This can help you make your social media posts more effective. See our blog on data driven suggestions for social media.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

You’re invited! April 7 Diversity Champions meeting with OSU Institutional Diversity

Extension faculty and staff are invited to join the April 7 meeting from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a conversation with Jeff Kenney from OSU’s Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). OID has developed guidance for diversity, equity, and inclusion learning to support the development of all OSU faculty, staff and students. Jeff will present this framework and engage in discussion as to how this guidance may have utility to faculty and staff in Extension. Click here to add this Zoom meeting to your calendar or email with any questions.

Inclusive Excellence@OSU Fellowship: Inclusive Excellence@OSU is seeking applications for the 2020 cohort of fellows. IE@OSU is a program for STEM faculty to develop their teaching practice around equity and inclusion. Please apply if you teach in a STEM discipline and are interested in exploring your own understanding of inclusion and equity and engaging in student-centered inclusive pedagogy. Click here for more information and to apply (by April 30).

DEI In the News

Hey, U.S. sports – your misogyny is showing (Ms. Magazine)
A piece by OSU’s Susan Shaw: The United States Soccer Federation thinks men are superior players, and so members of the U.S. women’s national team should not earn as much as their counterparts. At least, that’s what the Federation’s lawyers argued as the women have filed for relief under the Equal Pay Act—Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

‘I Feel Like I Have Five Jobs’: Parents Navigate the Pandemic (NY Times)
Families are scrambling to balance work and child care in a society where women still do most of the domestic tasks. Will a worldwide emergency change anything?

Extension in the News

Video workshops help small farmers sell produce year-round
Clackamas Review
The Oregon State University Extension Service has released four new Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law (OFDML) video workshops to the public.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

The next module in the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event course will be released on Wednesday, March 18. Module 2 The Experience is all about getting ready to experience the Cascadia Earthquake. You will learn how to stay safe and what you need to do immediately after this mega-quake. If you are on the coast you will find additional recommendations.

Following the preview of the Cascadia Simulation at the Extension Annual Conference, Alan Dennis, our talented designer at EESC, has put on some polishing touches to the project. When you open Session 2.1 Cascadia Simulation you find the video tour of a house experiencing a M9.0 earthquake playing. If you click on the play arrow, you can start an interactive experience. If you have access to virtual reality goggles, this session might feel more like a carnival ride. We recommend that you be seated during this option! Set a timer for 5 to 7 minutes and help your brain adjust and increase your resiliency for the real Cascadia earthquake. Session 2.2 has important tips to stay safe. Session 2.3 links you to the Oregon Field Guide Unprepared documentary comparing the recent tsunami in Japan to what can happen in Oregon through the eyes of our experts. Finally, condition yourself to what you might expect in Session 2.4. You can read a thrilling imagined-account of the earthquake and the weeks following set in a Bellingham, WA neighborhood.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and attend to your health and your family.

Following Oregon State University’s guidance, OSU Extension is taking these steps to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.

  • Effective immediately, all Extension programming will be provided virtually, postponed or cancelled. Exceptions must be approved by the supervisory team (regional director/program leader) and associate provost Lindsey Shirley.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, county offices closed to the public for physical visitors. We will continue to take calls, return emails and meet via Zoom video appointments.
  • All employees are encouraged to work remotely where work responsibilities and duties allow. Employees may continue working at a work site but should practice maximum social distancing.

These steps were outlined in Friday’s COVID-19 OSU Extension update webinar.

All employees should continue to contact your supervisor with any questions or concerns and to coordinate decisions about local operations and activities. Supervisors are coordinating with Extension and OSU leadership as needed.

As we transition to remote and virtual Extension work, we encourage you to be aware of these resources:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Today’s blog post gives a status update on what’s new on the website. As you think about ways to engage the public from a distance, there’s new visual features on the website to try out. If you need quick ideas to fill out your newsletters, then a tool coming soon will give you ready-to-go content teasers and photos to use. Finally, we give a few tips about sharing coronavirus updates and content on the website.

Diversity Highlights

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

 DEI In the News

Here’s where Portland Public Schools will serve kids free meals during coronavirus closure(Oregon Live)
Franklin High School is one of 14 meal sites for children aged 1-18 who typically rely on free breakfast and lunches as Portland Public Schools cancel classes as part of an order by Gov. Kate Brown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Is the Diversity of Your School Accurately Reflected in Its Promotional Materials? (NY Times)
The video was just two minutes long: a sunny montage of life at the University of Wisconsin’s flagship campus in Madison. “Home is where we grow together,” a voice-over said. “It’s where the hills are. It’s eating our favorite foods. It’s where we can all harmonize as one. Home is Wisconsin cheese curds. It’s welcoming everyone into our home.”

HBCUs Face An Additional Set of Coronavirus Concerns (Diverse Education)
Campuses across the country are temporarily closing in response to the coronavirus, encouraging students to go home and offering online classes to prevent the virus from spreading. Historically Black colleges and universities – and other minority serving institutions – are no exception. But these schools face an extra set of concerns as they try to keep underrepresented students safe on tighter budgets than predominantly White institutions.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Small Farmer Helper
Jefferson Public Radio
Maud Powell, assistant profession and Extension specialist in the OSU Small Farms Program, discusses small-acreage farming in the latest episode of Stories of Southern Oregon on the Jefferson Exchange.

Managing Nutrition for Organic Vegetables
Organic Grower
But managing soil nitrogen levels with organic matter is tricky, according to Nick Andrews, Oregon State University (OSU) organic extension agent.

Clear Decks, Fresh Mulch, Can’t Lose: Our Garden Spring Cleaning Guide
If you’re keeping mason bees rather than honey bees, Oregon State University’s Extension Service has some guidance in their handy fact sheet.

Cabin Fever offers family fun
East Oregonian
The event also featured an educational component with booths from the Oregon State University Extension Office, including James “Snake Guy” McKnight and a 5-foot python, as well as information about entomology and agriculture.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

  • The Pendleton Farmers Market was recently recognized for excellence — receiving the 2020 Oregon Farmers Market Association award as the outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year. Read more….
  • Ruth Jones, the Open Campus education coordinator in Deschutes County, won the community hero award at the 2020 Women of the Year Awards hosted by the Bend Chamber of Commerce.
  • Lauren Grand, Lane County’s Extension forester, narrates and stars in the newest Oregon Forest Resource Institute’s video: Forest Team GOThe video explains the sustainable cycle of forestry while introducing students to the forestry professionals. It was developed for fourth- through sixth-grade students, to show them the range of careers in the forest sector and how these professionals work together to manage our forests. Lauren also peer-reviewed the script and found the locations. The OFRI team  wrote, directed, produced, edited, filmed, etc. For more details, visit the OFRI blog post about the video.
  • The first of the new OSU Extension sessions in Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event will be launching later this week! Look for a special email with course link so you can learn about the 10,000 year history of the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami and probable impacts in your area. With this knowledge, you can determine your level and type of preparedness through future sessions.

COVID-19 updates and guidance for OSU Extension

Thank you for your efforts during this rapidly changing situation. OSU and OSU Extension continue to monitor the situation and prepare for the possibility of a localized outbreak.

Please continue to read all messages from OSU, and regularly review information on OSU’s COVID-19 resource page. This information is updated each day.

Please contact your supervisory team (regional director, program leader, department head) with any questions or concerns. These teams are here to support you and assist in providing prompt responses and guidance, including decisions about local events and operations.

We will host an OSU Extension-wide Zoom call on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 AM to share updates and answer questions that you may have. A calendar invite will be shared soon with further details.

Please stay mindful of your own wellness and follow good handwashing and other illness prevention practices. If you are ill, stay home and contact your personal health provider.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom March 12th 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 in the conversation and idea sharing:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Oregon Master Naturalist is an excellent example of a statewide program using the website layout. These are some of the things we love. This post is helpful for program groups who are considering how to display their content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Funding Opportunity: Project AWARE
The federal government appropriated nearly $23 million in federal funding for Mental Health First Aid-related projects in FY 2020. Grant applications are now available at the link above! The Project AWARE state education agency (SEA) grants will help get young people the mental health and substance use support they need.

BMCC Pow Wow  (Pendleton)
Join us at the BMCC Pow Wow in the MAC Activity Center on the Pendleton Campus for singing and dancing! The first 20 singers will receive a $20 Arrowhead gift card. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00pm- 9:00pm at Blue Mountain Community College. For more information, contact Annie Smith at 541-278-5935 or

WOC Fest: Radical Womxn of Color (Corvallis)
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! The event will be from 11am – 8:30pm at the Memorial Union Ballroom.

DEI In the News

Gender Equity Is Useless Without Racial Equity (Forbes)
“Any person that calls themselves a feminist must understand the concept of intersectionality and how different types of discrimination can interact to create unique experiences for women.”

A Push To Get More Women On Corporate Boards Gains Momentum (KLCC)
California requires their publicly traded companies to have at least one female board director or face a $100,000 fine.

Why This ‘Diversity Librarian’ Wants to Make Her Job Obsolete (The Chronicle)
Twanna Hodge always felt seen in libraries growing up on her native St. Thomas. So when she decided in middle school to become a librarian, she didn’t realize she was going to be rarity in her profession.

Extension in the News

OSU program helps those in need turn food pantry staples into delicious dinners
Central Oregon Daily
OSU Extension’s Nutrition Education Volunteer program leads healthy recipe demonstrations in Deschutes County food pantries.

Oil of Olea: Researchers aim to kick-start Oregon olive industry
Capital Press
Javier Fernandez-Salvador, a berry and olive specialist for the OSU Extension Service, led a small tour of the project on Feb. 7 at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center south of Portland.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Several of your colleagues were published this month in the February 2020 Journal of Extension! 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!

Another Bright Spot (from Glenda Hyde):

I’d like to make you aware of High Speed Hand Washing (HSHW), a system that was developed here at Oregon State University Extension to model proper hand washing technique in 30-minute classroom nutrition education programs. To increase speed, teachers were asked to use and practice HSHW in classrooms throughout the course of their day (before lunch or snacks and after recess and group restroom breaks) after an introductory lesson from OSU Extension professionals. This technique has been adopted and used successfully by pre-K through high school and used with adult audiences, too. NeighborImpact Head Start in Central Oregon adopted HSHW as a policy to prevent pertussis after a significant outbreak. Head Start teachers report that with two weeks of repetition pre-schoolers can learn HSHW. Most recently a major national meat packing plant adopted HSHW to assure clean hands were coming to work at the start of shifts and after breaks. Workers provided positive feedback on this method.

When used regularly, HSHW saves time, water, and heating costs and the increased hand scrubbing time by participants can help reduce spread of disease.

New Extension Fast Facts

Find the newest update of the Extension Fast Facts and other marketing tools in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder. Look for the Ready to Use subfolder. You may also order copies of the updated Fast Facts through the Promotional Inventory system. Please discard any older versions of Fast Facts that you still have on hand. Thank you!

Updates: OSU Extension Professional Development Fund

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

Thank you — OSU Extension Annual Conference Bucket Raffle
A huge THANK YOU goes to everyone involved with the Bucket Raffle held at Extension Annual Conference last December. This includes everyone who contributed items to the raffle, everyone who helped sell tickets, and all who went home with treasurers after one of their tickets was drawn from a “raffle bucket”.

Monies Raised for the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund
With the funds generated through the bucket raffle ticket sales, the tour participation fees and individual direct contributions, we are now at over 97% of our goal related to growing this endowment to $500,000. A special Thank You to all involved!!

 “Growing the Endowment 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-fundpays 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 section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Welcome New Employees

In January and February, Extension welcomed the following employees:

  • Marilee Anderson, 4-H Program Coordinator, Gilliam County
  • Dani Annala, 4-H Program Coordinator, Hood River County
  • Kristi Backe, Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, Outdoor School
  • Mary Beuthin, Seed Certification Specialist, Campus
  • Katherine Birkhauser, Education Program Assistant 2, Jackson County
  • Diana Camacho-Figueroa, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Benton County
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County
  • Kim Deck, Professional Development Coordinator, Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, campus
  • Cynthia Edison, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Union County
  • Dale Hammack, 4-H Education Program Assistant 2, Wasco County
  • Katie Hauser, 4-H Program Coordinator, Baker County
  • Adrienne Henry, FCH Faculty Research Assistant, Campus
  • Sara Hinkle, Office Specialist 2, Umatilla County
  • Lura Kennerly, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Columbia County
  • Ji Kim, Office Specialist 2, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Marion County
  • Paula Matano, Program Manager, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Mary McNamee, 4-H Education Program Assistant 1, Josephine County
  • Jamie Menzel, Education Program Assistant 1, Jackson County
  • Frank Moro, FCH Education Program Assistant 1, Clatsop County
  • Ellen Otis-Sykes, Seed Certification Aid, Union County
  • Danny Powers, Learning Experience & Design Manager, Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative
  • Kara Young, Crop & Soil Faculty Research Assistant, Deschutes County
  • John Zielinski, Seed Certification Specialist, campus
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County

Note: Watch for this new “Welcome” section in the first ConnEXTions of each month.

Coronavirus Update

Oregon State University is actively engaged in monitoring the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and is collaborating closely with local and state public health experts to provide prevention, response, travel information and resources to the OSU community.

OSU has established a webpage detailing the university’s coronavirus planning and resources for questions from the public.

OSU Extension’s website has a link to OSU’s coronavirus resource page. It appears in the top menu bar and is visible on all pages within our site.

Please contact your supervisor for guidance or with questions.


  • University Relations and Marketing is coordinating all media outreach, including social media.
  • Please refer media inquiries about OSU or OSU’s response to Steve Clark, Vice President University Relations and Marketing, 541-737-3808 (office), 503-502-8217 (cell).
  • EESC is available to assist with other communication questions or needs, in coordination with Extension and OSU leadership. Please contact Chris Branam, public issues education leader.

New Division Name is Official

This morning, Provost Ed Feser announced the division’s name change to the Division of Extension and Engagement. The new name is effective immediately. Logos for the division are found in Box along with all logos for Extension and AES. A link to the Box folder with logos, letterhead, templates and more, appears on the Employee Intranet site (look under Popular Links). Search for the Extension and Engagement folder. Use of the division logo is limited primarily to inter-university communications and the offices of the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost. If you have questions about the use of the division logo, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom March 12th 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 in the conversation and idea sharing:

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We all struggle with writing. Here are some tips that can help you help your readers understand what the heck you are talking about.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Search Advocate Workshops in Bend and Central Point in April
Take advantage of these upcoming, off-campus opportunities to become an OSU Search Advocate. Search Advocates are trained search committee members who promote equity, validity, and diversity on OSU searches. As Extension moves towards alignment with OSU’s Search Excellence guidelines, our need for trained advocates will increase. Please encourage your colleagues, faculty and staff to attend.  Register here for the April workshops, or take a look at other future opportunities.

Dehumanization of Indigenous Women (Corvallis)
Free webinar & post screening discussion as part of Womxn’s Herstory Month. For accommodations related to disability, please contact 541 -737-9036 or March 4, 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

Salaam Dunk: Film Screening & Panel Discussion  (Portland)
Watch Salaam Dunk with us, and learn from a panel of students about gender roles in their home counties. Snacks will be provided. This event is FREE and open to the public. Our student panel will include Dashne Abdulghafour, former captain of the women’s basketball team featured in the documentary and current Fullbright scholar ar Portland State University! Friday, March 6, 2020 at 3:00pm-5:00pm.

BMCC Pow Wow  (Pendleton)
Join us at the BMCC Pow Wow in the MAC Activity Center on the Pendleton Campus for singing and dancing! The first 20 singers will receive a $20 Arrowhead gift card. Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:00- 9:00pm at Blue Mountain Community College. For more information, contact Annie Smith at 541-278-5935 or 

DEI In the News

Nuñez Pérez, Rodriguez “very excited” for upcoming OSU presidency. (The Daily Barometer)
“This is huge as far as representation…..we’re also the first dual Latina ticket to be president and vice president elect, and will get inaugurated, and that’s huge, especially for underrepresented students on this campus, and my hope is that it just keeps going up from there.”

In their own words  (PSU Vanguard)
Trans people often have their own narrative stolen and co-opted by others to demonize trans people, consolidatee a base or prop up a political campaign. A Portland event gace trans people the opportunity to tell their stories in their own voices.

Family, friends say Rian Middleton is on a mission to bring joy to the entire world (The East Oregonian)
Hermiston High School swimmer Rian Middleton’s high fives are “legendary,” his friends and family say, and has “never met a stranger.”

Colombian resident flying to visit UO student girlfriend deported (Daily Emerald)
When Hendrick Valera was detained and taken into secondary inspection at the Los Angeles International Airport, he still felt he had no rease to worry. He had a legal tourist visa and never had issues when he traveled the United States several times in the past.

Extension in the News

Big event for small farms: OSU conference draws participants from around the Northwest
Capital Press
At its core, the OSU Small Farms Conference aims to make small-scale farming a viable business by sharing university-led research and highlighting new market opportunities.

State gathers data on spruce aphid outbreak
The Astorian
Christine Buhl, a forest entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, plans to coordinate with Dan Stark, of the Oregon State University Extension Forestry in Astoria, to train citizen scientists to locate and log information about spruce trees on the North Coast.

Diverse Landscape
Oregon Wine Press
Mark Chien, head of the Marion County Extension office, is featured in a story about the impact of Asian-Americans on the Oregon’s wine industry.