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.

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