In this week’s issue:

  • Bright Spots

    Congratulations to the 2020 OSUEA 4-H Award Recipients:
    Excellence in 4-H Club Support, Elli Korthous (Benton)
    Excellence in Camping, Mike Knutz (Yamhill) & Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Excellence in Natural Resources & Environmental Education, Pat Willis (Washington)
    Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Mike Knutz (Yamhill), Melanie McCabe (Marion), Abby Lewis (Marion) & Kelly Noack (Marion)
    Excellence in Teamwork, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Excellence in Workforce Development, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Search for Excellence in Teen Programming, Wendy Hein (Clackamas)
    Educational Package-Individual, Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Outstanding Newer 4-H EPA, Abby Lewis (Marion)
    Outstanding Experienced 4-H EPA, Reaza Mansur (Marion) & Jared Delay (Clatsop)
    Achievement of Service, Kelly Noack (Marion) & Samara Ruefner (Crook)
    Distinguished Service, Jon Gandy (Jefferson) & Teresa Middleton (Douglas)
    Meritorious Service, Carolyn Ashton (Benton)
    25 Years of Service, Candi Bothum (Deschutes)

    Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

    PNW 726, 4-H Animal Science Lesson Plans
    Scott Nash, Jim Wilson, Meranda Small, Cindy Kinder, Sarah D. Baker, Samantha Graf, Nikola Dalton, Rikki Ruiz, Shannon Williams, Alaena Ruth, Gail Silkwood, Brandy Kay, Steve Harrison, Erika Jeffries
    New. By providing instruction outlines for adults, this curriculum delivers animal science education to youth, particularly 4-H members working with beef, sheep, swine, and goats. The downloadable and research-based lesson plans, which follow an experiential learning model, thoroughly cover the subject matter, whose sections include facilities management; livestock breed selection, reproduction, nutrition, and health and diseases; the showring; advocacy and marketing; recordkeeping; and quality assurance.

    OSU Digital Days of Service

    Oregon State’s annual Day of Service has always been a celebration of our global Beaver community making positive change. And even while we must maintain our physical distance from one another, we’ll continue to do good together as Beaver Nation. Introducing the first-ever DIGITAL DAYS of Service May 1-16. Join or start a project for Oregon State’s Digital Days of Service. This website identifies some valuable ways to help your OSU and local communities.

    Navigator Digital Strategy Update

    It is important for our learners, stakeholders and funders to know that OSU Extension continues to actively serve, engage, respond and innovate during the COVID-19 pandemic—even while locations are closed and employees are working remotely. See examples of what specific counties and programs have shared on their webpages in this week’s blog post. Also, get guidance on how to add resources from Zoom webinars, what to consider when adding program resources and where to point people to find everything your county is active in doing.

    Diversity Highlights

    Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for content to include in Diversity Highlights.

    Statewide Events & Resources

    Webinar Recording: Racial Equity in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead
    “As food system educators, are we making progress in reaching equity goals in our organizations? What is limiting us from using an equity lens in our work? What are we most interested in learning more about, and where and what are the examples that illustrate we are operationalizing our learnings to inspire us to go further? In this webinar, we share provocative findings from a national survey of Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup webinar registrants that ground a thoughtful discussion of these questions.”

    Portland Business Roundtable: Eric Knox, Valuing Diversity in Teams
    Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Eric coached the Benson High School girls’ basketball team from unranked to state champs in just two years and uses his energetic personality to inspire youth both athletically and professionally. Listen and learn as he shares his tips for supporting and elevating students in his community. Register now.

    Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for the June 4 session.

    DEI In the News

    Schools Transform Into ‘Relief’ Kitchens (NY Times)
    Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

    Extension in the News

    Website offers lessons for Oregon students who missed out on Outdoor School this year
    KATU
    The sudden end to in-person learning in Oregon’s K-12 schools canceled many Outdoor School opportunities. The statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program has launched “Educational Resources for Stay Home, Save Lives” as a way to help fill the gap.

    OSU Master Gardeners Offer Tips As People Plant Pandemic Patches
    OPB
    And the idea of growing your own food is still popular — so popular, in fact, that Oregon State University has seen online enrollment for their Master Gardener Short Course Series jump by nearly a thousandfold.

    Pandemic Gardening
    The Source Weekly
    She recommended novices take the free introductory course and then follow it up by reading, “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon,” written by Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension’s community horticulturist for Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.

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