In this week’s issue:

Virtual Extension

Some recent updates to the website include:

  • A new OSU Zoom FAQs link has been added to the Virtual Extension site. Zoom has added a number of security enhancements to help protect user data and improve the security of meetings. Please refer to the FAQs if you field questions from your learners and community partners about using OSU’s video and web or audio conferencing tool.
  • An enhanced Video and Multimedia Recommendations
  • A new case study about using Zoom to replace an in-person event.

The Virtual Extension site on the Employee Intranet complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. We are adding resources, revising guidance and sharing more case studies weekly.

The Virtual Extension team encourages 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. Let’s talk!

Ask Anita: A new weekly connection opportunity

As shared in her April 27 email, Vice Provost Anita Azarenko invites you to join her each Friday at 10:30 a.m. for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

The weekly chats begin this Friday, May 1, and currently run through the end of June. Find details and an “add to calendar link” on the professional development and connection opportunities page.

Typical format:
Updates from Anita (10-15 minutes)
Q&A, discussion (30 minutes)

Access restricted to ONID account users. Sessions are not recorded. No session on Friday, May 15 due to Extension & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Covid-19 Extension Communication Toolkit

As part of our overall strategy to communicate OSU Extension’s relevance, value and impact to Oregonians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, we are releasing a new toolkit this week to all employees. These communications support the “We’re here for you” messaging provided by University Relations and Marketing. The tools can be found in the COVID-19 Templates Box folder and are now available for use.

  • Stories about local virtual Extension efforts are being added to the News section of the Extension website
  • “We’re here for you” statement for Extension
  • Letter template for stakeholder outreach
  • Storytelling flyer template

EESC is here to help with creating statements about the virtual Extension stories you want to tell and customizing these tools for your particular needs. Please contact Ann Marie Murphy for assistance.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

April Issue of JOE available

The April 2020 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:
Curious about publishing your Extension impacts in the Journal of Extension? Check out ‘Getting Published in JOE-Strategies for Success‘ and consider submitting! 

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We want to elevate visibility and awareness of OSU Extension’s work with Oregon communities with particular focus on local and county-level impact and resilience in the face of COVID-19. We share in our blog this week about how you can show this on the county webpages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY: Compliance in the Classroom: Students’ experiences of college vary depending on how students perceive the institution affirms their identities and experiences in the classroom. Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services, and Equal Opportunity and Access for an informative session on equitable classroom practices to create inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. April 28, 1-2 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting: Phone Dial-In Information: +1 971 247 1195. Meeting ID: 988 5753 1378

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now! See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent 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 unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Breaking Barriers award nominations close Friday, May 1. Awards are open to anyone who identifies as a woman, and we accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members. Categories include: Breaking Barriers in Education, Breaking Barriers in Research, Breaking Barriers in Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder, and the Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award. Submit nominations at Awardees will be honored at the Breaking Barriers Celebration in summer or fall 2020. Contact pcosw@oregonstate.eduwith questions.

DEI In the News

Racism is a Virus (One Down)
“Many vulnerable populations do not have the privilege to continue ignoring the environmental impacts that have already taken a toll on their communities, making them even more susceptible to the destructive effects of COVID-19. To address this health pandemic is to address climate change and environmental justice.”

Risk Without Reward (Inside Higher Ed)
New computational analysis finds that underrepresented scholars outperform majority peers in terms of novel research, but they don’t reap the same rewards.

Extension in the News

Tillamook County Face Mask Project delivers 1,200 face masks
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
The Facebook group has streamlined production and joined forces with Tillamook County Creamery Association and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service to provide face masks to medical workers, those with underlying medical conditions, law enforcement, retail workers, and more.

Settling the debate – calf table or roping at branding time?
Idaho County Free Press
A team of researchers –Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University assistant professor and Extension livestock specialist, Wade Black and Jared Higby from Treasure Valley Community College, and I – decided to shed some light on the subject.

Creative Ways to Maximize a Small Garden
Good Housekeeping
Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service.

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