In this week’s issue:

Time-saving tips for promoting content

Did you miss the May 4 professional development webinar about Time-saving tips for promoting your content, or haven’t had an opportunity to view the recording? Take note of these top three tips and tools highlights.

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content. The new content bank (log in at bottom of the page) provide ready-made blurbs and images to use.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time.  Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature on Extension webpages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page.  

New Extension youth education resources webpage, flyer

Extension now has two new tools at their fingertips to share the breadth and depth of our programming for children. For the first time, all of Extension’s educational resources for youth can be found on one webpage on the Extension website. The “youth portal” is the result of a partnership between EESC and Extension youth faculty and staff to provide a single stop for families and educators who are seeking research-based, hands-on education for children. The materials are organized by subject areas and grade levels, in addition to links to Extension’s youth programs, the 4-H Central Weekly Booklet (Folleto Semanal) and a fitness program, among other things.

All of Extension’s youth programming is also featured in a flyer that can be shared with schools and stakeholders.  English and Spanish versions of the flyer are being finalized and will be available this week in the Extension COVID-19 communication toolkit. We encourage all faculty and staff to promote these resources on their social media accounts and in their newsletters.

Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 214-S, La congelación de frutas y verduras
Tonya Johnson, Jeanne Brandt
Revised. La congelación es un método sencillo y rápido para conservar los alimentos. Con las condiciones óptimas, se conservan bien los nutrientes, el sabor y la textura de los alimentos.

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

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 May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek 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. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past week:

We encourage active sharing of these stories across Extension’s social media accounts and inclusion in appropriate newsletters. We will include recently published stories in Extension ConnEXTion each week. Feel free to browse the Extension website news section, as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, EESC’s news and public issues education leader,

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:
Tuesday, May 12 @ 1:00 pm: Local Media Relations
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Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tracy Tracy, Klamath County; and Kym Hamann, Tillamook County. Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
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Wednesday, May 13 @ 9:00 am: Digital Measures: Reporting Isolated program Delivery
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Presented by: Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant. Session Audience: Faculty
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Wednesday, May 13 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
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Presented by: Lindsey Shirley, University Extension & Engagement Associate Provost
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
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Thursday, May 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network
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Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs
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Friday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm: Social media: OSU best practices and policies
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Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tanya Randhawa, social media coordinator, University Relations and Marketing
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
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Navigator Digital Strategy Update

STEP AWAY FROM THE CAPS-LOCK KEY: Five questions to ask yourself before you use that acronym in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Open Educational Resources online workshops
The OSU Open Educational Resources Unit is hosting a series of virtual workshops this month on how to find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials. Topics include implementing affordable learning materials to save students money (May 12 and 14); reviewing and becoming familiar with open textbooks (May 19); and the Creative Commons licensing process (May 22). Learn more about each workshop and register today.

Virtual event: 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. Register now.

Access At Home Conference: May 27-29
Struggling with the shift to virtual environments? You’re not alone. ACCESS at Home will provide professionals with tools to navigate virtual accessibility confidently during uncertain times. Learn from accessibility professionals in a variety of industries about how to make your websites, communications, and videos accessible. View the agenda and register here.

DEI In the News

How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur (Diverse Edu)
Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in awareness among educators and the public about racial microaggressions. Coined by Chester Pierce in the 1970’s, racial microaggressions are the subtle forms of racism that are communicated to people of color through messages that degrade and demean them.

3 Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-Pandemic (The Chronicle)
“Well-resourced schools should really step up and do everything they can to help the larger ecosystem, not only their own institutions.”

For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity (NY Times)
Public health experts say Latinos may be more vulnerable to the virus as a result of the same factors that have put minorities at risk across the country.

Extension in the News

Asian Giant Hornets unlikely this season, beekeepers remain on alert
Risa Halpin, president of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, spoke with her contacts at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis to find out more about what they’re dealing with. The public is asked to keep an eye out and report any potential sightings to the local OSU Extension office as well.

HAREC research could boost blueberry production in Eastern Oregon
Hermiston Herald
Scott Lukas is one of many researchers at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center who help area growers refine their craft.

Pear growers beat some COVID-19 impacts
Mail Tribune
Many orchards rely on the federal H2A program that brings out-of-country workers to the valley, houses them and then returns them home, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Stay Home, Get Dirty
Eugene Weekly
During the COVID-19 crisis, people are worried about having access to food, says Erica Chernoh, a horticulture specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Kids, adults learn to grow vegetables at home with free online OSU courses
The Oregonian
How’s this for convenient learning: Oregon State University Extension Service has free, online gardening courses that adults and interested older kids can access anytime.

NW Hazelnut grower seminars applaud OSU varieties, need for stinkbug research
Capital Press
The seminars applauded Oregon State University’s Hazelnut Breeding Program in establishing new varieties and OSU Hazelnut Extension’s efforts at battling the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB).

Before heading to the beach, make sure it’s open – and help keep it clean
Angee Doerr, Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty, says we may see some changes to certain ecosystems like sand dunes, but the change depends on tourism as the months follow.

Learn how to care for, propagate houseplants through online library presentation
Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season. We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to nurture houseplants on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension to host fire prevention, awareness series
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

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