In this week’s issue:

Training Update–Staying Safe in the Workplace

Last week you received updates on the OSU Extension office opening approval process during the Quarterly Conversation.  You can access the materials and resources that were presented during that session at the this website.

One of the core tasks that needs to be completed by OSU Extension employees (as outlined in the plan on slide 10) is a COVID-19 awareness training.  A team of FCH Program faculty have taken a lead role in developing the materials that are included in the training.  A special thank you to Dusti Linnell, Barbara Brody, Tracy Wilson, and Roberta Riportella.  You will notice that we are using a unique system for this training—this has provided us an easy, customizable format for quickly designing, developing, and deploying the training.  Further, we are able to confirm the completion of the training immediately.

You can access the training by clicking on this link.

This training will need to be completed before re-entering an OSU Extension Office.  Please note, completion of this training is only one step in the multi-step process.  Your supervisory team will provide other details as necessary.  Once you click on the link, you will be prompted to enter the system and I will receive a notification.  Your progress is automatically tracked.  A certificate of completion is generated for your records.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  All the best, Lindsey

Extension newsletter templates now available for MailChimp

Newsletter are a good way to convey information and create engagement with your audiences. Three Extension newsletter templates are now available for MailChimp. You will find the links in a document residing in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Newsletter Templates Box folder. Next up? Similar templates for Constant Contact. Look for those in June.

To learn about newsletter best practices, read the Email newsletter best practices you need to know blog post. And there was a professional development session recorded on May 21 you’ll want to watch about “CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!” Newsletters recorded video

If you would like guidance on converting your current newsletter to the new format, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is 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.

Let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, May 29 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s been a month since each county had a template “online resources and activities” focus area added to your county pages to show all that Extension is doing. Now is the time to select more recent resources and news to feature! Go into the edit screen, scroll down to the two “custom content lists,” click edit and remove what is there. Then click the “Select Content” button to see the chronological list of latest content on the site, and pick three new resources to add.

While we are on a path to reopening, people in your communities still need to know what resources there are to support them with essentials like summer meals or financial or health assistance. On May 1, a COVID-19 focus area template was pushed out to all counties, and so far only a handful have filled in your local information and published it. Please take steps to find this in your county office group (when logged in) and complete by the end of May.

Questions? Contact to request a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Celebrate API Heritage Month in community: Storytelling brings communities closer. In a time that calls for increased support and compassion, join together with friends for a live webcast and celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In this TED style talk, hear the stories of alumni and students that center the power of humility, connection and resiliency in the API community. May 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Online live webcast. Register at

Women of Color Caucus Mental Health Summit: Storytelling and expanding your mental health toolkit. May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keynote by Charlene Martinez of Student Experiences and Engagement, panel with speakers from OSU and other institutions, and mental health workshops by licensed therapists including Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS. Registration here with refundable fee:

DEI In the News

Why Flexibility in Credit Transfers Is Crucial for Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Diverse Edu)
“We understand that curriculum is in the hands of faculty, but we have to be as compassionate and flexible as possible. We have to think about what students are going through.”

Who Paid for America’s Universities (NY Times Opinion)
“The University of Idaho, for instance, got started with 90,000 acres that had been taken from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Schitsu’umsh, the Te Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Nez Percé tribe between 1855 and 1873.” 

Extension in the News

These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts
Better Homes & Gardens
“In the not too distant past, the garden that many people aspired to have was one that was free of insects,” says Gail Langellotto, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “Now many people, including me, view these types of gardens as biological dead zones,” she adds.

Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
High Country News
Right now, it’s time to “make hay while the sun shines,” said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, an agricultural extension agent for Oregon State University and the director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus
The Astorian
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension, associated with Oregon State University, hopes to track and document the impacts of the coronavirus on Oregon’s seafood industry.

That’s no drone! Humble honey bees thriving in Bend
The Bulletin
Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said her office has received several calls from concerned citizens asking if the Western cicada killer wasps seen last summer were actually the murder hornets.

Lost River wins $10,000 Farm to School grant: Grant will help fund programs to grow food for Merrill, Malin, Lost River cafeterias
Herald and News
All schools in the Klamath County School District participate in Farm to School programs in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

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