In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to the following list of Oregon ESP Members selected to present at the ESP National Conference Monday, October 5, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Rochester, New York

Concurrent Sessions
Shana Withee The 100 BEST Travel Tips
Sam Angima USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange
Susan Busler Taking That 1st STEP to Get Involved in 4-H

Poster Presentations
Katie Ahern Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity
Susan Busler Can you DYG it? Dallas Youth Garden
Shana Withee Be Prepared, Reduce Risk – Extension First Aid Kit
Deb Warnock Productive Communication in the Workplace

Re-opening Signage

Re-opening signage created by University Marketing for OSU and Extension offices is now available. Spanish versions of the signage are being created and will be available soon.

Signs include:

  • Stay safe poster (which also can be made into a pull-up banner)
  • Enter and exit only signs and maximum occupancy posters for classrooms and conference rooms
  • Bathroom mirror hand washing reminder (which can be made into a mirror cling)
  • Floor sticker and window safe distance poster/window cling reminders

Use the PDF  to print items with office printers, share with local print companies, and/or order from OSU Printing and Mailing (P&M). P&M is ready to respond quickly to fulfill orders for posters, window and mirror clings and banners.

Face Coverings for Extension Employees

In support of the university’s efforts to keep employees, learners and communities safe and healthy, Extension administration is providing two reusable face coverings to each Extension employee. Distribution logistics are still being worked out, but we anticipate that OSU-branded face coverings will be shipped to Extension locations the week of June 22. (Some offices ordered additional face coverings for volunteers and others; we anticipate these will be included in the same shipment as the employee face coverings.)

EESC is coordinating with office managers on this initiative. If additional supplies are needed, work with your office manager. As a reminder, here is OSU’s face covering policy.

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,

2019-2020 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2020! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty. Honorees are highlighted on the Faculty Excellence website.

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:
Tim Stock, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture

Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II:
Michaella Sektnan, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor of Practice:
Brooke Edmunds, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Amy Garrett, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Daniel Leavell, College of Forestry, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:
Sergio Arispe, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Jeremiah Dung, College of Agricultural Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology
Rory McDonnell, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Amber Moore, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Leigh Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife

Promoted to Professor:
Sam Angima, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Guillermo Giannico, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife
Andrew Hulting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Patricia Case, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
David White, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8418, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Apples: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in apple orchards.

EM 9289, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
Andony Melathopoulos, Neil Bell, Signe Danler, Amy Jo Detweiler, Iris Kormann, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Nicole Sanchez, Heather Stoven, Dave Smitley
New. The way we garden and manage the landscapes of the Northwest can help promote the health of bees, butterflies and other insects. Homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and volunteer groups all can work to attract a wide range of pollinators to their properties. This guide offers detailed plant lists, garden designs and advice on creating pollinator habitat. Once plants are in the ground, learn to keep them healthy without exposing pollinating insects to pesticides that are toxic to them.

PNW 660, Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, and Joan M. Campbell
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low- and intermediate-rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho. This publication describes the plant and provides recommendations for its management in winter wheat. Color photographs are included to facilitate identification.

Thank you Experts!

Due to the pandemic, we have had record volume in our Ask an Expert system. Only Colorado and Texas get more questions than we do. With our great success we want to make sure no one is getting overwhelmed or stressed. First, check your tags. If you are getting questions out of the geographic area you want, there is a tag for that. If you are getting strange questions that you have no clue about, check your tags. Finally, if you aren’t sure why you are being assigned certain questions drop Kym Pokorny or Sandy Reichhuber a line and we will be glad to look at your settings. Please know that if you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and mark yourself out for a few days. We appreciate all of you and how you have stepped up to the plate with all the stay-at-home, first-time gardeners, as well as all the usual seasonal questions.

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, June 9 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Spanish Practice
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)
Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

No new resource this week but review our top three:

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Extension Implicit Bias Conversation: June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE to receive connection information

The COVID 19 pandemic positions OSU’s Extension as leaders while communities navigate persistent and complex changes, often with attending negative impacts. How do we inform and prepare as faculty to respond most effectively to these challenges?

If we pay attention to the research, we know that implicit bias is real and that it can most readily be seen in vulnerable decision points, such as when we are especially pressed or when the options are ambiguous. As a follow up to an Extension leadership team’s reading of Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased and Jane’s recent Life@OSU interview, join SJEI Director Jane Waite and Extension Leaders for a robust interactive discussion on implicit bias, why mitigation is important and strategies for achieving best outcomes. The event will be an open discussion format, where questions from participants will drive the conversation. Contact with any questions prior to the event.

Habla Español – Zoom Spanish Practice
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Join this 30 minute session to learn or brush up on your Spanish speaking skills by practicing with others. Hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator. Join via Zoom or Add to calendar

Racial Equity Challenge Resources (Food Systems New England)
A wide variety of resources (general and specifically related to Food Systems), including curriculum materials, media/reading reccomendations for adults and children, and toolkits for outreach and implementation.

DEI In the News

Report: To Ensure Equity, Prioritize CARES Act Aid for Public Colleges (Diverse Edu)
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout higher education, a report from the Center for American Progress advocates that public colleges and universities deserve the largest allotment of aid to ensure that racial and economic inequalities don’t deepen.

Along With COVID, Racial Trauma Takes Extra Mental Toll on African Americans (NBC NY)
The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.

Extension in the News

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kristopher Elliott, Outdoor School Program Leader for Oregon State University Extension, said school closures and cancellation of school trips meant that about 14,000 sixth-graders were unable to attend Outdoor School.

Oregon Garden Challenge: Free seeds and ongoing information to grow healthy food at home
The Oregonian
What’s the challenge? To plant different seeds, either ones you have or you receive from OSU Extension’s Food Hero team, and improve Oregon’s healthy food supply.

OSU Extension, Tillamook County Family YMCA hold Essentials Drive
Tillamook Headlight herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook and the Tillamook County Family YMCA are excited to announce a countywide effort to collect and distribute household essentials to food pantries and other sites June 1-19.

Food distribution event a trial run for future events
Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension participated in the event.

U-pick farms reopening with safety features
Capital Press
Experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say the additional practices will look different on each farm.

OSU Extension’s Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge
The News-Review
The Food Hero team at Oregon State University Extension Service is offering Oregonians a unique opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits at home.

Smart scouting for little cherry disease
Good Fruit Grower
New training materials are now available from WSU and OSU Extension, including fliers and booklets of symptoms.

How a break in the nation’s food supply caused regional food companies to soar
PBS News Hour
This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

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