In this week’s issue:

OSU Extension Resumption Resources

Find links to all tools and resources available to support OSU Extension’s resumption and modified operations on our Extension COVID-19 resources page under “Resources to use.”

The following modified operations resources have been added over the past week:

Find a link to the paper-based COVID-19 awareness training under the “COVID-19 training” heading.

The following article outlines new communication resources available.

New resumption communication tools

As Extension’s phased resumption continues, new communications tools and templates are added to COVID-19 resources for Extension. This week several new resources are available:

  • Communication tips for conversations with mask-less community members in OSU locations is a tool for Extension offices and volunteers. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section. As you have success reinforcing the value of wearing a face covering or see businesses in your community offering a positive approach, please share them with Ann Marie Murphy. We’ll keep the document updated with new and positive approaches.
  • In response to a request by the local health authority, OSU Extension in Hood River County developed a “Stay Safe” flyer and social media graphics in English and Spanish. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share it on your social media channels. Thank you Lauren Kraemer and intern Daniela Valle for being responsive to your community and sharing your good work with us!
  • The Spanish version of the modified access office sign is now available. Look under the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
  • To raise awareness about the importance of wearing face coverings, several toolkits are available through the CDC (English and Spanish) and #MaskUpOR, the State of Oregon’s social media campaign, which offers a wide range of images, themes and tones. Look under the “social media” section. You are encouraged to share on your social media channels.

Welcome New Employees

New People welcomed in July

Wendy Fekkers, Fiscal Coordinator, 4-H,
Kyle Mondron, Faculty Research Assistant, Botany & Plant Pathology
Thomas Stokely, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry—Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

New People welcomed in June

Avery Pheil, Biological Sciences Research Technician, Marion County
Karen Willis, Instructional Designer, PACE
Yasmeen Hossain, Oregon Natural Resource Education Program (ONREP) Coordinator, Forestry
Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County

New Extension PowerPoint presentation templates

The Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration folder in Box offers Extension templates and examples for flyers, brochures, posters, Out There videos, Take Five for Extension presentation and more. Now two new templates for PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Extension Presentation Templates folder: a streamlined twist relying on branded icons for visual interest and a more traditional—but updated—Out There collection of slide templates that rely on photographic imagery. Both templates are offered in systems fonts and branded fonts (preferred). Build your slides using the slide templates and delete the slides templates you choose not to use. Helpful how-to’s and resources are also offered as an introduction to each file and on individual slide templates. If you have questions about how to use or access the templates, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

OSU Extension Internship Blog

The inaugural OSU Extension Service Internship Program is off and running, with about a dozen interns working in offices throughout the state and on the OSU campus – at least virtually. The goals of the program are for the interns to have a community-based learning opportunity, learn about the Extension Service and the land grant mission, and to have the opportunity to be a valued team member.

Throughout the summer, OSU Extension’s interns will be sharing their experiences on this blog, providing a window into their work with our Extension professionals and the communities they serve.

We’ll be promoting their stories by sharing posts on OSU Extension’s Facebook account throughout the summer.

Please help support the interns by commenting on their blog posts and sharing the social media posts on your Extension accounts and with your networks, and check back as they post about their experiences over the next couple months.

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 in the last 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,

Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9250, Wildlife Habitat: Nurturing a Diverse Mix of Flora and Fauna
Rachel Werling, Cat Kizer
New.Property owners can play key roles in wildlife habitat. Learn how to manage your land to promote a diverse native habitat and support ecological systems. One of a series of Land Steward Rural Resource Guidelines.

Extension Professional Development Sessions

With no professional development sessions scheduled this week, now is a perfect time to catch up on past sessions you may have missed. Recordings and session resources, such as slides and handouts, are available. You can filter by topic or search to find sessions of interest.

Please share your feedback to help us plan for future sessions. Is there a topic you’d like an “advanced” or follow-up version of? Would an open Q&A or office hours/help-type session on any previous topic be useful? Do you want to offer a statewide professional development session? Contact Victor Villegas to share feedback and coordinate.

Thursday, July 9 @ 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: Faculty and staff that engage in the design, instruction and evaluation of education programs

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Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Open Campus shares Antiracist Resources

Open Campus has assembled an amazing list of Antiacist resources including trainings, films, books, online news articles and podcasts discussing race issues in America.  Here they are: (

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

The topic menu is often the first place that web visitors click on the Extension website. The topic pages provide opportunities to engage new visitors and to organize information in one place. Recently, we’ve added new features and identified point people in Extension program areas that can help faculty better organize topic pages that relate to their work. Find out how you can improve a topic page in this week’s blog post.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Oregon Department of Justice Community Conversations
Help open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon by joining sessions throughout the month of July to discuss your experiences with institutional racism and implicit bias, as well as Oregon’s new hate crime law, and how Oregon DOJ can engage with your community. Sessions are intended for participation and input from folks who identify in the specified population.  All are invited to attend, but please reserve input and speaking time for those folks who identify in the specified population. Session list/dates and connection information available here.

Remote delivery of (new!) Social Justice Education workshops is happening now: See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through fall 2020 here. See three brand new Tier Two collaborations created for our community today. The SJEI 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:

Search Advocate Workshops available by Zoom!
The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at or 541-760-6160.

DEI In the News

Why Latinx people are hospitalized from COVID-19 at four times the rate of whites (NPR)
Daniel López-Cevallos, a professor at Oregon State University who studies how health disparities affect Latinx communities, told NPR that another reason Latinx people are more at risk is that they’re less likely to trust the government.

The politics of race are shifting, and politicians are struggling to keep pace (Washington Post)
What will come of the gathering call for action? The civil rights movement produced landmark legislation, but black people continue to face discrimination in virtually all aspects of life. Economic gains for many black Americans are undeniable, yet huge disparities in jobs, housing, income and wealth still exist.

Extension in the News

Luisa Santamaria: A scholar of passion and drive
Capital Press
OSU Extension plant pathologist Luisa Santamaria: “I like to keep myself busy in some way, and I put my heart in everything I do.”

Shelby Filley: Love of animals feeds her career
Capital Press
Shelby Filley is an Extension livestock and forage specialist who provides information on those topics, but in her spare time she enjoys working with cows and their calves.

Barb Iverson: All-consuming passion for farming
Capital Press
“I loved growing up on the farm and enjoy the outdoors,” Iverson said. “I was active in 4-H entomology and would hunt insects all summer as well as ride Thistle, the horse I trained — of course, after all the work was done.”

Researchers study how grazing on invasive grasses can affect wildfire threat
Malheur Enterprise
The OSU Extension Service in Malheur County is examining the effectiveness of grazing on fine fuels as a tool for improving range health and reducing the threat of wildfires.

Beyond Factory Farms: ‘Big Meat’ Comes At High Cost
Natural Awakenings
“Our bodies are designed to be omnivores, and animal products are part of a diverse, real food diet,” says Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University.

When you can’t turn off the rain
Progressive Dairy
An article co-written by David Hannaway, professor and Extension forage specialist.

Summer lunches to-go
Herald and News
IYS hosted the distribution in conjunction with several community partners, including the city of Klamath Falls, Blue Zones Project, Sky Lakes Foundation, Oregon State University Extension, Klamath Falls City Schools, and Klamath County School District.

The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards
Popular Mechanics
Surface area is the key to a hotter fire,” says Daniel Leavell, an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.

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