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:

Spanish Resumption Signage now available

Many of the resumptions signs are now translated into Spanish and available in the Resumption Planning Toolkit in the OSU brand guide Download tab (the link is at the top of the page). Look for the Spanish Signage folder. Log into Box to access the files.

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include how-to tips for delivering virtual and programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned.

New Extension Out There videos available

Three new 30-second Extension Out There videos are available for sharing via social media, newsletters or other communication channels. The videos showcase the diverse programming offered by OSU Extension Service.

  • My Hair My Health PDX
  • Steens Mountain mule deer research
  • 4-H Wagon Train

You will find these along with the video featuring five Extension programs and six other 30-second videos from 2019 in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration Box folder (go to the Employee Intranet website and click on the second bullet under Popular Links). Look for the Out There Video folder. All videos are in English with English captioning and Spanish with Spanish captioning.

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,

Extension Professional Development Sessions

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.
Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, July 14 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Extension Vocabulary and Phrases
Friday, July 17 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Tips on creating an engaging topic page, two great examples and some kudos. This post is helpful for topic committees and anyone who wants to learn more about topic pages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

UW Accessibility Resources
The UW accessibility website provides a growing number of free how-to pages and guides with steps for making particular types of content accessible to a broad audience. Resources include, Creating accessible documents, Developing accessible websites and Creating accessible videos. (For OSU’s accessibility resources and policies, visit

Black Women on Black Food Sovereignty Panel (FoodShare Toronto)
This conversation features four Black women leading the call for Black food sovereignty in Canada, the U.S.A., and the United Kingdom. Through the panelists’ uniquely valuable perspectives and experiences, we explore what Black food sovereignty means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work to advance it. The event recording includes ASL translation.

Inclusion in Remote Work Environments: The recent pandemic has caused a massive, sudden shift to remote work for many companies. This shift impacts efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the workplace, both in positive and potentially challenging ways. The OSU Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership created this short (15 minute), self-paced training directed at managers, employee resource group members, HR professionals, and anyone invested in DEI work in their organization. It provides an overview of remote work and DEI, ways in which remote work can promote and challenge DEI efforts, and a series of practical strategies designed especially for promoting inclusion in remote workplaces. Register for the training.

DEI In the News

Local universities support legal action against new ‘xenophobic’ ICE rules (OSU Today/Register-Guard)
Oregon State University has about 3,500 international students, said spokesman Steve Clark, and data shows its international student population has for the most part increased over the years. (see also Corvallis Advocate)

7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face (NY Times)
Women are living in a world that’s made for men. Whether it’s the cars they drive or the medicines they take, they’ve almost all been developed with men in mind. And that can have life-threatening consequences for women.

Extension in the News

Stories Of Southern Oregon: A Wine Scientist
The Jefferson Exchange
There’s a lot of human knowledge accumulated from making wine over millennia; Dr. Alec Levin has a handle on a lot of it. He is a viticulturalist with the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center, the Rogue Valley branch of Oregon State University Extension.

Haines Stampede Rodeo bucks trend of COVID-19 cancellations
La Grande Observer
“I’d never been to a rodeo before so this was exciting,” said Katie Hauser, who is the 4-H program coordinator at the Oregon State University Extension office in Baker City.

In Migrant Worker Camps, Wifi Is a Basic Utility
Daily Yonder
In April, Ashley Thompson, Fruit Horticulturalist at Oregon State University Extension Service in Wasco County, administered a survey to local orchardists to gauge interest in wifi hot spots.

Help is found at the Lincoln County Call Center
The News Guard
Shifting her attention from her work as program manager at Lincoln County Maternal Child Health, Paeth initially launched the call center with help from her staff and volunteers from the Newport Public Library, Lincoln County Behavioral Health, the Toledo Police Department and Oregon State University Extension.

Brianna Micka takes virtual grand championship showmanship title
Wallowa County Chieftain
The 4-H event would normally be held at the Eastern Oregon Stock Show in Union. But this year it was held via submitted video clips.

Study raises new honeybee concern
Western Farmer-Stockman
Bees might be exposed indirectly through pesticide drift, according to study co-author Ramesh Sagili, associate professor of apiculture and honeybee Extension specialist at OSU.

All About Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Hobby Farms
“A robust IPM program starts with good knowledge of the crop,” says Nicole Sanchez, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
A column by Chip Bubl

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