In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Opportunities

Next Application Deadline — November 1, 2020

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is November 1st. Applications that will be considered must be submitted BEFORE the deadline and BEFORE the professional development opportunity.

  • “Growing the Endowment Fund”

Extension faculty and staff may help “GROW the Fund” at any time during the year. Keep the following in mind:

  • The principal of the OSU Extension Professional Development Fund is an endowment.
  • The earnings from the endowment feeds into the current-use-fund.
  • Each quarter, the amount in the current-use-fund pays for the professional development requests selected for funding.
  • The fund supports on average, about 100-160 different professional development opportunities a year.

The two ways individuals may currently contribute throughout the year are:

  • Through payroll deduction (deductions could range from $5.00 a month to any larger amount)
  • Through individual contributions (payable by check or credit card)
  • Either of these types of contributions may be processed on-line through the OSU Foundation at: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • Contributions may be made to the endowment as you complete the on-line process. Be sure to note the following information when completing the on-line process section called Gift Information (where it asks which program you would like your gift to support—please enter the following number and fund name): 6220-820450 OSU Extension Professional Development Fund.

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is actively serving communities. This story was published in the last week:

We encourage active sharing of this story 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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

DEI and Social Justice Topics at Quarterly Conversations

As interim vice provost Anita Azarenko shared in August, we will spend time at each Quarterly Conversation this year focused on learning together around some aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work. Please complete this short survey to share feedback and suggestions to support Extension’s continued dialogue about our commitments, resources and tools to support learning and action related to these concepts.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/extensionweb/2020/10/26/trailhead-online-learning-for-crm/

Online learning modules for those who would like to get to know the Extension Service CRM platform.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

 TODAY! Designing Courses with Accessibility in Mind: Martha Smith, director, Disability Access Services and Gabe Merrell, director, Access and Affirmative Action, deputy ADA coordinator. How do you meet the needs of all learners? This talk introduces ideas to ensure course accessibility through universal design for learning (UDL) and serves as a primer for deeper dives in following weeks. Live session: Oct. 27, 11:50 a.m. https://oregonstate.zoom.us/my/ctl.t4 Password: CTL. Recordings of each session will be available the following Friday (beav.es/CTLT4) Handouts, materials, and resources: beav.es/BOXT4 

Reconnecting to Roots: Can you think of a queer or trans person of color who isn’t Laverne Cox? Or Marsha P. Johnson? Or Sylvia Rivera? What about the other QTIBIPOC who have done amazing things but we never hear about? Come learn more about them. Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. Zoom link: 941 1032 8658 (password: 404265)

 How COVID-19 and social isolation exacerbate health disparities: In these times of social isolation, a sense of belonging is as important as ever for wellbeing and resilience. But Latinx and LGBTQ+ communities, who experienced among the worst mental health outcomes in Oregon before the pandemic, are seeing mental health disparities widen. Learn what’s being done to combat isolation in vulnerable populations at the Public Health Insider webinar Oct. 29, presented by Jonathan Garcia and Nancy Vargas.

 DEI In the News

 In Landmark Approval, BIA Grants Coquille Tribe Autonomy Over Its Forest Lands (KLCC)
A Native American tribe in Oregon has become the first in the U.S. to receive full authority to manage its forests. The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the Coquille Tribe’s Indian Trust Asset Management Plan on Oct. 20. This grants autonomy over roughly 10,000 acres of trust forest land and resources…a first for any of the country’s 574 federally-recognized tribes.

Study Finds Connection Between Public Community College Promise Programs and Enrollment Increases (Diverse Edu)
A new study funded by the American Educational Research Association found a correlation between public community college promise programs and an increase in enrollment among female and underrepresented students.

Extension in the News

Girls Who Code promotes tech and confidence in 4-H Club
The Times-Journal
Lu Seapy is an educator based in The Dalles and is the STEM Outreach Coordinator for the OSU Extension Office in Wasco County. Last year, Seapy started the Girls Who Code 4-H Club after she learned about the organization at a teacher’s conference.

Hermiston Farm Fair goes virtual during pandemic
Capital Press
“Our goal is to try to reach the same audience, and maybe many more,” said Silvia Rondon, extension entomologist at HAREC and one of the farm fair’s main organizers. “People are going to be able to listen to our seminars from anywhere in the world. I think that’s going to be a cool experience.”

Experts discuss forest management on moraine
Wallowa County Chieftain
John Punches, a forester with Oregon State University Extension, discussed the health of the forest in the moraine, the types of trees there and the threats to their continued growth.

Join the Countdown to Crunch
Klamath Falls News
“When you collaboratively do something, it has a bigger impact,” said Patty Case, educator for OSU Klamath Extension Family and Community Health and coordinator for the event. “We need to value our local food production and we have to do that in a collective way. It takes a community to feed a community.”

MSU receives $2 million USDA grant to improve blueberry pollination
Hortidaily
Andony Melathopoulos, an assistant professor of pollinator health and extension educator at Oregon State University, will lead the outreach aspects of the project, as well as continuing his work with DeVetter on assessing honey bee colony strength.

4-H sewing club reaches out fire victims
The Observer
The works of 11 members of the Stitch Witches 4-H Club are comforting the victims of the devastating fires in Western Oregon last month.

How to Collect Your Own Firewood
Outside online
Brad Withrow-Robinson, an Oregon State University forestry and natural-resources extension agent in western Oregon, agrees. He calls the addiction to collecting your own firewood “the wood sickness.”

Albany event gives out over 200 free COVID-19 tests; another drive Sunday in Corvallis
The Democrat-Herald
Before being tested, attendees also had opportunities to pick up bilingual resources about … the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Hemp research reaches new heights in Klamath Falls
Herald and News
Workers on Wednesday finished harvesting their crop of industrial hemp for Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center at Rock Creek Ranch, located off Highway 140 West.

OSU Fire Extension Program Manager Talks to The Advocate 
The Corvallis Advocate
In an interview with The Advocate, Carrie Berger, OSU’s associate program leader and fire program manager for the Forestry and Natural Resources Fire Extension Program, discussed the creation of the program, its importance to the state of Oregon, and the steps it’s taken to educate and prepare Oregonians both pre- and post-fire season.

New Outdoor School Online Course – Critical Orientations: Indigenous Studies and Outdoor Education

This course supports outdoor educators in engaging with culturally responsive incorporation of indigenous studies concepts into outdoor education curriculum and programming. While outdoor school programs in Oregon serve 5th and 6th grade students, this course’s content applies broadly to all outdoor and experiential education.

It is open-access, on-demand, and self-paced.

Co-created and facilitated by Drs. Spirit Brooks (OSU Extension Outdoor School) and Leilani Sabzalian (Asst. Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education, University of Oregon).

In this week’s issue:

OSU Great Shake Out Pictures!

A photo of me on my way under my desk during the Great Shake Out today. We had 100% participation in our office – all three of us here today took shelter during the drill. (Kelly Redwine, Clackamas County)

 

 

We have limited staff at the office but we DID participate in the Great Shake Out at the Linn County office.  We have emergency kits under our desks so it gave us a little time to check those out too. (Michele Webster)

A selfie under my dining room table desk at Great Shake Out this morning at 10:15 am……it isn’t easy getting under an antique bulky table! But I’ll bet it would not crumble on me. (Vicki Campbell, Washington County)

Working remotely, so here’s a pic of my coworkers during the Great Shake Out. (Shevon Hatcher, Umatilla County)

Here’s a Great Shake Out pic…  taken at the Washington Co office. (Jennifer Halter)

 

 

Small Farm and Ranch Webinars offered

Grazing Management Webinar

Grazing management webinar on Wednesday, October 21st from 12:30 – 1:15 pm. The focus will be on cattle and horse grazing management for both small acreage landowners and large scale ranch operations in eastern Oregon. Register here: https://beav.es/oMC

OSU Event Webpage: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/grazing-management-webinar

Using Google Earth Pro and Web Soil Survey Webinar

There will be a free webinar on Friday, October 23, from 1 – 2 pm covering how to use Google Earth Pro free mapping software on your farm for making maps, adding historical imagery, measuring distances and area, adding GPS points, and determining soils and productivity with web soil survey. See the attached flyer. Register here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zNKDMEVaTAWHwsmh-ts1GQ

OSU Event Webpage: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/events/using-google-earth-pro-web-soil-survey-farm

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is 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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

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:

Friday, October 23 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Examining the ways people in different age groups use the Extension website can help us ensure we are creating and promoting content that is relevant to all Oregonians. See analytics about interests and behavior of people of all ages in this week’s post.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are happening now, including new Tier Two workshops:
The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops here. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Diversity, Leadership and Emotions – EI2020+ Webinar
Change, at its heart, is emotional. Explore how leaders and practitioners navigate the emotional roller coaster of implementing lasting change as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts inside organizations. Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am.

OSU Provost Lecture: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s lecture entitled The Collapse of Reconstruction and The Roots of White Supremacy will be held on November 9 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register at the link above.

ACE Webinar: Language Translation and Online Interpreting
Victor Villegas, Technology and Media Support Coordinator for Oregon State University Extension, will present on tools and technologies that can be used to provide information in different languages online, including real-time interpreting in Zoom. He will also cover best practices for language interpretation and translation. Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Register here. $25 for non-members.

Extension in the News

Leaf drop after ash blackout shouldn’t be of concern
Phys.org
“With the heavy smoke that pushed air quality off the charts, we have seen unusual defoliation in plants,” said Jay Pscheidt, Oregon State University Extension Service pathologist. “Much of it was normal old leaf drop in response to stress conditions. What is new and concerning is the rapid defoliation of some species of sweet box (Sarcoccoca species), some holly (Ilex species) and possibly some burning bush (Euonymus species).”

Squirrel feeding irks neighbor. Are there better ways? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Fall is here and all of those end-of-season projects are looming. If you’ve got questions, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

How does smoke, ash from wildfires affect chickens? Eggs? Ask an expert
The Oregonian
Ask an Expert is an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. OSU Extension faculty and Master Gardeners reply to queries within two business days, usually less.

Fall’s the time to control slugs as they lay eggs for next year
The Oregonian
“What slugs want is a place that’s warm and moist,” said Claudia Groth, an Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener.

In this week’s issue:

The ESP Podcast Club

Do you start sentences with, “So, I heard on this podcast the other day…”? Have you finished all of your favorite podcasts already? Join the ESP Professional Development Committee’s upcoming podcast club!

We are eagerly anticipating the OSU Extension Annual Conference and diving into the themes of 1) social justice and racial equity programming, 2) innovative programming, and 3) working, living, and leading during the pandemic. ESP will be hosting a 6-week podcast club and will share a playlist of 1-2 episodes, chosen by YOU, on each of the three themes for the conference. Each week we will discuss one episode.

The ESP PD committee is asking for your suggestions for podcast episodes (45 minutes or less) that are relevant to the conference themes. Make your suggestions here: https://beav.es/oNN by Friday, October 16.

OSU Great Shake Out Pictures wanted!

Join other OSU faculty, staff, and students in the Great Oregon Shake Out!

On October 15 at 10:15 am, join the rest of Oregon and the nation and Drop, Cover, and Hold-On for 60 seconds to simulate the response to an earthquake.

Participation is voluntary but encouraged. Last year we received pictures from some of you participating, please send more they were great!

If you do participate, please complete our Qualtrics Survey https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7aKeKkY3idYQv89 or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness (emergency@oregonstate.edu) so we can update the OSU participation tally on the Shake Out website.

Additional information about the Shake Out can be found at:

High Speed Hand Washing Campaign

Help us create a culture of good hand hygiene. Hand washing has never been more important. It is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu and COVID-19. Encourage the families of your students to use good hand hygiene at home by sharing the Food Hero High Speed Hand Washing poster (Bilingual, English and Spanish) and supporting video created by Greg Aronoff, marketing manager in Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). Find High Speed Hand Washing resources at FoodHero.org/handwashing-tools.

Celebrate Global Hand Washing Day and the importance of hand hygiene on October 15, 2020, with OSU Extension! We are launching a Facebook ad campaign to promote OSU Extension’s High Speed Hand Washing method, which saves time, reduces water use, lowers absenteeism, and most importantly, demonstrates the best way to keep hands clean from germs and bacteria. It is effective with preschoolers to adults, in early childcare locations, in the workplace and at home. The campaign is targeted to early childcare providers and parents of children up to eight years of age throughout Oregon and in Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. Read the news story to learn more. If you have questions about the campaign, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

URSA Engage Deadline this week

Last year, four Extension faculty committed to mentoring students in the URSA Engage Program. For example, Wiley Thompson (Regional Director, OSU Extension Service) worked with an URSA Engage student who explored health care in Oregon’s rural communities. Barbara Brody (Assistant Professor of Practice) worked with an URSA Engage student who evaluated the impact and results of community poverty simulations and the impact of community change. We would love to have more Extension faculty to mentor early-career undergraduate students this school year!

Do you have a question that you don’t know the answer to? Do you need to collect data or information to answer that question? Bingo! A major goal of the program is for students to learn basic research skills (e.g. designing surveys, writing literature reviews, navigating IRB, synthesizing data, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, writing reports/grants, collaborating, etc.).

The mentor summary submission form can be accessed at this link (see “Step 1”) with a deadline of October 19th.

While this might seem like a natural fit to many of you, others may be thinking – but I don’t do research! While you may not consider your position to be centered in research, you likely have research components integral to your units that students could help with (and benefit from!), such as needs assessments and program evaluation. Students can connect to and support your existing program work as well.

If you have any questions about the URSA Engage Program or would like to brainstorm potential project ideas, please let us know! We’d love to connect.

In Memoriam

With sadness we share the passing of two Extension retirees and celebrate their inspiring work in public service with OSU Extension.

Steve Besse, OSU Extension Ag faculty in Malheur County, Staff Chair in Lane County, and Associate Director of International Agriculture for the OSU College of Agriculture.  A celebration of life will be held when such gatherings are safe. Memorial gifts may be made to: Lumina Hospice; Corvallis Public Library; Oregon State Extension or OPB. See details for gifting and sign the guest book at: https://www.mchenryfuneralhome.com/

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/gazettetimes/name/steve-besse-obituary?n=steve-besse&pid=196898238&fhid=12232

Wanda Phipps,  OSU Extension Service county extension agent in the counties of Curry, Grant, Benton, Umatilla and finally in Multnomah County where she specialized in nutrition for low income and immigrant families. She retired from her work with the Extension Service after 20 years in 1989. A live-streamed memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Friends and family are invited to participate in the live-stream by visiting the YouTube channel for Calvin Presbyterian Church Tigard, OR. Donations in memory of Wanda Phipps may be made to Linfield University at: University Advancement, Linfield University. https://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=wanda-phipps-gossage&pid=196812088 .

OSU Outlook Spam Filtering Update

OSU IT recently implement a new email filter to help cut down on Spam emails in Outlook. The filter has been successfully identifying and flagging many Spam emails. As the system is still being adjusted, the filter is sometimes being overly aggressive and flagging valid emails as Spam. When an email is flagged, it is automatically moved in your Junk Email folder. Please checking your Junk Email folder periodically to see if any valid emails are being flagged incorrectly. You can help teach the filter to identify valid emails by selecting those emails in the Junk Email folder, right clicking, selecting “Junk Mail” from the popup menu and then selecting “Mark as Not Junk.” This will then move the email into your inbox. Services (“central IT”) is aware of reports of valid email being tagged and are working on fine tuning the system to fix this issue. Here are two additional articles with tips:

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9298, Unmanned Aerial Systems: A guide for finding the right system for your Oregon farm
Kristine Buckland, Ann Rasmussen, Lloyd Nackley
New. Modern farm operations increasingly rely on technology to reduce workload and maximize farm profit. Unmanned aerial systems are another example of technology deployed for agricultural production. How can this technology save time and increase profits from agricultural operations in Oregon?

EM 9299, Integrated Pest Management Strategic Plan for Oregon, Washington and Idaho Mint Crops
Katie Murray, Darrin L. Walenta, Paul C. Jepson, Isaac Sandlin
New. To identify pest management priorities and lay a foundation for future strategies and increased use of integrated pest management (IPM) in mint production, growers, commodity-group representatives, pest control advisors, processors, university specialists and other technical experts from the mint industry in Oregon, Washington and Idaho formed a workgroup and assembled this plan.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is 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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

DEI and Social Justice Topics at Quarterly Conversations

As interim vice provost Anita Azarenko shared in August, we will spend time at each Quarterly Conversation this year focused on learning together around some aspect of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work. Please complete this short survey to share feedback and suggestions to support Extension’s continued dialogue about our commitments, resources and tools to support learning and action related to these concepts.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Impact statements let our stakeholders, legislators, partners, current and future customers know the important things Extension accomplishes. In this week’s Navigator blog post, learn how to use a three-pronged approach to writing an impact statement: state the problem, what you did to change it, what the change or impact was. Learn more about writing concise impact statements to show our work matters.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Trends in Oregon Latinx students: The Office of Undergraduate Education is hosting a webinar presentation and release of the report “Trends in Oregon Latinx students,” Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon. Manuel Vazquez, Senior Researcher at Education Northwest will summarize trends in Latinx enrollment at Oregon K-12 public schools, postsecondary enrollment of Latinx high school graduates (including enrollment trends at OSU), and describe the characteristics of Latinx high school graduates who have enrolled at OSU in the past three years. Discussion led by Daniel López-Cevallos, Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Enrichment Programs will follow. Submit questions ahead of time to Mary.Gardner@oregonstate.edu. To join: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/91808985964?pwd=NFp5d3hsRU1VdmlVRVV3WjcraUxEQT09 Passcode: 587288. Registration is not required.

The Black Butterfly: A conversation with author Lawrence T. Brown
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST. A conversation with Lawrence T. Brown about his upcoming book The Black Butterfly — a reference to the fact that Baltimore’s majority-Black population spreads out on both sides of the coveted strip of real estate running down the center of the city like a butterfly’s wings—Lawrence T. Brown reveals that ongoing historical trauma caused by a combination of policies, practices, systems, and budgets is at the root of uprisings and crises in hypersegregated cities around the country. Register here.

CAPS Group: Building Anti-Racism Stamina as a White Person: Given the systemic racism that continues in all levels of our lives – intra-personally, inter-personally, institutionally, and structurally – this group will focus on building mental stamina to examine and deconstruct racism within ourselves as White-identified people, and the institutions that we are a part of. Meets via Zoom Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. starting Oct. 15. Contact michele.ribeiro@oregonstate.edu or noreen.marsland@oregonstate.edu to join.

Care.com Webinar: Supporting Kids Who Learn Differently. School always presents challenges for students who learn and think differently (ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, autism, etc.), but the Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it even more obstacles for these children, as well as the parents raising them. In this talk, author and parent coach Debbie Reber will share ideas for ways parents can best prioritize and plan in this new school landscape, as well as support their child’s cognitive and social/emotional needs while also tending to their own well-being. Oct. 22, 9-10 a.m. Register Today.

Extension in the News

All that time in the kitchen during this pandemic has led to a nationwide shortage of Mason jars
CNN
“There’s so many more people canning this year than have ever canned. We have seen a big upswing in new people trying to can,” said Nellie Oehler, the coordinator for Oregon State Extension Service’s food preservation hotline, who added she’s been answering lots of calls from around the nation about the lack of supply.

Canning supply shortage inspires hoarding, price gouging, risky maneuvers
The Register-Guard
“What we’re finding is that basically we went from toilet paper hoarding to canning supply hoarding. And the other finding is it’s actually a spillover from last year’s ‘Snowmageddon,'” said Denise Fennell, the program director for the Master Food Preservers Program for Home Food Safety and Preservation of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Spiders, other bugs looking for dryer, warmer living spaces this time of year
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
“Just like us, they’re coming inside to get warm,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “They’re not feeding on homes or humans, they’re just looking for cracks or crevices. Most are minding their own business. They aren’t aggressive toward people, not even the spiders.”

College Talk Tuesdays offer community members information on colleges and trade schools
The Blue Mountain Eagle
In Grant County, residents interested in learning about college are welcome to join weekly virtual discussions hosted by the Grant County Oregon State University Extension Office.

Gardening Matters: Putting out the flames
North Coast Citizen
Easier is to refer you to a publication put out by the Oregon State University Extension Service. Their volume number PNW590 is titled “Fire- Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes” and it has not only good tips for planting safely, but a long list – with photos – of plants that are less flammable and very attractive in the garden.

D-Day veterans Besse, Wingett mourned
Corvallis Gazette-Times
After the war, Besse stayed in California and became the international manager for Ferry-Morse Seed Co. He then joined the Oregon State University Extension Service, working in Ontario, Eugene and at OSU itself.

Benton County 4-H Steps Up During Wildfires
Corvallis Advocate
“I’m just so proud of our 4-H volunteers and members, they really are showing what Benton County 4-H is all about, and that’s giving back to the community,” said Carolyn Ashton, an associate professor at Oregon State University and a 4-H leader.

In this week’s issue:

October marketing and outreach initiatives

Family and Community Health, 4-H and the Emergency Preparedness team, in partnership with Extension Communications and PACE, are launching multiple outreach and social media campaigns over the next two weeks. Help us spread the word about these resources.

  • 4-H Virtual Fair Showcase – In lieu of the traditional 4-H State Fair, 4-H members across Oregon submitted examples of their projects, which are shared in a virtual showcase. These include static projects and Showmanship. 4-H is planning social media posts on Wednesday, Oct. 7—which will be re-shared on the Extension Facebook page—to highlight the work as part of National 4-H Week (October 4-10). Check out their fabulous work and re-share the 4-H posts on your local social media to celebrate their efforts. 4-H Ambassadors and 4-H county program highlights also are celebrated.
  • High Speed Hand Washing for early education providers – To celebrate Global Handwashing Day on October 15, a 30-day Facebook and email outreach campaign targeting early childcare providers and parents of preschoolers will launch October 12 and run through November 13. Links will direct viewers to how-to posters appropriate for youth (including bi-lingual and Spanish versions), a how-to video and science experiments reinforcing the importance of good hand hygiene on FoodHero.org/handwashing-tools. The Facebook campaign will include paid advertising and boosting posts. The initiative will also include a news story.
  • October 15 also is the day of The Great Oregon Shake Out. The Extension Cascadia Subduction Zone team created a suite of emergency preparedness resources for the public—and they encourage everyone at OSU to take advantage of the information and training. The resources will be shared in OSU Today the week of Oct. 12, with the network of emergency preparedness planners and via Facebook. A digital and print on demand communication piece for Extension offices soon will be available as well to encourage local participation.

Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event

An on-line class to prepare Oregonians for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event is live and ready for participants. The Cascadia Subduction Zone Event is a mega-quake and tsunami that can occur at any time thus requiring the need for every Oregonian to develop a culture of preparedness. The first three modules delve into the discovery and developing science behind this event, the likelihood of it its occurrence, and how our lives will be affected; both in the short-term and the long term. If you have virtual reality technology, you even get to experience the earthquake. All Oregonians should be encouraged to take this course available at https://beav.es/Cascadia. In addition to the course, several new supporting publications are available including Survival Basics: Stress Less.  Please help push this on-line course and supporting documents out to our stakeholders.

Module 4 focuses on Extension professionals and others who volunteer or work in the emergency field. As an FYI, the Extension Service is written into the Federal Disaster Response Plan thus many counties have also included us in their plans. All disasters are local and we as the Extension Service need to be prepared to assist our communities.

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 752, Sanitizer Basics for the Food Industry
David Stone, Jovana Kovacevic, Stephanie Brown
New. Cleaning and sanitation are critical to maintaining quality and safety in your food industry operation. Make cleaning and sanitizing programs part of your food safety culture. Here’s how to make sure those doing your cleaning and sanitizing are invested in safety, adequately trained and supported in their work.

OSUEA Award Nominations – Deadline October 15th

The OSUEA Awards Committee is soliciting applications for Staff Awards and the Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Annually these awards are given at the OSU Extension Annual Conference in recognition of the great work our staff are doing.

In such a crazy year, what a great time to nominate a colleague in recognition of their outstanding work.  This year the OSUEA Awards will be presented “virtually” at the OSUEA Awards Program during Extension Annual Conference on Friday, December 11.

Nominations are being solicited for:  Experienced Faculty, Newer Faculty, Professional Faculty (Administrative Support), Educational Program Assistant, Classified Staff, OSUEA Team and Oscar Hagg Communication Award.  Detailed descriptions of each award category as well as application process can be seen on our website.  The application process is fairly easy.

If you have questions, please let us know.  Deadline for applications is October 15th.

Welcome New Employees

Amanda Rau, Lane County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Christopher Adlam, Jackson County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Ariel Cowan, Deschutes County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry

Katherine Wollstein, Harney County, Assistant Professor (Practice), Forestry & Animal/Rangeland

In addition to the Forestry positions, Christy Tanner accepted the Ext Ag Crop & Soil’s Assistant Professor (Practice) position in Linn County.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team, as we help you share how Extension is 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, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

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:

Thursday, October 8 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Friday, October 9 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Extension educators and content teams add new content regularly in response to emerging needs and questions. The Extension Communications team continues to actively work with you to share and promote online. Learn analytics about the recent cross-program wildfire efforts and how the process worked in this week’s blog post “How to communicate online about emerging issues like wildfires”.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY! Cabildos Speaker Series: OSU’s School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies is hosting a live webcast speaker series called the Cabildos Speaker Series that seeks to center Black voices in academia. The Oct. 6, 4 p.m. webcast will feature Youssef Carter, an assistant professor and Kenan Rifai Fellow in Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Carter will speak on “Theological Tensions and Disparate Freedom Dreams in a Black Religious Soundscape.” Register here.

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: “Race, Colonialism, and the Origins of Professional Law Enforcement in the Americas: Mexico City’s ‘Lantern Guards'” with Dr. Nicole von Germeten. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the OSU Office of Institutional Diversity. Friday, Oct. 9 at noon. Free and open to all; to join use Zoom meeting ID 918 9649 8232 with password 8c574f.

Search Advocate Fall workshop registration open now!
The OSU Extension Service is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, which starts with the hiring process. Consider attending a Fall Search Advocate workshop, now 100% remote! Registration is also available for Fall Community of Practice meetings, and a one-credit continuing education session called “Focus on the Interview.”

CAPS Virtual Mind Spa Resources
The Mind Spa space at CAPS is closed during fall term, but OSU students and employees can set up their own Mind Spa at home! Visit the Virtual Mind Spa to experience a variety of ways to relax and recharge, including stress relief techniques, identity-based resources and more!

Extension in the News

Biz Buzz: Safeway gives to 4-H to mark reopening
Wallowa County Chieftain
Wallowa County 4-H was the beneficiary of the Enterprise Safeway’s decision to mark its grand reopening Wednesday, Sept. 23, with a $2,000 donation to the youth organization.

Superplants clean up toxins from contaminated soil
Mail Tribune
If your garden is located close to a house fire and accumulates a thick layer of ash, the OSU Extension Service recommends testing the soil for contaminants and adding fresh soil or compost to the garden.

Looking at the West Coast Wildfires Through an Indigenous Lens
The Progressive
Daniel Leavell, an associate professor at Oregon State University and fire specialist, works with the institution’s Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program. He says that the surge of intense wildfires in recent years is due to a combination of climate change and management practices.

OSU Extension’s Tanner to move west
Capital Press
Oregon State University Extension educator Christy Tanner is slated to move from Malheur County to the Willamette Valley.

In One Ear: Go home and can
The Astorian
Amanda Gladics, a fisheries specialist with the Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service, and Kelly Streit, a registered dietician with the extension service, star in a step-by-step video explaining how to home can tuna. Amanda lives and works in Astoria, and is active in the local fishing community.

Demand for winter vegetables takes root during pandemic
Capital Press
Heidi Noordijk, a small farms coordinator at OSU’s Extension Service, told the Capital Press the goal of the project is to increase production and consumption of winter vegetables in Oregon.

Despite limitations, students learn at NWREC
Woodburn Independent
Each summer, the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center hires students to assist with field research projects.

Sanchez: Five tips for growing blackberries
Herald and News
A column by Nicole Sanchez

Garden Plots: Skunks, pigweed and lambsquarters
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.