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 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 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,

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 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.

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