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: 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 or send a count of participants to OSU Emergency Preparedness ( 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

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:

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. .

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,

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 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 To join: 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 or to join. 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
“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.

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