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:
  • 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,

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

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

Diversity Highlights

Please contact 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. Password: CTL. Recordings of each session will be available the following Friday ( Handouts, materials, and resources: 

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
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).

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