In this week’s issue:

See you next year!

ConnEXTion is taking a winter break, we will return January 5. Happy Holidays everyone!

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 16, 2020
Time: at 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Register here today

Overview/Description: Executive Coach Lisa Abramson will teach you how to develop a more resilient mindset through five key strategies. She’ll share actionable strategies you can start using immediately to avoid burnout, “reset” and better cope with the stress of the holidays in the time of COVID-19. During this session, we’ll also actively practice some proven stress management techniques to help you re-center, refocus, and be more productive.

A recording and a PDF of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the PDF presentation and a recording to watch later.

To learn more about the resources offered to OSU employees through your Care.com benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

Printing and Mailing winter break

In conjunction with the University’s request for reduced operations, Printing and Mailing Services will be closed the week of December 28th through January 1st to accommodate for our staff to take some time to relax with family over the holidays. While some essential staff and operations will continue during this reduction period, we will not be open to clients for mail distribution, shipping or printing services. If you have questions and/or concerns please email digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.

First Monday Update

In case you missed this great blog: Kris Elliott, Outdoor School program leader, and Charissa Jones, outreach and inclusion coordinator, join Anita Azarenko to share the work they are doing to make outdoor school accessible for all eligible 5th and 6th graders across the state.

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, December 17 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, December 18 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Presented by: Anita Azarenko, Vice Provost

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

New Additions to OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 754, Best Management Practices for Managing Herbicide Resistance
Drew J. Lyon, Judit Barroso, Joan M. Campbell, Douglas Finkelnburg, and I.C. Burke
Learn to manage herbicide-resistant weeds on your farm using the most effective methods, also known as best management practices (BMPs).

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 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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Answers to your questions from the CRM session at Extension Annual Conference are in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

Please contact inclusive.outreach@oregonstate.edu with any questions, or to submit Diversity Highlights content.

Statewide Events & Resources

Research Study: “Combatting Social Isolation by Training Latinx Youth as Allies and Citizens”
The ENLACE Program is looking for youth (13 years and older, Latino/Latinx, and in 9-12 grade) and their parent to participate in the Engaging the Next Latinx Allies for Change and Equity (ENLACE) Program. Participants may receive up to $160, and the program will be held online. For more information contact: Dr. Jonathan Garcia at (949) 735-6337 or Jonathan.Garcia@oregonstate.edu

New OSU Recruitment Resources: The OSU Search Advocate Program and the President’s and Provost’s Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (PPLC) subcommittee has developed a Faculty Recruitment Toolkit, which includes a message from Dr. Charlene Alexander about the critical importance of building a diverse academic faculty, and a detailed search timeline (linked from the orange bar in the middle of the page), useful for planning and evaluating difference in practice.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) Winter Term Language Classes
The CMLC is closed for in-person services, but offering multiple English Classes via the online program, Zoom. New classes will continue to be announced on the webpage.

DEI In the News

Academia’s Role in Fighting Mental Illness Stigma (Diverse Edu)
Though we are in an era of growing anti-intellectualism, colleges and universities still retain a large amount of influence in educating vast sectors of society and shaping public discourse, and can play a large role in destigmatizing mental illness. Stigma is one of the primary barriers to diagnosis and treatment, and given the prevalence of mental illness across demographic groups, fighting it should be a cause that everyone can get behind.

Through training, policy West Linn Police Department addresses racial inequalities (KATU)
The police department is now reviewing a handful of policies, like the use-of-force policy, for instance, and bringing in teachers from across the country to train officers. The goal is to address racial inequity in policing through a unique partnership between the West Linn Police Department and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE.

Extension in the News

OSU fire-extension educators assess regional needs
Capital Press
Wildfire-focused extension educators with Oregon State University are assessing the needs of each region as they ramp up the new program.

In One Ear: Light ’em up
The Astorian
The self-guided tour, a collaborative effort in partnership with the Oregon State University Extension Service, takes place from Dec. 11 to Dec. 26.

Garden Plots: The value of a vegetable garden
The Chronicle
A column by Chip Bubl.

Letter: Feeding deer in town attracts them — and predators
East Oregonian
Wily coyotes aren’t uncommon in suburbs or large cities, but Oregon State University Extension released an excellent article a few years ago that deer in populated areas will attract other hunters, such as cougars and wolves, as their populations increase and their more isolated hunting grounds are outgrown.

Join The Olalla Center’s Virtual Cultural Fest!
Newport News Times
This event is brought to you by The Olalla Center with support from The Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln County OSU Extension Service, and the Greater Newport Area Vision 2040.

Learn to safely preserve foods through online seminar
Herald and News
Oregon State University Extension Service is accepting enrollment now for Preserve @ Home, a national award-winning online food safety and preservation course to teach individuals how to safely preserve a variety of food products, according to a news release.

After Home Orchard Society ends 45-year run, volunteers step in to help food growers
The Oregonian
Oregon State University’s Extension Service faculty and Master Gardeners post information on fruit trees at extension.oregonstate.edu/crop-production/fruit-trees.

Free 10-week disaster preparedness course for youth
Lake County Examiner
The program got its start in Mississippi, where Ryan Akers — now the MyPI National Project Director — crested the program for his state and then obtained a grant to expand it. Oregon State University Extension Professor and 4-H Coordinator for Wasco County Lynette Ranney Black is in charge of coordinating the MyPI program in Oregon.

In this week’s issue:

Search Advocate Trainings

The next batch of Oregon State University Search Advocate workshops are now available for registration.  There is a new registration platform which requires you to register for all four sessions of the foundational series in order to complete your registration.  To register, follow the link to the Learning & Development web page and click on “Search Advocate Training”. The 16-hour foundational workshop series (to become an advocate) is called “Search Advocate Foundations.”  You can click on “section availability” (in navy blue to the right of the Foundations workshop) for a chronological list of available dates for each session by series.

If you need to register for fewer than all four workshops in the series (for example, if you’ve already completed one or more sessions) please email your request to hr.training@oregonstate.edu.

Completion of the Search Advocate Foundations series is required to register for any of these other options.  As soon as the Search Advocate website is updated (searchadvocate.oregonstate.edu) you will be able to access all these options from a new page there called “Search Advocate Workshops” there.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Gillies if you have questions.

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 16, 2020
Time: at 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Register here today

Overview/Description: Executive Coach Lisa Abramson will teach you how to develop a more resilient mindset through five key strategies. She’ll share actionable strategies you can start using immediately to avoid burnout, “reset” and better cope with the stress of the holidays in the time of COVID-19. During this session, we’ll also actively practice some proven stress management techniques to help you re-center, refocus, and be more productive.

A recording and a PDF of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the PDF presentation and a recording to watch later.

To learn more about the resources offered to OSU employees through your Care.com benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu.

Welcome New Employees

Halie Cousineau, FCH, Lane County, Education Program Assistant 2
Melinda Garcia, 4-H, Lane County, 4-H Program Coordinator
Julia Wentzel, Ag Horticulture, Tillamook County, Master Gardener & Small Farms Coordinator
Hayley White, Ag, Polk & Marion County, Agriculture Program Coordinator

Professional Development Resources

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

Thursday, December 17 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)

Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension

Bring your lunch and join the discussion to get insights and support to make your Extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited to share our ideas and hear yours as we delve into solving challenges and pursuing new opportunities for impactful outreach.

Friday, December 18 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Presented by: Anita Azarenko, Vice Provost

A bi-monthly opportunity to connect with Vice Provost Anita Azarenko for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

Maggie Livesay Retirement

There will be a virtual retirement celebration for Maggie Livesay, 4-H Faculty for OSU Extension – Benton/Linn Counties! This Friday, December 11 @ 3:30 pm.

Please join us as we celebrate Maggie’s many years of service to our community.

Please share this invitation with others that will want to wish Maggie well. To protect the zoom meeting from being crashed, we are asking that you share this invitation via e-mail only, Carolyn Ashton can send the Zoom link, thank you!

New Addition to OSU Extension Catalog

EC 1304, Growing Blueberries in Your Home Garden
Bernadine Strik, Emily Dixon, Amy Jo Detweiler, Nicole Sanchez
Learn to grow your own sweet, juicy blueberries in your Oregon home garden! Find out which types and cultivars of blueberries grow best where you live, and which part of your yard is best suited for production. Experts guide you through all the details on soil preparation, planting, mulching, watering and pruning. Learn to beat back common pests, tame frost and disease, and maximize production.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

In this post, we’ll talk about a couple different methods of website research. We’ll also give some ideas for experiments you can do to research the effectiveness of your own web content.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Olalla Center Cultural Fest (Lincoln County)
Saturday, December 12 at 5:30 pm. A showcase of music and dance via virtual Facebook Live. More information can be found on the Olalla Center Cultural Fest Facebook page.

Register today for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Virtual Keynote and Awards Celebration!
On January 18, 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration commemorates the legacy of Dr. King and allows the Oregon State community to reflect on his work in today’s context through engaging workshops, presentations and service opportunities. In its 39th year, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is Oregon State University’s longest running annual event focused on social justice and transformative change.

DEI In the News

After the election, a focus on healing for communities of color (Source Weekly)
For Central Oregon’s Love Your Neighbor project, this post-election season is centered on that latter goal of fostering healing and unity, following a period of intense vitriol and divisiveness on the streets and on social media. The Love Your Neighbor project was founded in February by Erika McCalpine, business program lead at Oregon State University-Cascades, along with me and the Source Weekly.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students (Oregon Live)
The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than their sex assigned at birth.

Extension in the News

Handwashing and masks essential
Newport News Times
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Lauren Kraemer, assistant professor of practice in the Extension Family and Community Health Program in the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences, handwashing was viewed as the single best thing children and adults can do to stay healthy.

Silent blight
Polk County Itemizer-Observer
Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, said the experience of Polk County’s Christmas tree growers this year is typical.

RVs roll in for fire survivors
Mail Tribune
Jackson County has partnered with ACCESS’s Continuum of Care and Oregon State University Extension Service to form a taskforce to collaborate with state and federal agencies to deal with the changing shelter needs of fire survivors.

Not your average calculator
Progressive Forage
Some calculators can be useful for specific aspects of cover crop use, like Oregon State University Extension’s calculator that estimates the fertilizer value of cover crops and compares the cost to purchased fertilizers.

Choose The Right Coop & Run For Your Chickens
Hobby Farms
According to Oregon State University Extension’s bulletin, “Backyard Chicken Coop Design,” you should provide at least 3 square feet of indoor living space per bird if you also provide an outdoor run, and 8 to 10 square feet per bird if you don’t.

Extension Spotlight: Make Way for New Baby Calves
The News-Review
A column by Shelby Filley.

In this week’s issue:

Employee Stress and Burnout resources

Managing Holiday Stress – hosted by Beyond Benefits EAP

Date: Wednesday December 2, 2020
Time: at 11 a.m. – 12 noon
Register here

Overview/Description: Welcome to the holiday season – that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, parties and family dinners and activities galore starting with Halloween, through Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas and ends with New Year’s festivities. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a harbinger of lots of stress. And this year, in particular, adds its own element of celebrating during a pandemic.

Workshop Objectives: Discuss some ways to manage your emotions and expectations.

  • Hear some suggestions for shopping and finances
  • Learn about new travel considerations during this time
  • Understand the importance of self-care during the holiday season
  • Consider some new traditions that can make this holiday season a wonderful time

A recording of the presentation will be shared with registrants following the webinar. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time you can register and receive the recording link to watch later.

Employees can find more information about OSU’s Employee Assistance Program here.

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, December 4 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A bi-monthly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, an international movement designed to inspire charitable giving worldwide. The OSU Foundation, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, will be participating again in the program that focuses on the Beavers Fight Hunger Initiative. We invite you to support the initiative, which helps the university’s effort to address student food insecurity. Funds raised through Beavers Fight Hunger will directly support OSU’s Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) and the OSU – Cascades Food Pantry. An OSU alumna has made a $25,000 gift to inspire others to donate on Giving Tuesday. Last year, 400 donors gave over $50,000 to address student hunger.

Quarterly Conversation

The November Quarterly Conversation is now available for viewing. Topics of the conversation include the following
(numbers denote where you will find the segment on the video):

  • Welcome, Recognition and Leadership (director’s coins: 3:20), – Anita Azarenko, Jennifer Alexander
  • Youth Education Survey (17:24) – Kris Elliott
  • Fire Program Update (24:24) – Jim Johnson, Amanda Rau, Christopher Adlam, Katherine Wollstein, Ariel Cowan
  • DEI: Elevate the visibility of Extension´s commitment to inclusive hiring and how it aligns to the Search Advocate Program (42:44) – Ana Lu Fonseca, Anne Gillies
  • Juntos en Colaboracion: Partnering for Resilience with Lincoln County’s Latino & Indigenous Communities (1:01:50) – Wiley Thompson, Beatriz Botello Salgado, Alex Llumiquinga, and Araceli Mendez,

A PDF of the Presentation Slides, details of the Director’s Coin presentations and links that were shared in chat are available for download. Look for follow-up to the questions in the Quarterly Conversation Chat that we did not have time to address in a future ConnEXTion.

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.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Join us next week at the Extension Annual Conference. Your colleagues at Extension Communications (EC), Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), and Extension Computing Technology Unit (ECTU) have some great sessions planned along with Virtual “Tabling” events at the Extension Annual Conference. Check out the great sessions here.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

OSU Anthropology lecture series: “Conflicts and Cooperation: Race, Place and Memory of New Orleans Afro-American Festivals” with Jiaju Li from the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society. Free and open to all. Friday, Dec. 4 at noon. To join the virtual talk via Zoom, using meeting ID 918 8649 8232 with password 8c574f.

PCOSW scholarships: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering scholarships to cover registration costs for the 2021 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) virtual conference. OSU faculty, professional faculty, staff, students and OSU community members are eligible to apply. The scholarship application deadline is Dec. 15. NOTE: Please DO NOT register for the OWHE conference if you are applying for a scholarship until you are approved. Once approved, you will be sent a promo code and special registration link to use to register with OWHE. PCOSW cannot reimburse people for registrations that have already been paid. For questions, contact pcosw@oregonstate.edu.

ADA30 Celebratory Symposium: The OSU Americans with Disabilities Act 30th (ADA30) Anniversary Committee is presently accepting proposals for the ADA30 Celebratory Symposium to be held remotely in May 2021. Campus and community members are encouraged to submit proposals for workshops, posters, artist talks, and other session types on a wide array of disability-related topics by Dec. 1. For more information about ADA30 and the Symposium, including proposal submission details, please visit https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ada30/.

DEI In the News

Indigenous peoples, in Oregon and beyond, are decolonizing maps (OPB News)
Natchee Barnd, an associate professor of ethnic studies at OSU, co-wrote the essay. It introduces a collection highlighting Indigenous map work being done in North America and elsewhere.

Extension in the News

Local U-Pick Farm Experiences Monster Tomato Crop 
The Source Weekly
At Oregon State University’s Extension service, Clare Sullivan, Small Farms and Specialty Crops Extension Agent for Central Oregon, admits that wholesale is a risky business.

Smoke worries: West Coast wine industry grapples with tainted grapes
Capital Press
“It was a difficult pivot to make, but at the same time it was sort of an emergency situation,” Tomasino said. “OSU has a very strong extension aspect.”

In gratitude: From our gardens, much to be thankful for
The Bulletin
For the OSU Extension Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver programs, their leadership and the education programs available to the public through Zoom classes, meetings and websites.

Navajo County Cooperative Extension promotes 4-H
White Mountain Independent
Indicators of thriving youth can be demonstrated by reaching development outcomes including the following: academic achievement and motivation, social competence, high personal standards, contribution to others, connection with others, and personal responsibility according to Mary Arnold, author who developed the Thriving Model at Oregon State University.

Christmas: COVID ‘Grinch’ on Christmas tree sales
The Chief
The COVID-19 impact will affect the estimated multimillion Oregon Christmas tree sales and operations, according to Oregon State University Extension Service Christmas tree specialist professor Chal Landgren.

Pine needles can be composted
The Record-Courier
Some people think that pine needles make a soil pH so acid that plants will be damaged. Actually, according to Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler, that is a myth.

Pacific Northwest youth to explore ag in new ways
Western Farmer-Stockman
Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs and the SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) program are partnering with the OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program to implement an innovative Agriculture Distance Education Toolkit.