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,

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 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

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

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.

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