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

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 ( 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 benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact

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,

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 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.

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