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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 benefits please visit the University Human Resources website here.

Questions?  Please contact

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

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,

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 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

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

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.

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