In this week’s issue:

Professional Development Fund

Next Application Deadline — May 1, 2021

The next quarterly deadline for Extension Professional Development Funds is May 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.
  • Exciting Update related to the amount currently in the endowment!

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: http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4353
  • 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.

New Employees and New Positions

Teagan Moran, Benton, Ag Small Farms Coordinator (Promotion)

Maria Zamora Re, Campus, Biological & Ecological Engineering Extension, Assistant Professor-Water Irrigation

In Memoriam

In 1967, Lloyd Wayne Martin began working in Corvallis, Oregon as Extension Specialist for Oregon State University.  In 1970, Lloyd moved to Canby, Oregon and worked as Superintendent of North Willamette Experiment Station in Aurora until 1992. Obituary is here.

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, April 8 2021 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network

Friday, April 9 2021 @ 10:00 am: Child Abuse Prevention in Youth Programs Webinar

Thursday, April 15 2021 @ 10:00 am: Extension communications, informational technology and noncredit education: Orientation and refresher

Extension News and Impact Stories

Producing news and impact stories is the No. 1 priority for the Extension Communications’ 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 and Our Impact site as well, for stories that are relevant to your communities.

Do you have a story that you want to share? Contact Chris Branam, Extension Communications’ news and public issues education leader, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Creating buzz with content marketing

All of us produce content for the Extension website and other outlets, but we don’t always promote that content. This six-minute recording shows you how to build interest in your work.

Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators (EM9281) came out in June 2020, and recently earned a silver award from the national Association of Communication Excellence. How did we make sure this excellent information got noticed?

By dividing this 41-page publication into easier to read chunks, we could create infographics or short videos to promote and share with partners and during National Pollinator Week.

Here’s a pretty simple idea. Take a snapshot of just a portion of beautiful two-page table spread and post on Facebook. This reached 31,000 people and 4,065 liked or shared that content.

Another bee graphic faculty developed for the publication turned into a short “5 common bees in Oregon” video to share on the web and social media. The video provides educational content, but also is entertaining. It reached 17,000 people and had 5,800 views (and you all helped share that further).

Our takeaways – promote your work. Don’t quit once you have that PDF in your hands. Reach out to other people to help share it. And repurpose that content online by using key pieces to engage audiences. Learn more in this six-minute professional development webinar.

Want to explore your ideas directly with Extension Communications, ECTU and PACE? Join us on April 15 at 10 am for an orientation and refresher conversation.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

WorldOregon Speaker Series: The Office of Global affairs has announced the last of the lineup for the 21st Annual International Speaker Series, streaming live online. This year’s theme: Changing Course. Tom Colicchio, acclaimed restauranteur and Top Chef lead judge, is featured on Wednesday, April 7 with “Hunger, Food, & Human Rights.” To attend one of these events, or for questions, email the Office of Global Affairs.

OMSI-OSU Virtual Workshop: “How to communicate about controversial issues”: Thursday, April 8, 3-4:30 p.m., “Controversial Subjects: Don’t avoid tackling controversial issues anymore.” Participants will learn and practice strategies for writing and talking about controversial topics in a productive and hopeful way. Subjects include: framing, the power of metaphor, explanatory chains and solutions. Registration closes April 6. Register/learn more at: https://omsi.edu/science-communication-services.

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training for Staff, Faculty and Student Assistants: Students today face increasing pressures that can lead to emotional distress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. This is never more true than now with the additional stressors of police brutality, racism and a global pandemic. Visit beav.es/Zzp to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. Student assistants should visit: beav.es/ZD3. For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry: tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Portland residents create Black Resilience Fund to meet local need (OPB)
“the organization is committed to a minimal screening process, without requiring extensive paperwork or proof of income in the form of paystubs, eviction papers or bank statements. Black Portlanders, Whitten says, have long been in crisis.”

Making Higher Education A Possibility For All – An Interview with Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley (Divere Edu)
“Growing up in Southeast Los Angeles, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley never thought that the struggles he had faced and overcome in his youth would bring him on a path to leading the largest college system in the country. As the 2021 recipient of the Diverse Champions Award, Oakley joins us in this episode to talk about his approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education.”

Extension in the News

OSU’s FRSAN Looking To Address Growing Problem Of Mental Health In Farming Community
Pacific Northwest Ag Network
OSU Extension’s Cassie Bouska said currently there’s a stigma associated with mental health in the farming community that needs to be overcome.

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.
Pew Charitable Trusts
“We’re scratching our heads over this trying to address the need from the fire,” said Glenn Ahrens, a forester with the Oregon State University extension service.

Lane County garden resources: A primer and a planner for planting season
The Register-Guard
“It’s definitely good to do a little research as to timing, bed prep, when and how to fertilize,” OSU Commercial and Community Horticulture specialist Erica Chernoh said. “There’s a lot of information available.”

Clackamas County Fairgrounds hosts drive-thru inoculations
Volunteers from the Oregon State University Extension Service helped guide a steady stream of cars and pedestrians through the process.

OSU Extension Offers Regular Fire Season Preps
Jefferson Public Radio
Oregon State University’s Extension Service is getting a head start, offering “Fire Aware. Fire Prepared” webinars on alternate Wednesdays through the spring.

Why More Gardeners are Starting to Grow Native Plants
Greenhouse Grower sat down with Gail Langellotto, professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, to see why native plants and pollinators have begun to trend with gardeners.

If You’re New Here: Gardening In The High Desert 
The Source Weekly
Oregon State University Extension Service in Deschutes County has a host of resources designed to help people grow and preserve food, including its “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon” video class, a one-hour tutorial.

Gardening trivia returns at the Klamath County Library
Herald and News
Nicole Sanchez – an assistant professor in horticulture at the extension center and a favorite recurring guest speaker at the library – will test trivia skills in a variety of topics on Thursday, April 15, with a focus on cold season vegetables; and Thursday, April 29, with a focus on warm season vegetables; both at 7 p.m.

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