In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Congratulations to the following list of Oregon ESP Members selected to present at the ESP National Conference Monday, October 5, 2020 – Thursday, October 8, 2020 in Rochester, New York

Concurrent Sessions
Shana Withee The 100 BEST Travel Tips
Sam Angima USA/China Small and Family Farms Blended Learning and Teaching Exchange
Susan Busler Taking That 1st STEP to Get Involved in 4-H

Poster Presentations
Katie Ahern Outreach and Education Increases Physical Activity
Susan Busler Can you DYG it? Dallas Youth Garden
Shana Withee Be Prepared, Reduce Risk – Extension First Aid Kit
Deb Warnock Productive Communication in the Workplace

Re-opening Signage

Re-opening signage created by University Marketing for OSU and Extension offices is now available. Spanish versions of the signage are being created and will be available soon.

Signs include:

  • Stay safe poster (which also can be made into a pull-up banner)
  • Enter and exit only signs and maximum occupancy posters for classrooms and conference rooms
  • Bathroom mirror hand washing reminder (which can be made into a mirror cling)
  • Floor sticker and window safe distance poster/window cling reminders

Use the PDF  to print items with office printers, share with local print companies, and/or order from OSU Printing and Mailing (P&M). P&M is ready to respond quickly to fulfill orders for posters, window and mirror clings and banners.

Face Coverings for Extension Employees

In support of the university’s efforts to keep employees, learners and communities safe and healthy, Extension administration is providing two reusable face coverings to each Extension employee. Distribution logistics are still being worked out, but we anticipate that OSU-branded face coverings will be shipped to Extension locations the week of June 22. (Some offices ordered additional face coverings for volunteers and others; we anticipate these will be included in the same shipment as the employee face coverings.)

EESC is coordinating with office managers on this initiative. If additional supplies are needed, work with your office manager. As a reminder, here is OSU’s face covering policy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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.

2019-2020 OSU Extension Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to the following OSU Extension faculty for their promotion effective July 1, 2020! Their promotion follows rigorous analysis of their dossiers by peers and administration at several levels of the University, as well as external reviewers. We applaud their success and take pride in the accomplishments of our Extension faculty. Honorees are highlighted on the Faculty Excellence website.

Promoted to Senior Instructor II:
Tim Stock, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture

Promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant II:
Michaella Sektnan, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Promoted to Associate Professor of Practice:
Brooke Edmunds, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Amy Garrett, College of Agricultural Sciences, Horticulture
Daniel Leavell, College of Forestry, Forest Engineering, Resources and Management

Promoted to Associate Professor with indefinite tenure:
Sergio Arispe, College of Agricultural Sciences, Animal and Rangeland Sciences
Jeremiah Dung, College of Agricultural Sciences, Botany and Plant Pathology
Rory McDonnell, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Amber Moore, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Leigh Torres, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife

Promoted to Professor:
Sam Angima, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Guillermo Giannico, College of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Wildlife
Andrew Hulting, College of Agricultural Sciences, Crop and Soil Science
Patricia Case, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Biological and Population Health Sciences
David White, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8418, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Apples: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in apple orchards.

EM 9289, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators
Andony Melathopoulos, Neil Bell, Signe Danler, Amy Jo Detweiler, Iris Kormann, Gail A. Langelloto-Rhodaback, Nicole Sanchez, Heather Stoven, Dave Smitley
New. The way we garden and manage the landscapes of the Northwest can help promote the health of bees, butterflies and other insects. Homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and volunteer groups all can work to attract a wide range of pollinators to their properties. This guide offers detailed plant lists, garden designs and advice on creating pollinator habitat. Once plants are in the ground, learn to keep them healthy without exposing pollinating insects to pesticides that are toxic to them.

PNW 660, Integrated Management of Feral Rye in Winter Wheat
Drew J. Lyon, Andrew G. Hulting, Judit Barroso, and Joan M. Campbell
Feral rye (Secale cereale L.), also known as volunteer rye, is a troublesome weed in winter wheat production in the low- and intermediate-rainfall zones of eastern Washington and Oregon and southern Idaho. This publication describes the plant and provides recommendations for its management in winter wheat. Color photographs are included to facilitate identification.

Thank you Experts!

Due to the pandemic, we have had record volume in our Ask an Expert system. Only Colorado and Texas get more questions than we do. With our great success we want to make sure no one is getting overwhelmed or stressed. First, check your tags. If you are getting questions out of the geographic area you want, there is a tag for that. If you are getting strange questions that you have no clue about, check your tags. Finally, if you aren’t sure why you are being assigned certain questions drop Kym Pokorny or Sandy Reichhuber a line and we will be glad to look at your settings. Please know that if you feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break and mark yourself out for a few days. We appreciate all of you and how you have stepped up to the plate with all the stay-at-home, first-time gardeners, as well as all the usual seasonal questions.

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:

Tuesday, June 9 @ 3:00 pm: Habla Español – Spanish Practice
Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, June 11 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network (monthly meeting)
Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

No new resource this week but review our top three:

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Extension Implicit Bias Conversation: June 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE to receive connection information

The COVID 19 pandemic positions OSU’s Extension as leaders while communities navigate persistent and complex changes, often with attending negative impacts. How do we inform and prepare as faculty to respond most effectively to these challenges?

If we pay attention to the research, we know that implicit bias is real and that it can most readily be seen in vulnerable decision points, such as when we are especially pressed or when the options are ambiguous. As a follow up to an Extension leadership team’s reading of Jennifer Eberhardt’s book Biased and Jane’s recent Life@OSU interview, join SJEI Director Jane Waite and Extension Leaders for a robust interactive discussion on implicit bias, why mitigation is important and strategies for achieving best outcomes. The event will be an open discussion format, where questions from participants will drive the conversation. Contact jane.waite@oregonstate.edu with any questions prior to the event.

Habla Español – Zoom Spanish Practice
Tuesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. Join this 30 minute session to learn or brush up on your Spanish speaking skills by practicing with others. Hosted by Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator. Join via Zoom or Add to calendar

Racial Equity Challenge Resources (Food Systems New England)
A wide variety of resources (general and specifically related to Food Systems), including curriculum materials, media/reading reccomendations for adults and children, and toolkits for outreach and implementation.

DEI In the News

Report: To Ensure Equity, Prioritize CARES Act Aid for Public Colleges (Diverse Edu)
While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout higher education, a report from the Center for American Progress advocates that public colleges and universities deserve the largest allotment of aid to ensure that racial and economic inequalities don’t deepen.

Along With COVID, Racial Trauma Takes Extra Mental Toll on African Americans (NBC NY)
The protests breaking out nationwide, and even across the world, in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, are demonstrations of empowerment, anger, sadness, fear and depression, a result of racism against black Americans that has been simmering for decades.

Extension in the News

Oregon forest and ocean conservation, businesses suffer during pandemic
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kristopher Elliott, Outdoor School Program Leader for Oregon State University Extension, said school closures and cancellation of school trips meant that about 14,000 sixth-graders were unable to attend Outdoor School.

Oregon Garden Challenge: Free seeds and ongoing information to grow healthy food at home
The Oregonian
What’s the challenge? To plant different seeds, either ones you have or you receive from OSU Extension’s Food Hero team, and improve Oregon’s healthy food supply.

OSU Extension, Tillamook County Family YMCA hold Essentials Drive
Tillamook Headlight herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service in Tillamook and the Tillamook County Family YMCA are excited to announce a countywide effort to collect and distribute household essentials to food pantries and other sites June 1-19.

Food distribution event a trial run for future events
Argus Observer
Oregon State University Extension participated in the event.

U-pick farms reopening with safety features
Capital Press
Experts at the Oregon State University Extension Service say the additional practices will look different on each farm.

OSU Extension’s Food Hero to distribute 80,000 seeds as part of garden challenge
The News-Review
The Food Hero team at Oregon State University Extension Service is offering Oregonians a unique opportunity to grow vegetables and fruits at home.

Smart scouting for little cherry disease
Good Fruit Grower
New training materials are now available from WSU and OSU Extension, including fliers and booklets of symptoms.

How a break in the nation’s food supply caused regional food companies to soar
PBS News Hour
This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Food Hero cooking classes go online and are a big hit. The videos, between six and 12 minutes long, walk participants through simple, nutritious recipes, such as a broccoli and beef stir fry or the Popeye Power Smoothie. Each recipe comes from the Food Hero website, where the Extension Service provides free, healthy recipes searchable by what ingredients families have on hand.

Congratulations on your National ESP Award!

Mid-Career Service Award –Patricia Skinkis
Early Career Service Award –Emily Henry
Administrative Leadership Award –Lindsey Shirley
International Service Award- Sam Angima
Diversity Multicultural Individual- Mario Magana

https://epsilonsigmaphi.wildapricot.org/2020-National-Award-Winners

Operation Pallet Drop

Last week, at 18 distribution sites across the state, Oregon State University Extension Service employees worked side by side with the Oregon Army National Guard to sort, load and deliver personal protective equipment earmarked for agricultural producers and farmworkers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The initiative – part of Oregon’s $30 million investment to secure the state’s food supply chain and protect essential agricultural workers – resulted in the distribution of 915,000 N95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in all 36 counties. It was a collaborative effort of OSU Extension, the Guard, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.

Congratulations to those involved. There was significant media coverage, including:

Clackamas
OSU Extension serves as mask distribution site
Oregon National Guard distributes PPE to farmers across the state

Deschutes
State provides free PPE to agricultural businesses

Douglas
National Guard joins effort to hand out masks for farm workers at Oregon Serigraphics Thursday

Jackson
Ag Workers Prepare For Harvest Season Amid Pandemic
NATIONAL GUARD HELPS GIVE PPE TO FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Lincoln
National Guard delivery

 Linn
OSU Extension helps farm workers stay safe
FARMERS FACE BUSY SEASON WITH NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

Marion
In bid to protect workers, Oregon ag department hands out free masks, sanitizer
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard, OSU extension distribute masks to farmers
Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet

Washington
National Guard hands out PPE to Oregon farmers ahead of harvest

Virtual Extension Resources

The Virtual Extension resources on the employee intranet include our best how-to tips for delivering remote programming, and interviews with Extension faculty and staff on their lessons learned. As we plan to enter a new phase, Virtual Extension resources can help you blend remote and in-person programming.

Newly added information:

Welcome New and Promoted Employees

Emily Blume, Administrative Office Manager, Lincoln County
Carrie Berger, Forestry & Natural Resources Fire Extension Program Manager
Sarah Contreras, 4-H Education Program Assistant, Marion County
Daniel Jones, FCH Education Program Assistant,  Crook County,

Online Training for Extension Volunteers: Feedback needed!

Do you manage, train or work with Extension volunteers? If so, your insights are needed for a new online training for Extension volunteers that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Please join us on June 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn more about the goals of the training and to provide feedback that will shape its development. Register now to receive connection information.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8419, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Peaches: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in peach orchards of the Willamette Valley.

PNW 737, Building resilience through engagement: Brenda and Tony Richards – Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest
Sonia A. Hall, Tipton Hudson, K. Scott Jensen, J. Shannon Neibergs, Matthew Reeves, Georgine Yorgey, Emily Jane Davis
New. This publication is part of the Rancher-to-Rancher Case Study Series: Increasing resilience among ranchers in the Pacific Northwest.

PNW 742, Revenue Sources for a Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. Pollination services and honey production are the primary revenue sources for a beekeeping business based in the Pacific Northwest. Those starting a beekeeping operation should focus on two to three revenue sources initially and diversify after gaining experience. This publication provides information for formulating a production plan and estimating sales for a PNW-based beekeeping business.

PNW 743, Operational Equipment Expenses for Commercial Beekeeping Operation in the Pacific Northwest
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New. When developing a business plan for a commercial beekeeping operation, a beekeeper must plan for honey production. Even if other income sources, such as pollination or nucleus/package/queen sales, are expected to be the primary revenue stream, honey bees almost always make honey in the PNW. The amount of honey will vary from year to year, but a plan for processing and selling honey is essential. The supplemental material includes two informational graphics that describe two forms of honey and wax extraction—the spinning method and the slurry method.

PNW 744, Beekeeping Equipment Expenses: Woodenware and Other Components
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Woodenware for a typical honey bee colony includes vertically stackable boxes with removable frames, a bottom board, lid and a queen excluder. The most common design is Langstroth equipment. Langstroth colony configuration varies widely among beekeepers but is generally standardized within an operation for ease of transport, storage and management.

PNW 745, Honey Bee Colony Maintenance Expenses: Supplemental Feed, Requeening and Medication.
Ellen Topitzhofer, Carolyn Breece, Dan Wyns, Ramesh Sagili
New.Success in pollination, honey production and other aspects of a beekeeping business depends on honey bee health. Strong, thriving colonies require many inputs from the beekeeper, including feed (carbohydrates and protein), medications and new queens when necessary.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up! Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom June 11th at noon to discuss what you need to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. Follow this link to join in the conversation and idea sharing: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93498246542

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:

Tuesday, June 2 @ 3:00 pm: Microsoft OneNote Basics
Wednesday, June 3 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s the two year anniversary of the Extension website launch. This week’s Navigator post includes two short videos that show the cool features of the web’s content management system, and other tips and reminders for frequently asked questions.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

DEI Response to COVID-19: From Principles to Action: On June 4, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Dr. Charlene Alexander, OSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer, hosts a conversation on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the time of COVID-19 with a distinguished group of leaders on this important topic.  Speakers include Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost for Diversity and Engagement and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in the University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gullatt along with Chief Diversity Officers from the University of California developed guiding Principles on Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19. Panelists will consider the application of DEI principles in their work, lived experiences and identify ways to move from thought to action. Click HERE to Register.

InclusiveExcellence@OSU: IE@OSU is a professional development program for STEM faculty to understand and confront inequities in STEM education. The IE@OSU team is recruiting interested faculty for the Fall 2020 cohort of Fellows. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Academy is shifting to a virtual format, which will take place over the course of Fall term. More information about the program can be found here. If you are interested in participating, please click here to complete a short survey; deadline to indicate interest is Friday, June 5. Please contact program coordinator Ann Sitomer with any questions.

DEI In the News

OSU President Ray addresses George Floyd killing (The Corvallis Advocate)
On Sunday, Oregon State University President Ed Ray released a statement concerning the George Floyd killing, and his views concerning policing.

Family Equity Story Series: The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections. As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. These are their stories

Extension in the News

Keeping wearing your face masks to the grocery store, but you don’t need to have it on in the car
Salem Reporter
Yolanda Rodriguez, of Oregon State University Extension, poses for a photo in her mask on Wednesday, May 27 at a mask distribution event for farmworkers and the agricultural sector.

With fairs canceled, 4-H and FFA contenders face uncertain futures with livestock, competitions
Salem Reporter
Melanie McCabe, Marion County 4-H coordinator, is working with 4-H clubs and the county fair coordinators to create a virtual space for everything from breeding animal and market livestock classes to home economics and arts classes.

Getting set for a virtual auction
The Observer
“There wasn’t any other option but to go virtual,” Union County 4-H extension agent Carole Smith said, noting 4-H remains under closure orders because it is part of the university system.

‘Black Futures Farm’ grows food, fosters community
East PDX News
This particular location is ideal, Hill observed, because partners at the site include Portland State University, the Oregon State University Extension Service, Portland Public Schools, and the Multnomah County Master Gardeners program.

Easy Tips to Grow Your Best Garden
Consumer Reports
First, make a seed starter with compost, peat moss, and a drainage aid like perlite, using this recipe from Oregon State University.

Legal Ledger Brief: New resource for grazing management
Western Livestock Journal
Oregon State University Extension has developed a resource to assist livestock producers seeking to improve their pasture and grazing management.

In this week’s issue:

Training Update–Staying Safe in the Workplace

Last week you received updates on the OSU Extension office opening approval process during the Quarterly Conversation.  You can access the materials and resources that were presented during that session at the this website.

One of the core tasks that needs to be completed by OSU Extension employees (as outlined in the plan on slide 10) is a COVID-19 awareness training.  A team of FCH Program faculty have taken a lead role in developing the materials that are included in the training.  A special thank you to Dusti Linnell, Barbara Brody, Tracy Wilson, and Roberta Riportella.  You will notice that we are using a unique system for this training—this has provided us an easy, customizable format for quickly designing, developing, and deploying the training.  Further, we are able to confirm the completion of the training immediately.

You can access the training by clicking on this link.

This training will need to be completed before re-entering an OSU Extension Office.  Please note, completion of this training is only one step in the multi-step process.  Your supervisory team will provide other details as necessary.  Once you click on the link, you will be prompted to enter the system and I will receive a notification.  Your progress is automatically tracked.  A certificate of completion is generated for your records.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  All the best, Lindsey

Extension newsletter templates now available for MailChimp

Newsletter are a good way to convey information and create engagement with your audiences. Three Extension newsletter templates are now available for MailChimp. You will find the links in a document residing in the Marketing Templates, Tools and Inspiration/Newsletter Templates Box folder. Next up? Similar templates for Constant Contact. Look for those in June.

To learn about newsletter best practices, read the Email newsletter best practices you need to know blog post. And there was a professional development session recorded on May 21 you’ll want to watch about “CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!” Newsletters recorded video

If you would like guidance on converting your current newsletter to the new format, please contact Ann Marie Murphy.

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

Let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Friday, May 29 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

It’s been a month since each county had a template “online resources and activities” focus area added to your county pages to show all that Extension is doing. Now is the time to select more recent resources and news to feature! Go into the edit screen, scroll down to the two “custom content lists,” click edit and remove what is there. Then click the “Select Content” button to see the chronological list of latest content on the site, and pick three new resources to add.

While we are on a path to reopening, people in your communities still need to know what resources there are to support them with essentials like summer meals or financial or health assistance. On May 1, a COVID-19 focus area template was pushed out to all counties, and so far only a handful have filled in your local information and published it. Please take steps to find this in your county office group (when logged in) and complete by the end of May.

Questions? Contact https://beav.es/extension-support to request a 1-on-1 Zoom meeting.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Celebrate API Heritage Month in community: Storytelling brings communities closer. In a time that calls for increased support and compassion, join together with friends for a live webcast and celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In this TED style talk, hear the stories of alumni and students that center the power of humility, connection and resiliency in the API community. May 27, 6-7:30 p.m. Online live webcast. Register at osualum.com/API-talk.

Women of Color Caucus Mental Health Summit: Storytelling and expanding your mental health toolkit. May 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Keynote by Charlene Martinez of Student Experiences and Engagement, panel with speakers from OSU and other institutions, and mental health workshops by licensed therapists including Shaznin Daruwalla from CAPS. Registration here with refundable fee: http://tinyurl.com/YC7287Q2

DEI In the News

Why Flexibility in Credit Transfers Is Crucial for Equity in a Post-COVID-19 World (Diverse Edu)
“We understand that curriculum is in the hands of faculty, but we have to be as compassionate and flexible as possible. We have to think about what students are going through.”

Who Paid for America’s Universities (NY Times Opinion)
“The University of Idaho, for instance, got started with 90,000 acres that had been taken from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Schitsu’umsh, the Te Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and the Nez Percé tribe between 1855 and 1873.” 

Extension in the News

These 3 Common Gardening Mistakes Cause Harm to the Environment, Say Experts
Better Homes & Gardens
“In the not too distant past, the garden that many people aspired to have was one that was free of insects,” says Gail Langellotto, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. “Now many people, including me, view these types of gardens as biological dead zones,” she adds.

Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
High Country News
Right now, it’s time to “make hay while the sun shines,” said Rebecca Thistlethwaite, an agricultural extension agent for Oregon State University and the director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network.

Seafood industry seeks to weather coronavirus
The Astorian
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension, associated with Oregon State University, hopes to track and document the impacts of the coronavirus on Oregon’s seafood industry.

That’s no drone! Humble honey bees thriving in Bend
The Bulletin
Tracy Wilson, agricultural literacy coordinator for the Oregon State University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, said her office has received several calls from concerned citizens asking if the Western cicada killer wasps seen last summer were actually the murder hornets.

Lost River wins $10,000 Farm to School grant: Grant will help fund programs to grow food for Merrill, Malin, Lost River cafeterias
Herald and News
All schools in the Klamath County School District participate in Farm to School programs in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots: National Recognition for Juntos and EESC

Congrats to the Juntos team, Jeff Sherman, Gina Galaviz-Yap, Nicole Strong, Andrea Flores, Anna Browne, Amy Young, Christina Diaz-Toledo, Jose Garcia, and Monse Alegria for receiving the Western Region Directors Award for Excellence.

Members of Extension and Experiment Station Communications received several awards from the national Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) for work done on behalf of OSU Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The awards will be presented at the June virtual ACE Conference.

  • Gold award in Media Relations, News Release: Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows. Chris Branam
  • Gold award in Electronic Media, Video for Promotional, Recruitment, and Fundraising Products: Out There Video. Ann Marie Murphy, David Baker and Darryl Lai
  • Silver award in the Interactive Multimedia & Web Graphics: OPEnSampler – an interactive water-sampling instrument. Alan Dennis
  • Silver award in Marketing : OSU Extension Service Grocery Tote. Ann Marie Murphy, Erik Simmons and Pete Petryszak
  • Bronze award in Media Relations, News Release: Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows. Chris Branam

Quarterly Conversation

The May 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):

A PDF of the presentation slides  and details of the Director’s Coin presentations are available for download.

OSU Extension Reopening Plans

As part of OSU’s resumption planning, OSU Extension is developing plans to resume in-person programming and enable a gradual restart of on-site work and activities statewide over the summer.

    • See OSU Extension’s reopening plan, including a county status map.
    • Find county office signage templates for baseline and phase 1 on the OSU Extension COVID-19 resource page, in the “COVID-19 communication toolkit and templates” section.
    • EESC will manage county website alerts (top banner) centrally as offices are approved to move to a different phase.
    • University Marketing is working on a university-wide toolkit that will include safe distancing floor stickers and more. The kit is expected to be available in early June.

May is Wildfire Preparedness Month

May is wildfire preparedness month and there are several online opportunities for people to start thinking about the upcoming fire season across eastern Oregon agricultural lands. There is a free online Agricultural Wildfire Course at: https://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=1842. The course covers how to develop emergency action plans, powerline and fireline safety, defensible space, fire control, and fire behavior. This course provides training that meets the new annual Ag Wildfire refresher requirement from Oregon OSHA for producers with employees who may need to suppress wildfires on their operation.

In addition, there is an upcoming webinar that will be also be recorded and available via YouTube at https://beav.es/42a.

      • May 21st, 5-6:30 pm, An Evening of Fire Preparedness for Eastern Oregon Agriculture Producers. Join OSU Professionals Jacob Powell, Chris Schachtschneider, Jordan Maley, and Dustin Johnson online as they discuss fire preparedness in crops, CRP, and rangelands. In addition, the current fuel outlook, the use of livestock, and how to map and inventory fire resources will be covered. Register at: https://beav.es/42s

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories is the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 8328, 2020 Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Learn how to control insects, weeds and disease during each stage of hazelnut growth.

EM 8329, 2020 Pest Management Guide for Cherries: Willamette Valley
Nik Wiman, Jay W. Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti
Revised. Recommendations for insect, mite and disease control in cherry orchards of the Willamette Valley.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here. Please let Victor Villegas know what sessions you would like to see offered and what you would like to present in June. Sessions for this week are:

      • Tuesday, May 19 @ 2:00 pm: ¿Hablas Español? – Learn basic Spanish
      • Wednesday, May 20 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
      • Thursday, May 21 @ 11:00 am: CTAs, CTRs, CMS, oh my! Let’s talk newsletters!
      • Friday, May 22 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity (45 mins)

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

Many persistent myths about how visitors use websites have sprung up since the web’s inception. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few and use research and data from the field and the Extension website to determine whether or not they have a basis in reality.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Webinar: Serving Students with Basic Needs Insecurities During COVD 19
May 20, 2020 10:00 AM. The current research on underserved students in community colleges identifies acute basic needs insecurities as persistent barriers that threaten their health, wellbeing, and likelihood of success. In this webinar, the presenters will highlight patterns of acute basic needs insecurities that emerged from data collected via the Community College Success Measure and focus groups with community college students.

Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund Under IRS Code Section 139: In collaboration with the OSU Foundation, Oregon State University is offering emergency financial assistance grants through the OSU Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund. The purpose of this fund is to help regular classified and unclassified employees in our university community with unexpected needs during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. All classified staff, professional faculty and academic/research faculty are eligible regardless of service time or FTE. An individual must be actively employed on the date of grant distribution. Read more about the details of the program here. Student hourly employees, graduate assistants, and stipend recipients (e.g., fellows) are not eligible. There are separate programs for students located here: https://financialaid.oregonstate.edu/covid-19.

DEI In the News

Missouri’s 4-H youth provide company to seniors (Missourian)
Missouri 4-H youth volunteers have launched a pilot program to provide comfort to elderly members of their communities who are experiencing social isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts Provide Mental Health Tips Amid Pandemic-Related Stressors (Diverse Edu)
Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has uprooted the lives of people around the world. With social distancing policies and stay at home orders in place across the country, schools and businesses have transitioned to remote learning and work. The changes and uncertainties of the pandemic have negatively affected the mental health of young people and adults in the United States.

Extension in the News

OSU Extension creates youth education web page for families and educators
KTVZ
The youth education resources page on Extension’s website provides research-based lessons and activities for Oregon’s families, said Anita Azarenko, OSU’s interim vice provost for extension and engagement and director of the Extension Service.

Oregon 4-H, FFA members stay busy despite fairs closing
Capital Press
Marilyn Lesmeister, 4-H program leader for Oregon State University Extension Service, said counties are exploring their options. Virtual livestock shows and auctions are nothing new, but can be expensive to hire production crews and judges willing to evaluate animals on screens, rather than in person.

Harvest will bring unique challenges
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University Extension Agent Ashley Thompson said somewhere between 4,500 and 6,000 people will come to Wasco County for cherry harvest, expected to begin June 6.

Oregon hasn’t seen Asian giant hornets yet
The Madras Pioneer
The Asian giant hornet should not be confused with either the Pacific cicada killer, Sphecius convallis, or the Western cicada killer, Sphecius grandis, wasps that are native to the western United States. There were many sightings in Jefferson and Crook counties that were reported to the local Oregon State University Extension offices and the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras.

A Practical Guide to Starting a Pandemic Garden
Willamette Week
“Don’t lose heart,” says Weston Miller, a faculty member for Oregon State University’s Extension Service who runs the master gardener program for the Portland metro area. “Even people who are experienced vegetable gardeners run into problems, too, because we’re at the whims of weather and pests.”

UVAA uses art kits, social media to stay connected with the community during pandemic
The News-Review
The fourth week brought an opportunity to partner with Oregon State University Extension Program and Douglas County School Garden Hub for art and gardening lessons.

Prepare for preserving
Democrat-Herald
The Oregon State University Extension Service is your best starting point for up to date, reliable and safe information.

Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
Guest column by Chip Bubl.

‘The Fire Within’: North Bend library to host health webinar online
KMTR
“Stephanie Polizzi of the Oregon State University Extension Service will show how we can fight chronic inflammation and disease with simple food choices,” the Library said in a news release.

High-tech, gardening go online: Wasco Extension 4-H STEM classes go online, sewing and gardening added
Hood River News
Lu Seapy, Oregon State University Extension’s 4-H youth development STEM educator in Wasco County, tends to stay busy.

Texts, College Talk Tuesdays keep Juntos families informed
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
When the COVID-19 pandemic forces mass cancellations of large gatherings in Oregon, the folks who run Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service’s Juntos program knew they had to act fast and shift their strategy.

Coos County Fair, 4-H uncertain with continued suspension of social gatherings
KCBY
4-H Youth Development Coordinator Elissa Wells says they’re keeping health and safety in mind and finding ways to continue the educational program, such as through Zoom call presentations and judging.

Deschutes County 4-H and FFA feel impacts of fair cancellation
KTVZ
Candi Bothum, Oregon State Extension 4-H statewide animal science coordinator, said planning is for 4-H youth to display their animals virtually.

In this week’s issue:

Time-saving tips for promoting content

Did you miss the May 4 professional development webinar about Time-saving tips for promoting your content, or haven’t had an opportunity to view the recording? Take note of these top three tips and tools highlights.

  1. Save time producing newsletters and social media by reusing existing content. The new content bank (log in at bottom of the page) provide ready-made blurbs and images to use.
  2. Build an editorial calendar to save you time.  Blocking out time each month to create that month’s editorial calendar will save you time day-to-day. Use these calendar templates to plan in advance what you promote so it’s timely information and ready to go.
  3. Keep an eye out for new or popular resources to quickly select and feature on your webpages. The “Select content” feature on Extension webpages helps you filter for and add existing content easily to a page.  

New Extension youth education resources webpage, flyer

Extension now has two new tools at their fingertips to share the breadth and depth of our programming for children. For the first time, all of Extension’s educational resources for youth can be found on one webpage on the Extension website. The “youth portal” is the result of a partnership between EESC and Extension youth faculty and staff to provide a single stop for families and educators who are seeking research-based, hands-on education for children. The materials are organized by subject areas and grade levels, in addition to links to Extension’s youth programs, the 4-H Central Weekly Booklet (Folleto Semanal) and a fitness program, among other things.

All of Extension’s youth programming is also featured in a flyer that can be shared with schools and stakeholders.  English and Spanish versions of the flyer are being finalized and will be available this week in the Extension COVID-19 communication toolkit. We encourage all faculty and staff to promote these resources on their social media accounts and in their newsletters.

Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

PNW 214-S, La congelación de frutas y verduras
Tonya Johnson, Jeanne Brandt
Revised. La congelación es un método sencillo y rápido para conservar los alimentos. Con las condiciones óptimas, se conservan bien los nutrientes, el sabor y la textura de los alimentos.

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

Extension News Stories

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past 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.

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:
Tuesday, May 12 @ 1:00 pm: Local Media Relations
Add to calendar
Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tracy Tracy, Klamath County; and Kym Hamann, Tillamook County. Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 9:00 am: Digital Measures: Reporting Isolated program Delivery
Add to calendar
Presented by: Linda Brewer, Senior Faculty Research Assistant. Session Audience: Faculty
Join via Zoom
Wednesday, May 13 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Add to calendar
Presented by: Lindsey Shirley, University Extension & Engagement Associate Provost
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom
Thursday, May 14 @ 12:00 pm: Extension Teaching Network
Add to calendar
Presented by: Mary Halbleib, CSS, Gordon Jones, SOREC, Cassie Bouska, Coos and Curry County Extension
Session Audience: Staff and faculty that engage in the design, instruction or evaluation of education programs
Join via Zoom
Friday, May 15 @ 1:00 pm: Social media: OSU best practices and policies
Add to calendar
Presented by: Chris Branam, EESC; Tanya Randhawa, social media coordinator, University Relations and Marketing
Session Audience: All Staff and Faculty
Join via Zoom

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

STEP AWAY FROM THE CAPS-LOCK KEY: Five questions to ask yourself before you use that acronym in this week’s blog.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Open Educational Resources online workshops
The OSU Open Educational Resources Unit is hosting a series of virtual workshops this month on how to find or create no-cost and low-cost learning materials. Topics include implementing affordable learning materials to save students money (May 12 and 14); reviewing and becoming familiar with open textbooks (May 19); and the Creative Commons licensing process (May 22). Learn more about each workshop and register today.

Virtual event: Valuing Diversity in Teams
Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Register now.

Access At Home Conference: May 27-29
Struggling with the shift to virtual environments? You’re not alone. ACCESS at Home will provide professionals with tools to navigate virtual accessibility confidently during uncertain times. Learn from accessibility professionals in a variety of industries about how to make your websites, communications, and videos accessible. View the agenda and register here.

DEI In the News

How to Respond to Racial Microaggressions When They Occur (Diverse Edu)
Over the last decade, there has been a significant rise in awareness among educators and the public about racial microaggressions. Coined by Chester Pierce in the 1970’s, racial microaggressions are the subtle forms of racism that are communicated to people of color through messages that degrade and demean them.

3 Ideas to Reduce Educational Disparities Post-Pandemic (The Chronicle)
“Well-resourced schools should really step up and do everything they can to help the larger ecosystem, not only their own institutions.”

For Latinos and Covid-19, Doctors Are Seeing an ‘Alarming’ Disparity (NY Times)
Public health experts say Latinos may be more vulnerable to the virus as a result of the same factors that have put minorities at risk across the country.

Extension in the News

Asian Giant Hornets unlikely this season, beekeepers remain on alert
KOBI
Risa Halpin, president of the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association, spoke with her contacts at the Oregon State University Extension Service in Corvallis to find out more about what they’re dealing with. The public is asked to keep an eye out and report any potential sightings to the local OSU Extension office as well.

HAREC research could boost blueberry production in Eastern Oregon
Hermiston Herald
Scott Lukas is one of many researchers at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center who help area growers refine their craft.

Pear growers beat some COVID-19 impacts
Mail Tribune
Many orchards rely on the federal H2A program that brings out-of-country workers to the valley, houses them and then returns them home, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Stay Home, Get Dirty
Eugene Weekly
During the COVID-19 crisis, people are worried about having access to food, says Erica Chernoh, a horticulture specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Kids, adults learn to grow vegetables at home with free online OSU courses
The Oregonian
How’s this for convenient learning: Oregon State University Extension Service has free, online gardening courses that adults and interested older kids can access anytime.

NW Hazelnut grower seminars applaud OSU varieties, need for stinkbug research
Capital Press
The seminars applauded Oregon State University’s Hazelnut Breeding Program in establishing new varieties and OSU Hazelnut Extension’s efforts at battling the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB).

Before heading to the beach, make sure it’s open – and help keep it clean
KATU
Angee Doerr, Oregon Sea Grant Extension faculty, says we may see some changes to certain ecosystems like sand dunes, but the change depends on tourism as the months follow.

Learn how to care for, propagate houseplants through online library presentation
Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season. We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to nurture houseplants on Thursday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension to host fire prevention, awareness series
The Dalles Chronicle
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

In this week’s issue:

Extension News Stories

The news and public issues team in EESC functions as part of the “public relations” arm of OSU Extension, producing news releases and impact stories, handling media requests, monitoring media coverage, and providing media training/consulting.

Last fall, our team tried something new. In addition to news releases, we began producing news stories that are published first to the news section of the Extension website. These stories are shared on social media and pitched to specific media outlets that are likely to cover the story.

Producing news stories has become the No. 1 priority for the news team during the COVID-19 crisis, as we help you share how Extension is still actively serving communities. These stories were published over the past two weeks:

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.

Welcome Erika

In April, Extension welcomed the following employee:

  • Erika Peterson, FCH Education Program Assistant 2, Josephine County

The actions we take together have lasting power

In these uncertain times, recharge your passion and sense of purpose by connecting with and supporting your communities. Join Beavers for a variety of community-improvement projects hosted online during Oregon State’s first-ever Digital Days of Service, May 1 – 16. Join a project that sparks your passion or create your own. Encourage friends and family to join and keep the movement going by sharing your story to inspire new volunteers. Pledge to volunteer. Participants will receive a digital certificate, have their name highlighted on the Digital Days of Service website and be entered to win one of ten $25 gift cards.

Extension Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

You’re invited to the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Join Cassie Bouska, Gordon Jones, and Mary Halbleib on Zoom May 14th at noon to discuss what you seek to make your extension programs more effective and engaging. We are excited share our ideas, discuss your lesson plans, and delve into the challenges and opportunities for impactful programs. To join in the conversation and idea sharing, follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625

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:
Wednesday, May 6 @ 11:00 am: Envision Extension
Thursday, May 7 @ 10:00 am: Making Excel Your Happy Place
Friday, May 8 @ 10:30 am: Ask Anita: A weekly connection opportunity
Friday, May 8 @ 2:00 pm: Lights! Camera! Action! Gain confidence in video production

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

How do RFI forms differ from newsletter opt-in? This week’s blog explores the issue.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

Under the Blacklight Series and May 6 webinar (AAPF)
Throughout the Under the Blacklight series, host Kimberlé Crenshaw has engaged scholars, activists, and thought leaders in dialogue about how we can contextualize this time, both historically and theoretically, and how an intersectional frame shows us the particular vulnerabilities that COVID-19 puts in sharp relief. This week, the discussion turns to unpacking ways that an ideology of whiteness has become central to the American response to COVID-19.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Free Webinar

Part 1:  Will Diversity Suffer After the Budget Crisis, 10:00-10:45am
Part 2:  Remaining Unanswered Big Diversity Questions, 10:45-11:30am
Thursday, May 7, 10:00-11:30 AM. The first part of this webcast will delve into how institutions can maintain and preserve existing diversity and inclusion efforts during this crisis. Part 2 will explore the impact on diversity professionals.

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now!
See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

DEI In the News

Expansion: The Missing Link To Sustainable Diversity And Inclusion (Forbes)
Part of the struggle to embrace inclusion is that we human beings are not hardwired for it. We instinctively seek safety, stability, and similarity. Diversity and inclusion initiatives shake things up, asking people to recognize biases and become vulnerable.

MI Governor Proposes Free College For Frontline Workers (Diverse Edu)
The state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, on Wednesday proposed “Futures for Frontliners,” a program that if approved by lawmakers will be available to “essential workers” without a college degree. The program is intended to ensure “a tuition-free pathway to college.”

Extension in the News

Clatsop County Face Mask Makers delivers over 1,300 masks
Cannon Beach Gazette
After the first week, a friend of Fauver’s, Sandra Carlson, called her and asked how she could help. Carlson works for the Oregon State University Clatsop County Extension Office in Astoria. She and two other women from the office came on board.

New OSU Extension Fire Program to host fire preparedness webinars
KTVZ
Oregon State University’s new Forestry & Natural Resources Extension Fire Program will host a series of three webinars in May to promote wildfire preparedness and prevention.

OSU Extension launches Lincoln County Local Food Guide
The News Times
The Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension launched a new site last week, in an effort to connect Lincoln County residents directly with local food producers: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/lincoln/lincoln-county-local-food.

Klamath libraries take gardening lecture series online
The Herald and News
The Klamath County Libraries and the Oregon State University Extension aren’t going to let coronavirus get in the way of the 2020 gardening season! We’re taking the popular Gardening Lecture Series online with a Zoom presentation on how to grow fruit trees in the Klamath Basin on Thursday, May 7 at 10 a.m.

OSU Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active
Tillamook Headlight Herald
Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople – two Oregon State University (OSU) Family and Community Health Extension Service programs for adults – continue to help keep Oregonians staying active during the state’s stay at home order.

Column: Clatskanie Grows
The Chief
The most common calls we receive in the Extension office concern ants, either the tiny “sugar” ants, harvester ants, or carpenter ants.

For 4-H members, the show goes on
Argus Observer
Marilyn K. Lesmeister, associate professor and Oregon 4-H Program Leader, said currently 4-H activities are being conducted at home, and club members are being creative at how they conduct meetings and interact with their leaders and work with their projects.

In this week’s issue:

Virtual Extension

Some recent updates to the website include:

  • A new OSU Zoom FAQs link has been added to the Virtual Extension site. Zoom has added a number of security enhancements to help protect user data and improve the security of meetings. Please refer to the FAQs if you field questions from your learners and community partners about using OSU’s video and web or audio conferencing tool.
  • An enhanced Video and Multimedia Recommendations
  • A new case study about using Zoom to replace an in-person event.

The Virtual Extension site on the Employee Intranet complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. We are adding resources, revising guidance and sharing more case studies weekly.

The Virtual Extension team encourages your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future. Let’s talk!

Ask Anita: A new weekly connection opportunity

As shared in her April 27 email, Vice Provost Anita Azarenko invites you to join her each Friday at 10:30 a.m. for informal updates, Q&A and conversation.

The weekly chats begin this Friday, May 1, and currently run through the end of June. Find details and an “add to calendar link” on the professional development and connection opportunities page.

Typical format:
Updates from Anita (10-15 minutes)
Q&A, discussion (30 minutes)

Access restricted to ONID account users. Sessions are not recorded. No session on Friday, May 15 due to Extension & Engagement Quarterly Conversation.

Covid-19 Extension Communication Toolkit

As part of our overall strategy to communicate OSU Extension’s relevance, value and impact to Oregonians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, we are releasing a new toolkit this week to all employees. These communications support the “We’re here for you” messaging provided by University Relations and Marketing. The tools can be found in the COVID-19 Templates Box folder and are now available for use.

  • Stories about local virtual Extension efforts are being added to the News section of the Extension website
  • “We’re here for you” statement for Extension
  • Letter template for stakeholder outreach
  • Storytelling flyer template

EESC is here to help with creating statements about the virtual Extension stories you want to tell and customizing these tools for your particular needs. Please contact Ann Marie Murphy for assistance.

Professional Development Resources

Please check out the upcoming statewide professional development sessions, plenty of interesting sessions, past, present and future here.

April Issue of JOE available

The April 2020 issue of the Journal of Extension is now available. The entire issue can be accessed directly on the JOE website at www.joe.org.
Several of your colleagues were published this month! Congratulations go to:
Curious about publishing your Extension impacts in the Journal of Extension? Check out ‘Getting Published in JOE-Strategies for Success‘ and consider submitting! 

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

We want to elevate visibility and awareness of OSU Extension’s work with Oregon communities with particular focus on local and county-level impact and resilience in the face of COVID-19. We share in our blog this week about how you can show this on the county webpages.

Diversity Highlights

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

Statewide Events & Resources

TODAY: Compliance in the Classroom: Students’ experiences of college vary depending on how students perceive the institution affirms their identities and experiences in the classroom. Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services, and Equal Opportunity and Access for an informative session on equitable classroom practices to create inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. April 28, 1-2 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/98857531378 Phone Dial-In Information: +1 971 247 1195. Meeting ID: 988 5753 1378

Remote delivery of Social Justice Education workshops is happening now! See the schedule and register for Zoom workshops through summer 2020 here. The SJEI Tier One is an excellent foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information: jane.waite@oregonstate.edu

Breaking Barriers award nominations close Friday, May 1. Awards are open to anyone who identifies as a woman, and we accept nominations of faculty, staff, students and community members. Categories include: Breaking Barriers in Education, Breaking Barriers in Research, Breaking Barriers in Athletics, the PCOSW Community Builder, and the Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award. Submit nominations at beav.es/4i9. Awardees will be honored at the Breaking Barriers Celebration in summer or fall 2020. Contact pcosw@oregonstate.eduwith questions.

DEI In the News

Racism is a Virus (One Down)
“Many vulnerable populations do not have the privilege to continue ignoring the environmental impacts that have already taken a toll on their communities, making them even more susceptible to the destructive effects of COVID-19. To address this health pandemic is to address climate change and environmental justice.”

Risk Without Reward (Inside Higher Ed)
New computational analysis finds that underrepresented scholars outperform majority peers in terms of novel research, but they don’t reap the same rewards.

Extension in the News

Tillamook County Face Mask Project delivers 1,200 face masks
Tillamook Headlight-Herald
The Facebook group has streamlined production and joined forces with Tillamook County Creamery Association and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service to provide face masks to medical workers, those with underlying medical conditions, law enforcement, retail workers, and more.

Settling the debate – calf table or roping at branding time?
Idaho County Free Press
A team of researchers –Sergio Arispe, Oregon State University assistant professor and Extension livestock specialist, Wade Black and Jared Higby from Treasure Valley Community College, and I – decided to shed some light on the subject.

Creative Ways to Maximize a Small Garden
Good Housekeeping
Start with a 1- or 2-year-old tree and attach two supple branches to the wire about 18 inches off the ground, advises the Oregon State University Extension Service.

In this week’s issue:

  • Bright Spots

    Congratulations to the 2020 OSUEA 4-H Award Recipients:
    Excellence in 4-H Club Support, Elli Korthous (Benton)
    Excellence in Camping, Mike Knutz (Yamhill) & Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Excellence in Natural Resources & Environmental Education, Pat Willis (Washington)
    Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, Mike Knutz (Yamhill), Melanie McCabe (Marion), Abby Lewis (Marion) & Kelly Noack (Marion)
    Excellence in Teamwork, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Excellence in Workforce Development, Barbara Brody (Malheur)
    Search for Excellence in Teen Programming, Wendy Hein (Clackamas)
    Educational Package-Individual, Melanie McCabe (Marion)
    Outstanding Newer 4-H EPA, Abby Lewis (Marion)
    Outstanding Experienced 4-H EPA, Reaza Mansur (Marion) & Jared Delay (Clatsop)
    Achievement of Service, Kelly Noack (Marion) & Samara Ruefner (Crook)
    Distinguished Service, Jon Gandy (Jefferson) & Teresa Middleton (Douglas)
    Meritorious Service, Carolyn Ashton (Benton)
    25 Years of Service, Candi Bothum (Deschutes)

    Recent Addition to the OSU Extension Catalog

    PNW 726, 4-H Animal Science Lesson Plans
    Scott Nash, Jim Wilson, Meranda Small, Cindy Kinder, Sarah D. Baker, Samantha Graf, Nikola Dalton, Rikki Ruiz, Shannon Williams, Alaena Ruth, Gail Silkwood, Brandy Kay, Steve Harrison, Erika Jeffries
    New. By providing instruction outlines for adults, this curriculum delivers animal science education to youth, particularly 4-H members working with beef, sheep, swine, and goats. The downloadable and research-based lesson plans, which follow an experiential learning model, thoroughly cover the subject matter, whose sections include facilities management; livestock breed selection, reproduction, nutrition, and health and diseases; the showring; advocacy and marketing; recordkeeping; and quality assurance.

    OSU Digital Days of Service

    Oregon State’s annual Day of Service has always been a celebration of our global Beaver community making positive change. And even while we must maintain our physical distance from one another, we’ll continue to do good together as Beaver Nation. Introducing the first-ever DIGITAL DAYS of Service May 1-16. Join or start a project for Oregon State’s Digital Days of Service. This website identifies some valuable ways to help your OSU and local communities.

    Navigator Digital Strategy Update

    It is important for our learners, stakeholders and funders to know that OSU Extension continues to actively serve, engage, respond and innovate during the COVID-19 pandemic—even while locations are closed and employees are working remotely. See examples of what specific counties and programs have shared on their webpages in this week’s blog post. Also, get guidance on how to add resources from Zoom webinars, what to consider when adding program resources and where to point people to find everything your county is active in doing.

    Diversity Highlights

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

    Statewide Events & Resources

    Webinar Recording: Racial Equity in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead
    “As food system educators, are we making progress in reaching equity goals in our organizations? What is limiting us from using an equity lens in our work? What are we most interested in learning more about, and where and what are the examples that illustrate we are operationalizing our learnings to inspire us to go further? In this webinar, we share provocative findings from a national survey of Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup webinar registrants that ground a thoughtful discussion of these questions.”

    Portland Business Roundtable: Eric Knox, Valuing Diversity in Teams
    Tune in via Zoom on May 13 from noon to 1 p.m. with former Beaver Basketball player Eric Knox ‘89. In this OSU Alumni Association and Portland Business Roundtable live webcast, you’ll hear Eric’s story of valuing diversity and building teams, both on and off the court, as an admired coach and community leader. Eric coached the Benson High School girls’ basketball team from unranked to state champs in just two years and uses his energetic personality to inspire youth both athletically and professionally. Listen and learn as he shares his tips for supporting and elevating students in his community. Register now.

    Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for the June 4 session.

    DEI In the News

    Schools Transform Into ‘Relief’ Kitchens (NY Times)
    Many school cafeterias are now operating more like community soup kitchens, even though the federal school meals program won’t reimburse districts for meals served to struggling adults.

    Extension in the News

    Website offers lessons for Oregon students who missed out on Outdoor School this year
    KATU
    The sudden end to in-person learning in Oregon’s K-12 schools canceled many Outdoor School opportunities. The statewide Oregon State University Extension Service Outdoor School program has launched “Educational Resources for Stay Home, Save Lives” as a way to help fill the gap.

    OSU Master Gardeners Offer Tips As People Plant Pandemic Patches
    OPB
    And the idea of growing your own food is still popular — so popular, in fact, that Oregon State University has seen online enrollment for their Master Gardener Short Course Series jump by nearly a thousandfold.

    Pandemic Gardening
    The Source Weekly
    She recommended novices take the free introductory course and then follow it up by reading, “Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon,” written by Amy Jo Detweiler, OSU Extension’s community horticulturist for Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

Jeanne Brandt made 50 masks out of scraps of fabric she had from other projects.  Twenty were sent to Samaritan through Joann’s Fabrics and 25 were delivered to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department who is currently collecting and distributing them to organizations that need them, such as GAPS childcare program.  Others have gone to friends and family who have not been able to purchase them. Masks slide flat into an envelope for mailing. Great work Jeanne!

Covering our Communities

The CDC now recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Through its Covering Our Communities initiative, OSU Extension seeks to provide credible information on face coverings so individuals can help keep themselves, their families and their communities safe and healthy.

This effort is featured on the OSU Extension homepage and county homepages with a link to an article in English and Spanish about how to wear, make and donate cloth face coverings to keep yourself, and our communities healthy. Volunteers can report their donations at http://beav.es/4Yy

Please share the OSU Extension web article with your communities and networks.

OSU Extension is also coordinating internally to receive requests from county/tribal emergency operations centers for home-sewn items and share those directly with employees, volunteers and clients.

PILD Conference

Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference Public Issues in Leadership Development (PILD) Conference was April 6-8 in a virtual format due to the COVID19 crisis. OSU Extension Professionals played a role on the planning committee for successfully adapting and delivering the virtual conference attended by more than 260 people from across the nation. Planning committee members from Oregon were Lyla Houglum, Lynette Black, and Mike Knutz. Two of the six breakout sessions were led by OSU Extension Professionals:

Building Rapport with Elected Officials – Richard Riggs & Mike Knutz

Decade of Disasters: Lessons Learned, Actions Taken, Extension Role – Lynette Black

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9282, Biology and Management of Beet Leafhopper and Purple Top in Potatoes in the Pacific Northwest
Silvia Rondon, Tiziana Oppedisano
New. Leafhoppers damage potatoes by feeding on the plants, or by transmitting viruses and phytoplasmas, which are small bacterial parasites of plant phloem tissue. Phytoplasmas cause purple top disease, which reduces yield and produces rolling of the leaves and purple discoloration. Producers should monitor pest populations and use a combination of controls to manage leafhoppers.

EM 9285, Survivor Basics: Water
Lynette Black, Glenda Hyde, Lauren Kraemer
New. Explore a variety of methods for purifying and storing water for an extended emergency. Learn how to find or make safe water from additional sources. This publication is a companion piece for Oregon State University Extension Service’s free online training, Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event. The training program is open to everyone. It includes videos, narrated presentations, virtual reality simulations, interactive maps, articles and other resources exploring what the earthquake and tsunami will be like and how those affected can manage the subsequent recovery.

PNW 581, Land Survey and Mapping: An Introduction for Woodland Owners
Norma Kline, Alicia Christiansen
Revised. Discusses types of plane surveys, including property surveys and cadastral surveys. Briefly sketches the history of the rectangular survey system in the United States and describes how the rectangular system works. Tells how to use certain types of maps, such as transportation maps and topographic maps, to locate on-the-ground features. Also discusses using aerial photos. Briefly defines geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

OSU Extension helps Oregon Create a Culture of Preparedness

Oregon has many different types of natural disasters, but most, other than recent wildfires, are small when compared to other states. Oregonians really are not prepared culturally for any kind of major disaster. Thanks to scientists from Oregon State University and Washington State University, we now know much more about the Pacific Northwest’s naturally recurring disaster: the Cascadia subduction zone earthquakes.

There’s still time to enroll! The final module for the Preparing for the Cascadia Subduction Zone Event free online sessions will be released on Thursday morning this week. Modules 1 to 3 can be viewed in about two hours for each module. Module 4 shows how OSU Extension professionals can be active, professionally, in disasters. Session 4.1 can be viewed in less than an hour.

The Extension team that developed the modules needs critical feedback before making the training available to the public, but you must enroll and review the sessions by April 30. Extension volunteers also are invited to view the sessions and provide comments and suggestions. The sessions are available at https://beav.es/Cascadia on eXtension.org. You will need to “Create an Account” with your name and a password to view the sessions and return in the future. Certificates of Achievement can be obtained to record in Digital Measures.

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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Diversity Highlights

Please contact elsa.curtis@oregonstate.edu with any questions, and if you have suggestions for Diversity Highlights content.
Statewide Events & Resources
Reminder: Transport Translations platform available to Extension
OSU Extension is committed to ensuring that all people, including those with Limited English Proficiency, have meaningful access to our programs and activities. Transport is an online translations platform that you can use to submit documents for translation, or to get a price quote to help with program planning. More information, including a How-to Video and link to the portal can be found on the Extension Language Access webpage.
Wed., April 22, 10am-11am (PST). Join for COVID-19 specific guidelines and strategies to help ensure you continue and improve diversity recruitment efforts for faculty and staff, while maintaining your retention strategies that support your diverse faculty and staff and support the mission and values of your institution.
DEI In the News
After the Pandemic, the Office Dress Code Should Never Come Back (The Atlantic)
Women are rated by others as more competent when they wear formal attire, and racial bias has also been embedded in dress codes.
How the U of Minnesota, Twin Cities Doubled Its Retention of Native American Students (Diverse Edu)
Dustin Morrow was scrolling through the usual blur of posts and advertisements on Facebook when a commercial for the University of Minnesota caught his eye — and held it for ten minutes. The video was entirely in Ojibwe, the language his ancestors had spoken for centuries.

Extension in the News

Jackson Co. 4-H posts resources on social media
KOBI-TV
Jackson County 4-H is bumping up it’s online presence with resources for families.

Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Organic Farmer
“We found the wasp in downtown Portland; we started moving it around,” said Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Orchard Specialist Nik Wiman.

In this week’s issue:

Bright Spots

This week, six Oregon members of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) learned that their projects or programs were recognized in one of four subcategories of the national impact reports, NEAFCS IMPACT 2020. These reports are delivered to Senator and Representative Offices on Capitol Hill by Extension state delegations during the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in a normal year. Copies are also delivered to NIFA Program Leaders and JCEP leadership. This year, due to COVID-19 precautions, these nationally recognized project and program impacts will be delivered electronically.

In the Childhood Obesity Prevention category three projects from Oregon were highlighted. Cheryl Kirk submitted the Healthy School Celebrations Teacher Toolkit. Olivia Davis’ culturally adapted cooking classes during the School Holiday Break Camp was recognized. Cindy Brown’s Sherman County SKORE Afterschool Cooking Program was featured. Angie Treadwell’s Cooking Matters Expansion to older adults and mental health and drug addiction support groups was featured in the Food and Nutrition impact statement. In the category, Improving our Children’s Lives, Joanne Lyford’s Fix the Lunch Line Project with School Nutrition Assessment Tool for High Schools was chosen. In the Food Safety impact report, state survey data for two programs was submitted by Glenda Hyde. Impacts from Community Canning Classes and the Master Food Preserver volunteer program, two quotes from participants and a photo were featured. All ten NEAFCS IMPACT 2020 reports can be seen at https://www.neafcs.org/impact-statements.

Virtual Extension

Three important links have been added to the Virtual Extension website.

  • Safe Virtual Programming for OSU Youth Programs – guidance that supports OSU units with developing and implementing virtual programming for participates younger than 18
  • OSU’s Zoom security info – Zoom is powerful virtual meeting platform, but things can go awry if you choose the wrong settings for your meetings.
  • OSU Extension Professional Development & Connection Opportunities – This page lists upcoming statewide professional development and connection opportunities for OSU faculty and staff, geared toward Extension and noncredit education. Please note: Advance self-study is required prior to Lynette Black’s April 21 session on Extension and community recovery following COVID-19. See the session description for details.

Virtual Extension complements OSU’s Keep Working and Keep Teaching websites, with information specific to our Extension and Engagement context. We are adding resources, revising guidance and sharing more case studies weekly.

The Virtual Extension team wants your feedback, and for you to share your needs and ideas so we can work together through this current situation and position us for even more ways to serve Oregonians in the future. Let’s talk!

Moore Family Center Grants

The Moore Family Center is happy to announce the request for proposals for 2020 Healthy Community Outreach Grants.  This year there are two opportunities that Extension professionals in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences can apply for to support projects related to improving nutrition and the local food environment. The intent of the Healthy Community Outreach Program is to empower local communities to work together to improve the lifelong health of Oregonians where they live, work, learn and play in ways that stimulate INNOVATION and COLLABORATION.  Grant project teams can consist of cross disciplinary / cross program collaborations.

1).  NEW – Mini Grants!

A new opportunity is available to request a mini grant of up to $5,000 for the continuation of a previously-funded Healthy Community Outreach project.  A list of previously funded projects can be found on the Moore Family Center’s website. Only projects that were funded in the 2014-2015 cycle are eligible for mini grants this year.  A maximum of 6 mini grants will be funded in 2020.  The Deadline to apply for mini grants is April 15, 2020.  Requests for mini grants must be submitted online through this link.

2).  Healthy Community Outreach Grants of up to $25,000

This grant opportunity will support the launch of a new project.  Each project proposal may request up to $25,000 through this competitive process and up to 4 projects will be funded per year ($100,000 total project funding statewide).  Grant information, instructions and application can be found of the Moore Family Center website . The deadline to apply for full grants is May 15, 2020.

ESC 2020 Conference Postponed

The 2020 conference planned for September 15-16 in Philadelphia, PA, has been postponed to fall of 2021 out of an abundance of caution amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Conference Planning Committee is working diligently to provide more details around 2020 awards as well as scheduled pre-conference activities. We will be reaching out in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.

We look forward to connecting with all of our colleagues across higher education at the 2021 conference, where we will undoubtedly have much to discuss and learn from one another as a result of these unprecedented times.

Recent Additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

EM 9231, Tribes & Climate Change
Michael Case, John Kim, Becky Kerns
New. Native Americans rely on tribally important ecosystem services such as traditional foods, hunting, timber production, non-timber forest resources (recreation, water), and cultural resources. Unfortunately, many of these resources may be highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A research team sought to answer the question: Where and which tribally-important ecosystem services will be affected by climate change in the Pacific Northwest?

EM 9283, How to Spot Signs of X-Disease in Cherries
Ashley Thompson
New. Field workers picking cherries can use this card to identify signs of X-Disease in a cherry orchard. One side of the card is in English and the other side is in Spanish.
Los trabajadores de campo que recogen cerezas pueden usar esta tarjeta para identificar signos de enfermedad X en un huerto de cerezos. Un lado de la tarjeta está en inglés y el otro lado está en español. Se pueden comprar paquetes de 50 tarjetas.

PNW 133, Puncturevine
Kale Whaley, Robert Parker, Rick Boydston
Revised.With a spiny fruit capable of injuring hooves, feet, and vehicle tires, growers from across the spectrum can learn to effectively manage this weed.

PNW 739, Selling Logs from your Property: A Curriculum Package for Educators in the Western U.S.
Lauren Grand, Alicia Christiansen, Francisca Belart, Tamara Cushing, Chris Schnepf, Kelsey Ketcheson
New. Selling logs is one of the most important decisions a landowner can face. This curriculum package for forestry educators brings together consulting foresters, log buyers and loggers to teach participants how to get a fair deal for their timber, how to protect themselves from exposure to unnecessary liability and how to make sure their property looks the way they want it to when the operation is done. The package includes sample agendas, PowerPoint presentations, field trip how-tos and follow-up evaluations.

Teaching Network Monthly Meetup

Want to learn more and share ideas about how to transition your Extension programs online? Then join Cub Kahn, hybrid course design expert at our Center for Teaching and Learning, and your colleagues on Thursday April 9th at noon for the Extension Teaching Network monthly meet up. Follow this link for our Zoom room:  https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/439234625  For more information or questions please contact Mary Halbleib.

Welcome New Employees

In March, Extension welcomed or promoted the following employees:

  • Katie Hauser, 4-H Program Coordinator, Baker County
  • Shawna Horner, Administrative Office Manager, Coos County
  • Bonni Booth, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Grant County
  • Sierra Fell, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Jody Durighello, Office Specialist 2, Klamath County
  • Janice Schooler, Education Program Assistant 1, Klamath County
  • Diana Cardenas, Education Program Assistant 1, Linn County
  • Marilee Anderson, 4-H and SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, Gilliam C.
  • Katherine Birkhauser, Education Program Assistant 2, Jackson County
  • Kristi Backe, ODS Curriculum & Prof Dev Coord, Outdoor School
  • Kara Young, Faculty Research Assistant, Deschutes County
  • Dale Hammack, Education Program Assistant 2, Wasco County
  • Ji Kim, Office Specialist 2, PACE
  • Cynthia Edison, Education Program Assistant 1, Union County
  • Maritza Leon Gutierrez, Education Program Assistant 1, Marion C.
  • Sara Hinkle, Office Specialist 2, Umatilla County
  • Mary McNamee, Education Program Assistant 1, Josephine County
  • Joshua Davalos, 4-H Program Coordinator, Marion County
  • Kim Deck, Ore. Parenting Education Collaborative Coordinator, FCH

Navigator Digital Strategy Update

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Diversity Highlights

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Statewide Events & Resources

Search Advocate Workshops via Zoom: All OSU Search Advocate workshops will be offered via Zoom for the next 2+ months. The initial workshop series is a full two-day sequence open to all OSU staff and faculty. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu or 541-760-6160.

Inclusive Excellence @ OSU Fellows Program 
Inclusive Excellence @OSU is seeking applications for the 2020 cohort of Fellows! IE@OSU is a program for STEM faculty to develop their teaching practice around equity and inclusion. Please apply if you teach in a STEM descipline and are interested in exploring your own understanding of inclusion and equity and engaging in student-centered inclusive pedagogy. More information, including the application, are available here.

Indigenous Land is the Foundation of the Land-Grant University System (HCN)
Explore a new report from High County News on the expropriation of Indigenous land through the development of our land grant system.

DEI In the News

Clackamas County kids get free books, bites (Portland Tribune)
The Clackamas County nonprofit organization, Clackamas Bookshelf, has been distributing thousands of free books to children who are receiving free lunches during the COVID-19 closures.

Pendleton Area Hit By Floods, then COVID-19 (East Oregonian)
The February floods were the biggest disaster of 2020 before a worldwide pandemic arrived the following month and usurped it.

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases (NPR)
Most available coronavirus data doesn’t include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.

Extension in the News

Oregon’s free online vegetable gardening course draws in 18,000 people following stay-home orders
The Oregonian
About 1,000 people a day are signing up for a free, online vegetable gardening course offered by Oregon State University Extension Service.

More people buying food directly from farms during virus
Capital Press
Heidi Noordjik, Oregon State University’s small farms coordinator, said she thinks CSAs are also gaining traction because more people are cooking at home and thinking about how they can support local businesses and producers.