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Monday, March 17, 2014

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Food pantries on the rise on college campuses (Washington Post)

Clare Cady, a co-founder of the Food Bank Alliance and head of the Oregon State University food bank, said the profiles of recipients vary from undergraduate students who have opted for cheaper meal plans that give students fewer dining options to people dealing with unexpected economic hardships to students raising children while struggling to pay tuition. (see also Yahoo News, Minnesota Public Radio)

Quake-up call (KVAL)

The earthquakes felt along the North American west coast this week are essentially a warm-up act to a major subduction zone earthquake, seismologist Chris Goldfinger said. “They’re not directly leading to a giant earthquake, but little red flags that the subduction zone is active,” said the Oregon State University professor. “All of the North American plate is locked to this lower plate.”

Scientists expect traces of ocean radiation soon (Modesto Bee)

The isotopes have been detected at very low levels at a Canadian sampling point far out to sea earlier than the models predicted, but not yet reported at the beach, said Kathryn A. Higley, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University. (see also Oregonian, Christian Science Monitor, Fox News)

Stem cell pioneer picked as commencement speaker (Democrat-Herald)

An Oregon State University alumna who has built a distinguished career in cutting-edge medical research will be this year’s commencement speaker, the university announced on Friday. (see also OregonianDaily Journal)

KBVR wins top honors (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s student-run radio station took home several awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System competition last week, including the title of best college radio station at a university with more than 10,000 students. (see also LIFE@OSU)

Panel discussion will tackle challenges facing higher ed (Gazette-Times)

Scheduled participants in “The Changing Course of Higher Education in Oregon” are Larry Flick, the dean of the College of Education at Oregon State University; Jeff Davis, the director of the Benton Center of Linn-Benton Community College; Tim Nesbitt, chairman of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission; and Tony Van Vliet, a former member of the Oregon House of Representatives and the Oregon Board of Higher Education.

Council to hear report from OSU on parking strategies (Gazette-Times)

The Corvallis City Council will hear a report from Oregon State University on its parking and transit plans at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the downtown fire station, 400 N.W. Harrison Blvd.

OSU-Cascades site selection (Bend Bulletin)

Hanging on the walls of Oregon State University-Cascades Campus offices, there are still illustrations of what a four-year college campus along Southwest Colorado Avenue would look like.

OSU engineering department head fired despite success (Oregonian)

An opinion piece by OSU’s John Wager, Endowed Chair Professor in OSU’s School of EECS.

Fungus-free hops for a better beer (Oregonian)

“Hop plants have problems with downy mildew, a fungus that attacks plants primarily in April and May,” said Shaun Townsend, the hops breeder for Oregon State University.

Ethiopia, Egypt at loggerheads over Nile River (The Star)

Jennifer Veilleux, a PhD candidate at Oregon State University who has done extensive field work on the impacts of the Blue Nile dam, notes that Egyptian fretting about the dam’s impact on agriculture tends to focus on poor farmers.

Panel of experts tackle how science affects public policy in Forest Grove town hall event (Oregonian)

Jim Moore, director of Pacific University’s Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation, then moderated a question and answer session with the Susan Nielsen of The Oregonian, Mike Cafferata of the Oregon Department of Forestry, and Russ Karowof Oregon State University’s Crop and Science department.

Kitzhaber appoints staff for regional solutions team in Valley, Gorge(KATU)

The governor’s office announced the hires on Friday. Kitzhaber’s regional solutions team works with local governments and community groups to get what they need from the state. Kate Sinner, a federal lobbyist for Oregon State University, will work in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties.

Coast Guard 13th District names Active and Reserve Listed Persons of the Year (Coast Guard News)

Mayers, a full-time facilities manager at Oregon State University, is also an active member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He recently earned his third Auxiliary sustained service ribbon for performing 2,250 volunteer service hours. He participates in the Auxiliary’s Recreational Boating Safety Program, teaches boating safety and seamanship skills at Linn Benton College, chairs several Oregon State University advisory boards and assists with children’s ministry at his local church.

OSU football players host youth camp (KEZI)

Young Beaver fans had a special treat on Saturday: the Oregon State University football team hosted its annual OSU Youth Football Mini Camp.


Parking forum: A parking forum will be held Monday, March 17, noon to 1 p.m., Owen 101. For more information:  http://bit.ly/1cZgthI

Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online this week, March 17-21, will be charged at 50 percent off our normal (15¢/lb.) rate. See important submission instructions here.

Upcoming events

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Employee Roundtable: A space primarily intended for employees to engage in a semi-structured conversation about how to effectively engage in education, action, and support of students, while taking care of ourselves and each other.  Lunch will be provided. Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU 213.

Weight Watchers open house: A 13 week series of WW begins April 1.  WW Open House meetings will be held March 18, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Moore Family Center, Milam room 105.  There will be no meeting on March 25.  If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized.  Call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code.  Present the code at the first meeting.  For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106

Letures and Webinars

NEW! TAC Webinar: Student-Active Pedagogy: Becoming an Engineer of Learning – with Turning Technologies training staff. Discover how to incorporate the use of Turning Technologies clickers to transform a classroom into a student centered active pedagogy with a basic understanding of the academic, professional, and psychological benefits to their students. Wednesday, March 19, 11 a.m. Register Now

TAC Webinar:  Student-Active Pedagogy: Becoming an Engineer of Learning – with Turning Technologies training staff. Discover how to incorporate the use of Turning Technologies clickers to transform a classroom into a student centered active pedagogy with a basic understanding of the academic, professional, and psychological benefits to their students. Tuesday, March 18, 8 a.m. Register Now

The Changing Course of  Higher Education in Oregon: Presentations and discussion by panel members Larry Flick, dean of the College of Education, Jeff Davis, director of the Benton Center, Tim Nesbitt, chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and Tony Van Vliet, former member of the Oregon House of Representatives and SBHE. Tuesday, March 18, 7 to 8:45 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Conversational skills: Conversational Skills and follow-up workshops return to OSU April 14-April 18! These professional development opportunities are provided at no cost to OSU employees, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence. For details and registration, download the flyer at http://hr.oregonstate.edu/files/training/axtell/axtell-flyer2014.pdf

News for Employees

NEW! Parking plan: To find out more details on the OSU parking plan, and to provide feedback on the plan, to  http://parking.oregonstate.edu/ and click on “Zonal Parking Information” or watch the video here: http://bit.ly/1cZgthI

NEW! PROMISE sponsors sought: Applications are currently being sought for PROMISE sponsors. PROMISE is a 10-week developmental internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience and mentoring in the state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students. The program runs June 23 – Aug. 29.  The internship project is a limited-duration project of a professional, managerial, or technical nature. The project must occupy the full 10-week internship period at 40 hours per week. The cost of the internship salary and other personnel expenses is $4,300. OSU departments and programs may request that up to half of the total cost be subsidized by the PROMISE program; the balance will be charged to the departmental index. For information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise Apply here: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise/sponsors. Deadline to apply is March 31 (deadline extended).

NEW! Bill impacting Oregon veterans: Several bills were passed during the 2014 Regular Legislative Session that had an impact on Oregon veterans. Of particular interest to OSU students is HB 4021: Instate Tuition Rates for Nonresident Veteran Graduate Students. This bill directs public universities to charge a nonresident veteran, who is graduate student, instate rates for tuition and fees. Veteran must have honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions and provide proof of physical presence in Oregon within 12 months of enrollment. Applies to veterans admitted as new graduate students, but not continuing graduate students, on or after Sept. 15, 2014. For more on this and other bills impacting Oregon veterans, see http://bit.ly/1qDDTws

NEW! Summer Research Internships at Branch Experiment Stations. The Branch Experiment Stations (BES) for the College of Agricultural Sciences are pleased to announce 10-week experiential learning opportunities for any Oregon State University undergraduate students.  The Branch Experiment Stations are off-campus research facilities located across Oregon assisting stakeholders to address the critical issues specific to that locale.  Successful applicants will be provided $6,000 to offset expenses.  Applications and potential projects are posted at the following website http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/students/bes-internship/projects . Deadline is 5 p.m., March 21.

NEW! Recreational Sports Memberships & Lockers – Expire Friday, March 28: Prior to taking off for spring break, don’t forget to renew your membership and/or locker. Winter term/half term memberships and winter term lockers expire Friday, March 28. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back. Renew at the Recreation Services Desk inside of Dixon’s West Entry and contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

Summer internships:  Regional Approaches to Climate Change- Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH PNA) is focused on improving the long-term sustainability of agriculture within the PNW region and is offering $500/wk undergraduate internships.   Internships will go from 9 June – 8 Aug. for the UI and WSU and 16 June – Aug. 15 for OSU. The application can be found at the following link:  https://www.reacchpna.org/blog/reacch-summer-internship-applications-now-being-accepted/.

University Chorale: University Chorale is a conducting lab for choral students, and we need you to be their choir! This is a fun, friendly, non-auditioned choir for campus and community singers of all levels, directed by Steven Zielke and OSU graduate teaching assistants. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in Benton Hall 204. No audition or singing experience is required. The Spring choir will begin on Thursday, April 3 at 12 p.m. in Benton 204. For more information: szielke@oregonstate.edu

New Vice Provost for Student Affairs: Susie Brubaker-Cole will begin her appointment as Vice Provost for Student Affairs on July 1. She currently serves as Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement at OSU. Previously, she served as Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

On-Site Test Prep Courses: OSU’s Professional and Continuing Education is launching on-campus test prep classes for the LSAT ($999*), GMAT ($999*), GRE ($999*), SAT ($499*) and ACT ($499*) exams. Courses are capped at 30 students and range from 24-30 hours in length. The LSAT course begins April 5. For more information, visit: bit.ly/OSUTestPrep. *Advanced Registration & Staff discount available.

FSF Registration for Spring Term now open: You can check out the Spring Schedule and register on our website at health.oregonstate.edu/FSF or stop by the office at 123 Langton. You are also welcome to print the registration form from our website and send via campus mail to Langton 123 with payment. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 541-737-3222.

PCOSW Mentoring and Professional Development Award:  Nominations for the PCOSW University Mentoring and Professional Development Award are now being accepted. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. The award is presented at University Day and consists of $500 cash, a $500 professional development fund, a nameplate for the University Professional Development Award plaque in Kerr Admin, and a personal plaque. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012006. Closes March 17.

Office Specialist 2–Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012059. Closes March 17.

Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Science, is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), Academic Advisor. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0011979. Closes March 17.

Banquet Manager – University Housing & Dining Services, OSU Catering invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Banquet Manager position. Posting #0011996.  Closes March 17.

Office Specialist 2—The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0012045. Closes March 18.

Bioenergy Instructor-BioResource Research Program invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month fixed-term Instructor position responsible for developing and enhancing bioenergy education. Posting #0012000. Closes March 18.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a .50 hourly Pharmacy Technician 2: Posting #0012079. Closes March 19.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 Full-time Pharmacy Technician 2: Posting #0012081. Closes March 19.

Administrative Program Assistant  – Lincoln County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (.50 FTE), Administrative Program Assistant position located in Newport.  Posting # 0012078. Closes March 19.

Head Advisor/Academic Advisor – School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as Head/Academic Advisor position.  Appointment level will be commensurate with education and experience.  Posting #0012035. Closes March 19.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closes March 19.

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. P/T. This position will support and assist with the laboratory teaching program for the Department of Chemistry. Preferred candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or related field. Posting #0012050. Closes March 20.

Program Technician 2 – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. Closes March 21.

Temporary Public Information AssistantThe University Honors College invites applications for a part-time (.49) Temporary Public Information Assistant position. Posting # 0012044.  Closes March 23.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy,  seeks a .50 FTE hourly Specialist 1 -Pharmacist (“Staff Pharmacist”): Posting #0012074. Closes March 24.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 FTE salaried Administrator 3 -Pharmacy (“Pharmacist-in-charge”): Posting # 0012075. Closes March 24.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an hourly pay of $12.00 per hour, plus a full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To apply for this position, please submit ONE Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the link listed https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11162802 Closes March 24.

Accountant 2 –The Oregon University System invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 positions in their Treasury Operations Department. Posting #0012076. Closes March 26.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting # 0012095. Closes March 28.

Oregon State University’s Educational Opportunities Program is seeking an Academic Engagement Coordinator to bring culturally-relevant academic support to each of the Cultural Centers.  Posting #0012061. Closes March 28.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Analyst Programmer.  The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an annual salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 (depending on experience), and a full benefit package including medical, dental, life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To review the full position description and qualifications please see the link listed.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11059722 For full consideration please apply by March 17. Closes March 31.

Office Specialist 2  – Josephine County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0012077. Closes April 15, with a full-consideration date of March 31.

Department Head – The Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as head of the department.  Posting #0011837.  Closes March 31.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Fiscal Coordinator 1.  Posting #0012058.  Closes April 4.

Associate Director of Diversity Development –  Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month Associate Director of Diversity Development. Posting #0012068. Closes April 4.

Associate Dean (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Graduate School invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Dean position. This is a one-year tenured administrator appointment with reappointment possible.  Posting #0011995. Full Consideration March 17, closes April 7.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Economics. Posting #0012071. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Management. Posting #0012069. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

Career Services Director–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Career Services Director position. Posting #0012073. Closes April 10..

Senior Auditor– The Office of Audit Services  invites applications for three full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Senior Auditor positions. Posting # 0012048. Closes for full consideration April 11.

Chemist 3, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chemist 3 position. Posting # 0012086.  Full consideration date April 13. Open until filled.

Institutional Compliance Director– OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Institutional Compliance Director position. Posting #0012001. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Digital Communications Specialist to join its Communications & Stewardship team. The position is first and foremost a writer, with 80% of work time focused on researching, writing, and editing and 20% devoted to the technical production and publishing of electronic content. To view the complete job description

Traffic and maintenance

26th Street closure: Due to tree maintenance being done, intermittent traffic lane and sidewalk closures will occur March 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This will also affect the ADA parking spaces and the services spaces  on the west side of the MU Quad.  Flaggers will permit transit and emergency vehicles through the area.

Waldo Place/Valley Library Loading Dock: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center, Waldo Place and the Valley Library loading dock will be closed March 22-30, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ralph Miller Drive closure: Due to landscape/hardscape improvements being made on the south side of Gill Coliseum, parking along the north side of Ralph Miller Drive will be closed March 5- May 23. Also, portions of parking along the west side of Gill Coliseum will be closed at times to accommodate additional work.

15th and Washington: Due to construction at Washington and 15th, pedestrians are asked to cross the street one block south at 15th and A streets.

Benton Place Street and Parking Changes: During the Washington Way Realignment construction project (March 2014 – September 2014), Benton Place will be changed to two-way traffic.  This change will provide temporary two-way connection between Jefferson St. and Washington Way, to alleviate congestion caused by the closure of 15th Street. Benton Place is located just west of Kerr Administration and McAlexander Fieldhouse.  At the conclusion of the project, Benton Place striping will be restored to its existing one way northbound configuration.  For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/construction-traffic-and-safety.


Corvallis: It’s Finals Week and we’re all a wee bit tired, but Spring Break is on its way. Scattered showers today with a chance of rain tonight. High of 49 and a low of 35. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow today with a high of 42, low of 27. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Scattered showers with a chance of rain tonight. High of 49, low of 38.  Chance of rain tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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