Oregon State University faculty member Deanna Kingston, an anthropologist, died Friday (Dec. 2) after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 46.
Christmas trees get greener with new certification (Sustainable Business Oregon)
A new sustainability program for Christmas trees, developed in part by the Oregon State University Extension Service, debuted this season.
OSU students hunker down for finals week (Democrat-Herald)
Finals week: a time for Oregon State University students to balance exams with hard-core studying and energizing breaks.
Helping from afar (Gazette-Times)
Steve Cook, a senior instructor in geoscience at Oregon State University, sprung into action after visiting the area several times during the 1990s. Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe.
Getting Scrooged (Forest Grove News-Times)
By day, Marion Rossi is a generally polite and amicable man. An associate professor of theater at Oregon State University, he has a pleasant tone and a friendly demeanor.
160 species of butterflies call the Pacific Northwest home. And two researchers have photographed nearly every one of them in their new book, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies (OSU Press).
Oregon State University will partner with Bend-La Pine School District to engage students in hands-on engineering activities at their school.
World War II vets healthiest group of war veterans (Philly.com)
“It might very well be that these guys, who have seen everything and are now late in life, might become centenarians,” said Carolyn Aldwin, a professor of human development at Oregon State University who has studied the life span of veterans. “The ones who are left are probably pretty hardy individuals.”
“Oregon has never been a hub for apparel manufacturing,” says Leslie Burns. She teaches a class at Oregon State University on global product sourcing. She says many factors go into a company’s decision on where to make its goods. Labor costs, production capacity, even political stability.
The OSU Beaver Store has announced the addition of textbook price comparisons on its website osubeaverstore.com. The website now displays the store’s new, used, digital format and rental prices for all required and optional course materials in comparison to a variety of online retailers and marketplaces.
Part of the increase in abuse, neglect and abandonment cases are attributed to the elimination of horse processing facilities and the economic downturn occurring within a few months of each other, said Dawn Sherwood, Oregon State University assistant professor of equine science. “I don’t think one happened because of the other, but in a way it was a coincidence that everything happened at the same time,” Sherwood said.
Ballroom Sale: OSU Beaver Store “Ballroom Sale”: Open Wednesday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MU Ballroom.
Candidate Seminar / Public Forum: Chuck Simpson, currently the Regional Lands Manager-Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Franklin, ME, is a candidate for the position of Director of College Forests in the College of Forestry. His candidate seminar / public forum is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 4 p.m., in 272 Peavy Hall.
Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings; personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, visit our website.
Winter art boutique: The Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center will be exhibiting a variety of artwork in their Winter Boutique exhibit. The show will feature smaller, more affordable pieces, perfect for holiday gifts. The exhibit will be open Dec. 1 – Jan. 4, 2012. (closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 3) A reception will be held Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
NEW! Russian play: A suitcase of cash turns a British couple’s world upside down in Funny Money, a Ray Cooney farce to be performed in Russian at OSU Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 10, 4:30 p.m., in the OSU Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall. The show is open to all and a summary in English is provided at the door. Tickets: $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, children under 12 free. (Not recommended for young children.) Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved. Reservations: Lana Erofeeva, firstname.lastname@example.org; Vreneli Farber, email@example.com
NEW! Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. Topics and guests will vary, and we will announce them on our web site. Visit us at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars to see what we’re up to. Friday, Dec. 9, 10 to 10:50 a.m.. Online Webinar.
NEW! Retirement Reception for Cheryl Lyons: Cheryl Lyons has announced her retirement. As her final weeks approach a celebratory send-off is being prepared. We would like to invite you to attend a reception in her honor on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.
Faculty senate: The December 8 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2011/20111208.html. The meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall.
Lectures and seminars
Cancer seminar: The Role of Light in the Development of Prostate and Breast Cancer. Avraham Haim, PhD, University of Haifa, will speak on research that has found a link between exposure to light at night and increased cancer risk. In Magruder Hall room 102, Thursday, Dec. 8, Noon (bring your lunch).
A Brief Survey of the History of American Higher Education: “Periods and Personalities, Progress and Protest” presented by Tom Scheuermann. He will speak on Friday, Dec. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, The Valley Library, as part of the Library Faculty Association Seminar Series. Open to the public. Contact Laurie.Bridges@oregonstate.edu for more information.
News for Employees
NEW! Shipping for holiday packages: Looking for UPS, FedEx or USPS shipping for your holiday packages? Look no further than Printing and Mailing Services. The knowledgeable shipping team can help you get that package to your destination on time. Review the following links to make sure that you have plenty of time to get your packages to their destination. UPS, US Postal Service, FedEx.
CARDV Gift Drive: Upcoming deadline on Dec. 12, 5 p.m. The Association of Office Professionals is collecting for the CARDV (Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence) gift drive. Donate new, unwrapped gifts to Waldo 102 or email to request a pick up. No toy weapons, action figures with weapons, or overly sexualized dolls like Barbies. Looking for stuffed animals, sports equipment, books, multi-ethnic dolls, MP3 players, G/PG DVDs, and other fun toys! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for a list of suggested items.
Holiday Decorations: The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers recommendations to guide departments as they plan for the use of holiday decorations in their units: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/holidays. Please contact the office at 541-737-3556 with specific questions.
Supervisor training: OSU managers and supervisors may now register for the Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors program, scheduled for Feb. 16-17, sponsored by Training & Organizational Effectiveness. The session includes prerequisite online training so sign up early! To view the full course description and register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=274. (The registration confirmation will include instructions to begin the online training.)
Feedback about disability access on-campus: The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) at Oregon State University is conducting a short survey for faculty, staff, and students. Please complete the survey by Dec. 16.
Winter Break workshops: OSU Libraries is bringing back its successful Winter Break Workshop series for Graduate Students and Faculty on Dec. 13-14. Workshop sessions include EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, Journal Citation Reports and Web of Science. Sign up today, and we’ll save you a seat. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu
RecSports Winter Break: Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 9 until Sunday, Jan. 8. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 & Jan. 1 for the holidays. For detailed information, please visit our website. Reminder: Our Guest Limit is suspended during breaks and Family Access is expanded to all operating hours.
Outdoor Gear Rental: Gear rental services are offered at the Outdoor Rec Center (541-737-3630). Equipment rental is available for Students, Members, and the OSU Community. Outdoor items and snow permits are also available for purchase.
OSU SACNAS Chapter Revival Meeting: The campus community is invited to hear Dana Sanchez and Wanda Crannell discuss the possibility of starting a SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter at OSU, Jan. 11, 2012, 4:30-6 p.m. in Kearney 212. Contact: Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or Dana.Sanchez@oregonstate.edu
Drive Less: A new online regional ride-matching tool called Drive Less Connect is being used across Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The free system supports commute or one-time trips and includes a calendar feature to show money and emissions savings. The Sustainability Office and Be Well are offering the first incentive: calendar five days of non-drive-alone trips between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 and you’ll be entered to win a $15 American Dream gift card. Four winners will be selected.
Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs from Oct. 24, 2011 to Jan. 30, 2012. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6% decrease compared to the previous year. This year, 123 OSU employees have donated a total of $48,755. Meanwhile, UO has had 580 employees who have donated $189,638 so far. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form to 2011 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.
Giving Circle: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is currently accepting grant applications to be awarded in May 2012. The applications are due by Jan. 18, 2012. To review the RFP and grant application visit http://osufoundation.org/howtogive/annualgiving/womens/apply_grant.htm . Questions contact Kellie Parker at 541-737-4691 or Kellie.Parker@oregonstate.edu.
Facilities awards: Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: Nominations are being sought for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by Monday Dec. 12. Submit nominations here.
Traffic and maintenance
Fairbanks Annex: Due to a scheduled ceiling project, Fairbanks Annex will be temporarily closed. This closure is necessary for the safety of the OSU community while contractors remove the ceiling and make necessary repairs. The shutdown should end by 5:30 p.m., Jan. 6, 2012.
Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.
To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:
The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.
Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Information Services – Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position. Posting number 0008337, closes Dec. 11.
Accountant I, Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs. This is a full-time limited duration position. Posting #0008402 Closing Date: Dec. 15.
The University Administrative Business Center is inviting applications for an Accountant 2. Posting #0008397. Closes Dec. 16.
The Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008398. Closes Dec. 16.
Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), Purchasing Analyst 3 Position within the Construction Contracting section of PaCS. Posting 0008347. Closes Dec. 18.
Public Information Representative 2: College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 2 (Online Communications Specialist/Writer) position. Posting #0008411. Closes Dec. 21.
Career and Internship Coordinator : The College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Career and Internship Coordinator position. Posting #0008376. Closes Dec. 22.
Public Information Representative 1 – University Marketing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 1 (Social Media/Marketing Writer) position. Posting # 0008404. Closes Dec 28.
The Valley Library is inviting applications for 12-month fixed term Digital Production Unit Supervisor position. Posting # 0008394. Closes Dec. 31.
Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 6, 2012.
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning – The Office of Academic Success and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning position. Posting # 0008293. Closes Jan. 6
Corvallis: More freezing temperatures and gray skies means it still feels like winter out there. Today’s high will be 39 with a low of 27.