OSU Today

Dec. 12-18, 2011

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.

 Oregon State University art professor receives prestigious grant (OregonLive)

Oregon State University art professor Julie Green was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Back child support payments get a boost (UPI)

Brett Burkhardt of Oregon State University, Carolyn Heinrich, now at the University of Texas at Austin, and Hilary Shager, of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, studied effectiveness of a multiyear pilot program called Families Forward that allows parents in Racine, Wis., with large child support debt to reduce their overall debt if they pay back at least some of what they owe.

Warming to lead to sea level rise, says new climate change report (ABC)

The panel of scientists took issue with a recent Science magazine report led by Andreas Schmittner of Oregon State University that looked at pollen and seafloor records of the last Ice Age that was more than 19,000 years ago.

Family of Fred Thompson sets up memorial fund (Statesman Journal)

The family of Fred Thompson, the Oregon State football player who died Wednesday, has created a charitable fund to offset funeral and other expenses, according to an OSU press release.

Autopsy: Enlarged heart caused Oregon State player’s death (USA Today)

A medical examiner says an Oregon State defensive tackle who collapsed and died during a pickup basketball game had an enlarged heart. (see also: Statesman Journal, KEZI, San Francisco Chronicle)

Veterinarians increasingly turning to alternative treatment methods (Oregonian)

“Just as the medical field increasingly is looking at different therapies for the treatment of humans, veterinary medicine colleges are looking at alternative ways of taking care of animals,” notes Sue Tornquist, associate dean of Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Oregon’s fields and streams host crime, fiction and some rule changes (Oregonian)

Stocking stuffers this Christmas might include a couple of murder mysteries built around angling themes in Oregon. One is by a minister and another by an Oregon State University instructor. A third book eschews mystery with a factual, often humorous account of crime in the woods, written by a retired Oregon State Police fish and wildlife trooper.

Fatherhood can be the birth of positive change (L.A. Times)

“You can’t easily turn your back on a criminal lifestyle or drinking and smoking,” says study lead author David Kerr, an assistant professor of psychology at Oregon State University in Corvallis and lead author of the study, which was published in October in the Journal of Marriage and Family. But, he says, the birth of a child seems to boost the effort.

Tips to keep children happy when money is tight (Deseret News)

Pat Frishkoff, a retired professor Oregon State University and a consultant for family businesses, said, “If a family is already in financial difficulty or is in anticipation of such because of pending cutbacks at work, the reality is that holiday spending should be drastically changed. It doesn’t mean nothing, but spending needs to match the income.”

Oregonian crowned Miss Rodeo USA (Double Q Radio)

Miss Rodeo Oregon, 21-year old Mackenzie Carr, a junior at Oregon State University, was crowned the 2012 Miss Rodeo America Saturday night in Las Vegas.


Free holiday packing materials: To help you recycle and save money, Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are offering free shredded paper and bubble wrap for packing your holiday gifts. Drop by the recycling warehouse between Monday and Friday, December 12th through 23rd, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Wednesday mornings). We are located at 644 SW 13th St. Please bring your own bag or box.

Candidate forum: The Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development (OCCD) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the first of two candidates for the position of Industry Contracts Associate on Monday, Dec. 12, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in MU-213. The OCCD will be assuming responsibility for executing industry funded research agreements in early 2012.

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 elizabeth.thomas@oregonstate.edu with questions or for a list of suggested items.


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

Candidate forum: The Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development (OCCD) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the second of two candidates for the position of Industry Contracts Associate on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in MU-211. The OCCD will be assuming responsibility for executing industry funded research agreements in early 2012.

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.


Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: Open to the public Wednesday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will only have one more sale in 2012! Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. More information: our website.

Book review: The book “Cascadia’s Fault: The Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America,” by Jerry Thompson, will be reviewed by OSU’s Chris Goldfinger on Dec. 14, noon, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

Master plan: OSU is hosting a public meeting to discuss the update of the Campus Master Plan at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Construction and Engineering Hall at LaSells Stewart Center. For additional information, please contact David Dodson at 541-737-8503.


Candidate Seminar/Public Forum: John Mann, currently the Director of Cooperative Education in the Forestry Engineering, Resources and Management Department, OSU College of Forestry, is a candidate for the position of Director of College Forests.  His candidate seminar/public forum is scheduled for Dec. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 272 Peavy Hall.

Office of Equity and Inclusion Discussion Forum: Join the staff of the Office of Equity and Inclusion in an informal discussion about their transition and ongoing efforts on Dec. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in MU 109A. They encourage feedback and will address any questions from the OSU community. Coffee and other hot beverages will be provided. Please feel free to come and go as you are available. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/.

Candidate Seminar / Public Forum:  John Mann, currently the Director of Cooperative Education in the Forestry Engineering, Resources and Management Department, OSU College of Forestry, is a candidate for the position of Director of College Forests.  His candidate seminar / public forum is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 272 Peavy Hall.

WPA artist: The Women Owning Woodland Network (WOWnet) will be offering a free seminar entitled “Arts in the Woods: Nina Olsson presents The Work of Aimee Spencer Gorhman.” She was employed by the WPA in Oregon. Olsson will talk about Gorham’s work from an historical perspective. Participants will view examples of Gorman’s work located in Richardson Hall. The seminar will be held Dec. 15 at Richardson Hall 107, on campus from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Food Drive Kick-off Meeting: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. We will be meet at the home of OSU’s Emergency Food Pantry – International Forum Room, southwest corner of Snell Hall/MU East. We would like start updating our coordinator list. Visit the food drive website to view last year’s list. We will be updating this list for the 2012 drive. Notify Kate Sanders (541-737-6522, kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu) if you have any updates or additions.

News for Employees

NEW! Poinsettia Blow-out Sale: Dec. 14 and 15, $10 each or three for $25. Red, Picasso, and Shimmer Surprise. Noon – 4 p.m., Greenhouse next to Cordley Hall. Supports the OSU Horticulture Club
Questions? Contact Robyn Shepherd: Shepherr@onid.orst.edu

OSU Today goes weekly for break: OSU Today will be moving to a weekly (Monday) basis during the Winter Break. OSU Today will resume daily editions on Monday, Jan. 9.

Directories are here: The 2011-12 OSU Directory has arrived and all department pre-orders have been delivered. If your department needs more copies, please call or email Kami Hammerschmith in Student Media at 541-737-6379, , or come to 118 Memorial Union East/Snell Hall. The directories are $2 each and can be billed to an OSU index number. OSU Directories put out in the Memorial Union are free to OSU students only.

Business suit donations needed: Lightly used professional business attire is being sought to assist OSU students for the Annual Career Wardrobe Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 9, 2012 in the OSU MU Ballroom. For more information or to request pick up contact Wanda Crannell, 737-2999. Current campus drop off locations are 8 Kerr Administration – Career Services and 137 Strand Agriculture Hall, and beginning Jan.1 the downtown OSU Beaver Store in Portland 538 SW 6th Ave.

Celebrate Undergraduate Excellence: Did you see an awesome undergraduate project this past term? Registration is open for Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence so they can get some extra mileage out of their work! Please share this information with any students who have produced work that qualifies. It’s a great resume builder.

Classified evaluation: Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all classified non-information technology performance evaluations will be completed through EvalS. EvalS is an electronically-driven performance evaluation system designed to assist supervisors and employees to complete their annual goal-setting and appraisal tasks. Register soon for the “Intro to Classified (Non-IT) EvalS for Employees and Supervisors” training at Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=309.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Burt Hall: Due to sidewalk repairs, the northeast entrance to Burt Hall, the sidewalk and a portion of the parking lot will be temporarily closed to all but emergency egress.  Adjacent sidewalk and ADA parking access will be temporarily limited/intermittently closed.  The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m.Dec. 12 and should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

ALS: Due to sidewalk repairs, the sidewalk adjacent to the southeast corner of ALS will be temporarily closed.  The ADA entrance to the ALS Bldg. will remain open for normal use. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 12, and should reopen by 5 p.m., Dec. 16.

Free parking: Student/visitor lots open no permit required Dec 12 to Jan 13.

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.

César Chávez Cultural Center: Due to electrical work associated with the Student Success Center project all electrical services to the César Chávez Cultural Center will be temporarily shut down from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14.


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

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.

Business Affairs Student Accounts Scholarship Accountant. This is a F/T Accountant 1 position at OSU’s Student Accounts Office. Posting #:0008447 Closes Dec. 26.

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.

Administrative Program Assistant: College of Veterinary Medicine, Office of the Dean invites applications for a full-time, classified position. Posting #0008422. Closing date: Dec. 30.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for 12-month fixed term Digital Production Unit Supervisor position. Posting # 0008394. Closes Dec. 31.

Equity Specialist: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is inviting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Equity Specialist position. Posting #0008425. Full consideration Dec. 20. Closes Jan 5.

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

Research Associate (Post Doc). The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Posting # 0008193. Closes Jan. 15, 2012.


Corvallis:  Yet another week of freezing fog in the mornings and sunshine in the afternoons, keeping things cold and bright. High today of 40 and a low of 25.



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