OSU Today

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012

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.

It’s a buyers market for colleges hiring junior faculty (Chronicle of Higher Education)

When Oregon State University knew it would be able to hire dozens of new professors this fall, administrators asked the faculty to think strategically, in ways that would maximize the allure of their open positions.

Transit agencies face the new calculus of broader backsides (New York Times)

“It is becoming much more of an issue for transportation, trains, buses,” said Katharine Hunter-Zaworski, director of the National Center for Accessible Transportation at Oregon State University. “You can only make the trains so wide.”

NCAA recommends violation structure (NCAA)

Chaired by Oregon State University President Edward Ray, the team is part of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s efforts to transform intercollegiate athletics by recalibrating college sports toward a set of enduring values through bold and sweeping changes to the enforcement process and penalty structure, NCAA rulebook, increased academic standards for student-athletes and a critical examination of the funding of the enterprise.

College of Science dean takes OSU budget job (Gazette-Times)

Sherman Bloomer, the dean of Oregon State University’s College of Science, will become director of OSU’s Office of Budgets and Fiscal Planning effective Feb. 1, the university announced Thursday.

MLK’s peace legacy (Gazette-Times)

Dr. King’s words echoed Monday morning through the Memorial Union Ballroom at Oregon State University, where the 300 people in attendance observed the national holiday at OSU’s 30th annual Peace Brunch.

Chlorophyll helps prevent cancer, but… (UPI)

Tammie McQuistan, a research assistant working with George Bailey, a professor emeritus in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, said chlorophyll increases the number of tumors at very high carcinogen exposure levels.

OSU students honor MLK with service (Gazette-Times)

Julia Lang, who is studying student service administration, helped organize Oregon State University’s MLK Day of Service, which connected about 150 student volunteers with community organizations for service projects.

Job fair for nonprofit gigs coming to OSU (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s Career Services will host its sixth Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The fair is scheduled to run from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Forecasting an eruption (ScienceLine)

These notes document the expedition to an undersea volcano, Axial Seamount, about 250 miles off the Oregon coast on the day when researchers Bill Chadwick, of Oregon State University, and Scott Nooner, of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, realized that it had erupted nearly four months earlier.

Poetry showcase set for Tuesday at OSU (Gazette-Times)

The Good News Poetry Tour will bring a poetry slam showcase event to Oregon State University on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Forecast prompts altered schedule for OSU (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s main campus in Corvallis will have a delayed opening time Tuesday in anticipation of winter weather expected to hit the area. (see also Gazette-Times)

Film series that celebrates women comes to OSU (Gazette-Times)

A new film series commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon kicks off tonight at various Oregon State University locations.

Tillamook woman named Dairy Princess (Statesman Journal)

Kristen Kaste of Tillamook was named the 53rd Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador tonight in Salem. Kaste, 20, is a graduate of Tillamook High School and Oregon State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture.

Happier trails (Gazette-Times)

Volunteers have been clearing brush, working with government agencies and securing permission for use from individuals as well as the Corvallis watershed, the Oregon State University College of Forestry, Starker Forests Inc. and others


Candidate forum: The Risk Management Office (RMO) invites the campus community to attend a campus forum/presentation with the second of four candidates for the position of Chief Risk Officer on Tuesday, Jan. 17,  from 9 to 9:45 a.m., in Memorial Union Journey Room. The Chief Risk Officer position is vital to the OSU community and interacts with all organizations on campus.

Finding Your Voice Through Student Activism: Jan. 17, noon–1:30 p.m. • Memorial Union 213. Helping students find their voice through activism and the importance of activism in our society.

Shakespeare talks: Patrick Spottiswoode, education director for the Globe Theatre in London and the president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association will be at Oregon State University on Jan. 17 and 19 presenting two public lectures. On Jan. 17, Spottiswoode will give a talk on “Around the Globe: Shakespeare’s Words and His Theatre” at the Center for Humanities on 8th and Jefferson in Corvallis. And on Jan. 19, he will speak about “Creating a Chink in the Wall,” at the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Both presentations begin at 4 p.m.

Winter water film series: Jan. 17 – River of Renewal with Jack Kohler, the story of conflict over the resources of California and Oregon’s Klamath Basin. Over the years, different dominant groups have extracted its minerals, trees, and water with disastrous consequences. Sponsor: INR – 4 p.m. La Raza Room 208

Birthday Party for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. • Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, 2325 NW Monroe.

Woman Citizen Film Series: A new film series commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in Oregon kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 17, with a screening of “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” a documentary about a Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate who set out to fight both women’s poverty and environmental degradation. The free public event is 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. A new film will be screened every Tuesday through March 6.

Poetry showcase: The Good News Poetry Tour, a team of award-winning writers and performers, will bring a poetry showcase to campus on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The free, public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the new Linus Pauling Science Center (Room 125). The Good News Poetry Tour’s performance is supported by the Undergraduate Poetry Activities Fund.

Upcoming Events

NEW! State of the University: Join President Ray on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, C & E Hall for IMPACT 2012 an in-depth economic impact study of OSU’s reach across Oregon, and an update on the “State of the University”.  A live stream is available at http://live.oregonstate.edu/.  A Q&A will follow the presentation, and questions can also be submitted through the stream.

NEW! Where’s My 40 Acres?: Jan. 18, Noon–2 p.m.Intercultural Student Services, A150 Kerr Admin. Discussion of historical and current perspectives of relationships between major racial/ethnic groups and the U.S. Government.

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 St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit our website.

NEW! Educational Opportunities Program: History Through Action: Jan. 18, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. An interactive look at the evolution of OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program through the lens of our social movements

NEW! MLK: More Than Just One Man: Jan. 19, Noon–1:30 p.m.Valley Library, Willamette West Rm; 3622. Student leaders from the Cultural Centers will highlight prom-inent figures from their communities who worked to strengthen MLK’s vision and the Civil Rights Movement. A 30-minute Q & A session follows. Light refreshments provided.

NEW! SEIU meeting: The SEUI January General Membership Meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 213.  Come and share your input on a amendment to our Constitution and By-laws and much more. Food will be provided so bring a friend.

NEW! Empowering Kenya’s Young Women while Recognizing My Privilege: Jan. 19, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. • Memorial Union 213. HDFS student Mary Kessler will share how her own crucial moment led to supporting Kenyan girls in their education by a simple solution and in the process acknowledged her own privileges as a white, American woman.

NEW! Deconstruction + Critical Consciousness = Social Justice: Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. • Centro Cultural César Chávez. Explore the components of the social justice equation.

NEW! “Negroes with Guns” (film & discussion: Jan. 19, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. • International Living Learning Center 155. Explore a very little known chapter in the civil rights movement, an activist who advocated self-defense while working closely with the nonviolent Freedom Riders.

NEW! Poetry: Two Oregon poets will read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Journey Room of OSU’s Memorial Union. Geri Doran will read from her second collection of poems, “Sanderlings” and will be joined by Maxine Scates who will read from her recent book “Undone.”

Weatherford awards: This year’s Weatherford Awards will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Hilton in downtown Portland. Hosted by OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program, the event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by a dinner and the award presentations. Tickets are $95, available until sold out and can be obtained on the web at http://business.oregonstate.edu/programs/aep or by contacting Mary McKillop, 541-713-8044, e-mail mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu.

Photo exhibit: A new exhibit of landscape photographs by Clinton Shock, professor and superintendent of the OSU Malheur Experiment Station, will open the weekend of Jan. 20 at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Ore. The exhibit is called “Landscapes: Exploring The Back Country Of Malheur and Owyhee County.” It opens Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m., with a presentation by Shock at 6. The exhibit runs through March 20.

Young Professionals talk: Oregon State University alumna and business woman Diane Paddison will offer practical advice for young professionals in a talk on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the LaSells Stewart Center on campus. The free, public lecture, “Finding Balance: Practical Wisdom for Young Professionals,” will begin at 7 p.m.

Enterprise Computing Director candidate: Information Services invites you to attend the open forum presentations by candidates for Enterprise Computing Director position. The first candidate presentation will be by Kent Kuo on Jan. 18 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202. The second candidate presentation will be by Dennis Wells on Jan. 20 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. in Kidder 202.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Candidate seminar: Rhett Jackson, Professor of Hydrology University of Georgia, will give a candidate seminar for the position of Ruth Spaniol Endowed Chair
 in Natural Resources, Thursday, Jan. 19,  3 to 4 p.m., 313 Richardson Hall. Reception to follow.

News for Employees

NEW! Office supplies: New contracts for Office and Educational Supplies have been executed with Office Max and Staples Advantage. Visit the Procurement and Contract Services’ Buy Orange website at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange for information. OSU’s contract with Office Depot expired on Dec. 31, and their invoices will no longer be paid through OSU’s autopay process.  Office Depot purchases made after Jan. 1 will be invoiced to the ordering department for payment. For more information, jodi.pitzer@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-3301 or jim.figgins@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6995.

NEW! OSU Libraries Grad & Faculty Workshops: The OSU Libraries Winter 2012 Grad Student & Faculty Workshop kicks off with sessions on using your eReader, grant searching for graduate students, and advanced MEDLINE/PubMed searching. Register for these sessions, and check out the slate of upcoming workshops at:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty]. Questions?  Contact Hannah Rempel, hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Adventure Leadership Institute: The Adventure Leadership Institute is the authority in adventure leadership education, providing transformative experiences to more than 9,500 students each year. ALI also offers informal and customized experiences through the ALI Challenge Course, the Climbing Centers, Bike and Ski Shop  and the Adventure Club.  ALI is the regional hub for SOLO  Wilderness Medicine, the Professional Climbing Instructors Association, and the ACA Raft Guide and Whitewater Rescue curriculum. For more information, call (541) 737-4ALI (4254) or visit www.oregonstate.edu/recsports/adventure-leadership-institute.

Significant Policy Changes Affecting Travel: Several broad-reaching fiscal policies have been updated which can affect individuals who travel or purchase on behalf of OSU as part of their work. These changes 1) clarify personal reimbursements to generally $100 or less; 2) establish a maximum 60 day submittal period to the appropriate Business Center for personal reimbursements (FIS 407) and travel (FIS 411-07); and establish mandatory procedures regarding the use of non-contracted vendors for airfare travel (failure to follow the policy could result in loss of a future reimbursement (FIS 411-01)). If these changes affect your OSU business, be sure to review the complete policy as noted in brackets.

Distinguished Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships: The Graduate School has announced the continuation of fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding students for graduate study at OSU.  The target population is newly admitted doctoral students and newly admitted master’s students in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist at OSU.  Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to actively recruit students and submit up to three nominations for fellowships per graduate major to the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2012-13 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program.  Both domestic and international applicants will be considered.  Submission deadline is Feb. 6.  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/ProvostDistinguishedGradAward_Form.pdf.

Rec Sports membership:
Recreational Sports fall memberships & locker rentals expire Jan. 13: To renew a rental or membership, contact the Recreation Services Desk. The desk will have extended hours from through Jan. 19. It will be open from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fri. It is located near West Entry at Dixon. Contact Recreation Services at 541-737-3736 or send an e-mail.

Faculty development:
The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The closing date is Feb. 10. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funds up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. In addition, the Center may consider applications up to $4,400 (two awards of $2,200) for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Applications and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.
For information: jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu.

Urban League exhibit: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives invites you to view a small exhibit highlighting the Urban League of Portland’s history of community service and past leaders, on the third floor of Valley Library in the University Archives display case. Now through February. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr . For more information contact: Natalia Fernández , Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives.

Exhibit your art: The OSU Women’s Center invites you to submit your art work for an art show at the MU Concourse Gallery during Winter term. Any female-identified, OSU affiliate may submit their art to this show. This year’s theme is “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul!” and the exhibit will be on display from Feb. 3 – March 16. Contact Ann.McLaughlin@oregonstate.edu by Jan. 18 if you are interested in participating.

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC): Start program for Winter/Spring Term(s) 2011-12. This program is open to first year students, sophomores, and students who have recently transferred to OSU from other institutions. (This is separate from the regular URISC program.) Deadline: Monday, Jan. 30. View guidelines. Information contact: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Want to teach an Honors Course: This is the annual University Honors College Call for Coursework for the 2012-2013 academic year. The UHC seeks course proposals from OSU tenure/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course; or you can propose something new. Submit a proposal on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/current/courses/proposals or email Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu for further information. Deadline for proposal submission is Jan. 27.

Charitable Fund Drive: The 2011 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU will end on Jan. 30. In 2010, 230 OSU employees raised $118,400 – a 6 percent decrease compared to the previous year. To date 176 OSU employees have donated a total of $93,382 – still 21 percent behind compared to last year’s campaign total. Meanwhile, at UO 736 employees have donated $233,411. Improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ or by sending your personalized form or checks to 2011 CFD,100 LaSells Stewart Center. If you need an additional form, please send a request to Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Campus wide: Facilities Services in collaboration with the Office of Disability Access Services and Network Services, will survey wireless access points to create a virtual map of campus building. Facilities Services employees will be accessing various rooms throughout the buildings to calibrate the virtual maps with the access points. For information contact Lisa Nemes at 541-737-6269 or Lisa.Nemes@oregonstate.edu.


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

Accountant I, Payroll: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Central Payroll Office. Posting #0008516. Closes Jan. 22

Accountant I, Accounts Payable: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time position in the Financial Accounting and Analysis group. Posting #0008515. Closes Jan. 22.

Conference Services Manager – OSU Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month term position. Posting #0008386. Closes Jan. 23 (new closing date).

Academic Advisor – College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month in the PHHS academic advising office. Posting # 0008520. Closes Jan. 23.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for three full-time, Academic  Year (10-month) Cook1 positions.  Posting #0008518.  Closes Jan. 25.

Office Specialist II: F/T at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Posting #0008502. Closes Jan. 27.

Analyst Programmer – Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 3 position.  Posting # 0008521.  Closes Jan. 31.

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking a director of events for the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Find information regarding how to apply and view the position description at: www.osualum.com/jobs


Corvallis: Rain, sleet, snow and ice. We’ve had them all this week so far, and it’s getting hard to tell what we’ll wake up with again tomorrow. Today will be a mix of rain and snow (and lots of slush) but cold air could turn things back to snow after 10 p.m. tonight and up to three inches are possible. High today will be 40 with a low tonight of 30. Due to potential inclement weather, classes held after 5 p.m. today will be cancelled. Check the OSU homepage for further weather updates and cancellations.

Central Oregon:  Snow, snow and more snow are expected through Wednesday, with several inches accumulation possible. Today’s high will be 37 with a low of 31.


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