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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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.

Wyden, Merkley tout dredging projects in bill (Oregonian)
Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley say the $410 billion spending bill Congress has sent to President Barack Obama contains $23 million for waterway maintenance and dredging projects up and down the Oregon coast. The bill includes $2.3 million to establish a National Wave Energy Center located both at Oregon State University and a site near Newport.

A Vision for Aboriginal Engagement

Linc Kesler was named Director of the UBC First Nations House of Learning and Senior Advisor to UBC President Stephen Toope on Aboriginal Affairs. Following studies at Yale and the University of Toronto, Kesler taught for 20 years at Oregon State University, where he led a team that established an Ethnic Studies Department and an Indian Education Office.

Student Exercisers Have Energy to Burn (Athletic Business)

Legs churning. Hearts pounding. The background hum of hardware in motion. Oregon State University is among the first schools in the country to harness the power of its student population as a form of renewable energy.

Weyerhaeuser foundation gives OSU $500,000 (Gazette-Times)

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to the Oregon State University College of Forestry.


OSU Seafood Education and Research Center Director candidate Jacek Jaczynski will give an industry seminar at 10 a.m. in 274 Kidder. He’ll also be giving an academic seminar at 9 a.m. March 13 in 274 Kidder.

A Blackboard 8 Grade Center: Quick Overview takes place from noon to 12:20 p.m. in Waldo Hall 115 A. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

OSUsed Sale, Noon to 3 p.m., 644 SW 13th,, 541-737-7348. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture and more.

An eastern Oregon grower’s perspective, presented by Clinton Reeder of Pendleton, takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder Hall room 278.

Brian Fagan, University of California, Santa Barbara will speak on “The great warming, or the story of the silent elephant in the room,” as part of the Geosciences Lecture Series, Winter 2009. His talk takes place at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

The OSU Department of Geoscience’s seminar series on “Global Climate Change” presents: “The Great Warming, or the Story of the Silent Elephant in the Room” by Brian Fagan, Univ. California, Santa Barbara, at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. Refreshments served beforehand.

Upcoming Events

Conversational Skills for Convening People and Influencing Decisions and follow-up trainings presented by Paul Axtell are scheduled the week of April 6. Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell/ for session details and to enroll online by March 31. There is no charge for current OSU employees to attend.

The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its March workshop March 12. This month’s topic is Religion: Welcoming Employees From Different Faith Communities in Our Workplaces. Take a closer look at developing sensitivity to different religious traditions of employees; designing the workplace to better meet the needs of employees from various faith backgrounds; and watch “Beyond Differences,” the Bill Moyers film that explores the common threads that unify the world’s religious traditions. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Albany Public Schools district office, 718 Seventh Avenue S.W., in Albany. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does God Exist?” on March 12, at 7 p.m. in Withycombe Auditorium.  The speakers are Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig. The debate will explore the age-old question of whether a personal God exists, with the two speakers presenting widely-differing points of view.  The debate is free and open to the public.

The Current Economic Situation: How did we get here and where do we go from here? A joint dinner meeting of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Forest Products Society and the Oregon Wood Innovation Center will be held March 19 in 107 Richardson Hall at 6 p.m. Art Ayre – Economist, Oregon Employment Department, David Ford – Director, Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and Craig Adair – Director of Market Research, The Engineered Wood Association  will address how we got into this economic situation, the implications for forest landowners and the forest products industry, and how can we position the industry to be ready when the economy turns. Register at http://owic.oregonstate.edu/FPS-WVC

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! The March 12 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/03.html. The Action Items include seven Category I proposals (all have Executive Summaries), proposed revisions to three Academic Regulations and a newly proposed Academic Regulation. The reports include a Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee Update and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate recap.

NEW! Nominees for the 24th annual Herbert F. Frolander Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant are now being accepted by the Graduate School.  The intent of this award is to recognize an outstanding teaching assistant at Oregon State University.  The recipient of this award will receive an engraved plaque and a check for $1,000. Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found on the Graduate School web: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/

Nominations are now being accepted for the JoAnne J. Trow “Woman of Distinction Award.” Nominate any currently enrolled undergraduate female student, part time or full time, who has sophomore status or above, who meets the following criteria: Demonstrated leadership ability, intellectual curiosity, promotion of diversity and willingness to accept others, commitment to others, ability to deal with adversity, significant contribution to OSU, actualization of goals. Applications from nominees will be due to Student Events and Activities (MU 103) by 5 p.m. April 7.  Award finalists will be selected to interview with the selection committee.  The winner will be announced at the All-University Recognition and Awards Banquet and $250 will be credited to their OSU account. Please email all nominations and the nominees’ email addresses to linda.howard@oregonstate.edu by March 13.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm For more information call 541-737-8390.

The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for two new research awards: the Promising Scholar Award (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/) recognizes scholarship of junior faculty and bestows upon the recipient the title “Promising Scholar” for the year following receipt of the award; and the OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact/index.html) that recognizes OSU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in a specific project or activity resulting in substantial impact beyond the university setting. Nomination materials for these two awards must be submitted by April 3 to the Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee, c/o OSU Faculty Senate Office, 107 Gilkey Hall, Corvallis OR 97331-6203.

INTO OSU seeks applications for a Housing and Student Services Coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time position with a salary range of $32-36,000 (commensurate with experience). The position description is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/into-osu/, and applications may be directed to recruiterINTOUSA@gmail.com. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Valerie Rosenberg at Valerie.Rosenberg@oregonstate.edu.

Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2009. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to the repair of telecommunications hand holes, portions of the western sidewalk on 26th St between Orchard and Monroe will be temporarily closed.  Congestion in this area can be expected. Traffic control devices will be in place. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and we anticipate reopening the sidewalk by 5 p.m. on March 12.

NEW! Due to the replacement of cooling coils damaged during freezing weather, the Ag & Life Sciences Building supply air will be temporarily shut down. It is necessary to shut down the supply fans one at a time in order to replace these cooling coils in air handlers in the basement. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. on March 27.

Transit & Parking Services will be closed March 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. for a meeting.


Today will be sunny with a high of 50, and an overnight low of 29. Tomorrow should continue sunny, with a high of 54.

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