OSU Today

Tuesday, March 6, 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.

 Oregon State ups fundraising goal to $1 billion (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University has increased the goal for its first comprehensive capital campaign to $1 billion. (see also Register-Guard, Columbian)

Oregon Legislature adjourns 2012 session with flurry of agreements (Oregonian)

Despite the state’s troubled fiscal outlook, lawmakers approved more than $100 million in new construction projects, paid for by bonding against future revenue. Two-thirds is for four projects at Oregon State University, including a new $42.7 million student union building and a new $29 million residence hall.

Free health screenings coming to downtown Portland this Sunday (Oregonian)

More than 100 volunteers from Oregon Health & Science University’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and the Pharmacy program, Portland State University, Oregon State University and elsewhere will offer basic health screenings, including: blood pressure and body mass index checks; general medical exams; medication counseling (attendees should bring prescriptions with them); vision and hearing exams; diabetes screenings, foot exams, education and counseling; dental exams, extractions and fillings; women’s health advice.

Oregon State hires John Rizzardini as chief marketing officer (Oregonian)

John Rizzardini has been named chief marketing officer, Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Monday. Rizzardini’s appointment is contingent on the University’s Administration and Human Resources’ approval.

Tevian Dray and Skip Rochefort named UHC Eminent Professors (LIFE@OSU)

The University Honors College (UHC) has announced that Tevian Dray and Willie (Skip) Rochefort have been named UHC Eminent Professors for 2012.

Broken insulator cuts power to 2,500 in Corvallis (Gazette-Times)

A broken insulator at a Pacific Power substation left 2,523 Corvallis residents and about 10 Oregon State University buildings without power beginning at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and many campus-adjacent businesses on Monroe Avenue closed during the outage.


Expressions of Love: The six Cultural Resource Centers and MUPC are expressing love to the OSU community by handing out some gifts to everyone that passes by. Our gifts say a little something about how we express love in our own community. March 6, 2-3.30 p.m., corner of 26th and Jefferson, outside the Native American Longhouse.

Graduate Women’s Network March Social: This month we will be welcoming Marian Moore from the OSU Career Center to talk about writing your CV and Resume, marketing yourself in the interview process, and getting that job. See you March 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Women’s Center. GWN is open to any female graduate student looking to connect with other graduate students and learn from each other’s experiences.

Geospatial Intelligence and Planning seminar: Marc Levy, deputy director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, will speak on “Competing claims in the climate-security debate: How worried should we be?” today, March 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 108 Wilkinson Hall.

Winter water film series:March 6, 4 p.m., – Water Life Pt. #2 – Sponsor: OCCRI – La Raza Room 208

“Tea and Topics:” 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Pride Center. Meet with Pride Center adivisors.

Woman Citizen Film Series, Autumn Gem: A Documentary on China’s First Feminist: Shiao-ling Yu, professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will host a free public showing of Autumn Gem, a documentary about Qui Jin, champion of women’s rights and first female martyr of China’s 1911 Revolution, Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in Owen Hall, Room 101. Sponsored by the Woman Citizen Project.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Blackboard Basics,” with Jon Dorbolo and Lynn Greenough (TAC).  March 7, 11 a.m.-noon.  This session covers the most frequently-used features in Blackboard. We’ll review Announcements; working with courses; adding and managing course content (assignments, syllabus, etc.), grade center; testing; communicating with students. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! FAT Size Discrimination Series, Part 2: “Embracing Your Body,” 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Women’s Center. What does it mean to be fat in our society? Come discuss, learn, and breakdown the social stigmas and stereotypes surrounding size in our country. Learn about size discrimination and ways we can beat it, bust myths about fat people, and learn about embracing all body types, shapes and sizes

NEW! Triad Club: Bruce Weber, economist in OSU’s Rural Studies Program, will discuss the consequences of a pending loss of federal funding for schools in rural Oregon counties, on March 8, noon to 1 p.m., MU 109. Attendance is free, lunch is $10 for non-members.

NEW! LGBTQ coordinator presentation: Pamela Stawasz; Amherst College will speak March 8, 2:30-3:15 p.m. – MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate takes place March 8, 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Cener. The agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2012/20120308.html. The agenda contains requested approval of two Category I proposals and reports from Steve Clark, Vice President for University Relations and Marketing; Andy Ungerer, Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; and Sue Theiss, University Ombuds.

NEW! TAC Webinar: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping” on Thursday, March 8, 3 to 3:50 p.m., with Kimmy Hescock. Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This webinar includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Learn more about TAC webinars and how to register at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Poetry reading: Author Lia Purpura, celebrated for her lyric essays and sharp poetic descriptions, will read from her most recent collection of essays, “Rough Likeness,” on Friday, March 9, at Oregon State University. The free public reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in The Valley Library’s main rotunda; a book signing follows.

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents An Evening with Halie Loren: The renowned, award winning jazz singer and songwriter comes to the OSU campus for a one-night, exclusive event with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra and her highly acclaimed band: pianist Matt Treder, bassist Mark Schneider, percussionist Brian West (who performs regularly with Loren in The Sugar Beets) and guest artist jazz guitarist William Seiji Marsh (currently a touring member of The Daddies). Friday, March 9 at  8 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. For ticket information, go to http://cosusymphony.org. OSU students with ID card may purchase half-price tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit orchestra student scholarships.

NEW! Empty Bowls: 6th Annual Benefit Event. Silent Auction and Live Entertainment. 
Homemade soup, bread and dessert.Please join us for a night of great food, art and music as we promote sustainable food systems and fight food insecurity. Saturday, March 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Valley Football center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets $5-20 – sliding scale, (Kids under 5 free). Presale tickets available in Waldo Hall 238. Tickets also available at the door. www.osu-emptybowls.org

NEW! Benefit concert: “Sing Out!” is a benefit concert to raise money for vocal scholarships for needy and deserving singers at OSU, on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. Tickets are $15, general admission, $25 for “VIP: Best Seats” seating. Tickets are available in advance at Tickets.Oregon.com and at the door. 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, and any donations collected, will go to the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus.

Electronics Recycling Collection: Bring broken and unwanted electronics for free recycling and help OSU compete nationally in the new RecycleMania electronics category! OSU-owned and personal items welcome. Bring to the recycling warehouse (644 SW 13th St.) on Wednesday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday-Friday, March 8-9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. See a list of accepted items here.

HEM (Health Engagement Model) Computer Lab Sessions: PEBB benefit eligible employees that elected to participate in the HEM plan, must complete the health survey by March 15. OHR Employee Benefits is offering computer lab sessions to allow employee to complete the HEM requirements. Dates: March 7, and 14. To register please visit OSU Professional Development site or contact Employee Benefits at employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on March 7 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics. Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered. Reserve your seat at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/198104810

Evening Sale at the OSUsed Store: Our public sale is Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. We will also collect your electronics for free recycling during the sale. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases must be made during public sales. For more information, visit our website at http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused .

LGBTQ coordinator presentation: R. Ellen Semran; University of New Hampshire will speak March 7, 2:30-3:15 p.m., MU206; Asian/Pacific-American Room.

Nuclear history lecture: Linda Richards will give the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Special Collections Resident Scholar Lecture on March 7, 3 p.m. in the East/West Willamette Room, third floor, Valley Library. She will speak on “Starfish, Fallout Suits and Human Rights.” Her focus is on how nuclear history is told.

Retention of African American College Students: Equity and Inclusion and University Housing and Dining Services invite interested employees to attend a webinar presented by Martino Harmon. The webinar will present steps to gain the institutional commitment needed to develop a comprehensive, data-driven, strategic, and campus-wide approach in order to increase retention and graduation rates of African American students. March 8, noon to 2 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please direct questions and requests for accommodation to 541-737-3556.

Art exhibit: The 2nd Annual Cultural show: Ancient Americas exhibit runs in Giustina Gallery in LaSells Stewart Center through March 26. An artist’s reception takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 8.

OSU Music presents Cracked Across the Brow: New Music for Saxophone and Electronics. Featuring Texas saxophone artist Woody Witt and OSU’s Kevin Patton. Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. Admission is free.

Fred Thompson benefit concert: A March 9 featuring hip-hop artist “Too $hort,” will go toward a youth center being created in Oakland, Calif., in memory of Fred Thompson. The concert will take place at the Benton County Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketsoregon.com or at thINKit, a local business located on 25th and Monroe between Dominoes and Subway. Regular tickets will be $15 before the day of the concert and $20 at the door.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Dr. Beth Vorderstrasse, Clinical Associate Professor from Washington State University, will present a seminar “Exploring the effects of TCDD on cancer metastasis.” She will speak on Wednesday, March 7 at noon in Ag Life Sciences 4001.

Imaging the coastal ocean from space: OSU Professor Curtiss O. Davis is giving a presentation March 8, 7 p.m., at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. He will describe the unique process for building and flying the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean on the International Space Station and show examples of how data from the Imager are being used to study and evaluate the impacts of coastal processes.

Starker Lecture: The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and Effects on Forestry by Jay O’Laughlin, Professor of Forestry & Policy Sciences and Director, Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho. March 8, 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m., 107 Richardson Hall. For more information about this and other events, visit http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/. A livestream will be available at http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/live-video-stream.

News for Employees

NEW! Prettiest Pet Contest Winners: The votes of the Graduate School’s Prettiest Pet Contest have been tallied.  First prize winner is Precious (owner:  Donetta Sheffold), second prize winner is Lucas (owner:  Carole Abou-Rached), and third prize is a tie between Dixie & Samuel Evinrude Cuddles (owner:  Karen Falk).  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Your entry fees and donations will greatly benefit Linn Benton Food Share.

NEW! Elementary AWSEM (Advocates for women in Science and Engineering) Club for 3rd-5th grade girls: Tuesdays, April 24- May 22, 3:30-5 p.m. at Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis. Topics will include physics, engineering, environmental science, zoology (worm lab), and computer graphics. Undergraduate women studying science and engineering will lead and be mentors for the AWSEM club. To register, please visit our website http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-8139 or email STEM.academy@oregonstate.edu to reserve a spot. Cost is $65.

Webinar on potential survey research tool for OSU: The OSU IT Coordination Committee (ITCC) invites interested individuals to participate in a webinar on March 7 (10-11 a.m.) to learn about the high level research survey capabilities of Qualtrics. Due to existing relationships with several OSU units, a university-wide license for Qualtrics is being considered. Reserve your seat at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/198104810

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. It recognizes an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. Nominations must be received by March 12. To nominate:

Women of Achievement: The OSU Women’s Center is seeking nominations for the 2012 OSU Women of Achievement awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of passionate and dedicated OSU women whose work has touched the lives of their students, communities, and colleagues. The deadline for nominations is March 30. The awards will be presented at the Memorial Union Lounge on May 9, along with the 2012 Herstory awards, given to outstanding OSU graduate and undergraduate women students. Criteria, application process and other important details at: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/

TEDxOSU applications being sought: On April 17, OSU will host a TEDxOSU event highlighting innovations that address the needs of our planet in the future, specifically with the intent to feature OSU faculty and the research being done at OSU and by alumni and is currently accepting applications for presenters. For more information, contact: Jennifer Villalobos.

Help choose new Oregon license plate: OSU-Cascades students are asking for help from OSU faculty, staff and students in choosing a license plate design that will fund proven child abuse prevention programs. To participate in selecting the new design, go to http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2iazhWb43ep1qFm and complete a five minute survey. Sales from the license plate will benefit all Oregon counties.

University awards: The Faculty Recognition and Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the below awards through April 6; information regarding these awards is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/. Nominations may be submitted by any faculty member or unit: Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award; International Service Award ; D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award; OSU Academic Advising Award; OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award; OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award; OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship; OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award; Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award; Promising Scholar Award; Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award; Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award; Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award.

Wilderness First Responder Class: Receive certification in emergency medical techniques. This week-long course occurs on Mar. 24 –Mar. 31 from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. in Dixon Upper Classroom. Sign-up at the Outdoor Recreation Center in Dixon, 541-737-3630. The cost is $550 Students/Members, $600 OSU Community, $650 General Public.


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

LaSells Stewart Center invites applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. For full details, please visit posting #0008660. Closes March 6.

INTO OSU is seeking to fill a role of Finance Assistant. This is a dual role, working as a finance assistant, and supporting INTO OSU students with communication and advising relating to their student accounts. Employee will utilize communication skills to provide quality advice and support for students, staff, agents and parents. Position closes on March 7. For immediate consideration, email cover letter, resume, and 3 references to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

The newly established Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement (CL@SE) invites applications for two, part-time (.50 FTE), fixed-term positions: Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Associate Director of Research. Posting # 0008651 & 0008639. Closes March 12.

Web Communications Specialist/Writer (Public Info Representative 2) – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, classified position. Posting # 0008667. Closes March 16

The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Advisor-Student Success Specialist. Posting # 0008646. For full consideration, apply by March 7. Closes March 16.

Director of International Graduate Admissions – The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #0008630. Closes March 16.

Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 – Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst, Competency Level 3 position. Posting # 0008681. Closes March 19.

The University Ombuds Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term position: Assistant Ombuds. Posting number# 0008680. Closes March 31.

Education Program Assistant 2 – The Extension Family & Community Health program welcomes applications for 3 new positions working with the GROW Healthy Kids and Communities childhood obesity prevention project. A background or interest in education delivery, health promotion, and gardening are preferred. Positions are located in Klamath Falls, St. Helens, and Oregon City. Posting numbers: 0008625, 0008633, 0008636. All 3 positions close on March 12.

Traffic and maintenance

Withycombe Hall: Due to necessary testing, the building water system in Withycombe will be intermittently shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. This shutdown is necessary to test and repair the back flow device for the main water supply. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 6 and should end by 2:30 p.m.

Gilkey Hall: Due to repairs, the building water system will be shut down at the main meter supply to Gilkey Hall.   This will affect domestic hot and cold water in all rooms on all floors.  The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. March 7 and should end by 11 a.m.

Owen Hall: Due to necessary repairs associated with the building supply air fans (ventilation), the building air to Owen Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to replace motor bearings on a building supply air fan unit. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on March 7 and should end by 3 p.m.

Lorenz Soccer Field: In conjunction with the Lorenz Soccer Field renovation the athletic department will remove 20 trees adjacent to the east side of the field. New evergreen shrubs and small tree buffer plantings will be installed along the east side of the fence. This will take place March 10-11.

Memorial Place Brick Mall: A large Sequoia on the OSU campus west of Strand Agriculture hall has been in accelerating decline due to Redwood Canker disease and will need to be removed.The tree is scheduled to be removed during the last week of March (Spring Break). This will allow for cranes, log hauling trucks and other heavy equipment to access the site with a minimum of disturbance to classes. To ensure safety of pedestrians the Memorial Place Brick Mall on the west side of the building and the West entrances will be closed to access for the duration of the removal. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. March 26 and should end by 5 p.m., March 30.


Corvallis: March madness can also apply to the weather this week, as we woke up to snow, with the possibility of more on the way before 10 a.m. Things should warm up, and clear up, by early afternoon and the rest of the week looks sunny until rain rolls in Friday night. Today’s high will be 46 with a low tonight of 28.

Central Oregon: It looks like our warm, sunny days are gone for a day or two. The clouds have moved in and the rain has started.  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 34 low around 14. North wind between 11 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.


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