OSU Today

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010

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.

More frequent wildfires aid forest health, expert says (KTVZ)

People should understand, however, that fire is not only inevitable but also a valuable part of forest ecosystems and their management, says John Bailey, an associate professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University. (See also Gazette-Times)

Fremont studio class helps teachers improve (News-Register)

Karen Higgins said the goal is to take the “best practice” methods learned during the workshop portion into a classroom environment for instant application. Higgins is an Oregon State University consultant with the Teacher Development Group.

OSU football players ‘wow’ track team (KEZI)

The NCAA and the Pac-10 Conference has granted Oregon State University’s appeal to permit qualifying male student-athletes to compete in the 2010 Division I Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) and Pacific-10 Conference Championships.

20 geeky images from space (Wired.com)

The Linux user group at Oregon State University stomped down the oats in a 220 ft. wide circle to make the logo visible from space.

A new paper by Jim McAlexander and Hal Koenig, both marketing professors in Oregon State University’s College of Business, explores brand community in different settings in higher education.

Campus dirt (Gazette-Times)

OSU, trying to trim more than $11 million from its 2009-10 budget, cut $400,000 from its janitorial contract with GCA Services Group, the private company that handles custodial work at the university, on Dec. 14. (See also Working his way back)


Today’s food drive events:
Silent Auction , Magruder Lobby (Carol Colton Memorial Auction), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
EMT Department Soup Lunch (location: 314 Weniger Hall noon to 1 p.m.) Come on down for hot soup and bread! Vegetarian option available.

From wheat to wine, our food supply depends on healthy plants. At the noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, in MU 109, Larry Plotkin of Precision Plant Systems, Inc. will describe his company’s OSU-based technology for monitoring plant health. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

The Provost has scheduled a series of forums to discuss the University’s divisional alignment, including the Division of Arts and Sciences Forum scheduled for today from 1 to 3 p.m., MU Journey Room. The forum will focus on how the Colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Science are moving forward together to advance the divisional alignment, and is open to all students, staff and faculty at the University. The forum will be streamed live and will be accessible on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/is/mediaservices/channel-1. The chat feature will be activated on the same web page, and participants in the chat room will be able to log in (no password required) to submit questions. Previous forums were recorded and are available at http://oregonstate.edu/media/collections/. A complete list of all forums is available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/division-forums-01-26-10.html. Questions regarding the forums may be emailed to Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

The Department of History will have a History Career Fair today in Stag 132 from 5 to 7 p.m., in conjunction with a cans for books drive. Every two cans can be traded for a book.

Everyone is invited to the first Spring Creek Café, a new series of engaged philosophy conversations. “Do we have any obligations to the future?” with philosophers Michael Nelson and Kathleen Dean Moore, singer/songwriter Libby Roderick and writer Brian Doyle, 7 p.m., Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room. Free and open to all.

Upcoming events

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series on Wednesday, March 3 with “I Am A…” In this film, OSU faculty, students and staff discuss the different ways they identify (i.e. by gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, etc.). They address issues such as what they want people to know about their group; their opinions of others; how they feel about how the media portrays their group and other groups; the triumphs and downfalls of their groups; advice to their groups and their hopes for the future. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

NEW! National Anthem Auditions for OSU Sporting Events will take place on March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. Register in the Lobby at 5 p.m., and auditions start in the arena at 5:30 p.m.  Bring your calendar!  A list of possible dates will be provided. For more information contact: Dr. Brad Townsend, Director of Athletic Bands, 541-737-0544,  osubands@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Oregon State University – Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on Wednesday, March 3 with a presentation titled “Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead – Religion, Pragmatism, and the Ecology of Place.”  The lunchtime lecture will be given by Neil Browne, Ph.D. of OSU-Cascades’ liberal studies program.  Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit  http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

NEW! Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Science animal researcher Erica McKenzie will speak at the OSU-Cascades Campus at the upcoming Science Pub, “The Toughest Race on Earth: The Science Behind the Iditarod” on Monday, March 1 at the Three Creeks Brewery in Sisters. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m.

David Mas Masumoto, a third generation Japanese American artist farmer, will speak at OSU Friday, Feb. 26. He’ll have an informal presentation from 3 to 4 p.m., in ALS 2001. He will give a formal talk at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. The event is a precursor to the Oregon State University Extension Service’s 10th annual Oregon Small Farms Conference on Feb. 27 in Corvallis. For more information see http://beginningfarmers.org/oregon-small-farms-conference-february-27th-in-corvalis/

Difficult Dialogues: Minority Voices and Ways of Knowing in Higher Education is a talk by Libby Roderick, who directs a special program on Alaska Native Ways of Teaching and Learning. She will speak at noon Feb. 26, in MU 208. This is a brown bag session.

Steve Lewis, one of Alaska’s foremost cavers, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 about his experiences measuring and mapping caves in southeast Alaska. The free talk is in room 108 of Wilkinson Hall. Free and open to all.

A fundraiser for former women’s cross country and track volunteer assistant coach Johanna Olson will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, hosted by Strands. All proceeds will go to Olson to help offset her medical costs. Strands is sponsoring two races. The Tiny Tumor is approximately 3.5 miles, while the Big Tumor is approximately seven miles. The shorter race will begin at 9 a.m., while the longer race will kick off at 9:10 a.m. at Midge Cramer Trail, located just south of the Benton County Fairgrounds. For more information on Johanna, visit http://savejohannasbrain.com. And for more information on the race, visit http://www.strands.com/events/tumorshooter. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the race. The registration fee includes a free training plan, free online training log and free tech shirt. Following the races, there will be raffle giveaways and snacks and beverages.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a free public dialogue, “Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God,” on March 1, at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. William Lane Craig will argue for the Christian view that a personal God exists and Victor J. Stenger the atheist position that there is no God. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/

The annual Starker Lecture Series from the College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute kicks off March 4 with “Ecosystem Service Markets: Potential and Pitfalls,” by Sara Vickerman, Senior Director, Biodiversity Partnerships, Defenders of Wildlife, in West Linn, and “Crossing Jurisdictional Boundaries: An Integrated Ecosystem Credit Accounting System and a Standard Credit Issuance Process,” by David Primozich, Executive Director, Willamette Partnership. They will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Richardson Hall, Room 107.

This is the last week for the food drive. The following events are helping with the last push toward helping the Linn-Benton Food Share:
Feb. 22-28 – Visit the OSU Sheep Barn to see the new baby lambs! There is no charge for the self-guided tour; however, visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Linn-Benton Food Share or to drop a donation into the donations box to help offset Sheep Center expenses. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 – IFSA Intl. Lunch, College of Forestry, contact Terralyn Vandetta at Terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu for details
Feb. 26 – Lunch with the Organic Grower’s Club $5. ALS room 3096 12:00 p.m. Questions? James.Cassidy@oregonstate.edu
Feb. 27 – The OSU Food Group is showing the film “Super Size Me” in the Memorial Union Journey Room (Joyce Powell Leadership Center).

News for Employees

NEW! Be a PROMISE Internship sponsor/mentor for this summer’s program! PROMISE is an internship program, which supports the goal of enhancing work force diversity.  It provides 10-week, full-time, managerial or technical level paid work experiences to OSU students.  The objective of the program is to introduce future OSU graduates to prospective careers with OSU and state government agencies. Details, funding subsidy information and sponsorship applications are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/promise . Sponsorship applications are due by March 15.  Questions may be directed to the Office of Community and Diversity at 541- 737-4381.

NEW! Do you participate in OSU’s recruitment and selection process for classified and/or unclassified positions? If so, you’ll find the Search Excellence workshop beneficial to understanding OSU’s recruitment and selection policy and procedures, and the roles and  responsibilities that are inherent in the process. To register, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training.

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Climate Change Education Partnership, Phase I (CCEP-I) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ccep.htm NSF – CCEP-I program website:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10542/nsf10542.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is March 5, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu . For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

We are asking again for nominations 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 March 8. Please open the link to submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award.

The Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee has drafted a proposal for revisions to the Baccalaureate Core. As announced at the February 2010 meeting of the Faculty Senate, the proposal is available in its entirety at the Faculty Senate website at:
http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/bcr/reports/index.html. Opportunities for public discussion within colleges and in campus-wide groups will be ongoing through a comment period ending April 9. Individuals are also invited to provide written comments and feedback via the comments form at: https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/2010_bcr_comments/comment.php.

A group of OSU employees have started Kids Creative Movement, preschooler’s and toddler’s creative movement and dance classes. Classes are held through Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays through March 19. Open to children 3-5 years old. Held at the Corvallis Dance Center, 1935 NW Circle. Questions/register: Call 541-231-5001 or email marthalgs@comcast.net


OSU Extended Campus is accepting applications for a full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Duties include providing marketing administrative support for various Ecampus and Summer Session programs. Closes March 8. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56197

Office Specialist 1, OSU Extension Service – Linn County. F/T, starting at $1894 monthly + benefits. Duties include: performing office reception duties, clerical support to volunteer 4-H program and volunteer Master Gardener program. For complete announcement including minimum qualifications, special requirements/preferences & application materials visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs or contact Employment Services, 122 Kerr Admin Bldg, 15th & Jefferson, Corvallis OR 97331-2132; 541-737-3103; TTY 800-735-1232. Closing date Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Valley Library is recruiting for Library Technician 2 – Circulation. Full-Time, workweek includes weekend hours, $1988-$2706/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005290 Closing Date: March 3. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 2– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), P/T (.75 FTE), $2138-2960/monthly+ benefits. To review posting 0005315 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is March 1.

Office of Business Services is seeking a Surplus Property Manager. F/T Salary range $35,000-$42,000 + benefits. Manages the acquisition and disposition of surplus property. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0005297 Closing date: March 3. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program, College of Agricultural Sciences, at Oregon State
University seeks to hire a full-time Office Specialist 2. To review position description, qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005275. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Management Analyst 1– Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2484-3566/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. The posting number is 0005262. Closing Date: Today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an open for an OSU student to provide administrative support to the Director of Donor Relations & Special Events. Interested candidates are required to submit two writing samples with their application and resume. To review a complete job description and instructions on how to apply go to OSU Foundation website at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE


Corvallis: Last evening’s rainy skies cleared up and revealed a bright waxing moon for anyone who happened to look up. But the clouds are back today, bringing a few more showers and some increasing winds. The coast and other parts of Oregon may see gale force winds by Friday, but here we probably won’t get gusts much higher than 14 mph. Today’s high will be 53 with an overnight low of 46. Rain returns in earnest tomorrow.

and introducing a new addition to the weather report, from student writer Sean Barton at OSU-Cascades Campus:

Central Oregon: Is the Groundhog teasing us? Did Bendsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? Highs around 47 degrees with a low around 32 suggest nothing really…you never know, it could rain, snow, or be sunny with some chilling wind throughout the day, I guess we’ll just have to find out. It’s possible we’ll see some showers of some sort for Friday so don’t hang up the rain coat just yet.

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