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Tuesday, January 13, 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.

Understanding Unconscious Bias and Unintentional Racism
(Phi Delta Kappan)

Oregon State University associate professor Jean Moule says acknowledging possible biases and working together openly is essential for developing community in our schools.

UO, WOU help students who had grants cut

The University of Oregon will provide almost $340,000 to help students who recently learned their Oregon Opportunity Grant funding will be cut for the remainder of the academic year. Some other universities, including Western Oregon University and Oregon State University, also are helping bridge the state shortfall that would otherwise be hitting their students.

OSU Fleet of Electric Cars, Hybrids Hopes Nissan Looks their Way
(Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Oregon State University, which is a leader among Oregon campuses in its use of electric and hybrid vehicles, is poised to take a larger role in emerging electric car technology at a time when Nissan North America has announced a major zero-emission vehicle partnership with the state of Oregon.


Know Thy Enemy: Common Plant Diseases & Remedies, part of the Gearing Up for Gardening Series, takes place from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. Good solutions to bad problems are presented by Darren Morgan, manager of Shonnard’s Nursery & Florist.

How do we know that human activities have influenced global climate? Global Climate Change: Detection, Attribution, Impacts, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Litigation, part of the geosciences lecture series, takes place from 4 to 5 .m. in Cordley Hall, room 1109. Speaker is Ben Santer of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

MLK, Jr. Fulfilling The Dream, Organizing for Social Justice, is a facilitated discussion with a panel of activists interested in sharing their thoughts on how to promote social justice through grassroots and direct action organizing. Open dialogue discussion. It takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109.

MLK, Jr. The Voices Project features “I Am A…” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Black Cultural Center. The Voices Project is a series of videos of OSU students, staff, and faculty discussing the different ways they identify and why. Co-sponsors include the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Join the OSU Retirement Association at one of the exciting programs listed below:

Jan. 15-18, Wrestling Meet vs. Iowa State: Join us for a wrestling practice session and a tour of the Sports Performance Center on Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Join OSURA again for the wrestling meet Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. E-mail Carol Kronstad or call 752-6892 for more information and if you are interested in attending one or both of these events.

Feb. 7,“Arcadia,” Withycombe Theater: Join us at 6:00 p.m. for finger food in the Green Room at Withycombe Hall. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. If interested, e-mailNancy Evans or call 757-0289.

Feb. 27, Gymnastics vs. UCLA: 5 p.m. light dinner at LaSells Stewart Center prior to the 7 p.m. match at Gill Coliseum. Contact Kathy Heath, heathk6@comcast.net or 541-752-1096 for reservations. Dinner is $10 and game tickets are $2 each.

NEW! The Memorial Union will be broadcasting the Presidential Inauguration live in the main lounge. The event takes place Jan. 20, beginning at 7 a.m. with the broadcast of music festivities. Refreshments will be served at 8 a.m., and the call to order begins at 8:30 a.m. Accommodations for disabilities can be made by calling 541-737-2650.

NEW! “Non-Profit Opportunity Expo” Sponsored by OSU Career Services and Student Leadership and Involvement takes place noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 22, in the Memorial Union ballroom. Events include keynote speaker Steve Pascal, an expo, and discussions on volunteering and servant leadership. For more information, see oregonstate.edu/career or contact Melissa Brazeale or Adry Clark or call 541-737-4085.

NEW! Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities in Oregon State University’s history department, will deliver a lecture titled “Do animals have a history—and why should we care?” at 4 p.m., Feb. 2, in the Memorial Union, room 109. This is the second lecture in the 2008-2009 Horning Lecture Series organized by the OSU Horning Endowment in the Humanities. Guerrini is Horning Professor in the Humanities and professor of history at OSU. For more information, contact the history department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu.cla/history/lectures.

OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to start off the year with gourmet coffee and pastries. Join President Ed Ray and Beth Ray in celebration and conversation from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 23 in the Memorial Union Lounge. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share. For more information or for special accommodations, please call 541-737-0724.

News for Employees

NEW! If you have not sent in your 2008 Charitable Fund Drive Forms, please do so before Monday, Jan. 26. Your forms can be sent to 2008 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center. Contact: 541-737-6442 or Kavinda@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Technology Across the Curriculum at OSU is offering a series of Blackboard workshops this term. All Blackboard 8 Grade Center workshops are in Waldo 132. Here is the January schedule: Jan. 13, 11 -11:50; Jan. 14, 2-2:50; Jan. 19, 12-12:20; Jan. 20, 8-8:20; Jan. 21, 9-9:50.

A sign language social hour for all skill levels takes place every Wednesday during Winter term, from noon to 1 p.m. at Market Place West at a reserved table near the west entrance.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Employee Benefits Specialist. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Salary: $24,000-$25,200. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0003738. Closing date: Feb. 1.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for a Human Resources Specialist. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0003740. Closing date: Jan. 30.

The Music Department is recruiting for the position of Office Manager. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. See announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting 0003741. For full consideration, apply by Jan. 23.

The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) is inviting students to apply for their 2009 scholarships. The OSU AOP will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 2009-10 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be full time Oregon State University students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2009-10 academic year, AND have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, OR regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in the OSU Association of Office Professionals. All interested, qualified students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. A completed application, three current letters of recommendation, and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted by March 13, 2009 to Maureen Childers, Disability Access Services, A200 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis OR 97331 or email to Maureen Childers.

Beaver Strides will be holding its weekly group walk on Mondays from noon to 12:45 p.m., rain or shine, starting at Plageman Student Health Services and walking for 45 minutes on various routes around campus. All abilities welcome.

Construction, Traffic & Maintenance

Between Jan. 13-15, the parking lot north of the Benton Annex, between the Benton Annex and Benton Hall will be closed. Due to reconfiguration of the current parking spaces in the above listed lot, all parking spaces in the paved section will be temporarily shutdown. The ADA spaces will be relocated along the sidewalk in the north section of the lot.

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