OSU Today

Tuesday, March 17, 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.

OSU grant to help family foresters keep timberland in family (Oregonian)
The American Forest Foundation has announced a three-year, $510,000 grant to Oregon State University to help address the nation’s 10 million family forest owners to plan their estates so that timberland is preserved and not sold off for development.

Austin program gets $510,000 (Capital Press)
The Austin Family Business Program announced Wednesday, March 11, it has received a $510,000 gift from a Washington, D.C.-based forest industry group to expand its succession planning program nationally.

More matters when it’s the good stuff (Mail Tribune)

When it comes to maintaining and improving health, “portion control” is a hot catch-phrase. The food police tell us to carefully watch serving size and control snacking impulses, says Sharon Johnson, associate professor in health and human sciences at Oregon State University and on the faculty of the OSU Extension.

Today

The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues today at noon with the screening and discussion of “Multi-Racial Identities” in the MU Journey Room. OSU students, staff and faculty share their experiences and challenges of being multiracial at OSU and in life. They address issues such as their identity and when they realized it; their cultural attachments; how others perceive them; their family interactions; the pros and cons of being multi-racial; whether there is anything they would change about their identity, advice for others and why this issue is important. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

Upcoming Events

“To Swim with the Salmon: Spirituality and Ecojustice in the Pacific Northwest” a
one-day conference, takes place April 25 at the LaSells Stewart Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Its purpose is to bring academic and faith communities together in dialog about the ways in which spiritual values intersect with concerns for earth care in our region. John Hart, Boston University School of Theology professor of Christian ethics, and Native American storyteller, poet and artist Elizabeth Woody will give major talks. Breakout sessions on a variety of practical topics, an artists gallery, and lunch are included as part of the conference. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 students. The conference web site and online registration can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/swimwithsalmon2009/. Early registration is advised.

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Student Mental Health: Information and Suggestions for Academic Advising”, March 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in STAG 233.  This month’s presentation on Student Mental Health will be followed by a conversation with Jackie Alvarez from OSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Alvarez will give a brief overview of the services and/or new services her office provides and then share some of the trends her office is seeing in students. For more information and to print the handout, visit http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/onDisk.htm#20

There will be reduced hours at Student Health Services during spring break. The health center will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. In addition, SHS will be closed both Saturdays during break, March 21 and 28. Regular hours resume on Monday, March 30.

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund.  This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies.  Master’s and doctoral students in the final phase of their graduate programs may be eligible for this award.  Requests may include only students who have an extenuating financial emergency that would result in their attrition.  For more information regarding this and other graduate funding, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school
NEW! Nominations are now being accepted for the Clara L. Simerville Award for International Education, recognizing an outstanding undergraduate student at Oregon State University. The award will be given to an OSU undergraduate student who has voluntarily contributed to international understanding through personal relationships, scholarship and research, and involvement in campus or community organizations supporting international understanding.  Contact Cynthia Cox at Cynthia.cox2@oregonstate.edu for a nomination form. Nominations are due by April 6.
The Office of International Programs recommends that you communicate the following Travel Alert for Mexico to your students. The Travel Alert is from the U.S. State Department and states that all US citizens traveling to Mexico should exercise caution.  Travel to some areas along the US border such as the cities of Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, and Chihuahua City and the states of Durango and Coahuila are to be avoided if possible. For more information go to http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html

Stage the Wave and have a chance to win an HD video camera and college gear. The College Colors Friday community is launching a “Stage the Wave” video contest on YouTube. Visit collegecolorsfriday.com for details on how you can win gear from Portland State University, Oregon State University or the University of Oregon. Gather your friends, deck them in their college colors and film them doing ‘the wave.’ Get creative, spread the word and win prizes

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/

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Due to parking lot maintenance, the gravel parking lot at 12th and Washington Way will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all parking in this lot. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on March 23 and we anticipate reopening the parking spaces by 5 p.m. on March 27.

During the week of March 23-27, quarterly fire alarm testing is scheduled to take place in the following buildings: Benton Hall, Burt 3, Burt 4, Cascade Hall, CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Child Care Center, Gill Annex-Sports Performance Center, Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, Milne Computer Center, OSU Parking Structure, Parking Services Building (A.K.A. Book Storage, building 0045, just south of Kerr), Reser Stadium and Valley Football Center. This will be a live test, fire alarms, horns and bells will sound during the session.

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.

Weather

Today should be showery, with a high of 52 and a low tonight of 39. Rain increases Wednesday with a high near 54.

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