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Wednesday, March 18, 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.

Portland public school students learn how to be “seasonal and regional” eaters (Portland Examiner)
You can search the Oregon State University Extension Service recipe database for healthy, kid-tested meals to make the most of seasonal ingredients.

College cows assist researchers (East Oregonian)
“We look at where the cattle industry is and ask what are the big issues, what questions might a rancher have,” said Tim DelCurto, superintendent of Oregon State University’s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center (EOARC) in Union.

Strauss draws honor (Gazette-Times)

Steven Strauss, a distinguished professor of forest biotechnology at Oregon State University, has been named the 2008 Forest Biotechnologist of the Year by the Institute of Forest Biotechnology.

Family business contest accepting nominations (Oregonian)
Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program announced today that it is accepting nominations for the program’s 2009 Excellence in Family Business Awards. (Also in the Register-Guard).

When pruning, look before you leap (Bend Bulletin)
In general, the best time to prune plants is while they are dormant in the winter, says Steve Edwards, horticulture program assistant with the Oregon State University Extension Service.


OSUed Day Store, today from noon to 3 p.m, 644 SW 13th St. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture and more. For more information call 541-737-7348.

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Student Mental Health: Information and Suggestions for Academic Advising”, today from 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Senator Jeff Merkley will be holding a town hall meeting this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library (http://www.thebestlibrary.net/joomla/), 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions about the challenges facing Oregon and America.

Gary Rhoades is AAUP’s new General Secretary. He is coming to OSU March 30 5 to 6 p.m. in MLM Room 234 and will be discussing the current state of Higher Education and Faculty Shared Governance. Rhoades has been a professor for over 20 years, most of it at the University of Arizona. His research has focused largely on higher education professions, collective bargaining, university restructuring, and science and technology issues in higher education. For more information contact Dwaine Plaza at 541-737-5369 or dplaza@orst.edu

NEW! “Introduction to Media Manager” – is a new media tool to assist in posting video media to websites in a Youtube like fashion.  We will be giving a public demonstration on April 6 in the MU Journey Room from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.. We also have a “What’s new in Drupal 6 ”  presentation on April 8 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Q & A afterwards in Valley Library Willamette Seminar West – 3rd floor.

NEW! Free entertainment for you and your family over spring break. There will be a free family-friendly professional juggling show Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Center. This is part of the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention sponsored by the OSU Juggling Club and Corvallis Juggling and Unicycle Club. If you or your family also wants to practice or learn how to juggle/unicycle for free, stop by OSU’s McAlexander Fieldhouse anytime that weekend.  For more information, email Brenda.Sallee@bus.oregonstate.edu or view the convention blog at http://www.jugglingconvention2009.blogspot.com/

“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.

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! 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

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

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.
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 Oregon State. Gather your friends, deck them in their college colors and film them doing ‘the wave.’ Get creative, spread the word and win prizes

Traffic and maintenance

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.


Today will be partly cloudy with a high near 61 and a low of 39 overnight. Expect showers tomorrow with a high of 46.

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