OSU Today

Thursday, March 4, 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.

An amazing race (West-Linn Tidings)

OSU’s Keegan Warrington returns from Africa rally.

Oregon State study examines best e-tail practices for merchants (KVAL)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers suggests that that there are several key items, or “cues,” that make the difference between a consumer adding those extra “impulse” purchases or simply leaving a business’s Web site. (See also Small Business TV)

Smiles on the plaza (Today Show)

Oregon State University Memorial Union President, Jorge Michel & MU Vice President, Caitlin Martin, who were in NYC for the Association of College Unions International Conference, showed their school spirit at the Today Show.

A life spent supporting students (LIFE@OSU)

For nearly five decades, Jo Anne Trow has been considered a leader in student affairs – from the time when women college administrators were rare and the title “Dean of Women” still existed at most universities.

Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile (AOL)

There’s an 80 percent chance the southern end of the fault off southern Oregon and Northern California would break in the next 50 years and produce a megaquake, according to Chris Goldfinger, who heads the Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Laboratory at Oregon State University. (See also US News & World Report)

Suit seeks to bar genetically modified sugar beets (Ag Weekly)

“It will be a big problem,” if the injunction is granted, said Carol Mallory-Smith, professor of weed science at Oregon State University. “The industry really had converted to this.”


Today is the last day to register for the Power Up Challenge triathlon, which takes place March 7 at Dixon Recreation Center. You don’t have to be a Power Up participant to enter, and it’s free. To register, go to www.oregonstate.edu/recsports and fill out a form, which must be dropped off at the Rec Services desk in Dixon by today. The forms are also available at the Rec Services desk.

OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: Writing Your Way to a Job, 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms in Valley Library. Do you think a career transition might be in your future? Be ready to submit that application by brushing up on your resume and cover letter skills. Anne Lapour and Adry Clark (Career Services) will provide the basics, as well as additional information on tailoring your application materials to a specific job. Learn how to market your transferable skills, and inch yourself closer to an interview.
This event is free and open to all. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

Student success is at the heart of OSU’s mission. At the noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Susie Brubaker-Cole, Associate Provost for Academic Success & Engagement, will discuss initiatives that take a holistic approach to the educational experience. Guests can reserve a seat in the MU, room 109, by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783.

Joy Jars takes place at noon in the Women’s Center. This program is a part of the Women’s Mental Health Series put on by the Women’s Center. This particular workshop will focus on creativity and empowerment. Participants will make a special jar that can make their day whenever they need a pick me up.

The annual Starker Lecture Series from the College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute kicks off today 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.

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the OSU’s Women Center are hosting a Women’s Symposium on Careers in Political Leadership  from 7-9 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. Speakers will include Rep. Sara Gelser, Caroline Davidson from Willamette University, state senator Chris Telfer, Diana Woodward of Brenco Energy Concepts and Margaret Carter of the Oregon Department of Human Services. Information: email smiths2@onid.orst.edu or lopezcay@onid.orst.edu

Timothy Brook, a professor of history at the University of British Columbia, will link the artwork of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer with globalization when he presents a free public lecture tonight. “The Coins on Vermeer’s Table: Dutch Merchants, Chinese Manufacturers, and the Birth of Global Trade” begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU Chamber Winds, directed by Christopher Chapman, will perform at 7:30 p.m., at the First Christian Church, 602 S.W. Madison Ave. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff, and faculty will be admitted for free with their OSU ID. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Oregon State student Jean Saubert was the first woman Olympian from OSU.  Saubert won two medals in Alpine skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.  JoAnne Trow will speak about the history of women at OSU on March 30, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., in La Raza Room, 208 Memorial Union. For more information visit http://oregonstate.edu/wage/celebrating-history-women-osu-dr-jo-anne-trow

Upcoming events

NEW! The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “Navigating the Dynamics of Power and Privilege” March 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Corvallis – Benton County Public Library. This workshop will feature OSU’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs Larry Roper, speaking on exploring the dynamics such as power, privilege, marginality and mattering as we seek to make sense out of organizational relationships. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu .

Three Fingered Jack performs March 11 during OSU Music a la Carte, noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. A student health nurse practitioner gone wild on cello and pennywhistle! A Research Office staffer strumming Irish bouzouki and guitar. In addition, a local bodhran (Irish drum) player/vocalist and a fiddler/vocalist. Get a head start on St. Patrick’s season with some of the finest Irish traditional music in the mid-valley!

The winter term performances of Oregon State University’s Opera Workshop will take place on Friday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre at Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Both performances will include scenes from Tchaikovsky’s “Yevgeny Onegin” (Eugene Onegin), Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Offenbach’s “Orphee auz enfers” (Orpheus in the Underworld), and a classic American opera based on a true story of the West. Tickets are only being sold at the door, prior to each performance. They will be $10 for general admission adults; $5 for non-OSU students; and free for OSU students, staff, and faculty with OSU ID card.

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

Please join the OSU Pride Center, Basic Rights Action Team, PRIDE Corvallis, and the OSU Office of LGBT Outreach & Services for a discussion of Oregon’s hate crime laws featuring Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson. This event will be held at the OSU Pride Center, 1553 SW ‘A’ Ave., Sunday, March 7, 6 p.m.

International Women’s Lunch Bunch, March 8 and 10 at noon, Women’s Center. International Women’s Lunch Bunch is in celebration of Women’s HerStory Month and International Women’s Day. Participants can bring their own lunches and eat at the Women’s Center while listening to International women share the status of women in their countries. A beverage from their respective country will be served at each event.
List of speakers and countries represented:
March 8: Cynthia Maharani, INDONESIA
March 10: Tawalin Opastrakoon, THAILAND


A weekly seminar of speakers from across the country will discuss the technical and policy aspects of nuclear weapons in “Going to Zero Nuclear Weapons.” It will be held Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and is open to all interested OSU students. Non-engineering students must register by emailing kristie.marsh@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! Temporary Change to Graduate School Hours,  March 4 through March 26. The Graduate School will be open from 10-12 and 1-5 weekdays. Our document drop box in the basement of Kerr is available all hours the building is open.

There is still room in the small group sessions with Dr. Ray on April 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. and May 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. These sessions are open to academic, research and professional faculty. If you’d like to visit with Dr. Ray regarding a topic of your choice, please indicate for which session you’re available and provide the following to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu: name, email, unit and faculty category (i.e., professor, professional).

The Graduate School has announced that the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund is available 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. Departments and programs may submit nominations to the Graduate School on behalf of graduate students who are facing a critical financial emergency that could impede degree completion. 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. Awards will be made on a one-time only basis normally during a student’s final term in the graduate program, and are intended to help defray the cost of degree completion. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html. Deadline for submission of nominations is March 17.

OSU has now overtaken UO in the Recyclemania Civil War and is number one in the Pacific Northwest! Help us keep our lead over the next week by getting those recyclables (cans, bottles, paper, cardboard, etc) in the bin. Don’t forget to remind your co-workers to do the same! OSU is competing against UO and other universities across the US to see who can recycle the most during winter term; more info at recycle.oregonstate.edu

The Affirmative Action Search Advocate (AASA) assists committees in recognizing the potential for specific biases and actively promotes diversity at each stage of the search process. President Ray has charged the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity with development and implementation of a search advocacy program to ensure accountability to Oregon State University’s equal opportunity principles, affirmative action practices, and diversity values. Individuals interested in serving in this role are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing the specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process. Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee.
Part I of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program introduces potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 10: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 20: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program further explores potential biases and opportunities and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process.
Wednesday, March 17: 1:30-4:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 27: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143
Information: contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at 541-737-3556.

The Joint Task Force on Shared Governance is working to further the principle of shared governance and promote the involvement of faculty in institutional decision making. The Task Force is seeking suggestions for improving, enhancing, and/or expanding shared governance at all levels of the university. A form to collect your suggestions anonymously is available at
https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/JTFSG/2010_COMMENTS/comment.php. Suggestions will be accepted through March 7.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2010. Applications are due in the Research office by March 8. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

REVISED! 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 has been revised from March 5 to March 17, 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.


Accounting Technician, College of Forestry Business Office at OSU. F/T, $2,138 -$2,960/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005341. Closing Date: March 12. OSU is an AA/EOE

Director – Extension Family and Community Health Nutrition Education Program, Oregon State University, Full-Time.  To review posting and apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56025 Closing Date April 1.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue  Agent II – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State  University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply,  go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing  Date:  March 14. OSU is  an AA/EOE.

Office Specialist 1-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $1923-2595/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0005325 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date March 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant-Department of Chemistry, F/T, $2293-3250/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0005241 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date March 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The College of Science Information Network department (COSINe) is recruiting for a Oper Systems-Network Analyst/ Web developer/Linux/Unix Administrator (Internal to OSU Employees Only), competency level 2. This is a full-time position, pay range $3428-$6073. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting # 0005334 Closing date: March 9. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Director of Budget and Fiscal Planning, for the Finance and Administration Division of Oregon State University. Position is full-time, 12-month, fixed term. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: administration of and facilitating the accountability of University budget; administration and development of support systems and reports for university-wide academic and financial analytical and decision-making needs; direct the operation of the unit. Advise senior administration regarding budget matters. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, with benefits. Position funded by education and general funds. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at Posting #0005329. Closing Date: March 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Crop Science Building: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply, all industrial and domestic hot & cold water services to the Crop Science Bldg will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building.  The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. March 5 and should end by 11 a.m.

Wilkinson Hall: Due to emergency repairs to the building air supply fan, the building air services (ventilation) to Wilkinson Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all room on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 8 and should end by 5 p.m. March 11.

Oak Creek: Due to necessary repairs on the building hot water recirculation pump, all domestic hot water services to the Oak Creek Building will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 3 p.m.


Corvallis: Ignore the ominous clouds hanging around this morning. We’re in for sunshine, which is already fiercely trying to break through the canopy. Today’s high will be 55 with an overnight low of 37. Rain rolls in tonight and there may be some showers on the way tomorrow.

Central Oregon: It looks like it’s going to start clearing up today with partly sunny or mostly cloudy skies , depending on your mood, and a high around 47 degrees.  Another chilly overnight low around 26 degrees may require you to break out the scraper for your windshield in the morning, if you don’t have a garage that is. Although the clouds are sticking around, expect the sun to shine through for the next couple of days.

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