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Friday, March 5, 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.

OneOcean (CBC TV)

The first episode of the 4-part CBC documentary “One Ocean” that aired in Canada yesterday included footage from the NW Rota 2009 expedition last year, which was led by Chief Scientist Bill Chadwick of OSU.

Sea lions caught in debris get help from OSU (KVAL)

Jim Rice of Oregon State University, who coordinates the multi-agency Marine Mammal Stranding Network, said removing debris from the animals can be difficult and dangerous.

Agent takes forestry to lofty heights (Capital Press)

There’s a lot more to Mike Bondi than what appears on his orange-and-black business card. In addition to being an Oregon State University forestry and Christmas tree extension agent and the staff chair for OSU’s Clackamas County Extension office, the 58-year-old Minnesota native has played a dominant role in the state’s progressive forestry sector.

Statesman, scientist finds newest path (Gazette-Times)

All his classmates at Lowell High School in San Francisco planned to attend Stanford or the University of California. Tony Van Vliet let his buddy, the late Drew Turner, talk him into attending Oregon State University, drawn by the “Slats” Gill basketball program.

Extension to offer Growing Farms workshops (Democrat-Herald)

In collaboration with Oregon Tilth and the USDA Risk Management Agency, the Small Farms Program will present the series to provide tools and information for beginning specialty crop and livestock farmers.

How a corporation is like a person (Voice of America)

OSU historian Jeff Sklansky says a slow shift to personhood for American companies began with a Supreme Court ruling in eighteen nineteen. It said states cannot interfere with private contracts creating corporations.

Intense war news reduces ability to remember ads (Science Blog)

The research, featured in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, was conducted by Keven Malkewitz, assistant professor of marketing at Oregon State University, and Damon Aiken of Eastern Washington University. It is the first study of its kind related to programming intensity in the context of war news.

Massive quakes not related (Gazette-Times)

Robert Yeats is a professor emeritus in the geosciences department at Oregon State University and a senior consultant for Earth Consultants International in Orange County, Calif.


It’s College Colors Friday so put on your orange!

National Anthem Auditions for OSU Sporting Events will take place  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: Brad Townsend, Director of Athletic Bands, 541-737-0544, osubands@oregonstate.edu

The winter term performances of Oregon State University’s Opera Workshop will take place tonight 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.


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.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Carrie Woodson Beatrice Halsell Ward is the first known African-American student to graduate from Oregon State University. A 1921 graduate of Salem High School, she enrolled in September 1922 at what was then called the Oregon Agricultural College (OAC). She graduated in June 1926 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce.  Carrie Halsell Hall was dedicated in her honor in 2002.  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! Monday, March 8 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Quad, the OSU Pre-Therapy and Allied Health Club, in association with the National MS Society, will unveil a 280 sq ft “MS” constructed of 7,000 oranges to symbolize every individual that has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the state of Oregon. Volunteers are needed at 10 a.m. to help unload, organize, and distribute oranges as well as to form a clean-up crew from 1 to 1:30 p.m. So bring your friends, wear your orange shirts, and take a break from studying to join us in the quad and be a part of something big, special, and orange! Contact Kimberly Olson at olsonk@onid.orst.edu for more information.

NEW! Monday, March 8, former Center Research Fellows Adam Rome and Robin Schultze will return to the Center for the Humanities, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., for two presentations. At noon Schultze will lead a discussion on “The Future of the Book? Testing the Sony Electronic Reader at Penn State.” At 4 p.m. Rome will speak on, “The Genius of Earth Day,” as part of the Center’s regular Monday lecture series. Schultze and Rome were in residence at the Center in 2005-06. Both are on The Pennsylvania State University faculty.

NEW! To raise awareness about the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund, the OSU choirs will perform a special concert titled “Sing Out!” on Monday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. The purpose of the concert, which will feature the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce, and the Meistersingers, is two-fold. First and foremost, the choirs want to share their music with the community, but secondly, the music department wants to highlight the importance of scholarships for music students at OSU. Admission to “Sing Out!” will be $10 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with their school ID card.

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!

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! Do you know a business that is Powered by Orange? One owned by an Oregon State alum, or that has lots of OSU alums working there or are just friends of OSU. PBO businesses drive innovation, support economic growth and serve the community. Starting in April, one business a month will be selected for the Orange Spotlight including a feature story, promotion on OSU’s social networks, and more.
To nominate a business, go to poweredbyorange.com/2010/03/01/orange-spotlight/.

NEW! Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.
March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.
April 26, 10: to 11 a.m.
May 7, 2 to 3 p.m.

Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The Open House meetings will be held March 23 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services, Plageman Building. The next 13-week session begins on March 30. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Providence you may call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. If you have Kaiser you may call 866-301-3866 to get a WW access code. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106. Come to the Open House on March 23 with any questions you have.

Temporary Change to Graduate School Hours 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.

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

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

Waldo Hall: Due to necessary repairs on the building water system, all domestic hot water services to Waldo Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building.  The shutdown will begin at 5 p.m. today and services should be restored by 7 a.m. Monday.

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. today 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.


Corvallis: Yet another film version of the classic “Alice in Wonderland” is being released today, and in honor of the man who started it all, please do your best to think of six impossible things before breakfast this morning. There’s a slight chance of rain this morning but the outlook is generally cloudy with a high of 58. Saturday is foggy with a chance of rain in the late afternoon, and Sunday it gets a bit more damp. Despite the drizzle, have a very merry Un-birthday today.

Central Oregon: Clouds fill the skies once again but don’t expect showers flowing from them. A high at 47 and overnight low around 31 seem to be pretty standard for Central Oregon. The sun’s only hiding, it’ll be out soon, have patience. Before long, the flowers will be in bloom.

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