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Monday, March 15, 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.

The Invader: Lionfish (Reader’s Digest)

In this video, OSU’s Mark Hixon discusses what happens when the aquarium fish runs rampant off the Atlantic coast. To read the feature article on Hixon and lionfish, click here.

Asian fly invasion could ruin Oregon fruit crops (Oregonian)

“The fruit looks great when you buy it, and it would totally disintegrate within three days,” said Vaughn Walton, who is heading a crash research project at Oregon State University. (See also Seattle Times and Register-Guard)

Rowing romance (Gazette-Times)

Sarah White, 27, and Ryan Dillon, 28, met in a yoga class at Oregon State University. Members of the OSU crew team, they loved rowing — and eventually fell in love with each other. When they wed in the fall of 2009, they did not have the typical bridal registry. Instead, they asked all their friends and family to make a donation to the rowing program’s $2.5 million Boathouse Project.

Oregon stimulus boast stretches facts on job creation (Oregonian)

University and community college campuses got the lion’s share of the money, much to their delight. At Oregon State University, $500,000 in state stimulus money paid part of a $3.7 million renovation of Gill Coliseum, where the Beavers play basketball.

Free shipping best online inducement (AZ Central)

Do you take advantage of online discounts and free-shipping offers on apparel Web sites? If so, you’re like many other consumers, according to a new study by Oregon State University.

Beaver football camp a thrill for kids (Gazette-Times)

It started with a huddle. Oregon State’s running back Jacquizz Rodgers was at the center. Kids in Beaver gear, many sporting jerseys with Rodgers’ No. 1, surrounded him. They pressed ballcaps and footballs and fat Sharpie pens into his hands. Parents formed the outer ring, raising cell phones and small cameras to snap photos.

Dying student wills everything to OSU (KGW)

On his deathbed, Doug Meuler wrote his last will and testament in big block letters on a simple sheet of white paper. He left everything he had to the Native American Longhouse and the Ethnic Studies Department at Oregon State University. (See also Gazette-Times)


After over 12 years of service in the Surplus Property Department Patsy Hendricks is retiring. Business Services will be holding a retirement reception for her in MU 208 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Please come join us in thanking her for all her hard work over the years.

“The Commanders” – Jazz Ensemble of the Air Force Band of the Golden West is performing at the LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the LaSells Stewart Center, Gazette Times and 106.3 KLOO FM.

Women’s History Month

Here’s today’s OSU fact in honor of Women’s History Month: Nettie Spencer was born near Corvallis in 1861 to Oregon pioneer parents. She graduated from Corvallis College in 1882, and spent the next several years teaching and studying at various places in the U.S. and abroad, including Portland, Davenport College (North Carolina), Berlin, Paris, London and India. Spencer ran for election as superintendent of schools for Benton County in 1890, 21 years before women were allowed to vote in Oregon elections.  She was narrowly defeated.   Spencer returned to Oregon permanently in 1916 and taught at Eugene and Roseburg High Schools.  Spencer received a masters degree in sociology from Oregon State in 1928. Spencer was a charter member of the Mazamas, a Portland mountain climbing club, and in 1935 was elected president of the Oregon State Women’s Press Club. Spencer died in Portland in 1953. 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 annual Joint Service Review (JSR) is held by the four branches of the military that are represented in OSU’s three ROTC programs on campus.  This year the Navy ROTC Unit is hosting and the Commander, Naval Region NorthWest, Rear Admiral Symonds will give the keynote address.  OSU faculty, students and community guests are invited to attend this free and “feel good” event.  JSR will be held this year on April 30 at 10 a.m. on the OSU Memorial Union Quad.

NEW! On March 16, the Women’s Center is having a program called “Joy Jars” at noon in the Women’s Center. This event is part of the Women’s Mental Health Series. Participants will be making a special jar full of pick me ups and affirmations.

A second March Science Pub Central Oregon takes place March 16 at the Bend McMenamins. Frank Bernieri, associate professor in the OSU Department of Psychology, will speak about “First Impressions.” The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

Classified staff are invited to a conversational meeting with President Ray and Provost Randhawa from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., March 16, in MU 208 La Raza.

Oregon State graduate students in Mechanical Engineering will present their beta prototype of products they’ve created for Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center clients on March 18, 6 p.m., at the Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, 1853 Airway Rd., Lebanon. To RSVP call 541-258-8121.

Seminars and symposiums

NEW! Research in Tribal Communities Mini-symposium, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program and Environmental Health Sciences Center are pleased to present this mini-symposium on important issues related to working with tribal communities.  Anyone currently or planning to partner with tribal communities is welcome to participate. You must register to attend. Registration is free, and lunch is included, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2qymms1eab86e27

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon State University is taking applications for 54 Oregon middle school students to attend the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp this summer at OSU. All selected campers will be funded by scholarship. Application deadline is Friday, April 16. The application includes a student essay and recommendations from science and math teachers. More information is available online at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/summer-science-camp. Interested persons may request a printed copy from camp coordinator Andy Hoffmann by calling 541-737-4081 or by e-mail at fourhscicamp@proaxis.com.

NEW! 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams will be at OSU April 23, 24 &25. Her weekend will be devoted to working with  14-19 year olds from around the northwest helping them become leaders for positive change in their communities and the world. If you know a teenager who could benefit from the unique opportunity, contact the child’s school office or PeaceJam@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-3172 or help sponsor a child. Registration deadline April 3. Cost $75.00/child. Need based scholarships available. http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/peacejam/

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. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html. Deadline for submission of nominations is March 17.

Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) spring term registration begins Monday, March 15. All faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouses/partners, retirees, and affiliates of the university qualify. Online schedule of classes can be found at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-activity-classes-spring-2010-schedule . Have a question? email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

L.L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Program Nominations are due no later than March 29, to the Office of Academic Affairs, 628 Kerr Administration Building. Additional information regarding the nomination and evaluation process can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/documents/Stewart Scholars.doc

Approval has been received for the OSU Outreach and Engagement Award which replaces the OSU Extended Education Faculty Achievement Award. This award recognizes significant and meritorious work which enhances reciprocal learning with our students, partners and stakeholders through outreach and engagement activities. The criteria and nomination form is available at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/outreach/; the deadline for nominations is April 5.


Human Resources Technician, Health Sciences Business Center, Oregon State University.  (Internal to OSU Employees Only) This is a 12-month, fixed-term, part-time (0.50 FTE), benefits eligible professional faculty position.  To review the required and preferred qualifications please review the posting.  To apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005408.  Closing Date: March 29.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

Assistant to the Director for the Office of Community and Diversity. F/T Office Specialist 2, $2138 – $2960/monthly + benefits. Responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative support to the Director, clerical, administrative and business activities of the office. Sensitivity to cultural differences and needs is paramount to the effectiveness of the office. To apply and for a complete position announcement see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005376. Closing date: March 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Arts and Sciences Business Center invites applications for a Grants and Contracts Technician. This is a Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005350. Closing date is today. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The College of Science Deans Office invites applications for an Administrative Program Assist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005080. For full consideration apply by March 17, closing date is March 26. 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Oak Creek: Due to the installation of new electrical services, all electrical services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect the power, and possibly the building heating system and domestic hot water.  Power to the west wing will be restored after a brief outage, and remain on for the duration of the project.  Backup power will be provided for the remainder of the building for computers and other necessary devices. Parking in the North parking lot will be limited to spaces against the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 17 and should end by 5 p.m. March 26.

Langton Hall: Due to necessary repairs to the pools filtration system, all pool services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all classes or events scheduled. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 26.

Gilbert Addition: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply system, all industrial and domestic hot & cold water services to Gilbert Addition will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on March 22, and should end by 3:30 p.m. March 24.


Corvallis: Hopefully yesterday’s gorgeous weather lifted your spirits enough to carry you through the first Monday after daylight saving time. One bright spot is that getting up an hour early allowed some of us to witness a colorful sunrise this morning. Today will be mostly sunny with a high of 69 (wow), and an overnight low of 48. Rain comes back tomorrow but hightails it out of town by Wednesday.

Central Oregon: It looks like the beautiful weather from the weekend is carrying over into today.  Mostly sunny skies with a high near 58 degrees and overnight low around 34 make it look like spring is right around the corner in the High Desert.  Although precipitation is possible, highs are expected to stay above 50 degrees for the rest of the week.

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