OSU Today

March 30, 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.

Region set to get its first wind farm (Bend Bulletin)
Heidi Bauer, with the Crook County Planning Department, said the commission created a technical advisory committee to monitor wildlife. The group will include officials from ODFW, the Oregon State University Extension Office, the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the project developers, among others.

As college grew, so did its influence (Gazette-Times)
A brief history of Oregon State University.

Ag research centers feel pinch of state budget crisis (East Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s agricultural research centers – including Hermiston and Pendleton – face significant funding cuts in the wake of the state’s growing budget crisis.

Jewels forged in the Depression (Oregonian)
Millions who took New Deal jobs and those who benefited from the results felt differently.
“I think its lasting legacy,” says Robbins, Oregon State University emeritus distinguished professor of history, “is the New Deal’s ability to forge a social vision, which pointed toward bringing about a nation where benefits and privileges are more evenly distributed to everyone.”

Study: Wind spreads disease faster than thought (Forbes)
Plant and human diseases that travel with the wind can spread more quickly than previously believed, according to a study at Oregon State University and elsewhere.

Joy rides and fast passes (Democrat-Herald)
Two local groups, the Oregon State University Jugglers Club and the Corvallis Juggling & Unicycling Club, are excited to present the Pacific Northwest Juggling Convention this weekend at Oregon State University.


“Move It Monday” Walk, noon. Join us for Beaver Strides group walks! We meet each Monday at noon, in front of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance. We walk for approximately 45 minutes. Walks are held rain or shine.

Gary Rhoades is AAUP’s new General Secretary. He is coming to OSU today from 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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Heart of the Valley Children’s Choirs (HVCC) will present the annual spring concert and host a food drive benefitting the Linn-Benton Food Share on March 31 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St. The concert will showcase all five HVCC choirs, comprised of children ages eight through 18, and feature a broad range of choral compositions with special appearances by community dancers, instrumental accompanists, a cappella groups, and guest conductor Justin Huddleston. Admission is $5; plus a contribution to Linn-Benton Food Share. Each family or group attending the concert is asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items; or new, packaged toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, paper products, or diapers. Admission tickets are available in advance at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis, Sid Stevens Jewelers in Albany and at the church prior to the concert. For more information: www.hvcchoir.com or 541-738-7888.

NEW! Jim Proctor, Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis and Clark College will present “Ecotopia Revisited: Seeking and Dwelling in Oregon Communities. He will discuss is research on a range of utopian Oregon communities at 7 p.m. April 6 in 109 Withycombe Hall.

Is Evolution Compatible with Christian Belief? Andy Karplus and Kevin Anderson, both Christians, will offer widely differing views. Karplus will argue that evolution is compatible with orthodox Christian belief in God and divine Creation, while Anderson will maintain that it cannot be accommodated to the Bible and Christian theology.  Both speakers will be given equal time for their presentations, which will be followed by a dialogue on the issues raised. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to address questions to them as well. The event takes place at 7 p.m. April 6 in LaSells Stewart Center. For more information visit the OSU Socratic  Club on-line at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/index.html

The Student Insurance Office and PacificSource are holding an informational meeting for all graduate research and teaching assistants from 4 to 5:15 p.m. April 8, in Gilfillan Auditorium. A representative from PacificSource will give a brief overview of the graduate insurance plan and will be available to answer questions.  Benefit packets will be handed out and enrollment forms can be completed and turned in. Packets must be turned in by April 30. For more information contact Erin Palmer at  (541) 737-7568 or erin.palmer@oregonstate.edu

Symposium on Generations and Technology: The Challenges at Work, at Play and in the Classroom,1 p.m. to 4 p.m., April 2, Valley Library, Willamette Classroom. Whether you are a student, a teacher, an administrator, or staff you’ll want to attend this engaging symposium sponsored by the Adult Education & Higher Education Leadership Department. Facilitated by Kassia Dellabough, a scholar in the field of generational diversity, this afternoon seminar will focus on the challenge to be creative and open as we interact with generations different from our own. You will have an opportunity to learn how the new technologies impact each of us at work, at play and in the classroom. For information: shelley.dubkin-lee@oregonstate.edu

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

News for Employees

RecSports FREE Week: March 30 – April 5. Free access to Dixon Recreation Center and free fitness classes for all OSU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates.

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University Club Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program will be offered again this year to recognize and encourage scholarship, demonstrated leadership, and potential societal contributions by among students purusing graduate education in Oregon.  Nomination will be accepted up until April 13.  For this and any other information regarding Fellowships, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school

The Admissions Office is recruiting for an Assistant to the Director. A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work creatively in a high volume detail oriented environment and will demonstrate strong administrative support skills and supervisory skills.  To review full posting description and to apply, go to http//oregonstate.edu/jobs posting #0003997. Closing date: March 29.

Traffic and maintenance

Student lots are now open from March 23-April 3, no permits required.


Today will be party cloudy and 55, with an overnight low of 41. Showers return tomorrow with a high of 53 and a low of 37.

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