OSU Today

Tuesday, March 31, 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.

Study: Buy ads during recession for greater future earnings (KVAL)
Firms that are able to increase advertising during recessions are likely to have stronger future earnings, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University.

Universities get funding to develop solar power (Register-Guard)
Oregon State University and the University of Oregon are receiving $1.34 million in research and development funds for solar energy research — part of ongoing efforts to develop Oregon as a national center for solar energy manufacturing.

New law helps open source (Government Health IT)

Deborah Bryant, public sector communities manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab, said the HHS study reflects growing interest in open source as an opportunity for health IT.

Graduated but jobless (Gazette-Times)

Robert Stemp graduated from Oregon State University after winter term with an electrical engineering degree and a 3.1 grade-point-average. And he’s moving back into his mother’s house in Denver because he can’t find a job.

Plants for Oregon bees (Mail Tribune)
The Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University publishes a guide called “Plants for Pollinators in Oregon” that is chock full of information about bees.


5 Survival Skills for Instructors, 10 a.m. to noon, Milam 215. This session will be of particular interest to instructors new to teaching, but serves as an excellent review of some of the best practices used in classrooms today. Issues such as establishing the teaching/learning environment, discipline in the classroom, effective teaching behaviors and motivation will be addressed. Resources to support teaching at OSU will be reviewed. The Center for Teaching and Learning handbook will be provided to attendees. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/workshops/registration_form.html

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 tonight 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. For more information: www.hvcchoir.com or 541-738-7888.

Upcoming Events

NEW! In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring a series of small group conversations with President Ray and faculty. Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 20 faculty. 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 access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/comment.php to register for one of the below sessions. Requests for times will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.
April 1, 3 to 4 p.m.
April 20, 3 to 4 p.m.
May 12, 10 to 11 a.m.
May 26, 2 to 3 p.m.

NEW! The Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education invites the campus community to attend the fifth Annual Carpenter Lecture April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Powell Leadership room. This year’s lecturer is Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, president of Mount Hood Community College. The title of the lecture is “Lessons Learned: The First Six Months of a new College Presidency.” The event is free. A reception follows.

Jim Proctor, Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Lewis and Clark College will present “Ecotopia Revisited: Seeking Green in a Rainbow World.” 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

NEW! The Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core and to recommend updates for the purpose of enhancing undergraduate education at OSU. As a committee of students and faculty, we welcome your views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core, as well as suggestions or comments about the review process. Input may be provided on the comments form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/bcr_comments/comment.php. We will be actively collecting and processing input through the 4th week of Spring Term.

NEW! The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is in the process of appointing a Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Task Force. The primary role of the task force will be to assess the role of student input forms on teaching effectiveness and make recommendations for consistent use of the form in teaching evaluations across academic units. The charge, context, timeline and composition are posted online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/set/charge.html. We anticipate that committee findings will be presented to the Faculty Senate in December 2009. If you are teaching faculty and interested in participating, please send a message by April 8 to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and provide the following information: name, unit, email address, faculty rank, and a brief explanation of why you wish to serve and what information and expertise you can contribute to the effort. The Executive Committee will review responses and then invite potential members to participate on the task force.

NEW! Faculty are invited to send their ideas, comments or concerns to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee about the current economic situation via an anonymous online comment form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/budget_comments/comment.php. Comments will be reviewed and presented to OSU leadership.

NEW! Nomination materials for the Promising Scholar Award (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/pscholar/) and the OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship (http://oregonstate.edu/senate/awards/nom/impact/) must be submitted by April 3 to the Faculty Senate Office.

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

Traffic and maintenance

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


Today’s showers will continue throughout the week with a high of 52 today and an overnight low of 38, Tomorrow should be around 50.

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