OSU Today

Wednesday, April 1, 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.

Corvallis, an eco-friendly small town (Sunset Magazine)
With two LEED-certified buildings and more on the way, OSU is listed by the Kaplan College Guide as one of the nation’s top green universities.

Of falls, yoga and small yippy dogs — as they relate to older adults (Los Angeles Times)
Recent research at Oregon State University suggests that older adults who are worried about their health are less likely to have active lifestyles.

UO, OSU land solar investment (Portland Business Journal)
The University of Oregon and Oregon State University will receive a total of $1.34 million for solar energy research, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center, or Oregon BEST.

Sandy college student manages painting crews for summer work
(Sandy Post)

Summer for a college student includes a little rest and relaxation after a long year of studying, and also the dreaded summer job. But for Sandy’s AJ Schnell, a freshman at Oregon State University, that job will be managing his own business.

Emergency system alerts OSU (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University’s emergency alert system was used for the first time in a real incident at 10:33 a.m. Tuesday, when students and university employees were warned to stay away from a police standoff on 25th Street near campus.

Today

OSUsed Evening Sale, 5:30 pm to 7 p.m., 644 SW 13th St. Your chance to buy computers, bicycles, furniture, and more. For more information call 541-737-7347.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Media icon Frank Blethen, Publisher and CEO of the Seattle Times, will give the Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., April 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Auditorium on the Oregon State University campus. The event is free and open to the public. He will speak on the topic, “Reclaiming America’s Independent Press and Saving Democracy.”

NEW! Blackboard basics, 11 to 11:50 a.m., April 2, Waldo Hall 115A. If you are new to Blackboard or need a refresher, this is the session for you. To register go to: http://oregonstate.edu/tac

NEW! Oregon State University is hosting a College Prep Camp April 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. This camp is for both cheerleaders and dancers. An NBA Blazer Dancer and Stunt Team Member will be on staff along with all the current OSU Coaches.  This is a great opportunity to work on your co-ed stunting and get excellent instruction. “How to do your best at a college tryout” seminar will be taught by OSU coaches, Todd and Amber Bezates along with next year’s Assistant Cheerleading Coach, OSU and University of Hawaii Cheerleading-Alum, Jeff Davis. A college-level dance will be taught by OSU Dancer-alum and current NBA Blazer Dancer, Taren Darr. The cost is $35. You can pre-register or walk-up. The clinic will take place in Gill Coliseum.

NEW! The spring term diversity book club discussion of “Stubborn Twig” by Lauren Kessler will be held April 22 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Room. Don’t miss this classic story of immigrants making their way in Oregon beginning in the years before statehood. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American. This award-winning book bears eloquent witness to both the promise and peril of America. Bring your lunch and join the conversation. For more information or to request accommodation, call 541-737-4381.

NEW! The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its April workshop on Thursday, April 9. This month’s topic is Hiring and Supporting People with Disabilities in the Workplace. Take a closer look at updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act, medical challenges facing returning veterans, hiring individuals with developmental disabilities and providing accommodations for differently-abled individuals. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: Katrina.hopkins@benton.or.us.

NEW! The Other Side Talent Show & Silent Auction will be held April 9. It is sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee of Oregon State University and is an annual showcasing of “the other side” of your student-athletes; the talents that don’t show up on the course, court, field, mat, pool, pitch, water or even in the classroom. Silent Auction bidding will open at 6:30pm and the Talent Show will begin at 7 p.m.. in the Austin Auditorium at the La Sells Stewart Center. This is a family oriented talent show; adults are $5, students are $3 and children under 5 are free. Tickets are available only at the door. Half of the funds raised through the silent auction to the OSU IMPACT Program which is a community based program serving children with disabilities. For information, call Linda Johnson at 541-737-6804.

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.
Today, 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.

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. His talk sponsored by the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture and the Spring Creek Project in the Department of Philosophy.

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! It is that time of year again to sell Steer-A-Year beef. The department of Animal Sciences has 21 head of cattle in the barn that range from Angus to crossbreds to even a Holstein steer. Six steers are already spoken for and sold. They are currently selling wholes and halves for $4.00/lb and mixed quarters for $4.25/lb. The price includes cutting and wrapping of beef. The 25 students involved in the program have been working hard and feeding cattle throughout the past six months. All the money generated from this program goes toward scholarships for future and current students, educational trips to beef industry conferences/events, and most important supporting the education of students by continuing the Steer-A-Year program. For more information contact Matt Kennedy at 541-737-1906 or Brianna Panter at 541-737-3292.

NEW! Employee Award Program for Classified and Professional Faculty Employees. Do you have a classified or professional faculty employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website and/or attached Word file for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2008. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by April 15. For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

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

Weather

Showers today with a high of 49 and a low of 43, with rain tomorrow.

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