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Thursday, April 2, 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.

More college students study abroad, grow at home (Oregonian)
Jenny Lamb, a 23-year-old Oregon City High School graduate, estimated that her semester in Denmark cost her twice as much as studying at Oregon State University, in part because of Denmark’s high cost of living.

OSU alum David Lambert To Lead K-State´s Department Of Agricultural Economics (Cattle Network)
Kansas State University has named David K. Lambert to lead its Department of Agricultural Economics.

Blue Gold: Have the Next Resource Wars Begun? (The Nation)
“What’s more than likely is the water crisis will continue to get worse,” said Aaron Wolf, a professor of geography at Oregon State University and a specialist in transnational water disputes.

Oregon woodland owners consider selling carbon credits (Oregonian)

“That’s the problem with this approach, because if you already have good practices and your baseline is very high, it’s hard to get more out of it,” said Mark Harmon, an Oregon State University forestry professor.

Oregon Wines (Western Oregon Journal)
Tom Elliot learned the science of wine-making during his time in Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program, but he learned how to grow grapes while working at Elk Cove Vineyards in Gaston

Increased advertising during recession pays off, study finds (Register Guard)
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.

Standoff gives OSU alert system first run (Oregonian)
A standoff in Corvallis has put the Oregon State University emergency alert system to use for the first time in a real incident.

Ag research station wrestles budget cuts
(East Oregonian)

Like other programs across the state, Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center is bracing for budget cuts.


LIFE@OSU arrives today. Learn about how OSU Surplus saves the university money, and keeps waste out of the landfill. Roger Graham of the College of Business has tax tips, and we celebrate the soggy arrival of Spring.

Blackboard basics, 11 to 11:50 a.m., 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

Symposium on Generations and Technology: The Challenges at Work, at Play and in the Classroom,1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 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

Media icon Frank Blethen, Publisher and CEO of the Seattle Times, will give the Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m., 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.”

Upcoming Events

NEW! Come join U.S. Senator Ron Wyden for a Benton County Town Hall Meeting 11:30 a.m., April 4, in the Benton County Commissioners Board Room, 408 S.W. Monroe Ave.

NEW! Throughout the month of April, the Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) plans to co-sponsor a series of events to heighten awareness related to minority health risks, and disease prevention. The first event will be held in conjunction with OSU Student Health Services, Beaver Strides and the American Heart Association’s National Start! Walking Day Campaign (http://www.americanheart.org). April 8, there will be a series of 30 minutes walks between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. which will start in front of the Kerr Administration Building. For more information see http://mystartonline.org or contact Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram at 541-578-1640 or Malinda Shell at 541-737-2776.

NEW! Oregon State University is hosting the 2009 PeaceJam Northwest Youth Conference April 25 and 26. This conference is for youth ages 14 to 18.  2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi will work personally with the youth, providing a great opportunity for youth to learn how to create positive change in themselves, their communities and the world.  The conference will take place at the Memorial Union. The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information, please contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

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.

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.

The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its April workshop on 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@co.benton.or.us

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 6:30 p.m. 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.
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.

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

News for Employees

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.

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.


It should be rainy today with a high of 50 and a bit of wind and an overnight low of 39. Tomorrow will be showery with a high of 51, but the weekend looks sunny and a bit warmer.

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