OSU Today

Friday, April 3, 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.

Clem Starck (Oregon Art Beat)
He may be Oregon’s best living poet. The poems in his head are inspired by the work of his hands – he’s a carpenter at Oregon State University.

Old home week at National Geographic (Mail Tribune)
Chris Johns, a graduate of Oregon State University who was born in Medford, became editor-in-chief of National Geographic, with a circulation of about 9 million, on Jan. 1, 2005.

Waste Heat to Be Used for Cooling Systems (Softpedia.com)

The energy efficiency of diesel engines could soon be improved, thanks to a new heat-conversion technique devised by experts at the Oregon State University.

Hop Cultivation Field Day April 17

This new course will be led by John Henning, Assistant Professor– Molecular & Quantitative Genetics of Hops, Oregon State University and Jim Parker of Rogue Ales.

Senate panel weighs hemp bill (Capital Press)

Oregon growers looking for an alternative crop may have a new option if two state senators have their way, industrial hemp. According to a 1998 report from Oregon State University, the crop would require irrigation if produced in Oregon. It typically requires around 20 inches of rain in summer months under dryland production.


Open House for the Oregon State Toastmasters Club, noon to 1 p.m. Overcome your fear of speaking in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. At our Open House you will learn about our club and how the Toastmasters program can help you become a better public speaker. Refreshments provided. Crop Science Building room 138.


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


Oregon State University is hosting a College Prep Camp 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU Women’s Center is sponsoring a week of events celebrating pioneering women in the field of computer science. “Mothers of Computers” features five days of events focused on the history of women and computers. The following is a list of events: April 6:  “When Computers Were Human” presented by Dr. Alan Grier. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April 7:  “Women in Computer Science” presented by Chris Wallace. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April 8:  “Geek is Chic” A Q&A Tutorial for ladies by ladies! Bring your laptop! 4 to 5 p.m. at Kelley 1001. April 9:  “Evening With Betty Jean Bartik” One of the first female computer programmers. 4 to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. April 10: “Ice Cream Social” Free! Featured speaker Elle Bublitz. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center

NEW! OSU Media Manager Introduction. This is an overview presentation regarding the new media converter and manager being released to the OSU community. There will be two presentations for this. The first will have space for about 60 people, on April 6 in the MU Journey Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The second will be smaller, with space for about 20 participants, on April 10 in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

NEW! What’s New With Drupal 6? This is an overview presentation regarding the upcoming Drupal 6 upgrade.  Here we will be explaining a few things, such as: module changes, permission set and access role changes and general improvements. There will be two presentations, one on April 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and one on April 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room.

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 Michael Anthony Ingram at 541-578-1640 or Malinda Shell at 541-737-2776.

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.

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.

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

News for Employees
NEW! The Office of Community and Diversity is currently accepting applications for both sponsors and interns for the PROMISE program. The PROMISE program is a 10-week internship program conducted between late June and late August. Learn more at http://oregonstate.edu/promise/index.html. Application deadline is April 15. For information, call 541-737-4381 or Corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, The Valley Library (Oregon State University), and Benton County Historical Museum (Philomath) invite one and all to view a special exhibit of Oregon’s Native American heritage, Oregon Is Indian Country, showing now through April 26. Oregon Is Indian Country represents a groundbreaking project bringing all nine Oregon tribes together to present information never-before-assembled in one exhibit on contemporary indigenous cultures. The Valley Library (Oregon State University) is hosting “Traditions That Bind.”  Corvallis-Benton County Public Library will feature the portion of the exhibit called “The Land. Benton County Historical Museum (Philomath) will present “Federal Indian Policies.”

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $3250-4742/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Closing Date: April 10.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

Student lots are open through today, no permits required.

Due to repairs on the building water system, domestic and industrial water services to Plageman Student Health Center will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect all water to the building, in all rooms, and on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 9 a.m.


Showers should end this morning, with a high of 49 and a low of 32. The weekend looks more pleasant, with some clouds Saturday and a high of 57, before it gets positively balmy on Sunday, with afternoon sun and a high of 66.

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