OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

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.

Oregon Civil War: To the victor goes the platypus (KVAL)

College football rivalries are known for their victory trophies. Stanford and Cal play for the Axe. USC and UCLA play for the Victory Bell. And many, many years ago the University of Oregon and Oregon State had something just as epic. The platypus trophy was created in 1959 by a University of Oregon Fine Arts student after officials from both universities came up with the idea.

Growing Rogue: Medford’s Porter Lombard makes wine unlike anyone (Willamette Week)

A retired professor of viticulture at Oregon State University, Lombard, 82, has been called “the father of the modern Rogue Valley wine industry.”

Ore. volunteers sought to gather precip data (KTVZ)

Coordinated by the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University, the program is part of the national Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, or CoCoRaHS. This national initiative has volunteers in every state who collect and report precipitation data, providing scientists with important data that supplements that which comes from existing weather stations. (see also Cannon Beach Gazette)

Sheep Center downsized (Gazette-Times)

Every year, the Oregon State University’s Sheep Center draws children and families and classrooms and teachers from around the state to witness the ewes and lambs during the spring lambing season. But now the rustic barn four miles northwest of campus on Oak Creek Drive is empty, and there’s a good chance that the public will not be able to visit the ewes and their tail-wiggling newborns next spring.

New drop-off childcare for student parents at Dixon (LIFE@OSU)

Busy student parents who just want a little time to fit a workout into their schedules can now do so without having to worry about finding a sitter. “Our Little Village,” a drop-off childcare center funded by student fees, has expanded from its first location at Valley Library to a new second location at Dixon Recreation Center.

NuScale Power must reapply for nuclear power grant (Oregonian)

NuScale has already invested $100 million in developing its technology, which was originally developed at Oregon State University (OSU retains a small stake in the company.) NuScale employs 130 in Corvallis, and another 20 in Portland.

Summit focuses on growing agritourism (Capital Press)

The summit, called “Getting to Yes for Agritourism business development,” will run 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.

Workshop offered for new orchardists (Capital Press)

Choosing a proper site for a hazelnut orchard is the most important step a grower can take in establishing a successful operation, according to an Oregon State University extension agent.

County jobless rate dips in October (Gazette-Times)

In the public sector, state government was up 220 jobs since October 2011, led by 190 hires in state government educational services, primarily Oregon State University. Local government employment was down 80 jobs, dragged down by a loss of 100 positions in educational services, while federal employment was down 20.


Recreational Sports Thanksgiving Hours: All Recreational Sports facilities are closed for Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 22-23. Facilities will be on break hours (open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.) on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Speaker John Bailey, of OSU, will present “A framework for evaluating the impact of climate change of northern spotted owl habitat in dry forest types” on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. in ALS 4000.


Campus is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no OSU Today until Monday, Nov. 26.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Wind Ensemble: The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble presents the fall concert “and the Mountains Rising Nowhere,” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street. Students, staff, and faculty of OSU are admitted for free with their ID card

NEW! OSU Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Equipment Maintenance Management Services: PaCS has contracted with The Remi Group to provide a comprehensive approach to managing equipment maintenance: keep using your current vendors, consolidate your equipment maintenance contracts, AND save money. The company will host a presentation providing details and answering questions on Nov. 28 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in MU Room 213. For more information visit the PaCS Buy Orange website: http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/buyorange

MUPC Children’s Holiday Party:  MUPC invites children ages 5-10 from the OSU Community to participate in a free, jungle-themed holiday party with games, crafts, and a live animal show in the MU on Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.  Snacks will be provided.  Registration is open now and will close Nov. 26.  Register online at: http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrensparty

Civil War archives celebration: Join in the Civil War game day festivities by stopping in at the OSU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives Research Center. A selection of memorabilia from Civil War games past will be on display, and yearbooks and the Barometer will also be available for viewing. Nov. 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Valley Library fifth floor. For additional details, contact scarc@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2075.

Repair Fair: If it’s broke, fix it. We’ll show you how Monday Nov. 26, 6 to 8 pm, at the Recycling Warehouse (644 SW 13th Street). Bring your broken items and questions; volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things. Save money, save natural resources. For a list of repair skills offered this month, visit our blog.

Qualtrics survey research tool training: The intuitive and powerful Qualtrics survey tool is now available to all faculty, staff, and students under a campus license agreement. Please join us for a user training webinar on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2-3 p.m. or Friday, Nov 30, 10-11 a.m. Participants can attend the session in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or view it in their offices. The webinar will be recorded. Register at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pgtCyaVuLfBrrD. OSU Qualtrics link – http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics

OSU Wind Ensemble Fall Concert: “…and the Mountains Rising Nowhere,” Conducted by Christopher Chapman. Featuring guest artist Jay Chen, trumpet, performing Reinhold Gliere’s “Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Band.” Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center. OSU Faculty, Staff, and Students admitted for free with valid ID card. General admission at the door, $10.

Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training: The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on Nov. 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and on Dec. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in Memorial Union (MU) 211. Attendance is limited to 35. To reserve a space: sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu. This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Search Advocate Workshop: Learn how to work with OSU search committees to enhance the quality of search and selection efforts. This two-part workshop provides theory, research, and strategies that can help search committees test their thinking, address complex process concerns, improve search validity and fairness, promote diversity, and address potential bias risks. Participants who complete Sessions I and II will be eligible to serve as advocates on OSU search committees. Session I will be held on Nov. 27 and Session II on Nov. 29, each at 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Visit the Professional Development Website for more details and to register.

NEW! Horticulture seminar: Matthew Betts, associate professor with the OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, will speak on “Hummingbird highways: Does tropical forest fragmentation limit pollination of ornithophilus herbs?” Nov. 27, 4 p.m., ALS 400

NEW! Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: Nov. 28 – “Using Camera Trapping Techniques for Mammal Surveys and Monitoring.” Nicole Duplaix, Chair, IUCN/SSSC Otter Specialist Group, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, OSU. 4 p.m., Nash Hall 032.

Professional Faculty Job Groupings and Compensation Project Open Forum: During this time attendees will hear an update on the program milestones, in addition to time for questions and feedback. Pre-registration is not required. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

Intercultural conflict workshop: Sue Theiss, OSU Ombuds, will be presenting “Managing Intercultural Conflict: Understanding Oppression and Adapting to Difference.” along with Roni Sue. Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to noon, Fireside Room at Linn Benton Community College’s Calapooia Center, Albany. The session will address how intercultural development affects the way we manage conflict, concepts of oppression, conflict dynamics including active listening and managing anger, and a model to use for conflict assessment and difficult discussions. Free to OSU employees. To register: 541-766-6081.

News for Employees

NEW! Student Media’s Multimedia Competition: Students are invited to put their multimedia skills to the test as teams compete to cover a “breaking news” event.  The competition is scheduled for Jan. 3-4 . Teams of 5-6 students will combine their skills in writing, video, audio, still photography and web publishing to tell a compelling story from a news scene.  The winning team receives tickets to visit a live broadcast of a Portland Trailblazer game at the Rose Garden.  Free and open to all OSU students.  Sign up by Dec. 31.  For more information, contact Bill Gross at bill.gross@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4860

Blackboard survey: Today is the last day to take the Blackboard Steering Committee’s survey on if and how faculty, instructors and GTA’s use Blackboard. Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey so far! Whether you use Blackboard on a daily basis, or not at all, your input is very valuable to us:  http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9WTXI6hdjUSlO9n The survey will be open until end of day today Wednesday Nov. 21. A separate survey is in the works for students. Questions? lynn.greenough@oregonstate.edu

Blackboard out on Nov. 23: Blackboard will be unavailable on Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Blackboard Technical Team will perform system maintenance that requires taking Blackboard offline. Instructors are encouraged to pass this information to their students and to plan instructional activities accordingly.

Banner offline: Banner and related systems (Online Services login, Data Warehouse, MyDegrees, etc.) will be unavailable from Nov. 22 at 12:01 a.m. to Nov. 23 at 11:59 pm. Banner and Oracle will undergo maintenance that will impact availability for these business systems.

Recreational Sports Winter Sales Begin: You can renew your membership and locker rental starting on Monday, Nov. 26 at the Recreation Services Desk, (541) 737-3736. The desk is open M-R 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club will be holding a Poinsettia sale Nov. 27 to Dec. 7. This year the Club is offering a preorder option for those who want to ensure their favorite variety’s availability. The varieties we are offering this year are ‘Red’, ‘Winter Blush’, and ‘Shimmer Surprise.’ Poinsettias will be sold for $15 each or 3 for $40. Burst’s chocolate bars will be available for $3. A pre-order form can be filled out by clicking here.

Holiday Cards and Calendars: Printing and Mailing services has customizable holiday cards and calendars available for all OSU faculty, staff and students. Customers can choose from a creative selection of ready-made designs or upload their own images and custom text. Ordering information and prices are available online through our Design Online module (requires one-time registration). For questions, please e-mail digital.printing@oregonstate.edu.

Non-perishable food drive: Nov. 5-21. Boxes will be placed at the MU info desk, Library, Dixon, Kerr, Main Squeeze, EBGBs, Cascadia Market, and on-campus residence halls. All donations will go to Jackson Street Youth Shelter and Community Outreach. Most needed items include: Canned vegetables/meats/fruits dry, cereals, granola bars, peanut butter, Pop Tarts, pancake mix, cooking oil, individual drinks, and jelly. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/hha


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The Division of Finance and Administration invites applicants for the Director of Shared Services position. The Director provides overall leadership and management for OSU’s shared services units, including the direction of business operations and strategic planning for Business Centers. Posting #0009865. Closes Nov. 21.

Office Specialist 2 – Seed Certification is seeking applicants for a part-time (.75 FTE) Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0009950. Closes Nov. 22.

Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, for the Graduate School. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (2 years) from the appointment begin date. Posting # 0009906. Closes Nov. 22.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2, position for the Graduate School. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (2 years) from the appointment begin date. The position will primarily provide programming support for the creation of graduate administrative software to be developed on the Salesforce platform. Posting # 0009906. Closes Nov. 22.

The Department of Financial Aid/Scholarship invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting # 0009915. Closes Nov. 23.

Business and Engineering Business Center invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0009904. Closes Nov. 25, with a full-consideration closing date of Nov. 18.

Peer Education Coordinator – The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Peer Education Coordinator position. Posting #0009955. Closes Nov. 25.

Information Systems Manager – The Department of Financial Aid/Scholarship invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, Information Systems Manager position. Posting #0009919. Closes Nov. 26.

Business Analyst. Full-time position in OSU’s Business Affairs. Posting #0009924. Closes Nov. 26.

Executive Assistant to the Oregon State University Librarian – This position is a full time, 12-month fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #0009910. Closes Nov. 26.

This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The 4-H Youth Department invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term 4-H Program Coordinator position in Oregon 4-H Youth Development Program. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost of Outreach and Extensions . This position is located in Ontario, OR. Posting #0009942. Closes Nov. 27.

Teaching and Engagement Department Head – The University Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant/Associate Professor position. Posting #0009911. Closes Nov. 27.

OSU Printing and Mailing is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing and Customer Service Manager. Posting #0009959. Closes Nov. 30.

Office Specialist 2 – The OSU Academic Success Center (OSU) is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. This position works directly with students and requires excellent customer service skills. Within the ASC, this position will work closely with Academic Coaching and University Exploratory Studies Program. Posting #0009954. Closes Nov. 30.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, Associate Dean of Healthy People. The Associate Dean will lead the division through a period of rapid enrollment growth, significant campus transition, and disruptive change in the way higher education is delivered. The anticipated start date for this position is the summer of 2013. Posting #0009794. Closes Nov. 30.

Library Technician 2 – Oregon State University Libraries invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Library Technician 2 position. Posting #0009973. Closes Dec. 3.

Purchasing Analyst 1 – Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS), invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Purchasing Analyst 1 position. Posting #0009937. Closes Dec. 3.

The Lane County Extension Office is recruiting to fill one full-time, 1.0 FTE, limited duration (1 year) appointment as an Education Program Assistant 1 for the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program in Lane County. This position requires travel. Posting #0009967. Closes Dec. 7.

Training Associate -The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009951. Closes Dec. 7.

Director of Technology Support Services – The Office of Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Director of Technology Support Services. Posting #0009946. Closes Dec. 12.

Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon is recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track, Associate Professor faculty position. The individual in this position will develop and lead a hospitality management program to be offered at OSU-Cascades. Posting #0009798. Full consideration Nov. 30. Closes Feb. 15, 2013.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking a dynamic and successful fundraiser to work in partnership with the OSUAA as Associate Director of Annual Giving Programs / Director of OSUAA Annual Giving Programs. This position will be based in the OSU Foundation’s Corvallis, Oregon office. Submit a cover letter, resume, and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney, Senior Director, Human Resources at osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Foundation is seeking an Assistant Director, Information Technology Services (ITS). The ideal candidate for this position brings a comprehensive knowledge of programming techniques and protocols, relational databases, and data structures, values and understands the need for documentation at multiple level. Submit a cover letter, resume and the Foundation’s application to Patricia Kenney , Senior Director, Human Resources.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time, Temporary Psychologist or Counselor position. The preferred start date is Dec. 15 but can be negotiated to start no later than Jan. 3, 2013. A 40 hour work week is preferred with a minimum of 20 hour work week required. For the full announcement please go to http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/job-openings. Application materials can be submitted to beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu. This position is open until filled.

Traffic and Maintenance

Wilkinson Hall: The women’s restroom in room 244 will be closed for renovations from 8 a.m., Nov. 21 through 5 p.m., Dec. 21.


Corvallis: We’ll have more showers today, but the rain is apparently leaving for Thanksgiving because tomorrow will be relatively dry. Rain returns Friday and there will be showers throughout the weekend. Highs will hover in the high 40s to low 50s, and lows will dip to the mid 30s.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow are likely today, with clearing tomorrow and rain returning for the weekend. Highs will be in the 40s and lows dipping to the 20s and slowly climbing to the 30s by the weekend.

Newport:  Showers continue today but clearing is expected on Thanksgiving before rain returns Friday. Highs will be in the 50s with lows in the 40s.

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