OSU Today

Monday, Dec. 3, 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.

College grads take on record debt, weighing down Oregon’s economy: Diminished expectations (Oregonian)

In Benton County, where Oregon State University employs 1 in 4 people, the unemployment rate is the lowest in the state, said Patrick O’Connor, a regional labor economist for the state. At 6.2 percent it’s more than 2 percentage points lower than the state’s, despite drastic downsizing by the county’s biggest private employer, Hewlett-Packard Co. “It’s pretty clear what a huge stabilizer (OSU’s) been to the economy,” O’Connor said.

Dean highlights goals for Honors College (Gazette-Times)

Now that she has a few months under her belt as the dean of the Honors College at Oregon State University, Toni Doolen has a sharper sense of the challenges the college faces.

No. 15 Oregon State headed to Alamo Bowl, will play Texas (Oregonian)

The Oregon State University football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 20th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl, Sat., Dec. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. The No. 15 Beavers (9-3 overall, 6-3 in Pac-12) will play the Texas Longhorns (8-4, 5-4 in Big 12) of the Big 12 Conference at 3:45 p.m. PST in a game that will be televised by ESPN. (see also KVAL, OSU Beavers)

‘Learning differently’ (Democrat-Herald)

A typical workday for Lt. Gabe Burgi starts by 6 a.m. That’s when Burgi, an instructor for the ROTC Naval Science Department at Oregon State University, checks in at his office to take part in an ROTC activity like physical training. He spends his afternoons adivising students and teaching courses in naval science. But when the workday ends, typically about 4 p.m., Burgi doesn’t go home. He turns to his computer and switches to his other life – as a student.

Sweet potatoes show promise in the Columbia Basin (The Daily News)

Lamb Weston recently built a multi-million dollar plant in Louisiana strictly to process sweet potatoes, and processing lines here are capable of handling the crop, said Don Horneck, the Oregon State University Extension agent. (see also Spokesman Review)

Exposing the logic of climate change denial (Oregonian)

An opinion piece by Michael P. Nelson, Ruth H. Spaniol Endowed Chair in Natural Resources, and Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, both of OSU. Together they co-edited the anthology “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril.”

Winter wheat may get boost from climate change (Capital Press)

“What I find interesting is it is not all doom and gloom for us in the Pacific Northwest,” said Steve Petrie, director of the Oregon State University Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.

OSU Sheep Center has smaller flock this year (Bend Bulletin)

Following a pair of disease outbreaks, OSU officials said they were forced to downsize the flock by more than half. The Sheep Center sold 250 ewes that tested positive for exposure to either Q fever or Johne’s disease a year ago.

Navy jets do OSU game flyover (Gazette-Times)

es, there will be thunder in the skies over Reser Stadium for Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. football game between the Oregon State University Beavers and the Nicholls State University Colonels of Thibodaux, La

SMILE boosts confidence and students’ STEM skills (Argus Observer)

But in the last 25 years, the idea of attending college has become more of a reality for Nyssa High School students. In part, that’s because of a strong relationship they’ve formed with Oregon State University through an after-school program called SMILE (Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences Program).

OSU/City group wants more study on police staffing (Gazette-Times)

The City Council and Oregon State University leadership now will consider the other initiatives, which are part of the ongoing effort by the city and OSU to address issues in Corvallis neighborhoods affected by enrollment growth.

Why old people refuse help (AgingCare.com)

Recent research from Oregon State University sheds some light on why convincing an aging loved one to accept help can be so tricky. (see also Newsday)

Sharing their love of music (Entertainer)

Marlan Carlson, the music director for the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, likes to brag about the quality of the student musicians who perform with the orchestra.

Crafts for the season at the OSU Marketplace (Gazette-Times)

On Friday, the storied Memorial Union ballroom at Oregon State University transformed into a festive market.

New pest invades western vineyards (Wines & Vines)

Neither have there been any visual signs or manifestations of the bug in Oregon, according to Patti Skinkis, extension viticulturist for Oregon State University, who visits vineyards throughout the state.

Oregon’s children and young adult writers chart diverse new courses (Oregonian)

“Aurora, Daughter of the Dawn: A Story of New Beginnings” is a short novel for children written by James J. Kopp, the director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College.  (Oregon State University Press)


RecSports Functional Tour: Join us for a 45-minute functional tour of RecSports facilities Monday, Dec. 3 at 8:15 a.m. The tour includes the basics about building entry, equipment check-out, court reservations, cardio machines, weight machines, personal training services and more! Tours depart from the RecServices lobby, just inside of Dixon’s West Entry. Drop-in on a tour or RSVP here.

OSU Beaver Store Ballroom Sale:  Monday, Dec. 3-5.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m., MU Ballroom.  Huge discounts on Beaver gear and souvenirs.

TAC Webinar: Google Apps | Teaching Tactics, with Jon Dorbolo (TAC) and Samantha Egge (TAC).  A gmail account affords access to more than two dozen online tools; Google Apps.  In this session Jon and Samantha ways in which educators, students, and researchers may gain value from selected Apps.  Dec. 3,  10 to 10:50 a.m. Please register for this webinar here.  Visit the TAC page http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops for more general information about TAC webinars.

Upcoming Events

NEW! TAC Webinar: Blackboard Grade Center | Teaching Tactics, with Lynn Greenough (TAC). This session covers the Blackboard grade center in depth for instructors who want to make use of Blackboard features to refine their grading strategies. We’ll work with organizing the grade center; smart views; uploading and downloading grades;reports; grading schemas and grade weighting. We’ll also show you options for managing large groups of students. Dec. 4, noon to 12:50 p.m. Please register for this workshop here.  For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/workshops.

NEW! Evening Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for our monthly evening public sale Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. 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. More information on our website.

NEW! Rescheduled Qualtrics training session: The Qualtrics survey tool is now available to OSU faculty, staff, and students.  Please join us for a training webinar on Friday, Dec 7, 11 a.m. – noon. The Nov 30 webinar could not be completed due to technical difficulties. Participants can attend the session in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms or view it in their offices. To watch from your home/office, register at: http://osuvalleylibrary.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cPhuk1p1UiQfw21.  OSU Qualtrics link – http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/qualtrics.

NEW! Accessibility Basics for the Web:  Dec. 10. Learn about how to make your websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. Register on the Professional Development  website. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet.

NEW! Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., MU 206 to receive public comment on proposed rule changes regarding fees; the faculty mediator for grievances; student immunizations and background checks for critical or security-sensitive applicants, employees and volunteers. For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu. Please direct requests for accommodations related to disability to Beth Giddens by Dec. 10.

OSU Libraries Winter Break Workshop Series: Wondering what to do with all that downtime the first week of Winter Break? Stop in at the Valley Library for one or more of the Winter Break Workshops, including citation manager software skills and data management plans. Dec. 11-12. Sign up now to save your seat: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451 Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Rethinking Library Resources: Rick Lugg of Sustainable Collection Services  will visit the OSU Libraries & Press on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to present a workshop entitled “Rethinking Library Resources”, Willamette Seminar Rooms, 3rd floor of The Valley Library, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to all interested faculty, students, and staff. The session may also be viewed online at http://live.oregonstate.edu/workshop.

NEW! “Peeking at Peak Oil:” A presentation by Kjell Aleklett, professor of physics at Uppsala University, Sweden. Aleklett is a skeptic about recent reports of the United States’ energy independence and has recently published a book under the same title that examines oil supplies, past, present, and future. Free and open to the public. 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Oregon State University’s Radiation Center, Room C-104. http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/76559/

OSU Libraries Seminar: In 2011 four OSU library faculty members began a year-long qualitative investigation into eReader adoption by 30 of their OSU Libraries & Press colleagues. In “Studying ourselves: eReaders and Adoption at OSU Libraries & Press,” the investigators will present what they learned. Dec. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Valley Library (VL 3622). Information: Uta Hussong-Christian, uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today deadlines for winter break: OSU Today will be going to a weekly, Monday-only edition starting Dec. 10. Any information needing to get into OSU Today must be received the previous week before 5 p.m. Friday. There will be NO OSU Today the weeks of Dec. 24-28 and Dec. 31-Jan. 4 due to the holidays, so any events/information happening during those weeks must run during the week of Dec. 17-21. Send submissions to osutoday@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Alamo Bowl tickets: OSU has accepted an invitation to play in the 20th Annual Valero Alamo Bowl, Sat., Dec. 29 in San Antonio, Texas at 3:45 p.m. in a game that will be televised by ESPN.  Season ticket holders and Beaver Athletic Student Fund donors have until Fri., Dec. 7 to request tickets to the game. Tickets are priced at $95 and $65 and can be requested online or by calling the Beaver Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS. The Ticket Office will be open for extended hours on Mon., Dec. 3 and Tues., Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For the remainder of the week (Dec. 5-7), the Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Non-season ticket holders/non-donors requests will be accepted starting Dec. 5. OSU students (valid student ID) can purchase tickets for $65 starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday; student tickets will be distributed on-site in San Antonio.

NEW! Higher Ed and sustainability: Today is the last day of discounted registration for the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC) at PSU Jan.31 and Feb.1, 2013 .  Starting Tuesday, prices will rise from the current $120/employee and $40/student rates.  If you can’t attend both days of the conference, single day rates are available.  David Kenney from Oregon BEST will deliver the keynote during lunch Thursday and other conference sessions and tours have also been announced. Register today!

Friends of OSU-Cascades receive ski discount: As part of its philanthropic partnership with OSU-Cascades, Mt. Bachelor is providing a special deal for $49 ski vouchers to all friends of OSU-Cascades. This is in contrast to the $76 they charge for an individual single day ski pass. For information: http://www.mtbachelor.com/winter/planner/promotions/osu-tickets

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club’s Annual Poinsettia sale will be held in the East Green House, outside of Cordley hall, and at Kerr Admin. Building Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until the end of the term. If you have a pre-order, please pick them up at the East Green House.

Salem to Corvallis Vanpool in Operation: OSU employees commuting from Salem are invited to join a vanpool that accommodates an 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. work schedule from Monday – Friday. Monthly fee: $135. For more information contact Tom Court (tom.court@oregonstate.edu).

Recreational Sports Winter Break: Winter Break hours will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 7 until Sunday, Jan. 6. All RecSports facilities will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1 for the holidays. The guest limit will be suspended, so bring a few friends to work out with! Family access will be extended to all operating hours during the break. For more information, view our hours page.

Recreational Sports Winter Sales: Beat the lines in January and purchase your 9-month membership today! A 9-month membership will last until Sept. 27, 2013. A Winter Term membership will last until April 5, 2013. Contact Recreation Services for more information, (541) 737-3736.

MLK award nominations sought: The Office of Equity and Inclusion is accepting nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks Awards, which are presented by President Ray at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast. These awards honor OSU community members who exemplify the work of Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks, including a dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. King, building bridges across cultures, and showing courage in promoting diversity. The deadline is Dec. 7, 5 p.m. For details: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/community-awards

Business attire donations: OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) Chapter is currently seeking donations of ‘lightly used’ professional business attire for our annual Career Wardrobe event, Feb. 7, in the MU Ballroom. The event helps OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and supports student members attending the MANRRS National Conference. Donation drop off locations are 137 Strand Agriculture Hall (Stag) and Career Services B008 Kerr. The Portland Beaver Store is also a donation center located at 538 SW 6th Ave. For more information: contact Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2999.


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

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.

Office Specialist 2 – The TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Safety Program is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0009974. Closing date is Dec. 11.

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.

OSU Printing and Mailing is recruiting for one full-time (1.0 FTE) Marketing and Customer Service Manager.  Posting #0009959.  Closes Dec. 14.

Business Consultant – Office of Human Resources invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Professional Faculty position. Posting #0009992. Closes Dec 14.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator position. The Case Manager and Crisis Care Coordinator provides mental health case management, coordination and support for OSU students. Posting # 0009960. Closes Dec. 14.

Public Information Representative 1 – Web Communications is recruiting to fill one full-time position(1.0 FTE). The Public Info Representative 1: Web Editor position in the Web Communications office edits, curates and creates content for OSU’s home page and top tier websites. Posting #0009947. Closes Dec. 15.

Faculty Research Assistant Position Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Salmon research. Required qualifications include B.S. and 1 year work experience or an advanced degree. Posting # 0009983. Closes Dec. 17.

International Student Advisor – International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Student Advisor position. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of 6 months experience advising F-1 international students in a higher education setting or English Language School and meet federal requirements for access to the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Posting # 0009963. Closes Dec. 21.

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.

INTO OSU has an immediate need for a System Integration Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU, and to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. Salary $75k to $85K per year, plus full benefit package. For a complete job description and additional details, please email Rhonda Maillard at rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Electrical shutdown, west campus: Pharmacy Bldg, Furman Hall, Gladys Valley Gymnastics Center, Snell Hall, Kerr Admin Bldg, McNary, Callahan & Wilson Halls – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. OSU’s electrical utility provider, Pacific Power & Light, is scheduling the repair of the equipment that failed on Nov. 11.  This repair is expected to require 8-10 hours and will impact the eight bldgs. listed above.  Pharmacy, Furman and Gladys Valley will be without power the duration of the outage, the remaining five bldgs. will lose power for about an hour at the beginning and end of the repair.

Electrical outage: Peavy Hall, West Dinning, Buxton, Hawley, Cauthorn Halls and Heckert & Reed Lodges – from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Pacific Power & Light, is scheduling the repair of the equipment that failed on Nov. 28.  This repair is expected to require 8-10 hours and will impact the seven bldgs. listed above.  Peavy Hall will be without power the duration of the outage, the remaining six bldgs. will lose power for about an hour at the beginning and end of the repair.

Jefferson Way: Due to the tree removal associated with the Austin Hall Project all parking spaces along the north side of Jefferson Way from Sackett Place east to the Fairbanks parking lot will be closed. This will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 17 and end at 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 2013.

Cordley Hall: Due to an elevator replacement, the west elevator in Cordley hall will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Dec. 3 and reopening on March 18, 2013.

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: Finals week is starting out gloomy and damp and will continue that way through most of the week. Today’s high will be 53 with a low of 46. Good luck with finals!

Central Oregon: There’s a chance of rain and snow today with a high of 45 and a low tonight of 36. Rain continues through the week with possibly more snow this weekend.

Newport: Showers today followed by heavy rain gets us off to a damp start. Today’s high will be 54 with a low of 49.

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