OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 7, 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 State University installs two solar arrays (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University jumped ahead in the university system’s statewide solar program, installing two ground-mounted solar arrays covering four acres.

Oregon State University to test quinoa as a Northwest crop (Grainnet)

Researchers from Oregon State University are exploring the potential for quinoa to grow in the Northwest’s diverse climates. Preliminary experiments have shown that some varieties of quinoa, harvested for its tiny grain-like seeds, can be cultivated in Oregon.

OR distractions up surgical errors (JAAPA)

Robin L. Feuerbacher, PhD, from Oregon State University in Corvallis, and colleagues assessed whether realistic ORDIs induce errors in a simulated surgical procedure performed by 18 second-year, third-year, and research-year surgical residents. (see also 8 News Now)

New book recounts history of Sherman Institute (Press-Enterprise)

“The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute,” written by historians connected to UC Riverside, looks at those experiences through the voices of Sherman students and photographs from the school’s extensive archives. Published this month by Oregon State University Press, the book is the first collection of writings and images about an off-reservation Indian boarding school.

Patients don’t care what you know until they know that you care (Kevin M.D.)

Today Brooke is here. She is two years away from applying to medical school. She has a degree in natural resources from Oregon State University, but recently returned to OSU as a premedical student.

Earn your master gardener’s credentials with OSU Extension (The World)

Oregon State University is offering a 10-week gardening course starting Jan. 10 in Myrtle Point.


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.

INTO OSU Bake sale: Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., International Living Learning Center. Whether you are donating a baked treat to sell and raise funds, or buying a fresh-baked goodie made by your colleagues, you are helping local families in need. All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to Vina Moses. Contact lindy.osborne@oregonstate.edu to donate.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

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.

Phil Histand retirement celebration: Phil Histand is retiring from Student Health Services after 23 years. A celebration in his honor takes place Dec. 19, 3 to 5 p.m., MU 109.

Lectures and seminars

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! Family Members at other institutions: Staff fee privilege (tuition discount): deadline as listed by OUS is Dec. 24 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2012-13. Since this date falls on a University closure, forms will be accepted until the next business day. Dec. 26. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

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

Charitable Drive: The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which OSU employees can make a measurable difference in the communities we live. The 2012 Charitable Fund Drive at OSU runs through Jan. 31, 2013. You can consolidate all of your normal charitable donations into an easy monthly payroll deduction, and still give directly to the organizations of your choice. Visit the OSU Charitable Fund Drive site at http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ to give online or send your personalized form to 2012 CFD, 100 LaSells Stewart Center.

Attention all DAS Shuttle Users: Due to changes in SB242 and the new distribution model that was adopted, a form is being instituted to better enable OSU Printing and Mailing Services to keep this valuable service operating under optimal conditions. This form will be available on the Printing and Mailing Web site and at Printing and Mailing Services. As of Jan. 1 all packages being sent via DAS Shuttle will require the form be attached to them. Information: Judy Bankson, 737‐3979.

Blanket and pillow drive: OSU Extended Campus and The Valley Library have teamed up to collect blankets and pillows to donate to Community Outreach, Inc. Bring your new blankets and pillows of all types to the 4th floor reception desk in the Valley Library from Nov. 26 – Dec. 11 during office hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check donations made out to Community Outreach will also be accepted. Email beth.caudill@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Cascadia Market Giving Tree: Donations due by Dec. 9. The giving tree is up and lit in Cascadia Market at the International Living Learning Center. Take a tag and donate a gift. Each tag has the gender and age of a child who needs a gift this holiday. Take a tag off the tree and attached it to an unwrapped gift to donate.

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.


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

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.

Benefits 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.

Academic Advisor – The College of Public Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor. Posting # 0009943. Closes Dec. 30.

Professional and Noncredit Education (PNE) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Marketing Manager position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting # 0010013/ Closes Dec. 31.

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

Power outage: There will be a power outage Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., affecting the Pharmacy, Furman Hall, Kerr Admin, and Snell Hall.  If you work in any of these buildings please be sure all computers and peripherals get turned off before you leave for the weekend.

Free parking on campus: Open parking no permit required in student lots only, Dec. 10-Jan. 11.

Tree removal: 24 Trees along the north side of Jefferson Way between Fairbanks and Sackett Halls will be removed to accommodate the construction of two new buildings: Austin Hall and Asian Pacific Cultural Center. This area will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-28.

Tree removal: Due to structural root issues resulting in the potential for failure the Deodar cedar tree on the southeast side of Gilkey Hall will need to be removed. A replacement tree will be planted in 2013. The walkways along the south & east sides of Gilkey Hall will be closed to all pedestrian traffic for the duration on the removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 17-21.

Tree removal: Advancing structural root disease and significant root loss indicate a potential for failure which requires a maple tree on Park Terrace to be removed. Park Terrace and the associated sidewalks as well as the south sidewalk along Monroe Street will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic tor the duration of this removal. Removal is scheduled for: Dec. 18-21.

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: Well Finals Week has finally drawn to a close. Good luck to everyone, and safe travels for those heading out over the holidays. Showers are likely today with a slight chance of showers tomorrow, and some rain expected Sunday. Highs will be in the 40s with lows in the high 30s.

Central Oregon: There’s a slight chance of rain today, turning to snow tonight. A slight chance of snow on Saturday, with clearing by Sunday. High of 41 today with a low of 29 tonight.

Newport: Showers throughout the weekend. High of 50 today with a low tonight of 41.

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