OSU Today

Dec. 10-14, 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.

A message to Congress on the fiscal cliff: Don’t stall Oregon’s economic recovery (Oregonian)

A guest column by Michael Gottfredson, Ed Ray and Wim Wiewel.

Athletic rivalries and web accessibility: Who is in the sweet 16 this year? (2012 Higher Education Web Accessibility data)

Jon Gunderson, coordinator of Information Technology Accessibility with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ranks 300 schools on web accessibility. OSU ranks #5.

Electricity from ocean waves (Weather Channel)

OSU and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center are featured.

Remembering Fred (Gazette-Times)

About 25 former teammates and friends of Fred Thompson comforted each other as they watched the balloons climb higher and higher. They gathered to remember Thompson, a former Oregon State University football player, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Oregon State approves four new MBA tracks (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University is adding four tracks to its MBA program, one available online and the other three in Corvallis.

Wave energy’s big splash (Energy Biz)

No one need look beyond national media for proof of progress, with stories like the first Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license issuance for a wave energy project, and the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) opening its open-ocean test facility in Newport, Ore. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy funded NNMREC as one of three university centers in Marine Renewable Energy. NNMREC, a partnership between Oregon State University and the University of Washington, has as its mission to advance wave and tidal energy technology.

Real Christmas trees get the nod over fake ones because of environmental, economic reasons (Ventura County Star)

“The Christmas tree at holiday time is a tremendous holiday tradition. I can still remember as a kid going out with my dad to get our tree. It was always fun to go see what we could find. Each year was different. It’s a great family tradition to make that part of your holiday tradition,” said Mike Bondi, professor of forestry and regional administrator with the Oregon State University Extension Services in Aurora, Ore.

Oregon State football: Isaac Seusmalo named freshman All-American (Oregonian)

Oregon State University football center Isaac Seumalo has been named to the Scout.com, powered by Fox Sports Next, Freshman All-America Team.

Tsunami expert says improved research tools helped predict impact of this week’s Japan quake (Imperial Valley News)

Solomon Yim, the Glenn Willis Holcomb Professor in Structural Engineering at Oregon State University, said authorities at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) sent out a tsunami information bulletin 8 minutes after the earthquake, stating “nodestructive widespread tsunami threat exists” to the areas with and bordering the Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas.

Oregon education reform: Change for students’ sake (Oregonian)

Ensure that Oregon State University and the state’s smaller regional universities don’t end up at a political disadvantage within the system if the University of Oregon and Portland State University secure their own independent governing boards.

Are boomers guilty of age discrimination? (Next Avenue)

Despite their claims to be reinventing the way Americans grow older, baby boomers appear to be no more enlightened than any other generation in how they view the elderly. People in their 40s and 50s hold the same strongly negative stereotypes of older people, including their parents, an Oregon State University researcher claims.

OSU forensics team excels at tournament (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University forensics team took home medals from the Iverson/Vickrey Memorial Tournament last weekend at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

Is Extension extinction underway? (Ag Professional)

When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed cutting the Oregon State University Extension service by 18.8 percent in 2011, it was on top of a cut of 14 percent the previous biennium.

Step by step, then more steps, for Vermont couple (Burlington Free Press)

We talked as we walked, about the Mannings’ decade of pedestrian exploration and about the book they have just completed, “Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People.” The book, published by the Oregon State University Press, will be available this month.


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.


NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon 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 http://surplus.oregonstate.edu/public/osused.


NEW! The Environmental Health Sciences Center, the Superfund Research Center and Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Cynthia Rider, National Toxicology Program, will present a seminar – “Evolution of Mixtures Research at the National Toxicology Program: Pesticides, Herbals and PAHs” at noon on Thursday, Dec. 13  in 1019 Ag Life .

NEW! PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. in MU206. As a direct link to President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/home


NEW! Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Special Seminar:  Eunha Hoh, Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University, will present a seminar – “A non-targeted GCxGC/TOF-MS method, data analysis tools, and data reporting system for the advancement of environmental monitoring” at 10 a.m.  on Friday, Dec. 14  in 4001 Ag Life Sciences .

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.


NEW! Candlelight and Carols: The Corvallis Repertory Singers, conducted by Oregon State’s Steven Zielke, perform what has now become a Corvallis tradition. Several OSU students and alums perform in this semi-professional ensemble. Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St. For ticket information go to: http://www.repsing.org

Upcoming Events

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Campus Dining -Cash Only Dec. 17-19:  Monday thru Wednesday all restaurant and food locations will be impacted by a register system software upgrade.  JavaStop, Bites, e. Café, JavaII, Peet’s and Cascadia Market will only be able to accept cash.  Marketplace West locations will accept cash and meal plans for those signed up for winter break housing. Togo’s and Panda Express will be the only locations able to accept credit cards and cash.  None of the locations will be able to accept Orange Rewards.  All other locations will be closed.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

NEW! Research blog: Brian Paul has been honored for achieving extraordinarily high impact innovations through research collaborations with industry. The  Research Office, and  the Office for Commercialization & Corporate Development, announced a new award this year. Please see The Spin on Research, which links to a short presentation with details about Paul’s contributions.

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).

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

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.

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:

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.

The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks an individual with a background in engineering and technology transfer to be a Licensing Associate. Posting # 0010000.  Closes Dec. 31.

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

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 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.


Corvallis: “The sun that brief December day rose cheerless over hills of gray, and, darkly circled, gave at noon a sadder light than waning moon.” – John Greenleaf Whittier. A partly sunny Monday is followed by a week of showers, with some clearing toward the end of the week. Highs in the 40s and lows in the high 30s.

Central Oregon: The week will start out sunny but rain will pop up mid week, turning to snow by Wednesday. Highs in the 40s dropping to the 30s.

Newport: A foggy Monday and a showery week ahead. Highs in the 40s, lows in the high 30s.

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