OSU Today

Tuesday, April 9, 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.

Warm Springs Tribe Remembers OSU Help in Early Years (OPB)
About a dozen members of the Warm Springs tribe visited the campus of Oregon State University Monday.

OSU celebrates history, future of Weatherford Hall (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University celebrated Weatherford Hall’s 80th birthday and the innovative new program inside the building during a banquet Saturday night.

Big splash by Baby Blue (The Sun Daily)

Whale expert Dr Bruce Mate, who is Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute director, was invited to host two special sharing sessions organised by Astro last Sunday.

Fitness and Health: Truth or myth? (Baxter Bulletin)
Just be sure your multi has at least 100 percent of the daily values (DV) for riboflavin, B6, B12 and folic acid, says Melinda M. Manore, Ph.D., R.D., a professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU grad student chosen as rep for Gatorade (Gazette-Times)
“I thought it was a joke at first,” said Vanderbom, a California transplant who moved to Corvallis in September to pursue a doctorate at Oregon State University. “I got an e-mail message through MySpace.”


Qwizdom Audience Response System. This 50 minute session is an in depth and participatory look at the Qwizdom Audience Response System. Noon to 12:50 p.m. April. 7, Waldo Hall room 115A. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac
Input from Professional Faculty and Academic Advisors on the Bacc Core is being requested from 4 to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow in MU 207.

“Women in Computer Science” presented by Chris Wallace. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Cheerleading and Dance Tryouts are taking place this week, and they are actively recruiting athletic males. A free open clinic takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 8 in Gill Coliseum or in Prothro Field if the weather is nice. Tryouts take place 5:30 to 10 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 in the Club Level of Reser.

NEW! The April 9 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/04.html. The agenda items include the following reports:
·       Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity (WAGE)
·       Integrated Marketing Communications
·       Interinstitutional Faculty Senate
·       Proposed Revisions to the Promotion and Tenure College Review and Recommendations
·       Budget and Tuition Update Based on Legislative Actions
Two special sessions of the Faculty Senate have been scheduled to discuss budget issues on April 30 and June 2 from 3-5 PM – the locations have not yet been determined. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public. Senators should arrange for a proxy if they are unable to attend the meeting; contact the Faculty Senate Office for clarification of eligible proxies if needed.

NEW! OSU is hosting a visit by the Renault-Nissan Alliance of its new “zero emission vehicle,” a full-size, all-electric car powered by a lithium-ion battery that can go 100 miles on a single charge and will cost less for fuel than gasoline-powered vehicles. It will be available for a sneak preview from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 8 at the northwest corner of the Kelley Engineering Center on the OSU campus. Other student-built solar cars will also be on display. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! An Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core, determine whether updates are needed, and if they are, recommend specific changes for the purpose of enhancing undergraduate education at OSU. The Ad Hoc Committee views input from OSU faculty and students as a vital component of our review process.  We are hosting a series of spring quarter focus groups in order to gather campus views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core:
For Professional Faculty and Academic Advisors: 4 to 5 p.m. April 7-8, MU 207
For Undergraduates: 4 to 5 p.m. April 14-15, MU 207
For Teaching Faculty: 4 to 5 p.m. April 21, MU 207, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., April 23, MU 222
For GTAs: 8 to 9 a.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. April 28, MU 207.No registration required.
For more information contact: john.bailey@oregonstate.edu

NEW! John Beatty of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, will present a series of three lectures at Oregon State University April 14, 16, and 17, on “Evolutionary Contingency and Its Broader Significance, from Charles Darwin to Stephen Jay Gould,” in the Memorial Union, Journey Room. The lectures take place at 4 p.m. each day. They are as follows:
April 14, Charles Darwin: “The Details Left to Chance,” April 16, “The Water-Babies (1862): An Evolutionary Parable,” and April 17, “Stephen Jay Gould: Replaying Life’s Tape.”

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 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

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

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

News for Employees

NEW! Committee Interest Forms will be accepted through April 24. If you’d like to volunteer to serve on a university or faculty senate committee, the online form can be accessed at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/forms/cif/2009/. If you have questions or wish to resign from current committee membership, please either contact your committee chair or e-mail vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include your name, the name of the committee from which you wish to resign, and your effective date of resignation.

NEW! OSU Alumni Association is offering a $3500 scholarship to support a summer internship in Washington, D.C. Do you know a deserving student? All undergraduate majors and fields are eligible for this great opportunity. Application and more information at osualum.com.  Deadline is May 1.

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

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.”

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.

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

Traffic and maintenance

Due to repairs on the building water system, the domestic and industrial water services to Gilbert Hall will be temporarily shut down. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to install a pipe on the fire hose line. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should be completed by 9 a.m.


Today will be partly cloudy with a high of 71 and mostly cloudy skies by afternoon. The temperature will drop to 41 overnight, and Wednesday looks cooler, with a high of 56.

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