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Friday, April 10, 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.

OSU president ready to fight for Cascades Campus, and one is looming (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University President Ed Ray says he is confident that state lawmakers can be convinced to not sacrifice the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend to an expected $4.4 billion deficit in the state’s General Fund budget. “The idea of that campus closing any time in the foreseeable future is nowhere on my list of concerns. … I don’t expect it to happen,” he said, adding that he would work to make sure it didn’t. “I think we need to stay the course.”

Black leaders inspire students (Statesman-Journal)
About 250 Salem-Keizer middle- and high-school students attended the African American Youth Leadership Conference, held yesterday at Western Oregon University. The conference was hosted by the Salem-Keizer School District and Salem-Keizer NAACP. Oregon State University instructor Earlean Wilson Huey gave the keynote address. She told the students about African and African-American history, reminding them of sacrifices made by past African-American leaders. “You need to understand that you’re not here because you look good, you got cool kicks, you got your iPod,” Wilson Huey said. “Somebody paid a price for you to be here.”

Healthier, longer lives are subject of second ‘Science Pub Corvallis’ (Gazette-Times)

Two leading Oregon State University faculty researchers in the areas of disease prevention through smart eating habits and exercise for healthy aging are the featured presenters in the second “Science Pub Corvallis” evening, set for 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. Science Pub Corvallis kicked off earlier this month with a presentation on the history, art and science of beer that packed a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 participants into the downtown restaurant venue.


OSU Media Manager Introduction. This is an overview presentation regarding the new media converter and manager being released to the OSU community. It takes place today in the Valley Library Willamette West Conference Room from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

“Ice Cream Social” Free! Featured speaker Elle Bublitz. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment is sponsoring a free Web seminar, “Making the Grade: What Advisors and Administrators Need to Know to Better Assist Students with Disabilities”, Tuesday April 10, 2009, 3:00-4:30 in Willamette East Room, 3622 Valley Library. This month’s presentation on Assisting Students with Disabilities will be followed by a conversation with Karen Hanson from OSU’s Disability Access Services office. Karen will give a brief overview of the services and/or new services her office provides and share some of the current issues they and our students are facing. For more information and to print the handout visit, http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Webinars/onDisk.htm#24 . This “webinar” is presented by the National Academic Advising Association.

Join OSU faculty for an evening of food, drink and enlightenment during the second Science Pub Corvallis, which takes place 6 p.m. April 13 at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis. This month’s topic is “Eat Smart, Get Active, Age Well,” and features OSU’s own Kathy Gunter and Emily Ho.

2003 Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Ebadi’s tireless efforts to promote the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran made her the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ebadi currently works and lives in Iran as a lawyer and defender of human rights. Her talk kicks off the 2009 PeaceJam N.W. Youth Conference, held in OSU’s Memorial Union April 25-26. The conference web site and registration forms can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/peacejam/ For more information contact peacejam@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3172.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, featuring the combined OSU choirs and the Corvallis Repertory Singers, conducted by Steven Zielke. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $12 to $30. OSU students get in free.  For more information see www.symphony.peak.org

to both the promise and peril of America. Bring your lunch and join the conversation. For more information or to request accommodation, call 541-737-4381.

University Housing and Dining Services, in collaboration with the Centro Cultural César Chávez  and the CASA Latina/o de OSU of the Intercultural Student Services Office, will be hosting Sabor Latino: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Latin and Caribbean culture. The event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. April 16, in Arnold Dining Center, and will feature live Latin jazz music from the Bobby Torres Ensemble. Cost: $7.

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

News for Employees

An Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-workshop series will be offered on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, during the annual Extension Spring Training. The sessions explore and apply theories, principles, strategies, and practices that can add value to any internal or external search (especially during economic crisis when hiring opportunities are limited and the stakes are particularly high). Web registration is closed; to register, reply to anne.gillies@oregonstate.edu .

Earth Day is just a few weeks away; how will you celebrate? Answer Campus Recycling’s Question of the Quarter, “HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE EARTH DAY?” by April 30 and your response may be featured on our website or in an upcoming newsletter. Respond at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/quarter.cfm . Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter at http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news .

The Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core and to recommend updates for the purpose of enhancing undergraduate education at OSU. As a committee of students and faculty, we welcome your views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core, as well as suggestions or comments about the review process. Input may be provided on the comments form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/bcr_comments/comment.php . We will be actively collecting and processing input through the 4th week of Spring Term.

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is in the process of appointing a Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Task Force. The primary role of the task force will be to assess the role of student input forms on teaching effectiveness and make recommendations for consistent use of the form in teaching evaluations across academic units. The charge, context, timeline and composition are posted online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/set/charge.html . We anticipate that committee findings will be presented to the Faculty Senate in December 2009.
If you are teaching faculty and interested in participating, please send a message by April 8 to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and provide the following information: name, unit, email address, faculty rank, and a brief explanation of why you wish to serve and what information and expertise you can contribute to the effort. The Executive Committee will review responses and then invite potential members to participate on the task force.

Faculty are invited to send their ideas, comments or concerns to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee about the current economic situation via an anonymous online comment form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/budget_comments/comment.php . Comments will be reviewed and presented to OSU leadership.

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.

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.


Today’s high is projected to be 56 with a 20 percent chance of rain. An overnight low of 41 is expected.

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