OSU Today

Friday, April 9, 2010

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 named “Tree Campus USA” (KEZI)

The trees on Oregon State University’s campus have also been soaking up the rain and even a little snow Thursday morning. While Eugene was named Tree City USA, Oregon State University is getting recognition too.

Pursuing justice for all (Gazette-Times)

Roni Sue has her dream job. Although her Oregon State University business card reads “equal opportunity associate,” she considers herself primarily a teacher and an advocate for equality and restorative justice.

Big cuts at Lane Extension Service if voters don’t save it (KMTR)

Big budget cuts could force the OSU Extension Service in Lane County to shut down.  Supporters of the Extension Service want voters to pass a $6.2 million property tax increase to keep it open.

Play shines light on lasting questions (Gazette-Times)

What happens when you allow yourself to be ruled by fear? It’s a question at the heart of Tony Kushner’s historical drama “A Bright Room Called Day,” which will be performed April 14-18 as part of Oregon State University’s Holocaust Memorial Week.

Talking water issues (Argus Observer)

A lack of funding for modernization of irrigation systems is part of the challenge, Malheur Experiment Station Superintendent Clint Shock said. Shock later said Oregon State University has been a leader on this side of the state in developing integrated policies and strategies but complained that it has received little support or recognition for its efforts.

Ouray native earns place in Greyhound Hall of Fame (Ouray County Talk)

For her contributions to the welfare of the Greyhound breed, Ouray native, Dr. Linda Blythe of Oregon State University will be inducted into the Pioneer Section of the Greyhound Hall of Fame at the national museum in Abilene, Kan., on April 22.

Study: OSU women paid more for eggs than at UO (KATU)

The rivalry between the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers has moved off the football field and into the fertility clinic. (See also KVAL)


Deadline today!  Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence is a forum showcasing the scholarly and creative accomplishments of OSU undergraduates and submissions are accepted through the end of today.  The event will be held in the MU Ballroom on May 6 from 10 – 2.  Submit your project by going to oregonstate.edu/events/cue, for questions contact Jeanna.towns@oregonstate.edu . Please encourage students to submit their projects for this unique opportunity; works in progress are also accepted.

Chilean earthquake briefing by Scott Ashford and Catherine Petroff, 2 to 4 pm., 212 Kearney Hall. Ashford was in Chile March 13-21 as part of an earthquake reconnaissance team funded by the National Science Foundation. Petroff will present preliminary observations from a rapid reconnaissance tsunami survey of the Chilean coast that took place between March 11-18, highlighting some main effects of the earthquake and tsunamis, and discuss the consequences of Chile’s long history of high seismicity.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its March workshop, “What is the Difference Between Affirmative Action and a Diversity Plan?” at the Albany Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. This workshop, featuring OSU’s Angelo Gomez will look at Power, Privilege and Affirmative Action and how they fit in our organizational structures, the distinctions between legal compliance and being part of a welcoming and inclusive organization, the debate about whether Affirmative Action is still needed, and practical applications for what you will learn. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us . Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu


Orange and Black Evening – party in the Pearl! Celebrate OSU alumni, students, friends on April 10 at this fun event. Join us for a night of outstanding food, drink and live music in a brand new event space in the Pearl. We’ll be honoring outstanding alumni and showcasing the work of OSU students and faculty. Stroll through the OSU Art Walk and see interactive robotics displays while you network with Beaver alumni. It’s also your chance to visit with OSU dignitaries in Portland. OSU President Ed Ray, OSU Basketball Coach Craig Robinson, and OSU Wrestling Coach Jim Zelesky are scheduled to attend. The event takes place at 7 p.m., 14 Square – NW 14th & Overton in Portland’s Pearl District. Price: $85 regular price, $75 for OSU Alumni Association members, $45 for OSU alumni who graduated since 2005.

Upcoming events

NEW! Kathy Spillar, executive editor of Ms magazine and executive vice president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the Northwest Women’s Studies Association meeting on campus April 16 at 6 p.m. in MU 109. She is speaking on the intersections of academia and activism in “Ms. Magazine and Feminist Scholars: Expanding the Reach of Women’s Studies.” The keynote is free and open to the public.

NEW! In accordance to the CCCC’s Tribute month, the Women’s Center and SOL:LGBT Multi-cultural support network present Xicana Feminism: The Movement of Many Women, April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Women’s Center.. This is a presentation on Xicana feminism, and feminist leaders within the Chican@ movement. There will also be a discussion on issues pertaining to the injustices exposed to migrant farm-workers. Some tasty local empanadas will be served as well!

NEW! Center for the Humanities lecture: “They Didn’t Teach Me That in Sunday School; Feminist Theology from Ivory Tower to Pew,” presented by Susan Shaw, Research Fellow, Director of Women Studies and the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, OSU. April 12, 4 p.m. Autzen House.

NEW! Jo Anne Trow, OSU Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Emeritus, was recently honored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as a distinguished recipient of the 2010 Pillar of the Profession Award. The Division of Student Affairs invites you to a reception on April 14, 3 to 5.p.m in the MU Lounge. celebrating Jo Anne’s on-going service to OSU and the Corvallis community.

NEW! Land grant universities such as OSU face a world that their creators would hardly recognize. At the April 15 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will address the future of the land grant mission. Guests are welcome and can reserve a seat in room 109 of the MU by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0738.

Oregon State professor and head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering Scott Ashford will speak about the earthquake in Chile and why the world is experiencing so many earthquakes these days. He is the Science Pub Corvallis presenter on Monday, April 12, 6 p.m., at Old World Deli in downtown Corvallis, 341 S.W. Second St.

Heath Disparities – A video discussion series, features segments of the DVD Unnatural Causes followed by a facilitated dialogue:  April 22 from noon to 1 p.m, watch “Becoming American” – Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way? April 29 from noon to 1 p.m., watch “When the Bough Breaks” – Can racism become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes? All video segments will be shown in room 322A of Student Health Services

Do you know how to report an injury at OSU? Join us for a presentation at 12:30 -1:30 pm on April 12 in the Upper Classroom at Dixon Recreation Center to learn how to report it, where to report it, and why you should be reporting it.

OSU Libraries is sponsoring three separate webcasts, Copyright Essentials for Faculty. These webcasts are scheduled for April 12, 14, 16 and will be held in the Autzen Classroom on the second floor of the Valley Library, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited so attendees must register. To register, please send an email to Philip Vue, philip.vue@oregonstate.edu. Participants can register for just a single session rather than committing to all three. The series introduces the essentials of applying copyright and fair use in and out of the classroom. Each of the three sessions will incorporate case study involving UCLA and the use of copyrighted videos on course web sites. Participants will also learn how to interpret copyright and fair use principles as they pertain to teaching, course materials, and research and scholarship. Session 1: Copyright for Classroom Teaching, April 12. Session 2: Copyright Regulation: Outside the Classroom, April 14. Session 3: Faculty Rights under Copyright Law, April 16. For more information, please go to: http://www.academicimpressions.com/pdf/0410-faculty-copyright.pdf The Libraries will be able to show the webcast again within 60 days. If you are unable to attend the mid-April events, but are interested in the archived webcast, please let Philip Vue know.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program announces The American Dream Elevator Pitch Competition April 16 at LaSells Stewart Center. Pitch your idea to a panel of judges. Tell them what your venture does and convince them why it is compelling to customers and investors. There are two divisions: student entrepreneur and entrepreneur. Prizes awarded for first two places in each division. Over all top three pitches will be awarded cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $200 for third place. Lunch provided. There is also a class to help you prepare for the elevator pitch competition April 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center 1003 given by Jean Bonifas of Springboard Northwest. RSVP to mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu as space is limited. For more details: http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/aep/Elevator_Pitch_Competition.pdf

News for Employees

Committee Interest Forms will be accepted from both classified and unclassified employees through April 27. 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/2010/. 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.

A new Student Photo Roster System that will directly contribute to OSU efforts to encourage and support student-faculty interaction and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation has been released. The OSU Student Photo Roster System will provide the instructors of record and college advisors with access to student photos to enhance the learning experience and improve conditions for instructor-student and advisor-student engagement. Students have two choices regarding the Student Photo Roster System. They must choose to opt out of allowing advisors to view their photos and they must choose to opt in to allow the instructors of record to view their photos as part of a course roster. Selecting the ‘opt in’ option for instructors means that all instructors of record associated with the student’s current classes will be able to view the photograph. Students can change their mind at any time. The instructor of record can access photos for students assigned to class through the Banner class roster system. College advisors will access photos of students assigned to the college through the Banner Self-Service Advising Worksheet. The Technology Across the Curriculum program, part of OSU Media Services, has developed online training documentation for students, instructors and advisors at http://oregonstate.edu/tac/photoroster.

A 2-Day Conversational Skills Workshop for staff and faculty, made possible with support from the Provost’s Fund for Excellence, returns to the Oregon State University campus May 3 and 4. For those who have completed Conversational Skills, there are follow-up sessions to reinforce earlier learning. Visit website http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/axtell for course descriptions and to register by April 21.

Beaver Strides is a FREE pedometer based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “step it up”! (There is a small fee of $10 for faculty/staff) Spring term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW! Come join us at the Beaver Strides Kick-off open house on Thursday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. The first 150 new Beaver Strides registrants will receive a FREE starter pedometer. At the open house there’s a chance to win prizes, pick up tracking booklets, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/strides-signup and join us for the fun!


BSG Test Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such. Experience in product development and testing is important. This experience may be in either hardware or software and should include actual test plan management, testing, or quality assurance responsibility. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005489. Closing date: April 17.

Office Manager, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, OSU. F/T, 12-month, fixed-term. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005484 . Closing Date: April 17. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Executive Assistant to the Dean, College of Engineering, Oregon State University. Position is full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty. For full consideration, apply by April 19. For full position announcement and application instructions, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0005488, closing date April 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Professional Faculty-OSU Extension Service/Washington Co. seeks a full-time Office Manager. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0005466. Closing date: April 30. OSU is an AA/EOE

Food Service Worker 3 for OSU Catering, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University, F/T Academic Year position, external search. To review posting P0005478 and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is today.

Accountant I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0005474. Closing Date: Sunday. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Vice President for Research invites applications for a Faculty Liaison for the Research Office. This is a part-time (.50 FTE), professional faculty position and limited to tenured faculty with full or associate professor rank. Appointment will be through Sept. 15, 2010. The Faculty Liaison position is intended to give faculty members an opportunity to observe, participate in, and take responsibility for a variety of functions performed by the OSU Research Office staff. This individual will report to the Vice President for Research and work with the Directors of the Offices of Sponsored Programs, Research Integrity, and Technology Transfer. Faculty Liaison, Research Office — Internal to OSU Only, Part-time. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0005451. Closing Date: April 17.

Research Fishery Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader, Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University, F/T, open to U.S. citizens. To review posting WR-2010-0260 and apply, go to http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=86985317&JobTitle=Research+Fishery+Biologist%2c+GS-0482-12+%28KP-DEU%29&q=&where=97331&x=0&y=0&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&pg=1&re=3&AVSDM=2010-03-22+00%3a03%3a00. Closing date is April 19.

Assistant Director for Residential Education, University Housing and Dining Services, Oregon State University, F/T, external search. To review posting P0005413 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is April 15.

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Professional Faculty position as Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a part-time, 12 month fixed term position (20 hours a week) salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0005374. Closes today. OSU is AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way at 30th St: Due to construction related to the LPSC project, a portion of the east bound lane on Campus way at 30th Street, will be intermittently shutdown. This work will begin at 7:30 a.m. on April 12 and should end by 6 p.m. April 16.


Corvallis: Well the National Weather Service mentioned neither snow nor sunshine yesterday, but we got a bit of both. Today they’re calling for a few scattered showers before 11 a.m., and then partly cloudy, with a high of 55 and an overnight low of 30. Tomorrow is expected to be mostly sunny, with a chance of showers on Sunday.

Central Oregon: It sure has been nice having some sun the last couple of days and it’s looking good for today with a high near 49 with another chilly night coming in at 20. Hopefully we’ll have luck on our side today and into the weekend. Maybe this will help…take it away Frank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkZCrpPTCbM

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