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Tuesday, April 14, 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.

Panel studies noncitizen tuition (Register Guard)
Oregon’s latest bill allows students to pay in-state tuition at Oregon University System institutions as long as they attended an Oregon high school for three years prior to graduation; graduated from an Oregon high school; and are working toward residency. The presidents of Oregon’s three largest universities, the UO, Oregon State University and Portland State University, co-signed letters endorsing the bill.

Strong schools add up to a strong work force (Mail Tribune)
Chancellor George Pernsteiner told a Chamber of Medford/Jackson County audience Monday if soaring enrollment isn’t accompanied by state support, rising tuition costs will drive students out of the system and leave employers with an under-educated work force. He said the campuses at Southern Oregon University, Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University were products of state investment in higher education in the 1920s and 1940s.

SAO names Kveton interim president (Portland Business Journal)
The Software Association of Oregon, a prominent trade group, has named Scott Kveton interim president. He co-founded the Open Source Lab while at Oregon State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Oregon State.

Motorcycle diaries — and diatribes (Oregonian)
Team Oregon, which is run as an extension program of Oregon State University and ODOT, is the only organization currently offering a motorcycle-skills course.


An Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-workshop series will be offered today and tomorrow 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.

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”, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. today 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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity offers more opportunities to attend the Affirmative Action Search Advocate 2-Workshop series during the second half of April.  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).  Part I: overview; potential biases/opportunities to promote diversity in the search process, 9 a.m. to noon April 21, and 2 to 5 p.m. April 22. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II  more potential biases/opportunities; effective participation as an AASA, 9 a.m. to noon April 28 and 2 to 5 p.m. April 29. Register: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143

NEW! The Oregon State University Robotics Club’s 2009 University Rover Challenge Team will host a demonstration of their new rover design on Saturday, April 25. The team will test their new rover design while performing tasks in biology, geology, soil analysis, emergency navigation and construction.  The event will be at the first covered picnic area in Adair County Park north of Corvallis.  After a brief project introduction at 11 a.m., the team will begin testing the new rover design until approximately 2 p.m. For more information regarding the University Rover Challenge, sponsored by the Mars Society, please visit the official website at http://www.marssociety.org/portal/c/urc.

NEW! The annual Degree Partnership Program (DPP) Summit will be held at LBCC on May 15.  Anyone with an interest in assisting students who are now or may be planning to enroll in DPP will find the Summit beneficial. To learn more about the Summit and to register please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/partnerships/educators/summit/

NEW! Center for Humanities Lectures, 4 p.m. April 20 at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Avenue. Suburban Panics: Lost Innocence and Moral Crusades in California Politics by Matthew Lassiter, Center Research Fellow, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan.

NEW! The public is invited to enjoy free food and live music at the seventh annual Earth Day Hoo Haa on a student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis on April 22.The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club, will take place from 3-7 p.m. A free shuttle van to the farm will depart from the OSU Bookstore every 15 minutes. To drive to the farm, take state Route 34 east after crossing the Willamette River, then turn left onto an unnamed dirt road after the Trysting Tree Golf Club.

NEW! This week’s Austin Fellow is Dennis Powers, Managing Partner, Cornerstone Management Resources. His Fireside Chat event will take place 7 p.m., April 16. in Weatherford Residential College’s Trysting Tree Conference Room D107. Powers is currently the Managing Partner of Cornerstone Management Resources (CMR).

NEW! Beatles At OSU, the musical alliance that has brought five epic rock recreations to Corvallis will once again attempt the impossible — presenting the Beatles’ eponymous double album, better known as the White Album, in its entirety live in concert.  The cast includes members of local bands Break As We Fall, The Badfish Band, Stairway Denied, Pseudoboss, and Audiophilia, as well as other Corvallis musicians.  The concert will be held at Oregon State University’s Milam Auditorium on  7p.m. April 24, and May 2. This performance is being sponsored by Oregon State University’s Music Department and Women’s Center, and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV). With the community’s support, previous shows have brought in about $20,000 for CARDV.Admission to the event is $5.  Advance tickets are available at the OSU Women’s Center or online at http://www.beatlesatosu.org.

Please plan on attending a forum on April 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the MU Ballroom to update the OSU community on diversity-related issues on campus.  Specifically, you will hear from some key diversity leaders and get an opportunity to provide input for the diversity goals in new strategic plan.  The agenda for the meeting includes a welcome by President Ray and updates on: Association of Faculty for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC); Cultural Centers Renovations; Diversity Planning Process; Faculty Senate Diversity Council; Intercultural Student Services; International Programs; National Coalition Building Institute; NCAA Certification on Gender Equity, Diversity and Student Well-Being; Oregon University System (OUS) Diversity Summit; OSU Student Diversity Summit; Strengths Quest; Student Affairs; Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity (WAGE). This is an informational forum and is meant to serve as a precursor to a larger and more interactive diversity summit in the future.  Please RSVP Corrine Gerig if you plan on attending at (541) 737-4381 or Corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu.

Join author Lauren Kessler for a reading, Q&A, and signing on April 17, 7 p.m., in the Valley Library Rotunda. Kessler’s award-winning book, Stubborn Twig (published by OSU Press), a classic story of immigrants making their way in the new land, is a selection in the statewide Oregon Reads program [http://www.oregonreads2009.org].

The Enterprise Challenge hosted by The Austin Entrepreneurship Program takes place April 17, LaSells Stewart Center. Team presentations 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. and 10:20 to 11 a.m. Team finals 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 pm, with an awards ceremony following. Will you be using cedar and citrus bug repellent instead of DEET? Will your computer be liquid cooled and fuel cell powered? These are just some of the business ideas that will be featured at The 2009 Business Enterprise Challenge. 12 team finalists will pitch their ideas to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors.  For more information see www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

An active learning workshop using lecturewares takes place from noon to 12:50 p.m. April. 16 in Waldo Hall 115A. To register go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

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

News for Employees

NEW! Student Internship at West Virginia University. A position is available for a student with programming skills to help develop and extend a simulation model that is being used to explore the factors controlling movement and establishment of transgenic trees in natural and managed settings. The position will be hosted by  Stephen DiFazio at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. and Steve Strauss of Oregon State University. Proficiency in C or C++ programming is required. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems would be desirable, but not essential. Interested applicants should send a CV and names and contact information for two references to Dr. DiFazio (spdifazio@mail.wvu.edu).

NEW! OSU staff and faculty are invited to attend the OSU Merchant Expo at LaSells Stewart Center on June 4.  Vendor representatives will be there to provide information on new technologies, products, services and solutions for your business needs. The event is hosted by OSU Procurement and Contract Services and a free lunch will be served.  Register online here, http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/, before May 25 for a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Certificate.

Traffic and maintenance

Elevator No. 2 in the Valley Library will be shut down through 4:30 p.m. today for repairs.


We’ll see more showers today with a high of 52 and an overnight low of 35. Tomorrow should be partly cloudy with a high of 56.

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