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Monday, June 10, 2013

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.

‘An outcry for support’ (Gazette-Times)

As the age of the population increases, so do the demands on our caregivers. A pair of researchers from Oregon State University who study caregiving will offer their thoughts and perspectives on the issue during Monday’s Science Pub Corvallis event.

Oregon child care prices increase (KEZI)

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University found that child care prices increased 13 percent from 2004 to 2012, while household incomes declined nine-percent.

Genetically modified wheat: Researchers say Monsanto’s questioning of testing accuracy is unfounded (Oregonian)

But faulty test results aren’t the explanation, said Carol Mallory-Smith, the weed science professor who conducted OSU’s testing. Genetic analysis confirmed the plant contained the gene from a soil-based agrobacterium that Monsanto inserted to generate resistance to its Roundup herbicide, she said.

Queer Studies classes start this summer at OSU (KVAL)

“Queer studies isn’t just about those particular identities,” said Qwo-Li Driskill, the professor in charge of organizing the Queer Studies curriculum. “It’s also a critique of what normal is and how we make up these ideas of normal.

Making the grade? (Gazette-Times)

It’s also been a time of some tension on the homefront, as Corvallis residents, OSU officials and government leaders cope with issues related to the enrollment boom on campus. OSU students make up more than 40 percent of the population of Corvallis and the percentage has been increasing as enrollment grows.

Deepening community ties (Democrat-Herald)

Steve Clark, Oregon State University’s vice president for university relations and marketing, says improving the relationship between the college and the community is a key goal for OSU.

Nearly 40 percent of Oregon high school grads don’t go to college (Oregonian)

The share of Oregon high school graduates who enroll in college remains stubbornly low, suggesting thousands will be shut out of good-paying jobs, new figures show.

Pair of OSU/city collaboration work groups to meet (Gazette-Times)

The parking and traffic workgroup will hear a presentation Monday on bicycle and pedestrian safety that will include city transportation services supervisor Lisa Scherf, Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman and Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell, who is in charge of public safety on the Oregon State University campus

Learning the words to reach graduation (Gazette-Times)

When Jason Hsu started his freshman year at Corvallis High School, he knew how to say four things in English: “Hello,” “Goodbye,” “How are you?” and “Where’s the bathroom?” Four years later he is about to graduate from the school and will head to Oregon State University next year to study graphic design.

OSU study finds selenium added to alfalfa boosts calf growth, immunity (Albany Tribune)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers has found that adding selenium to fields planted with alfalfa will allow the perennial forage crop to “take up” the important mineral in its tissues, providing better feed for calves and other livestock.

Oregon native receives second star, joins elite company (Statesman Journal)

Maj. Gen. Julie A. Bentz, on the 27th anniversary of her commissioning at Oregon State University, received her second star Friday during a promotion ceremony at the Oregon Military Department.

Newberg philanthropist Austin dies (KGW)

Joan Austin, who started A-dec Inc., dental equipment company, later turning profits into generous acts of giving, passed away Wednesday at 81. Her philanthropy has touched many. A Newberg grade school in her name, a soccer pitch at George Fox University. She also had donated generously to Oregon State University, $10 million for a business school. (see also Oregonian)

2013 Cascades class is all Oregon State University (Whiotv)

Students who graduate from Oregon State University-Cascades next weekend will each leave with a diploma that bears the name Oregon State University. Though that doesn’t seem surprising, it’s the first time that students at the Bend campus will all receive diplomas bearing the name of just one school.

Graduation from high school or college is a big deal (Daily Astorian)

The really impressive display at OSU’s graduation was the ranks of teachers and engineers who came forward for their diplomas. It occurred to me that Oregon State University supplied the state’s spine.

Oregon farmers face uncertainty due to GMO wheat (Herald and News)

Bruce Sorte, community economist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, said it is difficult to forecast how exactly the incident will impact Umatilla County without seeing an initial shock on wheat prices. (see also OPB)


Open Forums for Community Conduct Coordinator: The campus community is invited to attend candidate presentations focusing on the strengths and challenges to both the OSU community and the greater Corvallis community given the current enrollment increase and the OSU enrollment goal of 35,000 students by 2025. Presentations are June 10at 10:15 a.m. AND 4:15 p.m. in MU 211, and June 11 at 4:15 p.m. in MU 206.

Corvallis Science Pub: Karen Hooker and Carolyn Mendez-Luck on caring for people with Alzheimer’s. June 10, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis.

Beaver baseball: Following last night’s win, the game on Monday is at 7:05 p.m. and not 4:05 as was previously scheduled. It will air on either ESPNU or ESPN2 and definitely on ESPN3.com.

Upcoming Events

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.

Memorial for Alexis White: Corvallis Central Park Gazebo, June 11, 4 p.m. Please join us to honor the memory of Alexis White, OSU graduate  student, teacher, poet and friend, who died one year ago. Bring poems, stories, songs, or memories to share, or come to listen and remember.

Busse retirement: Please join the University Honors College in celebrating Laurel Busse’s retirement.  After 28 years at OSU Laurel is retiring.  Join us for a farewell celebration, Wednesday, June 12, 5 to 7 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall, Room 233.  Appetizers will be served and we will also have a no-host bar.

Happy Birthday Gilkey Hall:  Stop by the main entry and room 109 of Gilkey Hall on Friday, June 14 between noon and 2:30 to help celebrate the building’s 100th birthday.  There will be a timeline, and an opportunity to learn more about the art that’s behind the name of Gordon Gilkey.  Additional details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/urm/events/celebrate-gilkey

Cooley retirement: A retirement celebration will be held for Valerie Cooley on Tuesday, June 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the MU, Room 109.  Val is retiring after 31 years at OSU.  Almost every student and employee that comes to OSU goes to the Campus ID Center, and Valerie has welcomed them all with a wealth of knowledge and a warm smile.

Albany Garden Tour: OSU Extension Linn County Master Gardeners will be hosting the Albany Garden Tour on Saturday, June 15. Seven private gardens will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Cost is $10. Tickets are available at Tom’s Garden Center, Nichols Nursery, Albany Visitor’s Association, U & D Nursery and Garlands.

Thompson Retirement: Gabrielle Thompson of AMBC will be retiring from OSU after 30 years of service.  A celebration will be held on June 20, 1-3 p.m., in Hovland Hall room 9.  Refreshments will be served.

Lectures and webinars

Export control candidate: The Research Office invites you to attend an open forum with Joe Valentine, candidate for the Export Control Officer position. The title of his discussion is “Export Controls and Research Compliance”.  This position is an important regulatory position and will assist all researchers to be aware of the requirements we must follow. The forum will be held at the Linus Pauling Science Center, Room 402 on June 11, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Open Forum for Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation, & Planning: The campus community is invited to attend candidate presentations focusing on the support of the Division of Student Affairs in further developing the culture of inquiry in alignment with the OSU Learning Goals for Graduates, and the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Initiatives. Pablo Mendoza, June 11, 1:45-3 p.m. in MU 208. List of candidates and details available at http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/83792/.

Investigating Lifelong Science Learning: Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning is hosting a presentation and discussion examining our growing understanding of how the public learns science across their lifetime. John Falk will share insights provided by research on when, why and where people learn science, followed by a discussion on science education research. This talk is derived from an NSF Distinguished Lecture and will take place on Tuesday June 11, 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder 278.

News for Employees

NEW! EmpCenter Training and Open Labs: Training is now available online for employees that will begin using EmpCenter on June 16 (Classified Hourly employees, Unclassified Hourly employees, and Students/Temps). In addition, Open Labs have been scheduled for the next week.  Training can be found at mytime.oregonstate.edu/empcenter-training.

NEW! Seeking home stay families: Interested in sharing Independence Day with an international student?  The OSU Homestay Program is seeking local families to share their 4th of July festivities with international students.  Applications are currently available at https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/myuhds/form/mf/holidayhost.   Hosting application deadline is Thursday, June 20 at 5 p.m.  Hosts will be informed of student placement Monday, July 1.  If you have any questions, please contact homestay@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! OSU Beaver Store Beaver Gear Sale:  Monday-Wednesday, June 10-12.  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  OSU Beaver Store Book Level.  Huge discounts on Beaver gear and souvenirs.

Prescription drop-box: OSU now has an unwanted prescription drop box housed in the OSP lobby (Cascades Hall).  This drop box is for faculty, staff, and students to depose of  unwanted Rx drugs.  It is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The purpose is to keep drugs out of the hands of those who may be suicidal or who struggle with drug abuse and dependence, and to keep drugs out of waterways via improper disposal.

Career Services newsletter: Find out the latest with the June 2013 edition of the Career Services newsletter: http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/june_2013_newsletter.pdf

U-Fit: Faculty/Staff Series with Rec Sports: Join Rec Sports this summer for a faculty/staff beginners exercise program. U-Fit is for individuals who want to build skills and confidence to become regularly physically active. Learn more here!

Attendee Survey for Merchant Expo:  If you attended Merchant Expo on May 30 and would like to provide feedback for the event, please fill out the Attendee Survey, which will be open through June 12.  Those who submit a survey will be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.

Employees attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is June 19 to submit the application for employees attending other OUS institutions during Summer 2013. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Synergies newsletter: Learn what’s going on in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences by reading the latest edition of Synergies. This month’s features include photos and videos from the CPHHS’ signature event – Celebration of Excellence, a Public Health student who created the new Type 1 Beavers Club to support those with diabetes, a video of the 20th Annual Wheel-A-Thon event and a feature on Athletic Training Education Program Director Kim Hannigan-Downs. http://bit.ly/13D2zs3

MOOC Faculty Forum: Dave King and Lisa Templeton, from Extended Campus, and Kevin Gable, Faculty Senate President, facilitated a discussion on May 24 related to Massive, Open Online Courses (MOOCs). What are they, where are they coming from and, most importantly, how should OSU faculty respond to them? They explored many of the factors relating to how MOOCs have affected higher education and where the topic is likely to take us. The webcast and materials presented during the forum are online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/webcast/mooc/. Faculty are encouraged to forward comments related to MOOCs to faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu.

eProcurement Initiative Survey:  OSU is considering an initiative to implement an eProcurement system that would provide an electronic shopping environment similar to Amazon.com.  If you purchase goods or services on behalf of OSU, please fill out this 3-5 minute online survey.  If you do not purchase goods or services on behalf of OSU, but wish to provide feedback, please visit this online feedback form.  The survey will be available until June 20.

Traffic and Maintenance

Free parking: June 14, TAPS will be offering free parking in all student and visitor parking lots to allow parents, family, friends and OSU alums easier access to campus to participate in commencement-related ceremonies and activities and to help students with their move-out process.  Additionally, TAPS staff will be out and about with maps and information to assist your guests in getting around and parking on campus.  For more parking information please see the Commencement website at: http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/sites/default/files/maps/2013-comm_parking.pdf

Central Campus metered lot (east of bookstore): Due to the construction of the new Student Experience Center, the metered lot in the center of campus will close permanently beginning June 17.

Washington Ave NE Lot closure: Due to construction of a new residence hall,  the Washington Ave NE (gravel lot) will permanently close starting June 17.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Oregon State University Malheur County Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Assistant Professor position in Rangeland and Livestock. This 12-month position is 0.75 FTE tenure track and 0.25 FTE recurring fixed term funding. This position is responsible for the Rangeland and Livestock Extension program in Malheur County, Oregon. Posting #0010665. Closes June 10.

The Department of Pre-College Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator position. Posting #0010678. Closes June 14. Full consideration date is May 31.

ESOL/Bilingual Instructor – The College of Education invites applications for a part-time (0.49 FTE), 9-month, fixed–term Instructor position in the ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program.  Posting #0010784.  Closes June 15.

VP for Research is accepting applications for one full-time Program Representative 1. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number 0010821. Closes June 17.

Cashier 2 – Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Cashier 2  position. Posting #0010799. Closes June 17.

HR Business Analyst – The Office of Human Resources is seeking a Human Resources Business Analyst.  This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0010751.  Closes June 17.

Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a part-time, 0.75 FTE, fixed-term, Extension FCH Program Coordinator in Lane County.  This position provides leadership for the nutrition education program in Lane County. Posting #0010742. Closes June 17.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) invites applications for one full-time (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position. Please contact Beth Dyer if you have any questions at beth.dyer@oregonstate.edu.  Posting #0010810.  Closes June 20.

Research Associate – The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Research Associate position.  Posting #0010793. Closes June 23.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0010773.  Closes June 24.

Business Affairs invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), limited duration (approx. 2 years), 12-month, Quality Assurance Program Manager position. Posting #0010670. Closes June 25.

Digital Applications Librarian  – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010782. Closes June 28.

Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. Posting #0010796. Closes July 2.

The Division of University Outreach and Engagement invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus and Special Initiatives Leader position.    Posting # 0010747. Posting opens May 30 at 6 p.m. and closes July 7.

Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services – The Valley Library invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Gray Family Endowed Chair for Innovative Library Services position.  Posting #0010781. Closes July 8.

The OSU Foundation has a job opportunity for a Receptionist at the Corvallis Office.  This position will serve as first contact between Foundation employees and their callers and visitors and will provide excellent customer service to donors, visitors, special guests, and Foundation staff.


Corvallis: It’s finals week, and those who have the summer off can almost taste the adventures waiting around the corner, while the rest of us are imagining empty parking lots and shorter lines in the coffee shop. Today will be sunny with a high of 72 and a low tonight of 48. We’ll have a slight chance of showers the rest of the week.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 75 and a low tonight of 41. Sunny again tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 60 and a low tonight of 48. Cloudy with a chance of showers tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/


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