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Friday, April 17, 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.

Oregon State’s Jane Lubchenco takes over at NOAA, says the president values science (Oregonian)

Oregon marine biologist Jane Lubchenco recently assumed the helm of the federal agency that strives to explain our world “from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun.”

New Discovery Tools for Online Library Resources (Information Today)
A March 27 task force report on WorldCat Local at the Oregon State University Libraries recommended further evaluation and testing before acquiring a discovery service.

Kessler to read from ‘Stubborn Twig’ (Gazette-Times)
Lauren Kessler, author of an award-winning book on a Japanese-American family, will read from her work at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Valley Library rotunda at Oregon State University.

Urge lawmakers to supply money to OSU Extension (Statesman Journal)

April 21 is Oregon State University Day at the state Capitol. Visit and encourage your senators and representatives to support funding for OSU Extension.

What a 30% cut might mean for OSU branch (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State University-Cascades Campus administrators said Thursday a 30 percent cut to its state funding would severely impact its ability to operate, but that the campus was already preparing for the cuts.

Celebrate children all week long
(Bend Bulletin)

One of the new events this year is a presentation for parents from Debbie Coehlo, an assistant professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.


The Enterprise Challenge hosted by The Austin Entrepreneurship Program takes place today in  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

Bob Moore, founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will give a free public talk today at Oregon State University. His presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. at the C&E Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

A celebration of life will be held to honor Carol Colton at 5:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction and Engineering Hall. A reception will follow in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. Colton served the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine for 19 years. She worked as a veterinary technician in several areas of the College, including large animal medicine, pharmacy, student teaching and, more recently, radiology.

The Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education invites the campus community to attend the fifth Annual Carpenter Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Powell Leadership room. This year’s lecturer is Dr. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, president of Mount Hood Community College. The title of the lecture is “Lessons Learned: The First Six Months of a new College Presidency.” The event is free. A reception follows.

Join author Lauren Kessler for a reading, Q&A, and signing at 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].

Oregon Dance and guest artists will present their 30th anniversary concert today and tomorrow at 7:30 pm, at the Majestic Theatre,115 S.W. Second St. ,Corvallis. Reserved seating may be purchased in advance at OSU’s Women’s Building, Outdoor Garden Visions, and on line at www.majestic.org Tickets are also available at the door an hour before the performance.  Ticket prices are $12 – general, $8 students / seniors, $6 – K12 students.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ishmael Khaldi, Deputy Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. April 20 in the Memorial Union, room 109. Khaldi is the first Bedouin to be appointed an Israeli diplomat. He will speak on what it means to be a non-Jewish minority citizen in one of the Middle East’s only democratic states.

NEW! The OSURA membership services committee is sponsoring a program scheduled for 3:00 to 5 p.m. on April 22 in the Construction and Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center. The program is titled “Your Health and Medicare: How to be a Savvy Consumer” and will be presented by Lee Strandberg and Christie Lynch from the Managed Care Pharmacy from Samaritan Health Plans. This presentation will be in two parts:
1. How to compare your Medicare health insurance options. The purpose of this presentation is to provide individuals with a tool to evaluate their options in Medicare health insurance.
2.  What do you need to know about Part D drug coverage? The purpose of this presentation is to help individuals better understand and navigate the pharmacy benefit under Medicare Part D.
No registration is necessary; this session will not be taped. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Steve Davis at: steven.l.davis@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will present a free concert by its popular music group “Mobility,” at LaSells Stewart Center at 7:30 p.m., April 24. The concert will focus on a variety of styles, including rock, jazz, blues, and country. Mobility dazzles with creativity, rearranging a song by The Police as a jazz tune, taking improvised solos, updating old blues standards with an original modern sound, and many other musical innovations

NEW! A seminar on surviving the recession will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. April 21 in Valley Library Willamette West. “Lifting Out of Recession With Competence 2.0” is being led by Donald Morris, president and founder of Strategic Initiatives Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in leading and navigating change, crafting and executing strategy and enhancing enterprise performance.

Come hear the latest developments in alternative transportation options in the region, within Corvallis and at OSU. The OSU Sustainability Office and City of Corvallis will host an alternative transportation panel on April 20 from 12:30-1:30 in MU 211. Speakers from OSU and the City will discuss specifics of carpool/vanpool, transit, biking, walking and dynamic ridesharing, and answer any of your questions about transportation options. Refreshments provided.  For more information: brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

Brigette Whipple, an OSU alumnus and renowned beading artist from Warm Springs, will be doing a presentation on her beading craft on April 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Valley Library’s Willamette Industries seminar rooms. Joining Brigette will be her apprentice, Sharlayne Garcia.  The presentation is part of “Oregon Is Indian Country” exhibit current on display during April in the Valley Library.  Other components of the exhibit are on display at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library and the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath.

This year’s the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial lecturer is Steven T. Wax, the federal public defender for Oregon, who has been cited for his efforts to protect human rights and Constitutional guarantees, in particular through his defense of Brandon Mayfield and seven of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Wax will speak at 7:30 p.m., April 21, in the LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium, 26th Street and Western Boulevard, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.

The College of Forestry invites you and your family to join us for the 77th Annual Fernhopper celebration on May 2. This year’s Fernhopper activities will take place in the morning and provide an opportunity for you to also participate in several other fun campus activities: OSU Pet Day, Mom’s Weekend, Spring Football scrimmage, and a Baseball game. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for registration. The program will feature an update by the Dean and highlight current work by faculty and students. An OSU Campus tree ID walking tour is scheduled at 12:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested to help us plan but walk-ins are welcome. Details available at http://fernhopper.forestry.oregonstate.edu/

The annual Holocaust Memorial Week at Oregon State University brings world-renowned scholars to campus to discuss the subject of: “Germans and the Holocaust: Then and Now,” April 20-24. The events are centered around the questions surrounding Germans’ participation and leadership in the Holocaust, as well as talks on how the Holocaust has shaped the identity of modern Germans. All the main events on campus are free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m., April 20, C&E Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, 26th St. & Western Blvd. Public talk – Claudia Koonz, professor of history at Duke University, “How the Nazis Made Anti-Semitism Respectable”
7:30 p.m., April 21, Memorial Union Lounge, 26th & Jefferson Way, public talk – Rolf Schuette: “The Holocaust’s Role in the Identity of Today’s Germans”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, Austin Auditorium, LaSells Stewart Center, public talk – George Wittenstein: “A Personal Account of the White Rose”
7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, Kelley Engineering Center, room 1001, 26th St. & Campus Way. Film showing – “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days”
Additional information on OSU’s Holocaust Memorial Week program is available online at: www.oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust

Faculty Women’s Network (FWN) is a 22 year old organization that served women in unclassified positions at OSU. The WAGE office accepted charge last year and expanded it to include all non-student female employees at OSU. The organization is now called OWN or OSU Women’s Network. Our hope is to provide opportunities for personal and professional development for all women at OSU. An OWN Open house takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1, in 109A in the MU. There will be food, door prizes and entertainment.

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/

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.

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

News for Employees

Provost Sabah Randhawa invites OSU students, faculty and staff to submit proposals to the Technology Resource Fee Committee, who will review and make recommendations to the Provost for a final funding determination. The deadline for proposals is May 11 at 5 p.m. with recommendations to the Provost scheduled for late May.

The French department is re-launching the “Café-Rencontres francophones” with a new meeting time and place for Spring term. Please join us on Mondays at 5 p.m. at McMenamin’s on Monroe St. for casual French conversation. OSU and Corvallis community members are welcome and all levels of fluency are invited. There’s no grading or correction, just the joy of speaking French in a comfortable setting. For more information,  contact: Elaine Hayashi, French Instructor, Elaine.Hayashi@oregonstate.edu, 541- 737-3953

How to help

(This section will appear occasionally to alert faculty and staff of opportunities in our community to serve the needs of non-profits and local schools)

Lincoln K-8 is recruiting tutors to provide support to students needing additional assistance in preparing for upcoming state exams.  These efforts are critical to helping Lincoln successfully meet Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmarks as defined by No Child Left Behind legislative mandates. Volunteer tutors are needed anywhere from one to five days a week between the hours of 3:15-3:45 p.m. through May 8. Any level of commitment is greatly appreciated.  Bi-lingual tutors are especially needed. For more information contact Alejandro Ramirez, Lincoln 4th/5th grade teacher, at 541-757-3856 or alejandro.ramirez@corvallis.k12.or.us


Today should be showery with a high of 57 and an overnight low of 38. The weekend will be partly cloudy with highs reaching 75 by Sunday, and the trend continues into next week.

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