OSU Today

Tuesday, April 21, 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.

Whale protection (Malaysian Star)
One of the most memorable moments in Dr Bruce Mate’s career in studying whales was the first time he touched a whale, and it looked him in the eye. Mate is director of Oregon State University Endowed Marine Mammal Program.

OSU scientist donates flag (Gazette-Times)
When OSU’s Lia Danelishvili says she’s from Georgia, people often assume that she’s from the state that used to be part of the Confederacy.

Parents and friends keep vigil for Aloha teen presumed drowned in Crooked River (Oregonian)

Alex Thompson, 19, a freshman at Oregon State University, disappeared about 4:15 p.m. while on a hiking trip with five friends, two of whom he’d known since grade school.

OSU volunteers uproot swale’s problems
(Gazette-Times)

Andy Arvin clamped the business end of a big orange weed wrench onto a thick clump of blackberry root. Then the Oregon State University junior leaned his weight against the 5-foot handle and wrestled the thorny invader out of the ground.

World’s Greenest Building to Run on Biodiesel
(Domestic Fuel)

“We have plans to work with the chemical engineering department at Oregon State
University, so our personnel plans are small,” said Steven Ribeiro, Aldeia principal developer.

Today

Each legislative session Oregon State University supporters take a special day to paint the State Capitol in Salem orange and black. OSU Day for the 2009 legislative session is scheduled for today. OSU Day provides legislators with an opportunity to experience the significant impact OSU has in Oregon.  Various Colleges and programs at OSU provide display booths staffed by knowledgeable representatives.  Throughout the day, OSU students, faculty, and alumni meet with legislators to discuss OSU’s innovative educational and research endeavors throughout the state. The day includes a 4:30 p.m. reception in the galleria that connects legislators with their OSU constituents. OSU faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us at the Capitol. Buses will be departing from the Jefferson Street OSU Bookstore entrance at 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and will return no later than 7 p.m. The buses are open and free to all OSU students, employees and advocates.

2009 Commencement Countdown: today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., MU Ballroom. Graduating Seniors are encouraged to attend Commencement Countdown hosted by the OSU Bookstore to help prepare for Commencement 2009.  Graduating Seniors will enjoy one-stop convenience for all their graduation needs – regalia, invitations, class rings and alumni items.  Participants will also be able to visit with other OSU departments/organizations like the Alumni Association, Career Services and the OSU Foundation.  The Registrar’s Office will be available to answer last minute questions.  More information at: http://www.osubookstore.com/GradCenter.asp

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 Norris, 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.

The Annual Earth Week Community Fair will be held today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. Over 50 OSU and community groups will be present to provide info and activities about environmental conservation and sustainability. Sponsored by Campus Recycling, SSI, and ASOSU. To see a list of participants, visit http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/EarthDay/organizationList.cfm.

The Voices Project brown bag lunch series continues today at noon with the screening and discussion of “I Am A….” in the MU Journey Room. OSU faculty, students and staff discuss the different ways they identify (i.e. by gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation, political affiliation, race, etc.). They address issues such as what they want people to know about their group; their opinions of others; how they feel about how the media portrays their group and other groups; the triumphs and downfalls of their groups; advice to their groups and their hopes for the future. Bring your lunch and a friend and join the conversation.

An Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core. Teaching faculty are invited to give their input today from 4 to 5 p.m., in MU 207.

Crossroads International is co-sponsoring the ISOSU Coffee Hour today! The Coffee Hour will be at the MU Learning Lounge from 4-6 p.m. and the theme is Spring Celebrations around the world.

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., in the LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium, 26th Street and Western Boulevard, Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public.

A public talk by Rolf Schuette on “The Holocaust’s Role in the Identity of Today’s Germans” takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU testing Emergency Alert system this Friday. Oregon State University is participating in an earthquake preparedness drill this Friday, April 24, and as part of that, will be performing a test of its Emergency Alert System at 10 a.m. that day. If you have not previously logged into the OSU system to review and modify your contact information, you are encouraged to do so prior to the test to make sure that for Friday and into the future, you’re set to receive important emergency information in exactly the way that suits you best.
To access the system, visit http://alert.oregonstate.edu/ and select “Enter your emergency contact information” on the left side of that page. You’ll be prompted to enter your ONID e-mail address and OSU ID number on the subsequent page. After that, modify your record as you see fit, inputting whatever telephone numbers, text message information and e-mail addresses are most likely to reach you or someone close to you in the event of an emergency. You can enter up to six phone numbers, two e-mail addresses and one SIMS/text message number.
Tip: In previous tests of the Emergency Alert System, we’ve found that messages are usually delivered more quickly to cell phones and home numbers than OSU land lines, due to capacity issues, and therefore recommend those as primary options for telephone notification. Text messages and e-mails are typically delivered within a few minutes of the message being sent.
Questions? Please e-mail jack.rogers@oregonstate.edu or todd.simmons@oregonstate.edu

Would like to learn more about bike repair or work to build your own bike? “Get to Know your Local Bicycle Co-Op” is an Earth Week event being held on April 23, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center, 738 SW 15th St (near 15th & Western). Stop by this open house to meet other bikers, learn how to get involved, and enjoy free food.

Campus Recycling will host Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation April 24, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 109 Strand Agriculture Hall for a presentation called “Synthetic Sea, Synthetic Me: Plastics in the Ocean.” They will share their voyage riding on a raft made from 15,000 recycled bottles to Hawaii to visit the plastic debris “island” forming in the North Pacific Ocean. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own cup for free smoothies made with a bike-powered blender!

An Ad Hoc Review Committee has been charged by the Executive Committee of the OSU Faculty Senate to review the Bacc Core, determine whether updates are needed, and if they are, recommend specific changes for the purpose of enhancing undergraduate education at OSU. A series of spring quarter focus groups have been scheduled in order to gather campus views about the structure and implementation of the Bacc Core; the remaining sessions are:
For Teaching Faculty: April 23, from 8 to 9 a.m. in MU 211
For GTAs: April 28th from 8 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. in MU 207. No registration required.  For more information contact: john.bailey@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University Extended Campus (Ecampus) is hosting their second annual Spring Faculty Forum May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The forum will showcase current Ecampus instructors’ courses and will provide opportunities to discuss personal experiences and best practices of online course development and innovative teaching methods.  All OSU faculty are invited to attend.  Concurrent sessions will be held throughout the day emphasizing OSU’s immediate opportunities to reach distance learners through online courses and degree programs. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online by May 6 at 5 p.m.: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/forms/faculty-forum.htm

The Corvallis Transit System is celebrating Earth Day April 22.  In recognition of this event, CTS, the Philomath Connection, Albany transit System, and the Linn-Benton Loop will provide free bus rides all day, April 22.

The spring term diversity book club discussion of Stubborn Twig by Lauren Kessler will be held on April 22 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Willamette Room. Don’t miss this classic story of immigrants making their way in Oregon beginning in the years before statehood. It is a living work of social history that rings with the power of truth and the drama of fiction, a moving saga about the challenges of becoming an American. This award-winning book bears eloquent witness 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.

The OSURA membership services committee is sponsoring a program scheduled for 3 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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! INTO Oregon State University is searching to fill three positions: Academic Support Manager, Academic Support Assistant, and Receptionist. The application deadline for all three is April 27. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/into-osu/ for complete position descriptions.

The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers to help with the 140th Commencement Ceremony to be held on June 13 at Reser Stadium. This year’s ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m.  Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to assist with one of the oldest traditions at OSU.  Volunteers work with guests to assist them to finding seats within the stadium and meeting the needs of over 15,000 family and friends of our graduates. For additional information and to sign up online please visit – http://oregonstate.edu/events/commencement/volunteers

Weather

We’ll have a high of 79 today and more sun on the way tomorrow. The overnight low will be 45. Tomorrow will reach 63, with a low of 38 and clouds will roll in.

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