OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 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.

Storm effects linger (Gazette-Times)

At Oregon State University, pipes burst at several buildings during the cold snap. Caution tape surrounded Milam Hall, one of the most damaged, and finals that had been scheduled for there were moved.

Women’s shelter opens in Corvallis (KEZI)

Fifteen thousand dollars is funding the women’s homeless shelter in Corvallis, thanks to two grants that were written by four Oregon State University graduate students.

OSU-Cascades community open houses invite public participation (Cascade Business News)

The first of the community open houses planned by Oregon State University – Cascades will take place December 12 from 6-8pm and December 13 from 12-1:30pm. (see also Bend Bulletin)

Oregon students, faculty use Mesalands turbines for research (Quay County Sun)

A professor and two graduate students from Oregon State University are using the wind turbine generator at Mesalands Community College for research aimed at evaluating the potential impact on birds and bats that may collide with turbine blades.

OSU’s first governing board inaugural meeting reset for January (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s first-ever governing board was to hold its inaugural meeting this week, but the debut meeting has been postponed until January due to forecasts of bad weather, university officials announced today.

Gardeners gearing up for classes (LaGrande Observer)

Gardeners looking for some guidance may find what they need in the 2014 Oregon State University Master Gardener program. Union County Master Gardener Program Coordinator Jessie Street is gearing up for the 2014 season, which she says will provide a variety of classes and information for novice gardeners as well as those who have been gardening for years.

Ann Harris named CGCC ‘Open Campus Coordinator’ (Hood River News)

Oregon State University Extension Services has had a presence in the community for many decades, but OSU has decided to bring its Open Campus program to the Columbia Gorge as well.

A diet for optimal health (Monterey Herald)

One is certainly emerging from scores of scientific studies, according to the Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute (LPI). Named for the sometimes controversial scientist, this respected organization is now dedicated to understanding the role of specific nutrients and other components in food that can enhance our health and prevent disease.


OSUsed Store public sale canceled: Due to inclement weather and the closure of campus, the OSUsed Store Dec. 11 public sale is canceled. Our next public sale is our end of year sale days on Dec. 18, 19 and 21. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays.

Upcoming events

NEW! Staff Art Show:  Currently on display in the LaSells Stewart Center Galleria, and up through most of January, this exhibit showcases the creativity of your co-workers!  All are welcome to join for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5 – 7 p.m.   Contact University Events if you would like more information.

NEW! Gregory retirement: Stan Gregory, Distinguished Professor, is retiring after 32 years on the faculty of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Due to weather and OSU closure, the informal reception honoring Stan’s many years at OSU is being rescheduled for Friday, Dec 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Room 20. (3200 SW Jefferson Way, just west of Richardson Hall)

Scheuermann retirement: Tom Scheuermann is retiring as Director of University Housing & Dining Services after 20 years as leader of the department and 23 years of service to Oregon State. Scheuermann plans to continue to be part of the OSU community through teaching in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) graduate program. UHDS invites friends and colleagues to join in honoring and thanking Tom at a reception from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Dec. 13, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

Poinsettia plant sale: Now through Dec. 13, the OSU horticulture club is offering poinsettias for sale in the East greenhouses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Plants are $15 each or three for $40.

Lectures and webinars

NEW! Winter Break Workshops: Give yourself the gift of time to learn a new skill or research tool this Winter Break, Dec. 16-17, at the Valley Library. Check out Zotero, EndNote and Mendeley. Learn how to use Qualtrics survey software. Dive into data management or digital humanities. But wait…there’s more! Check out the full schedule of workshop offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu.

Diversity workshop: “Welcoming Diversity: Valuing the Differences Among Us” registration is open. Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MU 206. This interactive day-long workshop uses the award winning National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) community building model. Facilitated and sponsored by the OSU Campus Coalition Builders, Division of Student Affairs. Details and pre-registration (required) at  http://calendar.oregonstate.edu/event/85402/.

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Amanda Whitmire, Data Management Specialist at OSULP, will present “Research Data Services at OSU Libraries and Press: What’s the Story?” on Dec. 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 13 in the Willamette Rooms (Third Floor) Valley Library.  This seminar is intended to be a “Who, what, when, where, why and how?” about research data services for audiences including faculty and staff within OSULP and the wider campus community.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU Today reminder: Starting next week, OSU Today switches to a holiday schedule. There will be editions of OSU Today on Dec. 16 and Dec. 30, with daily issues resuming Jan. 7, the first day of Winter Term. There will be no OSU Today the week of Dec. 23-27. Deadline for the Dec. 16 issue is Friday at 4 p.m.

NEW! Animal Connection: Animal stories from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in the latest edition of Animal Connection online newsletter: ‘Sweetie’ Goat Encourages Breast Cancer Awareness, Team Effort Saves Dog and Ten Puppies, Laser Therapy May Alleviate Pet Pain, A Wooly Ordnance Disposal Team.

AOP Toy Drive for CARDV: The Association of Office Professionals are collecting toys for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) this Holiday Season. Please donate unwrapped toys by Thursday, Dec. 12 by 5 p.m. at University Plaza Suite 250. For more information and types of toys please visit the AOP website: oregonstate.edu/aop or contact Laura Frye at (541) 737-8732

Family Members attending other institutions: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount): Deadline is Dec. 23 to submit the application for family members attending other OUS institutions during Winter 2013-2014. Applications are to be submitted to your business center. For additional information, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Street Closure: Due to utility work for the Memorial Union, Jefferson street from Waldo to 26th will be closed Dec. 16-27 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sackett Place: Due to continued work at the new Classroom Building site, Sackett Place will be closed through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.


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

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position. To apply, submit one Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=9643792 Closes. Dec. 11.

OSU is seeking applicants for the Director of Public Safety. Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0011654. Closes Dec. 12.

Manager, Conference Services: University Conference Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting #0011627. Closes Dec. 12.

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital is hiring for a Veterinary Technician 3 position.  Posting #0011659. Full consideration date Dec. 5. Closes Dec. 12. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Yamhill County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .20 FTE, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in McMinnville. Posting # 0011667. Closes Dec. 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Douglas County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .45 FTE, Limited Duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Roseburg. Posting # 0011669. Closes Dec 13.

Education Program Assistant 1 –  Union County Extension office invites applications for a part-time .15 FTE, Intermittent, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in La Grande. Posting # 0011636. Closes Dec 13.

Financial Aid Advisor – Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Financial Aid Advisor position. Posting #0011634. Closes Dec. 15.

Office Specialist 1-Insurance-Student Health Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month OS1 in Insurance/Billing/Patient Accounts.  Posting #0011674   Closing Date:  Dec. 16.

E-Learning Game Designer – Extended Campus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  E-Learning Game Designer position. Posting #0011655. Closes Dec. 18.

OSU is seeking two Postdoctoral Scholars to work with a transdisciplinary team focused on enacting and researching institutional and organizational change towards improved postsecondary STEM education at OSU through various curricular and instructional reforms. Position 1 – Organizational Change: This scholar’s focus will be to research the project’s attempt to secure wider organizational change. Position 2 – Student Gains: This scholar’s focus will be on student gains with respect to project activities. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt with a priority submission deadline of Dec. 1. Full announcement attached and can be found at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/postdocs-announcement.

Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator –Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Research Evaluation & Planning Coordinator position. Posting #0011651. Closes Dec. 22.

Corporate Business Manager –Professional and Noncredit Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Corporate Business Manager position. Posting #0011673. Closes Dec. 25.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator – The College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month grants/contracts coordinator position. Posting #0011476. Closes Jan. 3.

Office Coordinator – The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Office Coordinator position.  Posting # 0011677. Closes for full consideration apply by Jan 5.

Assistant Director – The Office of Institutional Research is recruiting for a full-time, 12 month, fixed term Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Requires at least 4 years of experience as a senior analyst in an institutional research office. Posting # 0011576. Closes Jan. 31, 2014.


Corvallis: “Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong. It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder. Some areas of freezing fog this morning, otherwise mostly cloudy. We’ll finally get above freezing today with a high of 35, and a low tonight of 27. Freezing rain likely tomorrow after 10 a.m.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today with a high of 39 and a low tonight of 20. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today with a high of 44 and a low of 35. Rain tomorrow.

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

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