OSU Today

Monday, May 3, 2010

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.

Corvallis ranked among Best Small Places for Business and Careers (Forbes)

Educational attainment and job growth rank high.

Couple pledges $1 million to OSU Honors College (KEZI)

The University Honors College at Oregon State University has received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous couple.

Oregon farmers caught up in Monsanto suit over engineered alfalfa (Oregonian)

Some Oregon farmers probably would raise genetically engineered alfalfa if not for the court injunction, said Carol Mallory-Smith, an Oregon State University crop professor.

America’s coach is a worrier, warrior and winner (Chicago Tribune)

Craig Robinson was deep into his book-signing Q-and-A at Oregon State University in Corvallis on Thursday night before anybody got around to the inevitable question. What’s it like being related to the president? He paused. He grinned. He flung open his long arms. “Co-o-ol.”

Civil War era socity, communications topic of historian’s lecture (Gazette-Times)

A historian will address the ways communication changed and evolved before the Civil War, and suggest some ways of thinking critically about the relationship between technological innovation and social change, in a lecture on Tuesday at Oregon State University.

The Royal Treatment (Gazette-Times)

Seated at a round table with a white cloth cover, black napkins and a vase with fresh-cut spring flowers, Jon and his mother joined his roommate, Ian Bryson, a senior in political science, and his mother, Jackie, at the Royal Tea in the Memorial Union Lounge. The tea was one of the many events offered during Mom’s Weekend — themed “where every mom is royalty” — at Oregon State University.

Bioethicist examines medical profession (Democrat-Herald)

A pioneer in ethics education in medicine will examine the “Two Sides of Professionalism in Medicine” in a lecture on Monday, May 10, at Oregon State University.

Mom’s weekend comes to OSU (Gazette-Times)

With a furrowed brow, Oregon State junior Shavonne Schumacher knelt close to the ground as she carefully pinned a hem on a pair of traditional Hakama pants. Standing patiently above her, model and OSU student Laura Siltanen watched as Schumacher fixed the hems so they wouldn’t get caught on Siltanen’s heels.


MASS-Nebula, an installation of graphite drawings by Korean artist Chang-Ae Song, opens today in Fairbanks Hall. For more information, see LIFE@OSU.

Faculty are invited to meet with President Ray in small group sessions to discuss issues of interest or concern. There is a session scheduled at 10: to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing, especially as we deal with the current economic downturn; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please send responses to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu and include the following information: name, email, department/unit, faculty rank and rank order of below dates.

The OSU LGBT Advocacy Team will present the final Safe Space Training of the 2009-2010 academic year. All are welcome. The two hour training will be facilitated by Victor Santana-Melgoza, Multicultural Resource Coordinator, University Housing & Dining Services; and Stacey Edwards, Health Educator and Peer Health Advocate Coordinator, Student Health Service. This entertaining, interactive, multi-media, 2-hour workshop is designed for anyone wishing to become a better ally to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or intersex community, especially students. The workshop will be held from noon to 2p.m., Arnold Dining Center’s Gold Room. You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.

Upcoming events

NEW! OSU Libraries  is holding a Creative Commons  workshop on Wednesday, May 5 from 2 to 3 p.m.   Wondering what Creative Commons is?  Wondering if Creative Commons replaces copyright?  Wondering how Creative Commons can be used in the academic setting? Then this workshop is for you  The workshop will be held in the Autzen classroom on the 2nd  (main) floor of the Valley Library. To register visit:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656

NEW! A forum is being held to give participants an overview of the promotion and tenure (P&T) process/guidelines. The forum will be designed for department heads and chairs, as well as chairs of department and/or college level P&T committees and will be held on May 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. Please RSVP to sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Felicia Cohn, director of medical bioethics for Kaiser Permanente Orange County, will speak on health care reform at 7 p.m., May 6, at Oregon State  University. Sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, Cohn’s talk is titled “The Principle of Justice: What You Need to Know to Understand Health Care Reform.” The free public event will be held in Kearney Hall Room 112, 1491 S.W. Campus Way.

NEW! Sally Collins, Director, USDA Office of Environmental Markets, will speak from 3:30 to 5 p.m. May 6 at the LaSells Stewart Center on “Next Generation Conservation: Investing in Ecosystem Services.” This Starker Lecture is free and open to the public.

A historian will address the ways communication changed and evolved before the Civil War, and suggest some ways of thinking critically about the relationship between technological innovation and social change, in a lecture on Tuesday, May 4 at Oregon State University. The free public lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. It is the third lecture in the 2009–10 American Culture & Politics speaker series. David Henkin’s talk is titled “What is a Communications Revolution? (And Did One Take Place Before the Civil War?)”

“Joseph Smith & the Beginnings of Mormonism: A look at the unique origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”: Film and lecture by Dr. Tom Sherry, director of the Corvallis Institute of Religion. May 4, 7 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.

Portland multidisciplinary artist MK Guth will speak about her work, which includes video, photography, sculpture, and participatory performance art, on May 5 at Oregon State University. The free public event will start with a reception for the artist at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture. It is at the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

To all of you Food Network-Iron Chef-Cooking Competition Fans: the OSU Power-Up Challenge is holding a Food Competition Event at the Dixon Recreation Lower Classroom kitchen on Wednesday May 5 (Cinco De Mayo) from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., hosted by the First Alternative Co-op. Featured Challenger teams will compete to create a healthy, attractive Latin-themed snack made with local, organic and gluten free Co-op ingredients. Spectators will have an opportunity to taste these creative dishes and vote on their favorite one! Join us for some fun, prizes and learn how to easily prepare healthy, sustainable fare!

Cascades Campus’ annual “It’s in the Bag” lecture series continues on May 5 with a presentation titled “Bringing Civility Back” that explores the tenor of our conversations nationwide. The lunchtime lecture will be given by Natalie Dollar, Ph.D., of OSU-Cascades’ liberal studies program. “It’s in the Bag” lectures are free and no reservation is needed. Complimentary beverages will be available. Audience members are asked to pick-up a free parking pass from the main office before parking. For more information visit http://www.osucascades.edu/lunchtime-lectures or contact 541-322-3100 or info@osucascades.edu.

2010 Author Recognition Celebration: Come celebrate and support the remarkable range of literary contributions made by the OSU Faculty in 2009. The celebration will be held in the Library rotunda on May 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is presented by the OSU Libraries in association with The Office of the Provost. Six authors will present on their work. Light refreshments provided.

Markus Horning with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute will be speaking on “Threats to Seals & Sea Lions in a Changing Ocean” Monday, May 10 at Science Pub Corvallis. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. At Old World Deli, 341 SW Second St., Corvallis. How can we promote effective management and recovery of protected species sometimes interlinked through complex, multi-species predator-prey relationships? What are the roles and impact of research, rescue and rehabilitation programs on these charismatic yet difficult to monitor marine mammals?

News for Employees

NEW! The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its final workshop of the 2009-10 season on May 14 at the Adair Club House, 6097 N.E. Ebony Lane. Ann Schauber and  Sunil Khanna will present “Cross-Cultural Communication: Communicating Effectively in a Multicultural Workplace.” This special event will be presented in two sessions – a half-day session will run from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and will continue from 1 to 4 p.m. for those interested in a more in-depth experience. You may register for the morning session, or attend the whole day event. Lunch is provided for those attending all day. Don’t miss this opportunity, available at no charge to OSU employees. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us by May 5. Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Interested in participating in da Vinci days this year? OSU has its very own exhibit area, Discover OSU, and we are looking for all types of exhibitors -science, engineering, art…..There is room for everyone! Last year, over 23,000 visitors walked through the gates and Discover OSU was a huge hit. To learn more about da Vinci Days, check the last year’s article from Portland Writing Examiner and visit the da Vinci Days web site (http://www.davinci-days.org/). If you would like to have a booth in Discover OSU, send an e-mail to Kate Sanders at kvsanders@gmail.com and she will send you a registration form (registration ends May 15).  Article from Portland Writing Examiner: http://ww.examiner.com/x-16045-Portland-Writing-Examiner~y2009m7d21-Da-Vinci-Days-annual-Corvallis-summer-festival-lives-up-to-its-name

It’s still all about M.E. That’s right, the Merchant Expo is happening at the LaSells Stewart Center June 3. Find out additional information and register at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/ Those registering before May 28 will have a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer gift card.

The Center for Teaching and Learning Spring 2010 Workshops: All teaching faculty, staff, and graduate assistants welcome. Registration is required for all workshops. Using Clickers as an Effective Pedagogical Tool, May 5, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Milam 215. Presented by Viktoriya Oliynyk, CTL Graduate Teaching Assistant. This workshop will assist instructors at all levels of experience with clickers (also called Response Systems) in developing best practices for incorporating clickers in their teaching. Clickers can be used in higher education in a variety of ways to improve teaching and to enhance learning. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/ctl, send an e-mail to CTL@oregonstate.edu, or call 541-737-2804.

The Commission on the Status of Individuals with Disabilities (COSID) is accepting nominations for the 2010 OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/ . This award recognizes individuals who advocate the inclusion, accommodation, and respect of persons with disabilities and who foster and promote their full participation in all aspects of the campus community. The nomination deadline is May 15. Review the criteria at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/senate/awards/nom/disabilities/criteria.html and submit nomination information to Paula Dungjen at paula.dungjen@oregonstate.edu , COSID Awards Committee Chair.

The College of Forestry has douglas fir logs that were used in a research project, and are now ready to be converted to firewood to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share. On May 8 a group of volunteers from the college will be cutting, splitting, and delivering the firewood. For a $140/cord donation to the Linn-Benton Food Share, you can have the wood delivered to your house. If you are interested in ordering firewood, or would like to volunteer labor, please contact Terralyn Vandetta at terralyn.vandetta@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8428.

OSU Libraries is interested in promoting and assisting open access journal publication through the use of open source technology. We seek to establish a new service based on the Public Knowledge Project’s free, open source software, Open Journal Systems (OJS). OJS can handle the full cycle of journal publishing from submission to archiving. OJS supports the broader dissemination of the results of scholarship and so promotes research advancement. We want to hear from OSU faculty who are interested in launching a new open access journal or using the OJS platform to publish an existing open access journal. For a quick look at the possibilities, try: http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs-journals . Contact Faye A. Chadwell at faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu or Michael Boock at Michael.boock@oregonstate.edu for more information.

PERS Workshops. PERS will be on campus on May 6, offering two different workshops. “1 Year to Retirement” workshop for Tier 1 & Tier 2 members from 2:30pm-5:30 p.m. and an “Early Career” workshop for OPSRP members or employees that may become OPSRP members from 1 to 2 p.m. Both workshops will be located in Memorial Union Room 208. To register for these workshops or to obtain information about these or other workshops, visit the Office of Human Resource website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html


BSG Systems Development Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position designs, organizes, and manages software development and student instruction efforts in providing services for large public sector client projects. Experience with the .Net framework of application development and an interest in student learning is important.  Experience may include design and development, requirements management, and instruction. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005604.  Full consideration date is May 16, and closing date May 23.

BSG Test Engineer – OSU’s College of Business, Business Solutions Group (BSG) is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. This position organizes, manages and runs product tests for technology vendors and oversees student efforts in performing such.  Experience in product development and testing is important.  This experience may be in either hardware or software and should include actual design, testing, or quality assurance responsibility. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005603.  Full consideration cate is May 16, and closing date May 23.

The OSU University Administrative Business Center (UABC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 1 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs , posting #0005585. Closing date May 10. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Coordinator, Professional– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, full-time (1.0 FTE). To review posting 0005592 and
apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal to OSU and OUS. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking an experienced Diving Safety Officer (DSO). This is a .75 time position and salary is commensurate with education and experience. The DSO is responsible for, but not limited to, the oversight and conduct of OSU academic and research diving operations and will provide diving instruction to faculty, staff, and graduate students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/search/Search_css.jsp. Posting # 0005451. Closes May 9. OSU is AA/EOE.

Employer Relations Coordinator, Career Services, Oregon State University. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, cultivating and strengthening recruiting relationships between Career Services and employing organizations and providing leadership for all phases of the planning and implementation of career fairs and other employer relations events and activities. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. Annual full-time salary range is $36,000 – $40,000 depending on education and experience. Preferred qualifications include a Master’s degree in Business, Human Relations/ Personnel Management, College Student Personnel Administration or related areas. 2 years related work experience, and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0005579. Closing Date: May 24. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Information Technology Consultant – ID Center, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2782-4921/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: May 11. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University is currently recruiting for an IT Manager. This technical position is responsible for managing the integration of OSU academic systems to meet the needs of INTO OSU. The IT Manager is required to pro-actively manage and take ownership of assigned systems issues and development projects involving the student information system and related systems. This position will interface with INTO OSU employees to understand systems issues, document change requests and gather technical requirements; at the same time the position will also interface with OSU technical teams to manage the delivery of change requests and represent INTO OSU’s technical voice in university technical discussions. For complete job description, and additional information regarding this position, please contact Rhonda Maillard, Human Resources Manager at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Closing date is May 12.

The Department of Recreational Sports is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Wellness Education & Outreach Coordinator to develop and deliver educational forums and messages for the OSU campus community. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005591. Closing date is May 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month International Student Advisor to provide immigration advising and student service support to international students studying at INTO OSU. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005525. Closing date is May 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The OSU Forestry and Oceanic & Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is recruiting for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month Human Resources Consultant 2 to perform a full-range of personnel related services for the Center. This is an internal search, open to current, regular status OSU employees only; job start date July 1, 2010. For a complete job announcement and application instructions, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0005572. Closing date May 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Statistics at Oregon State University invites applications for a Faculty Research Assistant for statistical consulting. This is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term position providing statistical consulting services to university researchers. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Although the appointment is expected to be full-time (1.0 FTE), the department will consider requests for reduced FTE (to 0.75). For complete announcement and/or to apply, visit web site http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. posting #0005496. Note that the application must include cover letter, resume/vita and names/phones of three professional references. Closing date May 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Admissions Advisor, Office of Admissions at Oregon State University. F/T. Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a relevant discipline and 1-2 years professional, student or volunteer work experience related to student services, student recruitment/outreach or leadership at a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year not-for-profit college or university and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0005537. Closing date is May 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Extension & Experiment Station Communications is seeking a Publishing Manager to join our team. This is a full-time professional faculty position with full benefits. Salary is commensurate upon education and experience. This person provides advice and leadership for educational publishing in its broadest form, including print, online, multimedia, and new media, as well as editing, design, and production of educational products. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56424.Closing Date: May 7.

Traffic and Maintenance

17th Street: Due to electrical construction associated with the INTO/OSU project, the west side of 17th Street, between May Way and A Avenue will be closed to street parking. Please be advised that parking on the east side of 17th Street will be open. Work will begin at 7 a.m., May 5 and will be completed by 5 p.m., May 24.


Corvallis: May has arrived in her gowns of pink and green, but April’s showers are still hanging around to greet her. Showers are expected all week, with a high today of 58 and a low of 39.

Central Oregon: Be prepared for a gusty Monday with a high around 54, overnight low near 29, and winds speeding in close to 55 miles per hour. More of the same is expected for the rest of the week so perhaps you are wondering “when is that perfect spring day coming?” Well at least for today maybe “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind” ~Bob Dylan.

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