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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

Universities try a cultural bridge to lure international students (New York Times)

Instead, those students fit into a fast-growing and lucrative niche in higher education, of efforts to increase enrollment of foreigners with transitional programs to bridge the cultural divide — often a chasm — between what it means to be a college student in their own countries and in the United States. Oregon State’s program, a joint venture with a private company,Into University Partnerships, prepares students to move into the university’s mainstream after a year, as Oregon State sophomores.

Rubber wristbands may reveal environmental chemical exposure (NY Daily News)

The silicone rubber wristbands worn to show support for various causes may have another use, scientists from Oregon State University say in a new study. Because silicone soaks up a variety of different compounds, it can provide clues to the environmental hazards a person may be exposed to throughout their day.

‘The bees are in trouble’ (KVAL)

With spring approaching, there are signs of life everywhere. But one population is dying.”We have been looking at the research and there is still no exact cause,” said Ross Penhallegon with the Oregon State Extension Service.

Dialogues around racism for staff, students (LIFE@OSU)

In response to the racist incidents that took place last week on campus, several campus constituencies have organized a march and five dialogue spaces for students, staff, and faculty. Please consider attending one of the dialogues and forwarding this information to others who may be interested. Join us to stand united against hate and ignorance.

Residents challenge OSU on parking plan (Gazette-Times)

Residents of the Central Park neighborhood heard a presentation from Oregon State University officials on its plan to ease parking and traffic problems both on and off campus.

Corvallis intersection construction (KEZI)

Construction is underway at an intersection that pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers have been complaining about for years. Oregon State University has partnered with the City of Corvallis for an estimated $4.3 million construction project to re-align the intersection of 15th Street and Washington Way. (see also Gazette-Times)

National survey reveals coastal concerns about climate change (PhysOrg)

The American public may be divided over whether climate is changing, but coastal managers and elected officials in nine states say they see the change happening – and believe their communities will need to adapt. That’s one finding from a NOAA Sea Grant research project, led by Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University.

OSU hosting local food symposium (Gazette-Times)

The Students Sustainability Initiative at Oregon State University is hosting a local food symposium from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Snell Hall.

Community (Register-Guard)

City Club of Eugene — 12:05 p.m. Friday in Third Floor Ballroom at Downtown Athletic Club; topic will be “Collaboration Corvallis: Managing the Impact of a University’s Growth”; speakers will be Steve Clark, vice president for university relations at Oregon State University, and Patricia Daniels of the Corvallis Neighborhood Association; guest/gallery admission is $5, free for City Club members; meeting will be broadcast Monday at 6:30 p.m. on KLCC.

Healthy Klamath ‘Walk with Ease’ program gets folks moving (Herald & News)

With spring often comes the desire to get outdoors and be active. That’s a sentiment that Patty Case, Oregon State University Extension Service associate professor, is counting on for an upcoming “Walk with Ease” event.


Clothing Swap: What better way to be “green” and glamorous for the spring season than with an updated wardrobe? Women and men, come to the Women’s Center Clothing Swap Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Bring and/or take gently worn clothing and accessories. Info here.

Open Forums for Director, Community Outreach – Corvallis Town & Gown: The campus community is invited to attend finalists’ presentations focusing on “The First 30 Days Game Plan.” Open Forums are March 12 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in MU213 and on March 13 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. in the Dixon Rec Center Conference Room. Position information and candidates’ bio information will be available at the sessions. For accommodations related to disability please contact debby.widony@oregonstate.edu , 541-737-8748. 

TAC Webinar: Thinking Outside of the Box with Anywhere Polling – with Turning Technologies training staff. Participants will learn to incorporate interesting and unique multi-media resources with Anywhere Polling. The learning theories discussed will include the use of Role Reversal – Constructivism, Peer Instruction and Group Interaction. Wednesday, March 12, 11 a.m. Register Now

Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. March 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to faculty, staff and students on a drop-in basis at the Craft Center.

NEW! Winter 2014 Water Resources Seminar Series: Kendra Sharp (Oregon State University) will speak on “Humanitarian Engineering at OSU: Tying Together Water Resources Science/Engineering and Development of Practical Predictive Tools,”  March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Owen 101.

Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Sexual Development in Adolescents” Bring your lunch and join a discussion on your child’s development and your family’s healthy and well-being. RSVP to familyresources@oregonstate.edu noon, March 12, MU 206.

Flourishing@OSU: Lecture series: Yoga: The Path to Mental Health and Flourishing,” by Subbappa Ribeiro , owner, BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of the Willamette Valley. March 12, noon to 1 p.m., Kidder 202.

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.

PROMISE Information Session: Calling OSU undergraduate students!  Looking for a paid summer internship that is more than just a job? Want to gain skills to be competitive in the workforce? PROMISE is a ten-week developmental internship program for OSU undergraduate students designed to provide professional or technical paid work experience and mentoring at OSU, state, and local agencies. Come to the info and application session on March 12, 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Native American Longhouse.

Solidarity March: Oregon Students United (OSU) have organized a Solidarity March, Wednesday, March 12  at 1 p.m.,  to honor our campus diversity and support each other. The purpose of this event is to promote student voice responding to the two reported incidents of racism on our campus. The route will start at the Pride Center, then flow to Snell Hall, the Women’s Center, Asian Pacific Cultural Center, and finally end the event at the Native American Longhouse at 2 p.m. for the Student Led Round Table Discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

NEW! Student-Led #ITooAmOSU Roundtable: Wednesday, March 12, 2:15 p.m., Native American Longhouse (NAL). A space for intentional dialogue about the recent hate incidents on campus, immediately following the student-led march

Welcome Waggers return to the Valley Library: Relax during Dead Week and visit the friendly dogs and handlers from Welcome Waggers, a local therapy dog group. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit the dogs at Valley Library’s Autzen Classroom  Wednesday and Thursday  March 12 and 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Free. Sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press.

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar: David Sampson, Professor, Coastal Oregon Marine Experimental Station and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Newport, will speak on“Fishery Selectivity and Its Relevance to Fishery Management and Stock Assessment.” March 12, 4 to 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! #ITooAmOSU in our Halls, Discussion Forum: A space for on-campus residents and supporters to discuss the current environment of inclusion in our halls and pathways for building an even more inclusive community. Wednesday, March 12, 6 to 8 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room.

Upcoming events

NEW! Women of Color Dialogue Space: A space for dialogue regarding experiences of Women of Color on campus. Information about the new Women of Color Coalition will be discussed. Thursday, March 13, 3 to 5 p.m., Kerr Administration Building, Basement Level, B008, Career Services Classroom.

NEW! Faculty Senate: The March 13 Faculty Senate agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2014/0313/.  The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Action items: Robotics and Urban Forestry Category I proposals; Reports: Non-tenure Track Faculty Survey Results; Strategic Plan 3.0 Update; Learning Management System Evaluation; and implementation of Parking Restructuring; and reports from the Provost and Faculty Senate President. Faculty may participate remotely by logging on to http://live.oregonstate.edu/ at any time during the meeting.

NEW! #ITooAmOSU Dialogue for Anti-Racist Allies: A space for dialogue regarding opportunities for White-identified anti-racist allies to support education and action about racial identity and racism on campus. Friday, March 14, 3:30-5 p.m., Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room.

NEW! Food for Thought a good study break: Get informed on the current state of our food system and learn what sustainable food looks and tastes like! The event features a completely locally sourced two-course dinner/dessert with the movie Ingredients. The event starts March 13, 5:30 p.m. in Snell International Forum, tickets available in MU 103. Join the Facebook event.

NEW! OSUsed Store Saturday Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for its monthly Saturday public sale Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 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.

NEW! OSU Anthropology Department and OSU Athletics presents Empty Bowls Benefit Event: This event will promote sustainable food systems and fight food insecurity. Beneficiaries are World of Good and OSU Emergency Food Pantry. 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15, OSU Valley Football Center (724 SW 30th Street, north Reser Stadium). Admission: $5-$20 sliding scale, available at door or pre-sale in Waldo 238. For more information, contact Dawn Alapisco at alapiscd@onid.orst.edu.

NEW! Employee Roundtable: A space primarily intended for employees to engage in a semi-structured conversation about how to effectively engage in education, action, and support of students, while taking care of ourselves and each other.  Lunch will be provided. Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., MU 213.

Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, March 13, on the OSU campus to approve tuition and fee levels for the 2014-15 academic year. The meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room of the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, located at 725 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis.

Change in classified worker meeting date: Because of election deadlines, the monthly Local 083 meeting date has been changed and will take place this Thursday, March 13.  Please watch for meeting details.

OSU Night at the Symphony. OSU faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends can save 20% on tickets to “Tango Caliente” on Saturday, March 15 at the Oregon Symphony. Tickets start at $18. Use promo code “BEAVERS” when ordering tickets. More info.

Lectures and Webinars

Research and Practice Informing Curricular Change: The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning and the College of Engineering are hosting an interactive seminar and forum on “Using Outcomes From Research Studies on Undergraduate Student Motivation” with speaker Holly M. Matusovich, assistant professor in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech.  March 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Furman Hall 105. Refreshments provided.  More info available at http://stem.science.oregonstate.edu/events.

News for Employees

NEW! FSF Registration for Spring Term now open: You can check out the Spring Schedule and register on our website at health.oregonstate.edu/FSF or stop by the office at 123 Langton. You are also welcome to print the registration form from our website and send via campus mail to Langton 123 with payment. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 541-737-3222.

NEW! PCOSW Mentoring and Professional Development Award:  Nominations for the PCOSW University Mentoring and Professional Development Award are now being accepted. This award recognizes any classified, professional faculty, or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting, and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. The award is presented at University Day and consists of $500 cash, a $500 professional development fund, a nameplate for the University Professional Development Award plaque in Kerr Admin, and a personal plaque. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11.

CAPS Faculty/Staff Survey Reminder: Recently Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) sent out a survey to gather information about faculty and staff perception of our services.  If you have not yet completed the survey, your participation is valuable as we evaluate our services.  Please click on the link below by Friday, March 14.

Student award nominations: The Office of Undergraduate Research seeks to recognize students and their faculty mentors for significant contributions to undergraduate research with two awards – Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year and  Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.  Nominations are due by April 14 and 16, respectively. Nomination forms and more information about the awards are available on the URSA Web page – http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/

OSU Gerontology Club Photo Contest – Submit your photo(s) of an older adult with a member of a younger generation by Monday, March 31, for your chance to win prizes including an OSU signed baseball, football and other Beaver memorabilia. For more information on how to enter, email osugeroclub@gmail.com.

The Spin on Research: Walking the tightrope for research compliance

RecSports Spring Term Memberships Available for Purchase: Kick start spring by becoming a member of Recreational Sports! From cardio equipment to weight machines, swimming pools and rock walls, we’ve got the facilities and services to support your health and wellness goals. Did you know? You may qualify for a $15/month wellness reimbursement! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, for a private tour and/or to receive more information.

ARCS Foundation funds two doctoral awards for College of Science: The College of Science has partnered with Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Portland Chapter to recruit top applicants to PhD programs in the departments of biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, mathematics, microbiology, statistics and integrative biology. This week the chapter funded two 2014-2015 awards—each for $18,000, payable over three years.

Coming soon: Departmental Shredding Discount Week: In order to boost recycling weights for the RecycleMania competition and help departments clear out unneeded files, all pick-up requests for confidential paper that are submitted online March 17-21 will be processed at 50% off. Please begin assessing your confidential records now so you don’t miss this cost-saving opportunity! More info on our calendar.


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

Project Developer–Professional and Continuing Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Project Developer position. Posting #0011959. Closes March 12.

Office Specialist 2  –  Harney County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position located in Burns.  Posting # 0012016. Closes March 12.

Finance Coordinator – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Professional Faculty Finance Coordinator position.  Posting #0012014. Closes March 14.

Biological Sciences Research Worker  – Wasco County Extension office invites applications for a part-time, (.20 FTE), Seasonal, Biological Sciences Research Worker position located in The Dalles.  Posting # 0012042. Closes March 15.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – Oregon State University Extension Service is recruiting for a full-time (1.00 FTE) Assistant Professor (Practice) position that will serve the South Central Oregon Region (Klamath and Lake Counties). Posting 0011856.  Closes March 15.

Assistant Professor (Practice) –  Oregon State University Extension service invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Assistant Professor (Practice) position that will serve the Central Oregon Region (Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Warm Springs), located in Redmond. Posting # 0011824. Closes March 15.

Grants/Contracts Coordinator: The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants/Contracts Coordinator position. Posting # 0011977. Closes March 16.

International Program Advisor – OUS Study Abroad invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Program Advisor position.  The location of this position will be in Washington State. Posting #0011990. Closes March 16.

Accountant 1 – The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is accepting applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 1 position. Posting #0012006. Closes March 17.

Office Specialist 2–Office of the Registrar invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0012059. Closes March 17.

Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology in the College of Science, is seeking applicants for a 12-month, full-time (1.0 FTE), Academic Advisor. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Posting #0011979. Closes March 17.

Banquet Manager – University Housing & Dining Services, OSU Catering invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Banquet Manager position. Posting #0011996.  Closes March 17.

Office Specialist 2—The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0012045. Closes March 18.

Bioenergy Instructor-BioResource Research Program invites applications for a part-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month fixed-term Instructor position responsible for developing and enhancing bioenergy education. Posting #0012000. Closes March 18.

Head Advisor/Academic Advisor – School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position as Head/Academic Advisor position.  Appointment level will be commensurate with education and experience.  Posting #0012035. Closes March 19.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closes March 19.

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. P/T. This position will support and assist with the laboratory teaching program for the Department of Chemistry. Preferred candidate will have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or related field. Posting #0012050. Closes March 20.

Program Technician 2 – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Program Technician 2 position. Posting #0012008. Closes March 21.

Temporary Public Information AssistantThe University Honors College invites applications for a part-time (.49) Temporary Public Information Assistant position. Posting # 0012044.  Closes March 23.

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 with an hourly pay of $12.00 per hour, plus a full benefit package including Medical, Dental, Life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To apply for this position, please submit ONE Word or PDF document containing a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references to the link listed https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11162802 Closes March 24.

Oregon State University’s Educational Opportunities Program is seeking an Academic Engagement Coordinator to bring culturally-relevant academic support to each of the Cultural Centers.  Posting #0012061. Closes March 28.

INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) is recruiting for an  Analyst Programmer.  The successful candidate must be able to work independently, think creatively to solve problems, and communicate with internal and external stakeholders. This is a regular, 12-month, 1.0 (FTE) full-time position with an annual salary range of $40,000 to $45,000 (depending on experience), and a full benefit package including medical, dental, life/ADD, STD, and 401k. To review the full position description and qualifications please see the link listed.  https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=11059722 For full consideration please apply by March 17. Closes March 31.

Department Head – The Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as head of the department.  Posting #0011837.  Closes March 31.

Associate Director of Diversity Development –  Office of Intercultural Student Services is currently seeking applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE) 12-month Associate Director of Diversity Development. Posting #0012068. Closes April 4.

Associate Dean (Internal Employment Opportunity)–Graduate School invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Dean position. This is a one-year tenured administrator appointment with reappointment possible.  Posting #0011995. Full Consideration March 17, closes April 7.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Economics. Posting #0021071. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Forest Management. Posting #0012069. For full consideration, apply by April 7. Closes May 4.

Career Services Director–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Career Services Director position. Posting #0012073. Closes April 10..

Institutional Compliance Director– OSU invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Institutional Compliance Director position. Posting #0012001. Closes April 14.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Digital Communications Specialist to join its Communications & Stewardship team. The position is first and foremost a writer, with 80% of work time focused on researching, writing, and editing and 20% devoted to the technical production and publishing of electronic content. To view the complete job description

Traffic and maintenance

Waldo Place/Valley Library Loading Dock: Due to construction on the Student Experience Center, Waldo Place and the Valley Library loading dock will be closed March 22-30, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ralph Miller Drive closure: Due to landscape/hardscape improvements being made on the south side of Gill Coliseum, parking along the north side of Ralph Miller Drive will be closed March 5- May 23. Also, portions of parking along the west side of Gill Coliseum will be closed at times to accommodate additional work.

15th and Washington: Due to construction at Washington and 15th, pedestrians are asked to cross the street one block south at 15th and A streets.

Classroom Building Project: The large crane is being erected for use on the Classroom Building project. With its placement, you will begin to see steel framework and concrete continue to progress vertically at the building’s construction site. The boom will extend about 50’ over Austin Hall, about 30’ over ALS, about 40’ over the Women’s Building and about 10’ over the Fairbanks Annex. The crane will be 157’ to the bottom of the hook, so it will clear everything with ease. As a reminder, the crane does ‘weather vane’ when it is not in use so it is completely normal for it to be swinging with the wind when no one is around.

Benton Place closure: As part of the shops demolition and Washington Way realignment projects, Benton Place will be restriped for two way traffic March 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Angled parking on the west side will be replaced with southbound parallel parking. Benton Place will remain two way throughout the project (March-September.)  Upon completion, striping will be restored to the existing one way configuration. Local deliveries will be accommodated as needed.

Benton Place Street and Parking Changes: During the Washington Way Realignment construction project (March 2014 – September 2014), Benton Place will be changed to two-way traffic.  This change will provide temporary two-way connection between Jefferson St. and Washington Way, to alleviate congestion caused by the closure of 15th Street. Benton Place is located just west of Kerr Administration and McAlexander Fieldhouse.  At the conclusion of the project, Benton Place striping will be restored to its existing one way northbound configuration.  For more information, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/construction-traffic-and-safety.


Corvallis: “It’s spring! Farewell to chills and colds! The blushing, girlish world unfolds.” – John Updike. Sunny skies today and an astonishing high of 68. Low of 32 tonight, and sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today with a high of 56 and a low of 26. Sunny again tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today with a high of 59 and a low of 37. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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

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