OSU Today

March 24-28, 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.

Wife of OSU president dies (Portland Tribune)

Beth P. Ray, wife of Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray, died Friday evening, March 21, in Corvallis after a battle with cancer. She was 67. Beth Ray arrived at OSU in 2003 when her husband was named OSU’s 14th president. A lifetime educator, Beth Ray was a business law professor, academic counselor and assistant dean for academic advising. (see also Oregonian, Gazette-Times, LIFE@OSU, Cleveland.com)

Is being a good mentor (and Michelle Obama’s brother) enough to save Craig Robinson’s job? (Buzzfeed)

The mass text message went out on the morning of Aug. 25, 2008, a reminder from Oregon State University men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson that everyone should tune into any one of the major news channels that evening.

Feds wave hello off Oregon coast (ReNews)

The center will serve as a test bed for utility scale wave energy devices and has been proposed by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon State University.

NOAA planning leader to direct Oregon Sea Grant program (Gazette-Times)

Shelby Walker, a marine scientist and administrative leader with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been named director of the Oregon Sea Grant College Program. She will assume leadership of Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon State University-based marine research, outreach, education and communication program, on July 7.

Fish waste to food with aquaponics (Oregonian)

“An aquaponics system grows both fish and plants that can be harvested sustainably,” said David Landkamer, an aquaculture specialist with the Oregon State University Sea Grant Extension program. “It’s an elegant system.”

Author says artisan cheese has come full circle in the Pacific Northwest (Statesman Journal)

Parr said the book, “Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History,” grew from a sense that her first book, “Artisan Cheese of the Pacific Northwest,” and her blog at pnwcheese.com had just revealed the tip of the iceberg. This one, published by Oregon State University Press, allowed her to delve deeper into history, politics, agricultural policy and other topics.

Making the most of the ISS (The Space Review)

“Imaging the coastal ocean from space is an extremely difficult problem. It’s probably the most difficult earth remote sensing problem that we have,” said Curtiss Davis of Oregon State University at the AAAS meeting.

OSU campus idea draws opposition (Columbian)

A new group is organizing opposition to locating a four-year campus for Oregon State University Cascades on Bend’s west side. (see also OregonianKSL)

Albany woman accused of identity theft related to Oregon State University incident (Oregonian)

Lt. Gregg Hastings, a spokesman for the Oregon State Police, said in January OSP and Corvallis police investigated the theft of a man’s backpack from the Women’s Building on the campus of Oregon State University. Stolen items included the man’s credit cards and identification.


MU retailers open during Spring Break: Need some coffee? Lunch? A snack? MU Retail Food Service has three locations open this week for your convenience: e.Cafe (Kelley Engineering Building) 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. JavaStop (Memorial Union) 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Java II (Valley Library) 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Panda and Togo’s (Memorial Union Commons) 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.. http://mu.oregonstate.edu/murfs/spring-break-hours

AgSquared workshop: Learn about how to use AgSquared’s online software toolkit to easily gather the information you need to better manage your farm and make both day-to-day and strategic farming decisions. Drew Katz, AgSquared’s Director of User Support and Farmer Engagement, will train you in how to get started with AgSquared. March 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milne Computing Center Room 201. Register here – $10/person. Lunch will be provided.


TAC Webinar: Incorporating Learning Theories within TurningPoint  – with Turning Technologies training staff. Learn how to incorporate TurningPoint features into presentations to enhance and support effective learning theories.  Tuesday, March 25 8 a.m.  Register Now


TAC Webinar: Incorporating Learning Theories within TurningPoint  – with Turning Technologies training staff. Learn how to incorporate TurningPoint features into presentations to enhance and support effective learning theories. Wednesday, March 26, 11 a.m. Register Now.

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.


Rec Sports Memberships/Lockers Expire Friday, March 28: Winter Term/Half Term memberships and Winter Term lockers expire Friday, March 28. Renew your membership/locker today online or in Dixon at the Rec Services Desk. Don’t get stuck with an expired locker – it will cost you $5 to get your items back. Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

Upcoming Events

NEW! National Walking Day April 2: Come celebrate with a walk at Student Legacy Park. Walking Wednesday continues every Wednesday from 12:10-12:40 p.m. during Spring Term.  Free for OSU community.

NEW! OSU Event Planners Tradeshow, April 8:  Registration closes Tuesday, April 2(click here to learn more or to register). The half day event begins with a keynote by Certified Speaking Professional—David Rabiner, How to Succeed, Stay Sane, and Have Fun at Work—A Survival Guide for the Road Weary. Immediately following is a vendor tradeshow, complimentary for all attendees—it’s ideal for anyone that supports planning efforts for events, large or small, public or private. Featured vendors will include: destination venues, local and regional caterers, entertainment providers, plus much more.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections Lunch and Learn: “Declutter/Destress with Queen B Organizing.” 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. April 1, noon, MU 208.

NEW! Engagement event: OSU faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to attend the Outreach and Engagement Colloquium: Engaging the Future Generation of Learners, hosted by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement April 16, 2 to 5 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center. RSVP by March 28 at: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/outreach-and-engagement-colloquium There will be a keynote and a panel Q&A.

NEW! Cultural fluency workshops: The Linn-Benton Employer’s Partnership for Diversity invites pre-registration for two separate one-day cultural fluency workshops in April and May.  Space is limited, so please register early (for one or both topics) by calling 541-766-6093 or emailing Rashad.brown@co.benton.or.us. Workshops include Navigating Difference Part 1, April 10 or May 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Personal Leadership, April 11 or May 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free to OSU employees.

NEW! Two-Part Search Advocate Workshop Series at OSU-Cascades: Advocates help search committees avoid unconscious, unintentional biases, and enhance validity, diversity, and equity in the search/selection process.  April 24 and May 2, in Bend. To be eligible to serve as a search advocate, you must complete both sessions. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in these interactive workshops. For more information:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=7

NEW! Living in a New, Colorful Materials World: College of Science Chemistry Professor Mas Subramanian will discuss the discovery of new pigments with energy-saving applications in the 2014 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture May 6 at 6:15 pm at the LaSells Stewart Center. Subramanian is the 2013 recipient of the F.A. Gilfillan Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science recognizing College of Science faculty who have a record of distinguished scholarship and scientific accomplishments.

Chemical biology lecture: Weihong Tan, University of Florida, will be presenting a seminar on Monday, March 31, entitled “The Foundation of Molecular Medicine: A Chemical Biology Approach” in LPSC 402 at 4 p.m.

Recipe to Market, Brand and Market Planning Course: Victor Willis and Oregon State’s Professional and Continuing Education team up to teach students in this month-long online course the ins and outs of successfully marketing and branding a product. The course will begin May 1 and run through the month. Please click here to register.

Digital brand strategies: On April 7, Professional and Continuing Education is launching Digital Brand Strategies, the first course of the Strategic Approach to Digital Brand Management Certificate. Leading experts from Adidas, Wieden+Kennedy, and REI will help you construct your brand’s story in technology-rich environments.  All courses are online and $475. OSU students, staff and faculty qualify for 10% off the course price.

Ecampus Faculty Forum: Take part in a showcase of excellence in online teaching and discover techniques you can use to improve your online courses at the Ecampus Faculty Forum on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your OSU colleagues will lead interactive sessions to share innovative teaching methods and course development best practices. The event at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center includes breakfast and lunch. Register by April 11.

News for Employees

Faculty Sessions with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two spring term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray/ for either April 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. or May 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis.

RecycleMania update: OSU may be trailing UO in the recycling civil war (see results here), but we still have this week and next to take the lead! You can help by recycling unneeded winter term or other archived papers and emptying your deskside recycle bin, all before Friday of spring break (March 28). Learn more about RecycleMania here.

RecSports – Sponsor Friends & Family During Break: During Spring Break, Recreational Sports suspends the limit for sponsoring guests. That means that you can sponsor in as many guests as you would like for $6/day each! Bringing a large group? Call ahead and let us know you’re coming (541-737-3748).

PROMISE sponsors sought: Applications are currently being sought for PROMISE sponsors. PROMISE is a 10-week developmental internship program designed to provide professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience and mentoring in the state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students. The program runs June 23 – Aug. 29.  The internship project is a limited-duration project of a professional, managerial, or technical nature. The project must occupy the full 10-week internship period at 40 hours per week. The cost of the internship salary and other personnel expenses is $4,300. OSU departments and programs may request that up to half of the total cost be subsidized by the PROMISE program; the balance will be charged to the departmental index. For information: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise


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

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy,  seeks a .50 FTE hourly Specialist 1 -Pharmacist (“Staff Pharmacist”): Posting #0012074. Closes March 24.

Benton County’s Health Services Pharmacy, operated by the OSU College of Pharmacy, seeks a 1.0 FTE salaried Administrator 3 -Pharmacy (“Pharmacist-in-charge”): Posting # 0012075. Closes March 24.

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 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.

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 26.

Administrative Program Assistant–Disability Access Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012055. Closes March 26.

Accountant 2 –The Oregon University System invites applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accountant 2 positions in their Treasury Operations Department. Posting #0012076. Closes March 26.

A full-time Project Coordinator position is being sought for the Memorial Union. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 9 months from the appointment begin date. Posting #0012108. Closes March 27.

Accounting Technician – Arts & Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Accounting Technician position. Posting # 0012095. Closes March 28.

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.

Office Specialist 2  – Josephine County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE), Office Specialist 2 position position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0012077. Closes April 15, with a full-consideration date of 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.

Manager of Vendor Payment Operations (Internal Employment Opportunity for Business Affairs only)–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Vendor Payment Operations position. Posting #0012114. Closes April 1.

Manager of Financial Reporting (Internal Employment Opportunity for OSU and OUS)–Business Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Manager of Financial Reporting position. Posting #0012117. Closes April 2.

Office Specialist 1  – Coos County Extension office invites applications for a full-time, (1.00 FTE), Office Specialist 1 position located in Myrtle Point.  Posting # 0012116. Closes April 2.

Administrative Program Assistant–Career Services invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month,  Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0012007. Closing date extended to April 2.

Science Lab Preparator, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University. Posting #0012050. Closes April 4.

Fiscal Coordinator 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE) position as Fiscal Coordinator 1.  Posting #0012058.  Closes April 4.

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 #0012071. 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..

Senior Auditor– The Office of Audit Services  invites applications for three full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Senior Auditor positions. Posting # 0012048. Closes for full consideration April 11.

Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services has one opening for a full-time, twelve-month, fixed-term position.  Posting #0009220.Closes April 12.

Manager 1 – Retail Food with the Memorial Union Retail Foodservice at OSU, E.Cafe.  Posting # 0012139. Closes April 13.

Chemist 3, the Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chemist 3 position. Posting # 0012086.  Full consideration date April 13. Open until filled.

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.

Research Associate (Post Doc) – The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) invites applications for 1-2 part/full-time (0.50 – 1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Research Associate (Post Doc) position(s). Posting #0012083. Closes May 3.

4-H Camp Skills Instructors. The OSU Extension Service 4-H Youth Development program in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is accepting applications for full-time summer job openings. Review the job descriptions at http://oregon.4h.oregonstate.edu/.  For more information email robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and maintenance

Monroe Weniger lot: Due to a staging area for the Weniger/Gilbert Hallway Ceiling replacement project, five spaces on the east side of the Monroe Weniger lot will be closed through May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Motor Pool parking lot: Due to grading of the Campus Way West Motor Pool Parking Lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Vet research lab parking lot: Due to grading of the Vet Research Lab parking lot, it will be closed March 24-30.

Pioneer Place parking lot: Due to grading of the Pioneer Place parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Benton Hall south parking lot: Due to grading of the Benton Hall South parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Magruder Hall south parking lot: Due to grading of the Magruder Hall South parking lot, it will be closed March 24-28.

Park Terrace: Due to some underground work being done, portions of the Park Terrace East and Park Terrace West parking lots will be closed. March 25, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to delivery of a field office trailer, the SE corner of the SW Park Terrace lot will be closed March 26, 5 a.m. to noon.

26th Street: Work is schedule to begin on the 26th street ADA “South Crossing” Monday, March 24. Traffic diversions will be taking place on and off through the end of Spring Break. Bike lane closures will take place March 27-April 1. The closure of the center middle lane will take place April 2-4.  For more information: http://facilities.oregonstate.edu/outages/134/osu-26th-st-ada-south-crossing-traffic-control-schedule-stagging-march-24-april-4-2014

Washington Way closure: As part of the Shop Demolition/Washington Way Realignment project, Washington Way will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from 15th to Benton Place.  The contractor will be excavating and abandoning utilities within the roadway.

Campus power outage: A power outage to remove and replace old cable will take place Saturday, March 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buildings affected by outage include: Fairbanks, Moreland, Memorial Union, Langton, Waldo, Strand, Snell, McAlexander, Kerr, Gladys Valley, Pharmacy, Benton Annex, Furman, McNary, Callahan and Wilson.

OSU Black Cultural Center construction field office: Starting March 24, Anderson Construction will be staging their construction trailer in the SE corner of SW Park Terrace Place & Monroe Ave.  This will allow contractors to be adjacent west of the Black Cultural Center project site. Temporary power and fencing will be installed next week.

Strand Ag Vacuum Truck:  A large vacuum truck is being used to remove soil from within the Strand Ag basement to allow our general contractor to build the additional foundation footings that are needed for the seismic upgrade.  Vacuuming was stopped during finals week, due to the noise involved, but it will resume during spring break. Vacuum Schedule: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/cpd/sites/default/files/strand_vac_truck_schedule.pdf

Sidewalk closure: Due to the installation of new water and power lines, the south sidewalk of Strand Ag will be closed from March 24 – Oct. 17 to accommodate for site work.

26th Street closure: Due to tree maintenance being done, intermittent traffic lane and sidewalk closures will occur March 18-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This will also affect the ADA parking spaces and the services spaces  on the west side of the MU Quad.  Flaggers will permit transit and emergency vehicles through the area.

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.


Corvallis: “Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” – Charlotte Bronte. The week will start out summer-like, with sunny skies and a high of 72, but the rest of the week will be showery with highs in the 50s.

Central Oregon: Sunny and warm Monday, but cooling off with showers and possible snow by the end of the week.

Newport: Increasing clouds Monday and then showers the rest of the week. Highs in the low 50s.

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

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