OSU Today

Thursday, May 14, 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.

OSU expects to cope with 15 percent cut (Gazette-Times)
The state’s new financial forecast will be released on Friday, and Oregon State University officials expect the recession will be only slightly worse. That would lead to a budget cut of about 15 percent for the university and the Oregon University System in the 2009-11 biennium.

Nature’s Classroom (Mail Tribune)
On Tuesday afternoon, students shrieked and giggled in their outdoor classroom as they learned about predator/prey cycles, looked at bugs in the creek, and watched a demonstration by members of Jackson County Search and Rescue. At the end of their lesson, they laughed and chattered excitedly as they trooped up a dirt path to the old school. At the back of the line came a woman wearing the biggest smile of all — LeeAnn Mikkelson from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, now back at her old school as a teacher.

Row, row, row on a golden lake (Sacramento News Review)

Athletes from all over love Lake Natoma—which might be why some of the world’s best rowers grow up in Sacramento. David Weir grew up in the area and has rowed around the world, from Cherry Hill, N.J., to Brandenburg, Germany. He’s practiced on Oregon’s Willamette River on countless cold and rainy mornings in Corvallis, where he’s a senior at Oregon State University.

Today

Check out this week’s LIFE@OSU today, online and in your mailbox. The current issue looks at INTO OSU as it nears the arrival of its first students. We find out how OSU researchers are looking in to what really makes happy cows, and how an OSU women’s network is now reaching out to include all female employees.

The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its final workshop of the 2008-09 season on May 14. This month’s topic Diversity Initiatives in the Workplace. Take a closer look at diversity initiatives from around the valley with panel members representing Lane County, 509 J School District, OSU, CH2M Hill, City of Corvallis and Benton County. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at LBCC’s Alsea-Calapooia Room in the College Center building, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW in Albany. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration:  Katrina.Hopkins@co.benton.or.us

The OSU Extension Service in Benton County invites the public to an Open House from 9 a.m. -1 p.m.  Come and learn what the OSU extension service can do for you. 1849 NW 9th St. For more information call 541-766-6750.

A ceremony honoring Oregon State University’s rich history, architectural legacy and newly formed OSU National Historic District will be held today on campus. A new National Historic District marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m. The commemoration takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the northwest corner of 14th Street and Jefferson Way, just south of Education Hall. The Historic District marker will be installed in the plaza at this intersection.

Ever wonder what the heck “LGBTQQIA” means? Come find out! This workshop explores different identities and expressions in a way anyone can understand. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union room 206.

The location of today’s Faculty Senate meeting has been moved to 224 Gilbert Hall. The meeting begins at 3 p.m.; the agenda is online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/05.html. Agenda items include: an Athletics update by President Ray and Bob DeCarolis, a Category I name change proposal, and recommendations regarding college level P&T committees.

“American Oceanography at Mid-Century” is the subject of a conference to be held today and tomorrow in the Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center. Noted historian of science and geoscientist Naomi Oreskes will deliver the keynote speech today at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. For a full schedule of conference events, see www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history.

Check out a variety of films that explore the diverse and unique experiences of LGBTQ folks around the world in the second part of our two-part film series, 4 to 7 p.m., Memorial Union room 208. Films in the second part of the film festival include: “Krudas,” “Two Spirits,” “7 Years” and “Mom’s Apple Pie.”

Emmy award winner Felicity Huffman stars in the film “TransAmerica” about a trans woman coming to terms with who she is and how her identity effects her relationship with her son and other family members. 7:30 p.m., Wilson Hall Lounge.

Oregon State University Theatre will perform the West Coast premiere of Leroy Clark’s “Shakespeare’s Journey” today through 16 on campus. The performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., will be on the main stage theater in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The dramatist will be on campus tonight for a discussion after the show. Tickets, priced at $12 general, $9 for seniors, $7 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students, are available by calling 541-737-2853 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

Join the 2003-2004 “Queen of the Beaver” Lucilla DeMoore and others for an evening of outrageous comedy sketches by various performers highlighting the vagina monologues and the heterosexual agenda, as well as an open mic for poetry, comedy, and other voices. 8 to 10 p.m., 134 S.W. Fourth St.

Upcoming Events

NEW! President Obama has proclaimed May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 10 through May 16 as Police Week. OSU flags will be flown at half-mast on Friday in honor of the occasion.

NEW! The 10th annual Engineering Expo takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 in the Kelley Engineering Center. More than 100 student-built projects, representing OSU’s best undergraduate engineering talent, will be featured at the popular event which is free and open to the public.

NEW! A public grand opening will be held May 15, of Kearney Hall at Oregon State University – recognizing the successful $12 million renovation of Apperson Hall. Tours of Kearney Hall will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Engineering Expo being held the same day on the OSU campus. The grand opening, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in front of Kearney Hall, at the intersection of 14th and Monroe streets in Corvallis.

NEW! The graduate students of the new Dept of Forest Ecosystems and Society (FES) are holding their first annual FES Graduate Student Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. May 22, 107 Richardson Hall. For more information go to http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/cof/fs/events.php .

Robert Daverman of the University of Tennessee will speak on “Mysteries of the Cantor Set” during the Lonseth Lecture at 3:45 p.m. May 19 in LaSells Stewart Center. The Cantor set exhibits captivating and, occasionally, bizarre phenomena in diverse branches of mathematics. And it is a fundamentally important object — anyone who completely understands the Cantor set is assured of mathematical success. An awards ceremony takes place at 3 p.m., and a reception follows the talk.

Ron “Yogi” Blodgett is retiring after 22 years with OSU. Come share your favorite stories about Yogi on May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Hall 104.  For questions, please contact Lucas Turpin at lucas.turpin@oregonstate.edu

Lieutenant Commander Danny McGrane of the British Royal Navy and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) briefing officer will speak at OSU May 19, 4 p.m., in Cordley Hall room 1109.  He will speak on NATO’s history and transformation post Cold War, NATO in Afghanistan and other theaters of operations, the costs and benefits of NATO membership and NATO in the 21st Century. This event is open to all Oregon State University students, faculty, and staff. All ROTC students and officers are highly encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by Air Force ROTC. For more information call  541-390-8939 of greenjoe@onid.orst.edu

The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir will join with the Heart of the Valley Festival and Chamber Choirs in a concert on 3 p.m. May 17 featuring John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children.” The concert, directed by Carol Nelson, is free and open to the public. It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St.

Oregon State University Department of Music presents an afternoon of jazz on May 17 at 3 p.m. in the Corvallis High School auditorium, featuring the Max Planck High School Big Band of Schorndorf, Germany, directed by Martin Drechsler. Admission is $10 at the door. Also performing will be the OSU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Chapman, and the Corvallis High School Jazz Band, directed by Marshall Price.

Roger and Sharon Detering Agricultural Entrepreneurship Endowment Fund & Austin Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur in Residence Series presents, “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Agriculture” a lecture by Karla S. Chambers, VP/co-owner
Stahlbush Island Farms, noon to 1:20 p.m., May 21, LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Auditorium. As an entrepreneur and fourth-generation Oregon farmer, Chambers has helped her husband build a successful 5000 acre farming and food processing operation. They grow and process fruits and vegetables for sale under their consumer brands “Stahlbush Island Farms” and “Farmers Market”.  For more information contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu or call 713-8044.

University Honors College Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 20 in Valley Library. Graduating seniors from the University Honors College will display their senior thesis/project and share their original research and unique work with the general public.  Come and see innovative and interactive displays, and talk with UHC students about their projects and thesis experience, on such varied topics as Aural Experiences in Ecuador – An Intercultural Dialogue Through Sound; Use of Artemisinin to Treat Mycoplasma haemolamae in Llamas; and Dental Amalgam Fillings: The Scientific Evidence for Safety.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce the competition for the 2009-10 Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship.  Funding for the fellowship is provided through the generous donation of the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon. For more information regarding the Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Graduate Fellowship, please visit the following website http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/flyfisher.html

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Academic Research Infrastructure Program: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ari-r2.html . The NSF – ARI-R2 program site is http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09562/nsf09562.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (MRI-R2): Recovery and Reinvestment program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri-r2.html The NSF – MRI-R2 program site is available at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09561/nsf09561.htm . Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/step.html The NSF – STEP program site is http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08569/nsf08569.htm Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is 5 p.m. May 29 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The spring edition of Campus Recycling’s quarterly newsletter, The Recycler, has been released and can be downloaded at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/newsletter.cfm. In this issue: Recyclemania results, volunteer opportunities, Earth Day activities, paper recycling, and more! To subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news

Business Services is recruiting for an Accountant 1. The position recruitment has been approved by the Provost, as an internal search, and we would like to ensure that as many interested persons as possible know.  The position posting can be accessed on the OSU Jobs Page http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ and is posting number 0004193.  The closing date is May 29.
If you have any questions contact Lori Schmidt, at lori.schmidt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3345.

How to Help

The OSU Alumni Association Community Day of Service is set for May 16 in six cities. This is a day for Beavers to get together and get busy helping. Alumni, students and friends of OSU will work together in Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Bend, San Jose and San Francisco – during what will become an annual day of service.  Register to volunteer at: www.osualum.com/volunteer_day. Call the OSU Alumni Association at 541-737-2351 with any questions.

Traffic and Maintenance

Due to maintenance work in a lab, the building air supply (ventilation) to ALS room 2111A will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. and should be concluded by 5 p.m.

Due to repairs on the water system, all industrial hot water to Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7:30 a.m. and we anticipate restoring services by noon.

Due to construction, a section of the gravel parking lot on the south side of Magruder Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown should be complete by 5 p.m. May 22.

Due to the OSU National Historic District Celebration the westbound lane on Jefferson Way at the intersection of 14th/15th St, will be temporarily re-routed.  Please expect traffic delays. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 11 a.m. and should end by 3 p.m.

Due to the grand opening ceremony at Kearney Hall, a one-block section of Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown May 15. This will affect Campus Way from Benton Place (just east of Milne Computer Center) to 14th/15th Street.  Traffic flow and OSU Shuttle Service will be temporarily re-directed, including traffic exiting the two Pioneer parking lots. Please expect delays and plan accordingly. Traffic control devices or flaggers will be in place to monitor traffic flow. The shutdown will begin at 4 p.m. May 15, and should end by 6 p.m.

Weather

Showers continue through the morning with sun appearing later in the day, with a high of 63 and an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow will be sunny with a high of 72.

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