OSU Today

Tuesday, May 18, 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.

The face of race (OPB Think Out Loud)

OSU alum Nichole Maher,  executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center and a founding member and co-chair of the Coalition of Communities of Color, is one of the guests.

OSU engineering students win design contest (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University engineering students have won an international competition for designing a Formula-style racing car, beating 122 other teams from around the world. (See also Oregonian)

Global Insider: The Nile River Basin (World Politics Review)

n an e-mail interview, Aaron Wolf, a professor at Oregon State University specializing in water resources policy and conflict resolution, explains the longstanding issues and prospects for Nile Basin water-use negotiations.

Group envisions 4-year university in region’s future (Bend Bulletin)

The Higher Education Assessment Team is currently sharing its vision for the future of the region’s education offerings, and it envisions aligning Central Oregon Community College more closely with Oregon State University-Cascades Campus while trying to convince the state in the long term to open an independent university in the region.

Tunicate invasion a threat to Oregon fisheries (Examiner)

“This is not a welcome addition to our bays and now the clock is ticking,” said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist from Oregon State University and chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

Mentoring and leadership mix in Recreational Sports (LIFE@OSU)

Troy Snow, the facilities and operations coordinator for Recreational Sports, oversees 80 student employees, providing mentorship as well as giving them leadership opportunities.

Bob’s Red Mill Founder to tell path to success (Gazette-Times)

Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will speak about being an entrepreneur Thursday during a free public talk scheduled for noon to 1:20 p.m. at Oregon State University.


In order to be counted, your ballot must be deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8 p.m. today. It is too late to mail your ballot, so you must deposit it at an official drop site. There is a ballot drop site on the OSU Campus at Valley Library. For more information about other ballot drop sites in Benton County: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/dropsites.php.  For information about ballot drop sites in other counties: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/ If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at ANY ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8 p.m. tonight.

A bone marrow donation drive is being held today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. The procedure is simple, just a swab sample from the inside of a potential donor’s mouth. The registered donors will be placed on a list and contacted if a possible match is made. At that point the donor can then decide whether or not to make the bone marrow donation. For more information see www.getswabbed.org.

Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program. “Adventures and Misadventures in Starting and Growing a Company ,” Dennis Hruby, Chief Scientific Officer at SIGA and Professor of Microbiology at Oregon State University. Hruby will describe his adventures and misadventures in starting and growing his biopharmaceutical company, SIGA. He will provide an overview of SIGA Technologies and their efforts to supply countermeasures to the Strategic National Stockpile.  It takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. Brown bag lunch. AEP provides beverages Free and open to all faculty. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and reference this event. For more information e-mail or call 541-713-8044.

OSU Sigma Xi members are invited to a lunch meeting with Linda H Mantel, President, Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette and Director, Sigma Xi Northwest Region. Mantel will discuss activities for the OSU chapter, what’s going on at Sigma Xi nationally, plans for the upcoming Portland chapter meeting (on Food) as well as new ideas about networking. All members are welcome, and especially those who would like take an active role in the chapter. We will gather in the Pangea small dining room in the MU for lunch from 12-1. For more information on Sigma Xi contact chapter president Ken Krane (kranek@science.oregonstate.edu) or Barbara M. Reed (Barbara.Reed@ars.usda.gov).

Upcoming events

NEW! Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, will give a free public talk on Thursday, May 20, at Oregon State  University.The talk, presented by OSU’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program and the Department of Food Science and Technology, will be held from noon to 1:20 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th   St., Corvallis.

NEW! Join other OSU women for the 2010 OSU Women’s Network Spring Social, May 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in MU 109 B. Delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes!

Robert Santelli, the executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and a noted blues and rock historian, will present “Preserving Pop: Music, Museums and American Culture,” on Wednesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. in Benton Hall room 303 on the Oregon State University campus. The free presentation is open to the public and will include a lecture and time for questions. It is being co-sponsored by the OSU departments of Music and New Media Communications. Seating is limited to 60.

All classified workers, please attend this month’s SEIU083’s General meeting. Our meeting is May 20, noon to 1 pm at MU-208, LaRaza Room. Come meet the new officers and get our members’ survey. We need to get organizing and strengthen our membership! Come and give us your input. We are looking for members to work on a newsletter and also just good new energy.

As newspapers adjust to a shifting media environment, the face of local journalism is changing. At the May 20 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Mike McInally, publisher and editor of the Corvallis Gazette Times, will discuss his views of this trend. Guests are welcome and reserve a seat in the MU, room 109, by calling Larry Pribyl, 541-737-3817.

The family-friendly American classic comedy, “You Can’t Take It with You,” will be presented by Oregon State University Theatre 20-21 at Withycombe Hall’s main stage, 30th and Campus Way. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a sign-language interpreted performance May 21. Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. Call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 for tickets and more information. Online purchases can be made at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Spring Social will be held on Friday, May 21 in the MU room 109 B, 11:30 am to 1 pm. Join us for delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes! All are welcome! For information about the event or about OWN please email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

On May 21, 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. The Thesis Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library (Main Floor Gallery and Rotunda). Come and see innovative and interactive displays, and talk with UHC students about their projects and thesis experience.

An Undergraduate History Research Conference will be held May 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union La Raza Room. Come and see the stellar research that history students have done all year! Students will present papers, organized in panels, and there will an open question-and-answer session with the audience.
Panels include ancient history, Europe and nature, American interest groups.

Sabine Kebir will visit Oregon State University on May 25. A renowned writer and speaker on multi-culturalism in Germany, she is also the author of “Experiences in Algeria 1977-1992.” Additionally, in collaboration with her husband, Saddek Kebir, an Algerian documentary filmmaker, she authors children and youth books, among them popular Berber fairytales, which she presents to schools with part-muslim student bodies in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, and North Africa. Kebir will give a lecture on “Brecht, Women and Hollywood,” in Kearny Hall at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public.

The Division of Student Affairs and Vice-Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. Larry Roper, invite you to attend presentations by candidates for the Director of Student Media. This position provides vision and oversight for the Department of Student Media, including the Barometer, KBVR Radio, KBVR Television, the Beaver Yearbook, and Prism Magazine. The presentations are open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty. Questions regarding the Director of Student Media search may be directed to Eric Alexander, Search Committee Chair (Eric.Alexander@oregonstate.edu).
Bradley Wilson, Coordinator of Student Media Advising, North Carolina State University, May 25, 2 to 3:15, MU 206.
Julia Sandidge, Instructor and former Broadcast News and Public Affairs Advisor, Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp., Colorado State University, May 26, 2 to 3:15 p.m., MU 213.
Geoffrey Roth, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Hofstra University, New York and former News Director for KSEE and KMPH TV, Fresno, Calif., May 27, 2 to 3:15, MU 213.

A Wheel-A-Thon will be held in the MU quad on May 26-28. This year money is being raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program and the IMPACT program here on campus. Wheel-A-Thon is a 20 minute timed obstacle course in wheelchairs. Participants will include Coach Craig Robinson with the basketball team on May 28 along with Benny Beaver. For more information see http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ptah/wheel-a-thon/

News for Employees

NEW! Click on http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/synergies/ for the latest issue of Synergies from the College of Health and Human Sciences.  Learn about student research, inspirational student gymnasts, a talented exchange student  who is a dancer and scholar, and a unique student project about gluten free eating options on and around campus.  Discover why young people are delaying the inevitable transition to adulthood and how we can help at-risk children can increase their chances of success in school.

Knock knock, who’s there? It’s M.E.! Bad joke!  Fun event!  It’s M.E.! The Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, June 3.  Find out additional information and register online to attend at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/.  Those registering to attend before May 28 will have a chance to win a $100 Fred Meyer Gift Card.

Printing and Mailing would like to alert the campus community that they’ve become aware of a large bogus invoice sent to a department on campus. The invoice looks very official and was for $4998.00 just under the amount for which most Business Managers would seek three estimates. Printing and Mailing has turned this over to the U.S. Post Office in Corvallis for additional review and Printing and Mailing Services should be notified of any similar mail received on campus. Thank you for your diligence in reporting such activities by calling 541-737-4075.

Candidates for Dean of Pharmacy will visit the OSU and OHSU campuses this month, including Keith Olsen, Professor of Pharmacy and Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center; Critical Care Specialist for the Nebraska Health System. He’ll speak May 24, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 278 Kidder Hall.


OSU invites applications for a Director of Studies for the INTO Oregon State University (INTO OSU) Center. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all of the academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center. For a complete position announcement and organizational chart, email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu. Applications are due by May 30: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (posting number 0005553). The search committee is chaired by Chris Bell, Director of Academic Programs, INTO Oregon State University, chris.a.bell@oregonstate.edu.

The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an HR Technical Analyst. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ . Posting #0005621. Closing date May 20. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Student Debt Management Revenue Agent II, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University. OSU is looking for a full-time Revenue Agent II to focus on collections for student accounts and student loans. Required qualifications include but are not limited to: one year of direct soft collection experience, a strong background in skip tracing, experience communicating with debtors about billing/account history via phone, in-person negotiation skills; and customer service. For the complete announcement and application, please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005622. Closes May 28. OSU is AA/EOE.

The School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Coordinator – CEM Industry Relations. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head. The individual for this position is expected to perform a variety of duties within the School with focus on three main areas: (1) Industry Relations, (2) Coordination and execution of various programs within the School, and (3) Administrative and Program Development. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEF Endowed Chair and will serve as a liaison for outreach to industry, including meeting with partners and potential partners to cultivate relationships. This position will involve occasional day and overnight travel. To view full posting and apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting 0005613. Closing date is May 21. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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. Closing date May 23.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Energy Center: Please be advised that there will be intermittent noise & steam plumes possibly heard/seen omitting from the Energy Center. This is necessary to test the Energy Center generators and boilers. This work will begin at immediately and should end by 5 p.m. May 28.

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 be completed by 5 p.m., May 24.


Corvallis: There were showers aplenty yesterday, but a generous helping of warmth and sunshine dominated the afternoon. Today will be another mixed bag, but will likely err on the side of soggy, although temperatures will reach 65 this afternoon. Tonight’s low will be 49. Tomorrow will be rainy but just as warm.

Central Oregon: More showers will pound our roof with a high approaching 60 degrees and an overnight low close to 38. Hopefully the clouds will drain all they can hold before it’s too late and we’ll at least be able to enjoy a nice rainbow .  Showers are less likely for tomorrow and the weather is expected to get a little warmer. Be patient, I predict some great days are soon to come.

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