OSU Today

Tuesday, May 19, 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.

Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Communities for Rural Poor (Education.com)
OSU’s Katherine MacTavish examines challenges for lower income residents of rural areas.

Senate approves creation of Climate Corps (Oregonian)
The Oregon Climate Corps would work through the Oregon State University Extension Service in showing people and businesses ways to save energy, reduce greenhouse gases and adopt sustainable practices.

OSU-Cascades Spared (KOHD)
OSU-Cascades, the Bend branch of Oregon State University, will not face closure under the new legislative budget released today, according to Rep. Judy Stiegler (D-Bend). The branch campus was on the potential cut list as the legislature looked for a way to fill a nearly $4 billion budget hole for the 2009-2011 biennium. (also KTVZ)

Vose Elementary School College Scholarship (Oregonian)
Vose second graders wear matching Oregon State shirts to their school’s annual college awareness assembly.

AP Poll: It’s a sink or swim summer for students (Associated Press)
Josh Donahue, 23, an Oregon State University economics graduate, is living on food stamps. First in his family with a university degree, he stays with relatives and scrapes even for a menial job instead of the bank gig he’d dreamed about.

Wellpartner Earns Contract Renewal with Oregon Health Plan (Earth Times)
A 2008 study of OHP’s mail order pharmacy program performed by the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy concluded that the state saved an estimated 8 percent on its drug costs when members ordered their medications through Wellpartner’s mail order pharmacy.

For Lahm, a life well-lived (Gazette-Times)
Lawrence Lahm was assigned to teach ROTC at Oregon State University. He got a masters in education from OSU.

Historic concerns stall OSU’s new building (Gazette-Times)
Concern over compatibility with historic architecture has temporarily put the brakes on plans to build the most expensive academic building on the Oregon State University campus.

Obama’s energy policy doesn’t offer enough viable options (Gazette-Times)

This GT editorial points to a Terra article about nuclear energy as a possible solution for the energy problem.


Students from the Nutrition and Food Management class are once again taking over Pangea Café this week. Every day they are featuring a different cuisine. Today’s menu features Sizzling Kebabs, Curry Chicken, Babaghanoush Platter, Stuffed Peppers and Homemade Baklava.

“A Taste of the World.” Take a tour of the world with OSU International Cultural Service Program students from Ghana, Japan, Mexico and India.  Each presenter will share information about his or her homeland and will serve a taste of a food or drink from that country. The afternoon event will finish with dances by the Fiesta Mexicana 4H group.  Participants are encouraged to dress up to reflect a favorite place to travel. The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. and is sponsored by the Corvallis Parks and Recreation Senior Center.  Call 766-6959 to sign up or stop in at the Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler, to register. The fee is $5 per person.

Robert Daverman of the University of Tennessee will speak on “Mysteries of the Cantor Set” during the Lonseth Lecture at 3:45 p.m. 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.

Lieutenant Commander Danny McGrane of the British Royal Navy and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) briefing officer will speak at 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

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra: Around the World. 8 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, $30-$12. Information: www.symphony.peak.org

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Department of Ethnic Studies and Intercultural Student Services will present the third and final part of their Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Series. This Student Symposium will be presented at noon May 20 in the Willamette Room of the Valley Library with a reception to  follow.

NEW! During winter term, all OSU students were invited to submit a one-page essay outlining their best idea for making OSU a destination of choice for people who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the ‘This is MY OSU: A Destination of Choice’ diversity essay contest. The Office of Community and Diversity received 101 submissions. Please take a few moments to read the five finalist essays and vote on your favorite at http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/ . The winner will be awarded one academic year’s worth of tuition at the undergraduate, in-state rate. Voting is open until 5 p.m. May 22.

NEW! Brian Flay will be the speaker this spring for the Duncan and Cynthia Campbell Lectures on Childhood Relationships, Risk, and Resilience in the College of Health and Human Sciences. He will be giving two talks on May 21:  9 to 10 a.m., Research Talk: Two School-Based Randomized Trials of a Positive Youth Development Program: Theory, Methods and Results
Kelly Engineering 1007. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., public L=lecture with reception and refreshments following: Positive Youth Development: Theory, Results and Implications for Education and Public Health, Memorial Union Journey Room.

AEP Idea Challenge 2009. Do you have an idea for a new product or a new business? Do you have an idea for a Senior Project, or is there some idea bubbling around in your lab that has commercial potential? If so, the Idea Challenge is designed for you. The Challenge provides an opportunity to submit your written Idea and, if you are selected for the finals, to present your Idea to a panel of experts and a live audience. Submit a two-page (maximum) description of your Idea. Tell us what it is, how it works, who could use it, and why you think it is going to be a hit. Open to all OSU students. Reviewers will select the 12 most interesting Ideas. The written description of your Idea must be submitted by noon on May 21 to Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu. The presentations will be held in Kelley Engineering 1001 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 28.

OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day is coming to the MU Brick Mall. This year it will be May 20. This is your opportunity to show off your ride and park your motorcycle on the MU Brick Mall.  No parking permit will be required for participating in this event. We will have a number of displays set up by groups including OSU Summer Session (this years event sponsor), Team Oregon, Ridewithgps.com, Oregon State Police, Transit and Parking Services and a few more yet to be confirmed. We ask that you register if you plan to attend at https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3050&cmd=survey
We also ask that you park your motorcycle by 9:30 a.m. and not move it until after 2:30 p.m. We will have volunteers watching the motorcycles from 7:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. All motorcycle must be cleared out by 5:30 p.m.

Oregon State University Department of Music’s Symphonic Band, directed by Brad Townsend, and Campus Band, directed by Robert Brudvig, will perform a free, outdoor concert for campus and community on May 21 at 7 p.m. in Parker Plaza.  Branden Hansen, graduate teaching assistant for OSU Bands will be a guest conductor.  For more information on OSU Bands: http://osumb.oregonstate.edu

May 28 will mark the 10th anniversary since the dedication of the expanded and renovated Valley Library. There will be a celebration in the quad on that day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with a special attention to students, who pledged $1 million in student fees to support the construction of the new library.

Frank Ragulsky is retiring after 28 years as Director of OSU Student Media. The university community is invited to a reception in his honor from 3 to 5 p.m., May 26, in the Memorial Union Lounge.

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 .

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

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! Enrich your summer with a Saturday Academy class! Our programs at OSU are for any middle and high school student who wants to explore new topics and likes to learn by doing. Openings are available in ALL of our programs this summer.  Classes this summer include Engineering Camp, Science Camp, DaVinci Days Art, and many more!!  Visit our website for details and to enroll in a class today:  http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu Please call 541-737-8139 or email Saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu for more details.

Due to the announcement that PEBB is replacing Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield with the Providence Health Plan as the OUS health care provider beginning January 2010, the Faculty Senate has invited PEBB and Providence representatives to attend the June 11 Faculty Senate meeting. Because we have heard concerns regarding this decision, all employees are encouraged to share concerns via an anonymous online comment form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/committees/ec/pebb_comments/comment.php; comments will be forwarded to PEBB and they will be requested to address these concerns during the Faculty Senate meeting. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

A Faculty Forum Paper titled ‘On Straining Out Gnats and Swallowing Camels,’ authored by David A. Bella, is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/200905.html. Faculty Forum Papers were established in 1968 for the exchange of faculty opinions on any subject relevant to university affairs. Archived Faculty Forum Papers are online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/ffp/.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to the building chiller failure, the chilled water system for Rogers Hall will be temporarily shut down.  This will affect the cooling of all rooms on all floors.  This shutdown is necessary to troubleshoot and repair the chiller.

Due to a leak from a hot water line, all industrial hot water services to Wiegand Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown is necessary to replace a copper pipe in the ceiling of room 004. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. today and should be completed by 1 p.m.

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.


Now that our gardens have been watered by the overnight rain, the sun has conveniently reappeared and is sticking around through the week. Today’s high will be 58 with an overnight low of 40, but tomorrow temperatures should reach 69, and hover in the mid 70s through the weekend.

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