OSU Today

Wednesday, May 26, 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.

Study suggests Oregon overdue for a big quake (OPB)

Oregon State University researchers found that there’s a one in three chance a major earthquake will hit the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. (See also Science 360 and the Vancouver Sun)

With climate change comes more pollen, and a meaner allergy season (Oregonian)

Academic and farming experts said that climate change hasn’t had much impact on Oregon’s grass crops so far. Temperature and sunlight both play a role in when the state’s “cool season” grass crops start growing, said William Young, an Oregon State Extension specialist in seed production. But he said any changes have been “insignificant” compared to what would have to happen to hamper the grass industry dramatically.

Cranking out scholarships at the MAC (Oregonian)

Vieng Phomvongkoth, who spent much of her junior year taking care of an aunt who was dying of lung cancer, will attend Oregon State University and plans to devote herself to cancer research.

Beaver athletes highlight Wheel-A-Thon lineup (Gazette-Times)

The Beaver men’s basketball team will be among the guest competitors in the Wheel-A-Thon at Oregon State University this week.

Seattle Central Community College names new president (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Paul Tracy Killpatrick holds a doctorate degree in postsecondary education from Oregon State University

OSU lecture focuses on work of writer Borges (Gazette-Times)

A scholar from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give the final lecture in the 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series at Oregon State University, discussing the work of writer Jorge Luis Borges.


Today is OSU Motorcycle Visibility Day. Motorcycles and Scooters will be parked on the MU Brick Mall all day. We will also have information booths from Team Oregon, Public Safety, Transit and Parking Services, Summers Session and others. For individuals interested in participating (bringing their Motorcycle or Scooter to campus), please register in advance at http://tinyurl.com/moto2010. Motorcycle Parking Permits will not be required for this event and we will have volunteers watching the Motorcycles all day. For more information, please Contact Rick.DeBellis@oregonstate.edu, stacy.brock@oregonstate.edu or rowleye@science.oregonstate.edu.

The OSUsed Store is open today from 12-3 offering you a chance to buy great used equipment. Special features include: desks, chairs, computers, lab equipment and more. Items are offered in a garage sale format with no advance preview. If you have questions please contact surplus property at 541-737-7347.  644 S.W. 13th St.

Candidate for the Director of Student Media Julia Sandidge will make a presentation today from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in MU 213. Sandidge is currently Instructor and former Broadcast News and Public Affairs Advisor, Rocky Mountain Student Media Corp., Colorado State University. The director 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).

A Wheel-A-Thon will be held in the MU quad through May 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/

Upcoming events

NEW! Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will speak at Oregon State University this Friday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Austin Auditorium. Appiah is widely acknowledged as a leader in race theory, as well as political philosophy and ethics.

Nutrition Food Management students will be taking over Pangea through May 28. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Once again, seniors in the NFM 447 class will have the opportunity to display their knowledge and run a restaurant for a week. Students chose the theme, recipes, market the event, prepare and serve all the food. Here is just a sampling of what the groups will offer:
Wednesday: (New Orleans) Crab Cake Salad, Pulled Pork Po’ Boys and Muffaletta’s
Thursday: (African) Dorowatt Chicken, Frikkadels (Cabbage Rolls) and Boboti
Friday: (Northwest) Hazelnut crusted Tuna, Oregon Penne Pasta and Blackberry Crisp

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. 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). 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.

The use of animals in research is heavily regulated. At the May 27 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, Steve Durkee of the Office of Research Integrity will describe what his office does to ensure compliance. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat in the MU, room 109. The club will have a business meeting on June 3 and resume programs with speakers next fall.

A scholar from the University of California, Santa Barbara, will give the final lecture in the 2009-10 Horning Lecture Series at Oregon State University, discussing the work of writer Jorge Luis Borges. Suzanne Jill Levine will speak on “Translation is Writing: Borges in/on Translation” on May 27, beginning at 4 p.m. in OSU’s Memorial Union Journey Room. Her talk is free and open to the public. The lecture series has the theme, “Translation: Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures.”

“Benefits and Challenges of Transitioning to ECampus” is the topic of a seminar presented by Carol Mallory-Smith, assistant professor of weed science in the Crop and Soil Science department, and Sujaya Rao, OSU field crop entomologist, Thursday, May 27, at 4 p.m. in Crops Science, Room 122. Mallory Smith is recipient of the L. L. Stewart Faculty Scholars Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty at Oregon State University and provides resources to stimulate creative advancements in teaching, research and extended education. The award supports creativity and innovation among OSU’s top scholars and is supported by an endowment established by L.L. Stewart.

Leave your muddy mark at the June 1 Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the RecSports renovation projects – Intramural Fields and McAlexander Fieldhouse. Muddy handprints and a time capsule are part of the festivities to be held in the outdoor atrium of Dixon RecCenter. Refreshments served at 2:30 p.m. Program begins at 3 p.m. View the plans at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/student-facilities-improvement-plan.

News for Employees

NEW! Click on http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2010/may for the latest issue of The Source from the College of Agricultural Sciences.  As the College transforms in light of budget challenges, the Land Grant mission has a new vision, “The College of Agricultural Sciences will be nationally preeminent, as a result of undertaking discovery with purpose, delivery of enabling educational programs, and positive impact on people, communities, and the economy.”  The newsletter has many interesting articles describing the response to emerging problems in Oregon, the changing landscape of research funding, and news about accomplishments of great students.

NEW! OSU is planning a Cross-Cultural Mentoring Program designed to connect students with faculty/staff from across campus, to create a support network, and to provide a cross-cultural educational experience. We are looking to recruit students, faculty and staff. Participation would include attending a one-day training in September, a kick-off dinner during the first week of classes and meeting regularly with a mentor/mentee during the course of the 2010-2011 academic year. There will also be professional development opportunities, check-ins, and fun events that mentors and mentees will be encouraged to participate in each term. If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, Pick up applications at the ISS office (A150 Kerr) or the SHS Health Promotion Office (Room 310 of Student Health Services) and turn them in by June 30. For more information, please contact Malinda Shell (malinda.shell@oregonstate.edu; 737-2776) or Gustavo Martinez-Padilla (Gustavo.Martinez-Padilla@oregonstate.edu; 737-9031)

University Advancement wants your opinion on the range of ways that OSU communicates with faculty, staff members and graduate assistants. Please give us five minutes of your time to help us make our tools and processes work better for you and your colleagues by taking the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq

Mayor Charlie Tomlinson has proclaimed May 24-28 as Get There Another Way Week in Corvallis. During GTAWW, OSU employees are encouraged to leave single occupancy vehicles at home and commute to work by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, telecommuting, car or van pooling or even skating. GTAWW’s primary goal is to reduce the number of people who drive to work alone. Participants who log their trips are eligible to receive prizes like meals at Corvallis restaurants, bicycle equipment and tune-ups, clothing and gift certificates to local businesses. View the brochure and log your trips at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/sites/default/files/docs/osu_get_there_brochure_and_form.pdf , returning registration forms to OSU Transit & Parking Services by 5 p.m. June 2. Contact Brandon Trelstad for more information.

Make your reservations early for the PFLA Spring Luncheon. The event takes place at The Vue, 517 SW Second St., on June 2. There will be an ”Original Art” Silent Auction and we have arranged for round trip van service from the MU parking lot to The Vue, 11:30 and 11:45. The price for lunch is $10 and $1 for the van service. Please send your reservation, must be received by Friday May 28, and payment to Michele Mahana at 123 Women’s Building.

Saturday Academy at Oregon State University is pleased to offer the following camps this summer: Science & Art, Beginning LEGO Robotics, Intermediate LEGO Robotics, Girls Creativity Tech Camp (at the Boys and Girls Club), Engineering Camp, Science Camp, Fun with Numbers (Math Camp), Marine Mammal Ecology (includes field trip to Newport), Health Sciences Camp, and Beginning Web Design. All camps are Monday through Friday (times and age-range vary, depending on the camp). Tuition assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information, please contact us at 541-737-8139, saturday.academy@oregonstate.edu. Or, visit our website at http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu. Attend a combination of Saturday Academy and KidSpirit camps! Saturday Academy and KidSpirit are teaming up this summer to provide fun and educational activities for participants all day long. KidSpirit staff will transport campers between KidSpirit and Saturday Academy camps. There will be a $10 transition and lunch-care fee per week-long session for this service (payable to KidSpirit). For more information contact KidSpirit at 541-737-KIDS.

We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU. The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must be received by June 3. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award, go to

The Research Office Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Physics Frontiers Centers (PFC) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission.Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pfc.html. Complete NSF – PFC guidelines may be accessed at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10560/nsf10560.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is June 21, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

If you want to learn more about ScholarsArchive, OSU digital repository (http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/), this is the workshop for you. It takes place at 2 p.m., May 27 in Autzen Classroom of the Valley Library. You’ll have a chance to examine your vita against SHERPA/RoMEO to determine which version(s) of an article can go into ScholarsArchive and, if time allows, you can deposit an article of your own. To RSVP and/or ask questions, please contact Sue Kunda: Sue.kunda@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-7262

Staff artists are encouraged to complete this survey and help establish if there is interest to create a staff art exhibit in Spring 2011 in the Memorial Union concourse and promote the work to all in our local and university community. Please visit https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=3756 to complete the art exhibit survey.

Come see M.E.!!!! It’s time to sign up and come see the Merchant Expo happening at LaSells Stewart Center on 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.


The Office of Technology Transfer invites applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant position. To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=219240. Closing date June 7.

The University Honors College invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. Appointment will be made from within the ranks of current OSU tenured or tenure-track faculty. The Associate Dean will provide innovative, pro-active leadership for the College. Serving as a key team member, the Associate Dean will assist the Dean in all matters related to the management and direction of the UHC. This is a 12-month, .5 FTE fixed term professional faculty appointment reporting to the Dean of the University Honors College. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean. Application Deadline is June 8. For further details or to apply, visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/ Posting number 0005680. Questions may be directed to Laurel.Busse@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6404.

The Extension Service Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0) FTE, 12-month, fixed-term Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost. The Executive Assistant position assists the Vice Provost in performance of duties as well as supports operations of the OSU Extension Service. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005626. Closing date May 27.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an opening for a Gift Planning Associate. Located in Portland, Oregon and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position will coordinate the daily operations of the gift planning programs and will provide programmatic and administrative assistance and support to the Gift Planning staff and to Development Officers working on planned gifts. To review a full job description, salary range and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/. This position will be open until filled. The OSU Foundation makes hiring decisions on the basis of merit and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2 and the closing date is May 27. For complete position details, please visit jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56595.

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.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Heat Plant: Due to the investigation of an underground storage tank, the parking lot on the east of the Heat Plant will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles. There also will be no vehicle access from Benton Place.  This shutdown will begin at 3:30 p.m. on June 1 and should end by 1 p.m. June 3.

Milam Hall: Due to renovation of both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms on the second floor of Milam these restrooms will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary to bring these restrooms into ADA compliance. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m. July 2.

Washington Way west of 35th: Due to grading of the roadway at the salvage yard, vehicle access to all recycling and garbage transfer tanks and storage areas west of 35th street will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 4 p.m.


Corvallis: Showers are likely today, with some possible thunderstorms after 11 a.m., and highs will reach 64. It’s too rainy to go outside much today, so if you’re stuck indoors, here’s a survey you can fill out to help us make OSU Today and other internal communications even better: http://bit.ly/b9S5lq

Central Oregon: On days like these I find myself satisfied when it does rain because I figure, if the clouds are going to be covering the skies all day they might as well give us something we can use. On that note, let the high near 56 and the 60 percent chance of precipitation trigger your imagination for what you can do with the rain aside from just watch it fall. Perhaps set out a few open jugs to collect some tasty drinking water or maybe “hang wash” a dirty pair of jeans. After another overnight low in the high 30s, more perspiring clouds are expected for at least the next couple of days.

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