OSU Today

Friday, May 28, 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.

Revenue shortfall tops half a billion (Capital Press)

Natural resource agencies and Oregon State University’s statewide services are looking at not filling vacancies, adding unpaid furlough days and potentially laying off workers as officials scramble to adjust to a $562 million budget shortfall.

Survey of post-quake Chile shows B.C. is unprepared (CTV British Columbia)

“The earthquake in Chile is essentially what we’re expecting in the Pacific Northwest,” said Scott Ashford, a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Oregon State University.

Amateur action sports event hopes to catch on (ESPN)

About five years ago while attending Oregon State University, Genco and fellow OSU alum Ryan Kirkpatrick, were looking for ways to get the school involved in free activities for students.

NOAA to break ground on marine center in Newport (Gazette-Times)

The Port of Newport will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the NOAA Marine Operations Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at the South Beach Pacific Homeport site just west of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Gaston student helps OSU win anti-hunger competition (News-Times)

An Oregon State University student business group, which included freshman Carl Stutz of Gaston, took first place in the 2010 Let’s Can Hunger Challenge, besting 200 other teams.

Grass seed still strong (Democrat-Herald)

Although grass seed remains dominant, more than 80 types of crops are grown in the mid-valley, OSU Extension Service agent Mark Mellbye told members of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

OSU art professor selected for residency at American Academy in Jerusalem (Entertainer)

Oregon State University art professor Shelley Jordon will join notable Americans including Jonathan Safran Foer and Joshua Sirefman as fellows at the pilot program for the American Academy in Jerusalem this summer. (See also Oregonian)

Powered by gold (Barometer)

By now, if you haven’t heard of Powered by Orange, you must not use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, television, Portland transit, the Internet or your eyes.

One-act festival showcases work of student directors (Entertainer)

Oregon State University Theatre will present 13 student-directed one- act plays starting on Wednesday, June 2, and running through Sunday, June 6.

‘Going to seed’ review (Oregonian)

During his career as a professional gardener, Charles Goodrich served both religion and government in gardens at a convent and a courthouse. Currently his day job is program director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.


Before you head out for the three-day weekend, be sure to take five minutes and fill out the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq.

A Wheel-A-Thon will be held in the MU quad from noon to 6 p.m. today. 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 at 4 p.m., along with Benny Beaver. For more information see http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ptah/wheel-a-thon/

Princeton philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah will speak at Oregon State University 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.

Upcoming events

Editor’s Note: OSU Today will not appear on Memorial Day but will resume June 1.

NEW! Oregon State University Theatre presents 13 student-directed one-act plays starting June 2 and ending June 6. Ten student directors will direct 26 actors. There are two panels of plays to be presented. Panel A will be performed 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 and Friday, June 4 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Panel B will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3 and Saturday, June 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6.  Performances will be on the main stage of Withycombe Hall. Tickets are $8, $6 seniors, $5 children and $4 for OSU students and can be purchased at the box office in Withycombe Hall beginning Tuesday, June 1 at noon. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. Information: 541-737-2853 or 541-737-2784.

NEW! The OSU Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Show will take place in two locations this year; on campus and in Portland. The Corvallis show is on Friday, June 4 at the MU Ballroom from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Portland show is on Friday, June 11 at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 SE Washington St., from 6 to 9 p.m.

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.

Christopher Wolsko, research associate in psychology at University of Oregon, will speak on “Why not Gross National Happiness? Contemporary Obstacles to Psychological Well-Being,” from noon to 1 p.m. June 2 at Oregon State – Cascades Campus as part of their lunchtime lecture series. It takes place in Cascades Hall Room 118.

News for Employees

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Academic Year 2010-11 for Fall, Winter and/or Spring Term(s). Application are due in the Research Office by June 7. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm . If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

The Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for a wide variety of 2010-11 Scholarships to be awarded during the Fall term. The deadline for applications is June 30. Scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to students attending Oregon Space Grant affiliate institutions. These OSGC scholarship programs support the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) objectives of fostering and encouraging career goals in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the aerospace industry. Individuals from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium website at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/fellow.html#Scholarships. A 2010-11 Scholarship Guide is available for download. Please direct any questions to 541-737-2414 or spacegrant@oregonstate.edu.

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.

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)

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.


Facilities Services is seeking a Campus Planner. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position, reporting to the Planning Department of Facilities Services.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Position closes June 15.  Posting #0005705.

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 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.

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 today. 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.


Corvallis: The beauty of the rain is in how it falls, or so singer/songwriter Dar Williams tells us. Try to find some beauty today as scattered showers continue with a high of 65. Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be partly sunny with highs in the low 70s, and there’s a chance of rain Monday.

Central Oregon: Hopefully today’s “whispering wind” will blow the clouds far, far away so we can have some nice weather for the weekend. Gusts are expected to get as fast as 28 miles per hour with a high around 56 and nippy low coming in close to 34. If the rain does go away, expect temperatures to get as high as 70 degrees this weekend!

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