OSU Today

Tuesday, June 1, 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.

OSU grad to be one of first women on Navy sub (Gazette-Times)

A graduating Oregon State University student is going to become one of the first 19 women in the United States to break through a gender barrier that has stood for 110 years — the prohibition of women serving in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. (See also Salina.com)

Ray’s long day (Gazette-Times)

It’s five minutes past 6 on this Tuesday morning, and Oregon State University President Ed Ray leaves his home in the hills west of Philomath and starts a three-mile run.

Higher education leaders want independence for Oregon University System (Oregonian)

“I don’t know of anyone saying business as usual is great,” said Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University. “Everyone is saying it has got to change.”

Budget battle turns political (Register-Guard)

“This is an opportunity that has been handed to the Republicans, in a sense,” said Lunch, chairman of the Political Science Department at Oregon State University. “I’m not sure there’s a politically advantageous opportunity for the Democrats.”

Risk of giant quake of America’s west coast goes up (Nature)

America’s Pacific Northwest has a 37% chance of being hit by a magnitude 8 or larger earthquake in the next 50 years, a new study shows. That’s more than double previous estimates of a 10-15% risk, says Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Character Witness: Craig Robinson (The Takeaway)

Craig Robinson is best known as Michelle Obama’s big brother and it’s a role he says he’s more than happy to play. After all, when they were growing up, Michelle was always known as Craig Robinson’s little sister.

Can Cannon Beach survive the Big One? (Daily Astorian)

Cannon Beach is inundated by several tsunamis a day, to the delight of scientists at the O.H. Hinsdale Research Laboratory in Corvallis. At the sound of a buzzer, they watch as the water in the laboratory’s tsunami wave tank begins to gather speed. (See also Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

OSU students approve fee for new building (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students voted for a student fee increase to fund a new building, the Student Experience Center, in a special election that ended Thursday night.

OSU releases historian Williams’ novel online (Gazette-Times)

A previously unpublished novel written by historian William Appleman Williams has been released online by Oregon State University in an effort to make the manuscript widely available to scholars and others.

Strawberry harvest late in Oregon (Oregonian)

Oregon State University extension agent Ross Penhallegon says that once they ripen, strawberries need warm dry weather or they rot quickly. Still, he says the crop looks good and the first of the berries should be ready to pick within the next two weeks.


Ceremonial Groundbreaking – RecSports Renovation – Intramural Fields and McAlexander Fieldhouse. Join us for veggies and hummus, cake, music, student speakers, architect renderings, and golden shovels as we celebrate in the outdoor atrium of Dixon RecCenter.  Guests are invited to contribute items for a time capsule and to leave a muddy handprint commemorating the event.  Refreshments served at 2:30 p.m.  Program begins at 3.

Upcoming events

NEW! The office of Community and Diversity presents the final title in the  Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series for the academic year on June 2 with “Greek Life.” In this film, students involved in a wide variety of fraternities and sororities share their stories of what Greek life really means to them. They address such issues as what motivated them to join a Greek house; whether it meets their needs; how the community views the Greek system; biggest misperceptions portrayed by the media and addressing the biggest stereotypes. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1:00 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know your community better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4382.

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.

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.

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.

News for Employees

If you haven’t done so already, take five minutes and fill out the OSU Internal Communications Survey at http://bit.ly/b9S5lq.

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.

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


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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Benton Hall: Due to tree maintenance, six parking spaces to the south east of Benton Hall will be temporarily shut down.  These spaces need to remain free of all vehicles.  This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. June 2 and should end by 4 p.m.

Education Hall: Due to repairs to the emergency lighting system in the stairwells at Education Hall, testing of the fire horns, bells, and/or alarms is required.  Please be advised during this testing period, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms may be audible.  The testing will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 3 p.m. June 4.

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. today 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: Memorial Day weekend was remarkably generous at withholding the rain, and even providing some warm enough weather to doff coats and sweaters. Therefore, we’re not allowed to complain at today’s showers, and tomorrow’s heavy rains. Today’s high will reach 66 with an overnight low of 57.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy skies with a high around 62 and a 20 percent chance of rain during the day may turn into a monsoon come bed time. If the sound of rain on your roof helps you sleep, it looks like you will be snoozing like a baby after 11pm and snug as a bug with a low near 47. More clouds will be rolling in for the rest of the week, so don’t put away your raincoats just yet.

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