OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

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.

Loved ones share memories at Paul Valenti’s Celebration of Life (Oregonian)

That’s just a snippet of the multitude of memories shared by loved ones at Saturday afternoon’s Celebration of Life for Valenti, the Oregon State legend who died at the age of 94 last month after dedicating more than 70 years to the school as a basketball player, coach and administrator. (see also Lebanon Express)

Can Bend become the next Boulder? (Geek Wire)

He then passes a 10-acre patch of scrub brush and rock outcroppings on the west side of town — the future home of Oregon State University—Cascades. The site is perhaps the most important development in Bend — a location that eventually will house the only 4-year undergraduate university in Central Oregon. The goal? Enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students on the new campus by 2025 — an ambitious undertaking to say the least, but one whose momentum does not appear to be stopping now.

Corvallis parking at a crossroads (Gazette-Times)

How bad is the parking problem in the neighborhoods near the Oregon State University campus? And what should be done about it? Two simply worded questions … that have incredibly complex answers.

OSU’s Bend campus gets another go-ahead (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s undergraduate campus in Bend took another step closer to reality this week with the Bend City Council’s approval of a site plan application for the campus. (see also My Central Oregon)

OSU offers open house to comment on new district plan (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University is hosting a pair of open houses to discuss the update of its District Plan.

Black Cultural Center celebrates new home (Daily Barometer)

A block party featuring an open barbecue and an inflatable bouncy castle was held last Friday in honor of the new Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center currently under construction and set to open spring term. The event was part of the center’s theme for this year of creating a welcoming environment for all Oregon State University students.

Former Assistant Provost for Enrollment Engagement Bob Bontrager has died (LIFE@OSU)

Bob Bontrager, former Oregon State University Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management, passed away early Oct. 17, 2014 after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Former OSU forestry dean Hal Salwasser dies at 69 (LIFE@OSU)

Harold J. “Hal” Salwasser, former dean of the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, died at his home in Corvallis Wednesday night (Oct. 15) of apparent natural causes. He was 69 years old. (see also OPB)

Tiny reactor pumps out biodiesel (About My Planet)

A tiny chemical reactor that can convert vegetable oil directly into biodiesel could help farmers turn some of their crops into homegrown fuel to operate agricultural equipment instead of relying on costly imported oil. “This is all about producing energy in such a way that it liberates people,” said Goran Jovanovic, a chemical engineering professor at Oregon State University who developed the microreactor.

Scientists discover carbonate rocks are unrecognized methane sink (Astrobiology Magazine)

“No one had really examined these rocks as living habitats before,” noted Andrew Thurber, an Oregon State University marine ecologist and co-author on the paper. “It was just assumed that they were inactive. In previous studies, we had seen remnants of microbes in the rocks – DNA and lipids – but we thought they were relics of past activity. We didn’t know they were active. –

Arugula as an aphrodisiac (Oregonian)

“If you live in the warmer, wetter regions of the state, you can plant lettuce and other greens now,” said Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Myers. “In the colder areas of the state, a cold frame or cloche can help lengthen the harvest season into winter.”

Measure would help students pay tuition (Register-Guard)

Endorsers include Scott Coltrane, interim UO president, the Lane Community College Board of Education and the Oregon State University Foundation.

Ecampus receives award for excellence (LIFE@OSU)

OSU Ecampus earlier this month received the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Award for Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching. Ecampus was honored “for delivering a comprehensive, responsive, flexible, and effective faculty development program that helps faculty take their online teaching to the next level,” the awards committee wrote.

ODA: $2M in specialty crop grants (Natural Resource Report)

Other projects focus on local markets. Oregon State University’s Small Farms Program will use a $56,055 grant to fund Phase III of the successful Growing Entrepreneurs program in partnership with Rogue Farm Corps with the goal of training the next generation of Oregon’s farmers.

Study of Oregon dam removal finds rivers recover quickly (Environmental Monitor)

But the concern over those catastrophic impacts seemed inflated to Desirée Tullos, an associate professor of water resources engineering at Oregon State University. Tullos’ new study in the journal PLOS ONE offers evidence that, from a biological and physical perspective, there isn’t much evidence to back up those concerns. Based on a study of dam removals on two Oregon rivers, it appears that sediment moving downstream is only a quick speed bump on the road to recovery to a pre-dam state.

Duo steals golf cart from apartment (KEZI)

Two Oregon State University students stole a golf cart from an apartment complex to get to class faster, according to police.

Good season for grapes, hazelnuts in Douglas County (KVAL)

Steve Renquist, a horticulture specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Roseburg, said there are approximately 1,500 acres of vineyards and 220 acres of hazelnut orchards.


CAS Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement seminars: Candidates for the Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the College of Agricultural Sciences will be presenting at forums on campus. Rob Blair, Professor in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota will present Oct. 20, 10:30-noon. Sam Angima, Regional Administrator and County Leader, Lincoln County Extension Service at OSU will present Oct. 27 3:30-5 p.m. Usman Adamu, Director, Agricultural Education Program and Agricultural Awareness Center at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will present Nov. 13, 10:30-noon. All seminars will be in 202 Kidder.

OSU’s Africa Initiative will hold its first meeting of the year with Dr.  Jen Veilleux (Department of Geography) who will give a talk on “Water Development in the Nile Basin”.   Mon., Oct. 20, noon to 1 p..m, 203 Wilkinson Hall.  Faculty, staff, students, and the broader OSU community who share interest in issues related to Africa are welcome.

Fostering maritime business and technology: Michael Jones, president of The Maritime Alliance & TMA Foundation, will give a keynote presentation called “Promoting the Blue Economy & BlueTech.” Hosted by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, the lecture will take place Oct. 20, noon, Burt Hall 193.

The Extraordinary Action of Beings without Bodies:  Thomas J. Csordas, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at UCSD,  drawing from comparative ethnographic work in the United States and Italy, will explore the contemporary practice of exorcism in the Roman Catholic Church understood as a form of healing through prayer to relieve affliction attributed to the extraordinary action of non-corporeal demonic spirits.   Monday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., MU Journey Room.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Watercolor Wellness Wednesdays: Come explore art as an avenue of stress relief and stress management. Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to faculty, staff and students on a drop-in basis at the Craft Center.

NEW! Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

NEW! Divine Pizza:  The Religious Studies Club works to create an environment of collaboration, reflection and inquiry which mirrors the rich diversity of OSU.  Join us for great PIZZA and fantastic conversation with other faculty and students curious about and interested in religion and religious studies at OSU. Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m., Milam Hall, 319A.

NEW! Symphony kickoff: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens the 2014-2015 concert season with works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in a concert titled “The Classics,” on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street. The program will be conducted by  Marlan Carlson. Tickets: $22-$32 reserved, $20 general admission. Reserved seating may be purchased online only at www.cosusymphony.org. General admission tickets at Grass Roots Books & Music, 137 SW Third St or one hour before the concert at the LaSells Stewart Center ticket counter. Students free with ID.

Child Care Needs Assessment Coffee Hour: Oct. 21, noon to 1 p.m., MU 212.

Speed Mock Interviews:  Sign up on Beaver Careers for a one-of-a–kind opportunity to practice interviewing with Employers and Career Specialists. You will receive valuable feedback to prepare you for the real thing, so bring your resume.  This event will take place on Oct.21, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Memorial Union, Room: 206. Sponsored by OSU Career Services.

OSU District Plan Open Houses:  OSU is hosting two public open house events in October to provide updates on the OSU District Plan development with the community and to give community members an opportunity to share comments and concerns with OSU planning staff.  All are welcome to attend these no-cost Open Houses: Oct. 21, 4-7 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center and Oct. 23, 5-8 p.m., at Chintimini Senior and Community Center.  For more information, contact David Dodson at 541-737-8503 or visit the OSU District Plan Updates page.

Children and Other Wild Animals:  Author Brian Doyle, will read from his new essay collection “Children and Other Wild Animals: Notes on badgers, otters, sons, hawks, daughters, dogs, bears, air, bobcats, fishers, mascots, Charles Darwin, newts, sturgeon, roasting squirrels, parrots, elk, foxes, tigers and various other zoological matters.” Sponsored by OSU Press and the Spring Creek Project.   Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Valley Library second floor rotunda.

Wellness Workshop, Tasty Bites Walking Tour: Nutrition and physical activity combine in a walking tour around campus Tuesday, Oct. 21, 4 to 5:30 p.m.  Learn about dining options, healthy choices and smart purchasing practices as we highlight campus dining destinations! Samples provided. Free to OSU community. Be one of the first 25 to pre-register and receive a $5 MU food Retail gift certificate. Pre-register here.

Lectures and Webinars

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: How to promote self-regulation and school readiness in your child. Oct. 22, Noon to 1 p.m., MU 212.

NEW! Latina American Artists at OSU: Art can be a powerful vehicle for social change.  Artists and student affairs professionals, Claudia Ramirez Islas and Juliana Recio, share their artwork and discuss issues of disability, immigration, self-expression, and inspirational intersections with Frida Kahlo in this interactive afternoon workshop. Oct 22, 2 – 3:50 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Spaces are limited, and supplies will be provided.  RSVP to Charlene.Martinez@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Climate change discussion:  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D, OR-4) will be on campus next Wednesday to talk about the state of climate change policy and research. He will be joined by Kathie Dello from OSU’s Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.  Q&A follows. Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m., Hallie Ford Center Room 115.

NEW! Supporting the Veteran’s Transition from Active Duty to Active Student:  Session will focus on the projects, accomplishments and successes of the Oregon State Veterans Workgroup.  How they are helping student veterans successfully navigate the OSU structure while accomplishing their education goals and maximizing their VA benefits.  This will be held on Oct. 22, 4 to 5 p.m., MU Board Room.

NEW!  Talk on citizenship and crisis: An Empire for Freedom: African American Civil Rights and Chinese Immigration in the Nineteenth-Century American West. Presented by Stacey Smith, School of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oct. 22, 4 p.m., MU 208. See: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/shpr/citizenship-and-crisis

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife fall seminar: Samuel K. Wasser, Professor, Endowed Chair in Conservation Biology and Director, Center for Conservation Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, will speak on“Untangling the Impacts of Oil Development on Woodland Caribou in the Canadian Oil Sands,” Oct. 22, 4 – 5 p.m., Nash 206.

NEW! October Repair Fair: Wednesday, October 22 between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th Street). Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demonstrations to learn more skills. Demonstrations offered for sock darning, T-shirt bags and bike tires. See the schedule and list of repair skills at http://tiny.cc/repair-fair.

NEW! Film screening: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Darkside Cinema. Free. A film viewing and discussion to kick off the series. Introduced by  Joseph Orosco, commentary by Christopher Nichols. A panel will discuss “Perspectives on WWI.”

NEW! CAS Associate Dean forums:  Candidates for Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences will be presenting public forums on campus.  All the forums will be 10:30 a.m. to noon in 202 Kidder Hall.  Thursday, Oct. 23:  Jeffrey Steiner, Deputy Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University;  Monday, Oct. 27: Sian Mooney, Executive Director of Integrated Programs and Professor of Economics at Boise State University; Tuesday, November 4: W. Daniel Edge, Professor and Department Head of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University; Thursday, Nov. 6: Donald Conner, Professor and Department Head of Poultry Science, Auburn University.

Science communicators: OSU Science Communicators are hosting an event, “A Roadmap for Creating Interactive Atlases for iBooks”  Tuesday, Oct. 21, noon – 1 p.m., LPSC Seminar room 402. All welcome. For more information go to http://bit.ly/ZSGMAK

Mendeley and Qualtrics workshops: The Grad Student & Faculty workshop series continues with several more offerings. Learn about Mendeley (Oct. 21), another tool to capture, manage and cite your research sources. For those embarking on, or looking to upgrade, their survey research projects, check out Qualtrics (Oct. 22) – OSU has a campus-wide license. View the full series of workshop offerings at http://bit.ly/graduate-workshops. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions? Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Horticulture departmental seminars: Nick Andrews, senior instructor, OSU horticulture, will speak on “Crop time degree-day modeling,” Oct. 21, 4 p.m., ALS 4000.

Change workshop: Space is still available in the workshop, “Managing People Through Change,” scheduled for Oct. 22, 8:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop will cover the psychological transition of people during the cycle of change, and tips on how to work with each phase to ease transitions for you and others. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=23 to register.

News for Employees

NEW! Recreational Sports Payroll Deduction Deadline Approaching – Don’t miss out on your window of opportunity to purchase your membership to Recreational Sports and locker via payroll deduction. The deadline to purchase your 9-month or annual membership and locker via payroll deduction is Friday, Nov. 7. We will divide your cost of membership/locker over seven equal payments, November through May. Remember – if you are a PEBB eligible employee, you qualify to receive a $15/month reimbursement for being well at Recreational Sports! Contact Ali Casqueiro, Membership Coordinator, with questions.

NEW! Thomann named Interim Math Department HeadThe College of Science is pleased to announce that  Enrique Thomann has accepted the position of interim head of the Department of Mathematics. He assumes the role from Thomas Dick who stepped down as chair last month.

Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunity: The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) program for Winter and/or Spring terms 2014-15. This program supports undergraduate research activities from all academic disciplines within the university. NOTE: the program description and application have been revised: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 3.

Classified Contract Survey Time:  Now’s the time to give your feed back to our next contract. It’s very important to hear from all Classified Employees, Let the Bargaining TEAM know your needs in order to bargain a fair contract that represents everyone. Submit on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015HigherEdSurvey .  Questions: 541-752-0183.

Faculty Release Time (FRT): The Research Office, Incentive Programs is accepting applications for the FRT Winter or Spring 2014-15 release. The program provides limited funding for individuals developing external grant proposals or who wish to further their scholarly activities. Program description and application: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt. Information: Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. Deadline: Nov. 3.

PFLA Our Heroes sought: Do you know someone who’s a hero here at OSU because of the extra effort that they put forth or the extra moment they take to make your day pleasant?  Here’s a great way to celebrate them.  Professional Faculty Leadership Association is always seeking nominations for “Our Heroes” awards.  Neither you or the nominated individual need to be members.   Build up your karma bank by celebrating the heroes that help us every day.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

The Oregon State University Foundation (OSUF) has three openings for experienced higher education major gift officers.  These positions will join existing fundraising teams in the College of Engineering, the College of Business and in Athletics.  Please note: the positions for the College of Engineering and for Athletics are located in the Foundation’s Portland office; the position for the College of Business could be located in either Corvallis or Portland. If you are interested in advancing your career in an organization that is making a difference, please complete the Foundation’s job application, and send it with your cover letter and resume to Patricia Kenney, Sr. Director of Human Resources, osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu

Medical Aide – The College of Veterinary Medicine invites applications to fill 2 full-time (1.0 FTE),12 month, limited duration Medical Aide positions in the large animal reception of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Apply to posting # 0013154. Closes Oct. 20.

Accountant 2. This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time, .50 FTE (approximately 20 hours per week) Accountant 2 position for Business Affairs at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting #0013133. Closes Oct. 20.

Oregon State University invites applicants to the position of Director for Student Leadership and Involvement.  SLI is one of three departments of the OSU Memorial Union Organization reporting to the Executive Director of the Memorial Union and Educational Activities. Posting # 0013130. Closes Oct. 21.

Maintenance Laborer Coordinator – University Housing & Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Maintenance Laborer Coordinator position.  Posting #0013166. Closes Oct. 22.

The Department of Public Safety at Oregon State University is seeking applicants for one Campus Public Safety Dispatcher.  This is a permanent full time position.  Posting #0013177. Closes Oct. 22.

The OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Digital Applications Specialist position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the University Librarian. Posting #0013037. Closes Oct. 22.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Pendleton.  Posting # 0013216. Closes Oct. 24.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.95 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Irrigon.  Posting # 0013217. Closes Oct. 24.

Accounting Technician – OSU-Cascades invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month Accounting Technician, located in Bend, OR.  Posting #0013188. Closes Oct. 24

INTO OSU is currently recruiting for an Admissions Customer Service Representative.  This position will support the Office of International Admissions in providing high level customer service, maintaining the standards and integrity of the Office of International Admissions, and sustaining an efficient admissions process.To apply,  visit: https://home2.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14247122  Closes Oct. 24.

Trades/Maintenance Coordinator – INTERNAL search. University Housing & Dining Services invites Internal OSU employees to apply for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Coordinator position. Posting #0013208. Closes Oct. 28.

Construction Contracts Officer – Capital Projects Contract Administration invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month fixed term professional faculty position. Posting #0013196. Full consideration date: Oct. 29. Closes Nov. 5.

Education Program Assistant 1– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a part-time, (.46 FTE), limited duration, Education Program Assistant 1 position located in Grants Pass.  Posting # 0013168. Closes Oct. 31.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension Family and Community Health invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Astoria.  Posting # 0013172. Closes Oct. 31.

The OSU Alumni Association is recruiting for an Early Engagement Director. Apply by Oct. 31. Application instructions and position description are posted at: www.osualum.com/jobs

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time faculty position in Forest Regeneration. This position has two components: a 12-month, 0.75 FTE tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor appointment and a 12-month, 0.25 FTE appointment as Director of the Vegetation Management Research Cooperative. Posting #0012861.  Closes Oct. 31.

Public Info Representative 2–Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Public Info Representative 2, Posting #0013175. Closes Nov. 1.

The Vice President of Finance and Administration/CFO (VPFA) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Executive Assistant reporting directly to the VPFA.  This position provides high level administrative and clerical support, developing systems and processes to assist the Vice President and division’s leadership team in support of university strategic initiatives. Positing #0013222. For full consideration apply by Nov. 3.  Closes Nov. 15.

Outreach Program Coordinator– Extension/4-H Youth Development program invites applications for a part-time, (75.0 FTE),  Outreach Program Coordinator position located in Albany.  Posting # 0013215. Closes Nov. 5.

Information Security Analyst – Information Services – Office of Information Security invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Information Security Analyst position. Posting # 0013189. Closes Nov 7.

Faculty Research Assistant:  Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is recruiting for a 12-month, 0.35 FTE, fixed-term, FRA for a Database/Data Management position with the Northwest Tree Improvement Cooperative.  Salary range is $45K-$55K (full-time rate).  Posting # 0013164.  Closes Nov. 9.

Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations –Financial Aid/Scholarships invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month,  Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations, Posting #0013179. Closes Nov. 10.

Office Manager– Douglas County Extension invites applications for a full-time, (1.0 FTE),  Office Manager position located in Roseburg.  Posting # 0013190. Closes Nov. 11.

Head of Mathematics – The Mathematics Department requests applications for a Head of Mathematics position, posting # 0011757. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 15.

Secretary of the Board – The Office of the President invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Secretary of the Board position. Posting # 0013192. Closes for full consideration Nov 17.

The School of Writing, Literature, and Film  invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will teach five undergraduate and graduate courses, on a trimester system, in global (non-western) related film electives and film theory. Posting #0013155. Closes Jan. 30, 2015.

Traffic and maintenance

Milam Hall: Due to backflow preventer repairs and testing, Milam Hall will temporarily be without building water on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 11 a.m. This shutdown will affect all building water.  Restrooms will be temporarily closed and signage will be in place.

Sidewalk Closure at Washington and 15th Street Intersection: Sidewalks along 15th Street were ordered to remain barricaded closed until the railroad has completed installation of the railroad signal arm crossing gates, which the railroad expects to be completed by November.  Pedestrians traveling east-west are encouraged to use the new sidewalks and crosswalks. Those traveling north-south should use the detour in place toward 17th Street. For your continued safety, please only use approved railroad crossings. Encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution around this and all construction sites.  Do not cross barricades and restricted areas.


Corvallis: Don’t be too downcast, it’s Monday but it’s a warm one. Showers today, with a high of 66 and a low of 50. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain likely today, high of 57, low of 41. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 62, low of 52, chance of rain tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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