OSU Today

June 21-25, 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.

Into the heart of squid country — or at least where it should be (Scientific American)

And Kelly Benoit-Bird’s group from Oregon State University will be more or less constantly sampling acoustic data as the ship plows along at a steady 4 or 5 knots—slow to get anyplace far away, but good for seeing squid and their prey with sound.

Shay named OWRI director (Wines & Vines)

Oregon State University officials announced today that Neil F. Shay will fill the much-anticipated  director role at the Oregon Wine Research Institute (OWRI). Shay, currently a professor and chair of the University of Florida’s food science and human nutrition department, will begin the tenure-track position Aug. 15. See also: Oregonian, Wine Business, Adelsheim Vineyard, Business Journal, Register-Guard.

OSU expands energy program for rural businesses (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University is making the services of its Energy Efficiency Center available to Oregon farmers and rural businesses looking to save money on energy expenses. See also: San Francisco Business Times, My Central Oregon, Statesman Journal.

OSU’s head librarian announces retirement (Gazette-Times)

Karyle Butcher, who has led the Valley Library for 14 years and the OSU Press for three, will step down on Sept. 30.

Nationwide project lends new details on earthquakes (USA Today)

When it comes to studying earthquakes, Oregon State University geology professor Bob Lillie has a simple theory: The more that is known, the better people can prepare and protect themselves.

OSU hires student media director (Gazette-Times)

Julia Sandidge, a student media adviser and educator at Colorado State University and former professional journalist, has been named director of student media at Oregon State University.

Red but not Dead (Science Findings)

Two OSU graduates, Cassie L. Hebel have reported that soils burned in severe forest fires are not sterilized by intense heat, as had been commonly assumed. Hebel’s MS research in the College of Forestry was conducted in affiliation with OSU’s Subsurface Biosphere Initiative.

Oregon university system uses extra student tuition to plug budget hole (Oregonian)

Oregon State University reorganized into four divisions with regional business centers to sharpen its focus and improve efficiencies. It has aggressively recruited international students and expects enrollment to climb by 1,000 students or more next fall. See also: Statesman Journal

Teen boys who attempt suicide are more likely to later abuse their partners (About.com)

Suicidal adolescent boys are more likely to physically abuse their romantic partners later in life, according to a study co-written by an Oregon State University assistant professor. See also: KEZI-TV, Business Week, Gazette-Times.

OSU researchers discover “oil-eating” strain of bacteria (OPB News)

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a new strain of bacteria they say has potential to one day help break down and detoxify oil spills like the one in the Gulf. See also: Science360/NSF, Louisville Courier-Journal.

Getting back to work: jobs and identity (OPB Think Out Loud)

Many people here, and elsewhere, define themselves as much by their jobs as by the things they love to do outside of work. Guests included Carolyn Aldwin, professor in the human development and family sciences department at Oregon State University.


NEW! Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an open forum on balancing work/life from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on June 21 in the MU Journey Room. Refreshments will be served. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women will be hosting Wendy Nishikawa, University of California–Berkeley; Randi Shapiro, University of Washington; and Cindy Anson, Boise State University. All three are members of the College and University Work Family Association and all have been practitioners of work/life balance programs on their respective campuses for many years.

NEW! The search committee for the Student Health Services Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator has invited three candidates to visit OSU for on-campus interviews. Each candidate will do a public presentation and then be available for questions. Candidates have been asked to “provide an example of a 40 minute alcohol presentation that you would deliver to a first-year experience orientation class.” Open forums for the candidates will be held at 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, June 21 in MU 208; 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 8 in MU 211; and 11 a.m. to noon Friday, July 9 in MU 211. Participation is welcome.


NEW! A $1.5 million upgrade to the Natural Products and Small Molecule Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at OSU will be dedicated on Wednesday, June 23. The open house and tour of this facility will be at Gilbert Hall, in the first floor lobby of the Gilbert Addition, from 2-2:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

NEW! The first of eight free weekly musical performances, The Flow will play in the MU Lounge on Wednesday, June 23. The Flow is a new original rock band based in Corvallis with strong influences of blues and acoustic folk. The Wednesday Noon Concert Series takes place on the MU brick mall on the east side of the Quad (or MU Lounge, weather permitting).

The OSUsed Store, 644 SW 13th St Corvallis, is open Wednesday June 23 from 12-3 p.m. All items are offered in a garage sale format with no advanced preview.  Questions: 737-7347 or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu


NEW! After 20 years at OSU, Janet Drollinger is retiring. Please join us in celebrating her many accomplishments and contributions at a reception in her honor from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 25, outside of Ballard Hall Conference Room.

NEW! Stop by Corvallis PRIDE’s Second Annual Celebration held Friday June 25 and Saturday June 26 in Central Park. The weekend of events includes: The Stonewall Social and Dance, a parade down Jefferson street, musicians, storytelling, dancing, face painting, children’s activities, vendors, a non-profit expo and more.

News for Employees

NEW! Play an important part in driving the future forward.  Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is bringing 150 new Prius Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles to the U.S. this summer to determine how drivers will use and re-charge the cars.  One car will be stationed in Corvallis for one year, starting July 2010.  Toyota is looking for four Corvallis residents age 21 and over, including at least one OSU affiliate, to participate.  A check-in and check-out process will facilitate each two month driving cycle.  Randomly selected drivers will use the vehicles as they would their personal vehicles. Entry deadline is July 5.  Winners will be announced at the da Vinci Days festival in July.  For more information and to enter, visit http://www.davincidays.org/science–tech/prius-plug-in-hybrid-electric-vehicles- Questions?  Call Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, (541) 758-4090, or Brandon Trelstad, (541) 737-3307.

NEW! The Oregonian and Oregon State University’s nine-day intensive journalism camp to promote diversity in the newsrooms of the future, began on the OSU campus Saturday. The students are working in pairs with professional journalism mentors. Another eleven Oregonian staffers will be down in the course of the week to help the students polish their writing, editing and photography. The camp culminates in a 40-page paper next weekend. The Institute receives funding and technical support from the Oregonian Newspaper, the OSU Division of Student Affairs, the Daily Barometer, and OSU Pre-college programs. You can follow their blog at: http://blog.oregonlive.com/teen/index.html. And friend them on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/High-School-Journalism-Institute/135495889799634.

NEW! The results are in for this year’s residence hall move-out. All in all, OSU donated 11,651 lbs of material to nonprofits such as the OSU Emergency Food Pantry. The material, which was donated by housing residents as they moved out last term, included food, house wares, clothing, bedding, shoes, scrap wood, and more. Many thanks to the volunteers, University Housing and Dining, and Business Services Operations staff for helping make this happen.

NEW! Candidates for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs will be on campus starting June 28. The forums will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. The following campus forums will be held in Strand Ag Room 111 and are open to all students, staff and faculty: June 28, 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Wolfgang Schloer, Interim Associate Provost, International Affairs, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign; June 30, 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Douglas Kincaid, Vice Provost, International Studies, Florida International University; and July 2, 10:30–11:30 a.m.: Susie Bender, Director, Office of International Students & Scholars, University of Nevada, Reno.

NEW! The Spring issue of Teaching With Writing, the newsletter of the OSU Writing Intensive Curriculum Program is now available: http://wic.oregonstate.edu/news/

NEW! Facilities Services now has the summer issue of the Campus Works newsletter posted on the main page of the Facilities Services website. This is a great way to learn about the various departments within facilities, as well as some of their hard-working employees.  Campus Works can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/index.html.

NEW! OSU Extended Campus is seeking proposals from faculty/professional faculty for funding of professional development opportunities in support of distance-delivered OSU academic programs.  Examples of supported professional development opportunities include, but are not limited to, conference attendance, workshops, tuition stipend for self-study, with specific focus on issues related to distance delivery of academic courses and programs and academic advising of distance student. For funding criteria, deadlines, and proposal application form, visit:  http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/faculty/grant-proposal/

NEW! The Oregon State University Art Faculty Exhibit is on exhibit through Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall. There will be a closing reception at noon Oct. 6. This exhibit features the works of faculty members who are working in the areas of photography, painting, drawing, mixed-media, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture and video. More information: 737-5009 or http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery/fairbanksgallery/Current_Exhibit_.html

Central Web Services is hosting several Drupal Boot Camps on July 27- 29, August 17- 19, and September 20- 22. Drupal Boot Camps is a three-day intensive workshop incorporating all existing core Drupal 6 workshops. In addition, two topics about using the OSU Brand Guidelines on the web, presented by staff from University Advancement’s Web Communications has been added. Register. Priority registration will be given to persons registering to attend the entire three-day camp. If you are requesting to attend for less than three days, please make your request via the help ticket system http://oregonstate.edu/cws/contact.

The next 13-week Weight Watchers At Work session begins on June 29. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Providence carriers should call 800-878-4445 to get a WW access code. Kaiser Permanente members can call 866-301-3866 to get an access code. You will need your ID number from your Providence or Kaiser ID card. Next you need to call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. They will mail that code to you and you will present that confirmation code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on June 29th. For more information, contact Kathi at 737-3106.

Many copiers contain hard drives and store the data copied, scanned, or printed. All copiers on campus are part of the Cost per Copy program provided by IKON and administered by Printing and Mailing Services. Of the 450 convenience copiers on campus, 75 percent of them have hard drives. Commencing immediately Printing & Mailing will overwrite the hard drive before it leaves the OSU department. The majority of the time this provides the level of security we need, however if you regularly scan, copy or print, student or staff personal data your department may want to replace the hard drive in the copier. This process can be facilitated by Printing and Mailing Services. Questions or concerns: contact Cheryl Lyons at 737-4075 or Cheryl.lyons@oregonstate.edu

The LaSells Stewart Center is accepting artwork for the 2010, Fifth Annual Community Exhibit, which will be installed for viewing in July. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, June 30. This is a non-juried show, and is open to participants of all ages and skill levels. Only one submission will be selected from each artist. Artists may deliver their art Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to the LaSells Stewart Center office. The Community Art Exhibit will be on display July 1 to July 31. A reception will take place on July 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information see www.oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

On Oct. 1, the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m. All currently recognized student organizations and OSU departments and programs can register now for free. Registration is available through the Corvallis Benton Chamber website at http://tinyurl.com/BvrCmtFair . Find out more by visiting us on the web at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/sorgs/bcf or contact us at clubsandorgs@oregonstate.edu

Did you know that as an OSU Faculty/Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to two discounted season tickets for Football? For the 2010 season, the OSU Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 204 per season ticket.  Tickets are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 541-737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS. The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.


Administrative Program Assistant, Procurement and Contract Services, OSU is seeking a full-time assistant to focus on database and contract document management, website maintenance, administrative services and MWESB monitoring and reporting. To review complete announcement qualifications, and apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005753. Closes June 22.

Purchasing Analyst 3, Procurement & Contract Services, Oregon State University. OSU is seeking a full-time Purchasing Analyst to focus on contract administration, procurement activities and applying and interpreting laws, rules and policies. For complete announcement and to apply, go to posting number 0005723 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closes June 22.

The University Honors College at Oregon State University invites applicants for a full-time, 12-month fixed-term Executive Assistant to the Dean. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Required qualifications include: Experience and demonstrated skill in engaging with students and community members; a Bachelor’s degree; a commitment to exceptional customer service; excellent public speaking, written and interpersonal skills; strong computer and organizational skills; and a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. To review the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting # 0005721. Closes: June 24.

The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology  invites applications for a full-time Office Manager/Assistant to the Department Head.  This is a Professional Faculty position, reporting to the EMT Department Head.  To apply see website: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0005797. Closes: June 29.

OSU Extended Campus is seeking a Marketing Communications Coordinator (Public Information Representative 1) to join our Market Analysis & Development team. The individual will serve as editor and writer for our electronic newsletter, and also write press releases, post content to our website and social media accounts, and submit articles to news sources. This position is full-time and benefits eligible.  For review of full position announcement or to apply, refer to our website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Posting #0005727. Closes June 29.

OSU Extended Campus is seeking a full-time Marketing Project Manager to join our Market Analysis and Development team. The primary focus of this professional faculty position is to create and implement targeted marketing plans for Ecampus’ growing number of degrees and programs, including online bachelor’s & graduate degrees, OSU Summer Session, and non-credit programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, refer to our website http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/. Posting #0005749. Closes June 29.

Academic Advisor, OSU’s College of Business invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty. The Academic Advisor assists undergraduate students with a full range of support including orientation, academic program planning and course selection, scholarship coordination, special event planning, career planning, and will work closely with the INTO OSU program which provides English language skills to international students wanting to be admitted to the OSU Business program. To review the posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for Posting #0005771. Closes July 1.

OSU Extended Campus is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant (Course Coordinator) position, salary range of $2293-$3250/month. The Course Coordinator is responsible for maintaining accurate information about Ecampus courses, acquiring that information through multiple venues. This individual coordinates details related to the delivery of Ecampus credit courses, provides support services to instructors, maintains and communicates calendars, deadlines, policies and procedures to instructors and departments, and assists the Community College Coordinator in providing support to prospective students. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=56718. Closes: July 7.

Help is needed to teach computer classes in Owen Hall’s computer lab during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. The students are 54 middle school campers, in groups of 27 for the classes. You will present lessons and answer student questions. Topics include: internet safety, powerpoint, and excel basics for creating charts. Classes are two hours long, once a day, weekdays Aug. 3-12. There will be adult counselors in the classroom at all times to assist. Pay is $300. E-mail a resume, or contact Robin Galloway, camp director, at 541-967-3871 or robin.galloway@oregonstate.edu. This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Receptionist to serve as first contact to greet the public, donors, faculty, trustees, visitors and Foundation staff in person and on the phone. For a complete job description, salary range and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment. Send cover letter and resume to osuf.hr@oregonstate.edu. This position will be open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to provide primary support to the Sr. Director for Advancement Services, and to the staff in this department. This position also maintains the Relationship Management module in an enterprise database for the Research, Discovery and Relationship Management unit. http://osufoundation.org/employment

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced Administrative Assistant to join the Special Events team. Reporting to the Director of Special Events, this position provides general administrative and program support to the Special Events team in planning, implementing and evaluating Foundation-sponsored events. For complete job descriptions and how to apply instructions visit our website at http://osufoundation.org/employment

Traffic and Maintenance

30th Street & Campus Way/Jefferson Way & Sackett Place: Due to construction associated with the LPSC Project, 30th Street & Campus Way and Jefferson Way & Sackett Place will experience heavy construction related traffic June 17-Aug. 30. Be advised to use extreme caution when traveling in both directions of Campus Way and near Nash Hall.

26th Street & Jefferson: Due to road work in the intersection at Jefferson Way and 26th Street, partial closures and delays are to be expected from June 23-28.  Beginning Thursday June 24, the entire intersection will be closed as the new concrete is placed.  It will remain closed until early Monday June 28 to allow for proper curing time.

Washington Way: Due to the construction of the outdoor recreation fields the parking lot at 26th street across from Gill and outside of the indoor Tennis Center will be temporarily closed for the summer. It is scheduled to reopen Sept. 10.

Campus Way: Due to construction associated with the Linus Pauling building, the lane to the north on Campus Way between 30th Street and Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown through July 30. The sidewalk leading from the north at Campus Way to the entry of Nash Hall will also be fenced off to install new fire access to the northeast corner of Nash Hall.

Kearney Hall: Due to the reinstallation of auditorium seating in Kearny Hall, the Auditorium (room 112) will be temporarily shut down July 2-3.

Memorial Place: Due to sidewalk and parking lot adjustments for ADA parking, the Memorial Place parking lot (between Gilkey & Milam Hall) will be temporarily shut down and is to be free of all vehicles until June 30. It is recommended to use the adjacent lots next to Weniger Hall (east side) and Kelley Engineering (north side).

Campus: Due to construction associated with the ADA Path of Travel Improvements Project, existing concrete in numerous locations throughout campus will be removed and replaced. This work will affect numerous sidewalks, streets and parking lots throughout campus. Signage and traffic control will be in place to direct pedestrian and vehicular traffic as needed. Work should be complete by June 30.

Milam Hall: Both the men’s and women’s restrooms on the second floor of Milam will be temporarily shutdown for ADA compliance renovations. The shutdown will end by 5 p.m. July 2.


Corvallis: After a cool cloudy weekend, we were beginning to wonder if summer would really arrive. This week should clear up those thoughts: highs all week should be in the mid-70s to low 80s, with plenty of sun and clouds mixed in. The weekend looks beautiful, pleasant and sunny.

Central Oregon: Central Oregon welcomes summer with open arms starting on the first official day today with sunny skies and temperatures right around 70 degrees. Stock up on sun block as more beautiful sunshine will grace our faces throughout the week with rays as warm as 80 and lows in the high 40’s.

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