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Monday, June 8, 2009

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.

The Top 10 Housing Markets for the Next 10 Years (US News & World Report)
Corvallis ranked fourth among national housing markets set to boom in next decade.

Graduate’s knowledge grows (Statesman Journal)
Sylvia Eckles, a 75-year-old Salem woman, will graduate from OSU on Saturday.

OSU cuts could cost more than they could save (Statesman Journal)
Oregon State University is being forced to plan big changes in its statewide public service programs that could cost Oregon more than the changes will save. Anticipated state budget cuts are forcing dramatic losses in OSU Extension, the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory that will be felt in communities across the state for years to come.

What’s it like when school is a family affair? (Bend Bulletin)
Marisa DeWolfe, 18, and her mom, Pam, 61, will graduate from Central Oregon Community College with their associate degrees Saturday. Marisa is the youngest graduate in COCC’s class of 2009, and her mother is the oldest. Next week they’re moving to Corvallis to attend Oregon State University.

Ore. family loses home to lightning strike (KTVZ)

Lightning struck a tree and then destroyed a single-story house belonging to the family of an Oregon State University official. (See also KMTR)

Biofuel boom goes bust (Oregonian)
“There are big questions about whether (biofuels) are really helping in terms of improving energy security and reducing fossil fuel use,” said William Jaeger, an Oregon State University economist who has studied biofuels. “Given all the deficit spending we’re doing, we should be even more conscious of what bang we’re getting for our buck.”

Boardman mulls dairy byproducts as energy source (News Tribune)

Anaerobic digester technology has been around for years, officials said, but the high cost has prohibited its widespread use on dairies. Oregon has two dairy digesters currently in operation, said Mike Gamroth, extension dairy specialist with Oregon State University. And there are at least seven more in the works, he said.

Quarter mile for Special Olympics (Gazette-Times)
OSU fraternities and sororities raised more than $1,100 for Special Olympics Oregon. The highest-earning house was the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, which collected more than $500. Members of the Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office ran the torch through Corvallis on Tuesday.

Reaching inside from the outside (Gazette-Times)

For a handful of Oregon State University students, the Oregon State Correctional Institute in Salem is their Tuesday evening classroom for an “Inside-Out” sociology class.

How many campuses are too many? (KGW)

“We had to find some money so that we wouldn’t cut OSU Cascades,” said state Sen. Margaret Carter, one of the chief budget writers. “But I am still asking the question: Can Oregon continue to afford eight systems of higher education?”

Baker County braces for more grasshoppers
(KGW)

A grasshopper infestation could be impossible to stop in Baker County if the weather stays warm and dry, says Cory Parsons, Oregon State University Extension agent for Baker County.

Today

June’s Science Pub Corvallis features a chilly subject for a hot month, “The Toughest Race on Earth: The Science Behind the Iditarod,” by Oregon State University animal researcher Erica McKenzie. The event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. at Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St., Corvallis. Arrive early for a seat and to order dinner.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The June 11 Faculty Senate agenda is posted online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/06.html . Items on the agenda include: presentation and discussion with PEBB and Providence representatives regarding the decision to contract health care with Providence; approval of College Level Promotion and Tenure recommendations; approval of Standing Rules revisions; and an update of activities from the Baccalaureate Core Ad Hoc Review Committee. The meeting will occur in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is June 9, noon – 1 p.m. at the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207.  Please reserve your spot by calling Kirsten at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com. (Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P.(CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federall insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value. Representatives are employed by OSU Federal Credit Union, and registered through CFS. OSU Federal is in partnership with CFS (Member FINRA/SIPC)

OPSRP Members – how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS offers complimentary brown bag workshops.  The next OPSRP opportunity is June 9, 11 a.m. – noon at the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Please reserve your spot by calling Kirsten at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com. (Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P.(CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federall insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value. Representatives are employed by OSU Federal Credit Union, and registered through CFS. OSU Federal is in partnership with CFS (Member FINRA/SIPC)

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/

News for Employees

NEW! The June 2 Faculty Senate Special Session focusing on budget issues can be viewed at http://oregonstate.edu/media/zsfkk

OSU commencement will be broadcast live on OPB-Plus (not OPB HD or OPB) on June 13  starting at 11 a.m. This change is due to the digital transition taking place on June 12. Commencement Ceremony channel line ups:  OVER-THE-AIR: Baker City: 13.3; Bend: 3.3; Corvallis: 7.3; Eugene: 28.3; La Grande: 13.3; Portland: 10.3 / ON CABLE: BendBroadband: 175; Comcast: 310; Clear Creek Telephone & TeleVision: 168; Crestview Cable Communications: 116; Verizon FiOS in Washington County: 470.

Recreational Sports (Dixon Recreation Center) summer membership and locker sales have begun. Check out the options for you and your family members - http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees. Invest in your health and wellness by visiting RecServices in Dixon Recreation Center, Monday through Fridays 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 541-737-3736.

Accountant I – College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting 0004258 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is June 9.

Traffic and Maintenance

Quarterly fire testing will take next week. Night testing will be done in the following buildings on June 17, 18 and 19: Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Magruder Hall, Plagemann Student Health, Valley Library. Day testing will be done in the following buildings on June 15 and June 16: Crop Science, Kidder Hal, Pharmacy. This will be a live test. Fire alarms, strobes, horns and bells will sound during testing. The testing will begin at 7 a.m. on June 15 and we anticipate concluding scheduled testing by 11 p.m. on June 19.

To accommodate project construction associated with the new Linus Pauling Science Center, the Sackett Hall parking lot (West of Nash Hall, on the corner of 30th & Campus Way), will be shutdown. The main entry to parking lot will remain open for public access. The parking spaces north of Sackett Hall, including the ADA spaces adjacent to the project site, will remain open for the duration of the project. The four ADA spaces within the construction site (NE corner of the parking lot) will be temporarily relocated to the West side of Cordley Hall. Due to construction there may be periods of increased traffic congestion in this area. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. June 15 and we anticipate reopening the parking area after project completion, during the summer of 2011.

To accommodate “Student Move Out Days” the roadway parking along Jefferson street (between 30th St and the driveway into Fairbanks Hall parking lot) will be temporarily shutdown. University Housing and Dining will be facilitating this event. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and parking should reopen by 9 p.m. June 12.

Weather

It should be sunny by the afternoon with a high of 75 today and an overnight low of 49. Scattered thunderstorms could make things interesting tomorrow, as highs reach 75 again.

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