OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 23, 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.

Trees in Western U.S. Forests Dying Due to Climate Change (Washington Post)
A new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and Oregon State University as well as other research institutes indicates tree deaths in the West’s old-growth forests have more than doubled in recent decades, likely from regional warming and related drought conditions.

Nightly News Anchor Sends Apologies to OSU (Barometer)
As President Obama took to the steps of the Capitol building during the Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday, NBC’s Nightly News anchor and managing editor Brian Williams confused Craig Robinson, OSU’s head basketball coach and Obama’s brother-in-law, with Reggie Love, Obama’s personal assistant.  Williams sent a heartfelt and deeply apologetic e-mail to The Daily Barometer and The Oregonian asking forgiveness for his error.

The coach who got a front row seat to history (The Press Democrat)
If Michelle Obama is the First Lady, then Craig Robinson is the First Brother-In-Law.
Let me explain. Robinson happens to be the basketball coach at Oregon State and he also happens to be Michelle Obama’s brother. In addition, he happened to be in Berkeley Thursday night where his Beavers played the Cal Bears.

Girl Scouts, 4-H stress conservation and sustainability (Oregonian)

Youth organizations like the Scouts were founded on instilling in children a respect for nature and care for their communities. Now, however, with worldwide attention on threatened species, threatened resources and the need for energy alternatives, those organizations are providing a wider array of experiences to young people, knowing they will be the ones affecting future change. “We want to go beyond simply educating kids about sustainability and green practices,” said Roger Rennekamp, head of the Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H youth development program. “We want young people to be advocates in their community.”


OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to start off the year with gourmet coffee and pastries. Join President Ed Ray and Beth Ray in celebration and conversation in the Memorial Union Lounge from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Linn-Benton Food Share.

At 1 p.m. today, the campus community is invited to attend the open forum presentation by Gustavo Martinez-Padilla for the CASA Director position in Memorial Union room 206.

A celebration of hip-hop and social justice takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU is undergoing its cyclical re-accreditation by the NCAA. Members of the university community and the public are invited to provide input as part of that process from 3:30 to 5 p.m.,  Jan. 26 in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

NEW! Lunch & Learn Forums: You are invited to take part in these noontime sessions with featured professionals from the OSU Counseling & Psychological Services. The schedule includes: “Racism in Communities of Color:  Self Reflection for the Ally,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jan. 29, Memorial Union, room 206. This presentation will include information on racial identity development, outcomes of racism including strengths and challenges, and insights for allies. Presenters include Dr. Marcey Bamba, psychologist & Dr. Carlos Taloya, psychologist. “Making Men,” 11:30 a.m, to 1 p.m., Feb. 16, Memorial Union, room 206. An interactive exploration of masculinity as a culture and discover the risks and rewards of participation therein. Presenters are Ross Artwohl, LCSW & Dr. Brett Vicario, psychologist. “Sugar and Spice, and Everything Nice” … On Becoming a Woman,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, March 20, Memorial Union, room 206. Learn about female gender identity development and the complicated interplay of societal forces on this process. Presenters are Dr. Michele Ribeiro, psychologist & Dr. Ayesha Nagra, psychologist.

Winston Wilkinson, outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, will speak at Oregon State University 7 p.m. Jan 29 in Milam Auditorium on campus. He will be speaking on the topic, “Social Justice: The State of the Union.”

The Enterprise Challenge is an opportunity for students to take an idea for a new product or service, build a business plan describing how they would take that idea to market, and present their business plan for review by successful entrepreneurs, executives and venture investors. The winning team will receive $10,000 toward realizing their plan with the second and third place teams receiving $5,000 and $2,500.  A matchmaking evening on Jan. 27 will help students looking for help with their idea and students looking for ideas to connect.
The business plans are due on March 16 and the finals will be held on April 17 at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information, contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu.

Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. Literature Review Workshop,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 3 and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Willamette East Seminar Rooms.
EndNote Workshop, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 12 and 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18, Autzen Classroom. Zotero workshops, 5 to 6 p.m., Feb. 16 in the Autzen Classroom. How to Keep Up Via Sharing and Snooping:  Social Bookmarking, RSS and Slideshare, 5 to 6 p.m., March 5, Autzen Classroom.
Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656
For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

You are invited to a retirement reception for Emilio Vejil, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Memorial Union Main Lounge. Cake and punch will be served.  Emilio has been a valued member of the OSU Community for more than 35 years. Please wish Emilio well in his many years of enjoying retirement!

Edmund Burke III, one of the nation’s leading historians of French colonialism, will deliver the Twenty-sixth Annual George and Dorothy Carson History Lecture at 7 p.m., Feb.  9, in the Construction and Engineering (C & E) Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. Entitled Extreme Ethnography: French Exploration and the Conquest of North Africa, the lecture is free and open to the public.

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

News for Employees

NEW! REMINDER: The nomination deadline for the 2009 Distinguished Professor award has been extended to Monday, Jan. 26. The award is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization.  For further information regarding the Distinguished Professor award and access to the nomination form, please visit the Provost’s Office website at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html

As part of Sexual Responsibility Week in March, the SEXapalooza team is in the process of designing a “Condom Art Competition” catering to the artistic expression of themes around safer sex practices and health.  This event is open to submissions from OSU students, faculty and staff, and competition packets are available now at Student Health Services in Room 310.

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Eric Englund Memorial Post-graduate Scholarship – Applicants must have completed at least one degree from OSU and must pursue graduate study in agricultural and resource economics or home economics. For a complete schedule of centralized graduate student financial support programs offered by the Graduate School for 2009-10, go to http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/2009-10%20Fellowship%20Table.pdf

The fourth annual OSU Career Makeover Wardrobe Event is back. Last year OSU staff and alumni donated high quality suits and separates that allowed hundreds of students to purchase professional clothing at low prices, from $15 for a suit to $5 for separates, and $1 for ties. This year’s event is happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Memorial Union ballroom, and organizers are asking that you bring gently used business-appropriate clothing items to the OSU Bookstore Beaver Fan Shop,121 S.W. Morrison #120, Portland, and OSU Career Services, 8 Kerr Administration. Donations are being accepted through early February and are tax deductible. Questions and employer site pickup arrangements can be directed to Wanda Crannell at 541-737-2999.

Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Enterprise Challenge. Have an idea for a new product or service? Pitch your idea to successful entrepreneurs, senior executives, venture advisors, and venture investors at The 2009 Enterprise Challenge.  Prizes range from $2,500 to $10,000. See NEC guidelines at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm. Deadline for submitting business plans is March 21. Looking for help with your idea or for a team to join? Connect with Fellow Entrepreneurs from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in Weatherford Hall’s Trysting Tree Conference Room. All students are welcome. For information email: mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or call 541-713-8044


Today should be partly cloudy with a high of around 50. Saturday will be a little cooler but still rather sunny. Showers and cold roll in Sunday, when the high is only expected to reach 41.

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