OSU Today

July 12-16, 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.

Oregon scientists make sticky tape from vegetable oil (USA Today)

A professor of wood science and engineering in Oregon State University who won the 2007 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the Environmental Protection Agency has now come up with a vegetable-based, pressure-sensitive glue that is environmentally benign, cheap and doesn’t require petrochemicals. (See also OPB, Seattle Times, Sustainable Business Oregon, Register-Guard)

Oregon State Board of Higher Ed seeks more freedom and power for OUS (Oregonian)

Oregon university leaders will ask the next governor and Legislature to change the Oregon University System from a state agency to a more independent structure, similar to a statewide community college district.

World Cup showcases Oregon grass seed (Oregonian)

“As the economy went into recession, grass seed followed that market slump,” said Mark Mellbye, a professor at Oregon State University and head of the extension service for Linn County. Sales fell from $508.7 million in 2008 to $319.7 million in 2009, according to OSU data.

Oregon universities brace for record fall enrollments (Oregonian)

While the recession continues to deliver high unemployment, budget cuts and economic uncertainty, it also keeps filling Oregon colleges and universities with an unprecedented flood of students.

German conductor, friend of OSU music department, dies unexpectedly (LIFE@OSU)

Tobias Hiller, music director at the University of Tuebingen, Germany and a close associate of the Oregon State University music department, was killed last weekend in an accident in Germany.

American university heads visit Israel (JTA)

The 13 presidents, including the heads of Cornell University, the University of Miami, California Polytechnic State University, the University of South Carolina, Oregon State University and San Jose State University, were in Israel July 5-11 under the auspices of Project Interchange.

How to lead the nation in sustainable built environment innovation (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Johanna Brickman is Program Manager of the Sustainable Built Environment Program at Oregon BEST, talks about the work of BEST.

Let’s go ride bikes (ESPN)

Scott Rowley recently received his bachelor’s degree in international business and entrepreneurship from Oregon State University.

Pushing their limits for a cause (LIFE@OSU)

Two Oregon State women will be participating in the longest bike ride they’ve ever made at the end of the month, and raising money and awareness for a good cause at the same time.

OSU Bard in Quad transports ‘Macbeth’ to 1920s New Orleans (KVAL)

Bard in the Quad, Oregon State University’s popular outdoor summer Shakespeare program, returns for its fifth season with “Macbeth.” One of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies, “Macbeth” will run Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Memorial Union quad.

Noxious weeds pose threat to Montana farmers (KFBB)

Noxious weeds can take over an entire farm destroying crops and leaving farmers with nothing. A recent survey by Oregon State University analyzed what problems farmers face and how to help farmers overcome those problems.

Youngsters cluck it up at camp (Capital Press)

Kelly and Ginger Becker, of Corvallis, began an encore week of chicken camp July 5. Chicken camp was a day camp project the sisters started last year as a way to make some summer cash and expose their friends to the world of livestock — a world they’ve been immersed in since a young age. “This year, we hung up fliers at the OSU Extension office and made announcements at school,” Ginger Becker, 11, said. After also recruiting from their church, the end result was about 10 campers for the week.

Vertical gardens bring beauty to buildings (Oregonian)

Last year Yates and Nick Bezzerides, a local permaculture designer, applied to Metro for funding to start the work. They asked Weston Miller, the OSU Extension Service’s urban horticulture specialist, to coordinate the development of the garden.

Members sad about final Lane County 4-H youth fair (KEZI)

Oregon State University’s Lane County Extension Service’s 4-H program is just a few years short of hitting its 100 birthday.


This month’s Science Pub Corvallis will focus on technology that could spur the growth of solar energy. Terri Fiez, head of Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will discuss the global need for renewable energy and advances in photovoltaic technologies. Her presentation, “Solar Energy’s Bright Future,” will begin at 6 p.m. July 12 in the Old World Deli, 341 S.W. Second St. in Corvallis.


OSUsed Store is open  offering you a chance to buy great used equipment. Special features include: desks, chairs, computers, lab equipment, and more. Items are sold in a garage sale format with no advanced preview. Located at 644 SW 13th St.. If you have questions call 541-737-7347 or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu.

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 July 12 musical performers are Molly’s Revenge.


All classified employees are invited to attend the July General Meeting July 15, noon to 1 p.m, MU-213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa.  We will be discussing the resolutions to be voted on at Augusts’ General Council Meeting. The resolutions are available on the SEIU 503 Member page for review. As always other discussion issues are welcome.

News for Employees

NEW! Bard in the Quad, Oregon State University’s popular outdoor summer Shakespeare program, returns for its fifth season with “Macbeth.” One of Shakespeare’s bloodiest tragedies, “Macbeth” will run Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the Memorial Union quad. Tickets prices are $14 general admission, $10 students/seniors, $7 for OSU students and are available online at www.bardinthequad.org or through the OSU Theatre box office  at 541-737-2784.

NEW! Web Communications and OSU Internal Communications is looking for two staff and two faculty members to volunteer to provide input on the OSU faculty and staff web page. We’ll need approximately two hours of your time during the last week of July to answer some questions and help us organize the information that is most useful and utilized by OSU faculty and staff. We’ll provide lunch. To volunteer and arrange a time for the exercise, email us at osutoday@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting Letters of Intent for the National Science Foundation – Materials Research Centers and Teams (MRCT) 2010 program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mrct.htm.  Complete NSF – MRCT guidelines may be accessed at:
http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2010/nsf10568/nsf10568.htm. Letters of Intent submission deadline to the Research Office is July 26 and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2010-11 release for Winter term 2011 or Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Aug. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu


NEW! INTO Oregon State University is recruiting for an Admissions/Finance Processor for International Admissions. The Admissions/Finance Processor works with the INTO OSU Finance team to complete the financial portion of the student admission process. This includes producing a financial statement with the offer of admissions letter, and assisting the finance team with invoices. Must have experience with Microsoft Excel at an intermediate or advanced level. Initially, this position will require 20 – 30 hours of work per week, but could work into a full-time position in the future, based on enrollment. Beginning salary range is $11 to $13 per hour based on education and experience. Insurance benefits are paid out to regular full-time employees working 35 hours or more per week. Position closes July 22. For additional information contact Rhonda Maillard at 541-737-8899 or rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu

The OSU Alumni Association is seeking an administrative assistant to manage office and administrative functions for the associate director for operations and board relations. For position description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs. Position open until filled.

The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an energetic, independent sponsorship and ad sales professional with lots of initiative to get our newly re-energized programs up and running. For full description, please see www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled, apply by July 23 for full consideration.

Oregon State University Business and Engineering Business Center is recruiting for an Accounting Technician. Full-time, 1.0 FTE, classified position. For further information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/, posting #0005883. Close date is July 15. OSU is an AAEOE.

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. 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Due to a boring operation under the railroad tracks for the INTO project, eight parking spaces at the southwest end of the parking lot east of Goss Stadium will be temporarily shut down.  This area is to be free of all vehicles. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. July 12 and will end by 6 p.m. July 16.

The following parking lot and road closures will take place July 16-18 due to da Vinci Days events.
July 16:
All day – Campus Way parking lot between 14th and 11th
Noon to 11 p.m. — 11th St between Monroe Ave. and Jackson Ave. and Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
From 4:30 to 8 p.m. (for Electrathon Race) —
Jefferson Avenue – 15th Street to 26th Street (closing access to the Central Campus Metered lot & Education Hall lot)
14th/15th Street- Monroe Avenue to Washington Avenue (closing access to Kerr Admin & 15th lot, Shops Area lot, Washington Avenue lots will be accessible from 11th Street)
Campus Way- Waldo Place to 15th Street (closing access to the Pioneer Place lots)
Washington Way- 15th Street to 17th Street (closing access to Benton Place lot east of Coleman Field & Waldo lot between Waldo Hall & Snell Hall & parking on Armoire Lane)
Benton Place-Washington Way to Jefferson Way – (closing access to Benton Place & Kerr Admin and Jefferson lot)
Waldo Place – Closed from Jefferson Way to Campus Way (closing access to Valley Library loading dock)
July 17:
6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Reser Stadium Parking Lot closed for Electrathon Race
All day — Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
July 18:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — 11th Street – Monroe Ave. to Jefferson Ave.
Campus Way – 11th Street to 15th Street
Madison Avenue – 11th Street – 7th Street Closed
Due to road closures, please plan accordingly when leaving the campus on July 16. More information about 2010 daVinci Days activities and program details can be found at www.davinci-days.org

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 through Aug. 30. Be advised to use extreme caution when traveling in both directions of Campus Way and near Nash Hall.


Corvallis: “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.” So said Jane Austen, and she might as well have been speaking about last week. Lucky for us, we won’t be nearly as scorched this week, but we’ll still have plenty of sunshine as highs reach a much more tolerable 81 for most of the week, which will make life a lot more civilized.

Central Oregon: Forecast for this week: Sunshine with hardly a cloud in sight!  Temperatures will range from approximately 75 to 90 degrees with the warmest day expected on Wednesday or Thursday. If you’re thinking about floating the Deschutes , don’t forget the sun block and proper transportation. Be safe and have a great week!

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