OSU Today

Monday, Sept. 27, 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.

Study: Abortion doesn’t cause teen depression (Salon)

Marie Harvey, a public health professor at Oregon State University, which conducted the research with the University of California, San Francisco, said: “We have policies being made that are not evidence-based, and that have adverse consequences for women’s health.” (See also TIME, Washington Post, AOL News, UPI)

Oregon Food Stamp study shows middle class hurt (Oregonian)

A study of food stamps in Oregon shows the Great Recession spreading poverty into mom-and-dad households that had been part of the middle class. The study from Oregon State University researchers compares first-time food stamp users in the recession year 2009 and in 2005, a better year for the state’s economy. (See also KPTV, Columbian, Statesman Journal)

OSU’s growing pains (Gazette-Times)

OSU is expecting up to 24,000 students — yet another record year of enrollment and the continuance of a 10-year trend. And while OSU’s enrollment has grown slowly over its 142-year history, the pace has increased dramatically in the past three years. (See also Columbian)

Meeting higher ed’s challenge (Register-Guard)

A guest editorial by Sabah Randhawa.

Oregon universities open to record enrollments as they step up efforts to succeed (Oregonian)

Oregon State University, for example, is expanding its freshman orientation course, called U-Engage, to more than 30 sections and will test an early alert system to spot students when they start struggling.

Former OSU student government president focuses on education (Gazette-Times)

As president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University, Chris Van Drimmelen spent last year sitting in on meetings with administrators, learning how the Oregon State Legislature’s financial decisions impacted higher education and representing the nearly 22,000-student population, all while taking a full-time course load.

NOAA funds OSU, partners in climate consortium (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University announced Wednesday a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund a regional consortium for climate change research aimed at helping businesses and government officials make better decisions. (See also OPB and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Beavers go to extremes to prepare for Bronco matchup (KTVB Boise)

Oregon State University is taking the upcoming game against the Boise State Broncos very seriously. (See also Associated Press, KVAL, Gazette-Times, Athletic Business)

Researchers shoot for better, cheaper solar panels (Daily Journal of Commerce)

researchers from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University will rely on basic physics and a basic material, silicon, to create the next generation of efficient and inexpensive solar photovoltaic panels.

Volunteers tackle tough projects (Gazette-Times)

Kelly Shibley, a junior at Oregon State University, joined her co-op roommates from Azalea House for the United Way Day of Caring last year, where she volunteered to clean out storm drains on the outskirts of campus.

Oregon land use policy not working as planned (Daily Journal of Commerce)

A new study conducted by an Oregon State University geosciences professor has found that it’s still difficult to demonstrate that it has accomplished one of its primary goals – protecting agricultural lands and a thriving forest, farm and ranching industry.

Cool weather is bad news on grape vine (Medford Mail Tribune)

Southern Oregon harvests, on average, will lag behind last year by 10 to 14 days, said Phil Van Buskirk of Oregon State University’s Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center.


President Edward J. Ray invites the OSU Community to a reception welcoming Richard W. Spinrad, OSU’s new Vice President for Research on Monday, Sept. 27. The reception will be held in the Memorial Union, room 109 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street, Corvallis. We will have many items for personal or departmental use – computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), vehicles, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more. Staff are welcome to shop for their departments on weekdays at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition will be hosting a Candidate Forum next week.  This forum will be an opportunity for you to hear first hand from the people who hope to serve in local and state legislative offices.  It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Corvallis Country Club, 1850 S.W. Whiteside Dr. OSU students and faculty can pay the chamber member price of $15, which includes lunch. For questions please contact Erin Wiedeman at 541-757-1506.

NEW! Outreach & Engagement is one of the University’s core missions. We will celebrate the mission of outreach and engagement, and what it means to OSU as an institution and to you the faculty and staff who make this important mission a reality. Hear about proactive collaboration with partners within and outside of OSU. Through the words of our president Ed Ray, the insights of engaged scholar Lorilee Sandmann from the University of Georgia, and examples of OSU faculty who are successful engagement practitioners, catch the vision and spirit of outreach and engagement. The event takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. To RSVP call Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Associated Students of OSU invite you to the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Human Services Resource Center, a service center that provides temporary and emergency assistance to students affected by poverty. Oct. 19, 5 pm, Opening Speech; 5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting and Open House. 149 Snell Hall. Questions: Asosu.Pres@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Abraham Haim, Faculty Dean, The Israeli Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Chronobiology, University of Haifa, will speak on “Light at night (LAN) – is it a source of pollution?” at 2 p.m., Oct. 6 in 4001 ALS. Organisms inhabiting our planet are adapted to daily and seasonal changes of light intensity and wavelength. A dramatic global change in regards to our environmental temporal variables took place some 140 years ago, with the invention of the incandesce lamp, thus causing a new phenomenon light at night (LAN).

NEW! James Curleigh, president and CEO of KEEN Inc., will discuss how to succeed in business for the 21st century in a free public lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Curleigh’s talk, “Born This Century,” is sponsored by OSU’s College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis. For more information see http://business.oregonstate.edu/about/ddls

The first lecture in the 2010–11 Horning Lecture Series, “The Historical Sciences,” will be given by noted paleontologist Paul Sereno. Having discovered more than two dozen new species of dinosaurs on five continents, Sereno has been called a modern-day Indiana Jones. He began his career as an artist, which explains his uncanny ability to see buried fossils, resurrect their skeletons, and walk into their world. Sereno’s talk will explore his paleontology as an exciting blend of art, history, and science wrapped in adventure. His lecture takes place Monday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.

Student Health Services is offering flu shots for OSU students, faculty and staff on Oct. 4, at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
· Students: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charged to your OSU student account. Bring your OSU ID card.
· Graduate Students with PacificSource Insurance: $15 for injectable vaccine – Charge will be billed directly to PacificSource. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.
· Faculty/Staff: $26 for injectable vaccine – If covered by the PEBB Statewide Insurance Plan (Providence), the fee will be billed directly to insurance. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card. If not covered by PEBB, faculty/staff may also pay on site by cash or check.
FluMist nasal vaccine will also be available at this special MU clinic for healthy individuals up to age 49 (cost: $24 students; $29 faculty/staff), while supplies last. Shots will be given on a “first come, first served” basis until the vaccine supply is gone. Please wear clothing that allows easy access to your arm in order to expedite the vaccinations.

Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., Marcus Borg, Biblical and Jesus scholar, renowned author, lecturer and former professor at Oregon State University, will give the inaugural lecture at First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Monroe St. in the John and Nancy Dennis Community Center and Fellowship Hall, “Christian and American: Then and Now.” The event is free and open to the public. There will be copies of many of his books available for purchase or for signing, including his first novel, “Putting Away Childish Things” (2010).

OSU Libraries’ Library Faculty Association Presents: A Library Needs Assessment of Ecampus Faculty and Students, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, Valley Library, Oregon State University, Corvallis campus. The Oregon State University Libraries Library Faculty Association(LFA) invites all interested colleagues and friends to attend the first of our Seminar Series for 2010/2011. Stefanie Buck, Ecampus Librarian, will present the results of a needs assessment of Ecampus students and instructors conducted this past spring and designed to help us better understand the library needs of this small, but rapidly growing, community of users.

News for Employees

NEW! The following proposals were approved by the OUS Provost Council on Sep. 9: New degree: Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Academic Unit: Nutrition and Exercise Sciences/College of Health and Human Sciences. Effective Fall 2010. Contact: Anthony Wilcox (CIP # 31.053)
New Instructional Program: Masters of Natural Resources, Academic Unit: Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, College of Forestry. Effective Fall 2010. Contact: Brenda McComb, (CIP #: 03.0201).
Please take appropriate action to update your records to reflect these changes and distribute this information to staff within your unit.  For more information contact Sarah Williams at 541-737-9560.

NEW! Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards.  Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets.  Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card account.

Central Web Services and Web Communications, in partnership with Disability Access Services, are pleased to announce the release of version 1.1.0 of the OSU homepage. This new version features videos and other multimedia elements associated with feature stories, all enjoyable directly from the homepage. Read all about the new version.

Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

Fall Term Staff Fee Privilege Deadlines Approaching. Staff Fee Forms are now being processed by your Business Center. To view contact information for your Business Center, please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/stafffee.html. Deadline information is located at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/benefits/deadlines.html.


The OSU Foundation is seeking an OSU Student to fill the position of Student-Web Developer.  The Student Web Developer will assist in creating, maintaining, and enhancing web communication for the OSU Foundation.  This is an opportunity for students to learn new skills and gain experience for future web development, graphic design, and communication work. Interested OSU Students can review a full job description and how to apply instructions at http://osufoundation.org/employment.

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Post Award Administration, Oregon State University, F/T, $3922-$5733/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0006287. Closing Date: Oct.7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Revenue Agent II – Student Debt Management, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2390-3405/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #:0006308. Closing Date: Oct. 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T. To review posting and apply, go to
http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting 0006230. Closing date Sept. 27.

The Associated Students of Oregon State University (The ASOSU) are hiring for a Human Services Resource Coordinator position. The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is a student-initiated, student-sustained program that provides programs, education, and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty. To apply go to jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57248 Closing date is Oct. 4.

The International Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Associate Provost. It is anticipated that this will be a two year appointment, with the possibility of a longer term appointment. The Associate Provost for International Programs (APIP) plays a key role in developing and implementing programs that further the university’s internationalization efforts and advance international education programs across the campus. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date is Sept. 30. For details go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Posting # 0006147.

Oregon State University Extended Campus is seeking to fill the position of Enrollment Analyst (Research Analyst 4). The primary focus of this position is to develop qualitative and quantitative research designs to analyze data and trends in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicate results of analyses. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining information systems that provide accurate and reliable information to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop student success strategies for Extended Campus programs. For review of full position announcement or to apply, go to http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57106

Regional Network Director. The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks for the Oregon State Alumni Association. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position reports to the Associate Executive Director of Programs. See position description at www.osualum.com/jobs Position open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation, with offices in Corvallis, Oregon and Portland, Oregon, has a position opening for Assistant/Associate Director of Development for Oregon State University’s College of Business. The position location could be in Portland or Corvallis, depending on qualifications of the finalist. Job title and compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the finalist. For more information see http://osufoundation.org/employment.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Research Analyst to join the Advancement Services team. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Research, Discovery and Relationship Management, this position provides support to major gift fundraising activities of the Foundation and the University by compiling and analyzing comprehensive background information on individuals and organizations for use in advancing prospective donors’ relationships with the institution. For a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking permits: To obtain a Payroll Deduction Form and Parking Permit Application, please visit our website: http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html. The following information is required to purchase an OSU Parking Pass:  OSU I.D.,  license plate number, car color, make and model of the car, Parking Permit Application/Payroll Deduction Form (see above link). Transit and Parking Services is located at 606 S.W. 15th St, Adams Hall. Hours of operation: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. , Monday through Friday

Key Shop: Please be informed that the Facilities Services Key Shop hours for over the counter key transactions will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Key Shop is located at 572 S.W. 15th St.


Corvallis: Welcome back to school! A big, bright waning moon greeted us this morning, quickly followed by blue skies and sunshine. We’ll see a high of 82 today. For those of you facing a classroom full of new students today, check out this video for a little bit of advice.

Central Oregon: Fall term welcomes us back with surprisingly sunny skies and a high near 85 degrees! It should stay hot well into the afternoon so if that case of the Mondays doesn’t drain you, go out and get something done in the sun. Tonight should also feel just right with a low around 53 and a serene breeze coming in from the north.  Perhaps it will be a great night for stargazing in Central Oregon.

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