OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 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.

Among new MacArthur ‘Geniuses:’ OSU Marine Biologist (All Things Considered)

According to the MacArthur Foundation, Kelly Benoit-Bird, an associate professor of biological oceanography at Oregon State University, “uses sophisticated acoustic engineering techniques to explore the previously invisible behavior of ocean creatures at scales ranging from swarms distributed over many cubic kilometers to individual predators.” (See also Mother Jones, Popular Science, KGW and KPTV)

Nearly one in seven Oregonians now lives in poverty (OPB)

Researcher Suzanne Porter, with Oregon State University, found that more two-partner households and full-time workers are now having problems.

The next one? (Stuff.co.nz)

International earthquake expert Robert Yeats, professor emeritus in geoscience at Oregon State University – “call me Bob” – has heard it all before.

Modern-day Indiana Jones and dinosaur discoverer comes to OSU (LIFE@OSU)

Noted paleontologist Paul Sereno will kick off the 2010-11 Horning Lecture Series at Oregon State University, exploring “The Historical Sciences,” on Monday, Oct. 4.

Special freshmen classes feature Harry Potter, Avatar (LIFE@OSU)

At Oregon State University, freshmen have an opportunity to take special courses designed to help them get oriented to campus – using themes that include pop culture and social media.

Older motorcyclists riding, dying on Oregon highways (Oregonian)

But the bikes they climb onto are bigger and more powerful, says Steve Garets, director of Team Oregon, based at Oregon State University. Thirty years ago, bikes were so unstable they transmitted fear to riders, forcing them to take more care.

Sorority begins year with traditional visit to blind friend (Gazette-Times)

Women of the Delta Gamma sorority at Oregon State University took a break from move-in cleaning and recruitment meetings last Thursday afternoon to make a trip to Professor Charles Warnath’s house.


The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale on today from noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St., 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

The Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition is hosting a Candidate Forum. 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. today 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.

Auditions for the West Coast premiere of “The Coming of Rain” by Richard Marius will be held today and Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. on the main stage in Withycombe. Auditions are open to all. For more information contact the director Charlotte Headrick at 541-737-4918 or cheadrick@oregonstate.edu

Upcoming Events

NEW! The 2010 elections could mark another sea change in Oregon politics. Bill Lunch, chair of the OSU Dept. of Political Science and long-time Oregon Public Broadcasting commentator, will discuss trends and interesting races at this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club. All are welcome noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 30 in the MU, room 109. Lunch for non-members is $10. To save a seat, contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Marilyn Safir, professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, will be speaking on “Calling the Equality Bluff: Women in Israel – Achievements and Challenges” on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in MU 109B. Her talk is sponsored by Women Studies and is free and open to the public. Please encourage your students to attend.

Two prominent diversity advocates will appear in the first installment of this year’s MUPC Speaker Series. On Oct. 1, OSU 1980 Alum Mark Szollar, Advertising Director of Diversity, Recruitment and Sports Marketing for the New York Times, will be joined in the Memorial Union by Douglas C. Freeman, CEO of Virtcom Consulting and founder of the World Diversity Leadership Summit in Prague. A reception with food provided by OSU Student Affairs will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the lecture, “The Positive Impact of Diversity & Inclusion on the U.S Economy & Your Career” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

The OSU Government Relations Office will host a brown bag forum on Federal Funding Trends for 2010-2011 on Friday, Oct. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union 213, Pan-Afrikan Sankofa. The event will feature a representative from the office of U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio.

University Chorale All-Comer’s Choir begins Thursday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m., in Benton Hall Room 204. Rehearsals take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The concert takes place Friday, Dec. 3, noon at First United Methodist Church. Staff, faculty and community members can participate for a $15 charge. OSU Students can register for credit. All levels of singing experience are welcome.

An International Youth Piano Recital takes place Sunday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The event is free. Performers featured are award-winning pianists Lu Jia Tang, age 12, and Ke Ru Zhang, 15, both of China.

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

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. 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Welcome to the September 2010 issue of The Source .  This paperless issue is full of interesting news and stories about the people and programs of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Noon Prayer for OSU Faculty and Staff: please bring your lunch and join Chris Anderson, Deacon and Professor of English, every Monday at 12:10, in the Newman Center Chapel on Monroe Street, for noon prayer. Quiet. Informal. Takes about 20 minutes. A way to center yourself in the center of the day. All are welcome, of whatever faith or variety of doubt. Come anytime. Drop in and drop out. No pressure. Every Monday of the academic year. For more information, contact Chris at canderson@oregonstate.edu.

Training and Professional Development invites you to view our fall schedule of trainings for employees and faculty! Please visit website at http://oregonstate.edu/training, select “course listing” and category “Professional and Organizational Effectiveness” to see what’s available and to register online.

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.


The OSU Vice President for Research invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position in the Research Office. Duties include but are not limited to: managing the VP’s calendar and travel arrangements, drafting and preparing correspondence, reports, documents, and PowerPoint presentations that will receive broad distribution, and other duties within the office. The Executive Assistant will oversee office staff and students. For details see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0006326.  For full consideration, apply by Oct. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Alumni Association is looking for an Administrative Program Specialist. The specialist supports the program and events team in carrying out the mission and strategic plan of the alumni association. This position also coordinates the data necessary to plan, track, analyze and report on the events and programs. This position reports to the associate executive director of programs. For position description, please click here. Position open until filled.

The OSU Alumni Association is looking for a Regional Network Director 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.
For position description, please click here. Position open until filled.

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.

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.

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.

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


Corvallis: Last night the moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas, but the clouds have parted today to reveal yet another sunny day. The high will reach 84. 

Central Oregon: With the sun glaring down from a clear blue sky and a high around 82 degrees, I can’t wait to fit in a late afternoon round at one of the many beautiful golf courses Central Oregon has to offer; twilight rates do apply.  Another perfect night with a low near 50 degrees will lead us into at least a few more days of sun.

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