OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 1, 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 State’s Fiesta Bowl Team defies stereotypes 10 years later (Oregonian)

Sun Devil Stadium crackled with excitement on the night of Jan. 1, 2001, as Oregon State trounced Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. A year earlier OSU had escaped the mire of 28 consecutive losing seasons, and thousands of euphoric, orange-clad fans reveled in the Beavers’ sudden, sublime excellence.

Brian Doyle: Northwest Passages (OPB Think Out Loud)

Mink River is Brian Doyle’s first work of fiction (and the first novel ever to be published by Oregon State University Press).

Researchers find carcinogens in Gulf (Huffington Post)

Scientists testing the waters near Louisiana have found an alarmingly high increase in carcinogenic substances, according to a report from Oregon State University.

Barrow Tribal College adds new president (The Artic Sounder)

The Ilisagvik College Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Brooke Gondara as its next president, effective January 1, 2011. Gondara earned her doctorate in 2005, in Education with an emphasis in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. According to Ilisagvik’s release, she is the first Cheyenne woman to ever earn an academic doctorate.

NOAA sponsored scientists first to map off-shore San Andreas fault (NOAA)

The team includes scientists from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon State University, the California Seafloor Mapping Program, the U.S. Geological Survey and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

OSU gets fiber-optic temperature sensor (KEZI)

A new fiber-optic instrument designed for remote temperature sensing is now in use at Oregon State University.

Author of controversial ‘Manifesto’ to give talk at OSU (Gazette-Times)

David Shields, author of the controversial new book “Reality Hunger,” will read from that work on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Oregon State University Valley Library’s main rotunda.

Qatar looks to Oregon for sustainability expertise (Sustainable Oregon)

Oregon State University, with its agricultural and engineering prowess, is well positioned. OSU’s dean of engineering, Ron Adams, visited Qatar along with a delegation of Oregonians in May and has talked at length about how the university can be involved.

Student loan default rate drops at Oregon universities (Oregonian)

The proportion of students who defaulted on their loans ranged from 1.6 percent at Oregon State University to 6.1 percent at Eastern Oregon University.

Travel bug leads to humanitarian project for OSU man (LIFE@OSU)

Steve Smith has had the travel bug for a very long time, but it was the inspirational words of travel writer and television personality Rick Steves that really got him on the path to world travel.


Two prominent diversity advocates will appear in the first installment of this year’s MUPC Speaker Series. 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. 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.

Today the OSU Memorial Union Quad will host the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” from noon to 4 p.m.

First Friday Lunch is planned today at the University Motor Pool in Corvallis. They’re grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and sides to feed the first 100 and probably more! All the food for this casual event provided by the staff and generous donors so bring a friend and drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

The OSU Government Relations Office will host a brown bag forum on Federal Funding Trends for 2010-2011 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.


Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center is presenting the anual Vistas and Vineyards Art Exhibit. The artist reception for this show is open to the public, and everyone is encourage to attend. It takes place Sunday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Complimentary light hor d’oeuvres and wine served by Valley Catering. The exhibit runs Oct. 2-29.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Check out the Fall workshops for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you learn how to identify financial support (graduate students only), get started on lit reviews, organize your references, and understand the new APA citation style.  The Fall 2010 workshops begin on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and continue through Wednesday, Nov. 17.  Register today and find out more information about the following workshops:  http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656. Questions? Contact Hannah Gascho Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Oregon State University’s Austin Entrepreneurship Program is launching the “Building Your Killer Business Plan” series, designed to help budding entrepreneurs take an innovative idea and craft a business plan to develop it. The first event in the series is a networking night that will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Weatherford Hall Room D107 (the Trysting Tree Conference Room) on the OSU campus. This is an introductory event to build teams and meet others with business ideas. Students will also gain experience to support their ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, OSU’s business plan competition which will be held in April, 2011. RSVP to Mary McKillop, mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu, 541-713-8044

NEW! Open Enrollment Help Sessions – First Open Enrollment Help Session is Tuesday, Oct. 5.  Help Sessions are drop-in sessions for employees to get individual assistance from the Employee Benefits staff.  Computers are available on site to help you make changes to your elections and complete the Mandatory medical and dental enrollment.  For a complete listing of the dates and times, visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Employee Benefits Fair – Oct. 12, 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m., MU Ballroom.  Meet with Health and Retirement providers and get all of your questions answered.  Representatives from Providence, ODS, Willamette Dental, VSP, ASIFlex, Standard Insurance, UNUM, EAP-Cascades Centers, PERS, OSGP, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Social Security, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance, Dixon Recreation, Faculty Fitness, Healthy Campus Initiative, Public Safety and more will be there.  For more information visit the OHR website at:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Medicare workshop – Oct. 12, noon to 2 p.m., MU Room 208. Do you have Medicare or do you help a family member with Medicare issues?  Learn the ABCs & Ds of Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans.  Workshop provided by the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA).  More information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Short-term and long-term disability workshops  – Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 to noon, MU Room 208.  Learn how the short-term and long-term disability policies work, including waiting periods, process, etc. Presented by Standard Insurance. For more information visit OHR website at:  http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

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. 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. Shots will be given on a “first come, first served” basis until the vaccine supply is gone.

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.

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

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 Professor Kathleen Dean Moore will be speaking and giving a reading from the new book “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril,” on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

News for Employees

NEW! The latest developments in Oregon State University’s wave energy research program will be featured in a new environmental science TV program this weekend. Green Science Oregon will take viewers from OSU’s Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility, where prototypes are designed and tested, to Oregon Ironworks, which is building power-generating buoys for ocean deployment. Green Science Oregon airs in:
Portland (DTV Channel 8.2, Comcast 308 and Frontier 461 on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.)
Eugene and Corvallis (KSLR Fox 34 and KEVU 23 on Sundays at 5 p.m.)
Salem (KWVT, DTV channel 17.1, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.)
The Dalles (CGN7 at 7 and 10 p.m. Wednesdays)
The program will be available next week on at www.greenscienceoregon.com

NEW! Notice to benefit eligible employees – PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2011 is mandatory for selecting a 2011 medical and dental plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans.  If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2011 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-ONLY tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2011.  Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections.  For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

NEW! The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for Winter and/or Spring Term(s) 2010-11. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Nov. 1. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at:  http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

There is a new contact point for accessing campus IT/computing expertise and resources for short term needs and special projects. Available resources could range from system administration and hosting, to documentation and training, web design, and programming. The Clearinghouse for Campus IT Insourcing can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/itinsource. The intent of the site is to encourage and support campus collaborations and to keep IT dollars on campus for projects that might otherwise have been outsourced. Insourcing your IT project keeps the dollars here, stabilizes IT staff employment, brings long term continuity across projects, and allows your project to draw on expertise already familiar with the local IT contacts, tools, and environment.


The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for the position of Associate Director for Strategic Communications.  Reporting to the Foundation’s Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, this position collaborates closely with University partners in Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Athletics to achieve the institution’s goal for Integrated Marketing Communications.  To view attributes of the ideal candidate and a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. We are especially seeking applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas of scholarship: curriculum development, workforce education, history and philosophy of higher education, educational policy, leadership and administration, multiculturalism and diversity, organizational development, legal issues, and finance. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

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 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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Transit Services: Transit and Parking Services wishes to thank everyone for purchasing  their parking permits.  The great response has caused  a sizable backlog and TAPS will not be able to get all of the requests processed before the Sept. 30 expiration date. As a result, TAPS will be honoring last year’s permit through Oct. 8. Anyone wishing to purchase their permits through payroll deduction will need to have their request to TAPS no later than noon, Oct. 5.

Oak Creek: Due to electrical work, the inner parking lot at the Oak Creek Bldg will be temporarily closed. This shutdown is necessary for PP&L to set up a 50 foot power pool and attach a 480 volt transformer bank. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 4 and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 5.


Corvallis: Welcome to October! Yesterday’s heat has dissipated, leaving us with a lovely high of 79 today. If you can, go to the MU Quad today by 12:30 p.m. Enjoy your lunch outdoors and you might have a special surprise in store. Don’t be late or you’ll miss out.

Central Oregon: October is full of great spectacles: Halloween, MLB playoffs, beautiful leaves, and in today’s case; 85 degree heat! Be sure you get yourself downtown to the Art Hop for First Friday.  After tomorrow look for temperatures to begin getting a little more familiar for fall in Bend as possible showers come storming in.

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