OSU Today

Thursday, July 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.

SWAT team practices at Reser Stadium (Gazette-Times)
In a few weeks, Oregon State University’s football team will be going through drills at Reser Stadium, but on Tuesday, the facility hosted a much different sort of practice.

Oregon Ag Research Foundation Grants $400,000 for Farm Research (Western Farmer-Stockman)
Grants totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded by the Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon to 33 new projects. The grants provide seed funding to help Oregon State University scientists launch new research projects and attract additional funding from other sources, says Dorothy Beaton, foundation executive director.

A few races likely worth a few million (Bend Bulletin)
Students from Oregon State University’s Tourism and Commercial Recreation Management program are studying the races’ economic impact and will present their findings in late August.

Tires from trees? It’s possible, says university (KEZI)
Car owners may one day drive around on tires that are partly made out of trees, according to researchers at Oregon State University.

Wolves to the Rescue in Scotland (Science NOW)
Scientists headed by Adrian Manning of the Australian National University in Canberra have been studying the effects of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park in the northwestern United States, which occurred in the 1990s. The purpose was “mostly to get the wolves back as native species,” says William Ripple, a professor of forest ecosystems and society at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Pick a field of dandelions and turn weeds to wine (Register Guard)

Nostalgic notions aside, the dandelion is a wild edible and should be collected with some caution, according to Susan Busler, a faculty member with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Eugene.

Today

College of Forestry Computing Workshop: Introductory MS Office 2007, 10 a.m. to noon, Room 203 Richardson Hall, with instructor Kathy Howell. An overview of the common interface changes in Office 2007 – transitional tools and tips for navigating what’s new, customizing the interface, and covering the changes in all the applications (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word). Please register:  http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=129 or contact Jerry Mohr (jerry.mohr@oregonstate.edu)

PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 members: How does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops on the topic. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. at the MU in the Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve your spot by calling 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products offered through CUSO Financial Services L.P. (CFS) are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed, and may lose value.

Upcoming Events

A Taste of Culture, 11 a.m. to noon July 27 in the MU Quad. Come learn about each Cultural Center’s unique role on campus and enjoy delicious snacks and beverages with the Cultural and Resource Centers.  Sponsored by the Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Cesar Chavez Centro Cultural, Native American Longhouse, Pride Center, Women’s Center and SOL: The LGBT Multi-Cultural Support Network. For questions or disability accommodations contact the office of Diversity Development at 737-6341

International Women’s Coffee Hour, 4 p.m. July 24, OSU Women’s Center. Come for coffee and a discussion.

The following free Drupal workshops are being offered this month (register at http://oregonstate.edu/training):
July 24, Drupal 6 Formatting  Blocks: 1:30 pm in Room 5420 Valley Library.
July 27, Drupal 6 Basics Workshop: 10:30 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. Focuses on basic elements of using the Drupal 6 Content  Management System (CMS). This workshop is slow-paced, interactive, and  geared toward beginning Drupal users.
July 29, Drupal 6 Basics  Workshop: 1:30 p.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. Focuses on basic elements of using the Drupal 6 Content  Management System (CMS).  This workshop is slow-paced, interactive, and  geared toward beginning Drupal users.
July 30, Drupal 6 Content Types: 10 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. Learn about all of the different content types available in Drupal 6. This workshop is slow-paced, interactive, and geared for the beginning Drupal user.
July 31, Drupal 6 Site Structures: 10 a.m. in Room 5420 Valley Library. Learn about the different site structures that  can help provide order and optimization to your Drupal 6 site. This workshop is geared for the intermediate Drupal user. Drupal  6 Exploring OSU Themes: 1:30 p.m in Room 5420 Valley  Library Learn  how to change and configure themes on your Drupal 6 site with a focus on using  the OSU Grey and OSU Orange themes.  This workshop is geared for the intermediate Drupal user.

Oregon State’s fifth annual Football Workshop for Women is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 15 at the Valley Football Center and Reser Stadium. The increasingly popular event is an exciting opportunity for women to gain more understanding of the sport. This year’s Workshop for Women will be hosted by the OSU football coaching and support staff.  Participants will be involved in on-field instruction, including defensive and offensive drills. Participants must be at least 18-years-old to attend.  Sports attire and athletic shoes are required. If you’d like to receive a registration form please email sports.marketing@oregonstate.edu.

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

News for Employees

Facilities Services is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 2. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Aug. 4.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is seeking internal applicants for an Office Specialist 2 position. To apply for this posting please go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and look for posting 0004482. The closing date for OSU applicants is July 31.

INTO Oregon State University is in need of home stay hosts to host one or two Japanese students from Toyo University for a three-night home stay Aug. 28-31.  Students stay with area hosts in order to practice speaking English, to learn more about American culture and to make new friends.  Home stay hosts may host one or two students.  INTO OSU pays a $20 per night stipend per student to help with hosting. For more information call 541-737-6981 or email Candace.pierson-charlton@oregonstate.edu

The Office of Community and Diversity is seeking participants for an Ethics of Diversity class, taught by Lani Roberts M-Th, 10 a.m to noon, Aug. 3-Aug. 27.  This class is being offered to all OSU faculty and staff, free of charge, as a follow-up to the “This is My OSU: A Destination of Choice ” diversity essay contest. Seating is limited, so please contact Corrine Gerig by July 24 at (541) 737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu to register. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

Traffic and Maintenance

Ralph Miller Lane: Due to the exterior renovation project at Gill Coliseum, parking spaces along Ralph Miller Lane will be temporarily shutdown. This area will be fenced off to accommodate large equipment.  The shutdown is necessary to coat the south side of Gill Coliseum. The shutdown should end by Aug 10.

Weather

Again with those morning clouds, but they’ll burn off just like yesterday. Highs will reach 82 with an overnight low of 54. Friday will be sunnier with a high of 87, and by Sunday, you’ll be looking back on today’s temperatures as an almost chilly memory.

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