OSU Today

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 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.

Eugene vs Corvallis (Via Magazine)

They both perch on the same muscular river in the vast golden sprawl of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Both are college towns absorbed by thrilling football. Both are tucked into deep forests, awash in winter rain, and famous for dense coffee, terrific ale, and gleaming fleets of bicycles.

OSU matching gift program debuts (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University’s matching gift program has received its first qualifying donations. The gifts come from two families that have donated a combined $3 million to OSU.

Winners of Oregon’s Excellence in Family Business Awards (Oregonian)

VanNatta Public Relations of Salem, Old Dominion Collision Repair Centers of Eugene, Lum’s Auto Center of Warrenton, and Henningsen Cold Storage of Hillsboro are this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Family Business Awards, presented by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. (See also Statesman Journal)

Pep rally in the Square (LIFE@OSU)

A rousing pep rally featuring the OSU Marching Band, Benny Beaver and the OSU dancers drew a big crowd at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland on Friday. A crowd of nearly 500 stopped to enjoy the performance.


Today is Day 3 of Open Access Week!  OSU Libraries celebrates with these events today: Visit our Traveling Open Access Table at the COAS Administration Building Lobby from 2 to 4 p.m..  Talk with a librarian and COAS publications staff about the ScholarsArchive@OSU and any questions you may have about open access and how it affects you. Short videos on open access topics will be playing in The Valley Library  foyer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about Open Access and the full listing of daily OSU events can be found at:  http://bit.ly/aYPunx

Don’t miss the workshop “5 Conversational Themes for Enhancing Communication” presented by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for today from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop is based on the idea that thoughtful questioning can generate dialogue that brings about meaningful answers, thereby enhancing the quality of community and ownership. No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1352 to register.

Student Health Services is having another Flu Shot Clinic for OSU students, faculty and staff today at the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details on pricing and insurance coverage, go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Love Your Body Day takes place today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MU Quad. Join the Women’s Center staff on the Quad and share what you love about your body. There will be crafts and a poster for students to share what they love about their own bodies and information about size acceptance, body image issues, and ways to improve your confidence about your body.

The class “Having the Sex We Want” is being offered at 7 p.m., tonight in the Women’s Center. The class goes beyond simple definitions and anatomy lessons to get at the heart of how sexual satisfaction is found–through knowing yourself, knowing your partner(s), and knowing you have the right to have the sex you want.

Mark Manary, professor of pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine, speaks at 7 p.m. tonight at the LaSells Stewart Center as part of the 2010/2011 Food for Thought Series. Manary developed a highly effective therapy for severe malnutrition that evolved into the non-profit organization Project Peanut Butter. Manary will discuss the urgent food needs in Africa and how biotechnology is being used to help crops.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Join OSU’s premiere concert band, directed by Christopher Chapman, in a concert featuring the great marches and operettas of John Phillips Sousa at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 21 in LaSells Stewart Center. You will hear “The Thunderer,” The Last Days of Pompeii,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” Don’t miss the greatest march of all time and a special rendition of the OSU Alma Mater performed by the OSU Wind Ensemble with the 270 member OSU Marching Band. The evening will also include a silent auction to benefit the Wind Ensemble’s spring concert tour to Japan. Tickets are $10 each, available at Gracewinds Music and at the door. OSU faculty, staff and students are admitted free with an OSU ID.

NEW! Music a la Carte takes place Friday at noon in the Memorial Union lounge. This week’s performers are Larry Tyrrell on shakuhachi, and Anton Emery on guitar.

NEW! VanNatta Public Relations, Inc., Old Dominion Collision Repair Centers, Ltd., Lum’s Auto Center, and Henningsen Cold Storage Co. are this year’s winners of the 2010 Excellence in Family Business Awards, presented by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. The Oregon companies will receive the award, along with recognition for seven finalists, at a ceremony to be held 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers. The awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment and community involvement. Hilton Portland is located at 921 SW Sixth Ave., Portland. Tickets: $80 per adult and $20 per child 3 – 10 years of age. Make your reservations online http://www.familybusinessonline.org or call 1-800-859-7609 by Nov. 5.

NEW! The latest developments in OSU’s nuclear energy research program will be featured this weekend (Oct. 23-24) on Green Science Oregon, a new environmental science TV program. The program airs Sunday at 5 p.m. on Fox 34 & KEVU 23 Eugene, Corvallis, Springfield, Coos Bay.

NEW! Edward Curtis, Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts and professor of religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will speak at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m., Nov. 18, on “Why Muslims matter to U.S. History.” Anti-Muslim prejudice is nothing new to America. It is an historical mirror thorugh which we can see American ideologies of social injustice both now and in the past.  Examining how non-Muslims have viewed Muslim Americans, and how Muslims have responded, uncovers the centers of political power and cultural authority in the United States since the 1800s.

Jose-Antonio Orosco with the department of philosophy will speak on “U.S. Immigration Law and the Persistence of Racism” on Thursday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 206. Discussion will focus on the history of racism within US immigration law and how that legacy continues to affect attempts at comprehensive immigration reform.

With more than $275 million in grants and contracts in FY10, OSU researchers are developing new energy systems, health-care innovations and knowledge of the environment. Rick Spinrad, vice president for research, will discuss OSU’s growing research enterprise at the Oct. 21 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, in the MU, room 109. Non-members pay $10 for lunch and can reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 by Oct. 19.

The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) will be holding their Fall 2010 General Membership Meeting on Friday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Senior Center on the corner of 26th and Tyler. This member-only meeting is a chance to hear what CGE has been working on and get free dinner and drinks while doing so. For question, contact CGE at unite@cge6069.org or 541-757-7141.

The annual “Magic Barrel” event for hunger relief will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, in the Corvallis High School Theater. Some of Oregon’s finest authors will share their works in a benefit for Linn-Benton Food Share to help relieve hunger in the mid-Willamette Valley. The line-up features several local writers with freshly published books, including novelist and Oregon State University Distinguished Professor of English Tracy Daugherty, (“One Day the Wind Changed”), and poets Jennifer Richter (“Threshold”) and Charles Goodrich (“Going to Seed”).

The Clark Meat Center on campus is now open on Fridays from 1 to 5:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of quality meat products produced on campus by students. Featured products include pork rib chops, bacon and beef jerky. The center is located to the west of the Motor Pool offices.


NEW! Brian Majka, a restoration ecologist with the New Native Plant Nursery, will speak on “Turn-Key Restoration Project Model: From conception to completion,” on Oct. 26 as part of the Fall 2010 Horticulture departmental seminars. The seminars take place in the Ag & Life Sciences Building Room 4000 at 4 p.m.

News for Employees

Yes it’s that time of the year when the leaves are falling, the frost is sparkling on the pumpkins, and Finance and Administration offers the much anticipated annual Training Days. Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. Now in its 11th year, this two-day event at LaSells Stewart Center continues to grow and expand yet is still free due to the generosity of our sponsor – Finance and Administration. With the assistance of the Faculty Senate we have incorporated several sessions this year focused on faculty interests. This year Training Days will be held on Nov. 16-17 and registration is open: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

How to tell “diamonds” from “pearls”: Barbara M. Reed, who’s a plant physiologist with our ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Ore., has teamed up with Oregon State University colleagues Sugae Wada and Hiro Nonogaki to produce a 22-page guide that will help fruit processors, bakers, jam producers and blackberry connoisseurs tell whether they’re savoring the blackberry cultivar “Black Diamond” or perhaps “Black Pearl,” “Obsidian,” or some other luscious beauty. http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/noi/101015.htm

The Oregon State University Libraries is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period. These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 1. See http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/travelgrant.html for more information. Direct questions to Jennifer Nutefall, Associate University Librarian for Innovative User Services at 737-8527 or jennifer.nutefall@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

Oct. 18-22, TAPS is going to reward parkers for following the rules. The officers at TAPS will be giving Happy Tickets to parkers doing the right thing. If you receive a Happy Ticket follow the directions on the ticket and bring it to the TAPS office for a free gift and chance to win a yearlong parking permit. Get caught doing the right thing!


The Office of Human Resources at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Employee Benefits Analyst. Full-time, 12-month fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting # 0006429. Closing date: Oct. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.

Academic Affairs invites applications for a part-time 0.25 FTE, 9-month, fixed-term Acting Director for Difference Power Discrimination position. This is an Internal Search, and is open to tenured OSU faculty members only. The Difference Power and Discrimination Program (DPD) works to create a more inclusive curriculum that addresses issues of race, class, gender, sexual identity, and other institutionalized systems of inequality. For details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting 0006412. Closing date Oct. 22.

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006414. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant for Gift Planning. Located in the Portland Center office and reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning, this position provides administrative support to the Assistant Vice President and to the Gift Planning staff. To view a complete job description and how to apply instructions go to http://campaignforosu.org/employment/

Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $3922-$5733/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #: 0006390 Closing Date: Oct. 25. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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. 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 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.


Corvallis: The campus is turning all sorts of shades of red, yellow and orange this month, but today in particular you may see an unexpected burst of purple, as some members of campus wear the color to honor those who have died recently after falling victim to bullying. The sun will be out again in full force this afternoon, warming the place up to a comfortable 65. Tonight’s low will be 35 with clear skies.

Central Oregon: There might not be a cloud in the sky today as temperatures should get as high as 72 degrees! Tonight will still be chilly but should only get down to around 36. With rain showers on the way, don’t hesitate to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” –  Nathaniel Hawthorne

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