OSU Today

Friday, Juy 31, 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.

Least resistance (The Atlantic)
OSU English instructor Wayne Harrison’s short story. See an interview with him here.

OSU Researchers Look to Marine Life for Climate Clues (KEZI)
The age and condition of a tree can be studied looking at the rings on the inside of the plant, but now researchers at Oregon State University are taking that method a step further and applying to climate and sea animals.

Teen sweeps sheep meet (Capital Press)
This fall, Allison Boyce will be a freshman at Oregon State University, where she plans to prepare to be either a high school counselor or an English teacher. The winnings from her market lamb championships since she entered 4-H in the fourth grade will help pay for her first year of college. She recalled paying $100 for her first market lamb grand champion. It sold for $2,000.

Grant PUD to invest in nuclear power study
(Wenatchee World)

The Grant County PUD will contribute $25,000 to study building a new, small-scale nuclear energy plant at the existing Hanford nuclear site near Richland, Wash. The small plant’s technology was developed by a Corvallis company and tested by Oregon State University, Idaho National Lab and utility industry consultant Nexant-Bechtel.

Campus ministry leader dies (Gazette-Times)
Colleagues and friends of Susan Gifford, who served as campus minister at Oregon State University for more than 20 years, remembered her this week as a spiritual leader for the campus community and a welcoming presence to students and others.

OSU Extension advice on cover crops (Oregonian)

And now, our weekly garden guidance from the gurus at the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Valley wheat strongest in 15 years (Capital Press)

“I’m hearing yields in the 140 to 150 (bushels per acre) range in some fields,” said Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers. “I think people are pretty happy with the crop right now.”

Forecast predicts wildfire danger (Capital Press)
A new wildfire forecast based on climate models shows the risk of big fires eased for the Northwest in the past month, thanks to June rains, but increased a bit for California and the Southwest. The map produced by researchers for the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University shows a high potential for fires larger than 10,000 acres in Oregon’s Siskiyou Mountains, California’s Trinity Alps and western Sierras, eastern Arizona and western Texas.


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. Register at http://oregonstate.edu/training


Wheelchair with the Mayor takes place from 10 a.m. to noon as part of Ability Awareness Day at the Riverfront Fountain, First and Jackson Streets (by the Saturday Farmers Market). In this premier event, people will have the opportunity to ride loaner wheelchairs on a short course near the market, to heighten awareness of accessibility issues and resources. Information booths will offer information about various services. Presented by Access Benton County and Corvallis Parks and Recreation.

Upcoming Events

Registration for the “Where It’s At:” Beaver Community Fair on Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together more than 2,000 Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year.  Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:

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

News for Employees

The School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science is recruiting for an Office Manager/Assistant to the School Head. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position, reporting to the School Head. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004494. Posting closes Aug. 5.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Transit and Parking Services Administrative Office will be closed to front counter business every Friday for the month of August.  You may still contact us by phone from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Central Campus Memorial Lot (between Milam and Gilkey): Due to pavement maintenance and parking lot re-striping, the parking spaces in the above listed parking lot will be temporarily shutdown. During this time there will be brief access interruptions, signage will be posted in affected parking areas. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. today and should end by 2 p.m.

Bexell Hall: Due to repairs to the building hot water system, all domestic hot water services will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors throughout the building. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should be complete by 4:30 p.m.

Weniger Hall: Due to the replacement of an electrical transformer, all electrical services to Weniger Hall will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown is necessary to properly remove and replace a building transformer. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 1 and power should be restored by 11 p.m.

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.


Mid-valley residents are breathing a collective sigh of relief after yesterday’s much cooler temperatures. Highs should reach 85 today, with an overnight low of 58. Saturday temperatures will increase to 93, but by Sunday should go back down to 88. Brr!

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