OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 25, 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 University exceeds  fund raising goal of $625 million a year early (Oregonian)

Oregon State University has exceeded the goal it set three years ago to raise $625 million by 2011 and is now setting its sights on raising $850 million by 2013, President Ed Ray announced. (See also the Columbian, Portland Business Journal, My Central Oregon, Gazette-Times)

Shooting stars (Central Oregon Magazine)

Becky Johnson has only lived in Central Oregon for 19 months, but she might be the region’s most important resident when it comes to Bend’s hopes for its own university.

Serious burns may deplete Vitamin E (UPI)

Researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis, the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, say there were surprised by the levels of vitamin E depletion in the fat tissue of eight young third-degree burn victims.

University acceptance (Gazette-Times)

“I was still coming to terms with what that meant to me,” said Bidiman, a 22-year-old senior at Oregon State University. “My first response was: Really? This is still happening? I didn’t want to believe it.”

OSU hosts ‘Innovators Night’ (Statesman Journal)

Innovation comes in many forms: life-saving robots, microbial fuel cells, carbonated fruit, plant-based lubricants and adhesives, and clothing that adjusts to your lifestyle. These are among the ideas that are fueling start-up companies in Oregon and will be featured at Willamette Innovators Night on Nov. 11 at at Oregon State University.

OSU dedicates rowing shell to ’65 grad (Gazette-Times)

The Oregon State University men’s rowing team dedicated a new boat in honor of Willard Keen on Saturday.

Sea Grant, State Parks collaborate on iPhone guide to newest park (TMC)

Oregon State University has announced that a new iPhone application will give visitors an inside look at Oregon’s newest state park, the Beaver Creek State Natural Area south of Newport.

Interior secretary Salazar to lead forestry discussion (News-Review)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will travel to Roseburg on Monday to discuss the future of forest policy in western Oregon.Salazar will be joined by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson and 22 other people representing the timber industry, conservation groups and tribes. The group will also include forestry professors Norm Johnson from Oregon State University and Jerry Franklin from the University of Washington.

Pharmaceutical waste ‘affecting European water quality’ (Environmental Technology)

Earlier this month, researchers from Oregon State University raised concerns that the poor water quality off the Gulf of Mexico following the oil spill earlier this year could be causing a heightened cancer risk.

Today

Author and activist Trevor Griffey will speak at Oregon State University on“The Labor Politics of the Black Power Movement: Urban Redevelopment and the Politics of Community Control in the 1960s,” at 4 p.m., in Memorial Union Room 208. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/history/trevor-griffey-lecture

Upcoming Events

NEW! The 2010 OSU Women’s Network (OWN) Fall Social will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28 in the MU room 213, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join us for delicious food, great conversations & exciting door prizes. All are welcome. For information about the event or about OWN, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The OSUsed Store is having a Fall Sale Wednesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 29, noon to 4 p.m. daily, at 644 SW 13th St. Clearance prices that will fall each day: 30 percent off Wednesday, 40 percent off Thursday, and 50 percent off Friday. Check your department mail, the Oct. 27 edition of local newspapers, and our front desk for a coupon for an additional 10 percent off. Sale prices apply storewide with the exception of spot bid and online sale items; spot bids open Wednesday at noon and close Friday at 2 p.m. Departments may shop Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as usual, but sale prices will only be offered during the listed Fall Sale hours. For more information, please view the event flyer or visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Oregon is all about volunteers: more than one-third of Oregonians volunteer in their communities. At the Oct. 28 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Beth Fox, director of Linn-Benton RSVP and the Volunteer Center, will share opportunities that abound in Linn and Benton counties. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, nick.houtman@oregonstate.edu.

Humans versus Zombies, a student-led activity, will be taking place through Oct. 31 (with the exception of the Homecoming Bonfire and on Oct. 30), on the grounds of campus. This outdoor-only tag game features teams of students as humans and zombies, all wearing either green or pink armbands with the letters HVZ on them, many carrying brightly-colored Nerf toy blasters. Any student or staff member with concerns should contact Becky Wooldridge at 503-931-9120 or call Campus Security’s non-emergency number, 541-737-3010. Students participating in the event are also asked to stop what they are doing if a campus community member requests them to do so. For more information, email hvsz@gmail.com.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic “Are There Many Paths to God?” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus. The speakers are two theologians, Todd Miles and Frodo Okulam. The debate is free and open to the public. It will explore two schools of religious thought – exclusivists, who argue for a single approach to God, and pluralists, who maintain that all paths to God are of equal value. The speakers will offer divergent points of view.

Author and climate change scholar James Fleming will speak on “Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control,” on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oregon State University. The presentation will be at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union, Room 109, on the OSU campus, and is free and open to the public. Fleming will examine the long and dubious history of rainmakers, rain fakers, weather warriors, and climate engineers, connecting what he calls a tragicomic history with current public policy discussions about global warming and “fixing the sky.”

John Felstiner, award-winning author, translator and scholar, will give a free, public talk in Corvallis based on his latest book, “Can Poetry Save the Earth? A Field Guide to Nature Poems,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Corvallis Arts Center (700 S.W. Madison Ave.). His talk is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.

PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 Members in Newport – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next Tier 1 & Tier 2 opportunity is Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to noon at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the Guin Library Seminar Room. Please reserve your spot by calling (541) 714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com.

OPSRP Members in Newport – how does OPSRP work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS* offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next OPSRP opportunity is Oct. 27, noon to 1 p.m., at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in the Guin Library Seminar Room. Please reserve your spot by calling (541) 714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion or Polk County. To learn more about OSU Federal, Your Community Credit Union, call 800-732-0173 or visit www.osufederal.com.

The OSU Archives is honoring Oregon Archives Month with food, historic films, and cheer on Oct. 27 and 29. Recipes featured in Extension publications and other archival sources will be available for sampling on Oct. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Willamette East room in the Valley Library. You can peruse the recipes online here http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/jspui/index.jsp. Films from the Archives’ collections will be shown on Oct. 29 in the Archives Reference Room starting at 9 a.m. For more details, list of the cinematic selections are posted as a PDF on our Oregon Archives Month website, http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2010OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

The Professional Faculty Leadership Association (PFLA) is offering a professional development opportunity: “Influencing Organizational Change – The Lean Leader Method,” facilitated by Charles Saunders. Gain a workable understanding of Continuous Systematic Improvement (CSI) that you can implement and develop in your area of responsibility. It takes place Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Club Level of Reser Stadium. A buffet lunch is provided. Registration required by Oct. 29. $15 PFLA members, $25 non-PFLA members.

Seminars

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

NEW! The Graduate School invites nominees for Internship opportunities in the Oregon Legislature’s Committee Services Office during the 2011 legislative session.  The deadline is Nov. 15. For complete details see:  OSU Graduate Legislative Internship Opportunity

NEW! The 2011 MLK. Jr. planning committee for this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration (Jan. 10-19, 2011) welcomes your nominations for the Phyllis S. Lee Award and the Frances Dancy Hooks Award. The Frances Dancy Hooks Award recognizes students, staff or faculty who exemplify Frances Dancy Hooks’ work: building bridges across cultures, showing courage in promoting diversity, and proudly “Walks the Talk.” The Phyllis S. Lee Award honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards will be presented at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 17, 2011. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/affact/phyllis-s-lee-award and http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/sites/default/files/osu-today/hooks.pdf

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

Help OSU beat the Ducks by participating in the PAC 10 Fitness Challenge: Oct. 25 – 29. Register for the challenge online today at http://www.pac10challenge.org/. Open to all beaver fans! Participants get a t-shirt and the opportunity to win daily prizes. All you have to do is register as a Beaver and log your physical activity minutes for the week. Along with the challenge there will be free events to help get you active, http://oregonstate.edu/recsports. For questions contact Andrea Coryell, 541-737-4883.

The OSU Division of Outreach and Engagement recognizes outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement through the presentation of the Vice Provost Awards for Excellence. Awards will include $1,000 provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index and a commemorative plaque presented at the OSU Outreach & Engagement Strategic Conference, Nov. 19. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter from the nominator to the Vice Provost, demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions in the following categories and providing specific examples: Service, Strategic Impact, Program Support, Innovation, Diversity. Nomination letters must be received by Friday, Nov. 1. For information: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/awards-for-excellence

You should have received your ballots by now. If you are registered to vote in Oregon, and have not yet received your ballot, contact your local county elections office. In Benton County: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/. To contact other county elections offices: http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/other.info/clerk.htm . To verify that you are registered to vote: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do . If you have received your ballot, there is an official ballot box in the Valley Library on the OSU Campus. Here is a link to locations in Benton County where you can drop your ballot off: http://www.co.benton.or.us/admin/elections/dropsites.php . If you reside in another county the county elections link above will help you find ballot boxes elsewhere in Oregon. In order to be counted, ballots must be received by a county elections office or deposited in an official ballot box by 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Jobs

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a .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 #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

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 today.

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.

Traffic and maintenance

15th Street: Due to the City of Corvallis Public Works replacing sewer lateral on the east side of Adams Hall.  15th Street, between Washington Way and A Street will be temporarily closed.  City crews will have traffic control, signage, and detour routes in place. This shutdown is necessary to replace part of the sewer system. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 25 and should end by 5 p.m.

Weather

Corvallis: Well it’s goodbye blue sky this week as dark, rainy weather dominates. Showers, thunderstorms and downpours are all the norm this week. Today’s high will reach 57 with an overnight low of 42. A safety reminder: When raking up all those leaves the rain has brought down, keep them out of the bike path! Bike commuters will thank you.

Central Oregon: There’s a pretty good chance we’ll be seeing some showers today and they might be coming in all directions as wind gusts are expected to reach 34 miles per hour. Pack an umbrella and throw on your windbreaker and a heavy undershirt to prepare for cool temperatures close to 50 degrees today and a blistering 31 overnight.

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