OSU Today

Thursday, January 29, 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.

Build it, and they will come (Economist)
Universities are turning increasingly to private partners to help them solve these twin problems: the increasing recruitment of foreign students by other countries, and the need to offer suitable tuition for non-standard foreign learners while keeping home students happy. Since signing up UEA in 2006, INTO has made deals with four other British universities (and Oregon State University, its first partner outside Britain).

Robinson’s the right man in the right spot (Statesman Journal)
Want to stop losing? Hire Craig Robinson. Oregon State’s first-year men’s basketball coach had a front-row seat at the inauguration of brother-in-law Barack Obama, and now he is front and center at what is becoming one of the surprise stories in college basketball.

New NOAA leader a win for all sailors

A member of Sailors for the Sea’s advisory board – that not-for-profit organisation that attempts to protect and restore oceans and coastal waters – Dr Jane Lubchenco has just been announced as the new head that very influential body, and will be the first woman to head the organisation if confirmed by the US Senate

Forest Grove mulls ways to strengthen community bonds (Forest Grove News-Times)
There are other ways to bring neighborhoods together, according to Weston Miller. A horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, Miller energized the crowd with a presentation on community gardens. He said neighborhood garden plots serve a variety of purposes.


Lunch & Learn Forums: “Racism in Communities of Color:  Self Reflection for the Ally,” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, room 206. This presentation will include information on racial identity development, outcomes of racism including strengths and challenges, and insights for allies. Presenters include Dr. Marcey Bamba, psychologist and Dr. Carlos Taloya, psychologist.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues with the Double Reed Divas; a woodwind trio from the Oregon Chamber Players (OCP) of Portland. The free, 45-minute, public concert begins at noon in the lounge of the OSU Memorial Union. This unique ensemble features the talents of Victoria Racz, Dagny Rask Regan, and Ann van Bever, three professional musicians who all play oboe and English horn in a colorful kaleidoscope of musically diverse repertoire. van Bever also plays oboe d’amore, and Regan doubles on bassoon.

Martin Tobias, a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in technology and clean energy solutions, will speak at a free public lecture titled “Building a Green Business: Lessons and Opportunities” hosted by the Oregon State University College of Business Austin Entrepreneurship Program at noon in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center.

The OSU department of philosophy’s Ideas Matter 2009 series, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, presents “Humanitarian Intervention and Human Rights—A Dialogue,” by David Reidy, University of Tennessee and Michael Blake, Department of Philosophy and the Evans School of Public Policy, University of Washington, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium. For more information, see http://ideasmatter2009.wordpress.com/

Winston Wilkinson, outgoing director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights, will speak at Oregon State University 7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium on campus. He will be speaking on the topic, “Social Justice: The State of the Union.”

Upcoming Events

NEW! The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is showcasing a new exhibit, Sustaining the Spirit of Oregon’s Bounty: Our Fish Story. It features art from more than 30 Northwest artists. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Light appetizers will be provided by OSU Catering and wine by the glass will be available for purchase. The exhibit runs through March 10. An accompanying exhibit, Striking Renderings of Oregon’s Rivers, Mountains and Valleys by Susan Rudisill, will be displayed in the Murdock Gallery. For information call 541-737-2402 or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells

PEBB has worked with the insurance companies so that employees can enroll in Weight Watchers for free. Employees can join either a local group, an on-line group, or OSU’s at-work group. We will have our open house meeting on Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Student Health Center room 322. The weigh in is 1/2 hour prior to the meeting start time. Anyone is welcome to register and listen in on the meeting. We encourage all PEBB members to have their access codes in hand when they arrive at the Open House. They can get those codes by calling 1-800-826-9813. The first meeting of the 13-week series will begin on March 3.

On Feb. 5, Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, will host several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming (http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/events.html) , a nationwide dialogue between students, community members and decision makers around climate change policy.  Events begin at 10 a.m. in Albany and feature Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, David Van’t Hof, Sustainability Advisory to Governor Kulongoski and Dan Whelan, Field Representative and District Aide to Congressman Peter DeFazio. An afternoon session will bring together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, email brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

A Middle Eastern Valentine, a fundraiser dinner to support the OSU GeoClub’s upcoming field trip to Israel and Palestine, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb 14 at the Corvallis Senior Center. The event includes traditional Middle Eastern fare served buffet style, traditional music, a poetry reading by Shady Athamneh, a talk on water conflicts and geopolitics in the region by OSU’s Aaron Wolf, and a silent auction. Cocktail attire is preferred. Childcare is provided. Admission is $75, and RSVPs must be made by Feb. 6 by contacting Lauren Parker at geodinner@gmail.com

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

News for Employees

NEW! Campus Recycling is looking for your responses to our Question of the Quarter, “What was your reduce-reuse-recycle resolution this New Year’s?” If you didn’t make one, it’s not too late! Answer by Feb. 6 and your response may be featured on our website or in an upcoming newsletter. Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm

Costco has issued a warning to anyone who bought Austin or Keebler branded peanut butter sandwich crackers between July 1, 2008 and Jan. 12, 2009. The products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. If you or your department has purchased these products, they should not be consumed, but should be taken back to Costco for a full refund. For more information, see http://www.keebler.com.

The Israel and Palestine Film Series is a timely film series that spotlights Israeli and Palestinian culture, history, politics and art. Members of the OSU Geo Club and the Hydrophiles will travel to Israel and Palestine this spring. In an effort to create a forum for learning and discussion, they have put together this series of contemporary award-winning films and documentaries on Mondays nights in Owen 103 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

International Programs invites applications for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs. The Associate Provost is appointed by, and reports to, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784.  Closing date: Feb. 27.

Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities, has begun and we need your help reaching #1 by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard during the competition, which runs through March 28. Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/.

Finance and Administration is seeking applicants for the position of Human Resources Manager in the Arts and Sciences Business Center.  For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003794.  Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 13.  OSU is an AA/EO employer.

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to extensive repairs to the building R.O. system, all R.O. water services to Magruder Hall will be shutdown between 7:30 a.m. and noon, today. This will affect all rooms on all floors.

Due to construction associated with the new Student Success Center, the first seven interior parking spaces directly south of the parking structure on the east side of the parking lot will be temporarily closed.  This shutdown is necessary to accommodate constructions crews and technicians drilling for geo-technical information. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 1 p.m.

Due to additional floor work required to properly seal the restroom floors in Kearney Hall, all restrooms on all floors will be temporarily shutdown. This shutdown is necessary for contractors to apply a non-toxic sealant to all the restroom floors. The shutdown will start at 5 p.m. on Jan. 30 and we anticipate reopening the restrooms by 12 a.m. Jan. 31.


Today should be partly cloudy with a high of 49. Friday looks to be more of the same.

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