OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

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.

OSU gathering community input on possible renaming of buildings (Gazette-Times)

“This isn’t about revising history or hiding history or taking something away,” Scott Vignos, director of strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity, told the group. “It’s about revealing history. It’s about learning about our past and drawing lessons from that past.” (see also KATU)

 The real ghost in the machine (Chatham Press)

A piece by Martin Erwig is Professor of Computer Science at Oregon State University and author of the book ‘Once Upon an Algorithm: How Stories Explain Computing.’

14 ways vitamin D can boost your health (Independent)

At Oregon State University, a study that monitored the health of 185 female students found a relationship between low levels of vitamin D and depression. Many of the women who took part in the study were found to have low vitamin D levels. And a third of the women experienced “clinically significant” depressive symptoms during the course of the study.

Inside the most exclusive high powered rocketry event in America (Motherboard)

“We might be digging a hole to get at this thing, man,” Joshua Allen told me as we barreled across Nevada’s Black Rock Desert in the back of a covered pickup truck. Allen and his peers from Oregon State University had just launched their homemade rocket at Big A** Load Lifting Suckers, an annual gathering of rocketeers that showcases the most powerful amateur rockets in the US.

Going nuts for solar energy (Pamplin Media)

George, who came from a family of hazelnut farmers, founded the business out of his dorm room at Oregon State University, along with his younger brother, Shaun.

Critters crossed the ocean after the earthquake (Jefferson Public Radio)

These questions are explored in a recent report by scientists at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University.

Northwest country fan recounts escape from Nevada shooting (OPB)

Barden, 36, grew up in Prineville, Oregon, and graduated from Oregon State University in 2006. She now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is among a handful of Pacific Northwest residents and people with local ties who have posted messages to Facebook reassuring friends and family that they survived the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Cut through the jargon with this guide to gardening terms (Oregonian)

Like what’s a cover crop or cold composting? What’s a hardiness zone? And what, for goodness sake, is an open-pollinated plant? Let’s find out. A handful of Oregon State University Extension Service experts step up with definitions. Here we go.


Tuesday Teaching Talks: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some, or all. On Oct. 3, we will explore various approaches for effectively planning and reflecting on lessons. If available, please bring samples of your current lesson plans. This 90-minute workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by! Learn more here. Contact us here.

”Let’s Talk” Meeting for Classified Staff Working in Business Centers: We will talk about how to positively impact the new audit in a collaborative way, and any other classified issues. Tuesday Oct. 3, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.. Willamette East – 3rd Floor Valley Library. Lunch served, please drop by on your break! For more information contact SEIU campus organizer Siobhan Burke at burkes@seiu503.org.

NEW! ElderCare Connections Kick-Off: Learn about the upcoming calendar and provide input on additional topics of discussion. ElderCare Connections is montly, lunch hour, informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support the ones you love and yourself. FREE refreshments and dessert at the kick-off meeting! Tuesday, Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. in MU 222. For more information contact familyresources@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4906.

Workshop on Faculty Political Engagement: This is an interactive workshop and discussion session on how OSU Faculty can engage in legislative advocacy at the state and federal level. The goal of this event is to provide OSU Faculty with a better understanding of how they can participate effectively in Salem and Washington D.C., both as individual faculty members and on behalf of the University. Tuesday, Oct. 3, noon – 1:30 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Sept. 29. RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/70n5IKwqIfNIi8Ho2. Streaming: http://senate.oregonstate.edu/ Questions/Concerns: 737-4514 or claire.mcmorris@oregonstate.edu

Apply now for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects – $20,000 each – to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. at the 4th floor of The Valley Library, Kelley Conference Room. Applications are due Nov. 1. For more info, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, MaryEllen.DelloStritto@oregonstate.edu.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Global Opportunities Fair: Interested in study abroad opportunities? Students studying “Out There” starts at the Global Opportunities Fair! On Thursday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Experience Center Plaza, students can learn more about the 100+ study and internship abroad programs in 70+ countries available through OSU. Hosted by the Office of Global Opportunities, this fair will feature information about the places and programs around the globe that are practical, affordable and possible for OSU students!

NEW! Queer History Month BBQ: Thursday, Oct. 5 from 4-6 p.m. at the Pride Center. Kick off Queer History Month at the Pride Center’s BBQ social! There will be free grilled food with vegan and gluten free options. Enjoy food and mingling, tour the center, play lawn games or board games, and more! Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to help out with BBQ food prep – sign up here. To request accommodations related to a disability, please email Pride.Center@oregonstate.edu or call (541) 737-9161.

NEW! OSU Disability Network. Join a group of OSU community members interested in discussing Disability Studies teaching and research, in general, and the development of a DS curriculum at OSU, in particular.  Our first event of the term will be a film screening of Deej. OSU student, autistic self-advocates will participate in a discussion after the film. Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. Milam 319. This event is free and open to the public. *Please note this event is fragrance free.

Faculty Staff Prayer Group: If you teach or work at OSU you are invited to join Deacon and Professor Chris Anderson and others in the Faculty Staff Prayer Group, every Wednesday at noon in the chapel at the Newman Center on Monroe.  It’s quiet.  It’s informal.  We simply sit in a circle and reflect together on the Sunday gospel as a way of centering and strengthening us in our work at the university.  So please come and join us.  You are very welcome.  For more information, email  deaconcanderson@gmail.com.     Sponsored by the OSU Newman Center and Newman Club.

Charlene Alexander Welcome Reception: A reception welcoming Charlene Alexander, new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer with the Office of Institutional Diversity, will be held from 3 – 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in the Student Experience Center (SEC 112). All members of OSU and the broader community are invited to enjoy desserts, beverages, and to meet Charlene. For more information or questions, please contact University Events events@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4717.

New Faculty Orientation: The Research Office will host a half day New Faculty Orientation event on Nov. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room that will introduce you to critical information, resources, and services to empower your research and outreach efforts. Vice President for Research, Cindy Sagers, will introduce the event and a panel discussion with distinguished research faculty will follow at 2:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. Registerhttps://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fO8QesQpYl2KfX For questions contact Jane Cigarran at jane.cigarran@oregonstate.edu

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! WRGP Fall Seminar Series. John Loomis, Professor of Economics, Colorado State University, will present “Economic Valuation of River Restoration: Methods and Analysis of the Valuation Literature on Wednesday Oct. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen Hall 103. Free and open to the public. Flyer.

NEW! Living on the Land – Land Stewardship Planning, Soils & Water Resources:  Learn the basics of planning for natural resource management, including soil health and water rights. The first in a five class workshop series for small acreage landowners and those new to managing land. Thursday, Oct.  5, 6 p.m., – 8 p.m..  Walterville Grange 39259 Camp Creek Road, Springfield. $10/Class, $30 for series or $35 for 2 Farm Partners.  Registration Required

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: Attention STEM students and faculty! OMSI will be giving a presentation & answering questions about their science communication program. Student participation fulfills Broader Impact and outreach goals for OSU grant-funded research. Bring your lunch and join us on Oct. 4 from noon – 1 p.m. in LPSC 402 to learn more + demo presentations from current fellows! Contact amanda.polley@oregonstate.edu with questions.

OSU Supplier Showcase, Event and Travel Planner Expo: The OSU Merchant Expo/Supplier Showcase and the Event & Travel Planners Tradeshow is now the OSU Supplier Showcase, Event and Travel Planner Expo. Brought to you by Procurement, Contracts and Materials Management (PCMM) and University Conference Services (CS). The goal for the event is to connect OSU staff in the market for goods, services, and event and travel planners with suppliers interested in doing business with OSU. Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CH2M Hill Alumni Center and The LaSells Stewart Center. Go online to find out more and let us know if you will be attending:  https://osuexpo.org/

Take Note 

NEW! OSU Employees and dependents attending OSU: Staff Fee Privilege (Tuition Discount):  Deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 17, to submit the application for employees or family members attending OSU during Fall 2017.  Applications are to be submitted to your HR business center.  For additional information, please visit: hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/staff-fee-privileges-tuition-reduction

NEW! Eat Free at OSU: The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) has created a Twitter feed to help students get involved on campus, and also highlight opportunities for free food available during events. For more information, visit: https://twitter.com/eatfreeOSU

EXTENDED! Puerto Rico Agriculture Donations:  The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking donations for Puerto Rico. Forty percent of PR agriculture has been lost due to hurricane Irma, and the remaining by hurricane Maria. Our Ag partner K-12 schools and our University colleagues are in need of agriculture curriculum, and classroom supplies to help rebuild their ag classrooms and school gardens. Items requested include: seeds, gloves, garden/greenhouse supplies, books, classroom supplies including markers, scissors, ag curriculum as well as gift cards from Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Donations are accepted in Strand Agricultural Hall-STAG 147, or any of the brightly decorated donation boxes around campus, until Oct. 13, OSU MANRRS and SACNAS Chapter students will be assisting with boxing and shipping.

External Course Fees Updated:  Oregon State University will take written comments on its proposed updates to OSU Standard 576-010 University Fees through the end of business on Friday, Oct. 20.  The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the Winter 2018 External Course Fees before they become effective Nov. 1.  The proposed fees are available electronically as a pdf upon request. Comments or requests should be directed to Susan Barba at susan.barba@oregonstate.edu.

GrantForward: Oregon State University has an institutional subscription to GrantFowardAn excellent resource to search for funding opportunities.  Contact Research.Development@oregonstate.edu if you need assistance with creating a profile.   

Weekly update from research development: The Office for Research Development emails a Weekly Update with information on Limited Submissions, Foundation, Featured Funding opportunities, and special Research Office announcements.   Click to Subscribe to the Research ListServ and receive the Weekly Update, or email Research.Development@oregonstate.edu with your name and we will add you to the ListServ. 

Fall Family Weekend Events: OSU Program Council is looking for student organizations and OSU departments that are planning events during Fall Family Weekend that would like to have their event information included in the program for the weekend. Please email Kayla.Gilkison@oregonstate.edu with the event title, organization name, date and time of event, location, and a brief 1-2 sentence description of the event by Oct. 6, to be included in the program.

Traffic and Maintenance


To apply for the below positions, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs unless otherwise specified.

Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program invites applications for a part-time (approximately 18 hours per week), (.45 FTE), Limited Duration (approximately 9 months), Education Program Assistant (EPA1) with the Jefferson County Extension office in Madras. This position will work as a member of a regional and statewide team of Extension FCH (affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences).  Posting# P01182CT.  Closes Oct. 3.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 1, position for the Enrollment Management Information Technology at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P01186CT. Full consideration Oct. 4. Closes Oct. 11.

Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program invites applications for a part-time, .80 FTE (approximately 32 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year), Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) in Columbia County. This position will be located in St. Helens, Oregon. This position will work as a member of a regional and statewide team in the FCH program (affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences).  Posting# P01185CT.  Closes Oct. 4.

The Office of the Registrar is seeking a Project Manager for Student & Academic Services. This is a full- time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Registrar. This is an Internal Employment Opportunity. Posting # P01638UF. Closes Oct. 5.

 Education Program Assistant 1 – Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program invites applications for a part-time, .65 FTE (approximately 26 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year), Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) in Columbia County. This position will be located in St. Helens, Oregon. This position will work as a member of a regional and statewide team in the FCH program (affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences).  Posting# P01187CT.  Closes Oct. 5.

Academic Advisor  – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-monthAcademic Advisor position.  Posting  #P01601UF. Closes Oct. 6.

The Office of Admissions is seeking an Assistant Director of Operations. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #P01584UF. Closes Oct. 6.

The Office of Human Resources in the Auxiliaries & Activities Business Center (AABC) is seeking a Human Resources Consultant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting # P01613UF. Closes Oct. 6.

NEW! Finance Coordinator -The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) is seeking a Finance CoordinatorThis is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting # P01643UF. Closes Oct. 8.

Facilities Services is seeking a Plumber. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month position. Posting # P01194CT. Closes Oct. 9.

Administrative Program Assistant – The Office of International Admissions invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant. Posting #P01200CT. The date for full consideration of applications is Oct. 11. The position closes Oct. 18.

Newport Business Office Manager – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Business Office Manager position for their Newport Office. Posting #P01575UF. Closes Oct. 11. This position is located in Newport, Oregon.

PACE Program Coordinator – OSU Profession and Continuing Education invites applications for one full-time Program Coordinator. This position provides project management support for the Program Management team, setting up projects, maintaining schedules, ensuring deadlines are met and materials are distributed for non-degree certificate programs. This includes, but is not limited to, organizing and maintaining the PACE course schedule, working with outside vendors and PACE clients, counseling students, coordinating with the Marketing team, and supporting faculty and instructors. Posting #P01177CT. Closes Oct 11.

Academic Technologies at Oregon State University is recruiting for an Equipment Systems Specialist, Comp Level 2.  This is a full-time 12 month position.  Posting # P01202CT.  Closes Oct. 13.

The Office of Precollege Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, academic wage salaried position. This position is anticipated to last one year. Posting # P00325AW. Closes Oct. 13.

 The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice, Extension Field Crops and Watershed Management position located in Malheur County, Oregon. Posting # P01591UF. Closes Oct. 13.

The Office of Financial Aid is seeking a Financial Aid Advisor. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director. Posting #P01604UF. Closes Oct. 13.

Sous Chef – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a Sous Chef.  This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term, professional faculty positions, with reappointment at the discretion of the Director.  Posting # P01602UF.  Closes Oct 16.

Office Specialist – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 1 position for the Tillamook County Extension Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Tillamook, Oregon.  Posting #P01198CT.  Closes Oct. 18.

4-H Youth Development Educator – The 4-H Youth Development Off Campus office is seeking a full-time, 12 month, 4-H Youth Development Educator position, affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health & Human Sciences. This position is located in Baker City, Baker County and reports to the Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and the Regional Administrator.  Posting# P01619UF.  Closes Oct. 19.

4-H Youth Development Educator – Oregon State University Extension invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term, 4-H Youth Development Educator position, affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health & Human Sciences. The position is located in Heppner, Oregon in Morrow County, and reports to the Outreach and Engagement Regional Administrator (RA). Reappointment is at the discretion of the Regional Administrator in consultation with the 4-H Program Leader.  Posting# P01606UF.  Closes Oct. 20.

Supervisor-University Facilities/Operations: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) is seeking a Facilities, Compliance, and Safety Manager. This person will serve in two primary capacities: (1) Facilities Manager and (2) Safety and Compliance Manager. Posting #P01597UF. Closes Oct. 22.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for three full-time, 10-month, classified Cook 1 positions.  Posting # P01125CT. Closing date is Dec 29 or when filled.

ABE Teacher  The College Assistant Migrant Program (CAMP) is seeking an ABE Teacher. This is a part-time, .49 FTE, 9-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # P01530UF. Closes June 30, 2018.

The Oregon State University Foundation has an new opportunity for a Facilities and Office Technician. This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Foundation’s Corvallis building, offices, and grounds, and for selected facilities activities in the Foundation’s Portland office.  Learn more or apply at:  www.osufoundation.org 

The Oregon State University Foundation has an exciting opportunity for an Service Desk Support Technician (helpdesk) in Information Technology.  This position will assist in the implementation and support of OSU Foundation IT systems by providing first level support for the ITS Service Desk responding to and addressing requests for assistance with technical problems and issues. The Service Desk Support Technician will provide support to all OSU Foundation offices, including the main Corvallis office, three offices on the OSU Corvallis campus, one office in Portland, and one office in Bend.  Learn more or apply at:  www.osufoundation.org

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an innovative Oregon State student to work in the Donor Relations department. Be part of the team that says thank you and makes sure that generous supporters know their gifts are having a positive impact on campus. Alumni, parents, and others donate over $100 million a year to OSU for scholarships, new facilities, and research projects. This position works a maximum of 20 hours per week.  Students must be available during summer months.  Hourly wage is $10 – $12.  Visit About Us at the OSU Foundation website http://www.osufoundation.org to learn more details and how to apply.

Web Development Student InternshipThe OSU Foundation seeks an energetic and creative Oregon State student to join our talented Communications team as a Web Intern. This student position offers an exciting opportunity to increase your knowledge of website and multimedia development and digital communications processes, while building your professional portfolio. Projects will include building and editing web pages, multimedia features, and digital communications for the OSU Foundation. Up to 20 hours per week. Work must be completed onsite at the OSU Foundation office during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday). Applicants must be current OSU students. This position is open immediately with preference given to applicants who have an interest in continuing work throughout the 2016-17 academic year. Work-study students are encouraged to apply.  $10.25-12/hour.  Apply at http://www.osufoundation.org/s/359/foundation/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=34&pgid=4481www.osufoundation.org

The Oregon State University Foundation has an exciting opportunity for an Athletic Development Events Student Worker on our Athletics Communication and Stewardship teamUnder the direction of the Events Director, interns will observe and assist in projects related to event planning.  Responsibilities include engaging in strategic planning for upcoming events, opportunity to innovate new fundraising events, researching potential venues, purchasing and organizing events supplies, crafting communication, assist with RSVP guest and invitation lists, tracking information, assist with on-site event execution including set-up, registration and breakdown, and other duties as needed.


Corvallis: “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.” ~ Jodi Picoult. Sunny today, high of 72, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 56, low of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 66, low of 49. Sunny tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/

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