OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 11, 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 universities hit record-high enrollment (Oregonian)

Oregon’s public universities are bulging this fall with record high enrollment of 96,960 students, a 5.9 percent increase over last year. (See also Register-Guard)

Oregon’s newest vets mark Veterans Day after a year detecting bombs in Afghanistan (Oregonian)

The Helmand desert is, Seeger and his friend Sgt. Brandon Bertilson joked, no place for Oregon “watermen.” Seeger is a surfer, raised in South Africa. Bertilson is a deep-sea diver and a senior studying marine science at Oregon State University

Sharks, wolves and the ‘ecology of fear’ (KVAL)

There may be many similarities between the importance of large predators in marine and terrestrial environments, researchers concluded in a recent study at Oregon State, which examined the interactions between wolves and elk in the United States, as well as sharks and dugongs in Australia. (See also Sify)

Roller derby revived and growing in Central Oregon (Statesman Journal)

“It s complete insanity, and I think that’s what makes it so incredibly addicting and challenging,” says Terese Thompson, 30, a psychology student at Oregon State University-Cascades whose derby name is Mean Satine.

Fewer Beavers dropping out (Gazette-Times)

OSU’s continued Bridge to Success Program is in its third year. It enables 3,000 lower- to middle-income Oregon residents to attend college without paying tuition or fees. OSU also is offering more core classes and making sure that students have less-expensive options for textbooks.

Low birth weight may cause life long problems processing medications (Science Daily)

The results of the study, by Oregon State University researchers, suggest that in the future physicians prescribing drugs ranging from Tylenol to cancer chemotherapies may need to factor birth weight along with body weight into dosing decisions for their patients.

OSU enrollment shows big gains in minority, graduate and international populations (LIFE@OSU)

A record 23,761 students are enrolled at Oregon State University this fall – easily the institution’s largest class ever, university officials say.

Partnerships keep several Extension Service programs alive in Lane County (Creswell Chronicle)

Although Master Food Preservers, 4-H Youth Development and Forestry Programs formerly offered by OSU Extension Service in Lane County remain “suspended,” partnerships with other entities have made it possible to continue several other programs despite drastic cuts in funding.

Top Orthodox cleric to visit OSU (Gazette-Times)

Metropolitan Jonah Paffhausen, the top hierarch of the church with congregations in both the United States and Canada, will be in Corvallis on Saturday to deliver the address “The Ancient Church In The Modern World.” Paffhausen is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peavy Hall room 103 at Oregon State University. His talk is sponsored by the OSU Sociology Department and St. Anne’s Orthodox Church in Lewisburg.


OSU Veterans’ Day Social, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Veterans’ Lounge, on the east side of the second floor main lounge.  All are welcome, refreshments will be served.  Contributions gladly accepted for holiday packages to be sent to active duty overseas vets. Sponsored by VFSA, ASOSU, and OSU Provost Office.

OSU is committed to increasing the diversity of its student body, and as a group, Latinos comprise Oregon’s fastest growing minority population. At today’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Susana Rivera-Mills, associate professor in the Dept. of Foreign Languages, will discuss an initiative to serve the needs of Latino/a students. Triad meets in the Memorial Union, Room 109, from 12 to 1. Non-members are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Call Nick Houtman, 541-738-0783, by today to reserve a seat.

Cold and Flu Awareness and Flu Shot Mini-Clinic: Stop by the MU today from noon to 3 p.m. Visit the Peer Health Advocates information table at the top of the stairs, and learn the difference between a cold and the flu. Students have the chance to win a FREE FLU SHOT! If you don’t win a shot, you can still get one in Room 109A, as can any OSU faculty and staff. Details on prices and insurance acceptance available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

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, today at Oregon State University. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Today’s Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2010/20101111.html. Agenda items include approval of the apportionment table, candidate slate and promotion and tenure guideline revisions; reports include Veterans as Students, Emergency Preparedness and the October Interinstitutional Faculty Senate recap. Senators are required to find a proxy from their apportionment unit if they are unable to attend the meeting. The meeting takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the La Sells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall.

The OSU Chapter of the AAUP is hosting a social hour following today’s faculty senate meeting (5 p.m.). The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby bar (Western and 26th Street). For more information see http:/people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

Oregon State University Theatre will present the West Coast premiere of Richard Marius’ stage adaptation of his critically acclaimed novel, “The Coming of Rain,” starting today. Performances run Nov. 11-12 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. on the Withycombe main stage, located at 30th and Campus Way on the OSU campus. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 student/youth, and $5 OSU students and are available through the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784 or check out http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU alumna Laura Berman is a fabric artist who describes her work as painting with wool. “Oregon Art Beat,” a television program of Oregon Public Broadcasting, will give viewers a glimpse into her Philomath studio at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, as Berman uses the felting process to create brightly colored scarves and sculptures.The program will reair on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 a.m. and 6 p.m.

NEW! The Oregon State University Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Do Atheists Have Faith?” on Monday, Nov. 15, at Gilfillan Auditorium. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature speakers Michael Gurney and Martin Erwig.

NEW! Director of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Sustainability, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas, and environmental protection commissioner for the Cherokee Nation, Marty Matlock, will discuss international development of criteria and standards for measuring and certifying sustainable agricultural practices, and describe sustainability trends for major agricultural crops in the US over the last decade. Matlock will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov 17, at LaSells Stewart Center.

NEW! Don’t miss the workshop “Managing Your Career” presented by Training and Organizational Effectiveness, scheduled for Nov. 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Strategies for managing your career in an ever changing work environment will be explored. Examining your current skill set relative to where you would like to be and committing to on-going development are keys to positioning yourself for future opportunities. No cost to OSU faculty and staff. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/session_view.php?sess_id=1348 to register.

NEW! Bill Witt of Witt Consulting will speak Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., in the Kelley Engineering Building room 1003 on “Profit and Loss Statements and Cash Flows,” as part of the Building Your Killer Business Plan series. With any business plan there is sure to be a set of financial projections showing you the millions that will be made in the next five years. But what do these numbers really mean and how do you manage and adjust the projections? Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Killer Business Plan series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing business plans. Free and open to the community. For more information on the series, click here.

Julie Thompson Klein, the author of a recent book titled “Creating Interdisciplinary Campus Cultures” will give a public lecture on Friday, Nov. 12 to address interdisciplinary change, best practices, and concrete strategies for actualizing this change. Klein is a professor of humanities and Faculty Fellow in The Office for Teaching and Learning at Wayne State University. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 109 and is open to the public. For more information, please contact Sara Eklund at sara.eklund@oregonstate.edu.

LueRachelle Brim-Atkins will speak Friday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., in MU 109A, on “The African Diaspora.” Brim-Atkins has traveled to eight countries in Africa and nine countries in the African Diaspora. Her goal is to experience first-hand the impact of Africa on cultures and people throughout the Diaspora, an impact that is often denied, unacknowledged or unrecognized. She is on a mission to change that denial and lack of awareness through her presentations and interactive discussions about the contributions of Africa and Africanisms found throughout the African Diaspora, including the United States.

The OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russell Christensen and Bella Voce, directed by Dr. Tina Bull, present the fall choral concert on Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe St. The OSU Meistersingers are a 50-member, auditioned men’s ensemble that performs in concert each term, tours regionally and frequently entertains at community and campus and sporting and special events. Bella Voce is a select, 50-member women’s chorus that also performs each term and tours regionally and internationally. Admission is $10 at the door. OSU students, staff and faculty will be admitted for free with the ID card. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

Award-winning poet Sidney Wade will visit Oregon State University on Friday, Nov. 12, where she will read from her works beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. The reading is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

SafeRx Day: Save a Fish/Friend, Eliminate unwanted Rx. Come to the Memorial Union Journey Room on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m., for a medication take-back event. Bring unwanted medications, no questions asked, and help reduce suicide, drug abuse and environmental contamination. For more information, go to: www.oregonstate.edu/counsel/safe-rx. There will be reserved parking for participants in the Memorial Union Bookstore parking lot.

Oregon State University film professor Jon Lewis will give an interactive and informative talk on “The Godfather” trilogy, including little-known insights into the films’ connections with real-life mafia figures, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Memorial Union Journey Room (or Joyce Powell Leadership Center), 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus. It is sponsored by the OSU Bookstore. Lewis’ newest book, on the 1972 American film “The Godfather,” was released in October through the British Film Institute. Copies of the book will be available at the Nov. 15 event.

News for Employees

NEW! OSU International Education Week 2010: Striving for a Sustainable Future, is celebrated Nov. 15 – 19. IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. All colleges, departments, student groups and individuals are invited to submit events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. For information on planning and registering your event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/planning.

NEW! Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? Up to 40 OSU faculty and staff will be selected for the 7-series program, “Journey Into Leadership” facilitated by OSU Training and Organizational Effectiveness. This program is unique in that it does not provide you with a concrete series of steps to become a “leader.” Rather, it is designed around the notion that effective leaderships originates from within one’s self. For details about this series, including session descriptions and testimonials from fellow OSU colleagues visit the program’s web site. Applications are accepted until Nov. 15. (No cost to OSU faculty and staff.) http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership/.

NEW! A new class will be offered through the OSU Ecampus this winter quarter and is open to the community: Biodiversity: Causes, Consequences and Conservation ( Z 349/BI 349).  This is the first time the course will be offered through Ecampus. This course examines the  evolutionary and ecological processes that have created this unique diversity of life, the importance of biodiversity in maintaining the earth’s ecosystems, and methods used to conserve biodiversity for future generations. CROSSLISTED as BI 349. (Bacc Core Course) http://zoology.science.oregonstate.edu/Z349_online

Wellness, Financial & Retirement providers will be on the OSU campus during Training Days 2010, Nov. 16-17, offering a variety of workshops. For a complete description of the workshops offered, please visit the Business Services Training Days website at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) program from interested faculty. This is a limited submission program. Guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/mri.htm NSF – MRI program site: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11503/nsf11503.htm Letters of intent submission deadline to the Research Office is Monday, Dec. 13, and should be sent electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu. For more information contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390.

Campus Recycling is pleased to announce that with the help of 40 volunteers at the Homecoming football game, we recycled 6,456 lbs of material and redeemed deposits from 6,620 containers to fundraise for the Linn Benton Food Share. This was part of a joint effort between Campus Recycling and OSU SIFE to both compete in the EPA Game Day Challenge (a national competition to reduce waste at college football games) and fight hunger in our community. Please view our recent post on the Ecologue for more information.

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

The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate invites nominations and applications for the OSU Representative to the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics through Nov. 29 – see http://oregonstate.edu/senate/cia/ for information. The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA FBS schools whose mission is to provide a national faculty voice on intercollegiate sports issues. Areas of concern include academic integrity and quality, student-athlete welfare, campus governance of intercollegiate athletics, commercialization, and fiscal responsibility. Committed to the development of effective strategies and proposals for significant, long-term reform in college athletics, COIA works with university faculties, administrations, trustee boards, and national associations concerned with higher education, to implement these strategies and proposals. Additional information about COIA is available at http://wfu.me/cms/coia/index.php/Home.

2010 Training Days will be held Nov. 16-17 at the LaSells Stewart Center, offering a focused set of 56 learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to faculty and staff. Starting this year, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, we have incorporated several sessions focused on faculty interests.  To see a complete list of sessions offered and to register online for these sessions please visit – http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/registration.cfm.


The Department of Health and Human Sciences invites applications for a Professional Faculty position as Academic Advisor. This is a 12-month fixed term position (1.0 FTE) with a split assignment of advising undergraduate, distance education students seeking a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences, (enrolled through OSU’s e-campus), as well as advising on-campus based students within HHS. For more detail: www.jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57589. Posting: # 0006520 Position Closes: Nov 18.

Office Specialist 2, International Student and Faculty Services invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 – International Program Assistant. This is a full-time, 12 month position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0006523. Closing Date: Nov. 17.

Office Specialist 2, ROTC Air Force Studies invites applications for an Office Specialist 2. This is a full-time, 12 month position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Apply to posting #0006525. Closing Date: Nov. 17.

The Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Systems Biology. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006512. For full consideration, please apply by Jan. 15, 2011. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Research Office invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Director for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC). This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. To apply and for a complete position announcement see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006526. Closing date: Nov. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Office Manager – The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. For full position announcement and application instructions, see: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006540, full consideration date Nov. 20, closing date Nov. 30. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

26th Street: To accommodate the Soap Box Derby Race, 26th Street between Jefferson Way and Washington Way will be temporarily closed, as well as the metered parking along 26th Street in front of Dixon Rec. There will be street barricades in place and traffic will be detoured around this area.
This shutdown will begin at noon on Nov. 14 and should end by 4 p.m.

Crop Sciences Building: Due to the necessary repairs, the building chiller will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect cooling in all rooms on all floors. Services should be restored by 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.


Corvallis: This Veterans Day will start out clear and cold, but by 4 p.m., rain showers will move in, and the temperature will only reach a chilly 55 degrees. Maybe if we’re lucky we’ll see a rainbow like this one, which appeared earlier in the week.

Central Oregon: John F. Kennedy once said on Veterans Day, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  On this Veterans Day I encourage everyone to show your thanks by living free, whatever that may mean to you. Do what makes you feel free with chances of rain and or snow, a high around 46 degrees, and a low near 29 with clearer skies to follow on Friday.

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