OSU Today

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 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.

Feds come through on tsunami readiness (Oregonian editorial)
Jane Lubchenco, the new NOAA administrator from Oregon State University, reportedly had no direct role in the Newport fleet siting or the increased tsunami grants. Even so, it’s remarkable how much good news the Oregon coast has received since she was confirmed by the Senate last March.

Deadwood Revival finishes out Wednesday Concert Series at Oregon State University (Gazette-Times)

Deadwood Revival will perform at noon Wednesday, Aug. 12, on the brick courtyard outside the OSU bookstore at Oregon State University. The concert is the last in the free OSU Summer Term Wednesday Concert Series.

Name change will bring infusion of cash to state fair (Statesman Journal)

The 48,000 square-foot Jackman-Long Building was named after Minnesota native Edwin Russell Jackman, an agricultural expert with Oregon State University’s Extension Service, and Reuben Aaron Long, a rancher, author and storyteller from Eastern Oregon.

Local agriculture should drive the transition to a clean-energy economy (St. Louis Today)
A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study compared the benefits of local ownership versus outside ownership and found that locally owned wind projects can generate as many as three times more jobs per megawatt than those with outside ownership. Echoing this point, a 2006 study by Oregon State University concluded that local ownership of wind turbines would result in five times the annual projected income versus entering into a land lease agreement.

Industrial hemp growth faces obstacles (Coos Bay World)
Legislation requires industrial hemp to have very low levels of THC, and the law also redefines “marijuana” and “controlled substance” under Oregon law to further distinguish industrial hemp. The DEA has put restrictions on hemp research, said Mark Mellbye of Oregon State University. (See also KATU)

Upcoming Events

NEW! A celebration of Oregon’s food and agriculture is featured in a traveling exhibit of award-winning photos called Savory Images, now display at LaSells Stewart Center. An opening reception will be held Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Murdock Gallery. Hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase by the glass from WineStyles.

NEW! The Oregon State University Summer Choir presents the eighth annual “Cool Choral Music for a Hot Summer Night” finale concert Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe, Corvallis. The concert is free and open to the public.

NEW! Tour the Mind Spa & Put into practice: Yoga poses, Mindfulness strategies, and biofeedback tools to enhance your life balance Aug. 12. This open house to be held on the fifth floor of Snell Hall is facilitated by the Clinical Staff at CAPS & OSU Women’s Network. Walk in between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrance is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Call 713-9243 for more information.

NEW! Join President Ray, Provost Randhawa, VP Cassady, and the Research Office Team for the 2009 OSU Research Orientation, Nov. 13 in LaSells Stewart Center, 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program will introduce new faculty to the Research Enterprise at OSU. In addition to an overview of the many services offered by the Research Office to support faculty success; this year the orientation experience has been re-vitalized by adding first hand information from knowledgeable faculty about how they have made successful use of the OSU system. There will be lively discussion, interaction with specialists, helpful handouts, breakfast, lunch, and an opportunity to network with future collaboration partners. Sign up through the OSU Registration Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/ under course title “Research New Faculty Orientation.”

Helen Richardson will be retiring from Oregon State University after 32 years of dedicated service in various departments across campus. She recently relocated from Extended Campus to the University Administrative Business Center, where she is serving as the Purchasing Agent. Helen will be greatly missed by those who know her and have worked with her. Please join us on Aug. 13 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in Ballard 104 and help us celebrate with Helen.

Corvallis Transit System (CTS) is holding a public meeting at 8:20 a.m., Aug. 12 to discuss a new route to serve the Crescent Valley Area. This public meeting will be held in conjunction with the Citizens Advisory Commission on Transit meeting. Public comment will be taken at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting takes place in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 501 S.W. Madison Ave. Current maps and schedules are available at www.corvallistransit.com or by calling 541-766-6916.

Please join the office of Community and Diversity as we release the newest Voices Project video, Being Latina/o… The screening and discussion will be held Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. In Being Latino/a, OSU faculty, staff and students share the opportunities and challenges of being Latina/o at OSU and in Corvallis. They address issues such as what they like to be called and why; positive and negative aspects of their culture portrayed in the media; barriers they have overcome; whether the Spanish language is an important part of their identity; their views on immigration; their involvement in the community around their cultural traditions; their advice to people who want to know more about their culture and what they see in the future for Latina/os in the U.S. Meet PROMISE Intern and director Amalia Martinez and hear from a panel of participants in this, the latest addition to the Voices Project.

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

News for Employees

NEW! If you are interested in obtaining a license for an Adobe Connect Pro virtual classroom – now is your chance.   Extension will be renewing our annual contract with Adobe on September 1.  The cost for a license is $150/year. Each room requires at least one person to hold a license and be the named ‘organizer’ of that room.  Each Connect room can hold 100 attendees with communication via VOIP or Chat.  Additional information can be found at: http://tss.oregonstate.edu/softdist/adobe_connect/index.shtml. In the past year Extension has made use of the Connect rooms for training, meetings, and presentations – enabling us to connect with colleagues across the state without incurring travel costs.  If your department or college is interested in purchasing rooms on this contract, please Karen Watte at Karen.Watte@oregonstate.edu with the number of rooms you would like to purchase and the index to charge.  Please note that we will provide initial setup but that we cannot provide extended support to non-Extension license holders.  Please contact Karen no later than Aug. 19, with your request.

NEW! Systems Analyst/Programmer Position Opening in Central Web Services: Electronic application available at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0004561
For more detail/requirements of position visit the jobs site or the direct link at: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55398 Deadline to apply is Aug. 18. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only.

University Housing and Dining Services is ready to accept welcome materials to be placed in student residence halls!  As in previous years, we are able to put fliers and welcome materials in residence halls prior to student arrival. This opportunity is limited to OSU affiliated offices, clubs or student groups.  To participate, please contact dave.warneking@oregonstate.edu, (541) 737-5622 for important details.  Deadline for welcome materials is Sept. 8.

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment invites applications for an Assistant to the Director & Curriculum Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0004530.  Posting closes Aug. 21.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is looking for internal applicants for an Office Specialist 2 position.  If you enjoy connecting people with the help they need, like a job that grows with you and want to work with a great group of people in an office that is growing and expanding its services, this is the position for you.  To apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and look for posting 0004482.  The closing date for OSU applicants Aug. 14.

Traffic and Maintenance

Waldo Hall northwest parking lot: Due to repair of a waterline and sinkhole, access to service vehicle parking will be intermittently shutdown, while construction crews are working.  Service vehicle parking on the southwest side of the building will be open for use during this time. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Aug. 12 and should be complete by 5 p.m. Aug. 13.

All buildings: Due to testing of the steam distribution system from the new Energy Center, contractors have scheduled steam to be sent from the Energy Center to all campus buildings.  During this period you may experience fluctuations in steam pressure, this will affect all equipment utilizing steam services. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Aug. 17 and should continue through Aug. 28.

Ralph Miller Lane:
Due to the basement remodel project at Gill Coliseum, Ralph Miller Lane will be closed to accommodate the use of a crane. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 12 and should end by 2 p.m. The process will be repeated Aug. 17.

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.


The weather deities may have been a bit parsimonious up ‘til now with their share of perfect days, but we’ve got plenty of them this week. Another high of 78 today and an overnight low of 56, and tomorrow will be just a tad warmer, although morning showers might provide a brief refreshing cool Wednesday.

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