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Thursday, Dec. 7, 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.

Why your Christmas tree costs more – again. (LA Times)

Growers in Oregon and North Carolina, which supply most the nation’s Christmas trees, were betting on an increase in demand shortly before the recession hit in 2007. Sales tanked, causing a severe oversupply of trees. That resulted in sharply lower tree plantings, said Chal Landgren, a professor at Oregon State University Extension Service and a Christmas tree specialist.

Optimal amount of rainfall for plants (Science Daily)

Researchers have determined what could be considered a “Goldilocks” climate for rainfall use by plants: not too wet and not too dry. But those landscapes are likely to shrink and become less productive in the future through climate change, said Stephen Good, a hydrologist at Oregon State University and lead author on a recent study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Graduate student taxes (Think Out Loud)

Andres Lopez, OSU PhD candidate in applied anthropology, is a guest.

Clothing maker inspired by Native American heritage (Corvallis Advocate)

She left Oregon State University her junior year, accepting an internship and eventually a full-time job doing cultural resource management and consulting at the Hanford Site in Washington. After working there for five years, Harrison decided it was time to return to OSU. She finished two undergraduate degrees – one in public health and the other in anthropology – and then quickly entered the public health master’s program, never wanting to sit still for too long.

Benton County judge reverses course, will weigh in on OSU professor’s firing (Oregonian)

A Benton County judge has ordered Oregon State University to halt termination proceedings against a longtime professor accused of sexual harassment and bullying. (see also Inside Higher Ed)


End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its End of Term sale starting Monday, Dec. 4.  Big discounts on Beaver Gear, while supplies last.  Sale goes through Friday, Dec. 8. 

Jesse Engebretson – Forest Ecosystems and Society Ph.D. Defense: Jesse Engebretson will present “Discretion Among Forest Service Wilderness Managers: Providing “Outstanding Opportunities for Solitude”” on Thursday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. in Richardson 115.  Engebretson is completing his Ph.D. under the guidance of major professor Troy Hall.  Free and open to the public.

Casey Steadman – Water Resources Science MS Defense: Casey Steadman will present her research, “Natural variability of nitrogen and phosphorus in a forested headwater stream system in the Oregon Coast Range,” on Thursday, Dec. 7, noon, Room 1420 at the Valley Library. Steadman is being advised by co-major professors Kevin Bladon and Alba Argerich.

Kathryn Prive – Forest Ecosystems and Society MS Defense: Kathryn Prive will present “Efficacy of Emperical Seed Zones: Pseudoroegneria spicata Reproductive Phenology & Seedling Stage Traits” on Thursday, Dec. 7, noon in Richardson 107.  Price is completing her MS under the guidance of major professors Ron Reuter and Matt Orr.  Free and open to the public.

University Budget Conversations Forum: University Budget Conversations Forums are open to all OSU employees and students, offering an opportunities to learn about the university’s budgeting processes and other financial related topics. The forum on Thursday, Dec. 7, will be held in 215 Memorial Union, Thought Lab from 1-2 p.m. Forums are hosted by Budget & Fiscal Planning director Sherman Bloomer. Plan to join us Thursday as Sherm will be addressing Tuition & Financial Aid. Additional information about the forums is located on the Budget Conversations webpage. If you have questions about University Budget Conversations, please contact Karren Cholewinski in Budget & Fiscal Planning for assistance.

Upcoming Events

Bereskin retirement party: Join us in celebration of Bill Bereskin’s retirement.  Friday, Dec. 8, 3 – 5 p.m. in MU 208.  Bereskin has been at OSU since 1998 and has been a valued member of the Enrollment Management team since 2003.

Retirement Reception for Claire Montgomery: Join the College of Forestry in celebrating Claire’s 22 years of service to OSU. Friday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., Giustina Library @ the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. All are welcome. For questions or accommodations, contact Jessica Fitzmorris, jessica.fitzmorris@oregonstate.edu.

Be Orange Challenge: This Faculty and Staff Fitness challenge is not about losing pounds or getting the most steps. Be Orange IS about being mindful of the small things you do every day that make you healthy. For this challenge, you will simply track the things you do each day related to diet, activity, sleep, stress and other health behaviors — no crazy goals or fancy gadgets needed! We will also have staff and activities to help keep you motivated. Drop-In Orientations: Jan. 15-19, Challenge will run Jan. 22-Mar. 4, $5 to sign up via: http://health.oregonstate.edu/faculty-staff-fitness  

NAACP writing festival: The Corvallis/Albany chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a writing festival and scholarship competition entitled “Youth Voices of Diversity,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., Jan. 15, in the Horizons Room of the Memorial Union. For more information contact Nicole Hams at hamsn@oregonstate.edu.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 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.

CANCELLED! Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees telephonic meeting scheduled for Monday, December 11, has been canceled.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars 

NEW! Drupal Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of Drupal users on campus to learn about Facebook Pixel (what it is and how you can use it), Google data studio (prettier, more accessible Analytics), and learn about new features on the UHDS site. Learn more at Drupal@OSU. All levels of OSU Drupal users are welcome. Dec. 12 from 3-5 p.m. in Kidder 202.  After 5 pm, join us for an Acquia-hosted celebration at McMenamin’s on Monroe!

Library Faculty Association Seminar: Speakers from the Corvallis-Benton Public Library will talk on Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Willamette Rooms (Valley Library). Free. We will hear about unexpected, fun library programs (Bonnie Brzozowski); about an introduction to Empathy in Design Thinking (Kristy Kemper Hodge); and about the future of the public library by the CBPL director (Ashlee Chavez).

 Hone your FERPA Knowledge!:  The Office of the Registrar runs a FERPA Learning Community during Winter term. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey here before Jan. 3: http://bit.ly/FERPALC2018. If you have questions, please contact allyson.dean@oregonstate.edu  

Learn the Essential Elements of Contract Law with this NEW! Expert-Led Online Course. Develop a skillset that all businesses and non-profits need with Oregon State’s Procurement and Contract Management online series. Learn more.

Learn to Lead Through Organizational Change and Ensure Your Team’s Success. This five-week online course teaches you how to avoid pitfalls and improve employee relations during times of transition. Learn more.

Elevate Your Marketing with the NEW! Advanced Marketing Certificate. 
Boost your results with expert-level insight and techniques utilized by marketing pros. Learn more.

Online Business Analyst Certificate from Elite IBM Expert. Receive an immediate career jumpstart as a Business Analyst and gain the in-demand skills that hiring managers seek. Learn more.

Web Development and Coding Online Certificate Series. 
Gain career-ready skills in weeks with our affordable coding program starting Jan. 8. Learn more.

Sensory Evaluation of Sparkling Wine Weekend: Hurry! This one-of-a-kind sparkling wine course is starting soon (Dec. 9-10). Designed for wine lovers and pros, you’ll experience guided tastings with wine expert Elizabeth Tomasino, as she covers a range of sparkling wines from around the world. Includes tour of and tasting at Argyle Winery in Newberg & tasting at Anne Amie.  Learn more.

Gene Silencing in Nonhuman Primates: Cecily Bishop, research assistant professor at Oregon Health and Science Universities Oregon National Primate Research Center in the Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences will give a seminar on “Ovary-Specific In vivo and In vitro Gene Silencing in Nonhuman Primates.” She will speak on Dec. 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Withycombe 109.

An Exploration of the Self (Identity)-Related Motivations Model and Museums: Featuring John H. Falk (OSU) and Judy Koke (Art Gallery Ontario). This hour and a half seminar/workshop is designed as an examination of John Falk’s evolving Self (Identity)-Related Motivations model and its application to understanding and supporting visitors to free-choice learning settings like museums. Dec. 15, 1:30-3 p.m., in Furman 404.  RSVP here: http://bit.ly/rsvp_self-motivations-wkshp-dec17

Lean Six Sigma Data Analysis Short Course starts Jan. 8:  Learn to analyze your data to further your product and process excellence. Learn more.

Oregon State’s Popular Permaculture Design Certificate Program Returns in January: Amazing 10-week online program focuses on truly sustainable, climate-specific landscape design in both urban and rural environments – ideal for landscape design pros, homeowners and more. Learn more.   

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We’ll also discuss the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome, employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Dec. 11, Jan. 17, Feb. 22, and Mar. 16.

Popular Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Course is Back: Only a few seats remain for this ever-popular course that covers today’s best practices and strategies to improve performance in search engine result pages (SERPs) and pay-per-click advertising. Learn more.

Seed to Supper Course Offered for OSU Students: Registration for a Seed to Supper  at OSU is now open. Seed to Supper is a free six-week comprehensive gardening course where participants learn the basics of building healthy soil, composting, container gardening, and more. Join us Jan. 22 – Feb. 26 at the Human Services Resource Center in preparation for a fantastic growing season! Register at: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6QK6ffNZmQuRjnf

Proposal Request: Get your text on!  The Center for Teaching and Learning winter symposium, TEXTtalks, is an opportunity to share texts worth discussing. TEXTtalks is a fun event that uses texts as a springboard to facilitate powerful talks. On Wednesday, Jan. 31 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (includes continental breakfast and lunch), if you (and colleagues and/or students) would like to showcase a text, please complete the short application proposal.  Don’t be shy…apply!

Take Note 

NEW! Faculty Funding: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites OSU faculty to submit proposals to participate in the Hybrid Faculty Learning Community in Spring 2018 and redesign an established Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course. Proposals are due Jan. 8, 2018. Professional development funding is provided. See Call for Hybrid Proposals.

OSU Today: OSU Today will be switching to a weekly schedule for Winter Break. Publication dates are Dec. 11, Dec. 18, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2. Daily publication will resume Jan. 8.

Updates to University Policies & Standards:  Please visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about policy updates from the past month: http://policy.oregonstate.edu/whats-new  This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back regularly.

Can’t find the organization you want to support via the Charitable Fund Drive? Go here and click on “MAIN MENU” in the top green navigation bar. From there, click on “charity search tool”. Click on “search mode” to perform a search. To make your pledge and to view Oregon State University’s campaign totals against all the other state universities, click on “home”, also under the “MAIN MENU”. Thank you for your pledges. https://www.ipledgeonline.org/_cfduniversities .

Volunteer role players needed:  Help the OSU Oregon State Police and community responders during their on-campus December Response Training.  Role players are needed to serve as bystanders during scenarios.  No acting skills required.  Dec. 19 and 20, noon – 4 p.m.  Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4BA8AC2EABF49-december1

External 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, Dec. 22, 2017.  The purpose of the comment period is to receive public feedback regarding updates to the external fee proposals before they become effective on January 1, 2018.  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.

Moore Inventor Fellowship: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has invited OSU to submit up to 2 nominees as candidates for the Moore Inventor Fellowship.  The focus of the fellowship is on early stage invention that will “create new tools, technologies, processes, or approaches with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s three main areas of interest: scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care.” This is a great opportunity for an early-career inventor at OSU, with the fellowship providing $600,000 to the fellow and $75,000 to OSU for administrative overhead over 3 years.  In addition, GBMF requires that OSU commit $150,000 ($50,000 per year for 3 years) to support the fellow’s research.  To apply, click on this LINK (http://research.oregonstate.edu/office-research-development/program/gordon-and-betty-moore-foundation-moore-inventor-fellows). Email contact– research.development@oregonstate.edu


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

First Year Experience Coordinator The Division of Student Affairs – Office of Academic Achievement is seeking a First Year Experience Coordinator. This is a full-time, (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting#: P01751UF. For full consideration please apply by Dec. 8. Closes Dec. 15.

The Office of Enrollment Management is seeking a Director of Scholarships. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Associate Provost. Posting # P01726UF. Closes Dec. 8.

The Department of Agricultural Education and General Agriculture invites applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position. This position will provide innovative leadership in Agricultural Education while also engaging and providing service to our Agricultural Sciences and Leadership programs. Posting # P01678UF with a full consideration date of Dec. 8.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time .8 FTE (approximately 32 hours per week), Limited Duration (approximately 1 year) Education Program Assistant 1 (EPA1) for Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service. This position will be located in Central Point and serving Jackson County. Posting # P01278CT. Closes Dec. 10.

Assistant Professor (Practice) – This is a part-time (.7 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term (annual reappointment) Assistant Professor of Practice position located in the Josephine County Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Office in Grants Pass. Its academic home is in Oregon State University’s Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Active contributions to scholarship are required (see the scholarship duties section, below, for details). The position may, at the option of the incumbent, be increased in FTE (up to full-time) through grants, program fees, and/or other generated revenues.  Posting# P01740UF.  Closes Dec. 10.

Office Copier Administrator (Administrative Program Specialist) – Printing & Mailing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Copier Administrator position. Posting # P01279CT.  Closes Dec. 11.

Office Specialist 2 – This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Office Specialist 2 position for the Extension Lane County Office at Oregon State University. This position will be located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting# P01265CT.  Closes Dec. 11.

Student Engagement Coordinator – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Engagement Coordinator position. Posting #P01756UF. Closes Dec. 13. 

Student Success Coordinator – College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Student Success Coordinator position. Posting #P01755UF. Closes Dec. 13.

NEW! The Arts and Sciences Business Center (ASBC) at Oregon State University (OSU) is hiring an Accountant 1 position. Posting # P01289CT. Closes Dec. 15. 

Transportation Options Assistant (Office Specialist 2):  OSU Transportation Services has an opening for one part-time Office Specialist 2 position. This position will provide general support to the Transportation Options programs that promote carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, and walking. The position will support efforts to market and promote the various transportation alternatives available to the OSU community. For a complete job positing, a list of qualifications, and to apply online, please visit https://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #P01275CT. Closes Dec. 15.

Art Director – The College of Business invites applicants for a full time (1.0 FTE) 12-month Art Director position.  Posting P01764UF. Full consideration date is December 11 and posting closes Dec. 18.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1 – This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) Education Program Assistant 1 position for the Extension Service Family and Community Health (FCH) program at Oregon State University (OSU). This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately 1 year from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in Eugene, Oregon.  Posting # P01297CT.  Closes Dec. 21.

The College of Veterinary Medicine along with Veterinary Teaching Hospital is looking for a Certified Veterinary Technician to help with our surgical departments. This is full time temporary position. If you are qualified and interested, please apply on line to posting #P01105CT no later than midnight of Dec. 22.

Visiting Instructor – Mathematics  OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a visiting Mathematics Instructor. This position, starting Winter term of 2018 through Spring term of 2018, is a 1.00 FTE fixed-term, non-tenure track appointment and is not renewable. Posting # P01762UF. Closes Dec 27.

Campus Visit/Transfer Coordinator-   OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Campus Visit/Transfer Coordinator. This position is a full-time, 1.00 FTE 12-month  fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting # P01765UF. The full consideration date is Dec 29. Closes Jan. 26, 2018.

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

Master Gardener Coordinator – The Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Small Farms and Master Gardener Coordinator position, that will be located at the Extension Lincoln County Office in Newport, Oregon. This position will be affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Forestry & Natural Resources Program at Oregon State University. Reappointment is at the discretion of Regional Director and the Program Leaders.  Posting# P01770UF.  Closes Dec. 30.

Assistant Professor – Architectural Engineering – The College of Engineering’s School of Civil and Construction Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position Posting #P01733UF.  Full consideration date:  Dec. 30.

EXTENDED!  Grants and Contracts Technician – The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Grants and Contracts Technician.  Posting #P01173CT.  Closes Dec. 31.

Minute Recording and Transcription Services Contractor: The City of Corvallis is accepting résumés for a Minute Recorder/Transcriber Contractor. Work typically involves attending one or more meetings per month. Must own personal laptop and digital recorder. Compensation is $25 per hour, including actual meeting time and no more than three (3) hours transcription time per one (1) hour of meeting time. Successful contractor candidates will demonstrate strong writing and Word Processing skills, ability to accurately record minutes and present them in good grammatical form, provide verifiable references, and pass a criminal background check. Submit resumes to the Central Administrative Services Manager via e-mail to city.manager@corvallisoregon.gov.  Please use “Minute Contractor” in the subject line. Closes: Jan. 1, 2018.

This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Analyst Programmer, competency level 2 position for the Office of the Registrar at Oregon State University (OSU). Posting # P01291CT. Closes Jan. 2, 2018.

Office Specialist 1 –This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week) Office Specialist 1 position for the Extension Douglas County Office at Oregon State University (OSU). This position will be located in Roseburg, Oregon.  Posting# P01287CT.  Closes Jan. 2, 2018.

Associate Head Advisor – College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Office of Student Success, invites applications for a Associate Head Advisor. This is a full time (1.0 FTE) 1- month, fixed term, professional faculty position. Posting #P01744UF, Closes Jan. 5, 2018

 Finance & Accounting Manager – The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, Finance & Accounting Manager position. Posting #P01766UF.Close Jan. 15, 2018.  This is a working manager position responsible for supervising Business Center financial and accounting functions in the AMBC.

Assistant/Associate Professor – The College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position (depending on qualifications). Posting #P01684UF. Full consideration date: Jan. 18, 2018.

Technical Writing Evaluator The School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a part-time, hourly Academic Wage Technical Writing Evaluator position.  Posting #P00314AW. Closes June 15 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 is searching for an Accounting student worker to help with:  data entry, event/facility support, general ledger recording, special projects and general office duties such as copying, filing and scanning.  Up to 20 hours per week. Applicants must be current OSU students. This position is open immediately with preference given to applicants from the College of Business who have an interest in continuing work throughout the 2017-18 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=6857

The Oregon State University Foundation/Alumni Association is searching for an Career Services student worker to help with:  resume/cover letter review, web page content management, draft marketing emails, help set-up for events, help create presentations, etc.  PT 20 hours/week, $10.25 per hour.  Submit cover letter and resume to:  Yuliya.dennis@osualum.com

The Oregon State University Foundation/Alumni Association is searching for an Office Assistant student worker to help with:  answering phones, greeting customers, data entry, preparing mailing, scanning/copying, website content management, preparing supply boxes, event name tags and material preparation, etc.  PT 20 hours/week, $10.25 per hour.  Submit cover letter and resume to: Christi.kasten@osualum.com

The OSU Alumni Association has two new opportunities Alumni Center Sr. Event Technician and Alumni Center Event Technician. The Alumni Center Sr. Event Technician is part of the Alumni Center team responsible for successful delivery of events at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  Additionally, this position is the lead worker and student workforce manager responsible for carrying out the day-to-day operations of the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  The Alumni Center Event Technician provides event and facility support to the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  To learn more and apply, visit:  www.osufoundation.org

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 


Corvallis: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”~ Gandhi. Patchy fog followed by sunshine, high of 50, low of 28. Areas of freezing fog tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Areas of freezing fog, followed by clouds, high of 41, low of 12. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 60, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

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

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