OSU Today

Thursday, Nov. 18, 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.

Athletic, outdoor industry booming in Portland (Oregonian)

Oregon State University is uniquely poised to meet the needs of this growing industry as it plans to eventually open a branch of its Apparel Research Center in Portland to serve industry partners.

Finding Your Patronus (Gazette-Times)

What do Martin Luther King Jr. and Albus Dumbledore have in common? That was the question of the day Wednesday for the Harry Potter-themed class at Oregon State University called “Finding your patronus.”

Online program delivers Oregon State’s forestry management expertise to the world (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oregon State University Extended Campus has launched a Master of Natural Resources degree online. Now, professionals in natural resources roles throughout the world can learn from Oregon State’s renowned academic experts in forestry and natural resources management.

‘Living With Wolves’ examines reintroduction into Oregon (Oregonian)

Through interviews with representatives from Oregon State University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as ranchers contending with attacks on their livestock in eastern Oregon, “Living With Wolves” makes a fairly balanced case for a no-one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to wolf management and efforts to reintroduce the species in wild lands.
Scott Ashford, the head of Oregon State University’s civil engineering program, says the evidence points to Oregon having an earthquake the size of Chile’s every 300 years. The last one is believed to have been 310 years ago.

Walking the trails for ‘One City’s Wilderness’ (Oregonian)

Forest Park is a little easier to navigate these days, and people who take “One City’s Wilderness” with them can use the extensive set of maps that are new to this edition of the book, published by Oregon State University Press.

‘Jersey Shore’ stars visit Corvallis to party with winners (Entertainer)

Reality stars Snooki and Sammi were in Corvallis on Monday evening to party with Oregon State University students who won an online contest to party with the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”


All Classified workers are invited to participate in our November General Meeting; from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 213. Have some pizza and hear the latest from your bargaining representatives about the contract surveys and discuss the PEBB boards’ latest proposed PEBB cuts. Most importantly let’s “plant” our giving tree. Submit names of classified co-workers who might need a little bit of help and then let’s do it. All names will be kept confidential. If you can’t make the meeting send the names to Craig at mahaffyc@opeuseiu.org or seiu083@yahoo.com. Let’s purple up!

The Columbia River Treaty could be up for renegotiation as early as 2014, and OSU researchers are helping to define the issues. At today’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club, Aaron Wolf of the Dept. of Geosciences will describe the results of a stakeholders meeting held at OSU earlier this month. Triad meets in the Memorial Union, room 109, from 12 to 1. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Reserve a seat by calling Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783. See “Countdown on the Columbia” at oregonstate.edu/terra.

The second lecture in the 2010–11 Horning Lecture Series, “The Historical Sciences,” will be given by Mott Greene, professor at the University of Puget Sound at 4 p.m. Titled “[Geo] History Fights Back from the Grave,” the lecture will be held in the Memorial Union, room 109.

Edward Curtis, a scholar from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will give a free public lecture at Oregon State University on “Why Muslims Matter to U.S. History.” The free public lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. It is sponsored by the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture at OSU.

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. 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. 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! A reception for Jan Strombeck will be held Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in Kearney Hall Atrium. Jan has worked for OSU in the Construction Engineering Management program for over 27 years. She’s leaving us at the end of the year. Please join her friends and colleagues from Civil & Construction Engineering for light refreshments as we wish Jan good luck on her new endeavors. Please forward gift donations before Nov. 22 to Kathy Westberg, OSU CCE, 541-737-4934,

NEW! Brown Bag Lunch: Gender and Peer Groups. A Graduate Women’s Network Event. Monday, Nov. 22, noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. This luncheon is a chance for women graduate students to come together and duscuss issues that touch their lives concerning gender in the workplace and the university. Kitchen facilites will be available for use and snacks served.

NEW! Clothing Swap, Monday, Nov. 22,  2 to 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Need a new Fall wardrobe? Have some clothes you want to get rid of? Come to the clothing swap at the Women’s Center! Drop off clothes during week 8 at the Women’s Center and come and shop around the following Monday!  All extra clothes will be donated to the new Human Services Resource Center clothing closet!

NEW! Diane Carroll, candidate for the Collections and Resource Sharing Department head position in the OSU Libraries, will discuss the economic, cultural and practical challenges of building library collections and providing timely access to information resources needed for learning, teaching and research.  This will take place at 9 a.m., Nov. 22 in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

The Difference, Power and Discrimination’s search for a new director will be holding an open forum in Waldo Hall’s conference room located on the 4th floor, in room 432, from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 19. The candidate, Michelle Bothwell, will give a short presentation and then will take questions from the audience. The forum is open to the Oregon state University community.

G. William (Bill) Domhoff will speak by way of video conference this Friday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in 102 Owen Hall. This event is sponsored by the School of Public Policy and is open to the public. This is a unique opportunity to hear Professor Domhoff speak and ask him questions about Who Rules America? If you have not read his influential book, Who Rules America (or even if you have), consider visiting the book’s official website (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/) where you will find lots of data about power and politics in the United States. Domhoff is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Sociology at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He is best known for his book “Who Rules America?” The first edition was published in 1967 and became a best seller.

Outreach & Engagement is one of the University’s core missions. We will celebrate the mission of outreach and engagement, and what it means to OSU as an institution and to you the faculty and staff who make this important mission a reality. Hear about proactive collaboration with partners within and outside of OSU. Through the words of our president Ed Ray, the insights of engaged scholar Lorilee Sandmann from the University of Georgia, and examples of OSU faculty who are successful engagement practitioners, catch the vision and spirit of outreach and engagement. The event takes place from 8 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 19 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. To RSVP call Vicki Campbell at 541-737-1581 or Vicki.campbell@oregonstate.edu

A panel discussion sponsored by the WAGE Office for pre-tenure faculty will be held on Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU room 206. The panel members attended a conference for pre-tenure faculty held at Purdue university and would like to have the opportunity to share what they have learned. The discussion will also encourage questions that you might have about what is presented or other questions about the tenure process that can and should be addressed.

SisterScholars Reception, Friday, Nov. 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the OSU Women’s Center. SisterScholars is a mentorship program created to help women explore, engage and excel at OSU. By creating a community SisterScholars connects students to resources, helps to offer guidance and creates relationships of support. Starting Winter Term we will have monthly meetings and professional development worshops once a term. This SisterScholars reception is for returning and new mentors and mentees. There will be tea, punch, fruit, coffee and cookies.

A free film screening of “ The Return of Navajo Boy” will be held as part of OSU Native American Longhouse Heritage Month activities on Monday, Nov. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. in MU 206 in the Asian/Pacific-American room. The film is an award winning documentary that was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. The film resulted in reuniting a family, compensation for a former uranium miner, and an investigation of contamination in homes built with radioactive debris from uranium mines. The Navajo (Diné, “the People”) have been disproportionately exposed to pollution from resource extraction. A facilitated discussion will be held following the screening. It is sponsored by the Horning Endowment, the Native American Longhouse, and Peace Jam. For more information see http://navajoboy.com/16211/oregon-state-university/ or call Linda at 541-944-5960 or email at richarli@onid.orst.edu


NEW! The Rural Studies Program and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department are sponsoring a public seminar by John Pender from USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) on Monday, Nov. 22 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Ballard Extension Hall Room 200C. John’s talk is entitled “Persistent Poverty Regions in the United States: Problems and Prospects for Rural Wealth Creation.” John Pender is a Senior Economist in the Farm and Rural Household Well-Being Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division of ERS.

News for Employees

NEW! The deadline to renew Recognition for Student Organization for the 2010-11 academic year is fast approaching.  Student organizations recognized in the 2009-10 academic year are “grandfathered” in through fall term while adjusting to the new classifications and processes for recognition.  Any organization failing to complete the recognition process by Dec. 3 will lose the benefits associated with recognition. This includes but is not limited to access Memorial Union F.I.T. accounts, web space under the OSU domain and free/discounted room rentals on campus.  Last year, there were 315 student organizations recognized at OSU.  Thus far, 88 student organizations have are recognized for the current year with 150 more who have begun the process.  As a reminder, a new policy governing student organizations and how they are classified is in place for the current academic year.  Information about the changes and the new processes for achieving University recognition can be found on our website at http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs . The new policy went into effect on July 1, 2010, replacing the Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 576 – Oregon State University, Division 18, which were repealed at that time.   The student organization policy in its totality can be found on the OSU Policies and Procedures Manuals website at http://oregonstate.edu/fa/manuals/sor/001.  Come by MU 103 with any questions, comments or concerns or email student.orgs@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Oregon State Department of Athletics is calling for an “Orange Out” this Saturday for the Trojans’ visit and for the 114th Civil War. “A sea of orange at Reser Stadium will inspire the team,” Riley said.  “There is no question Beaver Nation has played a vital role in our big wins and we need that full support for our remaining games.” It’s not too late to get your tickets for this Saturday by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or visiting osubeavers.com. Kickoff is 5:12 p.m. this Saturday and 12:30 p.m. for the Civil War.  Both games are live on ABC.

All RecSports Facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26. Wednesday, Nov. 25 open hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 open hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, open hours will be 10 a.m. to midnight.

Call to artists! All classified and professional faculty are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the first OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit. Get the submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit and share your talent by Jan. 10. The exhibit will run March 7 – 30 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on March 18. Dust off your skills over the breaks and share your creativity with campus.

Artist are encouraged to submit their art work for the 2nd Annual Cultural Art Show featuring Russian art. Prospectus and submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery. Deadline for submissions: Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. The exhibit will run Jan. 11, 2011 to Feb. 14, 2011 in the Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center, with a meet the artist reception held on Jan. 14.

Gardeners of all skill levels are invited to become an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener. Applications are being accepted for the 2011 training program which begins in January. The 11-week course meets each Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Electrical Training Center in Tangent. Class subjects include botany basics, soil management, plant nutrition, pest identification and control, diagnosis of plant problems, growing vegetables, lawns, and fruit trees. Weekly instructors include Oregon State University teaching and Extension faculty, experienced Master Gardeners and other professionals. After completion of training, participants volunteer 66 hours of time answering gardening questions and the OSU Extension Office and at educational gardening events throughout the gardening season. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 3. They are available at the Benton County Extension Office at 1849 NW 9th Street, Corvallis; applications may also be printed off our website at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/horticulture/mg The cost for the class is $110.00 which includes all the class materials and the Sustainable Gardening Handbook.

The OSU Folk Club is a service and social organization with members who are OSU Faculty Women and wives or partners of faculty. We own and operate the OSU Thrift Shop downtown. Last year, with the proceeds of the store, we gave 23 scholarships of $2400 each to OSU students and gave grants totaling $35,000 to 42 community organizations. Socially we have several large group events each year ranging from luncheons or dinners to educational seminars. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about our organization please contact Angela at oryeats@comcast.net

Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible. Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU. They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Friday, Dec. 3. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/awards

Volunteers are needed for Campus Recycling and Athletics’ waste reduction initiative at the two remaining football games. Volunteers will staff waste stations at stadium gates, helping fans sort their material into recycling and trash as they make their way into the game. Training provided. Shifts are at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. To sign up, please contact Andrea Norris at Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu. More information at http://tiny.cc/q51im

The OSU online payment systems that accept credit card and eCheck payments (myBill, Online Services, and TouchNet Marketplace) will be out of service Nov. 18-21 due to system maintenance. The other payment options for students to pay on their accounts – check & cash in person at the Cashier’s Office in Kerr, and mailed-in checks – will be uninterrupted. The OSU Cashier’s Office is open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Academic Success Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Academic Advisor position. To apply and for more details and application instructions, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0006568. Closing date Dec 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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: Today.

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.


Corvallis:  “The snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.”  ~e.e. cummings. Snow may not touch us now, but there’s a chance by Monday we could see a bit of the cold stuff on the valley floor. For now, we can expect showers with a high of 47 and an overnight low of 37, with more of the same on the way tomorrow.

Central Oregon: After a gusty evening blowing snow this way and that, it looks like we are in store for quite a storm over the next few days. Today, we are looking at a 60 percent chance of snowfall with a high around 41 degrees. Overnight, expect more snowfall as temperatures drop in the vicinity of 26 degrees. The next few days should be very chilly and the snow is not expected to stop. Sledding anyone?

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