OSU Today

Monday, Nov. 29, 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.

University open

The university is open for classes and normal operations today, with electrical power functioning at all campus facilities and only six buildings remaining without computer data service.  Only the following buildings remain without data connections: Bexell, Black Cultural Center, Gilbert and Gilbert Addition, Gilmore and Milam. See the OSU home page for additional details.

OSU buildings ready to open (Gazette-Times)

Work crews restored Internet and phone service to most of the buildings at Oregon State University, after working around the clock to repair damage cause by a Wednesday-morning electrical fire in a steam tunnels beneath the north edge of campus.

Bombing suspect withdrew from classes in October (Gazette-Times)

The 19-year-old Corvallis resident who was arrested Friday on charges of attempting to detonate a car bomb in Portland withdrew from all his Oregon State classes in October, an OSU official said Saturday. The man was a non-degree student at the university prior to withdrawing. (See also Houston Chronicle and OSU)

Phil Mote, Oregon State University climate scientist, weathers the storm growing around global warming (Oregonian)

Phil Mote moved to OSU in spring 2009 to head the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. This fall, he helped the university win hosting rights recently for two federal climate change science centers that he’ll help direct, giving him a central role in how aggressively the Northwest responds to global warming.

Threat of ‘devil weed’ threatens ranching (Reno Gazette-Journal)

Believed introduced in the United States as a seed contaminant in the 1800s, Medusahead already infests 2.5 million acres and is spreading at a rate of 12 percent per year, according to a study released this month by researchers at Oregon State University.

Civil War attracts sponsor (Portland Business Journal)

Eugene-based Pacific Source Health Plans will become a presenting partner for the Oregon State University and University of Oregon Civil War series.

Oregon is one of the most insecure food states, but is it in the top five? (Oregonian)

Mark Edwards, an associate professor of sociology at Oregon State University who has helped advise the Oregon Food Bank on this report and has also been tracking and looking into the causes of food insecurity in Oregon for the last decade, said much same. The numbers allow for a lot of leeway in all directions, Edwards agrees, but he still maintains that the report highlighted real problems with hunger in Oregon. As proof he pointed to past reports that have consistently showed Oregon near the top.

OSU offers minor in Asian studies (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University now offers a minor in Asian studies to meet a growing demand for interdiscinplinary studies that addresses the importance of being able to work in a global economy.

Obama’s brother-in-law coaches hoops in D.C. (USA Today)

President Obama did in fact attend today’s basketball game between Howard University and Oregon State University, which is coached by brother-in-law Craig Robinson.


Richard Reeb, 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. 29 in Willamette East/West, the Valley Library with a reception following.

The search committee for Associate Provost for International Programs is pleased to invite the students, staff and faculty of the OSU community to forums for two finalists: Nancy Rosenberger: today, 9:45 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room. Sunil Khanna: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 9:45 to 11 a.m., MU Journey Room

Upcoming Events

NEW! A retirement reception for Robin Keen will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Radiation Center, room C104. Robin has worked for OSU Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics for more than 30 years — she was just a baby when she started! Please join Robin’s friends and colleagues for cake and punch as we wish Robin all the best in her new adventure. Questions? Contact lyn.smith-gloria@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Salary Negotiation, A Graduate Women’s Network Brown Bag Lunch Event, Tuesday, Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Donna Champeau from the Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity office will help women learn effective salary negotiation techniques. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Graduate Women’s Network. http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/gwn

NEW! Relaxation: Stress Less in No Time! Wednesday, Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Women’s Center. Are you stressed about finals? Come to the OSU Women’s Center for a guided meditation and relaxation techniques. You can even make yourself a relaxation kit! You can be stressing less in no time!

NEW! PFLA Winter Gala, Thursday, Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Building Lobby. Lunch Buffet of new and favorite menu items prepared by OSU Catering – $10 Must RSVP by Nov. 29 to donetta.sheffold@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Children’s Holiday Party takes place Dec. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Register online at http://mu.oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrens-party-2010.

NEW! Peace Corps Application Workshop: How to be Competitive. Takes place Dec. 2, from noon to 1 p.m., in Career Services, B008 Kerr.  Come and learn about the application process and get some tips on how to stand out.

NEW! The Oregon State University Concert Bands presents “American Landscapes,” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30, at the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $10 at Gracewinds. OSU students, staff and faculty are free with ID.  World premiere performance of  “…as an Autumn Mosaic” written by Christopher Chapman, based on a poem by OSU student Sara Gardner, composed and written in memory of Karena Dokken, a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble, who succumbed to cancer last year.

NEW! OSU Music and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra invite you to celebrate the season with a popular campus tradition: the annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. This showcase of talent from the OSU music program features faculty soloists, chamber ensembles, and three choirs, highlighted with a performance of Otto Nicolai’s Mass in D Major, featuring the OSU Chamber Choir with Steven Zielke conducting and faculty soloists Janet Hackett, soprano; Nicola Nine-Zielke, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Larson, tenor and Richard Poppino, baritone.  The concert will culminate in an audience sing along of holiday carols and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.” Advance tickets are on sale now at http://ticketsoregon.com . For more information go to http://cosusymphony.org .

NEW! Carol Kochan, 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 am December 2 in Autzen Classroom, the Valley Library with a reception following.

Winter Coffee, Nov. 30, 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. OSU Faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break before finals for holiday treats and gourmet coffee. Join President and Mrs. Edward J. Ray in celebration and conversation. Featuring Beth Rietveld at the piano. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share.

A reception for Jean Moule will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., in Waldo Hall, Room 400. Jean has worked for OSU in Teacher and Counselor Education for more than 10 years. She will be leaving us at the end of the year. Please join her friends and colleagues from the College of Education for light refreshments as we wish Jean good luck in her post-retirement activities.

The 30th Annual Holiday Marketplace takes place Dec. 3 -4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event features handcrafted items, fine art and specialty foods made by Oregon artisans. Live Entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

The Search Committee for a Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center (LARC)/Campus Attending Veterinarian has invited two candidates to the campus to interview. Dr. James Wilkerson will interview on Dec. 6-7. Dr. Wilkerson is the Acting Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barton Weick will interview on Dec. 9-10. Dr. Weick is the Animal Program Director for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health. The campus research community can meet the candidates at Open Forums to be held on Dec. 6 and Dec. 9 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Powell Leadership Center/Journey (Memorial Union first floor).

An ODOT Project Update on projects related to downtown Corvallis and Peoria Road will take place Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. The projects include one designed to improve safety at the Peoria Road intersection on Hwy. 34, a south bypass on Groves Lane on Hwy. 34, and a signal timing project for downtown Corvallis. There will be a short discussion and a question and answer period. For more information call 541-757-4164.

News for Employees

NEW! Power OSU to victory over the Ducks in the 2nd Energy Civil War!  In the week leading up to the Civil War football game (Nov. 29 through Dec. 3), get on one of the 12 specially marked Precor elliptical machines and get moving!  These machines convert your hard work into electricity that is fed onto the grid.  Whichever campus generates the most energy during the 5 day event wins!  Pledge to workout at a specific time on the Facebook site (http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=171185629559294) and be entered into a drawing for a prize.  Great prizes from local restaurants and athletic stores will also be handed out at random to people exercising during the event.  Your help is especially needed from 8 to 11 a.m., 1 to 4 p.m. and after 9 p.m..  Let’s overpower the Ducks from Monday through Saturday!  For more information, please contact Lauren Jespersen, Student Sustainability Initiative Coordinator, at ssi.energy@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) 2010-11 release for Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, Dec.6. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

NEW! The Horticulture Club is selling poinsettias on Nov. 29-Dec. 3 as a fundraiser for the club. The plants are $14 each and come in red, white or ‘shimmer surprise.’ They are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, at the OSU greenhouses on Monday and Tuesday, at Kelley Engineering on Wednesday and in the lobby of Kerr Admin on Thursday and Friday.

NEW! Looking for tools to help you become a better supervisor or manager? Join us for the upcoming OSU Core Curriculum Program for Supervisors and Managers facilitated by Training and Organizational Effectiveness. Understand your responsibilities as a supervisor, and develop your skills in areas such as performance management, employee and labor relations, ethical foundations for public employees, workers’ compensation and more. The classroom program is scheduled for Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, 2011 (three full days) with prerequisite online programs available by Dec. 1. Prerequisite online programs will provide a basic foundation for topics that will be further explored in the classroom. Register today. (No cost to OSU employees)

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce new centrally administered fellowship and scholarship opportunities to recruit outstanding doctoral students for graduate study at OSU. Although the target population is newly admitted doctoral students, newly admitted master’s students will be considered in research/creative degree programs where a Ph.D. degree does not exist. Program Directors or Department Heads/Chairs are invited to submit up to two nominations per graduate major to the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Program and no more than one nomination per graduate major for the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Scholarship Program. Nominations may be submitted to the Graduate School at any time after Dec. 1, 2010, but must be received no later than close of business Feb.15, 2011.  Details are available on the Graduate School web site under the 2010-11 Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship & Scholarship Program .

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

Food@OSU introduces Orange Rewards. Join the newly created Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10 percent discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets. Get started by making an initial deposit of $100 on your OSU ID card Orange Rewards account.

Missed the flu clinics? Student Health Services still has flu vaccine available. Drop in at SHS if you want to receive it. In addition, OSU’s Infectious Diseases Response Team asks for your help to prevent the spread of illnesses, including influenza, norovirus, and pertussis. Download, print and post illness-prevention posters, available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/infectiousdiseases. Remember: Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water; cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve; and stay home when you are ill.

Faculty Senate elections have begun. The slate of candidates for president-elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator and Executive Committee were approved by the Faculty Senate on Nov. 11 and can be viewed online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/elections/2010/slate.html. Eligible voters will receive two separate electronic ballots: 1) president-elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate ballot (due Dec.7) and 2) Senator nomination ballots (due Nov. 29). Please contact the Faculty Senate Office at faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu if you have questions about these elections or to determine your eligibility if you did not receive the first ballot yesterday and began working prior to Oct. 10.


The Western Regional Sun Grant Center, managed by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, invites applications for a Director. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month administrative position that could be hired with tenure, depending on qualifications. For detailed position description and application procedures, see posting number 0006539 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing date is Dec. 20. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Dean of the Graduate School – The Provost and Executive Vice President seeks an outstanding academic leader from within Oregon State University to shape our strategic directions in graduate education. The Dean of the Graduate School provides leadership for and is the principal architect of the University’s graduate agenda. The Dean position requires vigorous collaboration with a wide range of constituents, including fellow Deans, OSU faculty, administrators, and others. The Dean is a member of the Provost’s Council. This is a 1.0 FTE, 12-month position. For more information and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ (posting number 0006611) – materials should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2010 to receive full consideration.

Assistant/Associate Professor — College of Education, Oregon State University, F/T, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership with specific emphasis in the Community College Leadership Program. The Community College Leadership Program prepares individuals for administrative leadership roles in community and technical college settings. To review posting & apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0005366. Closing date: Dec. 15. OSU is an AA/EOE and has a practice of being responsive to dual-career needs.

The College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service invites applications (internal to OSU Employees only) for a fixed-term, limited-duration, Interim Superintendent and Staff Chair position. This is an opportunity for an existing OSU employee during the OSU Extension Service organizational transformation and the NWREC strategic planning process. OSU faculty who have a tenure/tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor are encouraged to apply; the successful applicant’s current academic position will be put on hold while working in the interim leadership position. This interim position will provide supervision of research and extension faculty at the NWREC and off-station activities in the Northern Willamette Valley and is estimated to be 50-75% of the position; the remainder will be existing program delivery. The NWREC serves the ornamental nursery, Christmas tree, small fruit and vegetable crops that comprise Oregon’s largest agricultural industries. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs/ Posting 0006603. Closing date: Dec. 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The USGS – Oregon Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, housed within the OSU Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, invites applications for a Research Wildlife Biologist/Assistant Unit Leader position. This is a GS-12, full-time, permanent position with advancement potential to GS-15. For more detail and application instructions, go to: www.usajobs.gov, Announcement #ATL-2011-0071. Closing date is Dec. 30.

Accountant II, Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC), Oregon State University, 12-month, full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #0006600. Closing date Dec. 2. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, seeks applicants for a part-time, .75 FTE, 12-month tenure-track, research and teaching faculty position that will advance the efficient use of renewable plant-based materials for engineering applications, buildings and/or consumer products and similar end-uses. To see the full position announcement or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting #0006461. For full consideration applications must be received by Jan. 10, 2011.

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 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.


Corvallis: ‘We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,’ I heard a bird sing, in the dark of December.” — Oliver Herford. This week should be a little less wintry, with a chance of rain after 4 p.m. today and a high of 42. The low will only dip a bit to 40, and rain is definitely in store for tomorrow.

Bend: Thinking of winter? Today should be a mild wintery November day in Central Oregon with a high around 35 degrees and a slight chance of snow showers. Tonight may include more wintry weather as temperatures drop down around 28 degrees with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.  And for the rest of the week, snow, snow, and more snow!

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