OSU Today

Monday, February 2, 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.

Oregon town leads nation in green power use (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
Oregon State University is the largest single purchaser of green power in Corvallis, buying enough to meet about 75 percent of its needs. “College towns with a university or college that are making a commitment to renewables are that much farther ahead,” Corvallis Mayor Charlie Tomlinson said.

For Oregon, will a small-bite-at-a-time tax cut boost spending? (Oregonian)

Patrick Emerson, an economics professor at Oregon State University, said he got a skeptical reaction from his students when he discussed the stimulus bill in one of his classes last week.
“Their instinct was what a lot of people think,” he reported, “that this is not big enough to make a difference.”

Scholarships abound, applicants are scarce (Associated Press)
“Lots of times a lot of these scholarships just sit there,” said Marydee Bombick, a member of the Master Gardener association. The association offers a $2,500 scholarship to an Oregon State University student from Jackson County studying horticulture. In the past seven years, the association has awarded the scholarship three or four times.


Bill Boggess, the first of five candidates for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, will interview this week. His schedule will include a presentation at a campus forum for faculty and staff today, 10:30 am – 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. You may learn more about Boggess, and the other candidates, by visiting http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/dean-candidates. The forums will be streamed via the web and available at the search web site within 24 hours of each scheduled interview.

Join us for Beaver Strides group walks! We meet each Monday at noon, in front of Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance. We walk for approximately 45 minutes. Walks are held rain or shine.

The Sponsored Programs Office is hosting a workshop on Gift/Grant/Sponsored Agreement/Testing Agreement/Contract today at 2 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211. The complete program description, can be accessed at the Sponsored Programs website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/osp/education.htm . For more information, call Vickie Watkins at 541-737-0668

Lecture: “Do Animals Have a History — and Why Should we Care?” by Anita Guerrini, 4 p.m., Memorial Union Room 109. Guerrini will explore whether animals have been participating in human history and whether they have a history of their own. Information: 541-737-8560.

A lecture on sustainable ranching and its impact on your quality of life:  “Creating a Value-driven Food Production System: Understanding Sustainability through Country Natural Beef” will be given by “Doc” and Connie Hatfield, founding members of Oregon-based Country Natural Beef, now with more than 120 ranches and revenue of $55 million. It takes place at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Auditorium. For more information, contact Zhaohui Wu at Zhaohui.Wu@bus.oregonstate.edu  or call 541-737-3514.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the soup lunch at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the third floor, behind the Willamette classrooms. It takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb 4, and there are a dozen soups to try for only $5 (bread, crackers and beverages also provided).

NEW! The OSU campus is invited to tour the completed renovation of our historic 1898 Apperson Hall, Feb. 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The rejuvenated building created in the renovation, Kearney Hall, now serves as a teaching tool for our CCE students as well as a classroom facility: structural elements and key mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are all exposed. There are windows into shafts and places where students can see the reinforcing steel within the concrete. Join us for light refreshments and short building tours hosted by many of our student groups. See the renovation timeline and photos, http://engr.oregonstate.edu/prosperity/appersontokearney

NEW! The Provost has invited five candidates to interview for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 for candidate bios, CVs, photos, and the evaluation form. Once finalized, the full interview schedule for each of the candidates will also be available at this site. Campus forums for faculty and staff have been scheduled as shown below.
Feb. 11, Steven Lommel, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 16: Craig Beyrouty, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU Journey Room
Feb. 18: Gregory Bohach, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 213
Feb. 23: Sonny Ramaswamy, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MU 208
These conversations will be streamed via the web and available at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/node/512 within 24 hours of each scheduled interview.

NEW! The 2009 Crossroads International Film Festival will feature films from India, Africa, Dominican Republic, Bhutan, Uruguay, Europe, Middle East, and USA, on consecutive Sundays in February at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. Fourth Street in downtown Corvallis. Some showings will include special cultural activities, ethnic food, or discussions. The schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/international/crossroads/crossroads-international-film-festival-2009 provides times for each showing, as well as additional discussions or activities provided for some films.

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Guttentag will visit OSU Feb. 5, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Guttentag will show clips from his work and discuss storytelling for the screen, the business of film and future trends in the film industry. Guttentag will give a talk, followed by a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. In addition, there will be a 5:30 p.m. screening of his documentary film, “Nanking,” on the same date. The lecture and film screening will take place at the C&E Auditorium of OSU’s LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

Annual Soup & Bread Buffet, sponsored by the statistics department, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in 128 Kidder Hall. The cost is $5 for all you can eat. All proceeds benefit the OSU Food Drive.

An open forum on drafting OSU’s climate action plan will occur from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Memorial Union room 208. During the session, OSU’s sustainability coordinator, Brandon Trelstad, will update participants on action to date and present a draft conceptual framework for moving forward. Smaller group meetings will be arranged at a later date to focus on topics in the draft framework found at: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/energy/climateplan.html

Author Max S. Power will deliver a lecture titled “America’s Nuclear Wastelands” on Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 109B. Power will address the complex issues of public policy, cleanup, and accountability that are involved in the cleanup of nuclear weapons production, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures

The Oregon State Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheer clinic Feb. 28 beginning at 10 a.m., for kids in grades K – 8. The clinic is limited to the first 150 participants that sign up. The clinic includes a t-shirt and a ticket for the participant to the game. All participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and must have the permission form signed by a legal guardian. For more information, call the Oregon State Cheerleading office at (541) 230-0590. Cost: $25; Siblings $10.

The Giustina Gallery at the LaSells Stewart Center is showcasing a new exhibit, Sustaining the Spirit of Oregon’s Bounty: Our Fish Story. It features art from more than 30 Northwest artists. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Light appetizers will be provided by OSU Catering and wine by the glass will be available for purchase. The exhibit runs through March 10. An accompanying exhibit, Striking Renderings of Oregon’s Rivers, Mountains and Valleys by Susan Rudisill, will be displayed in the Murdock Gallery. For information call 541-737-2402 or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells

On Feb. 5, Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, will host several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming (http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/events.html) , a nationwide dialogue between students, community members and decision makers around climate change policy.  Events begin at 10 a.m. in Albany and feature Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa, David Van’t Hof, Sustainability Advisory to Governor Kulongoski and Dan Whelan, Field Representative and District Aide to Congressman Peter DeFazio. An afternoon session will bring together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, email brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

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

News for Employees

NEW! Wait! Don’t throw that away! Recyclemania, the nationwide recycling competition between universities, has begun and runs until March 28. Currently OSU is ranked #1 of all the Pacific Northwest universities competing, but only 71st nationally. We need your help moving us up the ranks by recycling items such as cans, bottles, paper, and cardboard.  Details on what can be recycled on campus can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recycleguide/listitem.cfm. Competition info and weekly stats can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/recyclemania/

NEW! Nominations are requested for the 2009 Mason Prize for Integrity and Moral Courage.  The prize is intended to honor, encourage, and empower people at Oregon State University whose work demonstrates academic virtues such as truth-telling, courage, integrity, open-mindedness, moral imagination, and independence of mind. University faculty, staff, students, and groups are all eligible for the prize. Deadline for nominations is March 20. Full details of the nomination process are available at the Spring Creek website: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/ Email or mail the nomination to The Mason Prize, The Spring Creek Project, Philosophy Department, 101 Hovland Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331

Provost Randhawa is accepting submissions for the 21st annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students at OSU. The prize consists of an award of $500 and publication for on-campus distribution. The literary work can be fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. The prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at Oregon State University, who may submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members.  Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed, no longer then 20 double-spaced pages for prose, or 8 manuscript pages for poetry, and include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer. Deadline for submission of work for consideration is 5 p.m. Feb. 25.  Submissions should be turned in to the Provost’s Literary Prize Committee via Keith Scribner in the English Department Office (Moreland Hall 238).  Questions may be directed to Professor Scribner at 541-737-1645 or keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu.

Campus Recycling is looking for your responses to our Question of the Quarter, “What was your reduce-reuse-recycle resolution this New Year’s?” If you didn’t make one, it’s not too late! Answer by Feb. 6 and your response may be featured on our website or in an upcoming newsletter. Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletter.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm

The Israel and Palestine Film Series is a timely film series that spotlights Israeli and Palestinian culture, history, politics and art. Members of the OSU Geo Club and the  Hydrophiles will travel to Israel and Palestine this spring. In an effort to create a forum for learning and discussion, they have put together this series of contemporary award-winning films and documentaries on Mondays nights in Owen 103 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

International Programs invites applications for the position of Associate Provost for International Programs. The Associate Provost is appointed by, and reports to, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. This is a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position.  To view a complete description of the position and/or to apply, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0003784.  Closing date: Feb. 27.


Today will be mostly cloudy with a high of 53 degrees. Tomorrow the high will reach 54.

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