OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 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.

Learning Chemistry Online (Chemical & Engineering News)
Oregon State University appears to have one of the more extensive offerings of online chemistry courses. Not only does it offer general and organic chemistry online, it also offers inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. The general chemistry course includes a lab, which is performed through the Web-based simulation Late Nite Labs.

Oregon State housing sale: Ready to move (KTVZ)
If you’re interested in cheap housing, Oregon State University may have a deal for you. Of course, once you buy 1 of 4 houses the school is selling, it’ll be up to you to get the structure moved to your own lot. (See also KGW)

Petitioners gain ballot signatures (Statesman Journal)
Polk County has been in danger of losing its Oregon State extension service because of funding issues. Current funding is in place through Sept. 1, 2010.

Horticulturist shares love, knowledge of plants (Statesman Journal)
Wilbur Bluhm, a retired Oregon State University extension agent and horticulturist, helped found the Willamette Valley Chapter in 1977, later becoming chapter president, then state vice president.

Oregon’s 800-pound gorilla (Oregonian)

Tony Van Vliet, a professor emeritus in the College of Forestry at OSU, wrote this editorial on higher education funding.

Farm income steady in 2008 (East Oregonian)
Randy Mills, Oregon State University Extension Service chairman in Umatilla County said Umatilla and Morrow counties have a diverse agricultural economy.

Great predators featured in documentary (Idaho Mountain Express)
The film includes Oregon State University scientists Bill Ripple and Bob Beschta, two leading pioneers in the quest to decipher the great predators’ role in the cycle of life.

Higher ed workers weigh new agreement (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon University System and Service Employees International Union Local 503 reached an agreement on a new contract late Friday night, ending eight months of bargaining.


The Valley Library will be closed for an annual in-service day for faculty and staff during intersession today. Although the library will not be open the main entrance on first and second floors will be unlocked for access to the outer lobby, ATM, phones and Java II. For more information please contact Kerrie.Cook@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-4633.

A Corvallis Transit System route revisions public meeting will take place at 8:20 a.m. Sept. 9. The meeting will look at the elimination of Route C4 (Saturday Downtown Circulator), reduction of service on Route C3 (Southwest Commuter), as well as other changes. The meeting will be held at 500 S.W. Madison Avenue in the Madison Avenue Meeting Room. Current maps and schedules are available at www.corvallistransit.com, or by calling 541-766-6998.

Oregon State University is launching the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children. The new center, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, will launch today, with two public events: a research symposium and a ceremony. The research symposium highlighting faculty research on children and families takes place at 10:30 a.m. in Milam Auditorium. Among the speakers at the symposium will be OSU’s internationally recognized early childhood expert Megan McClelland, who developed a key self-regulation task for preschool age children as a way to predict school readiness. There also will be a ceremony and reception at 9:09 a.m. at 26th Street and Campus Way, near the future site of the building for the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, which is scheduled to break ground in 2011.

OSU Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment, including computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

Upcoming Events

More than 180 photographs of wildlife found in North America are featured in the exhibit, North American Wildlife, now showing in the Giustina Gallery. The photographers, Sharon and Larry Rosenkoetter, are both affiliated with OSU. The exhibit, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, will show through Sept. 30. An artist’s reception will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11. It is free and open to the public.

Local nonprofit AIDS Service organization, Valley AIDS Information Network (VAIN) will host a fundraising event called Beach Blanket Babylon at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Osborn Aquatic Center’s Otter Beach, located at 1940 NW Highland Dr.  The family-friendly event is open to the public. Participants will have access to the Otter Beach section of the water park and hamburgers and sodas will be served. Admission is $20 for adults (18+), $10 for all students with student ID, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult and a donation of a can of food. Food donations will be given to Linn Benton Food Share. The event will be emceed by local drag queen personalities LaVerne Lydell and Lucilla DeMoore.

Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing Sept. 15, regarding a proposal to revise regulations governing the use of motor vehicles. The amendment would permit OSU to have vehicles towed that are parked in reserved parking spaces or handicapped spaces. The purpose of the hearing is to give the public a chance to provide feedback and comments on the proposed action. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Union 206. It is open to the public.

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

News for Employees

Any interested international student or OSU professor who would like to create a cultural booth for the Sept. 19 International Peace Day Fair in Central Park can do so for free, by contacting Leah Bloger at 541-207-7761.

Announcing the brand new people.oregonstate.edu web site! What is changing?  ONID personal web sites, previously available at http://oregonstate.edu/~username, will be moving to their own web site at http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username on Sept. 14. What do you need to do?  Update any information that references your previous page by replacing http://oregonstate.edu/~username with http://people.oregonstate.edu/~username.  We will automatically redirect requests from the old web site to the new web site. We do not expect these changes to impact your current site.  In the event that your site is no longer functional, please first check your site for places where you will need to specify people.oregonstate.edu and update your configuration.  If your site is still not functioning, please open a help ticket at: https://access.cws.oregonstate.edu/helpticket/visitors/entry/ and select “Systems” as the General Subject.

The Research Office is requesting Letters of Intent from interested faculty for the National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering program. Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Sept. 28. The program limits to two the number of proposals that can be submitted by OSU for the RET program. Guidance for preparation of Letters of Intent to the Research Office and full details for the NSF-RET program can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/ret.html Letters of Intent should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at: debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Facilities Services is seeking a Fiscal Coordinator 2.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs .  Position closes Sept.14.

Transit & Parking Services sixth annual Car in the Jar contest! Please come by our office located at 100 Adams Hall to view the cars in the jar and guess how many there are to win a free annual parking permit. The winner’s name will be drawn Oct 15.

The Health Sciences Business Center is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month fixed term position as Human Resources Consultant 2. This is an internal recruitment open to OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004653 . Closing date: Sept. 11.

The Arts and Science Business Center is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Accountant 2. The Arts & Sciences Business Center (ASBC) is responsible for providing administrative, human resources, and business services to the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science, and the Honors College. This is an internal recruitment open to OSU employees only. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004656. Closing date: Sept. 13.

Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Manager for the Business Center 7 which will serve Business Services, Conference Services, Counseling Services, Facilities, Housing & Dining Services, Memorial Union, Public Safety, Recreational Sports, Student Health Services, and Athletics.  This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position with annual full-time salary range of $95,000 – $105,000/yr. This position will initially be housed in Business Services. This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. The deadline for applications is Sept. 11. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.

Fall 2009-2010 parking permits are now on sale at Transit & Parking Services.  For all the parking permit updates, access the information online at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html Click on either the ‘staff & faculty’ or ‘student’ located under the ‘parking permits’ for the correct forms to fill out.  The OSU ID card is required for purchasing any permit.  Term permits are also available.

Oregon State University invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position as Vice President for Research. This position reports to the President. For details go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu posting number 0004640. This position closes Oct. 27.

Traffic and Maintenance

Attention: Transit & Parking Services will be closed all day Sept. 11 for a staff in-service day.

Waldo Hall: Due to the renovation project at Waldo hall, 14 motorcycle, two loading dock, and two reserved spaces in the parking lot south of Waldo Hall will be temporarily shutdown. The ADA space in this parking lot will remain open during this time. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Sept. 9 and should end by Dec. 15.

Campus Way, Bates Lot, Kelley Lot: Today, at 9:09 am, the OSU Foundation is hosting a Program Launch event for the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.  We will be erecting a small tent for the ceremony on Campus Way (just west of 26th Street), which will require a road closure (outlined below).  Additionally we will be parking a small number of guests in parking lots surrounding the event site. Street Closure: Campus Way, closed until 2 p.m. today from 26th Street west to the arch. Parking Lot Impact: Bates Lot, closed from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. today. Kelley Lot will remain open but guests will be parking in the lot .

Monroe and 14th St: Due to required maintenance on the Monroe & 14th street signal pole, the right-hand turn lane on Monroe & 14th street will be temporarily closed.  Suggested detour routes are south at the intersection of 15th street and Jefferson Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. today.

Adams; Ag Life Sciences, Cascade Hall, Crop Science, Dearborn, EH&S Annex, Heat Plant, Gill Coliseum, Kelley Engineering, Kerr, Magruder Hall, Milne Computer Center, Own Hall, Plageman, Reser, Richardson, Peavy, Valley Library: In association with required annual generator maintenance, Facilities Services will be performing load and service testing for the above listed buildings.  During this time building generators will be operating for a two-hour duration.  The engine noise may vary by building and proximity. The testing should end by 5 p.m. Sept. 15.


Today, Sept. 9, 2009, is considering an especially auspicious day in China, which considers the number 9 particularly lucky. Today we’re also celebrating family as OSU introduces the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children. So let’s all celebrate the luck we have living in this community, and think about our contributions to a lucky, healthy future. Today’s high will be 78, with partly cloudy skies, and tomorrow will warm to 84.

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