OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 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.

Clarification: In a KVAL story that ran in yesterday’s OSU Today, the figure for OSU grants was underreported, and should have read $250,000,000.

OSU Seeing More Private And Federal Money As State Support Fades (OPB)
Oregon State University announced Monday that it accumulated a quarter of a billion dollars in research money last year. As Rob Manning reports, OSU finds itself raking in private and federal money, at the same it’s grappling with deep state budget cuts.

OSU’s non-stimulus stimulus plan (KMTR)
Fiscal year 2008-2009 may have been a down year for nearly everybody else, but for Oregon State University research, it was a record year for funding; more than a quarter-billion dollars.

Move-in day at OSU (KMTR)
Hundreds of students are settling into campus life this week in Corvallis, moving their belongings into the dorms at Oregon State University.

OSU is Powered by Orange (LIFE@OSU)
OSU supporters gathered across the Willamette Valley Monday to celebrate Powered by Orange, as seen in this slideshow by OSU photographers.

New OSU ag dean tackles budget problems (East Oregonian)
Sonny Ramaswamy brings a new perspective to Oregon agriculture. The new dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences thinks he’s come to OSU at the right time to help steer it toward greener pastures despite a leaner budget.

OSU to celebrate Linus Pauling Science Center
(Democrat Herald)

Linus Pauling’s legacy, which now includes the Linus Pauling Institute and its vital research on micronutrients and disease prevention, continues on Friday, Sept. 25, when OSU will celebrate the commencement of construction on its new Linus Pauling Science Center.

Revisiting The Laramie Project In Oregon (Willamette Week)

“The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” is the epilogue to “The Laramie Project” play that was based on the notorious 1998 murder in Wyoming of a gay man named Matthew Shepard. There are only 100 theaters across the world bringing the production to the stage, and Oregon State University is one of them.

OSU College of Education Considers Move to Bend (KOHD)
With classes starting next week at Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus in Bend, plans are being discussed that could move the College of Education from Corvallis to Bend. The idea was first propsed by a strategic committee at OSU that says the move would fit a need in Central Oregon and move away from competition for students in the Willamette Valley.

Squid outta water (Siuslaw News)
Hundreds of miles from their territory, squid are washing up on Oregon and Washington shores. Siuslaw High School Science Teacher Mary Dodson decided to bring her Field Studies class to the beach to examine the squids. “When the squid was found by the marine biologist, the jacket was left here and it was wrapped up, which is probably why it was so well preserved,” said Dodson’s daughter, Jessica, a sophomore at Oregon State University.

Near-victim of Courtney grateful her life was spared (KGW)
Krystle Thornton, one of two Oregon State University students that Joel Courtney tried but failed to kidnap that same day, told KGW that she hopes that the killer someday “finds salvation.”

Fire training scheduled for students in OSU’s Greek system (Gazette-Times)
The Corvallis Fire Department will hold its fourth annual Greek Fire Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The training session will take place at Oregon State University near the Agriculture/Life Science Building, 2750 Southwest Campus Way.


Transit & Parking Services will be closed today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Get a head start on Fall term and “Meet Your Library” today from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Libraries’ Autzen Classroom.  This event is designed to introduce faculty, students and staff to the suite of resources and services offered by OSU Libraries. Staff from several departments will also be available to answer your questions.  For more information contact Uta Hussong-Christian at uta.hussong-christian@oregonstate.edu

The OSUsed Store is having a back to school special today only.  Special Hours 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Ten percent off everything except spot bids. Located at 644 SW 13th St.

Upcoming Events

A special session of the Faculty Senate will be held Sept. 29 – 3 to 5 p.m., in the OSU Theater (Withycombe Hall) to address the current budget situation. The session is designed to have up-to-date information on: Projected budget situation; the university’s approach and proposed decisions to address shortfalls; and  an open discussion with OSU’s leadership regarding the university’s approach to address shortfalls. This session is open to the public; all are encouraged

On Sept. 24, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the College of Engineering, in conjunction with Recreational Sports, will be holding two “engineering exercises for all OSU’s 1,000 incoming freshmen in the Memorial Union Quad. The OSU Challenge Course and Recreational Sports is providing a portable teambuilding experience to help students make connectiosn with their peers through problem solving initiatives.

Linus Pauling’s legacy, which now includes the Linus Pauling Institute and its vital research on micronutrients and disease prevention, continues on Sept. 25 when OSU will celebrate the commencement of construction of its new Linus Pauling  Science Center. The public event will begin at 4 p.m. at the construction site.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is pleased to announce its 2009-10 workshop series, which kicks off Oct. 8 with a workshop on retaining a diverse workforce. The workshop will be held at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library’s public meeting room from 3 to 5 p.m. The Linn-Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity is a consortium of local employers who are dedicated to celebrating diversity in our communities and providing opportunities for employers to learn more about how they can support differences in the workplace. Because OSU is a partner, all faculty, staff and student employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: katrina.HOPKINS@Co.Benton.OR.US Information: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu

Catholic Campus Ministry is hosting an OSU faculty luncheon on Oct. 1 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Newman Center, 2127 N.W. Monroe Ave. The Newman Center will provide snacks and drinks, bring your own lunch. The goal is to build bridges between the campus ministry and OSU faculty. RSVP to illorente@socsj.org or call 541-752-6818.

Discover “Wellness Skills to Make College Fun!” Learn different ways to manage your stress and benefit from what science is confirming about the paths to happiness. Discover how to enhance pleasurable experience and ways to cultivate a deep happiness. A session will be held Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to noon on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

Been running around since you got back to college? Come restore your soul and “Rejuvenate Your Spirit.” Learn ways to enhance your life-school/work balance, get a massage, listen to soothing music, and eat delicious snacks. You can also get a tour of the Mind Spa: a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit and relax in a full body massage chair. The event takes place Sept. 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of Snell Hall.

OSU’s HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Program, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), will hold its 11th annual symposium beginning Sept. 24 at 8 a.m. in ALS 4001 and continuing through Sept. 25. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

On Friday, Sept. 25, Central Web Services is offering overview presentations of Drupal 6 and Media Manager for the OSU community.  The “What’s New With Drupal 6″ presentation is at 9 a.m. and the “Introduction to Media Manager” presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Both presentations will be in the Willamette West Seminar Room, Valley Library, 3rd Floor.  See all training courses offered by CWS at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14

The first lecture in the 2009–10 Horning Lecture Series, “Translation: Crossing borders, crossing cultures,” will be given by David Luft, Horning Professor in the Humanities at Oregon State University, on Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

Three panelists who go by the title, “Interfaith Amigos,” will address the prospects for success of Pres. Obama’s new beginning initiative from Christian, Islamic, Jewish and interfaith perspectives. The “Interfaith Amigos,” Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don MacKenzie, and Shaikh Jamal Rahman, will hold a panel discussion on Oct. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. at Oregon State University. The free public event will be held at Gilfillan Auditorium, 2601 S.W. Orchard Ave. The event is part of the Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture lecture series at Oregon State.

Registration for the “Where It’s At: Beaver Community Fair” on Friday, Oct 2 from noon to 4 p.m. is now open. Annually, this event draws together 2000+ Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year. Registration for University Departments & Student Clubs and Organizations is free and available at:  http://www.chamberorganizer.com/members/evr/reg_event.php?orgcode=CBCC&evid=3263641 For more information, contact Danté Holloway at dante.holloway@oregonstate.edu

PERS Tier 1 and Tier 2 members – how does PERS work and integrate into your overall retirement picture? OSU Federal Investment Services, through CFS, offers complimentary brown bag workshops. The next opportunity is noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 in the MU in Allworth Conference Room 207. Reserve a spot at 541-714-4296. OSU Federal is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative. Investment products and services offered through CUSO Financial Services, LP are not NCUA/NCUSIF or federally insured, not Credit Union guaranteed and may lose value.

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

News for Employees

Avoid the traffic congestion and the search for a parking place…ride the bus, your transportation alternative.  The Corvallis Transit System will provide free bus rides during this weekend’s Fall Festival.  CTS buses will run their regular routes; hours of operation are as follows: Saturday – Regular Saturday hours, Sunday – 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.  Visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com.

Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits.  The current permit is valid through Sept. 30.  The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The location is Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. Website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

Join in on the fun!  Focus on your fitness in the company of other faculty and staff (Faculty/Staff/GTA’s, and retirees qualify) Faculty/Staff Fitness registration has begun for fall classes and locker rentals. See the fall schedule at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program/ Click on “Fall 2009 Activity Schedule”.  The Faculty/Staff Fitness Office, located in Langton 123, is open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 737-3222 for questions or inquiries.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation and Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health have announced the establishment of a new doctoral fellowship program: “PhD Fellowship for Future Safety Educators.” ASSE says the program is designed to support and encourage future occupational safety and health educators and more evidence-based research in the economic and financial analysis of safety-related programs and interventions.” Link to complete news release: http://ohsonline.com/articles/2009/09/06/asse-foundation-has-new-doctoral-fellowship.aspx

Seed Certification is seeking a Software Designer/Engineer. This is a full-time, professional position.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Details can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting number is 0004683.  The position closes Sept. 25.

Recreational Sports fall sales have begun for membership, classes & lockers. See the fall schedule at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports click on “Term Schedule”. Payroll deduction is available to OSU faculty & staff who purchase a 9-month or annual membership between Sept. 8 and Nov. 6.  Download the form at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/membership-and-fees or pick one up at the Recreation Services desk. This week, the Recreation Services desk is open M-W, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and R-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Research Office is requesting nominations for the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences for 2010. Guidance for preparation of nominations to the Research Office and full details for the Pew Scholars Program may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/pew_biosci.html. Nominations should be submitted electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu by Sept. 25. For more information call 541-737-8390.

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen Hall: Due to the lab remodel on the fourth floor of Owen Hall, the building fire sprinkler system will be temporarily shutdown. This will affect all rooms on all floors.  Building personnel will be responsible for fire watch, during the time the sprinkler system will not be operational.  This shutdown will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 24.

Waldo Hall: Due to fourth floor renovation in Waldo Hall, four service parking spaces in the surrounding parking lot will be temporarily shutdown.  These are the two service vehicle spaces on the northwest side of the building, and the two service vehicle spaces on the southwest side of the building. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m., Dec. 18. Additionally, the first floor west exits will become “emergency exits only” – Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.

Memorial Place: Due to the placement of a temporary building on the east side of Plageman Student Health Center, Memorial Place will be temporarily closed between Campus Way & Monroe Ave.  This shutdown will also affect the bike path and service vehicle parking spaces in this area.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and will end by 5 p.m.

Nash Hall: The Corvallis Fire Department will be on-site conducting fire extinguisher training.  Smoke will be present for the duration of this training. The shutdown will begin at 9 a.m. today and should end by noon.


The rosy fingertips of dawn were again in evidence this morning, setting the tone for another beautiful Fall day. For those of you who missed it, here is yesterday’s sunrise. Today’s high will be 88, with an overnight low of 49. Tomorrow should be mostly sunny and cooler, with a high of 77.

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