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Friday, Sept. 25, 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.

Two OSU students build Beaver soapbox car to race in LA (Oregonian)
A 7-foot beaver will be tearing through the streets of downtown Los Angeles today, piloted by two Oregon State University seniors.

OSU business college adds degrees (Portland Business Journal)
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved four new bachelor degrees for the College of Business at Oregon State University at its recent meeting.

OSU receives first edition of Malamud’s ‘The Natural’

A first-edition copy of a book often listed as one of the greatest sports novels has been donated to Oregon State University Libraries’ special collection of author Bernard Malamud.

Ore. workshops planned on tsunami buildings
(Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Should an earthquake generate a tsunami on the Oregon coast, there might be only 20 minutes to get to high ground. But regional leaders, engineers and scientists plan to gather next week in Cannon Beach and Portland to talk about a different option – a tsunami evacuation building, or TEB. Japan has about a dozen such buildings that have been around 15 to 20 years, said Harry Yeh, the Edwards professor of coastal and ocean engineering at Oregon State University. (See also Seattle Times)

Dry herbs to keep their flavor up to a year
(Mail Tribune)

OSU Extension’s Judy Scott shares these tips on harvested herbs.

Derby Dames host Skatemberfest (Democrat Herald)

The Sick Town Derby Dames will attempt to infect a new wave of mid-valley fans with their love of roller derby during a bout against the Lava City Roller Dolls at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center. Several OSU students and staff members are on the team.

Courtyard Music Festival welcomes new students with music, eat
s (Democrat Herald)

If you need more “sweet sweet lovin'” for your “summer summertime in the city,” head to the Courtyard Music Festival at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the corner of 25th Street and Harrison Boulevard.

OSU classes to start on Yom Kippur (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University classes start Monday – and that day also marks Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish holidays, and a time reserved for prayer and reflection. The devout typically don’t work or go to school.

Repertory singers to perform Sunday afternoon

The Corvallis Repertory Singers will open the fall season with a select smaller ensemble, the Repertory Chamber Singers, performing Beethoven’s early “Mass in C Major” and Bach’s cantata “Nun danket alle Gott.” The afternoon concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave.


Central Web Services is offering overview presentations of Drupal 6 and Media Manager for the OSU community today.  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, third floor.  See all training courses offered by CWS at http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=14

Linus Pauling’s legacy, which now includes the Linus Pauling Institute and its vital research on micronutrients and disease prevention, continues today 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.

Upcoming Events

The seventh annual Kids Day for Conservation will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 3 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. This family event is free, fun, and focused on hands-on natural resources education designed to help kids make a difference for conservation in their community. Numerous natural resources-connected organizations and businesses will be on hand to present a wide variety of activities suitable for children of all ages.

Oregon State University Theatre will be one of 100 theaters in the world to premiere “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” an epilogue to the highly acclaimed play, “The Laramie Project,” which is one of the most performed plays in America of the last decade. The premiere will take place on Oct. 12, at OSU’s Withycombe Hall main stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.

Oregon State University will launch its 2009–10 American Culture & Politics speaker series with a lecture about this country’s first anti-war movement. The talk, “1847: America’s First Antiwar Movement and Why It Mattered,” will be given by Amy S. Greenberg of Pennsylvania State University on Oct. 5, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is free and open to the public.

The nationally syndicated public radio show Philosophy Talk will be taped before a live participatory audience at Oregon State University on Oct. 22.  The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction & Engineering Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

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

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

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.

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

News for Employees

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.

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 today.

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 today. For more information call 541-737-8390.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to elevator maintenance, elevator services in Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  All stairways will remain open during this time.  Elevator services should be restored by 11 a.m. today.

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.


Sparkling skies will be with us throughout the weekend, as temperatures reach 80 today and hover in the high 70s to low 80s through the weekend, but Monday brings back not only students, but fall rain showers as well, so now is the perfect time to get out and celebrate the sunshine. Don’t forget Fall Festival happens this weekend, it’s going to be the place to be.

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