OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 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.

Coming Monday: Check out LIFE@OSU for a report from an OSU alum who is on the ground in Samoa.

Public invited to view great white shark dissection (LA Times)

A great white shark caught near Depoe Bay in August is going to be dissected beginning this afternoon, and the public is invited to watch the procedure.

Great Discovery (Register Guard)
Scientists know such things because it’s easy enough to find sharks where they’re feeding and record and observe their activity. What they don’t know much about is what variety of species they eat, where they reproduce and where they migrate, said Wade Smith, a doctoral student at Oregon State University who specializes in the study of sharks and will conduct much of today’s dissection. (See also KGW and Gazette-Times)

Decline in big predators wreaking havoc on ecosystems, OSU researchers say (Oregonian)
The report, whose authors included two Oregon State University professors, found that the range of all the largest terrestrial predators in North America — including wolves, cougars and bears — has declined in the past 200 years.
(See also KVAL)

Oregon coast could face Samoa-type tsunami (KTVZ)
Oregon State University researchers say the tsunami in Samoa was caused by geological features very similar to those in the Pacific Northwest. (See also KEZI)

‘President’s Own’ to play free concert (Gazette-Times)
As part of its 2009 national concert tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, at the LaSells Stewart Center. The concert is being sponsored by the Oregon State University Department of Music and is free and open to the public.

Lecture series explores anti-war movement (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University will launch its 2009-10 American Culture & Politics speaker series with a lecture about this country’s first anti-war movement.

OSU, British teams to debate legalization of recreational drugs (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University forensics team (speech and debate) will host its third annual public debate against the British national debate team on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Withycombe Hall lab theater on campus.


Where It’s @ Beaver Community Fair takes place today. Annually, this event draws together 2000+ Beaver Community members to celebrate the start of another academic year.  Co-hosted by Student Events & Activities Center and the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition, the MU quad will be filled with over 200 OSU and Corvallis community organizations, prepared to share wisdom and resources, provide opportunities for engagement and involvement and of course give away tons for free goodies.  Join us in the MU Quad from noon to 4 p.m. to take advantage.

Enjoy a First Friday lunch at the University Motor Pool. Come enjoy traditional picnic food and bring a friend for company. All the fixins’  for this casual event provided by the staff (and generous donors) so please drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

As a Commons member institution, the OSU Archives is hosting Common Ground, a community-curated meet-up of fans of the Flickr group “The Commons.” The event includes a slideshow on the side of Kidder Hall – which housed the library until 1963. It takes place from 5 to 9 p.m.

Registration is open for the Symposium on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics at LaSells Stewart Center today. The event is in honor of Max Deinzer’s 36-year Career in Mass Spectrometry at OSU. We invite Professor Max Deinzer’s friends, students, advisees, colleagues and mass spectrometry enthusiasts to join us in celebrating his distinguished career. Get more information and register at http://ehsc.oregonstate.edu/deinzersymposium

Upcoming Events

NEW! Open enrollment help sessions– First Open Enrollment Help Session is Monday, Oct. 5.  Help Sessions are drop-in sessions for employees to get individual assistance from the Employee Benefits staff.  Computers are available on site to help you make changes to your elections and complete the Mandatory medical enrollment.  For a complete listing of the dates and times, visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Employee Benefits Fair– Oc. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. MU Ballroom. Meet with Health and Retirement providers and get all of your questions answered.  Representatives from PEBB, Providence, ODS, Willamette Dental, VSP, ASIFlex, Standard Insurance, UNUM, EAP-Cascades Centers, PERS, OSGP, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF, Social Security, Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance, Dixon Recreation, Faculty Fitness, and more will be there.  For more information visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Medicare workshop – Oct. 9, noon to 2 p.m., MU Room 208. Learn the in-and-outs of Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans. Workshop provided by the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA).  More information visit OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Senior staff from the offices of US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Congressman Kurt Schrader will discuss the appropriations process and recent federal funding trends including federal earmarks at a briefing hosted by the OSU Government Relations office on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the LaSells Agriculture Production room. Presenters include Suzanne Kunse, District Director for US Representative Kurt Schrader and Dan Whelan, Willamette Valley Field Representative for US Senator Jeff Merkley. The presentation will be moderated by OSU’s Kate Sinner and include time for a question and answer period.

It will be Oregon State University faculty and staff night when the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra opens its 104th concert season on Oct. 7, with “Classic Vienna I.” The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center, 27th & Western Blvd., Corvallis, under the baton of music director Marlan Carlson, chair of the OSU music department. OSU staff and faculty may receive two free tickets at the box office with their OSU ID card for this first concert of the season.

A welcome reception for Gus Bedwell, Campus Veteran Service Officer, will be held Oct. 7 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the main lounge of the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is celebrating “100 Years of Inquiry” with a symposium featuring four notable speakers, including James Carrington, recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the Bonnie C. Templeton Lecture. Everyone is welcome. It takes place Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., ALS 4001.
For more information see http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/bpp/100birthday_symposium.htm

The Corvallis Transit System (CTS) will hold its 17th annual “Try Transit Week” Monday through Saturday, Oct. 5-10. Rides will be free all week.  On Oct. 6, 7 to 9 a.m., come by the Downtown Transit Center at 5th & Monroe to enjoy morning refreshments. Albany Transit System, the Linn-Benton Loop, and the Philomath Connection will also participate by offering free rides October 5-10.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series, now in its 40th year, continues on Oct. 8, with solo acoustic guitarist James Falkner. The free concert begins at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

The office of Community and Diversity will be hosting the next in a series of Inclusive Corvallis forums Oct. 5 from noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library main conference room. Please extend this invitation to your friends and colleagues. This forum is open to all people. Forum notes and other details are available at http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/inclusive.html.  Please RSVP to Corrine Gerig at 541-737-4381 or corrine.gerig@oregonstate.edu

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 Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents The Enterprise Challenge Networking Night, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Trysting Tree Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. The Enterprise Challenge Network Night is the kick-off event to The 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where prize money totals $17,500. Here is an opportunity to meet other students, hear ideas, get help with your idea, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and find out what The Enterprise Challenge is all about. All Students are Welcome For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

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.

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

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.

The Associated Students of Oregon State University is holding their seventh annual Fall Golf Classic, a tournament to benefit the Student Leadership Fund. The tournament is an 18-hole scramble tournament, with up to four person teams. Enter for the chance to win a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The tournament takes place Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. A barbecue and awards reception follows the event. Super Tickets are $75 general registration fee, $65 for students.  Super Ticket Registration includes all contest entries and 1 mulligan. Regular tickets are $60, $50 for students. Mulligans may be purchased for $5, teams are allowed up to four. For more information see http://asosu.oregonstate.edu/page/Fall_Golf_Classic

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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! The Graduate School announces a call for nominations under the Delson Bridge to the Future Fund. This fund is designed to assist students in the final phase of their graduate education to pay research expenses, publication costs, and other incidentals that stand in the way of completing their studies. Deadline: Oct. 21. For complete details see: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/delsonbridge.html

NEW! The Graduate School is currently accepting applications under the Jesse M. Bell Memorial Graduate Student Loan Program. These non-need-based loans are available on a one-time basis to enrolled graduate students to assist with educational and/or research expenses associated with their advanced degree. Loans up to $5,000 may be requested. Deadline: Oct. 28. See Graduate School web for details: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/current/jessebell.html

The Corvallis Transit System and the Associated Students of Oregon State University have partnered again to offer the late night bus service.  Funding is provided through OSU student fees and the City of Corvallis. Beginning Oct. 1, the Beaver Bus will operate from 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday on weeks when OSU is in session. Three routes will serve the community and provide more frequent service to Downtown, OSU and Monroe Avenue.  All routes begin and end at the Downtown Transit Center (5th & Monroe), and serve the NE, NW, SE, and SW quadrants of Corvallis. For routes and other information, please visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com/bb or call 541-766-6998.

Did you know that as an OSU Faculty / Staff member you are eligible to purchase up to 2 discounted season tickets for both Men’s and Women’s Basketball?  For the 2009-10 season, the Faculty / Staff discounted rate is $ 273 for Men’s Basketball and $ 80 for Women’s Basketball.  For Men’s Basketball, depending upon where you would like your seats located, there may be an accompanying per seat donation to the BASF. Season Tickets for both sports are available at this time by visiting the Ticket Office in Legendary Gill Coliseum (Room 107), calling 737-4455 or 1-800-GO-BEAVS.  The Ticket Office is open weekdays from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  Your OSU Staff ID number will be needed at the time you place your order.

Transit & Parking Services is now selling annual and term parking permits. The current Faculty/Staff permits which expire Sept. 30 have been extended through Oct 9. The office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Adams Hall, 606 S.W. 15th St. The website for the permit forms is located at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/transit_pkg/permit_pkg.html

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the academic year 2009-10 (Winter and/or Spring Terms). Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 2. The complete program description and application may be accessed on the Research Office web site at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm For more information contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu 541-737-8390.


Accounting Technician, University Administrative Business Center. Full time.  Internal OSU search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004759.  Closing date: Today.

Administrative Program Assistant, Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Full time.  Internal OSU search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004781.  Closing date: Oct. 6.

Accountant I – Student Finance, Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Closing Date: Oct. 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Traffic and Maintenance

Oak Creek Building: Due to necessary repairs on the building water system, all domestic hot water services to the Oak Creek Bldg. will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all sinks on all floors. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

Radiation Center: Due to construction related to the Radiation Center Addition, the southern portion of the gravel parking lot (located at the northwest corner of the Radiation Center) will be temporarily closed. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by Jan. 1, 2010.

Strand Ag: Due to fire alarm testing, fire alarms, horns and/or bells will sound during the testing session. This shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 9 a.m.


Feel like pulling the blankets back over your head this morning? Wait long enough and the sky will do it for you, as a quilt of clouds rolls in. There’s a chance of showers today with a high of 62, and more showers are due tonight and tomorrow, with the possibility of thunderstorms Saturday. Sunday will be rainy as well, but sunshine should return Monday.

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