OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 5, 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 State researchers win science awards (KGW)
Oregon State University has set a record for itself with National Science Foundation awards going to five of its researchers in the College of Engineering. (See also the Oregonian and the East Oregonian)

A rude awakening (LIFE@OSU)
A report from an OSU alum who is on the ground in Samoa.

Tsunami Protection Plan Going Up (KEZI)
Researchers at Oregon State University say for people who physically can’t make it away from the coast in time, might find refuge in tsunami built safety structures right on the coast.

OSU professor looks at attitudes toward Mexican American students (El Hispanic News)
Oregon State’s Rick Orozco has a passion for his research, which focuses on low expectations toward Mexican American students ― and it comes from personal experience.

Oregon scientists dissect great white shark (Ashland Daily Tidings)

Wade Smith is an Oregon State University doctoral student who specializes in the study of sharks and is involved in the dissection that started Thursday in Newport.

Projecting a Northwest image (Gazette-Times)

What does the Oregon State University Archives have in common the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution’s archives?

Higher ed board finalizes 8.9 percent cuts (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon’s State Board of Higher Education has agreed to a budget that, if not for federal stimulus funds, would have been about 17.3 percent lower in 2009-11 than 2007-2009.

Marcus Borg to speak Tuesday about Christianity’s image (Gazette-Times)
Marcus Borg will speak on “Christianity Misunderstood” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 6) at First Presbyterian Church, 114 S.W. Eighth St.

Oregon’s Burgundy (Bend Bulletin)
Oregon State grad helps make great wine in Dundee.

Crushing times ahead for Oregon wineries? (Oregonian)
“Some people who just grow grapes down here are still hunting for markets,” said Steve Renquist, an Oregon State University horticulturist. “If demand stays soft, I imagine prices will work their way down, effectively taking care of any excess supply.”

Retiring baby boomers begin heading for the country (Oregonian)
“They’re coming with skills and they’re coming with assets,” said Lena Etuk, a demographer with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “A lot of them are retiring early, and had a decent wage and are work-oriented.”

Wolves, jaguars are out, coyotes, foxes are in: New global study (Arizona Daily Star)
“We have a high abundance of coyotes in the Southwest. That can trigger cascading effects on what coyotes eat and don’t eat,” said Prof. William Ripple of Oregon State University, one of the researchers.

Rural food banks strain, stretch (Oregonian)

“On the one hand, the attitude says, ‘Don’t ask for help,'” explains Mark Edwards, an Oregon State University sociology professor in the Rural Studies Program, “and on the other hand, there’s a sense that ‘We’re a community.’ These things tug at each other.”


Open enrollment help sessions– First Open Enrollment Help Session takes place today, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Valley Library – Bernard Classroom (5th Floor #5420).  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

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.  Tomorrow, 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.

The office of Community and Diversity will be hosting the next in a series of Inclusive Corvallis forums 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 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. It is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

This week

NEW! The OSU Women’s Network presents: Hitting the snooze button on your tenure clock: What does it mean to ‘extend’ your tenure clock?  Panelists: Becky Warner, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs & International Programs, Jane Ishmael-Leid, Associate Professor – College of Pharmacy, and Deborah Rubel, Associate Professor -College of Education.  It takes place from 11: 30 am to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Willamette Industries Seminar Rooms, third floor, Valley Library. This event is free and is open to all.

NEW! Parent Lunch & Learns are directed at parents within the OSU community. The first presentation will be held at the MU in room 109A at noon on Oct. 7. The topic will be Maternity Leave at OSU and will be presented by OSU’s HR office. More information can be found at our website at http://oregonstate.edu/childcare under the “Events & Activities” tab.

NEW! Triad is powered by orange! OSU’s faculty lunch club is open to all tenure track and professional faculty and meets on Thursdays at noon in room 109 of the MU. Be our guest on Oct. 8 and hear what Megan McClelland has learned about getting our youngest ready for school. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat. A complete fall program is at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/triad/schedule.html

Employee Benefits Fair– Oct. 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 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

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

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 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

Next week

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! PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2010 is mandatory for selecting a 2010 medical plan OR to continue to Opt-Out of the medical plans.  If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2010 medical plan during October, PEBB will move you to the Employee-ONLY tier of the Statewide Plan and your dependents will lose medical coverage effective Jan. 1, 2010. Open Enrollment is also the time of year you can make changes to your benefit elections. For more information regarding Open Enrollment, please visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/2010openenrollment.html

NEW! Training and Professional Development has scheduled several courses this term for OSU faculty and staff entitled, “Being Effective in Times of Uncertainty,” “Difficult Conversations,” “Stretch Goals-Taking Performance to the Next Level,” “Handling and Turning Around Employee Complaints,” and “A Brick of a Gift? – Giving and Receiving Feedback.” These workshops are presented as a service to employees and offered at no-cost. For course details and to register online, visit http://oregonstate.edu/training and log in (ONID username and password required).

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

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

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.


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.


It’s a foggy day in Corvallis town, but don’t view the morning with alarm. The sun will be shining everywhere by this afternoon and we should reach a high of 66 with an overnight low of 35. Tomorrow will likewise begin with a fuzzy robe of fog but will soon clear up.

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