OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 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.

President Ed Ray’s State of OSU: To view text of President Ed Ray’s speech before the faculty senate Thursday, go here. To learn more about OSU’s plans for future growth, visit LIFE@OSU.

Enrollment Expected to Grow 6x (KOHD)
In unveiling a new vision for Oregon State University, President Ed Ray told the OSU Faculty Senate on Thursday that the university will grow substantially by the year 2025, with OSU-Cascades Campus expanding to an enrollment of 3,000 – 4,000 students – about six times its present size. (See also KTVZ)

NSF Releases Online Multimedia Package on Marine “Dead Zones (National Science Foundation)

Reader-friendly multimedia package covers the impacts, surprising causes and pioneering methods for studying Oregon’s “dead zones.” It includes a webcast with Jack Barth, an expert on Oregon’s dead zones from Oregon State University.

OSU unveils bold plan, big changes (Gazette-Times)
President Ed Ray unveiled a new vision for Oregon State University on Thursday that combines massive growth with a narrower focus and a major academic realignment in a bid to become a top-10 land grant institution.

Oregon State University Would Get Millions In Ag Bill (OPB)
An agriculture funding bill that would send millions of dollars to Oregon State University is on hold.

Summer dead zones off Oregon coast here to stay, OSU researchers say (Oregonian)
The Pacific Ocean off Oregon experienced low-oxygen conditions for the eighth consecutive summer, Oregon State University researchers said today, an indication that the “hypoxic” conditions that kill crabs and other creatures on the ocean floor are here to stay. (See also LA Times)

Revisiting an American tragedy (Gazette-Times)
OSU will be one of more than 130 theaters worldwide to premiere the resulting work, “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Withycombe Main Stage Theatre.

College-seekers test the waters (East Oregonian)
Pendleton junior Christian DeBok attended with his father, Doug – who donned an Oregon State sweatshirt. A three-instrument musician, Christian looked for options in music. Their first stop? The Oregon State table.

Science Pub Corvallis tastes Oregon cheese (Democrat Herald)
Lisbeth Goddik, an associate professor of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University and an extension dairy processing specialist, has helped the artisan cheese industry grow in Oregon through her cheese-making classes

‘Massacred for Gold’ and ‘Pedaling Revolution’ are selling well (Oregonian)

OSU Press books are doing well in the marketplace. (See also review in Oregonian, and the Walla Walla Bulletin)

Animated film hand-painted by OSU artist to show in Eugene (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University professor Shelley Jordon’s hand-painted animated film “Family History” has been chosen as an official selection at the Eugene International Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 8-11.

Photographer Ron Jeffers shares 40 years of work (Gazette-Times)
A collection of photographs by composer, artist and longtime Corvallis resident Ron Jeffers is on exhibit at Oregon State University’s Center for the Humanities through Dec. 31.

Farmers still need more research (Oregon Natural Resources Report)

Jim Peterson, a wheat breeder at Oregon State University and the chairman of the National Wheat Improvement Committee, wrote this piece.

Community to honor slain student (Gazette-Times)

The program, “Brooke Wilberger: What She Means to Our Community,” is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center, at the corner of 26th Street and Western Boulevard


Employee Benefits Fair– 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 – 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

Provost Sabah Randhawa invites OSU students, staff, and faculty to the Heckart Lodge/INTO OSU Center open house from 5 to 6 p.m. The INTO OSU Center recently moved into the newly remodeled Heckart Lodge. Dozens of our colleagues have worked over the past year to build the INTO OSU program and to create welcoming offices and classrooms in Heckart. If you have questions regarding this event, please email Gigi at gigi.bruce@oregonstate.edu.


Law enforcement officials, volunteers, businesses and individuals who participated in the search for Brigham Young University student Brooke Wilberger will be recognized at an appreciation ceremony on Oct. 11 at OSU. The event, “Brooke Wilberger: What She Means to our Community,” will begin at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center (26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis).

Upcoming Events

Next week

NEW! Join Mike Riley and Kerry Eggers for a booksigning of their new book, “Oregon State University Football Vault on Oct. 14, noon to 2 p.m. in the OSU Book Store (book level). Also appearing is the Joe Beaver Show with Mike Parker and Jon Warren broadcasting live.

NEW! OSU author and English instructor Wayne Harrison’s story, “Least Resistance,” was published last summer in The Atlantic. Harrison will speak about his work to Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club on Oct. 15 in the MU, room 109. Nonmembers can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat. See Harrison’s story at http://bit.ly/tIy8I

NEW! OSU Press has published a history of one of Oregon’s CPA camps for conscientious objectors, titled “Refusing War, Affirming Peace: A History of Civilian Public Service Camp #21 at Cascade Locks.”  The author, Jeff Kovak, a chemistry professor in Knoxville TN, has a strong avocation for peace issues and ties to Oregon. Kovak will be in Corvallis Oct. 18 for a 3 p.m. talk, presentation, and discussion at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The event is free and open to the community.

NEW! Technology Support Services (TSS) is once again offering an orientation session for all new Community Network customers. We will be presenting information about our support structure, the many services we offer and where to find help. We would strongly encourage anyone new to your department as well as anyone else who would like a refresher on TSS support to attend this session. The session will be held Oct. 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Valley Library West Willamette Seminar Room

On Oct. 20 the Austin Entrepreneurship Program will launch its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series. The guest speaker will be John Gardner, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies. He will speak from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weatherford Hall, Room D107. Gardner will share his experiences as someone who has successfully navigated the dual worlds of university and corporate life. This is a brown bag lunch. We will provide beverages. RSVP by Oct. 19 to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu. . Please note the name of the event in your response. Contact Mary McKillop mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu if you have further questions.

The Corvallis Science Pub presentation, “The Cheese Stands Alone: The Science behind Oregon’s Acclaimed Artisan Cheeses,” featuring Lisbeth Goddik takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, at Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

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 Austin Entrepreneurship Program presents, “Building Your Business Plan Series.” On Oct. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bill Witt of Witt Consulting will speak on “An Introduction to Entrepreneurship,” in Kelley Engineering Center 1003. All students are welcome. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu or go to www.bus.oregonstate.edu and click on calendar of events.

Please join Media Services to wish Herb Vloedman farewell and good luck on his new endeavors, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Valley Library third floor.  As Associate Director of Central Web Services,  Herb guided the develop of web resources from early stages to the full enterprise infrastructure provided by CWS today.  Herb’s leadership and expertise was critical to this transition at OSU.

Fall term Beaver Strides registration is happening NOW!  Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Oct. 16, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Beaver Strides registrants will receive their pedometers and tracking booklets. There’s a chance to win prizes, plus healthy snacks will be provided by First Alternative Co-op. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec, and join us for the fun!

An OWN open house, sponsored by OSU Women’s Network (OWN) and International Student & Faculty Services (ISFS), will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in 448 Snell Hall. This is a chance to network and discuss ways in which OWN can support the unique professional/personal needs and concerns of the international women of OSU. Bring your lunch, coffee, tea, and dessert provided.

World-renowned nature photographer Flip Nicklin, a contributor to National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, is returning to Newport, Oregon to teach a three-day digital photography workshop. Sponsored by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, the workshop will teach the elements of a good photo story. The workshop will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and still has several openings. For information about the workshop and to register, please visit the website: http://mmi.oregonstate.edu/digital-photography-workshop-flip-nicklin or contact Sheri Woods, (541) 867-0133, or email sheri.woods@oregonstate.edu.  The fee for this 3-day workshop is $250.  Class size will be limited to 24 participants.

Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at OSU on Oct. 23, in LaSells Stewart Center. Shiva’s speech, which begins at 7 p.m., is in conjunction with OSU’s symposium, “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology.” It explores the intersection of environmental justice and women’s lives. Her presentation and all symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Symposium sessions happen from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same day. The full schedule for the conference can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu For more information, contact Charles Goodrich, program director for the Spring Creek Project, Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6198.

“My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a play detailing the experience of a student from Washington’s Evergreen State College who was killed in Gaza working for Palestinian human rights, will show at Oregon State University Oct. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 25.

Art Of Imagination” starring Las Vegas illusionist Garry Carson is coming to Corvallis Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. See exotic animals, comedy magic, and grand illusions. Tickets are $20 until Oct. 22 then $25. All proceeds benefit all Corvallis public schools’ “Student Opportunity for Success Fund”. Tickets available at GraceWinds Music, All About Kids, Frogs & Pollywogs, all Corvallis Public schools and at www.cpsfoundation.org. For VIP tickets or for tickets on Free and Reduced lunch program call 757-5857

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

News for Employees

NEW! Please join President Ray, VP Cassady and the Research Office Team for the 2009 OSU Research New Faculty/Staff Orientation, Nov. 13, in LaSells Stewart Center, 7:45 a.m. -1 p.m.  This program will introduce new faculty/staff to the Research Enterprise at OSU.  In addition to an overview of the many services offered by the Research Office to support faculty success; participants can count on receiving key hints and tips from successful faculty insiders about preparing proposals, technology transfer and research integrity.  From how to get started, to expert help at negotiating the maze of rules and regulations; we’ll connect you with who is the best person to help with any research problem. Sign up through the OSU Registration Website http://oregonstate.edu/training/

SHS OUT OF SEASONAL FLU VACCINE: As of Oct. 6, Student Health Services (SHS) has exhausted its supply of seasonal flu vaccine and FluMist nasal vaccine. Therefore, no more seasonal flu shot clinics are currently scheduled for the OSU campus. SHS may receive additional doses of seasonal flu vaccine. If so, the campus community will be notified of its availability. For those faculty and staff covered by the PEBB health insurance plan, there are PEBB-sponsored seasonal flu shot clinics being held at various locations in Corvallis and Albany the rest of this month. For dates, times and locations, go to http://pebb.das.state.or.us/DAS/PEBB/flushots.shtml.

H1N1 VACCINE UPDATE: Student Health Services is still awaiting word on when the H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine will be delivered, and how much will be received. When H1N1 vaccine is available, SHS will inform the campus of plans to administer it. For more information, go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/swineflu.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) program for release for Spring term 2010. Applications are due in the Research Office by Nov. 16. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

The Association of Office Professionals is holding a drawing to give away two tickets to this year’s homecoming game with UCLA on Oct. 31.  $2/ticket or 3 for $5.  Proceeds to benefit the ASOSU Human Services Resource Center.  The HSRC provides programs, education and referral services to students on Oregon State University campus affected by hunger or poverty.  Please help us with this very important cause.  The drawing will be held at the AOP luncheon on Oct. 20.  You need not be present to win.  Contact Terri Cook 541-737-9189 or Vickie Nunnemaker 541-737-6268 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Training Days 2009: Are you confused about how OSU “works”?  Here’s your opportunity to learn about the business of doing business at Oregon State University.  Over 30 Workshops, Development, and Training Sessions are offered including: Conquering Risks, Preparing yourself for Change, TouchNet Deposits, Outlook Training, PERS Sessions, Where’s my Mail?(Campus Mail and Postal Concerns), Professional Acrobat (Software) Tips, “PaCS Feud”, and more!  It takes place Nov. 11-12 at LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and desert tasting. Register on line at:  http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Fall 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Oct. 16. Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically. Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

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

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

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.


Grants and Contracts Technician:  Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences. Full time position. This is an Internal search — open to regular OSU employees only.  To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004821.  Closing date is Oct. 23.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.

Administrative Program Specialist– College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Resource Management Program, part-time (.50 FTE), $2,484-$3,566/monthly @ 1.0 FTE + benefits. To review posting 0004819 and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Internal search. Closing date is Oct. 20.

The Arts & Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician Position, $2138-$2960 + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 000480.  Closing date is Oct. 18.

Facilities Services is seeking a Management Analyst 1. This is a half-time position, reporting to the Senior Planner of Facilities Services. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting # 0004808.  Position closes Oct. 16.

Traffic and Maintenance

Weniger Hall: Due to construction related to the Weniger Hall second floor renovation project, extreme noise is to be expected during this process. This work is necessary to drill anchors into concrete originating in Room 210. This work will begin immediately and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

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. today.


The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Nothing endures but change,” and surely that’s an apt phrase to describe an Oregon October, when every day brings something new. Today’s high will be 65, and tonight’s low will be a chilly 33. The weekend looks sunny and brisk, with highs in the 60s and lows in the low to mid 30s.

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