OSU Today

Friday, Oct. 16, 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.

OSU to host live taping of NPR’s ‘Philosophy Talk’ (Gazette-Times)
Stanford University professors Ken Taylor and John Perry, hosts of nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk,” will discuss our generation’s obligation to the future with the help of Oregon State University’s environmental philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore, during an hour-long live taping of the show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at LaSells Stewart Center.

Spotted Wing Drosophila identified in wine grapes (Oregon Natural Resources Report)
A newly recognized pest in Oregon continues to concern fruit growers and researchers with the recent discovery of a Spotted Wing Drosophila fly in a sample of Willamette Valley wine grapes. Since the tiny fly, Drosophila suzukii, was first confirmed in Oregon less than two months ago, there have been an increasing number of reports of its occurrence in a variety of fresh fruits, and now grapes, according to Amy Dreves, a research entomologist at Oregon State University.

New trooper joins OSP office at OSU (Gazette-Times)
A familiar face is joining the ranks of the Oregon State Police office at Oregon State University. Brittany Phelps, 22, graduates today from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training basic police training program.

Wheat leaders ponder biotech future (Capital Press)
Jim Peterson, Oregon State University wheat breeder and chair of the National Wheat Improvement Committee, said universities need to look at their role in the future of commercialization of biotechnology in hopes that public and private partnerships evolve.

OSU says 200 have swine flu

The H1N1 “swine flu” virus has sickened more than 200 students at Oregon State University in the past two weeks, according to Phill Histand, the director of Health Services at OSU. However, as of Thursday, no student’s illness had required hospitalization.

Play shares woman’s courage (Gazette-Times)
“My Name is Rachel Corrie” will show at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Oct. 24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall.

Club sets debate on Jesus’ value to the world (Gazette-Times)
The Oregon State University Socratic Club is sponsoring a debate, “Does the World Need Jesus?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20.


Fall term Beaver Strides registration is happening now. Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party 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.


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


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.

Upcoming Events

Next week

NEW! In celebration of Open Access Week, the OSU Libraries will be hosting staffed information tables in several departments on campus in an effort to answer questions from students and faculty about Open Access issues, specifically addressing authors’ rights and traditionally published journals.  Information on these topics, as well as ScholarsArchive (OSU’s institutional repository) will be available. On Oct. 20 the tables will be set up from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Moreland Hall Foyer.

Don Robert, CEO of Experian, will discuss the information services industry and the elements of a successful business model in a free public lecture at OSU on Oct. 19. Robert’s talk, “The Power of Information,” is sponsored by the OSU College of Business as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Experian. For more information see http://www.bus.oregonstate.edu/news/message.htm?messageID=1785.

James Oldfield, Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences, OSU, has been selected by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists for their Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist Award.  Bill Sanchez, president of the local chapter of ARPAS, and James Males, Head, Department of Animal Sciences, OSU, will present the award on Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. in 117 Withycombe Hall on campus.

Use the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s Building Your Business Plan Series to meet local experts and learn from them best practices for preparing your ideas and projects for submission to The Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition to be held April 16, 2010. On Oct. 20, the series focuses on marketing and sales. The speaker is Norm Galvin of ORM Consulting, Inc. He will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1003. All students welcome.

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Does the World Need Jesus?” on Oct.  20, at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.  The speakers are Marcus Borg and Martin Emmrich.  The debate focuses on what–if anything–the Jesus of the Bible has to offer to a world of relativism and cynicism.  Why should his voice be heard?  Is it merely one among the appeals of many pundits that compete in the marketplace of ideas?  The debate is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

“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.

Supervisors:  SEIU Furlough Days focus and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  If you’d like to hear about changes that will be affecting your department please attend one of two open forums hosted by Human Resources: Oct. 22, 9-10:30 a.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library. Oct. 23, 1:30 – 3 p,m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library

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

Nine highly seasoned Oregon authors will turn stories and poems into food for the hungry at The Magic Barrel: A Reading to Fight Hunger, a benefit for Linn-Benton Food Share to help relieve hunger in the mid-Willamette Valley.  This year’s reading will held Oct. 24, 7 p.m., in the Corvallis High School Theater. Admission is a suggested donation of $7 at the door, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information, call Charles Goodrich at 541-737-6198, or visit the Magic Barrel website: http://www.magicbarrel.org/

Get your costume ready for the fourth annual Oregon State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)/Oregon State University Athletics Fall Carnival Oct. 31.  For the first time the Carnival will be held in conjunction with the Beavers’ Homecoming football game at Reser Stadium against the UCLA Bruins. The festivities begin at either 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. (check osubeavers.com the week of Oct. 19 for exact time) at Parker Plaza outside the east entrance to Reser Stadium and will last approximately two hours.  Admission is free and kids ages 4-12 will be able to trick or treat at the student-athlete booths and enjoy the game-day inflatables.  Plus, there will be prizes for kids including backpacks and mini footballs, and of course candy.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Oregon State Police will begin a special week of enforcement of motor vehicle and pedestrian laws next Tuesday on the OSU campus. OSP troopers have noticed an unusually high amount of violations regarding stop signs, pedestrian crosswalks and other similar issues that directly threaten the safety of students, employees and campus visitors. You’re encouraged to do your part in observing all relevant laws and be aware that OSP will be watching closely during this special period.

NEW! International Education Week is Nov. 16-20. Colleges, departments and student groups are encouraged to plan events that highlight international education, research and outreach at OSU. Publicity deadline is Nov. 2. For information on planning and registering an event, visit http://oregonstate.edu/international/iew/.

Applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award are due Nov. 2. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award provides individual faculty members with grants of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. Two grants in the amount of $4,400 may also be considered for exceptionally compelling and well-written proposals. Application and guidelines are available at: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants/grants.php For information, contact Evelyn Riat at eriat@oregonstate.edu.

According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split among units). This choice will determine Senate representation. Faculty not choosing where they wish to be apportioned, will be placed in an apportionment unit. Please contact the Faculty Senate Office (faculty.senate@oregonstate.edu) prior to Oct. 22 to indicate with which unit you wish to be apportioned. When responding, please provide your name, the units you are split between and the one with which you prefer to be apportioned.

The weather is cooling down, colorful autumn leaves are falling, and all those holiday meals are just around the corner. The Question of the Quarter from Campus Recycling is How do you celebrate holiday meals sustainably? Answer this by Oct. 29 and if we choose to feature your response in our next newsletter, you’ll win a stainless steel mug! Answer now at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/quarter.cfm

OSU is participating in the second annual Fall Campus Challenge, which pits OSU against other colleges and universities in a nationwide competition to see who can get the most number of participants to get to campus using alternative modes of transportation.  Participation is free, and two participants are selected each week during October to receive $10 Fandango movie tickets.  More prizes, including iPod Nanos, are given away in November after the event concludes.  Go to http://commuterchallenges.com/cchome.asp and click on the 2nd Annual Fall Campus Challenge banner, and select OSU as your school once you’ve registered.

Science and Engineering Workshop for Middle School Girls at OSU. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls and their parents are invited to attend a free workshop called “Discovering the Scientist Within.” This event will be held at OSU on Nov. 7 from 8:15 am – 1:15 p.m. The morning includes fun, hands on activities, and the opportunity to meet successful woman engineers, doctors, veterinarians, research scientists, and university professors. Field trips to science labs at OSU will introduce girls to a variety of careers in science and engineering. For more information about the event and to register, go to: http://academy.engr.oregonstate.edu/discovering-the-scientist-within.html Registration deadline is Oct. 30.

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/

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.


The Department of Agricultural Education & General Agriculture is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Apply to posting #0004848. Closing Date: Oct. 23.

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 0004803.  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

Nash Hall: Due to necessary repairs on the building water system, all domestic hot water services to the Nash Hall will be temporarily shutdown.  his will affect all rooms on all floors. This shutdown is necessary to replace section of pipe associated with a ceiling leak. The shutdown will begin at 8 a.m. today and should end by 4 p.m.

Gill Coliseum: Due to required electrical upgrades in Gill Coliseum, electrical service will be temporarily shut down.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is required to upgrade electrical service. The shutdown will occur between 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 and 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

Dixon, Finley, Arnold and Bloss: Due to required electrical upgrades in Gill Coliseum, electrical service will be temporarily shut down in these buildings. The shutdown will occur between 9 and 10 a.m. on Oct. 23 and between 5 and 6 p.m. on Oct. 25.

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.

Gill Coliseum: Due to required upgrades, the electrical service to Gill Coliseum will be temporarily shut down. The shutdown will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 and should end by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.


Poets claim Nature paints her landscapes with a delicate brush, but this morning the trees look as garish as kindergartners who’ve gotten into Mom’s makeup drawer. Rain should roll in sometime around 11 a.m., and today’s high will be 68. Tomorrow rain will increase, and continue through the weekend as highs reach the low 60s. Heavy showers are expected.

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