OSU Today

Monday, Oct. 26, 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.

Study: Warmed NW forests may yield less timber (Seattle Times)
A new study suggests warming temperatures predicted over the next century could boost tree growth on Northwest forests, but less so at lower elevations where most of the timber is and temperatures are already warm. Researchers from Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service calculated an increase in forest growth rates in Oregon and Washington of between 2 percent and 12 percent by the end of the century, when climate models predict temperatures to be between 0.9 degrees and 6.7 degrees higher than they are now. (See also Oregonian)

More than a game (Gazette-Times)
Stephanie Honeyman, who was one of about a dozen OSU students at Sunday’s forum, said she started attending the forums so she could receive extra credit for a Spanish class at OSU. However, as she’s learned more about immigration, she said she’s becoming more involved.

OSU health conference focuses on climate change, healthy aging (Gazette-Times)
The hottest topics related to health will be the focus of the two-day Oregon Public Health Association Conference that starts Monday at Oregon State University.

Lane County’s OSU Extension Service may require a budget boost (Register-Guard)

Officials say Lane County funding for the service will run out in June, forcing the elimination of three of the four curriculum areas. Supporters want to keep the service going with a property tax increase that the county board might put on the May ballot.

OSU Business School honors family oriented Woolen Mills (East Oregonian)
Pendleton Woolen Mills is among six Oregon companies and three people to receive recognition from the oldest family business awards program in the nation. (See also Oregonian and Gazette-Times)

Cover crops provide benefits for next summer season (News-Review)

Steve Renquist, Horticulture Extension agent for OSU Extension Service of Douglas County, talks about the importance of cover crops.

Today

Kick off Homecoming Week by stopping by the Memorial Union Quad from noon to 2 p.m. today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Enjoy free cocoa and record a brief Powered by Orange message. Sponsored by the Powered by Orange Student Council.

Join other students, faculty and staff for group walks around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods during the lunch hour. The group meets at noon at Student Health Services (Plageman Building) near the east entrance and walk for approximately 45 minutes.

As part of the OSU zoology fall seminar series, Douglas Warrick, assistant professor, will speak on “The Flight of Not-A-Bumble Bee: What Hummingbird Aeromechanics Do and Don’t Mean” at 3:30 p.m. today in Ag Life Sciences Room 4001.

The next session of Public Healthy Policy and Politics in Oregon will address menu labeling and HB2726. Most chain restaurants in Oregon will soon be required to list the calories on their menu items. This will be discussed by Thomas Aschenbrener, President of the Northwest Health Foundation, Hon. Tina Koten of the Oregon House of Representatives and Alejandro Queral, Director of Government Affairs for the American Heart Association. The discussion takes place from 4 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. in Kearney Room 112.

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

Upcoming events

This week

NEW! Supervisors and Classified Employees:  Due to increased interest in discussing SEIU Furlough Days and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, two additional forums have been scheduled.  If you’d like to hear about changes that will be affecting your department, please attend one of two open forums hosted by the Office of Human Resources: Oct. 29, 9-10:30 a.m., or Oct. 30, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Willamette Industries Seminar Room, third floor, Valley Library. The room capacity is 60 people, and seating will be based on a first come basis.  Classified employees are expected to obtain their supervisor’s approval before attending.

NEW! Celebrate Corvallis has been recognizing citizens and businesses for their outstanding achievements for over 60 years. Michelle Davis will tell us more during this week’s Triad lunch at noon Oct. 29, room 109 in the MU. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, if you’d like to be a guest and enjoy lunch with some of OSU’s distinguished faculty.

On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe, the combined choirs of Oregon State University and the Oregon Youth Festival Chorus will join together in a special concert on behalf of the mid-Willamette Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. This unique, first-time event, “Raise Your Voice,” will be conducted by international composer, conductor and clinician, Eric Whitacre, and will include a special performance by Grammy Award-winning soprano, Hila Plitmann. All proceeds from the concert will benefit Community Outreach. Tickets to Raise Your Voice are $13, $18 and $22 and are available on line at: https://community-outreach.ticketleap.com and at Gracewinds Music and Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/music/chorus

Steven Running, an OSU Alumni Fellow award recipient, will speak Oct. 30 on “How a tree physiologist became a ‘rocket scientist’” from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107. Running is presenting the Alumni Fellow Seminar during Homecoming week at OSU.

Next week

NEW! 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. This is open to all students. Faulty and staff who are interested in the topic are also welcome. Christopher Klemm, Director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003 on the topic of competition. 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.

News for Employees

NEW! Following the recent State of the University Address by President Ray, the subsequent release by Provost Randhawa of Implementation Guidelines and the Preparing for a Better Future document distributed by President Ray, a number of faculty have expressed the need to clarify how current alignment and budget reduction actions are necessary to foster the long-term strategic directions of the university. In order to develop a better understanding of the long-term vision and how alignment and reduction actions will affect both the short and long term operations of OSU, the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate is providing an opportunity to the university community to anonymously submit questions and concerns to a website by Nov. 1. The goal is to have responses posted on the Faculty Senate website by Nov. 20. The anonymous website can be accessed from the Faculty Senate homepage at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/

Introduced one year ago, the OSU Alert system has proven to be an effective way to communicate critical information quickly to tens and thousands of Oregon State University students, faculty and staff and other members of the university community. To access the site, OSU students, faculty and staff should go to http://alert.oregonstate.edu/ and select the “Enter your emergency contact information” link.  The site requires users to supply an OSU “ONID” e-mail address and nine-digit OSU identification number. All students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to the system, whether or not they are new to OSU, to ensure currency of their information. Individuals who have obtained a new cell phone number or who have moved and gotten a new home phone number, for instance, should be aware that there is no way for that information to be updated automatically in the OSU Alert system; users must take care of that themselves.

Are you ready to explore leadership and the leader that is within you? The Journey Into Leadership Program is seeking participants from all positional levels of OSU as well as a mix from both main and off-campus sites for a balanced group that represents the diverse facets of the OSU community. This program promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold within the institution. To learn more about this series, visit the website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership Those interested in participating must submit an online application (available on the website) no later than Friday, Nov. 13.

How would you like to participate in training programs at anytime and from anywhere? Training & Professional Development has developed several online training programs available through OSU’s Blackboard Academic Suite to assist you in being a more effective employee, supervisor, manager and/or faculty member. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/training/registration.html and follow the instructions under the “Online Trainings” heading to take advantage of these “no cost” training sessions.

OSU Libraries is accepting applications for the 2009-2010 Library Research Travel Grants for the fall funding period.  These grants promote faculty scholarship and instructional expertise by supporting faculty travel to libraries and collections outside the state of Oregon. The deadline is Nov. 16. For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell at 541-737-8528 or faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu.

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/.

Jobs

Accounting Technician: The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accounting Technician 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 0004803.  Closing date is Nov. 1.

Office Specialist 2- The department of Geosciences is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2. This is a full-time, 12-month position. This is an internal search and open only to OSU employees, for more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004880.  For consideration apply by Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Oregon University System International Programs, IE3 Global Internship Program invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, fixed-term professional faculty position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Posting number: 0004863.

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. 28.

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to roadway repairs, the right hand turn lane on Jefferson Way at the 15th street intersection will be temporarily shutdown. Construction will also affect the North bound bike lane on 15th street, the bike lane will be closed at the North side of the intersection.  The Linn-Benton Loop Bus will be temporarily detoured to the CTS bus stop at the SouthWest corner of 15th street and Jefferson Way for the duration of work. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 27 and should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

Campus Way: Due to repairs on the water services to the East Greenhouse, Campus Way, between 26th & 30th street will be temporarily shutdown.  Construction will also affect the north sidewalk on Campus Way, which will be included in the roadway shutdown.  Congestion in this area can be expected, traffic control devices will be in place. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. today.

Kerr Admin: Due to the replacement of the south ADA access ramp into Kerr Administration Building, the south ADA ramp will be temporarily shut down.  Temporary ADA access will be through the eastern entrance.  All ADA parking spaces directly adjacent to the southwestern side of Kerr will be temporarily relocated to the paid (metered) parking spaces located on the southeastern corner of Kerr. Reserved spaces will be relocated within the southern area of the parking lot.   We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, however this shutdown is necessary to accommodate construction equipment and crews. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today, and we anticipate restoring services by 5 p.m. on Dec. 28.

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. Due to renovation in Room 212, some noise may be experienced between 8 a.m. today and 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

Weather

We’re kicking off Homecoming week with some warm, wet weather, but hopefully it won’t dampen the enthusiasm for all the Haunted by Orange events happening this week. Today’s high will reach 55 with an overnight low of 41. Tomorrow will be a bit less rainy, and Wednesday will be mostly cloudy.

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