OSU Today

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 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.

Oregonian names new publisher (Portland Business Journal)
The Oregonian named Chris Anderson publisher Monday, according to a story on the newspaper’s Web site. He grew up in Heppner and graduated from Oregon State University, where he was editor of The Barometer. (See also OPB and the Oregonian)

Researchers Explain Recent Coastal Earthquake Swarms (OPB)
Bob Dziak is an Oregon State University marine geologist. His team now says the culprit was an undiscovered series of fault lines, about 140 miles off the coast. (See also Register Guard and KGW)

Ancient ‘Monster’ Insect: ‘Unicorn’ Fly Never Before Observed (Science Daily)
“No other insect ever discovered has a horn like that, and there’s no animal at all with a horn that has eyes on top,” said George Poinar, Jr., a professor of zoology at Oregon State University who just announced the new species in Cretaceous Research, a professional journal.

Oregon Book Awards honor new writers, veteran winners (Oregonian)

First-time authors and previous winners won Oregon Book Awards in an evening of surprises today at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Tracy Daugherty, an English professor at Oregon State University, won his fourth OBA for “Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme.” Daugherty’s three previous awards were for fiction. “Hiding Man,” a biography of the groundbreaking writer who was Daugherty’s mentor and friend, won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.

Michael Oriard: How the 60s Changed Big-Time College Football
(History News Network)

Michael Oriard is a professor of English and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. This essay is adapted from his new book, Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football From the Sixties to the BCS Era.

National hydrological measurement facility funded by NSF (Eureka Alert)
Scott Tyler, a University of Nevada, Reno scientist, is establishing the Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs (CTEMPs) using the NSF’s grant through their Division of Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities Program. The Center is a collaborative effort with researchers from Oregon State University, who will be developing novel applications for environmental measurement with sensor validation and development, working closely with industrial and government agency partners, and developing software support.

Green Rebuilding in New Orleans (Renewable Energy World)

A piece by David Bernell of Oregon State University.


It’s Homecoming Week. To see a list of events go to http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=891 and check OSU Today for updates.

Get involved, get active, and join the PAC 10 Fitness Challenge! This week OSU is competing with the PAC 10 schools to log the most minutes of physical activity. You can sign up online and check out events at http://pac10fitnesschallenge.com. Prizes include t-shirts, drawstring backpacks, and heart rate monitors.

Faculty Senate Elections: Today is the last day for faculty (professorial, research and professional) to decline to have their name on Faculty Senator nomination ballots. If you wish to decline nomination to be elected to represent your apportionment group in the Faculty Senate, please send a message to vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu. Your name will not appear on the nomination ballot, but you will still be eligible to vote on the senator nomination and election ballots.

Today’s your chance to share how Powered by Orange you are, and get the chance to win an iPod Shuffle at the same time! Stop inside the Memorial Union today between noon and 2 p.m., and enjoy free cocoa as you record a brief Powered by Orange message. Sponsored by the Powered by Orange Student Council. (Yesterday’s event cancelled due to a power outage)

The Women’s Center is hosting “Know your Boobies” – A breast cancer self-check workshop, at 4 p.m. today. Do you know what a lump feels like? How do you self-check? How often should you self-check? Are all lumps bad? Learn the answer to all these questions and more in an informative presentation from two beloved nurses from the Corvallis Clinic: Joanne Stutzman, R.N and Sue Merrill, R.N.

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

Upcoming events

This week

NEW! 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. He will also give a public lecture at 3 p.m. in Peavy Hall Room 130 on “Implications of Approaching Global Limits on the Earth’s Sustainable Productivity.” A reception will follow. Running is presenting the Alumni Fellow Seminar during Homecoming week at OSU.

NEW! Fools, trifles, syllabubs and other culinary creatures from the 19th century will be highlighted on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in a showcase of historic recipes featured in cookbooks in the Library’s collection dating from 1814 to 1899. This celebration of the pioneer palate will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Willamette Room on the third floor of the OSU Valley Library. All dishes will be prepared by volunteers and will be available for sampling. We encourage anyone who is interested in helping us bring these recipes into the 21st century to click on the PDF document below and check out the 100 or so examples we copied from the cookbooks. The original cookbooks in paper form and microfiche will also be available for perusal in the Archives reference room on the third floor of the OSU Library during of its open hours of 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. If you find a delectable dish that you want to prepare and bring to the showcase, please let us know! http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/archive/2009OregonArchivesMonthEvents.html

NEW! The Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine is welcoming OSU Alumni Fellow Dr. Bruce Mueller to campus Oct. 30. He will give a noon seminar on “Veterinary Service in Muslim Africa and Beyond: 1986-2009” in Magruder Hall Room 102.

NEW! Anita Vaughn has worked for OUS over 32 years, and on the OSU campus for 21 of those years. Please join her friends and colleagues from Civil & Construction Engineering and Business Affairs for light refreshments in the MU as we wish Anita farewell and good luck on her new endeavors, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the OSU Memorial Lounge in the MU.

NEW! The Corvallis Transit System (CTS) is treating everyone to free rides Saturday, Oct. 31. Treat yourself to an easy commute to Saturday’s events, both day and night. CTS will run normal Saturday scheduled hours. The Beaver Bus late night service will also run its scheduled hours, 8:45 p.m. to 2:45 a.m.  CTS and Beaver Bus schedules are available in the buses, City Hall, Corvallis-Benton County Library, and these OSU locations:  MU Business Office, Parking Services, Valley Library, the OSU Bookstore. For routes and other information, please visit the CTS web site at www.corvallistransit.com or call 541-766-6998.

NEW! Homecoming Tug-of war preliminaries are taking place Oct. 29, 6 p.m. at Truax Practice Facility.

NEW! The Homecoming Bonfire and pep rally takes place Oct. 29, 7 p.m., in the Callahan parking lot.

NEW! The Thriller dance event organized by the Student Alumni Association takes place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. in Reser Stadium.

NEW! The Powered by Orange 5-kilometer Walk/Run takes place on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m., Women’s Building on 26th Street. Check in/registration is at 8 a.m. Food and refreshments provided. Prizes for top overall finishers. To register go to http://kidspirit.oregonstate.edu/community-events Cost is $15 for students, $20 for non-students with a shirt, $10 for all without a shirt. The day of the race the cost is $20 without a shirt. Money benefits the OSU children’s program, KidSpirit. Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Sciences.

NEW! Printing dreams come true at the 2009 Printing and Mailing Open House, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a journey back to your childhood and relive many Disney adventures. Grab an adventure map at the castle doors where the magic begins. Back after great demand is Elvis on the Lilo & Stitch stage, and special appearances from many other P&M characters. Meet local vendors, enjoy a feast from local restaurants and visit with the P&M characters.

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

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.

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.

Next week

NEW! The OSU ethnic studies department and the Urban League of Portland present a symposium on the State of Black Oregon: A Call to Action, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5, in the MU Ballroom.

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. Faculty 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! The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees will soon be receiving a letter explaining how they can help support more than 850 individual charities. The campaign allows every state employee to be a philanthropist by deciding how much to give and where your money goes. This year’s goal is to raise $1.2 million. If every OSU employee pledged just $5 a month, it would double the amount of our total contributions. Starting in 2009 CFD has moved to an online system. Please read the instructions enclosed in your packet on how to give online. If you prefer to use the paper method, please use the enclosed form in your packet. Look for your Charitable Fund Drive packets in the mail this week.

NEW! 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. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8390.

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/

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/.


Office Specialist 1, located at OSU’s Benton County Extension Office on Ninth Street. Full-time, $1923/mnthly + benefits. Must already be an OSU employee. Req. skills: Reception, web maintenance, data entry, word processing and desktop publishing. For complete announcement and application go to https://jobs.oregonsate.edu/hr and view posting # 004753. Closing date is Nov. 13.

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

30th Street: Due construction associated with the Linus Pauling Institute Project, 30th Street North, between Jefferson Way and Campus Way will be temporarily shutdown.  The North bound lane on 30th street and the corner of Campus Way will be included in the roadway shutdown.  Traffic congestion will increase in this area due to construction, traffic control devices will be in place. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29 and the road should reopen by 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

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.

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 until 5 p.m. today.


You know the old adage, if you don’t like Oregon weather, wait five minutes? We certainly saw some of the truth of that yesterday, and today promises to be more of the same, as rain, hail, thunderstorms and wind are all expected, although if we’re lucky a few of yesterday’s sunbreaks will return too. Highs will reach 53 today, with an overnight low of 38, and tomorrow looks mostly cloudy.

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