OSU Today

Thursday, Oct. 29, 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 in 2025 will better reflect our nation (Barometer)
President Ed Ray talks about the changing demographics of OSU and the nation.

Killer foam: Was it a freak event or a warning? (Oregonian)
A simple organism that killed thousands of seabirds in Oregon and Washington has stunned scientists who are combing through clues in hopes of unraveling its mystery. Sensors situated 10 miles from Newport detected an ocean temperature of about 55 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s about 5 degrees warmer than averages from 2002 to 2008 at the same spot the same time of year, said Pete Strutton, an associate professor of oceanography at Oregon State University. (See also Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Robinson helps museum break fundraising record (Forest Grove News-Times)
OSU coach a big draw as Washington County Museum nets $90,000 at event.

Rural poor have barriers to healthy eating (UPI)
People living in poverty in rural Oregon often know what kinds of food they should be eating but often they can’t afford healthier food, researchers said. Joan Gross and Nancy Rosenberger, both professors of anthropology at Oregon State University, conducted in-depth interviews with 76 low-income households in two rural communities.

OSU Alert encourages students and staff to update preferences (Barometer)
Students and faculty alike are encouraged to log in and customize their individual records and preferences in case of an emergency near the OSU campus.

Bowled Over (Inside Higher Ed)
College football has changed a great deal since the 1960s, and Oregon State’s Michael Oriard has seen most of those changes firsthand.

Agri-tainment offers fun on the farm, with a side of conflict (Oregonian)
“People feel good about knowing a farmer and connecting with those agrarian roots on a personal level,” says Garry Stephenson, Oregon State University professor and director of the Extension Service small-farm program. “The thing driving it is a fascination about farming.”

Oregon Garden seminar: Developing with Green in Mind
(Molalla Pioneer)

The Oregon Department of Forestry will host “Developing with Green in Mind” at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 and the Oregon Garden, 879 W. Main St. Silverton. Derek Goodwin, watershed management agent from OSU Extension Service will speak about how to more sustainable natural resource management choices in the development process.

Turning cranberries green (Bandon Western World)
The Clearwater Cranberries farmers are working with Oregon State University to study the effects of new low-impact herbicides that are more bee-friendly.

Ancient ‘unicorn’ fly had 3 eyes on its horn (CBC.Canada)

Scientists have found a new species of prehistoric insect preserved in amber, a tiny “unicorn” fly with an unusual set of eyes. The fly, found in a 100-million-year-old chunk of amber from a mine in Myanmar, has a small horn on the top of its head with three simple eyes on top, in addition to two larger compound eyes. “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 zoologist at Oregon State University.


Check your ticket! If you participated in the Student Powered by Orange Council video shoot in the MU Lounge over the last two days, we’ve drawn a winning number: 383292. Email kegan.sims@oregonstate.edu if that’s your number and you’ll receive your iPod shuffle.

PEBB Benefits Open Enrollment Deadline is Oct. 31.  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 January 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

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.

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, 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: 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.

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. in the OSU Memorial Lounge in the MU.

Homecoming Tug-of war preliminaries are taking place at 6 p.m. at Truax Practice Facility.

The Homecoming Bonfire and pep rally takes place at 7 p.m., in the Callahan parking lot.

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production of Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” will be held tonight at 7 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. Speaking and non-speaking roles are available for men and women. Actors who can do English accents and are prepared to have fun are especially needed. Auditions are open to the public. Performance dates are Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact director Charlotte Headrick at 541-737-4918 or cheadrick@oregonstate.edu

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

Upcoming events

This week

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

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.

Horizon Airlines, a corporate sponsor of Oregon State University Athletics, will fly its OSU themed Bombardier CRJ-700 jet over Reser Stadium prior to kickoff of this Saturday’s Homecoming football game against the UCLA Bruins. The low altitude flyover will take place at approximately 12:52 p.m., eight minutes before kickoff. The jet will make two flyovers in different directions.

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.

Come to the Spooky Fantasy Realm of Printing & Mailing for the 2009 P&M Services Open House, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a journey back to your childhood and relive many Fantasy adventures.  Grab an adventure map at 100 Cascade Hall where the fun begins! Back after great demand is Elvis on the Hawaiian stage, and special appearances from many other P&M Halloween characters. Then meet local vendors and enjoy a feast from local restaurants.

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.

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.

Next week

NEW! PERS One-Year to Retirement Workshop to be held on campus Nov. 16 in the MU JPLC, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  No Registration required, seating available on a first come basis. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 541-737-2805 or email employee.benefits@oregonstate.edu

NEW! “Make a Joyful Noise,” a choral celebration featuring choirs and ensembles from mid-valley United Methodist Churches, will take place Nov, 8, 3 p.m. and First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe. A freewill offering will support the United Campus Ministry of OSU.

Do you have a great idea? The Idea Challenge, sponsored by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, is an opportunity for students to pitch their business idea or come to hear other students pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. It takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Kelley Engineering Center Room 1003. Find out if your idea has what it takes to go forward. This is a great preparation for the 2010 Enterprise Challenge, the OSU business plan competition, where the prize money totals $17,500. Winners of the Idea Challenge will receive $50 and be paired with a mentor to prepare for The Enterprise Challenge to be held on April 16, 2010. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. For more information email Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

Want to know how one woman turns her fashion dreams into a multi-million dollar international business? Then join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, who will talk about Dreams on Paper, noon to 1:20 p.m., Nov. 12, in LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. She will discuss creativity, timing, promotion, and partnering in an inspiring and sometimes humorous presentation. She established the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, and in 2008 she was inducted into The American Sewing Guild’s Sewers Hall of Fame. The Business Section of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences named her Entrepreneur of the Year. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

The OSU Women’s Network presents Personal Defense Class, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Strand Ag Hall Room 107. The free presentation is designed to give attendees an enlightened awareness of his/her surroundings, including threat assessment, assaultive profiles, cues of potentially assaultive behavior, de-escalation and tactical mindset. The power point gives an improved understanding of self preservation and greatly improving your odds of survival. Instructor Jack Burright has 20 years martial arts experience and is a 5th Dan Master Black Belt in mixed martial arts.

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 Summer Term 2009 Enrollment Summary is now available at the Office of Academic Planning and Assessment web page: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/ir/enrollment/ES_Summer_2009.pdf The Summer Term 2009 total enrollment was 7,832, increased by 732 students or 10.3% from Summer Term 2008.

NEW! Fidelity & TIAA-CREF Representatives are on campus in November and December for individual consultations to discuss your workplace savings plan benefits (TDI) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). For additional information and to schedule your confidential consultation visit the OHR website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! The Graduate School is pleased to announce a request for proposals under the 2010-11 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program. The University Graduate Laurels Block Grant Program is an annual, competitive process designed to provide graduate programs increased flexibility to incorporate and effectively manage University Graduate Laurels Scholarships within their own graduate student financial support strategies. Approximately 10 University Graduate Laurels Block Grant proposals will be funded under the FY11 competition. For complete details please go to: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/faculty/UnivGradLaurelsBlockGrantProgram.html

The Losing Inches Through Exercise & Nutrition study, conducted by Dr. Melinda Manore at Oregon State, is seeking female volunteers to participate in a five-month research study examining the effects of an exercise and diet program on weight loss and health risk factors. If you are between 18-50 years, premenopausal, 10-40 pounds overweight, and are low active, you may qualify to receive free exercise classes, a personalized weight-loss diet and sessions with a Registered Dietitian, and free medical testing (blood tests, body composition analysis, fitness testing)! If you are selected to participate you would need to attend regularly scheduled exercise classes and adhere to a weight loss diet designed by a Registered Dietitian. You would also need to come to the OSU campus for health testing during the 5-month period. This opportunity is only for a limited time. If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact Kari at 541-737-8516 or visit our website at www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/litenupstudy. IRB application #4376.

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. 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.

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/


The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) is seeking applicants for a Head Academic Advisor.  This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Head for Undergraduate Education in the School of MIME.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Nov. 10.  Posting #008715

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Oregon Sea Grant Extension program is recruiting for one Grant and Contracts Technician position. Must already be an OSU employee. See the minimum education and experience qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004872.  Closing Date is Nov. 2.

OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is seeking a F/T Custodian, starting at $1854/monthly + benefits. Major duties include general institutional custodial duties. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004900. Closing date: Nov. 23. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Facilities Services is seeking an Accounting Technician. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Associate Director-Controller of Facilities Services.  Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only.  Position details and qualifications can be found at  http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Position closes Nov. 27. Posting #0004903.

Accounting 1: The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Accountant 1 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 0004858.  Closing date is Oct 30. OSU is an AA/EOE

Office Specialist 2: The department of Chemistry is recruiting for one 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 #0004884.  Closing date Nov 5. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant– The department of Student Health Services is recruiting for an Administrative Program Assistant for the Family Planning Project.  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 #0004901.  Closing on this position is Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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.

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 should end by 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

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.


It’s finally really feeling like October, with that distinct combination of driving rain and bitter wind, accentuated by giant puddles and sprinkled with leaf muck. Today will be rainy and cloudy, and there won’t be much temperature variation as we’ll reach a high of 54 and an overnight low of 53. Friday will be a bit less rainy with a high of 63.

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