OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 6, 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.

State of the budget:

Provost/Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa continues the dialogue regarding the university budget, academic alignment and decision-making processes related to both of those areas in a special “state of the budget” communication today. Read it here: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/provost-dialogue-11-06-09.html

Whale Watch: Endangered Designation in Danger (Wall Street Journal)
The humpback review, certain to be contentious, may not result in the species being delisted. “Some of this recovery is so recent that there will be uncertainty about it,” says marine mammal biologist Scott Baker at Oregon State University.

Innovators connect, network at Willamette Innovators Night (Gazette-Times)
Hundreds came to Willamette Innovators Night to network on Thursday evening. “It’s a phenomenal success,” said Mark Van Patten, of OSU’s College of Business. “It shows there’s an awareness by the community that this is needed and a willingness to be a part of it.”

Tiny fly poses huge threat (Capital Press)
“You have all the different fruits ripening through the season,” said OSU entomologist Vaughn Walton. “In Oregon, you have some early ripening ones, and then it just continues the whole way through until late in the season. They’ll just move from one to the other because they have so many hosts.”

OSU Professor speaks before United Nations (UN.org)
Professor Aaron Wolf, chair of the geosciences department at OSU, is schedule to speak before the Economic and Financial Committee of the United Nations General Assembly today.

Researchers study perceptions of saving coral reef ecosystems in Hawaii (Hawaii.edu)

An analysis done in Hawai‘i over several years by researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Oregon State University (OSU) found that most people visiting the state’s coral reef ecosystems enjoy them and care deeply about them, and will generally endorse whatever management is needed to protect them. (See also Science Daily)

More Great White shark sightings on Oregon Coast (KVAL)
“The fact remains there are more people in the water than ever before in the U.S. — population is growing — so fact remains that shark encounters are going to increase,” said Wade Smith, a shark researcher at Oregon State University.

Pirates invade OSU Theatre (Democrat-Herald)
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s classic light opera “The Pirates of Penzance” is coming to Oregon State University Theatre.


Remember to wear your orange today for College Colors Friday! Show everyone you’re Powered by Orange.


“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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Former Governor John Kitzhaber will give a free public lecture at Oregon State from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in Gilfillan Auditorium. The topic is Health Care Reform for the 21st Century. His lecture is part of a seminar course on health care policy and is not an endorsement of his candidacy for governor.

NEW! How Much Should I Save for Retirement, presented by Oregon Savings Growth Plan: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, Two Session: 11 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is designed to help individuals calculate a savings goal based upon current income, estimates of pension benefits, other retirement savings and social security income.  Register at: http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

NEW! Investing for Life’s Goals, presented by TIAA-CREF: OSU Training Days:  Nov. 11, LaSells Stewart, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Review the basic concepts and strategies that employees should grasp in order to make reasonable investment decisions. Register at http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/

The bright green Road Trip Nation bus will pull onto the Oregon State campus on Nov. 9, and students interested in learning more about the student-driven adventure series on PBS should stop in and find out how they can participate in their own road trip. Last year, three College of Engineering students from OSU took a sponsored Road Trip to the Bay Area to interview folks from Nvidia, Wired Magazine and Google, and blogged about their trip on the Road Trip Nation web site. Footage from that team’s trip will be debuted during the bus’s visit to OSU, and pizza and live music will be provided. The bus will be parked in the Memorial Union Quad between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. The video debut will take place between 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

On Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a kick-off reception for students interested in both the SisterScholars mentoring program and the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the OSU Women’s Center. SisterScholars is a student peer to peer mentoring program that provides training, events, speakers and networking activities leading to personal/academic growth and connection  to resources on campus and in the community. The Women’s Leadership Initiative likewise provides events and speakers as well as classroom and service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Beth Rietveld at 541-737-1330.

Interested in sustainability and reducing waste at OSU? “Talkin’ Trash,” a gathering for all those interested in reducing waste at OSU, is scheduled for Nov. 9, 4 – 6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St). Hour one will focus on recycling training and Q & A and hour two on involvement and brainstorming projects. Newcomers are welcome, as are people who can only attend part of the meeting. Sponsored by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 737-5398.

Is bigger, better?  The OSU chapter of the AAUP is sponsoring a Town Hall forum for Nov.10, (Weniger 116) from 4 to 6 p.m. to hear from all ranks of faculty and staff regarding potential changes and directions of the University.  This will be a facilitated democratic forum to express issues of concern, identify unanswered questions, and explore solutions – you do not need to be a member of AAUP to attend or to participate in the forum.  Additional information can be found at: http://people.oregonstate.edu/~uzgalisw/aaup/

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

Join the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s guest speaker, Pati Palmer, CEO of Palmer/Pletsch Publishing, 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. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu  Faculty are also invited for a luncheon meeting with Pati Palmer from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu by Nov. 9 and note the name of event. Seating is limited.

News for Employees

The College of Agricultural Sciences is presenting the first edition of their new e-newsletter, The Source.  It will be published every other month. Check it out at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/2009/november

KBVR TV offers a service for messages to be broadcast on our TV channel and website. This service is available for all non-profit and student organizations. To submit an announcement request, simply go to Kbvrtv.com and click the tab on the upper left corner that reads Forms, which will direct you to a page of links, one being the Community Announcement Form, Select that and fill out the information. After the form is submitted your message will be broadcast on CH. 26 and streaming on our website for the whole community to see.


The Washington County Extension Office of OSU invites applications for an Office Manager position. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004849. Closing date is Nov. 13.

Grants and Contracts Technician: The Oregon Sea Grant program is recruiting for one full-time Grant and Contracts Technician. Located on OSU campus, this is a rare opportunity to work with a fun team of dedicated individuals. Must already be an OSU employee. See the minimum education and experience qualifications and how to apply at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting #0004872.  Closing Date is midnight on Sunday.

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.10.  Posting #0004912.

Office Specialist 2: The Office of Admissions invites applications for an Office Specialist 2 – Admissions Evaluator.  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 #0004899.  Closing date Sunday. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Human Resources Consultant 1:  The Arts and Sciences Business Center is recruiting for one full-time Human Resources Consultant 1 (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs posting number 0004909.  Closing date is Nov. 9. OSU is an AA/EOE

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 #0004898

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.

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/monthly + 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.

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.


Hey ho, the wind and the rain! Why does that always sound more cheerful coming from Shakespeare? We’ll be seeing plenty of both today, and possibly a thunderstorm or two as well. The high will reach 55 today, and tonight will be 44. Rain continues Saturday and lessens to showers on Sunday. By Monday the steady rain will be back.

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