OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 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.

Budget, enrollment questions answered:
OSU Leadership Answers Questions Concerning Budget Reductions, Alignment, and Long Term University Goals: To develop a better understanding of alignment of colleges into divisions and how reductions in budgets over the next two years will affect the university both now and into the future, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee recently called for anonymous questions or concerns to be submitted via its Web site. The Faculty Senate Executive Committee forwarded that feedback to OSU leadership for response, and has now posted those responses online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/Budget/index.html.  You’re encouraged to read this important dialogue, as we all work toward a stronger shared understanding of the university’s current and future challenges and opportunities.

2009 OSU Fall Enrollment Report: Assistant Provost of Enrollment Management Kate Peterson and Director of Academic Planning & Assessment Susie Leslie are pleased to provide you with a summary and assessment of the 2009 OSU Fall Enrollment. Read it here:  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/enrollmentmanagement/fall_2009_enrollment_report.pdf

Lessons in Oil for Groundwater Conservation? (New York Times)
Todd Jarvis, the associate director of the Institute for Water and Watersheds at Oregon State University, sees parallels between the planet’s dwindling oil supplies and groundwater depletion.

OSU fall enrollment sets record (KEZI)
Underscoring recent public discussions regarding possible Oregon State University enrollment growth over the next 15 years, OSU this fall has enrolled nearly 22,000 students – its largest student body ever, with major growth among graduate and other high-achieving students, students of color and out-of-state students at all levels. (see also Gazette-Times, Register-Guard, Portland Business Journal, Oregonian)

Ancient penguin DNA raises doubts about accuracy of genetic dating techniques
(Science Centric)

Penguins that died 44,000 years ago in Antarctica have provided extraordinary frozen DNA samples that challenge the accuracy of traditional genetic aging measurements, and suggest those approaches have been routinely underestimating the age of many specimens by 200 to 600 percent, according to OSU researchers. (See also Science Daily)

Kitzhaber to give talk on health care reform (Democrat-Herald)
Former Oregon governor and current gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber will visit Oregon State University on Thursday, Nov. 12, to give a free public seminar on health care reform and how to transition to a more sustainable future.

OSU’s Alicia Ortega to help Higher Ed Board advance college access, succes
s (OUS)

Oregon University System chancellor, George Pernsteiner, today announced that Alicia Ortega, associate director of Admissions and Recruitment at Oregon State University, will be helping the OUS to advance initiatives to support Latino student participation in and completion of college in Oregon.

Enterprises like, don’t love, Windows 7 (Computerworld)
None of the CIOs said they were deploying either Mac or Linux computers in significant numbers, not even Curt Pederson, CIO of Oregon State University.Oregon State’s Open Source Lab hosts a number of open-source projects in its data centers for public download.

OSU experimental forest will combine science, philosophy and art to look to the future (Oregonian)
Writers and philosophers will join scientists, forestry and agriculture policymakers, and timber company owners in an innovative conversation on the future scenarios of climate change and changing landscapes at OSU.

A Win, Win, Win, Win, . . . event!
(Oregon ACDA News)

Oregon Youth Festival Choir event comes to OSU.

Talks About An Option Levy To Pay For Programs (KEZI)
The OSU extension service program is struggling to stay afloat, but they might get some help from a local option levy.

Today

Training Days 2009: Are you confused about how OSU “works”?  Here’s your opportunity to learn about the business of doing business at Oregon State University.  Over 30 Workshops, Development, and Training Sessions are offered. It takes place Nov. 11-12 at LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free and there will be door prizes and desert tasting. Register on line at:  http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays/ Training Days Keynote Speaker is OSU’s own Bruce McGough, from the Department of Economics.  His presentation will be at 9 a.m. today at LaSells Stewart Center.  He will speak on “Economics, Politics and the Great Recession:  An Academic Perspective”

How Much Should I Save for Retirement, presented by Oregon Savings Growth Plan: OSU Training Days:  Today, 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/

The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series today with “The World in OSU.” With the influx of international students at OSU, it becomes more important to understand the experiences of our students from around the globe. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in MU 213 (this is a different room than usual). Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy getting to know each other better. Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

OSUsed Day Store, noon to 3 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.

Investing for Life’s Goals, presented by TIAA-CREF: OSU Training Days:  Today, 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/

Strength From Our Sisters:  A viewing of the documentary “The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” by Lisa F. Jackson is taking place at the Women’s Center at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The film sheds light on sexual assault used as a weapon of war against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lisa F. Jackson is herself a victim of gang rape, relates her story to those of other women in Congo. This is an opportunity for members of the community to witness the strength and resilience of women in the face of adversity.

Upcoming events

NEW! The November 12 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/11.html. Please note that the agenda contains a Recommendation for a Temporary Pay Reduction. Please review this proposal, talk with your colleagues to gain their perspective on this issue and come prepared to vote.  Other agenda items include: 2009 Candidate Slate, and a dialogue and response to issues in the context of the 2009-11 biennium budget and strategic plan by President Ray, Provost Randhawa and other OSU leadership. The meeting will be in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall from 3 to 5 p.m.; guests are welcome to attend.

NEW! H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic for OSU Students, Faculty and Staff Only – Thursday, Nov.12 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the MU Journey Room, while supplies last. Student Health Services has a very limited supply of injectable H1N1 flu vaccine. Shots will be given on a priority basis to the following groups of OSU students, faculty and staff: Pregnant women, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months of age, health care and emergency medical personnel, people up to age 24, and those 25 through 64 years of age with certain chronic medical conditions or a weakened immune system. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, you will be turned away if you do not meet the above criteria. Students: $10 (Charged to your OSU student account. Bring your OSU ID card.) Faculty/Staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon, the fee will be billed directly to Regence. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355.

NEW! This Friday the AFROTC is hosting a ceremony in honor of our veterans. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., in the Memorial Union Quad.  It will showcase a 21-gun salute, a 4 ship (4 aircraft) F-15 Flyover courtesy of the 123 Fighter Squadron from the Oregon Air National Guard, and an adress by WWII Veteran former Technical Sgt. Don Malarkey of the 101st Airborne’s “Easy” Company made famous by the novel by Stephen Ambrose and TV miniseries “Band of Brothers.”  The  ceremony will last approximately one hour, and is open to the public. The flyover will be very loud, and will take place at 11:07 a.m., over the MU Quad, directly following the performance of the National Anthem by OSU’s own Women’s a capella choir, “Devine.”

NEW! The Personal Defense Class that was going to be held on Nov. 10 has been moved to Nov. 17. The time and venue remain the same, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Strand Ag Hall (StAg) room 107. The event is free. This event is presented by OSU Women’s Network (OWN)

NEW! From appetizers through the main course and dessert, OSU Catering brings flare to meetings and events. Be a guest at this week’s Triad meeting at noon, Nov. 12, in the MU, room 109, and learn about food choices and ordering steps from Angela Haney, catering manager. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783 to reserve a seat.

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Euthanasia:  A Good Death?” on Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.  The speakers are Jerome Wernow and Lani Roberts. Wernow will present a Christian narrative approach and Roberts a philosophical perspective.

The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory will celebrate 100 years of continuous service to Oregon agriculture with an open house Nov.18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A short centennial recognition ceremony will be held at noon. The seed laboratory is located on Campus Way, across from the motor pool between 30th and 35th streets.

Max Rameau, a Haitian-born Pan-African theorist and organizer will give a talk Nov. 12, 7 p.m. in 305 Pharmacy. He founded Take Back the Land in 2006 and in October of that year, the organization seized control of a vacant lot in the Liberty City section of Miami. They built Umoja Village, a full urban shantytown to house part of the massive homeless population in Miami. For more information contact Lani Roberts at lroberts@oregonstate.edu.

The Linn Benton Employers Partnership for Diversity invites you to its next workshop, “Welcoming our Returning Veterans” Nov. 12 at the Greater Albany Public Schools district office from 3 to 5 p.m. Approximately 1200 Oregon National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return from Iraq in the summer of 2010. Come and hear from the reintegration team on how best to support these veterans as they transition back into employment and school, their families and the community. OSU employees may attend the workshops free of charge. To register or request accommodation: Salvador.Miramontes@co.benton.or.us Information: diane.davis@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. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

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.

News for Employees

NEW! Power Up! Improve your health and wellness. Set your own goals. Track healthy behaviors. Discover your power to pursue your goal! Want to be a Power Up team member and lead the way toward a healthier future? We’re looking for students, staff and faculty to join this health challenge. Learn more and apply to be featured at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/powerup/ Deadline is Nov. 25.

The School of Electrical Engineering is sponsoring a mural contest in celebration of the new degrees tracks in Sustainability and Renewable Energy for Engineering and Software Systems.  Anyone can enter the contest, and the final piece will be displayed in the Kelley Engineering Center.  The winner will receive materials to make the mural, and $1000.  (Entries must be received by Dec. 31.)  More information about the contest can be found at http://eecs.oregonstate.edu/mural/

The 2009 Oregon Charitable Fund Drive has begun, and OSU employees should have received the blue envelope with packet 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. State of Oregon public employee goal is to raise $1.2 million.  With over 4,500 employees at OSU, if each one of us donated just $5 per month, we could more than double the amount of contributions made last year from $118,000 to $270,000. Although the CFD has moved to a web-based process, employees also have the option of using the enclosed form in the packet to participate in giving. Online giving site – www.givingnexus.org/_cfduniversities  OSU information online at – http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ If you have not received the information in the packet, or need additional information, please contact Courtney Pedersen, 2009 CFD-OSU Assistant, OSU Conference Services (Email: conference.assistants@oregonstate.edu or by phone at 541-737-6441

From now until Nov. 21, UO and OSU fans, friends, students, parents and alumni will roll up their sleeves at blood drives around the state to give for a good cause.  The top team will be announced at the Civil War football game and the winning alumni association will receive the coveted civil war trophy. The OSU campus drive is taking place November 9-12 at the Memorial Union Ballroom from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.  Appointments can be made online at www.givelife.org sponsor code OSU or by calling 1-800-Give-Lif

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 Nov. 13.

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

Jobs

The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Business Center Human Resources Manager. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004946.  Closing Date: Nov. 24.

Fiscal Coordinator I – Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, F/T, $3250-4742/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Closing Date: Nov. 22. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Accountant I
– Office of Post Award Administration, Office of Business Affairs, F/T, $2960-4306/monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Closing Date: Nov. 19. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Specialist, OSU Extended Campus is seeking applicants for the position of Summer Session Specialist. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Position details and qualifications can be found at http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55797. Position closes Nov. 20.

The College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office is seeking a LSAMP/Undergrad Programs Coordinator. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Professional Faculty position. See posting details: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu Posting #0004932. Recruitment is open to current OSU employees only. Closing date is Nov. 22.

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.

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.

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.

Weather

November may be a duller, wetter version of October as fall leaves dwindle and puddles increase, but there are plenty of bright spots, like polka dot rain boots and striped scarves, and occasionally, several straight hours of sunshine. Showers will remain today, with a high near 50 and an overnight low of 38, and heavier rains return tonight before tapering off by 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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