OSU Today

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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.

Corvallis researchers use harmonic radar to track butterflies (The Republic)

Victoria Bennett is a post-doctoratorate researcher at Oregon State University, based in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, with Matthew Betts, a landscape ecologist specializing in hummingbirds, and Winston Smith, a USDA Forest Service wildlife ecologist famous for his work on flying squirrels, as her supervisors.

Spring is in the air and so are intoxicated birds (Audubon Magazine)

blackberries, pyracantha or juniper berries, crabapples or mountain ash fruits. “These birds may be tipsy, inadvertent victims of alcohol consumption,” Oregon State University’s Extension Office reports.

USDA to talk food initiatives at Oregon colleges (The Columbian)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy secretary is visiting university campuses in Portland and Corvallis to talk about nutrition and a federal initiative called “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” Kathleen Merrigan plans to visit Portland State University and Oregon State University Thursday afternoon.

A career dress rehearsal (Gazette-Times)

Jennifer Kiesewetter took advantage of the third annual Benton County Career Convention on Wednesday at Oregon State University to explore three career options: education, computers and animal care. The German exchange student also participated in two mock interviews — her first exposure to the vital job-seeking rite of passage.

Tech tool could take the guessing out of college fundraising (eCampus News)

Oregon State University (OSU) on Feb. 17 launched the Building Community Initiative (BCI), a program designed to “assesses the affinity and connection” between alumni donors and their college or university.

Recyclemania events get campus greener, cleaner (LIFE@OSU)

Recyclemania events continue this month with a variety of activities aimed at making Oregon State University a more sustainable community.

Thousand cankers disease found on Eugene tree (KVAL)

Laboratory analysis at the Plant Clinic at Oregon State University (OSU) confirmed the large walnut on Madison Street next to Gray’s Garden Center to be the first known case in Eugene found to have the disease. (See also Register-Guard)

OSU Gripe Fest: Air a grievance, see results (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University’s student government asked peers one simple question: You got a problem? They hoped to collect responses about what bothers students most about OSU during the fifth annual Gripe Fest, which started at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Union Lounge.

When Greenbelts Fail (Per Square Mile)

Greenbelts provide open space amenities for crowded cities, but unless they are properly designed, they can lead to leap-frog development and sprawl. Based on research by Junjie Wu and Andrew Plantinga at Oregon State University.

Summer Agriculture Institute still has openings (East Oregonian)

Space still is available in the 2011 Summer Agriculture Institute, a three-credit graduate course offered through Oregon State University.

Today

Color your world with nutrition! This week in the MU Quad, stop by for free food, games, prizes, nutrition education and more, all under the big tent. The event takes place through March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Special guests include First Alternative Co-op, Bob’s Red Mill and Dave’s Killer Bread. Also check out the “Color your plate” themed meals at campus dining locations, including Pangea and e cafe.

Silent Auction for OSU Food Drive-Business Affairs, 100 Kerr  from noon to 4 p.m. Due to the snow days, Business Affairs is having its fundraiser a couple of days late but just in time to make the dollar donation deadline. We’ll have a hand-made quilt and quilted items, hand-made wood cutting boards, original art work, theme baskets, landscaping & painting services for sale, hand-designed jewelry, Beaver stadium chairs, dessert-a-month, antique glassware and much, much more.

When food-borne illnesses or infectious diseases spread, Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, tracks down sources in an effort to protect public health. Hedberg will discuss her work at the noon meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff lunch club. Triad meets at noon in the MU, room 109. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Come to CRAFT 2: reCycled gaRden Art craFt nighT from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), a fun opportunity to channel your inner artist. We will be making signs, plant holders, and much more out of recycled and reused materials, to be displayed in the SSC’s garden. There will be snacks available for those who attend.

Tired of stuffy “sanitary napkins”? Consider homemade menstrual pads! They are comfortably customized to your use and preference, and are a healthy alternative to the variety of chemicals found in synthetic products. This intimately set class gets women together to design and fashion reusable cloth menstrual pads. Patterns and materials will be provided. 6 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, will be visiting Oregon State University in Peavy 130 at 6:30 p.m. Merrigan will be engaging in an interactive discussion with students on careers, food, policy, health, nutrition as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is heavily involved with the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative and was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” in 2010. Students and staff from all colleges and departments on campus are invited to come and participate in the event.

The annual Recycle Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) in the MU Ballroom. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold in the M.U. Quad through today at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This year’s show, Dumpsters to Diamonds, is organized by the OSU Fashion Organization, and allows OSU students to showcase their sense of design using reused materials.

Upcoming Events

Oregon State University’s noon concert series, Music à la Carte, is finishing off winter term with a special evening concert, titled “Dinner in the Commons with OSU Glee,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in the Memorial Union Commons. Admission is free. While dinner is not provided, food can be brought into the commons and restaurants in the MU will be open for business.

Come to the Pride Center’s Show Your Pride RecycleMania Craft Party on Friday, March 4, at 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pride Center (15th & A). Show your pride by rainbow tie dying a reused item of clothing and creating custom stickers (made from scraps from the OSU Sign Shop) for your water bottle, bicycle, or whatever else you want! You bring one or more items of clothing to dye and we’ll provide the rest!

More than 300 mid-Willamette Valley children will perform in The Heart of the Valley Children’s Choir (HVCC) Holiday Concerts on Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe. All five choirs that make up the Heart of the Valley (HVCC) choir organization will perform. They are: Preparatory Choir, Children’s Choirs 1 and 2, Festival Choir, and Chamber Choir, with participants ranging in age from 8 through eighteen. Tickets $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors and are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and at the church prior to the concert.

News for Employees

NEW! The 2011 OSU Building Energy Challenge has come to a close!  Congratulations to Bexell Hall, Withycombe Hall, Kelley Engineering, and Property services for winning their category!  Detailed savings analysis is still underway, but overall, participating buildings reduced their use of energy by over 15,000 kWh of electricity, 250,000 lbs of steam and 350 therms of natural gas, which totals over $6,000!  Thanks to everyone who participated and helped reduce OSU’s energy consumption!  Please take a moment to fill-out the following survey on the Challenge; it will help us improve for future years as well as hear your ideas on ways OSU can continue to keep saving energy.

NEW! The Lewis Leadership Award is designated for Facilities Services (FS) employees who have demonstrated leadership qualities in their work at OSU.  The award process was developed by a grass roots FS committee to recognize an employee whom embodies the spirit of “leadership at every level”. This could have been exhibited by a single event, or by sustained performance. The award is presented to the employee at FS’s All-Hands Meetings. The employee receives a cash award as well as other kudos. Nominations must  be received by 1 p.m. Monday March 7. To submit a nomination for the Lewis Leadership Award see http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

NEW! TIAA-CREF counseling sessions: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Shane Roghaar, TIAA-CREF Retirement Counselor, he will be on campus for individual consultations during April. Roghaar can answer your questions regarding the Tax Deferred Investment and Optional Retirement Programs with TIAA-CREF. The sessions will be held on April 5-7. To reserve a time to meet, call 1-866-928-4221 ext 472601. Room locations and times will be provided at the time your reservation is made.

NEW! Registrations are filling up fast for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s annual Town Hall, Wed., March 9, at the CH2MHill Alumni Center.  The event includes a Sustainability Fair from 5-7 p.m. with more than 50 hands-on exhibits highlighting the sustainability efforts of local businesses, organizations, and Coalition action teams, and a town hall from 7-9 p.m. focused on action toward sustainability.  A special focus of this year’s town hall will be economic sustainability and what we can do individually and as a community to help create a healthy, resilient local economy.  Locally-sourced music and snacks provided!  Free and open to the public, but space at the town hall meeting is limited.  Register by March 7 at www.sustainablecorvallis.org. The OSU Sustainability Office is helping sponsor this event; OSU is a Corvallis Sustainability Coalition partner organization.

President Ed Ray has been named one of seven new directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the University Archives! In celebration of Women’s History Month, the University Archives invites you to view a small exhibit documenting the extraordinary lives of seven women who attended or worked at OSU. Location: 3rd Floor of the Valley Library, University Archives, Display Case. Dates: March 1st – 31st. Find out more on the OSU Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the University Archives . The OSU Libraries’ University Archives is the repository for records that document OSU’s history. Collections include items of enduring value generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices, students, and campus organizations.

Check out the College of Health and Human Sciences’ blog, Synergies.

If you have been a lucky visitor to the CAPS Mind Spa on the 5th floor of Snell Hall please give us a few minutes of your time to take this survey. http://studentvoice.com/orst/mindspa2011 If you have not had a chance to rest, restore and rejuvenate at the Mind Spa please visit the CAPS Mind Spa web site at http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa and then call 541-737-2131 for an appointment. Students and OSU Employees are welcome. Learn how to actively relax at the Mind Spa.

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2011 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by Monday, March 7. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed on the Research Office web site: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at (541) 737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu.

The OSU Association of Office Professionals (AOP) will award at least one $500 scholarship based on achievement and potential for the 20011-12 academic year. To qualify, applicants must be a full time Oregon State University student with sophomore, junior or senior standing at the time of application with at least one full year of undergraduate studies remaining during the 2011-12 academic year, and have a major or declared minor in the College of Business, or regardless of major, have a parent or legal guardian who is a member in good standing in the OSU Association of Office Professionals. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office, Student Involvement, College of Business, any college with a business minor or from the applicant’s academic advisor. A completed application, three current letters of recommendation and a current unofficial transcript must be submitted byFriday to Maureen Childers, Disability Access Services, 200 Kerr Administration Bldg, Corvallis, OR 97331 or e-mail to maureen.childers@oregonstate.edu.

Jobs

Accountant I – Office of Business Affairs, Oregon State University, F/T, $2960-$4306 /monthly + benefits. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting #: 0006958 Closing Date: March 8. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Administrative Program Assistant: The INTO OSU Program invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant.  This is a full-time, 12-month position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting # 0006993.  Closing date March 7. OSU is an AA/EOE.

The University Honors College seeks a full-time Academic Advisor to join our advising team.  The overall mission of the UHC is to provide an innovative, enriched learning experience and a small college atmosphere to motivated, capable students, integrating students from all academic colleges and departments into a cohesive community.  The person in this position must have a bachelor’s degree, excellent communication skills, ability to give group presentations, and experience in an advising related field.  For full details or to apply go to: http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number: 0006983. Closing date March 24. OSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The College of Education invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Office Specialist II position.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY.  Responsibilities include:  Schedule of Classes liaison, Administrative support and Scholarship and Awards coordinator.  For complete list of duties, qualifications and requirements and to apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and search for posting # 0006952.  Closing Date: March 14.

The Emerging Technology & Services Department of the OSU Libraries seeks an Operating Systems/Network Analyst for a full-time, 12 –month position. Responsibilities include: Unix Systems Administration, Unix Application Support, Thin Client Administration, Technical Consultation, Planning & Innovation as well as support for our Labs and Classroom. To review details, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting #0006936.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking a part-time employee to work in our Student Services department. This is a 20 hrs/week, temporary appointment through approximately July 8. What we’re looking for: An outgoing and energetic person who is excited to work with international students, adaptable to a variety of requested tasks, and able to work flexible hours. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, thorough, detail-oriented, able to manage projects and paperwork in an efficient and timely manner, and is friendly and relaxed with international students of varying English ability. Please respond with cover letter and resume to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu. Compensation will be determined based on skills and experience. Posting closes on March 9 at midnight.

INTO Oregon State University is seeking an Academic Support Assistant. This position directly assists the Academic Support Manager and serves as a member of the Academic Support Team. Candidate must have above average Microsoft Excel skills to prepare and manipulate data within an excel spreadsheet or database. The duties of the Academic Support Assistant will include: 50 percent Student Attendance & Progress: Report Management & Coordination, 40 percent Program of Study Changes, Extensions and Withdrawals: Coordination, 10 percent Testing & Registration: Event Coordination & Assistance. A degree in Administrative or business related support or equivalent to two or more years of academic or administrative support is preferred. Please send cover letter and resume for immediate consideration to rhonda.maillard@oregonstate.edu.

Executive Assistant to the Vice President, for the Finance and Administration Division of Oregon State University. Position is full-time, 12-month, fixed-term. Responsibilities include: administrative support and project management, office coordination, and lead work. Salary is $55,000-65,000, with benefits. To review details and apply go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu and look at posting#0006974. Closing Date: March 14.

Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking a Multicultural Resource Coordinator. The person in this position is responsible for identifying and addressing the needs of students from underrepresented populations in collaboration with campus partners. The person in this position will work and report to the Marketing, Assessment, and Communications, and Diversity Unit as well as provide leadership to the Department’s Diversity Initiative. For complete list of qualifications and for full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter that address the minimum and preferred qualifications by March 15 at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs Posting # 0006940. OSU is an AA/EOE.

OSU Extended Campus seeks a Web developer/designer to join our Market Analysis and Development team. The purpose of this position is, in coordination with the Lead Web Developer, to research, develop, deploy and evaluate new designs and technologies for OSU Extended Campus Marketing. This position will design, develop, test, implement, and maintain web and multimedia applications as needed. In coordination with the Lead Web Developer, this position may work with staff in all Ecampus units including other designers and programmers both within Ecampus and outside of Ecampus. Closes March 7. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58045

OSU Extended Campus seeks a multimedia developer to join our Program Development and Training team. This position provides programming and multimedia support for the course needs of the online education and on-campus Oregon State University faculty. The analyst programmer works within the online education course development team to design and assemble the programming and media necessary to carry out the design plan as assembled by the instructional designer. This position assists in the design of support and production infrastructure for course development and delivery. Closes March 7. For more information or to apply, go to: http://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58043

The Department of Biomedical Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant professor position in Mathematical Modeling of Disease. We seek a mathematical modeler with outstanding potential for developing an extramurally funded research program in chronic diseases. For further details of the position and to apply, visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs; posting# 0006887. For full consideration, application must be received by April 1.

Fiscal and Administrative Manager, The Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development (formerly the Office of Technology Transfer) seeks a dynamic individual to provide fiscal management and administrative support to the office. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or higher required. For more information and to apply go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57980 Position No. 0006872. Closing date today.

Weather

Corvallis: Spring is nearly here, but sunshine’s no where in sight. Showers continue today with a high of 48 and an overnight low of 35. There’s a chance of rain tomorrow as well, and into the weekend.

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