OSU Today

Friday, Nov. 13, 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.

Campus proves worth (Bend Bulletin editorial)
When the Legislature was looking for ways to save money in higher education last session, it considered a real skunk of an idea. It targeted Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus in Bend for elimination.

OSU Faculty Senate weighs pay cuts (Gazette-Times)
Faculty, staff members and students crowded into a 200-capacity auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. Some sat in the aisles; more than 100 gathered around tables in the main lobby and watched the meeting on a projection screen.

Northwest scientists propose regional long-term research on dryland agriculture (Idaho Business Review)

Scientists at Oregon State University, the University of Idaho and Washington State University want to take a long-term look at dry-land agriculture and ways to sustain it in the Northwest’s interior by establishing a single coordinated project to share expertise, research sites and computing power available from the three institutions.

OSU Seed Lab houses the largest seed on the planet
(Natural Resource Report)

The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory is the official seed laboratory of the state of Oregon. Twenty-two permanent staff and 10 to 20 seasonal employees serve thousands of customers in Oregon and beyond. (See also Democrat-Herald)

OSU-Cascades enrollment up (Bend Bulletin)
On Tuesday, the branch campus announced that its enrollment dramatically increased over the past year.

‘A most intriguing paradox …’ (Gazette-Times)

The production of The Pirates of Penzance has been produced in cooperation with OSU Theatre, the OSU Department of Music and the Friends of OSU Opera.

Campus hosts free International Film Festival (Gazette-Times)

A series of award-winning foreign films from Germany, France and Spain will be screened at Oregon State University from Nov. 16-20 as part of OSU’s International Education Week.

Growers abandon grass seed for wheat (Capital Press)
With Willamette Valley growers planting nearly 10 times more wheat than normal, the question presents a sizable problem, said Oregon State University Extension cereals specialist Mike Flowers.

Numbers of threatened snowy plovers up (Oregonian)
Recovery efforts, based on a 2007 U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan, have centered on removing invasive beachgrass and places for predators to hide, creating native open dry-sand areas. Visitors who obey signs, avoiding nesting sites and leashing their dogs have helped as well, said  Dave Lauten, wildlife biologist at Oregon State University.

Beaverton veterinarian writes novel about life of a vet student (Oregonian)
Beaverton veterinarian Mark E. Burgess has written a novel about the life of a veterinary student. Burgess, 49, received his education at Oregon State University and Washington State University.


It’s College Colors Friday so make sure you’re wearing your orange!

Today 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.” Additionally, the OSU Memorial Union and the ASOSU Veteran Affairs Office is holding a rededication of the Memorial Union’s war memorial in honor of the students, faculty and staff who have served their country.  The dedication ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. in the MU Concourse.

Upcoming events

NEW! Jay Casbon of OSU-Cascades will speak on “Defining a 21st Century Education” at the Bend McMenamins on Nov. 17 as part of Science Pub Bend. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 541-737-2351.

NEW! “Biking and Quilting for Joe the Plumber.” Kreg Lindberg, associate professor at OSU-Cascades, will speak on the economic impact of Central Oregon’s special events. His talk takes place from noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 2, in the Cascades Hall Room 118 on the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.

NEW! PERS Workshops.  A PERS Representative will be presenting three workshops on campus for our employees. 1-Year to Retirement on Monday, Nov. 16; PERS Early Career Workshop, December 10th; and 5-Year to Retirement, Dec. 10.  For more information about these workshops and to register, please visit the HR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

NEW! Study in Iceland: Sustainability and Civilization: Brownbag for faculty and staff, noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17, Snell Room 448. Learn more about opportunities for your students to study in Iceland and conduct independent research on a summer study abroad program.  Meet the faculty leading the program in 2010 and learn how to get students from your department involved.

The Austin Entrepreneurship Program is hosting its monthly Experiences in Entrepreneurship OSU Faculty Luncheon Series Nov. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford. This month’s presentation is From OSU to Precision Plant Systems – Is There Life After Licensing? Larry Plotkin, CEO and president of Precision Plant Systems, will talk about the process of ‘opportunity discovery’ by an entrepreneur looking for commercializable university technologies and the process of going from what you started out thinking you’d market, to what you actually sell. This is a brown bag lunch. Beverages are provided. Please RSVP to RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu

‘Fallen Among Reformers?’: Feminism, Activism, and Miles Franklin’s Unpublished Writing During the Chicago Years, 1906-1915, a  lecture by Janet Lee, Center Research Fellow, Women Studies Program, takes place Nov. 16, 4 p.m. in the Autzen House

A Rural Studies seminar on “Rural People and Places:  Familiar Subject, New View,” takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 in MU 213. Emery Castle, OSU professor emeritus, dept. of agricultural and resource economics, and founding director of the Rural Studies program, will speak on the topic with Ethan Seltzer, Director, School of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University.

On Nov. 18, OPAA will be hosting a Retirement Party for Donna and Coral in the Business Affairs Conference Room (B100) from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Donna Stoneberg has worked for OUS and OSU for 36 years.  Coral Zoeller has given OSU 31 years of service.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science is having a “Thank You Reception” for three of our staff who are leaving OSU – Elaine Holmes — Grants and Contracts Technician; Peggy Mullett — Academic Advising Secretary; and Joan Sandeno — Instructor/Senior Faculty Research Assistant.  It will be held on Nov. 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 138 of the Crop Science Building.

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)

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. For more information go to http://seedlab.oregonstate.edu

News for Employees

NEW! A new site for the OSU community provides a comprehensive look at the latest budget information, a detailed description of the implementation plan designed by the Strategic Alignment/Budget Reduction Review Committee, a timeline of decisions leading up to the current budget and key deadlines for the future. You can access the State of the Budget site on the OSU Homepage in the left-hand column, or by going to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/

Homestay Hosts Wanted! University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is recruiting interested faculty, staff, and community members to host international students through the OSU Homestay Program.  Hosts are compensated at a rate of $20 per day with homestays ranging from four weeks to fifty-two.  If you’re interested in this great opportunity please send an email to homestay@oregonstate.edu or call UHDS at 541-737-4771. For more information about the program checkout the Homestay webpage at: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/homestay

Help “Strike Out Hunger” now through Nov. 20. Peer Health Advocates are sponsoring a food drive for the OSU Campus Food Pantry. Look for collection bins throughout campus and contribute non-perishable food items. Collection bin locations include Weniger Hall, the Memorial Union, Java II at the Valley Library, Student Health Services lobby, Student Health Services @ Dixon, and Cordley Hall. For more information, contact Peer Health Advocates at 541-737-3927.

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. 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


The Office of Human Resources is recruiting for a Human Resources Officer.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate and administer OSU’s position allocation and classification system for SEIU represented staff.  This position is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. See full announcement for minimum qualifications and application requirements at http://oregonstate.edu/jobs . Posting #0004902.  Closing Date: Nov. 25.

Fiscal Coordinator 1, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, F/T, $3,250-4,742/monthly + benefits. Internal search. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting 0004956. Closing date is Nov. 30.

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 today.

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 today.


It may be an ill wind that blows no good, but it was a cold, wet wind that blew me sideways this morning. Friday the 13th is turning out to be a stormy one, with rain until late afternoon and a high of 48. Tonight there’s a chance of showers and a low of 35, and a chance of rain throughout the weekend.

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