OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 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.

A New Scale for Nuclear Power (New York Times)
Corvallis company NuScale, initially developed at OSU, is featured.

Fans find pillow-making not entirely soft duty (Gazette-Times)
Jasmine Collins responded with a resounding, “No!” when she was asked to help make some green and yellow pillows Tuesday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis. Decked out in an orange Oregon State University T-shirt, the 9-year-old was busy stuffing an orange and black pillow.

College Football: Bowled Over (NPR)
Michael Oriard is the author of “Bowled Over: Big Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era.” A former offensive captain and second team All-American at the University of Notre Dame, he played four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s now a professor of American literature and culture at Oregon State University and is the author of six other books, including “Brand NFL: Making and Selling America’s Favorite Sport.”

OSU wins Civil War blood drive (Gazette-Times)
For the fifth time in seven years, Oregon State University fans and supporters have won the “Rivals for Life” blood drive with a record number of participants. This year, a total of 8,388 participants registered during the Civil War blood drive – 853 more than last year. Of those, 4,792 were for OSU and 3,596 for UO.

Extending sustainable acts through food supply chain (Portland Business Journal)
In the ever-evolving world of business sustainability, the concept can mean many different things to many types of companies. But for OSU business professor Zhaohui Wu, any definition of sustainable business begins with the same word: essential.

College graduates’ loan debt climbs to record levels (Oregonian)
At Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, new financial aid programs cover the full price of tuition and fees for low-income students. Those programs might help lower the average debt loads at those schools in the future, financial aid officials at both schools said.

Civil War fans rush to buy T-shirts, flowers and themed ice cream (Register-Guard)
Local businesses that cater to football fans are in hog heaven — make that Duck ’n’ Beaver heaven — leading up to the annual Civil War game in Eugene on Thursday.

Mini-nuke plant draws national attention (Gazette-Times)

NuScale Power, a Corvallis company that’s developing a small, safe, scalable and modular nuclear power system, drew some attention in Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times. The Times’ “Science Illustrated” feature took a look – mostly through graphics – at how nuclear plants might be getting a lot smaller in the future and offered as an example some details of NuScale’s design.

Oregon starves its public universities (Daily Astorian editorial)
Dave Frohnmayer has confronted an unpleasant aspect of Oregon’s DNA.  The former president of the University of Oregon has said that the Oregon Legislature’s funding of higher education is paltry. And it won’t change.

Become a master gardener and get the real dirt (Oregonian)
This past summer, over 800 OSU Extension master gardeners in the Portland area (3,500 across the state) volunteered thousands of hours of service to neighborhood and community gardens, helping individuals learn and grow their own gardening knowledge.

Finding food for thought (Gazette-Times)
The gathering was a mix of ingredients: students from Joan Gross’ “Anthropology of Food” course, community members, OSU faculty and staff, local farmers and businessmen, including speaker Frank Morton, owner of Wild Garden Seed.


Look down. Still wearing orange? Remember to support OSU as we head to the Civil War.

The office of Community and Diversity presents the next title in the Voices Project monthly brown bag lunch series today with “Saudi Students.” With the influx of international students at OSU, it becomes more important to understand the experiences of our students from growing community. The screening and discussion will be held from noon – 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room.  Questions or accommodations: 541-737-4381.

“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., in the Cascades Hall Room 118 on the OSU-Cascades Campus in Bend.

The MU Program Council is gearing up for Civil War today in the MU Commons from noon to 2 p.m.  Free Civil War shirts to the first 60 students. Come and enjoy Civil War orange floats while watching Beaver victory highlights.

Accelerating Innovation & Commercialization at OSU, today and Jan. 13, 4-8 p.m. LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Production Room. Please join us for this free two-part workshop designed to demystify the commercialization process and make it work more effectively for you. Dinner included. You must RSVP by Nov. 30 for the Dec. 2 event. Space is limited. On Dec. 2, Christopher Klemm, Director, Austin Entrepreneurship Program and Jeff Bock, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP, Portland, will present. On Jan. 13, Brian Wall, Office of Technology Transfer at OSU, will present. For more information and to RSVP contact Mary McKillop at 541-713-8044 or e-mail mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

“Alternative Gifts: Creative, Cheap, and Green” will be held today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Student Sustainability Center (738 SW 15th St), just in time for the holidays! Come learn and share ideas for gifting sustainably as well as work on crafts such as cloth gift bags, tin candle holders, journals from reused materials, CD jewelry, and more. Sponsored by OSU Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Contact: Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-5398.

Upcoming events

NEW! The Corvallis Boys & Girls Club is holding a Civil War sale from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Children will be selling pillows and Santa’s stuffed with a chocolate bar and they are making everything from scratch (except the chocolate bars).  They are doing both OSU and U of O colors of these items and they will be for sale at tables in the front lobby of the club on Thursday. The Boys & Girls Club is located at 1112 N.W. Circle Blvd.

NEW! Tchotchkes, mementos from across the globe and cultural items for sale! Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (128 SW 9th Street). All proceeds will go to OSU’s Crossroads International. For more information call 541-737-6480.

The 29th Annual Holiday Marketplace takes place Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom, featuring handcrafted items from over 50 Oregon artisans. Live entertainment will be provided. For more information go to http://osumu.org/craft_holiday.htm or call 541-737-2937.

Who wants to eat a purple potato? At this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Dec. 3, find out how research is changing this venerated vegetable and get a taste of things to come. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to be our guest.

The Vice President for Research candidates will be on campus over the next couple of weeks. The candidates will give presentations followed by open forum sessions for questions and answers.  Their presentations and forums are open to all students, staff, and faculty.  For your information, Dr. Booze’s vita is attached.  The remaining vitas will be distributed next week.  A link to the video of the presentation and forum sessions will be posted in OSU Today on Dec.17-18.
Dr. Rosemarie (Rose) Booze – Dec. 3, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Michael (Mike) Pazzani – Dec. 14, 10 -11 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Dr. Bradley (Brad) Fenwick – Dec. 16, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 206
An evaluation form will be available at the forums. For more information contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu

President’s Winter Coffee, Thursday Dec. 3, 8:30-10 a.m., Memorial Union Lounge. OSU faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break from finals week for holiday treats and gourmet coffee.  Join President and Mrs. Ed Ray in celebration and conversation. Special guests include Beth Rietveld at the piano and Benny! Stop by to get your picture taken with Benny. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Linn-Benton Food Share. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug. More information or for special accommodations call 541-737-0724

Creative thinker and author on the topics of digital scholarship and open access, John Willinsky will present a talk entitled “Open Access to Knowledge and the Intellectual Properties of Learning” Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Willamette classroom on the third floor of Valley Library. OSU Libraries will also host viewing opportunities in the Barry Fisher Room at the Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, and at the OSU-Cascades Campus, Cascades Hall 217, Bend.  Founder of the Public Knowledge Project, Willinsky developed the Open Journal Systems, a journal management and publishing system that expands and improves access to research.  For more information, contact Faye A. Chadwell, faye.chadwell@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-8528.

News for Employees

NEW! Just in time for Christmas! The OSU classified employees union, SEIU Local 083 Hardship Fund-Raiser: Local 083, is selling tickets to win one of two twin-sized Disney character quilts. All proceeds go to the Local 083 Hardship Fund. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 and are on sale December 1–14. The drawing will be held Dec. 15. For tickets and pictures of the quilts, visit the Local 083 home page at http://local083.seiu503.org/ and click on the Quilt Drawing Fund-Raiser! link.

NEW! Student Conduct and Community Standards has moved from Snell Hall to the basement of Kerr in B058.  They are now collocated with Career Services and New Student Programs and Family Outreach.  All other contact information and phone numbers remain the same.   Student Conduct and Community Standards also has a new website that we encourage faculty and staff to utilize at http://oregonstate.edu/studentconduct/home/.

Protect Yourself and Loved Ones Over the Holidays – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for OSU students, faculty and staff who fall into one of the following high-risk categories: Pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age, healthcare and emergency medical services personnel, all people through 24 years of age, and persons aged 25 through 64 years who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. Those eligible to receive the vaccine may come to Plageman Student Health Center, Monday-Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. 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 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/swineflu.

Provost Sabah Randhawa is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Professor honor. The recognition is given to active OSU faculty members who have achieved national and/or international stature as a result of their contributions to scholarship/creative activity, research, education, and service, and whose work has been notably influential in their fields of specialization. The title will be awarded to faculty who are not only highly regarded for their previous accomplishments, but who are also expected to continue their extraordinary work. Hence, emeritus professors are not eligible.  Distinguished Professors possess this title for as long as they remain at OSU.  They will also receive a modest stipend. Nominations are due by Dec. 4. For more information, go to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/provost/office/awards.html

Lewis Leadership Award Nomination: We are asking again for nominations for the Lewis Leadership Award, 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 Dec. 10. To submit a nomination go to http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/sites/default/files/webform/nominate.html

The Association of Office Professionals has adopted the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) as their service organization and is collecting gifts to donate for children ages 6-8 years. A list of gifts suggested by CARDV is online at  http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/CARDV_0911.pdf All gifts must be collected by Dec. 10. If you’d like to donate either toys or wrapping paper and bows, please contact : Lois Lessert, lois.lessert@oregonstate.edu.


Professional Faculty, Web Communication Editor: The Office of Human Resources invites applications for a half-time (0.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Web Communication Editor 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 0005001.  Closing date Dec. 14. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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 extended to Dec.8.

OSU’s Student Leadership & Involvement is seeking a F/T Accounting Technician, starting at $2,138/monthly + benefits. Major duties include document processing, office and payroll support. This position works with student government, student organizations, and leadership training in a positive and rewarding environment. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, Posting #0004963. Closing date: Dec 7. OSU is an AA/EOE

Professional Faculty, Grants and Contracts Officer: (Internal to OSU Employees Only). To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs, posting number 0004979.  Closing Date: Dec. 6.

Accounting Technician: Department of Crop and Soil Science, College of Agricultural Sciences.  Full time 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 0004968.  Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information.  Closing date is Dec.4.

Traffic and Maintenance

Nash Hall: Due to repairs associated with the Nash Hall Project the building exhaust system will be temporarily shutdown.  This will affect all fume hoods in all rooms, on all floors. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. on Dec. 5 and should end by 3 p.m.


December just wants to remind us she’s arrived, so she threw on her sparkliest shawl this morning to greet early risers. But once you’ve scraped the frost off your windshield, you might notice that it’s downright sunny outside. Today’s high will be 47 but it will dip down to 29 tonight, so make sure to protect any vulnerable plants left outside.

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