OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 4, 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.

Oregon State University’s Mike Bondi on the science of Christmas trees (San Francisco Examiner)
The professor at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry specializes in Christmas trees. He is scheduled to speak at a Christmas tree workshop Saturday at the Whole Foods Market in Redwood City.

100 Notable Books of 2009 (New York Times)
Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State  University, has made the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2009 list. (See also Gazette-Times)

Civil War pep rally rocks the Square (KGW)
KGW gets ready for tonight’s historic Civil War in Eugene with an early morning pep rally outside our Studio on the Square, where fans of both the Ducks & the Beavers have been invited to show their school spirit. (See Beavers on the Today show here)

Forest Fires Could Spread Pollutants (US News and World Report)
The frequency of forest fires is projected to increase, according to the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “What that means,” concludes Staci Simonich of Oregon State University in Corvallis, one of the new studies’ authors, “is that there’s a growing potential for these persistent organic pollutants, which have been deposited in ecosystems over the decades, to move around.”

Lower income women report more insurance-based discrimination during pregnancy, delivery (Science Blog)

Sheryl Thorburn, an associate professor of public health at Oregon State University, analyzed data collected from three surveys taken between the years 1998-2001 from the Oregon Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

Oregon-Oregon State alumni gathering for Civil War game today at Murphy’s (Honolulu Advertiser)
Alumni from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University will gather for the annual Civil War game today at Murphy’s Bar and Grill in downtown Honolulu. (See also Gazette-Times, KOHD and The World)

Today

It’s College Colors Friday. Remember, school spirit is about showing pride in all our accomplishments.

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.

It’s First Friday at the University Motor Pool. Their standard menu favorites are out the window this month. Come try pizza and bread sticks and bring a friend for company. All the fixins’ for this casual event provided by the staff (and generous donors) so please drop by at your convenience between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Donations accepted at the door.

Saturday

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 Memorial Union Program Council is hosting its annual Children’s Holiday Party this coming Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 in the main concourse of the MU.  Online pre-registration is available at: https://plus32.safe-order.net/osumu/forms/events_children.htm. The party is one of the MU’s longest running traditions dating back to the early 1950’s.  This year’s theme is the Wizard of Oz, and children will participate in a variety of art and craft activities including OMSI’s Science Festival.  The event is free and open to all children between 5 and 10 years of age.

Sunday

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon State University Department of Music invite you to celebrate the season at what has become a popular Corvallis tradition — the annual holiday concert. This year’s performance will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Advanced purchase is highly recommended as this concert frequently sells out. Tickets are available at Beard’s Framing, Gracewinds Music, Grass Roots Books & Music, and Sid Stevens Jewelers. Seats can also be reserved by calling 541-758-6822 or by sending an email to tickets@COSUSymphony.org

Upcoming events

NEW! The December 10 Faculty Senate agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/12.html. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall. The agenda includes:
•    Results of the  President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate  election
•    Election of Executive  Committee members
•    Approval of two Category  I proposals
•    Interinstitutional  Faculty Senate Report
•    Overview of the  Strategic Alignment & Budget Review Committee
•    Update on furlough  implementation details and other budget related matters
•    Faculty Senate  President’s Report

NEW!
Farewell Retirement Party For Karen Steele. Dec. 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m., MU 109B, Schille Room. Cake and punch will be served.  Karen has been a valued member of the OSU staff for 25 years.

News for Employees

NEW! Business suit donations needed. Lightly used business attire is being sought for the 5th Annual Career Makeover event scheduled for Feb. 11, 2010 in the MU Ballroom.  The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services and the generous sponsorship support of Campbell’s Cleaners.  Donations may be dropped off at Career Services in the basement of Kerr Admin., StAg. 137, or in Portland at the Beaver Fan Shop, or by contacting Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu to arrange pick up.

NEW! The new issue of Update, the Research Office Newsletter is available at http://oregonstate.edu/research/news/update/0911.html News and features about and for the OSU community, including “Of NSF, Responsibility, and Your Students, A training requirement,” insider tips about OSU Research, technology transfer, check out the VP candidates, learn about a bevy of entrepreneurs and “Research and Shared Facilities: Your Unit Here.” Are your resources listed? What’s available for you?

The voting deadline is 5 p.m. December 8 for Faculty Senate President-Elect and Interinstitutional Faculty Senator. Ballots were electronically distributed to all eligible faculty voters on Nov. 17. Senator election ballots were electronically distributed yesterday to all eligible faculty voters. All ballots must be cast by 5 p.m. Dec. 11. Please contact vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu to determine eligibility if you did not receive these ballots.

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 Dec. 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.

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

Jobs

Professional Faculty, IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator: The Office of OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term IE3 Global Internship Program Coordinator position. For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs.  Posting 0004863.  Closing date Dec. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

Research Associate, Oregon State University, full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term.  Open to internal regular OSU employees only. To review job posting and apply go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and search for posting #0005009.  Closing Date: Dec. 21.  OSU is an AA/EOE.

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: Sunday.

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 today.

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.

Weather

Did anyone else’s ears nearly freeze off this morning? Well don’t look for it to get any warmer. In fact the National Weather Service is warning that cold Arctic air is going to sweep in late Saturday, bringing daytime temperatures that may not get above freezing, and the possibility of snow to the valley floor if any moisture arrives. Today’s high will be 45 with an overnight low of 25, and the weekend will get steadily colder.

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