OSU Today

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 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.

Furlough Program

Based on input from the Faculty Senate and the university administration and the need to realize significant savings to address an $11.3-million budget shortfall in education and general fund and statewide public service programs this academic year, OSU President Ed Ray has approved a furlough program for unclassified employees of the university. The program is in keeping with the collective bargaining settlement with the Service Employees International Union, Local 503, that has already resulted in mandatory unpaid leave days and corresponding reduced compensation for OSU classified employees. You’re encouraged to visit the “State of the Budget” Web site at oregonstate.edu/leadership/budget/furloughs.html to read President Ray’s memorandum explaining this decision, a memorandum from Mark McCambridge, vice president for Finance and Administration, on who is included in the Furlough Program and how it will affect them, and an FAQ prepared for what may be the most common queries individuals have regarding furloughs.

Antarctic glacier named after OSU prof (Gazette-Times)
A coastal glacier in Antarctica has been named for Oregon State University oceanographer Kelly Falkner.

Bright idea: Organic farmers giving small, nimble old tractors new life with electric motors (LA Times)

Chris Jagger tracked down a Model G with a blown engine in Corvallis, a city about 200 miles north of his Blue Fox Farm where Jim Corliss was converting them to run on bio-diesel. Corliss was inspired to start doing electric conversions, too, and has done seven, compared to 155 diesels. Nearby, Oregon State University has one on its vegetable research farm. (See also Boston Globe)

Oregon universities see urban-rural divide (Oregonian)
32 percent of high school graduates from more affluent Ashland enrolled in state universities as did 38 percent of graduates from Corvallis, home of Oregon State University.

Low-Income Pregnant Women Face Insurance-Based Discrimination (KEZI)
A new study by researchers at Oregon State University find that low-income women in Oregon were more than three times more likely to be discriminated against by health providers because of their insurance status during pregnancy and delivery. (See also Science Centric)

Former Viking champ wrestling at the highest level at Oregon State (Lake Stevens Journal)
Lake Stevens High School alumnus Kelly Kubec was a three time wrestling state champion for the Vikings.  He is now in his third year at Oregon State University, competing for the Beavers.  There have been many outstanding wrestlers to graduate from Lake Stevens, but Kubec is the only one at this time competing at the highest level of college wrestling at an NCAA Division I school.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

The annual Charitable Fund Drive is one way in which state employees can make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Last year, OSU employees donated $117,568, which benefits organizations like United Way. This year, we’re falling far short of that goal. To date, 122 OSU employees have donated a total of $60,663. Meanwhile, UO has had 459 employees who donated $177,460 so far. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating to a cause that’s more important now than ever. You have until Jan. 10.


A farewell retirement party for Karen Steele will be held from 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.

The voting deadline is 5 p.m. today 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 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The documentary “Ingredients” will be shown in Corvallis Dec. 12, at Peavy Auditorium on the OSU campus (30th & Jefferson Way) at 2 p.m. Producer and cinematographer, Brian Kimmel, Agricultural Economics Professor Larry Lev, and farmer John Neumeister  will be on hand for a brief discussion afterward. Tickets are $10 each and will benefit That’s My Farmer, Ten Rivers Food Web and Slow Food Corvallis. Seating is limited so it’s recommended you get tickets in advance at Grass Roots Bookstore or Corvallis Brewing Supply with cash (correct change preferred) or check only (made out to Slow Food Corvallis). Remaining tickets will be available at the door. A local food bazaar will follow the film at 3:30. The event is being sponsored by the Wait and Lois Rising Lectureship Fund of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.

NEW! OSU Day Store takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Dec, 9. Offering you a chance to buy used surplus equipment. Featuring computers, bicycles, furniture, and more.  644 S.W. 13th St., 541-737-7347.

A Lunch & Learn event takes place Dec. 9, at noon, in MU 207. The topic will be “Teaching Your Kids about Personal Safety.” The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence will be presenting. The presentation contains sensitive information that may not be appropriate for young children.

How might health care reform affect your local hospital? To find out, come to this week’s meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty lunch club, at noon Thursday in MU 109. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to be our guest.

The Dec. 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

News for Employees

NEW! Power Up is soliciting event and/or presentation proposals!  Throughout the duration of Power Up, our two featured teams along with other members of the OSU community will be competing in different events and attending presentations.  If you or someone in your department has a great idea for an engaging event as a part of this program, we would love to read your proposal.  For more information on the proposal process, please view the proposal form or contact Kaila LaMarche at Kaila.LaMarche@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! The First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies publishing initiatives is pleased to announce the launch of its Web site: wwwfirstpeoplesnewdirections.org. The initiative is a grant-funded collaboration between the Oregon State University Press and three other university presses. The Web site will serve as a tool to broaden the reach and audiences for the books they publish on Indigenous studies.

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/

Faculty/Staff Fitness(FSF) winter term registration has begun!  Check out the fun classes we are offering for the upcoming term. All faculty, staff, GTAs/GRAs, spouses/partners, and retirees of the university qualify. Online schedule of classes can be found at http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/fsf-activity-classes-winter-2010-schedule. Have a question? email pac.fsf@oregonstate.edu , call or drop into the Activity Office at Langton 123, 541-737-3222.

Faculty/Staff Fitness (FSF) will be offering fitness scholarships (a.k.a fitnesships) this winter term to help with class registration costs.  The program will be offering (on a first come- first serve basis) fitnesships as a way for classified staff to enroll in a fitness course that they might otherwise be unable to afford.  Registrants are asked to pay a portion of the class fee and the scholarship supplements the remainder.  For further details and to qualify for a fitnesship please print out an application form online at: http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/nes/faculty-staff-fitness-fsf-program/

We’re introducing a mobile platform for Oregon State on the Web. The goals of alpha release are to provide building information, maps, contact information and finals schedules. The initial release provides basic functionality on a mobile platform that will add new
features and components over time. This project is a collaboration of Media Services – Central Web Services, and University Advancement – Web Communications, and with assistance from the Office of the Registrar and Facilities Services. The Alpha release will initially support iPhone/iPod Touch, Android, Palm Pre devices. Blackberry support is in development and will be available later in the launch. We’d love to hear what you think after visiting the alpha mobile site at http://m.oregonstate.edu/, so please send your thoughts and comments to

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.
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?

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.

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


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 today.


It was so cold this morning even the keyboard felt frozen, and it’s not going to get above freezing today. We’ll be lucky to reach 30 this afternoon, and tonight’s low will be 12 degrees. Things continue cold tomorrow, but the threat of freezing rain looms large for the weekend.

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