OSU Today

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 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 http://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.

At OSU, the finals countdown (Gazette-Times)
It is finals week at Oregon State University. And although the study locations may vary, the study kit does not: laptop, notes, books, a caffeinated beverage, food, a highlighter – and an iPod.

Scientist takes on THE GRAPE (East Oregonian)
Cynthia Lund, a 1980 Pendleton High School graduate, developed an interest in all things scientific early on. Her father, Steve Lund, plant breeder and director of Oregon State University experiment stations in Pendleton, Hermiston and Morrow County, stoked her interest.

Dallas High robotics team is hands-on fun (Statesman Journal)
“One of my main motivations for helping found the club and participating in it is personal preparation for Oregon State University’s Electrical Engineering program,” said Mary Isham, a senior.

Student tends roots on family’s farm (Democrat Herald)
In the OSU College of Business’ Austin Family Business Program’s family business class, which revolves around the education of students who are preparing to enter their family businesses, Mark Goracke’s instructor, Robin Klemm, nominated him for the Austin Family Business Undergraduate of the Year award. He was presented with his award at a ceremony in Portland last month.

Sweet Home taps OSU graduate for development job (Democrat Herald)
A 1999 Oregon State University graduate now living in Pratt, Kan., has been chosen as the community’s new economic development director by the Sweet Home Economic Development Group Inc.

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, 131 OSU employees have donated a total of $62,951. Meanwhile, UO has had 482 employees who donated $184,4649 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.


OSU Day Store takes place from noon to 3 p.m. 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 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.

Upcoming events

NEW! The final two Vice President for Research candidates will be on campus the week of Dec. 14.  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.  Please refer to http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/vpr-search/ for their vitas.  A link to the video of the presentation and forum sessions will be posted in OSU Today on Dec.17-18.
Michael (Mike) Pazzani – Dec. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Journey Room
Time:  10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Bradley (Brad) Fenwick – Dec. 16, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 206.
Your comments are welcome. An evaluation form will be available at the forums.  Please note that your input regarding the candidates is due on Dec. 18. Your input will be held in strict confidence. Please contact Ann McLaughlin, ann.mclaughlin@oregonstate.edu, if you need additional information.

NEW! Marge Stevens is retiring! Come show appreciation of her 18 years of service to the OSU community by joining her for free bowling and cake Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., at the MU Basement Beaver Den and Bowling Alley. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the OSU Student Emergency Food Pantry if you can. Questions? Contact: Cindy Newberry 541-737-2716 or Cathy McBride 541-737-8692

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.

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 De. 10 in MU 109. Call Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to be our guest.

The Dec. 10 Faculty Senate agenda is 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! OSU Printing and Mailing can help you spread your holiday cheer and support for OSU with our OSU Holiday Cards.  Packages of customized OSU cards are available at OSU Printing and Mailing for $10 for 6 full color cards and matching envelopes.  Also available through OSU Printing and Mailing are personalized calendars.  All you need to do is bring in your 13 favorite photos and we can make your personalized calendar.  These make a great gift for friends and family to enjoy throughout the year.

NEW! The latest issue of Synergies (the print version) just arrived.  As I think you know, we distributed this issue as an insert in the Oregon Stater – to all of our 21,000 alums.  We are sending out a limited number of print issues AND we offer the option of seeing it online in a fun, page turning version at http://osu.journalgraphicsdigital.com/pubs/osu/synergies/current/

The voting deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 11 for Faculty Senators. Please contact vickie.nunnemaker@oregonstate.edu to determine eligibility if you did not receive these ballots.

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.

The First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies publishing initiatives is pleased to announce the launch of its Web site: http://www.firstpeoplesnewdirections.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. For more information see http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/osulnews

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 osumobile@lists.oregonstate.edu.

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.


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.

Traffic and Maintenance

East Greenhouses: Due to necessary repairs on the building water supply, all domestic cold and hot water services to East Greenhouses will be temporarily shutdown.  This shutdown is necessary to make repairs to a broken water line. The shutdown will begin at 10 am Dec. 12 and should end by noon.

Cauthorn; Poling; Buxton; Hawley; Heckart; West Dining Center; Reed Lodge; Peavy Hall; Ballard; Gilmore; Women’s Building; Nash; Withycombe; Cordley : Due to an electrical study being performed by PP&L, the Weatherford Hall circuit and the 26th Street circuit, will be de-energized.  During this time, electrical services to the above listed buildings will be temporarily shutdown.  This shutdown is necessary to hook up new electrical services to Reed Lodge. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 13 and should end by 3 p.m.


It’s so bitter out this morning that only the threat of an impending final could have dragged most students out of bed. It will be sunny today with a high of 32, and tonight’s low will be 14. Tomorrow we’ll reach 34, as a few clouds roll in to warm the place up.

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