OSU Today

Friday, Dec. 11, 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.

Experts look for bottom line in carbon sequestration plan (Capital Press)
It appears unlikely that agriculture will be regulated for carbon sequestration under any greenhouse gas reduction program, said Stephanie Page, renewable energy specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. An Oregon State University consultant advised that farmers probably won’t be able to come out ahead with any nutrient enhancement practices, but will probably break even, Page said. As such, incentives are going to be important to encourage producers to take them on, she said.

Oregon aid to college students shrinks because of overwhelming demand (Oregonian)
About 38,500 Oregon college students will get less than promised in state grants this school year because demand far exceeded the program’s budget for the second consecutive year.

Lending a helping hand (LIFE@OSU)
Oregon State employees describe why donating to the Charitable Fund Drive is so important.

Oregon bonds will finance Newport NOAA base (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon Lottery revenue bonds sold Thursday will help finance construction in Newport of the new Pacific Coast operations center and base for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet, State Treasurer Ben Westlund announced.

Using Airplane Know-how to Harness Wave Energy (Live Science)
This is the view looking into the test section of the U.S. Air Force Academy water tunnel. Three blades of a cycloidal turbine — part of a new wave energy system — are visible at the far end. Engineer Stefan Siegel and his colleagues test the turbine in the tunnel under conditions that emulate shallow-water waves. A larger version of the system will be tested next year at the NSF’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation tsunami wave basin at Oregon State University, the next step in proving the design’s effectiveness.

Gather ’round for a Christmas story

Robert Leff was recently tasked with coming up with a holiday show to reopen the Majestic Theatre, which has been closed for several months to complete phase one of a seismic upgrade. Leff found the material for the play by searching the archives of regional newspapers and other publications at Oregon State University’s Valley Library and by soliciting personal stories from community members.

Faculty Senate revisits options (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University Faculty Senate President Paul Doescher started the last meeting of the year with a joke and ended with a poem.

New management methods extend blackberry season (Eureka Alert)

Ellen Thompson and Bernadine C. Strik from the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University recently experimented with a primocane-fruiting variety called ‘Prime-Jan’®. The team evaluated the effect of fruiting season on the chemistry of fruit ripened on plants grown in tunnel and open-field production systems.

Nonprofits stretch the spirit of giving (Gazette-Times)
Student groups and classes from Oregon State University have donated food and gifts. Last week, members of the Beaver softball team showed up to wrap gifts.

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, 140 OSU employees have donated a total of $67,151. Meanwhile, UO has had 499 employees who donated $188,213 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. 31.


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.

Upcoming events

NEW! Starting Monday, OSU Today will be published on a weekly basis until the beginning of Winter Term, so be sure to submit your events and news items as early as possible to make sure they’re included. We’ll be back to a daily schedule starting Jan. 4.

NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? The next 13-week session begins on Dec. 15. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. If you have Regence you may call 800-826-9813 to get a WW access code for the at-work WW group. You will need the ID number from your Regence card and also a P number that is not listed on that card. You can find that number on your ODS card. You will present that access code at the first meeting of the 13 week session on Dec 15. For more information, please contact Kathi at 541-737-3106.

NEW! A two-story house located at the corner of 17th and A Street is scheduled to be moved to its new home starting at around 9 a.m. Dec. 14.  The move route will be north on S.W. 17th Street to SW Washington Place, East on S.W. Washington Place to S.W. 15th Street, North on SW 15th Street to NW 14th Street, north on N.W. 14th Street to N.W. Monroe St., West on N.W. Monroe St. to N.W. 15th Street, North on N.W. 15th Street to the new location between 202 and 220 N.W. 15th Street. The move should be completed by 1 p.m. The moving company will have pilot cars, warning signs, flaggers and utility companies working throughout the move to help with traffic control and facilitate any necessary movement of utilities.  They would like to ask the public to avoid the move route from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Additionally, there will be ‘no parking’ signs posted this weekend along the move route in order to ensure a clear path on Monday morning.

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.

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

News for Employees

Just in time for the holidays! Facilities Services now has the winter issue of their Campus Works newsletter posted on the main page of the Facilities Services website.  Campus Works can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/facilities/index.html.

Dixon RecCenter will remain open through Winter Break to serve the OSU community, friends and family.  Specific hours are posted at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/hours .  Questions?  Contact Tina Clawson at 737-6830 or tina.clawson@oregonstate.edu.

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.

The latest issue of Synergies (the print version) just arrived.  For an online, page turning version go to http://osu.journalgraphicsdigital.com/pubs/osu/synergies/current/

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.

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.

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/

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

Nash Hall: Due to construction associated with Nash Hall the roadway behind the building will be reduced to one-lane traffic. This will also affect the loading dock on the south side the bldg. Signage and traffic control devices will be in place to guide traffic, temporary delays should be expected. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Dec. 17 and should end by 2 p.m.

30th Street: Due to construction associated with the Linus Pauling Science Center project, 30th St., will experience heavy construction related traffic. Be advised to use extreme caution when traveling in both directions on 30th St, due to construction trucks accessing Campus Way and Jefferson Way. This shutdown will begin at 5 a.m. on Dec. 14 and we anticipate reopening these parking areas by 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.

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.


It’s the Friday of Finals Week and an icy silence has fallen over campus, but the weather is about to get noisy. For those of you heading out of town this afternoon, be aware that a winter storm may be passing through after 4 p.m., bringing with it a chance of snow, freezing rain and sleet before the snow level finally rises to above 1,000 feet. Things will finally warm up and change to rain on Saturday, but before that happens, things could get sketchy. We’re looking at a high of 34 today with a low of 22.

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