OSU Today

Wednesday, February 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.

OSU-Cascades hopes ‘sustainability’ helps define campus identity (Bend Bulletin)
Last fall, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus announced as part of its strategic plan some additional degrees it would begin offering in the coming years. Additions would include engineering, hospitality management — and in fall 2011, a degree in sustainability.

Breaking the stigma of mental illness

Ross Szabo was a popular, A-student-athlete who struggled with bipolar disorder for half of his life. Szabo came to Oregon State University to raise awareness and to break stereotypes about mental health issues.

Global warming endangers California birds, study says (L.A. Times)
More than a third of native California bird species could vanish from a wide swath of their current range by the end of the 21st century because of global warming, according to a new study by Audubon California. The researchers produced detailed maps of the ranges for 310 native California species based not only on 40 years of Audubon data and U.S. Geological Survey data, but also on 19 climate-related variables, including temperature and rainfall, assembled by Oregon State University researchers.

Riding the tide (Grist.org)
The U.S. Department of Energy is also keen to harness the power of the oceans, awarding the PUD tidal project a $1.2 million grant last fall and putting more than $6 million toward 13 other clean technology water power projects, including the creation of a Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center. Part of a partnership between Oregon State University and the University of Washington, the Center will study both wave and tidal energy in the region.


Steven Lommel, the second of five candidates for Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, will interview this week. His schedule will include a presentation at a campus forum for faculty and staff today, 10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. You may learn more about Lommel, and the other candidates, by visiting http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/dean-candidates.

The Diversity Book Club returns winter term with The Autobiography of Malcolm X. This book shows the Malcolm X that very few people knew, the man behind the stereotyped image of the hate preacher – a sensitive, proud, highly intelligent man whose life was cut short by assassin’s bullets. Join the campus community from noon – 1:30 pm at the Valley Library Willamette Room for the winter book club forum. Everyone is welcome. For more information/accommodation call The Office of Community and Diversity at 541-737-4381 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/diversity/

A Qwizdom Audience Response System workshop takes place from 1 to 1:50 p.m. today in Waldo Hall 115A. This 50 minute session is an in depth and participatory look at the Qwizdom Audience Response System. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac

Author Max S. Power will deliver a lecture titled “America’s Nuclear Wastelands” at 4 p.m. in Memorial Union 109B. Power will address the complex issues of public policy, cleanup, and accountability that are involved in the cleanup of nuclear weapons production, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. For more information, contact the History Department at 541-737-8560 or visit www.oregonstate.edu/cla/history/lectures

OSUsed Day Store, 5:30 pm to 7 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th. 541-737-7348. Featuring: Computers, bicycles, furniture and more.

Upcoming Events

NEW! The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is There a Rational Road to Faith?” Feb.16, at 7 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium on the OSU campus.  The speakers are Kenneth Funk and Richard Daniels.  The debate is free and open to the public.

NEW! The students of the University Honors College will host an open presidential forum regarding the current economic crisis and its impact on higher education on Wednesday, Feb.18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 109-B. President Ray and panelists will discuss their perspectives on current economic crisis and answer your questions. This forum is an opportunity for the OSU community to voice concerns and to hear how OSU will be impacted by the economic crisis. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

NEW! Auditions for the West Coast premiere of “Shakespeare’s Journey,” by Leroy Clark will take place Feb. 16-17, 7 p.m., Main Stage, Withycombe Hall.  Excellent roles for men and women and an 11 year old (male or female) to play Shakespeare’s son Hamnet. For more information, contact the director, Charlotte Headrick at 541-737-4918.

NEW! Are you interested in being part of a Weight Watchers At Work group? Open House meetings will be held on Feb. 24, at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm in Rooms 322 A/B in the Student Health Services Building. If you are a PEBB subscriber, your meeting fees will be fully subsidized. Please plan on attending to learn more about making positive lifestyle changes, and to meet your Leader, Jena Hedding. For more information, please contact Kathi Carley at 541-737-3106.

NEW! Three candidates will be on campus the week of Feb. 23 to interview for the Outreach & Engagement Associate Provost, OSU Extended Campus and Communications. They are Curtis Guaglianone, Monica DeTure and Dave King. Guaglianone will give a seminar Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder. DeTure will give a seminar Feb. 24, 8:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder, and King will give his seminar at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 25 in 278 Kidder.

The Feb. 12 Faculty Senate Agenda is available online at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/agen/2009/02.html. The meeting will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall beginning at 3 p.m.

Prints, an installation of woodcuts by Karen Kunc is now open in Fairbanks Gallery, Fairbanks Hall. Kunc will be presenting a lecture as part of the Visiting Artist & Scholars Program sponsored by the OSU Department of Art. The lecture will take place in the Memorial Union room 109 at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12. There will be a reception for the artist in the same location at 6 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

From Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, campus will be abuzz with wellness activities. Campus Wellness Week will provide programs across the spectrum of wellness.  Plan for retirement, learn relaxation techniques, play games you haven’t played since elementary school, go for a walk, attend a diversity summit and more. Check out the full schedule here at http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/cww.

Individuals interested in serving as an Affirmative Action Search Advocate are invited to attend a two-part seminar addressing the specific affirmative action concerns that arise at each stage of the search process. Both Part I and Part II must be completed in order to serve as an AASA on a university committee. Part I of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program introduces potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process. Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Feb. 19. 1 to 4 p.m. Registration for Part I can be completed at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=142
Part II of the Affirmative Action Search Advocate program further explores potential biases and opportunities to promote diversity at each stage of the search process. Feb. 24, 1 to 4 p.m. or Feb. 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration for Part II can be completed at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_view.php?crse_id=143 For more information call 541-737-3556.

An OSU Parking Forum focused on proposed increases to OSU parking fees and a look at regulations takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in Memorial Union 213.

The OSU Archives is hosting an open house celebration to showcase their new Flickr Commons project on Feb. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m in the Autzen classroom on the second floor of The Valley Library. Staff will be present to answer questions about The Commons and the Archives, show off our images, and learn from you.

Support the OSU Food Drive and take part in the “What A Crock” lunch event at The Valley Library Staff Lounge on the 3rd floor behind the Willamette classrooms: Feb. 12 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Fill up on various crock pots full of delicious, savory items for only $5.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Vagina Monologues being performed at OSU. Part of OSU’s V-Week events, performances are at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 in LaSells Stewart Center (doors open at 6:00 p.m.). Tickets are $8 for students with ID and $10 for faculty, staff and community, and at the door. Tickets are available at MUPC, OSU Women’s Center, Peer Health Advocates (SHS 337) or Grass Roots Books in Corvallis. This performance is produced by the Peer Health Advocates and sponsored by Student Health Services, Health Promotion Department. Go to http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/peer-health-advocates/vagina-monologues for more information on all V-Week events.

University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), in collaboration with the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center , will be hosting Soul Food Café on Feb. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McNary Dining Center. Cost is $7. The event is a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate Black History Month and as a continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series.  Entrée menu items will include: Cajun Catfish, Shrimp Creole, Tofu Creole, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Virginian Glazed Pit Ham, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Collard and Mustard Greens, and other regional culinary favorites. The event will feature live soul and R&B music from SolStarr and an interactive rhythm jam with Common Pulse.

The local Employers Partnership for Diversity presents its February workshop Feb. 12.  This month’s topic is the new face of poverty. Take a closer look at what the impacts of poverty in general and the recent economic events in particular have had on Linn and Benton Counties. Panel presenters from Corvallis 509-J, Community Services Consortium and Community Outreach will talk about what their agencies are experiencing and what they do to help the community. Part of the discussion will be about organizational strategies to support employees during the current economic down turn. The workshop will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library. All OSU employees are welcome to attend free of charge. Info: diane.davis@oregonstate.edu. Accommodations and registration: leo.soto@co.benton.or.us

For more current and upcoming events, go to http://oregonstate.edu/events/newsevents/events.php

News for Employees

NEW! After the theft of 23 keys from the office of Orchard Court Apartments, University Housing and Dining staff have been replacing locks on all apartment doors affected by the theft. Staff also is currently working with Oregon State Police and the Department of Public Safety to possibly increase patrols of Orchard Court. Beyond this Orchard Court staff will be making regular rounds of the complex beginning tonight.  Suspicious activity should be reported to Oregon State Police at 737-3010. Until this situation is completely resolved residents are encouraged to utilize their bar and chain locks. If you have concerns about the operability or repair of these locks please contact the office or submit a maintenance request online at : http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/forms/fix_my_room.php. Questions regarding the lock change process may be directed to the UHDS Central Office by calling 737-4771.

NEW! The Civic Action Network is looking for student, faculty and staff organizations and groups who would like to promote service events and fundraisers taking place during Spring Term that are open to the entire campus community. Some of these events will be included in a shared marketing campaign called “The OSU Spring Season of Service.” To see if your event meets the criteria for inclusion, send a description of your event to csc_director@oregonstate.edu by March 2.

OSU Students of Color: Barriers and Facilitators of Success. In order to learn more about barriers and facilitators of the success of OSU students of color, please check out the last two issues of the OSU Perspectives at the following link: http://oregonstate.edu/studentaffairs/assessment/osuperspective.html

Business Services is seeking applicants for an Accountant 1. For the complete position announcement and to apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs and access posting number 0003852 . This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Closing date for internal applications is Feb. 16.

The Women’s Center at Oregon State University is seeking nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards. These awards honor the contributions and commitment of outstanding women on our campus and throughout the state of Oregon whose work has benefited women. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 6. The awards will be presented April 24. For a nomination form, contact Beth Rietveld at beth.rietveld@oregonstate.edu

The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF) Spring 2009. Applications are due in the Research office by March 16. Proposals must be submitted electronically to mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu and one original paper copy delivered to the Research Office, A312 Kerr Admin. Bldg. Please refer to the complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/rerf.htm

The Research Office is now accepting proposals for the General Research Fund (GRF) Spring 2009 solicitation. Proposals are due in the Research Office by Feb. 16.  Please note: Proposals must be submitted electronically.  Complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria may be accessed at: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/grf.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu

Lambing visits have begun, and continue through March 13. The public can view the ewes and lambs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and weekends. Small groups may go on self-guided tours. Groups of more than 12 visitors should first arrange an appointment by sending an e-mail to mailto:Lambing.Barn@oregonstate.edu, an out-of-office reply will be returned to you with further instructions. For additional questions call Tom Nichols at 541-737-2903. The barn is located at 7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr.

Traffic & Maintenance

Due to replacement of a section on the main water supply line, all domestic cold water services in Shepherd Hall will be shutdown between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Due to repairs on the storm sewer system, 26th Street will be closed to south bound traffic from Campus Way for approximately 240 feet through Feb. 13.  All south bound traffic is asked to detour east onto Campus Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.


Showers continue throughout the day, with a high of 46 and the low dropping to 30 degrees, but the precipitation should be over by the time it gets below freezing. Thursday there’s a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m., and the high should reach 44, with a low of 34 overnight.

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