OSU Today

Friday, February 13, 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.

Corvallis grade schoolers learning ABCs of business (KMTR)
An Oregon State University program gets kids to think about business, taxes and getting used to concepts of fiscal responsibility.

Some easy nominations(Washington Post)
Two of Obama’s  top scientific nominees received a largely warm welcome from members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee yesterday. Harvard University physicist John Holdren and Oregon State University marine biologist Jane Lubchenco told the panel they would maintain the government’s scientific integrity while also addressing real-world concerns about climate change, space exploration and fishery management.

Confirmation of Science (Science)
Jane Lubchenco seemed to have learned the art of making congressional friends, and, by the end of the hearing, had offers to go scuba diving with senators from Georgia, Florida and even Minnesota (in Lake Superior).

Beekeepers worry about funding for new apiculture position
(Capital Press)

Beekeepers have applauded Oregon State University’s selection of a new apiculture professor but worry about the position’s future funding prospects.

Today

Books for Africa Bake Sale, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Memorial Union Quad. The History Students Association is planning on selling baked goods to raise money to send the books collected for the program Books for Africa to Africa.

Lonesome Pottery Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Beautiful handmade pottery and Glass for sale at bargain prices. A fundraiser sponsored by the OSU Craft Center.

The College of Forestry will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Day Silent Auction today in Richardson Hall second floor knuckle. Valentine’s decorative items, gifts & sweets, homemade crafts and other items will be available. Bidding will begin at 10 a.m. and end promptly at 3 p.m. Roses or small gift box of assorted candies, will also be available for $2 each. Add a vase for $1.
Valentine’s Day Party, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Black Cultural Center.

“Predicting Future Climates” a lecture by David Randall of Colorado State University takes place at 4 p.m. in Gillfillan Audiorium. A reception follows.

Saturday

The new Trysting Tree sculpture in the Memorial Union student lounge will be publicly dedicated today at 11 a.m.  President Ray, ASOSU President Mann, MU President Carter, artist Raymond Hunter and the donors will be present.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Prabhu Pingali, Head of Agricultural Policy and Statistics, Agriculture Development Division, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will speak on “Tackling chronic hunger and poverty through Agricultural Development: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Strategy and Approach,” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Memorial Union room 213.
Jennifer Pozner, journalist and media critic, who regularly writes and lectures on how gender, race and class are depicted on television, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb.  23, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center. For additional information or accommodations call the OSU Women’s Center at 541-737-3186.

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a series of workshops for Faculty/Staff and Students during Campus Wellness Week.  Workshops include:  Balancing Work & Family; How Much to Save for Retirement; Finding the Right Investment Strategy; PERS-OPSRP Early Career; and PERS 1-year to Retirement.  For more information regarding the workshops, please visit the Office of Human Resources webpage at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/workshops.html

The search committee for the Director of the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program is pleased to inform you that the following individuals will interview for the Director position.  These candidates are scheduled for open forums with the campus community at the following times: Feb. 20, Katharine Field 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., MU Journey Room. Feb. 24, Patricia Muir, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. MU 109.

Visit the OSU Food Drive Fair Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union quad for your chance to purchase items from some of the units participating in the drive.  Need a taste?  There will be baked goods, silent auction items, raffle items including two beautiful quilts, art cards, and a chance to win two tickets to the men’s basketball game Feb. 19! Visit http://oregonstate.edu/events/fooddrive/ for more information.

The AOP (Association of Office Professionals) is hosting a brown bag lunch with guest speaker President Ed Ray on Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Conference Room at Marketplace West.  President Ray will be speaking about current and upcoming changes to OSU.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Steve.Shaw@oregonstate.edu by February 16.

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.

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.

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.

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.

There are still a few spaces left for individuals interested in serving as an Affirmative Action Search Advocate. Those interested 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.

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

News for Employees

NEW! Finance and Administration is recruiting for a Finance and Accounting Manager for the Arts and Sciences Business Center. This is a 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.  This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees ONLY. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27. For the full announcement and application instructions, please visit http://oregonstate.edu/jobs

The winter edition of Campus Recycling’s quarterly newsletter, The Recycler, has been released and can be downloaded at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/The_Recycler_W09.pdf. In this issue: Recyclemania update, state of the recycling market, New Year’s resolutions, electronic media recycling, and more! To subscribe to the quarterly newsletter, go to http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/recycling_news.

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

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. today.
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 today.  All south bound traffic is asked to detour east onto Campus Way.  Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic.

Weather

There will be a few showers lingering today and a high of 44, with temperatures dropping to 33 overnight. Valentine’s Day looks mostly cloudy with a high of 47 and a low of 33.

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