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Monday, February 16, 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 student mentioned on Rachel Maddow show (MSNBC)
Bobby Henderson, inventor of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is praised by Maddow on the anniversary of Darwin’s birth.

In Search of a Better Search Engine (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Web sites for colleges and universities everywhere have become repositories for data sheets, meeting minutes, course-management and research materials, and various other digital artifacts. Herb Vloedman, associate director of central Web services at Oregon State University, said the appeal of Google went beyond the brand name.

Program links Oregon State, Iraqi students (Gazette-Times)
As many as 100 graduate and post-graduate engineering students from Iraq might soon enroll at Oregon State University.

OSU Hires University Of Florida Grad To Help Cattle Ranchers (Cattle Network)
Oregon State University has hired a recently graduated animal scientist from the University of Florida to conduct research on beef cattle and help address ranchers’ needs.


OSU Career Services Presents Beaver Career Week with a series of events, including three workshops today in Career Services, B008 Kerr. They include:  10 a.m. to noon, Effective Job Search, noon to 2 p.m., Resume Writing, and 2 to 4 p.m., Interviewing.

Dr. Craig Beyrouty, the third 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, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m., in the MU Journey Room. You may learn more about Dr. Beyrouty, and the other candidates, by visiting http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/dean-candidates. The forums will be streamed via the web and will be available at the search web site.

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.

“Making Men,” 11:30 a.m, to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, room 206. An interactive exploration of masculinity as a culture and discover the risks and rewards of participation therein. Presenters are Ross Artwohl, LCSW and Dr. Brett Vicario, psychologist.

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.

Got the next best idea for a new business?  Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in the 2009 OSU New Enterprise Challenge? Learn about Intellectual Property: patents, trademarks and copyrights, in a skills business session with Dan Lykins from the College of Business.  Meet today from 4 to 5:50 p.m. in Room EG01, Weatherford Hall. For more information, e-mail:  mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu , call 541-713-8044 or www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm

Check out the Valley Library’s winter workshop offerings for graduate students and faculty. These workshops are designed to help you keep up with your research in new ways, stay organized, and learn how to use the library more effectively. Zotero workshops, 5 to 6 p.m., in the Autzen Classroom.  Register here: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656
For more information contact Hannah Rempel at hannah.rempel@oregonstate.edu

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a debate on the topic, “Is There a Rational Road to Faith?” 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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Come join environmental activists Gweneth Cravens and D.R. Anderson for a discussion on “Why Going Green Means Going Nuclear.” It takes place Feb. 24, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., LaSells Stewart Center, C & E Room. A reception will follow.

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 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.

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.

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

News for Employees

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.

Traffic & Maintenance

To accommodate project construction associated with the new Hallie Ford center, six parking spaces and one motorcycle space, in the parking lot on the south side of Bates hall, will be temporarily shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17.


Today should be mostly cloudy with a high of 51 and a low of 35. Tomorrow might start out with a few showers but will soon dry out, with a high of 49 and a low of 35.

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