OSU Today

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010

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 reinventing itself, president says (Oregonian)

Oregon State University is going through a transformation, cutting and streamlining some services to cope with losses in state funding while it taps private donations and research grants to expand in other areas, said President Ed Ray in his State of the University address today.

Treadmill Helps Horse Diagnosis (KEZI)

It’s already tough enough for doctors to diagnose what’s wrong with human patients, but for veterinarians, it’s a challenge just to get the animal to stay still. However, researchers at Oregon State University have a new tool that could help animal doctors, and it’s something you might be using at the gym every day. (See also KVAL and KMTR)

How to ease your kids’ anxiety over the earthquake in Haiti (Oregonian)

Kids 11 to 13 seem to have an especially hard time dealing with anxiety caused by disaster news, said Kathy Becker-Blease, an Oregon State University child psychologist who has studied reactions to media accounts of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other emergencies. (See also KMTR)

Restored windows let sun shine in Gill Coliseum for first time in decades (KVAL)

The $3 million facelift to Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State University is just in time for the building’s 60th birthday. Money for the project came from a surcharge on OSU sports ticket sales. (See also KATU)

Solar research center set to open (Sustainable Industries)

The Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing at Oregon State University (OSU) is scheduled to be fully operational this May, officials say.

‘Survivor: Palau’s’ Jennifer Lyon dies at 37 (MSNBC)

Jennifer Lyon, who placed fourth on “Survivor: Palau” in 2005, died at her home in Oregon Tuesday night. She was a graduate of Oregon State in nutrition and food management. (See also Bend Bulletin)

Annual Martin Luther King Peace Breakfast draws crowd (LIFE@OSU)

Monday was a holiday for the campus community, but hundreds of students, staff, faculty and community members turned up early at OSU for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Off ‘the Rez’ (Gazette-Times)

Litefoot performs at 7 p.m. today at the Memorial Union Ballroom, in a concert sponsored by the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University and other student organizations.

Marcus Borg to speak at Dallas’ St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (Dallas Morning News)

Marcus Borg, a fellow of the controversial Jesus Seminar and popular author of books on various aspects of Christianity, will be lecturing Jan. 29 and 30 at Dallas’ St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. He is the former Hundere Chair in the Department of Philosophy at Oregon State.

Making giving a life lesson (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University students Adam Aguilar and Kasra Azizian aren’t the type to send a thank you card and leave it at that. They are more interested in making a lasting impact. And that’s why they’ve challenged fellow KidSpirit employees to start donating monthly to the program.


How do scientists envision the future of climate? Phil Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will address this question at the weekly lunch meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty club, at noon in the Memorial Union, room 109. Guests are welcome and can contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to reserve a seat.

Oregon State University’s Music à la Carte concert series continues today with a performance by “Chanson du Soir.” The duo, comprised of Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Issacs, guitar, will perform at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge on the OSU campus.

An all campus retirement celebration for Vice President of Research John Cassady takes place today in the Memorial Union Journey Room at 2:30 p.m. (3:15 p.m. Presentation).

A Brown University scholar will lecture at Oregon State University as part of the American Culture & Politics series, exploring how the physical body shaped the social movements of the 1960s. The lecture, by Robert O. Self, will begin at 4 p.m. Memorial Union Room 109.

Two nationally prominent speakers, who have appeared in many debates across the country on the subject of gay marriage, will present divergent points of view on the issue at an upcoming Oregon State University Socratic Club event. The debate will begin at 7 p.m.  at LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium.

Three-time award winning Native American singer and actor Litefoot is performing at OSU at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 in the MU Ballroom. This is an all-age event sponsored by the Native American Longhouse on campus.

Upcoming event

NEW! OSU Women’s Network and Career Services presents: Three part 2010 Career Workshop Series. Feb 3(Job searching) March 4 (Writing your application materials) and April 1 (Ins and Outs of Interviewing). This event is free and open to all.The series takes place in the Willamette Industries Seminar rooms, 3rd floor-Valley Library, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for each session. RSVPs appreciated. To RSVP or for more info, email mirabelle.fernandes-paul@oregonstate.edu

NEW! On Feb. 3-4, the OSU Women’s Center and Justice and Leadership in Community (JLC) student leaders will co-sponsor a conference on identity diversity and how we can bring those identities together to advocate for social change. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter/intersecting-identities

Former Austin Entrepreneurship Program student Ryan Kirkpatrick will speak Jan. 28 at OSU on creating two successful start-ups. Faculty are invited for a luncheon meeting with Kirkpatrick from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. Please RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu by Jan. 25 and note the name of event. Students are invited to a Fireside Chat from 3-4 p.m. in the Trysting Tree Conference Room D107, Weatherford Hall. This is your chance to meet one-on-one with our guest speaker. RSVP at RSVPAEP@bus.oregonstate.edu and note the name of event. For more information contact Mary McKillop at mary.mckillop@bus.oregonstate.edu

East Meets West, a collection of Oregon artists with eastern influence, is now on display at the Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception takes place Jan. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase from WineStyles.

Beaver Strides is a free pedometer-based physical activity program that uses bio-marker feedback from the pedometers to encourage our participants to “step it up”! Come join us for the Beaver Strides Kick-off Party on Jan. 22, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Plageman Hall, Student Health Center, Room 322. Register for Beaver Strides today at the Student Health Services desk at Dixon Rec. Power Up! participants can use Beaver Strides as part of their effort to improve their health.

Civil War LAN is a computer and console gaming party hosted at both the University of Oregon (EMU Ballroom) and Oregon State University (Reser Stadium Club Level). UO and OSU players will be on one local network, gaming with each other, even though they will be 50 miles apart. Civil War LAN will feature interactive video so gamers can meet each other face-to-face, web cams that will broadcast what is happening at each location, tournaments, free swag, snacks, drinks, prizes, and 24 hours of nonstop gaming of every kind. Jan 22-23, 4 p.m. to 4 p.m., info and registration at: http://civilwarlan.com/

Campus forums for Dean of Pharmacy candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. Rodney Ho, Gibaldi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics and Director of the DNA Sequencing and Gene Analysis Center at University of Washington, Seattle: Jan. 25, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., MU 213 The forums will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. They will be recorded and will be posted to the web for viewing, along with Bob Sindelar’s forum, on Jan. 25. A link for the recordings will be announced on the 25th. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

Campus forums for OSU’s Faculty Athletics Representative candidates are open to all students, staff and faculty. Chris Bell, Academic Programs Director, INTO Oregon State University; Professor of Civil Engineering: Jan. 25, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU 206; Joey Spatafora, Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology: Jan. 26, noon – 1:15 p.m., MU International Forum; Ray Brooks, Professor of Finance, College of Business: Jan. 27, 10 – 11:15 a.m., MU 20. The forums will include a 20 minute presentation, followed by Q&A. Feel free to bring your lunch to the forums scheduled at noon. Questions: Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu.

News for Employees

Attention all public employees. The restrictions imposed by the law of the State of Oregon on your political activities are that “No public employee shall solicit any money, influence, service or other thing of value or otherwise promote or oppose any political committee or promote or oppose the nomination or election of a candidate, the gathering of signatures on an initiative, referendum or recall petition, the adoption of a measure or the recall of a public office holder while on the job during working hours. However, this section does not restrict the right of a public employee to express personal political views.” It is therefore the policy of the state and of your public employer that you may engage in political activity except in the context prohibited by state law when on the job during working hours.

Are you interested in meeting new colleagues and old friends during your lunch hour? We all are becoming increasingly busy with our work and other activities, but sometimes it can be refreshing to belong to and contribute to an organization right here on-campus. The Association of Office Professionals (AOP) may be the right place for you! Learn more about AOP by visiting http://oregonstate.edu/groups/aop/ and get involved today! Contact Cindy Alexis at 541-737-0903 or cindy.alexis@oregonstate.edu if you have questions regarding membership.

Each year, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, the Women’s Center at Oregon State University presents the 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. We need your help identifying possible recipients of the 2010 Women of Achievement Awards. For more information see: http://oregonstate.edu/womenscenter

Lightly used professional business attire is being sought for the Fifth Annual Career Makeover Wardrobe event scheduled for Feb. 11, in the MU Ballroom. The OSU MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Chapter hosts the event along with OSU Career Services. Donations help OSU students prepare for the winter term career fairs and may be dropped off until Feb. 5 at OSU Career Services in the basement of Kerr Admin., Strand Agriculture Hall 137, by contacting Wanda.Crannell@oregonstate.edu, 541 737-2999 to arrange pick up in the Corvallis area, or drop off location in Portland at the Beaver Fan Shop 121 SW Morrison #120.

H1N1 Shots Available – Student Health Services has injectable H1N1 flu vaccine for all OSU students, faculty and staff, while supplies last. Come to Plageman Student Health Center, weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary for walk-ins; there may be a short wait to receive injections as this is not a formal flu shot clinic. Students: $10 (charged to your OSU student account; bring your OSU ID card). Faculty/staff: $15 (If covered by PEBB Statewide Health Insurance Plan, the fee will be billed directly to your insurance. Otherwise, pay on site by cash or check. Bring your insurance card and OSU ID card.) More information: 541-737-9355.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

We are very close to reaching last year’s Charitable Fund Drive total. We’re only $7,000 away from the 2008-2009 amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 225 OSU employees have donated a total of $112,435. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


Fiscal Coordinator I: The Office of Business Affairs invites applications for a Fiscal Coordinator I.  This is a full-time, 12 month 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 0005156.  Closing Date: Feb. 1. OSU is an AA/EOE.

INTO Oregon State University is searching for a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies provides leadership to all academic personnel within the INTO OSU Center and works to maintain the academic and financial health of the academic and intensive English programs. The Director of Studies will have overall operational responsibility for the management and development of teaching programs, academic managers and related resource within the Center. This accountability also involves the management and development of the academic support team. Visit https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp, job posting number 0005129.

Accounting Techncian in Crop & Soil Science. This is a full-time position. To review posting and apply, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0004968. Contact Itsue Pfund at 541-737-2363 for more information. Closing date is Jan. 25.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development for the College of Engineering. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the position of Director of Development, Linus Pauling Institute. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Executive Director of the Oregon 4-H Foundation and Director of Development to work in collaboration with the assigned development team and OSU leadership. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation is seeking an Associate Creative Director, Special Events to develop the creative look for specific events and assist with coordination of other events. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/Student Based Programs Manager to oversee the Student Telephone Outreach Program, create the Student Philanthropy Program and continue to grow the Senior Class Gift Program. To review a full job description, qualifications and requirements, and instructions on how to apply, go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/ This position will remain open until filled.

Extension Program Leader: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for the position of Extended Program Leader. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed term position For more details and application instructions, go to http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Posting #0005107. Closing date is Feb. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE

Traffic and Maintenance

Kerr Admin: Due to testing on the fire alarm system, fire horns, bells, and/or alarms will sound during this time. Facilities crews will be working to test and reset the building fire system. This testing is necessary to ensure the building fire system is functioning properly. The testing will begin at 11 p.m. Jan. 30 and should conclude by 5 a.m. Jan. 31.

Adams Hall: Due to upgrades being performed on the building’s only ADA access to Adams Hall, the western entrance/exit will be temporarily closed. All personnel without disabilities are asked to utilize the northern and eastern entrances of the building. A temporary call box will be installed near the building’s eastern entrance to allow building services to be obtained outside the building. Signage will be in place to assist visitors to open the building entries. This shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.


It’s been a relatively dry morning, but a determined little bit of wind kept bikers and pedestrians on their toes this morning. Dark clouds rolling in from the west foretell more showers to come. Today’s high will be 51 with an overnight low of 47, and more showers tomorrow.

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