OSU Today

Friday, Jan. 22, 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.

“CrisisCamp” aims to provide remote help to Haiti (Oregonian)

Portland co-working facility NedSpace and OSU’s Open Source Lab are rallying tech volunteers Saturday to help the relief and recovery efforts following Haiti’s earthquake.

Beaver Nation Responds to Haiti Crises (OSU Football)

“I thought I was going to have a few bags of donations to take with me on the plane,” former Beaver running back Yvenson Bernard said of his relief efforts for the victims of this month’s earthquake in Haiti. Instead, Bernard has had to secure a truck graciously donated by the Reser Family to haul the approximate 4,000 pounds of clothes, shoes, hygiene products and other everyday essentials that “Beaver Nation” has brought to legendary Gill Coliseum to Miami. In addition, Beaver fans and friends have raised over $2,800 in cash through the International Sports Agency Childrens Foundation.

OSU installs horse treadmill for better diagnostics, research (Oregonian)

Today, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University rolled out a new high-speed equine treadmill. It will allow clinicians and researchers to examine and treat horses – and other large animals – in ways not seen in Oregon. (See also KPTV)

OSU adapts as economy changes (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has the dual goal in coming years of doing more with less and doing it better. The university, according to OSU President Ed Ray, wants by 2025 to be one of the nation’s top land-grant universities.

Water Hits and Sticks: Findings Challenge a Century of Assumptions About Soil Hydrology (Science Daily)

A new study by scientists from Oregon State University and the Environmental Protection Agency showed — much to the surprise of the researchers — that soil clings tenaciously to the first precipitation after a dry summer, and holds it so tightly that it almost never mixes with other water.

Deans plant seed of hope in Iraq (Capital Press)

Oregon State University Agriculture Dean Sonny Ramaswamy never feared for his life during the five days he spent in Iraq last month.

Marriage debate shows divergent beliefs (Gazette-Times)

Applying the ancient Socratic method of question-and-answer to the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage brought about 300 people out Thursday night to attend “Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: A Debate,” an event hosted by the Oregon State University Socratic Club at LaSells Stewart Center.

Here it comes…a better version of me (Power Up)

Read about the challenges and triumphs of the featured Power Up Challenge participants at Oregon State.

Integrated Biomass branches out (LaGrande Observer)

David Schmidt, formerly of Community Smallwood of Wallowa, opened his forest products business in August with brother-in-law Matt Friesen. Seeing vast amounts of forest killed by pine beetle and timber going up in smoke, Schmidt decided to attend Oregon State University with the intent of pursuing a career in forest health.


Hope you’re wearing your orange today because it’s College Colors Friday!

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 today 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.

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 tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by OSU Catering and wine available for purchase from WineStyles.

Upcoming events

NEW! A lecture by Hua-yu Li, Center Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, on Adopting Stalinism: Mao and his Making of the Chinese Communist Party into a Bolshevik Party, 1941-45 takes place at 4 p.m. Jan. 25, at the Autzen House, 811, S.W. Jefferson. 

NEW! 2010 HHS Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 29. For EXSS, HDFS-HS, and PH students. Get your foot in the door! Meet with career professionals from over 40 businesses and organizations to find out about internship possibilities. The college’s 20 student clubs and oraganizations will be represented as well. Enjoy pizza, vegetables and drinks.  This annual event is free.

NEW! The Plan of Happiness: Why Did God Create Us and What is Our Purpose in Life? Public lecture by Dr. Bobette Bushnell, Dept. of Speech & Communications.  Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room.

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

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. He will give a lecture from noon to 1:20 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. 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.

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

NEW! Selah Meyer, Sarah Paeth and OSU students living in Azalea House Co-Op are doing a shoe drive for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Donations of lightly-used tennis shoes, running shoes, hiking boots, or sandals are being sought. The goal is 300 pairs of shoes, so every pair counts.  The drive continues through Jan. 30. Drop shoes off at 1050 S.W. Madison Dr. (Azalea House)

NEW! The Graduate School encourages your nomination of qualified, degree-seeking graduate and post-baccalaureate professional students, including eligible students at OSU Cascades Campus, under the Oregon Lottery Graduate Scholarship program. Total funding available for these awards will be distributed equally on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Nominations must be received by the Graduate School by Feb. 15.   Information regarding this and other scholarship and fellowship programs administered by the Graduate School may be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/.

NEW! The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for 2010-11 Release for Fall term 2010, Winter term 2011 or Spring term 2011. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 22, 2010. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or debbie.delmore@oregonstate.edu .

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.

Charitable Fund Drive Update

Great job, folks! We’re only $4,500 away from the 2008-2009 amount of $117,568, which benefits organizations such as United Way. To date, 227 OSU employees have donated a total of $113,065. You can help improve our numbers by going to http://oregonstate.edu/charitablefunddrive/ and donating. You have until Jan. 31.


The Oregon State University Foundation is recruiting for a Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Foundation Relations program is responsible for building a broad base of philanthropic support from local, regional, and national foundations for the priorities of Oregon State University.  The position involves reporting directly to and working closely with the Director of Foundation Relations, the Foundation Relations Coordinator will provide support for and assist in the administration and coordination of all activities of the Foundation Relations program. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/

Office Specialist 2: The department of Mathematics is recruiting for an Office Specialist 2.  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 #0005147.  For consideration apply by Jan. 28. OSU is an AA/EOE.

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

Dryden, Reser and Campus Way: Due to parking lot improvements please expect temporary delays in following parking lots: Dryden (south side of the building), Reser Stadium (sw lot) & Campus Way (near east side of the  intersection at 14th/15th street).  Traffic control devices will be in place and parking spaces will be temporarily coned off as needed.  This shutdown is necessary to repair potholes in designated parking lots. This shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. today and should end by 5 p.m.

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.


Yesterday’s blue skies and sunshine were a welcome surprise, and plenty of folks made their way outdoors to enjoy at least a brief walk in the sun. Today’s starting out drizzly but not oppressive, and showers will occur on and off today with a high of 47 and an overnight low of 37. The weekend looks rainy with moderate temperatures and heavier rains in the afternoons.

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