Shop owners shut doors on their dreams (USA Today)
The economy is forcing many other small businesses to close — including some owned by families for generations — shrinking shoppers’ options and eroding communities’ character. There are about 25 million family-owned businesses in the USA, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop operations, says Robin Klemm, director of a family-business program at Oregon State University.
Oregon company tries to grow its timber business in China (Oregonian)
In Oregon, timber is still king, but the forests drift farther away. Going global is survival for an industry bruised by environmental regulations and a sinking housing market.”Oregon is one of the highest-cost places to go for trees,” says Hal Salwasser, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. “To stay competitive, Oregon companies have to work harder.”
Rare sea otter sighting stirs interest (Newport News-Times)
A confirmed sea otter sighting in the waters of Depoe Bay has sent a ripple of excitement through marine science enthusiasts. “There have been sightings through the years, so it’s not unprecedented,” said Jim Rice, coordinator of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Benton agricultural sales up (Oregonian)
Despite the poor economy, Benton County’s agricultural sales rose nearly 1 percent to $112.6 million last year. Oregon State University extension agent Larry Burt says a lot of acreage was switched over to wheat because of exceptionally high prices.
Sonny Ramaswamy, the fifth 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 to 11:45 a.m., in MU 208. You may learn more about Ramaswamy, and the other candidates, by visiting http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/dean-candidates. The forum will be streamed via the web.
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 today, 11:15 a.m. in 278 Kidder.
A workshop on the Qwizdom Audience Response System takes place today from 2 to 2:50 p.m. in Waldo Hall room 115A. To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/tac
Tyrone B. Hayes, Professor, Laboratory for Integrative Studies in Amphibian Biology, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, will speak at 3:30 p.m. today on “From Silent Spring To Silent Night: a Tale of Toads and Men.” His talk takes place at LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall.
Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English at Oregon State University, will be reading from and signing his new book, “Hiding Man,” in Memorial Union Room 105 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 4.
A conversation between Oregon’s first woman Supreme Court justice and the director of a group that provides leadership training programs to college women in Oregon is the kick-off event for a series of Women’s History Month programs being presented by the Women’s Center.
The dialogue between Justice Betty Roberts and professor Melody Rose, founder of NEW Leadership Oregon and chair of political science at Portland State University, takes place Feb. 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the OSU Memorial Union’s Joyce Powell Leadership Center.
On March 2-4, Dean of the College of Forestry Hal Salwasser is bringing ex USDA Undersecretary Mark Rey to campus. On March 2 at 3:30 in RH 107 he will discuss “The Spread of Cooperative Conservation as the Fourth Chapter of the American Conservation Experience.” On March 3, same time and place he will present his thoughts on “The Growth of Private Markets for Ecosystem Services: A Potential New Revenue Stream to Support Conservation Work.”
On Mar. 4-6 Kaush Arha, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior, will be on campus. Kaush will lecture on Climate and the Endangered Species Act on March 4, 3:30 in RH 107.
A Brown bag lunch/time with each speaker is also scheduled with Rey on March 2 from noon to 2 p.m., and with Arha on March 4 from noon to 2 p.m. All three lectures will be video streamed at http://streaming01.nws.orst.edu/forestry/.
Do you have an innovative idea for a new business? Want to win $10,000, $5000 or $2500 in The 2009 OSU Enterprise Challenge? Learn about preparing business plans in a skill-building session with Joe Tanous, Innovation Liaison from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Come Feb. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to the Trysting Tree Conference Room, Weatherford Hall. For further information, e-mail Mary McKillop at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (541) 713-8044 or go to the provided website at www.bus.oregonstate.edu/programs/challenge.htm
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News for Employees
The Research Office is accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) for the Summer 2009 solicitation. Applications are due in the Research Office by March 2. The complete program description, application and proposal criteria may be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc.htm. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:email@example.com
The Research Office is now accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) for Spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Academic Year release. Applications are due in the Research Office by Feb. 23. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website: http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/frt.htm. For more information, contact Debbie Delmore at 541-737-8390 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Employee Award Program for Professional Faculty and Classified Employees. Do you have a professional faculty or classified employee or co-worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty? If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, please review the website for information on how to nominate an exemplary employee(s) for 2009. Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by March 31. For more information see http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/recognition/exemplary.html
Traffic & Maintenance
Due to tree maintenance, there will be intermittent lane closures in the northbound and southbound lanes of 26th Street, between Campus Way and Orchard Ave. Also affected will be 15 parking spaces on the east end of the parking lot south of Bates Hall, adjacent to 26th street. Traffic control devices will be in place to direct traffic. This shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. on Feb. 24 and should end by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.
Rain is here to stay for the next few days, and we’ll have a high of 52 and a low of 43 today and tomorrow. Showers should continue all week, as March prepares to come in like a very soggy lion.
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