OSU Today

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

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 starts year with record enrollment (KVAL)

Oregon State University launches the 2011-12 school year Monday with an expected record enrollment of about 25,000 students, growing faculty and staff ranks, and many changes in OSU, Corvallis and the state of Oregon. (see also KEZI, Democrat-Herald, The Republic)

A whole new way to dine (Gazette-Times)

In recent years, University Housing and Dining Services has filled the campus’ three dining halls with salad bars, convenience stores offering fresh fruit and vegetables, and smaller concept restaurants with menus that aim to provide inexpensive healthy options and authentic international cuisine for students on meal plans and anyone else in the campus community.

New novel by OSU prof set in a fictional Corvallis (KLCC)

The Northwest Passage featured this interview with author Keith Scribner, who teaches fiction writing at Oregon State University.

Legacy of logging roads brings change to Oregon forests, as do courts (Oregonian)

Deciding to decommission logging roads isn’t as simple as it might seem, said Julia Jones, a Department of Geosciences professor at Oregon State University. She’s studied the hydrology of logging road runoff.

Local company born at OSU gets recognized (Portland Tribune)

Azuray Technologies, one of the Portland area’s promising new companies in the renewable energy sector, has won a GoingGreen Global 200 award.

Roseburg’s Ford family commits $5M to OSU (Portland Business Journal)

The Ford family of Roseburg Forest Products has committed $5 million to endow the dean’s position in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

Recruiting the globe (Register-Guard)

International enrollment is increasing at state schools. Editorial by the RG. (see also Gazette-Times, Diverse Issues in Higher Ed)

OSU, UO events on Mexican-American activism (Democrat-Herald)

Sonny Montes, co-founder of Colegio Cesar Chavez, and Glenn May, author of a new book about Montes, will speak at events on the campuses of Oregon State University and the University of Oregon focusing on Mexican-American activism.

Heart health: Know your numbers (Statesman Journal)

When it comes to how our liver manages dietary fat and, in turn, our blood cholesterol and triglycerides, Donald Jump of Oregon State University can provide plenty of answers.

Ten tech trends reshaping your world (CIO)

Technologies to make this more economically pragmatic are on their way. Earlier this year, Oregon State University researchers showed off a novel, relatively affordable, low-impact method to ‘print’ solar cells using an inkjet printer.

Eastern Oregon braces for loss of weapons jobs (Register-Guard)

The end of chemical weapons incineration in Eastern Oregon this winter will mean layoffs early next year and the loss of an estimated 650 jobs, with many of the positions well-paid, an expert said. “This is going to be a really big hit to the community,” Bruce Sorte, an Oregon State University community economist, said at a forum in Hermiston on Wednesday.

Green, fresh and safe: Food safety advice from gardeners (On Earth)

If you do use manure, even aged manure, according to a bulletin prepared by Oregon State University’s extension service, you shouldn’t use it on plants whose edible parts come into contact with the soil.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St. Departments may shop weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday mornings, but personal purchases may only be made during public sale hours. For more information, please visit http://surplus.oregonstate.edu

NEW! Triad lunch: OSU athletes are changing  lives off the playing field. At the Sept. 29 (12-1, MU 109) meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, learn about Beavers Without Borders. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Rietveld retirement: The university community is invited to a retirement reception for Beth Rietveld, Women’s Center Director who is retiring after 32 years of service to OSU. The reception will be held at the Women’s Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

NEW! Workshop: “Introduction to Mind-Mapping,” with Kimmy Hescock (TAC). Learn about mind-mapping and how to utilize it in your classes to improve learning. This workshop includes a mixture of conceptual and practical application, as well as a brief overview of existing mind mapping software and its features. Sept. 29,  3 to 3:50 p.m.  Location: Milam 215

NEW! Webinar: “Advanced PowerPoint Design and Pedagogy.” with Weiwei Zhang (TAC). Effective use of presentation tools webinar designed to help instructors improve slide design/making skills in order to better support teaching and learning. Sept. 29, 10 to 11 a.m. Online Webinar. To register: http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

NEW! Webinar: “TAC.FM – Friday Morning TAC Tech Talk ” with host Mark Dinsmore (TAC). Each week on TAC.FM we will investigate technologies of interest to teaching faculty at OSU. This week, we will examine MediaSpace, an online media management system hosted by Media and Central Web Services. Sept. 30, 10 to 10:50 a.m. Online Webinar. To register visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars.

STEM seminar: The Department of Science and Mathematics Education in collaboration with the (future) Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning presents an NSF-Supported 2020 Vision seminar with William R. Penuel, professor of education at University of Colorado, Boulder. He will speak on “Analyzing the Mutual Constitution of Persons and Cultural Practices in STEM Learning Research” on Sept. 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Kidder 202.

NEW! Campus tour: On Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2:30-4 p.m. join OSU archivists OSU Archivists Larry Landis and Tiah Edmunson-Morton for an outdoor historical walking tour of campus buildings. Discover the “forgotten landscapes” of campus. To join the tour, email tiah.edmunson-morton@oregonstate.edu.  Meet in the Valley Library on the 3rd floor in Archives reference room. Click here for more Oregon Archives Month events.

Stop Tag/Bike Registration: OSU Public Safety will be doing Stop Tag/Bike Registrations on the following dates: Sept 25-27, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sept 28-29, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost for the Stop Tags is $12.00, Check or Money Order, payable to OSU Property Management. No Cash/Debit Cards. Bike Registration is free. Please bring your bike for verification.

Book discussion: Join Sonny Montes—a leader in Oregon’s early Chicano movement—and Glenn Anthony May, with special guests John Little and Jose Romero, for a discussion of Mexican American activism in Oregon. May is the author of “Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon,” recently published by OSU Press. Sept. 29, 4 p.m. MU Journey Room. Booksigning will follow.

Keith Scribner reading: Award-winning author Keith Scribner, an Oregon State University faculty member, will read from his newly released novel, “The Oregon Experiment,” on Friday, Sept. 30, at OSU’s Valley Library main rotunda. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.; a book signing follows.

Open mic: An open-microphone event called “Performing for PEACE,” sponsored by groups from OSU and the Corvallis community, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in downtown Corvallis. Spoken word and performing artists are invited to showcase their talents on the theme of peace.

Harvest party: A free family harvest party with music, cider pressings, garden tours and kids’ activities will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the new WORMS Youth Garden, built as part of an OSU project, at Westside Community Church, 4000 S.W. Western Blvd.

Flu Shot Clinics for Students/Faculty/Staff: Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, in MU 109, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. Students: $15 (charged to student account). Faculty/Staff: $26 (cash, check, or charged to PEBB Insurance). Bring OSU ID card and Providence or PacificSource insurance cards. FluMist nasal vaccine also available. Details: 541-737-9355 or http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/flu.

Starbucks: Howard Behar, the founding president of Starbucks International, will give a free public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Oregon State University, where he will speak about putting people first in a consumer-oriented business. Part of the College of Business’ Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the event begins at 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

4-H Information Night: Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at the Benton County Fairgrounds auditorium. Teens, children and their families can learn about 4-H and the many project areas available in Benton County. If you cannot attend 4-H Information Night but still want information on the Benton County 4-H program, call the OSU Extension Service, Benton County office at 766-6750 or http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/4h

Reception for Ron Adams: Ron Adams will soon begin his appointment as Executive Associate Vice President for Research. The OSU community is invited to a reception to recognize his 13-year leadership as dean of the College of Engineering: Friday Oct. 7, 3 – 5 pm, MU 109.

Living center open house: The grand opening of the International Living-Learning Center Grand Opening takes place Oct. 10. The International Living-Learning Center is the new home for INTO Oregon State University and OSU International Programs. 4 p.m. main presentation and ribbon Cutting
4:30 – 6 p.m. open house and self-guided tours. For more information visit the grand opening website.

News for Employees

NEW! Promote fair searches: Learn about obstacles to effective faculty searches and how to advocate for better search practices.  Participate in a two-part workshop and become an OSU Search Advocate to enhance the quality of university searches. For more information, go to the OSU Professional Development website

Candidate forums: Presentations and open forums for the Facilities Services Assistant Director candidates take place on the following days: Oct. 7, Edward Guy MU 211 1:40-2:30 p.m.; and Oct. 12, Dan Kermoyan MU 211 1:40-2:30 p.m.

Webinar: “Improving Research Ethics Training with Interactive Technology,” Tony Onofrietti, M.S., CRSS, Director of Research Education, University of Utah. Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to noon. Online Webinar. To register visit http://oregonstate.edu/tac/webinars. For information contact Kevin Owens: kevinowens@turningtechnologies.com, 1-866-746-3015 or tac@oregonstate.edu.

Workshop: “What’s new in Blackboard 9.1,” with Jon Dorbolo (TAC). This session is a survey of the new features and enhancements in the Fall 2011 upgrade to 9.1 version of Blackboard. Sept. 28, 4 to 4:50 p.m. Location: Milam 215

Training programs: Training & Organizational Effectiveness will offer the following classroom training programs at no cost to faculty and staff during fall term: Foundations for Running Effective Meetings, Increasing Time Awareness, Principles of Moving from “Good” to “Great,” Understanding Conflict and Moving to Resolution, and Developing a Powerful Workplace Network. Visit oregonstate.edu/training to view details and register for these sessions.

Excellence awards: Nominations for the 2011 Vice Provost Awards for Excellence are being accepted. The awards recognize outstanding contributions by faculty and staff that significantly advance the mission of outreach and engagement. Award winners receive $1,000 (provided as OSU funds in a services and supplies index) and a plaque. Nominations should include a 1-2 page letter demonstrating how the individual or team has provided outstanding contributions in the following categories and providing specific examples: Service, Strategic Impact, Program Support, Innovation, Diversity. Letters must be received by Oct. 28 and may be submitted to: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/awards

Weight Watchers: The Weight Watchers Open House will be held Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Student Health Services room 322 and are not limited to OSU employees. The 13-week session begins Oct. 11. Employees must complete a Health Risk Assessment on the PEBB website. If you are a PEBB subscriber the cost of the meetings will be fully subsidized. Next, call the WW/Pebb number 866-454-2144 and ask for a confirmation code. Bring the code to the first meeting. For more information, call 541-737-3106.

Faculty Assessment Academy: The Faculty Assessment Academy promotes assessment activities in academic and academic support units as an ongoing institutional process that enhances student learning experiences for all undergraduate and graduate students. This will establish networks to support ongoing assessment at all levels. It takes place Oct. 5, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Willamette Room 115, CH2M HILL Alumni Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/faa2011/

Sustainability stewards: Are you into energy saving and sustainable living practices at home? Become a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward! Increase your knowledge, be part of a team, and give back to your community by joining the OSU Extension Service Benton County volunteer program: The Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards. Course starts Oct. 18 and meets at 6 p.m. for eight consecutive Tuesdays. $50 covers all your materials. For more info contact Jody Einerson 541-766-6311 or http://extension.oregonstate.edu/benton/

Traffic and maintenance

Online Parking Services: Transit and Parking Services is pleased to announce to the OSU Community the option of purchasing parking permits, paying citations, as well as submitting appeals to a citation, all online. For more information, please visit our website at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/facilities/taps/

Jefferson Way: Due to sidewalk and landscape improvements, Jefferson Way from 30th street to 35th street and the sidewalk will be temporarily closed. We will attempt to allow one lane access, but portions of the street will need to be periodically closed. Congestion should be anticipated. Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. The shutdown will begin at 6 a.m. Sept. 20 and should end by 6 p.m. Oct. 4.

Parking lot between Rogers and Graf: Due to the use of a crane lift, associated with the project at Rogers Hall, parking lot shared by Dearborn Hall, Graf Hall & Covell Hall, will be temporarily closed. This lot is to be empty of all vehicles by the end of the day on Oct. 6. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Oct. 7 and should end by 5 p.m.

Parking lots: Free parking in student/visitor lots only now through Oct 7.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

Faculty Research Assistant – Manager, Forest Genetics Programs, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society. F/T, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #0007939. Closes Sept. 27.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for an Administrative Program Specialist. Posting #0008014. Closes Sept. 28.

The Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center (FOBC) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Finance and Accounting Manager (FAM) position. This is an internal search only, open to current OSU employees. Posting # 0008006. Closes Sept. 29.

Academic Programs/Assessment/Accreditation invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Director for Assessment position. Posting #0007944. For full consideration, apply by Sept. 30.

OSU Extended Campus invites applications for the leadership position of Summer Session Director. Full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0007816. Closes Sept. 30.

The Financial Aid/Scholarship department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term, Assistant Director position.This is an Internal Search, and is open to current, regular status OSU employees only. Posting #0008010. Closes Sept. 30.

Regional Network Director: The OSU Alumni Association is looking for an experienced alumni professional to develop, lead and manage regional volunteer networks. The successful candidate will work with volunteers to develop programs to engage alumni within high-priority lifecycles: recent grads, families and mature alumni. This position will primarily work to develop and implement programs in California – home to more than 16,000 OSU alumni. Email cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to: osualum@oregonstate.edu. Include position title in subject line of email. For full consideration please apply by Sept. 30. Position posted at www.osualum.com/jobs

OUS Study Abroad Programs invites applications for a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Program Assistant position. Posting #0008044. Closes Oct. 2.

The search for Interim Dean of Engineering is underway. This is an internal search. Posting #0008018. Closes Oct. 3. Email Gigi.Bruce@oregonstate.edu for a complete position description.

Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion seeks applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Outreach and Communications Specialist. Closes Oct. 7. Posting #0008004

The Center for Teaching Learning and Assessment invites applications for a part-time, 9-month, fixed-term Service Learning Faculty Development Coordinator position. Internal to OSU Employees Only. Posting # 0008084. Closes Oct. 9.

Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Associate Director of OUS Services. Posting #0008043. Closes Oct. 9.

Information Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Director of Enterprise Computing Services. Posting #0008046. Closes Oct. 10.

Information Services, Enterprise Computing Services invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Analyst Programmer (Competency Level 3) position. Posting #0008055. Closes Oct. 10.

OUS International Programs invites applications for a part-time (0.45 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Regional Advisor position housed at the University of Washington, Seattle. Posting #0008069. Closes Oct. 13.

Network Services, Open Source Programming invites applications for a Full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Operating Systems-Network Analyst (Competency Level 2) position. Posting #0008050. Closes Oct. 19.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics is hiring a Public Information Representative 1. Major duties include preparation and presentation of public information to promote public awareness, understanding and acceptance of NERHP programs, activities, policies and procedures. Posting #0008058. Closes Oct. 7.

The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Professor (Assessment Librarian), tenure track position. Posting #0007950. Closes Oct. 9.

The University Library is inviting applications for an Associate Librarian, tenure track position. Posting #0007879. Closes Oct. 10.

Human Resources Consultant 1 – Forestry, Oceanic and Atmospheric Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Human Resources Consultant 1 position. Posting #0008061. Closes Oct. 12.

Digital Media Coordinator– Media Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Digital Media Coordinator position. Posting #0008034. Closes Oct. 30.

Operations Management – College of Business invites applicants for a part-time, fixed-term instructor of Operations Management winter term. Apply to instructor pool. Posting # 0007284

College of Business invites applicants for part-time, fixed-term instructors of Entrepreneurship and Business Quantitative Methods winter and spring terms. Masters Degree required. Apply to instructor pool posting # 0007284.

The Oregon State University Foundation has a job opportunity for a Telefund Manager/ Student Based Programs Manager to work at the Corvallis Office. To review a full job description and instructions on how to apply go to http://osufoundation.org/employment/


Corvallis: “Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”~George Eliot. Today’s showers may not be so delicious but they should clear out by the afternoon, only to be replaced by fog this evening and tomorrow morning before sunshine makes its way back to the valley. Today’s high will be 69 with an overnight low of 51.

Central Oregon: Sunny skies and highs in the low 70s can be expected today and tomorrow, with lows overnight in the high 30s. By Thursday, temperatures could climb back into the 80s.

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