OSU Today

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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’s industrial energy efficiency program to double (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Oregon State University’s Energy Efficiency Center received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will allow the school to double the size of the program.

Outgoing OSU Women’s Center director receives lifetime achievement award (Oregon Live)

Beth Rietveld, outgoing director of the Women’s Center at Oregon State University, is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Women’s Studies Association.

City pedals to top ranking (Gazette-Times)

Bicycle riders are a regular fixture in Corvallis – so much so that the city can now boast the largest percentage of bicycle commuters in the United States. Oregon State University most definitely contributes to Corvallis’ ranking; the university says about 40 percent of its employees bike, walk or use some form of nonmotorized transportation to get to work on campus.

$5 million Ford gift helps OSU grow new opportunities (News-Review)

Roseburg Forest Products CEO Allyn Ford and his wife, Cheryl Ramberg Ford, have donated $5 million to create an endowment to fund the dean’s position in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in Corvallis. (see also Capital Press)

Catch-22, 50 years later (iAfrica.com)

Despite its slow pacing and repetitiveness, “remarkably, college students are still reading it,” said Tracy Daugherty, a professor of English at Oregon State University and author of this year’s Just One Catch, a major new biography of Heller.

Federal court clears the way for $30 million investment in NuScale (Oregonian)

A federal court in Connecticut turned back efforts to delay a $30 million rescue investment for NuScale Power tonight, clearing the way for the Corvallis startup to complete the deal and move forward on its nuclear energy technology.

Former three-sport letterman Cub Houck passes away (OSU Beavers)

Cub Houck passed away at the age of 81 on September 4, 2011. Born Carlos Thompson Houck on April 17, 1930, Cub grew up in Salem, attending Salem High School and graduating from OSU in 1952.

Currents may bring tsunami debris by 2013 (Seaside Signal)

We will most likely start to see rubble from the Japan tsunami wash ashore in Oregon in two to three years, or as early as March 2013. “It’s a very slow process,” said Jack Barth, a professor of physical oceanography at Oregon State University.


Stop Tag/Bike Registration: OSU Public Safety will be doing Stop Tag/Bike Registrations on Sept 28-29, Memorial Union 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost for the Stop Tags is $12, Check or Money Order, payable to OSU Property Management. No Cash/Debit Cards. Bike Registration is free. Please bring your bike for verification.

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.

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

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.

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

Upcoming Events

NEW! Kids Day for Conservation: Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena building. Join over 40 organizations, agencies, and businesses for a day of fun with a variety of hands-on natural resource activities for children of all ages. For more information call 541- 766-6750. Volunteer opportunities available.

NEW! Theater auditions: Oregon State University Theatre will hold open auditions for John Cariani’s romantic comedy, “Almost Maine,” on Oct. 2 and 3 on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way, at 6 p.m. The production will perform Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18 and Nov. 20. All persons are welcome to audition although most of the roles call for actors in their 20s and 30s.

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.

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

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.

Chicano 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. Book signing will follow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, scroll to the bottom of the OSU Professional Development website

NEW! Research blog: The Spin on Research begins this blogademic year with a quiz that will show you more than you knew you knew. Quick ‘n easy. And the winner of the University Day Research Office quiz drawing is announced!

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

Traffic and maintenance

Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center: Due to maintenance on the west side of the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Center, a portion of the sidewalk and the curb on the east side of 30th Street will be temporarily closed.  Traffic control and signage will be in place to guide traffic. Congestion should be anticipated. The shutdown will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 29 and should end by 4 p.m.

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:

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: The sun is back, so it’s time to get a little silly before the rain returns on Friday. Warm temperatures and sunny skies may be the last we see of late summer. Today’s high will be 75 with a high tomorrow of 83.

Central Oregon: Warm temperature and sunny skies will remain through Friday, but the weekend is looking showery. Lows will be in the high 30s to low 40s. Today’s high will be 73.

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