OSU Today

Thursday, Sept. 29, 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.

Student entrepreneurs sprouting up on Oregon campuses (Oregonian)

Oregon State University expects to help launch six student-owned businesses this year, when it typically averages one annually.

Corvallis ranks No. 1 nationally for riding bikes to work (KEZI)

Perhaps another main factor for the highest ranking, Oregon State University officials say 40 percent of its employees bike, walk, or use non-motorized transportation to get to work. (See also KLCC)

“These services usually help companies save $70,000 a year” (KVAL)

The Energy Efficiency Center at Oregon State University, a program that has saved $88 million for Oregon industry in the past 24 years, will soon double the number of its industrial assessments and integrate more students and faculty into the program with a new five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The ecological engineer (San Francisco Chronicle)

Oregon State University’s Kelley Engineering Center, Corvallis, Oregon: the first LEED Gold academic engineering building in the nation and a living laboratory for students who will become tomorrow’s sustainable engineers.

ZeaChem, Northwest partners land $40 million biofuels grant (Portland Business Journal)

ZeaChem on Wednesday said the company will share a $40 million grant with a consortium of mostly Northwest universities — including Oregon State University — and businesses to develop biofuels for use to replace jet fuels and diesel. (see also Sustainable Business Oregon)

Corvallis-OSU symphony opens season Oct. 13 (KVAL)

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra presents its season-opening concert, “Local Virtuosos,” on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Six talented local musicians will be featured as soloists on the program. Maestro Marlan Carlson of Oregon State University will be at the baton.

Peace ‘open mic’ event set for Saturday (Gazette-Times)

An open-microphone event called “Performing for Peace,” sponsored by groups from Oregon State University and the Corvallis community, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in downtown Corvallis.

Pioneering rock musicians to give free concert Oct. 6 (KVAL)

Pioneering rock musicians June Millington and her sister Jean will be at Oregon State University on Thursday, Oct. 6, for a talk and a free concert open to the community.

OSU dean emeritus honored by the American Sociological Association (LIFE@OSU)

Former Oregon State University administrator Joe Hendricks received the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award at the recent annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas.

Don’t eat toxic berries (KVAL)

Oregon State University Extension has received calls and inquiries through its “Ask an Expert” program this past week about people possibly eating toxic berry plants.


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.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! A retrospective of films from Jürgen Böttcher, the East German filmmaker best known for his documentary “The Wall,” will be shown Oct. 3, Nov. 17 and Dec. 2 in Corvallis. All films are free, open to the public and will show at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St. The films will be introduced by Sebastian Heiduschke, an assistant professor of German at Oregon State University. Heiduschke organized this series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall by showing its influence on this East German filmmaker and artist.

NEW! Craft party: Campus Recycling invites all those interested in recycling and the environment to a fun get together and craft party to kickoff the year, Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m., 644 S.W. 13th St. in the warehouse. Snacks and music provided.

NEW! Diversity summit: The Division of Student Affairs presents OSU’s second diversity summit, themed “[c.a.r.e.] harmonize our voices, transform our world,” on Nov, 2-3, in the in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.  The summit will include a variety of nationally renowned keynotes, engaging program sessions, and opportunities geared towards OSU students, staff, and faculty. Register at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/care/registration/

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and seminars

NEW! Extinction talk: The OSU Zoology Department presents Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, who will speak on “Has Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Already Arrived?” as part of the department’s fall 2011 Lecture Series: Our Grasp of Nature. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3, in ALS 4001.

News for Employees

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

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:

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 College of Education invites applications from within the university for a half-time (0.5 FTE), fixed term, 12-month, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Posting # 0007849. 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

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 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.

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.

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.

Academic Programs, Assessment and Accreditation invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting # 0008103. Closes Oct. 16.

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.

Media Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Equipment Systems Specialist (Competency level 2) position.  Posting # 0008100.  Closes Oct. 30.

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: It may have started out cold this morning, but today is expected to be glorious. Sunny skies and a high of 83 mean summer is being given one last chance, so get out and enjoy it while you can. Clouds begin to roll in tomorrow and showers are expected by the weekend.

Central Oregon: Looks like we have a couple days of sunshine and 80 degree weather before the rain returns on Saturday. Today’s high will be 85 with an overnight low of 46.

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