OSU Today

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 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.

Breaking a long silence on population control (New York Times)

When Oregon State University released a study two years ago calculating the extra carbon dioxide emissions a person helps generate by choosing to have children, the researchers received hate mail labeling them “eugenicists” and “Nazis.” (see also The Guardian)

OSP seeking information regarding theft of “Team Oregon” Motorcycles (Salem News)

Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for stealing a TEAM OREGON Motorcycle Training Safety Program pickup and trailer loaded with motorcycles from a secured lot Sunday morning on the Oregon State University campus. (see also KPTV, KTVZ)

OSU names interim dean of the College of Engineering (Gazette-Times)

Scott Ashford, professor and head of the School of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University, has been selected as interim dean of OSU’s College of Engineering.

A bird-man in Antarctica (Valley Bugler)

A magna cum laude Oregon State University graduate, Strycker serves as associate editor of the American Birding Association’s Birding magazine.

“Occupy Corvallis” rallies at OSU (KLCC)

At least fifty students and occupy Corvallis organizers rallied on the main quad of Oregon State University Monday afternoon.

Group explores benefits, costs of beavers in Oregon (Statesman Journal)

Agenda items include presentations about a recently completed Landowner Incentives Survey, updated statewide beaver relocation guidelines and an Oregon State University beaver research project.


Professional Development Workshop: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association offers Nora Vitz Harrison presenting “Make it Sticky: How to Communicate so People Remember and Act on Your Ideas!” Whether you’re in business or higher education, you’ve got messages that you need to communicate. Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Visit: http://people.oregonstate.edu/groups/pfla/ for more information.

Entrepreneur talk: Bert Sperling, Founder and President, Sperling’s Best Places and the Entrepreneur in Residence, will speak on “Create Your Own Brand and Control Your Destiny” Nov. 1, noon to 1:20 p.m., Construction & Engineering Hall, LaSells Stewart Center. Sperling is an internationally recognized expert who will discuss how his accidental path is relevant for anyone seeking success in today’s challenging economy.

Leaf venation discussion: Lawren Sack, professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, will discuss “Leaf venation: function, evolution and impacts on ecosystems past, present and future,” Tuesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m., ALS 4001

Dia de los Muertos: Come celebrate the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., in McNary Dining Center. There will be free tamales, Mexican hot chocolate, sugar skull painting and a community altar to honor the departed. Sponsored by University Housing & Dining Services’ Community Relations Facilitators, Centro Cultural César Chávez and Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán.

Documentary: Invisible Children is showing the documentary “Tony.” on Nov. 1, 7 p.m., show start at 7:30. MU Ballroom. Free and open to the public. 
A Ugandan war survivor will be on hand to answer questions after the film.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Our American partnership:  The impact of land-grant universities in our 150th year: Alumni Fellow and University of Idaho President, Duane Nellis, will discuss the signature achievements of America’s land-grant universities.  He will also present his views on the essential next steps required for strengthening their role and impact.  Friday, Nov. 4, 4 to 5 p.m., Reser Auditorium, Linus Pauling Science Center.

NEW! Mediterranean meal: Taste of the Mediterranean: a journey through culture and cuisine to help celebrate International Education Week and as continuation of the journey through culture and cuisine series.  It takes place Nov. 9, 5 to 7:30 p.m., in Marketplace West Dining Center. Cost is $8 at the door. Tickets are available at UHDS dining centers.

NEW! Training Days: Finance and Administration is sponsoring Training Days, Nov. 9-10. Training Days is a focused set of learning sessions providing fresh information and insight to Staff and Faculty interacting together in our daily work with OSU. For more information : http://businessservices.oregonstate.edu/trainingdays Registration ends Nov. 4.

NEW! Classes Without Quizzes: Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wouldn’t college classes have been a lot more fun without any of those dreaded quizzes? Now you can come back to class and catch up on the latest advances and OSU news without the worry of a quiz! Price: $35, includes coffee social, classes, lunch and tours. For a full schedule and to register: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&pgid=1663&gid=1&cid=2583&ecid=2583

Candidate forum: OSU Extended Campus invites the campus community to attend the Presentation and Open Forum for Claire Cross, candidate for Summer Session Director on Nov. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. in The Valley Library 3622 East (Will. Ind. Sem. Room). This is the first of three presentations by candidates for this position.

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/

Poetry and comedy: Joaquin Zihuatanejo, a poet and spoken word artist, and Nancy Giles, a comedian and actress, will perform at a social justice conference hosted by the Division of Student Affairs on Nov. 2. Zihuatanejo will perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by Giles at 7 p.m. The event is being held in the LaSells Stewart Center, Austin Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

Creating Change: New Ideas for Inspiring Action for Climate Sanity: Join us for this workshop with famed writer, activist and fine human being, Bill McKibben. Nov. 17, 2 – 5 p.m. Registration required, space is limited.

Evening Harvest Sale at the OSUsed Store: Come by our public sale Wednesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 644 SW 13th St for 20-50 percent off specially-marked items and refreshments. Get a promotional code for an extra 10 percent off on our website. While departments may shop any weekday (except Wednesday mornings), personal purchases must be made during public sales.

Ava Helen Pauling: At the Nov. 3 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Mina Carson of the Dept. of History will discuss the life of the peace activist and inspiration for Linus Pauling’s activities leading to the Nobel Peace Prize. Triad meets in MU 109 12 to 1 p.m.. Guests are welcome and pay $10 for a catered lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

Gender in the Classroom: This workshop will focus on how gender dynamics impact student/teacher engagement, boundary setting, and rapport building? The panel discussion will focus on capacity building for handling difficult situations and creating respectful and supportive classroom environments. Nov. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Valley Library Willamette East/West.

Larison reads from new novel: Celebrated fiction writer and Oregon State University faculty member John Larison will read from his newly released novel, “Holding Lies,” on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the main rotunda of the Valley Library on the OSU campus. A book signing follows.

NASA student symposium: The Oregon Space Grant Consortium will host the 2011 NASA Student Symposium on Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Journey Room. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium

Conversations with Ed Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring two fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Please access the registration form at https://secure.oregonstate.edu/facultysenate/reg/ray register for one of the below sessions. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first serve basis, and take place Nov. 4, 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Dec. 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Lectures and Seminars

NEW! College of Forestry Alumni Fellow Seminar:  “From Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation:  Searching for a Federal Forestry Policy,” Dr. William J. Lange, Nov. 4, from 3-4 p.m., in 107 Richardson Hall.  The free seminar will address the challenges of federal forest management when it comes to implementing policy initiatives that have a primary focus on preservation and ecological restoration.

News for Employees

NEW! PEBB Open Enrollment: PEBB Open Enrollment for the Plan Year 2012 is mandatory for selecting a 2012 medical and dental plan or to continue to Opt-Out of the medical or medical/dental plans.  If you do not re-enroll or opt-out of a 2012 medical plan by Nov. 15, PEBB will move you to the Employee-only tier of the Statewide Health Plan and the ODS Traditional plan and your dependents will lose medical and dental coverage effective Jan. 1, 2012.  You will also be charged the Tobacco and HEM Surcharges, a total monthly charge of $45. http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html

NEW! The Source: The Fall edition of The Source, paperless newsletter of the College of Agricultural Sciences, has just been published.  This edition is loaded with many fascinating stories about the faculty, staff, students and operating units of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

NEW! Open enrollment help sessions:  Nov. 1, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Barnard Classroom, Valley Library.  The Help Sessions are drop-in sessions for employees to get individual assistance from the Employee Benefits staff.  Computers are available on site to help you make changes to your elections and complete the Mandatory medical and dental enrollment.  For a complete listing of the dates and times, visit the OHR website at: http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/openenrollment.html#helpsessions

NEW! Community building: Building Community through Diversity: an introduction to the NCBI model, Nov. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., MU Journey Room. The OSU Campus Coalition Builders invite you to a presentation specifically designed to introduce participants to the theory and philosophy behind the National Coalition Building Institute community-building model. Pre-registration preferred: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/BsgSurvey2_0/main.aspx?SurveyID=2748&cmd=survey

NEW! Faculty development fund: The Center for Teaching and Learning is now accepting applications for the L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund. The L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Fund provides individual faculty members with funding of up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. The due date is Nov. 15. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/ctl/grants.

NEW! Faculty orientation: The Research Office is offering a new faculty orientation for professorial-ranked faculty and support staff on Nov. 11 from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Register at: http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=22. The Research Office will be closed during the orientation.

NEW! Journey into Leadership: Are you ready to embark on a journey to discover and employ the leadership qualities that lie within you? Training & Organizational Effectiveness invites you to apply for the 10th annual “Journey Into Leadership” program. To learn more about this series and apply by Nov. 16, visit the website at http://oregonstate.edu/admin/hr/leadership

NEW! Special Recycling Collection: To celebrate America Recycles Day, OSU wants to help staff, students and departments recycle your hard-to-recycle items! Start saving up Styrofoam, packing peanuts, film plastic, e-waste, cell phones, electronic media and batteries for this event on Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Brick Mall. For more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/businessservices/2011/10/31/recycling-start-saving-your-special-recyclables-for-nov-15th/.

Call to artists: All classified employees, professional faculty and OSU affiliates are encouraged to submit their art, craft or hobby for the second annual OSU Invitational Staff Art Exhibit. Get the submission form at http://oregonstate.edu/ua/events/classified-and-professional-staff-art-exhibit and share your talent by Nov. 28. The exhibit will run Jan. 6 through Feb. 7, 2012 in the LaSells Stewart Center, with a special reception held on Jan. 10. Dust off your skills over the break and share your creativity with campus.

Call for proposals: Oregon State University’s 2012 Interdisciplinary Conference on Sex Trafficking in the United States: Researching Vulnerable Populations, is seeking submissions that examine issues of trafficking of ethnic minority women and rural women in the US . The conference takes place Feb. 16-18, 2012, at LaSells Stewart Center. For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/sextrafficking2012/

Traffic and maintenance

Steam shutdown: A number of buildings will be without steam heat or hot water on Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m., as repairs are made at the Heat Plant. These include Adams, Cascade, Snell, Kerr and McAlexander, as well as a number of residence halls on the south side of campus.

Women’s Building: Due to hole drilling in the Womens Bldg Field, the sidewalk and walkway on the north side of the building will be temporarily closed. This is necessary for construction crews to drill holes for sample testing. This drilling should end by 5 p.m. Nov. 9.

Sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec: Due to reconstruction, the sidewalk between Jefferson Way and Dixon Rec will be temporarily closed. It is necessary to reconstruct the sidewalk so it will be a compliant ADA path of travel. The shutdown should end by 5 p.m. Dec. 16.


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

The Institute of Natural Resources invites applications for a part-time (.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Explorer Program Manager position in the Oregon Explorer Program. Posting # 0008119. Closes Nov. 1.

Office Specialist 2, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, Oregon State University. 1.0 FTE, 12-month. Posting #0008254. Closes Nov. 4.

The Facilities Services Department, is seeking a Grounds Maintenance 2 for their Landscape department. This is a full-time, 12-month position. Posting #0008242. Closes Nov. 4.

OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator – Technology Support Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term OSU Computer Helpdesk Coordinator position. Posting # 0008218. Closes Nov 6.

Director of College Forests: The College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time Director of College Forests, a 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #0008152. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 6.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12 month fixed term Veteran Services Advisor. Posting #0008134. Closes Nov. 6.

The Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track Associate University Librarian position. Posting #0007879. Closes Nov. 7.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Accounting Technician position. Posting #0007985. Closes Nov.8.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Grants/Contracts Technician position. This is an internal position open to current OSU employees only. Posting #0008274. Closes Nov. 8.

The Extended Campus (ECampus) is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month Administrative Program Specialist. Posting 0008235. Closes on Nov. 11.

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking applicants for a General Maintenance Mechanic. Posting #0008255. Closes Nov. 11.

Business Services invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Chief Risk Officer Position. Posting #0008246, Closes Nov. 13.

Faculty Research Assistant (Data Management emphasis), Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University 0.30 FTE, 12-month, fixed-term. Posting #0008204. Closes Nov. 14.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center invites applicants for a full time (1.00 FTE), 12 month, classified Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #0008220. New closing date Nov. 15.

The Arts & Science Business Center invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Finance Coordinator position. Posting #0008265. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 8. Closes Nov. 18.

The University Library is inviting applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor Data Management Librarian position. Posting #0008089. Closes Nov. 30.

The Department of Microbiology invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE) 12 month, Instructor in Microbiology. Posting #0008189. Full consideration date, Dec 1.

Associate Director for Communications and Marketing: The Oregon State University Alumni Association is looking for an experienced professional to develop and lead comprehensive marketing and communications programs and services for the association. For full consideration apply by Dec. 2. Position is open until filled. Position description and application information at www.osualum.com/jobs

The Oregon University System, Controller’s Division, is seeking a full-time Banking Operation Supervisor. For a complete job announcement and application requirements, please visit http://www.ous.edu/about/employment/.


Corvallis:  Nothing like a cold morning to shake off a candy hangover. This morning will be cold with areas of fog, but sunshine will prevail by midday, with a high of 55. Tonight the low will drop to 29, but as showers roll in Wednesday, things will warm up a bit. Rain expected through the rest of the week.

Central Oregon:  A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.  ~William Arthur Ward. Sunny, with a high near 43 and low near 17. Calm wind becoming east between 6 and 9 mph.






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