OSU Today

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 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.

“Just One Catch: A biography of Joseph Heller” (The Diane Rehm Show)

An interview with author Tracy Daugherty, OSU professor.

Magical art installation graces People’s Park (LIFE@OSU)

Sitting on a cement bench in People’s Park on the Oregon State University campus, artist Patrick Dougherty spoke about the vision that is driving his new project. His work was commissioned by the College of Liberal Arts.

Metabolic Melodies (Biotechniques)

Kevin Ahern’s Metabolic Melodies is a collection of songs written and recorded to help his biochemistry students at Oregon State University learn the complex intricacies of the subject.

Oregon State merges Archives and Special Collections as part of overall reorganization (Library Journal)

Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries recently announced that it was merging its University Archives and Special Collections units as part of an overall reorganization of OSU and its libraries which began in 2009.

Free service connects OSU community to care providers (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University students, staff and faculty now have free access to Care.com, a website that offers access to area care providers for children, the elderly and pets. The university has signed a one-year contract with Care.com to provide free access for students and faculty, connecting them with providers in their local community and beyond.

Former Bend Mayor commits $800K to OSU-Cascades (Portland Business Journal)

Former Bend Mayor Allan Bruckner committed $800,000 to Oregon State University-Cascades to finalize the purchase of a building to house its graduate and research programs.

Author’s tale flows from river scenes (Gazette-Times)

John Larison is about as local as an author can get. With the exception of a couple of years in New York state and his time as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, Larison, 32, was born and grew up in Philomath. He attended Corvallis schools and received his graduate degree in creative writing from Oregon State University, where he teaches writing.

Counting the city’s wealth in parks (Oregonian)

A striking new edition of “Wild in the City” (Oregon State University Press) has just appeared. The first one, published in 2000, was groundbreaking in its chronicle of wildlife in the region.

Civil War blood drive set to go (Statesman Journal)

The Red Cross says that during the drive’s 10-year history, fans, students, and alumni of Oregon State University and University of Oregon have produced nearly 60,000 blood and platelet donors. (see also KPIC)

Seven motorcycles stolen from Team Oregon still missing (Oregonian)

Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office continue to look for a suspect in the theft of a Team Oregon Motorcycle Training Safety Program pickup and trailer loaded with motorcycles from the Oregon State University campus.

Extend fall and winter grazing (Progressive Cattleman)

Tim DelCurto of Eastern Oregon Agriculture Center at Oregon State University says their range livestock research stations have studied use of stockpiled forages, windrow grazing and rake-bunched hay.


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/

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Ombuds candidate: The University Ombuds search committee invites you to attend a campus forum with a candidate on Thursday, Nov. 3, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in MU 213. Tom Ward, University Ombudsman for Staff/Senior Consultant, Clemson University, is the candidate.

NEW! Women’s Soccer: OSU Women’s Soccer hosts Oregon in the Civil War Match this Friday, Nov. 4. Kickoff is at 7  pm on Paul Lorenz Field off Western Blvd. This is our final home game, so come on out and support the team and our Seniors’ last game. Admission is FREE, but a canned food item for Community Outreach is much appreciated.

NEW! Child, elder care needs: Care.com gives OSU students, staff, and faculty access to finding caregivers for children and adults. A brown-bag lunch to learn how Care.com can help your family with immediate and back-up care needs takes place Wednesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Memorial Union room 211. For information: 541-737-4906.

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.

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. Exclusive offer for the Corvallis community and OSU staff and faculty: Enjoy up to two CWQ free of charge. Campus tour and luncheon are not included. We still need to know how many people to expect, please register. 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lectures and Seminars

College of Forestry Alumni Fellow Seminar: “From Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation: Searching for a Federal Forest 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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Washington Avenue parking lot: Due to the 2011 Annual Homecoming Bonfire the Washington Ave. northeast gravel parking lot will be temporarily closed and is to be free of all vehicles on Nov. 3-4.  This shutdown is necessary to facilitate preparations, execution and cleanup of the homecoming festivities.

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:

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. The “for full consideration date” has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, apply by Nov. 20. Closes Dec. 4.

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 Valley Library is inviting applications for a full time, 12-month fixed term Electronic Resources Unit Supervisor. Posting #0008294. Closes Dec. 9.

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:  “Like a man traveling in foggy weather, those at some distance before him on the road he sees wrapped up in the fog, as well as those behind him, and also the people in the fields on each side, but near him all appears clear, though in truth he is as much in the fog as any of them.” — Benjamin Franklin. Fog and more fog are expected this morning, with a slight chance of showers later today. The high will be 59 with an overnight low of 38. Showers are expected tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Well, according to the weather we may get our first snow Wednesday night. So bundle up and you might wake up to some flurries. Increasing clouds, with a high near 52. South wind between 10 and 15 mph. A chance of rain before 11 p.m., then snow likely. Snow level 7000 feet lowering to 3700 feet. Cloudy, with a low around 33.






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