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Today in the News Media

Taking care of business for 100 years

Oregon State University’s College of Business, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is home base for a record number of business majors this year. OSU had 2,877 undergraduate business majors and graduate students last year, a 12 percent increase over five years ago, according to the school’s dean, Ilene Kleinsorge. University officials believe a change to a professional school — requiring students to apply for admission and meet higher standards — will result in more prestige for OSU and higher-caliber graduates. The addition to the curriculum of accounting and other specialty majors also will give graduates the tools to succeed in business.

Lipoic Acid Could Reduce Atherosclerosis, Weight Gain
(Science Daily)

A new study done with mice has discovered that supplements of lipoic acid can inhibit formation of arterial lesions, lower triglycerides, and reduce blood vessel inflammation and weight gain -- all key issues for addressing cardiovascular disease. Though results can’t be directly extrapolated beyond the lab, researchers report that "they strongly suggest that lipoic acid supplementation may be useful as an inexpensive but effective intervention strategy . . . reducing known risk factors for the development of atherosclerosis and other inflammatory vascular diseases in humans." Findings were made by scientists from the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU, and the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Bend skier, who ‘loved the outdoors,’ died in an area that took skill to reach
(Bend Bulletin)

When Scott Nicholas Hackett, 27, of Bend, died Sunday after hitting a tree, he was skiing along a trail leading around the west side of Mt. Bachelor. …In 2006, Hackett graduated from the Tourism and Outdoor Leadership program at Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, where he became the program’s first Distinguished Student, according to Kreg Lindberg, Hackett’s adviser at OSU-Cascades. The award is given to the student from the program with the best grades who also shows leadership in the campus and community.

Today on Campus

Two of the three candidates for Dean of the University Honors College (UHC) will present their vision for the UHC this week. Bill Bogley, currently associate dean of the UHC and professor of Mathematics, will present today, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., in Memorial Union 206. Andy Klein, currently director of educational partnerships at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls and professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU, will present tomorrow, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Questions:

Ticket sales continue today for the annual MLK, Jr. Peace Breakfast, set for Jan. 21, 7:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This year’s featured speakers are LaVonda Wagner, OSU women’s basketball head coach, and OSU graduate student and Daily Barometer columnist Renee Roman Nose. Tickets are $10 for non-students and $6 for students. Children 5 and under will be served free of charge. On sale at the OSU Memorial Union Business Office.

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Upcoming Events

Lt. Phil Zerzan of the Oregon State Police, head of the OSU command since October 2002, is retiring on Feb. 1 after 30 years of dedicated service. Colleagues will honor him on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a retirement celebration at the LaSells Stewart Center, Giustina Gallery, 875 S.W. 26th St. Cake, coffee and other refershements will be served. The event is free and open to all of Lt. Zerzan’s friends and colleagues.

Carrie Baker, visiting assistant professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College and director of Women's Studies, Berry College, will speak on "Creating Social Change from the Grassroots: The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment" Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m. in the Women's Center . Baker will talk about her recently published book, “The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment” (Cambridge University Press), which examines how a diverse grassroots social movement placed sexual harassment on the public agenda in the 1970s and 1980s in the United States. The talk is free and open to the public.

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

The Research Office is accepting applications for the Faculty Release Time Program for Winter 2007-08 (for Spring Term 2007-08 release). Applications are due in the Research Office by Tuesday, Jan. 22. The complete program description, application materials and proposal criteria can be accessed at the Research Office website. Info: Debbie Delmore, 737-8390.

OSU Theatre is holding open auditions for its production of Doric Wilson’s “Street Theater” this evening at 7 p.m. in the OSU Lab Theatre, 30th Street and Campus Way, East Wing. Actors are needed for 14 parts. No prepared material is required. Auditions will consist of readings from the script, which is available for check-out at the University Theatre Main Office, Room 141, Wythycombe Hall. “Street Theater” is a satirical take on the events of June 27, 1969 at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn, where patrons rioted over frequent police raids on gay bars. The riots paved the way for the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.


Due to emergency repairs on the reverse osmosis (RO) water system, all RO water services to all floors of the Ag Life Science Building were shut down yesterday (Jan. 14) and will remain off through 3 p.m., Jan. 17. If you have any questions concerning this shutdown, you may contact Cory Destefano at 737-7645 or Facilities Services at 737-2969. Building staff who have questions should contact their building managers: Joan Sandeno at 737-4520 or Rockie Yarwood at 737-5744.


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