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Finance & Administration Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet April 24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Finance & Administration Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting on Monday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss short-term financing in support of the university’s internal bank operations.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Journey Room at the university’s Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at 541-737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance. 

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OSU Board of Trustees to meet April 21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting on Friday, April 21, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The board will consider items carried over from its March 17 meeting, including fiscal year 2018 tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees. Trustees will also consider practices for handling written public comments submitted in advance of board meetings; a statement of principles and core values; and hear an update on the current legislative session.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Journey Room at the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on OSU’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to the meeting.

No additional testimony beyond what was received for the board’s March 17 meeting will be heard at the April 21 meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at 541-737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet March 16-17

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, March 17, to consider fiscal year 2018 tuition rates, mandatory fees, student incidental fees and the university’s capital plan.

The board will also review a statement of principles and core values, and its practices for handling written public comments submitted in advance of board meetings.

The board takes public comment at each board meeting. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. Commenters may register by email before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu or may register at the meeting itself. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus.

Board committees will meet on Thursday, March 16, in the Horizon Room. These meetings are also open to the public:

  • The Executive & Audit Committee will meet from 8 to 9:45 a.m. to review the Office of Audit Services progress report and a risk management report on information technology security. The committee will also consider a statement of principles and core values and the board’s approach to handling written comments submitted in advance of board meetings.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to noon to hear a risk management report on critical employee training and the status of new and existing academic program reviews and accreditations in progress. The committee will also host a panel discussion of the role of data in monitoring and achieving student success.
  • The Finance & Administration Committee will meet from 12:30 to 4 p.m. to consider fiscal year 2018 tuition rates, mandatory fees, student incidental fees and the university’s capital plan. The committee will also have a discussion and education session on Oregon public employee retirement and health benefits.

The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. The public can listen to the meetings by calling the toll-free number listed on the agendas. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at 541-737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

Corliss, OSU to commemorate 40th anniversary of hydrothermal vents discovery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Forty years ago, a group of scientists led by Oregon State University oceanographer Jack Corliss discovered a unique colony of sea creatures living in the depths of the eastern Pacific Ocean in an area known as the Galapagos Rift.

There was no obvious source of light or food, yet clams, huge tube worms and other creatures were thriving. Their energy source turned out to be life-giving hydrothermal vents and the discovery revolutionized marine studies. 

This March 2-3, Oregon State University will celebrate the discovery with two presentations featuring Corliss, who is traveling from his home in Budapest, Hungary, to participate. The two-day commemorative event, which is free and open to the public, is called “OSU and Hydrothermal Vents: 40th Anniversary of the Discovery that Launched 1,000 Ships.”

“It was one of the biggest, most important discoveries by OSU scientists,” noted Martin Fisk, an OSU oceanographer who is helping coordinate the events. “Jack Corliss was designated by the National Science Foundation, which funded the research, as the leader of the submersible Alvin exploration, which descended into the depths of the Galapagos fracture zone, where the team discovered the vents and this unique biological community.” 

Robert Collier, a professor emeritus at OSU, was a participant on that 1977 expedition. “The discovery changed oceanography and spawned new fields of study, in everything from marine biology and chemistry to new approaches on the origin of life,” he said.

On Thursday, March 2, OSU will host three short lectures from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 210. They include:

  • Corliss and Collier will discuss the history of the discovery and the new fields of study it spawned;
  • Bill Chadwick, an OSU researcher at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will describe new discoveries of hydrothermal vents in the western Pacific Ocean;
  • OSU oceanographer Andrew Thurber will explain how life at hydrothermal vents can influence global climate. 

On Friday, March 3, Corliss and others from the expedition will hold an open forum on the discovery that will be taped to help create an archive on its history. It will be held in Burt Hall Room 193 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Participating will be Lou Gordon, co-principal investigator on the expedition; Mitch Lyle, a graduate student with the late Jack Dymond; Collier, who was a grad student with John Edmond, also a co-principal investigator; and Corliss. 

During the 1977 discovery, the expedition scientists dubbed the hydrothermal vent community “The Garden of Eden” and used the mechanical arm of the Alvin to carefully collect samples of worms, mussels, clams and anemones. Some of those samples are still housed today at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Kirkland named OSU executive director for equal opportunity and access

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kim D. Kirkland has been named as Oregon State University’s executive director for equal opportunity and access.

Kirkland, who will join OSU on Feb. 28, 2017, has served for more than eight years as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“The university’s executive director for equal opportunity and access is central to the success of OSU’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Oregon State President Edward J. Ray.

The executive director is responsible for overseeing compliance with federal, state and university policies and regulations regarding affirmative action, equal opportunity, disability access and other civil rights.

Kirkland said her approach is to encourage people to talk through cultural misunderstandings and mistakes through facilitated conversations. This helps build community and bridge communication gaps.

"People must give others permission to make mistakes with them in order to gain a better understanding of differences," she said, "and begin to talk to one another if we are going to take this journey of cultural understanding and bridge the diversity divide." 

Kirkland succeeds Clay Simmons, who has served Oregon State as interim executive director for equal opportunity and access since Feb. 1, 2016. Upon Kirkland’s arrival at OSU, Simmons will return to his role as the university’s chief compliance officer.

As the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX deputy coordinator, she has been responsible for monitoring compliance with the university’s equal opportunity, anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies as well as all related federal and state laws and regulations.

Kirkland also has had the responsibility for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment. In addition, she has served as IUPUI’s official liaison with governmental civil rights agencies and developed the university’s affirmative action plans.

Previous to working at IUPUI, Kirkland served for more than four years as affirmative action officer and senior investigator at Bowling Green State University, as vice president for compliance programs at the Meridian Group in Ohio and as General Electric Aircraft Engines/Aviation manager of equal employment opportunity and diversity programs.

Kirkland received a doctorate in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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Search launched for new OSU diversity officer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University today began an international search for a vice president and chief diversity officer.

The chief diversity officer will be the senior official responsible for guiding OSU’s efforts around institutional diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and access for all of the university’s campuses, Extension offices, experiment stations and centers. Angela Batista presently serves as Oregon State’s interim chief diversity officer.

The 19-member search committee will be chaired by Sastry Pantula, dean of the OSU College of Science. It will work with the assistance of Spelman Johnson, a global search firm.

“A more diverse, welcoming and inclusive educational environment is critical to all of OSU’s most important goals, in teaching, research and public service,” Pantula said. “Oregon State is committed to greater institutional diversity, not just in our teaching and research but in how we engage and serve communities in Oregon, nationally and globally.”

The vice president and chief diversity officer will provide leadership in strategic planning, education, research, community relations, outreach, communications, campus climate, and policy development, Pantula said.

Other members of the search committee include:

  • Cindy Alexis, business and finance analyst in Budget and Fiscal Planning, and committee representative for Faculty Senate administrative appointments
  • Aracely Arredondo, accountant with University Administration Business Center
  • Adrian Borycki, an OSU student
  • Michelle Bothwell, associate professor of bioengineering
  • Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs
  • Donna Chastain, acting chief human resources officers and director of Workplace Solutions
  • Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing
  • Allison Davis-White Eyes, assistant provost and director of the Center for Cultural Engagement
  • Jennifer Dennis, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
  • Rebecca Gose, general counsel
  • Mark Hoffman, vice provost for International Programs
  • Namagoba Elizabeth Kaweesa, president of Black Graduate Student Association
  • Anesat Leon-Guerrero, ASOSU executive director of Diversity Programs
  • Andrea McDaniel, executive assistant to the provost and liaison to Spelman Johnson
  • Janet Nishihara, director of OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program
  • Robin Pappas, instructional innovation program manager for Information Services, and search advocate
  • Dwaine Plaza, professor in the School of Public Policy
  • Clay Simmons, chief compliance officer and interim executive director of Equal Opportunity and Access at OSU.

 

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OSU Board of Trustees to meet Oct. 19-21

BEND, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to discuss the university’s student success goals, current cost structure, and revenue generating opportunities.

The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 204, Tykeson Hall, located on the OSU-Cascades campus, 1500 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend, Ore.

Each of the board’s three standing committees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. These meetings are open to the public:

  • The Executive and Audit Committee will meet from 8-9:45 a.m. to review the board officers’ final report on the fiscal year 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; proposed presidential search and selection guidelines; the committee’s 2017 work plan; and the Office of Audit Services progress report. The committee will also receive an annual update from the Office of General Counsel.
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to consider the committee’s 2017 work plan; changes to the fiscal year 2017 capital plan; and amendments to two investment policies. The committee will also discuss the outreach and engagement plan for fiscal year 2018 tuition-setting process; athletics financial sustainability; and the university’s 10-year capital forecast.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 1:30-4 p.m. to consider an amendment to the committee charter and the committee’s proposed work plan for 2017. The committee will review and discuss the provost’s annual year-in-review report, a status report on new and existing academic program reviews in progress, and a presentation by the OSU Extension Service.

Following the committee meetings, the board will meet at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to hear a presentation on OSU-Cascades by Vice President Johnson and then participate in a tour of the campus. 

The board will meet again on Friday, Oct. 21, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The board will consider the 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; presidential search and selection guidelines; the board’s 2017 work plan; and the closure of a master of agriculture program.

The board will also consider amendments to two investment policies; the FY2017 capital plan; and the Academic Strategies Committee charter. In addition, the board will hear presentations on the OSU Foundation strategic plan and on the fundamentals of board governance.

A public comment section of the meeting is scheduled for approximately 10:15 a.m. Commenters are allowed up to five minutes and may register by e-mail before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu or may register at the meeting itself. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

More information on the meetings is available online at: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees. The public can listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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New initiative will help investigate natural disasters worldwide

SEATTLE, Wash. - A $4.1 million grant was announced today from the National Science Foundation to provide instrumentation and tools for a new Rapid Response Research Facility, which will promptly collect data about how buildings, roads, bridges and other infrastructure are impacted by earthquakes or wind damage from hurricanes, tornadoes and other storms.

The center will be operated by the University of Washington in collaboration with Oregon State University, the University of Florida and Virginia Tech. Scientists say it will provide assistance to teams that can deploy anywhere around the world, and help compile data about damage in a systematic, high-quality way before it’s forever lost to bulldozers, weather, cleanup and repair efforts.

With this information, scientists hope to identify ways to improve building codes, identify weak spots in structures, and take other actions to help mitigate damage from future events. The system will also use the latest and most sophisticated technologies to analyze the landscapes.

“We’re able to learn a great deal now with technologies such as light detecting and ranging, or LIDAR, aircraft monitoring, hyperspectral imaging, and other instruments that can analyze seismic and wind forces better than ever before possible,” said Michael Olsen, an expert in the evolving science of geomatics, associate professor in the College of Engineering at OSU, and one of the co-principal investigators on the project.

“This new center will allow a much better way to coordinate data acquisition efforts, improve its quality and have more confidence in the findings we make. We’ll then work to make that information available to scientists all over the world.”

Joe Wartman, a UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and center director, said speed is essential.

"Usually with rescue and response efforts, this very valuable data disappears really quickly," Wartman said. "By collecting this data in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, we can begin to understand what went wrong and why. This allows us to better prepare and take precautionary measures in advance of future events."

The interdisciplinary center will focus on two types of natural hazards: wind hazards, such as tornadoes and coastal storms; and earthquakes, which includes earthquake-induced ground failure and tsunamis. It will also offer training to communities that wish to conduct post-disaster investigations themselves, as well as assess the social costs of disasters.

Findings of this type, Olsen said, will also be of value to the Cascadia Lifelines Program at OSU, which is a university-based initiative supported by private industry to help the Pacific Northwest prepare for the devastating subduction zone earthquake and tsunami expected in its future.

The facility will create new software tools for transmitting, integrating, exploring and visualizing the complex data sets. These include mobile apps to assess structural damage in the field and a platform for mixed-media social data gathering. A computer-automated virtual reality environment will also allow people to walk into a room and “see” the disaster scene in three dimensions as if they were there.

“The idea is that you can use the facility to collect data — either through our staff or our training — and then you can come to the center months later and recreate the field experience by walking through a damaged building or looking at how much a particular area flooded,” Wartman said.

In addition to supporting researchers, the facility will enable citizens to use social media and mobile devices to crowdsource post-disaster data and build awareness about wind- and earthquake-related impacts.

The grant follows the NSF’s larger $40 million NHERI investment, announced in September 2015, which funds a network of shared research centers and resources at various universities across the nation. The goal is to reduce the vulnerability of buildings, tunnels, waterways, communication networks, energy systems and social groups to increase the disaster resilience of communities across the United States.

"Under NHERI, future discoveries will not only mitigate the impacts of earthquakes, but also will advance our ability to protect life and property from windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes," said Joy Paushke, program director in NSF's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation.

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Michael Olsen, 541-737-9327

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OSU President Ed Ray names search committee for new athletics director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray Tuesday named a committee to assist him in a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director, as Todd Stansbury moves on to serve as Georgia Tech’s athletics director.

The committee includes noted OSU alumni, an NFL free agent, national leaders in college sports, two head coaches, faculty, students and university leaders. The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, OSU Alumni Association distinguished professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference.

The committee includes Oregon State alumni Marty Reser, vice president of sales for Reser’s Fine Foods; Steven Jackson, National Football League all-pro running back and former OSU player; John Stirek, president, Western Operations, Trammell Crow Company; Kim Casale, retired area director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; Pat Casey, head OSU baseball coach; Tanya Chaplin, head OSU women’s gymnastics coach; and Kate Halischak, OSU Faculty Senate president and director of student-athlete academic services.

Other members of the search committee are Stephen Thompson Jr., an OSU student-athlete competing in basketball; Colleen Bee, associate professor in OSU’s College of Business, who serves as co-chair of OSU’s athletics advisory committee; Michael Green, OSU interim vice president of finance and administration; Jim Patterson, OSU senior associate athletics director for development; student Darren Nguyen, executive director of community programs for the Associated Students of Oregon State University; and Marianne Vydra, interim OSU athletics director. Tricia Gerding, OSU human resources consultant, will serve as the committee’s search advocate.

Jeff Schemmel, president of College Sports Solutions, a strategic consulting company for collegiate athletics, and Kevin Weiberg, former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, will serve as the search firm.

The search for a new athletics director began last week after Stansbury announced on Sept. 22 that he would leave Oregon State to return to his alma mater after serving as director of OSU intercollegiate athletics since August 2015. Stansbury played football at Georgia Tech and later worked in the school’s athletics department.

“The strong interest in this position demonstrates national awareness that Oregon State University is a place of excellence and leadership both on and off the field,” Ray said. “Our next athletics director will contribute to the university’s overall momentum and build upon the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics. He or she will be committed to our student-athletes and to the success of all OSU students.”

Ray said he is committed to athletics success at the highest level. “I guarantee that Oregon State will continue to compete on the conference and national level and will win championships. We will win the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said. “Count on it.”

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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OSU President Ed Ray names Marianne Vydra interim athletics director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray Wednesday named Marianne Vydra as interim OSU athletics director while the university completes a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director.

Todd Stansbury, Oregon State’s current athletics director and vice president, announced last week he will leave Oregon State to serve as Georgia Tech’s athletics director. Ray said Vydra and Stansbury will work together to provide for a “seamless leadership transition” to occur on Nov. 4.

Vydra served as interim director of Oregon State athletics in the summer of 2015, presently serves as deputy director of OSU athletics for administration and is the department’s senior woman administrator. In February 2015, CollegeAD.com named her one of the top 10 senior woman administrators in the NCAA.

“I thank President Ray for the opportunity to once again serve in this role,” Vydra said. “I also want to thank Todd Stansbury for assembling the best team in the nation. He brought some real stars in athletics administration to Oregon State and he allowed the stars already here to really shine. We will continue full steam ahead by executing our shared vision for the athletics department, the university and Beaver Nation.”

Vydra serves on numerous OSU, Pac-12 Conference and national governance committees. She is the chairperson for the NCAA Women’s Soccer and Softball committees; a member of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee; and a member of Oregon State’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Vydra previously served as vice president of the executive board of the Pac-12 and has been a member of several other conference committees. These include the long-range planning committee; student-athlete advisory committee; diversity initiative committee; women’s basketball tournament committee; and the league’s television committee. 

She came to OSU in 1992 after working as an academic counselor at the University of Maine.

 

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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