COVID testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology, is providing on-site COVID-19 testing on the OSU main campus, as well as at the OSU-Cascades campus. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to obtain a test at one of these locations. Results from tests administered at campus locations will be provided confidentially from the processing lab to Student Health Services. Results will be available by logging onto the secure Student Health Services Portal with ONID credentials. Tests are at no cost to the employee or student when insurance information is provided. Testing locations in Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. In Bend, Ray Hall 302, Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings: Face coverings are now required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor settings at OSU. This includes but is not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services, dining centers, recreation centers and other indoor spaces where people may gather for any purpose. Masks are not required when individuals are in their personal offices and have their door closed. Face coverings are also required outdoors as per State of Oregon rule 333-019-1025 if physical distancing of at least 6 feet can’t be maintained.
Vaccine compliance: Effective Sept. 15, Oregon State University requires employees and students who work, learn or engage with others in-person as part of their job duties to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. OSU employees and students who are required to comply and who meet an exemption not to be vaccinated, will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly until further notice. To learn more and to complete the compliance process, go to https://covid.oregonstate.edu/vaccination-program-requirement
NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering whether to record your lectures and whether to make slides or notes available to students? See Center for Teaching and Learning guidance about providing lecture recordings and about providing notes and slides for your classes. CTL advocates for pedagogical decisions that are intentional, transparent and compassionate.
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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See https://library.oregonstate.edu/ and click on 1Search.
“When we put [fires] out, we become less aware of them,” said hydrologist Kevin Bladon of Oregon State University. But from a water perspective, “that’s when all the problems start.”
Historic California reparations task force discusses community engagement, history of slavery (Jefferson Public Radio)
Before the state entered the union in 1850 with its anti-slavery constitution, enslaved Black people had already been present in, brought to the state by Americans during and after the Mexican-American War, according to Oregon State University history professor Stacey Smith. The state did nothing to stop what had already taken root, and brutal violence akin to that in the South happened to slaves in California.
What is the 'new normal' when it comes to wildfire season? (Think Out Loud)
Last year, Portland had the worst air quality in the world for a few days in September after the Labor Day fires. Is this the new normal? Chris Dunn is a research associate in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. He joins us to talk about the future of wildfire.
Mechanical thinning alone can calm the intensity of future wildfires for many years, and prescribed burns lengthen thinning’s effectiveness, according to Oregon State University research involving a seasonally dry ponderosa pine forest in northeastern Oregon.
OSU student turns climate research into bilingual children's book, receives $100,000 scholarship (Democrat-Herald)
Christopher Cousins, a PhD candidate from Oregon State University, has received a $100,000 scholarship to further his work of researching habitat refugia and turning his findings into a bilingual children’s book for Latino youth.
Science links of the week (Explorers Web)
Scientists calculated the age of the footprints by radiocarbon dating the aquatic plants ingrained into the prints. Still, some archaeologists aren’t convinced. They want the dating double-checked in other ways. “This is the kind of stuff that makes you rewrite textbooks,” said Loren Davis, Oregon State University. “For the good of the field, we need really high standards.”
It’s officially fall, but gardening hasn’t ended for the season. What’s on your mind? For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.
High fashion: Girls Sewing club of Prineville, Crook County, October 1923, photo courtesy Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives.
COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S. Go to COVID-19 information for links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.
NEW! BEavers Here Now Guided Meditation: Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. Each session will be offered in person AND remotely. In-person sessions: Memorial Union Multipurpose Room MU13. Remote via Zoom: Register at beav.es/3bS. Benefits of mediation include: stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact [email protected] to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. This program is presented by CAPS and the Wellness Agents.
NEW! OSU Little Gallery: Breaking Misconceptions. A senior thesis show by OSU art student Julianna Southers. Sept. 27 - Oct. 22 (during regular campus business hours). Reception to be held Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m. Free and open to all. The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. Contact [email protected] for more information or to request accommodations relating to a disability.
NEW! 2021 Part-Time Job Fair: Students, are you in need of a part-time job or internship? Come to this casual fair to meet with local employers with open positions, who are eager to interact with you. Representatives from over 20 companies will accept job applications on site. Students are encouraged to stop by between classes and during free time. Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza.
NEW! TRIAD: For over 90 years, TRIAD at OSU has provided faculty and staff with an opportunity to gather to network, discuss the challenges of the day, celebrate success and learn something new. TRIAD is grounded in three values: fellowship, service and cooperation. TRIAD’s programs are online and free and open to all this term. The first program of the term, a business meeting for the club, will be Thursday, Sept. 30 at noon, and all are welcome. Zoom link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/91820602683?pwd=NDJzNUlJNFVmNFlKZGZUQXBlSzNvQT09.
NEW! Get fired up at the OSUAA members’ pregame tailgater at the Alumni Center Oct. 2: Rain or shine, we've got your pregame party covered at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. in the newly upgraded ballroom. With giveaways, family activities and entertainment, great food and beverages to purchase and more, it’s the place to be. You can even rent a room for a private party. Open to all OSUAA members and their guest, OSUAA Orange & Black and Life members also receive VIP accommodations. Upgrade your membership to gain extra access. Catch all the fun before the Beavers play Washington, Saturday, Oct. 2; kickoff at 6 p.m.
NEW! President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs hosts Fall Welcome: New faculty and staff (hired since fall 2019) are warmly invited to our Fall Welcome social event for refreshments and great conversation with OSU colleagues. Fall Welcome will be hosted in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center outdoor tent on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Please direct questions to Sara Smith ([email protected]) or Terrance Harris ([email protected]). RSVPs are appreciated: PCSBFSA Fall Welcome 2021.
OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.
American Strings: An Evening with Shook Twins. Join host Bob Santelli for a conversation and live performance with the rising stars of American folk rock, Shook Twins, as American Strings launches a brand-new season outdoors on the Student Experience Center plaza. American Strings brings renowned artists from around the U.S. to Corvallis and OSU for an in-depth look at how and why stringed instruments play such a profound role in American music. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Face coverings are required. There is also an opportunity to watch the event remotely via a livestream at http://beav.es/UJC.
Griggs celebration: Lawrence Griggs, ’78, will be the honored on the Wall of Legacy at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, and a physical student success center will be named in his honor in the Memorial Union. Please join us in honoring his enormous impact during a hybrid (in-person and online) presentation and celebration on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. Click here to register. Consider adding a video tribute or typed message to share how Larry impacted you. Email Terrance Harris with any questions.
1958 Reunion events during Homecoming week Oct. 22-24: Join members of the Class of 1958 for social gatherings during Homecoming week. There will be mingling and reminiscing about your days at OSU, along with great food, drinks and fun. You have so much to share with your classmates – family, travel, career – so take the time to catch up. Here’s what you need to know. RSVP for each event required by Oct. 8.
1970s Decade Class Reunions during Homecoming week Oct. 22-23: We are excited to welcome alumni from the Classes of 1970-1979 back to campus for mingling and reminiscing about your days at OSU, along with great food, drinks and fun. Join us at a variety of events. You have so much to share with your classmates – family, travel, career – so take the time to catch up. Here’s what you need to know. RSVP required by Oct. 8.
The 5th Annual Multicultural Alumni & Friends Tailgater Oct. 23: Celebrate each and every member of our OSU Beaver community ahead of Homecoming kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the 5th Annual Multicultural Alumni & Friends Tailgater. This in-person gathering will feature food, fun and a chance to connect with new and old friends and mingle with OSU leadership. Enjoy the OSU marching band and take pics with Benny before the big game. This FREE, annual event is hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, College of Liberal Arts, Educational Opportunities Program, Diversity & Cultural Engagement Office and the Office of Institutional Diversity. Registration is strongly recommended as space is limited: Bit.ly/MCTailgater21.
ASOSU, The Beaver Caucus and OSUAA Alumni & Friends Homecoming Gathering: Returning in person, the ASOSU/The Beaver Caucus and OSUAA Alumni & Friends Homecoming Gathering will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at the OSU Alumni Center. Kick off Homecoming by coming together with current and former ASOSU officers, Beaver Caucus advocates and OSU alumni and friends serving as elected officials or legislative staffers. Attendees will enjoy programming hosted by ASOSU leadership, featuring a review of OSU’s 2021 legislative wins and information on how to advocate for OSU in the coming year. This no-cost event is open to current OSU students and alumni, but space is limited. Save your seat today by registering at bit.ly/AdvocateOSU.
Lectures, Workshops, Webinars
NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for The Horticulture Fall 2021 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4000 or via Zoom. Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. Zoe Migicovsky, Dalhousie University will present, “How to breed better apples using genomics.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at: https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/horticulture-0.
NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences Friday Research Seminar: "The obesity epidemic: Is the cure worse than the disease?" will be presented by CPHHS Professor Russ Turner from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in HFC 115 and online. Co-sponsored by the CPHHS nutrition program. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.
NEW! English classes: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center (CMLC) will be offering English classes, meditation classes (in English and Spanish), and an English conversation circle beginning the week of Oct. 3. We also offer an ongoing conversation partner program, citizenship and naturalization support, loans to apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship, and scholarships for DACA renewal. For more information please see our website https://cmlcenter.org/ or contact us at [email protected] or 541-632-3890.
NEW! The 2021 Campbell Lecture: "Motor competence, a building block that supports healthy developmental trajectories in children," presented by Professor Leah E. Robinson from the University of Michigan, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in HFC 115 and online. This lecture is hosted by the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more.
NEW! Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We'll also discuss OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 11, Nov. 17, Feb. 3, Mar. 24, Apr. 18 or May 22.
CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: “Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Students In and Outside the College Classroom.” In this presentation, educational advocate and OSU graduate student, Dharma Mirza (she/her) will explore ways to better include and support 2SLGBTQI+ students in and outside of the classroom. Dharma will also highlight key support services on campus for 2SLGBTQI+ students and engage the learning impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic these student communities. For more information see https://ctl.oregonstate.edu/sparkshops. Zoom session Sept. 28, 10-11:50 a.m., https://beav.es/UJj.
College of Engineering: State of the College Virtual Event. Join Scott Ashford, Kearney Dean of Engineering, for an update and Q&A on the college. Tuesday, Sept. 28, noon to 1 p.m. Register: https://beav.es/UoN.
Apply now for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: Want to conduct research about online teaching and learning? The Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The ECRU annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects ($20,000 each) to support research in online and hybrid education. Info sessions will be held via Zoom Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. Applications are due Nov. 1. To register, contact Naomi Aguiar.
Beyond Benefits EAP, Strengthening Your Ability To Empathize: Everyone has heard the saying to “take a walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicating more effectively and building better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy. Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m. Register here.
UPDATED! Greenfield talk: “A Conversation with Dr. Derek Greenfield” will take place Sept. 30 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium, Toyota Club Level. Derek Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive social change. Greenfield’s extensive partners includes McDonald’s Corporation, NCAA, International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, National Black Student Leadership Development Conference, Altria Group, National Dropout Prevention Conference, Progress Energy and the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, just to name a few. To learn more visit https://derekgreenfield.com/. This event is being hosted by Oregon State University Athletics, Oregon State University NAACP Student Chapter and the Corvallis-Albany (Linn and Benton Counties) NAACP Branch. For virtual/remote engagement click here. Accommodations and/or questions can be sent to [email protected] or [email protected].
Innovation to Market — Funding & Training Opportunities: OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Wednesday, Oct. 6 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here for a Zoom link: https://forms.gle/nK4iaPz98DCvhoaq9.
Meditation as Embodied Practice: A Nine-Month Training. OSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiative offers an experiential, progressive program for those interested in learning a meditative arc of development. Includes instruction, practice, readings and community. Thursdays 6-8 p.m on Zoom. Guided by Audrey Perkins and Kate Gallagher. Priority registration: Oct. 7; begins Oct.14. $700 for community members; $400 for faculty and staff; $200 for students.
Navigating Workplace Conflict Workshop in Corvallis: Developed by University Ombudsperson and conflict management expert Sue Theiss, this one-day workshop focuses on essential elements of managing interpersonal, small group and organizational conflict. By the end, you will have a good understanding of how to successfully navigate conflict and you’ll have the tools to help you create real change through inclusive processes. Oct. 21. Secure your seat here: http://workspace.oregonstate.edu/conflict-resolution.
SJEI Tier One Platform and Tier Two Next Level workshops still have openings for Fall 2021: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues and expand your equity and inclusion journey. See the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page. Interested in workshops, facilitation or consultation for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].
UAOSU Salary Agreement Ratification: UAOSU members, it’s time to vote on the agreement negotiated by your bargaining team. Check your email (including spam) for your ballot. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]. Polls close at 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Only members can vote, but the raise package applies to all faculty in our bargaining unit. If you’re academic faculty who hasn't joined yet, you can at uaosu.org/join.
Contemplative Graduate Research Group: CSI is forming a graduate research group for those whose research directly involves contemplative practices, traditions and perspectives. Meetings will foster collegial collaborations, peer connections, idea exchange, presentation practice and more. Email [email protected] by Oct.1 with your name, degree program and research interests to receive an invitation to the fall outdoor kick-off gathering.
Recreational Sports Membership: Invest in your health and well-being with a Rec Sports membership. Members enjoy access to Rec Sports facilities, featuring weight and cardio rooms, climbing centers, an eight-lane swimming pool, multiple gyms and indoor tennis courts. Members may also purchase fitness, training, sport and adventure programs. Memberships are available to OSU faculty, staff, their partners and dependents (payroll deduction is available through Oct. 29) and alumni. OSU Corvallis students receive a membership with incidental fee payment.
Traffic and Maintenance
NW Harrison Boulevard full closure (24/7) between NW 31st Street and NW 34th Street. As part of the 2021-22 Street Resurfacing Project along NW Harrison Boulevard, NW Harrison Boulevard will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between NW 31st Street and NW 34th Street from Sept. 20-30. Detours will be put into place. This project is managed by the city of Corvallis. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Josh Bjornstedt.
This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.
NEW! Administrative Assistant: College of Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean of Extension, Associate Dean of Academics, and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. Posting #P04804UF. Full consideration: Oct. 13. Closes Oct 22.
“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” ~ Wallace Stegner
Corvallis: Showers today, high of 63, low of 50. Showers tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Showers likely today, high of 65, low of 39. Chance of showers tomorrow.
Newport: Showers and breezy, high of 57, low of 50. Showers Tuesday.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/