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. For more about this section, see:

Drought hinders popular noble Christmas trees (Western Farmer-Stockman)

These conditions have been particularly difficult for newly plant noble fir trees in Christmas tree plantations, according to Chal Landgren, OSU Extension Christmas tree specialist.

An Oregon School District Pulled Kids Out of a Camp with Nonbinary Counselors (Outside)

“I think any program, school, or district that is vocally supporting any student from a marginalized identity and community is a political target right now,” says Spirit Brooks, the interim director of Oregon’s Outdoor School for All, the Oregon State University-based program that oversees state-funded outdoor school programs like Camp Tamarack.

Most financial aid offers have a fuzzy bottom line, GAO reports (Marketplace)

“Even estimating the actual direct cost is difficult,” said Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost of Enrollment Management at Oregon State University. “A student here might register for 12 credits in their first term or might register for 15, and those have different costs associated with them.”

'Firmageddon': Researchers find 1.1 million acres of dead trees in Oregon (NBC News)

“It was the combination of the high temperatures in the afternoon with the sun boring down,” said Chris Still, a professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. “We think a lot of those leaves just cooked in place.”

Satellite images show progress on 100-mile long skyscraper in Saudi Arabia (The Byte)

"If there’s no Maxar images acquired over an area that is experiencing rapid economic investment, something fishy is going on," Jamon Van Den Hoek, a geography professor at Oregon State University, told the publication.


Today's photo

Silver Falls: Julia Lounsberry says, "I captured this photo of 'Winter Falls' in Silver Falls State Park last week. The sun was starting to go down and bathed the tops of the trees in a beautiful fall golden glow color." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Quality media is a vital part of teaching in all modalities. Need to brush up on creating and using media to augment your teaching? See Using Media from Learn@OregonState. Want to consult with experts on video or audio recording? Looking for media training? Check out the Media Hub, a resource for OSU faculty, students and staff. 


Retirement Celebration for Jon Dolan: Jon Dolan, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) has formally announced that he will retire from OSU on Dec. 31. Please join University Information and Technology (UIT) and the OSU IT community for an open house at the Memorial Union, Room 109 on Dec. 13 from 3-5 p.m. to congratulate Jon on his retirement and thank him for his extraordinary service to OSU. 

EMT Seminars: Tyler Radniecki will speak on “Making wastewater surveillance useful: Going from fringe laboratory concept to state-wide implementation in 4 months,” Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 3:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid seminar, in person in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Join Zoom meeting:


NEW! Department of Integrative Biology M.S. defense seminar: Nat Young will present “Phylogeny and Microbial Diversity of Sthereus Motschulsky, 1845 and Related Weevils (Curculionidae: Molytinae)” on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Coast Range Building, room 2196, 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis; and via Zoom. Young is completing a M.S. in integrative biology under the guidance of David Maddison.

NEW! Beaver Dads: Are you a self-identified dad looking to meet other dads at OSU? Join Beaver Dads Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in MU 212 for informal conversation about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Family Resource Center and facilitated by Tarron Anderson, Beaver Dads will meet every third Wednesday throughout the academic year. For more information, including opportunities to join via zoom, contact [email protected]

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:


Adult & Higher Education Doctoral information session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program Thursday, Dec. 15, noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.


Cutest pet photo contest: Hosted by the Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Association, this fundraiser is open until 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Photo entrance fees are $5 for students and $15 for other folks per photo. After that, you'll get emails to vote through weekly brackets (it’s a great dopamine rush), and the winner’s human gets a free portrait of their cute pet. Submission link:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Listening Session – General Education Curriculum: The Learning Outcomes, Criteria, and Rationale (LOCR) committee is holding the first listening session for university stakeholders to share input about the Seeking Solutions category in the reformed general education curriculum. The session will be led by Selina Heppell, the mentor for the Seeking Solutions workgroup. The session is Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in MU 13 Multi-purpose Room. For those who cannot attend the listening session, or who have additional comments, there will be an opportunity to offer commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics in January.

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Friday, Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for the Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

SJEI workshop registration open through spring 2023, with in-person and remote options. The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Cynthia Ocamb, associate professor, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

NEW! OER grant: OSU’s Open Educational Resources Unit is offering a $500 department-to-department transfer to faculty who research opportunities to adopt open-source textbooks for their Ecampus courses. Research shows that 61% of OSU students don’t buy a required textbook because it’s too expensive, and 93.5% have taken action to lower their overall textbook costs. This latest initiative is a great opportunity to better understand how you can find high-quality, open-source materials and the process for vetting and incorporating them. Learn more on the OERU website. Questions? Contact Director Stefanie Buck.

NEW! Do you prefer to make a Charitable Fund Drive donation by personal check? No problem. Click here for the pledge form. For the complete list of all the Charitable Fund Drive organizations, click here. Once you’ve completed the pledge form, mail it with a personal check to the address located on the CFD webpage. Your donation, in whatever form works best for you, is much needed and appreciated! For online pledges:

NEW! Congratulate our student-athletes: As you know, making it into a bowl game two years in a row is a BIG achievement for our university and especially our student-athletes – and we’d like to give you the chance to congratulate them. Take two minutes to send a note to the Beaver Football team, and we’ll ensure they get your congratulatory message. Share your congrats.

English conversation classes: Crossroads Conversation School for Women invites international women to join us this winter for English conversation classes. In volunteer-taught classes, students will explore other cultures, practice English and develop friendships. This term we are offering both in-person classes (for students of all levels) and an online class (for intermediate and advanced English learners). Classes begin Jan. 10. For more details and registration information see or contact Kara Hanson at [email protected].

MLK event submissions: Event submissions for the 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration are now open. An important part of the Commemoration are events organized by Oregon State community members across the state to collaboratively carry on the legacy and teachings of Dr. King. We encourage community members to submit an event or learn more by going to the event page. Event submissions will be accepted until Dec. 21.

Grants to support undergraduate student experience and improve retention! Since 2003, the OSU Women's Giving Circle has supported the university with 178 awards totaling over a million dollars. They are seeking applications for programs and projects which enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention. The average grant amount is $5,000-$10,000. Application deadline: Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Applications, additional criteria, and further information can be found at or by contacting the Women’s Giving Circle staff liaison, Sara Dier.

GCE4All Free Webinar Series: Register for the International Genetic Code Expansion Webinar, a free monthly webinar series, open to all, featuring talks focused on cutting-edge applications of GCE technologies as well as advances in the GCE field. It is organized by the Oregon State University GCE4All Research Center and hosted by Rick Cooley and John Lueck. To register: The webinars run from October through June and occur on the third Thursday of each month at 7 a.m. Learn more on the International GCE Webinar webpage

Honors College Colloquium Proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2023-2024 at Any general catalog course can also be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; interested faculty should contact [email protected] for details. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses and colloquia. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Deadline Extended: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Dec. 15. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck

OSU Women’s Giving CircleEach year the OSU Women's Giving Circle funds vital and innovative grants for university programs. Last year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $70,000 to 11 OSU programs. If you have an idea for a funding opportunity to enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention and the determination to directly impact as many OSU students as possible, consider applying for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant by Jan. 9. For more information, visit the Women’s Giving Circle proposal site or contact Sara Dier.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months.

Traffic and Maintenance

Fairbanks Hall: As part of the Fairbanks Hall renovation project, the parking lot west of Fairbanks Hall will be closed for Winter Break to allow for scheduled contractor work to be executed efficiently. Spaces with EV stations and ADA spaces located in this lot will be offline for use. (view map)

Washington Way traffic disruption: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, significant traffic impacts will occur the week of Dec. 12-16, along and near SW Washington Way. Dec. 12: The intersection of SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way will be flagged. Only northbound traffic will be allowed on SW 26th Street north of SW Washington Way to SW Intramural Way. Dec. 13: The intersection of SW 26th St & SW Washington Way will be closed for waterline installation. Dec. 14-15: SW Washington Way closed from 26th Street to 30th Street for waterline installation. Dec. 16: SW Washington Way closed from 17th Street to 26th Street & 26th Street to 30th Street for paving. The intersection at SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way will be open.  View map.

Student Legacy Park South parking lot: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, Student Legacy Park South parking lot, the parking lot directly north of SW Washington Way, will be permanently closed. (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.

Street and sidewalk closure on Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, SW Washington Way will be closed daily between SW 26th and SW 17th Streets to begin water line replacement. Work will occur Nov. 30, 2022 through Jan. 6 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. This portion of Washington Way will reopen to vehicle traffic after 5 p.m. daily. (View map) The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way will also be closed, and an alternate pedestrian route will be identified with signage. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.


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NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 1: The Controller’s Unit invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting #P03901CT. Full consideration Dec. 30. Closes Jan. 15. 


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Corvallis: Slight chance of showers and then mostly cloudy, high of 44, low of 30. Mostly sunny through the week.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 35, low of 36. Mostly sunny through the week.

Newport: Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny today, high of 47, low of 33. Mostly sunny this week.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: