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:

Bend entrepreneurs will gift snowboard company SnoPlanks to OSU-Cascades for hands-on learning opportunity (KTVZ)

The founders of a Bend-based snowboard company, SnoPlanks, will donate it to Oregon State University–Cascades to provide students a hands-on opportunity running an outdoor products company, the school announced Thursday.

Oregon State University researchers awarded $750,000 for wildfire resiliency projects (KEZI)

Oregon State University officials said that wildfire researchers have received $750,000 for multiple projects that will help forestry and engineering experts better understand wildfire resiliency in Oregon communities.

Social distancing for dogs: Animal parks close as officials try to stop the spread of canine illness (MSN)

While dogs have died from this disease, said Kurt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University, dog owners shouldn’t panic. 

Today's photo

Autumn light: Matt Nyman submitted this photo, which he took facing toward the Linus Pauling Science Center. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Weighing the pros and cons of using AI in teaching, course design or other work projects? Do benefits outweigh risks? Try out the AI Decision Tree from Ecampus. This easy-to-use tool prompts you to consider a range of factors including existing policy, pedagogical purpose, bias, accuracy, access, accountability, affordability, equity, privacy, security and more.

NEW! Charitable Fund Drive: One pledge, countless lives touched. Every pledge through the Charitable Fund Drive has the power to touch countless lives. Your support drives progress and change for the causes that matter most. To make your pledge and contribute to these vital efforts, visit Your commitment makes a world of difference.


Bobbin' Through the Woods Art and Craft FairThe holiday craft and art fair is returning to the Peavy Forest Science Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9. This year we have even more vendors, but the mission remains the same. All proceeds support Rootstock, our College of Forestry food pantry, and our food insecure students.

Holiday Tree Auction: Firs for Food Insecurity. Dec. 8-9, Peavy Forest Science Center. We have 11 decorated trees donated by different units around campus that are up for silent auction during the fair. As you move throughout the building, please stop by to have a look at the trees, place your bid and collect passport stamps to be entered to win a prize valued at over $200. All proceeds from the auction will go to Rootstock, our student food pantry. Trees are fully decorated and will be available to take home Saturday after 3 p.m. Trees donated by Starker Forests, Inc.

First Meal: The Corvallis Museum is hosting a talk to mark the publication of "First Meal" (OSU Press) by Julie Green and Kirk Johnson, a beautiful book about the power of food and freedom that tells the stories of 25 wrongfully convicted people through art and reporting. OSU Professor of Art Julie Green — best known for her "Last Supper" series — died in 2021 as work on the book was nearing completion. Join their co-author Kirk Johnson, a retired national correspondent for the New York Times, and Theo Downes-Le Guin, Julie’s gallerist and friend, for a conversation about "First Meal" and Julie’s compelling work and legacy. 10:30 a.m., Dec. 8, Corvallis Museum.

Music à la Carte: Enjoy the final Music à la Carte performance of the term featuring OSU's own University Chorale, directed by Sandra Babb, at noon Dec. 8 in the Main Lobby of the MU. Admission is free.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

FYI Friday – How to Submit a Course Proposal in CIM: OSU uses Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) software as an online platform for curricular proposal submission and review. This course demonstrates how to navigate CIM to successfully submit a course proposal as well as explains the curriculum review workflow in a nutshell. Participants will also learn tips on how to write a good course proposal. Noon to 12:30 p.m., Dec. 8 via Zoom. Registration required.

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 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 Society of Safety Professionals OSU Student Section Re-Launch: Student interest meeting. ASSP is a professional network focused on workplace safety. We focus on hands-on learning and networking by visiting workplaces in the Willamette Valley, hosting guest speakers and attending events in the Pacific Northwest. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Dec. 8, Hallie Ford 115. Snacks and refreshments provided.

New Zealand: Farming Systems and Pastoral Landscapes: Join faculty leaders Serkan Ates and Paul Dorres from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 3-credit, two-week program in New Zealand and visit working ranches, research facilities and industry centers from Sept. 10-24. Info session from 2-3 p.m., Dec. 8. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology seminar: Andy Jones, associate professor in Botany and Plant Pathology here at OSU, will give a talk on "Intra- and Interspecific Variation in Drought Resistance In Tropical Trees: Implications for Climate Change." 4-5 p.m., Dec. 8, Learning Innovation Center room 302.

MFA Reading Series: The MFA Reading Series celebrates new nonfiction, fiction and poetry from students in OSU's MFA program in creative writing. Each month, a writer from each genre reads an excerpt of their work. This month’s reading will occur at 5 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Corvallis Public Library and will feature Selene Ross (fiction), Katie Cusumano (nonfiction) and Nicolette Ratz (poetry). Free and open to all.


NEW! On-campus therapist: In January, Lyra Health will be offering OSU employees the option of seeing a Lyra Health therapist, Porshea Pendleton, on the Corvallis campus. She will be available for appointments one day a week. OSU employees who are interested in meeting Pendleton are invited to a drop-in meet-and-greet from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Memorial Union Jack Porter Board Room (MU 221). To schedule an appointment in January with Pendleton, register at, answer the assessment questions, select book a therapist for “Individual Therapy,” select that you want to meet with the therapist in person and then select “Valley Library” to schedule your appointment with Pendleton.

NEW! OSUAA Tailgate Town at the Sun Bowl: Join Oregon State’s official bowl tailgate when the Beavs face off against Notre Dame at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. Get tailgate tickets to enjoy food and drinks, giveaways, music, photo ops and fun activities with fellow Beavs at Glory Field before kickoff. 9:30 a.m., Dec. 29.

Winter Storytelling: Indigenous Stories of Place. Join members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde for an evening of storytelling in many forms including family stories, Ikanum (creation stories), contemporary stories, and readings. Some will be told in the Indigenous language then translated into English. Learn from and honor those who created a culture over thousands of years and created an environment that sustained itself using Traditional Ecological Knowledge. 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the OSU Alumni Center, 725 SW 26th St.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free, no registration, first-come, first-seated. For more info, contact Dave Eckert, [email protected].

Charlotte Hughbank retirement: Charlotte Hughbank is retiring after 21+ years in the Cashier’s office. Come join us to celebrate her career and wish her luck on her next journey. 2-4 p.m., Dec. 15, Kerr Admin. Building, Conference Room B100.

Portland reception: The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics invites alumni and friends to an informal gathering and reception from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 15, at Growler Guys, 3739 S. Bond Ave., Portland. Snacks will be provided; no-host bar. Please RSVP at Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center's Winter Fête: A vibrant celebration of diversity and community Dec. 16 at the Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., Corvallis. This family-friendly event offers a delightful blend of children’s activities, refreshments, a cultural craft market and dancing. From 3-6 p.m., enjoy complimentary activities, and then from 6-8 p.m., dance to the rhythm of Descarga 54 at our ticketed dance party ($0-$20). Food, light refreshments and free parking will be available.

Day of service: The Dr. MLK Day of Service will take place on Jan. 13. This event is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through volunteer service. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to participants. Check-in and meals will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page for details. Community Engagement & Leadership will provide transportation to and from service projects. Register here:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! BioResource research seminar: Cicily Wall (B.S. in BRR option: Bioproducts and Bioenergy minor: Chemistry) will speak on “A Study on Oxidizing Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Through Ultrasonication with a Metal-Catalyzed Oxidant as a Chemical Pretreatment Prior to Ideonella sakaiensis and Pleurotus ostreatus Inoculation,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 11, Richardson 115. Mentors: Gerald Presley, Islam Hafez and Leon Rogers.

NEW! Christy Berk Master of Public Policy defense: A presentation of Christy Berk's paper, titled: "From Hurdles to High-Speed: A Community Capital Framework approach to understanding barriers to broadband adoption and availability in North Carolina’s rural counties," takes place 9 a.m., Dec. 12 via Zoom. Contact the School of Public Policy at [email protected] for Zoom access.

NEW! Running on Empty: Workplace Burnout. Join this gathering to share your experiences of workplace burnout and learn about how others are dealing with it. You’ll walk away from this session knowing how to respond to burnout in a healthy and meaningful way. 9 a.m., Dec. 12. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! Curbing Burnout: Your Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention. The "Curbing Burnout: Your Guide to Prevention and Early Intervention" workshop will review the individual and organizational factors that can mitigate risk for burnout, as well as specific strategies for communicating more effectively at work, managing job-related stress, and preventing work from intruding at home and in our relationships with loved ones. 10-11 a.m., Dec. 12. Register here.

NEW! Raising Children with Disabilities: Effectively Communicating. Communication is everywhere in nearly everything we do. This will offer insights, tips and tools for building and maintaining successful conversations to improve the results of communication in any relationship or setting you may find yourself. 10 a.m., Dec. 12. Register today.

NEW! Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. December’s topic: “Talk Saves Lives: Talking to Your Teen about Suicide” with AFSP Oregon. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 12, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

NEW! Surface Pressure: Managing Workplace Expectations. Join this gathering to talk more about the ways internal and external pressures to perform can impact mental health, as well as ways to take care of yourself in the midst of this pressure. Noon, Dec. 12. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

Crime and Punishment in the UK: Join faculty leaders Michele Inderbitzen and Susan Shaw from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about the historical and fictional crime and justice system of the UK during a 6-credit, two-week journey that takes place in London, England from Aug. 2-17. Virtual info session: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 11. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: Noah Silva de Leonardi will present “Epidemic dynamics when superspreading occurs in bursts” at 1 p.m., Dec. 11 in LINC 314 and via Zoom: Silva de Leonardi is completing his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Benjamin Dalziel. 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Symposium: The Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics and the Biophysical Society Student Chapter invite you to the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 13. This full-day event covers many topics and includes invited speakers, graduate student flash talks, a "Women Leaders in STEM" panel and a poster session. Lunch provided. More information can be found at

Women Leaders in STEM: The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics invites you to attend a panel discussion titled “Women Leaders in STEM: Challenges and Rewards” from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 13. in LPSC 125. The speaker will be Angela Gronenborn from the University of Pittsburgh, and panelists include Eleanor Feingold, Irem Tumer and Staci Simonich.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Michael Gordon Ph.D. Defense: Michael Gordon will present his dissertation, titled: “Host-induced gene silencing in black cottonwood for resistance to Septoria canker: Efficacy and impacts on non-target fungi,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 13, in PFSC 315 and on Zoom. Gordon is earning his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with co-advisors Steve Strauss of Forest Ecosystems and Society and Jared LeBoldus of Botany and Plant Pathology and Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for accommodations for disabilities or for the Zoom link.

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 Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships and resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators; $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

Take Note

NEW! Expedited travel services: OSU Alumni Association members now receive special discounted rates and expert travel document services with G3 Global Services. Whether seeking visa processing guidance for destinations worldwide or filing expedited passport requests, G3's personalized services will get you on your way to a stress-free vacation. Learn more about benefits like this available with OSUAA membership at

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Tanya Chaplin, head coach, women’s gymnastics, 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. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Higher ed conference scholarship: The Gender Advocacy and Inclusion Network (GAIN) in Higher Education Conference scholarship application is now open. The President’s Commission on the Status of Women is offering scholarships to cover early registration fees for the 2024 GAIN conference being held in Seaside, Oregon from April 22-24. OSU faculty, staff, students and OSU-affiliated community members are eligible to apply: PCOSW GAIN scholarship application. The deadline to apply is Dec. 13. Priority is given to applicants that are current PCOSW members and those who have not received a prior PCOSW scholarship to a GAIN conference. For questions, contact [email protected].

Funding opportunity: MSI Advancement Award. The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) invites proposals to advance marine and coastal studies. This opportunity is possible because of generous private contributions. Our program strives to create a healthy future for the ocean and the planet through interdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem-solving. We anticipate being able to fund several projects with awards of up to $5,000 each. Proposals due Jan. 19. For more information, visit our website. If you have questions about the proposal submission process, email [email protected]

PRAx tickets on sale now: There’s something for everyone in the inaugural season of the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx). The spring 2024 lineup includes a wide variety of musicians, interactive performances, virtual reality installations and visual artists. Visitors can even create their own event series to bundle tickets and save money. Check out PRAx’s website to learn more and purchase tickets. Most events offer $5 student tickets.

Seeking MLK events: Submit your Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Events by Friday, Dec. 22. Colleges, departments, units, offices and individuals breathe life into the Commemoration by organizing events throughout the week to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Past events have included art shows, spoken word performances, interfaith celebrations, workshops, dialogues, lectures and panels. Event assistance may be available through the Office of Institutional Diversity by contacting [email protected].

Peace Breakfast volunteers needed: The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. planning committee is searching for volunteers to help support the logistics for the Peace Breakfast. Volunteers will help complete a variety of tasks including staffing the welcome table, directing people as needed, breaking down set-up and serving as guides. Please complete the volunteer form here. The event is held from 8-11 a.m., Jan. 15 at The LaSells Stewart Center. All volunteers must register for breakfast to account for their breakfast and seating, as needed. Register here.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter and Spring 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy, or research you want to share with the campus community? FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. For more information: [email protected].

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge?FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis.View upcoming workshops and enroll here In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1.

BennyBuy: Effective Jan. 1, purchases through the BennyBuy punch-out catalogs for Hewlett Packard (HP) and Bluum (Troxell) will be limited to $25,000 and below. This change is due to the cooperative contracts supporting these punch-out catalogs no longer meeting OSU’s competitive requirements. For more information see Announcements located at

Reserve event space and support: Invite your guests to an elegant, technologically advanced space with an intimate and personal appeal. Friendly and capable center staff will manage all the details of your special event. Reserve space at the Alumni Center. 

Last chance for faculty development opportunity: Due date extended to Dec. 11 for CTL’s Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. Be part of a supportive group of faculty focusing on resilience and teaching enhancement. Explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and building resilience to thrive. See the call for participation and submit an expression of interest to by Dec. 11. Funding provided. 

Hawai'i donation drive: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop-offs, which take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4-8, at the Beth Ray Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, new children’s toys and gift cards.

Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement is pleased to announce the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner award: OSU President Emeritus Ed Ray has been chosen for the OSU Foundation’s 2023 OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award, which honors faculty and staff who promote a culture of philanthropy at the university. “Throughout Ed’s 17-year tenure as president – and his ongoing involvement as a faculty member – he has been an extraordinary philanthropic leader,” said Larry Landis, a member of the OSU Loyal Advisory Committee that selected the award winner in this third annual tradition.

OSU Today holiday schedule: OSU Today will switch to weekly editions Dec. 18, with no edition the week of Dec. 25. Daily issues will return Jan. 8.

PRISM submissions are now open: Submit your art, poetry, prose, music, films, photography and more to OSU's annual student-run art and literature journal. Take your chance at getting published. Submission form found in our Instagram bio or at; the deadline is Dec. 15.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due Dec. 15. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of winter term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Legacy Awards: Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 8. Each award comes with a $500 stipend as a token of appreciation and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the recipients to make OSU more just and inclusive. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 15. Register for the Peace Breakfast here.

Students: Borrow your textbooks for free. The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email [email protected] for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].


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NEW! Oregon State University is hiring a Director for the Supercomputing Center at OSU. A world-class supercomputer will be installed in the new Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex in 2026. The Supercomputing Center will be the high-performance computing centerpiece for Oregon State University, Oregon higher education and the State of Oregon. Posting #P07592UF. Full consideration Jan. 15. Closes April 1. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Kerr parking lot: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr south parking lot closure has been extended until Jan. 8 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

Stadium Avenue: As part of the Bloss Hall Renovation project, a section SW Stadium Avenue, located between CH2M Hill Alumni Center and Bloss Hall, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Jan. 5. Multiple parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot (bordering Stadium Ave.) will also be closed. In addition, the sidewalk on the west side of Bloss Hall will be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)


"You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights." ~ Maya Angelou

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 47, low of 36. Rain through the weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow and then mostly sunny, high of 38, low of 22. Chance of snow Saturday, rain Sunday.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 50, low of 40. Rain and windy this weekend.

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