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:


OSU study: Veterans' PTSD affected by factors like service appraisal, social support (The Skanner)

Military veterans’ individual perceptions of their combat experiences and the social supports they receive when they return home are greater predictors of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms than the specific conflict in which they served, a new Oregon State University study found.

New online guides help identify Oregon's many native bees (Jefferson Public Radio)

The work of identifying a bee can be painstaking, so you can imagine the work that went into the identification keys. Jim Rivers, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the Oregon State University College of Forestry, and Josh Dunlap at the Oregon Department of Agriculture are among the people who did the work; they share details in a visit with the JX.

Today's photo

Foggy sunrise: Rachel Polisher, administrative assistant for the Administrative Modernization Program, took this photo on her way to work. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Starting this week and continuing through winter term, your students can register for academic success and writing workshops in the remote workshop series. Topics include planning, concentration and distraction, personal statements, perfectionism and more. Offer extra credit for attendance and students can request an email confirmation be sent to you or to them to confirm their attendance. 


Board of Trustees: The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Jan. 19 to consider election of board officers, a presidential compensation adjustment and a debt resolution of long-term refinancing. The board will meet from 9:15 a.m.-1:35 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. All board meetings are open to the public and can be attended in person, on Zoom or on the phone by calling 1-888-475-4499 (meeting ID: 655 466 888). Meeting agendas and materials are posted as they become available on the board’s website.

NEW! Geoscience sale: The Geoscience Club will be selling baked goods, planter boxes and rock samples in the MU Quad from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 19. All funds support our student members by reducing their cost to attend our academic trip to the Eastern Sierras this spring break.

Commodities, Cafes and Climate Change — France: Join OSU faculty members James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a four-credit, two-week program in France from June 18-July 2. Information sessions on Jan. 19: "drop-in" between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in LINC 350 or on Zoom 2:30-4 p.m. For details about the program, check out the program brochure and application. Also let us know about your interest level.

FYI Friday – Behind-the-scenes of Student Care Team: Have you ever made a referral to Student Care and weren’t quite sure what happens next? Student Care is designed to help students problem solve within the university community, and access referrals for personal matters or emergencies. In this session, we'll go behind the scenes of what referrals and students can expect when working with our office. Our hope is to inform and empower our campus community to make informed referrals to help students navigating difficult circumstances. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jan. 19 via Zoom. Registration required.

OSUsed Store: Winter Hours: Until Feb. 1 the OSUsed Store will be operating on our winter hours. We are open to the public Tuesdays 5:30-7 p.m., and Fridays noon to 3 p.m. (excluding holidays). The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.

Beats n’ Breath — Yoga Flow by Candlelight: Embrace the winter darkness with movement by candlelight. This class integrates an inspiring playlist and an all-levels flow to energize the body and align the breath. Guided by Jessica Mylan, 5:30-7 p.m., Fridays Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and March 8 at Marigold. Purchase one class pass or $15 for drop-in. Pre-register for Jan 19Contact us. 


Mindful Restart: 30 Day Challenge. Start 2024 learning and practicing mindfulness with a supportive cohort and all-inclusive package including a four-week Mindfulness 101 series, 1:1 mentorship, online and in-person practice opportunities and more. $150 for full package; $65 for online only. Free for the first 20 OSU students. Jan. 21-Feb. 19 at Marigold. Contact: [email protected].

Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey. 6-7:30 p.m., Sundays Jan 21., Feb. 18 and March 17 at Marigold. Purchase one-class pass or $15 for drop-in. Please pre-register. Contact: [email protected].


NEW! Privacy RoundupData privacy stations and prizes on Valley Library main floor, 2-4 p.m, Jan. 23. OSU Librarians will host activity tables, give away door prizes and share information about how to protect your data privacy. This event is part of Data Privacy Week.

NEW! Say Hey: Say Hey will be hosted at OSU from 5:30-8 p.m., Feb. 27, by the Portland Partners in Diversity. The goal is to help connect local businesses and community members with professionals of color. Employees of color are honored at the event and encouraged to register as honorees. Community members and allies are encouraged to attend also to support building community and connections. Registration is now open, and space is limited. To register as an attendee: To register as an honoree:

BABy@OSU: The week of Jan. 22, join us for the first BABy@OSU baby shower week. A week filled with sessions geared toward new and expecting parents with sessions from mindfulness and lactation to baby-bonding leave. There will be an in-person connection hour for new and expecting parents to learn more about the Family Resource Center and Work Life resources. Learn more and register for session here.

PFLA Winter Luncheon: Join us for a gourmet lunch and special presentation from OSU President Jayathi Murthy. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 30, The LaSells Stewart Center. Cost/person is $15 for PFLA members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required and seating is limited.

PFLA Networking event: Valentine’s Day Speed Networking on Zoom. Get to know colleagues at this fun networking session using a "speed dating" format with short, rotating break-out groups. Wear your best Valentine's attire or colors to be entered in a drawing for fun prizes. 2-3 p.m., Feb. 14 on Zoom. Registration is required.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Gearing Up for Gardening: "If You’re Going to Use Pesticides — Be Safe," Jennifer Gervais, OSU College of Ag Sciences, Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Come to the Corvallis-Benton County Library and get free gardening tips from local experts. Noon, Jan. 22. Presentations are free and open to everyone. Co-sponsored by the Benton County Master Gardener Association and the Corvallis-Benton County Library.

NEW! Beating the Post-Vacation Blues: Returning to work after vacation is never easy. Many of us might have a hard time transitioning back to the flow of things. We might find ourselves still mentally checked out from our work, yearning to be back in a restful state. Some of us might be overwhelmed with the work that’s waiting for us – returning to a stark contrast between vacation and reality. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while transitioning back to work after a vacation. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this transition. Noon, Jan. 25 and 9 a.m., Jan. 26. Register for this upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Lyra Workshop — Parenting in the Real World: Instead of offering yet another list of tips on better parenting, this workshop will suggest a simple but powerful practice. It will teach you to respond to any parenting dilemma with three simple steps: 1. Press pause; 2. Notice what’s going on; and 3. Choose your response. 10 a.m., Jan. 22. Register here.

New Trauma-Informed Yoga class from CAPE: Beginning Jan. 22, CAPE Survivor Advocacy will be hosting a trauma-informed yoga class for survivors of gender-based violence. This class is led at a gentle to medium pace. All bodies and levels of movement are welcome and modifications will be offered. Limited yoga mats are available – please bring your own mat if possible. The class is held on Mondays from 12:10-12:50 p.m. For location details and more information, email Jocelyn Kerr.

Difficult Conversations: The University’s Role in Restoring Civic Dialogue with Robert George and Cornel West: Join us on Jan. 22 for a special event with Robert George and Cornel West. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Business, this timely conversation will address the urgent need for universities to lead the way in reviving the art of civil discourse in a society increasingly characterized by division and confrontation. 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center. Register here for the free, public event.   

CTL QT Talk — Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power and Oppression Model. In this talk, attendees will learn about the inclusive teaching framework used by the Difference, Power and Oppression (DPO) Program. The DPO Program works with faculty across all fields and disciplines at OSU to develop inclusive curricula that addresses institutionalized systems of power, privilege and inequity in the U.S. The session will focus on providing practical reflection questions and tips for implementing the DPO framework in your own teaching practice. Presented by Kali Forman, interim assistant director, Difference, Power and Oppression. 11-11:50 a.m., Jan. 23. Register here.

Health careers alumni panel: You might be surprised by the variety of fields and roles a College of Health degree can lead to. Hear from alumni with your shared passion for taking on challenges facing health and well-being at an Ask Alumni career webcast, at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health.

Public policy career panel: Advance your career journey in public policy. Find inspiration for your future endeavors from alumni with degrees in political science, public policy and sociology at an Ask Alumni virtual networking event at 4 p.m. Jan. 25. Register for this free interactive panel presented by the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Career Development Center and School of Public Policy. 

CTL Sparkshop: Strategies for using instructor talk to foster a positive learning environment and student learning success. Curious to know how to promote positive learning experiences and build community among students in your class? Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss strategies for using instructor talk to promote student engagement and learning. Presenter Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant. Noon to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26, online. Register here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. KeynoteKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will serve as this year’s Commemoration keynote speaker, at 7 p.m., Jan. 31 in The LaSells Stewart Center and streamed online. Register here. Taylor’s keynote address, titled “The Radical King: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Quest to Reconstruct America,” will explore Dr. King's vision for the nation that is just as relevant today.

WIC Hosting Scott Graham for Talk on Generative AI: The Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) program is hosting Scott Graham (University of Texas-Austin) for a talk on writing and generative AI (e.g. ChatGPT) in higher education.2-3:30 p.m., Feb. 5, in-person and Zoom access is available. Register and read more here:

Wine & Chocolate: Elizabeth Tomasino, an associate professor of enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at OSU, will be giving a one-hour talk and tasting in pairing wine and chocolate. 6-7 p.m., Feb. 14 in Corvallis and 4-5 p.m. Feb. 17 in Portland. For more details follow the link.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State managers, supervisors and lead workers. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; and more. Winter 2024 program: Monday-Thursday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: Tuesday-Friday, 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Cold Weather. With low temperatures comes a responsibility to prepare and take precautions against cold weather illness. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Jan Jones, office specialist 2, 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.

UPDATED! Youth Impact Awards: Nominations requested for Youth Impact Awards that will be given as part of the inaugural Youth Impact Summit. The award nomination window has been extended until Jan. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. 

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on proposed University Standard 04-040 Freedom of Speech and Expression. This draft includes necessary updates to our existing Standard, 576‐005 Time, Place, and Manner Rules for Speech Activities, which was last revised with substantive edits in 2017. Send any comments to [email protected]; comments must be received by Feb. 2.

Center for Teaching and Learning Winter/Spring 2024 No-Strings-Attached Book Club: How would you like a free book on teaching and learning and the chance to discuss it with colleagues? Our goal is to provide a guilt-free way to motivate your thinking about teaching, make new pedagogically-inclined friends or gather with old ones. Your choice of books from six selections. Gather with colleagues. Enjoy the discussion. We provide easy ways to structure your gatherings. Deadline: Feb. 1. Register now.

Nominations open for OSU Safety Award: Environmental Health & Safety is accepting nominations for the OSU Safety Award, a peer recognition program that recognizes outstanding efforts to encourage and help improve safety at OSU. Nominees must be student employees, staff or faculty members. Employees from all units are eligible, as long as they are not working in a position where safety is one of their primary responsibilities. The program includes an individual award and a team award. Winners will be announced in September. To submit a nomination:

Youth Summit: Sign up to attend the inaugural Youth Impact Summit advancing youth care and education and educator/staff development. Check out the summit web page for details and to register for this event taking place Feb. 15-16 at the Memorial Union.

Adulting 101 Offered through OSU Extension 4H: Join Lane County 4-H for the Adulting 101 series. This five-week course is designed for all teens ages 12-18 in Lane County. Classes include career readiness, budgeting basics, self-defense, emergency preparedness, CPR and first aid certification, food preservation basics, mental health and wellness care, cooking basics and car basics. Adulting 101 is designed to provide teens skills and confidence for entering post-high school life. The series is $75 for community members, and those enrolled in a 4-H club will receive a $25 discount. Contact [email protected] or call 541-344-5043 for questions and accommodations.


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NEW! Education Program Assistant 2 (Limited Duration): The Division of Extension and Engagement and the OSU KidSpirit Program invite applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based in Corvallis. This is a full-time, 12-month, limited duration (expected to last approximately two years), classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04597CT. Closes Jan. 26.


"Love keeps the cold out better than a cloak." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Corvallis: Slight chance of rain today, high of 41, low of 34. Rain this weekend.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 34, low of 27. Chance of rain and freezing rain this weekend.

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 50, low of 40. Rain this weekend.

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