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:

'We're all afraid': Massive rent increases hit mobile homes (Washington Post)

“You have a captive audience in mobile home parks,” said Kate MacTavish, an associate professor at Oregon State University whose research focuses on affordable housing and trailer parks. “They may own their homes, but they can’t just pick up and move.”


Mental Health Warning: Study shows high post-COVID anxiety disorder risk (Newsweek) 

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) used data from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) for their study. (see also U.S. News)


Graduating seniors reflect on time in Corvallis ahead of Oregon State University graduation (KEZI) 

More than 7,300 students are expected to walk across the stage on Saturday at Oregon State University. (see also OPB)


OSU-Cascades to host its first on-campus graduation ceremony on remediated pumice mine site (KTVZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades will host the first-ever graduation event on its Bend campus on Sunday -- and at the site of a former pumice mine, no less, representing the school's continued growth.

Today's photo

Bee's eye view of a poppy: Fred Prahl, professor emeritus with CEOAS, says, “Still looking for the pollinator of this ‘dessert’ that is currently blooming in my backyard.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Congratulations to all graduates in the Oregon State University Class of 2022! The Center for Teaching and Learning and UIT-Academic Technologies offer heartfelt thanks to faculty, GTAs, learning assistants, advisors and all student support services for your deep dedication and tireless work to skillfully teach, nurture, guide and mentor OSU students.


EMT Seminars: Brianna Rivera defense seminar, “Assessing Exposures and Simplifying Complex Mixtures of SVOCs for Hazard Characterization in Alternative Model Systems,” June 10 at 10 a.m. This will be a hybrid seminar. In-person in LPSC and remote access available by Zoom. Join Zoom meeting: Meeting ID: 970 3511 8238.

Naval ROTC Spring Commissioning: Please join us on June 10 at 11 a.m. for a live ceremony at the SEC Plaza as well as streaming on our Facebook, as the OSU NROTC commissions 10 midshipmen as Ensigns in the Navy and six officers as 2nd Lieutenants in the United States Marine Corps. Everyone is welcome to watch the ceremony, which will involve the oath of office, assistance into uniform by the students’ families, rendering of the first salute and remarks from guest speaker Vice Admiral (Ret.) Michael Devany.


Commencement day selfie station: Grads can enjoy a photo booth and larger-than-life selfie backdrops, including #BigBenny, at the Alumni Center after the commencement ceremony on June 11. Capture every moment of the big day, meet up with your family indoors, pick up free alumni swag and learn how grads and families can stay connected with OSU. View more on the Countdown to Commencement webpage.

Beaver Classic Cheese: Beaver Classic is back. Come see our new food truck at Farmer's Market on the waterfront in downtown Corvallis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can't miss us ... we're orange. We will be featuring Beaver Classic products: our many cheeses, honey and beef jerky. We are now serving ice cream, milkshakes and grilled cheese, too. 


NEW! OSU Horticulture Ornamental Plant Breeding Field Day: Come see new plants in development, learn about our goals, progress, and help provide input for us to improve our targets to match industry needs. Open to anyone interested in nursery crops and woody plant breeding. Growers, allied suppliers, plant brokers and scientists. Thursday, June 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lewis Brown Horticulture Farm. 33329 Peoria Rd., Corvallis, OR 97333.

PFLA activity: "Belonging and Other Basic Needs – A Tour of the Basic Needs Center (BNC)," June 14, noon to 1 p.m. Come join us for this insightful tour to learn more about how the BNC’s work takes a holistic approach to basic needs support by focusing on belonging and connection. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

CMLC Bazaar: The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center will be hosting an international Bazaar on Saturday, June 18, from noon to 5 p.m. outside of the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. This community-wide event is open to all and will have cultural items from around the world for sale including décor, textiles, accessories, collectibles and art. For more information, visit

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Learn More About Landed: A new program available to OSU employees (working 20+ hours/week) interested in purchasing a home. Landed offers a variety of resources to help employees in higher education reach a 20% down payment on a home through a shared appreciation program. Landed also provides employees with wraparound home-buying resources. An info session recording in Spanish is available here and 1:1 calls in Spanish are available here. Join Landed at an upcoming info session: You can also schedule a 1:1 consultation with Landed here.’s Proud to Be an Ally: From coming out to one’s family to facing micro-aggressions at work, life within the LGBTQI+ community can be challenging, even for those with strong support systems. As we celebrate PRIDE this year, we invite you to join us for a conversation about being an ally — to those in your family, your social circle and at work. Bill Torres, director of support services for the Ali Forney Center, will share with us what true allyship looks like and how you make a difference. June 14 at 9 a.m. Register here.

Take Note

OSU Today goes weekly: OSU Today will publish on Mondays only throughout summer term, and will resume daily publication at the start of fall term. Please send entries to [email protected]u. 

Chemical Reuse program at Chemstores: Did you know Chemstores has a chemical reuse program? EH&S will bring unopened chemicals to the Chemstores to re-distribute at no cost (you will still need an index for tracking purposes). Stop by and check out our list of free chemicals as well as our summer sales. Chemstores is located at 154 Gilbert Hall, open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Purchases are exclusively made using grant index/activity codes. There are no cash or card sales. An online listing of products can be found at Questions? Call 541-737-2271.

Juneteenth holiday reminder: The Juneteenth holiday will be observed at Oregon State University on Friday, June 17, rather than observing the state holiday on June 20, to avoid disrupting the start of Summer term, which begins Monday, June 20.

Deadline extended — Apply for a grant to make learning more affordable: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant. The new deadline is June 8. 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 Stefanie Buck. 

Last Chance to Join Summer Learning Communities: The deadline to submit an expression of interest for the Resilient Faculty Learning Communities has been extended to June 15. This is a great opportunity to join a small cohort of your OSU teaching colleagues to learn practical ways to build resilience in your teaching practice. Funding provided. Facilitated by CTL and Academic Technologies. See the Call for Participation.

Volunteers sought: The Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center is the only local, daytime community resource center serving as a vital hub for information, referral and direct services for those enduring poverty. CDDC is interested in people who can assist in marketing and branding the Homeless Employment Launching (HELP) program. Additionally, volunteers are always welcome and are encouraged to contact the executive director Allison Hobgood for opportunities and more information. For more information please visit the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center website at

Dog study: The OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is seeking dogs that weigh more than 44 lbs and have a history of chronic diarrhea for a research study examining the effect of fiber on the fecal microbiome and gut health. Participation in this study involves mixing a powder supplement on the dog’s food daily for four weeks, three visits to the hospital and a $50 Amazon gift card. Dogs receive a physical examination and labs at each visit. For more information, please contact the principal investigator by email at [email protected].

Shrub book: The Northwest forest understory pulses with plant life, but how do you know which shrub is which? New from OSU Extension, the second edition of “Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests” by Professor Emeritus Ed Jensen has the answers. Get the book that makes a hike through the woods feel like a visit with close friends. Buy now at It’s a wonderful companion book to last year’s release of “Trees to Know in Oregon and Washington.”

OSU Faculty Staff Fitness summer class registration is now open. Take a fitness class on campus (click here for schedule) or remotely through Online FSF. Some highlights include the return of the rehabilitative Adaptive Exercise Clinic (formerly MS Clinic; click here for information), Open Gym, personal training services and outdoor yoga. Contact [email protected] to help find your fitness plan today. 

Free COVID testsFree iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available around the Corvallis campus. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits at the following locations: Residence Hall Service Centers (Arnold, McNary and West); Lab tent outside Plageman Hall; Memorial Union Info Desk and Student Experience Center Info Desk. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: Lab tent outside Plageman Hall Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Cascade Hall 120, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bend: Outside Obsidian Hall Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Note: All employees will need a WVT Labdash account prior to testing.

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking garage: The OSU Parking Garage will be closed for extensive cleaning from June 19-July 22. For questions or comments on the closure or about where to park, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583. 

Washington Way: For work related to the Washington Way Improvement Project, a planned sidewalk closure along the north side of SW Washington Way is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. Friday, May 6 through 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Pacific Power will be on site performing work related to the project (view map).


“The notion that I should be fine with the status quo even if I am not wholly affected by the status quo is repulsive.” ~ Roxane Gay

Corvallis: 50% chance of rain, high of 70, low of 59. Showers likely over the weekend. 

Central Oregon: Cloudy then mostly sunny, high of 77, low of 57. Chance of showers and thunderstorms over the weekend. 

Newport: Rain likely, high of 60, low of 56. Cloudy and chance of showers over the weekend. 

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