Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

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.

Timely Teaching Tips: Congratulations to all Oregon State University graduates from the class 2020 and class of 2021! The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a huge thank you to faculty, GTAs, learning assistants, advisors and student support services for your deep dedication and tireless work to successfully support OSU students through unprecedented challenges.

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.
 

Graduate processional will impact traffic on campus Friday ([email protected])

Oregon State University’s in-person graduation celebration on Friday, June 11, will impact parking and traffic flows on the Corvallis campus. The event, which takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., will include an informal processional of graduates, departing from the Memorial Union and Valley Library quads and ending at Reser Stadium, where graduates will hear brief remarks from OSU leaders.
 

Oregon State will award record number of diplomas this weekend (KLCC)

Nearly 7,400 graduates will walk the virtual stage Saturday morning during an online ceremony. The speaker will be former OSU President Ed Ray.
 

Oregon State University to lead a NOAA research institute (KGW) 

But thanks to $37 million in federal funding over the next five years, Oregon State University (OSU) will be able to send more scientists out onto the ocean to find out what is going on now and what will likely happen in the future.
 

Cutting trees gives sage-grouse populations a boost, scientists find (Audubon) 

“We’re buying instant habitat for sage-grouse when we cut encroaching trees on a scale that matters and in places where sagebrush plant communities are still intact,” says Andrew Olsen, who led the research at Oregon State University.
 

Sudden oak death found outside Oregon quarantine area (Capital Press)

“You always keep your eye open for dead tanoak,” a tree species vulnerable to the disease, said Peterson, a research associate at Oregon State University.
 

If you've never tried growing radicchio, now is the time (New York Times)

Mr. Campbell’s seed farm has just begun offering certified organic seed for 15 radicchio varieties with a range of days to maturity, working in partnership with the Italian seed-breeding company Smarties.Bio and Culinary Breeding Network, founded by Lane Selman, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, to build communities of plant breeders, farmers, chefs and other food stakeholders, with the goal of improving vegetable quality. 
 

OSU-Cascades announces 2021 distinguished students (KVTZ)

Oregon State University–Cascades has announced the recipients of the 2021 Distinguished Student Awards.
 

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OSU-Cascades commencement: The Oregon State University - Cascades 2021 commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Sunday, June 13, available beginning at 9 a.m. To view the virtual ceremony, visit the OSU-Cascades Commencement website. Hannah McCalpine found her place at OSU-Cascades pretty quickly. “The small campus size made it easier to make friends and connections,” she said. For her independent study project, Hannah examined the role of colorism in the African American community. Inspired by the impact made on her by a high school history teacher, Hannah starts in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at OSU-Cascades this summer. She plans on teaching high school language arts and social studies. For more student stories: https://osucascades.edu/commencement/student-stories.

Today

Applied Economics Seminar: Sathya Gopalakrishnan from Ohio State University will present "Seeing is Believing: Non Marginal Impact of Water Quality Change" via Zoom, Friday, June 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. Details, including dial-in information, here

NEW! Business Analytics Capstone Presentations: Join us Friday, June 11, from 1-4 p.m. as our Business Analytics Master’s students (and soon-to-be-graduates) present their capstone projects on the eve of Oregon State’s Commencement ceremony. Capstone projects are directed by our Center for Business Analytics. We look forward to seeing our partners at Daimler, PGE and Starbucks along with members of the Business Analytics Advisory Council. Zoom link and more information here

Outstanding Black Graduation Ceremony: Join us this Friday, June 11, 4 p.m., for a livestream of our Outstanding Black Graduation ceremony. OBG is an opportunity to highlight our 2021 Black graduates on their amazing achievements and the presentation of Kente stoles. Our special keynote speaker will be Ilyasah Shabazz, author, professor and daughter to Malcolm X. Registration link is provided below. Congrats to all of the 2021 graduates! This event is sponsored by the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Registration link: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/95347199748.

Great Move Out Donation Drives: For OSU Students moving out this month: Donate reusable items you no longer need to benefit the local community. Students living off-campus can drop off at the June 12-14 event; those in res halls can donate in their hall now through end of finals week. For more information and how-to’s, see http://tiny.cc/great-move. An easy way to keep good stuff out of the landfill and into the hands of people who can use it.

Events

NEW! SEIU classified staff meeting: Agenda will include discussion of bargaining around vaccine mandate and a presentation from Robynn Pease from the Family Resource Center. Thursday, June 17, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. Join Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94363519074?pwd=SSt5ZEF5MzdiRG1SQlkwc3JoMktNQT09. All classified staff welcome. For more information contact Siobhan Burke, Union rep 6306990281, [email protected]

Regional Connections: An opportunity to build your personal and professional network with Beavers across the world. This special Connections event is to welcome OSU's new grads to the Beaver alumni network and for everyone to talk, discover new friends, make personal and professional connections, get help with career or simply socialize with alumni and students living across the nation and world. Open to all OSU students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends. June 24, noon to 1 p.m. Register here: https://www.osualum.com/s/359/16/interior.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=9186&content_id=13029

Brandi Douglas going away party: After 10 years at Oregon State, Brandi Douglas, assistant director of outreach in the Office of Institutional Diversity, is on to her next adventure – obtaining her Ph.D. Douglas’ impact on OSU has been significant and we’re grateful for her many contributions to the university community. Join us on Thursday, June 24 from noon to 1 p.m. for a virtual going away party to celebrate Douglas. Registration is available at https://beav.es/3mJ. Contact Scott Vignos ([email protected]) with any questions and requests for accommodations.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

CARE.com webinar, "How improv can improve your work + life." Kelly Leonard is a longtime creative executive at The Second City, the world’s premier comedy theater, and he’s going to show us how improvisation can give individuals and groups the skills they need to succeed in the future of work. He has collaborated with behavioral scientists to come up with exercises that are rooted in evidence and applicable in work and life. Leonard will share how you can use the power of storytelling to win over audiences and practical ways to improve collaboration, creativity and resilience. Monday June 14, 10 a.m. Register here.

Career Webcast June 16: Considering Self Employment. Find out about the joys and realities of starting your own business by attending a free webcast, Considering Self Employment, Wednesday, June 16, at noon via Zoom, followed by an interactive Q&A. Whether you’re just getting started in a career or you are ready for a change, Alumni Career Ambassadors Bruce Hohensee and Kimberly Jacobson Nelson, ’89, will advise you about finances, setting goals, marketing and where to find resources. The OSU Alumni Association’s Career Webcast series offers guidance for students and alumni entering the workforce, changing fields or advancing their careers. Register and find additional resources at osualum.com/careerwebcasts.

Take Note

NEW! Watch Event with Sandra Steingraber and Mary Wood: Spring Creek Project recently hosted a conversation with scientist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber and environmental law expert Mary Wood. They discussed the ongoing and forward-looking fight against fracking and climate change, especially as viewed through the lens of human rights. The event is now available for viewing online. Watch it here

NEW! "Bedrock Rights" Documentary Film Now Online for Viewing: Spring Creek Project’s first-ever documentary film, "Bedrock Rights: A New Foundation for Global Action Against Fracking and Climate," is now available online for all to view. It explores how the lens of human rights can help transform the fight against fracking and climate change. Watch the film here

NEW! Introducing SoftwareList: We have launched a new, centralized page for everything software-related. SoftwareList contains info and documentation for software for staff, students and faculty. Check out SoftwareList at https://softwarelist.oregonstate.edu/

NEW! Thesis study participants needed (a few spots left): If you would like to participate in the "Personal Willingness to Pay for Clothing Subscription Boxes" Honors College thesis study and earn a $5 e-gift card to over 100+ retailers, please sign up using this link: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8FTEbVOsTh8Wha6. The purpose of this study is to understand what attributes play a role in clothing subscription product/service purchasing. Survey duration is approximately 10 minutes and can be completed using the link above. If you have any questions about the study please reach out to [email protected].

OSU Today: OSU Today switches to once-a-week publication for the summer starting Monday, June 14. Please keep this in mind when submitting entries to [email protected]e.edu. Deadline to appear in the Monday edition each week is 5 p.m. Friday of the previous week.

Faculty Staff Fitness Summer 2021 registration is open. You can view offerings and register at https://health.oregonstate.edu/fsf/schedule/summer. Fitness classes include remote options of Online FSF (pre-recorded with over 25 styles of classes and over 500 classes) and synchronous Zoom interval training and yoga classes. In-person options include outside yoga, swimming and aqua aerobics, and weight training and cardio dance with adequate spacing, ventilation and plenty of instruction.
 
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception can be used to locate objects in the environment. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected]
 
Study participants needed: Principal Investigator Naomi Fitter is looking for participants (18+) who have full use of their arms and legs for an upcoming research study (“Perception of Vibrotactile Sensations”) to evaluate how vibration perception differs between hands, ankles, knees, elbows and wrists. The study will take approximately an hour and will occur in a lab space on campus. Contact information: 541-737-9193, [email protected].

Study volunteers needed: Jennifer Beamer and Joseline Raja Vora at Oregon State University are recruiting young adults who identify as having Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) and their caregivers, instructors at fitness centers, and hiring managers at fitness centers in a research study titled “A community-based initiative to develop an adaptive training module for young adults with Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to be fitness instructors.” For more information or questions, please contact ennifer Beamer at 541-737-5925 or [email protected], or contact Joseline Raja Vora at [email protected].

Celebrating Launch Academy pitch competition winners: Help celebrate the 12 grad and undergrad students from three OSU campuses and three OSU colleges who shared $8500 in prizes in this term’s final round: 1st ($2,000), Oh-asis: Shayla Lane, Kristen Orue, and Marjorie Symonds, Computer Science; 2nd ($1,500), Group 6 Studios: Nes Cohen, Computer Science, and Ian Watters, Accounting; 3rd ($1,250), Howling Hounds Coffee Roasters: Reid Burford, Business Administration; 4th ($1,000), Covert Customers: Jacob Hayes, Business Administration; 5th ($750), Pristine By the Sea: Calena Gray, Horticulture; Honorable Mentions ($500 each): Cortava Neurotechnologies: Sean Bullock, General Engineering, CloudApps: Miguel Fernandez, Computer Science, WxH: Austin Lally, Computer Science, Real Property Possibilities: Jordon Graham, Business Administration. To learn more about how we support student entrepreneurs, join us on June 11.

Nominations open: Help build our next Launch Academy cohort. Nominate engaged, curious, problem-solving undergraduate and graduate students of all majors who have ideas for services, products, community change or any other business idea. Find out who we’re looking for here. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,000 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, networking and other resources. Ecampus and Cascades Campus students are welcome. Tuition scholarships are available. Nominate students here and contact [email protected] with questions. Launch Academy is a program of the InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Volunteers needed for The Great Move Out: Helpers are needed for unloading donations at a new event serving students who are moving out at the end of the academic year, on campus June 12-14. Donations will go to local nonprofits. Sign up here or direct questions to [email protected].

Call for proposals: Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program. Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium has released our 2021 Affiliate Faculty Research Incubator Program call for proposals. AFRIP is designed to recruit faculty to become involved with OSGC and provide resources needed to develop student experiences in STEM disciplines. Projects should support NASA Mission Directorates and align with NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis. Proposals are accepted monthly and due the final day of each month. Information can be found online at https://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/affiliate-faculty-research-incubator-program-afrip.

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Summer and Fall 2021: Does your group have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here.

Beaver Champion Award: Every year on University Day the president bestows the Beaver Champion Award to an individual (or individuals) who demonstrate outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested and performance of the highest quality that has yielded university-wide impact. The President’s Office is seeking nominations for the 2021 award. Send nomination letters to Becky Johnson, Interim President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg. or to [email protected]. The nomination deadline is Friday, June 11. 

Request for nominations, OSUAA Awards, due June 21: This fall, we will be awarding the Dan W. Poling Service Award, the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award, the Jean and C.H. “Scram” Graham Leadership Award, the Joan Austin Honorary Alumni Award and the Don and Shirley Wirth Young Alumni Award. Learn about each one of the awards and how to nominate a deserving Oregon Stater here. An in-person and online awards celebration is being planned for fall 2021. Details are forthcoming. 

Summer Child/Youth Care - Our Little Village Summer Registration Open: Are you working/studying this summer and in need of child and/or youth care? OLV|Milne provides short term child and youth care for your children ages 5 months through 12 years. We will be offering developmentally appropriate, play-based care Monday-Thursday with the ability to choose between a morning or an afternoon session from June 23 to Aug. 19. Register now until Wednesday June 16 at noon. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to [email protected].

Grant funding for open educational resources now open: Open Oregon Educational Resources, a statewide organization that promotes the use of OER, seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses. Grant applications are due July 9. Project timelines may vary, but all projects must be completed by June 1, 2023. Learn more and apply today.
 
Professional development for open educational resources: Want to make your course materials relevant and accessible for all students? Do you wish your course materials incorporated and supported the experiences of your actual students? Join a statewide Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort. You can earn a $200 stipend upon completion of “Part 1: Explore,” and you’ll have the option to earn an additional $300 stipend in “Part 2: Implement.” Register online by June 14.

Traffic & Maintenance

Fairbanks Hall: As part of the Fairbanks Hall renovation project, five parking spaces and one service parking space on the east side of the Fairbanks Hall parking lot will be offline for campus and public use June 14-17 to accommodate movers and moving truck activities. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Amy Keene at 541-214-1038 or move coordinator Hailey Muller at 541-737-7649.

Scheduled: Annual Steam Shutdown Campus-Wide. Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus to complete maintenance services at the plant throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating and all equipment that uses steam, campus-wide. The steam shutdown for 2021 will occur June 13, 8 p.m. through June 17, 3 p.m. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969. Closures are often subject to changes and delays, so please visit the OSU Campus Closures, Shutdowns, and Detours page for updates on this and other campus closures.

Jobs

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! Office Specialist 2: This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, limited duration classified positions for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03015CT. Closes June 27.

Weather

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors!" ~ Louisa May Alcott

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 65, low of 52. Rain throughout the weekend. 
 
Central Oregon: Chance of showers, high of 62, low of 46. Chance of showers through the weekend.

Newport: Rain today, high of 60, low of 51. Rain weekend ahead.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/