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:


'I felt alone.' How one Miss Georgia contestant survived assault, homelessness and rape (Ledger-Enquirer) 

The $3,600 in scholarships Callaway has won through the Miss America Organization enabled her to return to college, this time online with Oregon State University for a bachelor’s degree in public health while living in Atlanta and working as a nanny. Callaway wants to return to UGA for a master’s degree, work in a rape crisis center and research what she calls the epidemiology of sexual violence.

Multivitamins give seniors a boost: OSU study reveals benefits for older men's health (KMTR)

A six-month study of healthy older men by Oregon State University’s (OSU) Tory Hagen and Alexander Michels demonstrated that daily multivitamin/multimineral supplementation had a positive effect on key nutrition biomarkers.

In a twist, beach grass could make dunes more vulnerable to storms (Science)

The team carried out the work at Oregon State University, which runs a 104-meter-long flume—the largest experimental wave laboratory in the country. They trucked in 500 cubic meters of sand and spent weeks with a bulldozer and backhoe sculpting a beach and dune to look like shores along the northeastern United States. Then they transplanted bitter panicgrass (Panicum amarum), a common dune plant, and let it grow and establish roots inside the flume for 6 months.

Massive Underwater Plateau Near Solomon Islands is Younger and its Eruption Was More Protracted Than Previously Thought, Research Suggests (ENN)

The Ontong Java Plateau, a volcanically-formed underwater plateau located in the Pacific Ocean north of the Solomon Islands, is younger and its eruption was more protracted than previously thought, new research led by Oregon State University suggests.

Today's photo

Tiger shark: Jason Kovich, analyst/programmer with Academic Technologies, says, “This is a photo of tiger sharks from my recent SCUBA diving trip to Beqa Lagoon in Fiji at the end of May. On this dive, there were 10 tiger sharks along with bull, lemon and nurse sharks. I just enjoy promoting these beautiful creatures and showing that they are not the man-eaters that so many people think.”We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Congratulations to all graduates in the Oregon State University Class of 2023. 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 throughout their academic journeys.


M.S. water resources: Kari Lanphier (M.S. in Water Resources Science) will present her thesis, titled, “Classifying Low Streamflow Parameters in Coastal Southeast Alaska using Game Cameras and Random Forest Models,” at 9 a.m., June 16, Burt 193 and on Zoom. Pam Sullivan of geography advises Lanphier. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.

Research Advancement Academy: Interested in applying to the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for Academic Year 2023-24? Join us at noon June 16 for a Zoom info session (register here). The Academy is for early- and mid-career from across OSU who already have successful research portfolios and interdisciplinary experience (see eligibility). The Academy goal is to support a cohort of Fellows to develop leadership skills, apply for seed funds, and within two years successfully lead large (>$3Mil) transdisciplinary proposals & funded research programs.  


Gearing Up for Pollinator Week: The Oregon State University Extension Service in Lane County welcomes the public to Gearing Up for Pollinator Week on June 17. The classes and activities will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 996 Jefferson St. at the OSU Extension Service office in Eugene. Gearing Up for Pollinator Week will feature classes and activities led by OSU Master Gardeners and a guest lecturer from the Xerces Society. More information about Gearing Up for Pollinator Week is at or call OSU Extension in Lane County at 541-344-5859. 

NEW! Commencement: Oregon State University will graduate 7,338 students during its university-wide commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Reser Stadium on the Corvallis campus. More than 3,700 students are expected to participate in the ceremony that will honor the university’s 154th class. The event is free to attend, open to the public and held rain or shine. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and tickets are not required. The ceremony will be livestreamed in English and Spanish. Oregon State University – Cascades will graduate 303 students during its commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 18 on the oval green.


Jim Ervin retirement party: Join us in celebration of Jim Ervin’s career as greenhouse manager for the College of Agricultural Sciences. Ervin has served the college for 39 years. The party is from 2-4 p.m. June 20 on the lawn between East Greenhouse and Nash Hall. Refreshments will be provided. Contact [email protected].

Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture open house: Learn about urban ecology and pollinator health research, honeybee demonstration hives, Oregon Bee Atlas, OSU Extension Small Farms Program, dry farming vegetables, annual flower trials, student-led research, OSU Master Gardener Program and more. Family-friendly and open to the public. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., July 13. Directions and more information.

NWREC open house: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora Oregon is hosting a community open house 4-7 p.m., July 19. The public is invited for an up-close look at research and development at the center including berry-tasting, hay ride farm tours, farm equipment display and fresh farm veggies. NWREC is located at 15210 NE Miley Road, one mile east of I-5 and across the road from Charbonneau’s east entrance. For more information, contact NWREC at 503-678-1264.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Transfer services manager: Three candidates have been invited to on-campus interviews for the Transfer Services Manager position in Admissions. Candidate presentations and Q&A will be as follows: Candidate 1, 9:10 a.m., June 20, Furman Hall 101; Candidate 2, 1:10 p.m., June 20, Furman Hall 101; Candidate 3, 9:10 a.m., June 27, Furman Hall 101. The Zoom link for these sessions is For feedback: Contact Joy Jorgensen [email protected] for candidate information.

NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: Elissa Connolly-Randazzo, a Coastal Outreach Fellow with Ocean/Coastal Service Division Department of Land and Conservation Development, will present a public talk titled “Oregon’s Beaches & Dunes,” 6 p.m., June 20. Join in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195. Webinar ID: 965 2098 2838. Click here for more information.

NEW! Social justice education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall '23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

NEW! On-Demand Webinar from TIAA: Equally Prepared: Financial planning for the LGBTQ+ community. Financial planning is important for everyone to explore in order to prepare you and your loved ones for the future. Learn more about financial basics and prepare yourself for that future by managing day-to-day finances, tackling your debt, balancing your financial priorities, learning more about retirement planning, understanding lifetime income, educating yourself on estate planning and implementing financial tools and resources available from TIAA.

Event planner symposium: The twice-yearly Event Planner Symposium gathers event planners at OSU to share best practices, hear from event vendors and network. Following the summer symposium at 2:30 p.m., June 21, there will be a no-host social at Common Fields Food Truck Pod & Taproom. Register to attend or email [email protected] for more information.

Grow your best garden ever with the accelerated Home Horticulture Certificate: Learn the art and science of caring for plants in this 100% online program. Gain the same in-class training as the online Master Gardener program in seven weeks. No volunteering required. Register while seats are available.

Professional development: Technical Writing Certificate. Gain the essential skills to produce instructive, informational and persuasive documents based on well-defined and achievable outcomes. Our next technical writing cohort starts June 26.

Community workforce development training opportunity: Dairy Foods Online Program. The College of Agriculture has a new online Dairy Foods Manufacturing Continuing Education Series that will give folks the needed technical, scientific and regulatory knowledge for a successful career in this growing field. No prerequisites. 100% on demand.

First annual OSU Engagement conference: Save the date for this inaugural Engagement conference Sept. 5-6, to be held at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. This event is developed to increase awareness of engagement and engaged scholarship efforts across the university, while providing opportunities for recognition, learning, networking and idea generation. More information will be available at closer to the date. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Extension  Engagement. Contact Marina Denny to discuss being a presenter at this year’s conference.

Take Note

OSU Today switches to weekly publication: On Tuesday, June 20, OSU Today will begin its weekly summer schedule, typically coming out Monday mornings unless there is a holiday. Please send your entries to [email protected] before 5 p.m., Friday the previous week to have them included.

Fidelity: Special Juneteenth discussion: Mehrsa Baradaran, author and law professor, discusses the history and causes of the racial wealth divide in a pre-recorded video. Watch video. Also visit Fidelity’s landing page for Creating Black wealth and building a legacy. Shared by University Human Resources.

Germany Collaboration and Travel Opportunity: The Office of Global Opportunities is presenting a funding opportunity for faculty (including professors, instructors, administrators or advisors of any academic department). Grants will be awarded to visit a partner institution in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Candidates should identify a particular university connection, project or opportunity to explore. Support will be offered to establish appropriate university connections or identify possible project collaborators. For more information, please visit

Impact the future of online education through research: Each year, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit funds projects, up to $25,000 each, to support the research, development and scholarship efforts of faculty in online education. Many OSU colleagues have had transformative experiences in the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. Ecampus Research Unit staff is available to help you develop the scope of your research project proposal. Contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research, with questions.

Alumni messages for 2023 grads: Send the BEaver KIND webpage to a recent grad in your life. It's filled with messages from alumni and friends to celebrate, inspire and build confidence in grads as they are embarking on a new part of life.

UHR Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2023: 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 two hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

Applications open for the OSU Engagement Awards of Excellence: As part of the planned annual OSU Engagement Conference (Sept. 5-6), we wish to recognize faculty, staff and community partners for their efforts to develop programs or projects that adhere to the principles of community engagement and engaged scholarship, including reciprocal and mutually beneficial outcomes that address key societal issues and contribute to the inclusive prosperity of OSU’s internal and external stakeholders. Apply for the OSU Engagement Awards. You can apply to one, two or all three awards. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 17. Results will be announced Aug. 4.

Student Health Services is moving: The Plageman Student Health Center is permanently closing at 1 p.m. on June 16, and all Student Health Services locations will be closed from June 19-23. Survivor advocacy services will be available during this closure. OSU Student Health will move to three new locations this summer, including the new Health Center next to Reser Stadium. Rapid Care @ Tebeau Hall will close for the summer and reopen in fall term.

Commencement photos with President Murthy: The Class of 2023 can capture special moments with friends and family on graduation day at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Right after commencement, head across the street to take a photo with OSU President Jayathi Murthy, or pose with the larger-than-life inflatable Benny Beaver and other special backdrops set up for OSU’s brand-new alumni. Learn more. 

The Great Move-Out is Here: On and off-campus students can donate food, linens, clothes, furniture and more to local non-profits through the Great Move-Out Donation Drive. On-campus students can donate in res hall lobbies from May 30-June 20. Off-campus students can donate at the Benton County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. -3 p.m., June 17-18. OSU Materials Management and community volunteers pickup and sort donations to distribute to local non-profits. Want to volunteer or get more info? Visit

Grads Give Back Gown ShareGrads Give Back is OSU’s Gown Share Program. This year, we have been able to supply gowns to over 30 grads from undergrad to Ph.D. Please consider donating your gown at the MU year-round in person or by mail; at the Valley Library quad entrance June 17-18; or outside of Reser Stadium after commencement. Want to volunteer to promote donating at commencement or get more info on the program? Visit:

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Student Legacy Park: Student Legacy Park, including all fields, tennis facilities, basketball court and sand volleyball courts will be closed for resurfacing and turf replacement starting on Monday, June 19 and continuing through the summer. The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way directly adjacent to Student Legacy Park will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the construction site.

Multi-use path: The Campus Way multi-use path will be closed daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., to all vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic from June 19-30 for brush clearing and spraying. Work will occur Monday through Friday. The route will reopen after 3 p.m. on weekdays and remain fully open on weekends. The closure will begin just west of the Feed Center and continue down Campus Way to 53rd Street.


“If I was on a march at the moment I would be saying to everyone: Be honest with each other. Admit there are limitless possibilities in relationships, and love as many people as you can in whatever way you want, and get rid of your inhibitions, and we'll all be happy.” ~  Ian McKellen

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 79, low of 53. Partly sunny Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 81, low of 51. Mostly sunny this weekend.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 66, low of 49. Partly sunny Saturday, rain likely Sunday.

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