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.

Oregon State displays vintage clothing at old downtown Meier & Frank store (KGW)

The artifacts came from a collection of historic clothing stored under lock and key in a special room on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Meningococcal disease outbreak over at Oregon State (Statesman Journal)

An outbreak of meningococcal disease at Oregon State University is officially over.

Higher education budget plan has no guaranteed building funds for OSU-Cascades (Bend Bulletin)

Amid a spartan proposed budget for higher education, Gov. Kate Brown has allocated new construction money for Central Oregon Community College, but pushes back more funding for Oregon State University-Cascades projects for at least a year.

The polar regions communicate via 'postcards' and 'text messages' (domain-B)

"The North Atlantic sends messages to the Antarctic on two different timescales," explains the lead author of the study, Christo Buizert, a climate change specialist at Oregon State University. He compares the atmospheric link to a text message that is received immediately. The ocean link, on the other hand, is apparently more like a postcard that takes a long time to reach its destination— in the case of the AMOC, 200 years.

Oswalt convicted on hate-crime charges (Gazette-Times)

Oswalt, an Oregon State University graduate student, and his attorney had opted for a trial before Circuit Court Judge David B. Connell instead of a jury, and Connell rendered his verdict after testimony in the case ended.

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Holiday Market: The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace, an arts fair with more than 100 Oregon artisans, takes place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event features fine art, handmade crafts and specialty foods,There will be live musical performances throughout the two days.


Clothing swap: A clothing swap is taking place Nov. 1-30 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center on campus. Accepting gently used clothing donations for all gender identities, ages and sizes. No donations necessary to participate. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What’s the buzz about Gradescope? Discover a new tool in Canvas that makes grading more consistent, fair, and efficient, especially for hand-written formulas, calculations or computer code. Join an online Q and A session with OSU instructors: Friday Nov. 30, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

Seminar: Report back from the Library Freedom Institute: Kelly McElroy, assistant professor in the library, will discuss topics about digital privacy and security, and applying concepts like data minimization and threat modeling to your work. Friday, Nov. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom (Room 2082), Valley Library. Free

NEW! Cheese sales: Creamery staff will be at the Holiday Market in the MU on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace: A large and festive arts fair, with more than 100 Oregon artisans, featuring fine art, handmade crafts and specialty foods. The event takes place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There will be live musical performances throughout the two days. This event, sponsored by the OSU Craft Center, is free and open to the public.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in HFC 115. Carol Ryff, professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present “Rethinking the Meaning of Human Health:  Transformational Advances from MIDUS.”

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Proposal Narratives: Nuts & Bolts,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Nov. 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. Chris Nelson of the Graduate Writing Center will co-present on the required elements of a successful proposal narrative. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity Seminar Series: Jack Dumbacher, curator of ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, will give this week’s seminar, titled “The Ecology and Evolution of Toxicity of New Guinea Birds.” He will speak on Nov. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. in LINC 302.

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Nov. 27-30, 3-6 p.m. Price/Sizes: 2½ inches for $5 each, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each. Support the club and get some holiday cheer.

Retirement Reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern, both in Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Science. They are retiring after 29 and 30 years, respectively, of service to OSU. The reception is Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. A short program will start at 5 p.m.; refreshments will be served. For questions, contact Tony Reyna (; 541-737-4512)


Holiday bazaar: Come join the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center at its annual Holiday Bazaar. Items for sale to include international decor and accessories, textiles, and food. Explore its new home on Jackson Avenue while searching for the perfect gift or item for you or a loved one. All proceeds benefit the center. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. For more information contact, or call 541-243-8976. 

Basketball doubleheader: Saturday’s women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader at Gill Coliseum benefits local kids. At noon the No. 9 ranked women’s basketball team hosts LaSalle; fans receive a $5 general admission ticket for bringing a new toy to the game. At 4 p.m. the men’s team hosts Missouri State marking the fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Toyota – fans are asked to bring a new or slightly used stuffed toy to the game to throw onto the court at halftime. Tickets are available at or at the Gill Coliseum ticket office.


Harlem Globetrotters: The Harlem Globetrotters visit Gill Coliseum Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Receive your 25 percent discount ticket price by following this link. Use the promo code BEAVERS.

Poe auditions: Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The adaptation is an abstract retelling of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s greatest works, including “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  Five performers will play 12 roles. Performance dates for “Nightfall” are Feb. 14-17, with technical and dress rehearsals Feb. 9-13. All performers must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 8 and generally run Sundays through Thursdays until tech week. For questions concerning the audition or rehearsal process contact the director, Lindsey Esch, at

Upcoming Events

NEW! Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Dec. 3-7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Price/sizes: 2½ inches for $5, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Center for Teaching & Learning: You are invited to attend the Center for Teaching & Learning’s first Course Design Institute. Join CTL along with a multidisciplinary group of teachers to design (or redesign) a course. For three intensive days learn about course design and how students learn. Experience the benefits of active learning, intentional grouping, and differentiation. Plan to leave the institute with course plans and a syllabus draft. Dec. 12-14 (Participation in all three days is mandatory. If you are unable to attend all three days, try to join us in March or June.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m., (additional one hour nightly class preparation), Milam 215. Limited seats available. Respond to Jeanna Towns by Friday, Nov. 30, to reserve your spot.

NEW! Tuesday Teaching Talks: Celebrating Teaching Success & Survival: Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some or all. On Dec. 4, join Brooke Howland to apply reflective practices as a catalyst to advance teaching and learning while we celebrate our success and survival. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215,at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! Ph.D defense: Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Alexandra CD Davis will present "Habitat Use and Ecological Interactions of Invasive Lionfish in the Bahamas" on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. in LINC 314. It is free and open to the public.

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Understanding Dementia: As your loved one ages, dementia often becomes a concern. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in MU 207 as we learn about dementia and potential support strategies. For more information, visit or contact

NEW! The North American Truffling Society General meeting: The speaker will be Shannon Berch of the University of British Columbia, presenting "Documenting alpine mushrooms in British Columbia through expedition and collaboration.” Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Cordley 2087. 

Tap Talks Corvallis: OSU's Susanne Brander will share her research on the effects of plastic pollutants on fish and will discuss local outreach initiatives, (such as the Corvallis Ocean Friendly Establishments campaign), to reduce the use of disposable plastics. Q&A on these topics and how citizens can contribute to a more sustainable future to follow. Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 S.W. Deschutes St., Corvallis. 

Sustainable Landscape Seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25.Register

Leadership conference deadline extension: Student Leadership & Involvement has extended the deadline for workshop presentation proposals for the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference (occurring Feb. 16). The theme this year is Courageous LeadershipAll students and faculty/staff are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, Nov. 30. Contact Jaime Koehler ( for more information: Application Link

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative are now being accepted. The LCI includes six day-long sessions and features engaged, self-directed learning; a collaborative learning approach; practical, effective tools and skills; and on-the-job implementation. All OSU employees are encouraged to apply for sessions offered in Corvallis and Portland. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Submit your application on the LCI webpage by Dec. 7.

Master Recycler class: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week, non-credit class covers all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and is free to those who agree to pay back what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service. Hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. plus field trips. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information about total worker health titled “Get Active” Did you know that you can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This announcement runs monthly and the page is updated frequently with new developments.

The Charitable Fund Drive-supported agency, Vina Moses, has been providing clothing and household items to low income families of Benton County since 1918. Another CFD-supported agency, the Old Mill Center, has been a local provider of preschool, mental health, early intervention and parent support for children birth to 18 and their families for 40 years. Please help these and other worthy agencies through your tax-deductible donation:

Student entrepreneurs who want money and prizes: The 3rd campus-wide Next Great Startup competition starts this January! This is a campus-wide opportunity for startup ventures to get visibility, bragging rights, cash, prizes and direct one-on-one mentorship with venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs. Teams must be led by an OSU student. Don’t get left out – apply to compete here:

This January, it’s time to Accelerate your startup! In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster, and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff along with community members who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture. The fun starts Jan. 8. Learn more and apply here:

University Budget Committee and Tuition Discussions: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. Opportunities for public comment and feedback on tuition scenarios being discussed will be available beginning in January. Information about the tuition-setting process and the work of the University Budget Committee is available on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question contact Sherman Bloomer.

Learning Innovation Grant Individual Proposals: University Information and Technology invites proposals from faculty and staff for Individual Learning Innovation Grants to foster the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative uses of technology to improve student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences, or student life. Proposals are due Dec. 7. To learn more or to apply, visit Questions? Contact Robin Pappas at

Volunteers wanted for pollutant mixture research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, without kidney, liver, intestinal problems or bariatric surgery, you may qualify to participate.  Females must be post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Study involves giving blood and urine samples, a screening visit, and two 48-hour study cycles. Volunteers will receive up to $250 and free parking during visits.  Study Title: Ultralow Dose PAH Binary Mixture Study,  PI: David Williams, Ph.D. Contact Sandra Uesugi, R.N.:, 541-737-3594.

Need new recycling signs? Did you know that recycling has changed? OSU is following new guidelines concerning what is accepted in recycling bins, meaning that many signs around campus are out of date. Campus Recycling is unable to install updated signs across campus in the immediate future, but you can help move this process along. Visit Campus Recycling’s website to print out new signs to install in your offices or throughout your building.


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NEW! Accounting Student Worker: The OSU Foundation invites applications for a part-time student worker position in its finance department. Learn more and apply here.


“In a sick society, women who have difficulty fitting in are not ill but demonstrating a healthy and positive response.” ~ Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Corvallis: Today showers, high of 49, low of 38. Showers Saturday and a chance Sunday. Lows dipping to 30 by the end of the weekend.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow Friday, high of 40, low of 26. Snow likely Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 51, low of 41. Chance of showers Saturday and Sunday.

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