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.

NEW! Teaching Principle: Begin each Canvas learning module with an overview page and/or weekly announcement that lists the module’s learning activities and expected time required to complete tasks. Find out about Canvas Faculty Tools. See all the Remote and Blended Course Design and Teaching Principles

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. 


Wildfires and forest management: What experts say (KOIN) 

Carrie Berger, the Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Fire Program Manager for Oregon State University, joined AM Extra with insight into forest management, how communities can prepare, some of the challenges and what lessons we’ve all learned.

Oregon and Oregon State get approval to start practicing (Sports Illustrated) 

A major hurdle has been cleared for the Pac-12 and for Oregon and Oregon State as Governor Kate Brown and her staff have granted the Ducks and Beavers their exemption from the Oregon Health Authority to resume practices. (see also KATU)

Oregon State Board of Trustees receives updates on COVID-19 safety plan, budget (Mirage News)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees heard updates during a special meeting Thursday on the university’s budget, OSU’s fall COVID-19 resumption plan, and the university’s public safety plans for the Corvallis campus.

OSU-Cascades students set to move in with enhanced health, safety measures (KTVZ) 

Oregon State University–Cascades fall move-in for students living on campus begins Friday and will feature enhanced health and safety measures, including COVID-19 testing. Nearly 140 students are anticipated to move in to the residence hall over a four-day period from Friday to Monday, in keeping with OSU’s physical distancing policy.


Oregon reports 195 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths (The World) 

Much of the work will be carried out by Oregon State University researchers, along with local partners. Funding for this program comes from the CDC.

Volunteers help evacuate animals from wildfires (The Astorian)

Lindsay Davis, the office manager for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clatsop County, said the office decided to help the volunteers coordinate the evacuation.

Scientists will study wastewater in Oregon to track COVID-19 spread (KATU) 

Scientists will be monitoring the water weekly for the next 30 months. They're calling it an "early warning system" for coronavirus detection and say it will allow epidemiologists to better understand how the virus circulates in some of Oregon's communities. Oregon State University researchers will conduct much of the work, along with local partners.

Inside the student-led movement to depolarize college (We Are Not Divided)

Last fall, Jax Richards ducked into a coffee shop near the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis to talk about criminal justice reform at a discussion hosted by a student organization. Richards is a junior majoring in economics and public policy, so he is no stranger to discussing hot-button political issues. He considers himself politically liberal on almost every issue though he emphasizes that he doesn’t “walk the party line.”

Regenerative ranching could solve climate change (Corvallis Advocate) 

A new study from Oregon State University shows regenerative ranching increases adaptability and socioeconomic status while helping to mitigate climate change.  

Today's photo

Today’s view: Rose Daily is a fiscal coordinator for OSU Extension Service in Washington County, as well as an administrative program assistant for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Her stay-at-home buddy, Django, passed away last month at the age of 17, and she had a pic put onto canvas to memorialize him. We've seen lots of your workspaces. Now it's time to see the view from your windows (or decks or balconies). Submit photos of your view (please don't include photos of people without their permission) and send it in an email to Follow OSU Today on Instagram at and catch up on any workspace photos you might have missed so far. 


Beaver Classic Cheese is still available: Come stock up on your favorite cheeses at the Corvallis Farmer’s Market. Every Wednesday & Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Buy your groceries direct from the source.


NEW! Flu shot clinics: OSU will be hosting flu shot clinics in Corvallis and Bend in October for employees and students. The process will look different this year to comply with COVID-19 requirements. Corvallis campus dates are Oct. 1 and Oct. 14 in the MU Ballroom. Complete the online registration process at The online registration process collects information ahead of time and enables you to schedule appointments. Complete all three steps in order to successfully schedule an appointment. On the final step, use the zip code 97331 to access the OSU Flu Shot Clinics. For OSU-Cascades, dates are Oct. 6-7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drive-up and appointment options will be available. For more information about options and logistics for the Flu Shot Clinics in Bend please contact For more information visit this website.

Engineering Student Council: The Engineering Student Council is introducing ENGINEERING+ Launch on Sept. 22. RSVP here. Noon to 1 p.m.: Tune in to a Keynote Address and Q&A with Patricia Walsh. 1-3 p.m.: Learn about clubs, programs, and resources in the College of Engineering, and chat with representatives live. Any questions? Contact

Oregon Hemp Field Day: The Global Hemp Innovation Center will host the first annual Oregon Hemp Field Day. Students, Extension and researchers from across Oregon will present highlights of their work thus far in the 2020 season. We will provide a view of hemp being grown in the principal regions south to north, west to east. Due to the statewide fires still out of control, this virtual event originally planned for Sept. 18 has been postponed to Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. The first half hour will be devoted to the impact of recent fires and smoke to a hemp crop. Registration is required in advance for this meeting:

Professional Faculty Leadership Association open house: This event is open to all OSU employees. Sept. 24, noon to 1 p.m. via ZOOM. Learn more about the benefits of being a member & how you can join PFLA.

Beaver Community Fair: Annually the Beaver Community Fair draws together the OSU and greater Corvallis communities to celebrate the start of the academic year. The fair will be held online this year on Friday, Oct. 2. There will be two 2-hour time slots and registrants can choose which time they would prefer. If you would like to be one of the OSU departments or student organizations with a dedicated virtual space, please sign up at our website by Sept. 18 at 5 p.m:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

University Budget Conversation: On Monday, Sept. 21 from noon to 1 p.m, the Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a Zoom webinar to discuss Budget Planning in Uncertain Times with a very brief update and Q&A about budget planning for 2020-2021. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. To register for this webinar click here. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget and Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information.

“Hear Voices” of Peace: Sept. 21 is the UN International Day of Peace. Join Ann Mbacke of Progress Village Foundation and Linda Richards of OSU's School of History, Philosophy and Religion who will share audio recordings of Black American leaders who confronted “militaristic” nuclear technological supremacy, followed by a discussion about leadership today. Visit our Facebook page for Zoom link coming soon. Monday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m.

New2OSU: CTL has announced a fully remote and gamified New2OSU program. New2OSU impacts student success by accelerating the effectiveness of those newer to teaching and/or OSU. With customizable learning pathways, New2OSU can support you regardless of your location and the modality in which you teach. Participants are asked to commit 3 hours per week for three terms. CTL accepts 20 applicants per term on a first-come basis and launches Sept. 21. Spots fill quickly. Register now.

Tuesday Teaching: CTL has announced a fully remote Tuesday Teaching +Tech Talks (T4). T4 is a certificated series of interactive teaching workshops that introduce a wide range of pedagogical techniques and educational technology. T4 is open to all. Supporting all teaching modalities, sessions are held via Zoom every Tuesday, 10-11:50 a.m. Recordings will follow. Registration is not necessary. Attend one, some, or all. See the T4 Website for more information. First session: Sept. 22. Concentric Circles of Care: Teaching in Tough Times.
DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer: Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA Risk Appetite Statements and Risk Assessment Tools into their work.  Zoom session, Sept. 22, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Registration required.

Faculty Staff Fitness: The OSU Faculty Staff Fitness program will be offering both in-person and online fitness options fall term and winter break 2020. Registration for both opens Sept. 1. In-person, on-campus classes will be 9 weeks from Sept. 23 through Nov. 25. The schedule can be found at: Our on-campus safety procedures can be found at: There will be two sessions of Online Faculty Staff Fitness classes with over 300 pre-recorded fitness classes you can access anytime, anywhere with your internet connection. Fall Online Faculty Staff Fitness will run for 10 weeks Sept. 18-Nov. 30, for $35. Winter Break Online Faculty Staff Fitness will run for 5 weeks Nov. 30-Jan. 4, 2021 for $20. More information about our Online Faculty Staff Fitness classes can be found at: Contact if you have questions.

Inspiring conversations with changemaking Beaver alumni: In a new live webcast series, CLA Professor Susan Shaw sits down with alumni who are advancing justice, equity and access in their communities. Join the conversation Oct. 12 to kick off the Changemakers series with former NFL running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Later this fall, learn about the accomplishments of Sen. Sara Gelser and Luhui Whitebear, plus more to come in the free series presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Learn more and register.

Free Webinars: Professional Development for Business, Leadership, and Communication: Join Continuing and Professional Education and the College of Business for topics delivered online to help navigate your professional life. This fall, join industry experts for free one-hour webinars that cover topics including project management, negotiation, leadership, human resources, nonprofit management, and others. Call 541-737-1500 for more information:

Take Note

NEW! President’s Commission on the Status of Women: PCOSW provides funding for OSU community members to pursue professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Scholarships average $300. During this unusual time, we will accept applications for summer, fall and winter terms on a rolling basis. Applications for providing funding for projects/activities that have already occurred since July 2020 will also be considered. We will return to our normal application deadlines at the end of fall term. Please note: PCOSW cannot award scholarships to pay employee fees, salaries, stipends, tuition or wages. If you have any questions, please contact Joy Jorgensen, PCOSW Scholarships and Awards Committee,

Last Chance to Join the Fall Conversation on Blended Learning: Wondering how to engage students in blended courses, now or in the future? Academic Technology and CTL invite instructors and tenured/tenure-track faculty who teach Corvallis and Cascades campus courses to join a faculty cohort and explore blended learning and ed tech during Fall term. Funding provided. See Call for Proposals. Brief proposals due Sept. 23. Space limited; apply now.

2020 Wildfires Resource Page: Many members of the Beaver community are directly affected by these unprecedented wildfires, while others are working night and day to control the fires and provide safety for others. In addition to the regular content on the Beaver Lodge (, the OSU Alumni Association has gathered info from across OSU to help Beavers and their friends and families navigate these challenging times and learn useful fire tools from OSU experts. You’ll find a range of topics from advice from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine about caring for injured animals to tips from the OSU Extension Service about safely cleaning ash from your yard and garden. Visit for more info.

University Day: Watch a recording of the University Day Keynote address, visit the virtual Expo and learn about the University Day award recipients by visiting If you watch the keynote session recording and answer a quiz, you will be entered into the daily prize drawing through Sep. 25. For questions, contact

$15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking proposals that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Proposals can include expenses for activities related to customer discovery, prototyping, student time, research, commercialization plan development and more. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span 9 months or less, beginning in October 2020. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Read the full RFP here:

IT Strategic Plan 2023: University Information and Technology and the OSU IT community are nearing completion of our joint development of a strategic plan to guide the future of the university’s data and IT systems and services, including those located centrally and in academic or administrative units. To read the plan, learn about our shared vision and submit feedback, visit We encourage the university community to share your thoughts by Sept. 30.

Mid-Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Pets in Disasters - The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or earthquake is directly related to your level of emergency planning. Keep in mind that what is best for you is also typically best for your animals. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:  

Join the Professional Faculty Leadership Association: The Executive Board of PFLA would like to invite all OSU employees to join this exciting, rewarding organization. In light of COVID-19, we are waiving our annual membership fee for this year (Sept. 1, 2020-June 30, 2021). So this is the perfect time to check out the benefits of PFLA membership. Visit the PFLA website for more information and Register now.

Move In: Starting this Friday Sept. 18, new students will be moving into on campus housing in a handful of UHDS buildings. Move-in has been spread over five days this year from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22. To learn more about the process you can view it here: You will see the most activity around Reser Stadium as all students will be flowing through that area to receive a COVID-19 test before they move into their building. For questions about UHDS new student move-in please contact Brian Stroup (

Apply now for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects -- $20,000 each -- to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Applications are due Nov. 1. To register for one of the info sessions, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto,


"And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.” ~ Virginia Woolf

Corvallis: Showers today with thunderstorms also possible after 2 p.m., high of 69, low of 56. Showers possible Saturday, mostly sunny Sunday.

Central Oregon: Showers today, high of 64, low of 56. Slight chance of showers Saturday, sunny Sunday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 61, low of 53. Chance of showers Saturday, partly sunny Sunday.

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