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:


OSU graduates more than 7,000 in return to in-person commencement (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University students lined a road at the heart of the school’s campus Saturday morning, June 11, nearly ½ a mile of black gowns and mortarboard caps standing at the end of years of study. (see also KTVZKPIC)

Clackamas County ballot mishap reveals the crucial, controversial, often invisible role of Oregon's county clerks (OPB News)

Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University, said he believes there are larger conversations happening on whether to move away from elected positions toward appointed for some basic government functions. There has certainly been heated debate nationwide recently over constitutional sheriffs, some of whom have become a political force and refused to carry out state law or COVID-19 related mandates.

Oregon's QPR urges people who know farmers to guide them away from suicide (Jefferson Public Radio)

One of them is the QPR program of Oregon State University Extension, QPR standing for Question, Persuade, Refer. It focuses on the social network of the farmer, helping friends and family notice the feelings that can lead to suicide, and redirecting the farmer.


Honeybees are feeling the heat (Modern Farmer)

When exposed to temperatures above 120°F, combs heavy with honey are at risk of falling out of beekeepers’ frames, according to Oregon State University, where researchers work with beekeepers such as the Hansen family. 

OSU research points to ways to slow wildfires in critical sagebrush rangelands (Malheur Enterprise)

To slow the frequency and severity of such fires, scientists at Oregon State University undertook a 10-year study of the long-term effects of popular fire prevention and mitigation methods to see which ones were successful over many years, and which only had short-term impacts.

To Your Health: People with rare diseases have poor health-related quality of life, OSU study finds (St. Helens Chronicle)

People with rare diseases frequently wait years for a proper diagnosis, have to travel long distances for specialty care and face high out-of-pocket health care expenses, a recent Oregon State University study found.

Most educated cities in the country (24/7 Wall Street)

So where are the most educated metropolitan areas in the United States? They tend to be centered around universities, but not all of them have large populations. One of the most educated cities in the country is Corvallis, Oregon. The metro, home to Oregon State University, has a population of just 95,184. Ten of the most educated cities in the country have populations of fewer than 200,000. 

What is a mummy berry and how do I stop the spread? Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is underway, and you may have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Bend, Ore., man, 85, graduates from college (The Columbian)

Bend resident Robert Weed recently finished his final courses for a bachelor of science in liberal studies from Oregon State University-Cascades, nearly 70 years after he took his first stab at higher education at Oregon State in the 1950s. He is the college’s oldest graduate this year, according to a university spokesperson.

Today's photos

Sea of green: Janet Nishihara, executive director of the Educational Opportunities Program, says, “Lamprey Creek in MLK Park just west of town – beautiful sounds, smells, and more green than our eyes can take in.”

Another sunrise: 
Matthew Zink sent in this photo of an early morning start at Facilities Services. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to effectively design and manage your Canvas courses? The Canvas Course Checklist provides key tips to help you implement effective practices in building your courses in Canvas. Quickly learn how to remove unneeded items from the navigation menu, organize your learning modules, increase accessibility and use the Canvas gradebook.

Tuesday’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.

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.

OSUsed Store Public Sale: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th Street. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. but will be closed on Friday; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; details here.


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.


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.


Saturday Yard Sale: The OSUsed Store is open for a one-time Saturday sale June 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to feature select merchandise from the Great Move Out student donation drives such as décor, small furniture, mini fridges, and other housewares. Located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis. For more information, visit their website.

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! School’s Out: Getting Everyone Through the Summer. It is summertime and school is out. For many people, summer conjures images of lazy, relaxing days at the beach. However, for many working families, summer brings the challenges of balancing the demands of adult work schedules with the desire to provide safe, fun activities for children. This workshop offers several ideas on summer activities and provides practical suggestions on how to keep your kids safe while you’re at work. June 21 at noon. Register.

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. 

Take Note

NEW! 210,000+ alumni are celebrating the graduating class: Around the world, OSU alumni and friends are cheering for the Class of 2022 and sharing what they know about how to succeed in life after college. Help new grads build confidence by sharing the BEaver KIND webpage, filled with encouraging messages and advice.

NEW! OMN student journalists receive regional collegiate media awards: Incoming Beaver's Digest editor Sukhjot Sal won two first places and The Barometer swept the illustration category in the 2022 collegiate journalism contest sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators. The Barometer won a total of 13 awards in this year's PNAJE contest, which is open to two-year and four-year education institutions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

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]

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.

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.

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].

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 without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the expiration date 90 days. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

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. 


NEW! The College of Engineering is seeking an Employer Relations Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Employer Relations Manager contributes to the College of Engineering’s strategic goal to be a “partner of choice.” The work of the Employer Relations Manager will involve on-campus, off-campus and virtual engagement. Posting #P05695UF. Closes July 17. 


“Too much joy, I swear, is lost in our desperation to keep it.” ~ Ocean Vuong

Corvallis: The week will start out with showers, then brief clearing mid week before showers return. Highs in the upper 60s, lows in the 40s.

Central Oregon: Sunny most of the week with showers by the weekend. Highs reaching the 70s by week's end, lows in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Newport: Chance of showers early in the week, then some clearing, before showers return. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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