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.

OSU President Ed Ray to step down in 15 months (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University President Ed Ray on Friday announced plans to step down from his position in 15 months. Ray has served as OSU's president since July 31, 2003. His tenure is the longest of any currently serving president at any Oregon public university. (see also OPBKPTVKMTR)

Mexico: Tropical storms likely to become more deadly as climate changes, new research indicates (Prevention Web)

Tropical storms are likely to become more deadly under climate change, leaving people in developing countries, where there may be a lack of resources or poor infrastructure, at increased risk, new research from Oregon State University shows.

Resident gray whales travel more than originally thought (Bend Bulletin)

A new study from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute shows many of the cetaceans once thought to be part of a resident population travel long distances. But during the three-year study, 18 of the 33 whales scientists tracked hung out at Point St. George in California, said Barbara Lagerquist, a senior faculty research assistant with the institute.

Today's photo

Tree removal: During spring break, a large northern red oak tree on the west side of the Memorial Union Quad will be removed. The tree, known for its striking fall colors, is around 50 years old and recently suffered a major branch failure; campus arborists have determined the structure of the tree has been compromised. The existing structural defects along with the potential for future branch failures necessitate the removal of this tree. For the full story:


Prospective student open house: Spring Preview, an open house program for prospective and admitted students, will be in CH2M and the Memorial Union on Monday, March 25. There will be approximately 800 to 1,000 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. You are encouraged to welcome the guests while they are on campus.


Duo Sign Up Event: The Duo team will have walk-up events for employees to sign up for Duo, get questions answered, and obtain a token if needed. This is a drop-in event; no registration needed. The next event is Tuesday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Withycombe Hall, outside room 109. For more information about Duo, see

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.


Introduction to USSI Metrics Dashboard (SSI0100): CORE Training for the new USSI Dashboards will be held via Webex on Thursday, March 28, 10-11 a.m. The Undergraduate Student Success Initiative (USSI) steering committee spearheaded the creation of a dashboard available to all faculty and staff to guide and inform the university wide efforts related to Undergraduate Student Success. SSI0100 provides a high-level overview of the university performance across six metrics. Participants will learn how to use and interact with the new USSI Metrics Dashboard. Register:

NEW! SEIU meeting: Classified staff union meeting. Bargaining updates and other news. Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Willamette Rooms, 3rd Floor Valley Library. Drop by; lunch will be served. 

NEW! Plan and Build You Secure Financial House: Our finances, like our homes, vary from individual to individual and family to family based on needs, wants and circumstances. Key topics presented can provide a solid financial foundation upon which all financial houses can be established. Presented by Greg Elker, financial advisor, CFS*. RSVP to March 28, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 212.


Prospective student open house: Juniors Visit Day, an open house program for prospective junior students, will be in the Memorial Union on Friday, March 29. There will be approximately 900 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Please welcome the guests while they are on campus.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.


NEW! Architecture Around Us: City and Country Life Art Exhibit:The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents an art exhibit titled “Architecture Around Us: City and Country Life.” This exhibit features architecture that evokes the essence of our cities, towns and country living. The Exhibit runs April 1-30, and the opening reception is April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 SW Jefferson Way in Corvallis. The board will consider tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees for the 2019-20 academic year and summer session 2019. The board also will consider approval of the Merryfield Hall capital project on OSU’s Corvallis campus and proposed amendments to the board officers policy and will hear a legislative update. Other committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

NEW! Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to Prevent Suicide: CAPS is coordinating the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for OSU. Save the date: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., SEC Plaza. This will be the first campus walk in the state of Oregon. The goals of the event are to reduce stigma, educate about resources, support loss survivors and raise money for national and local suicide prevention. Consider joining as either a virtual or “IRL” (in real life) walker by visiting If you would like more information, contact Tess Webster-Henry: Consider registering as a team captain and recruiting members of your department to participate.

National Public Health Week is April 1-7: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is hosting several free events to highlight topics important to improving health and well-being. Join us.

Beaver Career Connections: The OSU Alumni Association is launching Beaver Career Connections Meetups on April 11 in participating cities (Bend, Corvallis, Portland, Seattle, Salem and Vancouver). OSU Alumni Career Ambassadors will host the meetups in their respective hometowns on April 11.  Alumni Career Ambassadors are OSU trained volunteers invested in the career growth and development of alumni and students. Registration and more information about the meetups happening in your hometown

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Social justice education: The Social Justice Education Initiative from Faculty Affairs is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! Mentoring and Professional Development Award: PCOSW seeks nominations for the University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented each September at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or academic/research faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers. The deadline for nominations is May 1. To access the nomination guidelines and application link, visit

NEW! Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for summer and fall term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to OSU community members who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach, or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, May 3, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

Recyclemania: We’re in the home stretch, let’s not fall behind now. You can help us compete by recycling, composting, and reducing your trash. Tips to help OSU win: recycle your end of the term papers, empty recycling from your office desk or residential hall room into central bins to make it count, and double check what is recyclable at OSU to make sure you and everyone you know is recycling everything possible, because the competition ends March 30.

Spring Family Weekend: Spring Family Weekend is taking place May 3-5, 2019. If your department or organization is planning on hosting an event and would like this information to be included in the master program please fill out this form by Friday, March 22All events that are recorded after the deadline will only be placed on the online schedule. If you have questions regarding Family Weekends, they can be directed to New Student Programs & Family Outreach or Jess Tallant, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator, at  

OSU Homecoming Court applications: Applications for the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court are now being accepted. The Oregon State University Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the 2019 OSU Homecoming Court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $500 scholarship. All full-time students with a 3.0 and above GPA can apply. Application deadline is April 7. Call 541-737- 7844 or visit

Traffic & Maintenance 

Tree removal: A northern red oak tree will be removed from the west side of the MU quad during spring break. The tree is suffering from structural deficits and, as a result of a recent branch failure, is determined to be a hazard to the users of the MU quad area. For questions, please contact Facilities Services at or 7-2969.

Parking lot closures: During the week of spring break, March 25-29, the following gravel parking lots will be closed for grading and leveling. A2 lots: Community Hall East (Lot 3241) and Community Hall South (Lot 3242). B2 Lots: Magruder Hall South (Lot 3363) gravel portion only. B3 Lots: Vet Research Lab South (Lot 3342) and West Greenhouse Complex (Lot 3320). C Lots: Sports Complex West (Lot 3286). Vehicles parked in these lots may be towed. During these closures, you may park in another parking lot within your permitted zone. The lots may reopen early as the work is completed. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Transportation Services at or by calling 541-737-2583.

Planned Power Outage between March 28 and March 30: In an effort to improve the safety and reliability of the power grid serving the Corvallis campus, there will be a planned power outage Thursday, March 28, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting through Saturday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Most affected buildings will be on backup power and will experience minimal disruption. Only Joyce Collin Furman Hall will be closed and without power during this time. OSU’s Power Grid Updates website has a list of affected buildings and times of planned outages.

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: 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 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Servicesat 541-737-2969.


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NEW! Academic Advisor:The College of Engineering in seeking one or more full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Academic Advisors. Posting #P02819UF. Closes April 21.


‪"I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing."‬ ~ Gloria Steinem, who turns 85 today.

Corvallis: Rain Monday, sunny Tuesday, showers the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s, lows in the upper 30s to 40.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow likely on and off through the week, highs in the upper 40s, lows in the 30s.

Newport: Rain Monday, sunny Tuesday, showers the rest of the week. Highs in the 50s, lows in the 40s.

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