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.

Corals and their microbiomes evolved together, new research shows (Phys.Org)

"Many corals have gone extinct during industrialization and many others are threatened with extinction," said study co-author and OSU microbiologist Rebecca Vega Thurber, who is featured in the 2018 Oregon State University-produced documentary "Saving Atlantis."

Turning OSU-Cascades' landfill and pumice mine into a campus (Bend Bulletin)

Two things stand in the way of Oregon State University-Cascades’ vision for a 128-acre, modern campus: a former demolition landfill and a pumice mine as deep as a 10-story building is tall. However, university officials and engineers have a plan that would use those sites to the school’s advantage and decrease the project’s environmental footprint.

Don't let lazy managers drive away your top performers (Harvard Business Review)

Co-written by OSU's Anthony Klotz.

How much student load debt will your Oregon college require? (Oregonian)

The state’s three large public schools all showed similar average debt numbers — $26,749 at Oregon State University, $26,867 at Portland State and $26,164 at the University of Oregon.

A legal battle in the Coachella Valley could transform how California - and the nation - uses water (Pacific Standard)

The idea that the tribes might also have priority over their reservations' groundwater was a proposition that seemed alarming to states, which have historically held the power to allocate the water within their own boundaries—a privilege that is "very jealously guarded, especially by the western states," says Michael Campana, a professor and expert in hydrology at Oregon State University. Ten states sided with the water districts, asking the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.

Despite rain, county remains in drought (News-Review)

study recently published by Oregon State University researchers found that high-density carbon forests in the Pacific Northwest and Western Cascades will be least vulnerable to drought or fire.

Oregon State, mid-valley featured in Portland museum beer exhibit (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University has a prominent role in the exhibit, of course. OSU helped propel Oregon to its spot as the second largest hop producer in the United States.

Punches replaces Oester as area's OSU forester (Wallowa Chieftain)

Punches holds a degree in forestry from Michigan Tech in Houghton, Mich., wood science from Virginia Tech and forest ecosystems from Oregon State.

Reitz sees new post as good experience (Argus Observer)

Stuart Reitz is settling in his new position as director of the Oregon State University Malheur Experiment Station. He is finding the biggest change is in the administrative arena, as he has already spent a lot of time at the station where he has been doing research.

Today's photo

Snow dreams: Two cars are buried by deep snow on Nye Beach, Newport, in 1943. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Bexell Hall Landscape Input Sessions: Join the College of Liberal Arts and the award-winning Portland-based landscape architecture group Place for an information session on the upcoming exterior renovation to Bexell Hall’s landscape. Among many projects, Place’s landscape architects designed the “Elephant Lands” at the Oregon Zoo, as well as the Swarovski Crystal World park in Austria. Monday, Nov. 26, 1-2 p.m and 2-3 p.m., Bexell 208.  For more information, contact Marion Rossi at:

Documentary Premiere: OFFSHORE, The student documentary produced about the experience of volunteering aboard a research vessel voyage along the Oregon and Washington coasts, premieres at the Darkside. With a short talk from the director. Nov. 26, 4-5 p.m. at the Darkside Theatre, 215 S.W. 4th St, Corvallis.

NEW! Diffusions 4 – A Music Technology Concert: Students and faculty from the music technology and production program present original contemporary works. 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26. Community Hall 303, free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Songwriters in the Round: Bring your instrument, your songs and your enthusiasm. Hosted by Bob Santelli. 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Bexell Hall Lounge. Free.

NEW! OSU Wind Symphony: Alfred Reed’s “The Hounds of Spring” and other band classics. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, The LaSells Stewart Center. $5 advance, $10 door. OSU students free. Advance tickets at

NEW! Album Club: It’s like a book club about the greatest albums ever recorded. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Join for a discussion of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Bexell Hall Lounge. Free.

NEW! Paws to De-stress: Finals can be ruff. Take a break from studying to do some self-care and hang out with therapy dogs. There is sure to be a "pawstive" outcome. Wednesday, Nov. 28 & Thursday, Nov. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Main Lounge.
NEW! OSU Guitar Ensemble: Fall term performance, directed by Cameron O’Connor. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, Community Hall 303. Free.

NEW! The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace: A large and festive arts fair, with over 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.

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

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. You are invited to send brief well-wishes via a web interface by Wednesday, Nov. 28. For questions, contact Tony Reyna (; 541-737-4512)

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.

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Through Dec. 5, free tickets are available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the Jan. 21 peace breakfast and the keynote session. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! InclusiveExcellence@OSU Candidate Open Forum: Join us for a brief presentation by candidate Ann Sitomer followed by a robust discussion on inclusivity in STEM education at OSU on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in LInC 314. For accommodations email For more information about IE@OSU visit here.

NEW! Resilience seminar: CCE Resilience Seminar, “Science, Engineering and Public Policy: The Oregon Resilience Plan,” by Jay Raskin, FAIA. Raskin is an architect, chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and a nationally recognized resilience expert who helped create the Oregon Resilience Plan. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 305.

NEW! MS Defense - Sustainable Forest Management.  Max Boath, Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. in 3622 Willamette East Room, Valley Library.  The title of his thesis is “Estimation of soil particle size distribution using CT scans.”  Max is advised by Bogdan Strimbu in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

NEW! MF Presentation - Sustainable Forest Management.  Cory Garms, Wednesday, Nov, 28 at 11 a.m. in 319 Crop Sciences Building.  The title of his thesis is “Vigor Classification of Southwestern White Pine Seedlings in a Common Garden Study from High Resolution Multispectral and Thermal Infrared UAS Imagery.: Garms is advised by Michael Wing in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

NEW! WRGP Fall Seminar Series. David Wrathall, Oregon State University, Geography Department will present “Water Stress and Human Migration” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 106. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Beatles talk: “It was 50 Years Ago Today…The Beatles and the 60s: A Conversation with Beatles Authority Ken Womack” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The talk is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Womack’s appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade That Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.

NEW! TRIAD: Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator at OSU will present “Social Media, Drones and Edutainment for STEAM Outreach and Engagement” on Nov 29, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211.  The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  An optional catered lunch is available for $13.  Contact Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

NEW! Bridging Arts and Sciences: Carol Ryff will present Bridging the arts and sciences for human betterment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the MU Horizon Room. Carol is professor of psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be visiting OSU as a guest of the provost, the deans of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. Carol’s visit will highlight the developing partnerships among the three colleges in efforts to build healthier communities through arts and science. A reception will follow.

NEW! 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.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Interpreting & Responding to Course Data. Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some, or all. On Nov. 27, join Meg Mobley (AGSci) and Tasha Biesinger (AT) to learn what data is available in Canvas, how to access it, and how it can be used to improve your course design. Bring your laptop, this will be an interactive session. 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.

Career development workshop: PFLA is hosting a Career Development Workshop: From Credible to Influential onWednesday, Nov.  28, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Join us for an interactive discussion where three panelists will share their personal experience in assessing professional development, leadership aspirations, and the role of diversity. This workshop is free for PFLA members, and is $10 for non-PFLA members. Use the following link to register:

Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative (LCI) 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.  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.

Oregon Master Naturalist Program Returns Jan. 22. Join the program and become part of a dedicated network of volunteers committed to preserving Oregon’s natural history and natural resources. Learn more.

Launch or Expand Your Blueberry Production with Oregon State's Online Blueberry Program. This innovative online course offers a step-by-step approach to managing a successful blueberry operation. Learn more

Learn the Fundamentals of Cider Making from Oregon State’s Fermentation Science Experts. Our five-day workshop provides participants with knowledge and skills to create quality cider and perry. Learn more and register online.

Alternative Break: Are you a student who wants to change the world? Apply to participate in an Alternative Break. Alternative Breaks will take place March 23-30. Applications for participants are due Monday, Nov. 26. Click here for more information.

Take Note

NEW! Why should I give via the Charitable Fund Drive? When you give through the CFD, 100% of your donation goes to the organization(s) you designate! All CFD costs--less than 10% of funds raised--are paid by the participating charities. And by giving during this OSU campaign, you help boost OSU’s reputation as a kind, generous neighbor, all while making a positive impact in Oregon. It’s easy with online pledging and payroll deduction:

NEW! 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.

Volunteer for Winter 2019 International Students Orientation Week: Engage with international students and help new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2018 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here.Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who not participate on Fall 2018 training day): Dec. 28. New students move-in day: Dec. 31, Orientation week: Jan. 2-4, 2019. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Noise Control Plan: Are you exposed to loud noise at work?  Find out more about OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control Plan.  The goal of OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program is to monitor and protect employees who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss – a preventable, permanent and progressive health issue. In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health Services provides annual hearing tests for those exposed to loud noise on the job.  Training is available through the EH&S website.  Contact Occupational Health or Environmental Health and Safety with questions.

Help Create a Vision for the Corvallis Campus: Oregon State is embarking on an 18-month process to develop a physical vision for the future of the Corvallis campus. The  Physical Development Strategy will reflect the university’s values and vision from the Strategic Plan 4.0. Share your thoughts in an interactive survey. We’re looking to craft a development strategy that supports an environment that enhances your best OSU experiences, and also leads to a more welcoming and inclusive campus. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will only be used for the purposes of this project.

Heroes sought: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond while exhibiting leadership skills. PFLA membership is not required of the nominator or the nominee. Visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage to submit a nomination. 

Staff Art Exhibit: This is the ninth year of the Staff Art Show, which is looking for representation from all parts of OSU in this showcase of creativity. Do you have creative individuals in your area (maybe even you)? Most any medium is accepted in this exhibit, so register your submissions of work by Nov. 26. The benefits, besides showing talent beyond the day-to-day job, are that departments are listed on the artist’s block next to the work. All artists, co-workers and friends are invited to a special reception hosted by President Ray on Jan. 14. For more information: or 541-737-6522.


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.


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NEW! Strategic Engagement Manager – The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), Academic Wage salaried position with the working title of Strategic Engagement Manager for the Outdoor Economy Initiative. This is a temporary position expected to last six to 12 months. Posting # P00546AW. Closes Nov. 26.

NEW! Accountant 1 – The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) in Corvallis invites applications for a full-time Accountant 1 (1.0 FTE).  Posting #P01874CT. Closes Dec. 15.


"There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast." ~ Charles Dickens.

Corvallis: Chance of showers turning to rain by evening, high of 57, low of 48. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy, high of 52, low of 42. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of rain and breezy, high of 58, low of 51. Rain and breezy tomorrow.

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