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:

Why many scientists are now saying climate change is an all-out 'emergency' (Washington Post)

Bill Ripple had never been an activist. The Oregon State University ecologist had spent his career wandering through the hills and canyons of Yellowstone National Park, tracking the health of wolves and other large carnivores. Nor was he particularly outspoken: As a college student, he was so concerned about taking a debate class that he considered dropping out and returning to his family farm. (see also Gizmodo Australia)


Former CLA dean Bill Wilkins has died (LIFE@OSU)

Bill Wilkins, dean of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts from 1982 through 1994, died Oct. 18, 2023. He was 92.

Basement fire leads to dorm evacuation at Oregon State University (KEZI)

An Oregon State University dormitory was evacuated early Friday morning due to a fire in the basement near the building’s ventilation system, according to Corvallis fire officials.


Today's photo

Wood duck wonders: G Brent Dalrymple, emeritus dean and professor, CEOAS, says “We went on a stroll through the wetlands at Sunset Park-Dunawi Creek (near Starker Arts Park) last weekend and spotted this colorful male wood duck. These birds are shy and not often seen so it was a real treat. The photo was taken by our visiting daughter from Massachusetts.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Do you have required materials for your winter term course? Fill out the Beaver Store course requisition form no later than today (Oct. 30). Questions? Please visit the OSU Course Materials Adoption page for additional information.

NEW! Strategic Plan: Join President Jayathi Y. Murthy on Nov. 17 for the unveiling of Oregon State’s next strategic plan: "Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan." Under this ambitious plan, OSU will be: A university focused on big discoveries that drive big solutions; A university where every student graduates; A university that fuels a thriving world in every dimension. We are ready. Join us at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.


School of Communication Career Week: Learn about the School of Communication and how you can cut through the noise, build VR worlds and make your voice heard at Oregon State and beyond. Events run online and in-person from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

Search Advocate Program focus groups invitation: Members of the OSU community who have interacted with the OSU search advocate program in some way are invited to participate in facilitated Zoom focus groups evaluating the program. There are several sessions available for registration on this website for people who have had different roles in relation to search advocacy at OSU (search chairs, search administrators, hiring managers, search advocates, etc.) – the first of these is for search advocates and takes place 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 30. A Qualtrics survey will also be sent to the OSU community. Contact Anne Gillies or Jane Waite with questions.

Scotland Study Abroad Session: Deepen your appreciation and understanding of Scotland’s heritage sites and the efforts to preserve them through 3-D scanning technology. Join Todd Kesterson and Joshua Reeves on at noon Oct. 30 in the NMC VR Lab (Snell 100A) to learn more.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom at noon Oct. 30. Peter McGhee, Pacific Biocontrol, will present, “Careers in horticulture: Pacific Biocontrol.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information:

“What Can I Do with my SOC Degree?” Curious about the Speech Communication degree? Interest piqued by the Digital Communication Arts degree? Unsure what career you can pursue with either? Then join the academic advisors of the School of Communication at 3 p.m., Oct. 30 on Zoom at


NEW! School of Communication Career Fair: Whether you are searching for a job or unsure what career to pursue, come visit the School of Communication Career Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 1 in MU 109. We have employers from KPTV Fox 12, the Corvallis Knights, McFarland Productions and more. Bring your resume or just stop by; all students are welcome.

NEW! SOC Alumni Panel: Careers in Media and Communication. Want to learn more about the careers available to School of Communication students? Or the transition from graduating to entering the workforce? Then join us at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 1 in MU 104 or on Zoom at for “SOC Alumni Panel: Careers in Media and Communication,” where a panel of OSU graduates will present their experiences.

Taste of the ‘Chives Historic Recipe Showcase: A celebration of flavors from the “Baking Connections” cookbook. This event will feature samples of cookies, muffins, fudge and other baked goodies prepared from recipes in the cookbook. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Willamette Rooms in the OSU Library (third floor).

Diversity Action Plan Open Forums: The Office of Institutional Diversity invites you to help develop OSU’s next Diversity Action Plan for 2024-2030. Attend one of three open forums or submit feedback online. An employee-only open forum is scheduled for Oct 31 2:30-4 p.m. on Zoom. For more information and registration, please visit  

Trick-or-Treat Tour on Halloween: Bring your kids to the MU Family Lounge (112) and pick up a map of prearranged destinations for the trick-or-treat tour happening around campus. OSU Departments will have treats, and maybe even some tricks, for you and your children to enjoy on Halloween. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31, begins in the MU Family Lounge. To learn more, contact [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Imposter Syndrome: Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer will be presenting a talk on imposter syndrome at 4 p.m., Nov. 1, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

NEW! 2023 Thomas Condon Lecture: Thure Cerling, University of Utah, will present “Ivory, INTERPOL, intrigue: Using chemistry to solve forensic mysteries.” 6 p.m., Nov. 1, with reception at 5 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Hall (Zoom option available). Info and registration here.

NEW! Provost’s Lecture featuring Diana B. Henriques: Join us for the first Provost’s Lecture of the 2023-24 Series, featuring Diana B. Henriques, award-winning financial journalist and author. The lecture will be held 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation which brings renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire. Register here for the free event. 

Department of Integrative Biology seminar: Lila Fishman, professor, Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program and director, MONTU Herbarium and ECOR Core Facility, University of Montana, will present a seminar, “The genomics of adaptation in Yellowstone monkeyflowers,” at 4 p.m., Oct. 30, in CRB 2196, or via Zoom at For more information, go to

“Internships Aren’t That Scary:” Get some not-so-scary information about internships. Join the academic advisors of the School of Communication at noon Oct. 31 on Zoom at for the presentation of “Internships Aren’t That Scary.” You can learn how to search for internships, create an application and earn academic credit while completing your internship.

Accelerating your research using AI: Come hear how OSU researchers across a range of disciplines are using Large Language Models and many other artificial intelligence tools to help them understand and summarize research papers, write code for analysis, process and visualize large amounts of data and much more in a dynamic panel format. Refreshments 12:30 p.m., event 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 31, MU Horizon Room 49. Register for in-person: Register for Zoom:

Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talk: Shana Carpenter, School of Psychological Science, will present, “Questions as Teaching Tools: How "Pretrieval" Can Boost Academic Success,” at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in LINC 343. The research on "retrieval practice" shows that practice questions following a lecture or other learning activity significantly boost students' learning. Attendees will be introduced to new research on the positive effects of asking "pre-questions" prior to a learning activity. The session will review various ways that pre-questions have been incorporated into learning activities, and how they can be leveraged to improve student learning and engagement in real courses. Registration.

Diversity Action Plan Open Forums: The Office of Institutional Diversity invites you to help develop OSU’s next Diversity Action Plan for 2024-2030. Attend one of three open forums or submit feedback online. An employee-only open forum is scheduled 2:30-4 p.m., Oct. 31 on Zoom. For more information and registration, please visit

PERS Retirement Readiness: Tier 1/Tier2 members within three years of PERS retirement: Please join us for a workshop presented by PERS 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31 in the Memorial Union Room 104. Topics include a step-by-step review of a PERS estimate of retirement benefits, retirement options and retirement timelines; guidelines on completing the retirement application; an explanation of working after retirement rules; detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP); and a list of available resources. This is an in-person event. Please click here to register.

RancHER: RancHER aims to bring educational information to cattle producers by highlighting the work of talented and inspiring women in the field. The free online program takes place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. To register and see a list of speakers, go to:

Ask Alumni panel with communication professionals: Get answers from OSU alumni and communication industry professionals who have been where you are now. The OSU Alumni Association and the School of Communication present "Things I Wish I Would Have Known," 5:30 p.m., Nov. 1. Register, plus watch free Ask Alumni webcasts on demand, at

Register for the Peer Ed Conference: Join other undergraduate students in peer educator roles from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 in Austin Hall to share experiences, engage in collaborative workshops and build relationships with undergraduate colleagues in similar roles at OSU. RSVP by Oct. 31 for free lunch. Questions? See our website or contact [email protected].

Leadership experience: Community Engagement & Leadership is hosting a day-long immersive leadership experience, "Beavs Lead: Spark," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 4 in Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez (CCCC). Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal leadership approach by examining their values, strengths, identities and passions. This event is open to all students, but first-year, second-year and transfer students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Register at: For more information or accommodations for disabilities contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected]

Take Note

NEW! Deadline extended: The Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Nov. 30. Faculty can receive up to $15,000 in funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource (OER) for your course. OER are openly licensed course materials that save students money and make higher education more accessible. This grant is made possible by OSU's new Division of Educational Ventures and all funding is a department-to-department transfer. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Faculty Senate Elections – Candidate Nominations: Faculty are encouraged to suggest colleagues whom they believe are knowledgeable about the university and who would well represent OSU Faculty. Faculty may also nominate themselves. Forward candidate suggestions by noon Nov. 2 to Vickie Nunnemaker at [email protected]. Insert ‘Candidate’ in the subject line. President-Elect – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU Faculty senator. Interinstitutional Faculty Senator – Candidates need not have been an OSU faculty senator. Executive Committee – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU faculty senator.

Blood sugar study participants sought: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for study participants between the age of 18-59, who are nonsmokers, and who do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately 4 months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: Non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split between apportionment units). This choice will determine Faculty Senate representation.  No later than noon Nov. 14, complete and submit the survey at to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be included.

Faculty Senate Elections – Interest in serving as a faculty senator or declining senator election: All currently employed academic, research, extension and professional faculty, regardless of FTE, are eligible to be elected to a Faculty Senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. If you wish to either decline to have your name placed on the ballot, or you wish to indicate a strong interest in serving if elected, complete and submit the survey at no later than noon Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year.

Yoga and Meditation Class Scholarships for OSU Undergrads: OSU undergraduates are invited to apply for financial support to attend classes at Marigold: the OSU Center for Contemplative Practice. Initial scholarship covers 80% of class fees for yoga, meditation and dance classes. Additional funding is available for upcoming programs such as mindful self-compassion, lucid dreaming and more. Marigold is a beautiful biophilic practice center located in downtown Corvallis. Apply for this scholarship or contact us

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours long. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Sewing equipment, materials needed at Craft Center: The OSU Craft Center is looking for working sewing machines or clean fabric donations to meet the growing interest of students looking to learn or improve their sewing skills. Craft Center sewing machines get heavy use and having a few additional working machines on hand would greatly benefit the students who use our sewing studio. Popular fabrics are cotton and polar fleece. Thread, zippers, buttons and other sewing accessories would also be well utilized and appreciated. Have a donation? Please contact: OSU Craft Center, 541-737-2937 or email the Craft Center director: [email protected].

Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU Portland Center, and OSU at EOU. The report includes important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for a graduate student residency at Shotpouch Cabin for one session during winter break. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Faculty are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students who might benefit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong winter break residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will remain closed through Tuesday, Oct. 31. In addition to the road closure, the sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed. Pedestrians may use the multi-use path on the south side of Washington Way as a detour.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! The Scholarship Office is seeking a Scholarship Advisor. This position will counsel prospective and current students regarding OSU scholarship opportunities and participate in outreach and recruitment activities. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. Posting #P07461UF. Closes Nov. 16. 

NEW! Ecampus is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager. This position will coordinate digital marketing tactics and initiatives for Ecampus to amplify brand awareness and increase recruitment for online degrees, certificates and microcredential programs. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. Posting #P07459UF. Closes Nov. 20.

EXTENDED: Ecampus is seeking a Lecture Team Manager. This position will supervise a small team of media producers and will manage the day-to-day operations involved in producing lecture recordings. Our productions include screen capture, audio voiceover, digital notation, podcast and dual stream picture-in-picture video. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. Posting #P07384UF. Full consideration Oct. 31. Closes Nov. 14.


“The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats.” ~ Ray Bradbury

Corvallis: Frost and then sunny today, high of 56, low of 35. Partly sunny Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 56, low of 29. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 66, low of 42. Partly sunny Tuesday.

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