NEW! COVID testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology, is providing on-site COVID-19 testing on the OSU main campus, as well as at the OSU-Cascades campus. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to obtain a test at one of these locations. Results from tests administered at campus locations will be provided confidentially from the processing lab to Student Health Services. Results will be available by logging onto the secure Student Health Services Portal with ONID credentials. Tests are at no cost to the employee or student when insurance information is provided. Testing locations in Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (except Sept. 20-21, when it is available at Reser Stadium near the ticket office); Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. starting Sept. 22. In Bend, starting Monday, Sept. 20: Ray Hall 302, Monday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings: Face coverings are now required, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor settings at OSU. This includes but is not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services, dining centers, recreation centers and other indoor spaces where people may gather for any purpose. Masks are not required when individuals are in their personal offices and have their door closed. Face coverings are also required outdoors as per State of Oregon rule 333-019-1025 if physical distancing of at least 6 feet can’t be maintained.

Vaccine compliance: Effective Sept. 15, Oregon State University requires employees and students who work, learn or engage with others in-person as part of their job duties to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. OSU employees and students who are required to comply and who meet an exemption not to be vaccinated, will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly until further notice. To learn more and to complete the compliance process, go to

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Getting set for the first days of class? Check out three important teaching resources: Learn about new classroom technology (4 min. video). Use the new OSU Canvas Template to save time and help ensure clear, navigable course structure. See Pathway to Fall for faculty guidance about academic programming, pedagogical considerations and classroom logistics.  

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. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See and click on 1Search.

Clearing the tinderbox (Science)

Just 200 meters away, however, swaths of dead trees, their trunks weathered to a polished silver, rose from powdery dirt. “That’s old-growth ponderosa pine killed by the southern edge of the Canyon Creek Fire,” which struck in 2015, explained Johnston, who works at Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis.


COVID-19 measures in place as UO, OSU fall term draws near (OPB News)

Meanwhile, Oregon State University says more than 4,600 students will be living on campus this fall. That’s about twice as many as last fall. The university says about 93 percent of the residence hall students have already verified that they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, as required by the school. Classes start in Corvallis on Wednesday. Students will also be tested for the coronavirus when they arrive on campus.

The 100 most influential people of 2021: Jensen Huang (TIME)

Artificial intelligence is transforming our world. The software that enables computers to do things that once required human perception and judgment depends largely on hardware made possible by Jensen Huang (who graduated from Oregon State University in 1984 and received an honorary doctorate in 2009).

A Stanford proposal over AI's 'foundations' ignites debate (Wired)

Thomas Dietterich, a professor at Oregon State University and former president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, says he has “huge respect” for the researchers behind the new Stanford center, and he believes they are genuinely concerned about the problems these models raise. But Dietterich wonders if the idea of foundational models isn’t partly about getting funding for the resources needed to build and work on them.

OSU receives over $380 million in research funding (Gazette-Times)

Ooregon State University received over $380 million in research funding for the fifth straight year in a row. Despite the pandemic, research expenditures also grew for the seventh year in a row by 5%.

Redefining what a COVID-safe school year looks like with delta and vaccines (OPB News)

“Both major statistics and state statistics show that in August, around 10% of the newly infected were children under 12, because they cannot be vaccinated,” said Chunhuei Chi, the director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University. “That statistic is both alarming, but also very complicated.”

Value of the college experience draws students to Oregon State campus (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University students who moved into their dormitory rooms on Sunday said they were excited to be on campus for in-person learning — and for the college experience. (see also KGWKMTR)

CMU preps its fleet of autonomous robots for a search and rescue mission in final round of DARPA challenge (Post-Gazette)

The researchers and students at CMU partnered with Oregon State University to create their fleet, dubbed Team Explorer. The group is competing next week for a shot at the $2 million grand prize in the final round of the DARPA Subterranean Challenge, a competition hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency to develop autonomous tech that navigates underground scenarios.

OSU-Cascades names Erika McCalpine first executive director of strategic diversity initiatives (KTVZ)

Erika McCalpine, a business faculty member who has championed social justice issues within Oregon State University, OSU-Cascades and in the Bend community, has been named executive director of strategic diversity initiatives at OSU-Cascades.

Three OSU buildings close due to gas leak Tuesday (Lebanon Express)

Three Oregon State University Corvallis campus buildings were evacuated and closed Tuesday afternoon after a contractor hit a gas line while working near northwest 25th Street and northwest Monroe Avenue. 

Marsupial robots (RoboHub)

Lilly interviews Chris Lee, a graduate student at Oregon State University. Lee explains his research on marsupial robots, or carrier-passenger pairs of heterogeneous robot systems. They discuss the possible applications of marsupial robots including the DARPA Subterranean Competition, and some of the technical challenges including optimal deployment formulated as a stochastic assignment problem.

Low-oxygen levels off coast a concern for fisheries (Yahoo News)

Francis Chan, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University, said scientists expected a bad hypoxia season this year based on weather conditions in April, but they had not expected the low-oxygen levels to persist for so long. (see also King 5)

Oregon tree experts expect delayed mortality due to drought (AP News)

Oregon State University professor and forest health specialist Dave Shaw told The Oregonian/OregonLive that there’s typically delayed mortality associated with drought. But rain is predicted this weekend.

Who are religious exemptions for? Experts say it's complicated (KEZI)

More and more workplaces across Oregon are adopting vaccination requirements while leaving room for religious exemptions, but experts say that is made complicated by the fact that no recognized world religion explicitly forbids vaccination. According to Oregon State University professor in religion and culture Courtney Campbell, faced with the question of whether or not their religion prohibits them from getting vaccinated, practitioners of any world faith who answer truthfully would need to respond "no."

Jade Carey goes from winning Olympic gold to hitting the books at Oregon State (OPB News)

Jade Carey is finally embarking on her freshman year at Oregon State University, after taking a somewhat winding route to Corvallis. Then again, the 21-year-old Olympic gold medalist is used to taking the nontraditional path.


Climate tech heats up in the Pacific Northwest as startups raise more than $1B since 2020 (GeekWire)

Columbia Power Technologies, or C-Power, is a wave-energy company that spun out of Oregon State University. The business, which formed in 2008, originally aimed to create large-scale offshore wave farms that would power the grid, a vision that proved overly ambitious.

OSU-Cascades research funding totals $3.4 million, second-highest in history of Bend campus (KTVZ)

Research funding at Oregon State University–Cascades reached $3.4 million during the past fiscal year, the second-highest total in campus history, the school said Thursday.

Western Innovator: Researcher and his 'dream team' build better turfgrass (Capital Press)

These and other developments have cast a sudden spotlight on turfgrass management, an important and often-overlooked field of study, and the innovators behind it — people like Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University turfgrass specialist.

An invasive parasite is taking over Alaska blue mud shrimp. Researchers want to kill it. (KTOO)

Johnson heard about the blue mud shrimp by way of Dr. John Chapman, a fisheries professor at Oregon State University.

Oregon Sea Grant turns 50 (Newport News-Times)

Oregon Sea Grant (OSG), a marine science program based at Oregon State University (OSU), officially turns 50 on Sept. 17. On that date in 1971, OSU was designated a Sea Grant college. Today, OSG is one of 34 Sea Grant programs in the U.S. under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (see also KLCC)

JSR Corp. buys Corvallis-based Inpria for $514M (Business Journals)

Inpria, which is an Oregon State University spinout, develops metal oxide-based material that will allow semiconductor companies to make smaller chips and features using the next-generation manufacturing process of extreme ultraviolet lithography.

ODF concerned with sudden oak death in Port Orford making jump to Coos County (KMTR)

A research associate at Oregon State University detected this new infestation and told me how sudden oak death is generally spread.

Is the air worse inside or out? (Corvallis Advocate)

Oregon State University’s Kim Anderson, an environmental chemist, recently spoke with KLCC about the issue of indoor air, saying, “[E]ven when we see AQI numbers like 150 for example, the indoor air for these classic compounds called PAHs, are higher than outdoors. Specifically, AQIs oftentimes are really focused on particulate matter, but PAHs can exist both on the particulate, and they can be as a gas that we breathe.” 

HSU, OSU and University of Washington to launch research hub for coastal resilience (KRCR)

Humboldt State University will join a coastal resiliency research hub led by Oregon State University and the University of Washington focused on the impact of earthquakes, coastal erosion, and climate change on coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest.


Today's photo

Welcome back: In this 1900-era photograph, the Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU) band plays on the grounds in front of Community Hall. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.

COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S. Go to COVID-19 information for links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.


NEW! WIC workshop: The Writing Intensive Curriculum Program Workshop: “How to design accessible and engaging course material” will be Monday, Sept. 20 at noon in Milam 215 (Zoom also available). Design faculty members Christine Gallagher, Deann Garcia and Andrea Marks will teach easy-to-apply design principles. This will be an interactive workshop during which you will learn a range of practical tips and have a chance to apply them to your own course materials. Please bring a copy of a syllabus (printed or on a laptop) to mark up or even change during the workshop. Registration.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Michael D. Brawner will present “Context and scale mediate the impact of climate on a widespread avian predator” on Monday, Sept. 20 at noon via Zoom: Passcode: 125870. Brawner is completing his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Rebecca Terry.

BEavers Here Now Guided Meditation: Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week. Sessions take place every Monday and Wednesday at 5 p.m. Each session will be offered in person AND remotely.  In person sessions: Memorial Union Multipurpose Room MU13. Remote via zoom: register at Benefits of mediation include: Stress Reduction, Better Sleep, Sharper Concentration, Anxiety Management & Happier Relationships. Contact [email protected] to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. This program is presented by CAPS and the Wellness Agents.


NEW! SEIU: Support higher wages, steps and hazard pay for SEIU Classified workers. Participate in the Bargaining Kickoff Virtual Rally via Zoom (or phone) Thursday, Sept. 23, noon to 12:30 p.m. Sign up here: Contact SEIU Organizer Siobhan Burke with any questions or help registering. 1-630-699-0281.  

NEW! 2021 Part-Time Job Fair: Students, are you in need of a part-time job or internship? Come to this casual fair to meet with local employers with open positions, who are eager to interact with you. Representatives from over 20 companies will accept job applications on site. Students are encouraged to stop by between classes and during free time. Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza.

NEW! Mike O’Malley Community Gathering: A community gathering to celebrate the life and work of Mike O’Malley, a Senior Instructor in Oregon State University’s College of Education, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Furman Hall.  Attendees are welcome to come and go at any time. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test will be required to attend.

UPDATED! October Flu Shot Clinics: Flu shot clinics are scheduled for OSU faculty, staff and students this October at various locations. The Flu Shot Clinic Sign-up portal is now open and working for the Corvallis flu shot clinic at the MU Ballroom. Detailed instructions are located on the HR Website here. Employees can sign up for an appointment time for the clinic date of Oct. 1 at: The last day to schedule for this date is Sept. 27. Beginning Oct. 5, employees can sign up for the Oct. 19 clinic at: The last day to schedule for Oct. 19 is Oct. 13. In Newport, OSU employees in the Newport area can access a flu shot clinic on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hatfield Marine Science Center. For more information, please contact Shannon Reed at [email protected]. This year Kaiser members can attend the flu shot clinics in Newport hosted by Fred Meyer/Kroger. In BendCascades campus in Bend is hosting a COVID vaccine and flu shot clinic COVID-19 vaccine clinic Oct. 12 and 13. Employees can choose to receive their flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine or both. More information is pending in the next two weeks. Please contact Stefanie Maerki with questions at [email protected]. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente, Yoda Health, Providence Health Plan and PacificSource Plan members can contact their medical plan providers for ways to receive a flu shot. Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 541-737-2805.

NEW! Homecoming Celebrations: It’s time for Beavers past and present to come together. Reunite with your OSU family during homecoming week, Oct. 20-23. Come back to campus to celebrate what makes us Oregon State, or celebrate homecoming wherever you are. Join your class reunion, honor OSU's Black and Orange Awardees, attend the Multicultural Tailgater, celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021, take a photo at Benny’s Birthday Bash, gather with fellow OSU advocates and more. For a complete listing of activities and events, view the homecoming calendar:

UPDATED! Giustina Gallery exhibition — new end date: The Giustina Gallery presents two collections for a two-month exhibition: Clark Studios 50 Years of Collections from America to Japan and The Michael Gibbons Exhibition Paintings from the Book “Painting in Nature.” The exhibition runs through Sept. 24. More information including hours of operation.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

College of Engineering: State of the College Virtual Event. Join Scott Ashford, Kearney Dean of Engineering, for an update and Q&A on the college. Tuesday, Sept. 28, noon to 1 p.m. Register:

Celebrate OSU’s finest at the 2021 Black and Orange Awards: Join the OSU community online and honor eight outstanding Beavers whose service, creative leadership and distinguished careers have strengthened Oregon State's reputation and programs. Listen to their inspiring stories, then share your congratulations during interactive receptions following the main program. Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Register at

Food-In-The-Title Book Club Returns: A fun way to weather the Oregon winter. First Thursdays in November, January, March and May at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Nov. 4 pick: "Tender at the Bone" by Ruth Reichl. Free and open to anyone. Interested in joining or seeing the other books on the list? Email: [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Supervisor COVID guidance: Supervisors, please join Faculty Affairs and University Human Resources for additional guidance about the employee vaccination program, face coverings, employee notification of COVID-19 cases and quarantine and isolation standards. Two sessions are available, with one on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and another on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration is required. These sessions will be recorded and posted to University HR’s COVID-19 Resources page, along with all presentation slides, for people unable to attend. We anticipate approximately 30 minutes of prepared material and 30 minutes of Q&A.

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks. Onwards to Better: Teaching and Learning in Fall '21. During remote learning, students conducted all their learning activities via a computer and instructors often provided notes, slides and lecture recordings. As we return to classrooms, what should stay? What did we learn about teaching and learning during the pandemic and how should it inform Fall 2021 and help us stay sane and healthy? Sept. 21, 10-11:50 a.m. For session descriptions, registration, resources, and recordings visit:

NEW! Innovation to Market: Funding & Training Opportunities. OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Wednesday, Oct. 6 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here for a Zoom link:

Beyond Benefits EAP, Managing Worry and Anxiety: Worries are thoughts we have about the future that generate fear. They arrive in the form of a “what if?” and generate dire warnings about terrible consequences that await us. Unfortunately, these warnings we give ourselves are generally overblown and focused on hypothetical problems that probably won’t happen. Chronic worry that begins to impact the quality of life becomes anxiety, and well-intended suggestions to “stop worrying” or applying common stress management techniques are mostly ineffective. This training will address how worry habits develop and methods of intervening with worry and anxiety. Sept. 21, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Accelerator Speaker Series: “What a CPA Does for Your Startup.” Calling all entrepreneurs. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon for the September OSU Advantage Accelerator Speaker Series event, where you will get a chance to hear from Peter Buss, CPA and income tax partner. Join the discussion and take advantage of this opportunity to ask your most pressing accounting questions related to your startup. Free and open to all. Register here.

Beyond Benefits EAP, Strengthening Your Ability To Empathize: Everyone has heard the saying to “take a walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicating more effectively and building better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy. Sept. 30, 10-11 a.m. Register here.

Crucial Conversations: Crucial Conversations is a 10-hour course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 16. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register here

Free, online self-paced training: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. The OSU Center for Advancing DEI in Business announces the latest addition to our series of free online, self-paced trainings: Introduction to DEI in the Workplace. This training provides a basic 30-minute overview of the ethical and business cases for DEI as well as a primer on basic DEI terms and concepts. Appropriate for people at all levels of an organization, this is a great way to ensure that people are on the same page when it comes to DEI basics. Feel free to enroll for a refresher course yourself, or share it with your industry contacts. Join us as we make change, together. 

Take Note

NEW! August phishing reports: Thank you to the OSU community for helping us catch over 1100 phishing emails last month.  Your efforts helped prevent malicious and viral email-linked content from infecting OSU’s computing systems and devices, and that reduces the chances of becoming victims of fraudulent offers or having the fraudsters steal your data. You can find instructions to set up your Outlook in Microsoft or Mac desktop or laptop to report phishes at the touch of a button here: (If you have an older MS Office version and the instructions don’t work, please contact [email protected] for help.) Alternatively, you can send your phishing emails to [email protected]. What’s a sample phish email look like? You can find out here: Thank you for helping us protect OSU’s community, assets and data by catching phishy emails. This message brought to you by the OSU Office of Information Security.

NEW! Celebrate Allison Davis-White Eyes’ Contributions to OSU: After 20 years of service to OSU, Allison Davis-White Eyes has announced her plans to join Fielding Graduate University. The OSU Klatowa Eena Alumni NetworkNative American Longhouse Eena Haws and the Office of Institutional Diversity invite you to share your memories and messages with White Eyes as part of a video montage. It will only take you a minute to film and submit your video via Tribute with this link by Sept. 24, or sign the GroupGreeting card.

NEW! New Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Fellowship: A new Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH) Fellowship opportunity is now available through Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). This position will support DEQ’s activities related to Oregon’s ocean acidification and hypoxia policy. The fellowship is open to individuals who have an interest and experience in coastal policy and are pursuing or have recently completed a post-graduate degree (Masters, Ph.D., or other related professional degrees) from any university or college (US or international). This is a paid, full time, one-year opportunity with the possibility for extension, based in Portland or Salem (both remote and in-office working are possibilities). The anticipated start-date is Nov. 15. The application deadline is Oct. 15, 5 p.m.

NEW! Human Resources: University Human Resources Service Center is now open for in-person assistance at 1600 SW Western Blvd., Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All university, state and local COVID-19 procedures and protocols are being followed. Appointments are available. Contact Info - HR Teams.

NEW! Walktober: Walktober is a 31-day health challenge designed to motivate the OSU community to become more active. It’s more than just walking: Walktober can work with your current fitness plan. Join with a team, or sign-up solo. Cost is $5 for students/alums and $10 for faculty/staff. Register today at and start logging your activity on Oct. 1. Brought to you by the Moore Family Center and Faculty Staff Fitness.

NEW! SJEI Tier One Platform and Tier Two Next Level workshops still have openings for Fall 2021: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues and expand your equity and inclusion journey. See the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page. Interested in workshops, facilitation or consultation for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

Our Little Village Child Care: Will you be working on the Corvallis campus this Fall? Needing some part-time/short term child care, so you can work, teach classes, research and write, etc.? Consider enrolling at Our Little Village. Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 22 at noon. Our Little Village (OLV), administered by OSU’s Family Resource Center, is short-term reservable child care for OSU students and employees. Child care is available for children ages 5 months through 12 years at either OLV|Milne or OLV|Dixon. There are various days and time offerings Monday-Friday as well as some weekend hours. Looking for after school care? We have options for that as well. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] or 541-737-5499.

Carbon Neutrality: OSU is committed to reaching carbon neutrality and has several efforts underway and on the horizon.  Check out the draft Path to Carbon Neutrality (link to download the document is at the top of the feedback survey) and give your feedback today. Save the date of Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. to hear from OSU leadership via Zoom about our path forward. 

Mid-Month 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. Whether you decide to stay in place in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets. Keep in mind that what is best for you is also typically best for your animals. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

Not sure what the next step is in your business venture? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently accepting applications for its virtual fall Accelerate cohort which begins Tuesday, Oct. 5. Accelerate is open to Oregon teams and/or teams with a connection to OSU who want to launch a high-growth business or want to explore the commercialization potential of a technology. Upon completion of the nine-week program, teams will have an elevator pitch, a completed five-minute pitch deck, product market validation, feedback from many mentors and more. To learn more and apply, visit

UPDATED: Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU’s Faculty Staff Fitness is ready to get you moving this fall. We have a completely online, remote platform you can access anytime, anywhere with an internet connection ( with over 16 styles of classes and over 400 classes of varied length. Check out the full, in person options at for your on-campus return with new classes and some favorites from swimming to cardio kickboxing. New to October – Walktober is an activity-based incentive and self-care program to help you get moving and win prizes opens Sept. 15. 

Facilities and Operations Update Presentation: Learn about how the Corvallis campus environment has been adapted to be safer and healthier for a return to in-person operations. Topics include cleaning and disinfecting, adjustments to ventilation, bringing technology back to campus and more. Watch the presentation or view the resources available at Building Operations Resumption webpage.  
Join the Fall ’21 Conversation on Teaching: Wondering how to better engage students in Corvallis or Cascades campus courses? CTL and Academic Technology invite instructors and tenured/tenure-track faculty to join a supportive cohort and explore educational technology and ways to integrate classroom teaching and Canvas. Funding provided. See Call for Proposals. Brief proposals due Sept. 19.

October Flu Shot Clinics: Flu Shot Clinics are scheduled for OSU faculty, staff, and students this October at various locations. OSU employees in the Newport area can access a flu shot clinic on Oct. 15,  9 a.m. to noon at Hatfield Marine Science Center. For more information, contact [email protected]. In Corvallis, OSU faculty, staff and student flu shot clinics will take place Oct. 1 and Oct 19. Employees can sign up for an appointment at an OSU clinic on the Kroger website starting Sept. 16. More information here: In Bend, the OSU-Cascades campus is coordinating with Deschutes County to host Flu Shot clinics in October. More information is pending in the next few weeks. For more information, contact [email protected]. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente, Yoda Health, Providence Health Plan and PacificSource Plan members can contact their medical plan providers for ways to receive a flu shot. Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 541-737-2805.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Faculty Program. Applications for the Fall 2021 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning  website. Please direct questions to UIA Fellow Brenna Gomez or Executive Director of Career Development Brandi Fuhrman. To apply, please complete the application form by Sept. 26.  

Art sought for reading room: The Valley Library's Reading Room is reopening this fall and asking the OSU community to submit art. Work will be on display Sept. 22-Oct. 31. Work requirements: Art must be 2D, less than 15 lbs. and ready to hang. Work should follow the theme of the past year, change and/or metamorphosis. How to submit: Bring up to two pieces of art to the Valley Library basement, outside Java II, Sept. 8, 9, 15, & 16 from 2-4 p.m. for drop-off. Questions can be directed to Robin: [email protected]. To learn more about the Reading Room theme, head to the libguide.

Policy draft: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on a new policy draft for University Student Organizations. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Applications for an OWHE conference scholarship now open: The President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering scholarships to cover registration costs for the 2022 Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) conference. This year’s conference will be held in Ashland from Jan. 27-29, 2022. OSU faculty, professional faculty, staff, students and OSU community members are eligible to apply. Preference is given to those who have not been funded in the past for the in-person conference. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, Oct. 8. NOTE: Please DO NOT register for the OWHE conference if you are applying for a scholarship until you are approved. Once approved, you will be sent a special registration link for the OWHE conference. PCOSW cannot reimburse people for registrations that have already been paid. For questions, contact [email protected].
BEaver KIND | Send an encouraging message to students: Students are still navigating the pandemic and gearing up for fall — and with just one short note, alumni and friends can offer the support they need to keep going strong. Share a message about what your degree means to you to inspire and motivate Beavers building their futures at Oregon State. Submissions open now through Sept. 22.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Mnemonics  A mnemonic is a device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering. It is a word or string which is intended to be easier to remember than the thing it stands for. (  This month’s poster can be downloaded at

Now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2021: Does your group have a service, process or system you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a weekly remote program where campus partners are invited to present brief, one-off, awareness- or skill- building topics intended for a wide audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Learn more about the requirements and application process here

Suggest a book: In a mixed celebration of the potential of the future and in memorial of the altered past, the Reading Room is reopening to the public under the theme Metamorphosis, and OSU Libraries is seeking book recommendations to be featured in the heart of the library this fall. Submissions for books can be from any genre. To fill out the survey and suggest a book, click here. If you need help finding ideas for books, check out the Libguide.  

Digital course packets: Printing & Mailing will be offering digital course packets starting this Fall term. This is a great option for students that will help keep costs down and provide quick and easy access to the material. The Beaver Store will use our digital platform to distribute both in store and online. A print on-demand option will be available for those students preferring a hard copy. Faculty plan on using a course packet/reader for Fall? Make sure to contact Judy Bankson with Printing & Mailing to have it all arranged: [email protected]. Now is the time to submit any of the course packets that require copyright approval to insure the packet is ready for fall. Contact the OSU bookstore experts on campus when it comes to student options, cost and distribution. Contacts are: [email protected][email protected], [email protected].

Cyberbullying and Information Sharing: Keeping Kids Safe. Whether you have children of your own or they are part of extended family, friends’ kids, or your community, we all want to keep kids safe from cyberbullying and teach them safe information sharing principles. And part of that safety plan is to prevent home network tampering. Find out what you can do to help protect kids and your networks by checking out this article at (You can also download the article as a Word document.) We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family and community to help protect the ones they love. This message brought to you by the OSU Office of Information Security

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! NW Harrison Boulevard full closure (24/7) between NW 31st Street and NW 34th Street. As part of the 2021-22 Street Resurfacing Project along NW Harrison Boulevard, NW Harrison Boulevard will be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week between NW 31st Street and NW 34th Street from Sept. 20-30. Detours will be put into place. This project is managed by the city of Corvallis. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Josh Bjornstedt.

Fairbanks Hall parking lot: The Fairbanks Hall Renovation Project is now in construction. Due to truck delivery activity, to avoid trucks attempting to stage and offload directly on Jefferson Street, safety concerns, and clearances required in the construction area, the ADA parking spaces located on the west side of the Fairbanks Hall parking lot (lot #3301) will be offline for use starting Friday, Sept.10 (view map). Click here to view a map of nearby ADA parking spaces. You can expect increased activities at the building site and an increase in truck traffic on Jefferson Way, to and from 35th Street. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Amy Keene at 541-214-1038. Please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-2583 for additional ADA parking assistance, if needed.

Graf Hall renovation: As part of the Graf Hall Renovation Project, the Monroe Ave. and 16th Street parking lot (lot #3221), located south of Graf Hall, will be closed for construction through Sept. 21 (view map). The accessible spaces at the east end of the lot adjacent to Merryfield Hall will remain open. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager David Amundson at 541-737-2760.

Load restriction on Oak Creek bridge: The Oregon Department of Transportation has put a new load restriction in place at the bridge crossing Oak Creek on SW Western Boulevard, located between SW 26th Street and SW Grove Street in Corvallis (view map). The Oak Creek bridge, bridge #07T24, is a 43-foot-long single span, reinforced concrete bridge. It was originally constructed in 1925 and widened in 1941. Weight restriction signage has been posted at both approaches along SW Western Boulevard at SW Grove Street and at SW 26th Street (photo of signage attached). The weight restrictions are: 4 axle, 23 tons; 5, 6 and 7 axle, 25 tons. Please contact Som Sartnurak, the Engineering Supervisor/Traffic Engineer for the city of Corvallis, at [email protected],if you need help identifying alternate routes.


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! Fiscal Coordinator 2: The Research Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 2 – Award Management. Posting #P03188CT. Closes Monday, Sept. 27.  

NEW! Extension 4-H Program Coordinator (2 Positions): OSU Extension Service invites applications for two (2) full-time, 12-month, Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator positions, one located in Hood River County and the other located in Wasco County. Posting #P04792UF. Closes Oct. 8.

NEW! OSU Libraries and Press is hiring a full-time Cataloging Library Technician 3 (LT3), We seek a candidate with a strong background in cataloging, an openness to learning and a curiosity for developing expertise in the cataloging of new types of resources. Posting #P03184CT.  Full consideration date is Oct. 8. Closes Oct. 15.  

NEW! The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is seeking a Digital Communications Specialist. This position will join our Marketing and Communication team which is responsible for developing and implementing the college’s brand messaging. This position is part of a fast-paced, hands-on team that produces compelling and creative content. This position utilizes specialized expertise to generate new ideas for digital communications, develop and implement effective strategies for digital communications projects, and utilize analytics to continuously improve effectiveness of communications and revise strategies accordingly. Posting #P04784UF. Closes Oct. 16.  

NEW! Instructor: The department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) instructor position with a focus area in Native American Agriculture courses. The instructor will provide innovative instruction in our agricultural science courses — coordinating, facilitating, developing and teaching Native American agriculture courses. Posting #P04634UF. Closes Dec. 31.

Sea Grant turns 50 (click image for video)



"The heat of autumn is different from the heat of summer. One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider," ~ Jane Hirshfield

Corvallis: Patchy fog and then sunny today, high of 71, low of 50. Sunny tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 66, low of 43. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 63, low of 52. Sunny tomorrow.

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