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:

Next few days will 'make or break' some Oregon colleges' enrollment amid FAFSA problems (OPB)

“I don’t know if it’s going to even itself out in the end,” said Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost of enrollment management at Oregon State University, of the drop in completed FAFSAs. “I don’t know if those are students that weren’t going to enroll in college anyway? We don’t have any insight into that.”

Where are they now? 'Outdoor Design' grads check in after 10 years (Gear Junkie)

Oregon State University (OSU) has its own Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy. OSU even has single courses anyone can take, like Foundations of the Outdoor Recreation Economy ($400) and the Outdoor Industry Module (free).

The underrated link between gut health and Vitamin D (Mind Body Green)

"With the deficiency of vitamin D, one could hypothesize that changes in these aspects of the gut could lead to changes in the composition of the microbiota," says Adrian F. Gombart, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at Oregon State University's Linus Pauling Institute.

Extension Field Day highlights use of canines to detect voles (Morning Ag Clips)

The dog sat down suddenly, alerting her handler to the scent. A group of more than 40 who attended Voles, Dogs and Raptors Field Day, hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Service, shouted words of encouragement for Ruby.

Becoming a Master Gardener in Central Oregon (The Source Weekly)

To become a Master Gardener requires hours of classroom instruction offered through Oregon State University Extension Service. Once a week for several weeks, the classroom is the place where everyone wants to be, full of questions and curiosity. Mentors and students bring in delicious baked goods and other treats. 

New discovery! A magenta based on moon material!? (Dirty Blue)

A video focused on a new magenta pigment discovery from Oregon State.

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Beaver plates: Oregon State University, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles, is launching a new OSU Beaver license plate. This week marks the start of a voucher sale period. Once 3,000 vouchers have been sold, the Oregon DMV will begin manufacturing the new plates. In addition to regular title, registration and plate fees, the new OSU Beaver plate costs $40 at first purchase and at each registration renewal. Every sale will directly support the university. Buy Your Voucher. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Knowledgeable about blended learning? CTL is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the 2024-25 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will have opportunities to be involved in faculty development around blended learning and will support CTL’s strategic goals of enhancing student success while developing a culture of teaching. See the Blended Fellowship call for nominations.  


Chloe Hull MF Defense: Chloe Hull will present their capstone, titled: “A Valley Without Ash: Exploring Strategies for Forested Wetland Restoration Post Emerald Ash Borer Invasion in the Willamette Valley, Oregon,” at 10 a.m., May 30 in Richardson 107 and on Zoom. Hull is earning their MF degree in forest ecosystems and society with Ron Reuter. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] for the zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSU Libraries & Press CSA-LFA Seminar Series: "Textbook Affordability & University Records." Learn how the libraries started proactively purchasing course materials, plus what exactly a university records manager does. 2-3 p.m., May 30 in Willamette West Classroom, Valley Library. More info and Zoom link here

CTL teaching excellence celebration: Join us in celebrating OSU's rich accomplishments in the area of teaching. This session highlights promotions, CTL developments and activities, and teaching awards. Our guest speaker, Nathan Kirk from the Department of Integrative Biology and winner of the 2023 OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, will present “One job not two: Breaking down the distinction between teaching and scholarship.” 3:30 p.m., May 30, MU Horizon Room 49. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP now.

HMSC Research Seminar: Leslie New, this year’s HMSC 2024 Student Invited Speaker from Ursinus College, will be giving a seminar titled “Statistics: The Dark Side of Ecology,” 3:30 p.m., May 30 in person at the HMSC Carmen Ford Phillips Auditorium in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 971 3707 8566. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Spring Seminar Series: “What role should forests play in climate mitigation?” presented by Jacob Buksoki of Oregon State University, 4 p.m., May 30, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

Dance celebration: Take time to let go, cut loose, and honor your movement expression in a welcoming space. We will move to engaging music and close with a meditative cool down. Gently facilitated by Julie Masters, 6:30-7:45 p.m., May 30 at Marigold. Purchase class passes and register here. Contact: [email protected].

Wilderness and the American Spirit: Join author Ruby McConnell and philosopher Michael Nelson for a conversation in celebration of McConnell’s new book “Wilderness and the American Spirit" on May 30, 5:30 p.m., May 30 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Free and open to all. Book signing to follow event. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more.

NEW! Philosophy Club Social: Join us 6-8 p.m., May 30 in MU Room 221 for a social night with pizza and board games. We look forward to celebrating the year with you all.

OSU One-Acts: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts and University Theatre Present: Spring One-Acts through June 2, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Ray Theater. The Spring One-Act Festival 2024 features six newly adapted plays inspired by folk tales written and directed by OSU students. Tickets $12; students $5. Tickets here.


NEW! OSU Chamber Orchestra concert: The orchestra will be performing at 7:30 p.m., June 2 in Milam Auditorium. Musical works by Corelli, Mendelssohn and Parry. Concert is free to all.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on May 31 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC webpage. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

PRISMxKBVR-FM Record Painting: Need to unwind? Like to paint? Want some new decor? Join PRISM and KBVR-FM for record painting from noon to 3 p.m., May 31 in the SEC plaza. We will provide all the supplies as well as refreshments. Hope to see you there.

First Annual Portland Coyote-Palooza: Join Sean Matthews, research faculty with the Institute for Natural Resources, along with the Portland Urban Coyote ProjectODFW and partners for a day of discovery and learning dedicated to one of nature’s most adaptable creatures. The free event will occur from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., June 1 in Portland near the PSU Farmers Market (SW Park/SW Montgomery).

Diffusions: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert  7:30 p.m., June 4 in Detrick Hall. This concert by students in OSU’s Music Technology program explores the aesthetic power of electronic sound production and manipulation through technological experimentation. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

Research Advancement Academy Info Sessions: Are you an early- or mid-career faculty member at OSU with a successful research portfolio and interdisciplinary experience? Learn about applying to the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for the 2024-25 academic year. In-person info session 9 a.m., June 5, MU 213; or join virtually at 9 a.m., June 7 (register here). The RAA aims to support a cohort of Fellows in developing leadership skills, applying for seed funds and leading large ($3M+) transdisciplinary proposals and funded research programs within two years. Learn about our current cohort of Academy Fellows and discover their groundbreaking transdisciplinary work. For more information, reach out at [email protected].

OSU Jazz Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Jazz Ensemble 7 p.m., June 5 in Detrick Hall. From classic standards to modern, explorative arrangements, the OSU Jazz Ensemble covers the range of an extensive musical landscape. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Guitar Ensemble: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Guitar Ensemble 7 p.m., June 6 in Detrick Hall. Directed by Dr. Cameron O’Conner, the OSU Guitar Ensemble presents repertoire from all over the world and from many historical eras, carrying audiences into the full range of what the instrument can do. Tickets $10; students free. Tickets here.

OSU Chamber Choir: The School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Presents OSU Chamber Choir, the President’s Concert 7 p.m, June 8. in Detrick Hall. Named in honor of President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and his late wife, Beth Ray, the President’s Concert represents the pinnacle of the choral year at Oregon State. Tickets $25; students free. Tickets here.

Save the date: Student Parent Graduation: The Family Resource Center is excited to host our second annual  Student Parent Graduation Celebration from 4:30-6:30 p.m., June 6 at  at Our Little Village in the lower level of Milne. Please bring your family and join us as we celebrate our student parents graduating in 2024. For those graduating, please wear or bring your cap and gown and we will have a photographer taking pictures of you and your family.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Gerontology conference: The 47th Annual Gerontology Conference, “Healthy Aging-Friendly Communities: Connecting People and Places through Research and Practice,” will be held Friday, May 31, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Gerontology professionals from across the country will present more than 25 educational aging-friendly topics for health and human service professionals and the public. For the full schedule and registration, visit The conference is sponsored by the OSU College of Health, Extension FCH, the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation.

FYI Friday – Medicare Part A & B: When & How. This course is intended for employees reaching Medicare eligibility and/or Medicare eligible employees losing PEBB health benefits due to retirement, reduced FTE or leaving OSU employment. This course will provide information regarding the different parts of Medicare, enrollment timelines, how to enroll in A and B, what is required to enroll and who can provide assistance. Options for Medicare coverage for PERS and ORP Retirees. 11:30 a.m.-noon, May 31, remote via Zoom.

College of Health research seminar: “Integrating indigenous ways of knowing and being to promote individual and community wellness: Research development through the arts” will be presented by Boudina McConnachie, Rhodes University, South Africa, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 31, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. Watch recordings of COH research seminars on the college’s website.

BioResource Research Interdisciplinary Sciences Program Spring Seminar: Xavier Tacker – BS in BRR options: biotechnology and genomics/bioinformatics and minor in chemistry, will speak on “Why is genetic engineering of trees so tough? A transcriptomic look at genetic variation in regeneration capacity of Populus trichocarpa.” 3 p.m., May 31, PFSC 315. Mentors: Steven Strauss and Stephen Ramsey. Zoom:

Speaker Series Event on June 4: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is excited to invite you to the our Speaker Series event to explore Federal Funding Pathways, focusing on SBIR and STTR programs with Mary Phillips of VertueLab. The session will take place  from noon to 1 p.m. June 4 in the MU Journey Room (104). Join us to unlock crucial insights and opportunities for your innovative projects. This event is free and open to the public. Register here.

Persevering Through Family Ownership Challenges at Beaverton Foods: Join the Center for Family Enterprise for our April Family Business 360 virtual event from 8:30-9:30 a.m., June 5. Dom Biggi, CEO of Beaverton Foods, will share insights on overcoming family ownership challenges. Don't miss this chance to learn from an industry leader. Register here.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue – Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Summer and Fall 2024 In-person and Zoom courses here.

Take Note

NEW! Artificial intelligence podcast: Tune in to season one of the podcast AI on Campus hosted by Oregon State University's Center for Teaching and Learning. Each episode features interviews with OSU faculty and staff who highlight ways that generative AI is transforming their teaching, learning, research, and daily work. Join CTL for insightful discussions on the many ethical considerations and practical use cases surrounding AI on Campus.

NEW! KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps: If only our kids could take care of dinner sometimes… With the help of KidSpirit Cooking Academy Camps, they can! Join us this summer for comprehensive cooking camps where we will learn basic kitchen safety, recipes from all around the world and how to shop for local and in-season produce at our farmer’s market. For more information and to register, visit:

Fulbright: The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open. This program offers U.S. citizens opportunities to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects in over 135 countries. A variety of webinars are available highlighting opportunities by discipline, region, and country on the Fulbright website. Past webinars are available on the archive page. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Spring issue of Campus Directions available now: Campus Directions is a quarterly newsletter that shares important news and updates about operational work happening on the Corvallis campus. The spring 2024 issue features stories about women bringing new perspectives to construction management at OSU and a Facilities Services project to save a campus palm tree. Read these stories and more here: Don’t want to miss a story? Subscribe today.

Faculty Staff Fitness: The Swim, Run, Walk TRY-athlon is happening June 12. Are you ready for some friendly competition? This is a team-building event that brings faculty and staff together to compete for individual event or power team winner. Grab your team and sign up to swim, run, walk or both. Registration is open and team captains can email or call the PAC office to register your team name at [email protected] (541) 737-3222.

OSU ID Card update – action needed by June 30: The OSU Key Shop and the ID Center are collaborating on a project to update the building access control system and ensure that all students, faculty and staff obtain an Orange ID card. An Orange ID has a bright orange border on the front of the card and says “Orange Card” on the bottom edge. This project will impact users who received their current cards BEFORE July 2019 and did not obtain an Orange ID. If you received your current ID card after this date, no action is needed. To maintain building access, all users must obtain an Orange ID card by June 30. For more information:

Take your teaching to the next level: Join the Fall ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community to build resilience into your teaching. You’ll learn from experts at CTL and Academic Technologies while collaborating with OSU faculty who share your passion for teaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to become a more resilient and effective educator. See the call for participation and apply by June 3. Funding provided.

Acceptance and Commitment Skills Training: This training provides a practical, values-oriented, skills-focused and research-based method to approach problems. Scott Mcfee will guide three weekend workshops, 2-5 p.m., July 14, 21, and 28. Open to all and held at Marigold; registration is open. $180 public; $160 educators. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates and graduate students. Contact us.

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Fall 2024 and Fall 2025: 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. Learn more about the requirements and application process.Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Employee Community Climate Survey: Final reminder: The 2024 OSU Employee Community Climate Survey launched on May 3 with an email invitation to employees from the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID). To make positive change, it is critical that we understand the experiences of OSU employees shared through the survey. Please check your email to access the survey link. The survey is open until May 31; visit the survey website for more information and links to summaries of prior surveys. Questions about the survey can be directed to OID at [email protected].

Civic Campus Project: The City of Corvallis is exploring improvements to the Civic Campus, which includes City Hall and the Municipal Court. These buildings are located along the historic Madison Avenue corridor, which connects downtown Corvallis with OSU's campus to the west. Improvements are intended to address safety, resiliency, accessibility and energy efficiency. The university community is invited to share input about the project through this short survey:

Professional development award: Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2024 University Mentoring and Professional Development Award. This award, presented annually at University Day, recognizes any classified, professional faculty or faculty member who excels in mentoring, supporting and encouraging OSU employees, especially women and those from under-represented groups or non-traditional careers, and making available to them opportunities for professional, educational and personal development. For more information and a list of past recipients: are due June 14. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund: Bring a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar from another university in the U.S. to OSU: A typical OLF visit is two to five days long, with the scholar completing guest lectures, cultural events and other similar engagements on and off campus. All expenses are covered by Fulbright with no financial commitment required from OSU. Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more on their website and view the list of current scholars. For questions, please contact the Global Affairs Associate.

Hey 2024 grads: Where will your degree take you? Whether you are starting a job, heading to graduate school or still searching for the right fit, take the First Destination Survey and let us know your post-graduation plans. The information you share will help us improve how we prepare and support students for life after OSU.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place will be closed May 29-June 10. The closure is necessary to allow for crane activity related to the project. Unlike recent, intermittent closures related to the project, this will be a continuous closure of Campus Way. The Kelley Engineering Center south entrance will also be closed. The north sidewalk and both bicycle lanes in this section of Campus Way will be closed during this time period. The south sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. A bicycle detour will be provided. (View road and sidewalk closure map.) (View bicycle detour.)


“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” ~ Georges Bernanos

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 70, low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny, high of 69, low of 42. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog and then sunny, high of 65, low of 44. Mostly sunny Friday.

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