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:


Residential spaces combine living and learning in new ways (Inside Higher Ed)

Oregon State University offers students a chance to connect with the first residents of its campus in its munk-skukum Indigenous LLC. munk-skukum means “to strengthen” in the local Tribal language, chinuk wawa, and as such, living in the community connects students to their own Indigenous identities as well as the local history and culture of Oregon’s Indigenous people.

How far will you go to reduce your wildfire risk? (High Country News)

Study author Erika Allen Wolters, an assistant professor of political science at Oregon State University, said the results highlight the influence of an individual’s worldview on their response to risk. “I’m always curious about the human perspective,” she said. “How we think about risk, how we mitigate it, whether we mitigate it, the ways we bypass thinking about it or doing anything.”

Family of OSU student who died in car crash speaks out (KEZI)

The family of a young Oregon State University student is speaking out and sharing how they want their son to be remembered. Enrique Espinoza was killed in a crash caused by a suspected DUI driver on Highway 99 in Corvallis.

Follow these tips to properly plant a conifer tree (Oregonian)

When it comes to planting conifers, timing is everything, according to John Punches, Oregon State University Extension Service forester and associate professor in the OSU College of Forestry. Punches recommends planting when the upper 10 inches of soil is moist, the soil is not frozen more than a half-inch deep, the snow cover is less than two inches and air temperature is between 30 and 65 degrees.

OSU: Ecampus gets grant to help veterans who learn online with housing costs (Corvallis Advocate)

Thanks to a state grant, Oregon State University’s Ecampus online education program is offering assistance to some military veterans in Oregon who learn online but receive significantly less GI Bill housing support than students enrolled in on-campus instruction. 

Climate change could be even worse than feared due to 27 'feedback loops' (yahoo!news)

Lead author Christopher Wolf, a postdoctoral scholar at the OSU College of Forestry, said: "Many of the feedback loops we examined significantly increase warming because of their connection to greenhouse gas emissions." (see also KTVZ


Today's photo

Red skies at morning: Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management, says, “Here is a photo of a recent sunrise just south of Corvallis.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to increase student engagement both in class and outside the classroom? Want to learn more from UIT-Academic Technologies about the OSU-supported Top Hat student response system? Register for “Top Hat for Student Engagement” noon to 12:30 p.m., Feb. 22, via Zoom. 


Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks: Interpersonal Communication Skills: Mentoring Peers or Students. Principle 3 of the OSU Faculty Senate's QT Framework states that quality teaching includes mentoring and advising learners. This talk provides opportunities to understand the importance of, with opportunities to practice, some essential interpersonal communication approaches. These skills and behaviors are fundamental to mentoring, collaborating, evaluating and/or advising relationships. Presenter Brooke Howland, director of new initiatives, will speak from 11 to 11:50 a.m., Feb. 21. Registration.

Center for Teaching and Learning: Participate in QT Chats that meet at noon every other Tuesday in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Join us for casual, safe conversations around pedagogical practices and sharing of tips and resources.

Promotion and Tenure Workshop for Academic Faculty: Academic faculty are invited to join an interactive session on the promotion and tenure process. 1-2:15 p.m. Feb. 21 via Zoom. A panel of recently tenured and promoted faculty will share insights from their personal experiences. It will be moderated by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Gloria Crisp followed by time for questions and discussion with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Rick Settersten. Questions may be directed to Sara Daly.

Travel Talks: Croatia. Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk 5:30 p.m., Feb. 21 via Zoom, featuring Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation sciences. Heppell will dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia coast and discuss her research on the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea and their reactions to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines. Register at

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 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.


NEW! Special Collections open house: Oregon State University's Special Collections and Research Archives Research Center will host an open house 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Wednesday. SCARC is located in the Valley Library's fifth floor. If you like history and have ever wondered exactly what an archive is, stop by.

Ask a Dam Therapist live podcast recording: Ireti Debato-Cancel and Chanale Propst, CAPS Counselors, will be hosting a live podcast recording at the Black Cultural Center on Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Join them for a discussion during Black History Month as they celebrate and honor Blackness through podcast form. 

Fidelity On-Campus Consultations: Employees can meet with Justin Blatny, financial consultant from Fidelity to discuss your financial goals and savings plans for retirement. There is no cost for these consultations and they are available to all employees no matter what stage you are at in your career. Appointments are available on OSU Corvallis Campus Feb. 24, March 15 and March 16. Schedule online at, or by phone at (800) 343-0860.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! PFLA Lunch and Learn: Concur Travel – Beyond the Basics. Please join us for an interactive discussion on booking travel, submitting expense reports, questions about the Concur system and sharing solutions. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 in KEC 1007 or via Zoom. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology seminar series: Elizabeth Jockusch, professor, University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will speak on “The causes and consequences of microendemism: lessons from slender salamanders (Batrachoseps)” at 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Johnson 102. Zoom:

NEW! WRE seminar series: Desiree Tullos of biological and ecological engineering will present "Water Quality, Food Webs, and Equitable Decisions in a Post-Dam Removal Klamath," 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Bexell 328 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

NEW! Coaches Clinic on motivation. Increase enjoyment and performance for young athletes. OSU kinesiology faulty show you how to create a motivational climate with ideas and insights to inspire your team as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences hosts this free clinic at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Hallie Ford Center 115. Registration required.

NEW! BioResource Research interdisciplinary program seminar: Undergraduate Charlotte Epps will speak on “Lessons from sweet potatoes: Adaptable and resilient crops for a changing climate,” 8 a.m. Feb. 23, Strand 210 and Zoom

NEW! Letting go of the things that hold you back: “Living the Good Life!” How often have we heard that statement? Usually it’s meaning is about happiness, health and satisfaction within our lives. In this session we’ll discuss what’s needed to accomplish “the good life”: what to bring along on life’s journey, what to leave behind, what to acquire along the way. Noon Feb. 23, online. Register here.

Global Opportunities information session with the College of Education: An in-depth look at the details of participating in an international program—learn about the application process, applying for a passport, financial aid details, and other mechanics of how to make going abroad possible. 1:30-3:15 p.m., Feb. 23, Furman Hall first floor lobby. For more details, visit Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) event details and the list of pop-up advising events

NEW! HMSC research seminar: Emily Eidam, assistant professor with the Coastal & Fluvial Sediment Dynamics Lab, CEOAS. will give a seminar titled “Sediment dynamics of Arctic coasts and continental shelves,” 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom Link  or call +1-971-247-1195. Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology seminar series: “Predicting Phenotypes for an Unknown Future,” presented by James Schnable of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Google X, 4 p.m. Feb. 23, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website

NEW! Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voices of Its Residents: Floodwaters from the Columbia River destroyed the predominantly Black neighborhood of Vanport on Memorial Day in 1948, displacing thousands of residents and killing numerous others in the flood waters. Hear stories of life in Vanport and flood experiences from the voices of its residents in this Corvallis premiere screening of short documentaries. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23, MU Journey Room.

NEW! College of Education’s Carpenter Lecture: One of the College of Education’s most anticipated events returns to the OSU Portland Center and via livestream 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Join Pamela Eddy as she presents "A Blueprint for Equity-Minded Leadership in Community Colleges." In-person or livestream:

Research Office campus conversations: Navigating Academic Book Publishing: Author and Editor Perspectives. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 22, MU 206. Do you have an idea for a book but are unsure that you are prepared to navigate the world of academic publishing to have your book proposal accepted? Or, if you have reached that milestone and are ready to go in a new direction, are you unsure of how to approach the next project? Our panelists will discuss their own writing journeys and experience with academic publishing. Register here to attend in person (MU 206) or here to participate via Zoom. 

Ask Alumni virtual event: “Future Industry.” Exploring trends in retail and design across digital, data and technology. Hear from OSU graduates who have been where you are, meet students and alumni like you and grow your professional network at this Ask Alumni virtual event. The OSU Alumni Association, Career Development Center and the OSU Design Network are bringing together dynamic alumni to share stories of their early careers. 5 p.m., Feb. 22, virtual panel. Register today.

SACNAS event: The Oregon State University Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter is preparing for a SACNAS gathering and workshop. The annual conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Portland. A SACNAS workshop will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4 in the Memorial Union 104 Journey Room. Lunch provided for all registered participants. Register now, space is limited. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] with questions.

Funded Professional Development for Fixed-Term and Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty: Join CTL’s Spring 2023 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. This cross-disciplinary group will meet on Zoom and explore pedagogical strategies to adapt to the changing teaching and learning landscape and to build resilience into our teaching practices. See call for participation and submit an expression of interest by March 6.

Food Drive

NEW! Bake Sale: Goodies go on sale in Nash 104 starting 10 a.m. Feb. 22 and will be available until 5 p.m. or we run out. Coffee and tea will be available from 10 to 11 a.m. to go with your treats. $1 for small treats, $3 for large treats and 50 cents for a cup of coffee or tea. Contact [email protected] with any questions. 

NEW! The CCVM Chili Cook Off is back: Come join in on some healthy competition to help decide who has the best chili. Categories include best vegetarian, best overall, and most creative! The cook off takes place11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Magruder Hall. Cost: $3 for a bowl of chili and samples or $5 for chili samples, a bowl of chili, cornbread and a drink. For questions, [email protected].

NEW! Soup Lunch: Join the College of Forestry's Wood Science & Engineering Department for soup from noon to 1 p.m. Feb 22 in Richardson Hall's second-floor knuckle. $3 for a bowl of soup with bread or $5 all you can eat. Desserts also available.

NEW! OSULP soup lunch: The OSU Libraries & Press will host a soup lunch event on Feb. 23 benefiting the OSU Food Drive. There will be soups, breads/crackers, desserts and drinks available. There will also be a limited number of ceramic bowls for sale while supplies last. Suggested donation is $5-10 and can be paid in cash or through Venmo. Come enjoy a hearty soup that benefits a great cause! For questions contact [email protected]

NEW! Taco delivery initiative: It's the last lunch of the food drive in the College of Forestry sponsored by Tallwood Design Institute from noon to 1 p.m.,Feb. 27 in Richardson Hall’s second floor knuckle. For more information contact [email protected]

BEE flea market: Stop by 116 Gilmore Hall Feb. 20-24 to find your favorite treasure. Choose from records, cross stitch supplies, games, bags, art and more. Venmo/cash/checks accepted. For more information, contact [email protected]

Campus mail pickup: During the month of February, Printing and Mailing’s Campus Mail will be collecting food donations for Linn-Benton Food Share. We will be dropping off collection bags in your mailboxes; just leave any contributions in the bag in your mail area and we will pick them up. The last pickup will be Feb. 24. If you don’t receive a bag and want one, please email [email protected].

School of Life Sciences online silent auction: This is the annual auction co-organized/sponsored by the OSU School of Life Sciences, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Integrative Biology, and Microbiology. Auction will be open Feb. 14-22 and all proceeds go to Linn Benton Food Share. The auction features original artworks, gift cards/certificates, gift baskets, plants, activities and much more. Link: For questions contact [email protected]

Win a basket: Tree-lovers can take their chances on a bountiful basket featuring three popular titles from OSU Press and OSU Extension. Enter to win “Trees to Know,” “Shrubs to Know,” and “Native and Ornamental Conifers” — plus tree-themed gifts and even a baby tree. Donate $2 per ticket or three for $5 through Give Butter (under $10) or Network for Good ($10 or more) and forward your receipt to [email protected] to get your tickets, or drop by 422 Kerr. Drawing on Feb. 28.

Pet photo contest: Check out the College of Forestry Pet Photo Contest hosted by the FERM Department. There are five categories. The price is $1 per vote for your favorite. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Run the O’Course: How tough are you? Take a chance at running the NROTC Marine Obstacle Course and help support the OSU Food Drive. Join us from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 25 for your chance to get the best time of running the course. Cost is $5 pre-pay or $7 the day of event (all fees go to the Food Drive.) See the Facebook event for full details or contact Lauri Morris at [email protected].

Personalized poems for the OSU Food Drive: Want a personalized poem for yourself, a friend, a Valentine or anyone else? Want to support a great cause? Buy a poem from the Academic Success Center & Writing Center to support the OSU Food Drive. Complete this Google form to submit a request.

Pet photo contest: Think you have the cutest critter? Here’s your chance to prove it to the world. Enter the Extension Communications Pet Photo Contest with a minimum $5 donation for each photo. Send your photos to [email protected] by Feb. 24 along with your donation receipt from either Network for Good or Give Butter. Categories are Cutest, Funniest and Most Unusual. Winners will be notified at the end of the month and receive their prize.

BEE PB&J bar: BEE's annual PB&J bar is throughout the month of February thanks to a bread donation from New Morning Bakery in 116 Gilmore Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Suggested donation of $3. For more information, contact [email protected].

The Bird Walk is back: We’re live and on campus, bringing back the Bird Walk in all its glory. Join Amerie Lommen as she guides enthusiasts around the Corvallis campus, pointing out local birds and their habitats. Get in a good walk at lunch time and learn about nature right here at OSU. We have two sessions this year, Feb. 21 and Feb. 23. Donations are a minimum $5 per person. Email [email protected] for instructions and to reserve your spot.

School of Public Policy basket raffle: Buy some tickets to have a chance to win a variety of baskets put together by the School of Public Policy departments. The prizes will vary from a handmade quilted runner and placemat set to passes to mini-golf and bowling for the family (see the link for details or swing by Bexell 300A). Tickets are 3 for $5 with no limit and you get to choose which basket you would like a chance to win. Winners will be drawn and contacted on Feb. 27. If you would like to participate virtually, you can pay via Venmo @janicadobra and email [email protected] with which basket(s) you would like to put your tickets in the drawing for.

Step challenge: Did you know that the average American only walks 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day? However, the CDC recommends that adults should aim for 10,000 steps per day. Do you know how many steps you’re taking a day? Let’s take steps together to help the hungry. All proceeds will be donated to the Linn Benton Food Share. Join the Virtual Steps Challenge and see how many steps you can get in. The top two individuals who have the most cumulative steps between Feb. 1-28 will each receive a gift card (donated by staff).

Quilt and art raffle: The College of Forestry invites you to visit or stop by the help desk located in PFSC 209 to view raffle items and buy tickets.

College of Forestry 5K/10K virtual run: "Race to the Top Banana." You have the option to receive a T-shirt to commemorate your race. Your entry fee of $25 will go to the Linn Benton Food Share to help feed those in need in our community. Complete your registration by Feb. 22 and email [email protected] with any questions.

CCVM used book and DVD sale: Starting Feb. 1, come find your next great read or movie at the CCVM book and DVD sale. There is a large collection to pick from and books will continue to be collected. Checks can be made out to the Linn Benton Food Share. 

Printing and Mailing's Putt, Toss and Hook Tournament: Brush off your putting, bean bag tossing and/or ring hook skills, and win bragging rights and prizes. $5 for 8 putts, tosses or rings hooked. The highest scores and most accumulated points at the end of February wins. To enter and play just stop by Printing and Mailing's front office on Research Way any week day throughout the drive between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For questions, contact [email protected].

FWCS food drive raffle: Selina and Scott Heppell have once again offered a coastal fishing trip as the grand prize. Two other winners will win a beautiful gift basket designed by the department. $5 donation per entry ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. Drawing to be held March 1. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Take Note

NEW! Visualize Your Bibliography: Oregon State University Libraries and Press invites all OSU graduate students to submit to the Visualize Your Bibliography Competition; creatively display 20-plus sources used in a thesis, dissertation or other longform project. Submissions are due April 16 and prizes range from $250 to $750. Find out more at:

NEW! 30 years of service: Congratulations to John Selker, University Distinguished professor, for being honored for 30 years of service at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others who have reached this milestone by clicking on their name.

Volunteer opportunities: Join us once or weekly for a volunteer service project at Heartland Humane Shelter & Care, Room at the Inn, Parks & Recreation, Starker Arts Garden for Education(SAGE) and Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will be maintaining space for animals and a chance to play with them, providing emergency meals and housing, enhancing parks and trails and helping grow food for low income families. The OSU Community are the intended audience for this event. Register at

Oregon Digital: The Oregon State University Libraries and Press and the University of Oregon Libraries are excited to announce the launch of the new Oregon Digital. We’ve updated the look, feel and functionality of the site where we host unique digitized and born-digital collections from both institutions. This growing repository makes more than 500,000 items openly available for teaching, research and general browsing. OSU collections include historic photographs, yearbooks and the student newspaper. Visit

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Food Options - If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days or even weeks. Options for food storage include: Freeze dried foods, MREs, dehydrated foods and canned foods. More information can be found here:

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 summer 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 due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Faculty Staff Fitness: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness Spring registration opens March 1. See our spring schedule if you’d like to take a fitness class on campus. If you prefer to do your classes remotely please see our registration for FSF Online. Returning back to the schedule this spring is FSF’s TRYathlon on June 14. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

Graduate student research and writing residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for graduate student residencies at Shotpouch Cabin for this spring and summer. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Applications due Feb 27. Learn more and apply.

Join the Sexual Assault Awareness Month planning committee: Beginning next week, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education will be hosting weekly planning meetings for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We invite interested students and campus organizations to join us in creating a planning committee for SAAM to help envision, facilitate and support campus action and events throughout April. Sign up for the committee by Feb. 17 via


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EXTENDED! Specialist 2-Ext Relations: The Honors College invites applications for a half-time (0.5 FTE), 12-month position as the Design for Social Impact Multidisciplinary Program Administrator, Posting #P06459UF. Closes Feb. 27.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: The OSU Extension Service invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position to assist with the Master Gardener Program in Multnomah County. This is a full-time, 12-month, limited duration classified position. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #P04033UF. Closes Feb. 24.

NEW! Administrative Office Manager: The OSU Extension Marion County office invites applications for an Administrative Office Manager position based in Salem. This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position. This is an internal employment opportunity. Posting #P06502UF. Closes Feb. 27.


“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”  Langston Hughes

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 43, low of 33. Rain and snow tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow today, high of 40, low of 23. Chance of snow Wednesday.

Newport: Showers and windy today, high of 45, low of 39. Showers and breezy tomorrow.

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