Stay informed about COVID-19

COVID-19 website: To facilitate the ongoing sharing of information about the virus, Oregon State University has added a link on the OSU homepage to a new page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; updates on the latest federal travel restrictions; and previous university communications about the virus and other information. Additionally CDC information (including Spanish resources) can be found here: 

Benton County website: The Benton County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has launched Benton County Recovers, a new website dedicated to coordinating donations and volunteers for the COVID-19 pandemic response in Benton County. The website is available at A press release from Benton County with more detail is available here:


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. 

Emergency management: Oregon might have a PPE shortage 'for the next several months' (KPTV)

A global health expert with Oregon State University said the problem is that masks – unlike plastic face shields and other impermeable equipment – will block droplets containing the virus, but can’t block the virus itself from working its way through the mask, which is why they’re designed for single use only.

Social media posts and online searches hold vital clues about pandemic spread (Scientific American )

Oregon State University scientist Benjamin Dalziel, who is collaborating on research funded by Kinsa, says the system can accurately track the flu two weeks ahead of predictions by the CDC and could potentially track Covid-19 as well. On March 18, it began posting new data from its opt-in system about clusters of “atypical fevers” on its “Health Weather Map” at

More people buying food directly from farms during virus (Capital Press)

Heidi Noordjik, Oregon State University's small farms coordinator, said she thinks CSAs are also gaining traction because more people are cooking at home and thinking about how they can support local businesses and producers.

Experimental and luminous (New York Times)

The saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell is best known as a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. But even when operating outside that pan-stylistic group, his approach contains multitudes. When I reviewed Mitchell’s concerts at the Park Avenue Armory in 2019, I marveled at his solo-saxophone heroics and meditative chamber music designs. The composer’s latest record, released this week on the Wide Hive label, affords us an even broader view. (OSU Music’s Dana Reason performed as pianist on Mitchell's composition "Trio Nonaah" with members of the ReSounding Trio.)

Chris Pendleton to lead Beaver wrestling (OSU Beavers)

Chris Pendleton, one of the most successful collegiate wrestlers in the history of the sport, has been selected to lead the Oregon State program, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday. His appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.

OSU students should count primary residence on census, despite temporary moves due to COVID-19 (LIFE@OSU)

Current Oregon State University students who were residing in Corvallis or Bend before the emergence of COVID-19 should still be counting Corvallis or Bend as their primary residence on the 2020 Census, regardless of whether they have temporarily moved home due to the virus

Mark Mason Show (I Heart Radio)

Featuring OSU's Christopher McKnight Nichols and Alex Michels.

Today's photo

Today’s workspace: Pembroke Welsh Corgis Jeszabella, left, and Cei (Welsh for 'playful'), are working closely with their mom, Lisa Rogers, office specialist with the Department of Mathematics. She also has a cat named Jasmine who likes to hang out near her computer monitor. “I am grateful to be home with them for company,” Rogers said. Send your home workspace photos to Follow OSU Today on Instagram at and catch up on any workspace photos you might have missed so far.


Please be aware that in this quickly shifting environment, some events may be cancelled at the last minute and updates may not have been provided to OSU Today in time. 

Punch Through Pandemics spring course open to students, public: Punch Through Pandemics, starting March 30, is brought to you by Oregon State University's School of Psychological Science. This 10-week course is designed to harness the rich tools afforded by psychology to address the current and novel situation we are facing with COVID-19. The PSY 499 course is led by Kathy Becker-Blease, Regan A.R. Gurung, and Kate Gallagher. Students can enroll in an Ecampus or Corvallis section for credit, or sign up for the free public version through Canvas. Members of the public can also sign up for free. For more information, go to

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation via Zoom: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. visit to access each session. No experience necessary. All are welcome! Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of meditation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too.

EMT Department Seminar Series: Assistant Professor Anne ThessenDeveloping Semantic Technology for Toxicology Applications” March 31, 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Zoom -

Coping with COVID-19: Caring for Your Mental Health Live Stream Event Presented by CAPS: Abraham Sculley’s live-stream event for OSU will encourage and equip students to build a sense of belonging, especially during a time of physical distancing. He will share his own mental health story addressing the common myths of mental illness, ways to effectively combat stigma, and self-care tips for finding our new normal during this unprecedented time. Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Visit to access the live stream event. The event is limited to the first 500 participants. To obtain a video recording of the event with captioning email: For accommodations related to ability email at least 48 hours in advance.


CANCELLED: Mahler's 10th Symphony performance: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony’s May 19 concert featuring Mahler’s 10th Symphony has been cancelled. This decision was made in light of the COVID-19 situation, and to protect the health of both musicians and ticket holders. Patrons who have tickets to the concert are encouraged to donate the value of their ticket(s) to the Symphony Society, to help with our ongoing expenses. To make a donation of your ticket(s), please contact the Symphony Society at or 541-286-5580.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, to consider tuition rates, mandatory fees and student incidental fees for the 2020-21 academic year and summer session 2020. The board also will consider public safety and enforcement programming at OSU’s Corvallis campus, the university’s biennial capital funding request to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, updates to the educator equity plan required by state statute, the creation of schools within the College of Business, and other reports. The board will receive updates on the university’s COVID-19 response and on Oregon’s most recent legislative session. The board will hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. Given current COVID-19 guidance from the Governor’s Office, as well as university and health officials, the meeting will be hosted through a remote conferencing service. Members of the public can join the meeting by calling the toll-free number or connecting via the weblink provided on the agenda. The Finance & Administration Committee will meet from 8:30-9:45 a.m. that same day. Options for providing comments, agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: (541) 737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Kognito: Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress Training: College can be stressful at times and especially now! Build the confidence to talk with a student whom you’re concerned about. Be prepared to lead real-life conversations with students that build resilience, strengthen relationships and connect them with support. Visit to access the faculty/staff online training so you can recognize and support OSU students in distress. To access the student version visit: For questions contact Tessie Webster-Henry:

Health and Community Building Webinars: Join the Adventure Leadership Institute as we host several webinars around adventure, health and community building topics during the age of social distancing. Click the links to register: Hiking in the Age of Social Distancing, April 1 at 3 p.mNature and Health, April 7 at 5 p.m., and Community Building in the Age of COVID-19, April 15 at 3 p.m. Check out more of our webinars offered Spring term here. Questions? Contact Emily Abrams.

FSF online classes: Faculty Staff Fitness is now hosting online classes. Programs offered will include strength/weight training, gentle exercise, cardio kickboxing, swim land training, pilates and yoga, which will be tailored to your home environment with household equipment. $20 for an unlimited three-month package. Register here, and receive an invitation to join the page. New content will be added throughout the term to supplement your well-being while being away from your usual fitness routine. If you were already registered for Spring 2020 Faculty Staff Fitness classes, you have two options: Email and let us know that you want to sign up for our Online FSF programming and receive an account credit with the rest of your registration for future classes, or receive a full refund by emailing Contact Dee Gillen with questions about online classes or your account.

STEM Academy: STEM Academy is hosting a broad range of STEM Summer Day Camps from mid-June through early-August for students who will be entering 3rd-12th grades in the Fall of 2020. Registration for the summer program is open. Topics include: Transportation, Color Innovation, Coding, iINVENT, Web Design, Engineering, Computer Graphics, Cybersecurity, Biochemistry, Sketch Up, Computational Biology, Drones, Powered Machines, Science Exploration, Lego Robotics, Wildlife Science, and Computational Mystery of Board Games. For more information, or to register online, please visit For questions, call 541-737-8139 or email Scholarships available for many camps.

Take Note

NEW! Remote Advising Office Hours: To support the current transition to remote advising facing academic advisors and academic counselors, Jenesis Long is offering Remote Advising Consultations via Zoom. Bring your questions or specific situations for in-the-moment problem-solving this week (March 30-April 3): Daily 10 a.m. to noon, plus additional hours 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Join here. Additional resources for remote advising available in Canvas for Advisors

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information from IT in regards to working from home You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Annual Program Assessment Reports, New Due Date: As many faculty are adjusting their courses and student advising to remote delivery, we are extending the due date for undergraduate Annual Program Assessment reports, and Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO) reporting. The new due date is Monday, June 1. Please reach out to Tam Belknap or Heath Henry for questions about undergraduate reporting, or to Steph Bernell or Maureen Childers for questions about GLO reporting. Visit for tools and support.

Report Early, Report Often: Unfortunately, criminals and bad actors are responding with as much agility as the rest of us during our COVID-19 response. New fake cures, bad information, scams and phishing emails are popping up by the thousands. Please help us keep our OSU community safe. If you suspect that you have received a phishing email or been the victim of a compromised account, email as soon as possible. For more information on keeping your devices safe, check the Keep Learning, Keep Teaching, and Keep Working sites that are being updated regularly.

COVID-19 Resources for Families: With school closures and the need to work/teach/learn remotely, many OSU families are finding themselves home with their children and are unsure how to navigate this new way of work/life. The Family Resource Center has compiled some local resources and parenting tips/tricks that you may find useful during this unfamiliar time. We will continue to update this page as we find new information. Questions? Contact

New procedures for OSU Libraries: While entry to Valley Library and Guin Library is temporarily suspended, digital services will be used to support remote teaching and research, and the libraries will focus on delivering materials to all OSU students, staff and faculty on campus and off campus. For more info about how to access library resources and services during spring term, go to

Oregon State’s COVID-19 Unsung Heroes: We are looking for submissions from the community to highlight OSU employees and students who are not typically in the spotlight but are going above and beyond during this pandemic. For example, an employee who plays a key role in remote learning technology, someone volunteering on a disaster relief team or someone keeping university buildings operating when many people are working from home. Send your suggestions to and our staff may contact them to conduct remote interviews that we would feature in OSU Today and elsewhere.

Mindful @ Oregon State University is an e-newsletter that delivers a weekly care package of mindfulness tips, resources and events to your inbox. Curated by CAPS staff, the newsletter features a weekly guided meditation, learn more section, mindfulness challenge, OSU mindfulness event calendar and crowd-sourced knowledge and recommendations. Subscribe here:

List of K-12 earth sciences online learning resources now available: OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences has curated a list of online resources including map exploration, learning apps, and lesson plans for families to learn about Earth sciences together at home. Click here for more information.

Remote Teaching Canvas Template Available Faculty have access to a new Canvas course template that can be imported into empty Canvas course sites to help instructors rapidly prepare for Spring courses. The template homepage provides directions for use. Questions? Contact

Traffic & Maintenance

Transportation Services: Effective immediately, any valid OSU parking permit may be used in any zone (All A, B, C and R lots) until further notice. Please observe all other signs, as these still apply. Until further notice the Beaver Bus will not be running. The Transportation Services office in Adams Hall is currently closed to the public, but Transportation Services is still offering direct customer service through their online portal, telephone and email during normal business hours, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please go online to purchase parking permits or pay citations. 

30th Street closure: Work is scheduled to take place along SW 30th Street and Washington Way for repairs associated with a campus steam vault. Southbound SW 30th Street will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, March 30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. View the map for detour information. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Construction Manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.

A quick word from your OSU faculty (click on image to launch video)


"There's something dangerous about what's funny. Jarring and disconcerting. There is a connection between funny and scary." ~ Christopher Walken, who turns 77 today.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 49, low of 35. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow showers today, high of 43, low of 24. Chance of snow showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 47, low of 38. Showers likely Wednesday.

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