COVID testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology, is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to obtain a test at one of these locations: Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to have registered for a lab dash account prior to coming to test in order to save time: Bend: Ray Hall 302, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings.

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Considering use of blogging in your classes? See an in-depth guide to Teaching with Blogs including examples of course blogs. Faculty can create a course blog at OSU Wordpress. To ensure FERPA compliance when using blogging or other social media in teaching, familiarize yourself with the OSU Instructional Use of Social Media Policy.

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.

OSU-led sage grouse studies find mixed results from hunting restrictions in West (KTVZ)

The distribution and abundance of greater and Gunnison sage grouse species has steadily declined in the region over the last century. Conservation of the birds prompted research led by the Oregon State University Extension Service to determine whether hunting affects the birds’ population.

OSU's timeline to find a new president (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University leaders are pushing to announce a new president by May, with a July start date as a target.

Oregon State University Hemp Center receives $10M grant (High Times)

The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University announced last week that it has received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and define the economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States. (see also KQEN

How to harvest, cure and store pumpkins and squash so they'll last (Oregonian)

“Most squashes and pumpkins are warm-season crops and are susceptible to injury at temperatures less than 50 degrees,” said Gail Langellotto, an Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist and professor. “If left out in the garden too long, they may decay prematurely in storage.”

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Ocean's role in carbon cycling: Microbiology researchers at Oregon State University have shed new light on the mechanisms of carbon cycling in the ocean, using a novel approach to track which microbes are consuming different types of organic carbon produced by common phytoplankton species. For more information:


Party at the Plaza: Spiritual Life @ OSU is hosting a Party at the Plaza on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the SEC Plaza. Spiritual Life @ OSU serves our campus community by encouraging and cultivating transformative spiritual exploration, discovery and development. Connect with various religious, spiritual, and philosophical student clubs and organizations. Food. Yard Games. Fun. Find community.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Trauma-Informed College Teaching: Prepare, Respond, Restore," with Jeff Kenny, Ph.D. Increasing numbers of students are participating in higher education with complex trauma histories. Trauma history complicates our assumptions about the theory and practice of adult learning. This workshop will provide resources and skill building to prepare for, respond to and recover from expressions of trauma in the college classroom. ​For more information see Zoom sessions: Oct 12, 10-11:50 a.m.​ Get the Zoom link:

National Retirement Security Month: The month of October is National Retirement Security month. We have scheduled retirement savings education webinars during this month that are available to all OSU employees. We wanted to notify you ahead of time about the topics, dates and times so that you could register and plan to attend if these topics are of interest to you. For additional questions and to register please see: Fidelity webinars: Oct. 12; TIAA webinars: Oct. 13 and 15; Oregon Savings Growth webinars: Oct. 13 and 14.

TODAY! Beaver Family Connections – Healthy Family Meals for Fall: Join Julie Jacobs as she demonstrates easy, healthy fall meals for the entire family from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom. For more information contact Robynn Pease at [email protected].

Processing emotions: Two optional EAP sessions are scheduled for employees who wish to process the emotions related to resumption and the pandemic as a group. This will be facilitated by Fabiola Ruiz, a provider with OSU’s EAP Beyond Benefits. It will not be a space where OSU will be taking suggestions on re-opening, discussing the Pathway to Fall, etc., but a space for employees to process feelings and emotions related to the pandemic’s impact and the current transitions. The events take place Oct. 12, noon. Registration is required because the sessions are limited to 30 employees per a session by the EAP and it guarantees you a spot. If the sessions fill up we will schedule additional sessions. Employees who are seeking tools and coping strategies may find individual sessions with an EAP counselor more beneficial than these group processing sessions. There are also recorded webinars on topics related to the transition that provide coping strategy suggestions. They can be found at the OSU Beyond Benefits EAP website

People and Nature Lunch Series: Eric Wade (Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences) presents “The role of actor prominence and brokers in information-sharing networks in Jamaican small-scale fisheries.” Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 12:50 p.m. The lecture is free and open to all. To join the meeting, register at

Faculty & Staff Mind-Body Practice Group: Contemplative Studies and CAPS will offer simple, guided practices for grounding, relief and clarity amidst a busy day. Mindfulness, yoga and more inspire sessions, which are suitable for bodies and abilities of every kind. Join in-person at Dixon Lodge or via Zoom. Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 p.m.; begins Oct. 12. Registration required.

Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings: If you want to save more for retirement: Learn how to maximize your retirement savings, ways to save for retirement beyond your workplace savings plan, and steps you can take today to get prepared for retirement. Oct. 12,1 p.m., REGISTER NOW. Hosted by Fidelity.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for The Horticulture Fall 2021 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4000 or via Zoom. Serhan Mermer, Oregon State University Horticulture, will present, “Invasive pest species (spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug) and their management strategies.” The event is free and open to the public. Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

Introduction to PERS — Tier One and Tier Two more than 3 years to retirement: This presentation is ideal for Tier One/Tier Two members with more than three years to PERS retirement. Topics include a look at available resources, information about Online Member Services estimates, a review of retirement timelines, an explanation of working after retirement rules, detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP) and other information you may find useful as you move toward retirement. Oct, 12, 3-5 p.m. Register here for this workshop.

NEW! EMT Seminars: Dan Liefwalker will speak on “Metabolic Reprogramming as a Therapeutic Liability,” Oct. 12, 3:30 p.m. The Zoom waiting room will open at 3 p.m. Join Zoom meeting: Phone dial-in information: +1 971 247 1195 US (Portland).

Tree School Online: Due to the success we have had with Tree School Online, we are continuing to work with the Partnership for Forestry Education to continue Tree School Online. We will feature one class a month on the second Tuesday of each month from Oct. 12 through Feb. 8, 2022. The classes will continue to run from 3-4:30 p.m. The Tree School Online class guide contains all of the information on future and past classes (

College of Science Diversity Action Plan Launch: Come help launch the CoS Strategic Diversity Action Plan. We’ll have an overview of the Strategic Diversity Action Plan followed by small group discussions. Only OSU students will be in attendance. Masks required to be worn except for when eating or drinking. Oct. 12, 5-6 p.m., MU Ballroom. RSVP 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 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.

OSU Album Club: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. Album Club returns this fall in the remote meeting format to safely and conveniently connect campus and community in discussing some of the greatest music albums of all time. Join host Bob Santelli as we listen to and delve deep into the story of The Beach Boys 11th studio album, "Pet Sounds." Free and open to all. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register.


NEW! College of Science Graduate Student Appreciation event: Graduate students are critical in the College, helping us teach courses and advancing our research. Let’s honor their hard work in the MU Ballroom, Oct. 14, 5-7 p.m. We’ll have a short program and then enjoy wine, beer and good cheer. Masks required at this free OSU event for CoS graduate students.

NEW! Queer History Month with OSU Rainbow Connect Oct. 14: Celebrate Queer History Month, the OSU Pride Center's 20th anniversary and the launch of OSU Rainbow Connect LGBTQIA+ Alumni Network all at once. Join a virtual social filled with fun games and giveaways, laughter and connection with a vibrant and growing community. Oct. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Register for the online event.

NEW! Celebrate Homecoming at the OSUAA members’ pregame tailgater at the Alumni Center: Come home to cheer on the Beavs at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. With giveaways, family activities and entertainment, great food and beverages to purchase, and more, it’s the place to be. You can even rent a room for a private party. Open to all OSUAA members and their guest, OSUAA Orange & Black and Life members also receive VIP accommodations. Upgrade your membership to gain extra access. Catch all the fun at 1:30 p.m., before the Beavers play Utah in the Homecoming game, Saturday, Oct. 23. 

NEW! Yuji Hiratsuka: An OSU Retrospective. This art exhibition of work by OSU professor of printmaking Yuji Hiratsuka celebrates Hiratsuka’s 30-year career at OSU. Since 1992 he has been a professor of printmaking and drawing at Oregon State, and he plans to retire from OSU in 2022. Now through Dec. 10 in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery. Free, open to all. Face masks are required when indoors on the OSU campus. Memorial Union hours and parking information. Presented by the OSU Craft Center and the College of Liberal Arts.

The High Kings to perform at The LaSells Stewart Center: The High Kings are platinum-selling international artists who have sold out shows in Ireland and the U.S. The High Kings are noted for their rousing acoustic flavor of Celtic music they label “Folk and Roll.” Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. More information including how to purchase tickets.

The Emerald City Jazz Kings — I'm Glad There Is You: The song stylings of Johnny Hartman and Lena Horne. The Emerald City Jazz Kings, led by Glenn Griffith and featuring Shedd veterans Siri Vik and Bill Hulings, present the rich and diverse songbooks of jazz vocalist Johnny Hartman and legendary Hollywood entertainer Lena Horne. Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. More information including how to purchase tickets.

National Transfer Student Week: Get ready to celebrate OSU’s transfer students during National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18-22. Download a NTSW Zoom background and/or register to attend the Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices workshop. To see full list of activities and ways to get involved, visit or contact Erin Bird, Transfer Transitions Coordinator.  

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. Beginning Oct. 5, employees can sign up for the Oct. 19 clinic at: You must enter your insurance information in the portal.  It will state it is optional but for OSU employees it is not optional.  If you do not provide this your appointment time may be delayedThe 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.

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! Floor Monitor Training:  Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

NEW! Bioinformatics User Group (BUG): Cracking the agarikon code. Answering age-old questions about an ancient medicinal mushroom with Zolton Bair (Research Scientist, Fungi Perfecti). Wednesday Oct. 13, noon, online. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

NEW! Beaver Dads: Are you a dad that is working or studying at Oregon State University, or have a little one on the way? Are you looking to find other dads on campus? Join Tarron Anderson this Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom for community and connection with other dads. There is no specific agenda or topic, so bring your successes/challenges and questions/solutions. This group will meet every second Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Family Resource Center. For more information contact [email protected].

NEW! CQLS Seminar: TRACE COVID Community Surveillance Project. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., online. Join the CQLS listserv to stay up-to-date on information. TRACE-COVID-19 is an OSU public health project designed to gather timely information about the presence of the novel coronavirus in communities and at Oregon State University.

NEW! Fall Term Capital Projects Town Hall Webinar: Hear updates on the Community Hall Slope project and ongoing path-of-travel accessibility improvements on the Corvallis campus; the completion of a new academic building at OSU-Cascades — Edward J. Ray Hall; the restoration and updating of research-intensive Burt Hall following fire damage; and the renovation of the seawater system serving research facilities at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The webinar will feature updates from Andrew Ketsdever, interim vice president of OSU-Cascades; Anthony Koppers, associate dean for research in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Gabe Merrell, director of access and affirmative action; Bob Cowen, director of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center; and other OSU colleagues. A Q&A opportunity for students, faculty and staff will follow the presentation. Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. No registration required; please use this link to join the webinar.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Sarah Oktay, the director of Strategic Engagement for the University of California Davis’ Natural Reserve System, and Angelica E. Patterson, the Master Science Educator with Black Rock Forest, will be giving a seminar titled “The Next Best Thing to Being There: An Introduction to the Virtual Field for Field Stations and Marine Labs and a new RCN," Thursday Oct 14, 3:30 p.m. Please join us. Zoom link  or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information. 

NEW! The Sandwich Generation: Balancing Your Personal Life With the Needs of Your Older Parents or Loved Ones: Most of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more attention and time, and sometimes, our financial support as well. Caring for an older person can be complicated and few of us are trained for the many aspects of that care. Providing care for an elder is a very personal matter. No two situations are the same and there are no simple solutions. You can, though, benefit from following some practical suggestions. Balancing work, family and caregiving responsibilities can present some challenges. This workshop provides an overview of information to help the participant cope with their personal life while dealing with their elder’s needs. Oct. 14, 4 p.m. Register here

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Whole Genome Evolution, Gene Co-option, and Convergence Among the Carnivorous Plants” presented by Tanya Renner of Penn State University, Thursday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “Grape Smoke Exposure Impacts to Wine Quality.” Would you like to learn how smoke exposure alters wine quality and what current research is being conducted to provide solutions to the grape and wine industry? Join us Oct. 15, noon to 12:45 p.m. Register today.

NEW! Provost’s Lecture featuring David Eagleman: Join us for the next Provost’s Lecture featuring David Eagleman, American neuroscientist, author, and science communicator, on Oct. 27, 6 p.m., via Zoom. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation which brings renowned leaders to OSU to discuss topics of global significance. Register for the free virtual lecture.

NEW! Exploring E-Learning Tools Online Professional Development: Part of the College of Education’s popular E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate series, this six-week online course introduces you to essential tools for teaching/training online. Learn to choose technologies and applications to effectively support instruction and achieve learning outcomes. Register through Nov. 8. Hurry, space is limited. Learn more.

October Random Review: Robert Beschta of Corvallis will review "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter," as part of the Friends of the Library’s Random Review series on Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m. The program will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free but registration is required at Ben Goldfarb's "Eager" is an engaging look at the natural history of beavers and the negative impact their near eradication had on the environment of North America, particularly the Western United States. Beschta is professor emeritus in the Oregon State University School of Forestry's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "Cracking the agarikon code: Answering age-old questions about an ancient medicinal mushroom." Zolton Bair (Research scientist, Fungi Perfecti), Wednesday, Oct. 13 at noon via Zoom. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

She’s Got It: A woman’s guide to saving and investing. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

Career Panel: Becoming a Lawyer. Meet OSU alumni who are now practicing attorneys and discover what it is like to attend law school, prepare for the Bar Exam, and successfully launch your career. This virtual event will be held via Zoom, with time for a Q&A with our panelists. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Free. Open to all OSU students. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts Career Development Center. Register to attend on Handshake: or join the Zoom session at:

Library Student Review Board Special Meeting: Would you like to meet new people, learn about the library and get free swag? The first LSRB meeting of the 2021-2022 year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. over Zoom. This term, our meeting is an informal chat about what you would like to see at the library and meeting other students in the LSRB. If you would like to attend the meeting, please register here:

Fire Since Time Immemorial: An Indigenous Fire Chronology for Western Oregon. Increasing wildfires have encouraged fire planners to consider the use of fire through the centuries. Presenters David Harrelson, Dustin Hawks, and Amanda Rau will share a survey of creation stories, oral histories and more for the first talk in this year's Champinefu Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free and open to everyone. Register here.

FYI Friday – Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices. Transfer student success is essential for equitable outcomes in courses, programs and institutions. More than ever, we must be ready to support students who are navigating the often complex and challenging transfer transition. "Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices" is designed to not ask faculty and staff to add another “obligation” to an already full workload. Rather, the hope is to examine current methods with an eye toward identifying some possible new approaches, amplifying effective strategies and abandoning attitudes and behaviors that result in student disengagement. Through this session you will be asked to reflect on your own awareness and knowledge of transfer students, learn who our OSU transfer students are and collaborate to improve the ways in which our transfer students feel that OSU cares deeply about their success. Part of the Fall 2021 FYI Friday series; Friday, Oct. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

MEDICARE 101 virtual webinar: Join the OSU Retirement Association on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. for Medicare 101 with Wayne Kradjan, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, College of Pharmacy. Kradjan will give an overview of the definitions of the parts of Medicare, enrollment deadlines for Medicare, deferral for people who have employer health plans, Medigap plans, Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans and options available from PERS. Register today. For questions, contact [email protected]

OSU’s Office of URSA Research Ready Workshop – RSVP TO ATTEND: The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) invites students to join us and learn the steps to getting involved in research or creative work. URSA will show students how to identify a faculty mentor and share other resources available for emerging student researchers. Open for undergraduates from all disciplines and all years of study. Please RSVP to attend this workshop, held on Oct. 21 from 5-6 p.m. in Milam 318. Email [email protected] with questions.

Cybersecurity: Please join Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, USMC (retired) for an informative lecture to mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Lt. Gen. Reynolds has experience at the national level as the senior cyber leader in the Marine Corps and is a thought leader in information and influence. Her lecture will talk about the impact social media has on national security. The webinar is open to the public and will be held on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Please register for this event here:

Intro to Media for Teaching: Discover ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning in your Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop: Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., or Thursday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. Register now.

Take Note

NEW! Student entrepreneurship resources: Too many students miss the opportunity to discover and develop their entrepreneurial potential while they’re in college. The InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is working to change that – with your help. Join our fall class visit campaign via this quick Qualtrics form by Oct. 17. We’ll deliver a five-minute presentation of this slide deck to introduce students to the entrepreneurship resources we offer. Contact [email protected] with questions.

NEW! New issue of Campus Directions: Check out the latest issue of Campus Directions for construction and renovation updates, to read about a collaboration between OSU’s Landscape Shop and researchers from the College of Forestry to plant a small plot of aspens on the northwest side of George W. Peavy Forest Science Center, to follow along with site preparation progress for the new Arts and Education Complex, and more. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter. In future issues, Campus Directions will expand to share more about improvements, maintenance, operations, construction and safety on our Corvallis and Bend campuses.

NEW! Reminder! Alcohol Service Registration: When planning events that involve alcohol service, remember to consult OSU’s Alcohol Service Standard ( All events where alcohol will be served must be registered with Insurance and Risk Management Services ( Events must be registered at least 21 days prior to the event in order to allow adequate time for review and processing.

Call for Faculty Fellow: The Center for Teaching and Learning has issued a 2022 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow Call for Applications. The Fellow will coordinate a course redesign program and examine the structure of gateway courses. Nominations are sought from academic leadership (deans, directors and department heads) and applications will also be accepted directly from interested candidates by Nov. 1.

Human Resources Service Center: In order to increase efficiency and consistency, the service center Life Cycle team now has a new and updated single email inbox and Customer portal. Requests can be received directly into the TeamWork Desk portal here or sent to [email protected]. Any questions? Contact info - HR Teams.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: There has been a recent overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. All OSU employees count as public service employees and full-time employees may qualify for PSLF. They should contact the federal loan servicer FedLoan Servicing at 855-265-4038 to inquire about their qualifications for the program. Some items may be time sensitive so check your qualifications right away.

Opening the Conversation: Taking on Life After Cancer Together. Researchers at Oregon State University are working to evaluate a program that will help young adult breast and gynecologic cancer survivors and their partners communicate about and cope with relationship concerns after cancer. You and your partner will be randomly assigned to one of two programs, with 4-5 weekly sessions that will be delivered by a trained counselor via Zoom. You will learn skills to cope with and improve your relationship health after cancer. To be eligible for our study, you must have a history of breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosed between the ages of 18-39, and within 6 months to five years ago. We invite couples with any sexual orientation and gender identity to participate. This study is funded by the American Cancer Society. Go to or email [email protected] for more information. This study is being conducted by the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The principal investigator is Jessica R. Gorman.

Join a Conversation on Student Success: The Academic Success Center & Writing Center publish "The Success Kitchen" 1-2 times a term. It includes staff and student perspectives on success topics, interviews with campus partners, highlights of collaborations, and strategies and tools. Sign up by Tuesday, Oct. 12 to receive the next issue of "The Success Kitchen."

Coming Oct. 27, a call for proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant: OSU’s Affordable Learning Grant provides funding to adapt, adopt or author open educational resources, such as textbooks. An open textbook is licensed under an open copyright license and made freely available online for students, faculty and members of the public to use. Want to learn more? Join a workshop on the grant proposal process. For more information, contact Stefanie Buck

The sounds of fire safety: It is important to understand the different sounds your fire safety devices are telling you.  When you hear three loud, continuous beeps, that means smoke or fire. Get out and dial 9-1-1. When you hear four loud, continuous beeps, that means carbon monoxide is detected. Get out and dial 9-1-1. Chirping that happens every 30-60 seconds means to replace the battery or the device itself. Also, smoke detectors must be replaced after 10 years regardless of how they function. Reference website:

Stone Soup: Sign up to volunteer at Stone Soup Kitchen, providing meals to the homeless. WestM organizes volunteer shifts for Tuesdays during Fall, Winter and Spring terms. WestM coordinates volunteers from the OSU community (students, gaculty, staff, alumni, etc.) for these shifts. Stone Soup provides a hot meal 365 days a year to hungry people in Corvallis. Volunteers are currently needed. Online signup and information for Tuesdays is available at Other days of the week can be found at

Seeking participants for lactose intolerance research study: Are you lactose intolerant and interested in learning more about it? Consider participating in the research study that investigates the effects of prebiotics on the gut microbiome in lactose-intolerant individuals. Participants may receive up to $300 for the time committed to the study and information about their health. Follow this link to learn more about the study and how to get involved.

Traffic and Maintenance

Harrison Blvd resurfacing: As part of the 2021-22 Street Resurfacing Project along NW Harrison Boulevard, changes to access on NW Harrison Boulevard will remain in effect as follows: Oct. 1-12, Harrison Boulevard daytime closure, open overnight (Circle to 29th), and open on the weekends. The existing detour that utilizes 29th, and Grant will be expanded to include Witham and Circle. Detours will be signed. 35th Street at Harrison Boulevard will be closed during the daytime to allow the grinding and paving to occur. A traffic detour for the closure of 35th Street at Harrison will be Western to 15th to Harrison. This project is managed by the city of Corvallis. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Josh Bjornstedt.


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! Associate Director of Operations: University Housing and Dining Services is seeking an Associate Director of Operations. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing the in-house Custodial and Building Services program, Residential Conferences program, and Apartment and Family Housing program for University Housing & Dining Services. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty position. Posting #P04856UF. Closes Oct. 22.


“We are all our own graveyards, I believe; we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we're healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived, and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.” ~ Clive Barker

Corvallis: Frost and then mostly cloudy, high of 56, low of 42. Chance of showers Wednesday.
Central Oregon: Frost and then mostly sunny, high of 51, low of 34. Partly sunny Wednesday.

Newport: Slight chance of rain today, high of 54, low of 47. Chance of showers Wednesday.

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