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. Bend: Ray Hall 302, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

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

Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings.

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn effective ways to engage students in class? Top Hat is OSU's centrally-supported classroom response system that was used by nearly 17,000 students last year. Register for the Fall ‘21 Top Hat Workshop on Zoom, Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m., to learn how to get started with Top Hat and foster active learning. 

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.


Solar energy is a new cash crop for farmers — when the price is right (Christian Science Monitor)

A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University found that if America’s farmers could share just 1% of their farmland for clean power – about 13,000 square miles – it could produce as much as 20% of the country’s energy, renewably.

Grass found in Baltic amber (Science Daily)

Amber research by the Oregon State University College of Science has produced the first definite identification of grass in fossilized tree resin from the Baltic region, home to the world's most well-known amber deposits.

Medical mistrust fuels vaccine hesitancy among Hispanics (HealthDay)

A major concern among the study participants was the myth that COVID-19 vaccination causes sterility, the Oregon State University researchers found. That fear has a historical basis due to previous forced sterilization programs by the U.S. government, according to Jonathan Garcia, an associate professor in the university's College of Public Health and Human Sciences.


OSU-Cascades to hold drive-thru, walk-up clinics for flu shots, COVID-19 vaccinations (KTVZ) 

Oregon State University–Cascades will host free flu shot and COVID-19 vaccination clinics for faculty, staff, students and Central Oregon community members on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 13.

OSU receives diversity award for fourth consecutive year (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University received an award for the fourth year in a row recognizing its equity, inclusion and diversity efforts on campus.

It's time to think about harvesting seeds for next year's garden (Oregonian)

“Saving seed can be really fun and is a great way to learn about plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “If you choose the right types of vegetables, you can keep them going year after year without buying them again.”

Study on foot and mouth disease among African buffalo offers understanding on pathogens (Nature World News)

A new study from Oregon State University on foot-and-mouth disease in South Africa's buffalo gives an explanation on how certain highly contagious pathogens are capable of persisting and getting to an endemic stage in a population, long after the pathogen have burned through their first pool of vulnerable hosts. (see also Vet Times)

Webinar looks at human impact on Oregon coastal landscapes (Tillamook Headlight Herald)

William Robbins, a professor of history from Oregon State University, discussed how market-related values reshaped the ecology and landscape of the coastal environment. This began with the Europeans’ presence becoming dominant around 170 years ago.

Corvallis Arts Center exhibits optimism in climate science (Mail Tribune)

Bachelet leads the exhibition “What Will Nature Do?” as an Oregon State University climate scientist and participating artist.

Today's photo

Leafy rainbow: Gosia Wojtas, Graduate Administrative Program Assistant with the College of Education, says, “Sending you one of my most recent fall foliage photos, taken this past weekend in my neighborhood here in Corvallis.” Have a photo of some beautiful fall foliage where you are? Send your photos to [email protected]  to share them with the OSU Today community.

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


PERS/Oregon Savings Growth 2021 Expo: Attend the PERS Expo 2021 on Oct. 5-6 online. The theme of Expo 2021 is "Your Gateway to a Secure Retirement." You can register for the Expo here.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: “Emotionally Intelligent Teaching” with Shauna Tominey, The past year has been like no other. With a global pandemic, heightened attention to racial justice, political divides and natural disasters, students are on an emotional rollercoaster (and instructors are, too). Join Shauna Tominey to discuss strategies for emotionally intelligent teaching that can be applied in many different class contexts toward recognizing the impact of stress on learning and building meaningful connections with students. Oct. 5, 10-11:50 a.m. via Zoom,​ For more information see

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. 5, noon and 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

Turn Your Savings into Retirement Income: If you’re planning to retire within the next few years: Learn the benefits of a retirement income plan, factors to consider when transitioning your savings into income and ways to develop a retirement plan that suits your goals and lifestyle. Oct. 5, 1 p.m. Register now. Hosted by Fidelity.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for The Horticulture Fall 2021 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4000 or via Zoom. On Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m., Aaron Anderson of Oregon State University Horticulture will present, “What I did this summer: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

No Such Thing as Perfect Parent: Today’s diverse society makes it difficult to describe a typical family situation or define what characteristics make a “perfect parent.” Culture, values, beliefs, emotional disposition and the environment in which a person was raised all influence parenting techniques. In an effort to be perfect, new parents will frequently try too hard to protect their child from any adverse experiences or go to great lengths in an attempt to please their children. This type of well-intended “perfect parenting” can lead to unanticipated problems. This workshop will address these problems and suggest ways to let go of perfection and seek a balanced parenting approach. Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Register here.

PERS Retirement Readiness — Tier One and Tier Two (hired before Aug. 29, 2003) within 3 years of retirement: This presentation is ideal for Tier One/Tier Two members who are within three years of PERS retirement. Topics include a step-by-step review of a PERS estimate of retirement benefits, retirement options and retirement timelines; guidelines on completing the retirement application; an explanation of working after retirement rules; detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP); and a list of available resources. Oct. 5, 3-5. p.m. Register here for this workshop.

Department of Integrative Biology Special Seminar: Marilyn Ramenofsky, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, UC Davis will present a seminar, "Migration Studies Through the Lenses of Migrant and Resident Comparisons and Seasonal Stages of Spring and Autumn," on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m. in hybrid format. The in-person location will be JOHN 102 and the Zoom webinar link is Please contact Tresa Bowlin at [email protected] for passcode. For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, please go to

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.

Oregon Public Universities Virtual Benefits Fair: Retirement programs, PEBB plans and Health and Wellness Programs. Oct. 5-14. Information is live now. Live webinars, door prizes and ways to connect with vendors to ask individual questions: list. (Save the date for webinars you wish to attend.)

NEW! 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. 5, 6, 11, 12; TIAA Webinars: Oct., 6, 8, 13, 15; Oregon Savings Growth Webinars: Oct. 13 and 14; PERS/Oregon Savings Growth 2021 Expo: Oct. 5 and 6.


NEW! OSU Little Gallery: Breaking Misconceptions. A senior thesis show by OSU art student Julianna Southers. Sept. 27-Oct. 22 (during regular campus business hours). Reception to be held Oct. 7 from 4-6 p.m. Free and open to all. The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. Contact [email protected] for more information or to request accommodations relating to a disability.

NEW! President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs hosts Fall Welcome. New faculty and staff (hired since fall 2019), members of PCSBFSA, and members of AFAPC are warmly invited to our Fall Welcome social event for refreshments and great conversation with OSU colleagues. Fall Welcome will be hosted in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center outdoor tent on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. This event will center new Black employees. Please direct questions to Sara Smith ([email protected]) or Terrance Harris ([email protected]). RSVPs are appreciated: PCSBFSA Fall Welcome 2021.

NEW! 100 Reasons to Stay Alive: When times get hard, it is important to be reminded of all of the beautiful things that life has to offer. 100 Reasons to Stay Alive is a walk-through, interactive exhibit of some of the reasons life is beautiful. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to think about your personal reasons and the meaning they hold for you. Visit this year’s exhibit: The Valley Library Lawn, daily from Monday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 15. Inspire: Share your reason and be featured on the event website and in future exhibits: For additional information contact Tessie Webster-Henry at [email protected].

NEW! Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Please join us on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. for Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021. Our featured speaker this year is Buddy Lane, OSU alumni and Cultural Education Director for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. We are also joined by Steven Paul from the First Indigenous Nations Society and Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber. Register at: For accommodations related to a disability, please contact [email protected] or 541-737-9036. Sponsored by the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws in partnership with the City of Corvallis.

NEW! Join Community Engagement & Leadership for Beavs Volunteer group service projects: Projects address multiple social issues alongside community partners: Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Parks & Rec, Room at the Inn and Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). Help grow food for families that cannot afford it, provide emergency meals and housing, enhance parks and trails, maintain space for animals (with doggie playtime) or work toward affordable housing. Register:

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! Homecoming Classes of 2020 and 2021 Celebration: There’s no better time than Homecoming to experience the thrill of returning to Corvallis as Beaver alumni. Join OSUAA for a special celebration during the Block Party on Gill Plaza (across the street from the Beaver Store) on Saturday, Oct. 23. Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who check in at the exclusive OSUAA table will score a free giveaway and the chance to win a gift basket valued at over $250. Plus, anyone who renews their OSUAA membership onsite will receive five additional entries into the raffle. This is sure to be a Homecoming you won’t forget. More details:

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board will meet from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider items recommended for action by its committees, the board’s 2022 work plan and the preliminary timeline and process for the next presidential search. The board also will hear a report and host a panel discussion with faculty and others on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice. Committees of the board will meet from 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at Trustees will also hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to discuss governance roles, responsibilities, shared governance and to discuss key elements of the next presidential search. Members of the public may view the meetings and retreat at For accommodations, please contact: 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance. 

National Work & Family Month: The Month of October was established by Alliance for Work-Life Progress as National Work & Family Month (NWFM) in 2003. It is a month of dedication to ensure that the worlds of both work and family are in balance in each person’s life. OSU’s NWFM is brought to you by the Family Resource Center & Human Resources. To check out a listing of all the events taking place, visit

Finding the Light: Giustina Gallery presents “Finding the Light,” an exhibit of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild. The exhibit features black-and-white and color photographs that interpret the opening lines of Amanda Gorman's poem that she read at the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. Exhibit runs Oct. 1-30, at the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. Learn more including hours of operation.

American Strings: An Evening with Shook Twins. Join host Bob Santelli for a conversation and live performance with the rising stars of American folk rock, Shook Twins, as American Strings launches a brand-new season outdoors on the Student Experience Center plaza. American Strings brings renowned artists from around the U.S. to Corvallis and OSU for an in-depth look at how and why stringed instruments play such a profound role in American music. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Face coverings are required. There is also an opportunity to watch the event remotely via a livestream at

Breaking Misconceptions: Multimedia Artist Julianna Souther presents her senior thesis show, Sept. 27-Oct. 22. Artist talk and reception, Oct. 7, 4-6 p.m. The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. Free.

President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs hosts Fall Welcome: New faculty and staff (hired since fall 2019) are warmly invited to our Fall Welcome social event for refreshments and great conversation with OSU colleagues. Fall Welcome will be hosted in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center outdoor tent on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Please direct questions to Sara Smith ([email protected]) or Terrance Harris ([email protected]). RSVPs are appreciated: PCSBFSA Fall Welcome 2021.

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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Information Session: Get Involved with Community Engagement & Leadership: Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) is offering a series of 30-minute info sessions during Weeks 2-6 of Fall Term for students interested in learning about our events and offerings. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn how to get involved and meet some of the student staff working in CEL. All sessions will take place in SEC 250. Register at

NEW! Bat Conservation Defense Seminar: Join Rachel Handy, eCampus student in the department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, for her PSM defense on "Collaboration with wildlife rehabilitation centers to enhance bat care, research, and conservation." She will speak on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. via Zoom: Click here for the link. 

NEW! Casting a wider net: Building more resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest. Angee Doerr will give this week's Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences departmental seminar. The speaker flyer is attached, and this free seminar meets 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in person in Crop Science 122 and online via Zoom (  

NEW! Medicare 101 presentation: SHIBA. New to Medicare? Join this session as a SHIBA — Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance representative — explains the basics of Medicare. This session will help you to understand coverage provided by basic Medicare (parts A and B); recognize critical deadlines; understand actions to take to avoid penalties; understand the choices and trade-offs for supplemental insurance (Medigap plans and  Advantage Plans), which includes details on PERS plans; and understand prescription drug coverage with Medicare. Understand when you can and cannot make changes. Takes place Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m. Register here for this workshop.

NEW! All About OPSRP: This presentation is ideal for members at any stage of their careers who began their PERS-covered career after Aug. 28, 2003. Topics include membership and vesting requirements, information regarding Online Member Services and estimates, retirement eligibility, detailed information about the Individual Account Program (IAP), and member resources. Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m. Register here for this workshop.

NEW! Teaching workshop on using informal writing to promote active learning: Sarah Tinker Perrault, WIC Director, will give a 50-minute interactive workshop on how to use informal writing to enhance student learning in all disciplinary areas and at all levels (lower division through graduate classes). The workshop will take place via Zoom (register for a link) on Monday, Oct.  11, from noon to 12:50 p.m.

Get Started and Save for the Future You: If you want to get started in your workplace savings plan, or to save more: Learn the benefits of your workplace savings plan, how to enroll, and small steps you can take to save more. Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Register now. Hosted by Fidelity.

Inside Money: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

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

Meditation as Embodied Practice: A Nine-Month Training. OSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiative offers an experiential, progressive program for those interested in learning a meditative arc of development. Includes instruction, practice, readings and community. Thursdays 6-8 p.m on Zoom. Guided by Audrey Perkins and Kate Gallagher. Priority registration: Oct. 7; begins Oct.14. $700 for community members; $400 for faculty and staff; $200 for students.

The 2021 Campbell Lecture: "Motor competence, a building block that supports healthy developmental trajectories in children," presented by Professor Leah E. Robinson from the University of Michigan, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in HFC 115 and online. This lecture is hosted by the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We'll also discuss OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 11, Nov. 17, Feb. 3, Mar. 24, Apr. 18 or May 22.

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 (

Navigating Workplace Conflict Workshop in Corvallis: Developed by University Ombudsperson and conflict management expert Sue Theiss, this one-day workshop focuses on essential elements of managing interpersonal, small group and organizational conflict. By the end, you will have a good understanding of how to successfully navigate conflict and you’ll have the tools to help you create real change through inclusive processes. Oct. 21. Secure your seat here:

Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free virtual class for researchers, entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea or technology that could become a sellable product or service but aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market and more. Iterate consists of four workshops on Wednesdays that build on each other: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, all from 3-4:30 p.m. Learn more and register:

Take Note

NEW! 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.

NEW! Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for the Corvallis campus, OSU-Cascades campus, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and OSU at EOU. Included are important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

NEW! Resources to Stay Safe Online: It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education has some great resources to keep you and your community safe from cyberbullying, along with safe shopping, social media, gaming and other tips. Check out their useful info at We want to help keep you safe. This message brought to you by the Office of Information Security, partnering with you to Defend Our Cyber Dam.

NEW! 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

Togetherall: New mental health resource for OSU students. Togetherall is a safe, online community to share anonymously and get support to improve mental health and well-being. The Togetherall community is available 24/7 and is monitored by licensed mental health practitioners. Join the community and learn more at

Participants wanted for a short-term vegetable sprout research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 18-60, non-smoking, not pregnant or breastfeeding, without diabetes, heart disease or stroke, bariatric surgery, kidney, thyroid or intestinal problems, you may qualify. The study lasts 72 hours. Volunteers will receive $150. PI: Emily Ho, Ph.D. Title: "Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake." Contact us at [email protected], 541-737-5049 or visit for information and online screener. 

International Friendship Program Registration Open: The International Friendship Program is a conversation partner program that provides support and opportunities designed to assist OSU international students and scholars during their adjustment period by connecting them with friends from the community. Register here by Friday Oct. 22. International students, international scholars, OSU community members and Oregon community members are welcome.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Earthquake. Experts predict that the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will occur within our lifetime. The projected magnitude is 9.0, with shaking lasting for 5-7 minutes. The Oregon coast will also experience a tsunami (30-40 foot wave) that follows the earthquake. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

Apply for FY22 PCOSW scholarship and project funding: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Apply by Friday, Oct. 29. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application link. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Volunteer service projects: Join Community Engagement & Leadership for Beavs Volunteer group service projects.  Projects address multiple social issues alongside community partners: Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Parks & Rec, Room at the Inn and Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). Help grow food for families that cannot afford it, provide emergency meals and housing, enhance parks and trails, maintain space for animals (with doggie playtime), or work toward affordable housing. Register:

ID Center realignment: The OSU ID Center, previously in the Controller’s Unit, is now part of OSU’s Department of Public Safety. This transition aligns with the university’s Community Wellness, Education & Safety Network shared goals to support students and employees and advance public safety. The ID Center supports students, staff and faculty by providing OSU ID cards, badges, door access and support for Orange Cash, and will continue to be located in the Memorial Union. 

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with information from SAIF on how to help your employees stay resilient at 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.

Part-time Faculty Benefits: New this fall, related to SB 551, actively working part-time faculty working at least half-time at a single public institution of higher education or in aggregate at multiple public institutions of higher education in Oregon (Public Community College or University) during at least three of the four previous academic terms may be eligible for employee only, medical only insurance coverage. Please note current members and dependents in PEBB/OEBB plans are not eligible for this coverage. For more details regarding eligibility please visit the website here

Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment for PEBB Benefits begins next week on Friday Oct. 1 and ends Sunday Oct. 31. Participation in Open Enrollment is mandatory this year. This includes newly enrolled employees who have or will have active PEBB coverage on or before Oct. 1, and employees that opt-out of PEBB medical for the cash incentive. Detailed information can be found here: OSU Open Enrollment Website. 

Calling all students and faculty: We have a short 8 or 9 years left to take meaningful steps on behalf of our warming planet. OSU is committed to reaching carbon neutrality and has exciting efforts completed, underway and on the horizon. OSU leadership wants to share the carbon neutrality vision with the community and hear from you. Check out the draft Path to Carbon Neutrality (link to download the document is at the top of the feedback survey) and give your feedback today. Registration is also open now to hear, at a live session via Zoom, about our path forward. Please mark your calendars: The forum is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. 

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.

EXTENDED! Student Graphic Designer: The Linus Pauling Institute invites applications for a part-time (maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Outreach Assistant in graphic design. Posting #P07861SE. Closes Oct. 11.


“I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring.” ~ W. S. Merwin

Corvallis: Rain likely, high of 61, low of 44. Isolated showers Wednesday.
Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 68, low of 38. Patchy frost and then sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Rain, high of 61, low of 47. Scattered showers Wednesday.

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