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 page that provides detailed and up-to-date COVID-19 information; links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

TRACE OSU testing: OSU is holding random weekly COVID-19 TRACE OSU testing of students, faculty and staff on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Free parking will be provided to those working remotely to come to the Corvallis campus for testing. Testing will continue throughout fall term. Here is a link to enroll.

NEW! Teaching Principle: Begin each module with an overview page and/or weekly announcement that lists the module’s learning activities and expected time required to complete tasks. Find out about Canvas Faculty Tools. See all the Remote and Blended Course Design and Teaching Principles

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. 

Wildfires in Oregon, California revive debate over spotted owl protection (Washington Post)

“We have crippled the whole process to do effective federal land management there,” said John Bailey, professor of forestry and fire management at Oregon State University.

These wasps have been killing cockroaches for 25 million years; scientists find 4 ancient species trapped in amber (International Business Times)

The ensign wasp is known to be a proficient killer of cockroaches. Scientists from the Oregon State University have discovered four new species of the insect in fossilized amber from 25 million years ago, thereby, providing evidence that the parasitic wasp has been a cunning devourer of cockroaches for millions of years. (see also KTVZ)

How will the West Coast forest fires affect the 2020 vintage (Forbes)

The impact of extended smoke exposure varies by varietal, the wine style produced and several other factors. To better understand the impact of the West Coast forest fires on the 2020 vintage I recently spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Tomasino, Associate Professor of Oenology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University. Dr. Tomasino and her colleagues have been working with the Oregon wine industry to determine the impact of the smoke damage and design protocols for measuring and mitigating the damage.

Study finds recreation websites lacking in disability inclusion (Inside Higher Ed)

A group of kinesiology researchers at Oregon State University -- Anna M. Bruning, Bradley J. Cardinal and Winston Kennedy -- examined 24 campus recreation websites for terminology and images inclusive of students with disabilities. The researchers found “large variability” in the use of inclusive language across the websites, “with one university continuing to use the outdated term ‘handicap.’ Two universities accounted for nearly 40 percent of the observed frequencies of the 11 terms investigated.” (see also Medical Xpress)

Older patients at risk when dentists prescribe opioids (Health Day)

Even though electronic health records have improved in recent years, dentists often don't have their patients' full medication history, and patients may not remember every medication they're taking, the Oregon State University (OSU) researchers noted.


It's time to plant garlic in Oregon; here's what you need to know (Oregonian)

Garlic roots develop in the fall and winter, and by early spring they can support the rapid leaf growth that is necessary to form large bulbs, said Chip Bubl, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

City of Bend, OSU Extension Service offer landscaping tips during a drought (KTVZ)

When planting, proper plant choices can set a landscape up for success in the challenging Central Oregon environment. Resources like the OSU Extension publication WaterWise Gardening for Central Oregon and the Hollinshead WaterWise Demo Garden can provide ideas.

Today's photo

Today’s view: “My office view is not the best, but the view from my breakroom is great,” says LaRae Wallace, fiscal coordinator for the OSU Research Office. We've seen lots of your workspaces. Now it's time to see the view from your windows (or decks or balconies). Submit photos of your view (please don't include photos of people without their permission) and send it in an email to Follow OSU Today on Instagram at and catch up on any workspace photos you might have missed so far. 


NEW! CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: From Teflon to Velcro: Making Content Stick: Frustrated with blank looks from students when asked to recall previously taught material? Learn how to present content so that it sticks in your students’ memories rather than slipping away like food on a chemical-coated frying pan. Presentation by Satoris Howes, professor with the College of Business. Live session Sept. 29, 10-11 a.m., Password: CTL. Recordings of each session will be available the following Friday ( Handouts, materials and resources: 

“Laughter is Timeless:” September’s Beyond Benefits Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webinar focuses on stress reduction related to laughter, humor and play. Professional comedians shouldn’t be the only people to use smiling, laughter, humor and play as part of their daily routine. These skills are valuable for everyone. A good smile has long been a key tool for anyone who needs to influence others. Laughter is now shown to improve our pain tolerance. Humor and play can be the building blocks of problem-solving. Together they can improve our happiness and effectiveness. Sept. 29, 10 a.m. To register:

Investment webinars: The Maps Credit Union CFS investment team is conducting a Weekly Webinar Series on a variety of investment topics that include current market updates. This is one way to educate yourself without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home. Tuesday, Sept. 29, noon, ABC + D of MedicareWednesday, Sept. 30, noon, When is your Retirement Date?Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., PERS and Retirement Planning (Tier 1 & 2). These are not OSU events but are tailored to OSU clients and during normal circumstances are held on campus. There is no charge.

Apply now for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects - $20,000 each - to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Applications are due Nov. 1. To register for one of the info sessions, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto,

Student Engagement Community of Practice: This group is open to all and focuses on building community for professionals who work with students outside of the classroom. This month’s topic is staying engaged in Zoom, and how we can create an environment with our students to increase their remote engagement. Tuesday, Sept. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. via this Zoom link. We meet the last Tuesday of every month from 3-4:30 p.m. Join our listserv or contact Gabs James or Sara Caldwell-Kan for more information.

BEavers HERE NOW: Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of mediation include: Stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management & happier relationships. Sessions take place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Register at:

Southern California Connections: The OSU Alumni Association’s new virtual regional networking events continue Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom. All students, alumni and friends are welcome for an important conversation on the topic of self care. Share your experience, connect and network with others in your field, find new friends, get help with career searches or simply socialize. Plus, learn about professional career guidance and other resources available just for Beaver Nation. See a calendar of upcoming events and register at


NEW! KBVR airing worldwide music exchange: As part of World College Radio Day on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 10 a.m., KBVR-FM will be airing the International Local Music Exchange, a partnership with college radio stations across the country in which they play each other’s local music. Help support local musicians! Airs on 88.7 FM and

Portland Connections: The OSU Alumni Association’s new virtual regional networking events continue Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom. All students, alumni and friends are welcome for an important conversation on the topic of self care. Share your experiences, connect and network with others in your field, find new friends, get help with career searches or simply socialize. Plus, learn about professional career guidance and other resources available just for Beaver Nation. See a calendar of upcoming events and register at

Art About Agriculture Reception: Join in-person or online for the reception of the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2020 Art About Agriculture Competition and Exhibition: Tension/Harmony. Thursday, Oct. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Guistina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center, OSU. More information and reservations for this event can be found at:

Cyber Security Awareness Month Kickoff: October is Information Security Awareness Month. Join us to learn about upcoming Information Security events happening this month, and engage in a strong passwords activity. Open to all university employees and students. Part of the Fall 2020 FYI Friday series, Oct. 2, 3-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration required

Flu shot clinics: OSU will be hosting flu shot clinics in Corvallis and Bend in October for employees and students. The process will look different this year to comply with COVID-19 requirements. Corvallis campus dates are Oct. 1 and Oct. 14 in the MU Ballroom. Complete the online registration process at The online registration process collects information ahead of time and enables you to schedule appointments. Complete all three steps in order to successfully schedule an appointment. On the final step, use the zip code 97331 to access the OSU Flu Shot Clinics. For OSU-Cascades, dates are Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Drive-up and appointment options will be available. Graduate Research Center (GRC) – Drive-Thru option only; and covered walkway outside of Obsidian Hall  Walk-In Clinic. For more information about options and logistics for the Flu Shot Clinics in Bend please contact For more information visit this website.

Open Enrollment for 2021 PEBB Benefits is right around the corner: It will be held Oct. 1-31. Participation in Open Enrollment is optional for all employees this year. There are still some very good reasons to participate in the process. Employees can use this matrix PEBB created to help them decide if they want to participate in Open Enrollment to make changes, updates, or enroll or re-enroll in certain benefits. Detailed information about plan changes and Open Enrollment guidance can be found at: OSU Open Enrollment website:

Fall Career Days: Student registration is now open. Oregon State University Fall Career Days are going all virtual, using Handshake. Click the fair link below, to register and sign up for 1:1 and group info sessions with employers like Fast Enterprises, Lucid, Avalon, Lease Crutcher Lewis and many more. Oct. 21: Civil and Construction Engineering Fair; Oct. 22: STEM Fair and Natural Science, Earth, and Environmental Fair; Oct. 28: Fall Career Fair; Oct. 29: Agricultural Career Fair; Nov. 18: Forestry Career Fair. As you prepare for the fair, it’s important that you register for employer sessions in advance. You can only attend sessions you registered for. Check out this article to learn how to register.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Protected Leave for Supervisors: Join OSU’s Protected Leave Officer Whitney Brown for a presentation regarding protected leave information for supervisors including information about expansions to both federal (FMLA) and state (OFLA) protected leave programs related to COVID-19. Oct 5, 10 a.m. Register in advance for this webinar:
NEW! Protected Leave for Employees: Join OSU’s Protected Leave Officer Lori Schmidt for a presentation regarding protected leave including information about expansions to both federal (FMLA) and state (OFLA) protected leave programs related to COVID-19. Oct 6, 2 p.m. Register in advance for this webinar:
NEW! Parental Leave: Join OSU’s Protected Leave Officer Whitney Brown for a session explaining Parental leave options at OSU. Oct 9, 9:30 a.m. Register in advance for this webinar:

Virtual Lecture with Lewis Semprini: A Treatment System for Groundwater Contamination — How Research at Oregon State University is Contributing to Sustainable and Passive Remediation Methods. Oct. 1, noon to 1 p.m. (PT). Free and open to the public. Semprini, distinguished professor of environmental engineering, leads the College of Engineering’s Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative. For more information and to register:

Racism lecture: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences announces the 2020 Bray Health Leadership Lecture featuring Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, PhD, MPH, a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring and addressing the impacts of racism on the nation’s health and well-being. “Racism is a public health crisis: Now that we see, what do we do?” will be held live via Zoom from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. For more information and to register, visit the college’s website.

2020 Distinguished Lectures: David Williams, Distinguished Professor, and Helen P. Rumbel, Professor for Cancer Prevention, Eat-Live Eat-Die: Carcinogens and Anti-Carcinogens in Food, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. Zoom registration. Yuji Hiratsuka, Distinguished Professor of Art, The Art of Print Making: Process and Content, Oct. 7, 5 p.m. Zoom registration

Research Ready Workshop for Undergraduates: Encourage undergraduates to register now for the Office of URSA’s campus-wide Research Ready Workshop on Oct. 7, 5-6:30 p.m. Students who attend this workshop will explore options for getting involved in undergraduate research, learn how to identify potential research mentors, and hear from a panel of undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors.

From NFL star to athletic organization founder: The Changemakers live webcast series, hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, kicks off its first episode with Jacquizz Rodgers. Following a successful football career with the NFL and OSU Football, the Beaver alumnus founded the Jacquizz Rodgers Foundation to benefit student-athletes and local families. Join the conversation with CLA Professor Susan Shaw and Jacquizz at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

Core Curriculum for Current OSU Supervisors and Managers: This workshop consists of online modules followed by 4 half-days of classroom training via Zoom. Topics include the performance management cycle (position descriptions, expectations/standards, engagement, appraisals, and integration), equal employment and affirmative action, ADA, discrimination and misconduct, safety and compensation, and supervising represented employees. Oct. 12-15 via Zoom, 8:15 am to noon each day. Registration required (open until 10/8). 

CAPS Group: Building Anti-Racism Stamina as a White Person: Given the systemic racism that continues in all levels of our lives – intra-personally, inter-personally, institutionally, and structurally – this group will focus on building mental stamina to examine and deconstruct racism within ourselves as White-identified people, and the institutions that we are a part of. Meets via Zoom Thursdays 3:30-4:45 p.m. starting Oct. 15. Contact or to join.

Beavers SAVE Lives: Learn how to reach out and help a friend. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death. This workshop will provide the skills you need to effectively help or intervene with a friend or family member who is considering suicide. Live via Zoom on Oct. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m.: register at For Nov. 3 session, register at For additional information or ability-related accommodation requests, contact

Search Advocate Workshops: More OSU Search Advocate workshops are now available by Zoom. Search advocates are outside process advisors who participate on employee search committees; their goal is to encourage culture and practices that favor equity, validity and diversity. Search advocacy offers faculty and staff an opportunity to work with colleagues in other parts of the university, build new skills and perspectives, and contribute to the university’s progress towards inclusive excellence. The initial workshop series is a sequence of four 4-hour Zoom workshops. Those who complete the series may choose to have their names added to the Search Advocate Directory and will be eligible to serve as advocates until September 2021. Three-hour continuing education workshops for current advocates are also available. To register, go to the Professional Development website. Questions? Contact Anne Gillies at or 541-760-6160.

Save the Date: Provost’s Lecture Series: The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation to bring renowned thinkers, artists, designers and leaders to OSU to engage the community on topics of global significance. Please mark your calendar for Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Nov. 12, and Mae C. Jemison on Feb. 4, 2021. Registration information is available here.

Take Note

NEW! Correction regarding pay: Below is specific information regarding pay for those classified employees who were required to work onsite during the time period when some of the University buildings were closed. Eligible hourly classified employees should see essential pay for Sept. 9 to Sept. 15 reflected on their September paychecks.  Any essential time worked on Sept. 16 will be paid with the October paycheck (for pay period of Sept. 16 to Oct. 15). Eligible salaried employees will receive essential pay in the October paycheck due to the nature of salaried pay, where additional pay (overtime, etc.) and/or leave used is reflected the following month due to the lag in timesheet submissions. For those classified employees who utilized “closure leave”, this time is included in regular earnings and thus does not show as a separate line item for hourly and salaried employees. For questions, please contact or Payroll.

Designated Entry and Exits for OSU buildings: All OSU buildings now have designated entry and exit points in response to requirements identified in the OSU Resumption Plan. Designated entry and exit points for buildings open during fall term can be found on Other building entries and exits will be added in the future. Current ADA-accessed doors (marked with the familiar wheelchair logo) will remain usable for those with disabilities, as COVID-designated entries and exits might not be located on an accessible route. Please respect that people with disabilities may need to find the route that works best for them.

Sign Up for TurboVote: OSU has partnered with TurboVote, which provides you with the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up for election reminders, get help with voter registration, learn about voting by mail — all in one place! Sign up before the Oct. 13 voter registration deadline by visiting

Engaging Undergraduates in Research: At this session, mentors of undergraduate researchers (faculty, graduate students, post-docs) will gain valuable insight into promising practices for engaging in research with undergraduates (including virtual engagement), will explore sources of financial support, will learn about new campus-wide mentoring awards, and will interact with a panel of exemplary undergraduate research mentors. RSVP here for Zoom info.

The Writing Center is open: All Writing Center services will be offered remotely in fall term. Students can visit the Writing Center website to schedule a 50-minute writing and research appointment, schedule a 25-minute grammar appointment, or submit writing for written feedback. Not sure what service to use or recommend? Live chat with us on the website.

Announcing FYI Friday Workshops for Faculty and Staff: The annual Training Days event coordinated by University Human Resources will be modified this year due to the limitations on physical gatherings during COVID-19. In place of the in-person two-day conference normally scheduled in November, this fall UHR will be piloting a new program called FYI Friday. The FYI Friday program is similar to Training Days, in that it is a platform for various university groups to share information with the OSU community. And, for greater accessibility, FYI Friday sessions will be presented remotely, on Fridays throughout the year. Stay tuned for upcoming session announcements in OSUToday. See the Fall line-up and register here: 

NASA Citizen Science Community Webinar: Is NASA citizen science helping the public understand the process of science? How do we know? As part of a growing engagement with citizen science, the OSU STEM Research Center's Heather Fischer co-organized and Martin Storksdieck contributed to this NASA Citizen Science Community webinar. Click here to watch the webinar.

Memorial Union retail locations now open: The following locations open Mon-Fri (Panda Express opens beginning Sept. 28): JavaStop, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; North Porch Café, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Bites Convenience Store 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; ToGo’s, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Panda Express, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dixon Café, 2-8 p.m. Mon-Thurs, 2-6 p.m. Fridays.

Health Check and COVID-19 Resources on OSU Mobile: The new Health Check tool and additional COVID-19 resources are now available on OSU Mobile. Don't have the app? Download it today at or access the health check directly at For help setting up the app, check out this video walk-through:

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Standard 07-005 Alcohol Service describes the registration and approval process for serving alcohol. This page is updated frequently with new developments, so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

Traffic and maintenance

NEW! Power outage: Electricity will be turned off in several buildings Oct. 1-3 for power grid maintenance.  Milam Hall will be on backup power for the entire outage; Kidder Hall will be on partial backup power during the entire outage; Gilkey Hall and Milne Computer Center (except for the Data Center which will be on generator power) will experience an outage from 5-7 a.m. on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Turn off all electronic devices before you leave the affected buildings on Wednesday and Friday evenings. If you have an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS), also known as a battery back-up, please be sure to turn it off as well. Be prepared to have someone report to campus on Thursday and Monday mornings to turn computers, printers and other electronic devices back on as necessary. Additional information regarding the power grid maintenance can be found at


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NEW! Finance Manager: The Agricultural Research Foundation, a private, non-profit Foundation affiliated with OSU, invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Finance Manager position. For information, contact For full consideration, submit a letter of application, resume and names of three references to by Oct. 5.


“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~ Lauren DeStefano

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 87, low of 54. Sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 84, low of 51. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 85, low of 57. Sunny tomorrow.

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