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.

People-first culture spurs growth at Fortis (ENR Northwest)

Among their more challenging pairings was a cutting-edge, 135,000-sq-ft Learning Innovation Center for Oregon State University in Corvallis. The facility featured a circular lecture hall capable of seating hundreds, with the lecturer positioned in the center, similar to an arena or theater in the round.

OSU names interim dean of business college (Portland Business Journal)

James Coakley will take over from outgoing Dean Mitzi Montoya, who is going to Washington State. (see also Gazette-Times)

OSU names interim extension service director (Capital Press)

Anita Azarenko will take over as interim Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and director of OSU Extension Service beginning July 7. She replaces Scott Reed, who will retire on July 31.

Brexit drama looms over Trump and May's cordial meeting in London (ABC 6)

Alison Johnston, an expert on EU politics at Oregon State University and author of “From Convergence to Crisis: Labor Markets and the Instability of the Euro,” stressed that a lawsuit against the EU was never an option, and getting favorable terms for withdrawal from the coalition of 27 European countries would be difficult no matter who was negotiating it.

Oregon State library evacuated, but officials determine threat not credible (Lebanon Express)

Oregon State University’s Valley Library was evacuated at about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday after a threatening message was found on a white board in a public area.

Pat Casey will not return as Oregon State baseball coach (KGW)

Pat Casey, the longtime Oregon State baseball coach who retired last season, will not come back to coach the Beavers.

OSU Extension: Food Hero program is 'kid approved' (Hood River News)

Food Hero, a social marketing campaign, was developed 10 years ago by Oregon State University Extension Service. Food Hero’s mission is to work with Oregonians and community and state level partners to improve health outcomes through the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and healthier meals cooked at home.


Today's photo

Commencement in the Armory, 1910: Commencement was held in the armory (now the McAlexander Field House) from 1910 through 1914. Starting in 1915, the newly completed Men’s Gymnasium hosted the ceremony. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Department of Wood Science & Engineering Ph.D. Defense:  Yahya Mousavi, dual major Ph.D. student, presents on “Development of Epoxy-based Wood Adhesives” on Wednesday, June 5, at 9 a.m. in Richardson Hall 115.  Free and open to the public.  For accommodations e-mail
M.S. Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Audrey Maclennan will present “Drivers of Post-Fire Conifer Regeneration in the Central Oregon Cascades" on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m., in Richardson Hall 115.  Maclennan is completing her M.S. in sustainable forest management under major professor Jim Kiser in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.
WRGP Water Resources Science Spring Seminar Series. Amol Joshi, College of Business, Oregon State University will present “How to Commercialize Technology and Protect Intellectual Property (IP) in the University Technology Transfer Area” on Wednesday, June 5, from 4-5 p.m. in Bexell 328. Free and open to the public.

State of Diversity at Oregon State Address and Reception: Join the Office of Institutional Diversity for a presentation highlighting the work under way across the university to advance inclusive excellence and discuss progress made on Oregon State’s diversity strategic plan. Wednesday, June 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m., MU Ballroom. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made or 541-737-1063.
CIA “Chemistry is Awesome” Party: Wednesday, June 5, 5-7 p.m., Gilbert Hall/GBAD Breezeway. Chemistry demos, free food, liquid nitrogen ice cream, free prizes, games, poster session, and fun for all. If you’re a current OSU student and you’ve ever taken a chemistry class, you’re invited.

NEW! Soundbox 2019: Soundbox 2019: in the OSU Woodshop Projects is hosting student, faculty, alumni and guests sound, video and performance works. The event is the second at OSU which was started by former MAIS graduate student Michael Gamble. This year MAIS graduate student Eugen Hubbs co-curated with Andrew Nigon (OSU Woodshop Projects): June 4-7, Fairbanks Hall 004 (basement). The event is free. For program schedule see FB Event:


NEW! Meet SARC Director Candidate Kim Hack: The campus community is invited to a presentation and open forum to meet Kim Hack, a candidate for the director of the Survivor Advocacy Resource Center (SARC). This is your opportunity to ask Hack questions and provide the search committee with feedback. Hack will be available Friday, June 7, in MU 213: Candidate presentation from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and open forum for stakeholders from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

NEW! Film Festival: The Oregon State International Film Festival Spring Pop-Up heads to Portland. Find us at the Clinton Street Cinema on June 14-15 with two blocks of shorts and two full-length features. The line-up is here: Tickets are $8 at the box office or can be purchased online at The Oregon State International Film Festival is presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society and the School of Writing, Literature and Film in the College of Liberal Arts.

Larry Pribyl retirement celebration: After nearly four decades of service to OSU, Larry Pribyl is retiring from the university. During his time at OSU, he built relations with national and international media, produced television programs and worked with countless OSU staff, faculty, students and researchers across all divisions as a member of News & Research Communications in University Relations and Marketing. Stop by The American Indian Room (MU 211) on Thursday, June 6, 2-4 p.m. for refreshments and to wish Pribyl well, and be prepared to share your favorite stories or thoughts.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Ph.D. Defense:  Beth Orning will present her research on “Carnivore Competition: Implications of recolonizing gray wolves for cougar populations in Northeast Oregon” on Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m., Nash Hall 032.  Free and open to the public.  Join by WebEx at  For questions or accommodations for disabilities, call Amanda Polley at 541-737-4893.

NEW! Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Sydney Weiss, M.S. WRS. The title of her thesis is “Evolution of Snow Grain Size in Forested and Open areas — Remote Sensing Implications.”  Friday, June 7, at 12:30 am in STAG 361. Weiss is advised by Anne Nolin of CEOAS. 

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics 3rd Year Grad Talk: Lillian Padgitt-Cobb, a Ph.D. candidate, will present: Assessing haplotype variation and visualizing synteny in a draft phased assembly of the hop (Humulus lupulus) genome. Friday, June 7,  3 p.m. in ALS 4001.

Ph.D. defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Sukhyun Joo will present “Simulating Effects of Genetic Tree Improvement on Growth and Yield of Coastal Douglas-fir" on Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m., in Richardson Hall 107.  Joo is completing his Ph.D. in sustainable forest management under major professor Doug Maguire in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: David B. DuBose will present "Flow homogenization and beaver activity interact to shift aquatic invertebrate community structure” on Thursday, June 6, at 9 a.m. in LPSC 402. DuBose is completing his M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of David Lytle. Free and open to the public.

M.S. Defense, Sustainable Forest Management Graduate Program: Preston Durham will present “Red Tree Voles: Examining the Potential Factors Limiting Occupancy and Survival in Young Conifer Forests of the Central Oregon Coast Range" on Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m., in Furman Hall 405.  Durham is completing his M.S. in sustainable forest management under major professor John Bailey in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Free and open to the public.

Capstone Presentation:  Matthew Kriz is pursuing his Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of Nicole Duplaix. His capstone is titled "Challenges to Gray Wolf Recovery In Washington, Oregon, and Northern California" Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m., Richardson Hall 115. Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

Capstone presentation: Sativa Cruz will present “Creating Space for the Humanities: Alternative Efforts to Diversify Natural Resources.” Cruz is pursuing her M.F. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Michael Paul Nelson. Thursday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Richardson 115. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

OSU Graphic Design Capstone Show: OSU's Graphic Design BFA program presents its third annual Senior Capstone showcase,  June 6, 1-4 p.m. at the Corvallis Oddfellows Hall. Featuring 39 works by 46 graduating students, demonstrating the innovative and diverse skills of our BFA students, from branding to immersive experiences and integrated social benefit concepts.

Capstone Presentation: Emily Burke is pursuing her Master of Natural Resources under the guidance of William Douglas Robinson. Her capstone is titled "A Prospective Study of Impacts of Hazardous Fuel Vegetation Treatments on Flammulated Owl Habitat in the Boise National Forest and Boise Experimental Forest." Thursday, June 6, 2 p.m., Nash Hall 032.Contact the FES department office with questions or requests for accommodation at 541-737-2244.

Fulbright Information Session:  Join Prestigious Scholarships for a Fulbright information meeting with special guest U.S. Ambassador (ret.) Thomas Dougherty, who is the executive director of the Fulbright Commission in Australia. The session will include general information about applying for the US Student Fulbright Program,  Dougherty will also share insights from the Fulbright Commission perspective (where selection decisions occur) and the higher education system in Australia. June 6, 2-3 p.m., Bexell Hall Advising Lounge (208). A reception for Dougherty will be held from 4-5 p.m. in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center.

Thesis Defense – Water Resources Graduate Program: Zach Pike-Urlacher, M.S. WRPM.  The title of his thesis is “Reconciling Developed Landscapes with Aquatic Ecosystem Integrity: Emerging Governance Surrounding Beaver-Based Watershed Restoration in the Upper Nehalem Watershed and Jack Creek.”  Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in Nash 204 .Pike-Urlacher is advised by Hannah Gosnell of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. 

M.S. defense: Allison Swartz will present her thesis, titled:“Stream Temperature and Primary Producer Responses to Riparian Canopy Gaps Over Forested Headwaters.” Swartz is pursuing her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with  Dana Warren. Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in Richardson 115. Contact the FES Department at 541-737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

Social Justice Education Initiative: The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for summer and fall is up. From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is the foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this well-reviewed program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information:

Early Seral Biodiversity Science & Management Workshop: A presentation of scientific findings on early seral forests in the PNW. We will collaboratively identify areas of agreement, information gaps, and conservation and management challenges, then outline key hypotheses that form a future research agenda. June 10, CH2M Alumni  Center, $75. ($35 optional field tour on June 11). Program and registration here

Take Note

Leadership Collaborative Course - Managers as Leaders: Applications for LC: Managers as Leaders are now being accepted. Managers as Leaders is a skill-building course for managers and supervisors. It integrates six day-long class sessions with online learning and on-the-job practice. It features team learning, mentors, and practical tools. Managers and supervisors who supervise academic and professional faculty and staff are encouraged to apply. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Apply online through July 14.

New issue of the Messenger magazine from OSU Libraries and Press is available: The Messenger is available online at Among the articles in the issue are: “Oregon Public Broadcasting utilizes OSU Libraries for an episode of ‘Oregon Experience' devoted to OSU’s history,” “Tour the Valley Library’s art collection using the new guide,” and “Interns pick their favorite books from OSU Press.”

Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellowship: This fellowship matches graduate student fellows with an agency or nonprofit in Oregon for one year to give the student first-hand experience in natural resource policy related to marine and coastal issues at the state level. Applications are due July 12.

Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship: This fellowship provides one year of support to current graduate students who combine socially relevant research with education or public engagement. Applications are due July 26.

Abstract deadline extended: Submit an abstract for poster presentation at the Linus Pauling Institute Conference and SfRBM Regional Symposium by June 15 and be considered for one of six Young Investigators Awards including a $500 prize and SfRBM membership. Early conference registration ends on June 15th. Register now to reserve a seat at the conference dinner at the Vue and public lecture with Nobel laureate Louis Ignarro, Friday, August 16.

Join a Community of Teaching Colleagues: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty to apply to participate in the Fall ‘19 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community starting and to design a Corvallis campus hybrid course. Professional development funding is provided. Short proposals are due June 18. See Call for Hybrid Proposals - apply now. 

Updates to University Policies & Standards:  Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates:  This page is updated frequently with new developments so check back regularly.

Volunteer for Move-In: Help create a lasting memory for thousands of new Beavers this fall by volunteering as part of the OSU 2019 Move-In team. Fall Move-In is Sunday, Sept. 22. You can sign up for the entire day or just for a few hours, working as an individual or with your group, club or team. Volunteering as an individual: Volunteering your group/organization: Questions? Email

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing the following information from the CDC regarding tick bites/prevention to assist employees who may be heading out for field work this summer. As always, remember to report all tick bites to your supervisor, who should complete the HR Advocate Public Incident Reporting form online 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.

Traffic & Maintenance 

Scheduled: Campus Wide Steam Shutdown: Each year Facilities Services performs necessary maintenance on the university’s steam system, which requires shutting off the steam throughout campus, to complete maintenance services at the plant, throughout the steam tunnels and in each building. This process affects hot water supply, heating, and all equipment that uses steam, campus wide. The steam shutdown for 2019 will occur from 6 p.m. on June 16 to 5 p.m. on June 20. For questions or comments on this closure contact Facilities Services at 541-737-2969.


"“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.” ~ Federico García Lorca, who was born today in 1898.

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 70, low of 48. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 78, low of 48. Chance of showers Thursday.

Newport: Slight chance of rain, high of 57, low of 50. Slight chance of showers and then partly sunny tomorrow.

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