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. For more about this section, see:

In Australia, winemakers are on the forefront of mitigating climate change (WineEnthusiast)

“Researchers in Australia have formed the base for much of the grape smoke exposure research done today,” says Oregon State University Associate Professor of Enology Elizabeth Tomasino, who has been collaborating with AWRI on smoke taint research work in America’s Pacific Northwest.

Enrollment is up at most Oregon public universities, not Portland State (Oregonian)

The state’s largest institution, Oregon State University, has continued to increase enrollment consistently over the past several years, despite COVID-19. The second largest, the University of Oregon, saw a slight COVID dip, but is now serving 1,200 more students than it did in 2019.

Oregon State University names new Beavers football coach after weekend upheaval (KGW)

Trent Bray will be the new Beavers' head coach after Smith's departure for Michigan State. Bray had been the team's defensive coordinator for two-and-a-half seasons.


State Supreme Court puts ruling that gave Oregon State, Washington State control of Pac-12 on hold (Associated Press)

The Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request by the University of Washington and the Pac-12 to put on hold a lower court’s ruling that gave Oregon State and Washington State control of the conference until the high court can make a full review.

Today's photo

Annular eclipse: Dudley Chelton says, “The annular eclipse on Oct. 14 passed over Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas on its way to South America. The likelihood of clear skies in Oregon that time of year is hit or miss. I therefore drove to southern Utah, where the odds of clear skies are much higher. The skies did indeed turn out to be overcast in Oregon. The view from the top of a 1,000-foot cliff on Muley Point along the centerline of the eclipse near the town of Mexican Hat was crystal clear. From a close inspection, three 'small' sunspots can be seen. The largest of these in the lower left area of the face of the sun is almost four times the diameter of the Earth." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in learning more about teaching and learning in the era of AI? Apply for the new Teaching and AI Faculty Learning Community. Interested in building resilience into your teaching strategies? Apply for the popular Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. These are funded opportunities for instructional faculty to reinvigorate your on-campus teaching. Apply by Dec. 4.


Championing Mental Health in the Workplace: Join this gathering to either voice or listen to ways that coworkers can advocate for mental health at work and support each other on the journey toward a healthier self. This gathering is intended for anyone open to discussing mental health in the workplace. 9-10 a.m., Nov. 29. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Getting Ready for AI in Winter ‘24? Wondering what AI resources are available to guide you in Winter ‘24 course planning? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies on Zoom to explore resources such as CTL Guidance for Syllabus Statements about AI Use. There will be opportunities to consider AI use at the course level, to plan your next steps to learn about AI tools and to share your experiences and questions. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Registration.

Book Talk: Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley. David Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, will talk about his book "Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley" from 3-5 p.m., Nov. 29 at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws at OSU. Admission is free.

Left Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (panel discussion): Panel discussion featuring Mahdy Alkhodr (OSU student), Joel Beinin (professor of Middle East history, emeritus, Stanford University) and William Smaldone (professor of European history, Willamette University). For accommodations or for more information contact [email protected]. The event is from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 29 in Room 368 in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC).

Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Join Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Health to learn more about a 6-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities from June 30-July 16. Info session: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

UAOSU Listening Sessions: UASOU will be hosting four listening sessions for members to share their contract priorities with members of the bargaining team. These sessions will be both in-person and hybrid from 5-6 p.m., Nov. 29, in the OSU Library, Willamette Room (room 3622); and 3-4 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab (room 215). To RSVP visit


NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Dec. 1 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! Music à la Carte: Listen to a jazz set by OSU faculty members Ryan Biesack, drums; Ben Mutschler, reeds; and Steve Willis, guitar, at noon on Dec. 1 in the Main Lobby of the MU. Admission is free.

NEW! The Nightmare Before Dead Week: Murder Mystery. Oregon State Program Council and DAMChic present an exquisite fashion show followed by an immersive murder mystery experience featuring talented actors and a delectable dinner — all unfolding in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Get ready for a night of style and suspense, 7 p.m., Dec. 1. Tickets will be $7 for OSU students and $15 for non-students. Tickets are live now and they will be limited.

NEW! Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at Marigold: 648 SW Second St. in Corvallis. By donation/open to all. Please pre-register:

UPRIVER: A Watershed Film. Within Oregon’s Willamette River system, "UPRIVER" focuses on people from all walks of life who are coming together to revive the health of this large river and the life it supports. The film's director will be in attendance to introduce the film at Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, 6 p.m., Nov. 30, as well as lead a Q&A afterwards.

Hawaii fundraiser: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop offs, which includes 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3, at Valley Football Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, toys and gift cards. 

OSU Lyric Workshop Presents: Into the Trailer ParkThrilling musical scenes from "Cry Baby," "Great American Trailer Park Musical," and "Into the Woods." 7 p.m., Dec. 2; and 3 p.m., Dec. 3, in Community Hall Room 202. Free, open to all. Limited seating.

Emeritus Farewell: Everyone is invited to the farewell ceremony for Emeritus, the 80-foot tall sculpture by John Grade, which will be moving to Alaska after 14 months at OSU. We’ll have hot chocolate, share writing inspired by the sculpture, learn about its next installation and then turn off the lights as we say goodbye. 5-6 p.m., Dec. 7, sequoia grove in the Memorial Union Quad.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Annual Holiday Concert: Featuring holiday favorites with OSU choirs at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at The LaSells Stewart Center. Guest conductors Marlan Carlson, Steven Zielke, Sandra Babb and Raymund Ocampo. Tickets and more information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Same Storm, Different Boats: Mental Health in Communities of Color. Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from disproportionately higher rates of more severe mental health outcomes due to a range of social and economic factors: inaccessibility of culturally competent mental health care, cultural stigma, physical and mental health consequences of discrimination and more. In this workshop, a clinician presenter from Lyra Health will cover race-based traumatic stress, stigma and cultural mistrust; barriers to accessing care and how to overcome them; culturally informed self-care strategies; and how to access culturally-responsive mental health services. Noon, Nov. 30. Register here.

NEW! FYI Friday – Supervision of Employees: Professional Development, Growth and Support. The Dean of the College of Education will share a supervision workshop that was developed in 2023 to better support supervisors in their own development and thinking about how to best support employees and themselves. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 1, via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series: Razan Ghazzawi. WGSS Assistant Professor Razan Ghazzawi will present research titled, “Towards Grassroots Queer Ethics in Wartime: Rethinking Research Ethics at Times of War and the ‘Refugee Crisis’" at noon, Dec. 1 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

NEW! College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “How to Best Preserve Human Donor Milk’s Bioactive Proteins" will be presented by Dave Dallas, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 1, in HFC 115 via Zoom. This seminar is co-sponsored with the Nutrition program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

NEW! Rachel Zitomer Ph.D. Defense: Rachel Zitomer will present her dissertation, titled: “Native Bees in Intensively Managed Conifer Forests: Community Composition, Habitat Connectivity, and Foraging Ecology,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 1, in PFSC 125. Zither is earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Jim Rivers. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Shalet Ngoli Idawo M.S. defense: A presentation of Shalet’s thesis, titled: “Water Czars and Groundwater Diplomacy: Skills, Scales and Sustainability," takes place at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, in Burt Hall 193. Idawo is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Todd Jarvis. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Selma Murwan Hamid Alrasheed M.S. defense: A presentation of Selma’s thesis, titled: “How International Law Instruments Shape the Protection of Freshwater in Armed Conflict",” takes place at 10 a.m., Dec. 7, in Burt Hall 193. Alrasheed is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Susanne Schmeier. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

NEW FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. In the spirit of professional development, University Human Resources is excited to offer this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1. Hurry – seats are limited.

Graham Frank, Ph.D. defense: A presentation of Graham Frank’s dissertation, titled: “Biodiversity responses in early seral forests of the Klamath-Siskiyou: Comparisons with birds, bees, and ground beetles among post-fire, salvage logging, and intensive forest management environments,” takes place at 9 a.m., Nov. 30, PFSC 315. Frank is earning his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Meg Krawchuk. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Emotional Eating. This webinar will define what emotional eating is and identify reasons behind it. We will explore eating behavior, examine the relationship between mood and cravings, identify the steps needed for improvement, best practices and resources. 10 a.m., Nov. 30. Register today.

Navigating the Holiday Season: The holiday season can be a joy-filled time for many of us. We get time off from work and we come together with loved ones. But for some, this time might also come with an added layer of stress, grief and pressure — pressure to spend money, take time off or interact with people or spaces that feel uncomfortable. Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 30. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn.

HMSC Research Seminar: Carl Hendrickson with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Ocean/Coastal Services Division will be giving a seminar titled “Oregon Coastal Management Program: Utilizing Bottom-up Community Engagement Practices to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts,” at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30. Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Navigating the Classroom of Tomorrow: Exploring the Role of AI in Higher Education. Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for our Fall 2023 Faculty, Food, and Fun from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 30 in the Journey Room, Memorial Union or via Zoom. Inara Scott will share the work of OSU’s AI Taskforce in responding to this new frontier in higher education, and facilitate a collaborative discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls of AI in promoting equitable teaching. More information and RSVP here.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting two additional onboarding forums via Zoom for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color in December. These forums are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 (registration is required). For supervisors: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 13 (registration is required). If unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! 2024 Merchant Card assessment and modernization project: OSU intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to evaluate and rebid services currently in place for credit card processing. To leverage this RFP requirement as an opportunity, OSU is asking interested stakeholders to participate in a survey to share thoughts on OSU’s card processing today and in the future. The survey will be emailed directly to merchant managers, TouchNet departmental deposit users and registered survey respondents. Visit to be a “registered survey respondent” before Dec. 4.

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Read local: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thoughtful reading for long winter nights, the OSU Press Holiday Sale has you covered with new releases and old favorites. Visit and use promo code 23HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

Teaching faculty learning community: Excited about teaching? Or need a recharge? Apply to join the Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and developing resiliency to thrive in the changing educational landscape. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided. 

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for a Winter ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided.

Payroll Office changes in December: During the month of December, Payroll is having some work done to rearrange and add workspace in our office. Our windows will be closed and phones will go to voicemail, but we will have a representative at the front desk in B100 (Business Affairs) and will be returning phone calls and responding to emails as quickly as possible every day.  A more open space will be available starting in the new year.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

EXTENDED! Jefferson Way: As part of the telecommunications project at Valley Library, the closure of SW Jefferson Way between SW Benton Place and SW Waldo Place for crane activity has been extended through noon on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Traffic on SW Jefferson Way will be rerouted via SW Benton Place to SW Langton Place. The north sidewalk on Jefferson Way will be closed between Benton Place and Langton Place. Pedestrians may detour around the area using the south sidewalk. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. (View map)

NEW! Park Terrace Place: As part of the Jen-Hsun & Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex project, a section of the west sidewalk along SW Park Terrace Place will be permanently closed to allow for ongoing construction activities. The closure will begin Thursday, Nov. 30. The impacted sidewalk section is located just north of Johnson Hall. This will be a permanent closure as the area undergoes construction related to the Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. The east sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)

LaSells Stewart Center: As part of the LaSells Stewart Center Mechanical and Roof Renewal project, a section of the northbound lane on SW 26th Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 30 to allow for crane activity. The lane closure will be located between the intersection with SW Western Boulevard and The LaSells Stewart Center. In addition, the traffic signals at the intersection of 26th Street and Western Boulevard will be shut down during this closure. Flaggers will be present at the intersection to direct traffic through the area. The east sidewalk on 26th Street will be closed between Western Boulevard and the CH2M Alumni Center. The west sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. The walkway on the north side of The LaSells Stewart Center will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. (View map)

Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

Beaver Research Champion

Emily Ho's research in the College of Health centers on understanding the mechanisms by which nutrient status and healthy foods affect the initiation and/or progression of chronic diseases such as cancer. Ho was recognized at a Beaver Football home game at Reser Stadium for the important work that she does.


“We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to whither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops — which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.” ~ William Peter Blatty

Corvallis: Patchy dense fog and then mostly sunny, high of 44, low of 33. Rain and patchy fog Thursday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 47, low of 25. Chance of rain and snow Thursday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 52, low of 39. Showers Thursday.

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