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

Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings.

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to connect with campus resources to support student writing? The OSU Writing Center is excited to partner with you to support your students’ writing process. See Writing Center Faculty Resources to find out more. Refer your students to the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio, to Online Writing Support or to the Graduate Writing Center

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.

'The blueberries are cooking on the vine' (Oregon Business)

Extension economist Bruce Sorte, who co-authored a 2021 economic analysis of the Oregon cultural sector with Oregon State University, says working to find climate change solutions is not the hot-button political issue it once was. 

In pursuit of a grand strategy (War Room)

This podcast featured Christopher McKnight Nichols (OSU), Andrew Preston and Ron Granieri.

Genetic analysis reveals differences in mate choice between wild and hatchery coho salmon (Hatchery Feed and Management)

A new study of the genetic profiles of wild and hatchery coho salmon demonstrates important distinctions in how the two types of fish form mating pairs. These findings by Oregon State University researchers provide new insight into subtle differences between wild and hatchery fish that could lead to changes in how hatchery fish are mated to promote the success of hatchery fish and conserve and protect wild fish.

Record rainfall helps end most Oregon wildfires (Natural Resources: Report)

Larry O’Neill, an Oregon State University professor, said the rainfall provided a good start to the wet season but did little to alleviate drought conditions in hard-hit regions.


OSU receives $2.5 million grant to create wood stoves that burn more clearly (KTVZ)

A team of Oregon State University researchers has received a $2.5 million federal grant to work on reducing harmful emissions from wood-burning stoves, a primary source of heat in Native American communities and in low-resource areas in the United States.

Today's photo

Flaming tree: This maple tree grouping on Grandview Drive was sent in by Jaga Giebultowicz. 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.


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: TIAA webinars: Oct. 13 and 15; Oregon Savings Growth webinars: Oct. 13 and 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


NEW! Meet UAOSU, your faculty union: Want to know more about your union, become a member, or get involved? Come talk with us. UAOSU leaders will be available to talk on the Corvallis campus on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday Oct. 19, 9-11 a.m. on the SEC Plaza. We’ll have face masks and coffee to share. Contact [email protected] for questions.

NEW! Music à la Carte: Takohachi X Duo. Takohachi X (aka TakoX/ TakoTen) is a duo project of the Portland-based nonprofit organization, TAKOHACHI ( The performers, Yumi and Kohei, are multi-instrumentalists who perform a wide repertoire using taiko drums, shinobue (side-blown bamboo flute), shakuhachi (end-blown bamboo flute) and tsugaru shamisen (Japanese lute). The duo is known for delivering a culturally educational and entertaining performance. Friday, Oct. 15, noon to 12:45 p.m., in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to OSU students, faculty and staff on campus. Those who do not work on campus may watch the livestream.

NEW! UAOSU General Membership Meeting: UAOSU members are invited to join our first GMM of this academic year on Oct. 19, 5-6:30 p.m, on Zoom. We will reconnect as a community, discuss the relevant issues we’re currently facing, and share updates on the work our union is doing. Please register at Please contact [email protected] for questions.

NEW! OSU Bands Homecoming Concert: A Tribute to James Douglass. Join the OSU Wind Ensemble and the Spirit and Sound of OSU Marching Band as we pay a memorial tribute to our friend, colleague and mentor James Douglass, who passed away in March of 2020. Douglass served as OSU Director of Bands from 1968-1999. Selections will include “Rocky Point Holiday” by Ron Nelson; “Nimrod,” from Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar; and “Four Scottish Dances” by Malcom Arnold. Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. The event is free and open to the public. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for admission. Please refer to guidelines for attending university events for more information.

NEW! Benny’s Birthday Bash photo booth: What better way to kick-off Homecoming than to pair it with Benny’s birthday celebration. You’re invited to join OSUAA outside of the CH2M HILL Alumni Center before the Homecoming game Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. to wish everyone’s favorite mascot HBD and snap a picture in Benny’s Birthday Bash photo booth. And when you smile for the camera, you’ll be entered to win one of Benny’s birthday presents. We'll see you at the party. More info:

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

October Flu Shot Clinics: Flu shot clinics are scheduled for OSU faculty, staff and students this October at various locations. The Flu Shot Clinic Sign-up portal is now open and working for the Corvallis flu shot clinic at the MU Ballroom. Detailed instructions are located on the HR Website here. Beginning Oct. 5, employees can sign up for the Oct. 19 clinic at: You must enter your insurance information in the portal.  It will state it is optional but for OSU employees it is not optional.  If you do not provide this your appointment time may be delayedThe last day to schedule for Oct. 19 is Oct. 13. In Newport, OSU employees in the Newport area can access a flu shot clinic on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hatfield Marine Science Center. For more information, please contact Shannon Reed at [email protected]. This year Kaiser members can attend the flu shot clinics in Newport hosted by Fred Meyer/Kroger. In BendCascades campus in Bend is hosting a COVID vaccine and flu shot clinic COVID-19 vaccine clinic Oct. 12 and 13. Employees can choose to receive their flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine or both. More information is pending in the next two weeks. Please contact Stefanie Maerki with questions at [email protected]. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente, Yoda Health, Providence Health Plan and PacificSource Plan members can contact their medical plan providers for ways to receive a flu shot. Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 541-737-2805.

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

Food-In-The-Title Book Club Returns: A fun way to weather the Oregon winter. First Thursdays in November, January, March and May at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Nov. 4 pick: "Tender at the Bone" by Ruth Reichl. Free and open to anyone. Interested in joining or seeing the other books on the list? Email: [email protected].

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series — Anne Pasek, Low-Carbon Research: Equity and Energy Transitions for the Academy. Pasek, an interdisciplinary researcher, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of cultural studies in the School of the Environment at Trent University in Canada, works at the intersection of climate communication, the environmental humanities and science and technology studies. Her research looks at how carbon becomes communicable in different communities and media forms, to different political and material effects. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag Room 163. Friday, Oct. 15 at noon. Those off-campus may view the lecture via Zoom at Meeting ID 918 8649 8232.

NEW! Center for Teaching & Learning Sparkshop: Engaging Students through effective questioning: Strategies and tips. Questioning is central to teaching. University teachers pose many questions during a class to check students’ understanding and promote critical thinking. Facilitators Funmi Amobi and Weiwei Zhang will briefly share evidence-informed strategies for using Bloom’s revised taxonomy, different question types and effective questioning techniques to support student engagement and learning success. Participants will discuss discipline-based questioning practices. For more information see Zoom sessions: Friday, Nov. 15, noon to 12:45 p.m.

NEW! WeDigBio @ OSU. The OSU Botany Club, OSU Herbarium and OregonFlora are sponsoring a plant specimen label digitization event on Oct. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. with mini-lectures, games, and prizes. Participate in person in 3003 Cordley Hall or remotely (see registration for Zoom link). For more information and to register, please visit

NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences Friday Research Seminar: “Variety is the spice of life! Increasing the adoption of sports injury prevention programs through stakeholder collaboration” will be presented by Associate Professor Marc Norcross from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in HFC 115 and online. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

NEW! Optimizing Your Retirement: Friday, Oct, 15, 2 p.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

NEW! Protected Leave for Employees: Join OSU’s Protected Leave Officer Lori Schmidt for a presentation regarding protected leave for employees. Information covered will include descriptions of state and federal leave programs, eligibility requirements and qualifying reasons for leave. Oct. 26, 10 a.m. Register here. To request an accommodation for this webinar please email [email protected]. Questions? Please contact [email protected].

NEW! Protected Leave for Supervisors: Join OSU’s Protected Leave Officer Whitney Brown for a presentation regarding The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA). FMLA and OFLA were enacted to assist employees and employers in balancing the demands of the workplace with the needs of employees and their families when leave is needed for a serious health condition, pregnancy, parental, bereavement and military family leave (exigency and caregiver leaves). This session is designed to help supervisors gain a basic understanding of the protected leave process. Since protected leave programs apply to many OSU employees, it is important for supervisors to have a basic understanding of these leave programs as well as the process OSU goes through to administer leave to eligible individuals. Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. If you would like to attend this webinar please register here. To request an accommodation for this webinar please email [email protected]. Questions? Please contact [email protected].

NEW! 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:

NEW! Program Assessment Lead Orientation: Inviting new and returning undergraduate learning assessment leads to discuss the Annual Report process. Topics covered will include assessment activities by term, reading Feedback Reports and how to demonstrate use of assessment data. Nov. 4, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Register here.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take Note

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Talk

Thriving in Academia: Regan A. R. Gurung, professor of psychological science, recently published “Thriving in Academia: Building a career at a teaching-focused institution” (American Psychological Association Press, September 2021) with fellow veteran professors Pamela Ansburg (Metropolitan State University of Denver) and Mark Basham (Regis College). The book guides readers through the entire career trajectory offering detailed insights for becoming a successful academic.

Book summary guidelines: Books included must be published by a reputable press (not self-published) and be directly tied to the faculty member’s academic work. The publication date must be within six months of submission. Provide a 60-word summary, including title, press, publication date and faculty affiliation. A link to the book website is also helpful. Summary should include a description of the book’s content but not reviews. Avoid editorial comments like “groundbreaking” or “insightful” and stick to a summary of content only. [email protected].


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Life Cycle Specialist: University Human Resources (UHR) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE),12-month, Life Cycle Specialist position. Posting #P04857UF. Full consideration date Nov. 19. Closes Nov 7.


“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Corvallis: Chance of showers and fog, high of 56, low of 44. Partly sunny Thursday.
Central Oregon: Frost and then mostly sunny, high of 49, low of 30. Frost and then mostly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Chance of showers and fog, high of 60, low of 46. Chance of rain and then partly sunny Thursday.

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