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May 18, 2018

Workshops: PERS, Social Security, OSURA – Non-financial aspects of retiring, etc.

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The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring the following financial and retirement workshops.    We look forward to seeing you there.


Social Security 101, presented by Social Security.

To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

May 30, 2018 Social Security 101 – Everything You Wanted to Know

* When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?
* How does early retirement affect your benefits?
* Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits?
* How do you get the most from your benefit?
* What is the future of Social Security?
* When should you file for Medicare?
Learn how to use my Social Security online account and other online services.

Option: You can go to to create a my Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop.

Three Sessions:

10am to 11:15am

Noon to 1:15 pm

2pm to 3:15pm

Pre-retirement Panel Discussion on the Non-financial Aspects of Retirement, OSU Retirement Association.

To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

May 31, 2018


Retirement:  Pre-retirement Panel Discussion on the Non-financial Aspects of Retirement. Workshop presented by OSURA (Oregon State University Retirement Association).  For Faculty and Staff that are within 1-3 years of retirement.  Retirement is a major life transition and requires planning for other than just financial matters.  Discussion will explore these areas and illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Dr Karen Hooker will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of 4 retired faculty/staff from OSU. 3pm-5pm MU206
PERS Workshops: To Register visit the OSU Professional Development website (

[Tip: To find the workshop, use the Course Listing search = “Employee Benefits”]

Spring 2018

Throughout the State

PERS offers workshops throughout the State, to register for a workshop in your area please select the appropriate Workshop for your below:  

·       Tier 1 & Tier 2 members PERS Educational Workshops

·       OPSRP members PERS Educational Workshops


Or, visit the PERS website at: , In the RESOURSES – Education Sessions Section, select either Tier 1/2 or OPSRP. 

May 23, 2018



PERS:  Retirement Readiness for PERS Tier 1 & Tier 2 members (previously 1-Year to Retirement for Tier 1/2 Members). For PERS Tier 1 & 2 members that will be retiring in less than 3 years.  Topics will include the IAP, Online Member Services, retirement eligibility, calculating retirement benefit, review of benefit estimate and retirement options. 11am-1pm  MU 208
May 23, 2018


PERS:  All About OPSRP.  An overview of the PERS OPSRP pension program including membership, benefit, retirement eligibility, Online Member Services, OPSRP benefit estimates, retirement process, and the Individual Account Program (IAP).

This workshop is for PERS OPSRP members and employees currently serving their 6-month waiting period.  An OPSRP member is an employee that established membership in the PERS OPSRP pension program after August 2003. 

8:30am-10am MU 208
Financial Workshops, online.
For all employeespresented by Fidelity


Fidelity will be offering On-demand webinars on a variety of topics by the end of October. Workshops will be on the Fidelity’s Oregon Public Universities website.  Click on the tab titled  “Workshops” On-demand  
For all employeespresented by TIAA TIAA provides articles, tools, and videos to help you prepare for retirement.  Visit the TIAA Oregon Public Universities website On-demand  
TIAA:  1-to-1 Financial Consultations.  To Register, call 800.732.8353 or schedule online at
June 5, 6, 7, 2018 Visit TIAA at: for more information or call 800.732.8353 Varies MU105
FIDELITY:  1-to-1 Financial Consultations.  To Register, go to the Fidelity web site.
May 31, 2018

June 1, 6, 12, 2018

Visit the Fidelity website at: Varies Varies


Employee Benefits Workshop website:


If you have any questions, please contact Employee Benefits at 541.737.2805 or by email


Employee Benefits | Office of Human Resources |

Oregon State University | Direct: 541.737.2805 | Fax: 541.737.0553 |

Location:  204 Kerr Admin Bldg | Mailing: 122 Kerr Admin Bldg | Corvallis, OR 97331-2132 | Go Beavs!


Job Opportunity

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Western States Group, my apologies for adding to your inbox if you are already gainfully employed or don’t know anyone looking for a teaching job!  Lane Community College is hiring a part-time chemistry instructor (or two) for next academic year.  If you know any graduate students or professional colleagues who may be interested please share the link with them.  Our initial first review of applications is next week but the pool will likely remain open longer.  Thank you.

May 15, 2018

Call for Nominations for Five Faculty and Staff Honors and Awards, Deadline 15 July 2018

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We have five honors and awards for faculty and staff with a nomination deadline of 15 July 2018 (COB):
  1. Outstanding Faculty Research Assistant Award ($500)
  2. Milton Harris Award in Basic Research ($1000)
  3. F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Science ($1500)
  4. Dean’s Early Career Achievement Award ($1000)
  5. College of Science Impact Award ($10,000)
Nomination guidelines are attached to this email. They can also be found here:
Please share these honors and award nominations with your departments. Faculty, staff or students may nominate eligible faculty.
Submit nominations to by 15 July 2018.
May 14, 2018

Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award – Bower Award and Prize – Nomination Deadline 5/31

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The Franklin Institute is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to Green and Sustainable Chemistry—chemistry focused on the technological design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Objectives of green and sustainable chemistry include: minimizing the use of chemical raw materials, reducing waste, lowering the toxicity of utilized chemicals, and improving lifecycle through the use of more sustainable or renewable raw materials to produce fuels or chemicals, thereby minimizing the environmental impact of chemical processes.

Nominations are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following subtopics:

  • New chemical processes with reduced hazardous byproducts
  • Applications of supercritical fluids in chemical processes as environmentally benign solvents for chemical reactions, extractions, and chemical analyses
  • Utilization of ionic liquids as environmentally friendly alternatives to volatile and flammable solvents in chemical processes
  • Use of catalysts that make chemical processes more selective, less energy intensive, or more economical in their use of feedstock
  • Chemicals and fuels from renewable raw materials as feedstocks

Nominations for this award are limited to an individual nominee and are accepted from any individual or organization, including self-nominations. Please share this call for nominations with your colleagues and professional associations and post it on relevant websites. Questions are welcome and may be directed to Beth Scheraga, director of the awards program, at

May 11, 2018

COS 2018 Scholarship Dessert

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Please join us for the College of Science’s 2018 Scholarship Dessert to honor our extraordinary science students. A passion for science education and excellence connects us all.

We welcome you to attend this annual celebration on Monday, June 4, 2018, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. for an afternoon of cupcakes with students, alumni and friends. We will recognize the tremendous achievements of our students and the incredible generosity of our scholarship donors.

Several students and an alumna will share what scholarships mean to them and how they have shaped their lives.
We look forward to seeing you.
RSVP by May 29

Monday, June 4, 2018

CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Ballroom
725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, Oregon 

4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Cupcakes and scholarship ceremony
5:30 – 6:00 p.m., Poster session
To make accommodations for disabilities, call 541-737-4811 or email
Parking questions? Visit
May 10, 2018

Ecampus RFP: 2-week session over winter break

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Dear instructors of Ecampus courses,

To help provide students with greater flexibility and access to courses,Ecampus is requesting proposals for courses to be offered online during a two-week period during winter break 2018-19.

These courses are considered “term-extension courses” as recently communicated by the Office of the Registrar to provide innovative course offerings that the traditional term schedule has not always provided. (See more on the registrar’s website.)

This winter two-week session would run from Dec. 24, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019. The courses in this pilot would be fully online and asynchronous. If this initial offering of courses proves successful, the hope is to offer a two-week session annually. These courses would be delivered via Ecampus and would use the Ecampus tuition and revenue share model.

Which courses?

Not every course can be offered in a two-week session, but some can be taught successfully in this format. Some course types that might work well include:

  • 1- or 2-credit courses, as each credit hour earned requires 30 hours of work
  • 3-credit courses could also work, but would require about 45 hours of work per week for students
  • Courses that have been offered in condensed formats for past years during the summer
  • Courses that serve as introductions to majors, career explorations, or which would benefit from student immersion in the subject over a short period of time
  • In-demand, higher-enrollment courses
  • Courses that do not require textbook purchase/delivery (e.g. courses that use open educational resources or resources available online through OSU Libraries)

What support is available?

Course development funding ($1,000-$5,000), plus instructional design and multimedia development services, as well as faculty training for online course development and teaching as needed.

How will students know these courses are available?

These courses will display in the traditional schedule of classes, and students can register for them as they would any other course. Academic units will benefit from promoting these unique courses with students in their programs. Additionally, Ecampus and the Office of the Registrar will collaboratively create a list of these courses so advisors have a handy resource to share with students they think could benefit from the opportunity.

Are these courses a good fit for all students?

All students learn differently, and it will be important for students to consider if a condensed class will work for them. Advisors can often help students with this topic. Also, some funding programs (such as veterans benefits) may be limited in how they can support their students. It is important that the student is fully aware of their own funding requirements when they register for these courses.

How can you submit proposals and by when?

If you are interested in teaching courses in this format during this year’s winter break, submit a brief proposal by Monday, May 28, using the Ecampus Online Course Proposal Form. When submitting your proposal, please indicate that you are submitting a proposal for the Winter 2019 Two-Week Session Pilot.

Several questions provide text boxes where you can supply additional information about your proposal. Somewhere in your proposal (such as in the response to “Who is the audience for this course?”), please include information about the following:

  • Information about any known audiences for a two-week format for the proposed course, if available
  • Has the course been offered in an accelerated format previously, such as during a short Summer Session? If so, was this accelerated offering online, hybrid or face-to-face?

Please share this call for proposals with faculty who may be interested. If you have questions, please let me know.

Shannon Riggs
Executive director
Course Development and Learning Innovation
Extended Campus, Oregon State University

ONAMI internship available

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We would like to inform you of an internship that may be of interest to your students.  This is one of the ONAMI Graduate Internships in Startups program.  The internship is with Diatomix, Inc.  


The ONAMI Graduate Internships are open to graduate students who are currently working with ONAMI Member Researchers, or who have completed their MS or PhD within the last year.  The position description for the internship is attached.  Please share this opportunity with your students who may be interested and qualified.


Interested students should send their resume and cover letter to:
·         Diatomix, Inc. to Nicholas Day, CTO,

Please copy Cindy Dahl ( on submissions.



About ONAMI Graduate Internships in Startups:
ONAMI Graduate Internships in Startups (GIST) Program:  ONAMI will fund internships for qualified grad students or recent graduates at ONAMI portfolio companies for 6-9 months.  This is a great opportunity for a student to determine if the startup environment is an attractive career option. Experience to date has proven the internships beneficial to both company and student.

When a match is found (this is determined by the student and company), ONAMI will enter into an agreement with the company, and the student will become a company employee or contractor.  ONAMI will fund the internship at the rate of $25/hour, paid to the company.  The company will provide the intern with salary (at least $25/hour), supervision, training, materials and mentorship.   (Any additional compensation or benefits are the option of the company.)  ONAMI will fund the company up front for half of the internship.  Brief (non-confidential) monthly reports from the student, as well as a mid-term review by both company and student will determine if the internship will proceed. At that point, ONAMI will fund the remainder of the internship.

We look forward to hearing from students interested in the internship.




Cindy L. Dahl, PE
Vice President, Operations

Invitation to Participate: New Center to Support Entrepreneurship

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Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to announce a new OSU-wide entrepreneurship center led by the College of Business that may be of interest to you, as well as your students, faculty and staff –InnovationX, the OSU Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. While the center lives in the College of Business, we serve students of all majors across OSU. You can find more information here:

Below is a quick summary of the services and resources available through the center. I invite you to share this information broadly and to partner with us in this effort:

  • FACULTY AFFILIATION. We invite faculty who are engaged in innovation or entrepreneurship research/service/teaching to consider applying to be a Faculty Fellow of InnovationX. Faculty can complete our online interest form ( to learn more. We look forward to building a robust community of scholars and thought leaders who are dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • LAUNCH PAD. Starting Fall of 2018, a new series of first-year courses for undergrads, called Launch Pad, will be open to first-year students of any major. The purpose of the Launch Pad course series is to attract students to OSU who have an interest in entrepreneurship, no matter what their major. These aspiring young entrepreneurs and their parents have expressed great excitement about this program. We believe Launch Pad will be a unique differentiator for OSU and a program that helps all colleges attract entrepreneurial students! If you’d like to partner to leverage Launch Pad to recruit entrepreneurial students into your undergrad programs, please let us know. Visit for details.
  • LAUNCH ACADEMY. Launch Academy is a new OSU student incubator that is open to serve all students (grad and undergrad) from any major across OSU. Launch Academy includes access to competitive seed funding, co-working space, mentoring and training to help students advance their ideas. Launch Academy students also have access to the DAMlab makerspace, the Austin Prototyping Workshop Series and the Austin Entrepreneurship Mentor Network. Visit for details.
  • LAUNCH-U SPEAKER SERIES. Hosted on Thursdays each term, this speaker series features entrepreneurs and innovators from all backgrounds who share their experiences and help students develop their ideas. The speaker series is open for any OSU student to attend and is co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship Student Club and the College of Engineering. We welcome additional partners.

I hope you will encourage your students, faculty and staff to engage with these new resources. We anticipate extending InnovationX to Portland and Bend over the coming year. I’ll keep you posted as we proceed. I’m also copying Audrey Iffert-Saleem ( on this note. Audrey leads InnovationX and would be glad to chat with you about our work and how we can partner.


Best –



Mitzi M. Montoya, PhD

Sara Hart Kimball Dean

Oregon State University | College of Business | 541-737-6024

LinkedIn | Twitter | Website

May 4, 2018

FERPA Policy Reminder

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Dear Colleagues,

This is a reminder about how we should treat student information within the FERPA boundaries. Violations of FERPA can have severe consequences, both for you as a faculty member and for your department, so we all need to pay attention.

Please review these examples of student records.

Review this quick overview of FERPA policy online.

Familiarize yourself with these guidelines for releasing information.

Tips from the guidelines

Keep student ID numbers, social security numbers, and student names from being displayed publicly.

If you leave graded assignments for student pick up, have a system in place to protect students from seeing each other’s work (e.g. have an office staff member check a student’s ID card before giving them back an assignment).

Make sure attendance rosters do not list anything except students’ names and be sure these rosters are kept in a safe, secure place after each class. Keep your class roster private.

Only discuss student progress with the student or another OSU employee who has a legitimate educational interest in the student unless you have written consent from the student.

Refrain from helping anyone other than an OSU employee locate a student on campus.

Only email using OSU-issued email addresses because they verify identity and have been vetted by OSU information security.


There is tension between complying with FERPA and the need to return work fast and easily to all students. In general, the more complex the return of graded work, the less graded work is picked up by students. Nevertheless, FERPA is the guiding law and must be followed.

Below is some helpful advice based on previous experience. This is not a complete list, so if you have questions that are not covered, always ask.

Some students have protected all of their information by adding a confidentiality flag to their record. We are required to protect these students. We are not allowed to identify publicly that these students attend OSU. This is why CANVAS is really helpful. For example, all class material that relates to students, such as lists of assigned projects, should be posted on CANVAS.

When you discard class material that could connect a student’s name with a course, shred it. Shredding can be done by using the confidential recycling bins. Recycle only general handouts that were given to all students and are unmarked.

A good practice to follow for exams is to organize material so that after all grading is done and recorded and scantrons and so on are removed, the cover sheet only shows the name of the student and no other course information.

Never leave students’ work, graded or not, unattended in a public space.

When grading in a public place, try to ensure that student information is not readily visible others.

If you store student grades on your computer, be sure to lock your computer when not in use.

Do not send a photo roster to the whole class so students can identify each other.

In class do not talk about the performance of a student by name or in a manner that would make the student recognizable unless the student has given permission.

If you use a list of student names to collect signatures after exams, do not put any other information on that list, even in the header (things like course identifier).


As always, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are not sure what is correct, please ask!

Kind regards,



Henri Jansen

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

College of Science

FERPA Policy

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

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I am writing to call your attention to the DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. This fellowship supports graduate students to spend 3-12 months collaborating with a DOE national lab scientist as part of their dissertation research.  This program is targeted at existing graduate students that are working towards their PhDs.  Please talk to your colleagues and collaborators at UW, WSU or beyond that could be candidates to take advantage of this Program to support the cultivation of new collaborations.  Note that the applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens (a DOE rule). The deadline for submission is May 15th.
The description of ASCR, BES, BER, FES, HEP, and NP Priority Research areas is at the following link:
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