The student messages below were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2020-2021 school year.

You can find an archive of 2019-2020 messages here.

Dear Students,

 

We believe in protecting our community. By getting vaccinated – and following the latest public heath guidelines – we can all do our part. Starting April 19, all Oregon residents 16 and older were eligible for vaccination.

 

This Friday, the Samaritan Health vaccination clinic at Reser Stadium has openings. Sign up today at https://www.samhealth.org/getthevaccine

 

Be healthy Beaver Nation!

 

Thank you,

 

Jenny Haubenreiser (she, her) | Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs | Executive Director of Student Health Services 

04/20/2021
Custom text: 04/20/2021 : Reser Stadium vaccination appointments available Friday, April 23

Dear OSU-Cascades Faculty, Staff and Students:

By now you have seen the announcement that the OSU Board of Trustees has voted to name Dr. Becky Johnson as the university’s interim president, effective May 1. Her more than three decades of experience at OSU, including her many achievements leading the expansion of OSU-Cascades campus, positions her for success in leading the university.

Becky will continue in her current role as vice president of OSU-Cascades until her transition to the interim presidency. Between now and then, I will be gathering input from faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders to inform my selection of an interim vice president. I will announce details about this process next week. My intention is to appoint an interim vice president by May 1.

Under Becky’s leadership, the accomplishments of OSU-Cascades and its outstanding faculty, staff, and students have been impressive. Among Becky’s accomplishments are the establishment of a strong leadership team, which I am certain will keep the positive momentum of the campus going.

Please join me in congratulating Becky on her new role. I look forward to engaging with you soon regarding an interim vice president appointment.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Acting President

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Oregon State University

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

04/19/2021
Custom text: 04/19/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Next steps to appoint OSU-Cascades interim vice president

Oregon State Community Members,

 

I am very pleased to share that all Oregonians age 16 and older as of today, April 19, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. This follows President Biden’s April 6 announcement making vaccinations available to all U.S. residents 18 and older beginning today.

It is important to note that vaccine access will be contingent on supplies coming into the state and local communities, which may vary from week to week. There may be wait times for appointments. However, we are optimistic that all OSU community members over 16 who wish to be vaccinated will be able to do so over the coming weeks.

 

This opportunity provides a pathway for all of us to return to a more normal state of operations, doing the things we love – learning, teaching, researching and serving our communities in Oregon and beyond.

 

Health authorities have determined that vaccines are safe and effective, and Oregon State University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated.

 

For those located in Corvallis, weekly clinics at Reser Stadium are being collaboratively run by Samaritan Health Services, Benton County and OSU. Visit this website to schedule a vaccine. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can register for the vaccine here. It is our understanding that vaccines will be available at other points throughout the community, including pharmacies, medical clinics and other sites. Check your local public health authority websites for more information.

 

Students, faculty and staff living elsewhere than the Willamette Valley or Central Oregon should visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S.

 

Please view this short video to learn more about becoming vaccinated. And remember, it’s OK to have questions. We are committed to helping you make informed decisions and providing access to trusted sources of information. For more information about vaccinations, visit the:

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, remember that we must all continue to practice public health safety guidelines. These include continuing to wear face coverings, practicing physical distancing, limiting the size of gatherings and hand-washing frequently.

 

Thank you for joining together to do all we can to build a safer and healthier Beaver Nation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Coronavirus Response Coordinator

 

 

Oregon State University

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

624 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

leadership.oregonstate.edu/provost

04/19/2021
Custom text: 04/19/2021 : All Oregonians 16+ now eligible to be vaccinated

Dear OSU-Cascades students,

It makes a big difference when you connect with classmates and faculty, and engage in student life activities. Studies show that when you stay engaged like this, you’re more likely to stay on track, succeed academically and complete your college degree.

Plus, connections you make -- even virtually – may one day help you land an internship or a job. Even better, connections make us healthier and happier, particularly during challenging times. Here are ways you can stay connected and engaged at OSU-Cascades this term:

  • Your Faculty – 90% of recent OSU-Cascades graduates said their relationships with their professors helped them succeed personally and academically. Get to know your faculty better, you’ll benefit now, and in the long run.
  • CampusGroups – Use your OregonState email login to access the Office of Student Life’s new app where you’ll find events on campus and online, Cascades Adventures workshops and clinic registration, peer-to-peer chat, news updates and more. Learn more and download the app.
  • Students Clubs – With 22 student organizations including four competitive sports clubs, you’ll find opportunities to explore your interests through educational, cultural and social lenses. If you can’t find a club focused on your interest, you can start your own.
  • Student Employment – Co-workers and supervisors can become lifelong connections. On and off-campus job opportunities are regularly updated on the Career Development Center’s Who’s Currently Hiring web page.

My colleagues on the Enrollment Services and Student Success teams and I are here to help you stay connected every week this term so that you can be successful.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or ask for help at [email protected].

 

Stay healthy,

 

Jane

Jane Reynolds | she, her, hers | Executive Director of Student Success
Oregon State University – Cascades | 541-322-3132

 

P.S. OSU strongly encourages all members of the university community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Pre-register for your vaccination at www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com.  Vaccinations are offered at a mass clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.     

04/16/2021
Custom text: 04/16/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Spring Term 2021: Ways to Stay Connected, Engaged

OSU Students,

 

We hope your spring term is going well while we navigate the circumstances of COVID-19. As we advance through the term, we would like to share a reminder regarding religious holidays which OSU community may observe. Oregon State University is committed to providing support for students whose observance of their religious beliefs may have an impact on classes, schedules and dietary needs. 

 

We request that faculty and supervisors work with all undergraduate and graduate students – and regardless of learning modality – as outlined in OSU’s Religious Accommodation of Students Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to notify the faculty member or supervisor as soon as possible prior to the need for accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member or supervisor on these requests according to the religious accommodation policy. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to approve requests for religious accommodations without consultation but must first contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access if denying a request.

 

Because of the timing of some holidays, we recognize it may not always be possible for students to contact faculty and staff for accommodations in advance as outlined in our religious accommodations policy. For this reason, we request that faculty work with students who miss required activities due to these religious holidays, and provide accommodations to make up any missed work deliverables or course material within a reasonable amount of time. In particular, due to the unique circumstances of the university’s COVID-19 response, flexibility should be given to students and offices to navigate religious accommodation processes within current and varied circumstances. Keep in mind that students may be located in different time zones and interact with the calendar and religious practices differently than they would if they were present in Oregon.

 

In addition to the above information, with this email, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on our campuses in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or recommendations, please do not hesitate to directly contact the Office of the Dean of Students or  Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

 

We support our students in balancing their academic schedules, employment duties and religious observations. I wish you all a great remainder of your spring term.

  

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

[email protected]

 

Dining and Food Options: Corvallis UHDS and OSU-Cascades campus dining locations are open for take-out service spring term.

 

OSU Corvallis Resources

 

Any residential student in Corvallis practicing a faith-based diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for upcoming holidays and beyond; who has suggestions about specific foods that could be added to our convenience stores and dining halls; or who needs to discuss access to space for meal preparations, etc., should contact Tara Sanders, registered dietitian in University Housing & Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell).

 

Food in all UHDS dining centers is labeled for dietary preferences and allergen needs. UHDS carries many Halal and Kosher-certified packaged goods as well as a variety of whole foods (fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains) at Cascadia Market in the International Living Learning Center building. For more information about all available food options, restaurants and menus, please visit the University Housing & Dining Services website.

 

OSU-Cascades Resources

 

Any residential student at OSU-Cascades practicing a faith-based diet who needs to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for upcoming holidays and beyond should contact Lori Waters, assistant director of dining and auxiliary services, to assist students with special food needs.

 

Amy Snyder, assistant director residential education and housing, can help students living in residence who need access to meal preparation space.

 

To request this information in an alternative format please contact [email protected].

 

 

 

Oregon State University

Office of the Dean of Students

206 Student Experience Center, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

studentlife.oregonstate.edu

04/16/2021
Custom text: 04/16/2021 : Spring 2021 Religious Holidays Community Information

April 16, 2021

Dear Oregon State University Community Members,

It is my pleasure to announce that today the OSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Johnson as Oregon State University’s interim president effective May 1, 2021. 

The most important responsibility of the OSU Board of Trustees is to select the right leader for this great university and the entire OSU community. The OSU Board is confident that President-Elect Johnson is the right leader to guide and help advance the priorities and momentum of the university and the values of the OSU community.

President-Elect Johnson’s career in higher education spans more than three decades, most of that time at Oregon State University. She is an extremely capable leader with deep institutional credibility.

President-Elect Johnson currently serves as OSU-Cascades vice president. Under her leadership, OSU-Cascades is known as one of the most innovative, new residential university campuses in the nation and is on its way to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students. Before leading OSU-Cascades, President-Elect Johnson had significant academic experience in the College of Forestry – as a professor and associate dean – and served as OSU’s vice provost for academic affairs and international programs.

President-Elect Johnson is committed to advancing a culture of care for students, faculty and staff; providing access to higher education for all students; promoting excellence in faculty scholarship, teaching and research; and serving the university’s engagement mission. Over her extensive career, she has built relationships based on integrity and trust, and those relationships – with faculty, students, staff, donors, legislators, local officials and many others – have helped advance the mission of the university.

Here is a link to a brief video message from President-Elect Johnson upon her being selected interim president, as well as a link to the university’s new release on her appointment.

President-Elect Johnson’s appointment is the culmination of weeks of an inclusive community engagement and nomination process. We are grateful that many of you provided your input on the necessary areas of focus for the interim president, submitted nominations and provided feedback on her candidacy. We also thank the individuals who served on the Nominee Review Committee and those of you who participated in Wednesday’s forum with President-Elect Johnson.

This community engagement served the interim president nomination process very well. We look forward to continued community engagement as we begin to consider the search process for a permanent president, which the OSU Board will discuss at its May 21 meeting.

Thank you all for your efforts to advance inclusive excellence in teaching, student success, research discovery, and service engagement throughout Oregon’s statewide university.

Rani Borkar

Chair

OSU Board of Trustees

04/16/2021
Custom text: 04/16/2021 : Rebecca ‘Becky’ Johnson unanimously selected interim president by OSU Board of Trustees

Dear Oregon State University Community Members,

 

Following extensive community engagement to gather nominations for the appointment of an interim president, I am very pleased to share my recommendation to the Board of Trustees of Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Johnson to lead the university until a permanent president is selected.

 

Dr. Johnson, currently serving as OSU-Cascades Vice President, is most qualified to guide and help advance the priorities and momentum of the university. Her career in higher education spans more than three decades. Prior to being named in 2008 to lead OSU-Cascades, Dr. Johnson served the university for 25 years, rising from an assistant professor in the College of Forestry to vice provost for academic affairs and international programs.

 

Under her leadership, OSU-Cascades is known as one of the most innovative, new residential university campuses in the nation and is on its way to serve up to 5,000 students. Dr. Johnson is committed to advancing a culture of care for students, faculty and staff; providing access to higher education for all students; promoting excellence in faculty scholarship, teaching and research; and serving the university’s engagement mission. She is actively engaged in philanthropic fundraising for OSU and has promoted valued university partnerships and engagement with Central Oregonians, local community organizations and business leaders.

 

Dr. Johnson received a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. In 2015, she was named the Bend Chamber Woman of the Year; in 2014, the Bend Source newspaper’s Woman of the Year; and in 2009, she received the Bend 2030 Vision Builder Award.

 

In late March, I shared that the most important responsibility of the OSU Board of Trustees is to select the right leader for our great university and the entire OSU community. I am confident that Dr. Johnson is the right leader to guide the university as we undertake a process to consider the appointment of OSU’s next permanent president.

 

On Wednesday, April 14 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., we will host a university open forum where community members will hear from me about the process that led to my interim president recommendation and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from Dr. Johnson. For details about the forum and to provide input on the nomination, visit the university forum webpage here. Written input on Dr. Johnson’s appointment can be provided until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, to the Board of Trustees on this webpage. The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting on Friday, April 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to take further public input and consider Dr. Johnson’s appointment.

 

Naming an interim president is the second phase of a three-phase process to select a permanent president over the next several months. On March 23, the first phase was completed when the Board of Trustees named Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser as Acting President. Dr. Feser will continue to serve as acting president until an interim president takes office. The third stage is the full presidential search process. The Board will share the approach and timeline for the permanent presidential search after the appointment of the interim president and further consultation with the OSU community.

 

I asked Trustee Patty Bedient to serve as my delegate to conduct the nomination and community engagement process for the appointment of an interim president, and she did so diligently and inclusively. These efforts began with the March 29 launch of a new Board of Trustees webpage summarizing the process. We are grateful that many of you provided your feedback on the necessary areas of focus for the interim president, as well as nominations of those you wanted to be considered. Your engagement and advice helped the committee of trustees and OSU community members I convened in their review of the nominations received.

 

Under Trustee Bedient’s leadership, more than 50 one-on-one conversations were held with OSU academic leaders, Faculty Senate leaders, staff, student leaders, administrators, university partners and other stakeholders to gather nominations and input on the focus and experience needed in the interim president. Trustee Bedient also reviewed the many comments submitted through the Board webpage. I am thankful for the time, energy and effort that Trustee Bedient and many of you invested in leading us to the nomination. This engagement and your contributions served the nomination process very well.

 

This past weekend, I conducted my own review of the feedback from the nominee review committee. As well, I reviewed all comments submitted in writing and considered the relevant experience and overall leadership capabilities needed in a nominee to guide the university, and I am confident in my recommendation of Dr. Johnson to the full Board of Trustees.

 

During the upcoming university forum on Wednesday and the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, I anticipate robust and thoughtful community and board discussions and the opportunity to affirm our mutual commitment to the values of the university and the OSU community. Our goals include rebuilding trust and learning from recent experiences.

 

Thank you for all that you do to advance excellence in teaching, student success, research discovery, and service engagement throughout Oregon’s statewide university.

 

Rani Borkar

Chair

OSU Board of Trustees

04/13/2021
Custom text: 04/13/2021 : OSU Board Chair announces Becky Johnson as recommended nominee for interim president

OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff,

 

You may have just seen a message from OSU Board Chair Rani Borkar announcing that I have been named as the recommended nominee to the OSU Board of Trustees to serve as Oregon State University’s interim president, while the Board conducts a search for a permanent president.

 

I’m incredibly honored to be considered as the finalist for this position, but I’m very sad to be leaving OSU-Cascades. If appointed, my role as interim president will last for approximately a year. I also don’t think it is fair for me to disrupt the ongoing leadership at OSU-Cascades by returning to lead OSU-Cascades in a year, and then retiring soon after. Therefore, I am resigning my position as Vice President of OSU-Cascades so that the university can conduct a search for a permanent OSU-Cascades leader as soon as possible. 

 

Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser will consult with OSU-Cascades and Corvallis campus stakeholders before appointing an interim leader who will start around May 1, if the Board votes to appoint me on Friday.  I know that whomever is appointed will be working with an amazing leadership team at OSU-Cascades and serving incredible students. I know the campus won’t miss a beat.  The future is so bright for OSU-Cascades, and I will be supporting you from Corvallis -- as we are all OSU!

 

Over the next two weeks, I will remain in Bend and hope to see many of you there. We will not be moving from Bend permanently, and look forward to returning to the community next year.

 

Thank you all for everything you do for OSU-Cascades.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

 

Best,

Becky

 

Rebecca Johnson

Vice President

 

 

 

04/13/2021
Custom text: 04/13/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] OSU-Cascades community announcement

Dear Oregon State University Community Members,

 

As the next step in the interim president selection process, I invite you to an open forum on Wednesday, April 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. with the final recommended nominee for interim president, who Board Chair Rani Borkar will announce tomorrow.

 

The open forum will provide an opportunity for Chair Borkar to introduce the nominee and provide an update on the interim nomination process. The nominee will make a few remarks and take questions from forum participants. Information about the forum is available on the university forum webpage.

 

Feedback on the nominee can be made until 5 p.m. on April 15 at the above webpage. Your feedback will be shared with the OSU Board of Trustees in advance of the Board meeting on April 16 to consider the interim president appointment.

 

Board Chair Borkar appointed me last month to serve as her delegate to conduct the nomination and community engagement process for the interim president. You will recall that naming an interim president is the second phase of a three-phase process to select a permanent president over the next several months. The first phase was completed when the Board of Trustees named Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser as Acting President on March 23.

 

My thanks to those of you who contributed through the webpage feedback form and those who met with me in the more than 50 one-on-one meetings I held over the past two weeks. I am pleased with the enthusiastic participation of so many.

 

I welcome your engagement in Wednesday’s university forum and the April 16 Board of Trustees meeting. At the board meeting, trustees will take additional public input before considering the appointment of the recommended nominee as interim president. Further information on the Board meeting will be available at this webpage.

 

Thank you for your many contributions to Oregon State University and for engaging in this important process to consider the university’s interim leadership.

Sincerely,

Patty Bedient

Trustee

Oregon State University

04/12/2021
Custom text: 04/12/2021 : Board of Trustees announces university forum with recommended nominee for interim president

April 8, 2021

 

Dear Oregon State University Community Members,

 

As promised, I write to provide an update on the steps the Board of Trustees is taking to identify and appoint an interim president.

 

There are three stages occurring in the process to find a permanent president. The first was the March 23 appointment of Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser to serve briefly as acting president until an interim president is named. The second, which is underway now, is the process to appoint an interim president to serve until a permanent president is named. The third stage is the full presidential search process. The Board will share the approach and timeline for the permanent presidential search after the appointment of the interim president and further consultations with the OSU community.

 

Board Chair Rani Borkar asked me to serve as her delegate in conducting the nomination and community engagement process for the interim president appointment. These efforts began with the March 29 launch of a new webpage summarizing the process. Since that time, many of you have enthusiastically provided feedback on the needed areas of focus for the interim president, as well as nominations of those you would like to be considered. There is still an opportunity for you to submit suggestions on the Board of Trustees website before noon tomorrow. The Board is grateful for your active engagement and advice.

 

Over the past week and a half, I have been meeting with OSU Faculty Senate leaders, staff, student leaders, administrators, university partners and other stakeholders to gather nominations and input on the focus and experience needed in the interim president. To date, I have held more than 50 one-on-one conversations and reviewed the comments submitted through the Board of Trustees webpage. My next step is to go over the feedback and nominations with a committee of trustees and OSU community members convened by the Board Chair to help her evaluate the nominations. More information about the committee will be posted on the interim president webpage soon.

 

The survey feedback and conversations indicate that OSU community members and stakeholders want an interim president who knows the university well and supports its strategic plan, vision, and current initiatives, and who is committed to shared governance. We are fortunate to have many strong leaders who fit this description. Many have stressed the need for an experienced individual who is able to engender trust and confidence within the university community as we conduct a search for a permanent president. It is likely the interim president will serve for approximately one year.

 

While many have nominated Acting President Ed Feser and President Emeritus Ed Ray, neither are candidates for the interim post. Acting President Feser has made it clear that he would prefer to return to his role as OSU provost and executive vice president while President Emeritus Ed Ray has argued that the university should tap other talented leaders, rather than stepping back into the role himself.

 

Based upon the feedback received thus far, we will be scheduling a university forum with the recommended final nominee. The university forum will provide community members with an opportunity to hear from the finalist, and to provide additional input to the Board of Trustees on the finalist’s qualifications. While a great many I have consulted have shared that they do not want the Board to deliberate any longer than necessary, the Board remains committed to an inclusive and transparent process. Under our current timeline, the Board expects to conclude the consideration and selection of an interim president in a public meeting of the Board within the next two weeks.

 

It is the Board of Trustees’ goal to work together with the entire university community to maintain the positive momentum at Oregon State University that we have built over many years. I look forward to working with you further to advance OSU as one of the nation’s leading land grant research universities, expanding its positive impact throughout Oregon, the nation and the world.

 

Sincerely,

Patty Bedient

Member, OSU Board of Trustees

 

04/08/2021
Custom text: 04/08/2021 : Update on efforts to identify and appoint an interim president

Dear Oregon State University Community Members,

 

As I wrote to you on March 29, it is imperative at OSU that we strengthen our approaches to preventing all forms of interpersonal violence including harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking and that we provide support and care to survivors. I write today with an update on that work.

 

As the cornerstone of this effort, I have asked Kim Kirkland, executive director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access and OSU’s Title IX Coordinator, and Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs, to collaborate in leading two reviews. The first will assess our institutional practices for ensuring the OSU president’s consistent awareness and appropriate oversight of Title IX efforts, policies, procedures, and related programs. The second is an evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of OSU’s comprehensive interpersonal violence prevention, support, and response program.

 

These two reviews will be undertaken promptly and will inform the allocation of additional resources. They follow up on a March 17, 2021 directive issued by the OSU Board of Trustees. A new webpage provides additional information and progress updates on this work.

 

I ask all of us in the OSU community to be mindful of those who have been harmed by violence of any kind and who are experiencing a range of emotions as the university community continues to discuss these topics. I also ask everyone to commit themselves to making Oregon State University a community free of interpersonal violence. Achieving this goal is well past due.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Acting President

600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

leadership.oregonstate.edu/president

04/08/2021
Custom text: 04/08/2021 : Addressing interpersonal violence

Oregon State University Community Members,

 

We stand in solidarity with members of Asian and Asian American community as the rise in anti-Asian racism continues in our country. We affirm that members of the OSU community who are of Asian descent belong at Oregon State, are valued members of our community and deserve to feel safe and respected.

 

Please view this brief video expressing support for all Asian and Asian American community members. I am joined in the video by Grace Atebe, executive director of the Office of International Services, and Janet Nishihara, executive director of the Educational Opportunities Program.

 

We are here to support impacted community members. Corvallis campus students seeking support should contact Counseling & Psychological Services, the Office of the Dean of Students or the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. OSU-Cascades students can contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for support and may make an appointment with a counselor through the Student Wellness page. OSU employees may seek support through the Beyond Benefits program.

 

To report a bias incident within the OSU community, visit the Office of Institutional Diversity’s Bias Incident Response website. Any member of the OSU community who believes they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination should visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access.

 

I encourage everyone to continue to contribute to a safe and welcoming university community and advance social justice and inclusivity for all.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

 

Oregon State University

Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs

studentaffairs.oregonstate.edu

04/06/2021
Custom text: 04/06/2021 : We stand in solidarity with the OSU Asian community

Dear students,

 

Welcome back, Beaver Nation! Just as we did in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, we will send a few emails during the term reminding you of important resources, deadlines, and relevant information to support your success at OSU.

 

Health and safety reminders:

The OSU face covering and physical distancing policies remain in place for everyone’s health and safety. Please be sure to abide by these policies when on OSU campuses or in OSU buildings.

 

TRACE testing:

 

Help OSU contribute to safer campus communities.

 

Corvallis and Hatfield Marine Science Center: Enroll in the TRACE OSU testing study. It is free to participate, and you receive your results within a few days of submitting your test samples. Testing for students and employees occurs on the Corvallis and at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

 

OSU-Cascades: Students living in the residence hall are required to participate in free weekly testing. Student workers who are required to work on-campus have the option to participate in weekly testing. Watch for weekly email invitations from TRACE OSU.

 

Support and success:

OSU maintains websites that list a variety of key support resources for Corvallis, Ecampus and OSU-Cascades students. Please consult these sites to assist you with technology, health needs and academic success support, among other resources.

 

Study spaces for Spring 2021:

With some buildings restricted during Spring 2021, please consult the following for updates on study spaces and building access:

Corvallis campus: Open buildings, reserve a study space

OSU-Cascades campus: Building hours and access. Student ID card required.

 

For prompt assistance or answers to COVID-specific questions, call the COVID-19 hotline: 547-737-7211.

 

We hope you have a great term.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Office of the Registrar

registrar.oregonstate.edu

04/02/2021
Custom text: 04/02/2021 : Welcome to Spring 2021

Dear OSU-Cascades community, 

 

We are excited to share that this week Deschutes County expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination to include Phase 1B, Group 7. Group 7 includes frontline workers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control. Please be aware that frontline workers can include university frontline workers and student frontline workers.

 

With this announcement, if you live in Deschutes, Crook or Jefferson counties and if you have not already pre-registered, we encourage you to pre-register for your COVID-19 vaccination. Oregon State University strongly encourages all members of the university community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when available per Oregon Health Authority’s distribution schedule.  

 

Pre-registration is available through a partnership between the counties and the St. Charles Health System. Vaccinations are offered at a mass clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.

 

To pre-register, visit www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com.  

 

Everyone interested in obtaining a vaccine can pre-register. Whether you are in Group 7 or another group, by pre-registering you can be contacted when you are eligible and vaccine supply is available. Everyone age 16 and older will be eligible by May 1.  

 

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about pre-registration, provided by Deschutes County. 

 

FAQs FROM DESCHUTES COUNTY: PRE-REGISTRATION FOR VACCINATION 

 

I don't think I'm eligible, should I pre-register for a vaccination? 

Yes, Deschutes County encourages everyone to pre-register as soon as possible. Pre-registration is the only way to be scheduled for a vaccine appointment at the mass vaccine clinic at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. 

 

I have already filled out the Vaccine Interest Form. Do I still need to pre-register? 

Yes. The new pre-registration form will allow you to be contacted by email and text with a unique link to schedule your vaccine appointment when you're eligible and a dose is available.  

 

How do I pre-register?  

Pre-register at www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com. If you are unable to pre-register online, call 541-699-5109 to pre-register by phone. Phone assistance is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. Be prepared to be placed on hold or to call back because of high call volume. 

 

What happens after I pre-register?  

When your group becomes eligible and a dose is available for you, you will be emailed* and texted a unique link to schedule your vaccine appointment. Registration links cannot be shared and will expire after 48 hours.  If you pre-registered by phone, you will receive a call to schedule your vaccine appointment when a vaccine is available for you. 

 

I have already pre-registered. Why haven’t I received a scheduling link?

Weekly vaccine allocations provided to the county are limited. The county is working to contact eligible individuals as vaccines are available.  If you have pre-registered, you are in the queue to be contacted.

 

*The email with your unique link may go to your junk box. Check your junk mail frequently after pre-registering or add [email protected] to your safe senders list. 

 

OSU has provided answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccination related to university activities at covid.oregonstate.edu/faq.   

 

If you live outside of the tri-county area and need to find vaccination sites, visit the State of Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine website

 

Again, I encourage all members of our campus community to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated when your turn comes. Vaccines, along with personal and public health measures such as wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing are the best pathway to the return of in-person activities at OSU-Cascades. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Kelly Sparks
COVID-19 Response Coordinator

Associate Vice President for Finance and Strategic Planning

04/02/2021
Custom text: 04/02/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Vaccination eligibility expanded this week

Dear OSU-Cascades Students,

 

These past few weeks have been difficult, as across the nation there has been a mass shooting in Atlanta, where the majority of victims were women of Asian descent; another mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo., and this Monday marked the beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer charged with killing George Floyd. As a result, these events weigh heavily on many in our community.

 

As a campus, one of the three commitments in our Vision 2030 is focused on social justice. We strive for a world in which all community members and groups are able to participate fully and equally in society. On campus, we work to design programs that meet diverse needs and create an atmosphere where everyone feels physically and psychologically secure. We strive to advance these goals every day.

 

These events and their news coverage are likely to rekindle emotions related to ongoing violence against people of color, racism and systemic inequality. Please be aware that at this time, there may be many among us who need extra space and care, and this may be especially true of Asian, Asian American, Black and African American community members, and other people of color. During this time, please cultivate empathy and care for each other. Consider that words can cause harm. Take care in how you frame conversations and provide flexibility to those who may need it during this time.

 

Now we want to turn to action. We have an opportunity to open dialogue within our community regarding the development of an integrated crisis intervention and safety strategy for our campus. We would like to hear your concerns, understand your values, and subsequently share thoughts on our future planning efforts. In the coming weeks, we will host listening sessions for students, faculty and staff regarding this strategy. We will be communicating times and Zoom invites soon.

 

In the meantime, support from a licensed counselor is free for students. Make an appointment with the OSU-Cascades counselor by e-mailing [email protected]. If you need immediate assistance, contact the Crisis YouthLine at 877-968-8491.

 

Now is a good time for us to reach out and check in with others. Seek help if you need it. And, above all, let’s support each other.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Rebecca Johnson

Vice President

 

Blair Garland

Senior Director of Community Relations and Marketing

 

Dr. Andrew Ketsdever

Dean of Academic Affairs

 

Brittany Preston

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

 

Jane Reynolds

Executive Director of Student Success

 

Kelly Sparks

Associate Vice President, Finance & Strategic Planning

03/31/2021
Custom text: 03/31/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] A time for special care and flexibility

Oregon State University Community Members,

The OSU Board of Trustees recognizes that the last few weeks have been challenging for all members of the university community. As we begin a process to appoint an interim university president, the community’s engagement is very important.

 

Following the resignation of King Alexander, Board Chair Rani Borkar has asked me to lead the process of soliciting nominations for the interim president. I encourage you to visit a new webpage on the Board of Trustees website to provide input on the scope of the interim president position and provide names of individuals who might be considered.

 

We plan to solicit nominations through April 9, 2021. I also will reach out to a broad range of OSU academic and administrative leaders, Faculty Senate leadership, student leaders and other university stakeholders to engage them in the nomination process. Given the urgency in making an interim appointment, the Board will schedule a public meeting shortly after the close of the nomination period to consider and act on an appointment.

 

The schedule for the nomination and appointment process will be provided on the webpage following discussion at the April 2, 2021, meeting of the Board of Trustees. The webpage also will feature regular updates on the process and a set of frequently asked questions.

 

Later, a separate webpage will be launched regarding the search process for the university’s next permanent president. I assure you that the Board of Trustees has heard the concerns about the 2019 search and will promptly undertake a review of that process and incorporate lessons learned.

 

The Board looks forward to receiving your nominations for an interim president and advice on the permanent search process. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Patty Bedient

Trustee

Oregon State University

03/29/2021
Custom text: 03/29/2021 : OSU Trustees announce process to gather nominations for interim president

Dear Colleagues,

 

I write to you regarding three matters.

 

First, I want to be clear that sexual violence and violence in all forms is antithetical to Oregon State University’s values and will not be tolerated. I sincerely apologize to survivors hurt as our community has gone through a period of deep discussion, self-examination, and decision-making over the past few weeks. I recognize that for many students, faculty and staff at OSU, it has been a difficult and painful time. My first priority as acting president is to strengthen our approaches to preventing sexual violence and supporting those affected by it. I am working with university leadership, faculty, staff, and students in this regard.

 

Second, Professor Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, will serve as acting provost and executive vice president for the duration of my appointment as acting president. Susan and I will continue to work with the Trustees, faculty, staff, students and partners in the Foundation and Alumni Association to advance the mission of Oregon State University in a manner consistent with the principle of shared governance and with candor and transparency.

 

Third, as Trustee Patty Bedient wrote to you earlier today, the Board of Trustees has begun soliciting nominations for the position of interim president. It has launched a web page to receive input and nominations, which it will update with information about the schedule and process following a discussion at its April 2, 2021, meeting. The page will offer regular updates and a set of frequently asked questions.

 

While the past few weeks have been extraordinarily challenging, we have a strong and resilient community that is continuing the work of this great research university. I am proud to be a part of Oregon State University and look forward to working with you to advance our shared goals and aspirations.

 

All my best for a productive spring term.

 

Edward Feser

Acting President

600 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

leadership.oregonstate.edu/president

03/29/2021
Custom text: 03/29/2021 : Update from acting president

Dear OSU-Cascades students, 

 

As you prepare to start spring term next week, be sure to explore the many resources and tips the Student Success team and OSU offer that can help you succeed: 

 

  • Do you have classes on campus? 
  • Contribute to building a safer and healthier campus community by wearing a face covering in accordance with university policy and observing physical distancing requirements, including honoring capacity and seating restrictions in classrooms. 
  • Remember that student ID cards are required for building access. To get your student ID, bring your OSU ID number and a photo identification to the Mail and ID Center on the first floor of the residence hall. Building hours and access are available at osucascades.edu/covid/students
     
  • Now is the time to order textbooks, course materials 

If you have not already, don’t delay ordering books and materials you need for your classes. Ask your instructor if you have specific questions. Options for ordering include:  

 

  • Laptop/Equipment loans 

The OSU-Cascades Library has equipment like headphones and laptops available for loan. Find equipment through 1Search or contact the OSU-Cascades librarian

 

  • Need technical assistance? 

Go to the Information Services website, where you’ll find orientations about your accounts at OSU, including ONID, and service information. The Service Desk provides phone help for most any technical issue. 

 

Free COVID-19 testing after spring break 

Watch for your email invitation from TRACE OSU. All OSU-Cascades students are invited to be tested on Tuesday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All students living in the residence hall are required to be tested within the first three days of spring term. 

 

My colleagues on the Enrollment Services and Student Success teams and I are here to help you progress every week this term so you stay on track academically and personally -- and earn your degree.  

 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or for assistance at [email protected].  

 

Stay healthy, 

 

Jane 

 

Jane Reynolds | she, her, hers | Executive Director of Student Success 

Oregon State University – Cascades | 541-322-3132 

03/25/2021
Custom text: 03/25/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Spring 2021: Prepare for spring term

OSU-Cascades community members,

 

The recent weeks have been challenging throughout Oregon State University, including here at OSU-Cascades. I believe that yesterday’s decision by the Board of Trustees to accept President F. King Alexander’s resignation allows us to move forward in a way that reflects and honors OSU’s values.

 

I appreciate that so many students, staff, faculty and senior leaders provided input to OSU’s Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate during this time. These messages served as a reminder that intimate violence is still all too common, and many in our community have been impacted. I also want to acknowledge the impact these last weeks have had on survivors, and hope that we can come together to support one another in finding healing.

 

OSU’s commitment to assess Title IX reporting and survivor services, and its efforts to improve survivor support services and the university’s prevention of and response to intimate violence – dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment and stalking -- will also benefit OSU-Cascades. I welcome you to join this important work and contribute to a campus climate that is safe and welcoming for all.

 

I am proud of OSU’s values and how we work together to uphold them at OSU-Cascades. As we begin spring term next week, I ask each of us to recommit to our community values, mission and our roles in service to our community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Becky Johnson

Vice President

03/24/2021
Custom text: 03/24/2021 : [OSU-Cascades] Response to OSU Board of Trustees' decision

Message sent on behalf of OSU Board Chair Rani Borkar

 

Members of the OSU Community,

The most important responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to select the right leader for our university and the entire OSU community. 

 

When the Board of Trustees adjourned last week, we believed it was possible for President Alexander to repair the broken confidence and trust in his ability to lead OSU.

 

After listening to and hearing important input from diverse members of our community and reflecting on our own values and experiences, we now know that rebuilding trust is no longer possible. In response, over the weekend, the Board scheduled to meet this morning as we learned President Alexander no longer had the confidence of the OSU community. This broken trust was expressed not only by the vote of the Faculty Senate but by an outpouring of thoughtful statements from students, alumni and survivors of sexual assault.

 

On Sunday, President Alexander offered his resignation, effective April 1. Meeting today in public session, the OSU Board of Trustees voted to accept his resignation as president of Oregon State University.

 

As we move forward, I want to share three commitments to the OSU community and all Oregonians.

 

First, the responsibility and accountability for selecting and evaluating the president rests with this board. I pledge to work with the Board to review past procedures and to learn and improve from this experience. We can do better, and we will do better for OSU. 

 

Second, looking ahead, I will ask the Board to consider what best represents an inclusive selection process for future presidents that is informed by what we have learned from this experience and reflects the culture and values of OSU.

 

Third, in recent years, OSU has made important progress in our Title IX and survivor support programs. This work is never done. There is always room for improvement. We hear and are moved by the courageous survivors who stepped forward to share their experiences of sexual assault and those who have been harmed by recent events and may question the university’s commitment. We support you and will continue to work to earn your trust.

 

Oregon State University is committed to public higher education and to provide for the prosperity and wellness of all. We serve the needs of Oregonians, our nation and the world and are guided by our values of accountability, transparency and compassion. In everything we do, this university and its board must act with integrity. We admit when we make mistakes, and we always seek to improve.  This has been our past for 152 years, and it will continue to be our future.

 

I thank the OSU Board of Trustees for its decision to accept King Alexander’s resignation, effective April 1.

 

And I thank the Board of Trustees for its designation of Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser as Oregon State University’s acting president. Provost Feser is a seasoned leader, and we are confident that OSU and the university community will be well-served while the Board considers its options regarding interim leadership. He is strongly committed to shared governance, and OSU’s promise to be a welcoming community that has safety as a top priority while fostering inclusion, equity and diversity. He is a champion for students, faculty and staff.

 

Tomorrow morning at 8, the Board of Trustees’ Executive and Audit Committee will discuss next steps in assessing the university’s Title IX reporting and survivor services. The committee also will discuss next steps to respond to feedback and questions the Board has received from the OSU Faculty Senate. And it will discuss the timeline and process for the appointment of an interim president.

 

The last few weeks have been a difficult experience for all of us and the entire OSU community. We will learn from this experience, yet we will not let it divide us. Let us heal together. Let us rededicate ourselves to excellence in teaching, student success, research discovery and service engagement.

 

This is an incredible university and community. Together, we will build on the legacy and strengths of Oregon State University.

 

Sincerely,

Rani Borkar
Chair
OSU Board of Trustees

03/23/2021
Custom text: 03/23/2021 : OSU will move forward, support survivors and learn upon accepting president’s resignation

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