The emails below were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2018-2019 school year.

Email archive for previous years.

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

Across the nation, one in eight people struggle with hunger. Close to home, one in six residents in Linn and Benton counties sought emergency food assistance last year. And among those served by local and state food banks, as many as two-thirds say they are sometimes forced to choose between paying for food versus paying for their rent, medical services and utilities.

As the number of people affected by food insecurity grows, it includes individuals who make valued contributions to their communities and others, and increasingly, students on our nation’s college and university campuses.

 

Nationally, according to recent research conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice, 43% of college students surveyed reported that they felt food insecure in the past 30 days. This problem is striking close to home. Of the nearly 2,800 OSU students who applied for food assistance and food vouchers in the 2017-18 academic year, 81% met the federal definition of food insecurity.

The causes for food insecurity among college students are many: the cost of higher education; the share of educational costs that students now pay versus the state; and the cost of housing, utilities and food. The stark reality is that many students balance going to class and working multiple jobs to minimize college debt, and still don’t have enough money to attend class or take a test with the benefit of a recent nutritious meal.

Whatever the reason, the crisis of food deprivation at Oregon State must end. It is not acceptable for this university and for this state to have students in our OSU community that do not know where their next meal will come from.

It’s up to all of us to help address student hunger.

I am committed to ending hunger at Oregon State, and I call upon university leaders, faculty and staff, student leaders and OSU stakeholders to join with me.

With that commitment in mind, I have directed Dan Larson, vice provost for student affairs, to lead this effort to increase the scale of our programs and services starting in fall term 2019 to make a greater impact on reducing food insecurity among our students. We will do so more fully and more prominently than we do today through the good work already occurring at the Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) on the Corvallis campus or through the Associated Students of Cascades Campus Food Pantry in Bend at OSU-Cascades.

 

Here are examples of what will take place:

  • Over the summer, University Housing and Dining Services and HSRC managers will develop a pilot program to make available to eligible students food that has been produced in university dining centers, but at the end of a day, otherwise would go to waste. This effort will be implemented in fall term and will be in addition to existing UHDS efforts that provide re-packageable food to Linn Benton Food Share, which then – within state and local health requirements – provides these food supplies back to the HSRC food pantry.
  • Approaches will be evaluated to leverage university financial aid dollars with food assistance programs such as Mealbux, which provides eligible students with a meal card to use on campus.
  • Efforts to make students more aware of their eligibility for state and federal food assistance programs. As Oregon’s land grant university, we can help inform more of our own students -- and students attending other Oregon colleges and universities – by increasing communications regarding valuable programs, such as SNAP-Ed – the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program. The goal of this program is to provide people eligible for food stamps and food assistance with information about making healthy food choices within limited budgets – and choose physically active lifestyles. Additionally, this work will make more students aware of how the HSRC can aid students to complete their applications for food assistance.
  • We will engage with the OSU faculty to increase the sharing and prominence of a basic needs support message statement, such as within course syllabi and OSU websites. Such statements would help direct all students to centers and programs that may help address needs such as food insecurity, mental health services and others.Vice Provost Larson will create a task force in fall term 2019 made up of university administrators, faculty, student government leaders in Corvallis and Bend, students who served through our assistance programs, UHDS and financial aid representatives, and other university partners to develop additional action plans for implementation in 2020.

I am directing Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing, to lead OSU’s efforts to better inform our students and the university community about the benefit and availability of food assistance programs and other services available throughout OSU to address food insecurity.

 

Meanwhile, leaders within the OSU Foundation are sensitive to the issue of food insecurity, as well as student mental health, and are beginning to discuss how to be part of OSU’s efforts to help address these student needs.

 

As a community, I call upon us to expand the already impressive culture of caring within Oregon State University. That culture includes the annual Corvallis campus food drive. For example, the 2019 food drive raised the equivalent of 382,000 meals. Of that total, more than $67,000 in payroll contributions were made and another $55,000 was contributed in various food drive fundraising campus events.

 

These contributions aid the OSU Food Pantry on the Corvallis campus in making a real difference. Approximately 65% of those served by the pantry are college students, and 93% of these households have at least one college student in their family. According to self-reported data from those served at the HSRC, 57% are first-generation students; 56% are students of color; and 158 reported sleeping in a tent, car or homeless shelter in the previous 12 months.

Meanwhile, at OSU-Cascades, the food pantry is supported by donations from the campus community.

 

I assure you that even greater personal and university engagement in the problem of food insecurity are needed, and I know that our collective efforts will have a direct impact on our students. But it will take OSU’s institutional commitment and our respective individual consciousness and engagement year-round to fully make a difference.

 

Please join me and Vice Provost Larson by engaging in this effort to end food insecurity among OSU students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

 

State of Diversity at

Oregon State University

 

Address and Reception

 

Wednesday, June 5, 4-5:30 pm

MU Ballroom

 

We invite you to the second annual State of Diversity at Oregon State Address and Reception hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity. Dr. Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, will highlight the incredible work underway across the university to advance inclusive excellence and discuss progress made on Oregon State’s Diversity Strategic Plan.

 

Following the presentation, Dr. Alexander and the Office of Institutional Diversity invite you to enjoy refreshments and connect with other members of the university community to celebrate a successful academic year.

 

The event will be livestreamed and recorded. Livestream will be available at live.oregonstate.edu.

 

The event is free, but your RSVP is requested. Tickets will not be required for this event.

 

For accommodations related to ability please contact diversity@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-1063.

21 May, 2019

 

OSU faculty, staff and students,

 

Oregon State University is committed to providing its faculty, staff and students with access to global opportunities and experiences that promote expanded research opportunities, student success, global understanding and engagement, and safe travel associated with university activities.

 

International travel and exchanges serve the university’s land grant mission to teach, pursue research, and engage in outreach and engagement to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

 

To ensure that all OSU units follow consistent procedures associated with university-sponsored international travel, the university has enacted a new international travel policy that is now in effect and will provide travelers with many benefits. This policy requires faculty, staff, students and others traveling internationally on behalf of the university to enter their itineraries in OSU’s International Travel Registry prior to departure.

 

The registry benefits OSU’s international travelers in many ways, including:

    • Enrollment in international travel insurance, which includes medical care and evacuation or security assistance, if needed;
    • 24/7 support from OSU’s international health and safety coordinator;
    • Optional pre-departure, travel location-specific orientations;
    • Secure storage of passport copies and emergency contact information; and
    • Ability for the university to provide incident assistance and support communication with family members and others in the event of unforeseen incidents.

 

If you have questions about this new process or registry, please contact Kendra Sharp, senior advisor to the provost for international affairs, or Samuel Gras, university international health and safety coordinator by e-mail or phone at 541-737-6433 or 541-737-6493, respectively.

 

We look forward to growing OSU’s global connections and impact with you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kendra V. Sharp                                        Susan Capalbo

Senior Advisor to the Provost                  Senior Vice Provost

                                                                 International Affairs Faculty Affairs

 

 

13 May 2019

 

Dear OSU students, faculty and staff,

 

It is my pleasure to inform you that Dan Larson will begin his appointment as vice provost for student affairs effective immediately.

 

Dan began serving as the interim vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University in September 2017. As vice provost, Dan leads the university’s efforts to provide an enriching co-curricular student experience through residential life, counseling and health services, recreational sports, dining, diversity and cultural engagement, student leadership and involvement programs, student life programs and services, the student union, career development, youth safety and compliance, academic achievement programs, and international support services.

 

During his time in the interim role, Dan has guided this large and complex division to support students in their holistic development and educational persistence to degree completion, and in their preparation and advancement to career or graduate education. He led the establishment of a Division of Student Affairs engagement plan that includes a leadership institute for aspiring student affairs leaders, and he co-chaired the Undergraduate Student Success Steering Committee, bringing greater attention to the importance of faculty and academic units, as well as curricula, as core contributors to undergraduate student success.

 

Dan contributes to OSU’s leadership as a member of the Provost’s Senior Leadership Team and University Cabinet. Prior to his interim role as vice provost, Dan served as the associate vice provost and interim dean of student life, and associate vice provost and executive director of University Housing and Dining Services. Dan joined OSU in 1996 as a graduate student in the College Student Services Administration program, beginning his professional employment at OSU in 2000 as the manager of Housing Services.

 

Dan’s experience and expertise spans student success and achievement, facilities, capital planning, finance, operations, crisis management, risk and compliance, and administrative functions. He has a strong record of positive impact at OSU and is a proven leader and contributor to university-wide initiatives and priorities.

 

Please join me in congratulating Dan on his appointment as vice provost for student affairs and thanking the search committee, chaired by Charlene Alexander, for bringing such a strong slate of finalists to meet with the campus community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

During this academic year, we have witnessed tragedies impacting communities of faith, race and college campuses: A Pittsburgh synagogue, New Zealand mosques, churches in Sri Lanka, a San Diego synagogue, Black churches in Louisiana, and Tuesday, a campus shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Precious and innocent lives continue to be taken and communities are forever impacted. With these incidents, we need to examine what is happening and not become numb to the atrocities that are occurring in our world.

 

Sending a communication after a tragic incident has occurred, though seemingly insignificant, is important as it recognizes the atrocity of these events. These acts cannot be accepted as the norm. We continue to grieve the lives that have been lost and cannot overlook the increasing violence and hatred that is impacting our nation’s college campuses. As members of Oregon State University, it is imperative that we work to understand differences while appreciating the diversity that each of us brings to our university, community and society.

 

It is understandable that you may be experiencing various emotions. We want to make sure you are accessing the appropriate resources (please see below). Let’s continue to come together during these difficult times in our effort to be strong for each other and those beyond this university.

 

 

 

Dan Larson, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Kevin Dougherty, Associate Provost & Dean of Students

Becky Johnson, Vice President, OSU-Cascades

OSU Student:

 

We hope your spring term is going well. As we advance through the term, we would like to share a reminder regarding the religious holiday calendar for the remainder of the school year.

 

Oregon State University is committed to support those in our community who hold religious beliefs, and understand that observance may have an impact on classes, schedules and the dietary needs of some students, faculty and staff. We request that faculty work with students as outlined in OSU’s Religious Accommodations Policy. It is incumbent on the student making the request to make the faculty member aware of a request as soon as possible prior to the need for the accommodation. Students should work directly with their faculty member on these requests according to OSU’s Religious Accommodation Policy: http://eoa.oregonstate.edu/nondiscrimination-basis-religion. Meanwhile, faculty and staff are able to approve requests for religious accommodations but must first contact Equal Opportunity & Access before denying any request.

 

This email also provides information regarding the holy month of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslim communities worldwide. Ramadan is expected to start on Sunday, May 5, 2019, and will likely run through Tuesday, June 4, 2019. During this month, many Muslims will increase their participation in religious observance, self-reflection, practicing good deeds, and daily fasting from dawn until dusk. On some days of the Ramadan observation, the duration of the fast can be up to 19 hours.

 

Oregon State’s Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses provide “quiet spaces” which can be used for meditation, reflection and prayer, specifically during this time. Additionally, with this e-mail, we are providing information about different dining and food options available on campus, in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or recommendations, please do not hesitate to directly contact the Office of Student Life or OSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Access. This message will also be posted in MyOSU until June 4, 2019.

 

Thank you for assisting our students in balancing their academic schedules and religious obligations. I wish you all a great remainder to your spring term.

 

Kevin A. Dougherty, Ed.D.

Associate Provost & Dean of Student Life

Oregon State University | 150 Snell Hall | Corvallis, OR 97331-8659 | 541.737.8748 | deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

 

 

Corvallis & OSU-Cascades Campus Resources

 

Quiet Spaces:

Corvallis campus quiet spaces are offered within the third floor of the Student Experience Center which is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m., to 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and within the International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Multi-Faith Room, which is located on the 4th floor. The Cultural Resource Centers have the following quiet spaces available: Asian & Pacific Cultural Center; Lonnie B Harris Black Cultural Center; Centro Cultural César Chávez; Ettihad Cultural Center; Native American Longhouse Eena Haws Sacred Space; Pride Center reflection garden; and the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center quiet lounge. For OSU-Cascades, a quiet space is offered on campus in the Reflection Room, Tykeson Hall 208. No reservations are required for use these spaces. These spaces are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residence Hall lounges are available for on-campus residents and their guests engaging in Fajr Morning Prayer.

 

Dining and Food Options:

University Housing & Dining Services in Corvallis will extend meal service time during Ramadan for approximately 30 minutes past sundown at Southside Station at Arnold Dining Center. Please check food.oregonstate.edu for exact hours of operation. Halal foods will be available, as well as complimentary dates and yogurt drinks. These extended open hours and special Iftar** food options will be offered Sunday, May 5, 2019, through Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

 

Any student practicing a halal diet, who need help to develop a plan that will meet dietary needs for this holiday and beyond; who may have suggestions, such as specific foods that could be added to UHDS 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 and Dining Services by calling 541-737-3915 (office) or 541-602-9736 (cell). Additionally, food in all UHDS dining centers is labeled for dietary preferences and allergen needs.

 

UHDS regularly offers a number of Halal-Friendly Menu Options. Please visit https://uhds.oregonstate.edu/halal for more information.

 

Dining manager Marta Givens (marta.givens@osucascades.edu) at OSU-Cascades will assist students with special food needs. Meanwhile, Housing Manager Heather Holton (heather.holton@osucascades.edu) can help students living in residence who need access to meal preparation space.

 

**Iftar or Iftari is the sunset meal to end the day’s fast. Iftar is a time for family and friends to come together to break the fast and usually consists of traditional foods like dates and milk.

 

Additional halal food options are served at the following locations off campus in Corvallis:*

2335 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR 97330

 

*Although OSU is not sponsoring any of the above businesses, it is our understanding that these establishments serve halal food options. Please reply to this message if you know of others and we can add them to the list.

 

Ramadan Events:

  • Second Annual Malcolm X Solidarity Iftar** – Thursday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom in Corvallis
  • Join the Muslim Student Association, African Student Association, and Ettihad Cultural Center in a free Iftar** dinner. Keynote speaker Jamila Osman will discuss the impact of the life and legacy of human rights activist Malcolm X. Jamila Osman is a writer, educator, and community organizer living in Portland. Her work spans a broad range of issues, ranging from the tension between place and identity, to immigration and border justice, to education and race. She has taught poetry to students in Palestine, facilitated writing workshops for young men at the MacLaren Youth Correctional, facility and has provided humanitarian aid to migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border with an organization called No More Deaths. She has presented at the U.S.-Mexico Border Convergence, organized by the School of Americas Watch on the invisibility and hyper-visibility of Black migrants in the larger immigrant rights movement. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary and news publications, including Al Jazeera, the New York Times, Pacific Standard, and Teen Vogue. The event is free and open to the public. Catering will be from Tacos El Machin, and will include halal, vegan, and vegetarian options. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

 

To request this information in an alternative format please contact: deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu

 

24 April 2019

OSU faculty, staff and students,

I am writing to encourage you to join me and other university colleagues and stakeholders by engaging in the process to help select Oregon State University’s next president. Selecting our next president is a milestone moment in the university’s history and its mission to serve excellence in student learning, research innovation and outreach and engagement in Oregon and globally.

Your participation in this process is very important and also will contribute diverse and invaluable input to our university’s future.

OSU’s Board of Trustees will hold 10 listening sessions on April 30 and May 1 to gather input from the public and university stakeholders regarding OSU’s strengths, the challenges the university will face over the next decade, and the attributes that the university’s next president should possess.

The sessions will be held in Corvallis, Portland, Bend and Newport as the board begins a national search to replace President Ray as he steps down in June 2020 as Oregon State’s current president.

The dates and locations of the sessions are available online. Listening sessions held on OSU’s Corvallis campus will be live-streamed and available for later viewing. Input also can be provided online.

Please join me in the process to help select our next university president while we all help position that person and Oregon State University for even greater success in teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

Sincerely,

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

The terrorists attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday are another devastating attack on our global humanity that we should mourn together. The bombings that killed more than 300 people are a painful reminder of the hatred in the world that continues to destroy communities by taking precious and innocent lives. In response, we must support one another and strongly denounce all acts of evil. We must honor who we are individually and collectively at OSU by supporting all faiths, nationalities, identities and beliefs that inspire and are committed to peace. By doing so, we appropriately reject hatred and intolerance.

 

As we remain in solidarity, particularly for those directly impacted by this attack, we offer our support. Please be aware of these services available to OSU students and employees:

  1. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the Corvallis campus and the Student Wellness Center on the OSU-Cascades campus.
  2. Other services are available on the OSU Experience site.
  3. Faculty and staff may seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Charlene Alexander

Vice President, Office of Institutional Diversity

OSU community members,

 

I am pleased to share that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) evaluation committee completed its site visit to the university this week as part of OSU’s seven-year reaccreditation process.

 

I appreciate the dozens of faculty, staff, students, administrators and stakeholders who took time to meet with and provide input to the evaluation committee.

 

Upon completing its visit, the NWCCU committee provided the university a number of commendations and recommendations. This information – along with the full accreditation evaluation report that we will receive this summer – will serve as a foundation for OSU to begin its next seven-year accreditation cycle. Importantly, this peer evaluation will aid our continued efforts to improve the delivery of excellent teaching, innovative research, and impactful outreach and engagement services.

 

The evaluation committee commended the university’s commitment to its land grant mission to provide access to education and statewide service; our culture of utilizing planning to guide operations and strategic initiatives; OSU’s progress in improving student success; the university’s commitment to renovate aging facilities; and OSU’s websites for their design and accessible information for prospective students and stakeholders.

 

Meanwhile, the evaluation committee recommended that the university grow its use of metrics to guide how it accomplishes objectives and utilize student learning outcomes to guide the expansion of academic programs, as well as the choice of delivery methods, such as online education. The committee also recommended that OSU’s accreditation core themes of undergraduate education, research and graduate education, and outreach and engagement guide our planning, priorities and decision-making.

 

I thank the NWCCU committee for these valuable initial assessments, its visit to OSU, its commitment to higher education excellence, and its interest in our university’s continued improvement.

 

We will share the evaluation committee’s full report this summer with the university community, and use it as a guide as we advance OSU’s land grant mission and our service to others. Additionally, the report will serve as a starting point for the university’s s next seven-year phase of accreditation and assessment.

 

I thank each of you for your participation in this comprehensive and invaluable opportunity for continued improvement, and especially the faculty, students, and administrators who served on the accreditation steering committee; the many staff across the campus who contributed to the preparation of the self-study report; JoAnne Bunnage, director of university accreditation; and Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost and OSU’s accreditation liaison officer.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU Students:

 

Representatives from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) are visiting Oregon State University Monday – Wednesday this week for an onsite accreditation review. The evaluation committee is composed of eight representatives from peer institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Washington. The reviewers have expertise in the NWCCU accreditation standards, and have carefully reviewed OSU’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report. During the site visit, the reviewers will meet with faculty, classified staff, students and trustees to learn more about our university.

 

Members of the Student Accreditation Advisory Council and ASOSU/ASCC encourage OSU students to join them at the Open Forum for Students. This forum will provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to share their experiences at OSU with members of the site review team.

 

Open Forum for Students (undergraduate and graduate)

Tuesday, April 16th – 3:10 – 4:00 pm

MU 104, Journey Room

Beverages and snacks served

 

Students are also invited to attend the Closing Exit Meeting on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 am in MU 49, Horizon Room. At this meeting, the Chair of the Evaluation Committee will deliver a summary of findings from OSU’s Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report and on-site Evaluation.

 

To join either of these meeting via WebEx, please visit the University Accreditation Homepage.

 

Thank you for your participation in OSU's reaccreditation efforts.

 

Best wishes,

 

Susan Capalbo | Senior Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer

JoAnne C. Bunnage | Director of University Accreditation

Academic Integrity Symposium

May 10, 2019

Memorial Union and online

 

 

The digital environment of higher education makes it a challenge to know how students are engaging in academic dishonesty. Join your colleagues to learn simple, practical, and effective strategies you can start using right away to reduce the amount of academic misconduct at Oregon State.

 

Sessions held in the Horizon Room will be available as a live webinar. When registering for the symposium, please select the webinar option and sign up for the webinar through WebEx.

 

Who should attend: Professors, instructors, graduate teaching assistants.

 

Learn more at https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/academic-integrity-symposium

 

Register today at https://beav.es/Z5d

 

 

 

Agenda

 

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

Registration and hot breakfast buffet

 

8:15 – 8:25 a.m.

Welcome greeting by Dr. Steph Bernell, Associate Dean, Graduate School

 

8:25 – 9:05 a.m.

Academic Integrity Panel Discussion

 

The panelists will discuss how course design, targeted communication, and utilization of technology can reduce academic misconduct in the classroom. Audience questions and curiosities are encouraged.

 

9:05– 9:50 a.m.

Keynote address: Academic integrity: Is what students believe different from what they do?

Dr. Kim Kirkland, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity and Access, and Title IX Coordinator, Oregon State University

 

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout session 1 (Horizon Room, Multipurpose Room)

 

Cheating in Plain Sight - In this session, you will learn how students misuse online tools and how to prevent them from doing so in your class.

 

Designing Your Course to Enhance Academic Integrity - Course design can prevent academic misconduct and at the same time improve academic integrity. (webinar)

 

10:55 – 11:40 a.m.

Breakout session 2 (Horizon Room, Multipurpose Room)

 

Employing Best Practices in the Design of Writing Assignments - By employing best practices in the design of writing assignments, faculty can greatly reduce plagiarism in the classrooms.

 

Why Students Cheat and Strategies for Prevention - Oregon State students will present research on the factors that determine why students cheat. (webinar)

 

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Closing remarks by Dr. Alix Gitelman, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

 

Symposium organizers

 

  • ASOSU Office of Advocacy
  • Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • The Graduate School
  • Office of International Services
  • Office of Undergraduate Education

 

 

For accommodations related to a disability please contact marueen.childers@oregonstate.edu by May 3.

 

 

Members of the OSU community,

 

I am very pleased to announce that Pat Reser, an alumna and longtime supporter of Oregon State University and past chair of the university’s board of trustees, will receive an honorary doctorate at OSU’s Corvallis campus commencement ceremony on June 15.

 

Pat’s thoughtful leadership, volunteer engagement and many contributions to Oregon State University span decades, along with her years of service in Oregon and globally as a champion for human wellness, education and the arts. The transformative impact of her work on behalf of our university’s students and faculty and the state of Oregon will serve generations to come.

 

As you may know, along with Al, her late husband, and other members of the Reser family, Pat Reser has contributed to many university initiatives, including renovating Reser Stadium, constructing the Linus Pauling Science Center and Austin Hall, the home of Oregon State’s College of Business, and establishing endowed professor positions in music and chemistry.

 

In 2014, Pat was named the initial chairperson of OSU’s board of trustees, and served in that role until 2017, when she retired from the board.

 

She also served as the co-chair of the $1.142 billion Campaign for OSU, which concluded in 2014, and was a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees for more than 10 years. Pat generously supports several other organizations in our state, including the Beaverton Arts and Culture Foundation and the Washington County Historical Society and Museum.

 

Pat is vice chair of the board of Medical Teams International, which makes a profound difference for vulnerable communities all over the world. Pat’s involvement with Medical Teams International has taken her to countries including Bangladesh, Uganda, Lebanon, Cambodia, Myanmar and Guatemala.

 

Pat graduated from Oregon State in 1960. She taught elementary education in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, before retiring from the Beaverton School District in 1995. Together, she and her husband grew Reser’s Fine Foods, a family-owned company based in Beaverton, into an international business with about 6,000 employees at 18 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.

 

Please join me June 15 at Commencement in celebrating our many 2019 graduates and in recognizing Pat Reser for her visionary leadership, extensive volunteer engagement and many contributions to Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

OSU is undertaking a process to help select the university’s next president following President Ed Ray’s recent announcement that he will step down on June 30, 2020, when his current five-year contract is completed.

 

President Ray has served as OSU’s 14th president since July 31, 2003, and I know we all are grateful for his leadership and exemplary service. During his tenure, President Ray led the university through a period of extraordinary growth in academic stature; enrollment; facilities and infrastructure; grant-funded research; and statewide and global presence. He also led the university in advancing its strategic planning, fundraising in partnership with the OSU Foundation, and in taking significant steps to prioritize and advance the pursuit of inclusive excellence. In future months, I look forward to honoring and celebrating him with our university community.

 

As a result of these achievements and the momentum that the university has in completing its 150th anniversary as Oregon’s statewide university, OSU’s next president will be positioned to lead a distinctive university that provides ever-increasing impact in Oregon, nationally and globally. As well, the university’s next president will continue to foster a university community that prioritizes diversity and inclusive excellence.

 

Few moments of transition have more significance to our university than the selection of a new president. While the ultimate decision to choose a new president lies with the OSU Board of Trustees, the process will engage the university community and OSU’s many stakeholders. We are fortunate to have engaged and thoughtful trustees, and from among this group, I am appointing Darry Callahan as chair of the Presidential Search Committee. As an Oregon native, OSU alumnus and former vice chair of the Board, Darry brings tremendous knowledge of the university and the position of university president. I also have asked Trustees Patty Bedient, Preston Pulliams and Julie Manning to join the search committee. These trustees will provide wide-ranging experiences and diverse perspectives.

 

In addition to these trustees, the search committee will include representatives from OSU’s faculty, staff, students, alumni, administration and stakeholders, the OSU Foundation, as well as representatives from the broader community with which the university engages. This committee will lead efforts to recruit a visionary and accomplished leader, who will harness further the university’s momentum as a leading land grant public research institution, and guide OSU to even greater levels of accomplishment. The full membership of the committee will be announced later this month. The Board of Trustees and search committee will be assisted by consultants from Witt/Kieffer, a preeminent executive search firm with 50 years specializing in higher education, healthcare and non-profit leadership recruitment.

 

There is much important work to be done as we begin our search.

 

In late April and early May, the Board of Trustees will host listening sessions and launch a survey to gather input regarding the university’s anticipated needs over the next 10 years and the background, skills and experience needed by OSU’s next president. We will use this important feedback to establish a leadership profile for the position of president to use in our recruitment of candidates and decision-making process.

 

To aid us in these effort, we are launching a presidential search website that will provide information on how to participate in listening sessions, complete the survey and nominate candidates: https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/presidentialsearch. The website will be updated regularly as the search for OSU’s next president progresses.

 

Once the presidential leadership profile is approved by the Board in May, the search firm and committee will actively recruit candidates over the summer and early fall and will interview semifinalists in October. As Board Chair, I will make a determination of finalist candidates to participate in interviews in November. I expect the Board’s selection and announcement of the next president in December.

 

This is an important time for Oregon State University, and my fellow trustees and I look forward to taking this journey together with you.

 

My best,

 

Rani Borkar

Chair

Board of Trustees

Oregon State University

Dear Oregon State Colleagues,

 

Early in the year, we wrote to you regarding the FY19 budget rescission and indicated that we would hold forums on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses to discuss the university’s general financial outlook and OSU’s response to the state’s budget, rising costs, and enrollment trends, as we seek to advance the university’s goals and Strategic Plan 4.0.

 

The dates of those forums are:

 

Thursday, April 18, 10 to 11 a.m., Tykeson Hall 111, OSU-Cascades in Bend

 

Thursday, May 2, 9 to 10 a.m., MU Horizon Room (MU 49) in Corvallis

This forum will be live streamed.

 

In addition, the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning continues to hold its series of University Budget Conversations for all OSU employees and students, with the goal of providing information about the university’s budget and budgeting process and answering questions.

 

The tenth and eleventh in that series for 2018-19 are scheduled for Monday, April 1, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Horizon Room (MU 49) in Corvallis, and Wednesday, April 11, 12 to 1 p.m., Memorial Union 215, in Corvallis. Both will discuss the current year and longer-term budget outlook.

 

We encourage you to review our University Budgeting FAQs to learn more about how we undertake budgeting at OSU and the evolving FY20 budget situation, and you might also visit the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning website, which provides extensive information on the university’s finances and budget planning. We hope you will make time to attend a forum.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

Mike Green, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

I am writing to let you know that it is my intention to step down as president of Oregon State University on June 30, 2020, when my current five-year contract will be completed, and after almost 17 years since I had the great honor and joy to assume the presidency on July 31, 2003. I will continue to serve as president of Oregon State University until the new president assumes office.

 

The timing for this transition is excellent. We have just adopted a new chapter in our strategic plan, SP4.0, and we are guided by our common statement of aspirations: Vision 2030. Furthermore, we have recently completed a comprehensive self-study as part of a seven-year accreditation process and we will welcome an external accreditation review team to OSU in the next few weeks. We also developed a 10-year business forecast and a 10-year capital planning model to help guide university fiscal decisions. Perhaps most importantly, I have never worked with a stronger leadership team in my 16 years of service as your president, including an excellent university board of trustees.

 

Personally, my health is very good. Yet, I will be almost 76 years old when I step down as president, and I view my job as including my best effort to assist this wonderful university in transitioning to new leadership. Effective July 1, 2020, I will begin a sabbatical and transition to the College of Liberal Arts as a professor of economics.

 

Please know that my affection for each of you, my passion and commitment to the mission, vision and values of this university have never been stronger. And, I remain certain that the best is yet to come for Oregon State University and those we serve. Our graduates are our greatest contribution to the future, and my colleagues will help all of us provide for a more inclusive future to meet the educational, economic and social needs and aspirations of all Oregonians and those beyond our state, through our teaching, research, creative work and service.

 

Within the next few weeks, Rani Borkar, chair of OSU’s Board of Trustees, will provide further details regarding the process and timeline for bringing the 15th president to this wonderful university, including the role that each of you can play in contributing to a successful search for OSU’s next president.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Oregon State University community members,

 

I am pleased to announce that world-renowned marine ecologist and OSU Distinguished University Professor Jane Lubchenco will serve as the commencement speaker at our Corvallis campus graduation ceremony on June 15.

 

Jane’s contributions in the academy and government place her at the forefront of crafting solutions to our planet’s most pressing problems such as climate change and ocean health.

 

Her selection as OSU’s 150th commencement speaker underscores the university’s commitment to advancing a healthier, prosperous and more sustainable future for Oregon, the nation and the world. Jane’s academic career began as a professor at Harvard University and continued at Oregon State beginning in 1977 until her appointment as administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Following Jane’s NOAA service, she was the 2013 Haas Distinguished Visitor in Public Service at Stanford University. She then returned to OSU as a Distinguished University Professor and advisor to the president for OSU’s growing marine studies initiative.

 

Jane is one of the world’s most highly cited ecologists with expertise in the ocean, climate change and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She served as an undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere within the Obama administration and later as the State Department’s first science envoy for the ocean.

 

Last year, Jane received the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board. The award recognizes “exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology and public policy.” In 2017, she received the National Academy of Sciences’ most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal. She is also a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jane has co-founded three organizations that train scientists to better communicate and more effectively engage with society: COMPASS, the Leopold Leadership Program, and Climate Central. In fact, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has referred to Jane as the “bionic woman of good science.”

She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado College, a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in ecology from Harvard University.

The Corvallis campus commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, at Reser Stadium. Jane will receive an honorary doctorate degree in ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences as part of the ceremony.

I am honored that Jane Lubchenco will give our commencement address and provide graduates much to consider as they begin their careers and lives beyond Oregon State University.

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray

President

 

 

Dear Students,

 

We mourn today with Oregon State University Muslim students, faculty and staff following the massacre of 49 people that took place Friday at two mosques in New Zealand. These senseless killings are yet another sad reminder that we live in a world where ignorance, discrimination and hatred still exist. This tragedy is also an opportunity to remind ourselves of our values as individuals, as a university and as a community. At times such as these, we must rally and provide support and commitment to all students, faculty and staff. We must jointly work even harder to create a community that is welcoming to all.

 

Most importantly, we should each consider what we can do individually to bridge the gaps that divide society and see the humanity in each other. We encourage you to continue to support each other.

 

As always, we are here to listen and identify ways we can best support those both near and far. Meanwhile, please be aware of these services available within Oregon State:

 

§ Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the Corvallis campus and the Student Wellness Center on the OSU-Cascades campus.

§ Other services are available on the OSU Experience site.

§ Faculty and staff may seek assistance through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

 

Sincerely,

 

Charlene Alexander, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Dan Larson, Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

It’s not too late to sign up for on-campus housing for Fall 2019

 

Still looking for housing for next year? Don't miss out on the $1,050 rebate on your housing rate offered only to current Oregon State University students.

 

Fill out a housing application via the University Housing & Dining Services website today, and UHDS will notify you of a date and time when you can select and confirm your on-campus apartment, suite, or room.

On-campus housing offers some great benefits for current students:

  • All current OSU students get a $350 per term discount off their housing rate
  • One- and two-term contracts available for students who plan to spend one or more terms away from campus for an academic exchange program or internship — no contract hassles or sub-leasing required.
  • All expenses are rolled into one bill. Utilities, laundry, streaming movies and TV, and high-speed Internet are all included in your rate.

Did you know…?

  • We offer apartment-style living. Halsell Hall has apartment-style suites with two- or four-bedroom options, one and a half baths, furnished living rooms and a kitchenette. Halsell is an entirely second-year and above community, housing upper-division students and transfer students.
  • You can apply together or separately. We can accommodate groups of up to six students who wish to live together. No roommates for next year yet? We can assign you or help you match with other Oregon State students; we also have single rooms available. View all communities.
  • We have communities for specific programs & majors: Interested in living with a cohort of other second-year and above students who share your academic interests? Ask us about communities for Engineering, Business, and Honors students.

Upcoming Dates

  • Apply by March 31 to select your own space in our on-campus communities.
  • April 15-20: students who applied by March 31 can select their 2019-20 housing.

APPLY TODAY!

If you have any questions, please contact our office.

 

University Housing and Dining Services

957 SW Jefferson Avenue

Corvallis, Oregon 97333

541-737-4771

Dear Student,

 

OSU offers students three different ways to obtain an official transcript—by PDF e-transcript, by mail, and for pick-up. As PDF e-transcript requests increase and become more relevant, OSU made the decision to modify the fee structure to best support students. These changes go into effect on March 6, 2019.

 

The following information describes the changes to the fee structure.

   Transcript type                                              Old fee structure                            New fee structure

Paper transcript                                                      $0                                                            $10

(includes pick-up option)

 

PDF e-transcript                                                     $10                                                          $0

 

 

 

What does this mean?

If you order an official transcript, you still have the same three options: paper, PDF e-transcript, pick-up available in the Office of the Registrar.

 

How do I order my transcript?

You will continue to request official transcripts through MyOSU. Transcript services will be temporarily unavailable between the hours of 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST on March 6 as we undergo these changes. Once the changes go live (end of day March 6), information about this process will be listed on the Office of the Registrar’s site –

https://registrar.oregonstate.edu/transcripts

 

You can still view your unofficial transcripts through MyOSU.

 

How does this affect me?

You will see a new user-friendly ordering process that walks you through the official transcript options so you can select the best one for your needs. Any associated charges are clearly outlined before you place your order. Additional features include:

  • Securely requesting transcripts online 24/7.
  • Tracking your request online.
  • Receiving an email notification when transcripts are processed and a notification when a PDF e-transcripts are delivered.
  • Requesting electronic delivery of your official transcript.

If you have questions or need assistance ordering your transcripts, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (541) 737-4331 or send an email to registrars@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon State students,

I am writing to announce that OSU will discontinue intercollegiate women’s swimming at the end of the 2018-19 season.

This decision is based upon the university’s commitment to offer all student-athletes a quality, equitable and competitive NCAA experience in keeping with the Athletics Department’s strategic plan. And to provide quality and equitable facilities for all teams, while balancing financial requirements for athletics facilities.

This decision was not made easily. It followed a comprehensive review of all sports and engaged Athletics Department leadership and the university’s Athletics Financial Sustainability Plan Work Group. This review concluded that Oregon State could not meet its commitments while retaining swimming as an NCAA sport. My decision also was made with thorough consultation with OSU President Ed Ray, who supports this action.

 

Facility requirements contributed to this decision as OSU campus pool facilities do not meet NCAA standards. As a result, the OSU women’s swim team holds home meets at the city-owned Osborn Aquatics Center, which is not comparable to the competitive swimming facilities at other Pac-12 Conference universities.

 

Our evaluation determined that it is cost-prohibitive to renovate existing campus swimming facilities. A new collegiate swimming and diving facility would cost $18 to $22 million to build, not including the cost of annual maintenance. Investing in competitive swimming program facilities would negatively impact our ability to serve facility requirements for all sports and all OSU student-athletes.

 

As a former collegiate student-athlete myself, I am very mindful of our 21 student-athletes and two coaches affected by this decision. I thank Head Coach Jennifer Buffin and Assistant Coach Michael Wong, as well as our swimmers for their many contributions to the OSU swimming program and Beaver Nation. We will fully support swim team members during this transition, including assisting any student swimmers who may seek to transfer to another university to compete. Meanwhile, these student-athletes will retain their athletic scholarships while they continue to make successful progress to graduation.

 

Going forward, OSU will field a total of 17 intercollegiate sports and will sponsor approximately 550 opportunities for student-athletes to compete in intercollegiate athletics. Women’s sports include 10 programs: gymnastics, volleyball, golf, rowing, basketball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball, soccer, and cross country. Men’s sports include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, wrestling and rowing.

Meanwhile, the university will continue to support fully student-athlete success in the classroom, in the community and in athletic competition. We will achieve the goals of the Athletics Department strategic plan by maintaining financial sustainability, winning championships and achieving post-season success and national recognition. And we will continue the proud tradition of OSU Athletics by competing and succeeding at the highest levels of intercollegiate sports.

Sincerely,

 

S. Scott Barnes

Vice President & Director of Athletics

Oregon State University

OSU Students:

 

The Office of Information Security has received reports that a phishing campaign targeting students is in process. The fraudulent campaign started over the weekend. An example of the fraudulent email is included below.

 

Although the university has taken steps to have the site linked in the message taken offline, we still urge you to be cautious. Please avoid clicking on links in email you receive from people or organizations that you are not familiar with or from whom you are not expecting to receive e-mails. Be suspicious of requests to provide personal information such as your Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, driver’s license number and/or credit card and bank account numbers.

 

If you responded over the weekend to the email in question, we recommend you take the following steps to protect your identity:

 

  • If you provided any of the personally identifiable information listed above, please report the incident to the OSU Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010.
  • If you provided bank account information, please contact your bank and ask them how to proceed to protect your account.
  • If you provided credit card numbers, please contact the number listed on the back of your credit card(s).
  • If you provided Social Security or other government-issued identity numbers such as those on a driver’s license or passport, we recommend you put a freeze on your credit to help fight identity theft.
  • You may receive additional phishing emails related to this one. Do not click on any links, or open any attachments, in emails that seem to be in response to this one.
    • Please send all phishing emails you receive (using forward as attachment) to phishing@oregonstate.edu. This will help the OSU Office of Information Security take down and block any malicious sites used in this phishing scheme.
  • Check your credit report at least annually. Each of the major credit reporting bureaus are required to provide you a free copy of your credit report each year. You can get a copy of your credit report by visiting http://annualcreditreport.com/. Mark a date on your calendar; check it at the first of the year, when you do your taxes or on your birthday.
  • File your taxes before a fraudster does. If you haven’t filed your taxes this year, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

 

If you have questions or need assistance with this topic, please contact the Service Desk: 541-737-8787.

 

Thanks for your vigilance,

 

dw


Derek Whiteside, Director, UIT Communications

Members of the Oregon State University community,

 

Today was a wonderful occasion as more than 750 members of Beaver Nation gathered in Portland for my annual State of the University address.

 

In my address, I shared examples of faculty excellence, student success, research discovery, fund-raising progress and student-athlete achievements. I offered updates on compelling OSU initiatives, including the university’s expanded services in the Portland region and transformative teaching, research and engagement efforts throughout Oregon, the nation and the world.

 

I also provided an update on Strategic Plan 4.0 and the university’s Vision 2030 goals that we will expand upon and achieve over the next decade.

 

Our strategic plan calls upon the university to achieve four overarching goals:

  1. Achieve preeminence in research, scholarship and innovation;
  2. Provide a transformative education that is accessible for all learners;
  3. Provide significant and visible impact in Oregon and beyond; and
  4. Offer a university culture of belonging, collaboration and innovation.

 

I also called upon OSU and universities and colleges nationally to address the growing national health crisis of student mental health. Across America, the suicide rate among young adults has tripled since the 1950s. Suicide is now the second most common cause of death among college students. We know this is a problem at Oregon State as 25 percent of the respondents to a 2016 student survey shared they experienced moderate to severe anxiety and 32 percent reported varying levels of depression.

 

In my speech, I shared that OSU is enhancing student wellness, as we know that student success is founded in wellness. And I praised student-athletes, Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten, who founded the nationally recognized mental health #DamWorthit campaign. Meanwhile, I said Oregon State will better serve students with other insecurities, such as when they can afford and obtain their next meal.

 

My speech addressed that Oregon’s future will be challenged by a continuing era of declining state support for higher education. For example, student tuition now pays more than 65 percent of the cost of our Corvallis campus educational operations and the state only 22 percent. This represents more than a 50 percent decline in the state’s relative contribution from 15 years ago. And nearly a 43 percent increase in the share students and their families pay. Unfortunately, Governor Brown’s recommended budget for the next two years provides no additional funds to the state’s public universities.

 

For our state to progress, our elected leaders must invest in higher education and student success to serve urban and rural economic, educational, health, environmental and cultural needs and strategies. I ask each of you to join me in fostering collaborative discussions with state leaders about how Oregon funds its universities.

 

Yes, we have challenges ahead of us. But I recognize that the determination, critical thinking, collaboration, confidence and ability of Beaver Nation will continue to address and solve today’s most pressing issues. And explore new frontiers here in Oregon and globally.

 

As we look forward to OSU’s next 150 years, let us celebrate the transformational impact that each of you and this university provides. Thanks to each of you, the best is yet to come at Oregon State University.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Oregon State faculty, staff and students are invited to take a break and join President Ray for treats and gourmet beverages at the annual Winter Celebration.

Winter Celebration

Tuesday, Jan. 15

9 to 11 a.m.

Memorial Union Lounge

 

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State community members,

As you are likely aware, Congress has not passed legislation to fund some federal government operations starting Saturday, Dec. 22. If funding legislation has not been adopted by that time, approximately one-quarter of the federal government’s departments and agencies will cease non-essential operations until funding is restored.

We are closely monitoring this situation. At this time, there is no certainty that a funding agreement with the White House will be reached in time to avoid a partial federal government shutdown.

As you know, Oregon State University receives significant federal funds for research, land grant programs and student financial aid. We are evaluating the possible impact of a government shutdown on all aspects of university operations, and preparing for any possible outcome.

University officials remain in frequent communication with members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation and other federal leaders regarding the importance of ensuring government continues to operate without interruption.

Meanwhile, we are aware that the U.S. departments of Education and Veteran Affairs have already received full fiscal-year funding, and that there will be no disruption to financial aid or veterans’ benefits. As well, the U.S. departments of Energy and Defense also have received full fiscal-year funding, so there will be no disruptions to facility operations or research under these departments.

For more information on the implications of the shutdown on research and to access information that provides all federal agency shutdown contingency plans, visit the Oregon State Research Office website.

 

We will keep you informed of further details regarding federal budgetary actions and their effect on OSU operations. As always, we are committed to efforts to minimize any impact on OSU’s community, research and land grant programs.

 

Mike Green                                                  Irem Tumer

Vice President                                             Interim Vice President

Finance and Administration                         Research

OSU Corvallis students,

I am writing to inform you that the Benton County Health Department on Friday removed the meningococcal B disease outbreak designation for Oregon State’s Corvallis campus. The outbreak designation had been in place since March 2017 as a result of several confirmed cases of meningococcal B disease afflicting OSU Corvallis students.

The most recent case associated with the OSU outbreak was identified on Nov. 22, 2017. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that an outbreak designation be in force for a calendar year from the date of the last diagnosed case.

I am relieved that no further cases of the disease involving OSU students have been reported over the past year. We believe that public health education and extensive vaccination efforts for meningococcal B disease helped to prevent further illness within our campus community. Thank you to all students who complied with the vaccination requirement.

As a result, Oregon State will no longer require students under age 26, who are new to the university starting winter term 2019, to have the meningococcal B vaccine. However, the vaccination requirement remains in effect for students under 26 who were new to the university beginning in fall term. This means that students not in compliance with the vaccination requirement from the current term will continue to have holds on their winter term registrations.

Although the vaccination is no longer required for students starting their enrollment winter term 2019, the university encourages all students to consult with their healthcare providers to determine if they should be vaccinated. Information about the disease and OSU requirements are available on the Student Health Services website.

All members of the OSU community should continue to be vigilant in monitoring symptoms of meningococcal disease. These include sudden onset of high fever, headache, exhaustion, nausea, rash, stiff neck, vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone displaying these symptoms should be evaluated at a healthcare provider's office, an urgent care medical clinic or an emergency room immediately as the disease can become life threatening very rapidly.

Meningococcal disease is not highly contagious. Yet like colds and flu, it is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils and smoking devices; or through intimate personal contact. Standard measures to prevent colds and flu, such as hand washing and not sharing lip balm, food, eating utensils, drinking glasses or smoking devices, will also help prevent the spread of meningococcal disease.

Thank you for your help in keeping our OSU community healthy.

Sincerely,

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Oregon State colleagues and students,

 

I write to share our university community’s sorrow and support for the family and friends of victims in the tragic shooting last night in southern California. We mourn the loss of those killed and injured, including several college students.

 

Such senseless violence has no place in society. Yet, tragically, we again find ourselves struggling to process a horrific event. We are mindful that when tragedy occurs anywhere—and certainly when it affects other university communities—it is important to come together and provide even more care and personal support of those around us.

 

As we all work through the sobering reality of this and other tragedies, we must remain vigilant.

 

Safety is a university priority and should be a daily personal responsibility. Each of us has a role: If you see or hear something troubling, please immediately report it to the OSU Department of Public Safety by calling 541-737-7000 or call 911.

 

Meanwhile, DPS and the Oregon State Police are more vigilant than ever. DPS has conducted more than 10 active shooter survival and safety training updates this fall in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades in Bend. This effort will extend to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and other OSU facilities. Future trainings may be arranged by contacting Suzy Tannenbaum, chief of public safety, at 541-737-8321 or via email.

 

In closing, please remember to take care of yourselves and each other. It is normal after such a tragic event to be upset. Many people within our OSU community are here to support you, including faculty, staff and your peers. Do not hesitate to seek support and be aware of those around you who may be struggling.

 

If you need support, please consider visiting Counseling and Psychological Services in 500 Snell Hall on the Corvallis campus or by calling 541-737-2131. OSU-Cascades students should visit the Personal Counseling Office in 210G Tykeson Hall or call 541-322-3162. Employees needing assistance may utilize the OSU Employee Assistance Program by confidentially calling 1-800-433-2320 at any time, or by calling the Human Resources Department at 541-737-3103.

 

Please join me in working together to help keep Oregon State University safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Feser

Provost and Executive Vice President

OSU community members,

Oregon State University will join other institutions by being closed on Monday, November 12 to honor veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, who have served the nation across many decades.

Such an observance is a fitting recognition of those who have given service and sacrifice to the country and its people.

As a land grant university for 150 years, Oregon State has a long tradition with many students annually participating in military science educational programs offered through the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Upon graduation, these students go onto to serve the country in active duty. Meanwhile, 1,162 veterans comprise 3.8 percent of OSU’s fall 2018 enrollment, and 91 veterans comprise 7.2 percent of the OSU-Cascades’ fall enrollment. Numerous, faculty and staff members are veterans as well.

Join us on November 12 – and before – by taking time to thank these many veterans for their contributions.

Over the next week, many activities on the Corvallis campus also will acknowledge veterans, including:

  1. A free exhibit and panel discussion entitled “I Am Not Invisible” on the service of Oregon women in the military at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the LaSells Stewart Center;
  2. A free showing of the film “Grunt” and panel discussion on OSU student veterans’ return home from military service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center;
  3. A free showing of the film “Breaking the Silence” and panel discussion on the lives of LGBTQ Oregon veterans at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center; and
  4. Story sharing by OSU students who are veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Experience Center Plaza.

As well, throughout the year, OSU students, faculty and staff can contact the university’s Military and Veteran Resources office in 137 Snell Hall to receive information about veteran services and connect with other veterans enrolled or working at OSU.

We also encourage OSU employees to participate in a short, interactive training module that helps provide skills to best engage with students, who are veterans, and support their retention and success.

To all of our OSU community veterans, thank you for your service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Susan Capalbo

Senior Vice Provost

Faculty Affairs

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost

Student Affairs

Do you attend classes at the OSU Corvallis Campus? Complete the 2018 OSU Transportation Survey, and you could win $100 in Orange Cash.

Take the OSU Annual Transportation survey

Oregon State University welcomes your participation in a brief, online transportation survey about your typical trips to and around campus. The survey is completely anonymous, and all responses will be aggregated for reporting purposes. Your input will help inform transportation programs, services, and infrastructure improvements on campus.

If you complete the survey by Friday, November 16, you will be eligible to win $100 in Orange Cash.

Click here to begin the survey

For questions, please contact Transportation Services at 541-737-4037 or transportation@oregonstate.edu.

 

Thank you for your valuable contribution,

 

Meredith Williams

Director

Transportation Services

Oregon State University | Corvallis, OR 97331

http://transportation.oregonstate.edu/

To the OSU Community:

 

Please remember to vote in the upcoming November 6th General Election. In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, November 6th.

 

If you are mailing your ballot, please note that postmarks do not count. In order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than today, Thursday, November 1st.

 

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Corvallis Campus: OSU Valley Library. Library hours of operation are:

 

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – no closing

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours, ballot box closes at 8:00 p.m.

 

For official ballot drop sites throughout Oregon: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/

 

Note: On Election Day all official ballot drop sites will be open until 8:00 p.m.

 

If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, contact your county elections office to check on your voting status:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

(541) 766-6756, https://www.co.benton.or.us/elections

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, http://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting

 

Lincoln County Elections Department:

(541) 265-4131, http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk/election-history

 

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:

http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

 

You can also check the status of your ballot at My Ballot: http://www.oregonvotes.org/

 

If your ballot is from another county, you may drop it off at any official county ballot box, as long as you do so no later than 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 6th. The county receiving the ballot will route it to your home county for counting.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

For additional voting and election information from the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.org/

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President

Coalition of Graduate Employees

To the OSU Community:

 

Ballots for the November 6th General Election were mailed to most voters last week. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot, please contact your county elections office to check on your voting status:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

(541) 766-6756, https://www.co.benton.or.us/elections

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, http://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting

 

For all other county elections offices in Oregon:

http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

 

You can also check the status of your ballot at “My Vote”: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx

 

In order to be counted, your ballot must be received by a County Elections Office or deposited in an official ballot drop site no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day: Tuesday, November 6th.

 

Note: Postmarks do not count. The ballot must be deposited or received by November 6th. If you are mailing your ballot, in order to ensure that it is received in time, mail it no later than Thursday, November 1st.

 

There is an official ballot drop site on the OSU Corvallis Campus: OSU Valley Library. Library hours of operation are:

 

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Closes at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – no closing

 

For official ballot drop sites throughout Oregon: http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/

 

Note: On Election Day all official ballot drop sites will be open until 8:00 p.m.

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

For additional voting and election information from the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.oregonvotes.gov/

 

We hope you will take time to participate in the November 6th General Election.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades Campus

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President
Coalition of Graduate Employees

Oregon State University community members,

 

The horrific events of the past week in this country should compel each of us to reflect on where we are as a community, nation and global society. Such violence also should prompt us to consider how we might individually address issues that divide us. Moreover, what we have witnessed nationally should drive us to ponder what our respective roles are in creating a better future for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves in order to carry forward our values and aspirations for the nation and the world.

 

Next week, many of us will be voting in local, state, and federal mid-term elections. I urge every registered voter to go to the polls and express their preferences, and if you are eligible and can still register to vote, I urge you to register now and vote.

 

Political pundits in the United States tell us that mid-term elections typically are not about what we hope for or seek to improve, but are about voting against what we do not like or even hate. In contrast, I ask those who can participate in the upcoming election to make an affirmative declaration through your vote that will advance the beliefs, values and common humanity that bind us together. Before voting, scrutinize the candidates and ballot measures to assure that your vote will seek to advance collaboration; address and solve social and economic problems; serve the needs and interests of our broader community; and promote a more just, inclusive and sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

 

Oregon State University is truly a diverse community welcoming students, staff and faculty from every corner of the world. Beyond the role and importance of voting, each of us must take on a perspective in our own lives to serve and improve the broader community. We can start by talking – and listening – to the person next to us. I urge each of us to get out of our own comfort zone and find out why others are sad, lonely or even angry. Use social media to tell friends and family members that you love them. Catch up with those who have drifted out of your life. Share your talents with others. Be a role model for young people, or, your peers. Reach out and help others achieve their dreams.

 

Oregon State alumnus Harley Jessup gave a wonderful commencement address to our graduates last June in which he noted that it is the imperfections in people and places that we remember and cherish most. At this time in America and our world, I recall that Harley concluded his commencement address by encouraging graduates to “take the time to appreciate the imperfections in life - in yourself and in others. That is where the beauty lies.”

 

I hope for that kind of commitment from each of us.

 

Sincerely,

Edward J. Ray
President

 

 

Members of the OSU community,

 

Recently, the New York Times has reported that a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services memo proposes restricting the definition of gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” This is very concerning. In addition, yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that businesses could discriminate against workers based on their gender identity without violating federal law. Although these recent developments do not change any current OSU policy or state or federal laws, we want to take this opportunity to state that these proposals are inconsistent with our values at Oregon State University.

 

We stand in support of our transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, and intersex students, faculty, staff and community members. We unequivocally affirm your humanity, your identity, and your right to exist in this world exactly as you are. Gender is on a spectrum and understanding one’s self in all aspects of identity intersections is a developmental process. As a university, and as a community, we will advance our inclusivity efforts by providing equal opportunity and supporting success for all people regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, religion, nation of origin, disability or economic circumstances.

 

We are proud of our strong and resilient transgender community. We are proud of the progress we have made at OSU. We will continue our work, including enforcing Oregon State’s non-discrimination policy and recognizing a continuum of gender identity. Moreover, we remain firmly committed to our efforts at OSU to advance inclusivity for our transgender individuals.

 

We will continue to track developments regarding federal policy, and continue to communicate our position and support. We encourage members of our community who are seeking support to visit the following resources:

 

Campus Resources

OSU Transgender Resource Fair: Monday, Nov. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

OSU Transgender Resources

ASOSU Legal Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

PRIDE Center or 541-737-9161

RAD Indigenous Queer & Two-Spirit Student Alliance

Paper Club (LGBTQIA+ zine and anthology)

OSU Cascades Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

OSU Cascades Campus Counseling

OSU Cascades Reflection Room

OSU Cascades Diversity Facebook Page

 

National Resources

Transgender Law Center

National Center for Transgender Equality

Silvia Rivera Law Project

 

Sincerely,

 

Dan Larson

Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

 

Charlene Alexander

Vice President and Chief Diversity Office

Beavers:

 

Beavers Care. When we see something wrong that is occurring, we do something. Remember to stay safe and look out for one another, especially during this Halloween weekend. If you choose to celebrate, please do so, in a responsible, safe and healthy way.

 

Here are some helpful tips and information for your consideration:

 

Party Smart and Halloween Events

To learn how to get help, or know your limits and other tips that will help you to celebrate Halloween weekend in a fun and safe way, visit experience.oregonstate.edu/halloween. As well, there are many free, Halloween activities being held across campus, too. Check them out at Halloween Events 2018!

OSU Code of Student Conduct

Keep in mind, as an Oregon State University student, you are responsible for your behavior on and off the OSU campus. Violating the law or the Code of Student Conduct may result in university sanctions.

 

Amnesty Law

Familiarize yourself with the Oregon Amnesty Law and understand that you are able to call 911 for emergency response when in the need of medical support. It protects you and the person in need from getting a Minor in Possession (MIP).

Prevention and Support

As a part of Beaver Nation, we each play a role in creating an environment that is safe and free of sexual assault and other violence. The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center is available to all OSU community members needing additional support.

 

Increased Law Enforcement Presence Planned in Corvallis

Be aware that Corvallis Police and the Oregon State Police located on OSU’s Corvallis campus will double their presence in support of a safe Halloween. To promote community livability, safety, and compliance with laws, this significant public safety and police presence will begin Oct. 25, 2018.

 

By being active bystanders, respecting one another, and knowing when to alert authorities, we can have a fun and safe experience this Halloween.

 

Go Beavs!

Justin Bennett
ASOSU President

Dr. Kevin A. Dougherty

Students, faculty and staff,

 

Each year, Oregon State University must notify in writing every employee and student of information and resources available related to dealing with alcohol and drug use.

 

This annual notification is distrusted to comply with requirements of the 1989 amendments to the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

 

The information and resources provided in the annual notification include standards of conduct, applicable federal, state, local, and institutional sanctions, descriptions of short and long term health risks, and a list of alcohol and drug prevention and treatment resources available to students, staff and faculty.

 

Please see the attached annual notification document. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Frasieur, MS, RDN, LD

she/her/hers

Interim Director, Prevention and Wellness

Student Health Services | Prevention and Wellness

319 Plageman Building | 108 SW Memorial Place | Corvallis, OR 97331

541.737.5667

OSU students,

You do not want to miss attending the Futures Focus Symposium at Oregon State on Oct. 23 that will examine “The Promise and Perils of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.”

This free, daylong symposium at the LaSells Stewart Center will consider the potential benefits, risks, ethics and uncertainties of artificial intelligence and robotics. Invited national and OSU experts will share their insights into the potential for AI and robotics to transform agriculture, health care, natural resource management, transportation, arts and entertainment, as well as consider possible impacts on jobs, the economy, our communities, laws and privacy.

Here is a link to register. You can choose which portions of the symposium you have an interest and time to attend. However, please, do not delay as registrations are coming in briskly.

And plan to visit a noontime and evening Innovation Fair in which more than 60 exhibits and demonstrations from throughout the university will fill the CH2M Hill Alumni Center to portray how OSU is changing the future with artificial intelligence and robotics discoveries and applications. Presentations will include robots, drones, 3-D modeling, displays, demonstrations and opportunities to experience virtual and augmented reality.

Sincerely,

Steve Clark

Vice President

University Relations and Marketing

To the OSU Community:

 

The 2018 General Election is right around the corner. We hope that each and every one of you will participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in the election on November 6th, you must register by Tuesday, October 16th.

 

If you have moved since the last election, changed your signature, or party, you must update your voter registration information. If needed, you may register using a current mailing address that is different from your residential, voting address to ensure your ballot gets to you. If you are registered in a different state, you will need to apply for an absentee ballot through your home state’s elections office. It is not legal for anyone, including the post office, to forward your ballot.

 

Voter registration cards are available from the Associated Students of Oregon State University in the Student Experience Center (SEC) Room 250. They are also available at the Associated Students of Cascades Campus Office at OSU-Cascades, Room 107 Tykeson Hall.

 

You may now also register to vote online through ASOSU’s TurboVote. This system makes it easy and efficient to get registered and update your information. Please use the link that best corresponds with your campus affiliation.

 

Non-student OSU affiliated (faculty, staff, etc.): https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/r=cefaculty

OSU-Cascades Campus students: https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/?r=cestudentsgen

Corvallis, Ecampus and other OSU students: https://oregonstate.turbovote.org/?r=cecorvallis

 

More information for student voters can be found here: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/student-voters.aspx

 

Please take the time to register to vote — and once registered, please participate in the election. If you have questions or need information about voter registration:

 

Benton County Elections Department:

(541) 766-6756, https://www.co.benton.or.us/elections

 

Deschutes County Elections Department:

(541) 388-6547, https://www.deschutes.org/clerk/page/elections-and-voting

 

Lincoln County Elections Department:

(541) 265-4131, http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/clerk/election-history

 

For all other county elections offices in Oregon: http://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/countyofficials.aspx

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray, President

Oregon State University

 

Jon Dorbolo, President

Faculty Senate

 

Justin Bennett, President

Associated Students of Oregon State University Campus

 

Reilly King, President

Associated Students of Cascades

 

Leonora Rianda, President

SEIU Local 083

 

Erin Abernethy, President
Coalition of Graduate Employees

 

Oregon State University community members,

 

The OSU student experience is filled with meaningful opportunities for transformative learning and personal growth. Yet, for some students, attending college also involves significant challenges, including struggles with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. As members of the OSU community, we all have a responsibility to cultivate a culture of caring for one another.

 

We can participate in such a community by observing World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10 and by learning more about mental health issues around the world and close to home.

 

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, OSU will offer a week of wellness programming Oct. 8-12. Events such as Unwind in the Plaza, will provide opportunities to engage in stress reduction activities including painting, playing with therapy dogs, taking a picture with the Dam Worth It student-athletes, and interacting with campus wellness resources. Programming includes Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to help identify the signs and symptoms of distress and learn the skills to intervene if someone you know is considering suicide.

 

We recognize that providing mental health support is essential and a growing need within OSU. For example, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is serving 58 percent more students than it was just five years ago.

 

Driven by student feedback on mental health needs gathered last year, Oregon State is expanding year-round mental health services by:

Providing staff and faculty training to assist students who are in distress;

Building a peer support network;

Creating an interactive wellness quiz with individualized resource and education recommendations;

Increasing the awareness of mental health issues through education campaigns; and

Creating a campus-wide program to increase student resilience.

As well, CAPS recently has created a Single Session Clinic, where students with a specific problem can meet readily with a therapist to develop skills, strategies, and a personalized action plan. Students may also want to join Active Minds, the student-sponsored organization whose mission it is to help change the campus conversation around mental health. In addition, become involved in mental health projects by e-mailing bonnie.hemrick@oregonstate.edu. To learn more about OSU’s World Mental Health Week or mental health services offered throughout the university, visit the CAPS website.

 

Please join me in strengthening our culture of mental health awareness and care at Oregon State University.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward J. Ray

President

Dear OSU students,

OSU implemented a new policy in February of 2018 which applies to all OSU students who have been admitted to the university and wish to enroll or are currently enrolled in classes. This new policy requires all enrolled students to self-report to the institution if they have been convicted of a felony in the past or are registered as a sex offender. The intent of this is to maintain a safe campus environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while simultaneously supportin educational opportunities for all students, including those rehabilitated from past crimes. Reporting felony convictions will not prevent enrollment at OSU. Failure to respond to the survey, however, will prevent registration for Winter term 2019.

With this confidential process, we hope to provide students information on where they may anticipate restricted participation permissions due to our commitments to safety and legal requirements, depending on the nature of their conviction. We wish to inform students of this in advance in hopes of reducing the frustration of limited participation in the future.

As a current OSU student, you need only complete this survey once, unless newly convicted of a felony. All OSU students have an ongoing duty to disclose any new convictions immediately after receiving the final judgement of the court. Please click on this one question survey to self-report your current status to OSU. *CLICK HERE* This link will take you to the 'My Student Stuff' section of the Student tab in MyOSU. At the bottom of this section, you will see a link that says 'Take a Survey.' Click that link, which will take you to an Online Services page with surveys available to you. Click on the 'Disclosure of Felony Conviction' survey to answer one question. Remember to do so before your priority registration date to avoid registration holds.

For further information, click below to read the policy in full and President Ray's statement regarding this new policy.

OSU Policy: https://beav.es/Z44

President Ray's statement: https://beav.es/Z4J

Any questions should be directed to the Office of Student Life via deanofstudents@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8748.