With creative commitment and state-of-the-art technology, OSU is reaching out to deliver the promise of higher education to all Oregonians. Using dynamic partnerships and innovative educational programming, OSU has made the State of Oregon its extended campus.
Expanded Opportunities for Learning
Through OSU Statewide, on-site teaching and personalized instruction bring together credit, noncredit, and research activities, incorporating Distance and Continuing Education, OSU Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory, along with high school outreach and other programs to address the educational needs of people anywhere in the state.
One exceptional offering through OSU Statewide is a complete bachelor's degree program on the Warm Springs Reservation. The program, sponsored by the GTE foundation, allows Native American students to complete all course requirements without having to leave the reservation -- a development that tribal leaders and educators herald as a milestone in helping to resolve personal conflict tribal members have had in preserving their cultural participation while leaving home to earn a higher education.
OSU also reaches out to the state through its Austin Family Business Program. Directed by Pat Frishkoff, professor of business, the program is a nationally recognized leader in helping small businesses. More than 93 percent of Oregon businesses are family-owned, making it the top small-business state in the nation.
Research BreakthroughsIn recent years, OSU has pioneered much of Oregon's high technology infrastructure by helping establish and operate the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering (NACSE) and the Network for Engineering and Research in Oregon (NERO). The high-performance networking capability at OSU also sets the stage for the University's participation in the development of Internet II, the new federal computer linkage of the nation's elite research centers.
Building upon that core of networks and high performance computers, OSU was the only university in the Pacific Northwest invited to participate in the National Science Foundation's new $30 million National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), playing a unique role in that alliance by developing new World Wide Web software. The software created at OSU will enable scientists from throughout the nation to access high capacity computers and networks to solve large, complex national problems like climate and weather prediction, and the development of sophisticated drugs.
Partnerships with Oregonians
As access to public higher education grows, there is increasing need for universities like Oregon State to build new partnerships with Oregon's communities, private enterprise, and other groups representing targeted interests. Within the past year, internship and targeted noncollege-level programs have grown, new linkages have been formed with industrial firms, and private gift funding has increased.
Private giving is often an indicator of a university's long-term relationships with various constituencies. For OSU, those relationships have grown to record levels in the 1990s. The OSU Foundation passed the one-half billion dollar mark in receipts as it celebrated its 50th year this fall. In fiscal 1997, total assets reached nearly $275 million.
Gladys Liebbrand Valley, who died during the past year at the age of 91, was one of OSU's most prominent alumnae and philanthropists. Her association with OSU spanned more than 70 years, and she forged a unique legacy with the University as a student, staff member, parent, friend, and benefactor. Gifts from the Valley family supported numerous OSU projects, including the new Valley Library.
Bernie Newcomb exemplifies the special affection OSU has among former students. After graduating in 1965, Newcomb never forgot how important Oregon State had been in his life and career. His gift, valued at $6.1 million, became the largest stock gift ever presented to the University. Earnings will support programs in OSU's College of Business, including the Newcomb Family Scholars. Seventeen scholarships were awarded to incoming OSU freshmen in the fall. Eventually, 40 students will receive the awards.
Public-Private RelationshipsOSU's Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program, now in its 20th year, has enlisted nearly 50 companies as industrial partners. Available to students in manufacturing disciplines, MECOP provides two six-month internships with companies such as Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Freightliner, and Tektronix.
OSU's Agricultural Extension Service contributes $200 million annually to Oregon's economy, according to software developed by the College of Agricultural Sciences. Named a "best practices" model by the Canadian-U.S. Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the "Oregon Invests" database is attracting national interest.
Intercollegiate athleticsA high level of excitement surrounds Oregon State's athletic department with the arrival on campus of Mitch Barnhart, the new Director of Athletics. The young, energetic, and personable Barnhart was successful as Tennessee's associate athletic director and has brought a winning attitude with him. He will be surrounded by a corps of coaches who also expect to win.
In addition to the administrative leadership, the University boasts quality athletes who add to the renewed optimism. OSU's student-athletes gained recognition in 1997 for achievement in the classroom and in the community, as well as on the field. OSU is among the top schools in the nation for graduation rates of scholarship athletes.
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