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Irrigation contributions garner top award

Marshall English, professor emeritus of biological and ecological engineering, received the Royce J. Tipton award for valuable contributions to the science, understanding and application of irrigation engineering. He has worked as a researcher, designer, teacher and consultant in irrigation engineering for more than 30 years. He has worked in Zimbabwe as a Fulbright Fellow and in New Zealand as a senior research fellow with the Ministry of Agriculture.

De Carolis inducted into Bloomsburg hall of fame

Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis will be inducted into the Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 2. The six-member inductee class is the 28th in the school history. De Carolis, 56, has been the A.D. at OSU since 2002. The 1976 Bloomsburg graduate started his career at OSU in April of 1998 as associate athletic director for internal operations and then was promoted approximately 14 months later to senior associate athletic director.
Since arriving in Corvallis he has led numerous fundraising campaigns for facility improvements, including Reser Stadium, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the OSU Softball Complex and the Sports Performance Center to name several.
It’s the second similar honor for De Carolis in less than 12 months; late last year he was selected the co-recipient of the 2008 University of Massachusetts VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus (Sports Management Program) Award.

OSURA elects five new board members

The Oregon State Retirement Association (OSURA) recently elected five new board members to serve for a three-year term: Gideon Alegado, John Block, Erin Haynes, Terri Tower and Helen Polensek. In addition to these five members, Gary Tiedeman will continue to serve on the board, as well as Bill Smart as the past-president. The new president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer are Jo Anne Trow, Susan Poole, Jim Krueger and Carol Kronstad respectively. OSURA promotes collegial ties among all OSU retirees and the university community by providing opportunities for ongoing intellectual growth, social interaction and mutual support and service to the community. Members participate in programs, volunteer and attend events throughout the year and support scholarships for students who are pursuing careers with a focus in healthy aging. For more information, contact the OSURA at 541-737-4717 or by e-mail,

Vocal performance student studies in Salzburg

Nickoli Strommer, a senior from Baker City, majoring in vocal performance in the Department of Music has been invited to and will participate in a five-week, comprehensive study program in Salzburg,, Austria this summer.
Steven Zielke, director of vocal studies,described this honor as “similar to winning the Heisman trophy…for college singer.”
Strommer will work with internationally recognized musicians and music teachers, including eminent scholars and performers from the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. He will study voice with emphasis on German Lied and operatic repertoir, take German language classes, and participate in concerts and special events in Salzburg’s famous festival theaters, cathedrals, palaces, and the Mozarteum. At OSU, Strommer studies with Richard Poppino, director of vocal studies.

Risk management fellow earns London trip

The University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), the expert resource for risk management in higher education, has named Joyce Fred of OSU as one of their fellowship recipients for the 2009 International Fellowship Program (IFP). The IFP aims to fulfill two main goals: providing the URMIA membership with valuable expertise and knowledge regarding international risk and insurance practices and increasing URMIA’s international presence.
The fellows traveled to London in May for on an intensive, week-long trip to learn about international risk management and insurance practices and share their knowledge and experience with risk management professionals in the UK.

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