OSU Rally in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday

MAX trains in Portland were Powered by Orange last year.

Hundreds of new and current Oregon State University students will get an enthusiastic send-off for the academic year ahead in Corvallis from alumni, university leaders and other Beaver Believers as part of the “OSU Rally at Pioneer Square,” on Friday, Sept. 17, starting at noon.

Students will hear from Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi, head football Coach Mike Riley, the Power Pep Band and others, take part in prize drawings, see performances by the OSU Dancers and have access to booths highlighting various OSU offices and services. The event will be broadcast live by KPAM-860 AM and MC’d by morning show host Bob Miller. Benny Beaver will even be on hand and available for pictures with attendees.

OSU is holding the rally, in part, in recognition of the growing number of Portland-area students who are enrolling at OSU, especially high-achieving students, who for the second year in row are choosing OSU more so than any other university, according to surveys conducted by the Oregonian. In 2009-10, nearly 7,200 OSU students enrolled from Multnomah County and the four other Oregon counties comprising the extended Portland metro area, with hundreds more enrolling from just across the state line in Washington.

But while much of the event will be focused on students, alumni and OSU supporters are encouraged to be there, as well, said Cathy Marshall of the OSU Alumni Association.

“With Coach Riley giving students and fans a preview of what’s expected the following day for the game against Louisville, along with the opportunity to connect with other OSU alumni from the greater Portland area, this event will truly have something for everyone,” said Marshall.

Rally participants are encouraged to wear orange, and OSU organizers will ensure that the Square, often referred to as “Portland’s living room,” appears just as “Powered by Orange.”

There is no charge to participate in the Rally. Individuals who are unable to attend in person can still take part via a webcast of the event at http://www.ustream.tv/channel//powered-by-orange. For more information, call 503-553-3400.

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