OSU kicks off school year with University Day

Hundreds gathered at LaSells Stewart Center to celebrate University Day. (photo: Theresa Hogue)

Oregon State University kicked off  the school year on Sept. 22 with its annual University Day celebration, a chance to socialize, learn more about the university, and honor some of its best and brightest faculty and staff.

A reception featuring local food with an OSU connection was followed by a keynote address by Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, a veterinarian who’s appeared on the Animal Planet show “Emergency Vets.” He emphasized the importance educators have on the lives of students.

“My mother was an educator and she wouldn’t give up on kids,” he said. “She was tireless. We don’t get tons of money but we can internalize the rewards we get.”

President Ed Ray highlighted OSU’s success in attracting high achieving, diverse students to campus, and increasing the number of faculty, the amount of endowed positions, and the boom in new buildings on campus.

“I think I can say today that if you look around at Oregon State University and you are not proud of your part in what is going on, then you are not paying attention,” he said. (Click here to see the full text of Ray’s speech)

During the event, Ray and Faculty Senate President Jack Higginbotham recognized the achievements of more than two dozen leading faculty and staff  with some of the university’s most prestigious awards.

This year’s award recipients are:

Beaver Champion Award: Chris Bell, professor and associate head of the School of  Civil and Construction Engineering, and Kim McAlexander, head advisor for the College of Public Health and Human Science.

The Student Learning and Success Teamwork Award: C2C (Close to the Customer) marketing faculty in the College of Business. Members include Michelle Barnhart, Colleen Bee, Nikki Brown, Mark Elton, Hal Koenig, Keven Malkewitz, Jim McAlexander and Amanda Terhes.

The Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award: Brent Steel, a professor in political science with the College of Liberal Arts.

The OSU Academic Advising Award: Mary Ann Matzke, academic adviser in the College of Science.

The Herbert F. Frolander Graduate Teaching Assistant Award: Kaitlin Bonner, a graduate student in the Department of Zoology.

The Promising Scholar Award: Alan Fern, associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The OSU Impact Award for Outstanding Scholarship: Rick Settersten, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.

The OSU Award for Outstanding Service to Persons with Disabilities: Dan Larson, associate director of operations and facilities with University Housing and Dining Services.

The OSU Exemplary Employee Award: Carrie Giese, coordinator of sexual assault prevention and education with Student Health Services and Rob Chitwood, biological sciences research technician with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

The Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award: Michelle Mahana, executive assistant to the dean of the College of Public Health and Human Science.

The Outreach and Engagement Award: Paul Kopperman, professor in the Department of History.

The OSU Professional Faculty Excellence Award: Nancee Hunter, director of education at the Hatfield Marine Science Center for the Oregon Sea Grant College Program.

The International Service Award: William Warnes, associate professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering .

The Dar Reese Excellence in Advising Award: Carmen Steggell, an associate professor in the Department of Design and Human Environment.

The OSU Faculty Teaching Excellence Award: Donald Neubaum, associate professor of management in the College of Business.

The D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award: Daniel Arp, professor of botany and plant pathology and dean of the Honors College.

The Richard M. Bressler Senior Faculty Teaching Award: Janet Lee, a professor in Women Studies.

The Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award: Milo Koretsky, an associate professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering.

The OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award: Robert Duncan, Rohm Professor in Oceanography and associate dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

~ Theresa Hogue

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