Faculty, staff invited to enter essay contest

Oregon State University’s Office of Community and Diversity and the Committed to Diversity Task Force have created a “This is My OSU” essay contest to help develop a campus ethos for community building.

As the OSU community members face reduced state funding, strategic realignment of divisions, and an increase in campus diversity, organizers say that now more than ever is the time to come together and face these challenges to create a better climate of respect, cooperation and belonging at OSU.

The contest is currently open to all OSU faculty and staff. A similar essay for students will be held at a later date. Participants are asked to compose an essay on the ethos, or set of guiding beliefs or ideals, for community building at OSU, and are limited to one submission. For full details, go here.

An independent review committee of university faculty, staff and students will judge each essay on content, style and grammar. The entries will be narrowed down to 3-10 finalists where they will be made available to the entire campus online for voting. Anyone with an ONID account is allowed to vote once. The winning essay will be announced in the spring quarter of 2011.

The winner of the contest will receive $5,000 worth of goods and services at OSU.

Essays should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Community and Diversity’s office assistant Becki Metzger at, 330 Snell Hall by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25. Entries can be postmarked by Feb. 25. Electronic entries will not be accepted.

For further information, contact the director of the Office of Community and Diversity Terryl Ross at 541-737-4381 or terryl.ross@oregonstate.edu.

~ Makenzie Marineau

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