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OSU grad receives non-traditional student award

Sarah Price, a 2012 graduate of Oregon State University, has received the Outstanding Non-traditional Student award from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association at their Region West conference in Park City, Utah, marking another recent milestone in a life that was previously plagued by adversity.

Price, 26, graduated from high school in 2002 in Albany, Ore., one year ahead of schedule while she was five months pregnant. She then struggled as a campus-based Oregon State student before finding her way to OSU Ecampus, where her grades soared. Once saddled with a 1.43 GPA, Price graduated in June with a cumulative 3.14, having posted a 3.55 over her final two years.

Her determination and success impressed the Oregon State community, and she was one of five students given the privilege of meeting Obama when the first lady gave OSU’s commencement speech in Corvallis this summer.

Faculty Release time announcement

The Research Office is pleased to announce the following proposals have been selected for funding for the Faculty Release Time (FRT) Winter or Spring 2012-13 release solicitation.

The following proposals have been selected for funding:
•    Burkhardt, Brett (School of Public Policy, College of Liberal Arts): “Assessing the Quality of Private Prisons in the United States”
•    Gibson, Nathan (Department of Mathematics, College of Science): “Uncertainty Quantification and Reduction in Multi-Reservoir Networks”
•    King, Jesse (Department of Business, Marketing, College of Business, Cascades Campus): “Distraction and Risk Perception in Pharmaceutical Advertising”
•    Sarbacker, Stuart (School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, College of Liberal Arts): “The Cultivation of Altruistic Emotions in Indic Religions”

Greek notes

This summer at Sigma Alpha Epsilon‘s annual Leadership School cruise, the Oregon Alpha chapter brought home several awards including: Outstanding Alumni Association (Oregon Alpha Alumni Association), Outstanding Eminent Treasurer (Matt Herndon), and a Chapter Achievement Award (Oregon Alpha). A Chapter Achievement award signifies that SAE is one of the top 15 chapters out of 227 in the country.

The Alpha Lambda chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha has received multiple recognitions at their national convention. They won The Dhirghalli Scholastic Award, Membership Involvement award, Philanthropy award, and Campus involvement Award.

The OSU Delta Upsilon chapter was recognized for raising the most money in the nation for their Global Service Initiative philanthropy for the second year in a row. They also were awarded as Most Improved Chapter internationally as well this past August.

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