Oregon State University’s annual University Day will kick off Thursday, Sept. 19 with a focus on civic engagement, connection and inclusion.
The morning begins with the annual Provost’s Welcome Breakfast for new employees, which gives fresh faces at OSU a chance to connect. It is open to new employees hired after Sept. 18, 2012 and is a registration-only event.
Starting at 9:30 a.m., people will begin gathering in the foyer of the LaSells Stewart Center for an open house. Food and beverage will be provided as faculty and staff are invited to “Get Connected,” with OSU Conference Services, the Alumni Center and OSU Catering.
At 10:30 a.m., the OSU community will gather in the Austin Auditorium for remarks by OSU President Ed Ray and Faculty Senate President Kevin Gable. This will be followed by a keynote presentation from Caryn McTighe Musil, director of civic learning and democracy initiatives for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Musil will be speaking on “Creating a Civic-Minded Institution: What is your role?” She is currently directing a multi-project national initiative, called Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. As part of this initiative, she worked in partnership with the Global Perspective Institute to host a series of national roundtable meetings to learn from a broad spectrum of leaders within and beyond higher education about how to make civic learning an expected outcome for every college student. Musil was lead author in the resulting report to the Department of Education A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future.
The keynote will be followed with the 2013 faculty and staff awards and the presentation of the 2013 Beaver Champion award, as well as a prize drawing.
Starting at noon, lunch will be served in the LaSells Stewart Center patio, and will include both meat and vegetarian options. At that time, participants are encouraged to check out the annual University Day Expo in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center next door, which features booths from OSU programs, colleges and organizations.
Finally, two important courses are being offered to interested participants during the afternoon. From 2 to 3 p.m., a class on “Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at Oregon State University: Defining the path forward,” will take place in LaSells Stewart Center. From 2 to 4 p.m., “Civic Pedagogies and Civic Inquiries: Enhancing Students’ Civic Capacities” will be presented by keynote speaker Caryn McTighe Musil. To register for this session: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a31Hkx7lIfei3tz
~ Theresa Hogue