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International Playgroup

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Playgroup
Tuesdays starting September 2nd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
Everyone welcome!

Conversation Circle

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conversation Circle
Waiting for a conversation partner match-up? Looking to practice English in a group setting? Join us for English conversation!
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00
Free, open to everyone and no registration required.

International Mom and Baby Group

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Thursday, December 25, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Every Thursday from 3:30-5 PM (during OSU's fall through spring term) a group of international mothers will learn about and discuss maternal-child health, child safety, and parenting topics, as well as American culture. The mothers will also have the opportunity to share their culture through cooking and/or craft demonstrations. This group is open to international moms with infants and toddlers (moms with older children are welcome to bring their older children) and
expecting mothers.

Classes will be held at the Orchard Court Community Center at 3401 NW Orchard Ave, Corvallis

Topics to be covered include:
-Household prevention and safety
-Brain development
-Language development
-Sleep training
-Potty training
-First aid
-Preschool readiness
-Easter party
-Mother's day party
-International cooking demonstrations

Contact International Mom and Baby Group OSU at <osuimbg@gmail.com> for more information.

International Playgroup

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Playgroup
Tuesdays starting September 2nd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
Everyone welcome!

Conversation Circle

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conversation Circle
Waiting for a conversation partner match-up? Looking to practice English in a group setting? Join us for English conversation!
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00
Free, open to everyone and no registration required.

International Mom and Baby Group

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Thursday, January 1, 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Every Thursday from 3:30-5 PM (during OSU's fall through spring term) a group of international mothers will learn about and discuss maternal-child health, child safety, and parenting topics, as well as American culture. The mothers will also have the opportunity to share their culture through cooking and/or craft demonstrations. This group is open to international moms with infants and toddlers (moms with older children are welcome to bring their older children) and
expecting mothers.

Classes will be held at the Orchard Court Community Center at 3401 NW Orchard Ave, Corvallis

Topics to be covered include:
-Household prevention and safety
-Brain development
-Language development
-Sleep training
-Potty training
-First aid
-Preschool readiness
-Easter party
-Mother's day party
-International cooking demonstrations

Contact International Mom and Baby Group OSU at <osuimbg@gmail.com> for more information.

International Playgroup

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Playgroup
Tuesdays starting September 2nd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
Everyone welcome!

Conversation Circle

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conversation Circle
Waiting for a conversation partner match-up? Looking to practice English in a group setting? Join us for English conversation!
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00
Free, open to everyone and no registration required.

International Mom and Baby Group

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Thursday, January 8, 2015 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Every Thursday from 3:30-5 PM (during OSU's fall through spring term) a group of international mothers will learn about and discuss maternal-child health, child safety, and parenting topics, as well as American culture. The mothers will also have the opportunity to share their culture through cooking and/or craft demonstrations. This group is open to international moms with infants and toddlers (moms with older children are welcome to bring their older children) and
expecting mothers.

Classes will be held at the Orchard Court Community Center at 3401 NW Orchard Ave, Corvallis

Topics to be covered include:
-Household prevention and safety
-Brain development
-Language development
-Sleep training
-Potty training
-First aid
-Preschool readiness
-Easter party
-Mother's day party
-International cooking demonstrations

Contact International Mom and Baby Group OSU at <osuimbg@gmail.com> for more information.

CLA Education Abroad Open House

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Students in the College of Liberal Arts are invited to learn more about study abroad opportunities in their major(s).

CAS Education Abroad Programs

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Students will learn more about study abroad programs geared towards students in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Lincoln University in New Zealand and Agricultural & Natural Resources in Chile will be focused on. Paul Dorres will have Lincoln University on video chat, available to answer students' questions.

Global Opportunities Fair

Upcoming Events - 30 min 10 sec ago
Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Learn your options for going abroad as an OSU student! Meet students who have already been abroad and explore clubs and organizations that have an international focus!
Everyone is welcome.

#beBEAVERBOLD Fun Fair

Upcoming Events - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 4:29pm
Friday, September 26, 2014 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Come to the #beBEAVERBOLD FunFair and Get Naked (Juice) in the Quad!
(Note: Clothes are required.)

SCHEDULE:

3:30pm: Floats and Class Picture
-FREE Naked Juice Floats: Your choice of Naked Juice and Ice Cream!
-A Class of 2014-15 Class Picture will be taken during the event. All participants must wear #beBEAVERBOLD Shirts, which will be given away for FREE during the New Student Scholar Symposium on Sept. 25 at 9:30am.

4:00pm Student Poetry Slam 
- Student Performers

4:10pm FunFair Interactive Activities 
- Benny Selfie Winners Announced & Prizes awarded

5pm Poetry Slam featuring Jaoquin Zihuatanejo
- Jaoquin Zihuatanejo is an award-winning American Slam poet and teacher. In 2004 he competed in the National Poetry Slam as a part of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which placed 3rd. He also appeared on HBO's Def Poetry in 2005. Joaquin has also performed for NASPA and the OSU community.

MUvie

Upcoming Events - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:29pm
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Connect Week event in which the movie Captain America Winter Soldier will be shown in the MU Ballroom. Free concesions will be given, as well as #beBEAVERBOLD swag items and it will be the  kickoff for the Benny Selfie Contest. 

Veterans for Peace

OSU's Global Impact - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:01am

Leah Bolger, a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, believes that all wars should be abolished.

“War is immoral, it’s illegal, it’s ineffective, and it costs too much.” Bolger says.

As a leader of Veterans for Peace, Bolger is working to promote the efforts of World Beyond War — a global network of organizations committed to ending all wars. Through education, lobbying, and nonviolent direct action, World Beyond War aims to raise the public awareness of the facts and myths of war, and to grow the opposition to war.

Event though it’s a worldwide movement, World Beyond War recognizes that the U.S. plays a disproportionate role. On its website, the organization says, “The United States builds, sells, buys, stockpiles, and uses the most weapons, engages in the most conflicts, stations the most troops in the most countries, and carries out the most deadly and destructive wars. By these and other measures, the U.S. government is the world’s leading war-maker, and — in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. — the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”

Maintaining such a large and powerful military comes not only with an enormous price tag ($618 billion in 2013), but a hefty carbon footprint as well.

“The United States military is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels of any other entity on Earth,” Bolger says.

With some military vehicles averaging less than one mpg in fuel economy, the Department of Defense uses approximately 300,000 barrels of oil per day.  This link between military operations and climate change adds new weight to discussions on the global impacts of war.

Dependence on fossil fuels is both a cause and an effect of war. “Not only are we responsible for the consumption of all this fuel which is leading to climate change, we actually invade other countries and fight and kill their citizens for geographic positioning so we can control the fuel,” Bolger adds. “It’s no coincidence that the recent wars in the Middle East have been in countries that are either neighboring oil rich countries or contain oil themselves.”

World Beyond War welcomes signatures on it Pledge to End War.

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In February 2014, the First Alternative Co-op participated in Transformation Without Apocalypse at Oregon State University.

Categories: OSU's Global Impact

Water Action Team

OSU's Global Impact - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:59am

Oregon may have a reputation for an abundance of rain, but even in the lush Willamette Valley, water shortages are a growing concern. Sustainable water management is essential for maintaining productive agriculture, flood control and healthy stream habitats for fish.  That’s why the Water Action Team —a volunteer group of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition is committed to reducing local tap water use as well as wastewater and stormwater.

What’s their strategy? The team is embracing a multi-pronged approach that includes both infrastructure and behavior. Actions such as de-paving parking lots, defrosting meat overnight (instead of in running water), and installing rainwater catchment systems are all part of their plan for a 50 percent reduction of the water flow through Corvallis’s municipal water systems (based on 2008 annual levels) by the year 2050.

“People don’t think there’s a water problem here,” said Dave Eckert, the Water Action Team leader. But according to the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon’s water resources are already seeing significant changes. Winter flooding is likely to result from more precipitation falling as rain instead of snow. In the summer, water shortages may become more frequent. Across the western U.S., the reality of a water crisis is even more severe, as many states confront wildfires and drought.

“[At the workshop] I asked a raise of hands of who had moved from Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico — all the dry states, and a bunch of hands sheepishly moved up,” Eckert said.

Even though Oregon faces water shortages too, Eckert thinks more “climate refugees” will be moving to this area as drought worsens in the Southwest.  This trend reinforces the importance of sustainably managing our current water resources in order to brace the region for a growing population.

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In February 2014, the First Alternative Co-op participated in Transformation Without Apocalypse at Oregon State University.

Categories: OSU's Global Impact

Divestment Gathers Support

OSU's Global Impact - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:56am

A year ago, Oregon State University student Jessie Pettibone had never heard of divestment. But last April, a social-media post drew him into to a national movement started by the climate action nonprofit 350.org to divest funds from the fossil fuel industry. Part of the goal was to reinvest in sustainable practices. As president of the group, OSU Divest, Pettibone and almost 20 faculty and student members worked to pass a divestment resolution in the OSU Faculty Senate and one branch of the Associated Students of OSU government.

Currently six percent of the OSU Foundation’s total endowment is in the fossil fuel industry, but OSU Divest hopes to see that portion reinvested elsewhere. OSU Divest member Lexa McCallister sees divestment as a way to change our priorities, despite fossil fuels still comprising the bulk of the energy market due to their refined processes.

“We’re shifting gears and making fossil fuels less economically advantageous,” McCallister says.

This movement is anything but isolated. Campuses, cities and organizations across the country are pushing for divestment, and 10 colleges have already made the switch. With OSU President Ed Ray’s signature on a university agreement to be carbon neutral by 2025, supporting divestment is a step towards adapting to a changing planet.

“This affects everything,” Pettibone says. “We can turn off lights and recycle all we want, but there are bigger problems. Our core group is not that big — no more than 20 people — but we have made this big impact.”

While the OSU Foundation has yet to take an official stance, it has been receptive to the idea and is open to discussing it further. For now, the group will continue to press onwards through petitions and meetings as it demonstrates the impact that a small group of individuals can have on a global issue.

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In February 2014, the First Alternative Co-op participated in Transformation Without Apocalypse at Oregon State University.

Categories: OSU's Global Impact

Climate Change for Introverts

OSU's Global Impact - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:53am

Jana Svoboda

If environmental catastrophe has you down, call Jana Svoboda. This Corvallis therapist assists people with an array of mental health issues, including sexuality, end-of-life care and even anxieties over a deteriorating environment. Several times a month, she says, patients talk with her about their climate change worries.

Svoboda admits that even she gets anxious about the state of the world at times. “We’re paralyzed and hopeless. We have to find reasons to be joyful in this moment in order to move forward.”

By working on interpersonal communication skills, individuals can become more skilled at working collectively towards a larger goal. Svoboda acknowledges that the current state of the world can cause distress, and she argues that the solution lies in our ability to find common ground with one another.

“We really are all connected, and if one of us is in trouble, we really do all have to pitch in. We have to have some idea of hope and that [our actions] will make some kind of difference. It will not change things if I change one light bulb, but with enough conversations things will change.”

Svoboda’s response to living on an altered planet might seem simple. She sums it up in one word: listen.

“We spend a lot of time preparing our replies but not listening. The solution for that is to practice compassionate curiosity to make [other people] less of an ‘other.’ We look for the other like, ‘Oh you’re a liberal or a gun nut etc.’ But beyond each of those is a person.”

With an issue as divisive as climate change, finding common ground with these “others” could change the entire tone of the discourse. Through small changes in our daily routine, the huge issue of climate change can become more manageable. By sharing smiles and tips of her own, Jana aims to replace anxiety with happiness through effective communication.

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In February 2014, the First Alternative Co-op participated in Transformation Without Apocalypse at Oregon State University.

Categories: OSU's Global Impact

International Playgroup

Upcoming Events - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:28pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
International Playgroup
Tuesdays starting September 2nd
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
Everyone welcome!

Conversation Circle

Upcoming Events - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:28pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Conversation Circle
Waiting for a conversation partner match-up? Looking to practice English in a group setting? Join us for English conversation!
Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00
Free, open to everyone and no registration required.