Eunice Naswali, a senior in electrical engineering from Kampala, Uganda, and her mentor, Chris Bell, associate dean in the College of Engineering, are featured in the summer issue of Terra and the new OSU Mentors Web site. Bell's family volunteered through Crossroads International, a community organization in the Office of International Programs, to welcome Naswali to the United States in 2004. With his encouragement, Naswali has pursued internships in the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP)—experience she hopes will help her in a future career back in
Uganda, tackling the country’s problems with power generation and
distribution to remote areas. Naswali has also served as a cultural ambassador in the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP).
Terri Irwin, whose efforts with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi to protect wildlife have made her an international figure in conservation advocacy, has signed an agreement with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University to fund two humpback whale research projects.
The agreement furthers Terri Irwin and Australia Zoo’s commitment to conservation and helps support the work of the OSU institute to gather critical data on endangered and threatened marine mammal species.
Ten undergraduates at Oregon State University have been selected to receive scholarships totaling $26,000 for international research and education abroad in 2008-09.
The scholarship program includes six awards administered by the International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA) office. A committee of OSU faculty and staff members selects students for the scholarships each year.
Six students from Oregon State University have received 2008-09 U.S. Student Fulbright awards, a record number for OSU.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The U.S. Student Fulbright Program offers merit-based fellowships to recent bachelor’s graduates, current master’s and doctoral students, young professionals and artists for study and research abroad, according to Marit Legler, the OSU Fulbright Program Advisor. Approximately 1,200 students—chosen for their leadership potential—are selected each year nationwide.
Oregon State University will graduate the largest class in its history on Sunday, June 15, during the university’s 139th annual commencement ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. in Reser Stadium. It will be broadcast live on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
...Twenty-three former Oregon State students will receive honorary bachelor’s degrees. They are among the 42 students – all of Japanese ancestry – who were forced to leave the university during the early years of World War II after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which sent many of them to internment camps.
...Lori Chen, from Clackamas, is graduating after just three years with a 4.00 grade point average and a degree in human development and family science and a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Last summer she participated in a study abroad program in Angers, France, and she had two rigorous internships involving children, including a stint with an orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her internships became life-changing experiences that solidified her interests in international adoption work with a long-term goal of opening her own orphanage.
Fresh out of Roseburg High School in 1998 and volunteering with relief workers in Nicaragua amid the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch, John Roth decided on a career in medicine.
Fluent in Spanish, he worked as a medical interpreter for health care teams dispatched by Mercy Ships, a global nondenominational Christian charity. "I was the voice between the doctors and the people, and I had to be very aware of how they interacted," Roth recalls. That role inspired him to become a physician assistant -- a profession with growing responsibilities in a health system facing the dual challenge of expanding access while containing costs. ... Roth graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in public health and international studies.
The Oregon State University Chamber Choir, directed by Steven M. Zielke, will finish its performance season with the fourth annual President’s Concert on Saturday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe St., Corvallis....Just days after this performance, the choir will leave for Germany, where it will perform seven concerts over 10 days in cities including Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Tübingen. The Chamber Choir will appear on the Friday Church Music Series at the Evangelische Stiftskirche of Stuttgart and perform at a gala concert commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Oregon–Baden Württemberg academic exchange program.
Jay Chen's hometown of Chengdu, China, sits in a lush valley ringed by snowcapped mountains. The valley is so beautiful, the soil so rich and the flowers so yellow, they call it "Land of Heaven." But then the May 12 earthquake struck, killing 68,109 by latest count and leaving many millions homeless in the province of Sichuan. Survivors said it looked like the world was ending. …On Sunday, Chen will lead an hour's program of classical music that
will raise money for the Red Cross. Three dozen of the region's top
brass players will perform noble and consoling selections, accompanied
by photographs of the devastation.
A computer science professor at Oregon State University will be participating in the Olympics in Beijing this summer – sort of. Although Carlos Jensen won’t be throwing the javelin, competing in beach volleyball or fencing, he will be doing research to make it easier for the more than 4,500 television and radio commentators who broadcast live from the Olympics to more accurately and instantly access data about the athletes and events while on the air. ...The Olympic Games, with their international flavor, are a perfect fit for the multi-lingual Jensen, who was born in Spain, the son of a Norwegian father and a Spanish mother, but grew up in Norway, where he watched the Olympics on television.
An expert on the effect of the geography and geology of the Dead Sea Rift Valley on Middle East culture and politics will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, May 29, at the Geology Colloquium. Uri ten Brink, a project chief at the Woods Hole Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey, will present "Peace and Science in the Middle East." The lecture is sponsored by the OSU Department of Geosciences. It will be in Gilfillan Auditorium beginning at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.