Competing With the Best

Ed Ray, Winter 2008

OSU Students Excel From Corvallis to Beijing


Mars Rover
National University Rover Challenge: OSU Parallax Squad, 2008 Winning Team

Arya Mormon
Arya Morman: Pharmacy student and leader in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Kasey Every
Kasey Every: OSU Cascades marketing student and rodeo competitor



Hi, I’m Ed Ray, President of Oregon State University, and it’s a real pleasure for me to have an opportunity to talk to you about some of our extraordinary students and the great work that they’re doing here at Oregon State University.

We have a group of students in the robotics club who decided to enter the Mars Rover Challenge for the first time earlier last spring, and they ended up winning it. We had a team of students from our College of Business who entered a national tax competition, and they won it. And what I found particularly interesting about it was, in helping a business plan its estate planning, they managed to get them to make a contribution to Oregon State University. That was a nice touch.

We’ve had individual students do extraordinary things, students like Arya Morman, who is a student in our College of Pharmacy, a very tough program, and yet she finds the time to be a leader in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.

We’ve had five students this past summer compete in the Beijing Olympics. And Josh Inman, one of our students, actually won a bronze medal in rowing. We have another student who competed for the Australian gymnastics team who is going to be joining our gymnastics team this year.

Back to the academic side, we had six students who were recognized with student Fulbright awards for this year, and they’re studying in Europe, Asia and South America, and obviously we’re very, very proud of them.

The point of all this is, I talk about our graduates being the most important contribution that we make to the future. And it’s really important for our alumni and friends of the university to know that in a sense the magic still works. We still have students here who are just wonderful in accomplishing extraordinary things. And their success tells us that we’re being good stewards of that legacy, and that they’ll be making incredible contributions in the future.