Winter

Expanding Our Energy Portfolio

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OSU researchers are broadening the nation's energy choices

Last September, as night fell on the gently rocking Pacific near Newport, Oregon, a pulsing white light marked the presence of a newcomer to the ocean.

December 17, 2008

Kasey Every

OSU Cascades marketing student and rodeo competitor

 

Ed Ray
Competing With the Best: 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

 

Transcript

[Kasey Every:] My experience at OSU Cascades has been great. The classrooms are small. You have great faculty. You’re really involved throughout the whole education process.

[David Knuff:] Kasey is a great marketing student to have in class. She’s great because she currently has a job in the advertising industry, and she’s able to bring real-world experiences into the classroom, which helps me bridge the gap between theory and practice.

[Every:] At OSU Cascades I received the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship Award, and that’s been an integral part of me pursuing to finish my business degree.

[Knuff:] Kasey is also the founder of our fledgling student marketing group. When looking for students to step up and take a leadership role, that’s exactly what Kasey did. She’s currently our CEO.

[Every:] When the student marketing group gets together, we discuss opportunities that would relate to the real world. We have guest speakers in; we discuss what we learn from them.

Being a full-time student and working full time at a business, I find that I really need a balance in my life, so that’s where rodeo and barrel racing really becomes a huge part of what I do. My career as a barrel racer’s been really exciting. I’ve gotten to do it my whole life—it was a family function that we did all the time. And now I compete professionally all over the Northwest.

I would recommend OSU Cascades to people because you get to live in Bend, Oregon—it’s gorgeous here. You have a lot of opportunities through the school, and you can finish your four-year degree.

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Arya Morman

Pharmacy student and leader in the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

 

Ed Ray
Competing With the Best: OSU Students Excel From Corvallis to Beijing

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

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

 

Transcript

[Arya Morman:] I decided to come to Oregon State because I did some research and found out that Oregon State has one of the top pharmacy programs. What motivated me to become a pharmacist was my grandmother. She takes a lot of medications, and I always help her with the timing of her medications and how much she should take.

[Derron Coles:] I think what impressed me about Arya is her enthusiasm about the subject matter and learning the subject matter. She has the ability to make math fun, which is the mark of a good math teacher.

[Morman:] I’m really excited to be a TA this fall. I’m going to be able to help students, and they’re going to be able to come to me with questions.

[Coles:] I think what Arya will learn by being a TA in this course is interpersonal skills. If you’re teaching somebody mathematics, you really develop those skills because you’re working with someone who might be confused or upset, and it’s your job to make them more optimistic.

[Morman:] Another thing I like about Oregon State is the Educational Opportunities Program, also known as the EOP. They really helped me to feel comfortable in my own skin and challenged me to be a better student. I’m the vice president of the Black Student Union, and my role is to advocate for incoming black freshmen who may feel lost or feel as if they need something more on campus.

Oregon State is a great school because not only are the teachers hands-on involved, but also the students are.

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National University Rover Challenge

OSU Parallax Squad, 2008 Winning Team

 

Ed Ray
Competing With the Best: OSU Students Excel From Corvallis to Beijing

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

 

Transcript

[Matt Shuman:] This is the OSU Parallax Squad Rover, winner of the University Rover Challenge in 2008. When we started this project in February, it wasn’t until mid-March where we thought, Is this really going to happen? And it wasn’t until after we won the competition and drove all the way back from Utah to here that we realized, This is amazing—and it really hasn’t sunk in yet.

Robotics is important because it allows us to go into space. It allows us to work in dangerous areas on Earth.

[Ahkila Nandgopal:] What I learned from this project is not to get discouraged the first time it doesn’t work, and to put in a lot more effort and push yourself.

[Shuman:] The most exciting moment was the “distressed astronaut discovery.” We had to drive through the landscape of Utah and figure out where that astronaut was. We had a time limit. It wasn’t until we crested the hill and we saw the astronaut in the distance that we started making our final surge. We finally got there with about two minutes to spare.

[Scott Miller:] My initial role was to work on the remote robotic arms—to improve the design and ruggedize them so they don’t break.

[Shuman:] Winning the University Rover Challenge really wouldn’t have been possible without scholarship support. It gave us the time and energy we really needed to do well and succeed in the project.

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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

 

Transcript

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.

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Magnitude 7.9 earthquake, Eastern Sichwan, China, May 12, 2008

Seismic waves from the devastating earthquake that struck China on May 12, 2008, are seen moving across the EarthScope array of seismometers. 

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Our Common Striving

In commenting on the economic recession, OSU President (and economist) Ed Ray signaled a note of optimism. Fears of a depression-era crash are unwarranted, he said. Recent actions taken by the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank may have been clumsy, but they are on the right track, and stimulus packages under discussion in Salem and Washington can move the economy forward.

By their nature, OSU and other educational institutions stimulate the economy. Graduates become the backbone of existing companies and the wellsprings of business innovation. Faculty members continue to compete successfully for public and private research funds (more than $34 million in October alone at OSU) that generate new technologies and contribute directly to business activity.

As the stories in this quarterly report demonstrate, their work is addressing problems such as our reliance on fossil fuels, access to clean water and cultural awareness, which is critical in an increasingly diverse society. These and efforts in agriculture, health care, business and other fields underlie OSU's economic footprint in Oregon, estimated at $1.5 billion. These are the seeds of economic recovery.

Nick Houtman, editor

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The Campaign for OSU Breaks Records

First-ever campus-wide, comprehensive campaign garners gifts and pledges of $127 million.

December 17, 2008

Laurels for Scholarship and Skill

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OSU students earn wide recognition

In the last year, OSU students received recognition and won competitions in fields from tax accounting to patient care, robotics to rowing. And as Fulbright Scholars, they applied their skills throughout the world.

December 17, 2008