Native American students, staff and faculty at Oregon State University have a new home-away-from home, the new Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws, (Beaver House in Chinook jargon) nestled in a grove of trees in the heart of campus.
SMILE conducts a year-long schedule of activities designed to provide hands-on science and math experience, strengthen student knowledge and raise student academic and career aspirations via after school clubs, college connection events and a summer bridge program for SMILE graduates attending OSU.
With state-of-the-art computer labs, study lounges with soaring ceilings, and even a rooftop patio, the Student Success Center at Oregon State University will add a much needed 34,000 square feet of space for students to study, socialize and receive support.
In the depths of a dark shipping container, a long and twisting tree trunk lays on its side, smelling strongly of cedar and wood dust. From out of the darkness, forms begin to emerge, a staring eye here, an outstretched tongue there, a wing, a claw.
While it may not be immediately obvious, improvements to disability access are going on around campus all the time, and it’s more than new ramps and automatic doors, although those are crucial to making OSU buildings available to all.
Kathy Prose notices things about her surroundings now that she never used to. Whether she is at the supermarket or on campus between classes, Prose finds herself asking a new question about the buildings and walkways she sees: Are these accessible for everyone?