More than 600 members of Beaver Nation — alumni, donors, supporters, faculty, staff and current and future students — were part of one of the proudest moments in Oregon State University history on Jan. 31. At his annual State of the University event in Portland, President Ed Ray announced that The Campaign for OSU had surpassed its $1 billion goal 11 months ahead of schedule.
The bottom floor of the Hilton hotel was donned in orange and black. As attendees walked into the giant ballroom, they passed through a visual display showcasing OSU pride: posters of the university’s goals and ideals, videos on flat-screen monitors and an animation showing the evolution of campus buildings.
Prior to the opening of the ballroom, old friends united, and new friends networked in the foyer. Once inside the ballroom, Beaver Nation filled every single table, eagerly anticipating President Ray’s address.
Applause greeted him as he took the stage, and the president’s speech was punctuated with a standing ovation at the conclusion of his remarks. Ray’s announcement that The Campaign for OSU had reached its $1 billion goal with nearly 11 months left to go had impressed. Beaver Nation came through once again.
And that number continues to grow. Today, it’s at $1,012,723,381 — to be exact.
During the buildup to the announcement, Ray thanked donors. He also urged the Oregon Legislature to start focusing on the state’s “40-40-20” goal for a more educated citizenry by 2025. Ray also spoke about OSU’s research accomplishments from the past year and recognized a group of prospective students who had yet to make their college decisions. Ray, of course, hoped they’d join Beaver Nation.
Full details from Ray’s address, including his speech, are located online.