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Things Beaver Nation PDX is thankful for this year


1. Our health

Oregon State students are learning the foundations of health and wellness on campus in Corvallis. Dixon Recreation Center underwent a refresh of facilities and equipment this summer, and the Rec Sports staff doesn’t want students to forget about exercising during the holidays. The center is offering a Thanksgiving gear rental special, and even you, as an Oregon State community member can take advantage if you’re in the Corvallis area. (http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/thanksgiving-gear-rental-special)

2. Food (and food safety)

Most of us have enough to eat this holiday season, but if you’re worried about being safe while cooking that turkey, the Oregon State Extension offers a free food safety hotline (http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/hotlines-publications) staffed by master food preservers. They’ll be able to answer all your questions about turkey temperature, and food risks during the holidays.

3. Football

Things really didn’t start the way Beaver Nation expected, but the team righted the ship in a hurry. After an opening loss, Oregon State rattled off six straight wins, including thrillers over Utah and San Diego State. Playing with confidence, the team lost a down-to-the-wire dogfight to No. 6 Stanford. But all is not lost, as bumps won’t derail an inevitable post-season bowl berth, led by the nation’s top passer, Sean Mannion, and the country’s best receiver, Brandin Cooks.

4. Collaboration and growth

Research being done in the Portland area will shed new light on how we learn. Partnering with Portland-area institutions Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the Oregon Zoo, Oregon State faculty is studying free-choice learning research – in other words, how to create education endeavors that will engage and captivate. More collaboration is expected because Oregon State is now serving about 28,000 students this fall term: a new record! The numbers are in line with what the university expects. A new dorm is under construction adjacent to Wilson Hall and is expected to house an additional 324 students next fall.

5. Diversity

In addition to Oregon State’s seven cultural centers, including the newly-renovated Native American Longhouse, Oregon State University Extension Service has revamped its 4-H program. The program aims to help prepare high school students from diverse cultural backgrounds for college and future career fields. (http://extension.oregonstate.edu/news/release/2013/11/new-4-h-program-aims-prepare-culturally-diverse-youth-college)

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