Here’s a list of things we love about Oregon State University to help you celebrate February and bring some brightness to winter’s waning days.
Dinner’s on us
Beavers definitely know how to prep for a romantic dinner. The Department of Food Science and Technology includes some of the most unique programs in the nation, and along with those, the knowledge to make some really great wine, beer, distilled spirits, cheese and baked goods. The department is so good that Oregon lawmakers recognized their impact and approved $1.2 million at the end of 2013 to expand programming, and students are eager to join. Enrollment has grown 500 percent in the past 10 years.
And it’s probably organic
The value of sustainably grown local products can’t be beat. Recognizing that, Oregon State Extension Services offers the Metro Master Gardener™ program to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties. With a culture that shows interest in sustainable food systems, the Portland metro area is a perfect place to cultivate urban gardens.
We don’t discriminate in love
It’s certainly not spring yet, but the love bug has bitten. The object of affection may not be what you expect, though — literally, it is an object. Students on campus are currently enamored with a mighty, majestic construction crane presiding over the work on the east end of Memorial Union. Though started as a joke on Facebook, the crane’s fan group quickly swelled to more than 2,000 in just six days. Legions of followers profess, “Never doubt the crane.”
“Nation” is not an exaggeration
Oregon State’s enrollment has surpassed that of any other university in Oregon. That’s a lot of love. This year, enrollment is more than 29,000 students with 27 percent coming from the Portland Metro area, and about 30 percent of transfers coming from Portland community colleges. After graduating, 26 percent of all alumni – nearly 40,000 members of Beaver Nation – return to work in the Portland area.
It really, really is not an exaggeration
At the State of the University Address, President Ed Ray made the announcement that The Campaign for OSU not only surpassed its fundraising goal, but that it was done 11 months ahead of schedule. Oh, and did we mention that the goal was $1 billion dollars? It’s kind of a big deal. A whopping 102,000 total donors, from every state and more than 50 countries, are showing that they believe in Oregon State.
We do our best for the community
Valentine’s Day is meant to be spent comfortably with a special someone, but for the less fortunate, it’s not always that simple. With freezing temperatures still lingering, a winter women’s shelter has been opened in the community room of Corvallis’ First Methodist Church. Four Department of Health and Human Sciences graduate students have decided to lend a hand, and worked to help the shelter secure two grants totaling more than $15,000 to help fund the shelter.