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A Taste of College — OSU’s Middle School Visits Program

Posted December 10th, 2009 by admin

Oregon State University’s Middle School Visits Program, hosted by the office of Precollege Programs, had another ground-breaking year in 2008-2009. Part-time coordinator Ellen Ford gracefully managed the program by herself until the addition of full-time coordinator Dana Beck in January 2009. The two teamed together to expand the program, with a total of over 2500 students, teachers and parents visiting OSU’s campus for tours, hands-on activities and presentations by professors and graduate students and everyone’s favorite, lunch in a campus dining hall! Many thanks to the countless faculty, staff and students that help make these visits a success and bring minority and underrepresented groups to see college as a reality. With college as a plan, it is very likely that in a few short years these students will remember their day at OSU and inevitably want to be a Beaver! Below are just a few of the rave reviews from teachers who visited OSU this year:

“I also wanted to let you know that we all agree it was the BEST OSU visit ever! Thank you for everything!” — Siletz Valley Early College Academy Teacher

“We had a BLAST!!! I think the kids will be talking about this for a long time. Teachers are already talking about doing it next year. Thanks to your team for being so flexible and making this a great day.” — Seven Oak Middle School 7th Grade Teacher

Want to get involved with middle schoolers as a student or faculty? Want to bring your class or school to OSU? Contact Dana Beck for more details.

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