OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho president, Corvallis superintendent among OSU alumni to be honored

10/27/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Seven distinguished Oregon State University graduates – six alumni fellows and one notable young alumna – will be honored Nov. 3-5 by the OSU Alumni Association.

The honorees will meet with OSU students, staff and faculty, will be feted at a luncheon and dinner, and will appear Nov. 5 at the Beavers’ Homecoming football game against Stanford. This year’s OSUAA Alumni Fellows are:

  • Daniel Euhus, Corvallis, an associate professor of chemical engineering at OSU, with a 1999 BS degree in chemical engineering from OSU. He also has worked as an engineer for both Shell and Chevron. The University Honors College nominated him.
  • William Lange, Herndon, Va., director of policy analysis for the U.S. Forest Service, with a 1978 master's in statistics and a 1983 doctorate in forest management from OSU. The College of Forestry nominated him.
  • Jim Martin, Mulino, a fisheries biologist and conservationist with a 1969 BS in wildlife management and a 1977 MS in fisheries from OSU. The College of Agricultural Sciences nominated him.
  • Duane Nellis, Moscow, Idaho, president of the University of Idaho, with a 1977 master's and a 1980 doctorate in geography from OSU. He has also been provost at Kansas State University, and is a strong advocate of land-grant universities. The College of Science nominated him.
  • Erin Prince, Lake Oswego, superintendent of the Corvallis School District, with a 1984 BS and a 2006 doctorate in education from OSU. The College of Education nominated her.
  • Joe Snyder, Myrtle Point, a retired veterinarian with a 1983 doctorate in veterinary medicine from OSU. An advocate for public service veterinary work, he is helping the Smithsonian Institution develop a traveling exhibit about profession. The College of Veterinary Medicine nominated him.

This year’s recipient of the OSUAA Young Alumni Award is Maria Kosma of Baton Rouge, La., an associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana State University, with a 2003 doctorate in exercise and sport science from OSU. She encourages healthy physical activity among older adults and in populations with physical disabilities. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences nominated her.

Two of this year’s Alumni Fellows will give special lectures on campus.

Idaho President Nellis will speak on Friday, Nov. 4, on “Our American Partnership: The Impact of Land-Grant Universities in our 150th Year.” His free public lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Linus Pauling Science Center’s Reser Auditorium.

Lange, the forest policy expert, will also lecture on Nov. 4. His free public seminar, “From New Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation: Search for a Federal Forest Policy,” begins at 3 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107.

Scott Greenwood, who is in his first year as executive director of the OSUAA and associate vice president of alumni relations at OSU, said he is excited at the opportunity to shine a spotlight on such an accomplished group of graduates.

"Oregon State is so fortunate to have such outstanding alumni to recognize," Greenwood said. "Their accomplishments inspire all of us to aim higher in our own endeavors. By connecting current students with these accomplished alumni, we help develop the next generation of outstanding Beavers."

The OSUAA created the Alumni Fellows program in 1988 to bring distinguished alumni back to campus to be honored and to share their experiences. The Young Alumni Award was added in 2006.

The public is invited to help honor the recipients at a gala dinner Friday, Nov. 4, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the awards at 6:30. Prices are $50 per person, $45 for OSUAA members, $20 for OSU students and $360 for a table of eight. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.osualum.com/fellows.