OSU names Ohio State executive to direct its Alumni Association

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kathy Bickel, vice president for outreach with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association, has been named executive director of the Oregon State University Alumni Association. She also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.

Bickel succeeds Scott Greenwood, who resigned last year for a position at Duke University. Christi Kasten, the OSU Alumni Association’s senior associate executive director, has since served as interim director.

“Ohio State University has been considered one of the premier alumni associations in the country by its peers,” said Joth Ricci, past president of the Oregon State Alumni Association, and a 1991 OSU graduate. “Kathy will bring a proven skill set of working with leaders across campus on continued development of University Alumni Relations and outreach to our growing and diverse domestic and international alumni.”

Bickel, who describes herself as a “strong team player,” has been with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association since 1994. She previously served for six years as that university’s assistant registrar. She will begin her new duties at Oregon State on Aug. 26.

As vice president for outreach, Bickel led the Ohio State association’s operation, budgeting and strategic planning for many of the organization’s events, student programs, career management, conference services, travel program and student recruitment. Ohio State’s active alumni program includes more than 100 active clubs, 49 active societies and 2,500 volunteers. These volunteers attended more than 200 college fairs where more than 100,000 students interacted with an alumnus.

“The experience Kathy has acquired in building and sustaining relationships and outreach activities at Ohio State will be immensely helpful in her leadership role here at Oregon State University,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray, who was on the Ohio State faculty for more than 30 years.

“Kathy is a high-energy, results-oriented leader who will help us connect with alumni throughout Oregon, the nation and the world, and insure that the Oregon State Alumni Association reaches new heights,” Ray added.

Bickel has a master’s degree in labor and human resource management and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Ohio State.

The Oregon State University Alumni Association is a member-based, nonprofit organization that promotes OSU and engages alumni. Its programs include a web site for alumni, the Oregon Stater magazine, an e-mail newsletter, regional activities, faculty lecture series, travel opportunities and other events. It is located in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, which also serves as a conference center.

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Women’s group surpasses $500,000 milestone in monies raised for OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Just what can a gift of $500 really accomplish?

At Oregon State University, participants in the Women’s Giving Circle not only know how their gifts make an impact – they get to decide how their dollars are spent through an annual voting process. Over the years, these gifts have added up in a big way.

In May, the group awarded more than $63,000 to seven university programs and surpassed the $500,000 milestone in total funds awarded since its founding in 2003.

Each year, members of the Women’s Giving Circle make individual gifts of $500 or more to the group and then invite program leaders at Oregon State University to apply for the pooled funds.

“The Women’s Giving Circle is a grassroots giving community,” said Lake Oswego resident Ruth Beyer, a 1977 OSU graduate who serves as co-chair of the OSU Women’s Giving Circle. “The program allows donors to be very involved in selecting how their philanthropic dollars are spent while witnessing directly how much every gift to the university matters.”

During its 10-year history, the Women’s Giving Circle has grown to more than 100 members and has supported more than 60 OSU programs, including:

  • A support program for women students older than 25;
  • An orientation program for female engineering students that was so successful, it is now offered annually to all new students;
  • OSU’s Mealbux program, which helps students in poverty make ends meet by providing them with meals on campus;
  • Commissions of an original choral composition performed May 12 at the Lincoln Center in New York and the West Coast premiere of a play about Gerty Cori, the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine;
  • Production of a second exercise DVD for use in elementary school classrooms (watch the trailer for the first DVD, called “Brain Breaks”).

In addition, the group made a five-year, $125,000 commitment to help fund the construction of OSU’s Student Success Center, a facility which opened in September 2012 to provide services to help all Oregon State students achieve their full potential – student-athletes as well as the general student population.

“Oregon State is fortunate have to strong, visionary women like Ruth Beyer and Pat Reser in philanthropic leadership roles throughout the university, as well as in the Women’s Giving Circle,” said J. Michael Goodwin, president & CEO of the OSU Foundation. “They are powerful role models and contribute enormously through their service as well as their gifts.”

Beyer was appointed chair of the OSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Reser, a 1960 graduate who lives in Beaverton, Ore., serves as co-chair for The Campaign for OSU and is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle.

"Women have always understood that the greatest impact can be made when working together,” Beyer said. “We find that participants in the Women’s Giving Circle really want to get the most out of their charitable dollars to benefit the university we love.”

The grants awarded by the OSU Women’s Giving Circle are from gifts that are part of The Campaign for OSU, the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Guided by OSU’s strategic plan, the campaign has raised more than $925 million of its $1 billion goal to provide opportunities for students, strengthen Oregon communities, and conduct research that changes the world.

To learn more about the Women’s Giving Circle, and to see a full list of programs supported, visit: campaignforosu.org/wgc.


Michelle Williams, 541-737-6126

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About the OSU Alumni Association: The association is a member-based, nonprofit organization that promotes OSU and engages alumni. Its programs include a Web site for alumni, the Oregon Stater magazine, an e-mail newsletter, regional activities, faculty lecture series, travel opportunities and tailgate parties. It is located in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, which also serves as a conference center.

OSU Beavers in five states gear up for service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Don't be alarmed if you're out and about early Saturday and come upon a large group of people in orange and black, wielding shovels, pitchforks and other sharp and not-so-sharp implements. They will have come in peace to spruce up your community.

The morning of May 21 marks the third annual Oregon State University Community Day of Service. At 22 locations in five states, OSU alumni and friends will gather to spend a few hours restoring natural areas, rehabilitating neglected city parks, making a streambed more friendly for native species, sorting donations at food banks, painting an information center and completing myriad other tasks.

The growing event is sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association in an effort to help Beavers everywhere celebrate the good deeds and community service so many of them perform all the time in their hometowns, and to honor the essential spirit of OSU's land grant heritage.

“At Oregon State, we inspire our students to make the world a better place," said Christi Kasten, a 1986 graduate and interim director of the association. "Every day our students and alumni are in service to their communities around the world. On May 21 we get to do it together. That’s pretty special and a lot of fun.”

Oregon events are scheduled for Albany; Ashland; two sites in Corvallis; Dallas; Eugene; Medford; Newport; four sites in Portland; Prineville; Stayton and Vale. Other events are set for Honolulu; Meridian, Idaho; San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.; and three sites in Seattle.

Details on each are available at www.osualum.com/service. Signups are still welcome at many sites, while others have already reached capacity.

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Friend to OSU Al Reser passes away after lifetime of service, leadership

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Al Reser will long be remembered as one of the most generous alumni and longstanding supporters in the history of Oregon State University, OSU leaders said Tuesday as they mourned his overnight passage. Mr. Reser was 74.

Along with his wife, Pat, Mr. Reser served in numerous volunteer leadership capacities for OSU over the past 40-plus years and supported a long list of major university projects, including Reser Stadium and the $62.5-million Linus Pauling Science Center, which is under construction with completion projected for early 2011.

He was honored many times by his alma mater, most recently last Saturday night with the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award at the Orange and Black Evening in Portland. The Lemon Award is the highest honor the university bestows on any alumnus, and Mr. Reser’s son, Marty, accepted it on his behalf. (A video tribute shown at the event is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8dvEOADPCY.)

Mr. Reser earned his B.S. in business administration in 1960 from Oregon State University, where he also met his wife, who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education the same year. Together, the couple grew Reser’s Fine Foods, a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company based in Beaverton, Ore., into an $800-million domestic and international business that today employs more than 2,000 workers, half of them in Oregon.

Despite the demands of a thriving business and family – the Resers have five grown children, four of whom graduated from OSU – Mr. Reser always found time to give of himself and his treasure to OSU. Throughout the years, he served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the Beaver Athletic Student Fund Board of Directors. Pat Reser currently co-chairs the $625-million Campaign for OSU, to which she and her husband gave $10.65 million in support of the Pauling Science Center. They made other gifts to the Linus Pauling Institute and the colleges of Science and Business, as well.

“Al Reser was one of the most successful and most caring people I have ever known. He and Pat fashioned a remarkably successful business and a wonderful family,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “Al loved Beaver Nation, and he was loved in return. In recent years, Al received numerous honors in recognition of his philanthropy and service to others.

“Perhaps one could not expect to have enough time to celebrate him fully and properly but this loss is much, much too soon. We can best honor him by following his example of love and dedicated service to others.”

“Al and Pat’s vision and generosity will make a difference for generations of students and scientists who will learn and study at the Linus Pauling Science Center,” said Science Dean Sherman Bloomer. “We’ll be forever grateful for Al’s friendship and for the legacy he leaves behind.”

The Resers gave gifts totaling more than $14 million to support the renovation and expansion of the OSU football stadium, subsequently named in their honor. On Tuesday, OSU athletics leaders remembered Al’s friendship and generosity fondly.

“On behalf of Beaver Nation and the entire athletic department our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reser Family on their loss of Al. He is a great friend of this department and his support is truly evident in athletics, as well as the rest of campus,” said Bob De Carolis, director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “I will sorely miss those lunch meetings at his plant or watching him scoot around the stadium with a huge smile on his face. He and his family are the architects of whatever success this department has enjoyed. While he may be gone from this earth, his legacy and spirit will be with us for a long time.”

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Al Reser. He was a good friend, and our hearts go out to his great family,” said OSU head football coach Mike Riley. “We’ll miss him, and will always be proud to play our games in the stadium so fittingly named after him.”

Mr. Reser served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 1994 to 1997, served as an honorary trustee and was a former member of the Beaver Athletic Student Fund (BASF) Board of Directors.  He was inducted into the College of Business (COB) Hall of Fame in 2006; he also received the COB Dean’s Award and was named one of the college's top 10 alumni, both in 2008.  Al and Pat Reser were named the President’s Club Most Honored Members in 2003, and they received the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to OSU Athletics in 2008. They were also recognized with the 2008 Vollum Award for Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement from the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Mr. Reser was named the Oregon Entrepreneur of the Year by the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum in 2000 and received the 2006 Governor’s Gold Award. The Portland Business Journal named Reser’s Fine Foods the Most Admired Company in 2008, and last January, Mr. Reser received the Les Schwab Friends of Sports Award at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony.

Mr. Reser’s memoirs, “No Small Potatoes,” are soon to be published in conjunction with the OSU Press and the OSU Alumni Association.

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Civil War events kick off early Dec. 3 with rally at Pioneer Square

PORTLAND, Ore. – Beaver fans are encouraged to show that they are Powered by Orange at downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on Dec. 3, as KGW News Channel 8 hosts a “pep rally” from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. in honor of the Civil War football game that night between Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

The rally will be held outside the station’s Studio on the Square. KGW’s Drew Carney will lead the crowd in several fun, competitive Civil War segments, which will be televised live. Beaver Nation is expected to be out in force, with members wearing OSU orange and black.

OSU fans planning to attend are asked to send a confirmation e-mail to Cathy Marshall, OSU Alumni Association regional director for Portland and Seattle programs, at cathy.marshall@oregonstate.edu.

In addition to the rally, several other Civil War opportunities exist for Beavers fans in Portland, and party-goers can do more than just watch the big event: OSU fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped, new toy to each of the locations below in support of the Portland Fire and Rescue Toy & Joy Drive. Each party begins at 6 p.m.

Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave.

Family friendly with buffet and giveaways

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

(503) 295-6542

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, 8187 SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road, Tualatin

Hosted by OSU basketball great Charlie Sitton

Family friendly

(503) 885-9292

McMenamin’s locations (all 21 and older):

-- Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan

-- Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside

-- Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne

-- St. John's Theater, 8203 N. Ivanhoe

A growing list of game watch parties at locations throughout Oregon and around the United States is available at http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=892. Thirty-three parties in 12 states and the District of Columbia are on the schedule thus far.


Cathy Marshall, 503-553-3431


CORVALLIS - An Oregon State University emeritus professor has written a new book aimed at athletes and coaches who wish to learn more about the principles of strength and power lifting.

The author, Patrick O'Shea, has spent some 40 years as an athlete, coach and professor in the field of exercise and sports science. At the age of 65, he still can bench press 330 pounds and deadlift a quarter of a ton.

His book, "Quantum Strength and Power Training," covers a number of topics, including:

  • The neuromuscular and neuropsychological basis of strength - or how the mind and body work together;


  • Machine training versus "free weights";


  • The importance of cross training, using different athletic pursuits to avoid burnout;


  • Weight training for women, seniors and teenagers;


  • The mechanics of lifting, different workouts, avoiding injury, and how the body responds.

O'Shea said the book is designed for high school and college coaches, and for athletes who are interested in improving strength and power performances. It's never too late to begin weight training, he said, pointing out that strength can help improve the quality of life for people of all ages.

"The whole key to longevity in sports is variety," said O'Shea, whose average week includes two swimming workouts, two weight-lifting workouts, and 3-4 workouts on stair climbing and stationary bike machines. "In the summer, I do a lot of backpacking. Workouts just sort of flow along with the seasons."

The 256-page book, "Quantum Strength and Power Training," is available through the OSU Book Store for $32 plus shipping and handling.

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OSU's College of Ag Sciences honors four alumni for professional achievements

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four alumni for their professional achievements.

The first was Ken Bailey, the chief financial officer and vice president of Orchard View Farms in The Dalles. The business manages about 1,700 acres of cherries, which it grows, packs and ships. Bailey grew up on the farm, which his grandparents founded in 1923. He is the governor-appointed chair of the Oregon State Board of Agriculture and was a member of the Oregon Task Force on Land Use Planning, also known as the Big Look. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in horticulture from OSU in 1966. Bailey received the college’s Leader Alumni Award.

Next was Joseph Chapman, the president of North Dakota State University since 1999. Last month he said he plans to leave the university. He has held teaching and administrative positions at the University of Maryland, Utah State University and Montana State University. Between 1965 and 1970, he received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from OSU, all in wildlife science. Chapman received the Legacy Alumni Award.

Also receiving an award was Colby Marshall, who has worked for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden since 2002. He lives in Bend and manages two of Walden's offices. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture business management through the OSU agriculture program at Eastern Oregon University in 1999. Marshall received the Luminary Alumni Award.

The fourth recipient was Gary Perdew, the director of the Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis at Penn State University since 1999. His lab is interested in the health effects of exposure to industrial pollutants. The lab's research has focused in part on a specific nuclear receptor that plays a central role in the biological response to dioxin, which can cause cancer. Perdew graduated from OSU in 1984 with a doctorate in food toxicology. He received the Leader Alumni Award.


Betsy Hartley, 541-737-5822

OSU to team with Oregon Humane Society on adoption special Sept. 25-27

PORTLAND, Ore. – If you go into the Oregon Humane Society on the weekend of Sept.25-27 wearing Oregon State University logo attire – or even orange – you will get 25 percent off the adoption fee. The same goes if you are an OSU student or alumnus, and forget to wear orange.

Heck, if you adopt an orange cat or dog (is there such a thing?), the Oregon Humane Society will knock 25 percent of the fee off. And the first 80 dogs adopted will receive a free leash with OSU logo.

The special is part of a launch of OSU’s Powered by Orange initiative and an opportunity to showcase the unique partnership between the Oregon Humane Society and the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

This month marks the anniversary of the partnership launched in 2007 between the Oregon Humane Society and OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. As part of that partnership, every OSU veterinary student will serve in a rotation at the Portland shelter. The students learn valuable treatment protocols and surgical techniques, and their supervised work there has increased the shelter’s capacity for facilitating Portland-area adoptions by about 20 percent.

The Oregon Humane Society is located at 1067 N.E. Columbia Blvd. in Portland. Hours for the weekend promotion are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

OSU’s Powered by Orange celebration showcases the positive difference the university’s students, alumni, faculty and friends are making in Oregon and beyond – with a particular emphasis on creating healthy people, healthy economies, and a healthy planet. More information on the PBO campaign is available at: http://poweredbyorange.com/

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Carson Dunlap, 541-737-5052

OSU to team with Heartland Humane Society on adoption special

Corvallis, Ore. – If you go into the Heartland Humane Society during the week of Sept. 22-27 wearing Oregon State University logo attire – or even orange – you will get 25 percent off the adoption fee. The same goes if you are an OSU student or alumnus, and forget to wear orange.

Heck, if you adopt an orange or black cat or dog, Heartland will knock off 25 percent of the fee. And the first 20 dogs adopted will receive a free leash with OSU logo.

The special is part of a launch of OSU’s Powered by Orange initiative.

“Powered by Orange” showcases the positive difference the university’s students, alumni, faculty and friends are making in Oregon and beyond – with a particular emphasis on creating healthy people, healthy economies, and a healthy planet. More information on the PBO campaign is available at: http://poweredbyorange.com/

Heartland Humane Society is located at 398 S.W. Twin Oaks Circle in Corvallis. It will be open for the Powered by Orange promotion on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday the week of Sept. 22 (closed Thursday). Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays; noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Carson Dunlap, 541-737-5052