Oregon State University band, the oldest program in the Pac-12, celebrates 125th anniversary

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University band program will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Established in 1891, the OSU Band is the oldest in the Pac-12 conference. With over 500 students participating annually, it is one of the largest collegiate band programs in the Pacific Northwest. 

Five guest conductors will join OSU Director of Bands Chris Chapman and the OSU Wind Ensemble on the first half of the concert. After conducting a traditional season-opening performance of the “Star Spangled Banner,” Chapman will relinquish the stage to retired OSU band director James Douglass.

Douglass will lead a performance of Fucik’s spirited “Florentiner March.” Marc Dickey will guide the ensemble through Morton Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium;” Rod Winther will conduct Yu-Chou Chen’s “Dance Festival;” Steve Matthes will lead the rarely-heard “Oregon Trail March,” composed by former OSU Director of Bands Ted Mesang; and David Becker will lead the popular “Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann” by Robert Jager. Chapman again takes the podium to close out the first half with a medley of traditional OSU school songs. 

Following intermission, The Spirit and Sound of OSU - Oregon State’s 265-member marching band - will treat the audience to favorites drawn from its extensive catalogue of show music. Newly appointed Director of Athletic Bands Olin Hannum will be joined by guest conductors Gerry Fujii, Mary Bengel, Robyn Chapman, Brad Townsend and Megan Hansen.

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required to attend.


Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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OSU President Ed Ray names search committee for new athletics director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray Tuesday named a committee to assist him in a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director, as Todd Stansbury moves on to serve as Georgia Tech’s athletics director.

The committee includes noted OSU alumni, an NFL free agent, national leaders in college sports, two head coaches, faculty, students and university leaders. The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, OSU Alumni Association distinguished professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference.

The committee includes Oregon State alumni Marty Reser, vice president of sales for Reser’s Fine Foods; Steven Jackson, National Football League all-pro running back and former OSU player; John Stirek, president, Western Operations, Trammell Crow Company; Kim Casale, retired area director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; Pat Casey, head OSU baseball coach; Tanya Chaplin, head OSU women’s gymnastics coach; and Kate Halischak, OSU Faculty Senate president and director of student-athlete academic services.

Other members of the search committee are Stephen Thompson Jr., an OSU student-athlete competing in basketball; Colleen Bee, associate professor in OSU’s College of Business, who serves as co-chair of OSU’s athletics advisory committee; Michael Green, OSU interim vice president of finance and administration; Jim Patterson, OSU senior associate athletics director for development; student Darren Nguyen, executive director of community programs for the Associated Students of Oregon State University; and Marianne Vydra, interim OSU athletics director. Tricia Gerding, OSU human resources consultant, will serve as the committee’s search advocate.

Jeff Schemmel, president of College Sports Solutions, a strategic consulting company for collegiate athletics, and Kevin Weiberg, former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, will serve as the search firm.

The search for a new athletics director began last week after Stansbury announced on Sept. 22 that he would leave Oregon State to return to his alma mater after serving as director of OSU intercollegiate athletics since August 2015. Stansbury played football at Georgia Tech and later worked in the school’s athletics department.

“The strong interest in this position demonstrates national awareness that Oregon State University is a place of excellence and leadership both on and off the field,” Ray said. “Our next athletics director will contribute to the university’s overall momentum and build upon the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics. He or she will be committed to our student-athletes and to the success of all OSU students.”

Ray said he is committed to athletics success at the highest level. “I guarantee that Oregon State will continue to compete on the conference and national level and will win championships. We will win the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said. “Count on it.”


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OSU President Ed Ray names Marianne Vydra interim athletics director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray Wednesday named Marianne Vydra as interim OSU athletics director while the university completes a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director.

Todd Stansbury, Oregon State’s current athletics director and vice president, announced last week he will leave Oregon State to serve as Georgia Tech’s athletics director. Ray said Vydra and Stansbury will work together to provide for a “seamless leadership transition” to occur on Nov. 4.

Vydra served as interim director of Oregon State athletics in the summer of 2015, presently serves as deputy director of OSU athletics for administration and is the department’s senior woman administrator. In February 2015, CollegeAD.com named her one of the top 10 senior woman administrators in the NCAA.

“I thank President Ray for the opportunity to once again serve in this role,” Vydra said. “I also want to thank Todd Stansbury for assembling the best team in the nation. He brought some real stars in athletics administration to Oregon State and he allowed the stars already here to really shine. We will continue full steam ahead by executing our shared vision for the athletics department, the university and Beaver Nation.”

Vydra serves on numerous OSU, Pac-12 Conference and national governance committees. She is the chairperson for the NCAA Women’s Soccer and Softball committees; a member of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee; and a member of Oregon State’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Vydra previously served as vice president of the executive board of the Pac-12 and has been a member of several other conference committees. These include the long-range planning committee; student-athlete advisory committee; diversity initiative committee; women’s basketball tournament committee; and the league’s television committee. 

She came to OSU in 1992 after working as an academic counselor at the University of Maine.



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Oregon State to undertake national search to replace departing athletic director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is launching an immediate national search to replace Todd Stansbury, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at OSU, who this morning was hired by his alma mater, Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Ga.

Stansbury has led Oregon State’s athletics department since August 2015 after serving more than three years as vice president and athletics director at the University of Central Florida. He previously was at Oregon State from 2003-12.

Stansbury said the decision to leave Oregon State and return to Georgia Tech was a difficult one. He played football there as a linebacker; graduated from GT in 1984; and worked in the athletics department from 1987-95.

“My wife Karen and I chose to return to Oregon State because we loved this university and Corvallis so much,” he said. “Oregon State is an excellent university, and its men’s and women’s programs are among the best in the Pac-12 Conference and successfully compete against top programs nationally. But Georgia Tech is my alma mater. Anyone who has heard me speak, knows of the passion I have for the opportunities that I was granted there as a student, as an athlete, and as a past member of the Georgia Tech athletics department.”

Oregon State President Edward J. Ray said he was disappointed to see Stansbury leave, but understands his decision.

“I have known Todd for a number of years and appreciate all that he accomplished while here,” Ray said. “While I was very pleased to hire him in 2015 to return to Oregon State, I do understand the pull of his alma mater.”

Ray said he will engage an advisory group of university, alumni and leaders in intercollegiate sports to begin an immediate national search for a new athletic director. The selection process will be aided by a national search firm focused in intercollegiate athletics. Ray said he plans to name an interim athletic director as soon as possible by following university procedures.

The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, an OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference. Ray said he is confident that Oregon State will draw interest from many high-caliber athletics administrators throughout the nation.

Spatafora said the committee will seek candidates who will build upon Oregon State’s strong winning culture in men’s and women’s sports; who can foster student-athlete success in academics and community; and who can drive financial stability within the athletics department.

“We will attract someone who well understands the 21st century student-athlete,” Spatafora said. “Our new athletic director will advance the important role that athletics play on the Oregon State campus, among our students, fans and donors – in Oregon and across the nation.”

Ray said he has no doubts that Oregon State’s search will be successful.

“I guarantee that our new athletic director will add significantly to the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics,” Ray said. “Fan excitement and engagement will grow, and he or she will be committed to all student-athletes and to all OSU students. I expect that we will attract well-experienced candidates and strongly qualified candidates of diversity. Our new director will contribute to the remarkable transformation that is occurring at Oregon State where everything we do is about inclusive excellence and leadership.

“While transitions such as these are unexpected, OSU remains committed to high-level athletics achievement by competing and winning championships the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said.

A native of Ontario, Canada, Stansbury graduated with a degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech, where he played linebacker for the Yellow Jackets’ football team.  He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University in 1993.

Before coming to Oregon State, Stansbury worked in athletics administration at Georgia Tech (1990-95), where he was assistant athletic director; the University of Houston (1997-2000), as associate athletic director; and East Tennessee State (2000-03), where he was director of athletics.

While at Oregon State, Stansbury expanded OSU’s “Everyday Champions” program that emphasizes student-athlete success in the classroom and in the community. He led a resurgent Oregon State presence in the Portland region by re-starting the Far West Basketball Classic and launching the Dam City Showcase – a series of baseball games against national competition hosted by the Beaver baseball team and spring football scrimmage.

Under Stansbury’s leadership, the OSU women’s basketball team competed in the 2016 NCAA Final Four, and the men’s basketball team played in the 2016 NCAA men’s tournament. 

Oregon State’s intercollegiate athletics program has 17 NCAA sports, more than 500 student-athletes and a budget that exceeds $70 million.


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OSU alumnus Olin Hannum hired as athletic bands director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Olin Hannum, director of the California Aggie Marching Band at the University of California, Davis, and an OSU alumnus, has been hired as director of athletic bands at Oregon State University.

Hannum is the seventh director in the history of the OSU Marching Band, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016-17. He fills the vacancy left by Dana Biggs, who has taken a position with the marching band at Virginia Tech.

“We are honored to have Olin with us as we celebrate our 125th year as a band program. We’ll have a new marching band director and new uniforms and the same great tradition,” said OSU’s Director of Bands, Christopher Chapman.

Hannum earned a master of arts in teaching degree at Oregon State University in 2011 and worked as a graduate assistant with the athletic and symphonic band programs during his previous time at OSU.

During his five years at UC Davis, Hannum increased the membership of the marching band to a record 322 participants. The ensemble was featured at its first National Football League game and developed a state-wide performance presence. In addition to leading the marching band, he directed the University Campus Band, a symphonic style concert ensemble, while at UC Davis.

In addition to his teaching degree, Hannum holds a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from UC Davis. He has also appeared with the Golden State Wind Ensemble and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.


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Mammoth makes final touchdown in Reser Stadium end zone, construction reveals

CORVALLIS, Ore. – On Saturdays in the fall, cleats pound the turf at Reser Stadium at Oregon State University. But new evidence dug up during an expansion of the Valley Football Center has revealed that some much larger creatures once roamed this location more than 10,000 years ago.

Construction crews digging in the north end zone in Reser Stadium on Monday uncovered a large femur bone, likely from a mammoth. Further discovery revealed more bones from several extinct mammals.

“There are quite a few bones, and dozens of pieces,” said Loren Davis, an associate professor of anthropology at OSU who was called to the site after the initial discovery was made. "Some of the bones are not in very good shape, but some are actually quite well preserved."

There don’t appear to be any signs of human bones or artifacts at the site, Davis said. Further testing will be needed to determine the bones’ exact age.

The discovery of the ancient mammal bones is not unusual in the Willamette Valley, Davis said. The bones, including mammoth, bison and some kind of camel or horse, were discovered in a 10-foot deep plot in an area that could once have been a bog or marsh, Davis said.

 “Animals who were sick would often go to a body of water and die there, so it’s not unusual to find a group of bones like this,” Davis said. “We had all of these types of animals in the Willamette Valley back then.”

Crews are digging up a portion of the north end zone as part of the Valley Football Center expansion and renovation project. Work began after the fall football season ended and is slated for completion by the start of the 2016 home season.

A worker digging in the area made the initial discovery of the large femur bone and immediately stopped work in the area, said Tim Sissel, senior project manager for Hunt/Fortis, a joint venture, the general contractor on the project.

Company officials notified OSU officials, who brought in Davis and other experts to examine the bones and the site. Crews have moved to other areas of the construction project while Davis and others take a closer look at the find. The delay has been minimal so far, Sissel said.

The animals do not appear to have been killed, Davis said, and there is no other evidence of humans at the site. Since the find does not appear to involve humans or human artifacts, the bones are not considered part of an archaeological site, Davis said. Nonetheless, we can learn a great deal about what the ancient environment of the Willamette Valley was like from this discovery, he said.

The find does not appear to involve humans or human artifacts and there are no special rules or regulations in Oregon governing the preservation or protection of paleontology finds, Davis said.

In the short term, Davis plans to soak the discovered bones in water to prevent further deterioration, and hopes to send some out for carbon dating to determine more about their age. He and his students will also continue excavating a large pile of dirt pulled from the site, where more bones are believed to be buried.

“It’ll be a great learning experience for them, to learn how to identify extinct animal bones,” Davis said. “It’s really an amazing find.”

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OSU announces plans to renovate Valley Football Center

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Building on a 15-year plan to improve its athletic and educational facilities for student-athletes, Oregon State University today announced a $42 million project to expand and renovate the Valley Football Center.

The Valley Football Center expansion and renovation plan calls for the addition of 55,000 square feet to benefit student-athletes, the football program and all OSU athletics programs, which serve more than 500 student-athletes participating in 17 sports.

“Today we are here to share exciting news about another step that we are taking to provide best-in-class facilities,” said OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis at a news conference to announce the plans. “This bold vision and investment in the Valley Football Center is part of Oregon State University’s plans for future investments to complete the renovation of the west side of Reser Stadium.”

Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the Oregon State University Foundation, said that anonymous gifts totaling $25 million have been secured for the project. The foundation will lead the effort to raise the $17 million balance to fund the expansion. The project is one of several fund-raising initiatives the foundation will launch in the coming months to continue the momentum of the highly successful $1.1 billion Campaign for OSU.

The football team’s locker room, equipment room and sports training facility all will be expanded as part of the project. Construction is slated to begin after the 2015 football season and to be completed by the start of the 2016 home season, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 24 vs. Boise State University.

The Valley Football Center was originally built in 1990 and expanded in 1996 to serve 90 student-athletes. The Beavers football program has outgrown the current facility as the program now supports 115 student-athletes and three uniform/helmet styles.

De Carolis said an updated football center will help with recruiting by demonstrating to prospective players that OSU is committed and invests in its football program through top-rate facilities.

“OSU must keep pace with current national trends in college football,” De Carolis said. “Facilities have become one of the biggest trends for competitive programs around the country and must remain a priority for the Beavers as the program works to win a Pac-12 Championship.”

Expansion of the Valley Football Center is part of a comprehensive athletic and educational facility plan for Beaver sports that started 15 years ago. All told, Oregon State has invested more than $150 million in athletics facilities in this period.

  • The Truax Indoor Practice Facility built in 2001.
  • The east side expansion of Reser Stadium completed in 2005 at the cost of $80 million.
  • Continuing improvements to Protho Field.
  • The Sports Performance Center opened in 2010 at the cost of $17 million.
  • The Beth Ray Center for Academic Support completed in 2012 at the cost of $13 million.
  • A new sports medicine facility – completed in partnership with Samaritan Health Services – and opened this week.
  • Other investments in athletic facilities for men and women’s basketball, baseball, track, softball and crew.

“Our plan to expand the Valley Football Center is not about all of us here today,” De Carolis said. “It’s about the people and the OSU tradition that have come before us. It’s about the present. It’s about the student-athletes who will walk through these doors in the future. It’s about the OSU football program. And making the program better. It’s about being bold. Competing. And winning. The right way. The Beaver Nation way.”

OSU President Edward J. Ray also expressed his commitment to the project as well as to making the university’s football program more competitive.

“Whether it’s excellence and leadership in teaching, research or service to Oregon – or competing in OSU athletics – we are not done,” he said. “The best is yet to come. When I view the plans for the expansion of the Valley Football Center and the work we are doing in Reser Stadium, I have one thing to say to those teams who will come here to play us. ‘This is our house. So you better bring your “A” game!’”


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OSU construction will impact game day traffic

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University opens its football season this Saturday, Aug. 30, with a 1 p.m. game against Portland State in Reser Stadium and OSU officials are urging Beaver fans to budget extra time for traffic and parking because of continuing construction on campus.

Normal traffic patterns have been altered and some parking areas are no longer accessible.

“Due to the current construction and need for re-routing traffic, there could be delays as officers from Corvallis Police Department, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police safely facilitate traffic flow,” said Lt. Teresa Bloom, Oregon State Police station commander at OSU.

“As we move into the football season, I know fans are excited and we ask for assistance in making this a fun and safe season for all,” Bloom added.

The biggest traffic obstruction is the closure of 15th Street from Jefferson Avenue on the north end to Western Boulevard on the south end. This limits access to several parking lots on the east side of campus. Access to the parking lots south of Callahan and McNary Halls is now only available off 11th Street. Within that parking area, construction of the new residence building, William Tebeau Hall, is in the final stages, blocking access to parts of 13th and 14th Streets around the building.

For the Aug. 30 game, there will be a temporary crosswalk established at Washington Avenue to allow pedestrians to cross 15th through the Facilities Shops area toward Reser Stadium.  This temporary crosswalk will only be in-place for the game.

Officials are hopeful that 15th Street will reopen Sept. 19, before the next home game. The official reopening date is set for Oct. 1.

Another temporary change involves parking around Kerr Administration building, which is only available via S.W. Benton Place, to the west of Kerr, or Washington Way, which can only be accessed from the west (it will continue to be blocked off at 15th Street).

East-west traffic going through campus is also affected as Jefferson Way is closed from Waldo Place to 26th Street. OSU officials hope that Jefferson will reopen before the Sept. 20 home game.

Additionally, off campus construction by private companies along the borders of campus – including a major new housing development off 35th Street – could also impact traffic flow. Road work on 35th Street is scheduled to be completed before Sept. 15.


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OSU hires Heilbron as senior associate AD for development

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Shawn R. Heilbron, associate athletic director for development at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been named the senior associate athletic director for development at Oregon State University, effective July 1.

In this position, Heilbron [pronounced HILL-bron] will provide leadership to the OSU athletics development program, which includes the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. He will direct a nine-person department and lead efforts to complete the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ $157 million goal as part of the university's $850 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Beaver family," said Heilbron. "There is a talented group of coaches and staff in place at OSU, and I look forward to working with them to help increase private support for the program so that we can continue to give our student-athletes the best opportunities to achieve success in the classroom and in competition."

At UCLA, Heilbron oversaw major gifts, the Wooden Athletic Fund, Bruin Varsity Club, endowments, special events, sports specific fundraising and planned gifts. He was responsible for more than $35 million in gifts to UCLA athletics during his tenure.

"I'm excited to bring Shawn aboard in such a vital role for OSU athletics," said OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis. "His background in this conference and his knowledge of the changing landscape of this league make him the ideal choice for this position."

Heilbron arrived at UCLA in June 2006 after serving as associate athletic director for external relations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation, stressed the importance of the role Heilbron will play in leading a program to support the university's more than 500 student-athletes.

"This is a significant recruitment for the university," Goodwin said. "Shawn brings with him extensive leadership, teambuilding and fundraising experiences that will build Beaver Nation and position us as a model program among our peers."

A graduate of the University of Texas, Heilbron began his career in 1994 as director of public relations for the Dallas Freeze of the Central Hockey League. He also spent two years as communications and marketing manager for Pinnacle Trading Cards.


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