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OSU inks largest research grant in its history to begin ship construction

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has just received a grant of $121.88 million from the National Science Foundation to spearhead the construction of a new class of research vessels for the United States Academic Research Fleet. It is the largest grant in the university’s history.

This grant will fund the construction of the first of three planned vessels approved by Congress for research in coastal regions of the continental United States and Alaska. When funding for the next two vessels is authorized, the total grant to OSU could increase to as much as $365 million. The first vessel is slated to be operated by OSU for research missions focusing on the U.S. West Coast. The NSF will begin the competitive selection of operating institutions for the second and third vessels later this year – likely to universities or consortia for operations on the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

“Oregon State University is extremely proud to lead this effort to create the next generation of regional ocean-going research vessels funded by NSF,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “Our exceptional marine science programs are uniquely positioned to advance knowledge of the oceans and to seek solutions to the threats facing healthy coastal communities – and more broadly, global ecological well-being – through their teaching and research.”

OSU was selected by the National Science Foundation in 2013 to lead the initial design phase for the new vessels, and to develop and execute a competitive selection for a shipyard in the United States to do the construction. Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC, in Louisiana was chosen and will conduct the detailed design verification over the next year. Officials hope to have a keel-laying ceremony for the first vessel in the spring of 2018, with the ship delivered to OSU for a year of extensive testing in 2020.

This new class of modern well-equipped ships is essential to support research encompassing marine physical, chemical, biological and geologic processes in coastal waters, said Roberta Marinelli, dean of Oregon State’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

“Rising sea levels, ocean acidification, low-oxygen waters or ‘hypoxia,’ declining fisheries, offshore energy, and the threat of catastrophic tsunamis are issues not only in the Pacific Northwest but around the world,” Marinelli said. “These new vessels will provide valuable scientific capacity for better understanding our changing oceans.”

The ships will be equipped to conduct detailed seafloor mapping, to reveal geologic structures important to understanding processes such as subduction zone earthquakes that may trigger tsunamis. The Pacific Northwest is considered a high-risk region because of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which has produced about two dozen major earthquakes of magnitude 8.0 or greater over the past 10,000 years.

The new ships will also be equipped with advanced sensors that will be used to detect and characterize harmful algal blooms, changing ocean chemistry, and the interactions between the sea and atmosphere. The emerging fields of wave, tidal and wind energy will benefit from ship observations. Oregon State is the site of the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center, which in December was awarded a grant of up to $35 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to create the world’s premier wave energy test facility in Newport.

Some characteristics of the new regional class research vessels (RCRVs), which were designed by The Glosten Associates, a naval architecture firm based in Seattle:

  • 193 feet long with a 41-foot beam;
  • Range of approximately 7,000 nautical miles;
  • Cruising speed is 11.5 knots with a maximum speed of 13 knots;
  • 16 berths for scientists and 13 for crew members;
  • Ability to stay out at sea for at least 21 days before returning to port;
  • High bandwidth satellite communications for streaming data and video to shore;

“This class of ships will enable researchers to work much more safely and efficiently at sea because of better handling and stability, more capacity for instrumentation and less noise,” said Clare Reimers, a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and project co-leader. “The design also has numerous ‘green’ features, including an optimized hull form, waste heat recovery, LED lighting, and variable speed power generation.”

Oregon State is expected to begin operating the first of the new ships in the fall of 2021, after a year of testing and then official Academic-Fleet designation by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), according to Demian Bailey, also a project co-leader for OSU.

“There will be a full year of testing because there are many interconnected systems to try out,” Bailey said. “Any new ship needs to have shakedown cruises, but we’ll have to test all of the scientific instrumentation as well, from the acoustic multibeam seafloor mapping system to its seawater and meteorological data collection, processing and transfer capabilities.

“These ships will be very forward-looking and are expected to support science operations for 40 years or longer. They will be the most advanced ships of their kind in the country.”

OSU previously operated the 184-foot R/V Wecoma from 1975 until 2012, when it was retired. The university then assumed operations of Wecoma’s sister ship, R/V Oceanus, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; that ship will be retired when the new ship is ready.

The tentative timetable for the new ships:

  • Ship No. 1 keel laying – spring 2018;
  • Ship No. 1 transition to OSU for a year of testing – fall 2020;
  • Ship No. 1 should be fully tested, have UNOLS designation and be fully operational by fall 2021;
  • Ship No. 2 – Keel laying in winter of 2018, delivery in spring 2021, and UNOLS designation in late spring 2022;
  • Ship No. 3 – Keel laying in fall 2020, delivery in spring 2022, and UNOLS designation in spring 2023.

More information on the ships and the project is available at: http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/ships/rcrv/.

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OSU researcher studies cross-laminated timber as seismic retrofit tool

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Safer historic buildings and more jobs for the timber industry are the goals of a partnership between an Oregon State University structural engineering researcher and a newly formed nonprofit group in Corvallis, Oregon.

Andre Barbosa of the OSU College of Engineering is collaborating with Cascadia Seismic Strategies on a $150,000 project to study the use of cross-laminated timber panels for seismic retrofits on unreinforced masonry buildings. 

A grant coordinated through the Downtown Corvallis Association and Oregon Main Street is covering roughly two-thirds of the cost of the project, which will result in mockups of CLT retrofit systems at the 107-year-old Harding Building at Third Street and Madison Street in Corvallis.

“We’ll build prototypes that will provide details that will let engineers and construction folks see how things go together,” said Barbosa, a volunteer with Cascadia Seismic Strategies.

Barbosa is one of the original members of the group, named after the subduction zone that lies off the coast of Oregon. The major Cascadia earthquake that experts say is on the horizon would be particularly damaging to vintage masonry structures like the Harding Building, the cornerstone of the original Third Street business district.

“The DCA is concerned about the potential devastation that a Cascadia Subduction Zone mega-quake would wreak,” said Cascadia Seismic Strategies spokeswoman Roz Keeney. “Members of the DCA’s design committee recruited structural engineers, historic architects and other building professionals to join in a conversation about earthquake preparedness and historic building preservation. This group went on to form Cascadia Seismic Strategies, which is now focused on this cutting-edge project to develop a low-cost reinforcement method using local wood products and off-the-shelf steel connectors.”

Engineering work is scheduled to start in August. The grant for the 34-month project underwrites multiple design and construction strategies for dealing with weaknesses in unreinforced masonry buildings, as well as production of a video demonstrating how to implement upgrades that can serve as a guide for other communities wanting to use similar strategies in preservation and retrofitting efforts.

“This project identifies seismic retrofits for historic buildings that improve their safety performance without compromising their historic integrity,” said project manager and historic preservation architect Sue Licht. “It also demonstrates that historic rehabilitation can create local, site-specific jobs that cannot be outsourced.”

Barbosa notes that OSU is a leader in developing new wood products such as cross-laminated timber and in growing forest-products jobs amid reduced harvest levels.

“It’s important to bring jobs back to the timber industry in Oregon and to find new applications for mass timber,” he said. “This could potentially be one of them, while improving the resiliency of downtowns and the older buildings that give us liveliness and history.”

Portland firm KPFF Consulting Engineers will handle most of the structural engineering, led by Reid Zimmerman, with Barbosa lending his expertise in cross-laminated timber and seismic retrofits.

“This comes from what we’ve been learning by visiting different earthquake sites, like Napa (California) and Nepal,” Barbosa said. “We keep learning and try to bring back that knowledge and share it with communities, including by creating a model for affordable seismic retrofits for historic buildings. This is a grass-roots, community-driven solution for a big problem, a huge Cascadia quake.” 

The primary funding organization, Oregon Main Street, is a Main Street America coordinating program administered by the State Historic Preservation Office. It works with Oregon communities to “develop comprehensive, incremental revitalization strategies based on a community’s unique assets, character and heritage.”

Its goal is to build “high-quality, livable and sustainable communities that will grow Oregon’s economy while maintaining a sense of place.”

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Economic issues are key to predicting whether students will graduate college, study shows

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Economic issues play a significant role in determining whether first-time students enrolling in a four-year college will complete their degree and graduate within six years, a new study from Oregon State University has found.

The socioeconomic status of the student body and the college or university’s revenue and expenditures serve as a predictors of a student’s chances of success at four-year broad access colleges and universities, said Gloria Crisp, an associate professor in OSU’s College of Education.

Four-year broad access institutions are colleges and universities that accept 80 percent or more of their applicants. The majority of students enrolled in four-year public and private colleges in the U.S. are enrolled in these types of institutions. 

“There are a lot of variables that factor into whether a student will graduate, but many of them are economic,” Crisp said. “That tells us that the way to raise graduation rates is through support, both of the student and to the institution.”

The findings were published recently in the journal Research in Higher Education. Co-authors are Erin Doran of Iowa State University and Nicole Alia Salis Reyes of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

The study is believed to be the first to model graduation rates specifically at four-year broad access institutions. The researchers began studying graduation rate predictors at these colleges and universities in part because they are widely overlooked in research and discussion about college success.

Much of the focus on college student populations, their needs, their graduation rates and their overall success is centered on elite colleges and universities. Elite colleges are those that are very difficult to gain entry to, draw high achieving students, tend to have large fundraising endowments to support scholarships and other services and may also serve fewer students overall.

“The elite universities are considered the best even though they predominately serve the most academically prepared students who are likely to successful wherever they enroll,” Crisp said. “There’s a disconnect between the expectations of those top tier schools, which garner much of the attention, and the broad access institutions, which are serving students who may not be academically prepared for college work upon entering college and are underserved throughout the K-20 educational system including low-income, African American and Latina/o students. Holding them to the same standard doesn’t work.”

Researchers reviewed publicly available student data for more than 400 broad access institutions for the 2008-09 school year and the 2014-15 school year, using Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS.

The findings also indicated that universities with a religious affiliation, a higher percentage of full-time students and large enrollments were likely to have higher graduation rates.  

However, when the researchers examined underserved populations, including African American and Latino students, on their own, they found that it was predominately socioeconomic factors that affected graduation rates among those groups.

“For those students, resources really matter, in a way that is different from the population as a whole,” Crisp said. “That finding is consistent with the persistent inequities in college completion rates for these underserved populations.”

The new insights about broad access institutions and their students can help education leaders and policymakers better understand how the needs of those institutions may differ from those of elite schools.

“It’s about understanding these institutions, making them part of the conversation, and in some ways, changing the conversation to better reflect the experience of most college students and their universities,” she said. “What are their experiences? What can we do to support them?”

That issue is of particular importance right now as policymakers across the U.S. are being asked to increase college graduation rates, and are also considering in some cases, implementing policies that tie funding for public colleges and universities to performance measures, such as six-year graduation rates, Crisp said.

“This research indicates that approach may be counter-productive if the goal is to see more students complete college,” she said. “More research is needed to better understand how resources should be allocated effectively and efficiently while working toward the goal of higher and more equitable college graduation rates.”

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OSU names new public safety leader

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has selected Suzanne “Suzy” Tannenbaum to be its new director of public safety.

Tannenbaum, a public safety lieutenant at the Oregon Health & Science University since 2014, starts at OSU on July 20.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the director of public safety at Oregon State University,” she said. “I have enjoyed my time at OHSU Department of Public Safety, learning as we have grown the police department, having worked with some of the finest officers and staff.

“With 24-plus years of law enforcement and public safety experience as a foundation, I am well equipped to take on this new and exciting challenge. I look forward to working with the wonderful students, dedicated men and women within the department, the fine staff and professionals at OSU, our department partners, and the OSU community at large. I know together we will make Oregon State University a safer place to study, work, play and live.”

Tannenbaum will report to Mike Green, OSU’s interim vice president for finance and administration.

“I am very pleased that Suzy Tannenbaum will be Oregon State University’s new director of public safety,” Green said. “Her many years of experience in the public safety arena along with her vision for this important role and the university’s Department of Public Safety will enable her to lead in effective and transformative ways for the Oregon State community.”

In her role at OHSU, Tannenbaum had public safety oversight of three campuses, as well as university facilities throughout Oregon. She oversaw all aspects of public safety management from hiring and training, to campus safety assessments and community education and outreach.

Prior to working at OHSU, she was director of campus safety at Clackamas Community College and an instructor and administrator at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training police academy. She also held numerous positions with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, including deputy, school resource officer, detective, Drug Enforcement Administration task force agent working undercover and patrol supervisor.

Born and raised in Oregon and a third-generation Oregon law enforcement officer, Tannenbaum received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) and her Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

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Special Olympians will help OSU researchers gain further health insights

CORVALLIS, Ore. – More than 2,000 athletes will descend on Corvallis on July 8 and 9, competing in the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games while also helping to further research into the health of people with intellectual disabilities.

“There still is this misconception that if you have a disability, then you cannot be healthy,” said Gloria Krahn, the Barbara Emily Knudson Endowed Chair in Family Policy Studies at Oregon State University. “I would’ve thought that after 25 years, we would be past some of that. Special Olympics is helping bring about that change.”

Oregon State is hosting the Summer State Games, which feature track and field, bocce, golf and softball, with events split between Corvallis High School and the OSU campus.

Special Olympics Oregon’s Healthy Athletes program will also be part of the Summer State Games, providing free health screenings for the athletes. The screenings involve six areas called Fit Feet, FUNfitness, health promotion, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes and Special Smiles. Strength, flexibility, balance and endurance will be tested, and athletes will be given a take-home program based on their results that aims to improve and encourage their participation in sports and recreational activities.

Special Olympics Oregon regularly hosts Healthy Athletes programs around the state.

Special Olympics Oregon also provides a program called Oregon Team Wellness for those with intellectual disabilities. The program incorporates incentives and rewards to reach benchmarks, with the ultimate goal of lifelong healthy choices and habits.

The program, which started in Oregon, has spread to other states in the Northwest. Researchers at OSU, including Alicia Dixon-Ibarra, a post-doctoral scholar in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Krahn, are working with Special Olympics to evaluate the program.

Dixon-Ibarra is working on the research and practical side of the games.

She will gather information used in research designed to further improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities. All the information from the weekend will go into one of the largest data sets for people with intellectual disabilities in the world, and can show discrepancies between different countries and their health issues. One area of the world could have issues relating to tooth decay, for example, while another may have higher rates of obesity.    

“I find this job really rewarding,” Dixon-Ibarra said. “I know there’s a huge need for health care and health promotion for this population based on my own research and the research of others in my area, and that this is a big need that we’re fulfilling with these programs.”

Dixon-Ibarra said a common misconception is that people with intellectual disabilities can’t be as healthy as those without. Also, Krahn notes that until relatively recently, trying to keep a person with a disability active and healthy fell solely on the family, without much help from school districts or other groups that organize sports and other recreational activities.

Helping to change attitudes, the researchers say, are programs like the Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968. From a small beginning – just 1,000 athletes competed in the first Special Olympics World Games – the Special Olympics are now in 169 nations and encourage more than 4 million people with developmental disabilities to be active and healthy. Shriver will be posthumously honored for her work on July 12 at the 25th annual ESPYS on ABC. 

Athletes and coaches will stay in OSU residence halls during the Summer State Games. Parking is free around Reser Stadium, and admission is free to all events. The public is invited to watch the athletes compete, and a complete schedule of the events can be found here.

People interested in volunteering with the Special Olympics Oregon Summer State Games should contact LouAnne Tabada, senior director of volunteer services for Special Olympics Oregon, at Itabada@soor.org or volunteer@soor.org.    

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OSU appoints Toni Doolen dean of the College of Education

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Toni Doolen, dean of the Honors College at Oregon State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Education.

Doolen will continue in her role as dean of the Honors College, while also serving as executive dean of Oregon State’s Division of Arts and Sciences, which includes the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, Science and the Honors College.

Doolen, who is a professor in the university’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, replaces Larry Flick, who has served as the dean of the College of Education since July 2011.

“I am deeply impressed with Dr. Doolen’s ability to articulate the key role that the College of Education must play at OSU,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser. “As a professor of engineering, she is a published author in engineering education, and has studied assessment methods and use of technology in instruction.

“She will bring the college experienced, thoughtful leadership and a stellar record as a highly respected contributor to the OSU Provost’s Council and university leadership, in general,” Feser said. “Dr. Doolen has a proven skill in stewarding collaborative decision making around visions, plans and resources, and has demonstrated success in building partnerships with units across the university in her role as Honors College dean. Those abilities and skills will serve the College of Education and the university very well.”

The College of Education has more than 14,000 alumni from throughout the U.S. and 35 nations. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Corvallis, at OSU-Cascades in Bend and online through Oregon State’s nationally ranked Ecampus distance education program.

Graduate degree programs include seven master’s degrees in areas including adult and higher education; school counseling and clinical mental health, as well as doctoral degrees in counseling, adult and higher education leadership; and science and mathematics. As well, the College of Education offers many education certificate programs for educators.

Feser praised Flick’s contributions in advancing the College of Education and extending its impact through partnerships with school districts in Beaverton, Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Feser said the college also has engaged in extensive efforts to advance STEM education among its students and teachers throughout Oregon.

The college has 80 faculty and staff members who serve approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students, conduct research, and are involved in community engagement work throughout the state.

“I am honored to be asked to help continue and grow the impact in teaching, research and service that is being done in the College of Education,” Doolen said. “The mission of the college is to prepare, inspire and support teachers, counselors, educational leaders, researchers and volunteers. This is a very important role and engages Oregon State in working with educators and promoting lifelong learning in K-12 schools, colleges and universities and throughout our communities.

“We will continue to embrace innovation in all that we do in the college,” Doolen said.

Doolen joined OSU in 2001, following several years of manufacturing experience at Hewlett-Packard Company as an engineer, senior member of technical staff and manager. She received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Oregon State. 

Under her leadership, enrollment within the Honors College has grown significantly to 1,057 students or 4.2 percent of all OSU undergraduates – an increase of 3.6 percent from 2015. At the same time, the number of high-achieving freshmen entering OSU – graduates from Oregon high schools with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater – grew to 47 percent of all incoming first-time students in fall 2016.

In addition, the Honors College collaborates with every academic college at Oregon State to increase the diversity of high-achieving students enrolling at and graduating from OSU. 

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Public meeting set Thursday on Marine Studies Building at Hatfield Center

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University will host an informational public meeting this Thursday, June 15, to update local residents on plans for a new Marine Studies Building at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

The meeting will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hatfield’s Visitor Center. A 45-minute presentation and question-and-answer session will be followed by a reception and displays. The Hatfield Center is located at 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport, just southeast of the Highway 101 bridge.

The presentation will also be streamed live over Adobe Connect at http://oregonstate.adobeconnect.com/hmsc-fw407/

Oregon State University has launched a Marine Studies Initiative – a new research and teaching model to help sustain healthy oceans and ensure wellness, environmental health and economic prosperity for coastal communities.

“A component of the Marine Studies Initiative includes the construction of a research and teaching facility – the Marine Studies Building on the HMSC campus – and student housing at another location in Newport,” said Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing.

“This public meeting in Newport is an opportunity to hear how the university will ensure that the design, engineering and construction of the Marine Studies Building and student housing meet or exceed the earthquake and tsunami performance and safety commitments that OSU President Ed Ray has made.”

Presentations will be made by­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Bob Cowen, director of OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Tom Robbins, project manager and architect with Yost Grube Hall Architecture.

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OSU’s “Great Move-Out” donation drive expands off-campus; volunteers sought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – To reduce abandoned items in residential areas, increase neighborhood livability, and promote sustainability, Oregon State University and community stakeholders are coordinating two move-out donation drives for students living both on and off campus. 

The Great Move-Out: Off-Campus Donation Drive will help students donate and recycle items they no longer want. A range of items will be accepted, including mattresses, furniture, electronics, office/school supplies, books, and kitchen and household wares. This effort is modeled after the annual Residence Hall Move Out Donation Drive that diverted 23,000 pounds of materials from landfills last year. This year’s on-campus goal is 24,000 pounds.

Both drives begin in June.

The off-campus event is June 14, from 4-8 p.m., and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Grace Lutheran Church Parking Lot at the corner of Kings Boulevard and Harrison Street, and is for OSU students only. 

The residence hall drive takes place May 30 through June 20. Discarded items will benefit local non-profits and other charity organizations. Items accepted for donation include: clothing, unopened and non-perishable food, toiletries (may be partially used), household items like décor or lamps, electronics (broken or otherwise) and furniture.

Sierra Prior, a first-year master of public health student in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences, and special project assistant for Corvallis Community Relations, is spearheading the inaugural off-campus drive.

“Our first step was to bring together stakeholders from the OSU and Corvallis communities to mitigate one of the biggest problems in Corvallis at the end of spring – trash,” Prior said. “Then we started brainstorming ways to divert as much as possible from ending up in a landfill.”

Due to the high volume of donations that are anticipated, Corvallis Community Relations, Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are seeking volunteers to assist by sorting incoming items or by going out with the crew to collect donated items and recyclables from the residence halls.

  • Volunteers are needed for the Residence Hall event for various shifts between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 8-20;
  • Volunteers are need for the off-campus event, with shifts from 3 to 9 p.m. on June 14, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15. Volunteer training will be provided on site. 

Information on how to volunteer or donate items for the residence hall drive, as well as a full list of the donation recipients, may be found at http://tiny.cc/donation-drive

Donations for the residence hall drive may be put into donation bins, which are located on the ground floor of every residence hall. Food and toiletries must be bagged. Larger items that do not fit in hall lobbies, such as wood bed loft kits and furniture, may be set next to dumpsters outside.

“We have heard from students that they often have more in their room than they can or wish to bring home with them at the end other year,” said Andrea Norris, marketing and development coordinator for Campus Recycling and Surplus Property. “This program makes it easy for them to donate those items in their hall and relay them to non-profits that can keep them in use and benefit the community.”

This year the off-campus event is working with Benton Habitat for Humanity, Furniture Share, Old Mill Center, Community Outreach Inc., and OSU Folk Club Thrift Store. These organizations also previously participated in the residence halls event. Key community stakeholders including Republic Services, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Rental Property Management Group, and the City of Corvallis guided the planning process for establishing the new off-campus event.

For more information on the off-campus drive, see  http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/ccr or contact CCR (ccr@oregonstate.edu) or OSU Campus Recycling (Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu).

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Oregon State alum, noted philanthropist to give OSU commencement address

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, who headed to Oregon State University in 1963 with only $100 in his pocket and graduated to become a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and throughout Europe, will return to his alma mater to give the 2017 commencement address.

OSU’s commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Reser Stadium. Tickets are not required; more information is available at: http://commencement.oregonstate.edu//

Özyeğin, who was born in Turkey, came to the United States after graduating from Robert College, an elite academy in Istanbul. He graduated from OSU with a degree in civil engineering in 1967 after serving as president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University his senior year, and went on to earn an MBA at Harvard University.

The OSU alumnus has made significant contributions to the global community with extensive work in social entrepreneurship, education, women’s rights, equity, child and youth development, and arts and cultural preservation.

Scott Ashford, dean of OSU’s College of Engineering, said he “is thrilled” Özyeğin is returning to Corvallis.

“He’s been a gracious host to me in Turkey, and very willing to provide me with advice for the college as an industry mentor,” Ashford said. “Corvallis is still dear to his heart – in fact, he keeps a photo in his office of him and Bobby Kennedy at the Corvallis airport. Every time I’ve traveled to Turkey, he’s made time for me and asked my advice on his new university.

“Our OSU students have spent summers doing research at his university, and we have hosted his students here.”

After completing his degrees, Özyeğin returned to Turkey and began his career in banking. In 1974, he was appointed managing director of Pamukbank, and in 1987, he founded Finansbank, which quickly become one of Turkey’s most prominent and respected banks. He served as chairman of the bank between 1987 and 2010, during which it grew substantially in size and influence.

Özyeğin today is chairman of Fiba Holding A.S., Fibabanka A.S., and Credit Europe Bank (Suisse) S.A. in Geneva.

The Oregon State alumnus has not forgotten his academic origins, and in 2008 he and his foundation established Özyeğin University in Istanbul, building and fully staffing the institution from the ground up. The state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate university is re-envisioning higher education as both highly entrepreneurial and financially accessible, and already has become Turkey’s fourth largest private university.

Özyeğin is involved in numerous civic activities, including chairing the Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation, serving on the board of the Mother and Child Education Foundation, and serving on the board of dean’s advisers for the Harvard Business School.

Oregon State will present Özyeğin with an honorary doctorate in civil engineering at commencement. The Oregon Stater alumni magazine profiled him in 2012: http://bit.ly/2qX33uH

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OSU to hold three-day eclipse celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will be directly in the path of this summer’s rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, and as a NASA Space Grant university the university is hosting a three-day eclipse celebration that includes educational events, music, movies, art and more.

From Aug. 19-21, the public is welcome to attend a series of family-friendly events culminating in a community-wide eclipse viewing party on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus. OSU also will open its residence halls for lodging reservations for the eclipse weekend.

OSU’s Corvallis campus is in the path of totality, where the sky will go dark for about two minutes starting at 10:17 a.m. The last coast-to-coast solar eclipse took place in the United States in 1918.

The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience is the first in a yearlong series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Oregon State’s founding in 1868. Beginning with the eclipse celebration, the events will culminate in a fall 2018 symposium.

“OSU is hosting this event as the lead institution for the Oregon NASA Space Grant and to deliver on its mission of providing education, research and public outreach to inspire the next generation of explorers,” said event organizer Jill Peters. “As Oregon’s statewide university, we also designed the event activities to share Oregon State’s enthusiasm and research and teaching expertise around the eclipse with the public and ensure they can fully experience it in a safe manner.”

For out-of-town visitors looking to secure hard-to-find accommodations during the week of the eclipse, Oregon State is offering a limited number of residence hall rooms on a first-come, first-served basis starting May 23. Those interested in reserving a lodging/dining package for Aug. 19-21 can visit oregonstate.edu/eclipse after May 23, when access to the reservation site will be available.

The package includes a minimum two nights’ lodging, dinner and breakfast in the dining halls, tickets to the concert, access to pool and gym facilities, and a commemorative tailgate blanket. As campgrounds and local hotels are already reserved for the event, visitors are encouraged to book their lodging package as soon as they are available. Two-night package prices range from $265 for a single room to $1,275 for a six-person suite. Up to two additional nights may be purchased.

The three-day eclipse celebration kicks off Aug. 19 with a photography class for those interested in capturing the eclipse, followed by exhibits and activities centered on science, space, art and astronomy. Highlights include a Mars Rover replica, an art exhibit, and a series of lectures on topics ranging from how bones are affected in space flight to how different cultures interpret astronomy. A BBQ/cocktail party, outdoor movie night and a chance to view the stars with Oregon State astronomer Randall Milstein rounds out Saturday.

Another series of activities, events and lectures will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, including an evening outdoor concert with award-winning rock and soul band Lady Dottie & the Diamonds. Attendees will be able to dance or sing along to hits from Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Diana Ross, and more. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. 

On the day of the eclipse (Monday, Aug. 21) OSU will host a campus viewing party. The total solar eclipse can be experienced from the fields at Student Legacy Park just north of Gill Coliseum and attendees will receive free solar eclipse glasses.

The party will begin at 9 a.m. as the moon begins covering the sun, and will include outdoor games and activities for the family. After totality, attendees can view NASA's live broadcast of the eclipse as its continues east across the country. NASA-TV will be live streaming video shot from weather balloons across the country, starting from the Pacific Coast with support from a student-led team on an OSU research vessel.

Additionally, the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State is collaborating with Google on the Eclipse Megamovie 2017, a project gathering images of the solar eclipse from more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers across the nation. The images will be pieced together to create a continuous view of the eclipse as it passes over the United States.

For a full list of activities, times and locations, see: http://oregonstate.edu/eclipse

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Jill Peters, 503-551-2900; jill.peters@oregonstate.edu