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OSU President Ed Ray names search committee for new athletic director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Ed Ray on Monday named a committee to assist him in a national search to select a new director of intercollegiate athletics. The search process includes noted OSU alumni, national leaders in college sports, a head coach, faculty, students and university leaders.

The search committee will be led by Joey Spatafora, an OSU professor and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the PAC-12 conference.

The committee includes Oregon State alumni Marty Reser, vice president of retail sales for Reser’s Fine Foods, and John Stirek, regional president of Trammell Crow; OSU women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck; Erika Aufiero, an OSU student-athlete competing in gymnastics; Colleen Bee, associate professor in OSU’s College of Business, who serves as co-chair of OSU’s student athletics advisory committee; Glenn Ford, OSU vice president of finance and administration; Jim Patterson, OSU senior associate athletic director; Taylor Sarman, OSU student body president; and Marianne Vydra, senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator.

OSU will engage national sports management consultants Jeff Schemmel, president of College Sports Solutions; and Kevin Weiberg, former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, to assist with the search.

The search for a new athletic director began last week after Bob De Carolis announced on May 11 that he would leave Oregon State after serving as director of OSU intercollegiate athletics for nearly 13 years and working in athletics administration at the university for 17 years. The search committee will begin meeting this week, and Ray said he hopes to have a new athletic director named by June 30 when De Carolis departs Oregon State.

“I am very impressed by the number of high-level candidates that are expressing strong interest in working at OSU,” Ray said. “Our new athletic director will add to the success of Oregon State’s men’s and women’s athletics and grow fan excitement and engagement. He or she will be committed to our student-athletes and to all OSU students.

“The new director will contribute to the remarkable transformation that is occurring at Oregon State where everything we do is about excellence and leadership.”

Ray said the new athletic director will help build on his own personal commitment to high level athletic success at the university. “Oregon State will compete and will win championships. We will win the right way – the Oregon State way,” Ray said. “Count on it. You have my word on it.”


Steve Clark, 541-737-3808; 503-502-8217; steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

New advocacy center at OSU will support survivors of sexual violence

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is creating a new center that will help support students who have experienced sexual violence.

The Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center will provide confidential and accessible services including a full-time advocate whose sole job is to listen and support survivors and to help them navigate available resources, making sure the survivor’s wishes and needs are respected.

The center will be housed in the Student Health Services Building (Plageman), allowing for privacy and confidentiality and will also put survivors within close proximity of trained sexual assault nurses if requested (SHS has three such nurses on staff who work closely with community medical providers).

“The idea is that most of the Student Health Services building is already confidential,” said Rob Reff, substance abuse and violence prevention director, who is part of the team that will be overseeing the center. Because SHS offers a broad variety of student services, “you can be going there for all sorts of reasons,” he said, thus providing confidentiality for those who do not want it known they’re seeking help.

While OSU offers a broad variety of resources, both on and off campus that can serve students who have experienced sexual violence, the campus lacked a centralized location where students could seek help without having to go from place to place. Faculty and staff members who have a student disclose a past assault to them can also contact the advocacy center for information or refer students to the center for support.

“It is critical that we provide a single, central resource that is networked to the various offices and support functions,” said Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU vice provost for Student Affairs. “This will help faculty and staff make referrals and will help survivors feel supported in choosing what resources they need in the short or long term.”

A search is under way for a full-time advocate who will have a graduate assistant to provide administrative and support services, as well as support from Sexual Assault Support Services within Counseling and Psychological Services. Reff will also be trained to provide support to the new advocate when necessary. 

Additionally, an assistant director of violence prevention is being recruited through Student Health Services. That person’s primary role will be extensive program development, as well as to provide support to the Advocacy Center.

Reff said providing an advocate for survivors is crucial because advocates working solely in the interest of the student, and are not there to advance a particular agenda or predetermined path. Advocates empower survivors by connecting them with the resources needed, whether that’s counseling, housing, law enforcement, medical services or simply someone to listen.

“The advocate is not going to ask survivors to disclose any information they don’t want to,” Reff said.

While the center is primarily for students, OSU faculty and staff survivors can also receive support, stabilization and referral from the OSU Advocacy Center. Additionally a resource room will be open to all to providing materials including books, movies, articles and other media with information about sexual violence.

The center will be part of a broader effort by OSU to create a campus that is safe and free of sexual or other violence, and one which supports survivors. During April, the campus has celebrated Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a variety of events, which culminates in the final event Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m., with "Take Back the Night" in the Memorial Union Quad. The event provides a space for students, staff, faculty and community members to demonstrate that OSU is a campus that does not condone sexual violence and supports survivors.

The Office of the Provost is funding the center, with support from Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services.

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Rob Reff, 541-737-7564; rob.reff@oregonstate.edu

OSU named a “top green school” by Princeton Review

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University was ranked number 38 of “50 Top Green Schools” in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

The guide profiles colleges with exceptional commitments to sustainability, based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities. It also gives college applicants information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and statistics.

OSU received a green rating score of 98, and was recognized for its formal sustainability committee, available transportation alternatives and the availability of sustainability-focused degrees, among other things. The highest score a college can receive is 99.

The company tallied 861 colleges in summer 2014, using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. 

The guide is available online at http://bit.ly/1DQ8te0 and is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind.

According to the review, students at OSU enjoy an "exceptional 'green living' education" on campus. Even the exercise machines at the recreation center help power the university's electrical grid. Known for its excellent reputation in sustainability, many students are drawn to OSU's outstanding engineering, forestry, biology, and geoscience programs. 

“OSU continues to be recognized for going above and beyond in its efforts to create a sustainable campus and a well-rounded student experience that increases awareness of critical global issues,” said Brandon Trelstad, OSU’s sustainability coordinator. “It’s great to be consistently recognized by the Princeton Review and other organizations, and it encourages us to keep meeting higher goals for our sustainability efforts.”

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Brandon Trelstad, 541-737-3307 or Brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Board of Trustees sets tuition, fees for 2015-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees voted 11-1 on Thursday to approve a tuition proposal that would complete the elimination of OSU’s undergraduate tuition “plateau” and set tuition rates and fees for the 2015-16 academic year.

Under the tuition plateau, students taking between 13-16 hours had paid the same amount as students taking 12 hours, essentially resulting in some students subsidizing others, according to Steve Clark, OSU vice president for University Relations and Marketing. Oregon State was the only public school in the state to have an undergraduate tuition plateau.

“Following approval by the state Board of Higher Education and Oregon State student leaders, the university has gradually phased out the tuition plateau over the past three years,” Clark said. “We recognize that this final step in phasing out the plateau may place a financial burden on students who will have to pay for the first time, the entire amount for a full course load.

“Consequently, we are also working to target an additional $1.5 to $1.8 million in financial aid for Oregon State’s most at-risk returning students, who may be most impacted by this final step in phasing out the tuition plateau,” Clark said.

The board-approved plan actually reduces the credit hour fee for undergraduate Oregon resident students on the Corvallis campus from $189 per credit to $183, while establishing a tuition charge of $100 per term for all students. The net effect would be to increase overall tuition by 1.2 percent for those resident undergraduates taking 12 credit hours per term. Non-resident undergraduates taking 12 credit hours will see a 0.5 percent decrease.

Students taking 15 hours will pay a total of 11.6 percent more than last year – with the actual tuition increases accounting for $30 and the phasing out of the plateau discount resulting in an additional $855, Clark said.

The board set annual tuition for Oregon State resident undergraduates taking 15 credit hours at $8,535 for 2015-16. That amount is below the national average for OSU’s strategic peer universities ($10,098), as well as below the national average for Land Grant institutions ($9,817); and for public universities in the Pacific-12 Conference ($9,931), Clark said.

The new annual tuition rate for non-resident undergraduate students will be $27,195, which is lower than the University of Oregon (estimated at $30,239), and the average for public universities in the Pac-12 Conference ($30,846).

The board also approved a 2 percent increase for resident graduate student tuition; approved a 5 percent increase for non-resident graduate students; and approved tuition rates for OSU-Cascades, Ecampus online distance learning classes, and summer education courses.

According to state law, any increases in student fees or tuition in excess of 5 percent must be approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

In other action, the OSU Board of Trustees voted to approve the issuance of not more than $57.5 million in university revenue bonds. The bonds will be used to finance a number of projects, including:

  • The Learning Innovation Center, also known as the new classroom building on campus. Revenue bonds totaling $32.5 million will help pay for the $65 million project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.
  • Acquisition of the former Nypro Manufacturing Facility: Revenue bonds of $5.88 million will allow the university to purchase this off-campus site that will provide space for research, offices and storage.
  • OSU-Cascades expansion: Revenue bonds totaling $5.43 million will help fund the expansion of the state’s first branch campus through real estate acquisition and development of facilities. An additional $2 million in bonds will support a long-range development campus plan for OSU-Cascades.
  • Space improvement project: $11 million in revenue bonds will be issued to finance a series of renovation and relocation projects to provide additional space for administrative offices and functions.

The board also heard reports on OSU-Cascades and the university online distance learning program, Ecampus.

Becky Johnson, the university’s vice president of OSU-Cascades, reported that the branch campus has 1,172 students enrolled this year and will welcome its first class of undergraduate students beginning this fall when it becomes a four-year program. About 77 percent of OSU-Cascades students are from Central Oregon, though that profile may change as the campus grows.

By 2025, Johnson said, OSU-Cascades plans to enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students.

Oregon State’s Ecampus program has grown by an average of 18 percent annually over each of the past three years, and now offers more than 900 courses in 90 subjects. The award-winning program had more than 15,000 students take more than 156,000 credit hours last year, with about 4,500 students registered in one of 38 online degree or certificate programs.

Many students are attracted to the program because they started a degree and couldn’t finish, are place-bound, need additional training, or like the flexibility of online education, said Dave King, associate provost for outreach and engagement.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808; steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

OSU President challenges state to improve access to higher education

PORTLAND, Ore. – In his annual State of the University address in Portland on Friday, Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray challenged politicians, education and business leaders to help address the growing issue of Oregonians’ access to higher education.

He also said OSU is committed to helping the state meet Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s goal of bringing economic prosperity to more Oregonians, particularly in rural communities still suffering effects of the recession.

Ray told the more than 700 people in attendance that inequality in higher education is creating a society of haves and have-nots, which “tears at the fabric of our society and undermines our democracy.” Nationally, a student from an annual household income of $90,000 or more has a one-in-two chance of graduating from college, Ray pointed out. Conversely, a student from a family with a household income of $30,000 a year has only a 1-in-17 chance to earn a college degree.

“As a first-generation college graduate myself, I know firsthand how important a college education is to one’s future as well as the collective future of our society,” Ray said. “One solution is to take a fresh look at attracting and retaining students” by having colleges and universities partner with others, including national foundations.

Late last year, Oregon State and 10 other major research universities formed the University Innovation Alliance, which seeks to raise admission numbers, retention rates and graduation rates for low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students. Some of the nation’s most prominent foundations have committed millions of dollars to match the investments made by member universities in the alliance, which will create and share new strategies to meet its goals of access and student success.

“We are doubling down,” Ray said. “I intend that Oregon State will be a showcase of access to higher education and programs that significantly improve retention and graduation rates. There is much to learn from other universities and I’m happy to say that the work is under way, as we collaborate with high school and community college partners.”

OSU is addressing the rural economy challenge in different ways, Ray said. In 2017, Oregon State will open a $60 million forest science complex in Corvallis to study and help implement the use of advanced wood products in construction of high-rise buildings in Portland – and around the world.

“This very exciting initiative will help restore high-paying jobs to rural Oregon; it will increase the value of Oregon’s natural resources across the nation; it will showcase how engineered wood products can improve the sustainability of urban cities; and it will connect the quality of Oregon wood products and pioneering know-how to fast-growing nations in Asia,” Ray said.

Also helping the state economy will be the launch of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which will result in 500 students studying at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport by 2025. An anonymous donor already has pledged $20 million for a new building there. Coastal communities will benefit from the research, education and outreach efforts of the initiative, Ray noted.

The OSU president called 2014 a year of “landmark achievement” for his university. Oregon State’s enrollment exceeded 30,000 students for the first time, making OSU the state’s largest university. And in December, the university concluded The Campaign for OSU, which raised $1.14 billion – the most in Oregon history.

“As an economist who likes numbers, I can tell you that the .14 figure makes me chuckle since it represents $140 million,” Ray said.

More than 106,000 donors contributed to the campaign, which achieved many highlights, including:

  • Building or renovating 28 OSU buildings;
  • Endowing 79 new faculty positions;
  • Creating more than 600 new scholarships and fellowships serving 3,200 students.

Ray said OSU continues to lead the state in addressing research needs, garnering $285 million in total grants and contracts, including a record $37 million from industry. Over the past 18 months, the OSU Advantage Accelerator accepted and supported development of 21 business concepts into companies, and 12 grew into viable businesses, which have generated $5 million in revenues and government grants.

U.S. News and World Report ranked OSU’s online Ecampus program as the fifth best undergraduate program in the nation. At the same time, the quality of students entering OSU remains high as more Portland metro area high school valedictorians chose OSU over any other college or university. Last fall, 44 percent of the freshmen entering OSU had high school grade point averages of 3.75 or higher.

And this fall, the first freshmen class will enroll at OSU-Cascades in Bend, the state’s first branch campus.

Ray told the Portland audience that Oregon State engineering graduates have helped to build the city through working at firms including Hoffman Construction, Andersen Construction, PacificCorp, Portland General Electric and Kiewit Construction. OSU is also working to improve the metro region’s community health through the state’s first accredited public health school, as well as partnership programs in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. OSU has also established programs in the region in apparel design, business, forestry and agriculture.

“We don’t do this work alone,” Ray emphasized, “but with partners such as Intel, Nike, IBM and Boeing; with non-profit organizations and education colleagues like OHSU and Portland State.”

“The best,” Ray said, “is yet to come.”

The full text of Ray’s speech is available at: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/speeches-and-statements/state-u-pdx-2015.

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Steve Clark, 503-502-8217; steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

OSU hits 30,000 enrollment mark overall, while reining in Corvallis growth

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has surpassed 30,000 in overall enrollment for the first time in the school’s history, fueled by the continued growth of its online distance learning Ecampus program and the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

At the same time, the university has succeeded in slowing the growth on its Corvallis campus to less than 1 percent, meeting a goal OSU had established with community stakeholders and leaders.

“As Oregon’s statewide university, we take seriously our mandate to provide access to as many qualified in-state students as we can,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “At the same time, we are nearing our present capacity on the Corvallis campus and thus slowing our growth has been a priority. This is a win-win situation for the university, Corvallis and the state of Oregon.”

Official enrollment numbers are reported at the end of the fourth week of fall term. Oregon State’s overall enrollment is 30,058 students, of which 24,383 are enrolled through the Corvallis campus (an increase of 0.9 percent or 225 students over last year); 4,503 are enrolled through Ecampus (up 19.5 percent or 736 more students from a year ago); and 1,172 are enrolled in and/or admitted to OSU-Cascades (up 5.5 percent or an increase of 61 students from a year ago). OSU’s overall enrollment increased 1,022 students from a year ago – an overall change of 3.5 percent.

Oregon State’s fall enrollment is the largest among all Oregon universities. A total of 69 percent of all undergraduate students at OSU are from the state of Oregon.

“Oregon State continues to be a destination of choice -- not just for Oregon students in general, but for high-achieving students in particular – 44.2 percent of all incoming freshmen attending OSU this fall had a high school grade point averages of 3.75 or higher,” Ray said.

Oregon State has set a goal of having 50 percent of its incoming freshmen class classified as high-achieving by the year 2025. Last year, the percentage of high-achieving freshmen enrolled at OSU was 39 percent. Meanwhile, the average high school grade point for all incoming Oregon State freshmen this fall was 3.59.

The university also has succeeded in boosting its enrollment of U.S. students of color, which now stands at 21.9 percent of the overall student body, and of its international enrollment, which is 11.1 percent.

Graduate student enrollment rose 5.5 percent over last year to a total of 4,410 students.

“These areas of growth align with the enrollment management goals that we had set out in our strategic plan for diversifying the campus and growing our graduate student enrollment,” Ray said.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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OSU campaign celebration to feature N.Y. Times columnist

CORVALLIS, Ore.: Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times will be the keynote speaker at an event on Friday, Oct. 31, celebrating the success of Oregon State University’s billion-dollar campaign.

The public is invited to this free celebration, which will be held at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus beginning at 4 p.m.

A seasoned journalist and native of Yamhill, Oregon, Kristof has traveled the major roads and minor byways of China, India, South Asia and Africa, offering a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty and gender in the developing world.

He and his wife Sheryl Wudunn co-authored the best-selling “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” which inspired a four-hour PBS series of the same name. In their new book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” they look around the world at people who are working to make it a better place, and show readers the numerous ways this work can be supported.

Kristof’s remarks will conclude an hour-long multimedia showcase of the impact of The Campaign for OSU on students, Oregon and the world. Publicly launched in October 2007, the campaign has raised more than $1.096 billion to support university priorities. To date, more than 105,000 donors to the campaign have:

  • Created more than 600 new scholarships and fellowship funds – a 30 percent increase – with gifts for student support exceeding $180 million;
  • Contributed more than $100 million to help attract and retain leading professors and researchers, including funding for 77 of Oregon State’s 124 endowed faculty positions;
  • Supported the construction or renovation of more than two dozen campus facilities, including Austin Hall in the College of Business, the Linus Pauling Science Center, new cultural centers, and the OSU Basketball Center. Bonding support from the state was critical to many of these projects.

"In his world travels, Nicholas Kristof has seen incredible examples of people who are transforming lives and creating opportunity,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “Though on a different level, that’s what’s happening at Oregon State University, with the help of our growing philanthropic community. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome one of Oregon’s native sons to our campus to celebrate our progress over the last decade and look together to the future.

“The contribution this university makes to our state and to our world is extraordinary and this campaign has expanded future opportunities tremendously.”

Several additional activities are planned on campus for Oct. 31, which is part of Homecoming week. The grand opening celebration for Austin Hall, the new home of the College of Business, will take place at 1:30 p.m. A full schedule of Homecoming events, including lectures, open houses and a Thursday evening Lights Parade and Block Party, is available at osualum.com/homecoming.


Molly Brown, 541-737-3602, molly.brown@oregonstate.edu

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OSU president outlines a decade of accomplishments, new challenges for future

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In an annual address to the Faculty Senate at Oregon State University, OSU President Edward J. Ray reviewed what he called the “extraordinary” successes of the past 10 years, explored a range of financial and student issues, and cited major challenges and opportunities facing both OSU and the future of higher education.

While the United States was recovering from what’s been called the “Great Recession,” OSU boosted enrollment by 37 percent, raised nearly $1.1 billion in the most successful university fund raising campaign in state history, added and modernized an unprecedented number of campus structures and facilities, hit record levels of research funding and significantly expanded both the diversity and high-achieving status of its student body.

“The changes at Oregon State University affected over the last 10 years are nothing short of extraordinary,” Ray said in his address. “Our faculty, staff and students remain the lifeblood of this community, and without their talents and work, we simply would not have realized the positive change we see around us.”

Ray pointed to the expansion of Oregon State’s Ecampus distance education program, the creation of a Marine Studies Campus in Newport, and the planned growth of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend as the primary future opportunities for student enrollment growth. He retained his commitment to a target of 28,000 students on the Corvallis campus and pledged steady additions of tenure-track faculty to boost both educational and research opportunities.

But he also warned that just celebrating the past will not address the challenges of the future.

“The natural inclination to stick with what has worked in the past, to not mess with success, is very powerful,” Ray said. “History is replete with examples of nations, governments, institutions and businesses that lost dominant positions because they failed to recognize the forces of change around them, that made business as usual a recipe for failure.”

To help deal with those changes, Ray noted that OSU will be managed by its own Board of Trustees for the first time in 80 years.

He suggested that over the next 10 years, OSU should launch its second comprehensive fundraising campaign, with goals of raising twice the total raised in this campaign and double the level of annual giving. And he said that possible slowdowns in federal research funding might be addressed with more funds from private industry partners, as may be possible through the university’s OSU Advantage program which targets university collaboration with industry..

Among other changes, accomplishments and challenges that Ray highlighted:

  • High achieving students from Oregon with a grade point averages of 3.75 or higher this year will make up 44 percent of Oregon State’s entering freshman class. Meanwhile, U.S. minority students will make up 20.6 percent of OSU’s enrollment and international students, 13.1 percent.
  • Key factors, made possible by faculty and staff collaboration, that allowed OSU’s stability and strategic focus during a time of national economic stress included elimination of 26 low-enrollment majors and consolidation of 62 colleges, schools, departments and programs into 42.
  • The Campaign for OSU helped create an additional 77 endowed faculty positions, more than 600 new scholarships and fellowships, and facilitated 30 major construction projects valued at more than $727 million.
  • OSU funding for research reached $285 million in fiscal year 2014, industry investments have grown by 50 percent over the past five years and licensing revenue from OSU inventions grew by 120 percent.
  • With currently anticipated levels of state support, the university will provide 3 percent faculty merit raises and hire 30-40 new faculty members in each of the next several years.
  • New initiatives have been implemented to improve first-year retention and six-year graduation rates for all students, such as a live-on campus policy, better academic advising, small-group peer mentoring, enhanced cultural centers and other activities.

OSU should both recognize its successes and acknowledge that the challenges of the near future will be different from those of the past decade, Ray said.

“Even as we celebrate the success of the Campaign for OSU, we should remember our role as stewards of this great university,” he said. “The extraordinary accomplishments we celebrate are the foundation for future greatness only if we sustain our momentum.”

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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Block Party celebrates new home of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A “block party” celebration of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, which is currently under construction, will take place Oct. 17 at the center, located at 2320 S.W. Monroe Ave.

The event will be from 5:15-7 p.m., as a street party featuring a DJ, bouncy inflatables that can accommodate adults, and free food including pulled pork sandwiches. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by emailing events@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541-737-4717.

“This is one of many great events we’re putting on this year at the BCC,” said Dominique Austin, assistant director for the center. Austin said the block party ties in with the center’s theme for this year, which is creating a culture of excellence within the black community at OSU and a welcoming atmosphere for all students.

“The BCC is not only for black students, but is open to the whole OSU community,” Austin said. “All students are welcome. You don’t have to identify as black. We have a very diverse staff at the BCC, and we’re committed to recruiting and retaining students from all backgrounds.”

The BCC, as it is known, is one of four OSU cultural centers getting a new home to replace its former aging building. The Native American Longhouse moved into a new building in 2013, and the Cesar Chavez Centro Cultural opened the doors of their new building in 2014. The new Asian and Pacific Cultural Center is currently under construction. The four cultural centers are being funded with a combination of private gifts and university funds. 

Groundbreaking for the BCC took place in June, 2013, but construction was delayed after workers found that groundwater and soil about eight feet below grade had been contaminated by fuel from an unknown source, possibly many years ago.

Due to health concerns from the contaminated soil and groundwater, OSU had to hire a geotechnical firm from Portland to establish the extent of the contamination and then do a risk analysis. The result was evidence that the contamination was spread over a significant area of the construction site, but that the levels were medium low, meaning it was safe to proceed with construction as long as a vapor barrier was placed under the foundation, protecting all occupants from any contamination or risk.

The extra steps involved in addressing the contamination issue slowed the construction, but project manager Larrie Easterly says the new building will be ready to move into by spring break, 2015, within the same approximate completion time as the Native American Longhouse, which took two years from groundbreaking to completion. The Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez broke ground in November, 2012, and was completed in April, 2014.

The original Black Student Union Cultural Center was formed on campus in 1975, and later renamed the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center after the first director of the Educational Opportunities Program, who helped increase recruitment and retention of black students at OSU.

The new building will provide entrances both to Memorial Place, to the east of the current building, and Monroe Avenue to the north. The building, designed by Seattle architectural firm Jones & Jones, will have a unique circular lounge, and exterior brick patterns based on Yoruba textiles known as Aso Oke, from Nigeria.

The BCC is temporarily being housed in Snell Hall, Room 427. Programming is continuing there and BCC students benefit from a recent grant that is helping students at all OSU cultural centers.

The Meyer Memorial Trust grant has given Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) the opportunity to provide academic mentors, tutors, and study tables in all cultural centers including the BCC.  Academic mentors are peer educators who help students with academics, to connect to resources, and partner with the Academic Success Center’s Learning Campaign.   

The current BCC space is dedicated for study tables Mondays through Thursdays from 2-5 p.m.  Math and chemistry tutoring is provided on Mondays from 3-6 p.m.  The center also is collaborating with the Writing Center to providing writing assistants in the BCC on Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. That work will continue once the BCC staff and students move into their new home during spring break, 2015.

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Dominique Austin, 541-737-0706; dominique.austin@oregonstate.edu

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Be Well Run, Walk N’ Roll celebrates fifth year

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Runners, race walkers and anyone looking for a brisk fall stroll are invited to participate in a 5-kilometer run/1-mile walk on Oct. 17 at Oregon State University. It is free and open to the public. 

The event, which is sponsored by Be Well, OSU Healthy Campus Initiatives and Recreational Sports, celebrates Beaver Nation’s commitment to health and well-being. The run/walk kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

This is the fifth year of the “Run, Walk, N’ Roll” event, which draws hundreds to the Memorial Union quad. While many participate in the 5K run, others take a more relaxed approach and walk, roll or stroll through a mile-long route.

This year, the event fair includes a ‘body shop’ starting at 3 p.m., giving participants a chance to test their flexibility, balance, heart rate, blood pressure and to try out biofeedback.

“Every year it’s fun to see so many OSU and Corvallis community folks coming out to enjoy this event,” said Lisa Hoogesteger, director of Healthy Campus Initiatives. “A lot of people bring their whole family and teams dress up in fun costumes. It’s a party atmosphere, and it really emphasizes that physical activity can be fun and social as well.” 

The long course takes runners out Campus Way past the covered bridge and almost to the fairgrounds and back, while the short course ends by the east greenhouses on Campus Way and circles back around.

Registration is free and those who pre-register are guaranteed to receive a T-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged to avoid lines the day of the event.

To register, go to http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/bewell5k. Check in for the event and day-of registration will be available on site in the Memorial Union Quad starting at 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

For photos of last year’s event: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/sets/72157636549485256/

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Lisa Hoogesteger, 541-737-3343; lisa.hoogesteger@oregonstate.edu

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