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Fiction writers Watterson, Shum to read at OSU Oct. 13

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writers and Oregon State University alumni Jaclyn Watterson and Michael Shou-Yung Shum will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Watterson’s short story collection, “Ventriloquisms,” won the 2016 Spokane Prize in Short Fiction, and will be published this month by Willow Springs Books/Eastern Washington University. She earned her master of fine arts in creative writing at OSU and her doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah. 

Watterson’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including New Delta Review, The Spectacle, Puerto del Sol, North Dakota Quarterly and Birkensnake.

Shum is the author of the 2017 novel, “Queen of Spades,” based on his own experiences as a poker dealer.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from Oregon State University, a doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and a doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee. 

His work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Midwestern Gothic, Barrelhouse, Bartleby Snopes and many other publications.

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents photo exhibition, ‘Spectacle,’ Oct. 2-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Spectacle,” an exhibition of photographs by artists Nicole Jean Hill and Alexis Pike, will run Oct. 2 through Oct. 21 in Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

“Spectacle” was organized by Julia Bradshaw, assistant professor of photography and new media at OSU. It is being presented in conjunction with the Society of Photographic Educators’ Northwest Regional Conference taking place on the OSU campus October 20-21.

Photographing traditionally masculine activities that take place in communities near their homes, Hill and Pike explore themes of spectacle, masculinity, image and risk. They direct their lenses to performers and their spectators, and the moments of introspection and exultation that take place before, after and during an event.

Based in Humboldt County, California, Hill photographs mixed martial arts events that take place in the casinos and tribal lands in Northern California. In gaining the trust of trainers and fighters, Hill has created a photo series that offers a distinct visual narrative of this male-dominated sport from the point of view of a female photographer.

“I am constantly aware of these formulaic images of masculinity,” said Hill. “I equally embrace the show-worthy tough man alongside the seemingly vulnerable moments when they become lost in themselves –from adrenaline, exhaustion, fear or relief.”

Pike is an associate professor in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University, Bozeman. Her photographs are from the project “Color Me Lucky,” and are inspired by American daredevil Evel Knievel.

She explores the spectacle of the men and women who compete in daredevil showmanship events during the Evel Knievel Days festival in Butte, Montana. The photos depict the calculated recklessness of daredevil events alongside small details of Americana.

“I’m interested in what attracts a woman or a man to act on or to witness risky behavior for the sake of a thrill,” Pike said.

Fairbanks Gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 for the Corvallis Art Walk. The gallery will also be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information on the Society of Photographic Educators Northwest Regional Conference, go to: https://www.spenational.org/conferences/illuminate-provoke-spe-nw-2017

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Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014 or julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra to perform at OSU Oct. 6

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The United States Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in Oregon State University’s Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The performance, hosted by the OSU School of Arts and Communication, is free of charge and open to the public; no tickets are required.

First formed in 2008, the U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra brings together the finest jazz musicians from all U.S. Marine Corps Field Bands, The President’s Own Marine Band and The Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps.

The 20-piece big band is considered the top jazz ensemble of the corps. Notable performances have included dates at the Lincoln Center for Jazz in New York City, the famed Monterey Jazz Festival and tour stops throughout the United States at universities and conferences.  

For more information or to request accommodations relating to a disability, please call OSU Music Events at 541-737-4671, preferably with at least 72 hours advance notice. 

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

Renowned banjo player Tony Trischka to perform in Corvallis Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will present “An Evening with Tony Trischka,” a performance and question-and-answer session with the banjo player, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

Trischka’s appearance is the first in the College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli, and is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Arts and Communication and the GRAMMY Museum. 

Trischka is a sought-after teacher, producer and recording artist. He has collaborated with Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, Bill Evans and many more. He has created 15 instructional books as well as a series of DVDs. In 2009, he launched the Tony Trischka School of Banjo, an advanced, interactive, online instructional site that is the banjo home for students around the world.

In 1984, Trischka performed in his first feature film, “Foxfire,” with Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy and John Denver. Three years later, he worked on the pre-recorded music for the off-Broadway production of “Driving Miss Daisy” that featured Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

In December 2012, Trishchka was awarded the United States Artists Friends Fellow in recognition of the excellence of his work.

Trishcka’s latest album, “Great Big World,” showcases his far-ranging musical interests and distinctive songwriting skills. To date Trischka has released nearly two dozen albums, as a solo artist and collaborator.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 at the door. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-concert-series-evening-tony-trischka. The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797

Auditions for OSU’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ to be held Sept. 24-25

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, “Inherit the Wind,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Inherit the Wind” is a classic American play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial has been a popular fixture of the American stage since its debut in 1955 and has been the basis for multiple film adaptations.

The courtroom drama depicts the complicated intersections of faith, science and identity in a changing modern world in the tight-knit community of Hillsboro.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and community members of all ages. The cast features six principal roles and a large ensemble that will portray multiple characters, for a total of 29 roles available.

Those auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script, which will be available Sept. 20. Callbacks will be held Sept. 26 if needed.

Rehearsals will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technical/dress rehearsals will be held from Nov. 4 through Nov. 8. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19.

All performers must be available for all technical/dress rehearsals and performances.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Nathan Bush at Nathan.bush@oregonstate.edu

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More than 3,600 students expected to move into OSU Sunday, Sept. 17

Oregon State University will host the main day of new resident move in Sunday, Sept. 17, for students living on campus.

More than 3,600 residents are expected to arrive Sunday, many with family and friends. Increased traffic and congestion are expected around campus. More than 500 volunteers will help with move in.

In addition, more than 400 international student residents arrived on Sept. 11 and 12. And, with other students who arrived early, more than 1,000 students will already have moved into their residence halls before Sept. 17. In total, more than 4,700 students will be living on campus this year.

OSU will offer some new options in housing and dining this year, including:

-        A Living-Learning Community (LLC) in McNary Hall focused on the practice of mindfulness. OSU’s LLCs are academic programs that partner with a residential community to enhance students’ academic and leadership pursuits.

-        A new transfer student lounge in Halsell Hall, providing a community and study space for transfer students, regardless of if they live on campus..

-        Monthly sustainable seafood specials in every dining center as part of a larger initiative to source local, sustainable and organic foods whenever possible. Campus dining is open to the public, and campus visitors are encouraged to try the featured dishes, which will range from fish florentine to beer battered sole with chips.

For more information on these events and initiatives, or on volunteering to help welcome new students on Move-In Day, contact University Housing & Dining Services at 541-737-4771 or housing@oregonstate.edu.

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Jennifer Viña, 541-737-4771, Jennifer.vina@oregonstate.edu

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Author, professor Susan Jackson Rodgers to read at OSU Sept. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Susan Jackson Rodgers, a fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at Oregon State University, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Rodgers’ new novel, “This Must Be the Place,” is the coming-of-age story of a young woman on a cross-country road trip in 1983. The novel was published in August by Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University Press. 

Rodgers’ previous books include two short story collections, “The Trouble With You Is,” and “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6.” Her fiction has also appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quick Fiction, Colorado Review and Prairie Schooner. Rodgers earned first place in the 2002 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and is the recipient of two Kansas Arts Commission Fellowships and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions.

Rodgers earned her master’s degree at Kansas State University and her master of fine arts at Bennington College. She taught at Kansas State for many years and now teaches creative writing and literature in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing. 

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA program in creative writing, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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Susan Jackson Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Business incubator gears up for next cohort, welcomes five new advisory board members

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator seeks creators of new business concepts to be part of their fall cohort in the Iterate program, where startup experts help budding entrepreneurs evaluate and refine their ideas.

The Iterate application period coincides with the Accelerator’s naming five new members to its strategic advisory board, including Maggie Finnerty, executive director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and former Oregon Republican Party chairman Allen Alley.

The one-month Iterate program kicks off Oct. 24.

“Being on the strategic advisory board is a great opportunity to work with the state’s leading research university and be part of the bridge to industry,” said Alley. “Oregon’s future depends on harnessing our world-class innovations and bringing them to global markets.”

In its four years of existence, the Accelerator has advised more than 70 program graduates who have generated more than $4.5 million in revenue and gained more than $2.3 million in equity investments, $10 million in grants, and $500,000 in loans or other financing. 

Accelerator activities have created more than 50 full-time-equivalent jobs. The Accelerator has engaged with nearly 400 entrepreneurs and startups in the region and interacted with more than 4,500 students and 130 volunteers.

Additional new members of the 15-person board are Julianne Brands of the Oregon Angel Fund; Rita Hansen, chief executive officer of OSU spinout OnBoard Dynamics; and Jennifer Brown-Dennis, dean of the OSU Graduate School.

Brian Wall, OSU’s assistant vice president for research, commercialization and industry partnering, said the board demonstrates the university’s commitment to diversity in leadership.

“Adding distinguished advisory board members such as Maggie, Julianne, Rita, Jennifer and Allen helps us continue the economic progress achieved by Accelerator companies and continues to evolve Oregon State into a 21st century land grant institution,” he said.

The Accelerator, under the direction of Mark Lieberman and Karl Mundorff, helps nascent startups develop and commercialize high-growth, innovative technologies. Through three programs – Iterate, Accelerate and Launch – the Accelerator helps OSU faculty, students, staff and the broader university community advance ideas and conduct research into products and services, guiding entrepreneurs through all phases of the commercialization process.

“Iterate is the top of our funnel,” Lieberman said. “It’s a methodology that anyone can use to understand what entrepreneurial thinking is about and to help answer the question of what comes next.”

“The main thing we teach in Iterate is how to evaluate business ideas,” Mundorff added. “The program helps you figure out whether an idea is worth your time. And almost every team iterates to some variant of their initial idea.”

The Accelerator is part of Oregon State University Advantage, which connects business people to university resources, and it is also affiliated with RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network; RAIN is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education and the business community.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

Peace educator and activist Paul K. Chappell to speak at OSU Sept. 10

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Paul Chappell, the director of the Peace Leadership program at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will speak on “Radical Empathy and Realistic Hope” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Chappell’s focus is on the kinds of relationships between people, communities, and nations that make nuclear weapons a reality, and how we might restructure those relationships based on a better understanding of our capacity and need for empathy.

He works on what he calls “peace literacy” – a practical approach that treats peace as a skill set. He has partnered with OSU philosophy Professor Sharyn Clough to lead a team working across the U.S. and Canada to bring peace literacy to classrooms.

The peace literacy program focuses on basic concepts such as empathy, caring, trauma, healing and the human condition. It delves into why people join gangs, become white supremacists, and are driven to violence. It gives people the tools to understand this behavior and then offers a path towards peaceful change. 

“Paul Chappell is a powerful speaker with a disarmingly gentle soul,” Clough said. “The peace literacy program couldn’t be any more relevant to what’s happening in our country right now. Part of what makes him different is that he offers hope – hope for healing.”

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation was part of the recent successful campaign at the United Nations to pass the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty, which passed in July, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination.

Chappell is a West Point graduate and veteran of the war in Iraq. He’s part Korean, part black, part white, and grew up in Alabama in the 1980s. He has dealt with rage, trauma and bullying in his life and now tours the world giving workshops to people, teaching them the tools to understand and heal aggression, learn the elements of respect, and maintain empathy in difficult situations.

Chappell is also an author who has written a series of books, including his latest, “Soldiers of Peace: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence with Maximum Force.”

Inspired by Chappell, Clough and Linda Richards, who are co-directors of OSU’s Phronesis Lab, have designed a series of lectures and workshops called “A Year in Peace Literacy.” Chappell’s lecture is the keystone of the series.

The lecture will be held in the Construction and Engineering Hall in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. The event is sponsored by the OSU College of Liberal Arts School of History, Philosophy and Religion. A $5 donation at the door is suggested, but no one will be turned away because of lack of funds. Proceeds from the lecture will go to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

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Sharyn Clough, 541-738-8056, sharyn.clough@oregonstate.edu

OSU announces lineup for third season of SAC Presents

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Public radio personality Ira Glass, renowned Portland band Pink Martini and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble are among the performers visiting Oregon State University as part of the 2017-18 “SAC Presents” series.

SAC Presents is a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU. The 2017-18 season marks the series’ third year. The goal of the series is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and ensembles to the community.

This year’s performances include:

  • Nov. 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. – Voces 8, an a capella octet from the United Kingdom, now one of the world’s most popular vocal ensembles. The OSU Chamber choir will also perform.
  • Jan. 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” a performance of the true story of a young Jewish musician whose dreams were interrupted by the Nazi regime.
  • Feb. 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. - “Body and Soul,” a film by Oscar Micheaux, restored and featuring a remixed score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, performed live with Miller and an ensemble.
  • March 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – “An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned.” The host of “This American Life” will mix his program live on stage, explaining the creative process and sharing lessons from his life and career.
  • April 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble. Currie, the internationally acclaimed percussionist, brings his energy and virtuosity to the region’s premier string instrumentalists.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Pink Martini, a Portland-based group known as the “little orchestra” that features a wildly diverse, multi-lingual repertoire.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor. The adventurous string quartet and the master of the Persian kamancheh blur the lines between Western classical and Eastern traditional music.

All performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

New this year, SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances. Children must be 3 or older and fully potty-trained. Advance registration is required for child care. More information, including reservation and pricing details, are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents.

Also new this year, food, beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available from Valley Catering in the lobby before performances beginning at 6 p.m. Food and beverages also will be allowed in the Austin Auditorium. 

Discounted season tickets and “pick four” ticket packages are available online now at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents. Individual performance tickets will go on sale Sept. 1.  Discounted tickets for OSU students will be available when individual performance tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. If tickets remain on the evening of the performance, individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance. Call for availability.

For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

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Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

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