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Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees to meet May 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Academic Strategies Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees will hold a telephonic meeting on Tuesday, May 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss strategies to address high-risk behaviors.

The meeting is open to the public. Members of the public may listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. The Journey Room within the university’s Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus, will also be open to the public as a site for listening to this meeting.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at 541-737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance. 

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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Oregon State ROTC to hold annual Joint Service Review on May 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cadets in all four branches of Oregon State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps will assemble May 5 in the Memorial Union quad for the annual Joint Service Review.

The review starts at 10 a.m. and is free of charge.

The event traces its roots to 1918, and this spring will mark its 70th consecutive year.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Curt Loop will review OSU’s cadets in Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force ROTC. Loop is an Oregon State alumnus who was commissioned in 1966 and retired in 2003.

There will be three tented seating areas in front of the Memorial Union steps. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Event organizers expect multiple government and university officials to attend. The public is encouraged to arrive early for an opportunity to visit with those people and with ROTC personnel.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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OSU Center for the Humanities hosts ‘Blackout’ exhibit featuring work of Kerry Skarbakka

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Blackout,” an exhibit of work by Oregon State University’s Kerry Skarbakka, is on display at the OSU Center for the Humanities now through June 8. The center is located at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Skarbakka is assistant professor of photography at OSU and teaches courses in photography and sculpture. Blackout is Skarbakka’s second solo exhibition in Corvallis in the last year. The site-specific installation is comprised of objects of art and understanding, encapsulated in the medium used to line the beds of trucks, and thus blacked out, or rendered void.

Skarbakka said the Center for the Humanities exhibition, which coincides with the March for Science and Earth Day on April 22, provides “a message of solidarity against attempts to defund and silence the arts, the sciences and the humanities.”

Skarbakka’s performance-based photographic work depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning and fighting have been exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; and The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

His work has been featured on the cover of notable publications such as Aperture and The Missouri Review, and in other publications including Afterimage, Art and America and ArtReview International. 

Skarbakka has received funding from Creative Capital, Seattle's 1% for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Skarbakka received his B.A. in studio art from the University of Washington in 1994 and his M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College, Chicago in 2003.For more information, visit www.skarbakka.com

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host Spring Family Weekend comedy show

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three comedians will perform on May 6 during the Oregon State University Spring Family Weekend. Headliners Ryan Hamilton and Aparna Nancherla will put on two shows, at 6:30 and 9 p.m., joined by special guest Kermet Apio.

Hamilton has endeared comedy lovers with his appearances on The Late Show, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Nancherla has appeared on Crashing, Conan, and Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Variety named her to its list of "Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2016.”

Apio is a stand-up comedian from Honolulu, Hawaii, who lives in Seattle, Washington. He was the winner of The Great American Comedy Festival. 

Tickets to the show, priced at $34 to $38, are available at sli.oregonstate.edu/family.

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Writer Chris Anderson to read at Oregon State University April 28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer and Oregon State University Professor Chris Anderson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Anderson has written, co-written, or edited 14 books in a variety of genres on subjects ranging from writing style to nature to spirituality. 

His most recent book, “Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything,” is a collection of collage essays published by Eerdmans in 2016. The book draws on an ancient prayer tradition, the Ignatian “Examen of Conscience,” to explore the struggle, joy and doubt of contemporary spirituality.

Anderson’s other books include “Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing”; “Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction; “Open Questions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Writing”; and “Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.” He has also published two books of poetry, “My Problem with the Truth” and “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” 

Anderson is a professor of English at OSU, where he teaches a variety of courses in writing, pedagogy and literature in translation. In addition to his doctorate in English from the University of Washington, Anderson holds a master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and serves as an ordained Catholic deacon.

The reading is part of the 2016-17 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film 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. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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

OSU’s 2017 EdFest to focus on literary citizenship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – EdFest, a biennial festival that brings in panels of editors, publishers, agents and writers to address a range of topics related to professional development for emerging writers, will be held Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 in Corvallis.

This year’s events explore the theme of literary citizenship. EdFest is hosted by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Events include: 

  • Writer Aaron Burch will read from his book “Stephen King’s The Body” at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. A screening of the film “Stand by Me” will follow. The theater is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.
  • Amanda Bullock will facilitate a panel discussion on “Opportunities in the Literary World Beyond Writing and Teaching” at 4 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Special Collections Room. The library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Pl., Corvallis. 
  • Authors Wendy S. Walters, Caryl Pagel, and Kevin González will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Rotunda.

The events are free and open to the public. 

EdFest is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film 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.

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

Oregon State University to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lucille Eichengreen, a Holocaust survivor who endured the Lodz Ghetto and the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, will speak at Oregon State University April 25 as part of the university’s annual Holocaust Memorial Week.

Eichengreen was born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925. Her father and sister were murdered in the concentration camps and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than 40 people who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps. Her work drew death threats and she later moved to the U.S.

Eichengreen has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, “From Ashes to Life,” tells her story in detail.

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at the The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. The event is free and open to the public but attendees are encouraged to obtain free tickets in advance to ensure a seat. Tickets are available online at: http://bit.ly/2nYJLoz. A book-signing will follow.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Monday, April 24: A public talk by Sarhang Hamasaeed, “The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional and Global Implications,” 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Hamasaeed, director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world.
  • Wednesday, April 26: Discussion, “Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?” at 7:30 p.m. in the Milam Auditorium. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of anti-semitism, while Amarah Khan, associate director of global diversity initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. Weather permitting, a candlelight vigil affirming religious and cultural understanding will follow in the MU Quad from 9:15-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27: A public talk by Anne Kelly Knowles, “The Transformative Power of the Holocaust,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Knowles, a professor of history at the University of Maine, is among the foremost proponents of geographic information systems, a methodology that bridges geography and history. Knowles will explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.” The talk is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Friday, April 28: The sixth annual Social Justice Conference on Human Rights, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Students will read papers and discuss issues relating to human dignity, focusing on rising nationalism in the United States and Europe and how it may impact politics, international relations, and minorities. The event is co-sponsored by the OSU School of Public Policy and the Office of Diversity & Cultural Engagement.

For more information about the Holocaust Memorial Week events, visit http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu.

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Paul Kopperman, 541-737-1265, pkopperman@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s one-act festival to be held April 16-17

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s Spring One-Act Festival 2017 will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 16 and April 17 in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre.

The 2017 One-Act Festival will feature three original plays written and directed by OSU Theatre students. The line-up includes “The Two Minds of Mr. Coffan,” by Hannah Fretz; “Skinner,” by Mike Stephens; and “Love Games,” by Heaven Carreon. Roles are available for twelve performers.

Auditions will consist of cold readings and short games. They are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff and to members of the Corvallis community. The theatre is located at 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Rehearsals for each play will be scheduled by individual directors. All performers cast must be able to attend company run-throughs May 22-25, tech rehearsals May 27-28 and all dress rehearsals and performances May 30 through June 4.

Scripts will be available for check-out in Withycombe Hall, Room 145, during regular business hours. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH.

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Works by artist Betty LaDuke to be featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Bountiful Harvest & Border Crossings,” an exhibition of works depicting the stories of Latino farmworkers, by Ashland artist Betty LaDuke, is now on display in the Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

An opening reception will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. April 27 in the gallery, 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The artist will be on hand and the public is welcome to attend. The exhibit runs through June 16. 

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free and open to the public.

LaDuke’s wood panel murals document and narrate the stories of Latino farmworkers who work in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. The aim of the work is to give recognition to those who live and work on the fringes of society. 

“My intention is to portray farmworkers and their families with dignity and appreciation for their work,” LaDuke said. “We all need a fair chance to feel visible, be paid a living wage and be respected for the work we do.”

LaDuke, who had a long career teaching art at Southern Oregon University, has traveled extensively around the world. Her work reflects the folk art traditions of the countries she has visited. Her body of work invites the viewer to celebrate the beauty of other cultures while recognizing mankind’s enduring hardships. 

Her work is on permanent display at the Medford Airport. She has also shown work at the Capitol Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas; The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; and elsewhere.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Music, Corvallis Repertory Singers present David Maslanka’s Mass

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The West Coast premiere of composer David Maslanka’s Mass will be presented at Oregon State University on Thursday, April 20, featuring the OSU Wind Ensemble, the OSU Chamber Choir and the Corvallis Repertory Singers.

The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus in Corvallis. Chris Chapman, director of bands at OSU, will conduct.

Tickets are $18 to $25. OSU students with identification and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at repsing.org or in Corvallis at Grass Roots Books and Music, Troubadour Music or Schmidt’s Garden Center, or in Albany at Sid Stevens Jewelers.

Maslanka is widely regarded as one of the greatest wind band composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From a catalog of more than 130 major works, more than 40 have been composed specifically for the wind ensemble.

The Mass, based on the transformational aspects of the Latin Mass, shows his distinctive compositional style. Scored for 36 instrumentalists, two vocal soloists, mixed choir and children’s choir, the 1994-95 work is one of only a handful of choral-wind ensemble works written by a major composer.

The Mass premiered in 1996 at the University of Arizona in Tucson and three more performances were given in 1998 by Illinois State University. Maslanka made substantial revisions to the work prior to a 2005 performance at Festival Miami in Miami, Florida.

The Corvallis performance will use the 2005 revision. Only two complete recordings of the work currently exist: one of the original version of the work and another of the 2005 revision. In addition to the performance on April 20 the performers will record the work under supervision of the composer for release as part of the “David Maslanka Composer Series” on Mark Records of Clarence, New York.

Chapman conducts the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds groups at OSU. In spring 2016, he and the Wind Ensemble recorded Maslanka’s “Saint Francis” for future release on Mark Records. The Corvallis Repertory Singers are led by Steven M. Zielke, director of choral studies at OSU.

The performance also will feature soprano soloist Amy Hansen, who joined the OSU vocal faculty in fall, 2016; and baritone soloist Nicolai Strommer, who earned his undergraduate degree at OSU and earned a graduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance. The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

 

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

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