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Celebrate Veterans Day – then head back to class

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With improved educational benefits and after years of conflict in the Middle East, a flood of veterans are heading to college in numbers that surpass those of recent history.

Oregon State University has 1,025 students who are receiving veteran educational benefits, a new record and the most of any university in Oregon. They now account for about one out of every 25 students at OSU, and a range of programs are being created or expanded to help facilitate this stream of incoming veterans.

“I’ve talked to counterparts all over the country and this is clearly a national trend,” said Gus Bedwell, the OSU veteran resources coordinator. “OSU has always had quite a few veteran students, but right now we’re almost triple the number of five years ago. Other institutions are also seeing three to four times as many veterans as they used to.”

Part of the increase, officials say, is due to an expansion of educational benefits that were put in place in the early 2000s, including some that veteran dependents and spouses can use. A weak economy also made it an opportune time for veterans to attend college, just like many other students.

OSU has responded with renewed efforts to pave the way for returning veterans, programs to cut through federal bureaucracy, and make sure the students get both the personal and professional help they need.

Two new initiatives at OSU are an example. A Student Health Services Veterans Work Group is helping to ensure treatment of the full range of health concerns that veterans face, including access to some local services. And a Veterans Work Group focuses much of its efforts on academic and programmatic support. This group and other officials have trained advisers, worked to expedite the transfer of military transcripts to academia, and helped keep students informed during the recent government shutdown.

A website at http://oregonstate.edu/veterans/home/ helps guide veterans, and a veterans lounge in the OSU Memorial Union allows veterans an opportunity to meet and build their community in a casual setting.

“OSU has really made an effort to understand the obstacles veterans face and help work around them,” Bedwell said.

For instance, he said, the federal government is often slow at making veteran educational benefit payments. Officials know the money will come, but in the meantime it can cost students penalties, interest, and create “holds” that interfere with course registration. So the university created a mechanism to avoid these holds, allow regular progress with an educational program, and refund any penalties once the government payments are made. This program is called the “Goodwill Interest Waiver.”

The university’s nationally recognized program of distance education, E-Campus, is also a favorite with many veterans. They can take courses while living literally anywhere in the world and earn degrees in a wide range of fields.

OSU, with its origin as a land grant college, had a mandate under the Morrill Act of 1862 to “include military tactics” as part of its educational program, and the university has always been tuned to the needs of veterans.

It’s one of a limited number of schools that hosts all four branches of the Reserve Officers Training Corp, and its student center, the Memorial Union, was named to help honor veterans, many of them returned from World War I. OSU has earned the title of “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs several years in a row.

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Gus Bedwell, 541-737-7662

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Bard in the Quad at OSU celebrates 10th season with ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular Bard in the Quad program with a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in August.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night from Aug. 6-9 and Aug. 13-16 in the Memorial Union Quad, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Bard in the Quad brings innovative Shakespeare productions to Corvallis in a casual, fun summer atmosphere. Performances are held outdoors and no seating is provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and even a picnic dinner if desired. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy about confusion and love. Four days before their wedding, Duke Theseus and the Amazonian Queen Hippolyta are drawn into the romantic entanglements of four young lovers, a mysterious conflict between the King and Queen of the Fairy World, and the desperate attempts of an eager amateur acting troupe to celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, a maverick sprite on the loose causes chaos throughout Athens and the surrounding woods.

The production will feature dance and a live performance by OSU Chamber Winds, which will present Felix Mendelssohn’s classic score.

The cast features Oregon State University students Elise Barberis  as Quince; Kolby Bathke as Flute; Diana Jepsen as Hippolyta/Titania; Jackson Lango as Snug; Claire McMorris as Mote; Bria Love Robertson as Helena; Mike Stephens as Snout; Kyle Stockdall as Lysander; Kelsea Vierra as Peaseblossom; Cory Warren as Egeus; and Joseph Workman as Theseus/Oberon.

The cast also features Corvallis community members Mason Atkin as Puck; Lucia Lind as Cobweb; Ariel Ginsburg as Starvling; Matthew Holland as Bottom; Anna Mahaffey as Fairy; Alycia Olivar as Hermia; Teri Straley as Mustardseed; and Brad Stone as Demetrius.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Purchase tickets at bardinthequad.org or call the OSU Theatre box office, 541-737-2784. A 20 percent discount will be offered on tickets purchased online before July 31.

Contact box office manager Arin Dooley at 541-737-2784 for questions regarding tickets, seating, group ticket discounts and other accommodations.

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Community art show at OSU celebrates tenth year

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A decade of supporting community art will be celebrated this month when the 10th annual Community Art Show comes to Oregon State University’s Giustina Gallery in The LaSells Stewart Center. The show takes place July 20 through Aug. 21.

A reception will take place on Thursday, July 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gallery of the center, which is located at 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash wine bar will be available.

The Community Art Show provides a venue for artists from around the community and helps them become established in the art world. Over the years, the show has helped many blossom from beginners to well-established artists. As a non-juried exhibit, artists of any skill level can participate, and pieces range from children’s drawings to veteran artists’ work.

All artists are limited to one piece per person of any medium. The deadline to submit and drop off artwork is Thursday, July 16. Submission criteria are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/10th-community-show

“We really want to encourage more participation in this art show, as it is such a wonderful opportunity to present works of any medium,” said Tina Green-Price, curator for Giustina Gallery, “I believe that because this is such an accepting environment of all artists, skill levels and mediums, it has really contributed to the growing attendance and participation over the past two years.”

Charles Kelly, a community member and local artist, said he greatly values the annual Community Art Show.

“I love painting and I love sharing the process with my family and others,” Kelly said. “The annual Community Art Show is the perfect forum to make this happen. For the last two years I have helped each of my six grandchildren (all age 6 and younger) create and exhibit their own masterpieces for this exhibition.” 

For more information on the gallery, visit www.oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

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Amanda Anderson, 541-737-2401


Tina Green-Price, 541-737-2402; tina.green-price@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to celebrate iconic stick sculpture slated for removal this summer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The large willow stick sculpture, “Pomp and Circumstance,” created by artist Patrick Dougherty in 2011 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, will be removed this summer.

The College of Liberal Arts, which commissioned the temporary sculpture, will host a send-off party for the piece as part of graduation festivities. The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. June 12 in People’s Park on the west side of Gilkey Hall, 122 S.W. Waldo Place.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the public are invited to attend the event. Cuttings from the sculpture will be available to take home to plant and tags will be available to write send-off messages that will be attached to the sculpture.

“The piece’s ongoing popularity surprised everyone,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It has become a well-loved part of OSU’s identity, even though it was always meant to be ephemeral.”

Dozens of students and community volunteers helped Dougherty build the sculpture using willow sourced from local weavers in 2011. Expected to decay over time, the sculpture held up much longer than expected, but parts of it are beginning to sag, and it has become a potential hazard.

College of Liberal Arts officials plan to replace the sculpture with a “similarly exciting new installation that will continue to draw people to interact with our natural art,” Rodgers said.

“We recognize that Dougherty’s sculpture is a fixture on campus, and though we’re sad it has to go, we’re dedicated to keeping People’s Park a destination where students, community members and families can congregate, relax and explore,” he said.

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Celene Carillo, 541-737-2137, Celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

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Patrick Dougherty's "Pomp and Circumstance"


Painting “en plein air” celebrated in new OSU exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new exhibit at Oregon State University’s Giustina Gallery will celebrate the joys of painting outdoors with the “Every Day Taste of Plein Air” exhibit taking place June 2 through July 17 in The LaSells Stewart Center.

A reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 10 at the gallery. Prior to the event, a paint-out will be held on the Corvallis waterfront at Northwest 1st St and Monroe Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where observers can watch “plein air” artists in action. The paintings created during the event will be displayed at the gallery as well.

Painting en plein air was first popularized by Impressionist Claude Monet, who painted directly from the outdoors. The exhibit at OSU features a hand-selected list of 17 West Coast artists including Eric Bowman, Laurel Buchanan, Bets Cole, Anton Pavlenko, Aimee Erickson, Scott Gellatly, Michael Gibbons, Eric Jacobsen, Marianne Post, Michael Rangner, Ken Roth, Erik Sandgren, Sarah Sedwick, Bill Shumway, Oleg Ulitskiy, Yer Za Vue and Paul Zegers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and support these regional artists and their modern works of en plein air.” said Tina Green-Price, curator for Giustina Gallery. “In hosting this art exhibit of such prestige I look forward to viewing the beauty and talent produced by these artists.”

Participating artist Michael Rangner explained why he enjoys painting en plein air.

“Painting outdoors allows my senses to experience the full spectrum of color, light and values,” Rangner said. “I love that nature presents a platform of motifs to guide my own feelings for design and composition.”

For more information on the gallery, www.oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

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Tina Green-Price, 541-737-3116; tina.green-price@oregonstate.edu

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Erik Sandgren

Student-directed one-act play festival runs June 3-7 at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original one-act plays written and directed by OSU students, will run June 3-7 in the Lab Theatre.

The plays, which feature a large cast of OSU students, are:

  • “The Mark,” written by Elise Barberis and directed by Anna Mahaffey, tells the story of Steve, a reluctant cult leader brought into power by a group of well-meaning followers on the morning of Doomsday.
  • “Caffeinated Crisis,” written by Bryanna Rainwater and directed by Teri Straley, follows the adventures of a plucky news reporter who uncovers an absurd conspiracy brought on by the Northwest’s major coffee chains.
  • “Answer Me,” written by Amanda Kelner and directed by Sam Zinsli, features Tegan, who finds herself working for Madam Matilda, an eccentric psychic who actually has the ability to tell the future.
  • “Cheep! Cheep!,” written by Joseph Workman and directed by Alex Reis, is a comic exploration of Maxwell, a stick-in-the-mud employee at a chicken-themed amusement park filled with perky oddballs.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 3-6 and 2 p.m. June 7. The Lab Theatre is located in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths and students, and $4 for OSU students. For information or to purchase tickets, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit the website at http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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Former OSU cooperatives to be transformed into student services cluster

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Buildings that formerly housed Oregon State University’s cooperative house program will become new homes for student services and campus support programs, including those serving student parents and a new home for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry.

The facilities, located on the east side of campus, will undergo upgrades over the next three years. Plans in place so far for this student services cluster include:

  • The new location for the Human Services Resource Center will be in Avery Lodge. This program provides direct service, outreach, education, and referral services to OSU students that help alleviate effects of hunger, poverty, and other needs. This space will include a new home for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry.
  • Additional campus services to support student parents and their childcare needs, as well as the administrative offices for OSU’s Child and Family Resources team, will be in Azalea House.
  • Oxford House will become home to the administrative offices for University Housing & Dining Services. This move will consolidate the UHDS staff into a smaller space and create additional on-campus residential space at the existing UHDS office location on the first floors of Buxton and Hawley halls.
  • Dixon Lodge will continue to serve OSU’s visiting scholars and researchers as the University Scholars Community. The community offers 30 single units with shared bathroom and kitchen amenities, and is designed to support visiting guests or scholars of OSU academic departments with short and long-term accommodation needs. For more information visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/scholar-housing  

The upgrades to the facilities and surrounding areas will provide convenient short-term parking for campus guests, attractive park-like landscaping, and upgraded paths of travel throughout the area to provide full access to the buildings and their associated programs. 

OSU closed its four cooperative houses in June 2014, after a comprehensive review the previous year.

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Jennifer Viña, 541-737-8187, jennifer.vina@oregonstate.edu


Dan Larson, 541-737-4771, dan.larson@oregonstate.edu

Author Claire Vaye Watkins to read at Oregon State May 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Claire Vaye Watkins will read at Oregon State University on Friday, May 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda (201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis).

The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

Watkins is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. She also is the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Watkins’ stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times and elsewhere. In 2012, she was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Her collection of short stories, “Battleborn,” won numerous awards, including the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Rumpus called Watkins, “Exceptional… A writer of great precision and greater restraint, [she] is a natural storyteller whose material enriches that gift rather than engulfing it… One doesn’t have to be from the Battleborn state to recognize and appreciate literature that resonates like this.”

This event is part of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

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Native American celebrations take place this weekend at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Several annual Native American celebrations are taking place Friday and Saturday at Oregon State University.

The 17th annual Salmon Bake will be Friday, May 15, noon to 3 p.m., at the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 S.W. 26th St., on campus. That evening, Laura GrizzlyPaws, a First Nations person from British Columbia, will share a protected species presentation, incorporating a St'at'mic creation story and bear dance. She will talk from 5-7 p.m. in Milam Auditorium.

The 39th annual Powwow will take place May 16 at Gill Coliseum. It is a free, family-friendly and open-to-public event. There will be traditional dances, drums, and Native American vendors. The event runs from 1-10:30 p.m. with a late afternoon break. Come at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. to witness Grand Entry. During the break from 5-6 p.m., a performance by the Titlakawan-Aztec Dancers will take place. Performers also will share the history and significance of their dance.

These events are sponsored by SEAC and the Native American Longhouse, and funded by SORCE. For disability accommodations, call: 541-737-2738.

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Luhui Whitebear, 541-737-2738; luhui.whitebear@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State University to host ‘The Co.’ – an interactive event focused on maker culture

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University on May 28 will host “The Co.,” an interactive event showcasing the wide array of “maker” activities happening in and around Corvallis.

The event, which is free and open to people of all ages, will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Maker culture is a popular movement that honors craftsmanship and technology. It brings together do-it-yourself enthusiasts, designers and engineers to share knowledge, skills and resources – and to collaborate, innovate and create.

The Co. was designed to honor the simple act of creating and to allow campus and community groups to network. It will feature an array of activities including a maker fair, speakers, interactive demonstrations, kinetic sculptures from the da Vinci Days festival and more.

“Our title stems from the prefix of applicable words such as collaborate, co-design, co-create,” said Charles Robinson, the event’s director. “Our goal is to promote an inclusive culture that knocks down barriers and offers instead a collaborative model for making, creating, and hands-on learning.”

Exhibitors at the maker fair include several OSU departments and programs such as wood science and art students from the College of Forestry, the College of Liberal Arts, the Craft Center, robotics, Precollege Programs, the College of Business, and the OSU Solar Vehicle Team.

Community exhibitors include Bricks 4 Kidz, da Vinci Days, NuScale Power, Corvallis Arts Center, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. A “2-D room” presented by the OSU libraries will focus on print technologies.

Scheduled presenters include Frankie Flood, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who teaches jewelry and metal-smith and oversees a digital craft research lab; Barry Kudrowitz, a toy designer, musician and engineer from MIT and the University of Minnesota; and OSU robotics professor Yigit Mengüc. A full list of speakers, times and locations will be posted online: http://gototheco.tumblr.com.

A maker film festival will be held in advance of the event. Maker-themed films such as “Handmade Nation” and “Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement” will be screened.  On May 19 and May 26, films will be shown in Owen Hall Room 103; on May 20 and May 27, screenings will be held in Milam Auditorium. All screenings begin at 6 p.m.

Satellite events will be held May 28 in Hood River and in Tillamook through a partnership with OSU’s OPEN Campus network. The Hood River event will be held at Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Road.  The public is welcome from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Tillamook event will be held at Tillamook Bay Community College; details are still being finalized.

For a complete schedule and more information, or to sign up to exhibit at The Co., visit: http://gototheco.tumblr.com.

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Charles Robinson, 541-737-6535, charles.robinson@oregonstate.edu