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OSU President Ray to receive honorary degree from University of Portland

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland on Sunday, May 4, at UP’s annual commencement ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, located at 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Tickets are required for the commencement ceremony; information is available at http://bit.ly/1gS1AtH

Ray has been president of OSU since 2003. Since he arrived, the university’s enrollment has grown from 18,974 to more than 28,000 students, and research revenue increased from about $156 million annually to nearly $263 million last year. Oregon State successfully reached the $1 billion milestone in fund-raising during The Campaign for OSU – one of just two Northwest schools to achieve such a goal.

The OSU president also has helped lead an effort to transform the state’s first branch campus – OSU-Cascades in Bend – into a four-year institution.

Ray has been a leading national advocate for access to higher education and recently was elected vice chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He will chair the board in 2015.

“The University of Portland is one of the most successful private schools in the region, so this is quite an honor for me, which I view as a collegial tip of the hat to Oregon State University for effectively serving the people of Oregon during challenging times,” Ray said.

“Commencement is always one of the most enjoyable and rewarding days of the year and I look forward to sharing this special day with the UP graduates.”

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

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Healthy Masculinities conference at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A conference on Healthy Masculinities will take place May 1-2 at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union. This year’s theme is “Genuine Masculinities: What is it to you?”

The two-day event includes panel discussion from university leaders, presentations by students, faculty and staff, and a free lunch on Friday for registered participants, where discussion will focus on how to translate conference findings into actionable items.

This year’s keynote speaker is Gabe Wright, a male rape survivor and creator of “The Guys Project: Bonding as Survivors and Allies.” His focus is on breaking down the social stigma of victimization by creating spaces for male survivors and their allies to overcome perceived threats to masculinity while at the same time, engaging men as allies to ending violence against women.

“I am thrilled for this year’s conference because I believe there is value in thinking critically about who I want to be as a man,” said organizer Tyler Reisnaur. “It is important to involve everyone in this discussion as we all are impacted and contribute to the social construction of masculinity.”

The conference is sponsored by Men’s Development and Engagement, an OSU group focused on encouraging OSU men to engage in a process of healthy gender identity development with the hope of creating a safe environment. It is open to the entire campus community and is part of the OSU Healthy Campus Initiative.

The event is free for OSU campus members, $40 for those unaffiliated with OSU. To register and for more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mensdev.

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Tyler Reisnaur, MDE@oregonstate.edu

International students celebrate Spring Festival at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual International Spring Festival will be held as part of Mom’s & Families Weekend in the Memorial Union Quad on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the International Students of OSU.

This year’s theme is “Stories Our Mama Told Us When We Were Young.”

Fifteen cultural student associations affiliated with ISOSU will share stories, myths and superstitions from their cultures. International groups will host booths where they recreate their own “living rooms of the world.” Performances on two stages in front of the Memorial Union will include Chinese lion dancers, African drummers Brazilian dancers, Takio drummers and more.

An OSU student fashion show will feature international culturally significant clothing. 

Food from around the world will also be highlighted, and in keeping with the theme will focus on homestyle dishes such as empanadas, sweet and savory crepes, potstickers and falafel.

This event provides the opportunity for the ISOSU and affiliates to demonstrate their culture to the OSU community, as well as to meet new people and have meaningful conversations while reminiscing about their childhoods.

International Students of OSU first formed in the late 1970s as a student organization. ISOSU hosts weekly programs in the International Resource Center in addition to 20 large annual cultural programs that share the history, traditions and stories of the people of the world.

For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/sli/isosu/

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Valeria Ursu, Marketer ISOSU, ursuv@onid.oregonstate.edu

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Source: Eunae (Amy) Choi, ISOSU.Director@oregonstate.edu

OSU celebrates sustainability with Earth Week

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will celebrate Earth Week April 20-26, acknowledging a new theme each day.

Earth Week is an expansion upon Earth Day, which has been celebrated at OSU since its conception in 1970, and features a variety of fun and educational activities focusing on environmental awareness and engagement.

Events taking place on certain days will reflect that day’s theme: Animal Appreciation, Promoting Justice, Celebrating Community, Built Environment, Conserving Resources, Get Outdoors, and Service Day.

One of the returning events will be the 14th annual Earth Week Community Fair, which will fall on Earth Day, April 22, and run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair will feature more than 50 organizations in sustainability, each hosting its own table and activity in the MU Quad.

Following the fair, the annual Earth Day Hoo Haa! will take place at the Organic Growers Club farm from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Free food and music will be offered at the event, and tours of the farm will be made available. Transportation to the farm is provided, with shuttles running from the new OSU Beaver Store every 15 minutes.

OSU Surplus Property will host the OSUsed Store Earth Week Sale on April 23. Students and community members may come to the OSUsed Store to browse and purchase used furniture, computers, electronics, housewares, and more from noon 3 p.m.

Earth Week concludes on April 26 with a day of service projects to encourage students to be rooted in their community.

A more detailed list of events may be found at:  (http://tiny.cc/earth-calendar).

OSU Campus Recycling began to form from the initial Earth Day celebrations. It offers recycling services to events on campus throughout the year, (http://recycle.oregonstate.edu/resources) and is responsible for managing a comprehensive waste management system at OSU that focuses on reducing, reusing and recycling with disposal as a last resort. More information about the program can be found at http://recycle.oregonstate.edu.

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398, andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State to observe Holocaust Memorial Week April 28 to May 2

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tom Segev, an Israeli historian and journalist, and Laureen Nussbaum, a childhood friend of Anne Frank, will appear at Oregon State University as part of Holocaust Memorial Week April 28 through May 2.

The 28th annual observance is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts in association with the City of Corvallis and School District 509-J. All events are free and open to the public.

Segev will speak on “The Holocaust and the Shaping of Israel,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, which is located at 875 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. His talk will draw from his book, “The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust.”

Nussbaum will present “Remembering Anne Frank,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Nussbaum knew Frank in the late 1930s and early 1940s. She’ll share her memories of Anne and tell her own story of survival during World War 11.

Other events include:

  • A preview of selected scenes from the play, “Forty,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. The play, being written by Leonora Rianda, is about the Armenian genocide in 1915-16. A discussion of the play and the genocide will follow the performance.
  • Northeastern University Professor William F.S. Miles will speak on “Shared Suffering and Empathy: Incorporating the Holocaust into Sub-Saharan Africa Thought and Commemoration,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the C&E Auditorium in LaSells Stewart Center.
  • A student conference, “Social Justice in Policy and Education,” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union.
  • Staged readings of “In Quest of Conscience,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Majestic Theater, 115 S.W. Second St., and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the C&E Hall in the LaSells Stewart Center.

For more information about the events, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/holocaust

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Robert Peckyno, 541-737-8560 or Robert.peckyno@oregonstate.edu

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Author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum to read at OSU on April 25

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fiction writer Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read at Oregon State University on Friday, April 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda. A question and answer session and book signing will follow.

This event is part of OSU’s 2013-2014 Visiting Writers Series.

Bynum is the author of two novels. “Ms. Hempel Chronicles,” (Harcourt 2008) was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and “Madeleine Is Sleeping,” (Harcourt 2004) won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Novelist Jonathan Franzen says, “Bynum seems incapable of writing a sentence that doesn’t have something fresh or funny or true going on in it. She gets you laughing and then she whacks you in the heart.” 

In 2010, The New Yorker magazine named Bynum a top “20 Under 40” fiction writer. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and “Best American Short Stories” (2004 and 2009).

Bynum lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College.

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to Oregon State University. The program is made possible by support from The Valley Library, OSU 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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Rachel Ratner, 516-652-5817; rachel.ratner@oregonstate.edu

Native American author Linda Hogan to read from her works at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Linda Hogan, a Chickasaw novelist, essayist, and environmentalist, will read from her work Friday, April 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University.

A reception and book signing will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.

Hogan is author of seven poetry collections including “Seeing Through the Sun” (1985), which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and “The Book of Medicines,” a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist (1993).

Her collections of prose reflect Hogan’s interests in the environment and Native American culture. Her books include the essay collection “Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World” (1995), “The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir” (2001), and, with Brenda Peterson, “Sighting: The Gray Whales’ Mysterious Journey” (2002).

Hogan’s novels include “Mean Spirit” (1990), “Solar Storms” (1995), “Power” (1998), and “People of the Whale: A Novel” (2008).

Active as an educator and speaker, Hogan taught at the University of Colorado and at the Indigenous Education Institute. 

In advance of her Corvallis visit, Hogan will be writer-in-residence for the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, which is co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and the U.S. Forest Service.  

This event is part of the OSU Visiting Writer Series., which brings nationally known writers to Oregon State University. The program is made possible by support from The Valley Library, OSU 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.

For more information, call 541-737-6198 or visit the Spring Creek website at http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198

OSU to host ‘Everybody Reads’ campaign in celebration of Tobias Wolff

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host an “Everybody Reads” program in April and May celebrating the work of award-winning American writer Tobias Wolff, who will visit Portland and the OSU campus later this spring.

The “Everybody Reads” campaign is designed to engage the community with Wolff’s writing in advance of his visit. The program is sponsored by the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. Students in the MFA program will lead readings and discussions about Wolff’s work, as well as Wolff-inspired writing workshops.

The program will culminate with a free public reading by Wolff, who will visit Oregon May 21-22 to receive OSU’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.

On May 21, Wolff will be honored at a ticketed event at the Portland Art Museum. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the museum’s ticket office or online: http://bit.ly/1hJXdVh. On May 22, Wolff will appear at a free public reading, lecture and book signing at OSU. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Wolff is best known for his work in two genres: the short story and the memoir. His first short story collection, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” was published in 1981. Wolff chronicled his early life in two memoirs, “In Pharaoh’s Army” (1994) and “This Boy’s Life” (1989).

The “Everybody Reads” events, all free and open to the public, are:

  • 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, public book club discussion of “Old School,” Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.
  • 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, public reading group, “This Boy’s Life,” Grass Roots Books & Music, 227 S.W. Second St.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, young adult creative writing club, selected short stories; Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Tobias Wolff discussion group, led by OSU creative writing Professor Keith Scribner, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

 The MFA students also will visit classes at OSU, Linn-Benton Community College, Corvallis High School, Harding Alternative High School and Crescent Valley High School.

The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. Wolff is the second recipient; the first was Joyce Carol Oates in 2012.

The award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.

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Rachel Ratner, 516-652-5817; rachel.ratner@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to hold 59th annual Luau April 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host its 59th annual Luau on Saturday, April 19, at Gill Coliseum – an event that includes an authentic Hawaiian dinner, a show, and a concert by Eden Roc.

The luau, which has the theme, “Onboard to Paradise,” is presented by OSU’s Hui O Hawaii with the Polynesian Cultural Club. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m. The show begins at 6 p.m.; the concert at 8:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are priced at $15 for the dinner, show and concert ($20 at the door); or $10 for the show and concert. Children under age 2 are free.

The dinner features Kalua pig, shoyu chicken, lomi salmon, rice, haupia, tossed salad, tofu stir fry, poi and fruit punch.

Tickets are available for purchase online here: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20159_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=36

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Mandilyn Suzuki, suzukim@onid.oregonstate.edu

OSU to host screening, discussion of documentary ‘American Promise’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The award-winning documentary “American Promise,” about the struggles of two middle-class African American families as they educate and parent their sons, will be shown at Oregon State University on Tuesday, April 15.

The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium in Milam Hall, 2520 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Lead sponsors for the event are the College of Education and the Division of Student Affairs, with additional support from several other OSU programs.

A 30-minute version of the film will be shown at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the theater at Corvallis High School, 1400 N.W. Buchanan Ave. A panel discussion about the African American male experience in predominately white schools will follow. That event is also free and open to the public.

“We hope the film will help us better understand some of the issues surrounding the black male achievement gap as it exists in our community,” said Felicia Reid-Metoyer, a faculty member in the College of Education and one of the organizers of the events.

“In particular, we would like for the two-day event to advance the discussion as it relates to teachers, administrators, and staff who work with underrepresented minorities in Corvallis and other local schools,” said Reid-Metoyer, who was inspired to bring the film to Corvallis after watching it in Los Angeles last year.

In “American Promise,” Stephenson and her partner, Joe Brewster, follow their son, Idris, and his best friend, Oluwaseun “Seun” Summers, as they move through school and confront issues of class, race and opportunity. The film begins with the boys’ entry into kindergarten at a prestigious private school and follows them through their school years to high school graduation.

“American Promise” premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award for Achievement in Filmmaking. To learn more about the film or watch the trailer, visit www.americanpromise.org.

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Karla Rockhold, 541-737-2226, karla.rockhold@oregonstate.edu

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Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun “Seun” Summers are featured in the documentary 'American Promise.' Credit: Michèle Stephenson