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Dad’s and Family Weekend at OSU Friday-Sunday

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hundreds of relatives of Oregon State University students will visit Corvallis Nov. 6-8 for the annual Dad’s & Family Weekend celebration that this year will feature a comedy show, open houses, tours and athletic events among the highlights.

Many activities are free and open to the public during the weekend, in which OSU students are encouraged to invite family members for a campus visit. Some events, including a Friday night comedy show, an OSU Beaver football game against UCLA, and a golf tournament will charge and/or require advance ticket purchases.

For a complete Dad's and Family Weekend schedule or ticket information, see the Web site at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/feature-story/dads-family-weekend, or call the OSU Memorial Union Program Council at 541-737-6872.

Activities begin Friday morning and continue through Sunday. The campus Memorial Union is the focal point for many events. Among the weekend events:

Friday, Nov. 6

  • 1-5 p.m. - Golf Tournament: Trysting Tree Golf Course - $80/team of two (OSU students + family members).  Sign-up at Recreation Services in Dixon 541-737-3736;
  • 2-5 p.m.- Welcome Table: Come find out about all the events and activities happening during Dads & Family Weekend.  Purchase shirts, pint glasses and meet MUPC staff.  Table will be located at the entrance of the Memorial Union Lounge;
  • 3-5 p.m. – College open houses: Various open houses in colleges and departments. (see link above for details);
  • 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.- Comedy Show: Featuring co-headliners Myq Kaplan & Dan Cummins at LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets available here! 

Saturday, Nov. 7

  • 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. - Oregon State Flying Club Open House: OSU students can bring their dad or family members and go for a ride in one of OSU’s Flying Club’s airplanes.  Airplane rides will be $20 per person with complimentary burgers.  Rides between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at KVCO (Corvallis Municipal Airport).  For more information or directions contact Nathaniel Osterberg at 541-975-3882 or email osterben@oregonstate.edu;
  • 9 a.m. to noon - Challenge the Dads: Dads Weekend Challenge Course Day: $20 for OSU Students, OSU community, and family members. Sign up at the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon Recreation Center, 541-737-4254;
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon - Dads & Family Weekend Brunch: Located in the Memorial Union Lounge. Ticket prices $12/plate, sold at the door only;
  • 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.- Dads Weekend Whitewater Rafting: Raft trip on the North Santiam River. $50 for OSU students, OSU community, and family members.  Sign up at the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon Recreation Center, 541-737-4254;
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Car Show: Featuring members from the Corvallis Historic Auto Club, and the Willamette Valley Vintage Chevrolet Club of America. Located in the Memorial Union Quad.
  • 1:30 p.m. - OSU vs UCLA Football: Located at Reser Stadium.

Sunday, Nov. 8

  • 8 a,m. to noon - TriHOP Pancake Breakfast in the Memorial Union ballroom, hosted by Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Tickets will be sold for $5 presale through any Delta Delta Delta member, and $7 at the door. Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital;
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - OSU Athletic Facility Tours: Tours led by OSU student athletes. Tours (max of 25 people) leave every half hour. Meet outside Reser Stadium on Parker Plaza (next to the big football). Disclaimer: No locker or training rooms will be toured to protect privacy of OSU athletes.



Media Contact: 

MUPC, 541-737-6872

OSU Theatre opens 2015-16 season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in November

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s 2015-16 season will begin this month with a production of William Shakespeare’s enduring tale of young love, “Romeo and Juliet.” 

Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-20 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

OSU theater arts professor George Caldwell is directing the familiar tale of star-crossed lovers, which is set at the height of the 19th-century Romantic era and will feature elegant costumes and exciting swordplay.

The cast features OSU students Kolby Baethke as Paris; Daniel Barber as Mercutio; Cheyenne Dickey as a vendor;  Robert Best as Lord Montague; Dakota Carter as a Montague; Ruth Drake as a vendor; Erick Harris as Samson; Nick Diaz-Hui as Tybalt; Lindsey Esch as Lady Montague; Sedona Garcia as Benvolia; Anahelena Goodman-Flood as a friend; Brian Greer as Romeo; Alex Herrington as Rosaline; Emerson Hovekamp as a Capulet;  Jade Kasbohm as a local; Sidney King as the apothecary; Hunter Leishman as Abraham; Annie Parham as Juliet; Nate Pereira as a Capulet servant; Chase Pixley as a Capulet; Emily Upton as the nurse; Steve Walter as a Montague; and Cory Warren as the Prince.

Also featured are community actors Rick Wallace as Lord Capulet; Diana Jepsen as Lady Capulet; and Craig Currier as Friar Lawrence.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is the first production of the 2015-16 OSU Theatre season, “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Shakespeare,” and will feature a collection of plays inspired by Shakespeare. The season is being dedicated to the memory of C.V. “Ben” Bennett, a long-time OSU faculty member who died this summer. During his career, Bennett worked in technical theater, as a director, as coordinator of the University Theatre and as chair of the Department of Speech Communication at OSU.

Other productions planned for the season include Cole Porter’s jazzy musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” Paula Vogel’s “Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief,” and Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” 

Tickets for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ are $12; $10 for seniors; $8 youth/student; and $5 for OSU students. They can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ or by calling the box office at 541-737-2784. Accommodations for disabilities and group ticket sales may also be arranged through the box office.

Media Contact: 

Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.Helman@oregonstate.edu


‘Contemporary Japanese Prints’ exhibit opens Nov. 9 at Fairbanks Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Contemporary Japanese Prints,” an exhibit exploring the Japanese aesthetic, will be on display Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a gallery talk by OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka at 5 p.m.

“Contemporary Japanese Prints” explores the distinctive and influential Japanese aesthetic. A driving force behind this aesthetic is Japan’s appreciation of technical skill and craftsmanship. From fashion to fine art, the physical artifacts of Japanese culture reflect this dedication to creating precious and precise art and design, exhibit organizers say.

This dedication is well-suited to printmaking, a medium where the tools, workshop, esoteric details and variety of techniques make it an art form which is process-driven. The work in this exhibition embodies both superb technical ability and the alluring Japanese aesthetic.

The artists represented in the exhibit are from all stages in their careers. Yukio Fukazawa is a 91-year-old graphic master, while Fumiko Suzuki is a 27-year-old recent graduate of art school. She is producing hand-drawn stone lithographs; her images are that of her contemporary female artists in Tokyo portrayed in intimate self-reflection.

Keisuke Yamamoto, Tomuyuki Sakuta, Sohee Kim, Azumi Takeda and Ryohei Tanaka are among the other artists featured in the exhibit.

This exhibit was curated by Miranda K. Metcalf, director of contemporary works of paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. Metcalf traveled to Tokyo in September 2014 to research and prepare the exhibition.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Media Contact: 

Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, or drussell@oregonstate.edu

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“Perhaps” by Fumiko Suzuki


“Golden Seven” by Hikari Hirose

Golden Seven

“A Frozen Passage” by Yukio Fukazama


A Frozen Passage

Novelist T. Geronimo Johnson to read at Oregon State Nov. 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author T. Geronimo Johnson will give a free public reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Johnson is the author of “Hold it ‘Til it Hurts,” a PEN/Faulkner finalist. His most recent book, “Welcome to Braggsville,” was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

“Welcome to Braggsville” is a provocative comedy about four liberal University of California, Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment. It was named one of the 10 books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and was recommended by UC Berkeley as summer reading for incoming undergraduates.

The Washington Post hailed the book, describing it as: “The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you’ll read this year.”

Johnson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is a founding and core faculty member in the OSU-Cascades low-residency creative writing program, teaching fiction. He also has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The Prague Summer Program, San Quentin and elsewhere. 

The reading is part of the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series at Oregon State, which is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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 Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

Media Contact: 

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

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T. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson

Strand Agriculture Hall re-opens after seismic, accessibility remodel

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Strand Agriculture Hall is celebrating its re-opening after a two-year, extensive remodeling project.

The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., beginning at the West Portico Entrance that faces the Memorial Union Quad. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by tours.

The building was originally completed in three phases, beginning in 1909 and finishing in 1913. At the time of its completion it was the largest building on campus, and over the years it has housed many different departments, but always with agriculture as its primary emphasis.

The 115,000 square-foot classroom and office building has undergone a major transformation, including extensive seismic and energy upgrades and dramatic improvements to building accessibility. Hoffman Construction was responsible for the work, which was designed by Henneberry Eddy Architects. The $24.9 million project was funded through a combination of bonds and State Energy Loan Program funds.

The building contains 16 general purpose classrooms and houses the dean’s office of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Dean Dan Arp will be one of the presenters at the re-opening celebration.

“It’s a thrill to see this building restored and renewed far beyond its former glory,” Arp said. “Strand Ag Hall is now an open, accessible space; it’s a seismically safe place; and it’s a beautiful space to invite people to explore agricultural sciences.”

Previously, Strand was known as one of the least accessible buildings on the Corvallis campus, but upgrades have now made it one of the most accessible, including creating four accessible entrances, an elevator that now reaches the fourth floor, fully accessible restrooms and upgrades to signage. Architects included shallow walkways on the exterior and interior ramps to make the entrances accessible, as well as a porch and ramps on the access point facing the Memorial Union, the most heavily trafficked student building on campus.

"The building truly showcases that when accessibility is considered throughout a project, the results are seamless," said Gabriel Merrell, OSU associate director of Diversity, Community Engagement, and Accessibility and deputy ADA coordinator. "The features blend into the building – they are almost non-apparent. Contrast this with the former design where a big concrete ramp was introduced into a former window well, prominently segregating access into a separate entrance."

Larry Landis, director of Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU, said Strand is unique in that it’s housed the College of Agricultural Sciences, in one form or another, throughout its history.

“There aren’t many colleges that can say they were located in the same building for the last 100 years,” Landis said.

Media Contact: 

Dan Arp, 541-737-2331; dan.j.arp@oregonstate.edu

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New OSU parking lots replace spaces displaced by construction

Two new parking lots are being added to the Corvallis campus at Oregon State University, and will bring a total of 118 new parking spaces to the south and west sides of campus.

The new East LaSells Stewart Center Lot along Western Boulevard is scheduled to open later this fall. It will be designated as a B2 lot with 38 new parking spaces for those with A1, A2, A3, and B2 permits. The new lot replaces spots that will be displaced by the upcoming Valley Football Center/North End Zone building project.

“These new parking lots ensure the parking spaces on campus are increasing to accommodate the increased demands of new building construction,” said David Dodson, campus planning manager at OSU.

The new Energy Center South Lot along 35th Street is also scheduled to open later this fall, and brings 80 new parking spaces. This lot will be zoned CR for CR permit holders only (for students living in residence halls). It was built to replace parking displaced by the Samaritan Sports Medicine Center.

“One out of every five students living on campus brings an automobile to school, as most choose to walk or ride their bike,” Dodson said. “These residential permit lots serve as vehicle storage areas and can be sited on the perimeter instead of the core of campus.”

Demolition of an old poultry barn was required to construct the Energy Center South Lot, and it uses an existing access alley built during the project. About 96,000 cubic feet of good topsoil was salvaged and stockpiled near the site. Much of that will be used to create a pocket park on Washington Avenue and 15thStreet. The center of the lot features a sand filtration swale to meet storm water quality and detention requirements, by treating the polluted runoff water before it is piped to nearby Oak Creek.

 “It is great to see that new construction projects are replacing campus parking that is being converted to other uses,” said Meredith Williams, associate director for transportation services at OSU.

Media Contact: 

David Dodson, 541-737-8503; david.dodson@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State celebrates Beaver Country with Homecoming 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is inviting people to ‘Come Home to Beaver Country’ next week during Homecoming 2015.

Activities begin on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a homecoming carnival in the Memorial Union Quad from noon to 5 p.m. That evening, from 7-8 p.m., Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum, will speak at The LaSells Stewart Center on “How Country Music Became America’s Popular Music.”

On Friday, Oct. 23, some of Oregon State’s best and brightest graduates will be honored at the Alumni Fellows and Young Alumni Award Celebration at 5 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More information and registration details are available at: http://bit.ly/1Lw0M0s

Corvallis native and country singer Jackson Michelson will return to his hometown to perform the Homecoming concert on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 8 p.m., in the Student Experience Center plaza. He’ll be joined by the Grange Hall Drifters.

The homecoming football game between Oregon State and Colorado begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 There will be several tailgating events, including a Beaver Nation tailgater at 4:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for Alumni Association members, and a diversity gathering and tailgating on the Alumni Center lawn at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete list of Homecoming events: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=4475

Media Contact: 

Kate Sanders, 541-737-2351; kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu

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Jackson Michelson

Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication launches new arts event series

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The School of Arts and Communication in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts is starting a new performing and visual arts series to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser-known artists and ensembles to Corvallis throughout the year. 

The series, “SAC Presents,” will feature a wide range of musical genres, from country music to jazz, chamber music and rock. The series also will include exhibits and lectures by visual artists and guest speakers addressing topics associated with the arts.

“This new series allows us to bring a wide range of artists to the campus and the community, while also providing our students with opportunities to go to a variety of performances they might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience,” said Lee Ann Garrison, director of the School of Arts and Communication.

SAC Presents will kick off with several events during OSU’s homecoming weekend. They are: 

  • “How Country Music Became America’s Pop”: A talk by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Free and open to the public.
  • The Music Revolution Project: A select group of OSU students and alumni will spend the day in a songwriting workshop with Santelli, a music producer and music faculty, followed by a concert showcasing their work. The performance will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the Fairbanks Gallery at OSU, 220 S.W. 26th St. Free and open to the public.
  • Jackson Michelson Concert: Rising country music star Michelson, a Corvallis native, will present a free concert on Friday, Oct. 23. The Grange Hall Drifters will open the show, which is co-sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association. 8 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza, 2251 S.W. Jefferson Way.

The series will continue in November with a performance by concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond on Nov. 17. Almond will perform a recital to commemorate the 300th birthday of his celebrated, historical instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivari. The concert will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25; they are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and online at TicketTomato.com.

Performances by the chamber music group Ivy Street Ensemble; Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, a chamber music- jazz hybrid band; and other events also are being planned for the winter and spring terms, with dates to be announced later.

The new series, along with growth in OSU’s music, art, and theatre programs, is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts challenge, in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at Oregon State.

More information about SAC Presents is available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sac-presents-series.

Media Contact: 

Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-619-2420, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

OSU awarded prestigious honor society chapter

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter after a rigorous three-year application process.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society for liberal arts and sciences. A total of 26 universities applied for the honor three years ago, and five were chosen for a site visit last year, including Oregon State.

This week, the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council voted to award a chapter to Oregon State and two other schools.

Phi Beta Kappa chapters exist at only about ten percent of colleges and universities, and only about ten percent of each institution’s arts and sciences graduates are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa each year.  Invitees must demonstrate not only outstanding academic performance but also a record of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences that shows depth as well as breadth.  Phi Beta Kappa members have included 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. 

Oregon State President Edward J. Ray has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since he was a senior at Queens College in the City University of New York, and there are more than 100 other Phi Beta Kappa members already among OSU faculty. Ray said he was excited about the prospect of offering membership to some of Oregon State’s many high-achieving students.

“Becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa had a profound impact on my life and on my career as a leader of higher education,” Ray said. “When I was in college I couldn’t afford the $25 membership fee, but a family friend was generous enough to pay it for me. That’s why my late wife Beth and I set up a fund to make sure OSU students with similar financial limitations aren’t prevented from becoming members.”

The Kay Bowers Fund for Phi Beta Kappa Students, established by the Rays, will support eligible Phi Beta Kappa students who don’t have the resources to cover the expenses to join. Upon learning of the decision to award a chapter to Oregon State, Ray has just doubled the endowment.

Phi Beta Kappa schools generally invite only a small percentage of high-achieving, top students to join, which gives them a notable addition to their resumes as well as access to networking opportunities. A chapter at Oregon State has been a long time coming, supporters say, and the high prestige that goes along with a chapter cements Oregon State's legitimacy as a major national research and liberal arts university. 

Among the reasons the Phi Beta Kappa committee cited for approving Oregon State membership was the university’s ‘overwhelming commitment to student learning,” and “across-the-board respect for the values of liberal learning.”

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Larry Rodgers noted Oregon State’s commitment to providing a foundational baccalaureate core for all Oregon State undergraduates.

“Becoming a Phi Beta Kappa chapter has been at the top of our wish list as we continue to enhance our arts and science curriculum at Oregon State,” Rodgers said. “We are thrilled that our students will have the chance to experience the benefits of being members of such a prestigious and respected honor society.”

Media Contact: 

Tara Williams, 541-737-6412; tara.williams@oregonstate.edu

Hiroshima bombing survivor to speak at Oregon State University Oct. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hideko Tamura Snider, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II, will speak at Oregon State University on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis.              

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing. Snider, the 2015 Hiroshima Ambassador for Peace, was injured but survived the August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima. Her mother and thousands of others were killed.

Since 1979, Snider has been speaking around the United States and in her native Japan, sharing her story and encouraging people of all cultures and nations to examine the consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and to work toward peace and nuclear nonproliferation. Her memoir, “One Sunny Day,” was published in 1996. She is also the author of the children’s book “When a Peace Tree Blooms.”

In her presentation at OSU, she will speak on the physical, psychological, and spiritual effects of the bomb, from the immediate aftermath to more permanent consequences. She also will discuss the challenge of peace and of lessons learned from Hiroshima since the war. 

In addition to Snider’s lecture, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU’s Valley Library is marking the anniversary with an exhibit showcasing the Atomic Age. The exhibit includes a wide range of materials documenting nuclear history.

The exhibit, “The Nuclear Age: Seventy Years of Peril and Hope,” includes hundreds of original primary sources, including comics, newspapers, photographs, manuscripts and letters from anti-nuclear activists Linus Pauling and Albert Einstein. 

The exhibit gallery is located on the fifth floor of the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Pl. The exhibit, which will run through March 1, 2016, is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Media Contact: 

Anne Bahde, 541-737-2083, anne.bahde@oregonstate.edu; Linda Richards, 541-740-3341, atomiclinda@gmail.com

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Hideko Tamura Snider

Hideko Tamura Snider