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Pet Day set this Saturday, May 2, at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will hold its 28th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 2, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, booths, displays and a number of family-oriented events.

Pets are welcome at this always-popular event, on a leash. Animals on site will include llamas, goats, reptiles and greyhounds.

Pet Day is designed as a way for the College of Veterinary Medicine to give back to the community, and help Oregon residents understand its operations and legacy of public service. It usually attracts 3,000 to 4,000 visitors, many who bring their pets. The child-friendly event, which will be held rain or shine, is organized and staffed by students.

Vendors and volunteers from organizations will staff booths at the event and provide information on animal health and wellness, nutrition, adoption and therapy.  Many also provide free samples and other resources, spanning the four-legged gamut from pet food to shelter medicine.

Among the returning activities will be dog agility demonstrations, a petting zoo, tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, teddy bear surgery, a dog wash and more. A ‘Kid’s Zone’ will include a bounce house, face painting, games and pie throwing.

Pet Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Magruder Hall, located on 30th Street in Corvallis just south of Washington Way, and adjacent to the athletic department’s Truax Indoor Center. Admittance and most activities are free, but there is a small charge for a few of the events, including the fun run, dog wash and photo booth.

More detailed information on the various events and registration for the fun run/walk is available online at http://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/pet-day

Pet Day is sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, and supported by Banfield Pet Hospital, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis, Royal Canin, Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., the Oregon Animal Health Foundation and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association.


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Grand opening of Asian & Pacific Cultural Center at OSU set for April 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is marking its 25th anniversary with the grand opening of a new building in the heart of the Corvallis campus.

The ceremony will take place Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at 2695 S.W. Jefferson Way, just east of the new business building, Austin Hall. The one-story, 3,500 square-foot center was designed by Jones & Jones Architecture of Seattle, which also designed three other new cultural centers on campus.

The building has a distinctive exterior based on a combination of housing styles found in some of the regions represented by the cultural center. Inside, large meeting spaces, a student kitchen, offices and a meditation/quiet room reflect cultural aspects of a number of Asian and Pacific Island groups. The building also features a number of antiques from different countries donated to the center over the years.

Mohamed Shaker, a senior in history at OSU, originally became involved with the APCC as a freshman. He soon found that working for the center provided him the opportunity to engage with many groups and organizations on campus, as well as to learn from students of many different backgrounds.

“I have found it personally wonderful to work at the APCC,” Shaker said. “It provides a gateway of support and a place to share your values and visions. It’s important to have that kind of space. And academically it’s given me a way of getting in contact with departments and programs I wouldn’t have otherwise.”

When Shaker joined the APCC, it was still housed in a small older home at the edge of campus on Jackson Street.

“What I will miss about the old place is that it was very homey,” he said. “It was isolated so it felt very much like our place.” But while the intimacy and privacy was nice, Shaker said, the center’s new location at the heart of campus opens up more opportunities and increases exposure and foot traffic. “We were very excited to move here. Being that far away and dislocated from campus made it hard for us to draw people to the center.”

An Vuong is a general science major with an option in pre-pharmacy. He’s had experience working at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez in addition to the APCC, and was excited to join the staff as the new building opened because he said it’s a way to build upon the center’s legacy.

“We’ll be the first staff to be in here, and we’ll set a new standard,” he said. “We’re in the heart of campus. This is a place to build a community not just with people of color but with all the students of OSU. Cultural centers are not just a token. OSU has very active student leaders and the centers are great gateways where those leaders can go out and excel.”

Vuong said he is pleased with the expanded programming opportunities and broad space for socializing, studying and networking in the new center.

“We’re really open and friendly and the best part of the new center is the opportunity to educate others,” he said. “We’re open to all, and not just community members who identify as Asian or Pacific Islander. We get a chance to see a diverse group of students here.” 

As part of the grand opening celebration, the on-campus restaurant Ring of Fire in Marketplace West will feature a culturally inspired menu for lunch and dinner April 27 to May 1.  Additionally, the grand opening is the precursor to celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

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Reagan Le, 541-737-6361; reagan.le@oregonstate.edu

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Auditions for OSU’s summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 10-11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place on May 10 and May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 12, if needed.

Bard in the Quad is an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere. The 2015 production will be the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty and community members. They will consist of cold readings and movement exercises. Director Elizabeth Helman will be casting for a company of 12-14 players.

Performance dates for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are Aug. 6-9 and Aug. 13-16. Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on June 14. Generally, rehearsals will be scheduled 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays until early August. Technical rehearsals will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 1.

All cast members must be available to attend all technical rehearsals and performances. Some conflicts can be worked around during the early rehearsal process. Performers should bring their schedules to the auditions.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH or contact Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu.

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Writing, publishing a first book the focus of April 24 Editorial Festival at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Visiting Writers Series will host its fifth Editorial Festival on Friday, April 24, in the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The annual event is designed to engage students and community members in discussions about contemporary writing, publishing and media studies. This year’s theme is writing and publishing a first book.

At 4 p.m., professional writers and editors Geffrey Davis, T Clutch Fleischmann and Nina McConigley will participate in a roundtable discussion about how their first books came to be, from manuscript to editorial meetings to book launch. Caroline Casey, managing director of Coffee House Press, will moderate the discussion.

At 7:30 p.m., the authors will give readings from their first books. Both events will take place the Memorial Union’s Journey Room and are free and open to the public.

Davis is an OSU alumnus who teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. His collection, “Revising the Storm,” won the Poulin Poetry Prize. His other honors include the Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and a fellowship from the Cave Canem foundation.

Fleischmann, of Seattle, is the author of “Syzygy, Beauty” and a nonfiction editor at DIAGRAM. A contributing editor at EssayDaily, Fleischmann’s critical and creative work has appeared in places such as The Brooklyn Rail, the PEN Poetry Series, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

McConigley is the author of the story collection “Cowboys and East Indians,” which won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and the High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction and The Asian American Literary Review. She teaches at the University of Wyoming and at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston.

Casey has a background in marketing, publicity, and acquisitions, including stints at Sarabande Books and Stanford University Press, and holds an MFA from the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa.

The Visiting Writers Series is supported by the Valley Library and the 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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New student building on OSU campus celebrates grand opening

A grand-opening celebration for Oregon State University’s new Student Experience Center, known as the SEC, will take place April 24-25 with a series of events for the campus and Corvallis community.

The Student Experience Center was built as a central campus location focused on student life and learning outside of the classroom.  It includes meeting and event space and provides offices for many Student Affairs units, including the Associated Students of OSU, Student Leadership and Involvement, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the Craft Center, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Orange Media Network and more.

The celebration starts Friday, April 24, with an open house from 2-5 p.m. that includes presentations and recognitions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. It continues Saturday, April 25, with a carnival from noon to 9 p.m., an open house from noon to 5 p.m., and a “Best of OSU” concert series from 5 to 9 p.m.

Construction on the four-story, 87,900-square-foot project began in summer of 2013 and was paid for in part by student fees. It includes an 8,000-square-foot plaza connecting it to the Memorial Union, and is covered by a glass canopy so outdoor events can be held there rain or shine.

The building also utilizes a number of sustainable strategies in its design including energy-efficient lighting, passive/natural ventilation, low impact landscaping, and highly efficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. A living green wall and a garden with edibles including fruit trees are also in the works.

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Jason Dorsette, 541-737-1580; Jason.dorsette@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Theatre to present ‘Dolly West’s Kitchen’ in May

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will stage a production of “Dolly West’s Kitchen,” May 7-9 and May 15-17 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The World War II-era play by Frank McGuinness explores how Ireland’s neutrality in the war created a difficult atmosphere. It continues the 2014-15 theater season theme of “War and Remembrance.”

In the play, the witty and educated Dolly West has returned to her hometown from Italy to care for her elderly mother and siblings. The town of Buncrana in Northern Ireland sits close to the British port of Derry, where American and British soldiers are gathered in case Hitler makes it that far. In Dolly’s kitchen, Irish men and women, an English soldier and two G.I.s struggle with love, the disastrous effect of the war and the difficult position of remaining neutral.

Guest director Jade Rosina McCutcheon said she is drawn to the blending of human relationships with real world issues in the production. “The cost of war is enormous but so is the cost of losing your country to another,” she said. “This play will give us all plenty to reflect on.”

The cast features Oregon State students Joe Cullen as Marco; Burke De Boer as Jamie; Diana Jepsen as Dolly; Pamela Mealy as Esther; Reed Morris as Justin; Annie Parham as Anna; Alex Small as Alec; and Cory Warren as Ned. OSU Theatre Arts faculty member Charlotte Headrick joins the cast as Rima West.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. May 7-9 and May 15-16, with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 17. Tickets are $12 for general admission; $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. Contact the box office for disability accommodations, faculty/staff discounts or group ticket sales.

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TEDxOregonStateU videos now available for viewing online

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Talks from February’s sold-out TEDxOregonStateU conference at Oregon State University are now available for viewing online.

TEDx events feature talks, demonstrations or performances designed to foster learning, inspiration and wonder. They are independently organized events in the style of the TED conference. The theme for OSU’s conference was “Disruption.”

Following the TEDx style, the talks run no more than 18 minutes each. The videos feature speakers:

  • Emily Calandrelli, host of FOX’s “Xploration Outer Space” and a former NASA employee
  • David Edelstein, senior vice president of global programs at Grameen Foundation and director of the Grameen Foundation Technology Center
  • Hanson Hosein, a former NBC News war correspondent who is now director of a communication leadership graduate program and president of HRH Media Group
  • Michelle Lesniak, season 11 winner of “Project Runway”
  • Matthew Kaiser, a current undergraduate student at OSU and fellow in the Linus Pauling Institute’s Cancer Chemoprevention Program

To watch the playlist of all the videos from the event, visit http://bit.ly/1HcRunD.

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Jenn Casey, 541-737-0695, jenn.casey@oregonstate.edu

‘Philosophy Talk’ to visit OSU for discussion on science, politics

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The nationally syndicated public radio show “Philosophy Talk” will visit Oregon State University on Wednesday, April 15, for a live taping.

The show will focus on the theme “Science and Politics – Friends or Foes” with featured guest Sharyn Clough, an associate professor of philosophy in the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Withycombe Theater, 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. It is free and open to the public, and there will be an opportunity for audience participation.

Show hosts Ken Taylor and John Perry, both of Stanford University, will lead the discussion with questions such as: Could politics sometimes have a positive effect on objectivity in science? If so, which kinds of politics might have a positive effect and which might not? What criteria could we use to make the distinction? And does 'objectivity' still have meaning in this context?

Clough teaches courses in the study of knowledge with an emphasis on scientific knowledge. Her research focuses on objectivity and values in science. She has written and edited books on feminism and science, and has written a number of scholarly essays on science and values. She is writing a book for general audiences on science and politics.

“I plan to discuss some of the biggest mistaken assumptions in contemporary debates about politics and science – that politics in science is always a bad thing, and that political values are subjective, floating free of considerations of evidence,” Clough said.

“I argue that while science is never without political influences, some politics make science better and some make it worse, and we can tell the difference,” she said. “We might make mistakes and disagree about the evidence in either case, but that shouldn’t stop us from seeing that there is evidence in both cases to consider.”

The show is scheduled to air in June. “Philosophy Talk” airs on dozens of public radio stations internationally, including on the radio network of Oregon Public Broadcasting. On OPB, the show is broadcast at 9 p.m. Thursdays.

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

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Oregon State to host Holocaust Memorial Week events April 13-21

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auschwitz survivor and 2015 Elie Wiesel Award-winner Thomas Buergenthal will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis as part of the university’s annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week, April 13-21.

Born in Slovakia in 1934, Buergenthal recounted his survival of Auschwitz in the memoir, “A Lucky Child.” After coming to the United States he became a prominent legal scholar, specializing in international law. He has served as a judge on several panels that have dealt with human rights issues, including 10 years of service on the International Court of Justice.

Buergenthal will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. His talk will focus on his experience during World War II and his perspective on international law’s role in combatting persecution and protecting human rights.

For the first time in the event’s 29-year history, Holocaust Memorial Week this year will be expanded to include an event in Portland. Buergenthal and OSU faculty members will participate in a panel discussion on religious and human rights at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 S.W. Capitol Highway, in Portland. Other panelists are Rena Lauer, Amy Koehlinger, Stuart Sarbacker and Paul Kopperman of OSU.

Holocaust Memorial Week 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. This year’s program includes a special focus on human rights and women’s rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are:

  • Human rights lawyer Gabriela Rivera of Guatemala will speak about sexual violence against indigenous women in Guatemala at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • A virtual “tour” of Auschwitz will be presented by OSU philosophy instructor Marta Kunecka at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Horizon Room in the Memorial Union at OSU. Kunecka conducted tours of the concentration camp while in graduate school in Krakow, Poland, and will recreate the experience using visual aids.
  • “Watchers of the Sky,” a documentary film about Raphael Lemkin, who coined the term genocide, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the C &E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • Elizabeth Heineman, a feminist historian who has written extensively on the subject of women in Nazi Germany, will be giving a talk entitled “Human Rights Law and the Issue of Violence against Women,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the C & E Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • Two academic conferences, the Social Justice Conference and the International Health Symposium, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Snell International Forum at OSU. Students will present papers on topics such as violence against women, gender rights and human rights, LGBTQ rights and acceptance, and the relationship between gendered violence and genocide. For more information on the conferences, visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sjc.

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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Auditions for OSU’s one-act festival to be held April 6-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original comedies by OSU Theatre students, will be held on April 6 and 7.

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way. They consist of cold readings, no preparation is necessary, and they are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff, and to members of the Corvallis community. Scripts are available to check out from the Theatre Arts office in Withycombe Hall, Room 141.

A variety of roles are available in the Spring One-Act Festival. The plays are:

  • “The Mark,” by Elise Barberis, is an apocalyptic comedy featuring Steve, a former cult member who is relentlessly stalked by the cult's current members. Steve bears a mysterious birthmark that may be the key to saving the world.
  • “Cheep! Cheep!” by Joseph Workman, tells the story of Maxwell, a depressed former paperboy and current employee at a family-owned chicken farm who faces the challenges of weird small-town politics and chronically-giddy fellow employees.
  • “Answer Me,” by Amanda Kelner, features Tegan, a young woman starting a new job as a receptionist for Madam Matilda, a psychic with the unique ability of actually being able to predict the future.
  • “Caffeinated Crisis,” by Bryanna Rainwater, features Linda, an intrepid reporter who stumbles upon a bizarre conspiracy orchestrated by the West Coast's most powerful coffee bean barons.

The Spring One-Act Festival runs June 3 through 6 at 7:30 p.m., and June 7 at 2:00 p.m.

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