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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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Veterans Day Parade

Students in parade

Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with concert Nov. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open its 112th season with “Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

Conductor Marlan Carlson will lead the symphony through a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. The concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, the “Reformation,” and continues with Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra.” The program will close with Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Anne Ridlington, principal cellist of the Eugene Symphony and assistant principal cellist of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, will appear as soloist on “Schelomo.” Ridlington, a Corvallis native, completed her bachelor of music degree at the Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Emilio Colon and Janos Starker.

Reserved seats are $22, $27 and $32. Advance tickets are available online at www.cosusymphony.org. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply with valid SNAP card; tickets are available one hour prior to the performance at the LaSells Stewart Center. For accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-286-5580, preferably one week in advance.


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

OSU treats horse with virus that can cause serious illness in horses, llamas, alpacas

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine has diagnosed a horse with a form of equine herpes virus, a naturally occurring virus that can cause serious illness in horses.

The horse is being treated for the neurotropic form of the virus, which is a mutated type of EHV-1 with a higher likelihood of causing neurologic disease.

The horse in question is from the Coos Bay, Oregon, area and became acutely affected with weakness and staggering on Nov. 4.

The animal is isolated at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis.

EHV-1 can cause abortion in pregnant mares, which should be kept away from horses showing signs of the disease and also kept away from horses that have been in contact with exposed animals. Although a vaccine exists for EHV-1, it does not prevent infection and is not known to prevent clinical signs of neurologic disease related to the neurotropic form.

“Horse owners should be aware that although EHV-1 is not transmissible to humans, people can spread the virus on their hands and clothing to horses, alpacas or llamas if they are in contact with an infected horse,” said Erica McKenzie, professor of large animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. 

The college has discontinued all elective surgical and medical services for horses and camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, for at least the next two weeks to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

Clinical signs consistent with infection with neurotropic EHV-1 often start with weakness in the hind limbs and can also include:

  • Uncoordinated, stumbling movements;
  • An unusual gait;
  • Weak tail tone;
  • Difficulty urinating, and dribbling of urine;
  • Inability of geldings and stallions to retract their penises;
  • Nasal discharge;
  • Fever (rectal temperature at or above 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit in resting horses).

Horses with any of the signs listed above should be isolated from other animals, and owners should contact their veterinarians immediately.

In rare cases, EHV-1 can cause blindness and central nervous system damage in alpacas and llamas.

Additional information regarding equine herpes virus and biosecurity recommendations are available from the American Association of Equine Practitioners at https://aaep.org/guidelines/infectious-disease-control/equine-herpesvirus-resources.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039


Erica McKenzie, 541-737-2858

Auditions for OSU’s winter production, ‘Rhinoceros,’ to be held Nov. 13-14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Rhinoceros,” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco and translated by Wesley Savick, is an absurdist play inspired by Ionesco’s experiences with fascism. It depicts anxiety about the spread of totalitarianism in society, as inhabitants of a provincial town gradually turn into rhinoceroses.  

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and area community members. The cast features three principal roles and an ensemble of seven to 14 players. Those auditioning should be prepared to do cold readings from the script, which is available online at: http://www.suffolk.edu/ModernTheatre/events/113.html.

A cast read-through and meeting will be held the week of Nov. 27. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 15 and run regularly on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Technical/dress rehearsals will run Feb. 24 to 28 and performances are March 1 to 3 and March 9 to 11. All cast members must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Those auditioning should review their schedules and be prepared to address any conflicts at the auditions.

 For more information, contact Director Ajai Tripathi at abbejabbi@gmail.com.

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Photography exhibit celebrating women with disabilities featured in OSU’s Little Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Brilliant and Resilient: Celebrating the Power of Disabled Women Activists,” an exhibit of photographs celebrating women with disabilities around the world, will be on display in Oregon State University’s Little Gallery Nov. 12 through Dec. 8.

A reception to celebrate the exhibit’s opening will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the gallery in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Susan Sygall, co-founder and CEO of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), and Susan Dunn, program manager for the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD), will speak at the event. 

The public is welcome at the reception. ASL interpretation will be available. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, exhibit text will be available in English and Spanish and an audio format of the exhibit will be available.

“Brilliant and Resilient” features professional images and personal stories of 30 women representing a variety of cultures, countries and disabilities. All of the women are alumni of WILD, a program of MIUSA that brings grassroots women leaders with disabilities together to build skills, exchange experiences and strategies, strengthen international networks of support and more. 

The exhibit celebrates women with disabilities around the world who are making an impact in the fields of education, employment, policy and legislation, reproductive health, emergency response, HIV/AIDS and violence prevention.

The project honors the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing, which ignited an international disabled women’s rights movement. The exhibit also highlights the role of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in advancing the status of women with disabilities. 

Photos displayed in the exhibit were taken by Brian Lanker, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose work was featured in LIFE Magazine, Sports Illustrated and elsewhere; Darcy Keifel, a photojournalist whose work has been featured in USA Today and Sports Illustrated; and Paola Gianturco, a photojournalist who has documented women’s lives in 55 countries and whose work has been exhibited by the United Nations in New York, UNESCO-Paris and elsewhere. 

The exhibit’s appearance at OSU is supported by a grant from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women. 

The Little Gallery is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the School of Language, Culture and Society’s World Languages and Cultures department within the College of Liberal Arts.

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

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Portrait of Lydia Chipimo, Zambia.

Photograph by Brian Lanker, courtesy of Mobility International USA.

Lydia Chipimo

Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald to speak and perform in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “An Evening with Country Joe McDonald: Reflections on the Summer of Love and Woody Guthrie,” a performance and question-and-answer session with singer-songwriter Country Joe McDonald, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis.

McDonald’s appearance is part of the Oregon State University College of Liberal Arts’ “American Strings Series,” which celebrates America’s longstanding love for stringed instruments and roots music. The series was created by OSU’s director of performing arts, journalist and music historian Bob Santelli.

With 36 albums published and more than four decades as a touring folk singer, McDonald is one of the best-known Woodstock artists still performing today.

Appearing with his band as “Country Joe and the Fish,” McDonald performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in the “Summer of Love,” in 1967. Two years later, he launched his solo career at Woodstock. At Woodstock he played a 30-minute set that included the “Fish Cheer” and the satirical anti-Vietnam War song, “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag,” with the familiar chorus, “One, two, three, what are fighting for?” These became famous auditory icons of the historic music festival and anthems for Vietnam veterans and anti-war protesters of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s McDonald, a veteran himself, toured and released numerous recordings and began actively working with and for Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other causes to support and promote awareness of the thousands of U.S. veterans he felt had been disenfranchised and neglected after returning from active duty.

McDonald has continued to write and record and toured regularly in the U.S. and abroad into the new millennium. After some unsuccessful attempts at reuniting the original Country Joe and the Fish band, he formed the Country Joe Band with original members David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol and Gary “Chicken” Hirsh. The group toured throughout 2004 and 2005. In 2007 he perfected his “Tribute to Woody Guthrie” show, a mix of music and spoken word, and has since taken it around the country.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free, one ticket per student with ID, while seats last. For additional information about the series or to purchase tickets, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/american-strings-series.

The Majestic Theatre is located at 115 S.W. 2nd St., Corvallis. The show is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

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Bob Santelli, 541-737-1797, robert.santelli@oregonstate.edu

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Country Joe McDonald. Photo by Jim Block
Country Joe McDonald

OSU Theatre’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ opens Nov. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, the classic American courtroom drama “Inherit the Wind,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The classic American play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee is based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial stemming from a young teacher’s arrest for teaching evolution sparks a heated debate between religious fundamentalists and evolutionists.

“On the surface, ‘Inherit the Wind’ concerns the battle between creationism and evolution, religion versus science,” said Director Nate Bush, an OSU theatre instructor. “However, a deeper conflict exists underneath about the freedom of thought.”

The production launches OSU’s 2017-18 season, “In the Public Eye,” which will also feature “The Taming,” by Lauren Gunderson in February; “Rhinoceros,” by Eugène Ionesco in March; and “1984,” by George Orwell in May.

The large cast features OSU students Jacob Armstrong as Davenport; Sam Babst as Meeker; Jacob Biggi in the ensemble; Helen Brown as a reporter; Robert Czokajlo as Elijah; Cheyenne Dickey in the ensemble; Lindsey Esch as Rachel; Colin Fath as Dunlap; Srimanyu Ganapathineedi in the ensemble; Evan Granquist  as the mayor; Cole Haenggi as Hornbeck; Ethan Hayes as Sillers; Emily Jackson as Mrs. McClain; Haille Lantz in the ensemble; Thomas McKean as Cates; Emily Moehn as Mrs. Brady; Nicole Moussa as Mrs. Loomis; Brian Mulch as Bannister; Nate Pereira as Howie; Noah Reed in the ensemble; Carmen Rivera in the ensemble; Quinn Sinanan Neal in the ensemble; Amy Stein as Krebs; Mike Stephens as Brady; Nick Tsiklauvi in the ensemble; and Cory Warren as Goodfellow.

The cast also includes community members Robert Best as Brown; Joe Cullen as Drummond; Nikki Hill as Mrs. Blair; Katherine Lovtang as Melinda; and Richard Wendland as the judge.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. Contact the box office for disability accommodations and/or group ticket sales.

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Steinway Piano Series presents Natasha Paremski Nov. 5 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pianist Natasha Paremski will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Piano Series. 

The New York-based pianist, a native of Moscow, Russia, is known for her stunning technique. She won a number of prestigious awards at a young age, including the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist’s Prize and the 2007 Prix Montblanc. She also was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010 and earned a top-ten slot on the Billboard Traditional Classical Charts.

Paremski has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Oregon Symphony; Moscow Philharmonic; Minnesota Orchestra; and many others throughout the world. Among her solo recitals are stops at London’s Wigmore Hall; the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Meany Hall in Seattle; and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Her performance program includes works by three popular Romantic-era composers: Frederic Chopin’s Three Mazurkas, Op. 63 and Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54; books one and two from Johannes Brahms’ “Variations on a Theme by Paganini;” and “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky. 

The performance will be held in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $28 at the door. Tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or at Grass Roots Books & Music in Corvallis. Students ages 8 to 18 and all college students with valid ID will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to the concert with a SNAP card.

Accommodations relating to a disability may be made by calling 541-758-0036, preferably at least one week in advance.


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

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents free Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Oct. 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Portland Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

The Corvallis performance, part of a short tour by the Philharmonic to kick off the group's 94th season, is hosted by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society. The Philharmonic also will play in Roseburg.

The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5; Antonín Dvořák’s “Hussite Overture”; and Frédéric Chopin’s second piano concerto with soloist Natalie Tan, winner of the Philharmonic’s 2016-17 Piano Concerto Competition.

The Portland Youth Philharmonic was founded in 1924 as America’s first youth orchestra. It supports two full symphony orchestras, a chamber orchestra, a wind ensemble and a string orchestra. Members range in age from 7 to 23, are accepted based on audition, are seated according to ability and come from 100 different schools throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington.

“I am very pleased that PYP is returning to Corvallis,” Musical Director David Hattner said. “Dr. Marlan Carlson, OSU professor and music director of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony orchestra, has been kind enough to invite us for our third annual appearance. OSU probably has more PYP alumni in its student body than any other university.”

The concert is free but seating is reserved and tickets are required. For more information or to reserve a seat visit http://cosusymphony.org/. Accommodations relating to a disability may be made by calling 541-286-5580, preferably at least one week in advance.

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


Josh Espinoza, 503-223-5939, josh@portlandyouthphil.org

Writer Sarah Manguso to read at Oregon State University Nov. 3

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Poetry, fiction and nonfiction writer Sarah Manguso will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Manguso is the author of seven books, including the nonfiction works “300 Arguments,” “Ongoingness,” “The Guardians,” and “The Two Kinds of Decay”; the fiction work “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape” and poetry “Siste Viator” and “The Captain Lands in Paradise.” 

She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship, and “The Two Kinds of Decay” was selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Manguso’s poems have appeared in multiple editions of the Best American Poetry series, and her essays appear regularly in publications such as Harper’s, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review, The New York Review of Books and the New York Times Magazine. 

Manguso holds a master of fine arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she previously served as the Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College in addition to teaching at Columbia University, the New School, New York University, the Pratt Institute, Princeton University and the Otis College of Arts and Design. She currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing 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