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OSU selects public health leader, ecologist for Distinguished Professor Awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The leader behind what will become Oregon’s first accredited school of public health and a terrestrial ecologist who identified a new paradigm in wildlife research have been named 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Professor Award by Oregon State University.

Marie Harvey, a professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and William Ripple, a professor in the College of Forestry, will receive their awards this spring and give public lectures on campus.

The Distinguished Professor title is the highest designation Oregon State gives to its faculty.

Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president, said the two faculty members chosen for the honor share similar traits of innovative leadership, internationally recognized scholarship and service to the university and their respective fields.

“Marie Harvey and Bill Ripple exemplify what we hope all of our faculty will strive to become as they develop their careers,” Randhawa said. “They both have revolutionized their fields, drawing respect and admiration not only from their colleagues on campus, but from around the world.”

Harvey is widely known for her pioneering work in reproductive and sexual health, shifting the research from an exclusive focus on women to one that examines the relationship dynamics of couples as it applies to both pregnancy and disease prevention. That shift, along with Harvey’s work in diversity and equity, prompted the American Public Health Association to present her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I am very pleased that Marie Harvey is being honored with the Distinguished Professor title,” said Tammy Bray, dean of OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “In addition to her scholarly contributions to the field of public health, I most appreciate her leadership and partnership with me in the effort to transform our college to become the first accredited school of public health in Oregon.”

Harvey has been a faculty member at OSU since 2003 and associate dean of the college since 2011. Her title is Distinguished Professor of Public Health.

Ripple began his career studying old-growth forests and spotted owls and evolved his research to look at the impact of predators. His work led to a new field called “trophic cascades” – or how large predators exert powerful influences on ecosystem structure and function. Examples include the influence of wolves in Yellowstone Park on everything from the composition of hardwood forests to streamside erosion.

His prominence as an ecologist has led to consulting efforts with the National Academy of Sciences, The White House, President Clinton’s Forest Summit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others. Ripple will be Distinguished Professor of Ecology.

“Bill Ripple has been a fantastic teacher and researcher in the College of Forestry and well deserves being named a Distinguished Professor,” said Thomas Maness, dean of the college. “He is an internationally known leader in the ecology of top predators and his studies on the impact of gray wolves in Yellowstone, along with co-author (OSU professor emeritus) Robert Beschta, have been featured in numerous scientific journals and in popular media. They have directly impacted conservation research and policies.”

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 Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-2111; Sabah.Randhawa@oregonstate.edu

OSU Board of Trustees elects initial leadership

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees, in its first meeting since being confirmed by the Oregon Senate in November, on Thursday unanimously elected Patricia “Pat” Reser of Beaverton, Ore., as initial chairwoman.

The board also voted Darald “Darry” Callahan of San Rafael, Calif., as initial vice-chairman. The positions are being listed as “initial” until the board becomes official under state law on July 1.

Reser is board chair of Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc., a family-owned fresh refrigerated food company. A retired employee of the Beaverton School District, she is one of three co-chairs of OSU’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee and is serving her third term as an OSU Foundation Trustee.

Callahan is former president of Chevron Chemical Company, and served as executive vice president of Power, Chemicals and Technology for ChevronTexaco Corp. from 2001 until his retirement in 2003. He is a former chair of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees also created three initial committees:

  • The Academic Strategies Committee will be chaired by Paul Kelly of Portland; Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes of Portland is vice chair;
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will be chaired by Kirk Schueler of Bend; Elson Floyd of Pullman, Wash., is vice chair;
  • The Executive and Audit Committee will be chaired by Reser; Callahan is vice chair.

The board approved Meg Reeves, OSU’s general counsel, as board secretary. It also approved a series of bylaws guiding its actions.

Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing at OSU, said the primary purpose of this first meeting of the board has been to orient the board with the university, introduce the members to their roles and responsibilities, and allow them to get acquainted with one another.

The board meeting will continue on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center.

More information about the OSU Board of Trustees is available online at: http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees

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

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OSU to close on Monday as icy conditions persist

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will close its main campus on Monday, Dec. 9, as packed snow from a storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow – and temperatures dipping into single digits – have combined to create hazardous driving and even walking conditions.

Monday is the first day of finals week for fall term.

OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa said the closure may result in some inconvenience for students, but “the safety of all is our first priority.”

“We ask for everyone’s continued patience and understanding regarding this weather-related closure,” Randhawa said.  “We also ask for everyone’s continued use of good judgment when it comes to traveling even short distances in these frigid conditions.”

The OSU Registrar’s Office is working to establish a new schedule for finals that originally were set for Monday. The new schedule will be posted after 8 p.m. Sunday at: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/

Monday’s shutdown includes the Valley Library at OSU, which will be closed all day.

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Steve Clark, 503-502-8217; steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

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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Printmaker Minna Resnick to speak at OSU Jan. 25

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Printmaker Minna Resnick will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk will be held in Room 13 at the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 6 p.m. in the same location.

Resnick is the 2018 Norma Seibert Printmaking Artist. She will be in residence on campus that week and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student artwork. She will also create one of three prints that will be available to patrons who support the OSU Norma Seibert Printmaking Scholarship, awarded in the spring.

A native of New York City now based in Ithaca, New York, Resnick has work in more than 60 public and private collections and in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of New York, the Denver Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and many more. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two New York Foundation for Arts Fellowships.

Her work in lithography and drawing has always focused on language. Early works examined body language and non-verbal communication to explore the narrative. Current work uses actual text as the impetus for conception. Language connects and gives substance to the pictorial imagery, as well as providing titles for much of the work.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and www.minnaresnick.com.

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Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006, yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

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New concert hall at Oregon State University to honor Portland-area arts advocate

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a gift commitment from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn to build a new concert hall that will allow for more intimate music performances on the Corvallis campus.

The $2 million gift accelerates an initiative to develop a new $60 million arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus. The concert hall will be part of the complex, which will be created through the expansion of the LaSells Stewart Center.

The acoustically superior hall is expected to seat 400 to 600 people and will become the university’s primary space for public music performances by students, faculty and guest artists, including choir concerts, piano recitals,  chamber music, vocal recitals and more. The space also will double as a classroom. 

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Detricks and are thrilled that the new concert hall will honor Lynne,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She cared deeply about making the arts accessible to everyone, and she was determined OSU would have facilities that match the excellence of our music program. With the help of this very generous gift, we will do so.”

Detrick, a teacher and writer who graduated from Oregon State in 1968, co-founded Music and Arts Partners (MAP), an organization that supports arts education in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. 

She and her husband, George, also made gifts supporting OSU’s music programs, investing in instruments, technology, arts entrepreneurship and athletic bands. Lynne Detrick passed away in December 2016, six months after being diagnosed with cancer.

The concert hall, which will be named for Lynne Detrick, will provide the university with an intimate space designed for music performance that is unlike any existing space on campus. While the 1,200-seat Austin Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center is suited for large ensembles such as the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, most choir concerts are held in venues off campus. 

“We want Lynne Detrick Hall to be recognized up and down the coast as one of the most beautiful places to hear music, both visually/aesthetically and acoustically,” said Steven Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music and director of choral studies at Oregon State. “It will be a space that encourages students to make music, and that encourages audiences to hear it and be changed by it.”

The new arts complex, expected to open in 2022, will bring together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts to form a center of creativity infused with science and technology. 

Austin Auditorium will be enhanced, and plans include spaces for theater classes and performances. Other areas will be devoted to classrooms designed for a media-rich environment; practice rooms and spaces for choir, symphony and band rehearsal; shop space equipped for work with sound, lights, animation and video; faculty offices and seminar rooms. 

More than $27 million has been raised toward the $30 million fundraising goal for the arts and education complex. The university will seek future approvals for $30 million in state bonds, providing a total of $60 million for the initiative.

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Larry Rodgers, 541-737-4581, Larry.Rodgers@oregonstate.edu; Jill Cassidy, 541-737-6126, Jill.Cassidy@osufoundation.org

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Lynne Detrick

OSU’s online bachelor’s programs earn fourth straight top 10 ranking from U.S. News

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Driven by the expertise of its faculty and an award-winning faculty development program, Oregon State University has been named one of the nation’s 10 best providers of online education for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.

In a report released today, Oregon State Ecampus ranks sixth out of more than 350 higher education institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. OSU improved two spots from last year’s list.

The full rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com/online-education.

Schools were evaluated based on four criteria: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Overall, Oregon State scored 93 points out of 100.

“This national recognition reinforces our commitment to developing innovative ways for people to learn and teach,” said Lisa L. Templeton, associate provost for OSU’s Division of Extended Campus. “We’re focused on providing adult learners with access to learning opportunities that challenge them and help them improve their lives and the communities around them.”

As in previous years, Oregon State received its highest marks from U.S. News & World Report for its methods of preparing faculty to teach online. The university received a score of 94 in the category, which ranks in the top 5 percent among schools on the list.

OSU Ecampus partners with more than 700 OSU faculty members and has earned national acclaim for the quality of its faculty development program. The close-knit collaboration between instructors and Ecampus staff has helped Oregon State stretch the boundaries of what’s possible in delivering an education.

“I’ve become something of an ambassador for online education among my peer instructors, particularly those at other institutions,” said Brian Sidlauskas, an associate professor in the fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s program who is developing a 3-D fish model database. “Most other ichthyology professors initially assume that it is impossible to teach these classes without access to physical specimens, at least until I show them what we are accomplishing.”

OSU Ecampus delivers 22 bachelor’s degrees online including business administration and a post-baccalaureate program in computer science. An additional 27 OSU graduate degree and certificate programs are offered online and in a hybrid (online/face-to-face) format.

In the 2016-17 academic year, 21,400 Oregon State students took at least one Ecampus class online. That figure includes adult learners in all 50 states and more than 50 countries as well as campus-based students.

U.S. News also recognized Oregon State’s online industrial engineering master’s program as being among the best of its kind in the nation. The fully online program, which has a focus on engineering management, is ranked No. 26 nationally.

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By Tyler Hansen, 520-312-1276; tyler.hansen@oregonstate.edu


Lisa L. Templeton, 541-737-1279; lisa.l.templeton@oregonstate.edu

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Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen to read at OSU Jan. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Wen’s book, “A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause,” was published by Sarabande in 2017 and features a book-length essay about the mime Marcel Marceau. Wen’s writing has also appeared in journals such as Seneca Review, Iowa Review, The New Inquiry and White Review, as well as in the anthology “City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis.” 

Her radio work has appeared on “This American Life,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Marketplace,” and she is a producer for the nonprofit, educational media production company “Youth Radio,” where she works with teenagers to produce news stories for local and national outlets. Her video work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University.

Wen is a graduate of Brown University and the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. She was born in Beijing, China, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, and currently resides in San Francisco. 

The 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. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The Lab Theatre entrance is on the east side of the building.

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

Japanese prints on display in OSU’s Fairbanks and Memorial Union Concourse galleries

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “East Comes West,” a two-part exhibition of prints from the Atelier Outotsu printmaking studio of Japan, is underway in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery and will also appear in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in January.

In all 29 artists are represented in the two shows. The exhibit in the Memorial Union Concourse will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit in the Fairbanks Gallery will run Jan. 2 through Feb. 1.

An informal reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Fairbanks Gallery. A formal reception, talk and video presentation on Atelier Outotsu by Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of printmaking at OSU, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Both events are free and open to the public. 

The exhibition comes from the city of Nishinomiya, located between Osaka and Kobe. It is comprised of 115 prints, divided into two exhibitions, curated by Hiratsuka and Kaoru Higashi of Japan. Atelier Outotsu is a non-profit printmaking studio founded in 1975 by Ritsuo Kanno, who studied etching at the Atelier 17 in Paris and was influenced by S.W. Hayter.

“The studio specializes in the intaglio printmaking process but also offers courses in lithography, relief and monotype printing. It is a place where community artists go to work, share technical and creative processes and ideas, and it has organized a number of exhibitions for its members and guest artists,” said Hiratsuka, who visited there last winter and invited the printmakers to exhibit in Corvallis.

Prints from the show are available for sale and range in price from $20 to $2,200. They can be purchased by contacting the gallery coordinators: Susan Bourque, Memorial Union Concourse Gallery, susan.bourque@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6371; or Andrew Nigon, Fairbanks Gallery, andrew.nigon@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4880.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Memorial Union is located at 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way. It is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery is located at 220 S.W. 26th Street, and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every third Thursday for the Corvallis Art Walk.

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Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006 or yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

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‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ to be presented in Corvallis Jan. 27

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Grammy-nominated artist Mona Golabek will perform in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The show is based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport; A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival,” by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. It is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, and tells the true story of her mother, Lisa Jura, who was a young Jewish musician whose dreams were interrupted by the Nazi regime.

In the show, Golabek performs pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, as she shares her mother’s true story of survival. The performance is adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

Golabek, an American concert pianist, has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She has been the subject of several documentaries, including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Golabek’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye.

Golabeck founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America.

The performance is part of the SAC Presents performing arts series, presented by the School of Arts & Communication in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. The goal of the series is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and performances to the community.

The show will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $35 and $45 in advance and $40 and $50 at the door. They can be purchased online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication-presents

OSU students will be admitted for free with their ID card and may pick up a reserved ticket in advance in 309A Fairbanks Hall. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply; SNAP participants with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets for $5 each at the door. For more information, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances, through their Parent’s Night Out program. Children must be 3 or older and fully potty-trained. Advance registration is required for child care. More information, including reservation and pricing details, are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents.

Beginning at 6 p.m., food, beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from Valley Catering in the lobby of the Lasells Stewart Center.. Food and beverages are also allowed in the Austin Auditorium. 

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.snelller@oregonstate.edu

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