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Auditions for OSU’s fall production, ‘Inherit the Wind,’ to be held Sept. 24-25

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall production, “Inherit the Wind,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and Sept. 25 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“Inherit the Wind” is a classic American play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. The play’s fictional account of the historic trial has been a popular fixture of the American stage since its debut in 1955 and has been the basis for multiple film adaptations.

The courtroom drama depicts the complicated intersections of faith, science and identity in a changing modern world in the tight-knit community of Hillsboro.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty and community members of all ages. The cast features six principal roles and a large ensemble that will portray multiple characters, for a total of 29 roles available.

Those auditioning should be prepared for cold readings from the script, which will be available Sept. 20. Callbacks will be held Sept. 26 if needed.

Rehearsals will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technical/dress rehearsals will be held from Nov. 4 through Nov. 8. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 11, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19.

All performers must be available for all technical/dress rehearsals and performances.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Nathan Bush at Nathan.bush@oregonstate.edu

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More than 3,600 students expected to move into OSU Sunday, Sept. 17

Oregon State University will host the main day of new resident move in Sunday, Sept. 17, for students living on campus.

More than 3,600 residents are expected to arrive Sunday, many with family and friends. Increased traffic and congestion are expected around campus. More than 500 volunteers will help with move in.

In addition, more than 400 international student residents arrived on Sept. 11 and 12. And, with other students who arrived early, more than 1,000 students will already have moved into their residence halls before Sept. 17. In total, more than 4,700 students will be living on campus this year.

OSU will offer some new options in housing and dining this year, including:

-        A Living-Learning Community (LLC) in McNary Hall focused on the practice of mindfulness. OSU’s LLCs are academic programs that partner with a residential community to enhance students’ academic and leadership pursuits.

-        A new transfer student lounge in Halsell Hall, providing a community and study space for transfer students, regardless of if they live on campus..

-        Monthly sustainable seafood specials in every dining center as part of a larger initiative to source local, sustainable and organic foods whenever possible. Campus dining is open to the public, and campus visitors are encouraged to try the featured dishes, which will range from fish florentine to beer battered sole with chips.

For more information on these events and initiatives, or on volunteering to help welcome new students on Move-In Day, contact University Housing & Dining Services at 541-737-4771 or housing@oregonstate.edu.

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Jennifer Viña, 541-737-4771, Jennifer.vina@oregonstate.edu

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Author, professor Susan Jackson Rodgers to read at OSU Sept. 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Susan Jackson Rodgers, a fiction writer and associate professor of creative writing at Oregon State University, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Rodgers’ new novel, “This Must Be the Place,” is the coming-of-age story of a young woman on a cross-country road trip in 1983. The novel was published in August by Switchgrass Books, an imprint of Northern Illinois University Press. 

Rodgers’ previous books include two short story collections, “The Trouble With You Is,” and “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6.” Her fiction has also appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quick Fiction, Colorado Review and Prairie Schooner. Rodgers earned first place in the 2002 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and is the recipient of two Kansas Arts Commission Fellowships and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions.

Rodgers earned her master’s degree at Kansas State University and her master of fine arts at Bennington College. She taught at Kansas State for many years and now teaches creative writing and literature in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film, where she also directs the MFA program in creative writing. 

This reading is part of the 2017-2018 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA program in creative writing, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the 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.

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

Business incubator gears up for next cohort, welcomes five new advisory board members

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator seeks creators of new business concepts to be part of their fall cohort in the Iterate program, where startup experts help budding entrepreneurs evaluate and refine their ideas.

The Iterate application period coincides with the Accelerator’s naming five new members to its strategic advisory board, including Maggie Finnerty, executive director of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and former Oregon Republican Party chairman Allen Alley.

The one-month Iterate program kicks off Oct. 24.

“Being on the strategic advisory board is a great opportunity to work with the state’s leading research university and be part of the bridge to industry,” said Alley. “Oregon’s future depends on harnessing our world-class innovations and bringing them to global markets.”

In its four years of existence, the Accelerator has advised more than 70 program graduates who have generated more than $4.5 million in revenue and gained more than $2.3 million in equity investments, $10 million in grants, and $500,000 in loans or other financing. 

Accelerator activities have created more than 50 full-time-equivalent jobs. The Accelerator has engaged with nearly 400 entrepreneurs and startups in the region and interacted with more than 4,500 students and 130 volunteers.

Additional new members of the 15-person board are Julianne Brands of the Oregon Angel Fund; Rita Hansen, chief executive officer of OSU spinout OnBoard Dynamics; and Jennifer Brown-Dennis, dean of the OSU Graduate School.

Brian Wall, OSU’s assistant vice president for research, commercialization and industry partnering, said the board demonstrates the university’s commitment to diversity in leadership.

“Adding distinguished advisory board members such as Maggie, Julianne, Rita, Jennifer and Allen helps us continue the economic progress achieved by Accelerator companies and continues to evolve Oregon State into a 21st century land grant institution,” he said.

The Accelerator, under the direction of Mark Lieberman and Karl Mundorff, helps nascent startups develop and commercialize high-growth, innovative technologies. Through three programs – Iterate, Accelerate and Launch – the Accelerator helps OSU faculty, students, staff and the broader university community advance ideas and conduct research into products and services, guiding entrepreneurs through all phases of the commercialization process.

“Iterate is the top of our funnel,” Lieberman said. “It’s a methodology that anyone can use to understand what entrepreneurial thinking is about and to help answer the question of what comes next.”

“The main thing we teach in Iterate is how to evaluate business ideas,” Mundorff added. “The program helps you figure out whether an idea is worth your time. And almost every team iterates to some variant of their initial idea.”

The Accelerator is part of Oregon State University Advantage, which connects business people to university resources, and it is also affiliated with RAIN, the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network; RAIN is an Oregon consortium of government, higher education and the business community.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

Peace educator and activist Paul K. Chappell to speak at OSU Sept. 10

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Paul Chappell, the director of the Peace Leadership program at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will speak on “Radical Empathy and Realistic Hope” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Chappell’s focus is on the kinds of relationships between people, communities, and nations that make nuclear weapons a reality, and how we might restructure those relationships based on a better understanding of our capacity and need for empathy.

He works on what he calls “peace literacy” – a practical approach that treats peace as a skill set. He has partnered with OSU philosophy Professor Sharyn Clough to lead a team working across the U.S. and Canada to bring peace literacy to classrooms.

The peace literacy program focuses on basic concepts such as empathy, caring, trauma, healing and the human condition. It delves into why people join gangs, become white supremacists, and are driven to violence. It gives people the tools to understand this behavior and then offers a path towards peaceful change. 

“Paul Chappell is a powerful speaker with a disarmingly gentle soul,” Clough said. “The peace literacy program couldn’t be any more relevant to what’s happening in our country right now. Part of what makes him different is that he offers hope – hope for healing.”

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation was part of the recent successful campaign at the United Nations to pass the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The treaty, which passed in July, is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination.

Chappell is a West Point graduate and veteran of the war in Iraq. He’s part Korean, part black, part white, and grew up in Alabama in the 1980s. He has dealt with rage, trauma and bullying in his life and now tours the world giving workshops to people, teaching them the tools to understand and heal aggression, learn the elements of respect, and maintain empathy in difficult situations.

Chappell is also an author who has written a series of books, including his latest, “Soldiers of Peace: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence with Maximum Force.”

Inspired by Chappell, Clough and Linda Richards, who are co-directors of OSU’s Phronesis Lab, have designed a series of lectures and workshops called “A Year in Peace Literacy.” Chappell’s lecture is the keystone of the series.

The lecture will be held in the Construction and Engineering Hall in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. The event is sponsored by the OSU College of Liberal Arts School of History, Philosophy and Religion. A $5 donation at the door is suggested, but no one will be turned away because of lack of funds. Proceeds from the lecture will go to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

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Sharyn Clough, 541-738-8056, sharyn.clough@oregonstate.edu

OSU announces lineup for third season of SAC Presents

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Public radio personality Ira Glass, renowned Portland band Pink Martini and acclaimed percussionist Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble are among the performers visiting Oregon State University as part of the 2017-18 “SAC Presents” series.

SAC Presents is a visual and performing arts events series presented by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU. The 2017-18 season marks the series’ third year. The goal of the series is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and ensembles to the community.

This year’s performances include:

  • Nov. 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. – Voces 8, an a capella octet from the United Kingdom, now one of the world’s most popular vocal ensembles. The OSU Chamber choir will also perform.
  • Jan. 27, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” a performance of the true story of a young Jewish musician whose dreams were interrupted by the Nazi regime.
  • Feb. 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. - “Body and Soul,” a film by Oscar Micheaux, restored and featuring a remixed score by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, performed live with Miller and an ensemble.
  • March 17, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – “An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned.” The host of “This American Life” will mix his program live on stage, explaining the creative process and sharing lessons from his life and career.
  • April 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Colin Currie and the Oregon Symphony String Ensemble. Currie, the internationally acclaimed percussionist, brings his energy and virtuosity to the region’s premier string instrumentalists.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Pink Martini, a Portland-based group known as the “little orchestra” that features a wildly diverse, multi-lingual repertoire.
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. – Brooklyn Rider with Kayhan Kalhor. The adventurous string quartet and the master of the Persian kamancheh blur the lines between Western classical and Eastern traditional music.

All performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St.

New this year, SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances. 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.

Also new this year, food, beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be available from Valley Catering in the lobby before performances beginning at 6 p.m. Food and beverages also will be allowed in the Austin Auditorium. 

Discounted season tickets and “pick four” ticket packages are available online now at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents. Individual performance tickets will go on sale Sept. 1.  Discounted tickets for OSU students will be available when individual performance tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. If tickets remain on the evening of the performance, individuals in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets at $5 each starting one hour prior to each performance. Call for availability.

For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

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

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Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State receives high “Cool School” ranking from Sierra Club

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Sierra Club has released its “Cool Schools” rankings based on the ‘greenness’ of participating universities, and Oregon State has the highest green ranking of any public college in the state (private college Lewis & Clark came in 5th). Oregon State is listed as 20th in the nation.

The Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the nation. The award honors more than 200 colleges that are helping to solve climate problems and making significant efforts to integrate sustainability into their teaching, research and engagement and to operate sustainably. Evaluations were based on survey information provided by the participating schools. The raw data for scoring came from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS self-reporting tool, plus a supplemental question about fossil fuel investments.

Brandon Trelstad, sustainability officer for Oregon State, said that the university’s continued commitment to sustainability has led to a number of honors from national organizations over the years.

“We continue to prioritize our work to reduce our carbon footprint. Things like conserving energy and recycling and repurposing materials to keep them out of the landfill help support carbon emission reductions and offer numerous co-benefits,” Trelstad said. “I continue to consider myself lucky to do sustainability work at Oregon State and in the Pacific Northwest. Being green is part of OSU’s ethos, we consider ourselves good stewards of the planet and being a ‘Cool School’ highlights this work.”

The Sierra Club noted innovative research at OSU, calling out assistant professor Chad Higgins’ research into the impact on soil moisture from ground mounted solar panels, and the benefits of growing food there. Higgins’ preliminary findings indicated a co-benefit for the panels as well – cooler temperatures, which means more electricity production from the panels.

“Based on my casual summertime observations at our six-acre solar array,” Trelstad said, “it didn’t surprise me that the ground under panels might be good for some food crops. But I was elated to learn that growing crops could also increase solar production. This is the kind of synergy we look for in sustainability work; systems thinking and looking for co-benefits across those systems.”

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Brandon Trelstad, 541-737-3307; brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu

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University hosts thousands for eclipse watch party to kick off OSU150 celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University officially launched OSU150 – a 15-month-long celebration of its founding – with a solar eclipse watch party on Monday that drew as many as 5,000 visitors to Student Legacy Park, and hundreds more to other locations around campus.

Additionally, close to 1,000 people watched the eclipse in Culver, and nearly 100 more in Bend as part of activities hosted by OSU-Cascades. The Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport also offered eclipse presentations in the days leading up to the event.

Visitors from all over the country, as well as from many nations around the world, came to the OSU campus in Corvallis, which was the first university in the United States in the path of totality for the eclipse. The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience on the university’s main campus Aug. 19-21 featured exhibits, talks, activities and entertainment.

“I think most people here would agree that the eclipse lived up to its billing,” said Steve Clark, OSU’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing. “It really was a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime event that both awed and humbled people. The crowd cheered when the moon fully blocked the sun, and again when the sun began to emerge.”

Because hotel rooms in Oregon sold out months ago, Oregon State University opened some of its campus lodging for visitors and nearly 2,000 people stayed in 900 residence hall rooms and suites. Those guests came from some two dozen different states as far away as Florida, Hawaii and Texas, as well as several nations, including Australia, Germany and Ireland.

Clark said this was only the second time OSU officials could confirm closing the university for an event that was not weather-related. The university closed and classes were cancelled on Monday, Nov. 25, 1963, as part of a day of mourning over the death of President John F. Kennedy.

OSU also cancelled classes, but did not close the university, on Friday, May 8, 1970, for discussion and reflection over the Kent State University shootings.

Several research groups took advantage of the rare total eclipse to participate in research projects on campus and at the Oregon coast. Students from Linn-Benton Community College and OSU launched balloons from aboard the research vessel Pacific Storm to gather some of the first images of the eclipse reaching the continent.

And on campus, researchers and students from OSU and several other universities launched balloons from Peavy Field on the west end of campus.

The OSU150 celebration will continue over the next several months, culminating with the official 150th anniversary in October of 2018. An exhibit commemorating the university’s achievements during those 150 years will open in February at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland.

For more information on OSU150, go online at: oregonstate.edu/150

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808, (cell: 503-502-8217), steve.clark@oregonstate.edu

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Lady Dottie and the Diamonds to perform Aug. 20 during the eclipse festival

CORVALLIS, Ore – Award-winning classic rock and soul blues band Lady Dottie and the Diamonds will perform an outdoor concert Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Memorial Union Quad at Oregon State University.

The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band, a Corvallis-based blues and folk group, will open the show. The concert is one of the events planned during the three-day The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience, which will be held on campus Aug. 19-21.

General admission tickets are available for $15 online at Ticket Tomato. Admission is free for OSU students with ID and children under 10.

Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or low chairs for seating, which begins at 6:30 p.m. 

The concert kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with The Plaehn-Hino Blues Band’s blend of folk music and acoustic and electric blues. Founding members Dave Plaehn and Jeff Hino have been performing since 1990, exploring the interplay of blues harmonica, steel slide guitar and vocals.    

Next, concertgoers can dance, sing and reminisce with Lady Dottie and the Diamonds. The San Diego-based band will perform hits from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding and Diana Ross.

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The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience highlights the university’s lead role for the Oregon NASA Space Grant and is the start of a 15-month celebration of OSU’s 150th anniversary.

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OSU summer choir presents eclipse-themed ‘The Path of Totality’ concert Aug. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University summer choir will present “The Path of Totality,” an eclipse-themed concert, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

In celebration of the upcoming solar eclipse and as part of the “OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience,” the concert program will explore a range of music from baroque to present. Works include excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” “Samson” and “Israel in Egypt;” Haydn’s “Creation;” Mendelssohn’s “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star;” Abbie Benitis’ “Lumen;” “My Song in the Night” by Paul Christenson; “Bright Morning Stars” by Sean Kirchner; Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night;” “Lux Aeterna” by Tom Porter; “True Light” by Caldwell and Ivory; and “Lux Beatissima” by OSU music alumnus Joshua Rist.

The OSU summer choir is an annual tradition that brings together students, staff and community members. It also serves as a learning laboratory for graduate music education students. Steven Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State, facilitates the ensemble and mentors the five graduate conductors, Danika Locey, Terence Madlangbayan, Emma Nissen, Francis Sefton and Joseph Mikkelson, who lead the ensemble in performance.

Tickets are $10 for general admission; OSU students, K-12 students and guests who purchased lodging packages for the OSU eclipse event will be admitted free on a space available basis. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply.  

Advance tickets are available at: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/events/music/osu-summer-choir-path-totality. Accommodations requests relating to a disability may be made by contacting Erin Sneller at 541-737-5592 or erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu at least one week in advance.

“The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience” is the start of a 15-month celebration of OSU’s 150th anniversary.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671