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Zielke named Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Steven M. Zielke, a professor of music who is widely recognized as a leader in choral studies, has been appointed as the first Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music at Oregon State University.

This endowed professorship was created by Pat Reser, an OSU alumna from the class of 1960, to advance the arts at Oregon State. Reser co-chairs The Campaign for OSU and is a trustee of both the OSU Foundation and university. The funds from this endowed professorship will provide Zielke with recurring discretionary funds to expand his academic efforts, the choral program and its students.

“Honoring Steven Zielke with this professorship is a tribute to his nationally recognized talent as a choral conductor, as well as his leadership in his profession,” said Lawrence Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “He is a gift to our community and the youth in our state.”

Zielke, who arrived at Oregon State with his wife, Nicola, in 1999, is the director of choral studies at Oregon State. He also directs the OSU Chamber Choir and teaches choral conducting and choral music pedagogy. He earned his doctoral and master's degrees in choral conducting from Florida State University.

“I am incredibly honored by this recognition, which represents a new high point for my career,” said Zielke. “It’s such a great honor for our arts programs to have the support of such a visionary philanthropist as Pat Reser.”

Prior to his graduate work, Zielke received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and taught middle and high school choral music in the Kansas public schools. Following his graduate work, Zielke was the associate director of choirs at the University of Arizona where he conducted the Symphonic Choir.

Zielke is a frequent clinician and guest conductor and has recently worked in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nebraska, Missouri, Nevada and Kansas. He also guest conducted the Academic Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Tübingen Chamber Singers in Tübingen, Germany.

Choirs under his direction have appeared at state, regional, and national conferences, as well as the Festival of Light in Bulgaria and the Prague Musica Ecumenica concert series.

Zielke has been an officer of the Oregon chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, the Oregon Music Educators Association and is a contributing editor to Walton Music, a longtime publisher of choral music. He is also the founder and music director of the Corvallis Repertory Singers, a semi-professional ensemble devoted to exemplary performances of the finest in choral literature. Additionally, he serves as the director of music at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis.

The gift is part of The Campaign for OSU, the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Guided by OSU’s strategic plan, the campaign has raised more than $970 million of its $1 billion goal, including more than $100 million for faculty positions, to provide opportunities for students, strengthen Oregon communities and conduct research that changes the world.

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Celene Carillo, 541-737-2137; celene.carillo@oregonstate.edu

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Older, wealthier Oregonians most likely to take water conservation seriously

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A survey about water use and attitudes toward conservation among Oregonians has found that older, more affluent residents are most likely to take steps to conserve water.

Contrary to some past research, the Oregon State University analysis did not find significantly more conservation behavior among younger residents, those with more education, or those who live in urban, as opposed to rural settings.

The findings, published in The Social Science Journal, outline some of the challenges policy makers may face in motivating more people to conserve water, as the state increasingly will struggle to keep up with demand in the future.

“This research showed that most Oregonians clearly understand we are going to face water shortages in the future, although most of them say they haven’t yet been affected by this,” said Erika Wolters, an instructor of political science in the OSU College of Liberal Arts, which supported this study.

“We expected to find young people more involved in water conservation, but actually found the opposite,” Wolters said. “Gender also didn’t appear to play much of a role. Water conservation was most closely associated with age and income, possibly the ability to afford water-saving devices and interest in reducing costs.

“Those with higher income may also have more time and resources to commit to the environmental causes they believe in,” she added.

The report suggested that if higher income is predictive of water conservation behavior, then efforts to motivate such behavior may need to consider discussion of rebates, incentives or other programs that would appeal to lower-income residents.

The study also concluded, however, that some water-saving practices are fairly common by many people of all ages, incomes and situations – things like washing full loads of laundry, repairing leaky faucets, watering plants less often.

Both climate change and population growth in Oregon and the West are expected to place much greater demands upon limited water supplies in the future, the report noted. And although Oregon has a reputation for being an environmentally progressive state – it was named number two in “America’s Greenest States” in one 2007 survey – it’s not as certain whether environmental attitudes will always translate directly into behavior.

This study of 808 Oregonians tried to determine what sociodemographic factors were most closely linked to water conservation behavior. It did find that most residents understand there’s a problem, and a majority of them take at least some personal steps to save water. But unlike some other research, the analysis did not find that young, female and urban residents were the ones most likely to conserve water. Only higher income was predictive of that behavior.

The research ultimately concluded that neither attitudes nor sociodemographics could completely predict environmental behavior, and that old, established habits and issues of self-identity may play a large role.

 

 

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Ethnic identification helps Latina adolescents resist media barrage of body images

The study this story is based on is available online: http://bit.ly/1jKMGql

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A strong sense of ethnic identity can help Latina girls feel positive about their body and appearance, a new study concludes, even as this group slips further into dissatisfaction with themselves when compared to a media-filled world of unrealistic images of thin white women.

Identification and pride in their ethnic background can act as a partial buffer against a deluge of advertisements, magazines, television shows and movies that show white women in sexualized roles, researchers said, and help teenage girls feel more comfortable with themselves and their appearance.

Scientists say anything that can help is necessary as sensitive young teenagers compare themselves to an onslaught of thin and glamorous models portrayed by the media, and suffer as a result. One out of every two advertisements featuring women depicts them as sex objects.

Some past research has suggested that women of color were less vulnerable to concerns about body image, but the latest studies found that Latina girls are reporting body dissatisfaction at a rate similar to that of Caucasian girls.

“We’re in a perfect storm of dissatisfaction,” said Elizabeth Daniels, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University–Cascades.

“This is a serious problem among girls, and our media environment and consumer culture has been making it worse for some time,” said Daniels, who is an expert on gender, body image and youth development. “The issue of young teenagers feeling bad about their appearance is so prevalent that we now call it normative. In other words, it’s normal to feel dissatisfied with your body.”

Most adults have more real-life experience to help protect them, Daniels said, but impressionable adolescents too often feel seriously unhappy with their appearance, think about their bodies constantly, and are easily persuaded to buy the latest beauty products that advertisers tell them will help. For some, severe dissatisfaction can turn into an eating disorder.

But in this research, which studied 118 Latina girls ages 13-18, scientists found that a stronger sense of ethnic identity helped some girls feel positive about themselves. The analysis was done by showing images of white women taken from advertisements to separate groups of girls. Some images were “sexualized” in settings, such as wearing bikinis or lingerie; and others had more conventional, fully-clothed poses. The girls then created statements about how they visualized themselves.

Those who included reference to their ethnic identity – by saying something like “I am Latina” or “I am Hispanic” – tended to view themselves overall more positively. But Daniels pointed out that while the association with ethnicity appears to be helpful and partially protective, it’s not a panacea.

“Media images are typically very idealized, done with white women, using lots of makeup and photo techniques, and they create a great pressure on young women to live up to this ideal,” Daniels said. “They see more than five hours a day of this unrealistic depiction on television and elsewhere, and it’s a tall order for them to just ignore it. Even the model, Cindy Crawford, once said that ‘I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.’”

However, this study indicates that cultural pride can help. One participant in the study wrote in her statements that “I am a proud Latina” and “I am not a skinny toothpick and proud of it.”

The new findings were recently published in Body Image, a professional journal, by researchers from OSU and Gallaudet University.

The researchers also cautioned that the buffering effect of ethnic identity might not stand up when Latina girls are exposed to Latina media models – instead of the white women that dominate traditional advertising. Girls with strong ethnic identity might be especially vulnerable to the negative effects of viewing idealized media images of Latina women, the report concluded.

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Elizabeth Daniels, 541-322-3186

Celebrated memoirist Nick Flynn to read at OSU on Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Flynn is the author of three memoirs including “The Reenactments” (2013), “The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment” (2010) and “Another … Night in Suck City” (2004). Flynn is also the author of three books of poetry.

Of Flynn’s most recent memoir, “The Reenactments,”  Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Flynn’s determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work.” Clea Simon of The Boston Globe said Flynn’s writing is “always specific and honest” and “dryly funny.”

His award-winning memoir “Another … Night in Suck City” was turned into the movie “Being Flynn,” starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano. That book recounted his unusual relationship with his alcoholic father and the suicide of his mother.

Flynn, 52, is a professor of poetry and married to actress Lili Taylor.

Flynn has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center.

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to Oregon State University. The program is made possible by support from The Valley Library, 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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Author Paul Bogard to read from his book on Oct. 9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Paul Bogard, author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” will read from his book on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at the library, located at 645 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

The event is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word and Friends of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

In his book, Bogard examines the night and how people experience it, traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Walden Pond, and the Canary Islands to explore degrees of darkness. After talking to astronomers, lighting professionals, nurses, and other night-time workers, Bogard writes about the cultural, social and health implications of a night that’s getting brighter every minute, thanks in part to parking lot lights and streetlights.

Publishers Weekly wrote: “Even readers unable to tell Orion from the Big Dipper will find a new appreciation for the night sky after spending some time with this terrific book.”

A native of Minnesota, Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is also editor of the anthology “Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.” 

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Carly Lettero, 541-737-6198

Poet and essayist Ross Gay to read at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Poet and essayist Ross Gay will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. 

Gay is the author of “Against Which” and “Bringing the Shovel Down.” His 2015 poetry collection, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” won the Kingsley Tufts Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the Ohioana Book Award and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

He is also the co-author of the chapbooks, or small collections of poetry, “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens” with Aimee Nezhukumatathil and “River” with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. Gay has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

Gay holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a doctorate in English from Temple University. He teaches at Indiana University. He is a founding editor of the online sports magazine “Some Call it Ballin’ ” and an editor of the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press. He is also a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice project.

This reading is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film 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.

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

OSU choral program presents annual Orange & Black Scholarship Benefit Concert

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University choral program will present the Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

 The Orange & Black Concert is an annual tradition featuring the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers. All proceeds from the performance benefit the OSU Choral and Vocal Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established to provide financial support for students demonstrating outstanding professional potential in vocal and choral music. Contributions to the fund help support students’ educational costs and help bring top musical talent to study at Oregon State University.

 The OSU Meistersingers, under the baton of Russell Christensen, will open the program with five popular works: “Sound the Trumpet” by Henry Purcell; Johannes Brahms’ “Mainacht;” “Echoes (I am Hope)” by Daniel Elder; Gaetano Donizetti’s rousing “Song of the Regiment;” and Gary Ruschman’s arrangement of “Run On!”

Sandra Babb will lead OSU’s women’s choir, Bella Voce, in a set of original and arranged songs: “Spirit of Life” by Chris Aspaas; Kim Andre Arneson’s “Love’s Onward Journey;” “On a Rock” by Michele Kaschub; “Nigra Sun” by the internationally-renowned cellist Pablos Casals; and “Voice in the Wind” by Sarah Quartel.

The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke, will close the performance. The Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble on campus, consisting of 40 to 45 selected students who perform the finest in choral music repertoire.

The Chamber Choir set includes: “Indonana,” a traditional South African work arranged for choir; Hugo Distler’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied;” Eric Whitacre’s “Sainte-Chapelle,” a work composed in celebration of the famed Tallis Scholars; an arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning;” and A.R. Rahman’s tongue-twisting “Balleilakka.”

General admission seating is $10. OSU students with identification and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2lymoja. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671.

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

Tickets available for Naomi Klein lecture at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Tickets are now available for an April 5 lecture by writer and cultural critic Naomi Klein, who will speak at Oregon State University’s LaSells Stewart Center.

The talk is free but tickets are required; tickets may be reserved online at http://bit.ly/2lts6a9. The lecture begins at 7 p.m., with exhibits on display in the lobby starting at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word; the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative; Office of Sustainability; College of Science; Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative; School of Public Policy; and the School of History, Philosophy, Religion. It is free and open to all. 

Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of several international best-selling books, including “This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate,” “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” and “No Logo.”

“This Changes Everything” won the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. The documentary inspired by the book, and directed by Avi Lewis, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015.

Since that book was published, Klein’s primary focus has been on putting its ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada's Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The manifesto has been endorsed by more than 200 organizations, tens of thousands of individuals, and has inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world. In November 2016, she was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize.

Leading up to her visit to OSU, the Spring Creek Project will host a reading and discussion group on Klein’s latest book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate.” The group will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15, March, 1 and March 15 at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 128 S.W. 9th St. The reading and discussion group is free and open to the public.

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, Charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger to speak at OSU Feb. 16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger, a native of North Dakota who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation, will give a public talk on Feb. 16 at Oregon State University.

The lecture, “They Need Us More Than We Need Them,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

The event is part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series and SPARK, a year-long celebration of the arts and science.

Luger creates socially conscious work interweaving his identity as an American Indian with global issues. Luger, who is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent, creates unique, ceramic-centric, multidisciplinary artwork that tells provocative stories of complex indigenous identities coming up against 21st century imperatives, including mediation and destruction. Luger’s studio is currently based in New Mexico.

His recent work speaks to the environmental impact of energy extraction on the collective human psyche, and the political framework of unsanctioned land deals that primarily affect indigenous and rural communities and their land and water. He has spent time at Standing Rock during the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The public talk concludes a three-day residency at OSU for Luger. On Feb. 14, he will attend a “Lunch & Learn” session with students and faculty in conjunction with an OSU course on the arts and social justice. He will also present his work at the Indigenous Poetry Night, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Native American Longhouse.

On Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, Luger will be present in the art department, meeting with art faculty and students, hosting a maker’s event focused on art and activism and reviewing student portfolios.

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.

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Kerry Skarbakka, Kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1256; Charles Robinson, Charles.Robinson@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6535

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Essayist Elena Passarello to read at Oregon State University Feb. 24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Essayist Elena Passarello will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Passarello is an assistant professor of English in OSU’s School of Writing, Literature and Film. Her 2017 book, “Animals Strike Curious Poses,” is a collection of essays about celebrity animals. Her previous book, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” won the Independent Publishers’ gold medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. 

Her essays have also appeared in Oxford American, Creative Nonfiction, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies “After Montaigne,” “I’ll Tell You Mine,” and “Cat is Art Spelled Wrong.”

Passarello is a recipient of fellowships from OSU’s Center for the Humanities, Literary Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. In 2015, she received the Whiting Award in nonfiction. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa. 

Passarello has also worked for many years as an actor and voice-over performer, and now serves on the board of the NonfictionNow conference, is the nonfiction editor of Iron Horse Review and co-edits the “In-Place” nonfiction series at West Virginia University Press.

This reading is part of the 2016-2017 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, 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. 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

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