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OSU’s “Great Move-Out” donation drive expands off-campus; volunteers sought

CORVALLIS, Ore. – To reduce abandoned items in residential areas, increase neighborhood livability, and promote sustainability, Oregon State University and community stakeholders are coordinating two move-out donation drives for students living both on and off campus. 

The Great Move-Out: Off-Campus Donation Drive will help students donate and recycle items they no longer want. A range of items will be accepted, including mattresses, furniture, electronics, office/school supplies, books, and kitchen and household wares. This effort is modeled after the annual Residence Hall Move Out Donation Drive that diverted 23,000 pounds of materials from landfills last year. This year’s on-campus goal is 24,000 pounds.

Both drives begin in June.

The off-campus event is June 14, from 4-8 p.m., and June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Grace Lutheran Church Parking Lot at the corner of Kings Boulevard and Harrison Street, and is for OSU students only. 

The residence hall drive takes place May 30 through June 20. Discarded items will benefit local non-profits and other charity organizations. Items accepted for donation include: clothing, unopened and non-perishable food, toiletries (may be partially used), household items like décor or lamps, electronics (broken or otherwise) and furniture.

Sierra Prior, a first-year master of public health student in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences, and special project assistant for Corvallis Community Relations, is spearheading the inaugural off-campus drive.

“Our first step was to bring together stakeholders from the OSU and Corvallis communities to mitigate one of the biggest problems in Corvallis at the end of spring – trash,” Prior said. “Then we started brainstorming ways to divert as much as possible from ending up in a landfill.”

Due to the high volume of donations that are anticipated, Corvallis Community Relations, Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are seeking volunteers to assist by sorting incoming items or by going out with the crew to collect donated items and recyclables from the residence halls.

  • Volunteers are needed for the Residence Hall event for various shifts between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 8-20;
  • Volunteers are need for the off-campus event, with shifts from 3 to 9 p.m. on June 14, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 15. Volunteer training will be provided on site. 

Information on how to volunteer or donate items for the residence hall drive, as well as a full list of the donation recipients, may be found at http://tiny.cc/donation-drive

Donations for the residence hall drive may be put into donation bins, which are located on the ground floor of every residence hall. Food and toiletries must be bagged. Larger items that do not fit in hall lobbies, such as wood bed loft kits and furniture, may be set next to dumpsters outside.

“We have heard from students that they often have more in their room than they can or wish to bring home with them at the end other year,” said Andrea Norris, marketing and development coordinator for Campus Recycling and Surplus Property. “This program makes it easy for them to donate those items in their hall and relay them to non-profits that can keep them in use and benefit the community.”

This year the off-campus event is working with Benton Habitat for Humanity, Furniture Share, Old Mill Center, Community Outreach Inc., and OSU Folk Club Thrift Store. These organizations also previously participated in the residence halls event. Key community stakeholders including Republic Services, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Rental Property Management Group, and the City of Corvallis guided the planning process for establishing the new off-campus event.

For more information on the off-campus drive, see  http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/ccr or contact CCR (ccr@oregonstate.edu) or OSU Campus Recycling (Andrea.Norris@oregonstate.edu).

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OSU to hold public forum May 24 in Corvallis on new building at Hatfield Marine Science Center

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A community forum regarding Oregon State University’s engineering and construction plans for a marine studies building on the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus in Newport will be held Wednesday, May 24, in Corvallis.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on OSU’s Corvallis campus in LaSells Stewart Center’s Agricultural Sciences Room. The meeting also will be live streamed at: ­­­­­http://bit.ly/2rjRmC5

Oregon State University has launched a Marine Studies Initiative, a new research and teaching model to help sustain healthy oceans and ensure wellness, environmental health and economic prosperity for coastal communities.

“A component of the Marine Studies Initiative includes the construction of a research and teaching facility – the Marine Studies Building on the HMSC campus – and student housing at another location in Newport,” said Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing.

“The workshop is an opportunity to hear how the university will ensure that the design, engineering and construction of the Marine Studies Building and student housing meet or exceed the earthquake and tsunami performance and safety commitments that OSU President Ed Ray has made.”

The workshop will include an update on the work of a project oversight committee, as well as updates by the project’s architect and the chair of an independent, third-party technical peer review panel, Clark said.

The meeting also will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

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

Oregon State alum, noted philanthropist to give OSU commencement address

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, who headed to Oregon State University in 1963 with only $100 in his pocket and graduated to become a highly successful business leader and philanthropist in Turkey and throughout Europe, will return to his alma mater to give the 2017 commencement address.

OSU’s commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, at Reser Stadium. Tickets are not required; more information is available at: http://commencement.oregonstate.edu//

Özyeğin, who was born in Turkey, came to the United States after graduating from Robert College, an elite academy in Istanbul. He graduated from OSU with a degree in civil engineering in 1967 after serving as president of the Associated Students of Oregon State University his senior year, and went on to earn an MBA at Harvard University.

The OSU alumnus has made significant contributions to the global community with extensive work in social entrepreneurship, education, women’s rights, equity, child and youth development, and arts and cultural preservation.

Scott Ashford, dean of OSU’s College of Engineering, said he “is thrilled” Özyeğin is returning to Corvallis.

“He’s been a gracious host to me in Turkey, and very willing to provide me with advice for the college as an industry mentor,” Ashford said. “Corvallis is still dear to his heart – in fact, he keeps a photo in his office of him and Bobby Kennedy at the Corvallis airport. Every time I’ve traveled to Turkey, he’s made time for me and asked my advice on his new university.

“Our OSU students have spent summers doing research at his university, and we have hosted his students here.”

After completing his degrees, Özyeğin returned to Turkey and began his career in banking. In 1974, he was appointed managing director of Pamukbank, and in 1987, he founded Finansbank, which quickly become one of Turkey’s most prominent and respected banks. He served as chairman of the bank between 1987 and 2010, during which it grew substantially in size and influence.

Özyeğin today is chairman of Fiba Holding A.S., Fibabanka A.S., and Credit Europe Bank (Suisse) S.A. in Geneva.

The Oregon State alumnus has not forgotten his academic origins, and in 2008 he and his foundation established Özyeğin University in Istanbul, building and fully staffing the institution from the ground up. The state-of-the-art undergraduate and graduate university is re-envisioning higher education as both highly entrepreneurial and financially accessible, and already has become Turkey’s fourth largest private university.

Özyeğin is involved in numerous civic activities, including chairing the Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation, serving on the board of the Mother and Child Education Foundation, and serving on the board of dean’s advisers for the Harvard Business School.

Oregon State will present Özyeğin with an honorary doctorate in civil engineering at commencement. The Oregon Stater alumni magazine profiled him in 2012: http://bit.ly/2qX33uH

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

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OSU to hold three-day eclipse celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will be directly in the path of this summer’s rare total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, and as a NASA Space Grant university the university is hosting a three-day eclipse celebration that includes educational events, music, movies, art and more.

From Aug. 19-21, the public is welcome to attend a series of family-friendly events culminating in a community-wide eclipse viewing party on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus. OSU also will open its residence halls for lodging reservations for the eclipse weekend.

OSU’s Corvallis campus is in the path of totality, where the sky will go dark for about two minutes starting at 10:17 a.m. The last coast-to-coast solar eclipse took place in the United States in 1918.

The OSU150 Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience is the first in a yearlong series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Oregon State’s founding in 1868. Beginning with the eclipse celebration, the events will culminate in a fall 2018 symposium.

“OSU is hosting this event as the lead institution for the Oregon NASA Space Grant and to deliver on its mission of providing education, research and public outreach to inspire the next generation of explorers,” said event organizer Jill Peters. “As Oregon’s statewide university, we also designed the event activities to share Oregon State’s enthusiasm and research and teaching expertise around the eclipse with the public and ensure they can fully experience it in a safe manner.”

For out-of-town visitors looking to secure hard-to-find accommodations during the week of the eclipse, Oregon State is offering a limited number of residence hall rooms on a first-come, first-served basis starting May 23. Those interested in reserving a lodging/dining package for Aug. 19-21 can visit oregonstate.edu/eclipse after May 23, when access to the reservation site will be available.

The package includes a minimum two nights’ lodging, dinner and breakfast in the dining halls, tickets to the concert, access to pool and gym facilities, and a commemorative tailgate blanket. As campgrounds and local hotels are already reserved for the event, visitors are encouraged to book their lodging package as soon as they are available. Two-night package prices range from $265 for a single room to $1,275 for a six-person suite. Up to two additional nights may be purchased.

The three-day eclipse celebration kicks off Aug. 19 with a photography class for those interested in capturing the eclipse, followed by exhibits and activities centered on science, space, art and astronomy. Highlights include a Mars Rover replica, an art exhibit, and a series of lectures on topics ranging from how bones are affected in space flight to how different cultures interpret astronomy. A BBQ/cocktail party, outdoor movie night and a chance to view the stars with Oregon State astronomer Randall Milstein rounds out Saturday.

Another series of activities, events and lectures will be held on Sunday, Aug. 20, including an evening outdoor concert with award-winning rock and soul band Lady Dottie & the Diamonds. Attendees will be able to dance or sing along to hits from Stevie Wonder, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Diana Ross, and more. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. 

On the day of the eclipse (Monday, Aug. 21) OSU will host a campus viewing party. The total solar eclipse can be experienced from the fields at Student Legacy Park just north of Gill Coliseum and attendees will receive free solar eclipse glasses.

The party will begin at 9 a.m. as the moon begins covering the sun, and will include outdoor games and activities for the family. After totality, attendees can view NASA's live broadcast of the eclipse as its continues east across the country. NASA-TV will be live streaming video shot from weather balloons across the country, starting from the Pacific Coast with support from a student-led team on an OSU research vessel.

Additionally, the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State is collaborating with Google on the Eclipse Megamovie 2017, a project gathering images of the solar eclipse from more than 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers across the nation. The images will be pieced together to create a continuous view of the eclipse as it passes over the United States.

For a full list of activities, times and locations, see: http://oregonstate.edu/eclipse

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Jill Peters, 503-551-2900; jill.peters@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University to hold “Take Back the Night” event

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will hold a march, rally and survivor speak-out on Thursday, April 27, in recognition of “Take Back the Night,” an event held in many locations throughout the world to raise awareness about sexual violence.

The OSU event begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Student Experience Center Plaza on the Corvallis campus. Speakers featured at this event include Brenda Tracy, Jackie Sandmeyer, and Rachel Grisham. Additionally, there will be a talk by Tracy and Sandmeyer about sexual violence on college campuses April 27, 4 p.m., in the MU Horizon Room.

“Take Back the Night” is just one event of many being held in April at Oregon State to acknowledge Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Organizers say the events provide opportunities for students, staff and faculty to declare as a community that sexual violence will not be tolerated on the OSU campus.

Oregon State is not only committed to preventing all forms of sexual violence and providing a safe campus atmosphere but also fosters a compassionate response to those who have experienced this type of violence, according to Judy Neighbours, associate director of the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC) at Oregon State.

 Sexual violence – in the form of sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking – negatively impacts the lives of survivors and those around them, Neighbours pointed out. People of all genders, races, cultural backgrounds, religions, socioeconomic levels, marital status, abilities or levels of education can experience sexual violence.

Nationally, one in five women and one in 16 men experience sexual violence while attending college. There are additional students who have experienced other forms of violence, including stalking and dating violence. 

“We know that many will not report their assault, and OSU wants students and the community to know that the university provides numerous services to students exposed to this tragic experience, regardless of their choice about reporting,” Neighbours said.

SARC offers students a safe and confidential place to discuss their experience with an advocate. The advocate can help them understand their rights for reporting and for safety, assist with any housing or academic needs that arise as a result of their experience, and refer them to Student Health Services and/or Counseling and Psychological Services.

When students do want to report their experience to the university, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access assists with investigating complaints of sexual misconduct.

For additional information, call Neighbours at 541-737-2030 or visit http://tbtn.oregonstate.edu

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Gina Flak: 541-737-2715; gina.flak@oregonstate.edu

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Judy Neighbours, 541-737-2030; judy.neighbours@oregonstate.edu

Inspired by land grant mission, state flag, OSU’s new logo emphasizes far-reaching service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University unveiled a new institutional logo and branding Monday that pays homage to OSU’s nearly 150 years of service as Oregon’s statewide university and its mission as a 21st-century land grant university.

Along with the logo and branding, Oregon State rolled out a creative marketing campaign entitled “Out There,” which emphasizes the expansive reach and relevance of the university’s statewide, national and global impacts.

The logo and branding were unveiled today during the Celebrate Oregon State event in Corvallis, with similar events planned for Wednesday in Portland and for May 3 in Bend.

“Oregon State University’s new institutional logo celebrates OSU’s near 150-year legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach and engagement,” said Steve Clark, OSU’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing.

The new logo and its academic crest tell a unique story about the university’s mission as a land, sea, space and sun grant institution. On the new logo, a beaver (the state animal, as well as OSU’s mascot) sits atop an academic crest. Inside the crest, a tree and an open book represent knowledge. The three stars represent OSU’s three campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, while also referencing Oregon as the 33rd state in the union. Finally, the year 1868 denotes OSU’s founding. The new look also offers a nod to the state of Oregon shield that is portrayed on the state flag. The crest also represents the geography of the state of Oregon.

Oregon State’s new institutional logo replaces the current orange “OSU” logo that was created in 2003. The OSU athletic logo remains as it has been since 2013.

“Establishing a refreshed visual identity with a powerful and cohesive look and feel was needed to represent the brand of the entire university,” Clark said. “This branded logo portrays the promise and product of Oregon State: high-quality teaching, research and community engagement. It also portrays a personality of a university that indelibly serves Oregon and Oregonians with a statewide mission.

“The personality traits of Oregon State and members of Beaver Nation are gritty, determined, confident, collaborative, visionary, conscientious and welcoming,” Clark said.

“OSU people are out there working throughout Oregon and around the world, determined to innovate, solve tough problems and create a future that is better, healthier, more sustainable and more just for all. The new branding reaffirms our mission to serve all Oregonians while expanding the impacts of our teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.”

Clark said universities worldwide increasingly utilize logos and branding to portray their unique identities, promise and personality.

“It is essential in the 21st century that Oregon State’s logo and brand convey the quality, relevance, leadership and access to higher education that OSU provides all Oregonians and increasingly the nation and the world,” Clark said.

For its new logo, Oregon State teamed with Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Pentagram’s experience in higher education includes working with the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Loyola Marymount University.

Meanwhile, OSU developed its refreshed brand positioning in collaboration with Ologie, a leading branding agency with extensive experience in higher education. Their clients include the University of Arizona, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

University Relations and Marketing staff and its consultants spoke with hundreds of faculty, students, prospective students, alumni, donors and other stakeholders about how they see Oregon State and how they believe the university should be represented. Those thoughts became the basis of the new logo and the refreshed branding that will change how the university looks on the web, in print and on signage.

No tuition or state funds were used to create the logo and the accompanying branding. Proceeds from the sale of licensed university merchandise and contributions from the OSU Foundation paid for this work, Clark said.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808
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Oregon State University announces plans for arts and education complex

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Building on a decade of investment in the arts, Oregon State University leaders announced plans today for a new arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus. The initiative will expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center, bringing together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts to form a center of creativity infused with science and technology.

The lead gift of $25 million comes from an anonymous donor and launches an effort to raise an additional $5 million in gifts for the project. With $30 million in private support, the university will seek future approvals for $30 million in state bonds, providing a total of $60 million for the arts and education complex. 

“This is a watershed investment in our university,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “The arts drive the culture of creativity, innovation and diversity that is essential to a thriving research environment. I believe with all my heart that a relationship with the arts is integral to the human experience. In addition to enhancing our strengths in the sciences, this initiative will enrich the education and life preparation of all our students. We owe a boundless debt of gratitude to this generous donor.”

Expected to open in 2022, the OSU arts and education complex will feature performance spaces including a new concert hall and a revitalized auditorium as well as a smaller black box theater that can be configured in multiple ways for performing and teaching. The facility also will contain 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. 

“The arts and education complex is the next major step for OSU’s development as one of America’s great land grant universities,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “At OSU we are especially interested in how art intersects with science, humanities and technology. This facility will build on these connections, transforming the way our students and our community learn, perform, innovate and communicate.”

“I am certain this new complex will join other iconic facilities that stand as testaments to the lasting impact of philanthropy on our campus – Valley Library, Austin Hall, Reser Stadium,” said Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. 

Goodwin noted that a turning point took place in early 2013 when a donor made a $5 million challenge gift to advance OSU’s performing arts programs. By the end of the year, 26 individuals, families and organizations had made gifts of at least $25,000 each. These philanthropic commitments and others resulted in more than $8 million to support scholarships, faculty, facilities, equipment and other programs in OSU’s School of Arts & Communication. This momentum in support of OSU arts programs continues to grow. In fact, over the last two years, donors have nearly doubled the amount of scholarships available for vocal music students.

Opened in 1981, the current LaSells Stewart Center has over 1,660 event bookings annually, attracting more than 150,000 attendees for academic and research conferences and cultural offerings. The Stewart Center’s 1,200-seat Austin Auditorium is often sold out for campus and community musical performances and presentations.

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Larry Rodgers, 541-737-4581, Larry.Rodgers@oregonstate.edu; Molly Brown, 541-737-3602, molly.brown@osufoundation.org

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Staying informed in a post-truth, fake news era

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Fake news has become a catch-phrase in the modern political arena, but what does it really mean? Is it a label for unethical, biased journalism or a turn-of-phrase for news that doesn’t meet one’s personal agenda? How do you spot fake news, and what do you do about it?

Scholars will explore these ideas and more in a speaker series at Oregon State University this spring.

“As a librarian, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of fake news and how to be an educated consumer of media,” said Laurie Bridges, associate professor and instruction and outreach librarian at Oregon State. “The aim of this speaker’s series is to make sense of the idea of fake news and see how media has been used to both educate and manipulate the public throughout modern history.”

Speakers will make presentations at OSU during April and May, and all lectures are all free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by OSU Libraries; OSU Press; OSU Ethnic Studies; the OSU Center for Civic Engagement; and the OSU School of History, Philosophy, and Religion.

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“Alternative Facts”

Peter Laufer, 3-4 p.m. April 27, Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

  • In an age of instant news and “alternative facts,” information consumers need easy-to-follow rules for sorting truth from lies. Award-winning journalist and University of Oregon Professor Peter Laufer will present Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, a timely antidote is offered to “fake news,” with 29 simple rules for avoiding echo chambers and recognizing misinformation.

“Fake News is the New V.D.: Verbal Deception as a Means of Manipulation”

Trischa Goodnow, 3-4 p.m., May 3, Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

  • The phrase verbal deception has been coined to better describe what has popularly become known as fake news.  OSU Professor Trischa Goodnow will discuss how fake news or verbal deception are being used in the current political climate to manipulate audiences, and the lecture will suggest a simple solution to the problem – logic and reason.

Der Stürmer, Fake News, and the Making of the "Jewish Criminal" in Nazi Germany”

Katherine Hubler, 3-4 p.m., May 11, Willamette Rooms, The Valley Library

  • National Socialist propaganda frequently spread “fake news” about European Jews, but few Nazi publications were as belligerent and unrestrained in their antisemitic attacks as Der Stürmer (The Stormtrooper), published between 1923 and 1945. Der Stürmer perpetuated the myth of Jewish criminality by soliciting public slander about German Jews—in the form of readers’ letters—and passing it off as fact.  The methods it used will be discussed by Katherine Hubler, an instructor and Ecampus coordinator with the OSU school of History, Philosophy, and Religion.

“Manufacturing 'Military Necessity’: Japanese American Internment during World War II”

Patricia Sakurai, 3-4 p.m., May 18, Willamette Rooms The Valley Library

  • In 1942, a presidential order ultimately interned 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, which a federal commission 40 years later said "was not justified by military necessity" but instead was the result of “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” OSU Associate Professor Patricia Sakurai will consider the particular convergence of misinformation, political and business interests, news media, and longstanding anti-Asian sentiment and legislation that sat just below assertions of “military necessity” during the period. 
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Beaver Nation assembles in Salem for ‘OSU Day at the Capitol’

SALEM, Ore. – Salem will take on a decidedly orange hue Thursday, April 20, for OSU Day at the Capitol as Beaver Nation assembles to meet with legislators on matters important to OSU and higher education in Oregon.

Those who plan to participate in the day’s activities should register by April 12.

The event will allow OSU students, alumni, faculty and staff to highlight the impact that OSU has on the economy and people of the state. OSU has more than 164,000 alumni; serves the state through campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport; and maintains a presence in all 36 counties through the OSU Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory.

OSU supporters are invited to join students, alumni, faculty, staff and state government officials for a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Galleria of the Oregon State Capitol building. As part of the reception, Benny Beaver will be on hand to pose for photos.

Earlier in the day, displays on OSU educational programs and research projects will be set up in the Galleria starting at 8 a.m.  The OSU Meistersingers and String Quartet will offer an invocation on the House and Senate Floors, respectively.

The OSU ROTC Color Guard will post the colors in both chambers. OSU’s College of Pharmacy will offer a Health Fair with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings with Pharm.D. students. The Café at the Capitol will offer a 10 percent discount for those wearing orange and black.

For more information about OSU Day at the Capitol, visit government.oregonstate.edu/osu-day-capitol.

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Karli Olsen, 541-737-4514

Charlene Alexander named vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Charlene Alexander to serve as the chief diversity officer and a vice president for the university.

Alexander, associate provost for diversity at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will start at OSU on June 30. She will succeed Angela Batista, who has served as OSU’s interim chief diversity officer and vice president since February 2016.

“I created this position to oversee institutional change and strategic initiatives to help advance Oregon State University as a community characterized in all we do by inclusive excellence,” Ray said. “I’m thrilled that Charlene will bring her talents and capabilities to Oregon State.”

Alexander will be responsible for guiding institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice throughout the university, Ray said. She will report directly to the president.

“I am very honored to be the first permanent vice president and chief diversity officer at such an incredible institution,” Alexander said. “OSU is deeply committed to its students, faculty and staff and I look forward to building on the excellent work already underway at the university.

“I am very impressed with the faculty, staff and students whom I met during my visit to OSU. I think the university has a really great foundation to build on, and I sincerely appreciate OSU’s commitment to doing this right, to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and social justice are at the heart of the university.”

Alexander has served for nearly four years as Ball State’s associate provost for diversity and director of the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity. In her 20th year at Ball State, she is also the interim associate vice president for community engagement.

Under Alexander’s leadership, Ball State established its first Diversity Advisory Committee which in turn developed the university’s first Diversity Strategic Plan.

Before becoming associate provost, Alexander directed the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling Psychology, where she has been on the faculty since 1997. Her history of leading diversity and inclusion initiatives dates to 1990, when she was a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling and guidance from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander said her “conversations with President Ray really were what sold me on this opportunity; his vision and goal of increasing diversity confirmed my understanding of the university’s commitment.”

“He is absolutely someone I want to work for – so self-reflecting and so understanding of this important mission. And I enjoyed my meetings with so many wonderful people throughout my visit to campus.”

Alexander sees Oregon State as a “destination” university.

“I feel that about the campus and about the community, and I look forward to working with the many groups on campus as partners,” she said. “I appreciate that there are seven cultural centers, six of them free standing, architecturally unique symbols and wonderful examples of commitment to culture.”

Alexander’s long-term vision for Oregon State is that, “Any visitor to the university can ask anyone on campus if diversity and inclusion and social justice really are important at Oregon State, and no matter who they speak to, they’ll receive a look of astonishment and the answer will be, ‘Yes, of course they’re important.’

“The folks that I’ve met are all eager to get started,” she said. “In my opinion, all the right ingredients are in place to move forward with our diversity efforts, and I’m ready to be part of that culture and to take on this new responsibility.”

Alexander grew up in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed her advance level studies at Rye St Antony in Oxford, England. She enjoys dancing and the outdoors.

“Don’t be surprised to see me joining in wherever dancing is occurring,” Alexander said.

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