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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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UPDATE: Event Cancelled - Architect Maya Lin to speak at OSU

4-17-17 Update

The scheduled April 18 Provost’s Lecture by American architect and sculptor Maya Lin at Oregon State University has been cancelled. Lin had to cancel her appearance due to illness. Organizers hope to reschedule her visit at a later date.

Those who obtained free tickets to the event will also receive an email regarding the cancellation from the ticket site, EventBrite. People with tickets for Tuesday’s event will be notified by email regarding rescheduling and will have first priority to receive tickets for the event if it can be rescheduled.


American architect and sculptor Maya Lin, perhaps best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a Yale University student in 1981, will deliver the next Provost’s Lecture at Oregon State University on Tuesday, April 18.

Lin’s works have made an impact around the world, from a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama, to a piece along the Columbia River honoring the Lewis & Clark expedition and the Shantou University Bell Tower in China.

Lin will speak at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center’s Austin Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a book signing will follow the program. The event is free, but tickets are required for admission and are just now being made available to the public. They can be downloaded at communications.oregonstate.edu/events/maya-lin.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Lin has also designed a number of buildings, including the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City. In 2009, she received the National Medal of Arts and a documentary about her life and work won the 1994 Oscar for best documentary. In 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Lin describes her work as a dialogue between the landscape and the built environment, and her more recent work has focused on the crucial role of nature in the modern world. Her latest memorial, entitled "What is Missing?" is still in progress. It is described as a cross-platform, global memorial to the planet, located in select scientific institutions, online as a website, and available as a book, calling attention to the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss.

As artist and architect for the Confluence Project, Lin has also designed public art pieces to commemorate the original location of Celilo Falls and other points of significance along the Columbia River system.

For more information or accommodation for disabilities contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or events@oregonstate.edu

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation, the Provost’s Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to the Oregon State University community to engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics of cultural and global significance. Lin’s visit is also supported by the College of Liberal Arts.

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OSU names Lisa L. Templeton associate provost for Division of Extended Campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lisa L. Templeton, who has helped propel the Extended Campus program at Oregon State University into a national online learning leader, has been named associate provost for the Division of Extended Campus at OSU.

She succeeds Dave King, who retired from that position last July and since has been serving as a special assistant to the provost for innovation.

Templeton has spent the last eight months as interim associate provost of Extended Campus, which is among the top 10 online education programs in the country, according to many different rankings. She had been executive director of Ecampus at OSU since 2008. She is actively national in the field of online and continuing education and serves on the board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

In 2016, a record 692 students earned an Oregon State diploma after completing degree requirements online with OSU Ecampus – a 17 percent increase over the previous year. For the third straight year, Ecampus was ranked in the top 10 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. OSU was eighth out of more than 300 higher education institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, and first among all land grant universities.

Last year, more than 19,000 OSU students – roughly 60 percent of the student body – took at least one online course. Ecampus serves students in all 50 states and more than 40 countries. It now delivers 50 degree programs and more than a thousand classes online.

Templeton has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University and an Ed.M. in adult education from Oregon State.

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Fall Creek hatchery to hold annual festival on Nov. 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon Hatchery Research Center will host its annual Fall Creek Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hatchery, located 13 miles west of Alsea on Highway 34.

The festival, which is free and open to the public, features a day of art workshops – scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. – as well as children’s activities and tours. Registration is required because space is limited; lunch will be provided for registered participants.

To register, call 541-487-5512 and state workshop preferences, or send an email to oregonhatchery.researchcenter@state.or.us

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to see wild coho and Chinook salmon spawning in Fall Creek,” said David Noakes, an OSU professor of fisheries and wildlife.

The workshops include:

  • Water color painting
  • Fish printing
  • Bird house construction
  • Grocery bag stenciling
  • Wind chime construction
  • Nature journal illustration

The center is jointly operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Planetary scientist to speak about Mars at OSU’s Condon Lecture on Oct. 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. – John Grotzinger, a geologist, geochemist and planetary scientist from the California Institute of Technology, will speak about exploration on Mars at the 2016 Thomas Condon Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Oregon State University.

The goal of the Condon Lecture, named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, is to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists. The lecture, "Curiosity’s Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars" is designed for a general audience.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Refreshments will be served at a reception beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Grotzinger is the Fletcher Jones Professor and chair in the division of geological and planetary sciences at California Institute of Technology. He served at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as project scientist for the Mars Science Lab mission from 2006 to 2014, and directed the successful deployment of the Mars Curiosity Rover. 

Grotzinger is known for his work on Precambrian sedimentary rocks, especially from the “Snowball Earth” period. He conducts geochemical, paleontological, and geochronological research to understand the chemical development of the early oceans and atmosphere, and the environmental context of evolution. His work has taken him to many places around the world including Oman, Namibia and Siberia.

The recipient of numerous awards, Grotzinger was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

While at OSU, Grotzinger also will give a more technical presentation on a related topic. His George Moore Lecture, “Modern Carbonate and Microbial Environments at Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies,” will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, in Gilfillan Auditorium.

The presentations are sponsored by the OSU Research Office and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

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John Dilles, 541-737-1245, dillesj@geo.oregonstate.edu

OSU-Cascades opens as Oregon’s first new public university in 50 years

BEND, Ore. - Oregon State University – Cascades’ new campus in Bend opened today, fulfilling a 30-year quest for higher education in what had been the largest region in the state without a four-year university.

“This campus launches a new era for educational attainment, economic growth, community partnerships and cultural enrichment in Central Oregon,” said Oregon State President Ed Ray.

Ray, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, state Rep. Knute Buehler, OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson and Elizabeth Woody, Oregon’s poet laureate, are planned to participate in the opening celebration. They will be joined by Amy Tykeson, whose family supported funding for the branch campus’ first academic building, and after whom Tykeson Hall is named.

“This is a tribute to decades of work by countless individuals who early on saw the need, defined the future they wanted to achieve, and helped to make this day – and this university campus – possible,” Ray said. “As important as this campus will be for Central Oregon, OSU-Cascades is an investment that will pay great returns for the entire state of Oregon.

“It has been right here in the Bend area that Oregon faces the greatest mismatch in this state between students’ needs, economic demands and the gap in higher education options.”

As the first public university to open in Oregon in more than 50 years, OSU-Cascades will serve students in one of the fastest growing regions in the state - yet one that lags in bachelor’s degree completion.  The new 10-acre campus will provide classrooms and lab space, as well as a dining center and residential housing for 300 students. 

 

As the campus expands over the next decade, OSU-Cascades by 2025 will serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, most of them from Central Oregon. This largely rural area with a population of more than 200,000 has been historically underserved by higher education and includes many first-generation students and others who have been unable to attend college. OSU-Cascades will improve educational access, increase the likelihood of graduates staying in the region and contribute to the local economy.

“OSU-Cascades brings the power of a comprehensive research university to our region,” said Johnson. “We will serve the needs of Central Oregon with excellent academic and research faculty who will teach learners of diverse ages and backgrounds, and address the challenges of our unique environment.”

Prior to its opening this week, OSU-Cascades has operated for 15 years in a two-plus-two partnership with Central Oregon Community College, using leased and physically-separate facilities. The branch campus has awarded 3,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“With this new campus and further planned expansion, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the Central Oregon community will develop campus traditions, spirit and community pride,” said Johnson.

The new campus near downtown Bend is integrated into a commercial district, which will help expand OSU’s partnerships with industry and community, and enhance student internship programs and workforce development. Public-private partnerships will increase research and innovation and provide amenities for both students and community members. The 10-acre campus will also include a community STEM education provider, the Bend Science Station.

OSU-Cascades now offers 18 undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include computer science with an applied option in web and mobile web software development; energy systems engineering; hospitality management; and tourism and outdoor leadership.

Over the next two to five years, eight to 10 new degree programs are anticipated to meet student, industry, and regional and national employment needs, in areas such as bioscience; mechanical engineering; nursing; outdoor products; and software development.

“The opening of OSU-Cascades’ new campus represents a promising economic future for Central Oregon,” said Roger Lee, executive director of Economic Development for Central Oregon.

An extensive long-range development planning effort that is underway will expand the campus onto an adjacent property, a 46-acre pumice mine, and potentially onto a second adjacent property, a 76-acre county demolition landfill.  The two properties together represent one of the largest under-utilized tracts of land within Bend’s urban growth boundary.

A design team of Page and SERA is partnering with Oregon State to deliver a long-range development plan in February 2017. So far, the effort has gathered input from community advisory groups, community members, faculty, staff and students. That input has helped develop visions for the branch campus in strategic areas such as sustainability, health and wellness, innovation and community partnerships.

Studies will assess the possibility for a net-zero energy, water and waste campus, with campus-wide biomass district energy to provide heat. On the initial 10 acres, native plants were harvested and replanted, and transportation options for students include bike share, car share and free bus passes.

Funds need to be secured for future campus growth, officials say, and the next buildings should be ready for students in three to five years.

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Editor’s Note: Video is available.

  • Brief video remarks from OSU President Ed Ray are available online: YouTube, https://youtu.be/DaaxiZFZAJk
  • Ray interview, downloadable high resolution video, http://bit.ly/2clNcjy
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Grand opening of Johnson Hall planned at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Johnson Hall, a new, $40 million College of Engineering facility that will be home to the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University, will celebrate its grand opening on Sept. 23.

Johnson Hall’s 58,000-square-foot interior includes a 125-seat lecture hall, state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, and a center focused on improving recruitment and retention of engineering students.

The three-story structure is supported by five, 52-foot, freestanding concrete shear walls, engineered to withstand earthquakes and winds up to 90 mph. This design also enabled the placement of many large windows, which supply ample natural light throughout the building. The open, bright aesthetic is continued inside, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

“The transparent glass walls to the labs make research visible to anyone walking by, and the open floor plan concept encourages interest, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration,” said Scott Ashford, Kearney Professor and dean of OSU’s College of Engineering. “I look forward to the research made possible here.”

The building is named for longtime College of Engineering supporters Peter and Rosalie Johnson. Pete Johnson, a 1955 chemical engineering alumnus, revolutionized battery manufacturing equipment with his patented invention for making battery separator envelopes. The Johnsons committed $7 million to begin construction of the new facility, leveraging an earlier gift of $10 million from an anonymous donor and $3 million in additional private funds, matched by $20 million in state funds.

“This beautiful new facility honors the Johnson family and the many contributions they have made to the College of Engineering,” Ashford said. “We are so pleased to carry on Pete’s legacy of innovation by dedicating this space to collaborative research and hands-on learning for students.”

James Sweeney, head of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, said the building will foster the school’s continued growth and will further accomplishments in research and education.

“Johnson Hall will increase our reputation and standing among our peer institutions, and it will help us to continue to attract the top faculty and students to OSU,” Sweeney said. “It will provide them with the tools they need to make high impact on Oregon, across our country, and around the world.”

The grand opening, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a ceremony from 3:30-4 p.m. in front of Johnson Hall, at the intersection of S.W. Park Terrace Place and Monroe Street in Corvallis. Speakers will include OSU President Edward J. Ray, college officials, representatives of the Johnson family, and State Sen. Sara Gelser. Visitors will be invited to tour the building immediately following the ceremony.

Johnson Hall was designed by architecture firm SRG Partnership. It was built by Hoffman Construction, led by OSU College of Engineering alumni Kevin Cady ’84, senior operations manager; and Nathan Moore ’10, project manager.

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Special Olympics Oregon moving to OSU, Corvallis in 2017

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Special Olympics Oregon will move its Summer State Games to Oregon State University and venues around Corvallis beginning in 2017. The games are scheduled for July 8-9 next year.

With more than 2,000 athletes, 600 coaches and 1,400 volunteers, the event is one of Oregon’s largest and most significant sports and humanitarian efforts. The games have been held in Newberg, Oregon, for the past six years.

“SOOR is thrilled to partner with Corvallis and Oregon State on this statewide event,” said Margie Hunt, CEO of Special Olympics Oregon. “OSU has clearly adopted the games and is just as committed as we are to creating an unbelievable experience for our participants and their families.”

Summer State Games participants will be housed at Oregon State and the event is being supported by the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and University Housing and Dining Services, as well as other campus groups.

“We are very proud and honored to partner with Special Olympics Oregon,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “Special Olympics Oregon is a wonderful organization and to have Oregon State University host this event in 2017 and into the future is extraordinarily gratifying.”

Although planning for next year’s Summer State Games is in the early stages, SOOR officials say they are looking to hold the Games Ceremony at Reser Stadium, bocce at other OSU facilities, track and field at Corvallis High School, golf at Trysting Tree Golf Course, and softball at both OSU and Philomath High School.

An “Olympic Town” will be set up in Parker Plaza outside of Reser Stadium.

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New OSU College of Business program will aid aspiring entrepreneurs

PORTLAND, Ore. – A new program designed to increase entrepreneurial activity and stimulate job creation in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest is now being offered in Portland by Oregon State University’s College of Business. 

The goal of Launch Corps is to provide additional startup support services for select students who are enrolled in the college’s Innovation Management MBA program and are also developing a business idea. Innovation Management is a new track in the college’s MBA program that prepares students to start new companies and advance ideas within existing ones.

“Research shows rates of entrepreneurship are in a state of decline in the U.S.,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of OSU’s College of Business. “That’s concerning news, especially given reports that indicate entrepreneurs are responsible for nearly all net new job creation. Oregon has unprecedented potential to address our regional and national need for entrepreneurial activity if we can effectively recruit entrepreneurs from the full pool of available talent and accelerate their success.”

As they progress through the Innovation Management MBA, students in Launch Corps will be connected to resources that can help move their startup ideas forward. Those resources include mentors in areas such as marketing, accounting and finance; office space at the college’s new Portland headquarters at WeWork, a co-working community for multiple ventures and startups; services, equipment and related amenities; and access to workshops and entrepreneurial training programs.

Launch Corps is open to all founders, co-founders or teams at the startup stage who have a passion for addressing a problem and an idea that offers market potential. Women, people of color, and others who have historically been underrepresented among entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply for Launch Corps.

“Research shows that women lead about one-third of entrepreneurial activity, even though they make up slightly more than half of the population,” said Audrey Iffert-Saleem, executive director of strategic initiatives for the College of Business. “Our vision is that the population of entrepreneurs will grow to reflect the changing demographics of the United States.”

Supporting these entrepreneurs in their startup journey is about more than getting them in the pipeline, said Iffert-Saleem, who has led the development of several entrepreneurship programs for women and people of color.

“A recent report shows that only a tiny fraction of one percent of venture funding went to black women founders in 2014,” she said. “We need a culture shift, and we need support from the community.”

The fee for the two-year program is $5,000, and fellowships are available for selected students. The J.D. Power Launch Corps fellowships cover the costs of the program as well as a $2,000 business start-up grant and an $8,000 tuition scholarship.

All Launch Corps applicants will be considered for the fellowship, and priority will be given to women applicants. The program will begin in the fall term, and the deadline to apply for the fall MBA program is Aug. 22.

The college also is seeking mentors and startup coaches to support Launch Corps members, especially women and people of color who are entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals.

For more information about Launch Corps or to apply to the program, visit business.oregonstate.edu/launchcorps.

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OSU names Susan Capalbo as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Susan Capalbo, who heads the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, has been named senior vice provost for Academic Affairs at OSU. She will begin her new duties on Oct. 1.

Capalbo replaces Brenda McComb, who will retire from this position on July 31, and who has served in a variety of leadership positions at the university.

As senior vice provost, Capalbo will support the university’s provost and executive vice president in matters related to faculty development, curricular operations, assessment and accreditation, strategic plan implementation, academic capacity planning, academic initiatives and special projects.

She also will serve on the OSU President’s Cabinet and Provost’s Council.

Among the primary responsibilities for the senior vice provost are leadership and coordination of faculty matters, including shaping faculty hiring, support and development of OSU faculty; oversight of curriculum matters, including curriculum development and review; acting as a liaison with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission; and oversight of institutional planning and research.

“Susan Capalbo has been active in leading the development of the university’s updated strategic plan and other university-level initiatives,” said Ron Adams, interim provost and executive vice president. “Susan has an excellent track record as an educator, researcher and mentor. Her work as head of a large and complex department, and leading the strategic plan steering committee, will jump-start her into the role of senior vice provost.”

Capalbo, who has been at Oregon State since 2008, previously was on the faculty of Montana State University and the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on applied economics and policy related to sustainable agriculture and resource management.

She has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California-Davis, and a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics from the University of Rhode Island.

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