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OSU named Best Buy School by Fiske Guide

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is among 44 "Best Buy Schools" named in the 2016 edition of "The Fiske Guide to Colleges.”

Schools included on the list are ranked as inexpensive or moderately priced, and have four- or five-star academic ratings. They include public and private schools from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Estimated tuition and fees for the 2015-16 school year for resident undergraduates at OSU is $10,008.

The Fiske Guide named 20 public and 24 private schools as "Best Buys.”

“We are very pleased to again be ranked as one of Fiske Guide’s ‘best buy’ universities,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for University Relations and Marketing. “This ranking helps inform current and prospective students and the general public that Oregon State University provides a high-quality education at a reasonable price.”

Former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske launched the guide in 1980 as a way to aid college-bound students and their families in selecting a university. The guide ranks universities by price, but also indicates which schools offer the best academics at a relatively moderate cost.

Only two other Pacific Northwest schools made the list – University of Oregon and The Evergreen State College in Washington.

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

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OSU to celebrate iconic stick sculpture slated for removal this summer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The large willow stick sculpture, “Pomp and Circumstance,” created by artist Patrick Dougherty in 2011 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, will be removed this summer.

The College of Liberal Arts, which commissioned the temporary sculpture, will host a send-off party for the piece as part of graduation festivities. The celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. June 12 in People’s Park on the west side of Gilkey Hall, 122 S.W. Waldo Place.

Students, staff, faculty and members of the public are invited to attend the event. Cuttings from the sculpture will be available to take home to plant and tags will be available to write send-off messages that will be attached to the sculpture.

“The piece’s ongoing popularity surprised everyone,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It has become a well-loved part of OSU’s identity, even though it was always meant to be ephemeral.”

Dozens of students and community volunteers helped Dougherty build the sculpture using willow sourced from local weavers in 2011. Expected to decay over time, the sculpture held up much longer than expected, but parts of it are beginning to sag, and it has become a potential hazard.

College of Liberal Arts officials plan to replace the sculpture with a “similarly exciting new installation that will continue to draw people to interact with our natural art,” Rodgers said.

“We recognize that Dougherty’s sculpture is a fixture on campus, and though we’re sad it has to go, we’re dedicated to keeping People’s Park a destination where students, community members and families can congregate, relax and explore,” he said.

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

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Student-directed one-act play festival runs June 3-7 at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival, featuring four original one-act plays written and directed by OSU students, will run June 3-7 in the Lab Theatre.

The plays, which feature a large cast of OSU students, are:

  • “The Mark,” written by Elise Barberis and directed by Anna Mahaffey, tells the story of Steve, a reluctant cult leader brought into power by a group of well-meaning followers on the morning of Doomsday.
  • “Caffeinated Crisis,” written by Bryanna Rainwater and directed by Teri Straley, follows the adventures of a plucky news reporter who uncovers an absurd conspiracy brought on by the Northwest’s major coffee chains.
  • “Answer Me,” written by Amanda Kelner and directed by Sam Zinsli, features Tegan, who finds herself working for Madam Matilda, an eccentric psychic who actually has the ability to tell the future.
  • “Cheep! Cheep!,” written by Joseph Workman and directed by Alex Reis, is a comic exploration of Maxwell, a stick-in-the-mud employee at a chicken-themed amusement park filled with perky oddballs.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 3-6 and 2 p.m. June 7. The Lab Theatre is located in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for youths and students, and $4 for OSU students. For information or to purchase tickets, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit the website at http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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Author Claire Vaye Watkins to read at Oregon State May 22

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Claire Vaye Watkins will read at Oregon State University on Friday, May 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda (201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis).

The event is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading.

Watkins is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and an assistant professor at Bucknell University. She also is the co-director of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Watkins’ stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times and elsewhere. In 2012, she was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

Her collection of short stories, “Battleborn,” won numerous awards, including the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Rumpus called Watkins, “Exceptional… A writer of great precision and greater restraint, [she] is a natural storyteller whose material enriches that gift rather than engulfing it… One doesn’t have to be from the Battleborn state to recognize and appreciate literature that resonates like this.”

This event is part of the 2014-15 Visiting Writers Series sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

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OSU’s Daily Barometer given top award by ONPA

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s student newspaper, The Daily Barometer, has been awarded the top prize by the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association. The honor was announced May 8 at the 2015 ONPA Collegiate Day conference.

The Barometer won first place in the “general excellence” category, which recognizes the overall achievements of student newspapers from universities and community colleges across Oregon.

Barometer sports writer Josh Worden also won top honors for best sports story, and Ryan Mason won best cartoon. A full list of awards are below.

First place:

‪General excellence, staff

‪Best sports story, Josh Worden

‪Best cartoon, Ryan Mason

Second place:

‪Best design, staff

‪Best writing, Sean Bassinger

Third place:

‪Best section (news), staff

‪Best columnist, Brooklyn Di Raffaele

‪Best sports story, Josh Worden

‪Best graphic, Eric Winkler

‪Best website, staff

 

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Steven Sandberg, 541-737-3383 or steven.sandberg@oregonstate.edu; Sean Bassinger, 541-737-3191 or editor@dailybarometer.com

Oregon State University to host ‘The Co.’ – an interactive event focused on maker culture

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University on May 28 will host “The Co.,” an interactive event showcasing the wide array of “maker” activities happening in and around Corvallis.

The event, which is free and open to people of all ages, will run from noon to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

Maker culture is a popular movement that honors craftsmanship and technology. It brings together do-it-yourself enthusiasts, designers and engineers to share knowledge, skills and resources – and to collaborate, innovate and create.

The Co. was designed to honor the simple act of creating and to allow campus and community groups to network. It will feature an array of activities including a maker fair, speakers, interactive demonstrations, kinetic sculptures from the da Vinci Days festival and more.

“Our title stems from the prefix of applicable words such as collaborate, co-design, co-create,” said Charles Robinson, the event’s director. “Our goal is to promote an inclusive culture that knocks down barriers and offers instead a collaborative model for making, creating, and hands-on learning.”

Exhibitors at the maker fair include several OSU departments and programs such as wood science and art students from the College of Forestry, the College of Liberal Arts, the Craft Center, robotics, Precollege Programs, the College of Business, and the OSU Solar Vehicle Team.

Community exhibitors include Bricks 4 Kidz, da Vinci Days, NuScale Power, Corvallis Arts Center, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. A “2-D room” presented by the OSU libraries will focus on print technologies.

Scheduled presenters include Frankie Flood, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who teaches jewelry and metal-smith and oversees a digital craft research lab; Barry Kudrowitz, a toy designer, musician and engineer from MIT and the University of Minnesota; and OSU robotics professor Yigit Mengüc. A full list of speakers, times and locations will be posted online: http://gototheco.tumblr.com.

A maker film festival will be held in advance of the event. Maker-themed films such as “Handmade Nation” and “Maker: A Documentary on the Maker Movement” will be screened.  On May 19 and May 26, films will be shown in Owen Hall Room 103; on May 20 and May 27, screenings will be held in Milam Auditorium. All screenings begin at 6 p.m.

Satellite events will be held May 28 in Hood River and in Tillamook through a partnership with OSU’s OPEN Campus network. The Hood River event will be held at Hood River Valley High School, 1220 Indian Creek Road.  The public is welcome from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Tillamook event will be held at Tillamook Bay Community College; details are still being finalized.

For a complete schedule and more information, or to sign up to exhibit at The Co., visit: http://gototheco.tumblr.com.

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Charles Robinson, 541-737-6535, charles.robinson@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to be held May 17-19 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions will be held May 17 through May 19 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of William Shakespeare’s quintessential tragedy of star-crossed lovers, “Romeo and Juliet.”

The play calls for a cast of about 25 actors but the spring auditions are to cast 12 principal roles for the production, which will be performed in November. Another round of auditions to fill out the cast will be held in September. Those cast for principal roles will rehearse individually until the end of the spring term, with rehearsals resuming in the fall.

Auditions will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff and to the community and those interested may attend one or all of the audition sessions.

Those auditioning are asked to read “Rome and Juliet” in advance. Scripts are available online and in libraries and bookstores. Tryouts will consist of group readings from the script. Participants also will be asked to prepare a short, one-minute monologue from any Shakespeare play. The monologue does not need to be memorized.

The performances will be held Nov. 12-14 and Nov. 19-22.

For additional information contact George Caldwell, george.caldwell@oregonstate.edu, 503-931-4222, or Arin Dooley, arin.dooley@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-2853.

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Auditions for OSU’s summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 10-11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place on May 10 and May 11 at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 12, if needed.

Bard in the Quad is an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere. The 2015 production will be the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty and community members. They will consist of cold readings and movement exercises. Director Elizabeth Helman will be casting for a company of 12-14 players.

Performance dates for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” are Aug. 6-9 and Aug. 13-16. Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on June 14. Generally, rehearsals will be scheduled 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays until early August. Technical rehearsals will begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 1.

All cast members must be available to attend all technical rehearsals and performances. Some conflicts can be worked around during the early rehearsal process. Performers should bring their schedules to the auditions.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH or contact Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu.

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Ambitious unmanned vehicle program outlined at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This year the Autonomous Systems Research Group at Oregon State University will significantly expand its activities with unmanned vehicles for air, marine and terrestrial applications, including development of a local test field and a range of training and certification programs.

The initiative is part of OSU’s efforts to become both a state and national leader in the evolution of these new technologies, working in partnership with private industry and government agencies. It hopes to capitalize on Oregon’s advantages in technological expertise, history of skills in remote sensing, and broad range of geographic land features that rival any in the world.

A session for OSU participants to discuss some of the newest plans, and seek further input and involvement from the campus community, will be held on Monday, April 27, in Memorial Union, Room 213, from 10-11 a.m.

“This is an important future strength area for OSU and an economic opportunity for Oregon,” said Rob Holman, a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU, and co-director of this initiative.

“It’s surprising how far flight and control systems have already progressed,” Holman said. “The industry is developing very rapidly, so timeliness of action is important. But there are still challenges in how to perfect technologies, most intelligently use the new systems, manage the data they produce, and train and certify both the aircrafts and people who will operate them.

“We believe there’s a great deal OSU can contribute,” he said.

The technologies being developed, commonly called drones, will have applications both in the air and also underwater or on land. A myriad of uses in agriculture, forestry and environmental sciences are possible, all of which are traditional areas of strength for OSU.

OSU is a participant in the “Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex,” one of six FAA-approved test ranges designed to explore unmanned aerial systems use, safety, certification, technological development, environmental and human factors, and other topics. The university is part of a competitive, multi-university proposal to be designated as an FAA Center of Excellence. And OSU recently made an agreement with an Oregon economic development organization, SOAR Oregon, to promote commercial application of unmanned aircraft systems in the state.

A natural strength of Oregon, experts say, is that within a few miles unmanned vehicles could explore terrain ranging from oceans to coastal dunes, temperate rain forests, valleys, urban areas, volcanos, lava fields, glaciers and high desert – along with an unusually diverse range of forestry and agricultural crops.

One of the priorities this year, Holman said, is development of a local test field near Corvallis for training, testing, and certification of both pilots and new technologies. It might include a netted area that would allow test flights for multi-rotor vehicles without the need for FAA permission.

Other plans include:

  • Acquire a small fleet of aerial vehicles that can be used for training, testing and contract research flights;
  • Organize a flight operations group to help develop training and certification standards, and safe flight policies;
  • Develop written and operation testing for flight operations;
  • Create privacy and data use policies.

Experts say that unmanned aerial systems in civilian use are expected to become a multi-billion dollar industry while opening new opportunities in scientific research and student education.

A multitude of devices may ultimately fly, walk, swim or crawl to perform valuable or dangerous tasks at very modest expense.

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Rob Holman, 541-737-2914

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April 27 talk at OSU to focus on ethical challenges in international business

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University alumnus and longtime business consultant Joe Lobbato will speak on “Ethical Challenges in International Business” Monday, April 27, at OSU.

The presentation will run from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stirek Auditorium in Austin Hall, 2751 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. The talk is free and open to the public.

Lobbato graduated from OSU’s College of Business in 1981 and added an MBA the following year. He then went to work in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen, which became Andersen Consulting and later Accenture.

He spent 13 years in Europe before taking on the oversight of Accenture's Change Management Services in an array of regions ranging from Scandinavia to South Korea to Australia. Lobbato retired from Accenture as a managing partner in 2004 after 22 years with the firm. He then became chief operating officer of one of the largest companies in Thailand, Central Retail Corporation Ltd., an $8 billion retail and real estate conglomerate.

Now retired from full-time work, Lobbato is involved with ad hoc projects, board work and venture capital opportunities and also teaches business ethics at a university in Thailand one semester each year.

For more information on the talk, or to request accommodations for disabilities, call 541-737-6648.

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Jenn Casey, 541-737-0695, jenn.casey@oregonstate.edu