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Robert Michael Pyle to appear at OSU for Campus Creature Census Celebration

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Master naturalist and author Robert Michael Pyle will be the featured guest at the Campus Creature Census Celebration, which will be held Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the International Living and Learning Center at Oregon State University.

The center is located at 1701 S.W. Western Blvd. in Corvallis.

Winning artwork and photography will be on display, and prose and poetry winners will share their entries at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by OSU’s Spring Creek Project, the Campus Creature Census is an ongoing invitation to engage with all non-human creatures. According to Charles Goodrich, director of Spring Creek, the goal of the event is to create a catalog of person-to-person encounters with all the flora and fauna on campus, in prose or poetry, visual art or photography, or field guide-type entry.

Pyle is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier lepidopterists and the author of award-winning books informed by his engagement with nature. His books include “Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land,” “Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide,” and his latest, “The Tangled Bank.”

For more information, go to http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198

OSU celebrates opening of new Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws

*Note to reporters: A preview media tour of the Longhouse can be arranged on Wednesday during the Salmon Bake.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The grand opening of the new Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University will take place Friday, May 17, at 4 p.m.

The new building, called Eena Haws, or ‘Beaver House’ in Chinook, is just south of the former longhouse, which is located at the corner of Jefferson Way and 26th Street in the heart of campus.

The new Longhouse, designed by Seattle architectural firm Jones & Jones, replaces a World War II-era Quonset hut.

The new structure reflects the shape and style of a traditional Oregon Coast longhouse while respecting the multiple tribal cultures represented at OSU. It was designed and developed in collaboration with Native students at OSU, who provided input and had decision-making roles throughout the entire process.

The Longhouse is the first of four new cultural centers Jones & Jones has designed for OSU. The centers are being funded with gifts from donors to The Campaign for OSU and university resources. The new 3,700-square-foot center includes a gathering hall, multi-purpose spaces for studying, relaxing and counseling, a kitchen, computer labs, an administrative office and a special sacred space.

For Mariah Huhndorf, an Alaska native of Athabaskan and Yupik descent, working at the Longhouse was a family tradition. Her older brother and sister worked at the center, and when she came to campus she was quickly welcomed into the community. The Longhouse was where she met her best friend, and where she had a chance to develop leadership skills and take on new responsibilities. It’s also where she learned to appreciate the ways in which her Native background made her unique.

“People were interested in my culture and it made me more proud to be able to share it with others,” she said.

Victoria Nguyen, director of Diversity Development at OSU, said the building of new cultural centers on campus demonstrates the dedication the campus has to supporting students of color.

“Diversity is a core initiative for OSU,” Nguyen said, “and in a time of budget constraints where some diversity programs (on other campuses) are being eliminated, we’re stating that we’re investing in diversity, and telling our community how important that is.”

The Longhouse has been decorated with donated artwork from Pacific Northwest Native artists, including the centerpiece, a one-of-a-kind, 360-degree totem created by master carver Clarence Mills of Vancouver, B.C., and two assistant carvers. Mills is a member of the Haida Nation, an indigenous people located in Canada and Alaska. The work was commissioned by Oregon State University alumni Luana (’72) and Jim Whyte (’70, MS ’72), who reside in Vancouver, B.C., and have a long-standing admiration for Native American artwork. (For a full story on the totem: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/ncs/lifeatosu/2012/800-year-old-fallen-cedar-tree-transformed-into-totem-pole-for-osu-longhouse/)

Daniel Cardenas, a graduate teaching assistant working with the Longhouse staff, said the new facility provides a home away from home for students, and a sense of community that helps them as students and individuals.

“For some Native students, the deck is stacked against them,” Cardenas said. “Here at the Longhouse we’re able to cover many forms of wellness (spiritual, social, etc). That has a long-term benefit to OSU in terms of student retention.”

Nguyen agreed.

“We have students provide testimony that says if not for the cultural centers I would not have had as full or rich an experience,” Nguyen said. “Students are choosing OSU because of our cultural centers and because they can find a place where they can make a connection with other students who share their culture.”

In addition to the opening ceremony, there will be several other events taking place that week on campus. On Wednesday, May 15, the 15th annual Salmon Bake will be held in the MU Quad from noon to 3 p.m. And during the weekend, May 18-19, the annual OSU Klatow Eena (Go Beavers) Powwow takes place in McAlexander Fieldhouse.


Editor’s note: For photos, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/sets/72157633443594647/

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Victoria Nguyen, 541-737-6341

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OSU Beavers across nation gear up for day of service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University volunteers from across the nation will gather in their communities this Saturday to show their Beaver spirit through the annual OSU Community Day of Service.

This rapidly growing annual event includes groups of alumni, students and friends of OSU from across Oregon, the West Coast, and even some as far as the nation’s capital.

“In addition to helping with many important community needs, Day of Service is a chance for Beaver alumni to reconnect with their fellow Oregon Staters wherever they live,” said Brian Collins, a volunteer in Washington D.C.

There is even a joint OSU-UO project in Philomath, bringing the number of OSU-related community projects to 40. The Philomath project involves student athletes from both universities working on a Habitat for Humanity build and is being organized by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

There are some unique projects such as clean-ups at a zoo, assisting with a low-cost feline vaccine clinic with OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as working with foster care homes and a rescued horse sanctuary.  Other projects include trail clean-ups, working with local downtown associations to clean up shopping areas, and work on community parks and memorials. One crew is working at the famous Portland Rose Gardens. 

Interested alumni and friends can still register for projects in their area by going to http://www.osualum.com/service. The projects take place from 9 a.m. to noon, May 18. Locations include eight in Portland, seven in Corvallis and Albany, six in California, four in Washington State, one in Idaho and one in Washington, D.C.  In Oregon there are also projects in Roseburg, Oakland, Eugene, Salem, Stayton, Dallas, Newberg, Newport, Bend and Bandon.

The Bandon project is a special beach clean-up where participants gather trash and make art sculptures. Volunteers will sort cleaned beach debris by color and assist staff to construct a sculpture of a sea creature out of the debris. See: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1&pgid=2304&cid=3443&content_id=2278

For a full list of projects and locations: www.osualum.com/service

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Kate Sanders, 541-737-6220

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Annual Klatowa Eena Powwow at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, in Gill Coliseum on the OSU campus.

As part of the weekend festivities, the Native American Student Association of OSU and Type1 Beavers will host the Jim Thorpe Dash for Diabetes Fun Run, May 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Native American Longhouse. Early registration for the run is available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/dash-diabetes. The event is free.

Free blood glucose screenings and advice from campus health professionals will be available along with refreshments, prizes and giveaways.

The 37th annual Klatowa Eena Powwow takes place at Gill Coliseum (660 S.W. 26th St.). On Saturday, the Grand Entries take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. This year’s theme of “Honoring Native Youth,” will feature a young adult dance competition with traditional, grass, fancy and jingle dances.

In addition to the powwow, the annual salmon bake takes place in the MU Quad from noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. An open house at the new Native American Longhouse is set for Friday, May 17, 4 p.m., 311 S.W. 26th St.


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Becky Evans, 541-737-0760

Seventh “Diet and Optimum Health” conference planned at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Linus Pauling Institute will sponsor the seventh biennial conference on “Diet and Optimum Health” on May 15-18 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, including a free public session on Saturday morning about “Whole Food Approaches to Disease Prevention.”

The professional conference, which attracts some of the leading researchers in the world in the fields of diet, nutrition, micronutrients and other issues, will also include presentation of the Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research. This is one of the most significant awards in the world recognizing excellence in research on the roles of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in promoting health and preventing or treating disease.

The free public session, which is co-sponsored by OSU’s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health, will be held Saturday, May 18, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU campus, from 9 a.m. to noon. Topics of discussion will include dietary and health approaches to help prevent cancer, metabolic syndrome, childhood obesity and other health concerns.

As part of the public events, a lunch with researchers from the Linus Pauling Science Center is also possible, at a cost of $10, and free tours of the center will be available in the afternoon. More information on the agenda, speakers, and lunch and tour registration is available online at http://bit.ly/15tPuXg

“For the first time holding our conference in Corvallis, this day of activities for the public will help people understand how cutting-edge research can make a difference in all of our lives,” said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute.

“These topics are very important, and will allow people to make the best choices about dietary approaches to help prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and obesity,” he said.

Topics at the professional conference will include sessions on:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, fatty acid oxidation and cardiovascular health
  • Diet and epigenetic impacts on disease and aging
  • Vitamin D—health benefits beyond bone
  • Health effects and mechanisms of action of xanthohumol
  • Health benefits of vitamin C: beyond scurvy
  • Micronutrients in fertility and pregnancy
  • Whole food approaches to disease prevention

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxygen Club of California. More information on speakers, registration and other issues is available online at http://bit.ly/10n9UhU


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Balz Frei, 541-737-5078

OSU choirs, alumni soloists to sing at Lincoln Center

NEW YORK – Three Oregon State University choirs will give a concert at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Sunday, May 12, and travel packages have been developed for those who wish to attend.

The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke; Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull; and the OSU Meistersingers, directed by Russell Christensen, will participate in the performance, which begins at 5 p.m. in Alice Tully Hall.

Following the performance, the Oregon State University Alumni Association is hosting a reception in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center that will feature guest performances, food and beverages. The Alumni Association is also offering lodging and flight packages. For information, go to http://osualum.com.

In addition to performing at the Lincoln Center, the choirs will give a free public concert on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 W. 59th St.

The tour is being coordinated by the School of Arts & Communication in the College of Liberal Arts, and Music Celebrations International. Information is available at http://osunyc.com.

In the first half of the concert, the three choirs will together perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic work, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” with orchestra accompaniment, and featuring two OSU alumni soloists: Mari Stoner, soprano, a 2011 graduate in vocal performance; and Nickoli Strommer, baritone, a 2010 graduate in vocal performance.

The performance will also feature an innovative multi-media creation of Oregon State music technology professor, Kevin Patton, providing an experience of sight and sound.

In the second half of the concert, the choirs will each perform individually. There will also be a special guest performance by OSU alumnus Roosevelt Credit, baritone. Credit has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning productions of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” and Harold Prince’s revival of “Show Boat,” and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.

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School of Arts and Communication: music, 541-737-4061

OSU to host conference on military and diplomacy May 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A conference exploring American military and diplomatic history will take place at Oregon State University on Tuesday, May 7.

The American Military and Diplomatic History Conference features a keynote panel on “American Power in Historical Perspective.” It begins at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center’s Construction & Engineering Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The panel includes:

  • Ben Mutschler, director of OSU’s School of History, Philosophy, and Religion;
  • Timothy Lynch, associate professor at the University of Melbourne and author of “After the Cold War: American Foreign Policy in a New World” (2014);
  • David Milne, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia and author of “America's Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War” (2008);
  • Christopher McKnight Nichols, assistant professor at Oregon State University and author of “Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age” (2011).

The conference coincides with the publication and launch of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History,” a major two-volume encyclopedia that will be discussed at the panel by its main editors: Lynch, Milne, and Nichols. During the panel, they will talk about the insights drawn from their study of American military and diplomatic history since the 18th century and will put American power in a global and historical perspective.

For more information on the other talks at the conference, which take place at OSU’s Memorial Union Journey Room, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/shpr/american-military-and-diplomatic-history-conference

The conference is sponsored by OSU Office of International Programs, the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture, Oxford University Press, and the College of Liberal Arts.

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Christopher Nichols, 541-737-8910

OSU to host popular Pet Day on Saturday, May 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State University will hold its 26th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 4, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, displays and a number of family-oriented events.

Pet Day is created, organized, and staffed by students in the College of Veterinary Medicine. It is their way of giving back to the community and continuing a legacy of public service, college officials say.

The event draws 3,000 to 4,000 visitors annually, many of whom bring their pets. Event organizers ask visitors to keep their pets on a leash.

“Pet Day is a child-friendly, educational, colorful and furry way for the veterinary college to interact with the community,” said Kim Bruce, a second-year OSU veterinary medicine student and co-chair for the event. “It is easily my favorite event of the year - Pet Day is literally a "tail-wagging" good time.”

Pet Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Magruder Hall, located on 30th Street in Corvallis just south of Washington Way, and adjacent to the athletic department’s Truax Indoor Center. Admittance and most events are free; however there is a small charge for a handful of the events.

The college will have new events this year, including a “cow pie” throwing contest, dog nail trims and massages, a pet costume contest (all species welcome), and many new rescue groups with adoptable pets. Benny the Beaver will also make an appearance.

The OSU College of Pharmacy will join the event this year, representing the “One Health, One World” philosophy by offering free blood pressure and diabetes screenings to Pet Day visitors.  The college will also have educational information on the importance of immunizations and hygiene in preventing zoonotic disease that people can acquire from their pets.

Other activities offered at Pet Day include dog agility demonstrations, live reptiles, a petting zoo, tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Wonders of Anatomy displays, dog Frisbee show, cat photo contest, and more.

Many organizations and vendors will have booths providing free samples, information, or other resources spanning the four-legged gamut from pet food to shelter medicine.

Pet Day is sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, and supported by Banfield Pet Hospital, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Zoetis, Bayer Animal Health, Nestle Purina PetCare Co., the Oregon Animal Health Foundation, and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA).

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Lyn Smith-Gloria, 541-737-3844

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Earth Week at OSU offers sustainable events, opportunities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is promoting sustainability and awareness with an array of events during Earth Week, which begins Saturday, April 20.

Several new events this year include Campus Creature Census, in which community members are invited to contribute a creative work inspired by the various plants and animals that inhabit OSU. Participants may submit an entry in prose, field guide, artistic, or poetry form, which may be added to a compilation.

Returning events include the Hoo-Haa Earth Day Celebration, hosted by the Organic Grower’s Club at their farm on April 22. From 3-7 p.m., guests may enjoy free food and live music, watch a bubble artist in action, learn about soil, and discover how chickens may be used to till the earth. A shuttle bus will leave campus every 15 minutes from outside the OSU Beaver Store.

The 13th annual Earth Week Community Fair will be April 23. About 50 groups, both on and off of campus, will offer activities and environmental information. Students may also bring styrofoam for free recycling. Acceptable items include foam sheets and wraps, as well as bendable and rigid blocks. However, food packaging and expanding foam will not be accepted.

OSU Surplus Property will host the OSUsed Store Earth Week sale on April 24. Furniture, computers, electronics, housewares, and more will be on sale to students and community members from noon to 3 p.m.

This year also marks the 100-year anniversary of the planting of the elm trees that stand in the library quad.  A celebration will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 26, as an additional tree is planted to commemorate the next 100 years.

A more detailed list of events may be found at:  (http://tiny.cc/earth-calendar).

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398

OSU to celebrate Austin Hall construction on April 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will celebrate the construction launch of Austin Hall, the new home for the university’s College of Business, on Friday, April 19.

A public ceremony and reception will begin at 4 p.m. on Jefferson Way between S.W. 26th and S.W. 30th streets.

The building, named in honor of Joan and Ken Austin, of Newberg, Ore., for their $10-million commitment, is a $55-million project. Longtime donors to the university, the Austins are co-founders and owners of A-dec, Inc., a world-renowned dental equipment manufacturer. Joan Austin also is president of Springbrook Properties, developer of the acclaimed The Allison Inn & Spa. Ken Austin, graduated from OSU in 1954 with a degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering.

The late Al Reser, his wife Pat and their family, committed an additional $6 million to the project. The Austin and Reser lead gifts have been combined with gifts from additional donors and $25 million in matching state bonds.

“Austin Hall is an incredible milestone in the history of the College of Business. It will allow us to better meet the changing needs for business education and better prepare profession-ready students for the workplace,” said Ilene Kleinsorge, dean and Sara Hart Kimball Chair of the College of Business. “We are forever grateful to the Austins and Resers for their leadership, and for inspiring so many more to generously support the building.”

The 100,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will include 10 classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, a Career Success Center, an MBA suite, a research lab, collaborative team rooms, more than 70 faculty offices, staff and program offices, a café and event space.

Founded in 1908 as one of the nation’s first 12 schools of commerce, the college offers 10 undergraduate degrees and graduate programs that include an MBA degree with eight different track options including an executive leadership track offered in a hybrid format, an accountancy-MBA, and graduate design degrees. Today, more than 5,000 students—nearly 25 percent of all OSU students—major, minor, or seek specialized coursework within the college.

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Jenn Casey, 541-737-0695

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