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Panelists to discuss Iran nuclear deal Nov. 5 at Oregon State

Oregon State University faculty and other experts will discuss the latest news and information about the nuclear deal with Iran beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library on campus.

The event is an opportunity to explore the historical roots of the accord, consider its impact on war and peace, and discuss central issues related to non-proliferation and related international relations issues.

It is sponsored by OSU’s Citizenship and Crisis initiative, directed by history professor Christopher McKnight Nichols. The discussion will be moderated by event co-organizer Jacob Hamblin, professor of the history of science and director of environmental arts and humanities at OSU. Panelists include:

  • Nichols, who also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations;
  • Jonathan Katz, a history professor whose research has focused on Iranian history and Islamic political theory;
  • Linda Richards, instructor in the history of science, whose research has focused on issues related to human rights and the history of nuclear technologies;
  • Mark Schanfein, senior proliferation adviser at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and former employee of the International Atomic Energy Agency;
  • Susan Voss, nuclear engineer, president of Global Nuclear Network Analysis, a consulting firm, and former employee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The discussion will be held in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in the library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. It is free and open to the public.

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Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu

‘Contemporary Japanese Prints’ exhibit opens Nov. 9 at Fairbanks Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Contemporary Japanese Prints,” an exhibit exploring the Japanese aesthetic, will be on display Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, with a gallery talk by OSU art professor Yuji Hiratsuka at 5 p.m.

“Contemporary Japanese Prints” explores the distinctive and influential Japanese aesthetic. A driving force behind this aesthetic is Japan’s appreciation of technical skill and craftsmanship. From fashion to fine art, the physical artifacts of Japanese culture reflect this dedication to creating precious and precise art and design, exhibit organizers say.

This dedication is well-suited to printmaking, a medium where the tools, workshop, esoteric details and variety of techniques make it an art form which is process-driven. The work in this exhibition embodies both superb technical ability and the alluring Japanese aesthetic.

The artists represented in the exhibit are from all stages in their careers. Yukio Fukazawa is a 91-year-old graphic master, while Fumiko Suzuki is a 27-year-old recent graduate of art school. She is producing hand-drawn stone lithographs; her images are that of her contemporary female artists in Tokyo portrayed in intimate self-reflection.

Keisuke Yamamoto, Tomuyuki Sakuta, Sohee Kim, Azumi Takeda and Ryohei Tanaka are among the other artists featured in the exhibit.

This exhibit was curated by Miranda K. Metcalf, director of contemporary works of paper at Davidson Galleries in Seattle. Metcalf traveled to Tokyo in September 2014 to research and prepare the exhibition.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Media Contact: 

Douglas Russell, 541-737-5009, or drussell@oregonstate.edu

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“Perhaps” by Fumiko Suzuki


“Golden Seven” by Hikari Hirose

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“A Frozen Passage” by Yukio Fukazama


A Frozen Passage

OSU’s Giustina Gallery to present “Life & Death” exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new art exhibit at Oregon State University’s Giustina Gallery will celebrate the eighth biennial photography show, “Life & Death,” from Nov. 3 through Dec. 11.

The gallery is located in The LaSells Stewart Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on the gallery visit:http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery.

A public art reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4. 

The Life & Death exhibit is presented by the Willamette PhotoArts Guild in honor of Rosie Saraga, a member who died in 2013 after a prolonged illness. The group is comprised of more than 40 photographers from around the mid-valley. For this year’s theme, 25 photographers will present their interpretations of life and death.

“Photography is very personal for most of us,” said Dan Wise, a member of the guild and owner of Wise Photo Printing. Wise added that he believes these images “serve as reminders of moments in time” that might have otherwise been forgotten.

“I think this is going to be a very complex and thought-invoking exhibit,” said Tina Green-Price, curator for Giustina Gallery. “I am really looking forward to what they will present.”

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Tina Green-Price, 541-737-2402; tina.green-price@oregonstate.edu

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Novelist T. Geronimo Johnson to read at Oregon State Nov. 5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author T. Geronimo Johnson will give a free public reading beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Valley Library rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Johnson is the author of “Hold it ‘Til it Hurts,” a PEN/Faulkner finalist. His most recent book, “Welcome to Braggsville,” was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

“Welcome to Braggsville” is a provocative comedy about four liberal University of California, Berkeley students who stage a mock lynching during a Civil War reenactment. It was named one of the 10 books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and was recommended by UC Berkeley as summer reading for incoming undergraduates.

The Washington Post hailed the book, describing it as: “The most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-listen-up novel you’ll read this year.”

Johnson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is a founding and core faculty member in the OSU-Cascades low-residency creative writing program, teaching fiction. He also has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The Prague Summer Program, San Quentin and elsewhere. 

The reading is part of the 2015-16 Visiting Writers Series at Oregon State, which is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

Media Contact: 

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

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T. Geronimo Johnson

Strand Agriculture Hall re-opens after seismic, accessibility remodel

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Strand Agriculture Hall is celebrating its re-opening after a two-year, extensive remodeling project.

The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., beginning at the West Portico Entrance that faces the Memorial Union Quad. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by tours.

The building was originally completed in three phases, beginning in 1909 and finishing in 1913. At the time of its completion it was the largest building on campus, and over the years it has housed many different departments, but always with agriculture as its primary emphasis.

The 115,000 square-foot classroom and office building has undergone a major transformation, including extensive seismic and energy upgrades and dramatic improvements to building accessibility. Hoffman Construction was responsible for the work, which was designed by Henneberry Eddy Architects. The $24.9 million project was funded through a combination of bonds and State Energy Loan Program funds.

The building contains 16 general purpose classrooms and houses the dean’s office of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Dean Dan Arp will be one of the presenters at the re-opening celebration.

“It’s a thrill to see this building restored and renewed far beyond its former glory,” Arp said. “Strand Ag Hall is now an open, accessible space; it’s a seismically safe place; and it’s a beautiful space to invite people to explore agricultural sciences.”

Previously, Strand was known as one of the least accessible buildings on the Corvallis campus, but upgrades have now made it one of the most accessible, including creating four accessible entrances, an elevator that now reaches the fourth floor, fully accessible restrooms and upgrades to signage. Architects included shallow walkways on the exterior and interior ramps to make the entrances accessible, as well as a porch and ramps on the access point facing the Memorial Union, the most heavily trafficked student building on campus.

"The building truly showcases that when accessibility is considered throughout a project, the results are seamless," said Gabriel Merrell, OSU associate director of Diversity, Community Engagement, and Accessibility and deputy ADA coordinator. "The features blend into the building – they are almost non-apparent. Contrast this with the former design where a big concrete ramp was introduced into a former window well, prominently segregating access into a separate entrance."

Larry Landis, director of Special Collections and Archives Research Center at OSU, said Strand is unique in that it’s housed the College of Agricultural Sciences, in one form or another, throughout its history.

“There aren’t many colleges that can say they were located in the same building for the last 100 years,” Landis said.

Media Contact: 

Dan Arp, 541-737-2331; dan.j.arp@oregonstate.edu

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Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 19 event

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the 2015 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. 

Shobi Dahl, co-founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, will speak at the event, which is sponsored by Oregon State University’s Austin Family Business Program. Nik Blosser, chairman of Sokol Blosser Winery and CEO of Celilo Group Media, will emcee.

“After 30 years of family business education at Oregon State we continue to meet new and inspiring families running successful businesses in our communities,” said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program. 

Founded in 1985, the Austin Family Business Program  provides inspiration, education, outreach and research to support family businesses.

The Excellence in Family Business Awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning. More than 200 companies have been honored since the awards began in 1988. 

This year’s awards feature new categories that reflect sound family business practices. Honorees are:

  • Family Harmony: Roe Motors of Grants Pass. Finalists in the category included Lee Farms of Tualatin and Nicholas Restaurant, which has three locations in the Portland area.
  • Generational Development: David H. Sutherland & Co., Inc. Finalists include Hagan Hamilton Insurance, McMinnville, and Newberg Steel & Fabrication, Inc.
  • Business Renewal: Rose City Label Company, Portland. Hillsboro Implants & Periodontics was also a finalist in the category.
  • Student Award: Mackenzie Day of Estacada, Day Wireless Reliance Connects.

The event will also feature the designation of Oregon’s Oldest Family Business, which will be recognized and announced with the Dean’s Family Business Leadership Award.

The event begins with a reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the reception alone, $90 for the reception and dinner, or $25 for children ages 3-10. The Sentinel Hotel is at 614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland.

To reserve a seat, register online at http://bit.ly/1yVW32k or contact Melissa Elmore at Melissa.elmore@bus.oregonstate.edu or 1-800-859-7609. The deadline to register is Nov. 6.

Media Contact: 

Sherri Noxel, 541-737-6019, Sherri.noxel@bus.oregonstate.edu

OSU to honor alumni as part of Homecoming

CORVALLIS, Ore. – As part of its Homecoming festivities, the Oregon State University Alumni Association will honor six alumni fellows and one distinguished young alumna at a celebration on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 5 p.m., at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus.

The 2015 alumni fellows, and the OSU colleges they represent, are:

  • Laura Anderson, a 2000 graduate representing the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. The Newport resident is president and owner of Local Ocean Seafoods, and is a consultant in marine resources management.
  • Penny Reher, a 1982 graduate representing the College of Pharmacy. She lives in Corvallis and is chief pharmacy officer for Samaritan Health Services.
  • Tom Skoro, a 1981 graduate representing the College of Engineering. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, and is senior vice president of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc.
  • Tom Toomey, a 1982 graduate representing the College of Business. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado, and is CEO of UDR, a multifamily real estate investment trust.
  • Dave Underriner, a 1981 graduate of the College of Forestry, representing the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He lives in West Linn and is Oregon regional chief executive for Providence Health & Services.
  • Mary Carlin Yates, a 1968 graduate representing the College of Liberal Arts. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, is a former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and has received appointments from three U.S. presidents.

The 2015 Young Alumni Award recipient is D'Anna Foster, a 2009 graduate representing the College of Business, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the University Honors College and the OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. A former star Beaver gymnast (as D’Anna Piro), she lives in Portland and is manager of Direct to Consumer Strategy at Nike. 

A social and program to honor the recipients begins at 5 p.m., Oct. 23. Tickets are $30 for OSUAA members, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for students

To register or find more information on the awards event, or to learn more about other Homecoming events, visit osualum.com/homecoming or call, toll-free, 877-OSTATER (877-678-2837).

The OSUAA established the alumni fellows program in 1988 to help OSU colleges recognize their eminent alumni. Honorees have distinguished themselves in their professions and communities. The young alumni award was established in 2006 to recognize alumni 35 or younger whose exceptional achievements have brought credit to the university.

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Kate Sanders, 541-737-6220


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Oregon State celebrates Beaver Country with Homecoming 2015

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is inviting people to ‘Come Home to Beaver Country’ next week during Homecoming 2015.

Activities begin on Thursday, Oct. 22, with a homecoming carnival in the Memorial Union Quad from noon to 5 p.m. That evening, from 7-8 p.m., Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum, will speak at The LaSells Stewart Center on “How Country Music Became America’s Popular Music.”

On Friday, Oct. 23, some of Oregon State’s best and brightest graduates will be honored at the Alumni Fellows and Young Alumni Award Celebration at 5 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. More information and registration details are available at: http://bit.ly/1Lw0M0s

Corvallis native and country singer Jackson Michelson will return to his hometown to perform the Homecoming concert on Friday, Oct. 23, beginning at 8 p.m., in the Student Experience Center plaza. He’ll be joined by the Grange Hall Drifters.

The homecoming football game between Oregon State and Colorado begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 There will be several tailgating events, including a Beaver Nation tailgater at 4:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for Alumni Association members, and a diversity gathering and tailgating on the Alumni Center lawn at 6:30 p.m.

For a complete list of Homecoming events: http://www.osualum.com/s/359/index.aspx?sid=359&gid=1001&pgid=4475

Media Contact: 

Kate Sanders, 541-737-2351; kate.sanders@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State University’s School of Arts and Communication launches new arts event series

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The School of Arts and Communication in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts is starting a new performing and visual arts series to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser-known artists and ensembles to Corvallis throughout the year. 

The series, “SAC Presents,” will feature a wide range of musical genres, from country music to jazz, chamber music and rock. The series also will include exhibits and lectures by visual artists and guest speakers addressing topics associated with the arts.

“This new series allows us to bring a wide range of artists to the campus and the community, while also providing our students with opportunities to go to a variety of performances they might not otherwise have an opportunity to experience,” said Lee Ann Garrison, director of the School of Arts and Communication.

SAC Presents will kick off with several events during OSU’s homecoming weekend. They are: 

  • “How Country Music Became America’s Pop”: A talk by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. in the Austin Auditorium, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Free and open to the public.
  • The Music Revolution Project: A select group of OSU students and alumni will spend the day in a songwriting workshop with Santelli, a music producer and music faculty, followed by a concert showcasing their work. The performance will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, in the Fairbanks Gallery at OSU, 220 S.W. 26th St. Free and open to the public.
  • Jackson Michelson Concert: Rising country music star Michelson, a Corvallis native, will present a free concert on Friday, Oct. 23. The Grange Hall Drifters will open the show, which is co-sponsored by the OSU Alumni Association. 8 p.m., Student Experience Center Plaza, 2251 S.W. Jefferson Way.

The series will continue in November with a performance by concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony concertmaster Frank Almond on Nov. 17. Almond will perform a recital to commemorate the 300th birthday of his celebrated, historical instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivari. The concert will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets are $25; they are available at Gracewinds Music in Corvallis and online at TicketTomato.com.

Performances by the chamber music group Ivy Street Ensemble; Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, a chamber music- jazz hybrid band; and other events also are being planned for the winter and spring terms, with dates to be announced later.

The new series, along with growth in OSU’s music, art, and theatre programs, is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts challenge, in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at Oregon State.

More information about SAC Presents is available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/sac-presents-series.

Media Contact: 

Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-619-2420, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

OSU awarded prestigious honor society chapter

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter after a rigorous three-year application process.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society for liberal arts and sciences. A total of 26 universities applied for the honor three years ago, and five were chosen for a site visit last year, including Oregon State.

This week, the Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council voted to award a chapter to Oregon State and two other schools.

Phi Beta Kappa chapters exist at only about ten percent of colleges and universities, and only about ten percent of each institution’s arts and sciences graduates are invited to join Phi Beta Kappa each year.  Invitees must demonstrate not only outstanding academic performance but also a record of coursework in the liberal arts and sciences that shows depth as well as breadth.  Phi Beta Kappa members have included 17 U.S. Presidents, 39 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and more than 130 Nobel Laureates. 

Oregon State President Edward J. Ray has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since he was a senior at Queens College in the City University of New York, and there are more than 100 other Phi Beta Kappa members already among OSU faculty. Ray said he was excited about the prospect of offering membership to some of Oregon State’s many high-achieving students.

“Becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa had a profound impact on my life and on my career as a leader of higher education,” Ray said. “When I was in college I couldn’t afford the $25 membership fee, but a family friend was generous enough to pay it for me. That’s why my late wife Beth and I set up a fund to make sure OSU students with similar financial limitations aren’t prevented from becoming members.”

The Kay Bowers Fund for Phi Beta Kappa Students, established by the Rays, will support eligible Phi Beta Kappa students who don’t have the resources to cover the expenses to join. Upon learning of the decision to award a chapter to Oregon State, Ray has just doubled the endowment.

Phi Beta Kappa schools generally invite only a small percentage of high-achieving, top students to join, which gives them a notable addition to their resumes as well as access to networking opportunities. A chapter at Oregon State has been a long time coming, supporters say, and the high prestige that goes along with a chapter cements Oregon State's legitimacy as a major national research and liberal arts university. 

Among the reasons the Phi Beta Kappa committee cited for approving Oregon State membership was the university’s ‘overwhelming commitment to student learning,” and “across-the-board respect for the values of liberal learning.”

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Larry Rodgers noted Oregon State’s commitment to providing a foundational baccalaureate core for all Oregon State undergraduates.

“Becoming a Phi Beta Kappa chapter has been at the top of our wish list as we continue to enhance our arts and science curriculum at Oregon State,” Rodgers said. “We are thrilled that our students will have the chance to experience the benefits of being members of such a prestigious and respected honor society.”

Media Contact: 

Tara Williams, 541-737-6412; tara.williams@oregonstate.edu