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OSU College of Business establishes Portland headquarters, launches innovation MBA

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon State University College of Business is launching a new MBA in innovation and establishing a Portland headquarters in the Pearl District.

The new space, located at 220 N.W. Eighth Ave., will be celebrated with several events, including informational meetings for the new MBA track in innovation as well as an upcoming open house for alumni, students, prospective students and industry representatives. 

“It’s an exciting time for us to grow in the Portland market,” said Dean Mitzi Montoya, who joined OSU’s College of Business in September.

OSU’s hybrid MBA program, based in Portland, offers a mix of online and in-person work. The innovation MBA will focus on one of Portland’s core values, entrepreneurial business growth, as it pertains to starting new businesses and advancing existing Oregon companies.

The MBA program in Portland also includes tracks in executive leadership and business analytics. Tracks in supply chain and logistics management and a certificate in financial planning will be offered beginning in the fall.

The flexible hybrid program format makes it accessible for the working professional. It involves working online about 80 percent of the time and gathering twice per 10-week term for team and faculty meetings, professional development, alumni networking and applied project work.

“OSU is an engine of innovation, and Portland is an exciting and growing innovation economy,” Montoya said. “I am excited about the tremendous potential of our work to grow Portland’s capacity to innovate even further.”

The College of Business’ new Portland headquarters will be located in the WeWork building in the Pearl District. WeWork is a national chain of shared office buildings and offers “co-working communities” that house multiple ventures, often startups. The businesses share office space, equipment and related amenities.

“WeWork’s entrepreneurial environment and its mission, to support hard-working members who produce results, aligns with the culture of the College of Business, our alumni and our programs,” Montoya said. 

The open house will be held on Feb. 18 from 4-6 p.m. Alumni, industry representatives, current MBA students, prospective students and community members are invited to attend the free event, which will be hosted by Montoya and other college leaders.

Information sessions for the new MBA track in innovation will be held on Feb. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4-5 p.m. The track will be offered starting in fall 2016. Business professionals in the metro area are invited to attend. RSVPs are appreciated but not required and can be made at osumba@oregonstate.edu.

In addition to the new WeWork space, the College of Business will continue to offer courses at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland’s South Waterfront district and expand its collaboration with OSU’s Food Innovation Center in Northwest Portland.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039, steve.lundeberg@oregonstate.edu

OSU Theatre to present the haunting tale 'Desdemona' Feb. 4-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Paula Vogel’s haunting tale, “Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief,” on Feb. 4-7.

The play, a witty drama based on Shakespeare’s “Othello,” is directed by OSU Theatre Arts student Sam Zinsli. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 4-6, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, in the OSU Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 

The production continues the 2015-16 theater season, “All the World’s a Stage – Celebrating Shakespeare.”

“Desdemona” tells the story of three of Shakespeare’s most memorable female characters while exploring themes of sex, violence, love and trust. In the play, set on the island of Cyprus, Desdemona, Bianca, and Emilia share their hopes, frustrations, and fantasies as rivalries emerge and tender friendships are forged.

“Paula Vogel uses the familiar story of ‘Othello’ to address important topics like sexuality and gender roles for women in society,” said Zinsli.

The production features the work of OSU students Annie Parham as Desdemona, Bria Love Robertson as Bianca and Diana Jepsen as Emilia. 

Tickets are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students/youths; and $4 for OSU students. There is no reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ beginning Jan. 25, or by calling the Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. For more information or for disability accommodations please contact the Theatre Box Office or visit http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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OSU to host internationally-recognized printmaker Jan. 26-29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Artemio Rodriguez, an award-winning artist, author and printmaker, is visiting Oregon State University as an artist in residence Jan. 26-29, as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series. 

Rodriquez’ visit will include an artist’s talk on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m., to be held in the Memorial Union, Room 13, on the Corvallis campus. A reception will follow the talk, and the event is free and open to the public.

During his time at OSU, Rodriguez will work with printmaking students to create an edition of an original relief print. The print will be one of three offered for purchase at an event in mid-May to honor and raise money for the art department’s Norma Seibert Printmaking Scholarship.

Rodriguez has worked in a variety of mediums, but is best known for his linocut prints, some of which are now part of distinguished collections at the Hammer Museum, the San Diego Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and others.

A native of Michoacán, Mexico, Rodriguez migrated to the U.S. in 1994. He received recognition from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs as an emerging artist and subsequently as an established artist.

After several years of working in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas of California, he opened a print shop near downtown Los Angeles, which he still owns. He recently returned to Mexico to live in Pátzcuaro, in his native state of Michoacán, where he founded a printing press, teaches his printmaking methods to Mexican artists, and co-owns a gallery.

Rodriguez is the author of several books, including “Posada,” “One Hundred-Fifty Years,” “American Dream,” and “Loteria Kind of Things.” He was awarded a grant from Creative Capital, a U.S.-based organization that provides financial support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in various disciplines.

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Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006, yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

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Journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar to read Jan. 15 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Novelist and journalist Héctor Tobar will read at Oregon State University on Friday, Jan. 15.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. 

Tobar is the author of “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free.” The book chronicles an official account of the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. The 33 miners chose Tobar to write a single history of the event and the book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction.

The Boston Globe said of the book: “Héctor Tobar’s masterful re-creation of the 2010 San José Mine collapse shows 33 ordinary men challenged to pull together as dire circumstances and diverse personalities pull them apart.”

Tobar is a longtime journalist who has worked for The New Yorker, LA Weekly, and in multiple positions at the Los Angeles Times, where he wrote hundreds of articles and contributed to the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

His other novels include “The Tattooed Soldier” (1998) and “The Barbarian Nurseries” (2011), which was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and won the 2012 California Book Award gold medal for fiction. His nonfiction work in 2005 includes “Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States.”

In 2006, Tobar was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine. He earned a master of fine arts in fiction at University of California, Irvine, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon.

The reading is part of the 2015-2016 Literary Northwest Series, sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. The series brings Pacific Northwest writers to OSU and is made possible 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.

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

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OSU's Fairbanks Gallery to exhibit 'VČELA: Blood & Honey'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “VČELA: Blood & Honey,” an exhibit of sculpture, installation and language by artist Craig Goodworth, opens on Monday, Jan. 11, in the Fairbanks Gallery on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

A reception and artist’s talk will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit draws from the forests of the Willamette Valley and central Europe as well as village folklore and ecological concern. With elements of sculpture, installation and poetry/performance, Goodworth connects to place, memory, object and land. The exhibit is the result of his research and art practice, and explores such questions as art’s role in helping one feel physically connected to land, and how aesthetics can witness to crises that arise in the natural world.

The exhibit includes nine bronze casts from a decayed bee box that Goodworth collected in the Slovak Republic near the Hungarian border. Apiology, or the study of bees, is both an historic tradition of work and fare, and a contemporary icon for crisis in the natural world. The nine bee frames were cast directly, burning out the original forms, at the Bratislava Academy of Fine Art and Design in the summer of 2015. They are part of a larger project, titled “Blood and Honey,” that addresses ancestry and land.  

Goodworth began drawing individual honeybees in the spring of 2013 in his home in the Chehalem Valley of Oregon. In a previous installation, Goodworth used 90 individual bee drawings. This more recent exhibit expands on the subject. In “VČELA: Blood & Honey,” he has compiled an even larger drawing, expanding it to wrap around the gallery and crossing the boundary from the paper on the wall to the walls themselves.

Accompanying the works are poems Goodworth wrote in 2014 and 2015 while he was living in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and in the foothills of Europe’s Carpathian Mountains.  

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. The exhibit concludes on Feb. 2.

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Doug Russell, 541-737-5009, drussell@oregonstate.edu

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Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator plans Demo Day

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator/ RAIN Corvallis program is holding a Demo Day on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

The program graduates are from the community and are innovative, high-growth, traded sector companies that produce goods and services used outside the region.

This cohort’s graduates are:

  • Benny’s Donuts, a delivery donut service founded by an OSU Student, Benny Augeri;
  • Holmwell Software, a software company founded by Phil Manijak, and currently focused on project management for small teams;
  • Koan Technologies, a medical technology company dedicated to providing aesthetically pleasing and functionally sound solutions, designed by John Koan Koberstein; and
  • The Curriculum Projects, an online curriculum creator with hundreds of pre-made lessons in place, founded by Cynthia Fischer.

This program offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, connect with industry professionals, gain access to OSU venture development funds, and work with an advisory team to accelerate company development.

Demo Day is a celebration of the company achievements. Each company will present a seven-minute pitch to an audience of their peers, mentors and investors. The event will be chronicled through social media.

 

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Anna Walsh, 541-368-5206

OSU 4-H to induct four honorees into Hall of Fame

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Extension Service's 4-H youth development program will induct four longtime volunteer leaders or retired staff into its Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

This year's inductees are Mary Mosier of Coburg, Barbara Sawer of Corvallis, Sherri Jensen of Yamhill, and Sue Weinbrecht of Lebanon. They will be honored at a ceremony during the OSU Extension Annual Conference in Corvallis.

“It is such an honor to recognize these four individuals who have made such an imprint on the Oregon 4-H program,” said Pamela Rose, state 4-H youth development program leader. “We are grateful for their service and incredible contributions to improving 4-H for so many young people.”

The Oregon 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to recognize people who have made a significant impact on the Oregon 4-H program.

Mosier has contributed to Oregon 4-H for more than 20 years as a leader in Lane County and in many roles at the state level. As a superintendent and clerk in the 4-H/FFA youth program at the Lane County Fair, she coordinated the fiber arts and clothing exhibits and competitions, as well as the fashion review and food contests.

Mosier served on the state’s 4-H Home Economics Development Committee from 2001-2009 and helped revise the state’s sewing and clothing program. She was also involved in modernizing the crocheting and knitting projects to include current trends like loom knitting and felting. For 10 years, she taught 4-H leaders in home economics. Mosier, who grew up participating in 4-H in Kansas, has served as chair of the food and nutrition exhibit at the Oregon State Fair and was a member of the fair’s board of trustees.

Sawer was involved in 4-H for 10 years as a youth in Kansas and translated that experience to a 21-year career as a state 4-H specialist with OSU’s Extension Service, making significant contributions in leadership and winning numerous awards that include the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Distinguished Service Award. She helped run the Oregon State Fair 4-H program and Oregon 4-H Summer Week, which drew more than 1,000 kids.

During her time with OSU, Sawer became heavily involved in the Oregon 4-H Latino Outreach project as an expert in the design of culturally responsive approaches to program evaluation. She also had a significant impact on the Judges Are Teachers, Too initiative and Parents and Adolescents Can Talk program.

For 29 years, Jensen has dedicated many hours as a 4-H leader in Yamhill County, primarily in the horse club Saddle Dusters, which she founded, but also in leadership, veterinary science and horticulture. A former 5-year Yamhill County 4-H member, Jensen served as president and secretary of the county’s 4-H Horse Leaders. She is a member of the county’s 4-H Advisory Board and state’s Horse Development Committee. For most of her time as a leader, Jensen acted as Yamhill County Fair superintendent. Her extensive volunteer work was recognized with the Yamhill County 4-H Distinguished Service Award and Horse Leader of the Year.

Weinbrecht, a lifelong 4-H volunteer, continues a tradition that stretches back two generations. For 43 years, she has mentored youth in projects such as rabbits, clothing, photography and food as a leader in Oregon, Utah, Washington, Maryland, Iowa and Idaho. She’s chaired a three-state 4-H conference and co-chaired the North Central Regional 4-H Leaders Conference that encompasses 17 states.

In Linn County, Weinbrecht took on the responsibility of county fair photography superintendent, which she’s done since 2002. She serves as president of the 4-H Leader’s Association Executive Council. In 2011, she was awarded the Linn County 4-H Outstanding Leader Award.

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth development program nationwide. The OSU Extension Service oversees Oregon's 4-H program, which reached nearly 94,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade via a network of 10,410 volunteers in 2014. Activities focus on areas like healthy living, civic engagement and science. Learn more about 4-H on this OSU website.

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Pamela Rose, 541-737-4628, Pamela.rose@oregonstate.edu

Joan Didion biographer Tracy Daugherty to discuss his work Dec. 2 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a conversation with Joan Didion biographer and OSU Professor emeritus Tracy Daugherty at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

Daugherty’s latest book, “The Last Love Song,” is a biography of American author and journalist Didion. The book, which was published in August by St. Martin’s Press, debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover nonfiction.

“The Last Love Song,” is the first printed biography about the reclusive Didion, a narrative that traces her life from her youth in Sacramento to her marriage and partnership with her late husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and beyond.

Keith Scribner, an author and professor in the School of Writing, Literature and Film in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, will interview Daugherty about his work at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a book signing will follow.

Daugherty is a professor emeritus of English and creative writing at OSU, where he helped found the Masters of Fine Arts program in creative writing. He is the author of four novels, five short story collections, a book of personal essays and three literary biographies. “Hiding Man,” his biography of Donald Barthelme, was a New York Times and New Yorker notable Book of the Year. 

His first collection of literary essays, “Let Us Build Us a City,” will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2016. He recently completed several new short stories and novellas and has begun research on a new biography.

The event is being presented by the OSU Foundation. The Alumni Center is located at 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

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OSU students to hold vigil for victims of violence around world

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Ettihad Cultural Center at Oregon State University is holding a candle light vigil to stand in solidarity with victims of mindless terror in Paris, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Kenya. Students are inviting the community to stand beside them as they pay respects to the victims. The gathering will take place from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, in  the Student Experience Center plaza, east of the Memorial Union. 

The ECC is a cross-cultural resource for OSU students who have a cultural or ethnic background in central and southwestern Asia and northern Africa, and for those who are interested in learning more about those cultures and regions. 

Organizers say the atrocities committed against humanity this week have shaken everyone. But the Ettihad student community is feeling particularly vulnerable right now because of the negative spotlight that can fall on people of Muslim faith and those with cultural or ethnic ties to the Middle East and North Africa. This event is a means to join hands and raise a voice against division and hatred. 

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Amarah Khan, 541-737-6342; amarah.khan@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University Opera Workshop presents scenes from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Opera Workshop will present “An Evening of Opera,” Tuesday, Nov. 24, in OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in LInC Room 128, 165 S.W. Sackett Place, Corvallis.

The program will be Acts I and II of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” sung in English and set in a 1950s “Mad Men” era theme. The storyline involves Figaro, his fiancée, his boss, and a wedding day love triangle that makes his life complicated.

The performance is directed and designed by Marc Callahan, visiting professor of opera and voice. Oregon State student Anna Patch is the assistant director. Music is directed by David Servias. The costume and set crew is comprised of Callahan and Patch with assistance from DeMara Cabrera, Alec Zinsli, Ken Richardson, Kathi Halloran and Taylor Siling.

The role of Figaro will be sung by Mason Cooper. The role of Susanna will be shared by Emma Nissen, Logan Stewart, Carolyn Poutasse, Jenna Skarphol and Taylor Siling. Other roles are: Bartolo by Jeramie Gajan; Marcellina by Larissa Zens and Diana Alarcon; Cherubino by Blair Bowmer, Anna Patch and Sara Engle; Count by David Zielke; Countess by Clarissa Clark and Grace Weaver; Antonio by Taylor Fahlman; and Basilio by Michael Ripp and Alex Weingarten.

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door, with open seating. Advance tickets may be purchased online at TicketTomato.com. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Tickets will be sold at the Learning Innovation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the performance.

OSU Opera Workshop is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. 

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Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu