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Celebrate Veterans Day – then head back to class

CORVALLIS, Ore. – With improved educational benefits and after years of conflict in the Middle East, a flood of veterans are heading to college in numbers that surpass those of recent history.

Oregon State University has 1,025 students who are receiving veteran educational benefits, a new record and the most of any university in Oregon. They now account for about one out of every 25 students at OSU, and a range of programs are being created or expanded to help facilitate this stream of incoming veterans.

“I’ve talked to counterparts all over the country and this is clearly a national trend,” said Gus Bedwell, the OSU veteran resources coordinator. “OSU has always had quite a few veteran students, but right now we’re almost triple the number of five years ago. Other institutions are also seeing three to four times as many veterans as they used to.”

Part of the increase, officials say, is due to an expansion of educational benefits that were put in place in the early 2000s, including some that veteran dependents and spouses can use. A weak economy also made it an opportune time for veterans to attend college, just like many other students.

OSU has responded with renewed efforts to pave the way for returning veterans, programs to cut through federal bureaucracy, and make sure the students get both the personal and professional help they need.

Two new initiatives at OSU are an example. A Student Health Services Veterans Work Group is helping to ensure treatment of the full range of health concerns that veterans face, including access to some local services. And a Veterans Work Group focuses much of its efforts on academic and programmatic support. This group and other officials have trained advisers, worked to expedite the transfer of military transcripts to academia, and helped keep students informed during the recent government shutdown.

A website at http://oregonstate.edu/veterans/home/ helps guide veterans, and a veterans lounge in the OSU Memorial Union allows veterans an opportunity to meet and build their community in a casual setting.

“OSU has really made an effort to understand the obstacles veterans face and help work around them,” Bedwell said.

For instance, he said, the federal government is often slow at making veteran educational benefit payments. Officials know the money will come, but in the meantime it can cost students penalties, interest, and create “holds” that interfere with course registration. So the university created a mechanism to avoid these holds, allow regular progress with an educational program, and refund any penalties once the government payments are made. This program is called the “Goodwill Interest Waiver.”

The university’s nationally recognized program of distance education, E-Campus, is also a favorite with many veterans. They can take courses while living literally anywhere in the world and earn degrees in a wide range of fields.

OSU, with its origin as a land grant college, had a mandate under the Morrill Act of 1862 to “include military tactics” as part of its educational program, and the university has always been tuned to the needs of veterans.

It’s one of a limited number of schools that hosts all four branches of the Reserve Officers Training Corp, and its student center, the Memorial Union, was named to help honor veterans, many of them returned from World War I. OSU has earned the title of “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs several years in a row.

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Celebrated memoirist Nick Flynn to read at OSU on Oct. 11

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Nick Flynn will read from his work on Friday, Oct. 11, at Oregon State University’s Valley Library rotunda. The free public event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Flynn is the author of three memoirs including “The Reenactments” (2013), “The Ticking is the Bomb: A Memoir of Bewilderment” (2010) and “Another … Night in Suck City” (2004). Flynn is also the author of three books of poetry.

Of Flynn’s most recent memoir, “The Reenactments,”  Kirkus Reviews wrote: “Flynn’s determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work.” Clea Simon of The Boston Globe said Flynn’s writing is “always specific and honest” and “dryly funny.”

His award-winning memoir “Another … Night in Suck City” was turned into the movie “Being Flynn,” starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano. That book recounted his unusual relationship with his alcoholic father and the suicide of his mother.

Flynn, 52, is a professor of poetry and married to actress Lili Taylor.

Flynn has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust, and The Fine Arts Work Center.

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally-known writers to Oregon State University. The program is made possible by support from The Valley Library, OSU 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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Rachel Ratner, 516-652-5817

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature ‘Montage’ juried art student exhibit

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host “Montage,” an exhibition of art and poetry by OSU students, Dec. 9 through Jan. 23.

An artist’s talk and public reception will take place in the gallery at 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. The event is free and open to the public.

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Any OSU student was eligible to submit original artwork to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition. In past years the show has been restricted to art students and included photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and other artistic media. This year the exhibition was opened to any student and poetry submissions were also accepted for consideration.

The Montage Collective, a long-standing student arts organization, organizes, publicizes and installs the exhibition. For the second year, Montage Collective has called upon a local artist/curator from outside the university to jury the show.

This year's juror is Bruce Burris, director of ArtWorks/CEI in Corvallis. Burris has been a leader in the field of arts and disability nationwide for some 35 years. He has served as an executive director, program developer, facilitator, publicist and employment specialist with programs devoted to supporting artists with disabilities. An artist and curator, Burris is also the founder of E L and F Projects, a performance-based organization.

A special interactive, take-home activity - woodblock/letterpress cards with OSU art alumna Angela Purviance – will be offered at no charge during the Corvallis Arts Walks, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 15 and Jan. 19.

For more information, visit; http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Caroline Moses, mosesca@oregonstate.edu

Public meeting on design of OSU’s Marine Studies Building to be held Nov. 17

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University will host an informational meeting and open house on Thursday, Nov. 17, to present the schedule and design process for the interior of the new Marine Studies Building in Newport.

The building is a key component of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative (MSI). It will support marine studies research, education, and outreach and engagement conducted by OSU.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center, 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive, Newport. The presentation will be led by Bob Cowen, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and Bob Zimmerman of YGH Architects. The architect’s presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

OSU is planning the construction of the Marine Studies Building, an approximate 85,000-square-foot facility within the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) campus. The building is expected to include:

  • Classrooms and teaching labs
  • Flexible, state-of-the-art research labs
  • Faculty offices
  • Facilities for visiting faculty and scholars
  • Meeting rooms open to the greater HMSC and Newport community
  • Vertical evacuation features

In addition to the opportunity to be a world-class research and teaching facility, the Marine Studies Building will demonstrate leading seismic and tsunami-resistant building design and campus improvements.

In deciding the location of the building, OSU President Edward J. Ray has required that the building will be designed, engineered and constructed so that it will:

  • Survive an associated tsunami resulting from a catastrophic natural event, such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone event,
  • Be repairable following an L-level tsunami,
  • Be built to provide a safe and accessible, vertical rooftop evacuation site alternative for those with impaired mobility in the event of an XXL-level tsunami,
  • Fully serve the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus by preferred horizontal evacuation systems.

The building will exceed current and soon to be updated national American Society of Certified Engineering standards for buildings in inundation zones.

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

Search launched for new OSU diversity officer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University today began an international search for a vice president and chief diversity officer.

The chief diversity officer will be the senior official responsible for guiding OSU’s efforts around institutional diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and access for all of the university’s campuses, Extension offices, experiment stations and centers. Angela Batista presently serves as Oregon State’s interim chief diversity officer.

The 19-member search committee will be chaired by Sastry Pantula, dean of the OSU College of Science. It will work with the assistance of Spelman Johnson, a global search firm.

“A more diverse, welcoming and inclusive educational environment is critical to all of OSU’s most important goals, in teaching, research and public service,” Pantula said. “Oregon State is committed to greater institutional diversity, not just in our teaching and research but in how we engage and serve communities in Oregon, nationally and globally.”

The vice president and chief diversity officer will provide leadership in strategic planning, education, research, community relations, outreach, communications, campus climate, and policy development, Pantula said.

Other members of the search committee include:

  • Cindy Alexis, business and finance analyst in Budget and Fiscal Planning, and committee representative for Faculty Senate administrative appointments
  • Aracely Arredondo, accountant with University Administration Business Center
  • Adrian Borycki, an OSU student
  • Michelle Bothwell, associate professor of bioengineering
  • Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs
  • Donna Chastain, acting chief human resources officers and director of Workplace Solutions
  • Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing
  • Allison Davis-White Eyes, assistant provost and director of the Center for Cultural Engagement
  • Jennifer Dennis, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
  • Rebecca Gose, general counsel
  • Mark Hoffman, vice provost for International Programs
  • Namagoba Elizabeth Kaweesa, president of Black Graduate Student Association
  • Anesat Leon-Guerrero, ASOSU executive director of Diversity Programs
  • Andrea McDaniel, executive assistant to the provost and liaison to Spelman Johnson
  • Janet Nishihara, director of OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program
  • Robin Pappas, instructional innovation program manager for Information Services, and search advocate
  • Dwaine Plaza, professor in the School of Public Policy
  • Clay Simmons, chief compliance officer and interim executive director of Equal Opportunity and Access at OSU.

 

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Leading scholar on Chinese art to speak at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ping Foong, a leading scholar of Chinese art and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Foong, the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will discuss her current research on a Buddhist votive plaque from the museum collection. She also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

The talk, “The Votive Body: Displaying an object of Buddhist devotion at the Seattle Art Museum,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with Foong will take place prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Foong oversees all aspects of the Seattle Art Museum’s extensive collection of historic Chinese art. She also has a lead role in the current renovation and expansion of the landmark 1933 art deco building that is home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is scheduled to reopen in 2019.

Foong is an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington School of Art, Art History and Design. Her primary expertise is Song dynasty landscape painting, but her experience spans the academic and curatorial realms.

In teaching and research, Foong’s interests lie in Chinese literati culture, society, identity, and the interplay between visual motifs and poetic description. Her latest project is research for a book on artist institutions and the spatial imagination in middle period China.

She is the author of a book on 11th-century Chinese ink painting, “The Efficacious Landscape: On the Authorities of Painting at the Northern Song Court,” published by Harvard University Asia Center in 2015. She received her doctorate from Princeton University.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW or http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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Lei Xue, 541-737-5395, Lei.Xue@oregonstate.edu

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DJ Spooky to bring ‘Heart of a Forest’ performance to four Oregon cities

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New York-based composer, artist and author Paul Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, will perform “Heart of a Forest,” a multimedia show inspired by seasonal artist residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in four Oregon cities Nov. 6-11.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author, will mix live, recorded and electronic music with aerial video of Oregon forests, along with an on-stage conversation with a forest ecologist during the performances. The score, which was debuted and recorded with the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble earlier this year, explores spring, summer, fall and winter through sound and imagery.

The "Heart of a Forest" tour is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word at OSU and the four regional host organizations. Show ticket prices vary by location.

The show schedule is:

  • 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. Co-hosted by Fishtrap; for additional information, visit www.fishtrap.org.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 9, in Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Co-hosted by the World Forestry Center; for more information, visit http://bit.ly/2eEwm2h.
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 10, at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport. Co-hosted by the Newport Performing Arts Center; for more information visit http://bit.ly/2e5Omly.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 11, at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Co-hosted by the High Desert Museum; information, http://bit.ly/2eEx8Mz.

Funding for the events was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

In addition to his work as a composer, Miller is also a multimedia artist and author whose work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others.

Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. His website is: http://djspooky.com/

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Charles Goodrich, 541-737-6198, charles.goodrich@oregonstate.edu

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OSU presents annual International Film Festival Nov. 9-15

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual International Film Festival, which includes 18 films from 10 countries, will be held Nov. 9-15 at Darkside Cinema and Whiteside Theater in Corvallis.

The festival is organized and hosted by the School of Language, Culture and Society in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU. Since 2009, the festival has showcased different perspectives in contemporary filmmaking.

The festival will open with “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” or Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, that will be accompanied live by the German band, ALP, which is flying in from Berlin for the event. The event, sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., will also feature giveaways and a reception with the musicians after the screening. For more information about the reception, email sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include “After the Storm”, a 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection about a father reconnecting with his son in the days before a typhoon, and “The Second Mother,” a Portuguese comedy about the life of a housekeeper.

All of the screenings are free and open to the public but attendees need to obtain a ticket at the respective cinema before entering the auditorium. Tickets are limited so early arrival is encouraged.

The schedule of screenings is:

Nov. 9 – Whiteside Theater:
·    7 p.m. – “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt,” (Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis), Germany, 1927, a silent film with live guitar, bass and synthesizer music accompaniment by the band ALP.

Nov. 10 – Darkside Cinema:
·    5 p.m. – “Usfahrt Oerlike,” (Exit Oerlikon) Switzerland, 2015, drama in Swiss German.
·    7 p.m. – “3 Bellazas,” (3 Beauties) Venezuela, 2014, a comedy, horror, thriller in Spanish.
 
Nov. 11 – Darkside Cinema:
·    3:30 p.m. – “Rettet Rafi,” (My Friend Raffi), Germany, 2015, children’s film in German.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Que Horas Ela Volta?” (The Second Mother) Brazil, 2015, drama in Portuguese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. – “Streif,” (One Hell of a Ride) Austria, 2015, documentary in English.

Nov. 12 – Darkside Cinema:
·    1 p.m. – “Paradise Trips,” Netherlands, 2015, a comedy, drama in Dutch with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “NN,” Peru, 2015, a drama in Spanish with English subtitles.
·    5:30 p.m. – “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku,” (After the Storm) Japan, 2016, drama in Japanese with English subtitles.
·    8 p.m. ­– “Fukushima Mon Amour,” Germany, 2016, drama in German, Japanese and English.

Nov. 13 – Darkside Cinema
·    1 p.m. – “Pored Mene,” (Next to Me) Serbia, 2015, a comedy, drama, in Serbian with English subtitles.
·    3 p.m. – “Pequeñas Menteras Piadosas,” (The Travel Agent), documentary in Spanish.
·    5 p.m. – “Apprentice,” Singapore, 2016, a drama in Malay and English with English subtitles.
·    7 p.m. – “Le bois dont les rêves sont faits,” (The Woods Dreams Are Made Of), documentary in French.

Nov. 14 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “Con la pata quebrada,” (Barefoot in the Kitchen,) documentary in Spanish.
·    7 p.m. – “Fuchi ni tatsu,” (Harmonium), drama, Japanese with English subtitles.

Nov. 15 – Darkside Cinema
·    5 p.m. – “I am Femen,” documentary in English and Russian with English subtitles
·    7 p.m. – “Blanka,” drama in Tagalog with English subtitles.

The Whiteside Theater is located at 361 S.W. Madison Ave., Corvallis. Darkside Cinema is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. For more information, including a synopsis of each film, visit the festival website http://bit.ly/2enlT7U.

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Sebastian Heiduschke, sebastian.heiduschke@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU production of ‘For the Love of Lies’ to be held Nov. 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for OSU Theatre’s winter 2017 production of “For the Love of Lies” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15-16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a lively comedy in the style of Commedia dell’Arte, a classic theater style with stock characters, physical comedy and romance. 

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. Those participating in the auditions should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to sing. Singing “Happy Birthday” will suffice for those who don’t have a prepared song; 16 bars of a favorite classic rock song also will work. Auditioners are encouraged to come with an open mind and be ready to have fun.

Performances of the production are scheduled for Feb. 16-18 and 24-26. Several rehearsals will be scheduled during fall term: Nov. 1-22, 28, and 30 and Dec. 5 and 7. 

Winter term rehearsals will be scheduled Monday-Thursday evenings with optional Friday rehearsals beginning Jan. 9. Tech weekend is scheduled Feb. 11-12 with dress rehearsals Feb. 13-15.

For more information about the production, contact the director, Dan Stone, at stoned@linnbenton.edu.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature Kerry Skarbakka exhibit ‘On the Brink’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University will host an exhibition of work by photographer Kerry Skarbakka titled “On the Brink,” Nov. 5-30.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place in the gallery at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Fairbanks Gallery is located on the first floor of Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for the Corvallis Arts Walk. Admission is free.

Skarbakka is an assistant professor of art at OSU, where he teaches courses in photography and combined media. This is his first solo exhibition in Corvallis. It focuses on some of the more immediate and pressing threats to our existential stability, and is comprised of past and current projects that illustrate the scope and trajectory of Skarbakka’s combined media approach to photography.

Skarbakka’s work lies at the intersection of performance-based practices and staged photography. Over the past 15 years he has used his own body as a physical metaphor, addressing issues of uncertainty, war, equality, identity, politics, economy and the environment, and dedicating his artistic energies towards constructing scenarios channeled directly from the anxiety and fear associated with being human.

While the exploration of the fragilities of the human condition is a common thread in his work, Skarbakka said his goal has always been “to transform these universally difficult emotions into poetic and meaningful visual expressions.”

Skarbakka currently has an exhibition at the Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel. He also has exhibited photographs in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions around the world. His work has appeared at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh; the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Aperture Foundation, New York City; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Among Skarbakka’s honors are a 2005 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a commission from the city of Seattle through the 1 Percent for the Arts Program and an Illinois Arts Council assistance grant.

For more information visit www.skarbakka.com, and http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/art/fairbanks-gallery-art.

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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