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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 Department of Recreational Sports celebrates a century

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Department of Recreational Sports is celebrating its 100th year, making it the third oldest program of its kind in the nation. Several events will be held throughout the 2016-17 school year to commemorate the anniversary.

A two-day open house will be held Oct. 28-29 as part of Homecoming Weekend at Oregon State. The open house will take place from 2-4 p.m., Oct. 28 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Dixon Recreation Center. Visitors can take a tour of the center and view historic items and photos spanning the last 100 years.

“We honor our roots as an intramural sports program that established the values of sport, leadership, and wellness, and that remain central to all of our programming” said Leah Hall Dorothy, recreational sports director. “We try to offer something for every interest, and consequently, I believe students experience us as the social and physical activity hub for the campus community.” 

Recreation Sports was first established as an intramural sports program in 1916 and has expanded dramatically over the years. Currently, 60 percent of the OSU Corvallis campus student body uses OSU recreational facilities annually. As interest in recreational sports has expanded, so has the department, from the establishment of a mountain club in 1947 to the building of Dixon Recreation Center in 1974 (with expansions in 1992 and in 2004).

Around 5,000 people use Dixon Recreation Center daily. The facilities and programs are run by a team of more than 400 student employees. Recreational Sports is 75 percent funded by student fees, and its growth has been guided by student needs, including most recently the creation of Student Legacy Park, which offers lit turf fields for evening play.

A variety of other events will take place during the school year to celebrate the department’s centenary, including a 100+ mile challenge from November to June, encouraging participants to track their favorite activities over fall, winter and spring terms. Participants will receive t-shirts upon completion and will be eligible for other prizes. For more information, visit http://recsports.oregonstate.edu/100plus. In addition, a climbing event will be held in February and a 5K in June.


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Tina Clawson, 541-737-6830; tina.clawson@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host town hall on high-risk drinking

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State University will convene a town hall meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss high-risk drinking and its related negative impacts. During the town hall, OSU will unveil results from the spring 2016 National College Health Assessment (NCHA). For the first time since the university began administering the survey in 2002, OSU is below national rates of high-risk drinking.

The town hall will be held in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Educators, healthcare providers, student leaders, students in recovery, public officials and other community members will discuss the negative impacts of high-risk drinking and share information and ideas about ways to address them as a community.

Campus and community experts will give an overview of factors contributing to a 29 percent reduction in high-risk alcohol use from 2012 to 2016. OSU will report on the challenges to future improvements and the need to enhance collaboration with specific student groups such as sororities and fraternities. 

Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be present to provide her expertise on the power of a strong town and gown relationship to create safer and healthier communities.

“The university has significantly invested in reducing high-risk drinking and improving our neighborhoods through new policies, education, and intervention services for students,” said Robert Reff, director of prevention, advocacy and wellness efforts at OSU.

A new report released by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found full-time college students are far more likely to be current (past month) alcohol drinkers than others their age, and more likely to engage in past month binge drinking. College students between the ages of 18-25 have higher rates of substance use and abuse than any other demographic nationwide.

The town hall represents further commitment by the university to understand the issues that OSU students and the surrounding community face and to collaborate with all stakeholders on solutions.

Community members who attend the town hall can express concerns to OSU, the City of Corvallis and Benton County through town hall feedback forms, which will be discussed at the Corvallis Community Relations Advisory Group at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, in the Madison Ave. meeting room.


Robert Reff, 541-737-7564; robert.reff@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University Theatre presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will kick off the 2016-17 season with a family-friendly adaptation of the quirky children’s novel, “James and the Giant Peach.”

The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13; in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The theme for the theater season is “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis.” In David Wood’s adaptation of the classic tale by Roald Dahl, kindly young James lives in England with his two cruel aunts, Spiker and Sponge, until a mystical old woman gives him a bag of magic and everything changes.

James bravely embarks on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean accompanied by a group of eccentric bug friends for a new life in Central Park. The wild adventure, directed by Tinamarie Ivey, offers fun for the whole family and features colorful costumes, puppetry and original music.

The large cast of OSU students features principle players Rebecca Bright, as Camera Woman; Casey Collins as Spiker; Lindsey Esch as Tour Guide; Geneva Hall as Old Woman; Sidney King as Ladybird; Ben Lawrence as Centipede; Thomas R. McKean as Grasshopper; Annie Parham as James; Alex Small as Earthworm; Amy Stein as Sponge; Sarah Sutton as Miss Spider; and Alyssa Wallstrum as Reporter.

The ensemble actors and puppeteers include Maxine Agather, Ethan Baker-Hayes, Robert Czokajlo, Cheyenne Dickey, Moss Neill, and Margaret Preston.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for youth/students, and $5 for OSU students. Children under three will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales. Tickets will also be available online beginning Oct. 17 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

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OSU to host presidential election discussion in Lake Oswego

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – “Making sense of the Presidential Election,” a panel discussion featuring faculty members from Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego.

The moderated panel conversation will include discussion about how foreign policy challenges, rising populism, race, ethnicity and economic changes have combined to upend the political norms of the last half century. The event is the open to the public, but tickets are required.

The panelists are: Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history and 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow; Andrew Valls, associate professor of political science; Rorie Solberg, associate professor of political science; and Kara Ritzheimer, assistant professor of history.

Tickets are $5 for members of the Oregon State University Alumni Association and $10 for the general public. Space is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 26. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2dJBOO8.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 14811 Kruse Oaks Blvd.

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Artist Shoshanna Weinberger to speak at OSU Oct. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Artist Shoshanna Weinberger, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk, “Sometimes All of Me is not Enough,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Weinberger also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.

Weinberger, a painter and sculptor, will speak about her personal history, the visual interests that inspire her studio practice and how stereotypes, adolescent memory, current culture and questions on the notions of politics and beauty influence her work.

Weinberger’s work strongly relates to her Caribbean-American background, drawing heavily from her complex heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Her series, “A Collection of Strangefruit,” comprised of 18 gouache and mixed media drawings on paper panels, is a series of curvy, malformed, partial bodies in awkward positions, adorned with such things as gold chains, stiletto heels, braided hair, and lingerie. The work confronts how women survey themselves, examine each other and are displayed for male desire, and how that influences what society defines as female beauty.

Weinberger’s work has been exhibited in Newark, New Jersey; Miami; New York City; Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; and Bristol, United Kingdom. She is a four-time participant in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica. She received a John Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014 and was an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in 2015. She recently received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was invited to participate as a year-long artist in residence for The Gateway Project in Newark.

Weinberger received her bachelor of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and a master of fine arts from the Yale School of Art at Yale University in 2003. She lives and works in Newark.

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 and http://shoshanna.info.

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Julie Green, 541-737-5012, green@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Board of Trustees to meet Oct. 19-21

BEND, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to discuss the university’s student success goals, current cost structure, and revenue generating opportunities.

The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 204, Tykeson Hall, located on the OSU-Cascades campus, 1500 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend, Ore.

Each of the board’s three standing committees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. These meetings are open to the public:

  • The Executive and Audit Committee will meet from 8-9:45 a.m. to review the board officers’ final report on the fiscal year 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; proposed presidential search and selection guidelines; the committee’s 2017 work plan; and the Office of Audit Services progress report. The committee will also receive an annual update from the Office of General Counsel.
  • The Finance and Administration Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to consider the committee’s 2017 work plan; changes to the fiscal year 2017 capital plan; and amendments to two investment policies. The committee will also discuss the outreach and engagement plan for fiscal year 2018 tuition-setting process; athletics financial sustainability; and the university’s 10-year capital forecast.
  • The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 1:30-4 p.m. to consider an amendment to the committee charter and the committee’s proposed work plan for 2017. The committee will review and discuss the provost’s annual year-in-review report, a status report on new and existing academic program reviews in progress, and a presentation by the OSU Extension Service.

Following the committee meetings, the board will meet at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to hear a presentation on OSU-Cascades by Vice President Johnson and then participate in a tour of the campus. 

The board will meet again on Friday, Oct. 21, in Tykeson Hall, Room 204. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public. The board will consider the 2016 comprehensive presidential assessment; presidential search and selection guidelines; the board’s 2017 work plan; and the closure of a master of agriculture program.

The board will also consider amendments to two investment policies; the FY2017 capital plan; and the Academic Strategies Committee charter. In addition, the board will hear presentations on the OSU Foundation strategic plan and on the fundamentals of board governance.

A public comment section of the meeting is scheduled for approximately 10:15 a.m. Commenters are allowed up to five minutes and may register by e-mail before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu or may register at the meeting itself. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

More information on the meetings is available online at: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees. The public can listen to the meeting by calling the toll-free number listed on the agenda. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at (541) 737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808


Entrants sought for healthy tailgate recipe contest; 5k fun run at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Recipes are now being sought for the 2016 GridIron Chef healthy tailgate recipe contest sponsored by the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health and the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

Contestants are encouraged to enter a favorite original recipe for a healthy snack, appetizer or other tailgate food in the annual contest. Entrants do not need to submit a prepared dish, only the recipe. The contest is open to anyone interested in participating, including alumni, students, staff, faculty and community members. The deadline is Oct. 24.

The top five recipes will be chosen by food experts and showcased at the College Tailgate and 5K GridIron Challenge fun run held Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Women’s Building, 160 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. For additional information and recipe contest submission guidelines, visit http://bit.ly/2dTkszg.

The finalists’ recipes also will have a nutrition analysis performed by the Moore Family Center and will be included on the Moore Family Center and College of Public Health and Human Sciences websites. Prizes will include Bob’s Red Mill prize packages, Beavers football tickets and gift cards.

The tailgate event will include food, drinks, adult beverages and samples of the finalists’ recipes. The winning recipe also will be available to taste outside Reser Stadium before that day’s football game.

Registration also is underway for the 5k GridIron Challenge fun run. The run, which starts at 9:45 a.m., includes football skills challenge stations. A 1k fun run for children will also be held at 9:30 a.m.

Entry is $35, or $30 for OSU faculty, staff, students and alumni, or $15 for children under 18, and includes admission to the GridIron Chef tailgate event, which begins at 10:15 a.m. For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2dLmHEl. Proceeds from the run benefit OSU’s KidSpirit and Faculty Staff Fitness programs.

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Writer Eileen Pollack to speak at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer Eileen Pollack, whose nonfiction book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club,” explores the challenges facing women in the sciences, will visit Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus Oct. 21 for a pair of talks about her fiction and nonfiction work.

Pollack will speak about “The Facts Behind the Fiction: Research and Creative Writing” at 4 p.m. in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way.

Later that evening, she will speak about her 2015 book, “The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boys’ Club.” The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library Rotunda, 201 S.W. Waldo Place. Both talks are free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the evening event. 

“The Only Woman in the Room” explores the social, interpersonal and institutional barriers confronting women and minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields. The book is based on Pollack’s own experience and six years of interviews with her former teachers and classmates, as well as dozens of other women who had dropped out before completing their degrees in science or found their careers less rewarding than they had hoped.

Pollack’s latest novel, “A Perfect Life,” was published in May. The book explores the moral complexities of scientific discovery and the sustaining nature of love in a novel about a young researcher at MIT who is obsessed with finding the genetic marker to a disease that threatens her family and future.

Her other books include “Breaking and Entering,” a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, and “Paradise, New York.” Her work has appeared in “Best American Essays and “Best American Short Stories.”

Pollack is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in physics at Yale University and later earned a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa.

Pollack’s visit is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series and SPARK, a yearlong series of events celebrating the convergence of the arts and science.

Sponsors for this event include the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women; the College of Liberal Arts; the School of Writing, Literature, and Film; OSU Libraries and Press; Oregon State ADVANCE, a National Science Foundation grant-funded program aimed at increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers; 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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Top Oregon family businesses to be honored at Nov. 2 event

PORTLAND, Ore. – Several Oregon family businesses will be honored at the Oregon State University College of Business’ 2016 Excellence in Family Business Awards ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Portland Hilton and Executive Tower.

Bill Stoller, co-founder of Express Employment, will speak at the event, which is sponsored by the college’s Austin Family Business Program. Domonic Biggi, president of Beaverton Foods, will emcee. There are fees for attendance.

“Our Excellence in Family Business Awards recognize the achievements of family businesses in entrepreneurship, community involvement and multigenerational planning,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of OSU’s College of Business. “With upwards of 80 percent of Oregon’s businesses being family-owned, it is really important that we honor the hard work and drive of these families and continue to foster a culture of support and shared-learning within the family business community.” 

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

“We want everyone to access these stories and learn why these businesses are so successful.” said Sherri Noxel, director of the Austin Family Business Program.

The awards feature categories that reflect sound family business practices. Honorees are:

  • Family Harmony: The Charlton Kennels & Farm, Portland. Finalists in the category included C & D Landscaping, Dayton, and Jag Forms, West Linn.
  • Generational Development: Benchmade Knife Company, Inc. C & R Remodeling, Salem, was a finalist in this category.
  • Business Renewal: GK Machine, Inc., Donald. Finalists included The Cronin Company, Portland, and Pride Disposal Company, Sherwood.
  • Student Award: Nicholas Strebin, Strebin Farms, Troutdale.

Stoller will receive the 2016 Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership.

The event begins with a reception at 4 p.m. and the program at 5:50 p.m. Tickets are $45 for the reception alone, $75 for the reception with a buffet or $25 for children ages 3-10. The Portland Hilton and Executive Tower is at 921 S.W. 6th Ave., Portland.

Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2cNO3ga, by calling 1-800-859-7609 or by contacting Melissa Elmore at Melissa.elmore@bus.oregonstate.edu. The deadline to register is Oct. 26.

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