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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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Auditions for OSU production of ‘James and the Giant Peach’ to be held Oct. 3-4

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall 2016 production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The classic tale is told by James and the insect characters – Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm. The play begins at the end of the story, when James and his friends are living in the giant peach stone in Central Park, New York.

A tour guide brings a party of tourists - the audience - to see this major attraction, and James and his friends tell the story of how they came to live in New York. The epic journey across the Atlantic is acted out with live action, puppetry and storytelling.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, staff, faculty, and area community members. Those planning to audition should be prepared to do cold readings from the script and group-building improvisational games. Rehearsals for “James and the Giant Peach” will run Mondays-Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. Show dates are Nov. 3-5 and 12-13.

For more information visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre/students/auditions, or contact the show’s director, Tinamarie Ivey at iveyt@linnbenton.edu.

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Oregon State University Theatre announces 2016-17 season

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The 2016-17 Oregon State University Theatre season will feature themes of imagination, collaboration and hope. The season, “Devising Our Dreams: Metamorphosis” includes five productions exploring a variety of performance styles and approaches to creating theater.

In theater, devised plays are those where the script originates from collaborative, often improvised work by a group of people, rather than by a writer or writers.

The season’s lineup includes:

  • “James and the Giant Peach” – A theatrical adaptation of Roald Dalh’s delightfully surreal children’s novel will run at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 12; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12-13 on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre.
  • “For the Love of Lies” – A wild romantic comedy based in the traditions of the Italian Renaissance will run at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 24-25, 2017; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 on the Main Stage.
  • “boom” - Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s apocalyptic comedy, will run at 7:30 p.m. March 9-11 and 2 p.m. March 12 in the Lab Theatre.
  • “The Upward-Beating Heart” - An original devised play based on Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet,” offers a unique perspective into the hopes, fears, and dreams of Oregon State University students. It runs at 7:30 p.m. May 11-13 and May 19-20; and 2 p.m. May 21 on the Main Stage.
  • One-act plays - A collection of plays written and directed by OSU students will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 1-3 and 2 p.m. June 4 in the Lab Theatre.

Season tickets will be sold Oct. 1 through Nov. 7 and can be purchased online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/theatre; by calling the Theatre box office at 541-737-2784; or in person in Withycombe Hall, Room 145.

The Withycombe Hall Main Stage and Lab theatres are located at 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to feature new work from Julia Bradshaw and Anna Fidler

CORVALLIS, Ore. – New work by Oregon State University art faculty members Julia Bradshaw and Anna Fidler will be exhibited Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 in the Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., on the Corvallis campus.

An artist’s talk and reception will take place from 4:30-8 p.m. Oct. 20 during the Corvallis Arts Walk. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibit is titled “Shapes and Séances.” Bradshaw, a photographic artist, and Fidler, a painter, share an interest in using photographs as source material.

Bradshaw treats photographs as malleable two-dimensional material, creating topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books.

She is interested in creating an infinite variety of forms and shapes that refer to the original photographed object but evoke a different sensibility. Segmented geometrical forms reference her interest in the roots of minimalist abstraction whereas horizontal stacks of books are combined to suggest gently rolling topographical landscapes. In making the work, Bradshaw uses a variety of photographic techniques, from historical darkroom techniques to current computer-based photographic imaging.

“As a photographer, I am envious of the playful methods of automatic drawing and geometrical abstraction practiced by painters,” Bradshaw said. “This is my response to that envy. By working with source photographs in a shape-shifting manner, in much the same way a ceramicist might use clay, the photographs become malleable and have infinite creative possibilities.”

Having spent most of her life in Oregon and Michigan, Fidler paints landscapes that allude to the woods found in those states. Her series for the exhibit references the four seasons and occurrences of energetic exchange between individuals and the forests that surround them. Using historical photographs as source material, Fidler constructs figurative silhouettes by gluing together many layers of paper to make dimensional, topographic forms. These forms are less about the specific individuals and more about the energy emanating from their actions.

“While making this exhibition I became aware of the artist, Hilma af Klint, who was one of the earliest artists to work with abstraction. She was a member of a female group of artists called ‘The Five,’ who were interested in complex spiritual ideas and practiced séances to be in touch with higher spirits,” Fidler said. “My painting of ‘The Five’ depicts these women working on their abstract paintings in a Swedish forest.”

The Fairbanks Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

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Anna Fidler, 541-737-3876, anna.fidler@oregonstate.edu; Julia Bradshaw, 541-737-5014, julia.bradshaw@oregonstate.edu

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“Circle” by Julia Bradshaw, photograph, 2016

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OSU’s Little Gallery to display work of artist Eileen Hinckle

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Drawn to Murals, an exhibit of photographs of murals painted by artist Eileen Hinckle, opens on Monday, Sept. 19, in The Little Gallery at Oregon State University.

An Oregon native, Hinckle graduated from Marist High School in Eugene in 2008 and attended Oregon State University’s JumpstART pre-college art camp during her junior year. She later pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in Illinois. While working on her bachelor’s degree, Hinckle had the opportunity to live abroad in Lima, Peru, an experience that inspired her artistic style. 

“While immersed in a culture vastly different from my own, I became highly aware of my relationship with my surroundings,” Hinckle said. “I made the decision to focus my energy and efforts in developing my art as a means of exploring and bridging the space between cultures.”

Traveling with nothing more than a sketchbook and paintbrushes, Hinckle was drawn to murals as an inspiring and dynamic form of public art that can reach people during moments in their everyday lives. Initially she used brushes and latex house paint, but she has since started incorporating paint rollers and spray paint into her work. She is particularly attracted to public spaces such as transit, schools, and parks -  often incorporating local subjects into her murals along with other elements that are left open to interpretation. 

Hinckle has painted collaboratively with Peruvian, Argentinian, Mexican and American people, sometimes exchanging her artwork for accommodations, food and friendship, and learning something new from each experience. She describes her work as an “exploration of the convergence of personal experience with public space; a reflection on the complex web of geography, people and cultures that inhabit a specific place at a given time.”

The Little Gallery is managed by World Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts. It is located in 210 Kidder Hall, 2000 S.W. Campus Way on the Corvallis campus. 

The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closing over the noon hour for lunch. Admission is free. The Hinckle exhibit runs through Nov. 4.

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Helen Wilhelm, 541-737-2146, helen.wilhelm@oregonstate.edu

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Constitution Day event Sept. 16 at OSU will focus on First Amendment issues

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The First Amendment will be the focus of a Sept. 16 panel discussion and town hall meeting at Oregon State University to mark Constitution Day.

Panelists will discuss issues related to First Amendment protections of freedom of expression. They also will engage the audience in a conversation about how universities, and in particular OSU, handle legal, social, pedagogical and political concerns related to academic freedom and free speech on campus, and in the university community, at a crucial time for free speech and activism in higher education.

Speakers include Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole; OSU General Counsel Rebecca Gose; Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Valls; and Associate Professor of Philosophy Joseph Orosco, who also is president of the OSU chapter of American Association of University Professors.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, associate professor of history and director of the OSU Citizenship and Crisis initiative, will moderate the event. A town hall discussion will follow.

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Pan-African Sankofa, Room 213, at the Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. It is free and open to the public.

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

Executive and Audit Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet

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Executive and Audit Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet

By David Stauth, 541-737-0787, david.stauth@oregonstate.edu

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

 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Executive and Audit Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, Sept. 12.

They will discuss the annual compliance and ethics program review; the university risk management topics assigned to the committee; the 2016 board assessment results; the 2017 committee work plan; and strategic and integrated marketing and communications.

The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the B211G conference room in Kerr Administration Building, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. It is open to the public.

The agenda and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. 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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About Oregon State University: OSU is one of only two universities in the United States that is designated a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. 

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OSU announces lineup for second season of ‘SAC Presents’

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts events series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State University, will return for its second season in 2016-17.

The goal of SAC Presents is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and ensembles to the community. The lineup of artists ranges from country music to jazz musicians, chamber music to rock, as well as visual artists and guest lecturers. 

This year’s performances include:

  • Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. - San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, known for its unpredictable and electric performances of contemporary classical music.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 7 p.m. – David Sedaris, the popular radio humorist, comedian, bestselling author and master of satire, will give a talk followed by a book signing.
  • Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. - “A Call to Life: Variations on a Theme of Extinction,” featuring Rachelle McCabe, music professor and OSU director of piano studies, and OSU philosophy Professor Emeritus Kathleen Dean Moore in a powerful music and spoken word program on species extinction.
  • Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. - The Northwest Dance Project of Portland will present a program of all-original, contemporary dance works.
  • Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. - Boston Brass will bridge the gap between classical formality and boisterous fun with their signature blend of burning jazz standards, the best of brass quintet repertoire and their own exciting take on familiar classical arrangements.

All performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. The April 7 “A Call to Life” performance is free, with open seating and no ticket necessary.

Seats are reserved for all other shows. Tickets are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communications-presents. Tickets may also be purchased in person at The LaSells Stewart Center between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, starting Sept. 22.

A limited number of tickets will be available for OSU students to purchase in person at The LaSells Stewart Center, during listed hours, for $10 each, one per student, balcony seating only, with OSU ID card, while seats last.

 The Northwest Dance Project and Boston Brass performances are eligible for Corvallis Arts for All – up to two tickets at $5 each may be purchased by individuals in the SNAP program, with an Oregon Trail Card, in person only at the LaSells Stewart Center during listed hours.

 For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts. The series is sponsored in part by the Oregonian/Oregon Live.

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

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Academic Strategies Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet August 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Academic Strategies Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, August 19.

They will consider an academic program termination, and review amendments to the committee charter; university risk management topics assigned to the committee; results of the 2016 board assessment; and the 2017 work plan for the committee.

The meeting will run from 9:30-11:30 am in the President’s Conference Room, Room 650, in Kerr Administration Building, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. 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

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OSU alumnus Olin Hannum hired as athletic bands director

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Olin Hannum, director of the California Aggie Marching Band at the University of California, Davis, and an OSU alumnus, has been hired as director of athletic bands at Oregon State University.

Hannum is the seventh director in the history of the OSU Marching Band, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016-17. He fills the vacancy left by Dana Biggs, who has taken a position with the marching band at Virginia Tech.

“We are honored to have Olin with us as we celebrate our 125th year as a band program. We’ll have a new marching band director and new uniforms and the same great tradition,” said OSU’s Director of Bands, Christopher Chapman.

Hannum earned a master of arts in teaching degree at Oregon State University in 2011 and worked as a graduate assistant with the athletic and symphonic band programs during his previous time at OSU.

During his five years at UC Davis, Hannum increased the membership of the marching band to a record 322 participants. The ensemble was featured at its first National Football League game and developed a state-wide performance presence. In addition to leading the marching band, he directed the University Campus Band, a symphonic style concert ensemble, while at UC Davis.

In addition to his teaching degree, Hannum holds a bachelor’s degree in horn performance from UC Davis. He has also appeared with the Golden State Wind Ensemble and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671

zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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