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“Loosely Bound: A Ten-Year Creative Journey” opens for first public viewing

CORVALLIS, Ore. – This year’s fiber show, “Loosely Bound: A Ten Year Creative Journey,” will be displayed at Oregon State University from April 26 through May 26.


The exhibit will be in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. A free reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, to celebrate the show’s opening and introduce the artists.


Nancy Bryant was inspired to start a fiber group in 2005, and members chose the name “Loosely Bound.” It reflects the ties they have to each other and the traditions they come from, but also the respect they have for their differences in design, interests, technique, and palette.


“Our original members all knew someone who was interested in joining the group and soon we had to limit the number of members to about 10-13 artists to keep the momentum and energy,” Bryant said. “It started out as mostly ‘art quilts’ but we do more than just quilts.”


Some of the artists use a variety of painting and felting techniques. Bryant is experimenting using alcohol inks.


“You can scrunch plastic wrap around the fabric and get all these unique forms and patterns,” she said.


She is often inspired by leaves, trees and flowers and tries to capture the color and texture of nature’s bounty.


Member Cheryl Jordan uses a combination of techniques.


“I don’t have to use traditional methods,” Jordan said. “I can glue, sew, slash, etc. There are so many options.” She enjoys experimenting with a variety of construction and surface design techniques to create pattern and texture.


This show is a culmination of projects from the last 10 years.  The group works together collaboratively on challenges or large group pieces for exhibitions. A member will often present an idea and then see who is up for a challenge. All members are not required to participate.


Challenges can take up to a year to complete. The Whisper Challenge has been one of the most creative pieces the members created. The first person works from a picture and starts a piece, then the second artist is given the first piece without seeing the original image. After about a month a third artist is given only the second artist’s creation without seeing the original. Each artist creates a piece based off the previous artist’s interpretation of the theme.


The 2008 group project entitled “Benton County Vistas Mary’s Peak” is an example of how each artist was giving part of a photograph and was able to create their own interpretation of the piece or panel they were given. Their recent group challenge “Abundance” was exhibited at the Canby Public Library and was also part of the Quilt County Exhibit.


More information about the group and examples of their work can be found at http://looselybound.net

The Giustina Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located on the OSU campus at 875 S.W. 26th Street. Parking is available in the Reser parking lot across the street for $1 per hour from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For more information about this show and upcoming exhibits is available at http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/gallery

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Tina Green-Price, 541-737-3116, tina.green-price@oregonstate.edu


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Oregon State names Jennifer Dennis dean of the OSU Graduate School

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jennifer Dennis, who came to Oregon State University last summer as associate dean of the OSU Graduate School, has been named vice provost and dean of the graduate school. Her appointment is effective Monday, April 25.

Before coming to OSU, she was on the Purdue University faculty for 11 years with a joint appointment in the departments of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and Agricultural Economics, with an emphasis in specialty crops and consumer behavior.

Dennis succeeds Brenda McComb, dean of the graduate school since 2011, who in January was named senior vice provost for Academic Affairs at OSU. “Dr. Dennis is an innovative leader, with a natural ability to build alliances and advance the goals of the Graduate School,” said McComb, who recruited Dennis to Oregon State. “She is exactly the correct person to lead our efforts to ensure that every graduate student has the opportunity to succeed.”

As vice provost and dean of the Oregon State Graduate School, Dennis will provide leadership for graduate education and serve as an advocate for graduate students. She was active at Purdue in mentoring graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers, junior faculty and students of color. She was an adviser to the Black Student Union and the Black Graduate Student Union at Purdue and is the adviser for the Black Graduate Student Association at Oregon State.

“In the few months she has been here, Dr. Dennis has shown a wonderful balance of leadership, advocacy and passion for graduate student education,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president. “She brings a strong commitment to our institutional values of collaboration, shared governance, diversity and inclusivity.

“She will help Oregon State University continue to advance interdisciplinary graduate education and develop and foster our graduate student community.”

Dennis has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in horticulture from Michigan State University with a minor in marketing and consumer behavior.

Oregon State University has more than 4,500 graduate students, comprising nearly 15 percent of the overall student body. About 30 percent of the graduate students at OSU are international students. The university conferred nearly 1,100 graduate degrees and 82 graduate certificates at its 2015 commencement ceremony.

Graduate education and research are among the university’s foremost missions, Randhawa said. The university offers 77 majors at the master’s level, 57 majors at the doctoral level, 84 graduate minors, and 12 graduate certificates across its 11 colleges.

Randhawa said graduate students “are critical to the success of OSU’s research enterprise,” which last year brought in $308 million.

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Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-2111

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Jennifer Dennis

OSU history professor awarded prestigious Carnegie fellowship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Christopher McKnight Nichols, an assistant professor of history at Oregon State University, has been chosen as a 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a prestigious academic fellowship for social sciences and humanities scholars.

The Carnegie fellowship, supported by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, assists scholars, journalists and authors whose work in the social sciences and humanities distills knowledge, enriches culture, and equips leaders in fields of science, law, technology, business and public policy.

In all, 33 distinguished scholars from across the nation were selected from more than 200 nominees. Each will receive up to $200,000 to fund one to two years of scholarly research and writing aimed at addressing some of the world’s most urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow,” Nichols said. “The package of support this fellowship offers is unique for an historian or humanities scholar. Carnegie assistance is going to allow me to pursue an ambitious research and writing agenda as well as a plan for outreach and engagement on a set of historical issues with clear contemporary relevance, which I otherwise could not do.”

Nichols plans to research and write a book entitled “American Isolationism,” about isolation and internationalism in foreign affairs, from the founding of the United States to the present. It also will examine how American foreign relations affect domestic policies. In addition, he plans to host a summer institute on ideas and foreign policy and a conference on isolationism, democracy and international order.

“Though Professor Nichols is early in a very promising career, he has already become a national leader in the intellectual and political history of United States foreign relations,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “Beyond the originality and scope of his project, Professor Nichols’ work promises to richly inform our present debates about the proper role of United States intervention abroad.” 

Nichols teaches in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. He is an expert on the history of the United States and its relationship to the rest of the world, particularly in the areas of isolationism, internationalism and globalization, and is the author numerous works, including the book “Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age,” which traces the origins of modern American isolationism and internationalism.

He also launched the “Citizenship and Crisis” initiative at OSU in 2014. The initiative began as an effort to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I and has expanded to now include a wide array of programming focused on domestic and global aspects of citizenship as well as engaged democracy. The goal of the initiative, which includes a series of lectures, town halls and other events, is to examine how the concept of citizenship has changed over time and in moments of crisis.

Nichols, who joined OSU in 2012, earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia. He was recently elected as a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan organization that serves as a think tank and educational resource on foreign policy and international issues.

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

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Christopher Nichols

OSU to observe Holocaust Memorial Week events May 1-6

CORVALLIS, Ore. –Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis and in Portland as part of the university’s 30th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week May 1-6.

Kor, a Rumanian Jew, and her family were transported to Auschwitz in 1944, and her parents and two older sisters were killed in the camp. Kor and her sister Miriam were spared because they were twins. They were turned over to Joseph Mengele, the notorious Nazi doctor, who performed experiments on them and other twins.

After the war ended, Kor spent time in Israel and later immigrated to the U.S., where she settled in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1984, she founded the organization CANDLES, or Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors, and located 122 other living survivors of the Mengele twin experiments.

She will present the talk “The Triumph of the Human Spirit: From Auschwitz to Forgiveness” at events in Corvallis and Portland. She will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders, Portland; and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

Holocaust Memorial Week is presented by the School of History, Philosophy and Religion in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. All events are free and open to the public. The program will include a theme of genocide and a focus on human rights.

Other Holocaust Memorial Week events are: 

  • Close to Home: Eugenics in the United States – and at Oregon State: A panel discussion featuring Kristin Johnson, Linda Richards and Michael Dicianna, focusing on the period from 1900 to 1970, when eugenics, including forced sterilization to eliminate undesirable traits from the gene pool, was taught at Oregon State. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, Construction and Engineering Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center.
  • What Have We Learned About Genocide Prevention?: A talk by Professor Scott Straus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison focusing on the causes of genocide and what can be done to reduce the likelihood of genocidal campaigns in the future. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium.
  • Building the Case Against Perpetrators of Genocide: Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Garfield Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, will discuss how prosecutors gathered and used evidence in the Nuremberg trials and later in the trials of Adolf Eichmann and John Demjanjuk. He will also examine how the trials shaped historical memory. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Construction and Engineering Auditorium.
  • Social Justice Conference on Human Rights: Students will read papers and discuss issues relating to dignity at the annual conference. This year’s event will focus on immigration and questions of migration, borders, marginality and identity. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, 311 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

For more information about the events, visit holocaust.oregonstate.edu.

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Natalia Bueno, 541-737-8560, Natalia.Bueno@oregonstate.edu

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Eva Mozes Kor

Eva Mozes Kor

“Entrepreneurs in residence” will expand assistance to new, high-growth potential companies

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Advantage Accelerator/ RAIN Corvallis team at Oregon State University has hired two “entrepreneurs in residence” to expand current programing, support program graduates, and help identify and assist new, high-growth potential ventures. 

The two executives will provide guidance to companies during the critical early-startup growth stage, help develop ideas and guide companies toward making these ideas a reality, officials say. 

"EIRs have been hired to do three specific tasks for the OSU Advantage Accelerator program,” said Karl Mundorff, co-director of the program. “We want them to help determine the viability of research projects, act as mentors to our mentors, and provide mentoring to our rapidly growing range of client companies.”

It’s also possible, Mundorff said, that the executives could take a “deep dive” into a promising, high-growth venture and act in an interim, senior executive role as the company works through a particular market challenge, or just needs some additional talent at a critical time. EIRs can bring significant value to early stage ventures and help bridge the gap between initial company viability and quality market traction, he said.

The new “entrepreneurs in residence are:

  • Erick Petersen, an entrepreneur in Portland and Bend for more than 15 years, part of the founding team behind the Bend Venture Conference and an active angel investor. Petersen, an OSU alumnus, spent 10 years as an executive at Planar Systems, and most recently was an executive at a successful Bend company in the solar power industry.
  • Mike Magee, a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years in the Corvallis area and a champion of entrepreneurship, launched the first “Startup Weekend” and mentored a wide array of founders and their firms. His own successful technology ventures have ranged from hardware, software and services, to synthetic fuels and Belle Vallee Cellars, a successful local winery.

The OSU Advantage Accelerator is one component of the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or Oregon RAIN. With support from the Oregon legislature, collaborators on the initiative include OSU; the University of Oregon; the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Corvallis and Albany; and other economic development organizations.

All the participants are focused on creating new businesses, spinning out technology from OSU, expanding existing local business, creating jobs and helping to build the Oregon and national economy.


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Anna Walsh, 541- 368-5206


OSU Goes Beyond Earth Day

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s annual Earth Day celebration will take place April 18-29. Called “Beyond Earth Day,” the two-week celebration will feature more than 20 events that focus on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

“Beyond Earth Day gets its name from the recognition that sustainability is more than just about the environment, but also social and economic sustainability,” said Kyle Reed, outreach assistant for campus recycling. “The name also reflects that we couldn’t possibly fit all of the festivities and workshops into a single day.”

One of the largest events during the celebration will be the 16th Annual Community Fair on Tuesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Student Experience Center Plaza. The fair will feature more than 40 campus and community groups hosting booths and activities geared toward holistic sustainability.

The annual HooHaa will take place starting at 3:30 p.m., on Earth Day, April 22, at the Organic Growers Club farm. It will offer free food, music, a silent auction, and a chance to enjoy the company of the community while planting onions. A free shuttle will leave every 15 minutes from the OSU Bookstore from 3:30-7 p.m. 

Another event, the Earth Day of Service, will offer OSU students and staff volunteer opportunities with several different service projects. Times and locations for the service projects vary, but all will take place on Saturday, April 23. Further details and sign-ups for each of the service projects may be found at http://sli.oregonstate.edu/cce/events/earth-day

Other events will include movie screenings, workshops, an Earth Ball, and the construction of the Earth Justice Mural. A full listing of events, including times and details, may be found at http://tiny.cc/earth-calendar

Beyond Earth Day is an annual celebration sponsored by several OSU groups, including Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative, and the Sustainability Office. More information about Beyond Earth Day may be found at: http://tiny.cc/beyondearthday


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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398, andrea.norris@oregonstate.edu            

OSU Pet Day planned for May 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will hold its 29th annual Pet Day on Saturday, May 7, when the College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors for tours, demonstrations, displays, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

Pet Day is created, organized and staffed by students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU. It is their way of giving back to the community and continuing a legacy of public service at the college. It is held rain or shine and attracts 3,000-4,000 visitors.

Vendors and volunteers from organizations will staff booths at the event and provide information on animal health and wellness, nutrition, adoption and therapy.  Many also provide free samples and other resources, spanning the four-legged gamut from pet food to shelter medicine.

Among the returning activities will be dog agility demonstrations, live reptiles, a petting zoo, tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a dog wash and nail trim booth, a pet costume contest, and more. Koenig’s Llamas, Cascade Pack Goats, and the Oregon Herpetological Society provide opportunities to meet animals that are not typical pets.

Participants and their pets may join the Fun Run/Walk event at 9 a.m.; online preregistration for that event is requested by April 18.

Pet Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Magruder Hall, located on 30th Street in Corvallis just south of Washington Way, and adjacent to the athletic department’s Truax Indoor Center. Admittance and most activities are free, but there is a small charge for a few of the events.

More detailed information on the various events and registration for the fun run/walk and costume contest is available online at http://vetmed.oregonstate.edu/pet-day

Pet Day is sponsored by the Classes of 2018 and 2019 in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and supported by Banfield Pet Hospital, Royal Canin, Zoetis, Nestle Purina Pet Care Co., Hills Pet Nutrition, Pet King Brands, and the Oregon Animal Health Foundation.


Lyn Smith-Gloria, 541-737-3844


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Teddy Bear Surgery
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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove to be honored with OSU’s Stone Award

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, the recipient of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, will be honored at a pair of events in Corvallis and Portland in April.

Dove, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of the biennial Stone Award, which recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and mentored young writers.

On Thursday, April 14, a reading and question-and-answer session with Dove will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th Ave., Corvallis. Dove also will be presented with the Stone Award at the event, which is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

On Friday, April 15, OSU will host a reading and conversation with Dove at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., Portland. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Karen Holmberg, a poet and associate professor of English and creative writing at OSU, will lead the on-stage conversation with Dove at the Portland event.

“Rita Dove's work immerses us in the most profound human questions,” Holmberg said. “What parts of our identity do we inherit, and what parts can we build from within? What drives humans not only to love beauty but to want to create it through art and craft, even when the conditions for such creation are hostile? How are our personal histories interwoven with history?

“She's been an astute and profound teacher to some of our most remarkable younger poets, while many other readers – I count myself among them – have been inspired by her dogged pursuit of her poetic obsessions and by her poetry's warmth and imaginative reach.”

Dove has received numerous awards, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, the 1996 National Humanities Medal and the 2011 National Medal of Arts. She is the only poet to receive both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. She holds the chair of Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

This year’s Stone Award events coincide with National Poetry Month, celebrated each year in April. 

The Stone Award was established in 2011 by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making it one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.


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University Events, 541-737-4717, events@oregonstate.edu; Karen Holmberg, Karen.holmberg@oregonstate.edu 

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Rita Dove (Photo by Fred Viebahn)

Rita Dove

OSU’s Hatfield Center to host Marine Science Day on April 9

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 9, for its annual Marine Science Day, when visitors will have an opportunity to visit laboratories behind-the-scenes, connect with scientists, and learn more about emerging oceanographic technologies and current marine research.

The free event also features hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk to scientists from OSU and several federal and state agencies that have operations at the Newport center. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located southeast of the Highway 101 bridge over Yaquina Bay. 

The science to be shared with the public includes talks, exhibits or information on:

  • The Ocean Observatories Initiative, which includes high-tech underwater sensors, platforms and robots, recently deployed in the Endurance Array off the coast of Newport;
  • Aquaculture including oysters and a newly-developed variety of dulse, a seaweed that when cooked tastes like bacon;
  • Whale and seal research by the internationally-known Marine Mammal Institute; and
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Visitor Center’s animal husbandry program and a chance to meet the aquarists, hosted by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Coast Community College

A lecture at 2:30 p.m. by oceanographers Bill Peterson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Jack Barth of OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will look at the past, present and future technologies of ocean observing. The talk will be in the Hennings Auditorium. 

“Marine Science Day will highlight the rich history and emerging technologies around ocean observing,” Barth said. “With a long-standing legacy of off-shore research, OSU is ushering in a new era of oceanography centered around the Endurance Array now in operation off the coast of Oregon. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse ways scientists observe the ocean.”

Visitors may also learn about the progress of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to host 500 students-in-residence in Newport by 2025. Fundraising is well under way for the new teaching and research facility in Newport. 

“Marine Science Day offers a great opportunity to understand why we are so excited about bringing the Marine Studies Initiative here,” said Hatfield Center Director Bob Cowen. “The hands-on experiences for students are remarkable.” 

Multimedia exhibits will include a new film on the challenges of ocean acidification; undersea exploration of fisheries, volcanoes and marine mammals using video and acoustics; and fascinating images of microscopic plankton by the Plankton Portal program. 

A public feeding of the octopus Montgomery will take place at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center and special activities for children and families can be found throughout the event.

More information on the event is available at: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday/

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Maryann Bozza, 541-867-0234, maryann.bozza@oregonstate.edu

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Visitors gather at the octopus tank during a previous Marine Science Day


Ocean-observing equipment and technology

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OSU to exhibit prints, paintings and drawings of Michael Boonstra

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Transitory Surface,” an exhibit of prints, paintings, and drawings by Oregon State University art instructor Michael Boonstra, will be on display in the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus April 4 through April 27.

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, as is a reception and a gallery talk by the artist will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the gallery. 

With elements of video, photography, and drawing, Boonstra connects to the way people think about landscape. “Transitory Surface” is the result of his art practice of exploring landscape and the increasing clarity of understanding our world through perspective and the visual markings generated by human development.

One element of the show is an ongoing series of drawings using evaporated ink as a base layer, then manipulating them with graphite, ink and acrylic. The drawings are invented aerial landscapes meant to similarly embody the vernacular of satellite images.

Boonstra, an instructor at OSU, received his master of fine arts from the University of Oregon, and his art studio is in Eugene. 

His drawings and photo-based work have been exhibited nationally. He has created site-specific projects in Michigan, California, and at numerous venues in the Pacific Northwest.

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

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Cardinal Misdirection #4, an archival print on aluminum, by Michael Boonstra

Boonstra #4