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OSU to host events in advance of visit by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host several events celebrating the work of Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Rita Dove in advance of, and during her visit to Oregon in April.

Dove, who served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, is the 2016 recipient of OSU’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. 

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.

The upcoming events coincide with National Poetry Month, which is celebrated each year in April. All of the events, programs and workshops are free and open to the public, but some require registration. 

College of Liberal Arts Dean Larry Rodgers, a professor of English who specializes in African-American literature, will present “How to Read and Understand Pulitzer-Prize Winning Poet Rita Dove,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave.

He will give a second lecture, “Reading Rita Dove,” on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Journey Room, Room 104, in the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. 

Faculty and students in OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing will lead two poetry writing workshops, both at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. A workshop for adults will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and a workshop for teens will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Space is limited. To register in advance, call 541-766-6793 or email askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.gov.

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. A book signing will follow.  

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

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

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Oregon State University to host maker fair and symposium April 8-9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will host a maker fair and symposium April 8 and 9 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

The event, produced by a campus-community partnership called The Co., has expanded this year into a two-day celebration with a focus on education. It is free and open to the public. 

“Maker” culture is a popular movement honoring craftsmanship and technology and the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources. This event offers an opportunity to collaborate, innovate and create, and also provides a forum for teaching the value of hands-on learning in classrooms from kindergarten through college.

“The Co. gives people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and people working the arts a rare opportunity to step outside our respective comfort zones and to rethink our familiar assumptions about research and education,” said Ray Malewitz, academic coordinator for The Co. and moderator of the symposium. “From this vantage point, we might recover a sense of wonder about the world – how it is and how it might be.” 

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is among panelists who will speak during the “STEM to STEAM” symposium, focusing on the integration of the arts into STEM, on April 8. The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 100. Additional information about the symposium and a full list of speakers are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org/symposium.

The third annual Corvallis Maker Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and the Student Experience Center plaza at OSU. 

Attendees can speak with experts in the arts, crafts, technology and sciences and join in hands-on learning with exhibitors. Exhibitors include HP Inc.; the OSU Oceanography fab shop; ChickTech; DaVinci Days; students from South Albany High School; the OSU Craft Center; Pi Dads and more.

Michael Town, a physics teacher at Lakeside High School in Seattle, will present an interactive session on skateboard-making. The audience will be involved throughout the process. Space is limited for the session and advance registration is required.

Registration information, a complete schedule, exhibitor list and additional details about the event are available on the event website, www.corvallismakerfair.org.

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Kaitlyn Wittig Mengüç, 724-689-3652, wittigmk@oregonstate.edu; Ray Malewitz, 541-737-1656, Raymond.malewitz@oregonstate.edu

OSU holds town hall on issues of equity and inclusion on campus

CORVALLIS, Ore. – President Ed Ray will host a town hall discussion on equity, inclusion and civil and social justice at Oregon State University on Monday, Feb. 29.

The discussion, aimed at students, staff and faculty, will be from 5-6 p.m. in Room 128 of the Learning Innovation Center. It will also be live streamed at http://live.oregonstate.edu.

President Ray and interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista will provide an update on efforts to address diversity and inclusion at OSU. These include expanding the Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice, to bring focus to university-wide planning and implementation of equity, inclusion, diversity and social justice initiatives.

The Leadership Council includes faculty, staff and students and is chaired by Brenda McComb, senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Allison Davis-White Eyes, director of Diversity and Cultural Engagement. Ray and Batista will also discuss the formation of a bias response team to provide coordinated response reports of campus-based incidents; and the effort to hire a permanent chief diversity officer.

Students, staff and faculty at the event will be able to provide input and ask questions. Scott Vignos, special assistant for strategic initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity, said the plan is to hold quarterly town halls to continue to inform the campus community and offer a safe space for discussion.

“The idea of the town hall emerged after conversations with students following the speak out in November,” Vignos said. “It’s an opportunity for campus leadership to take the temperature of the campus community and listen closely to community voices regarding issues of equity and inclusion.”

Live streaming of the event will also allow OSU students and staff in Bend, Newport and Extension and Research Stations to be able to listen to the conversation.

For those unable to attend, questions regarding OSU’s ongoing effort to improve equity and inclusion on campus can be addressed to the Office of Institutional Diversity at diversity@oregonstate.edu or to Angela Batista, interim chief diversity officer, at angela.batista@oregonstate.edu.

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Scott Vignos, 541-737-4113; scott.vignos@oregonstate.edu

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OSU and Majestic Theatre present musical drama 'Boldly Launched Upon the Deep'

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep,” a unique, radio-style live performance by the AnyWhen Ensemble and featuring the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble, will be presented Wednesday, March 2, at the Majestic Theatre.

Part chamber music concert, part radio drama and part literary reading, “Boldly Launched Upon the Deep” is a collection of musical dramatic episodes for chamber ensemble, singers/speakers and tape. The work will use original music and text to present a contemporary interpretation of Herman Melville’s classic novel, “Moby Dick.” 

The production is sponsored by the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication’s SAC Presents series in conjunction with the Majestic Theatre.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 115 S.W. Second St., Corvallis.

Portland-based composer, trumpeter and writer Douglas Detrick, longtime leader of AnyWhen Ensemble, joined forces with Chicago-based writer, composer and violinist Ellen McSweeney to create this new work for six performers. 

Detrick originally commissioned McSweeney to write an original piece of prose and then composed music to surround a live reading of the essay. That project, “In a Past Life,” is now a part of “Boldly Launched upon the Deep,” It begins with an arresting moment in which Captain Ahab, consumed by his obsession with the whale, refuses to help a fellow captain whose son is missing at sea.

This poignant moment leads McSweeney to tell her own story of self-forgiveness about her divorce at the age of 29. Her text, surrounded by Detrick’s brooding and atmospheric score, sheds a fresh perspective on Melville’s story while exploring McSweeney’s personal connection to Ahab’s inner struggle. Other pieces include contemporary reflections on physical labor, inspired by the colorful description of the girding of the ship’s cooks, and music that explores the human connection to, and alienation from, the natural/nautical world. 

The production will feature McSweeney, Detrick and AnyWhen players Hashem Assadullahi (saxophone), Shirley Hunt (cello), Steve Vacchi (bassoon), and OSU Jazz Band and percussion instructor Ryan Biesack (drum set). The Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble will also perform.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all seats reserved. Majestic members, seniors, youth and non-OSU college students, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. OSU students will be admitted for free with a valid ID card at the door while seats last. Tickets can be purchased online: http://bit.ly/1STbClS

SAC Presents is supported in part by generous gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge that raised more than $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to: http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB.

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School of Arts and Communication - Music, 541-737-4061

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Auditions for OSU production of ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’ to be held March 6-7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions will be held March 6-7 for Oregon State University Theatre’s upcoming production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” Tom Stoppard’s witty and engaging existentialist comedy.

Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. If needed, additional call-backs will be held March 8.

The rehearsal schedule will include a cast read-through March 19, with regular rehearsals beginning March 28. Rehearsals will run from 2-6 p.m. Sundays and 6-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Technical rehearsals begin Saturday, May 7, and run through May 11. Performances are May 12-14 and May 20-22.

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff as well as community members. Scripts are available for 24-hour check-out through the OSU Theatre Arts main office in Withycombe Hall, Room 141.

Those auditioning are encouraged to read the script before coming to auditions. Auditions will consist of cold readings, movement and improvisational exercises. Roles are available for 13 men and two women with possible additional musicians.

For more information about the auditions or the play, visit: http://bit.ly/1NbuaeH or contact Director Elizabeth Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

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Writers Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and Justin Taylor to read at OSU March 4

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and fiction writer Justin Taylor will read at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus.

 A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the 2015-16 Literary Northwest series, which celebrates the burgeoning literary scene in the Willamette Valley and the Northwest.

 Gutiérrez brings poetry into communities and explores the boundaries between poetry, theater and art through experimentation with spoken word and visual media. Her poetry collection, “the small claim of bones,” was a finalist for the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. She is a founding member of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers collective.

 Gutiérrez’s poetry and reviews have appeared in “Borderlands,” “Calyx,” Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s Periódico de poesía, “Portland Review,” and others.  She has won awards from the National League of American Pen Women, Oregon State Poetry Association and Washington Poets Association.

 Taylor is the author of “The Gospel of Anarchy,” a dark and mesmerizing debut novel that explores the borders between religion and politics, faith and fanaticism, desire and need, and what happens when these borders are breached.

 He is also the author of “Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever,” an imaginative collection of funny and dark short stories. He currently resides in Portland.

 The reading is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

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

Resonance Jazz Ensemble to perform March 4 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – San Francisco-based Resonance Jazz Ensemble will visit the Oregon State University campus for a free performance at noon on Friday, March 4.

The performance will be in the Memorial Union Lounge, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, and is sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication’s SAC Presents series and Music à la Carte. The public is welcome to attend.

Bandleader and pianist Steve McQuarry and his eclectic chamber jazz ensemble (cello, bass, viola, violin, saxophones, flute, vocals, piano and drums) perform inspired originals and creative adaptations of jazz standards.

Naomi Bristow, an OSU graduate and violist, will join the ensemble as a guest performer. Originally from the Bay Area, Bristow was a member of Resonance Jazz for many years while living and performing in San Francisco. She now teaches elementary music in Polk County and is a member of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra.

 Music à la Carte concerts have been a tradition at OSU since 1969. The informal, 45-minute performances are held most Fridays during the fall, winter and spring terms, and showcase a wide variety of musicians and performance ensembles. 

 Hourly parking is available a short distance from the Memorial Union at Reser Stadium, 606 S.W. 26th St. The Beaver Bus, a free shuttle on the OSU campus, services the lot approximately every 15 minutes.

 SAC Presents is supported in part by gifts from donors, including donations made during the Cornerstone for the Arts Challenge in which donors gave over $6 million to support the arts at OSU. For information on giving to the arts at Oregon State, go to: http://bit.ly/1TW5BUB.

 

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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Committee of OSU Board of Trustees to meet

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Finance & Administration Committee of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to consider quarterly management and investment reports.

The meeting will be from 1-2 p.m. in the President’s Conference Room, Room 650, in Kerr Administration Building, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way, on the OSU campus in Corvallis. It is open to the public.

More information on the meeting is available online at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/meetings. 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

Bilingual play 'Broken Promises' performed at OSU Feb. 29

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University School of Arts & Communication’s University Theatre will host the Milagro Theatre’s bilingual play, “Broken Promises” by Olga Sanchez, on Monday, Feb. 29.

Currently on its world premiere tour, the production is directed by Francisco Garcia, and will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, Room 173. It is presented in partnership with Planned Parenthood. 

The production is free, thanks to a Memorial Union Pepsi Foundation grant. Due to the architecture of the Lab Theatre, people arriving late cannot be seated.

The plot involves a girl meeting a boy at the mall. They begin dating, but things go wrong when alcohol and drug abuse enter the picture. The female character Adrienne finds herself trapped in a life of exploitation that is difficult to escape. 

Sanchez, the play’s author, was recently on campus to participate in the reading of Elaine Romero’s play, “Wetback.” Both presentations are part of University Theatre’s Latin@ Theatre Project. It will continue in the spring with readings of Josefina Lopez’s “Real Women Have Curves” and Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa,” dates to be announced.

A founding member of Milagro Theatre, Sanchez is now a theater doctoral student at the University of Oregon. OSU theater grad and Corvallis native Ajai Tripathi is in the acting ensemble of “Broken Promises.”

In addition to “Broken Promises,” a healthy relationships workshop will be conducted by trained members of the cast from 3:30-5 p.m., Feb. 29, at the OSU Women’s Center. That event is sponsored by the OSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women.  It is open to all. 

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

OSU recognizes climate scientist, computer expert with Distinguished Professor awards

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has named Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett as its 2016 Distinguished Professor recipients, the highest academic honor the university can bestow on a faculty member.

 “Both Peter Clark and Margaret Burnett are visionary scientists whose careers are affecting people all over the world,” said Sabah Randhawa, OSU provost and executive vice president.

“The work of Dr. Clark is cutting-edge science that helps everyone better understand what climate change may mean to them, using the past as a powerful guide to help predict the future. And we live in a world where computers are pervasive, used by everyone from elementary school students to retirees. An expert in visual programming languages, Dr. Burnett has made those instruments more user-friendly, interactive and dependable for all people.”

Burnett, a professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, has been a pioneer in making computers more useful for everyone. As a leader in several gender diversity activities, including advancing STEM education, Burnett was awarded the 2015 undergraduate research mentoring award from the National Center for Women & IT.

She helped develop the entire field of “end user” software engineering, which allows millions more people to successfully produce computer programs that are dependable and of high quality. Burnett has also tackled the problem of a computer world in which software is often designed by men and fails to acknowledge the different ways in which men and women communicate and process information.

This field of “gender-inclusive” computer study is also critical in bringing more women into technology, a goal which Burnett has worked toward for decades. She is an award-winning mentor to graduate, undergraduate and high school students.

Burnett received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Kansas and has been at OSU since 1992.

Clark, a professor in the OSU College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, is an international leader in the study of past climate change to help understand what the future may bring. He has had numerous studies published in the most prestigious academic journals in the world, such as Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Clark also was a lead coordinating author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

With more than $4 million in research funding brought to OSU, Clark has studied glaciers and ice sheets, both those of today and from the distant past, to help determine what may be the long-term impacts of anthropogenic warming, rising greenhouse gases, and sea level rise. He’s also an award-winning teacher, recipient of 11 other major awards, has organized 20 symposia, and his professional work has generated literally thousands of citations.

Clark received his doctorate in geology from the University of Colorado and has been at OSU since 1988.

This honor will be permanent as long as the recipient remains at OSU. Both professors will give public lectures this spring on topics related to their field of study.

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Sabah Randhawa, 541-737-0733