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Portland fundraiser to lead OSU Foundation’s Metro office

PORTLAND, Ore. – Kristin Watkins, associate vice president for advancement at Portland Community College and executive officer of the PCC Foundation, has been named the head of Oregon State University Foundation's office in Portland.

Watkins brings 17 years of experience in the Portland metro area to her new position as associate vice president of the OSU Portland Center. In addition to providing leadership to the OSU Foundation staff based in Portland, she will lead efforts to increase private support for OSU in the metropolitan area. With more than 40,000 alumni in greater Portland, the region is home to one in four of the university’s graduates.

As PCC’s chief advancement officer, Watkins established and led fundraising plans that nearly tripled annual revenue, bringing that institution’s fundraising program into the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining the OSU Foundation’s team,” Watkins said. “As a graduate of two other land grant universities, I am passionate about the threefold land grant mission of accessible education, research and community outreach. It will be an honor to represent OSU in Portland and extend the university’s connections with alumni and other partners.”

The addition of Watkins to the OSU Foundation’s leadership team comes as the organization prepares to conclude Oregon State’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign on Dec. 31. In June, gifts from donors to The Campaign for OSU totaled more than $1.06 billion, including more than $180 million for scholarships and fellowships. Scholarship gifts like these support more than 3,000 students at OSU each year. Public events to celebrate the campaign’s donors are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 31.

To date Portland metro donors have contributed more than $330 million to the campaign.

“The campaign has been a tremendous launching point for us, and as we move forward it is even more important that we build our relationships in Portland; it’s our most important market,” said Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. “Kristin is well-known in the community, and her leadership has created truly impressive results. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Oregon State family.”

Shawn Scoville, the OSU Foundation’s executive vice president, added, “Not only do we have a tremendous community of alumni and friends in Portland, we also are committed to supporting the city and our state by collaborating with a variety of nonprofits, industry partners, and colleagues in higher education, including PCC. Kristin is uniquely positioned to help us take these already strong relationships to the next level.”

A native of Virginia, Watkins graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Virginia Tech then earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Portland Community College staff, she was deputy director for Wider Opportunities for Women, a national nonprofit organization based in District of Columbia. She serves as a board member on District VIII for CASE – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Watkins will begin her work at the OSU Portland Center in early September.

 

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Writer Tobias Wolff to receive Stone Award from OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Award-winning American writer Tobias Wolff will receive Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement  at a special event in Portland May 21.

The biennial Stone Award recognizes a major American author who has created a body of critically-acclaimed work and has mentored young writers. Wolff is the second recipient of the honor, which was established in 2011.

The award ceremony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, will include an on-stage interview with Wolff about his work and the presentation of the award. A reception and book-signing will follow. Tickets are required and are available at the museum’s ticket office or online: http://bit.ly/1hJXdVh.

On May 22, Wolff will appear at a free public reading, question-and-answer session and book signing at OSU’s main campus in Corvallis. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St.

Wolff, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University, is best known for his work in two genres: the short story and the memoir. His first short story collection, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs,” was published in 1981. Wolff chronicled his early life in two memoirs, “In Pharaoh’s Army” (1994) and “This Boy’s Life” (1989), which was turned into a 1993 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

“Tobias Wolff is a master storyteller – generous, compassionate, keenly observant,” said Keith Scribner, a professor of English and creative writing at OSU. Scribner became friends with Wolff while he was teaching at Stanford. 

“When we read his novels, memoirs, and short stories, we come away richer for the experience in part because we know ourselves better,” Scribner said. “He is one of our nation’s preeminent writers and has mentored countless students who’ve had the good fortune to work with him.”

The Stone Award was established by Patrick and Vicki Stone to spotlight OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, which is in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. 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 first honoree was Joyce Carol Oates in 2012.

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OSU President Ray to receive honorary degree from University of Portland

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland on Sunday, May 4, at UP’s annual commencement ceremony.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, located at 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Tickets are required for the commencement ceremony; information is available at http://bit.ly/1gS1AtH

Ray has been president of OSU since 2003. Since he arrived, the university’s enrollment has grown from 18,974 to more than 28,000 students, and research revenue increased from about $156 million annually to nearly $263 million last year. Oregon State successfully reached the $1 billion milestone in fund-raising during The Campaign for OSU – one of just two Northwest schools to achieve such a goal.

The OSU president also has helped lead an effort to transform the state’s first branch campus – OSU-Cascades in Bend – into a four-year institution.

Ray has been a leading national advocate for access to higher education and recently was elected vice chair of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He will chair the board in 2015.

“The University of Portland is one of the most successful private schools in the region, so this is quite an honor for me, which I view as a collegial tip of the hat to Oregon State University for effectively serving the people of Oregon during challenging times,” Ray said.

“Commencement is always one of the most enjoyable and rewarding days of the year and I look forward to sharing this special day with the UP graduates.”

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History of hops and brewing chronicled on new OSU archive

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon is at the epicenter of a thriving craft-brew industry, and Oregon State University is helping shape the movement – from creating new barley varieties, to offering courses for home brewers, to its growing fermentation science program, which has a Pilot Plant Brewhouse where student brewers create new beers.

Now, the university is going a step further as it actively preserves the rich history of hops and craft brewing.

Recognizing the need to document the intertwined story of hop production and the craft brewing movement in Oregon, the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at OSU Libraries & Press established the Oregon Hops & Brewing Archives in summer 2013. This month, the official launch of the online archives will be celebrated in appropriate style with “Tap into History” on March 28 at the McMenamins Mission Theater in Portland.

The archive’s goal is to collect and provide access to records related to hops production and the craft brewing industries in Oregon. The first archive in the United States dedicated to hops and beer, it will bring together a wealth of materials in hardcopy and digital formats enabling people to study and appreciate these movements. The work melds the social and economic aspects of brewing in Oregon with the hard science behind the beer research being done at OSU.

The university already has strong collections related to the history of hops, barley, and fermentation research at OSU, but scholars are gathering resources from beyond the campus as well.

“There are valuable items in historical societies, in the boxes of marketing materials in a brewer’s garage, in the computer records of operations at hop farms, on beer blogs, in social media communities, and in the stories that haven’t been recorded,” said Tiah Edmunson-Morton, archivist for the collection.

“While we are interested in adding new items to build the archive, we also want to be a portal to collections through the state, partnering with people in heritage and history communities, state agencies, hops farmers, craft brewers, home brewers, and the general community to think collectively about how to preserve and provide access to this history.”

The free "Tap into History" event at the Mission Theater, which begins at 7 p.m., includes a panel on brewing history in Oregon. Among the topics:

  • Edmunson-Morton will talk about the project and its impact.
  • Peter Kopp, an agricultural historian, will talk about his use of archival materials and the relevance for researchers.
  • John Foyston, an Oregonian writer since 1987 and noted beer columnist, will talk about his work documenting the Oregon beer scene.
  • Irene Firmat, CEO and co-founder of Full Sail Brewing Company, will talk about her work as a female brewing pioneer.
  • Daniel Sharp, a Ph.D. student in the OSU College of Agriculture's Fermentation Science program, will talk about his research and the program.

The event concludes with screenings from "Hopstories," a collection of short videos showcasing breweries in Oregon, and OPB's Beervana, a documentary about the history of beer and the rise of craft brewing in Oregon. The McMenamins Mission Theater is located at 1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland.

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CEO Summit to be held May 7 in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – Six Oregon leaders in business, technology and education will gather to discuss how to turn innovations into companies and jobs at the fourth annual CEO Summit, held Tuesday, May 7, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

Presented by Oregon State University Advantage and the OSU College of Business, the event — “Taking Innovation to Market: Cultivating Ideas and Community” — begins at 7:30 a.m. with a keynote address by Dennis E. Hruby, chief scientific officer and vice president of SIGA Technologies Inc.

Following the keynote, a panel featuring entrepreneurs, industry leaders and Oregon State Venture Accelerator co-directors will discuss industry forming partnerships with universities to turn ideas into profitable companies, create jobs and have an impact on Oregon’s economy.

Panelists include:

  • Ryan Kirkpatrick, chief executive officer, Shwood, Ltd.
  • Mark Lieberman, chief startup officer and co-director, Office of Commercialization and Development and Oregon State Venture Accelerator
  • John Turner, co-director, Oregon State Venture Accelerator
  • Tim Weber, vice president and general manager, Printing Technology Development Operation, Hewlett-Packard

Mary Coucher, vice president of IP engineering, operations and geography licensing for IBM Corporation, will serve as the moderator for the discussion.

The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is located at 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway. For more information and to register, go to http://business.oregonstate.edu/CEOSummit

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About Oregon State University: OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- 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. Its more than 26,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.

West Linn volunteer creates $1.2 million gift for OSU Master Gardener program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University's Master Gardener program has received a commitment for a $1.2 million estate gift to endow the director’s position – the largest gift in the program’s 36-year history.


As part of the OSU Extension Service, the program offers courses on gardening throughout the state and online. Graduates, known as Master Gardeners, are then expected to spread their new knowledge to others by volunteering to answer questions or teach at Extension offices, farmers markets, workshops and community gardens.


Since 2005 Sherry Sheng of West Linn has been one of the program’s most active volunteers, donating more than 1,000 hours of service in 2011. Extending her impact on the program, she has made arrangements through her estate to establish an endowed professorship. The Y. Sherry Sheng and Spike Wadsworth Endowment Fund will provide a stable stream of income to support the Master Gardener director in perpetuity.


"This planned gift represents a huge investment in the future," said Gail Langellotto, coordinator of the Master Gardener program. "It virtually guarantees our program’s continued growth and development. Oregon State is already a step up in that most Master Gardener state programs don’t have a full-time coordinator. But having an endowed professorship will position OSU as one of the premier urban and community horticulture extension programs in the nation."


Over the last decade Sheng has seen enormous growth in community interest in gardening. The Master Gardener program, she said, is in the right position to meet that need.


"Eating healthily and eating local are constantly in the news and that leads people to the idea of growing edibles in their backyard," she said. "The challenge is that you may have the motivation and enthusiasm but not know how, and learning by trial and error can be really frustrating."


Sheng helped to develop the Master Gardener’s 10-Minute University program (http://bit.ly/NeeLd9), which reached more than 1,800 people last year.


"We offer very practical information people can use right away," she said. "Classes and handouts are based on current science, delivered in bite-size pieces."


She hopes that her estate gift will provide a solid financial foundation that allows the Master Gardener program to continue to attract leaders who are excellent educators and administrators as well as scientists.


The gift is especially welcome considering the financial stresses OSU Extension programs have faced in recent years – at the same time demand for services is increasing, said Scott Reed, OSU vice provost for Outreach and Engagement and director of OSU Extension.


"We have Master Gardener programs in 30 Oregon counties, and everywhere we’re seeing a spike in interest," Reed said. "More people want to be volunteers but it’s hard to fund the staff positions that keep the program going. We’re deeply grateful to Sherry and Spike for ensuring that we’ll always have strong leadership at the statewide level."


Last year Master Gardener volunteers in Oregon made more than 200,000 public contacts via plant clinics, public gardening classes, demonstration days and other activities, Langellotto said. Their donated hours were the equivalent of more than 85 full-time staff, she said. They also contributed more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce, harvested from Master Gardener-managed community and demonstration gardens, to local food banks and food pantries, she added.


Friends of the Master Gardener program will celebrate the planned gift at the program’s 29th annual Mini College at Willamette University in Salem July 25-28 (http://bit.ly/NjbeJ7).


The commitment is part of The Campaign for OSU, the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign. Guided by OSU’s strategic plan, the campaign has raised more than $840 million of its $1 billion goal to provide opportunities for students, strengthen Oregon communities and conduct research that changes the world.


More information on the Master Gardener program is at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg.

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Sherry Sheng and her husband, Spike Wadsworth, enjoy their garden at their home in West Linn along the Willamette River. (Photo by Jan Sonnenmair.)

Survey: Health care providers not checking for family food insecurity, barriers still exist

PORTLAND, Ore. – A survey of pediatric physicians and nurse practitioners in the Portland metro area shows that a majority are not regularly asking about household food practices, including nutritional quality or whether there is enough food in the home.

Oregon is one of the states ranked highest in “food insecurity,” or the proportion of households that have limited access to nutritionally adequate food on a regular basis. About 13.9 percent of households in Oregon are “food insecure” and Oregon also has one of the highest rates of childhood hunger.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified food security as one of the top health-related social issues that should be addressed in a pediatric visit. Yet, in a new study published online recently in the journal Preventive Medicine, only 13 percent of health care providers in the Portland area reported asking about household food sufficiency, and only 9 percent considered themselves knowledgeable about the prevalence of food insecurity in Oregon.

The study’s lead author, Anne Hoisington, an Oregon State University Extension specialist based at the Oregon Food Bank, said a positive aspect of the survey was that a large majority – almost 89 percent – of respondents said they would be willing to use a standardized screening question.

“A large percentage of our responding physicians and nurse practitioners were willing to engage, so I look at this as a huge opportunity that indicates that these providers want to learn more,” she said. “We already offer an online training class, and I’d like to see this taken a step further.”

The study showed that out of the 186 respondents, the health care providers who monitored food insecurity tended to be those with more years in practice.

Providers listed limited time available in the clinical visit as the main barrier to inquiring about the nutritional quality of their patients’ food. In contrast, however, the main barriers to inquiring about food sufficiency – whether everyone in the family has enough to eat – were discomfort in discussing food insecurity and inadequate knowledge about the topic.

“We found that the prospect of discussing food sufficiency seems to make some providers uncomfortable,” said Marc Braverman, a professor and Extension specialist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, who coauthored this study. “The topic is largely outside of their common practice, because food scarcity is perceived as a social problem rather than a medical problem, even though it has real and serious impacts on health.”

Hoisington, who is also a nutrition specialist in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, said food scarcity taps into one of the most sensitive areas in parenting – a parent’s ability to care properly and provide resources for his or her child.

Ideally, Hoisington would like to develop a training video in collaboration with partners around Oregon that could be shared with pediatricians’ offices. The training video would help model how health providers could deal with this sensitive topic with an upset parent.

In addition, the researchers said doctors should have materials on hand about underutilized food assistance programs such as SNAP, so they can provide parents with resources.

Hoisington said since this survey was conducted several years ago, more than 2,000 Oregonians have gone through an online training course on food insecurity developed by OSU Extension. More than 10 percent of those were physicians, and most others are medical students, nurses, dieticians, and other health care providers.

The survey was a project of the Childhood Hunger Coalition, which includes OSU Extension, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Health and Science University, the Oregon Health Authority’s WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program, Kaiser Permanente, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

The next step is to conduct intervention studies, which are already in the works. Members of the Childhood Hunger Coalition are conducting pilot screenings and designing an intervention model in two clinics where doctors will screen patients on food insecurity.

 “With health care reform now a reality, I think there will be more focus on prevention,” Hoisington said. “Hopefully that will mean we will become more attentive to issues such as health care disparity, hunger, and food insecurity.”

Coauthors of this study included pediatrician Dr. Dana Hargunani and assistant professor Elizabeth Adams, both with OHSU, and Cheryl Alto with the Oregon WIC.

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OSU English instructor awarded Oregon Book Award

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State University faculty member George Estreich was awarded the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction at a ceremony last night in Portland for his memoir, "The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit.”

Estreich’s book focuses on the first year of his daughter’s life following her diagnosis of Down syndrome. He is an instructor of English at OSU.

Marjorie Sandor, professor of English and director of OSU’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, was nominated for her book “The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction.”

Two releases by OSU Press were also nominees: Glenn Anthony May’s book, “Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon,” and Portland author Brian Doyle’s book, “Mink River.”

The Oregon Book Awards is a program of Literary Arts, a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the importance of language.

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Online/mobile architectural guide to Portland launched

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A new mobile website provides a convenient way for visitors to Portland to learn about the city’s architectural variety and history.

Launched by Oregon State University Libraries and the OSU Press, “Bart King’s Architectural Guide to Portland” can be found at http://pdxarchitecture.library.oregonstate.edu/.

Architecturally, Portland strikes a graceful balance between the rich traditions of its past and the creative developments of modern design. This new mobile site features rotating content selected from An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, a popular resource rich with photographs and stories about Portland’s celebrated cityscape.

Portland’s civic planning, historic preservation, and overall attractiveness are explored in detailed profiles of structures ranging from 19th-century cast-iron front buildings to sleek modern skyscrapers. Arranged by district, the guide offers information on downtown Portland, the cultural district, government center, Yamhill, Old Town, the Pearl District, city bridges, and northwest, northeast, southwest and southeast Portland.

Portland visitors and explorers can access the site online or through any web enabled mobile device.  Within each entry, users will find King’s detailed and often witty narrative about the site, photographs, and an interactive map providing real-time walking or driving directions.

As mobile devices become more ubiquitous, providing new ways to present available content is increasingly important for publishers.

“Users don’t just want access to the core content in new formats, but access to the content in ways that make sense for how they use their mobile devices,” said Faye Chadwell, the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian at OSU and director of the OSU Press. “‘Bart King’s Architectural Guide to Portland’ is the first example of numerous planned collaborations between OSU Press and OSU Libraries, leveraging the Libraries’ knowledge of mobile development and user-centered design with the press’ mission to provide better understanding of our region.”

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