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Healthy Masculinities conference at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A conference on Healthy Masculinities will take place May 1-2 at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union. This year’s theme is “Genuine Masculinities: What is it to you?”

The two-day event includes panel discussion from university leaders, presentations by students, faculty and staff, and a free lunch on Friday for registered participants, where discussion will focus on how to translate conference findings into actionable items.

This year’s keynote speaker is Gabe Wright, a male rape survivor and creator of “The Guys Project: Bonding as Survivors and Allies.” His focus is on breaking down the social stigma of victimization by creating spaces for male survivors and their allies to overcome perceived threats to masculinity while at the same time, engaging men as allies to ending violence against women.

“I am thrilled for this year’s conference because I believe there is value in thinking critically about who I want to be as a man,” said organizer Tyler Reisnaur. “It is important to involve everyone in this discussion as we all are impacted and contribute to the social construction of masculinity.”

The conference is sponsored by Men’s Development and Engagement, an OSU group focused on encouraging OSU men to engage in a process of healthy gender identity development with the hope of creating a safe environment. It is open to the entire campus community and is part of the OSU Healthy Campus Initiative.

The event is free for OSU campus members, $40 for those unaffiliated with OSU. To register and for more information: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/mensdev.

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Tyler Reisnaur, MDE@oregonstate.edu

International students celebrate Spring Festival at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual International Spring Festival will be held as part of Mom’s & Families Weekend in the Memorial Union Quad on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the International Students of OSU.

This year’s theme is “Stories Our Mama Told Us When We Were Young.”

Fifteen cultural student associations affiliated with ISOSU will share stories, myths and superstitions from their cultures. International groups will host booths where they recreate their own “living rooms of the world.” Performances on two stages in front of the Memorial Union will include Chinese lion dancers, African drummers Brazilian dancers, Takio drummers and more.

An OSU student fashion show will feature international culturally significant clothing. 

Food from around the world will also be highlighted, and in keeping with the theme will focus on homestyle dishes such as empanadas, sweet and savory crepes, potstickers and falafel.

This event provides the opportunity for the ISOSU and affiliates to demonstrate their culture to the OSU community, as well as to meet new people and have meaningful conversations while reminiscing about their childhoods.

International Students of OSU first formed in the late 1970s as a student organization. ISOSU hosts weekly programs in the International Resource Center in addition to 20 large annual cultural programs that share the history, traditions and stories of the people of the world.

For more information: http://oregonstate.edu/sli/isosu/

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Valeria Ursu, Marketer ISOSU, ursuv@onid.oregonstate.edu

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Source: Eunae (Amy) Choi, ISOSU.Director@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s one-act festival to be held April 8-9

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for the annual student-directed Spring One-Act Festival will be held at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9 in Oregon State University’s Lab Theatre.

Auditions will consist of cold readings and no preparation is necessary. They are open to all OSU students, faculty and staff and to members of the Corvallis community. The theatre is located in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The Spring One-Act Festival 2014, presented by OSU Theatre, will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 4, 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. June 8. One-act plays will be directed by the students of an advanced directing class. Rehearsals will be scheduled with each director. Those auditioning are asked to bring their schedules and note any potential conflicts with rehearsals.

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Contact: Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.Helman@oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University's KBVR FM wins top awards at national conference

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System has named KBVR FM best college radio station at a university with more than 10,000 students. The station was one of three college radio stations in the country, and the only West Coast station, to be nominated for this category.

A number of KBVR programs and staff also won awards. Matt Walton and Josh Worden won the best play-by-play football broadcast, and Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar won for most innovative radio program with their science program, “Inspiration Dissemination.” Additionally, Megan Cummings won for best production director, and Matt Walton won for best promotions director.

KBVR FM was also a finalist for best overall station. KBVR staff members were finalists for best community news coverage (Jodie Davaz), best program director, (Marissa Solini) and best engineer (Jack Kemp).

IBS, an educational association comprising more than a thousand high school and college broadcast stations and webcasters, announced the winners at its 74th annual IBS New York City conference. All winners and finalists were presented with IBS Golden Microphone Trophies. The conference was attended by KBVR station manager Davaz, KBVR promotions director Matt Walton, and broadcasting adviser Bill Gross.

“I am honored and humbled by receiving these awards,” Walton said. “Josh Worden is a rising star and I am so thankful to be able to work with him. The awards for best station are especially amazing, as they reflect the hard work that every KBVR DJ puts in every day.”

“Joey and I are honored to receive this award,” said Kamvar,  co-host for 'Inspiration Dissemination' and a Ph.D. student at OSU. “We want to thank all the guests we have featured for being as passionate as we are about science communication. They are the real inspiration.”

KBVR broadcasts 24/7 on 88.7 FM from the campus of Oregon State University. The station is student- managed and is programmed by more than 100 student volunteer DJs. Programming includes live music, local news, sports and talk radio shows.

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Julia Sandidge, 541-737-4615

Student-directed comedy ‘Beyond Therapy’ opens March 6 in Lab Theatre at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Performances of the student-directed play “Beyond Therapy,” a comedic portrait of love and neuroses, will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and at 2 p.m. March 9 in the Lab Theatre at Oregon State University.

OSU Theatre student Davey Kashuba directs the production. The show also serves as the official opening for the newly renovated Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way.

“Beyond Therapy,” by Christopher Durang, is a quirky, modern love story about the ups and downs of love and dating. The play premiered in 1981 and remains one of Durang’s most frequently produced works.

The cast includes Oregon State students L.J. Duey as Bruce, Melissa Cozzi as Prudence, Sarah Sutton as Charlotte and Kolby Baethke as Bob. Corvallis community members Jonathan Thompson as Andrew and Chris Morrell as Stuart also join the cast.

Tickets are $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, $5 for students/youth and $4 for OSU students. They are available for purchase through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at http://www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre. There is no reserved seating.

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Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784 or michelle.klampe@oregonstate.edu

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Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” opens at OSU on Aug. 8

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s popular Bard in the Quad series is back for its eighth summer of Shakespearean fare, with this year’s production showcasing the popular farce of mistaken identity and coincidence, “Comedy of Errors.”

Set in a wild, contemporary city inspired by the outlandish worlds depicted in “The Jersey Shore,” “The Sopranos,” and “The Godfather,” performances of “Comedy of Errors” run Aug. 8-11 and 15-18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad on the OSU campus.

“Comedy of Errors” is a witty and physical comedy. As a young man, family patriarch and Syracuse native Aegeon and his beloved wife, Aemelia, bore twin sons and soon after adopt a second pair of twins – each pair of twins bearing the same name. After a series of tragedies, Aegeon is separated from his wife and two of his children. Years later, a series of bizarre coincidences leaves both sets of twins in the city of Ephesus, unknown to them or their family. Comedy occurs as the paths of strangers and friends cross throughout a day of confusion, fights, death threats, sex, love and discovery.

The cast features OSU students Irene Drage as Gallow, Richelle Jean-Bart as Balthazar, Chris Peterman as Dromio of Syracuse, Brittany Potter as Luciana, Sam Thompson as Solinus, Erin Wallerstein as Adriana, Joseph Workman as Antipholus of Syracuse, and Ricky Zipp as Nell. OSU Theatre alumni Arin Dooley (Angelo), Alex Johnston (Dromio of Ephesus), and Tucker Minnick (Courtesan) join the cast along with Corvallis community members Craig Currier (Aegeon), Ariel Ginsburg (Aemelia), and Jonathan Thompson (Antipholus of Ephesus).

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available for online purchases now at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre or call the OSU Theatre box office at 541-737-2784.

This is an outdoor performance and no seating is provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and warm clothing or blankets. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

For questions regarding tickets, seating, and other accommodations, contact box office manager Bryanna Rainwater at 541-737-2784.

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On-campus students donate 13 tons to local nonprofits during move-out

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students who moved out of residence halls late this spring donated 25, 979 pounds of items to Campus Recycling during the annual Resident Hall Move-out Donation Drive. It was a 29 percent increase over last year’s donations.

Students were asked to donate their unwanted items rather than throw them away, diverting waste from the landfill. The donations were then sent to local nonprofits and charities, including Love INC, Community Outreach, and the Linn Benton Food Share.

The amount collected exceeded this year’s goal of 22,000 pounds, as well as the 20,122 pounds collected last year. Donations fell into several different categories: clothing, shoes, and linens; packaged or sealed food, toiletries, and school supplies; reusable wood; and general households.

Electronic waste and other recyclables were also recovered, but were not counted in the total weight of donations.

Thirty volunteers from throughout the OSU community assisted during the process by sorting through and categorizing the donations, as well as helping collect them from the halls.

“Working with the volunteers was an excellent experience,” said Kyle Reed, student outreach assistant for Campus Recycling and a freshman living on campus. “I hadn’t accumulated much throughout the year that I wouldn’t keep, but it was rather daunting to see just what other people would have likely thrown away had we not provided donation bins.”

The event is coordinated each year between OSU Campus Recycling, Surplus Properties, and University Housing and Dining Services.  For more information: http://tiny.cc/donation-drive.

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Andrea Norris, 541-737-5398

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Annual spring fashion show held May 31

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual spring fashion show at Oregon State University will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 725 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The event is a showcase of OSU’s finest designers, which this year has the theme “Floralia.” The show is organized by students in the School of Design and Human Environment.

The work of 15 students, majoring in apparel design and merchandising management, will be featured at the show.

The fashion show is open to the public. Tickets range in price from $7 for standing room to $100 for front row seats. Tickets must be purchased at Milam Hall Room 228 on campus.

For more information on the show, go to www.OregonStateFashionShow.com

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OUS offers first study abroad program to Cuba

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Students from three campuses will travel to Cuba in June for the first official study abroad program to that country in the history of the Oregon University System (OUS).

The 15 students from Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon will venture to Cuba in the summer after taking a class this term on Cuban Society, Culture and Politics through Film.

Michele Justice, associate director of OUS international programs, is charged with finding new study abroad opportunities in the university system.

“Making this system-wide means students from different universities can learn from each other, and it gives all students a chance to have resources and faculty to go places like this that they wouldn’t otherwise,” she said. “We have faculty across the state with expertise on Cuba, and a willingness to share this expertise.”

Dwaine Plaza and Amy Below from Oregon State are teaching the class, along with guest lecturers from the other colleges and universities. Plaza is a sociologist with expertise in migration studies and the Caribbean, and Below is an expert on Latin American politics.

“The students are experiencing Cuba through films, virtual guest lectures and through instruction by different faculty with Cuba expertise, and then they’ll be there to experience it all in person this summer,” Plaza said.

Students from the other campuses watch the class remotely when it is in session on Mondays, but congregate over several Saturdays this term to meet as a class in person.

“It’s important to us that the students bond and interact in person before they take this trip together,” Below said. “Once we get to Cuba, it’s going to be an intense learning experience.”

Each day they spend in Cuba will be built around a different theme. The students will learn about topics ranging from education, agriculture, and public health to Cuban culture and politics.

Tawny Garcia, a first-generation Cuban-American, is taking the class in part because she wants to reconnect with her roots. Garcia, a senior majoring in sociology at Oregon State, has never been to the country where her father was born.

“I am still in shock about being able to do this trip; not many Americans get to go to Cuba,” she said. “My understanding over the past couple of years is that Cuban Americans and Cubans see things differently. I plan to go there with an open mind and gain a better understanding of a part of me.”

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Michele Justice, 541-737-6458

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Oregon State University featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University received 98 points out of a possible 99 as a ‘green’ school in the latest edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” The schools are chosen based on a 50-question survey conducted at hundreds of four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review analyzes data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

“The OSU community has once again demonstrated a high level of interest in and competency around sustainability,” said Brandon Trelstad, OSU’s sustainability coordinator. 

The 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.  It does not rank schools hierarchically, but each school’s green score can be found in their school profile on the main site (http://www.princetonreview.com/).

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives.  A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

“The volume and breadth of sustainability related work at this institution is amazing, and fascinatingly diverse,” Trelstad said. “I think what continually sets OSU apart is its broad spectrum of sustainability expertise. This is supported by students who care about global issues and come to OSU to build on that interest.”

Among OSU’s green highlights were an overall waste diversion rate of 42 percent, its numerous sustainability awards, its annual Nonprofit Career Day, and a building policy that ensures students will typically walk no further than 10 minutes across campus for class.

“OSU has a history of creating innovative projects to reduce energy use and meet its goal of climate neutrality by 2024,” the guide states.

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)), with generous support from United Technologies Corp. (www.utc.com), founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

 

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Brandon Trelstad, 541-737-3307