New OSU sculpture offers ‘Tulip for Tebeau’

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  A massive new interactive sculpture recently installed outside Tebeau Hall on the Oregon State University campus is the latest addition to the university’s collection of public art.

“Tulip for Tebeau” honors William Tebeau, the namesake for both the sculpture and for Tebeau Hall. Tebeau was the first African American male to graduate from Oregon State, and had a 36-year career as a civil engineer. His passion for engineering and teaching was the inspiration for the sculpture’s interactive elements.

Tebeau Hall, which was completed in 2014, is OSU’s newest residence hall, housing about 300 undergraduate students.

The 32-foot-tall kinetic sculpture is by Portland artist Pete Beeman, and has soaring steel legs and six curving, gold-tipped, petal-like fins. The design features a hand-turned crank that allows users to open and close the 20-foot tall petals at the top of the sculpture. It’s purposefully situated so that the crank is accessible to people of all mobility levels, and the structural elements - supports, beams, sprockets, and gearbox - are all laid bare for users to examine.

“We were looking for a local artist who could create an interactive piece that honored Tebeau’s career in engineering, while engaging the landscaping of the adjacent residence halls,” said Patrick Robinson, director of facilities, maintenance and construction for University Housing & Dining Services.

“Tulip for Tebeau” was commissioned through the Oregon Art Commission’s Percent for Art in Public Places, a program that requires all new state buildings with a budget of more than $100,000 to set aside at least 1 percent of the construction budget for public art.

The kinetic sculpture features more than four tons of stainless steel and is topped with half an ounce of gold leaf. Beeman and a construction crew installed it along S.W. 14th Street, between Adams and Washington Avenues on the east end of the OSU campus.

“We couldn’t be happier that our residents have the opportunity to live within proximity to hands-on, original artwork designed with students in mind,” Robinson said.

Oregon residents may recognize Beeman’s work from “Pod,” a kinetic sculpture on West Burnside Avenue in Portland. A Portland native, Beeman now splits his time between Portland and New York City. His work can be found in public installations across the U.S. and in Taiwan, and is often interactive, industrial and playful.


Jennifer Viña, 541-737-8187


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OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery to present Plinkiewisch Scholarship Exhibition

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus will present “Way Beyond the Rainbow,” the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch Scholarship Exhibition, from March 13 through March 31.

A drop-in reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, during the Corvallis Arts Walk. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Way Beyond the Rainbow” exhibits the varied interests and skills of the 2016-2017 Plinkiewisch scholars. The six participating students are Maddy Corbin, a senior in 3D art; Milla Oliveira, a senior in painting and drawing; Suehade Soto, a sophomore studying sculpture; Angelica Ingeman, a senior in painting; Kaylee Weyrauch, a senior with a concentration on photography; and Johnny Beaver, a senior with a focus on painting and conceptual art.

The Plinkiewisch scholarship was established in 1995 through the estate of Helen Edwina Plinkiewisch, a 1929 graduate of Oregon State Agricultural College, in memory of her mother, Amy Rosina Hansen. The award is granted for one year and continues with a quarterly review. Once a student has received a Plinkiewisch scholarship, a renewal process each spring determines if they will continue to receive support for additional years of study.

The Fairbanks Gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. It is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and there is no charge for admission.


Andrew Nigon, 541-737-4880, or nigona@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program honored

WASHINGTON The American Council on Education announced today that the 2017 ACE State Network Leadership Award will be given to the Difference, Power and Discrimination program at Oregon State University.

This program was created in 1992 as a response to several bias incidents on campus. It works with all OSU faculty to develop inclusive curricula that address institutionalized systems of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States.

Since its launch, more than 200 faculty members, the majority of whom are women, have participated in the DPD Academy, and thousands of OSU undergraduates have taken related courses. The program helps raise consciousness about sexism as a system of oppression and its intersections with racism and other forms of oppression.

The award will be presented at ACE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 11. Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs and Nana Osei-Kofi, director of the Difference, Power and Discrimination Program, will accept the award.

While there is wide variation in institutional diversity requirements across U.S. higher education, Osei-Kofi said, OSU’s program is unique in that courses must center on the United States; explicitly address issues of power; and be completed by students in addition to a diversity requirement.

“This is about understanding our time in history, the social, political and economic climate we live in, and our role in that,” Osei-Kofi said. “Work in DPD courses is really about providing students with tools for critical analysis of the world and the space they occupy in it.”

Lynn M. Gangone, vice president of ACE Leadership, said that the OSU program “is an excellent example of a program that is confronting these challenging issues in an intentional and thoughtful way.”


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Kelli Meyer, 202-939-9328; kmeyer@acenet.edu


Nana Osei-Kofi, 541-737-2824 or nana.osei-kofi@oregonstate.edu

$5 million gift is largest in OSU-Cascades’ history, supports capital expansion

BEND, Ore. – A $5 million gift to Oregon State University – Cascades will propel the university toward its next phase of capital development, which will include a second academic building for the growing campus. The gift from an anonymous donor represents the largest donation ever received by the Bend campus.

“A visionary gift like this, at the onset of our efforts to seek capital funds from the Oregon State Legislature, makes a powerful and motivating statement,” said OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. “Our appreciation is tremendous, as the gift signals to our elected officials and supporters how important higher education is for all of Oregon.” 

The investment is a profound step toward a $10 million philanthropic match required for the state capital funding currently sought by OSU-Cascades, according to Johnson.

In total, OSU-Cascades is seeking $69.5 million in state bonding from the 2017 Oregon Legislature for the next phase of campus expansion. The project includes preparing adjacent land for expansion and constructing an academic building and Student Success Center. With the commitment of state funding, the anonymous donation will be applied to construction costs for the new academic building.

In his recent State of the University address, OSU President Ed Ray called the expansion of OSU-Cascades the fulfillment of a 30-year community dream to bring a four-year university to Central Oregon. He emphasized its potential impact on the state’s economy. According to ECONorthwest, if work on the Bend campus occurs as planned, in 2025 OSU-Cascades will contribute $197.8 million in total annual economic output throughout Oregon.

“OSU-Cascades is providing valued education, cultural opportunities, research and innovation to Oregon’s fastest-growing region,” Ray said. “I know that Central Oregon residents would say they have waited long enough for a four-year university. I hope that all Oregonians will agree that this university campus and its statewide benefits are long overdue.”

The Tykeson Family Foundation has also pledged $1 million toward the philanthropic match for the capital expansion. The Tykeson Family contributed toward the OSU-Cascades campus’s first academic building, named Tykeson Hall.

OSU-Cascades’ proposed additional capital facilities will provide needed instructional classroom, laboratories and student support space for the growing student enrollment at OSU-Cascades. Over the past five years, OSU-Cascades has been the fastest growing public university in Oregon. More than 1,100 students are pursuing degrees at the Bend campus, which can currently accommodate up to 1,890 students. Plans are to grow enrollment to 3,000 to 5,000 students.


Christine Coffin, 541-322-3152, Christine.Coffin@osucascades.edu

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Creating the student-centered university

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A panel of speakers will discuss “Creating the Student-Centered University” at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The discussion is part of the university’s larger role as a member of the University Innovation Alliance, an 11-member organization that works to make a college degree a reality, particularly for first-generation college students or those with limited financial resources.

The event will be from 4-5 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 128. It is free and open to the public, and an hour-long reception follows.

Tim Renick, vice president for enrollment management and student success at Georgia State University, will be a featured speaker. Supporting remarks will be made by OSU President Ed Ray; Susana Rivera-Mills, OSU vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies; and Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance.

The alliance is comprised of public research universities that span the country, and have committed to produce a total of 860,000 graduates by 2025. A primary focus is to redefine how universities operate, collaborate to improve academic outcomes and help all students achieve a quality college degree.

Renick, who was recently featured in the New York Times, will discuss the student success initiatives and innovative problem-solving approach that enabled his university, Georgia State, to substantially improve its graduation rates and eliminate achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level.

As a principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant, Renick is studying the impact of proactive, predictive, analytics-based advisement on 10,000 low-income and first-generation students. OSU is part of this multi-institutional project.

Burns is the founding executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, and previously served as an American Council on Education fellow at Arizona State University; chief of staff and senior policy advisor for the Oregon University System; and national associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.  

Rivera-Mills has helped develop mentoring and leadership programs for faculty and students; community partnerships; student engagement and success strategies; advancing diversity at OSU and in higher education; internationalization; engaged research; and promoting equity and inclusion. As the executive liaison to the University Innovation Alliance, she oversees all of the collaborative initiatives from the alliance at OSU.

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OSU choral program presents annual Orange & Black Scholarship Benefit Concert

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University choral program will present the Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the First United Methodist Church, 1165 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

 The Orange & Black Concert is an annual tradition featuring the OSU Chamber Choir, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers. All proceeds from the performance benefit the OSU Choral and Vocal Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established to provide financial support for students demonstrating outstanding professional potential in vocal and choral music. Contributions to the fund help support students’ educational costs and help bring top musical talent to study at Oregon State University.

 The OSU Meistersingers, under the baton of Russell Christensen, will open the program with five popular works: “Sound the Trumpet” by Henry Purcell; Johannes Brahms’ “Mainacht;” “Echoes (I am Hope)” by Daniel Elder; Gaetano Donizetti’s rousing “Song of the Regiment;” and Gary Ruschman’s arrangement of “Run On!”

Sandra Babb will lead OSU’s women’s choir, Bella Voce, in a set of original and arranged songs: “Spirit of Life” by Chris Aspaas; Kim Andre Arneson’s “Love’s Onward Journey;” “On a Rock” by Michele Kaschub; “Nigra Sun” by the internationally-renowned cellist Pablos Casals; and “Voice in the Wind” by Sarah Quartel.

The OSU Chamber Choir, directed by Steven Zielke, will close the performance. The Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble on campus, consisting of 40 to 45 selected students who perform the finest in choral music repertoire.

The Chamber Choir set includes: “Indonana,” a traditional South African work arranged for choir; Hugo Distler’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied;” Eric Whitacre’s “Sainte-Chapelle,” a work composed in celebration of the famed Tallis Scholars; an arrangement of Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning;” and A.R. Rahman’s tongue-twisting “Balleilakka.”

General admission seating is $10. OSU students with identification and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Advance tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2lymoja. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671.


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

New ‘hybrid’ clinical mental health master’s degree addresses national need for counselors

CORVALLIS, Ore. – In response to a rising need for more mental health counselors, Oregon State University is offering a new hybrid degree program designed for working professionals.

The Health Resources & Services Administration projects a shortage of 26,930 mental health counselors nationwide by 2025, and a 2013 study found that approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population who reported having a behavioral health disorder did not receive treatment.

Beginning this summer, OSU’s 90-credit hybrid Master of Counseling degree program with an option in clinical mental health will train counselors to help stressed individuals overcome personal and environmental obstacles.

The program is offered through OSU’s College of Education in partnership with Oregon State Ecampus, the university’s online education division. The new hybrid format is designed for working professionals with half of the course work online and half in face-to-face classroom meetings held twice a term in Salem, Oregon.

“I believe that a lot of the mental health issues do not come from the person, but as a response to the environment that oppresses and ostracizes them,” said program coordinator and OSU College of Education Professor Kok-Mun Ng. “We need to understand the environmental impact of the individual’s mental health and wellness, and how we could, as professionals, empower clients to change their environment and find their own voice to fight back.”

The program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and classes are modeled after the successful on-campus clinical mental health counseling master’s program at the university’s OSU-Cascades campus in Bend.

Graduates will work in a variety of settings, including community counseling agencies, rehabilitation facilities, college counseling centers, primary care facilities, veterans affairs and private practice offices.

“It’s a profession that is growing locally, nationally and internationally,” Ng said. “And because the program is CACREP-accredited, students will have a wide-open door in terms of careers.”

The new cohort will begin in summer term, 2017. More information is available online at ecampus.oregonstate.edu/mcoun-clinical.


Heather Doherty, 541-737-3297


Oregon State celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will hold its 35th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a series of events to be held from Saturday, Jan. 14, through Friday, Jan. 20.

The celebration includes a keynote address on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday that is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a peace march.

The Peace Breakfast will be held in a new location and is limited to OSU students, faculty, staff and their invited guests. The breakfast is free but attendees must register before the event.

Organizer Scott Vignos, director of strategic initiatives with the Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State, said the celebration seeks to carry forward King’s legacy through collaborative learning and actions.

“We want the OSU community to learn about and reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King and collaboratively envision ways to carry his message of transformative change forward in a way that is relevant in today’s context,” Vignos said.

This year's keynote speaker is Franchesca Ramsey, an actor, comedian, writer, activist and a leading voice at the confluence of pop culture and social justice education. She hosts the popular Decoded series on MTV News and was a writer and regular contributor to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. Ramsey’s work explores race, ethnicity, gender and culture by using comedy as a vehicle for activism and learning. Ramsey has been featured on MTV, in the New York Times, NPR, Ebony Magazine and the BBC.

The keynote address will be held in The LaSells Stewart Center from 11 a.m. to noon on Jan. 16. A peace march starting from The LaSells Stewart Center and ending at the Student Experience Center Plaza will begin at 12:30 p.m. The keynote address and peace march are free and open to the public; no registration is required.

This year’s Peace Breakfast will take place in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center from 9-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. The event is free to members of the OSU community but advance registration is required; the deadline is Jan. 10. Oregon State community members who would like to register for the Peace Breakfast can do so here: http://bit.ly/2iAQzWR.

A variety of other events related to the holiday will be held throughout the week. For a complete list of events see: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/diversity/events-and-initiatives/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-celebration.

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

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Kirkland named OSU executive director for equal opportunity and access

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kim D. Kirkland has been named as Oregon State University’s executive director for equal opportunity and access.

Kirkland, who will join OSU on Feb. 28, 2017, has served for more than eight years as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“The university’s executive director for equal opportunity and access is central to the success of OSU’s equity, diversity and inclusion efforts,” said Oregon State President Edward J. Ray.

The executive director is responsible for overseeing compliance with federal, state and university policies and regulations regarding affirmative action, equal opportunity, disability access and other civil rights.

Kirkland said her approach is to encourage people to talk through cultural misunderstandings and mistakes through facilitated conversations. This helps build community and bridge communication gaps.

"People must give others permission to make mistakes with them in order to gain a better understanding of differences," she said, "and begin to talk to one another if we are going to take this journey of cultural understanding and bridge the diversity divide." 

Kirkland succeeds Clay Simmons, who has served Oregon State as interim executive director for equal opportunity and access since Feb. 1, 2016. Upon Kirkland’s arrival at OSU, Simmons will return to his role as the university’s chief compliance officer.

As the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX deputy coordinator, she has been responsible for monitoring compliance with the university’s equal opportunity, anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and sexual misconduct policies as well as all related federal and state laws and regulations.

Kirkland also has had the responsibility for investigating and resolving complaints of discrimination and harassment. In addition, she has served as IUPUI’s official liaison with governmental civil rights agencies and developed the university’s affirmative action plans.

Previous to working at IUPUI, Kirkland served for more than four years as affirmative action officer and senior investigator at Bowling Green State University, as vice president for compliance programs at the Meridian Group in Ohio and as General Electric Aircraft Engines/Aviation manager of equal employment opportunity and diversity programs.

Kirkland received a doctorate in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University, and is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808


Search launched for new OSU diversity officer

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University today began an international search for a vice president and chief diversity officer.

The chief diversity officer will be the senior official responsible for guiding OSU’s efforts around institutional diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and access for all of the university’s campuses, Extension offices, experiment stations and centers. Angela Batista presently serves as Oregon State’s interim chief diversity officer.

The 19-member search committee will be chaired by Sastry Pantula, dean of the OSU College of Science. It will work with the assistance of Spelman Johnson, a global search firm.

“A more diverse, welcoming and inclusive educational environment is critical to all of OSU’s most important goals, in teaching, research and public service,” Pantula said. “Oregon State is committed to greater institutional diversity, not just in our teaching and research but in how we engage and serve communities in Oregon, nationally and globally.”

The vice president and chief diversity officer will provide leadership in strategic planning, education, research, community relations, outreach, communications, campus climate, and policy development, Pantula said.

Other members of the search committee include:

  • Cindy Alexis, business and finance analyst in Budget and Fiscal Planning, and committee representative for Faculty Senate administrative appointments
  • Aracely Arredondo, accountant with University Administration Business Center
  • Adrian Borycki, an OSU student
  • Michelle Bothwell, associate professor of bioengineering
  • Susan Capalbo, senior vice provost for academic affairs
  • Donna Chastain, acting chief human resources officers and director of Workplace Solutions
  • Steve Clark, vice president for University Relations and Marketing
  • Allison Davis-White Eyes, assistant provost and director of the Center for Cultural Engagement
  • Jennifer Dennis, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School
  • Rebecca Gose, general counsel
  • Mark Hoffman, vice provost for International Programs
  • Namagoba Elizabeth Kaweesa, president of Black Graduate Student Association
  • Anesat Leon-Guerrero, ASOSU executive director of Diversity Programs
  • Andrea McDaniel, executive assistant to the provost and liaison to Spelman Johnson
  • Janet Nishihara, director of OSU’s Educational Opportunities Program
  • Robin Pappas, instructional innovation program manager for Information Services, and search advocate
  • Dwaine Plaza, professor in the School of Public Policy
  • Clay Simmons, chief compliance officer and interim executive director of Equal Opportunity and Access at OSU.


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