OSU’s Department of Recreational Sports celebrates a century

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Department of Recreational Sports is celebrating its 100th year, making it the third oldest program of its kind in the nation. Several events will be held throughout the 2016-17 school year to commemorate the anniversary.

A two-day open house will be held Oct. 28-29 as part of Homecoming Weekend at Oregon State. The open house will take place from 2-4 p.m., Oct. 28 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Dixon Recreation Center. Visitors can take a tour of the center and view historic items and photos spanning the last 100 years.

“We honor our roots as an intramural sports program that established the values of sport, leadership, and wellness, and that remain central to all of our programming” said Leah Hall Dorothy, recreational sports director. “We try to offer something for every interest, and consequently, I believe students experience us as the social and physical activity hub for the campus community.” 

Recreation Sports was first established as an intramural sports program in 1916 and has expanded dramatically over the years. Currently, 60 percent of the OSU Corvallis campus student body uses OSU recreational facilities annually. As interest in recreational sports has expanded, so has the department, from the establishment of a mountain club in 1947 to the building of Dixon Recreation Center in 1974 (with expansions in 1992 and in 2004).

Around 5,000 people use Dixon Recreation Center daily. The facilities and programs are run by a team of more than 400 student employees. Recreational Sports is 75 percent funded by student fees, and its growth has been guided by student needs, including most recently the creation of Student Legacy Park, which offers lit turf fields for evening play.

A variety of other events will take place during the school year to celebrate the department’s centenary, including a 100+ mile challenge from November to June, encouraging participants to track their favorite activities over fall, winter and spring terms. Participants will receive t-shirts upon completion and will be eligible for other prizes. For more information, visit http://recsports.oregonstate.edu/100plus. In addition, a climbing event will be held in February and a 5K in June.


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Tina Clawson, 541-737-6830; tina.clawson@oregonstate.edu

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OSU to host town hall on high-risk drinking

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State University will convene a town hall meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to discuss high-risk drinking and its related negative impacts. During the town hall, OSU will unveil results from the spring 2016 National College Health Assessment (NCHA). For the first time since the university began administering the survey in 2002, OSU is below national rates of high-risk drinking.

The town hall will be held in the Club Level of Reser Stadium. Educators, healthcare providers, student leaders, students in recovery, public officials and other community members will discuss the negative impacts of high-risk drinking and share information and ideas about ways to address them as a community.

Campus and community experts will give an overview of factors contributing to a 29 percent reduction in high-risk alcohol use from 2012 to 2016. OSU will report on the challenges to future improvements and the need to enhance collaboration with specific student groups such as sororities and fraternities. 

Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention within the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be present to provide her expertise on the power of a strong town and gown relationship to create safer and healthier communities.

“The university has significantly invested in reducing high-risk drinking and improving our neighborhoods through new policies, education, and intervention services for students,” said Robert Reff, director of prevention, advocacy and wellness efforts at OSU.

A new report released by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), found full-time college students are far more likely to be current (past month) alcohol drinkers than others their age, and more likely to engage in past month binge drinking. College students between the ages of 18-25 have higher rates of substance use and abuse than any other demographic nationwide.

The town hall represents further commitment by the university to understand the issues that OSU students and the surrounding community face and to collaborate with all stakeholders on solutions.

Community members who attend the town hall can express concerns to OSU, the City of Corvallis and Benton County through town hall feedback forms, which will be discussed at the Corvallis Community Relations Advisory Group at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, in the Madison Ave. meeting room.


Robert Reff, 541-737-7564; robert.reff@oregonstate.edu

New OSU restaurant features Latin American street food

McNary Dining Hall on the east side of the Oregon State University campus will have a new food option starting this fall – La Calle - but currently only night owls will reap the benefits.

La Calle will offer Latin street cuisine-inspired dishes (calle means street in Spanish), and will be open 7:30 p.m. to midnight to serve studying students and late night employees.

The new food concept will help meet a growing demand for late-night options on campus, according to Jennifer Rouse with University Housing and Dining Services.

Currently most campus food options don’t stay open past 9 p.m., with the exception of Java II, which is open until midnight Monday through Friday. The only current regular late night option is “Food 2 You,” a pizza, pasta, sandwich and salad delivery service for late night meals. It’s so incredibly popular, Rouse said, that people need to order their late night pizzas in advance, because they sell out quickly.

Executive Chef and UHDS Assistant Director Jaime Herrera said the menu, developed by UHDS Chef Jeffrey Lowman, emphasizes healthy options, portion size, price and a variety of toppings, and the menu will be built for speed and simplicity.

“The flavors will be customized toward a broader palate, with a little less spice than traditional Latin dishes,” Herrera said, and will utilize local ingredients like the Albany-based Ochoa cheese.

Fillings will include different preparations of chicken, pork and beef, some vegetarian options and occasionally shrimp or other types of seafood. Specialty drinks, including Jarritos sodas and hibiscus tea, also will be available. 

La Calle will be located just west of Raintree Coffee, in a location formerly used to make cookies and pastry. That will be relocated to the main kitchen to free up the space. Raintree Coffee will remain open until midnight each night so that students can also get caffeinated beverages during late night studying. MainSqueeze, a smoothie and convenience store located in McNary, also will stay open until midnight.

Depending on demand, hours could be expanded to include earlier opening hours, but that will be assessed later in the term.

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Jennifer Viña, 541-737-8187; Jennifer.vina@oregonstate.edu

Tours available on OSU research vessel to dock in Portland at end of STEM cruise

NEWPORT, Ore. – For three days this week, Oregon high school students and teachers are joining scientists at Oregon State University aboard the research vessel Oceanus to gain at-sea research experience off the Oregon coast as part of a project to enhance their STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math skills.

This Friday, the young scientists and their professional partners will journey up the Columbia River aboard the R/V Oceanus and dock at Riverplace Marina in Portland, where they will spend the weekend doing a series of activities, including tours for K-12 students and the public.

The public tours will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register for a tour, visit: http://bit.ly/2bTKyQ0.

The project is a collaborative effort from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, which serves educators, students and communities along the Oregon coast and is located at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The students and high school teachers participating in the cruise are from Bandon, North Bend, Waldport, Newport and Warrenton.

“This is an opportunity for Oregon high school students and teachers to work with marine researchers and really dig into investigative scientific methods,” said Tracy Crews, marine education manager for Oregon Sea Grant. “It also provides an opportunity for graduate students to work as mentors with these young students alongside top scientists addressing some very real issues facing our oceans.”

Leigh Torres, a principal investigator with OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute, will serve as chief scientist on the cruise, which will include line transect surveys for marine mammals and seabirds off the Oregon coast.

“We will record where and when we observe different species assemblages of marine mammals and seabirds off the Oregon coast, and link this data with habitat and prey data collected during the cruise,” Torres said. “This will demonstrate the patchiness of ocean resources and how species are distributed differently relative to their particular needs.”

“We’re really hoping that this hands-on experience will trigger interest in STEM and enthusiasm for working on environmental challenges,” added Stacia Fletcher, director for the Oregon Coast STEM Hub.

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Tracy Crews, 541-867-0329, tracy.crews@oregonstate.edu

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Research vessel Oceanus; photos by Pat Kight

R/V Oceanus


Corvallis campus water tested for lead, copper

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has tested water from nearly 40 Corvallis campus buildings for lead and copper levels following news that lead had been found in some Portland-area schools.

All preliminary tests for office and classroom buildings included in the test group came back with good results. Most facilities, including both campus daycare buildings, showed no to very low detectable elements in the water.

More comprehensive testing will be done throughout the Corvallis campus to continue to monitor the health and safety of the campus community. The testing should be finished by early August.

Testing was done in June in all University Housing and Dining buildings. Nearly all of the buildings met safety standards. In one residence hall, Poling Hall, water from one floor kitchen sink and three showers exceeded acceptable levels for lead; and three sinks and two showers within the hall showed elevated levels, but did not exceed the acceptable levels for lead. To provide for full safety, OSU has shutoff water to those fixtures until repairs are made.

Benton County Health Department officials say that the health effects for adults would be negligible given the borderline levels of lead found and the fact that the sinks and showers were not a primary water source for drinking.

OSU is required to make repairs to pipes and fixtures when safety levels are exceeded. Following repairs in Poling Hall, sampling will be conducted to ensure the problem has been resolved. This issue appears to be fixture-specific, but water will be turned off to the affected fixtures until the issue is resolved.

Dan Kermoyan, assistant director of OSU Environmental Health and Safety, said testing of other Oregon State-owned facilities, including Extension offices, experiment and research stations, as well as the university’s Bend and Newport campuses, will be completed by early September.

Details on the June testing report are available online, at http://oregonstate.edu/ehs/2016-drinking-water-quality-report

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808


Exhibit featuring graduating seniors’ artwork on display at OSU May 31-June 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students who are completing their bachelor of fine arts degrees will present their thesis work May 31 through June 12 in the Fairbanks Gallery.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. June 11 and June 12. The exhibits are free and open to the public.

Thirteen students graduating from various art disciplines will be exhibiting. They are: Abigail Losli, painting; Alisa Vernon, etching; Angela Perviance, etching; Ashley Howarth, silkscreen; Claire Elise Harden, ink; Daniel Henry Melancon, acrylic; Francisco Morales, mixed media; Heather Marie March, photo; Kaitlyn Carr, collage; Merri Madalynne Long, lenticular photo installation; Natasha Anismova, monotype; Paulina Teresa Ruize, charcoal, graphite and watercolor; and Teresa Yoshiura, mixed media.

A show featuring the work of students graduating with a bachelor of arts degree will run simultaneously in the west gallery of Fairbanks Hall. Students exhibiting in that show are: Erika Carlson, printmaking; Tanner Henderson, drawing/mixed media; and Nicolette Silva, photography.

A reception will be held in the gallery at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. Awards for the College of Liberal Arts Purchase Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Art and the Provost’s Purchase Award will be announced. Seniors of Distinction awards and community sponsored awards also will be presented.

In addition, scholarships will be awarded to returning students, freshmen and transfer students selected through a competitive portfolio review. They include the Stone/Sponenburgh Scholarship, the Joyce Dickerson Printmaking Award, the Norma Seibert Print Scholarship, the Yaquina Art Association Scholarship, the Freshman Foundation Award, the Helen E. Plinkiewisch Scholarship and more.

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Doug Russell, 541-737-5009, drussell@oregonstate.edu

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Artwork by Teresa Yoshiura

Teresa Yoshiura

Artwork by Kaitlynn Carr

Kaitlyn Carr

Artwork by Francisco Morales

Francisco Morales

Graduate students from four Oregon universities to compete for best presentation

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Graduate students at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University will compete this weekend for top honors in giving presentations about their research.

The public is welcome to the Three-Minute Thesis competition in which students go head-to-head in their ability to share their research with nonscientists. The event is free and starts at 1:30 pm Saturday, May 21, in the Oregon State Learning Innovation Center.

Earlier this year, the four universities conducted competitions among their own students. The top three winners from each school will participate in the finals at OSU. In the May 11 competition in Corvallis, three Oregon State students — Andrew Brereton, Elizabeth M. Collar and Yunteng He — earned the first, second and peoples choice awards for their presentations.

Judges for the May 21 event include Ilene Kleinsorge, former dean of the OSU College of Business; Tim Nesbitt, former chair of the state Higher Education Coordinating Commission; and Joan Foley, Portland chapter president of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), a nonprofit organization.

The 3MT research competition was developed by the University of Queensland. It challenges graduate students to give a compelling, three-minute presentation about their thesis or project topic with a single slide.

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John McQueen, OSU Graduate School, john.mcqueen@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-7753

After year of work, OSU electric car team places second in inaugural EcoMarathon

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Last summer, a team of dedicated Oregon State University engineering students began work on a brand-new electric racing car named the Beaver Bolt. They worked through the school year to complete the vehicle, which debuted in its first big race April 23-24.

The team placed second in the Shell EcoMarathon in Detroit, Michigan, competing against 13 other teams. The Beaver Bolt traveled with an efficiency of 8600 mpg equivalency (414 km/kWH).

Led by advisor Christopher Hoyle from the College of Engineering’s School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering , the crew was comprised of members of the Oregon State American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) club, led by Chase Jones and Austin Sandifer, as well as Mechanical and Industrial and Electrical Engineering capstone team members.

“This is a great showing for their first year,” Hoyle said. “They worked hard and were well organized, and it paid off.”

The marathon challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car possible. There are three international marathons, with the American version taking place in Detroit. The Beaver Bolt team competed in the prototype/battery-electric category.

During the event, team members also gave back to fellow competitors. Senior electrical engineer Brian Bove used his down time during the marathon to assist other competitors with electrical issues, without which help they may have missed the chance to race.

The students’ participation in the competition was made possible by a number of fundraising efforts, as well as round-the-clock work before the marathon to complete the project. The team raised $25,000 in cash and materials from donors. Members of MIME, EECS and the College of Business also worked together to make the event a reality for the students.

“This competition challenges engineering students to design a vehicle that is relevant to the technological needs on the national agenda,” Hoyle said, “green, sustainable and efficient transportation.”

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Christopher Hoyle, 541-737-7035; chris.hoyle@oregonstate.edu

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Spring town hall to be held May 4 at Oregon State University

A Spring Term town hall meeting will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Oregon State University in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

Oregon State University is committed to hosting town halls each quarter as part of an ongoing discussion on equity, inclusion, and civil and social justice at OSU. Last term’s event was hosted by President Ray and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista. More than 150 OSU community members attended the inaugural town hall and many more community members participated through the online live-stream.

During the spring town hall, a team of students, faculty and staff led by Jennifer Dennis, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, will provide an update on the development of an online social justice training module for all entering OSU students and gather feedback on training content.

Town hall attendees will have the opportunity to communicate concerns, feedback and suggestions about the online training plan within small discussion groups. This feedback will directly inform further development of the training, which is scheduled for implementation in the Fall 2016. For those unable to attend the town hall, an opportunity to provide feedback online will be provided following the event.

During the second half of the town hall, there will be time for open questions and comments by community members about other topics and issues.

The town hall will be streamed live at http://live.oregonstate.edu. No online chat services will be provided. For accommodations related to disability please contact diversity@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-1063.

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Angela Batista, 541-737-5936; angela.batista@oregonstate.edu

The Phi Beta Kappa Society to install new chapter at OSU April 28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society, will install a new chapter at Oregon State University at a special ceremony on Thursday, April 28.

The Epsilon of Oregon chapter will become the 286th Phi Beta Kappa chapter installed in the society’s 240-year history. The installation, led by Phi Beta Kappa President Catherine White Berheide, begins at 6 p.m. in Room 100 of the Learning Innovation Center on OSU’s Corvallis campus. It is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the installation, the new chapter will induct its first class of members. About 200 Oregon State University juniors and seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments in the liberal arts and sciences.

The new chapter also will induct four notable individuals as members, called Foundation members, selected in honor of their achievements, as well as their ongoing commitment to the arts and sciences. They are: writer, journalist, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates, and OSU graduates Jon DeVaan, Patricia Reser and Patrick Stone. A chapter many induct chapter Foundation members only at installation.

Coates will offer a video message at the ceremony; he is planning a visit to OSU in the future to acknowledge his induction, meet with students and give a public lecture.

OSU President Edward J. Ray, who has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa since he was inducted during his studies at Queens College in the City University of New York, will also provide remarks at the event.

“I am genuinely pleased that we are now able to offer Phi Beta Kappa membership to some of Oregon State’s many high-achieving students,” Ray said. “Becoming a member of Phi Beta Kappa had a profound impact on my life and on my career as a higher education leader.”

When Ray was in college, he could not afford the membership fee, but a family friend generously paid it for him. That inspired Ray and his late wife, Beth, to set up a fund to make sure OSU students with similar financial limitations aren’t prevented from becoming members.

The Kay Bowers Fund for Phi Beta Kappa Students, established by the Rays, will provide assistance for eligible students who don’t have the resources to pay the society’s lifetime membership fee.

Because of the generosity of the Rays and with support from OSU administrators Larry Rodgers, Sastry Pantula, Toni Doolen and Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU is covering membership fees for all students in the inaugural class of inductees, said Christopher McKnight Nichols, an assistant professor of history at OSU and vice president-elect of the new chapter.

“The level of commitment OSU has displayed in encouraging and advancing student achievement is truly remarkable,” said Phi Beta Kappa Secretary John Churchill. “The faculty and staff have worked together to create an environment that embodies academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. OSU Phi Beta Kappa graduates will be tomorrow’s critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers. We are very pleased to recognize OSU’s commitment and look forward to the chapter’s bright future.”

Only about 10 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities shelter Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Prospective inductees are usually seniors among the top 10 percent of their graduating class who have completed a broad range of liberal arts and science coursework, including foreign language study and mathematics. Exceptional students meeting the society’s requirements may also be considered as juniors.

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Tara Williams, 541-737-6412; tara.williams@oregonstate.edu; Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu