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OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet Oct. 18-20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to discuss tuition affordability, student access and academic excellence as priorities of the university’s strategic vision. The retreat is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Library Seminar Room of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), 2030 S.E. Marine Science Drive in Newport.

The following committees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Guin Library Seminar Room. These meetings are open to the public:

·         The Executive & Audit Committee will meet from 8 to 10:30 a.m. to review the board’s fiscal year 2017 assessment of OSU President Ed Ray; amendments to board policies and the committee’s charter; the committee’s 2018 work plan; and the Office of Audit Services progress report. The committee also will receive a report on the university’s compliance and ethics program, an annual update from the Office of General Counsel, and a risk management report on hazard response and planning.

·         The Academic Strategies Committee will meet from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. to discuss topics including the 2017-18 academic agenda, student athletics, student success efforts, and Title IX gender-based violence prevention, support and response initiatives. The committee also will hear a research report and consider the committee’s 2018 work plan.

Following the committee meetings, the Board will tour research labs at HMSC that underscore the global impact of OSU’s research, teaching and outreach.

The board will meet again on Friday, Oct. 20, in Corvallis. The meeting is open to the public and will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 1500 S.W. Jefferson Way. The board will consider the FY2017 presidential assessment, amendments to board policies and committee charter, and the 2018 board work plan. The board will also hear reports on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice; OSU’s Vision 2030 statement; the recent legislative session; and board governance.

The board will hold an executive session on Friday, Oct. 20, pursuant to Oregon Revised Statutes 192.660(2)(e) and 192.660(2)(f), ORS 192.501(6), ORS 502(9), ORS 40.225 to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and to consider information or records exempt by law from public inspection. Following the executive session, the board will reconvene to consider approval of the acquisition of real property.

The board takes public comment at each board meeting. Commenters must sign up prior to the public comment period of the meeting. Commenters may register by email before the meeting by contacting Marcia Stuart at marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu or may register at the meeting itself. There is also a public comment opportunity before the board votes on each action item listed on the board agenda.

The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. Accommodation requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance to the Office of the Board of Trustees, Marcia Stuart, 541-737-3449.

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Richard van Breemen named director of Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has named Richard van Breemen as the director of the university’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Van Breemen, professor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will succeed Balz Frei as director and endowed chair of the institute, which studies the role of vitamins and other micronutrients in enhancing health and preventing disease.

Van Breemen characterized his new role as director of the Linus Pauling Institute as a “dream job.”

“Richard brings the prestige and accomplishments we were looking for in a new director,” said Cynthia Sagers, vice president for research at OSU. “He runs a National Institutes of Health-funded center for botanical dietary supplement research and is someone who makes things happen. He is very collaborative and people here already know his work. Richard feels a real passion for the work we do here at OSU and at the Linus Pauling Institute in particular.”

Van Breemen has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University and was a post-doctoral scholar at Johns Hopkins in mass spectrometry. His undergraduate degree in chemistry is from Oberlin College.

His research includes clinical trials regarding prostate cancer prevention, and the safety and efficacy of botanical dietary supplements used by women.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has worked since 1994, van Breemen is the founding academic director of the Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics and Proteomics Facility for the university’s Research Resources Center. He is also the director of the Botanical Center for Dietary Supplements Research, which has NIH funding through 2020 and has been continually funded since 1999.

From 1986 to 1993, van Breemen was a faculty member at North Carolina State, where he founded and directed the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory for Biotechnology Research.

Linus Pauling, who died in 1994 at age 93, was an Oregon State alumnus and is the only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes – for chemistry in 1954 and for peace in 1962. A chemistry professor at California Institute of Technology, he founded what would become the Linus Pauling Institute in 1973.

Pauling bequeathed his vast scientific archives to OSU, and in 1996 the institute moved from Palo Alto, Calif., to Oregon State. The following year, Frei became director and endowed chair, a position he held until his retirement in June 2016.

Van Breemen met Pauling shortly before his death when the Nobel laureate spoke at a symposium at North Carolina State.

“Of course I had followed his work with dietary supplements for years, and I also got to know Balz upon visits to Oregon State,” van Breemen said. “I have visited several times and gotten to know the investigators and other faculty and have always known it to be a wonderful place to live and work. OSU and the Linus Pauling Institute offer a wealth of infrastructure and support that is unparalleled. The institute can help the work I have been doing be even more productive and make a bigger imprint and footprint on society.”

Van Breemen will start Jan. 1, 2018. Fred Stevens, professor of medicinal chemistry in the Oregon State College of Pharmacy, will continue as the interim director until then.

Van Breemen’s appointment at OSU will also be in the College of Pharmacy. 

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OSU appoints Toni Doolen dean of the College of Education

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Toni Doolen, dean of the Honors College at Oregon State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Education.

Doolen will continue in her role as dean of the Honors College, while also serving as executive dean of Oregon State’s Division of Arts and Sciences, which includes the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, Science and the Honors College.

Doolen, who is a professor in the university’s School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering, replaces Larry Flick, who has served as the dean of the College of Education since July 2011.

“I am deeply impressed with Dr. Doolen’s ability to articulate the key role that the College of Education must play at OSU,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser. “As a professor of engineering, she is a published author in engineering education, and has studied assessment methods and use of technology in instruction.

“She will bring the college experienced, thoughtful leadership and a stellar record as a highly respected contributor to the OSU Provost’s Council and university leadership, in general,” Feser said. “Dr. Doolen has a proven skill in stewarding collaborative decision making around visions, plans and resources, and has demonstrated success in building partnerships with units across the university in her role as Honors College dean. Those abilities and skills will serve the College of Education and the university very well.”

The College of Education has more than 14,000 alumni from throughout the U.S. and 35 nations. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Corvallis, at OSU-Cascades in Bend and online through Oregon State’s nationally ranked Ecampus distance education program.

Graduate degree programs include seven master’s degrees in areas including adult and higher education; school counseling and clinical mental health, as well as doctoral degrees in counseling, adult and higher education leadership; and science and mathematics. As well, the College of Education offers many education certificate programs for educators.

Feser praised Flick’s contributions in advancing the College of Education and extending its impact through partnerships with school districts in Beaverton, Central Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Feser said the college also has engaged in extensive efforts to advance STEM education among its students and teachers throughout Oregon.

The college has 80 faculty and staff members who serve approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate students, conduct research, and are involved in community engagement work throughout the state.

“I am honored to be asked to help continue and grow the impact in teaching, research and service that is being done in the College of Education,” Doolen said. “The mission of the college is to prepare, inspire and support teachers, counselors, educational leaders, researchers and volunteers. This is a very important role and engages Oregon State in working with educators and promoting lifelong learning in K-12 schools, colleges and universities and throughout our communities.

“We will continue to embrace innovation in all that we do in the college,” Doolen said.

Doolen joined OSU in 2001, following several years of manufacturing experience at Hewlett-Packard Company as an engineer, senior member of technical staff and manager. She received a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Oregon State. 

Under her leadership, enrollment within the Honors College has grown significantly to 1,057 students or 4.2 percent of all OSU undergraduates – an increase of 3.6 percent from 2015. At the same time, the number of high-achieving freshmen entering OSU – graduates from Oregon high schools with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or greater – grew to 47 percent of all incoming first-time students in fall 2016.

In addition, the Honors College collaborates with every academic college at Oregon State to increase the diversity of high-achieving students enrolling at and graduating from OSU. 

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Steve Clark, 541-737-3808

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Edward Feser, 541-737-0733

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Inspired by land grant mission, state flag, OSU’s new logo emphasizes far-reaching service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University unveiled a new institutional logo and branding Monday that pays homage to OSU’s nearly 150 years of service as Oregon’s statewide university and its mission as a 21st-century land grant university.

Along with the logo and branding, Oregon State rolled out a creative marketing campaign entitled “Out There,” which emphasizes the expansive reach and relevance of the university’s statewide, national and global impacts.

The logo and branding were unveiled today during the Celebrate Oregon State event in Corvallis, with similar events planned for Wednesday in Portland and for May 3 in Bend.

“Oregon State University’s new institutional logo celebrates OSU’s near 150-year legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach and engagement,” said Steve Clark, OSU’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing.

The new logo and its academic crest tell a unique story about the university’s mission as a land, sea, space and sun grant institution. On the new logo, a beaver (the state animal, as well as OSU’s mascot) sits atop an academic crest. Inside the crest, a tree and an open book represent knowledge. The three stars represent OSU’s three campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, while also referencing Oregon as the 33rd state in the union. Finally, the year 1868 denotes OSU’s founding. The new look also offers a nod to the state of Oregon shield that is portrayed on the state flag. The crest also represents the geography of the state of Oregon.

Oregon State’s new institutional logo replaces the current orange “OSU” logo that was created in 2003. The OSU athletic logo remains as it has been since 2013.

“Establishing a refreshed visual identity with a powerful and cohesive look and feel was needed to represent the brand of the entire university,” Clark said. “This branded logo portrays the promise and product of Oregon State: high-quality teaching, research and community engagement. It also portrays a personality of a university that indelibly serves Oregon and Oregonians with a statewide mission.

“The personality traits of Oregon State and members of Beaver Nation are gritty, determined, confident, collaborative, visionary, conscientious and welcoming,” Clark said.

“OSU people are out there working throughout Oregon and around the world, determined to innovate, solve tough problems and create a future that is better, healthier, more sustainable and more just for all. The new branding reaffirms our mission to serve all Oregonians while expanding the impacts of our teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.”

Clark said universities worldwide increasingly utilize logos and branding to portray their unique identities, promise and personality.

“It is essential in the 21st century that Oregon State’s logo and brand convey the quality, relevance, leadership and access to higher education that OSU provides all Oregonians and increasingly the nation and the world,” Clark said.

For its new logo, Oregon State teamed with Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Pentagram’s experience in higher education includes working with the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Loyola Marymount University.

Meanwhile, OSU developed its refreshed brand positioning in collaboration with Ologie, a leading branding agency with extensive experience in higher education. Their clients include the University of Arizona, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

University Relations and Marketing staff and its consultants spoke with hundreds of faculty, students, prospective students, alumni, donors and other stakeholders about how they see Oregon State and how they believe the university should be represented. Those thoughts became the basis of the new logo and the refreshed branding that will change how the university looks on the web, in print and on signage.

No tuition or state funds were used to create the logo and the accompanying branding. Proceeds from the sale of licensed university merchandise and contributions from the OSU Foundation paid for this work, Clark said.

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OSU Board of Trustees finalizes tuition increases amid lagging state support

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the 2017-18 academic year.

Tuition will increase 4 percent for Oregon resident undergraduate students and 2 percent for non-resident undergraduates on both the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses. 

This is one part of a university-wide strategy to manage shortfalls in state funding and significant increases in state-mandated employee retirement and benefit costs. As part of this plan, 25 percent of the value of the undergraduate tuition increases will be dedicated to need-based financial aid. Increases were also made in tuition for graduate students.

OSU President Ed Ray has informed trustees that the university will:

  • Manage expenses in a fiscally prudent and sustainable manner, including reducing expenses annually by $20 million;
  • Invest in specific priority strategies, including efforts to increase graduation and retention rates through the Student Success Initiative;
  • Recruit and retain quality faculty and staff members;
  • Grow student enrollment in online learning, at OSU-Cascades and in other programs;
  • Emphasize student financial aid strategies;
  • Develop new revenue streams; and
  • Continue to engage in high-quality and impactful teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

 Trustees considered tuition proposals after months of work by a university budget committee comprised of OSU faculty, staff, students and administrators. That work included engagement of a student advisory committee and input from more than a dozen university community meetings.

The meeting was a continuation from a March 17 board meeting in which trustees heard testimony from nearly two dozen students, as well as a staff and faculty member.

Board Chair Pat Reser said the tuition and budget decisions considered by board members were very challenging given the “heartfelt comments shared with the Board of Trustees in March by students regarding the challenges they face in affording the cost of tuition.”

Reser said the board must also balance tuition pressures and the university’s mission to provide students a high-quality, transformative education.

“I think that students who come to Oregon State University come with expectations,” Reser said. “They expect to get quality instruction and they expect to work with top researchers.”

Ray agreed there are no easy choices.

“Unfortunately, we will be forced to make hard choices while contending with much higher state-required employee benefit costs and an unacceptable continuing decline in higher education support from the state of Oregon,” he said. “I did not propose larger tuition increases despite pending budget shortfalls because I realize that many students are heavily burdened already with student loans and other concerns. Our students should not bear the brunt of covering an anticipated shortfall in state funding for higher education.”

The board vote was 13-1 in favor and also gave approval to:

  • Increase Corvallis campus graduate resident tuition by 1.6 percent and non-resident graduate tuition by 4.5 percent;
  • Adopt several 2017-18 tuition and fee changes for specific programs, such as the Honors College, the colleges of pharmacy and veterinary medicine, and summer term; and
  • Increase Ecampus base tuition rates by 4 percent.

“Large tuition increases cannot sustain the mission of the university, much less its financial health and strategic priorities,” Ray said.

Ray noted that Oregon State weighs a number of factors when considering tuition and fee increases, including affordable access to OSU; projected cost and revenue changes; enrollment and enrollment targets; and comparisons of tuition rates with peer institutions.

“When analyzing undergraduate tuition rates at peers such as Washington State University, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin, OSU compares favorably,” Ray said. “Among schools in the Pac-12 conference, Oregon State has the second-lowest resident undergraduate tuition rate and the fourth-lowest non-resident rate.”

Tuition represents about 70 percent of OSU’s academic budget. Another 20 percent of the budget comes from the state, and other revenues such as grants make up the balance.

Inflationary cost increases contribute to about 40 percent of the need to raise tuition. The increase in tuition rates will cover roughly 20 percent of the university’s total cost increases.

A little more than 75 percent of OSU’s tuition revenue supports salary and benefits for Oregon State faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The rest covers supplies, equipment, classroom materials, utilities, insurance and other non-personnel costs.

Board members said they recognize long-term, predictable increases in state support for higher education are unlikely.

“The impact of flat state funding on resident students is significant,” Ray said. “It can have lasting economic impact on individual students and on the entire state. We need the Legislature to step up and properly fund higher education. Meanwhile, we will do our part through transparent fiscal management, expense control, new revenue generation, enrollment growth and philanthropy.”

Ray committed that if any additional state funds were provided, OSU would direct that funding to student success initiatives and emergency financial aid grants to help keep financially at-risk students in school.

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Oregon State University announces plans for arts and education complex

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Building on a decade of investment in the arts, Oregon State University leaders announced plans today for a new arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus. The initiative will expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center, bringing together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts to form a center of creativity infused with science and technology.

The lead gift of $25 million comes from an anonymous donor and launches an effort to raise an additional $5 million in gifts for the project. With $30 million in private support, the university will seek future approvals for $30 million in state bonds, providing a total of $60 million for the arts and education complex. 

“This is a watershed investment in our university,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “The arts drive the culture of creativity, innovation and diversity that is essential to a thriving research environment. I believe with all my heart that a relationship with the arts is integral to the human experience. In addition to enhancing our strengths in the sciences, this initiative will enrich the education and life preparation of all our students. We owe a boundless debt of gratitude to this generous donor.”

Expected to open in 2022, the OSU arts and education complex will feature performance spaces including a new concert hall and a revitalized auditorium as well as a smaller black box theater that can be configured in multiple ways for performing and teaching. The facility also will contain classrooms designed for a media-rich environment; practice rooms and spaces for choir, symphony and band rehearsal; shop space equipped for work with sound, lights, animation and video; faculty offices and seminar rooms. 

“The arts and education complex is the next major step for OSU’s development as one of America’s great land grant universities,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “At OSU we are especially interested in how art intersects with science, humanities and technology. This facility will build on these connections, transforming the way our students and our community learn, perform, innovate and communicate.”

“I am certain this new complex will join other iconic facilities that stand as testaments to the lasting impact of philanthropy on our campus – Valley Library, Austin Hall, Reser Stadium,” said Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. 

Goodwin noted that a turning point took place in early 2013 when a donor made a $5 million challenge gift to advance OSU’s performing arts programs. By the end of the year, 26 individuals, families and organizations had made gifts of at least $25,000 each. These philanthropic commitments and others resulted in more than $8 million to support scholarships, faculty, facilities, equipment and other programs in OSU’s School of Arts & Communication. This momentum in support of OSU arts programs continues to grow. In fact, over the last two years, donors have nearly doubled the amount of scholarships available for vocal music students.

Opened in 1981, the current LaSells Stewart Center has over 1,660 event bookings annually, attracting more than 150,000 attendees for academic and research conferences and cultural offerings. The Stewart Center’s 1,200-seat Austin Auditorium is often sold out for campus and community musical performances and presentations.

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Larry Rodgers, 541-737-4581, Larry.Rodgers@oregonstate.edu; Molly Brown, 541-737-3602, molly.brown@osufoundation.org

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Beaver Nation assembles in Salem for ‘OSU Day at the Capitol’

SALEM, Ore. – Salem will take on a decidedly orange hue Thursday, April 20, for OSU Day at the Capitol as Beaver Nation assembles to meet with legislators on matters important to OSU and higher education in Oregon.

Those who plan to participate in the day’s activities should register by April 12.

The event will allow OSU students, alumni, faculty and staff to highlight the impact that OSU has on the economy and people of the state. OSU has more than 164,000 alumni; serves the state through campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport; and maintains a presence in all 36 counties through the OSU Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory.

OSU supporters are invited to join students, alumni, faculty, staff and state government officials for a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Galleria of the Oregon State Capitol building. As part of the reception, Benny Beaver will be on hand to pose for photos.

Earlier in the day, displays on OSU educational programs and research projects will be set up in the Galleria starting at 8 a.m.  The OSU Meistersingers and String Quartet will offer an invocation on the House and Senate Floors, respectively.

The OSU ROTC Color Guard will post the colors in both chambers. OSU’s College of Pharmacy will offer a Health Fair with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings with Pharm.D. students. The Café at the Capitol will offer a 10 percent discount for those wearing orange and black.

For more information about OSU Day at the Capitol, visit government.oregonstate.edu/osu-day-capitol.

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Karli Olsen, 541-737-4514

Charlene Alexander named vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Charlene Alexander to serve as the chief diversity officer and a vice president for the university.

Alexander, associate provost for diversity at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will start at OSU on June 30. She will succeed Angela Batista, who has served as OSU’s interim chief diversity officer and vice president since February 2016.

“I created this position to oversee institutional change and strategic initiatives to help advance Oregon State University as a community characterized in all we do by inclusive excellence,” Ray said. “I’m thrilled that Charlene will bring her talents and capabilities to Oregon State.”

Alexander will be responsible for guiding institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice throughout the university, Ray said. She will report directly to the president.

“I am very honored to be the first permanent vice president and chief diversity officer at such an incredible institution,” Alexander said. “OSU is deeply committed to its students, faculty and staff and I look forward to building on the excellent work already underway at the university.

“I am very impressed with the faculty, staff and students whom I met during my visit to OSU. I think the university has a really great foundation to build on, and I sincerely appreciate OSU’s commitment to doing this right, to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and social justice are at the heart of the university.”

Alexander has served for nearly four years as Ball State’s associate provost for diversity and director of the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity. In her 20th year at Ball State, she is also the interim associate vice president for community engagement.

Under Alexander’s leadership, Ball State established its first Diversity Advisory Committee which in turn developed the university’s first Diversity Strategic Plan.

Before becoming associate provost, Alexander directed the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling Psychology, where she has been on the faculty since 1997. Her history of leading diversity and inclusion initiatives dates to 1990, when she was a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling and guidance from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander said her “conversations with President Ray really were what sold me on this opportunity; his vision and goal of increasing diversity confirmed my understanding of the university’s commitment.”

“He is absolutely someone I want to work for – so self-reflecting and so understanding of this important mission. And I enjoyed my meetings with so many wonderful people throughout my visit to campus.”

Alexander sees Oregon State as a “destination” university.

“I feel that about the campus and about the community, and I look forward to working with the many groups on campus as partners,” she said. “I appreciate that there are seven cultural centers, six of them free standing, architecturally unique symbols and wonderful examples of commitment to culture.”

Alexander’s long-term vision for Oregon State is that, “Any visitor to the university can ask anyone on campus if diversity and inclusion and social justice really are important at Oregon State, and no matter who they speak to, they’ll receive a look of astonishment and the answer will be, ‘Yes, of course they’re important.’

“The folks that I’ve met are all eager to get started,” she said. “In my opinion, all the right ingredients are in place to move forward with our diversity efforts, and I’m ready to be part of that culture and to take on this new responsibility.”

Alexander grew up in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed her advance level studies at Rye St Antony in Oxford, England. She enjoys dancing and the outdoors.

“Don’t be surprised to see me joining in wherever dancing is occurring,” Alexander said.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039

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Mass vaccination clinics a success, work continues with OSU meningococcal program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Clinics at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus on March 8-9 vaccinated more than 1,800 students against type B meningococcal disease.

Officials say the clinics were a success, adding to about 650 vaccinations that had already been administered by OSU Student Health Services since last fall, and many more by local pharmacies and private physicians.

Work will continue to encourage vaccinations for the entire target group of 7,000 students considered at highest risk for this disease.

The mass vaccinations were necessary due to three cases of type B meningococcal disease involving OSU students within the past four months. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, those at highest risk include students age 25 and younger, who live in on-campus housing or are members of – or visit – fraternal living groups associated with the university.

“This was an excellent start in our efforts to vaccinate at-risk students and protect community health,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing. “We’re going to continue our communication and outreach to students who have not yet been vaccinated and make sure they, and their families understand the importance of this two-part vaccine regimen, and that there’s still time to be vaccinated.”

Students can still receive the vaccines at the Student Health Center, Clark said, or through their medical providers.

For those not yet vaccinated, officials suggest that the university’s upcoming spring break could provide an opportunity to visit personal medical providers for students who may be traveling home. This may facilitate insurance coverage if the insurer requests that they get their vaccine in-network.

Health officials have recommended that all students be aware of the symptoms of this potentially fatal infection, which can include high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should immediately visit Student Health Services in Plageman Hall on campus, at 108 S.W. Memorial Place, or call 541-737-9355. Student Health Services is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For after-hour resources, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

While meningococcal disease is not highly contagious, it is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or through intimate personal contact.

More detailed information about meningococcal disease can be found at the web site of OSU Student Health Services, at http://bit.ly/2nn0ekW

At the vaccination clinics, all students who received the vaccination were given wallet cards with vaccination details, such as the brand and potential side effects; and advised about follow-up steps that included clinics in mid- to late-April for the second dose required to ensure full effectiveness.

These clinics are a joint effort of OSU, the Benton County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority.

“Every person who chooses to get vaccinated decreases not only their own vulnerability to this disease, but also helps to protect all of Beaver Nation,” said Charlie Fautin, deputy director of the Benton County Health Department. “If you have had one shot, don’t forget to complete your series in April. If you missed these clinics, go to Student Health Services or your provider and get started now.”

Insurance coverage complexities caused some delays for students at the clinics, but officials said no one was denied the vaccine due to insurance coverage, including students without insurance. OSU will continue to work with students and health partners to ensure that cost of the vaccine is not a barrier.

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OSU’s College of Liberal Arts to offer four-year graduation guarantee to incoming students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will guarantee that students can earn a bachelor’s degree in four years beginning with the freshman class entering college in fall 2017.

The College of Liberal Arts is the first college at OSU to offer a four-year degree completion guarantee. Under the program, if a student meets their obligations but still cannot get through all of their needed courses in four years, the college will pick up the cost of OSU tuition for the remaining required classes. 

The goal is to encourage more students to complete their undergraduate degrees and to do so in a timely fashion, which also helps reduce overall college costs for students.

“The guarantee we are offering CLA students exemplifies our dedication to their success,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are offering students who sign up for the degree all the support they need to graduate in four years. We are happy to be the model for the rest of the university and our hope is that eventually a program like this will be available at other colleges at OSU.”

The College of Liberal Arts is the second largest college at OSU, with 17 undergraduate degree options, 3,917 undergraduates enrolled in fall 2016 and 972 undergraduate degrees awarded in 2016. However, of those students who entered college in 2011, only about 43 percent graduated in four years.

College leaders hope the new degree guarantee will boost that rate significantly. The changes also should lead to higher six-year graduation rates and help the university reach the goals of the Student Success Initiative, which includes a goal of 70 percent of students graduating within six years by the year 2020. 

To participate in the four-year graduation guarantee program, new students must:

  • Declare a major in the College of Liberal Arts by the end of the first quarter of freshman year
  • Meet with a designated adviser at least twice a year and follow their progress recommendations
  • Each year, earn at least 45 credits that fulfill degree and college requirements
  • Stay on track with financial obligations such as tuition

Embedded in the degree guarantee program is a shift in philosophy toward first-year students. 

In the past, academic advisors were encouraging first-year students to start with 12 to 14 credits in their first term of college. But now advisors will encourage students to take 15 credits per term starting with the first term, said Louie Bottaro, director of student services for the College of Liberal Arts.

“We have research that tells us that students who take 15 hours from day one are more likely to succeed than those who take fewer classes and plan to ramp up to 15 later,” Bottaro said. 

Advisors will meet more often with students – currently they meet at least six times with students but that will jump to eight to 10 times or more during the student’s college career. The goal of those meetings will be to ensure that students have the information they need to stay on track, are getting the appropriate classes and receive regular updates about their progress toward their degree, Bottaro said.

Regular monitoring also will help better predict which courses students might need access to in order to graduate on time, so that enough seats are available or sections can be added to address student needs, Bottaro said. 

Students who fail a class, accidentally take the wrong course or decide to change majors may need to take additional steps, such as taking a summer class. For some majors, such as music and graphic design, students must begin their major course work in their first term on campus in order to complete a degree on time.

If students do fall off course, they may not be eligible for the four-year degree guarantee, but advisors will continue to work with them to help them achieve their goals as expediently as possible, Bottaro said. 

“Ultimately, our goal is to help students reach their academic goals and complete their degrees,” he said. “This new degree guarantee is one way to assist with that process, but we are committed to meeting students wherever they are in their academic plan.”

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Louie Bottaro, 541-737-0561, Louie.bottaro@oregonstate.edu

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