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Printmaker Minna Resnick to speak at OSU Jan. 25

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Printmaker Minna Resnick will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

The talk will be held in Room 13 at the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held at 6 p.m. in the same location.

Resnick is the 2018 Norma Seibert Printmaking Artist. She will be in residence on campus that week and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student artwork. She will also create one of three prints that will be available to patrons who support the OSU Norma Seibert Printmaking Scholarship, awarded in the spring.

A native of New York City now based in Ithaca, New York, Resnick has work in more than 60 public and private collections and in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of New York, the Denver Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and many more. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two New York Foundation for Arts Fellowships.

Her work in lithography and drawing has always focused on language. Early works examined body language and non-verbal communication to explore the narrative. Current work uses actual text as the impetus for conception. Language connects and gives substance to the pictorial imagery, as well as providing titles for much of the work.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and www.minnaresnick.com.

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Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006, yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

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New concert hall at Oregon State University to honor Portland-area arts advocate

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has received a gift commitment from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn to build a new concert hall that will allow for more intimate music performances on the Corvallis campus.

The $2 million gift accelerates an initiative to develop a new $60 million arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus. The concert hall will be part of the complex, which will be created through the expansion of the LaSells Stewart Center.

The acoustically superior hall is expected to seat 400 to 600 people and will become the university’s primary space for public music performances by students, faculty and guest artists, including choir concerts, piano recitals,  chamber music, vocal recitals and more. The space also will double as a classroom. 

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Detricks and are thrilled that the new concert hall will honor Lynne,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She cared deeply about making the arts accessible to everyone, and she was determined OSU would have facilities that match the excellence of our music program. With the help of this very generous gift, we will do so.”

Detrick, a teacher and writer who graduated from Oregon State in 1968, co-founded Music and Arts Partners (MAP), an organization that supports arts education in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. 

She and her husband, George, also made gifts supporting OSU’s music programs, investing in instruments, technology, arts entrepreneurship and athletic bands. Lynne Detrick passed away in December 2016, six months after being diagnosed with cancer.

The concert hall, which will be named for Lynne Detrick, will provide the university with an intimate space designed for music performance that is unlike any existing space on campus. While the 1,200-seat Austin Auditorium in the LaSells Stewart Center is suited for large ensembles such as the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, most choir concerts are held in venues off campus. 

“We want Lynne Detrick Hall to be recognized up and down the coast as one of the most beautiful places to hear music, both visually/aesthetically and acoustically,” said Steven Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music and director of choral studies at Oregon State. “It will be a space that encourages students to make music, and that encourages audiences to hear it and be changed by it.”

The new arts complex, expected to open in 2022, will bring together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts to form a center of creativity infused with science and technology. 

Austin Auditorium will be enhanced, and plans include spaces for theater classes and performances. Other areas will be devoted to 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. 

More than $27 million has been raised toward the $30 million fundraising goal for the arts and education complex. The university will seek future approvals for $30 million in state bonds, providing a total of $60 million for the initiative.

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Larry Rodgers, 541-737-4581, Larry.Rodgers@oregonstate.edu; Jill Cassidy, 541-737-6126, Jill.Cassidy@osufoundation.org

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OSU’s online bachelor’s programs earn fourth straight top 10 ranking from U.S. News

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Driven by the expertise of its faculty and an award-winning faculty development program, Oregon State University has been named one of the nation’s 10 best providers of online education for the fourth straight year by U.S. News & World Report.

In a report released today, Oregon State Ecampus ranks sixth out of more than 350 higher education institutions in the category of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. OSU improved two spots from last year’s list.

The full rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com/online-education.

Schools were evaluated based on four criteria: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation. Overall, Oregon State scored 93 points out of 100.

“This national recognition reinforces our commitment to developing innovative ways for people to learn and teach,” said Lisa L. Templeton, associate provost for OSU’s Division of Extended Campus. “We’re focused on providing adult learners with access to learning opportunities that challenge them and help them improve their lives and the communities around them.”

As in previous years, Oregon State received its highest marks from U.S. News & World Report for its methods of preparing faculty to teach online. The university received a score of 94 in the category, which ranks in the top 5 percent among schools on the list.

OSU Ecampus partners with more than 700 OSU faculty members and has earned national acclaim for the quality of its faculty development program. The close-knit collaboration between instructors and Ecampus staff has helped Oregon State stretch the boundaries of what’s possible in delivering an education.

“I’ve become something of an ambassador for online education among my peer instructors, particularly those at other institutions,” said Brian Sidlauskas, an associate professor in the fisheries and wildlife sciences bachelor’s program who is developing a 3-D fish model database. “Most other ichthyology professors initially assume that it is impossible to teach these classes without access to physical specimens, at least until I show them what we are accomplishing.”

OSU Ecampus delivers 22 bachelor’s degrees online including business administration and a post-baccalaureate program in computer science. An additional 27 OSU graduate degree and certificate programs are offered online and in a hybrid (online/face-to-face) format.

In the 2016-17 academic year, 21,400 Oregon State students took at least one Ecampus class online. That figure includes adult learners in all 50 states and more than 50 countries as well as campus-based students.

U.S. News also recognized Oregon State’s online industrial engineering master’s program as being among the best of its kind in the nation. The fully online program, which has a focus on engineering management, is ranked No. 26 nationally.

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By Tyler Hansen, 520-312-1276; tyler.hansen@oregonstate.edu


Lisa L. Templeton, 541-737-1279; lisa.l.templeton@oregonstate.edu

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Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen to read at OSU Jan. 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer, radio producer and multimedia artist Shawn Wen will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Wen’s book, “A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause,” was published by Sarabande in 2017 and features a book-length essay about the mime Marcel Marceau. Wen’s writing has also appeared in journals such as Seneca Review, Iowa Review, The New Inquiry and White Review, as well as in the anthology “City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis.” 

Her radio work has appeared on “This American Life,” “Freakonomics Radio” and “Marketplace,” and she is a producer for the nonprofit, educational media production company “Youth Radio,” where she works with teenagers to produce news stories for local and national outlets. Her video work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, the Camden International Film Festival and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University.

Wen is a graduate of Brown University and the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Professional Journalism Training Fellowship and the Royce Fellowship. She was born in Beijing, China, raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, and currently resides in San Francisco. 

The reading is part of the 2017-2018 Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to OSU. The series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. Withycombe Hall is located at 2921 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The Lab Theatre entrance is on the east side of the building.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Japanese prints on display in OSU’s Fairbanks and Memorial Union Concourse galleries

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “East Comes West,” a two-part exhibition of prints from the Atelier Outotsu printmaking studio of Japan, is underway in the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery and will also appear in the Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in January.

In all 29 artists are represented in the two shows. The exhibit in the Memorial Union Concourse will run through Feb. 23. The exhibit in the Fairbanks Gallery will run Jan. 2 through Feb. 1.

An informal reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Fairbanks Gallery. A formal reception, talk and video presentation on Atelier Outotsu by Yuji Hiratsuka, professor of printmaking at OSU, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Memorial Union Journey Room. Both events are free and open to the public. 

The exhibition comes from the city of Nishinomiya, located between Osaka and Kobe. It is comprised of 115 prints, divided into two exhibitions, curated by Hiratsuka and Kaoru Higashi of Japan. Atelier Outotsu is a non-profit printmaking studio founded in 1975 by Ritsuo Kanno, who studied etching at the Atelier 17 in Paris and was influenced by S.W. Hayter.

“The studio specializes in the intaglio printmaking process but also offers courses in lithography, relief and monotype printing. It is a place where community artists go to work, share technical and creative processes and ideas, and it has organized a number of exhibitions for its members and guest artists,” said Hiratsuka, who visited there last winter and invited the printmakers to exhibit in Corvallis.

Prints from the show are available for sale and range in price from $20 to $2,200. They can be purchased by contacting the gallery coordinators: Susan Bourque, Memorial Union Concourse Gallery, susan.bourque@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6371; or Andrew Nigon, Fairbanks Gallery, andrew.nigon@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4880.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Memorial Union is located at 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way. It is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fairbanks Gallery is located at 220 S.W. 26th Street, and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every third Thursday for the Corvallis Art Walk.

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Yuji Hiratsuka, 541-737-5006 or yhiratsuka@oregonstate.edu

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‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’ to be presented in Corvallis Jan. 27

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Grammy-nominated artist Mona Golabek will perform in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The show is based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport; A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival,” by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. It is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, and tells the true story of her mother, Lisa Jura, who was a young Jewish musician whose dreams were interrupted by the Nazi regime.

In the show, Golabek performs pieces from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff, as she shares her mother’s true story of survival. The performance is adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

Golabek, an American concert pianist, has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and Royal Festival Hall. She has been the subject of several documentaries, including Concerto for Mona with conductor Zubin Mehta. Her recordings include Carnival of the Animals and Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite featuring Meryl Streep, both recorded with Golabek’s sister, Renee Golabek-Kaye.

Golabeck founded Hold On To Your Music, a foundation devoted to spreading the message of the power of music. With the help of the Milken Family Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Annenberg Foundation, she created educational resources which, with her book, have been adopted into school curricula across America.

The performance is part of the SAC Presents performing arts series, presented by the School of Arts & Communication in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. The goal of the series is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser known artists and performances to the community.

The show will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $35 and $45 in advance and $40 and $50 at the door. They can be purchased online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication-presents

OSU students will be admitted for free with their ID card and may pick up a reserved ticket in advance in 309A Fairbanks Hall. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply; SNAP participants with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets for $5 each at the door. For more information, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances, through their Parent’s Night Out program. Children must be 3 or older and fully potty-trained. Advance registration is required for child care. More information, including reservation and pricing details, are available online at liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents.

Beginning at 6 p.m., food, beer and wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from Valley Catering in the lobby of the Lasells Stewart Center.. Food and beverages are also allowed in the Austin Auditorium. 

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.


Erin Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.snelller@oregonstate.edu

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People with rare diseases are at more risk for poor quality of life, study finds

CORVALLIS, Ore. – People with rare diseases are at high risk for experiencing poor quality of life, including increased levels of anxiety, depression, pain, fatigue and limited ability to participate in society, a new study from an Oregon State University shows.

The study is believed to be the first large-scale study of adults living in the U.S. that are diagnosed with a rare disease or disorder, said Kathleen Bogart, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU

“These findings suggest that the quality of life needs of people with rare diseases are not being met and that more work is needed to provide psychosocial support for this group,” said Bogart, whose work focuses on the psychosocial implications of disability. “There is a disparity here and intervention is needed.”

The findings were published this month in Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. Veronica Irvin, an assistant professor in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, co-authored the paper. 

About 350 million people worldwide live with at least one rare disease, and there are about 7,000 diseases classified as rare because they affect small numbers of people. Rare is defined in the U.S. as fewer 200,000 Americans at one time; in Europe, fewer than 1 in 2,000 people.

The new paper is part of a larger, multi-part study, the Adults with Rare Disorders Support project, to assess the psychosocial support needs of people with a variety of rare diseases and disorders.  

While each disease may have its own set of characteristics and health impacts, researchers have found that people with rare diseases often share similar characteristics and experiences – including little information or treatment, lengthy times to diagnosis and isolation. Because of this shared experience, they may also benefit from similar types of psychosocial supports, Bogart said.

“Even though their diseases are different, their experience is similar,” Bogart said. “There is some benefit to looking at this group collectively, rather than trying to work with each small rare disease group independently.” 

For the study, researchers surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. residents with rare diseases, asking them to complete questionnaires about their disease and their quality of life.

The survey group represented 232 different rare diseases, including ataxia, Bell’s palsy, Ehlers Danlos syndrome, mast cell disorders and narcolepsy, and 13 percent of the group had more than one rare disease. The researchers also found that study participants waited on average nine years before receiving a correct diagnosis. 

Compared to a representative sample of U.S. residents, people with rare diseases experienced worse anxiety than 75 percent of the population; worse depression than 70 percent of the population; worse fatigue than 85 percent of the population; worse pain than 75 percent of the population; worse physical functioning than 85 percent of the population and worse ability to participate in society than 80 percent of the population.

Those with rare diseases also had poorer quality of life than U.S. residents with common chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, Bogart said. 

“There is something specific about having a ‘rare’ disease that contributes to poorer quality of life,” she said. “Many people struggle with getting an accurate diagnosis, which also can lead to a constant de-legitimization of their experience, with people wondering if it is ‘all in your head.’”

Study participants with systematic and rheumatic diseases had the poorest quality of life profiles, and those with neurological diseases also had very poor quality of life. People with developmental anomalies experienced fewer quality of life problems than the other groups. 

The findings suggest that quality of life issues such as psychosocial support should receive more priority from organizations and funding agencies that support people with rare diseases and disorders, Bogart said. Supporting quality of life is especially important for people living with one of the 95 percent of rare disorders that have no effective treatments.

Including psychosocial support in organizational mission statements, providing psychosocial support through support groups or conferences and making funding for psychosocial support a priority could help address quality of life issues for people with rare diseases, in part by helping reduce stigma and isolation and improving access to information and treatments. 

“Some people with rare diseases may never meet another person with that disease,” Bogart said. “That can be very isolating. Conferences are one way to bring people with similar experiences together to share. It helps them feel connected, normalized and validated.”

People with rare diseases who are experiencing poor quality of life also should seek support from a mental health professional, a rare disease group and/or peers with rare disorders, she said. 

“The beauty of these quality of life of findings is that they are not disease-specific,” Bogart said. “There are already umbrella groups that can provide this kind of support to people with rare diseases, regardless of their individual diseases.”

Next, the researchers plan to meet with focus groups of participants from the first phase of the study to further explore quality of life issues. The goal is to identify effective supports and develop interventions that could help people with rare diseases improve their quality of life. 

“We’d like to come up with a blueprint of ways for these support organizations to provide help,” Bogart said. “This is something we could do on a very broad level to help a lot of people and maximize the use of very limited resources.”

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Kathleen Bogart, 541.737-1357, Kathleen.bogart@oregonstate.edu

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‘Hands Up,’ a set of monologues about police shootings, to be performed at OSU Dec. 2-3

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Hands Up,” a set of seven monologues exploring the psyches of black men and women in the wake of police shootings across the country, will be performed at Oregon State University Dec. 2 and 3.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Withycombe Hall main stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The shows are free and open to the public; tickets can be reserved online in advance at reddoorproject.org/hands-up#tickets.

The work is being brought to Corvallis by the Portland-based August Wilson Red Door Project and is sponsored the NAACP Corvallis/Albany Branch, the OSU School of Arts and Communication, OSU Theatre and the Red Door Project.

The monologues featured in “Hands Up” were originally commissioned by The New Black Fest in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; John Crawford III in Beavercreek, Ohio; and others. The monologues, written by seven emerging black playwrights, explore their feelings about the well-being of black Americans in a culture of institutional profiling. 

Director Kevin Jones has been producing the program in Portland since 2016. Jones and Lesli Mones, the founders of the August Wilson Red Door Project, will facilitate a “talkback” session after each performance. The goal of the discussions is to promote healing.

For disability ability accommodations, contact the OSU Theatre box office manager, Marissa Solini, at 541-737-2784. The box office will open one hour prior to performances to redeem advance reservations.

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Auditions for OSU’s lab theatre production ‘The Taming’ to be held Nov. 27-28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter lab theater production, “The Taming,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28 in the Withycombe Hall lab theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

“The Taming” by Lauren Gunderson is an all-female political farce inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” It focuses on the role of women in contemporary American government, bipartisanship, the founding fathers and lots of pageantry.

The play features adult language and content, including queer themes and profanity in every role. The character of Patricia appears without pants for much of the play.

The cast is comprised of three roles, with each role portraying two to three characters. The roles are:

  • Patricia, conservative aide to Sen. Peter Baxter, in her 30s, who also plays James Madison in 1787; 
  • Bianca, a liberal southern hipster activist in her 30s, who also plays a sweet southern good-girl intern and Charles Pickney in 1787;
  • Katherine, a southern belle and pageant winner in her 20s who also plays George and Martha Washington in 1787 as well as Dolley Madison.

Those auditioning should be prepared for physical movement and wear comfortable and movement-appropriate clothing and footwear. Auditions will begin with light stretching and warm-up activities, followed by readings from the script. Auditioners should be prepared to demonstrate any non-musical talents such as magic tricks, baton-twirling or tap-dancing.

Scripts are available for checkout prior to auditions in Withycombe 141. Auditioners are strongly encouraged to read pages 8-9, 11-12, 20, 23-24, and 30 or the entire play if possible beforehand. 

Actors must be at all technical and dress rehearsals and every show. The tech/dress rehearsals run Feb. 10-14 and performances are Feb. 15-18. Regular rehearsals will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Jan. 8. A read-through will be held before winter break.

For more information, contact director PJ Harris at harripat@oregonstate.edu.

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Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with concert Nov. 20

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open its 112th season with “Our Judeo-Romano-Christian Heritage” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis.

Conductor Marlan Carlson will lead the symphony through a program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. The concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, the “Reformation,” and continues with Ernst Bloch’s “Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra.” The program will close with Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.”

Anne Ridlington, principal cellist of the Eugene Symphony and assistant principal cellist of the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, will appear as soloist on “Schelomo.” Ridlington, a Corvallis native, completed her bachelor of music degree at the Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Emilio Colon and Janos Starker.

Reserved seats are $22, $27 and $32. Advance tickets are available online at www.cosusymphony.org. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply with valid SNAP card; tickets are available one hour prior to the performance at the LaSells Stewart Center. For accommodations relating to a disability please call 541-286-5580, preferably one week in advance.


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