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Apr 07 2011

Corvallis Earth Connect

Love the environment? Love volunteering? Well, I have the perfect event that will allow you to get involved in our community. Corvallis Earth Connect is an event the Community Service Center is putting on in conjunction with the City of Corvallis on April 16th to celebrate Earth Day. The event starts out at Avery Park at 10am with a procession of volunteer stations doing environmental work through Avery and Pioneer Park. At the same time the Corvallis Farmer’s Market is opening for business this season downtown. There will also be an Earth Fair and Parade downtown as well. We would LOVE for you to come but more importantly we would LOVE for you to VOLUNTEER at this event. Particularly, we need volunteers, especially groups, to run the stations along Avery Park. If interested please contact the CSC at 541 737 3041 or email Nate Bodie at

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Jan 12 2011

Volunteers Needed for MLK Celebration

We have a service opportunity available for interested volunteers in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy this upcoming Tuesday January 18, 2011. Together, the OSU Community Service Center and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) will host a large group of 5th graders from Corvallis’ Hoover Elementary School from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Volunteers are needed to help guide groups of children through activities at various stations, engaging the children in learning MLK’s legacy. The activities will be held in the MU Ballroom, and will include a campus tour for the children. If you are interested, please contact Sebastián Alejandro González (Social, Cultural, & Education Coordinator) ASAP at or by calling 541-737-3041.

Hosted by the OSU Community Service Center and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center
What: MLK – Our Youth, His Legacy
When: Tuesday January 18th, 2011 | 11:00AM-1:00PM
Where: MU Ball Room

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Jun 04 2010

Healthy Habits Day 2010!

Sunday May 23rd was the second annual Healthy Habits Day put on by the Oregon State University Community Service Center. It was held at Community Outreach Inc. a different venue from last year’s event, which was held at OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center. The idea this year was to work with a community organization to help educate the general public about different ways they could incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives to help foster their well being. How do you do that you ask? Well we had Community Outreach Inc. participate by inviting their underserved community to the event, also organizations form Oregon State University and OHSU joined us to help put on the event. Among the groups was the Pre-Pharmacy club, OSU Dietician Ann Merchant and OHSU helped by lending exhibits to the event as well. Participants walked around the set up of interactive exhibits and nutritional information tables learning different facts about the ingredients in many popular foods and additives of some popular snacks such as Nutri-Grain bars and soda beverages. There were also exhibits that related to serving portions and measuring physical condition through a sit-up challenge designed for children. This was our first attempt at relocating an event off of the OSU campus to help the larger Corvallis community, and it was a success, we are eager to partner with other organizations from around the city and OSU to continue to foster this growing relationship between the OSU campus and the greater Corvallis Community. Go Beavers!

-Alfonso Jimenez

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Feb 10 2010

Our MLK, Jr. Kids for Equality Project Video

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Jan 19 2010

A Day For Equality & Community | MLK, Jr. 2010 Celebration

For us here at the Community Service Center we were excited to see a story about one of the MLK, Jr. celebration events, that we co-sponsored this year, on the front page of the Gazette Times today.

Community Honors MLK Jr.
Lessons in equality

By Raju Woodward, Gazette-Times Reporter | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:00 am

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress, 3, and brother Willie, 2, collaborate on painting a bowl Monday morning at the Native American Longhouse as part of the Kids for Equality events for Martin Luther King Day. (Jesse Skoubo/Gazette-Times)

Lucy VanTress eagerly took her paintbrush and splashed a bold mixture of colors all over her ceramic bowl.

Smiling and laughing, the 3-year-old was clearly enjoying herself Monday afternoon, as she received an early lesson about fighting inequality. The timing of her lesson was a fitting one for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which has been a federally recognized holiday since 1986.

VanTress was one of nine children participating in a “Kids for Equality” event at the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University. The children, who were ages 2 to 12, painted bowls to be donated to OSU’s 2010 “Empty Bowls” dinner award banquet, scheduled for March. Empty Bowls is a nationwide campaign that aims to help feed the hungry.

“She understands that some people don’t have as much food as she does,” said Lucy’s mother, Courtney VanTress. “This helps bring up things that wouldn’t be parts of normal conversations for her.”

The event at the Native American Longhouse was one of several scheduled Monday at OSU to celebrate King’s birthday, which was Friday. Other events included a peace breakfast, birthday party, a candlelight vigil and a round table discussion. Events will continue throughout this week on campus as part of OSU’s 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Yesenia Chavez, the Associated Students of Oregon State University multicultural affairs director, said this was the second year the longhouse hosted an event for kids.

“His philosophies and ideas connected people and have impacted us all,” Chavez said. “So it’s always fun to have kids here and share those things with them.”

Off campus, Benton County residents participated in various community service events Monday to honor King’s legacy, such as showing up at Willamette Park in the morning to help clear ivy from Trillium Trail. Since 1995, Martin Luther King Day has also been known as King Day of Service.

Back at the longhouse, Kristine Hong, 12, was putting the finishing touches on her bowl, which had the letters “H-E-L-L-O” wrapped around it, followed by a peace symbol.

Her slow, deliberate pace illustrated the pride she was taking in her work, which Hong attributed to the fact that her bowl was going toward a good cause.

“It’s great to be helping someone,” Hong said. “Dr. King is a hero to me because he tried to help people, too.”

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Jan 13 2010

Celebrating MLK Jr. Starts Tonight!

Come join the Community Service Center and the Corvallis community in a night of celebration for MLK Jr. Day. Our environmental coordinator, Kyle Ireton, will be speaking on behalf of the center with other local dignitaries, including Corvallis Mayor Charlie Tomlinson.

Snapshot 2010-01-13 10-19-26

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Oct 23 2009

OSU to hold the first ever Earth Democracy Conference: Women, Justice & Ecology

OSU is honored to be welcoming a renowned ecological and human rights activist to speak at the first ever Earth Democracy Conference today, Oct. 23. The Community Service Center staff will be joining the conference to listen to Dr. Vandana Shiva at 7pm tonight in the LaSells Stewart Center. The CSC will also have a booth set up for people who are attending to share interest with becoming involved in community service.

Earth Democracy Conference brings Vandana Shiva to OSU
Renowned ecological and human rights activist to speak at LaSells

The Daily Barometer
Makenzie Marineau
Issue date: 10/23/09 Section: News

OSU will welcome Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, science philosopher, writer and science policy advocate, to campus today to speak on behalf of environmental justice and women’s lives. Shiva will be speaking at the LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m. during the “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology” conference tonight. Shiva’s presentation and conference will be free and open to all OSU and community members.

Shiva has called for “an alternative worldview in which humans are embedded in the Earth Family, in that people are connected to each other through love and compassion, not hatred and violence, and ecological responsibility and economic justice replaces greed, consumerism and competition as objectives of human life.”

Rachel Brinker, a women studies major in her last term at OSU, has helped to organize and make this conference possible.

“I came up with the idea to frame a conference around Dr. Shiva’s presentation. The conference will provide information on work related to what she does,” Brinker said. “Dr. Shiva is an amazing physicist and grassroots activist who works all around the world to protect nature and to acknowledge biodiversity, and people’s access to food and water.”

This is the first year the conference will be held, but Shiva has been actively involved in these issues for over 25 years. Shiva has written over 13 books that reveal the true impact of globalization on the lives of women and men in developing countries. She has also founded several organizations, including the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy.

Shiva was first drawn to these issues when she began training as a nuclear physicist. Shiva’s sister had explained to her the effects of nuclear radiation on life forms, pivoting her focus onto the development of her eco-feminist theories and her relentless activism to protect both women and nature.

“If you think of the fact that corporate globalization is really about an aggressive privatization of the water, biodiversity and food systems of the Earth, when these communities declare sovereignty and act on that sovereignty they have developed a powerful response to globalization,” Shiva said. “Living democracy then is the democracy that is the custodian of the living wealth on which people depend.”

Brinker has been studying Shiva’s work for the past five years and really felt it was necessary to bring a larger audience to these issues by organizing the conference.

“When you gather speakers, activists, scientists and business owners, you get different perspectives on the issues that are affecting women’s lives through unjust globalization,” Brinker said. “Earth Democracy is Shiva’s way of trying to solve issues regarding ecological and human rights.”

In 1993, Shiva was recognized for her efforts in global justice as the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

“There is, I think, a spontaneous resurgence of thinking that centers on protection of life, celebrating life, enjoying life as both our highest duty and our most powerful form of resistance against a violent and brutal system that globalizes not just trade, but fascism, and denies civil liberties and freedoms,” Shiva said.

The Spring Creek Project, Hundere Endowment, Horning Endowment and the Student Sustainability Initiative have all made this conference possible as a way to make a difference in relation to Shiva’s Earth Democracy movement.

When approached about what keeps her so alive and full of energy, Shiva simply said, “I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that in itself creates new potential.”

Makenzie Marineau, staff writer


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