by Carolyn Killefer

College is the time to develop the  skills you need and Career Trail  is here to help!  Take advantage of the Career Trail Prep by Step program I am excited to be part of Career Service’s Initiative to reach out to OSU students both on and off campus by offering  a new way to engage students in career preparation and develop their skills! Student success is the focus!

The Career Trail

Career Trail is our new online career development self-directed and interactive program to reach students and alumni 24 hours per day, making accessibility for all at their fingertips.  Career Trail engages faculty and staff by providing a resource including curriculum/assignments that can be used individually or in a classroom setting.  Career Trail engages users with diverse levels of experience.

One of the  aspects of the “Career Trail Prep by Step” program that I am excited about is how a student or alumni can quickly review the steps and determine where they are at in the career preparation process and find the step they are ready to engage in.


Know Yourself!


  • The Career Preparation process begins with getting to Know Yourself, your strengths, values, interests, and personality.  What a great way to start!
  • Know the World of Work is the next step where you can learn about majors, what you can do with your major, and learn about jobs that excite you!
  • Next it is off to Develop Tools and Skills that will prepare you for a job.  Here you learn about building a stand-out resume and developing stellar interviewing skills.
  • Next you Learn How to Connect.  Connecting with others through your network, expanding your network through informational interviewing and using professional social media like LinkedIn can help you learn about opportunities and be ready to act on opportunities when they present.
  • You can even learn how to develop a professional website or blog under Now Keep Going!










Link to Career Trail:

For more help or information visit us at Career Services|B008 Kerr Administration Building | 541-737-4085 |

Carolyn Killefer serves as an OSU Career Counselor with over 20 years of professional counseling experience in academic, community, private practice, and industry settings with a commitment to helping others with their personal goals.

When a Student Needs Legal or Advocacy Services

ASOSU Student Legal Services is located in Snell 135.
ASOSU Student Legal Services is located in Snell 135.

Many students go through their entire college career without seeking the assistance of the ASOSU Legal or Advocacy services. There are others, however, who find themselves in situations where they are not sure how to proceed.

Perhaps they received an allegation of academic dishonesty or maybe their landlord has kept their security deposit unfairly after they moved. Two student-fee funded offices offer students guidance and support when the student is involved in a dispute either within or outside the university.

Sara Saul, Student Legal Services Assistant, greets students as they come in.
Sara Saul, Student Legal Services Assistant, greets students as they come in.





Student Legal Services can help with landlord tenant issues; personal injury; credit issues including debtor-creditor matters and collections, and bankruptcy consultation; consumer law traffic infractions; criminal charges; wills and powers of attorney; uncontested child custody and uncontested dissolution of marriage cases, including child support determinations; and various miscellaneous matters.

Students can schedule an appointment with SLS by calling 541-737-4165. Their office, located in Snell 135, is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday.

ASOSU Office of Advocacy is located in Snell 133.
ASOSU Office of Advocacy is located in Snell 133.

ASOSU Advocacy was created to assist students experiencing conflict with the university or any of its administrative offices.

The services of the Office of Advocacy include helping students to navigate grade disputes; financial aid issues; academic advising questions; preparing for Student Conduct hearings; appealing allegations of academic dishonesty; assisting INTO students with questions regarding their program; parking issues; matters of discrimination; conflict with UHDS or The Gem; concerns regarding privacy and access to student records; instances of faculty misconduct; questions about tuition, fees and business office charges; and on-campus disputes with Campus Security officers, campus-based Oregon State Police or Corvallis Police Department.

ASOSU Advocacy Intern, Fiona Bai, working at the office.
ASOSU Advocacy Intern, Fiona Bai, working at the office.


The office, which is located in Snell 133, is open from 9-4pm Monday to Friday. You can make an appointment by calling 541-737-9200.

Because your student fees support the operation of these offices, you can access the services without paying additional fees. We look forward to seeing you should you need an advocate.

Patricia works for the students of Oregon State University in the ASOSU Office of Advocacy.  She works to uphold the best interests of students during times of dispute or misunderstanding with the university or any of its administrative units.  


Happy fall term!


We hope that your fall term has begun well!  We are so excited to be underway with the new academic year.

The leadership of the College Student Services Administration Master’s Program changed this summer and is now under the leadership of Kim McAloney through the Office of the Dean of Student Life and Tom Scheuermann with University Housing and Dining Services. CSSA faculty had multiple planning meetings this summer and are excited for what the future holds for CSSA.

Two new pieces for this year that we are very excited about are WRITE Nights (Thursdays from 4-7pm in Furman 303) where CSSA students can have a designated study space each week and CSSA on Twitter @OSU_CSSA.  We look forward to connecting via these opportunities!

Cohort of fall 2013

This fall, CSSA will be undergoing our 10-year graduate program review. All of our students, faculty and staff affiliated with the program will have an opportunity to participate.  More information on how CSSA students can be involved will be sent via email soon.

Also, in addition to maintaining our on campus program, we are working on the development of a parallel ECampus program.  We will write more about this in our blog near the end of this term.

That’s all our updates for now.  Please let us know if you have questions.


Kim McAloney (

Tom Scheuermann (




Kim McAloney is Coordinator of Student Life Programs in the Office of the Dean of Student Life.  Kim supports the College Student Services Administration masters program, the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and supervises interns.

Progressive dinner Birthday party 5/3/13
Progressive dinner Birthday party 5/3/13

Hey OSU!!

My name is Evan Oglevie and I am a first-year graduate student in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) program here at Oregon State University (OSU). I am originally from Colorado and lived in the state my entire life until moving out to Oregon this last August to attend graduate school. My childhood consisted of involvement in Boy Scouts, playing ice hockey, and being a Star Wars nerd (which I still own up to today….in fact just celebrated “May The 4th Be With You”). I attended Colorado State University and completed my degree in Communication Studies as of 2009. During my time at the university I started my life in Student Affairs as a resident assistant (RA), the typical path seen for a majority of professionals in the field. I was an RA for 3 years and loved every minute of it. I worked mostly with first-year students, but had the opportunity of working with transfer populations as well. I loved it so much that I continued my time in residence life for an additional three years post-graduation. I became a Resident Director (RD) at Western State Colorado University (WSCU), a small public liberal arts college located in Gunnison, CO. There I began my journey as a professional and learned the intricacies of work in the office, student conduct, crisis situations, supervision, and of course work-life balance among the many other hats I wore at a small institution. This was also my first small town experience…a place much smaller than Corvallis. I was always shocked when people in Corvallis told me that this was such a small town. If you want a small town experience, head to Gunnison… a town where five minutes or less of driving will get you out of town and into the valleys and forests in the area.

I have found Corvallis and OSU to be a great community to live in. The CSSA program has been a blast thus far. I love the courses I am taking for the CSSA program and am almost finished with my first year! I can’t believe how fast time flies while in this program. The picture in this post shows my “Corvallis family”, some of my CSSA cohort members helping me celebrate my Birthday this past weekend with a progressive dinner that took place at five different places across Corvallis. I am the person on the left with the hat and lei, part of the mandatory Birthday regalia provided for me by my loving peers! The cohort is a great support system for both in and out of class learning. The knowledge I am gaining from the CSSA program is extremely beneficial for me. I regularly find crossovers from my professional experience to the in-class competencies within CSSA. I am interning this spring term with the Office of the Dean of Student Life (DOSL). For the spring term I am specifically focusing on the development of the Transitions course for the incoming CSSA students this fall, including the planning and organization behind the class. I also work with a team of cohort members focused on the orientation, social media, and social justice areas related to the Transitions course. For the fall term I will be continuing my internship experience with the DOSL as a teaching assistant (TA) with fellow cohort members for the Transitions course. It will be great to see my planning in action! I look forward to continuing my work with the DOSL office and look forward to applying my experiences with this internship into my future career as a professional. Good luck on week #6 Beavers!!

-Evan Oglevie, CSSA