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January 18, 2019

What is going on with the federal government shutdown?

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The current federal government shutdown is the longest in history. There seems to be no end in sight. How did we get here? What is going on? How will it end? What does this mean for politics and society? What have been the impacts at OSU, in Oregon, in the nation and beyond? This “flash” panel conversation brings together expert faculty and staff from across OSU to discuss the history, politics, and economics of the shutdown. We’ll focus most sharply on the latest developments and the effects the shutdown is having on students, and on advanced research projects and programs. Jan. 22, 4 p.m., MU 213. Lightly catered; open to all.

January 17, 2019

2019 INL Internship Opportunities

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Updates to University Policies & Standards

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Please visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments. The following policies have been amended: 04-010 Records Retention (link), 07-005 Alcoholic Beverages (link), 03-010 Procurement Thresholds and Methods (link), and 03-015 Procurement Solicitations and Contracts (link).

Travel Reimbursement Policy Change

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FIS Policy 411-08 Receipt Requirements has been revised to provide clarity and improve the efficiency of processing travel reimbursements. This revised policy will now only require receipts for travel-related expenses over $75, other than those items specifically listed in the policy.  This policy is now a section of Fiscal Policy – Rule 03-140-407 Travel Reimbursements, and can be access on the FPP website by clicking on that link.

Ecampus Teaching Online – Pedagogical Seminars (TOPS)

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If you are an advanced online faculty member or Ecampus advisor, take part in 30-minute virtual seminars over lunch where you can learn about, discuss and consider practical applications for emerging strategies and ideas in online education. Seminars run on Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 p.m., and the first session on Jan. 23 will cover “Brain Science, Neuromyths, and Online Learning.”  Registration required to obtain the web-conference link.

January 16, 2019

Time to Order your Faculty Regalia!!

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The OSU Beaver Store is now accepting Faculty regalia orders.  To place your order go to  Your order must be placed by April 15, 2019.


We are still able to use index numbers for department charges on faculty regalia.


Email with any questions.

Upcoming Regional Midwest SACNAS Conference

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The University of Chicago’s Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science chapter (UC SACNAS) invites you and your students to attend the 2nd Annual Midwest Regional SACNAS Conference. The chosen theme, Identity and Inclusion in STEM: Empowering Across Boundaries, is intended to celebrate and support the continued success of diverse scientists from all disciplines and professional stages. We ask that you share this information with current undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who you think might benefit from attending this event.

The event will take place at the University of Chicago on Saturday April 6, 2019.

The conference will feature a notable diversity in STEM advocate as a keynote speaker, several personal and professional development workshops, and research presentations from students in the forms of a poster session and short research talks. There will additionally be recruiters from multiple institutions to discuss graduate school opportunities with attendees.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students and professionals alike, featuring professional development opportunities; a platform to present and discuss cutting-edge research; a tight-knit network of faculty, professionals, and students; opportunities to meet representatives from leading institutions in many fields; and a place to gain a deeper understanding of diverse experiences in STEM.

Registration is now open and the deadline to register is March 1, 2019.

If your students would like their research poster or talk to be considered for a presentation, the deadline for abstract submissions is February 15th, 2019.

For more information on the symposium location, scheduling, and how to volunteer or get involved, please visit our website and RSVP to our Facebook Event. To register to attend the event, please click here.

If you require additional information or have any questions, please email us at

Best wishes,
The UChicago SACNAS Team

Juan Manuel Vazquez                Christian Porras                   Meghan O’Connell
Graduate President                    Undergraduate President      Secretary

Lauren Blake                              Gabi Basel                            Jay Pittman
Treasurer                                    Operations Manager             Business Manager

Sena Agawu
UC SACNAS Staff Advisor

January 15, 2019

Faculty Grant Training

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The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Budgets and Budget Narratives,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Jan. 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. Zach Gill of OSRAA will co-present on strategies and considerations for compelling proposal budgets. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

January 14, 2019

Search Advocate workshops

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Register now for Winter and Spring search advocate workshops.  Search advocates are external members of search committees who serve as process advisers to advance diversity, validity, and equity in OSU search and selection.  You can become a search advocate by completing the foundational two-part workshop series. Topics include current research, theory, and practical strategies to help search committee members test their thinking, address complex process concerns, improve search validity and equity, understand and promote diversity, mitigate conflicts of interest, and anticipate/help address a variety of potential bias risks. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies.

January 10, 2019

2019 Student Success Summit

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Save the Date
and Call for Proposals

Provost Ed Feser invites you to take part in this daylong summit dedicated to student success

Oregon State University 
Undergraduate Student Success Summit

Thursday, March 7
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Memorial Union, Corvallis Campus

Learn how you can support and engage with undergraduate students, and share your own research, discoveries, innovations and interventions that bolster student success at the 2019 Undergraduate Student Success Summit. The summit will focus on the priority areas identified in the USSI Report, with an emphasis on supporting students’ transition to Oregon State University.

The summit will make the greatest impact when we hear from faculty and staff who are positively influencing student success. Presenters may give a five- to seven-minute talk, present for a 45-minute session or showcase work on a poster. You can also get involved by facilitating a small group discussion. Please submit
your proposal
 by Jan. 28.

Event registration details to follow. Email Jen Humphreys with questions.

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