Get Hired! Career Expo 2016

Happy week 5 College of Forestry!

The winter Career Expo is quickly approaching!  The Career Expo is a week long series of events designed to help students develop their professional skills and two career fairs where students have a chance to interact with hundreds of employers looking to hire OSU students!  The Career Development Center is putting on the following events to help students prepare and get hired!


Download the Oregon State Career Fair Plus app in your app store (Click here for iTunes. Click here for Google Play).  The app has the up-to-date list of events and a list of participating employers for each day of the expo. It can also help you plan your career expo strategy for which employers you want to talk to, and how to budget your time to make sure you can chat with your top employers. And, it’s free!!!

The entire OSU community is invited to attend the 2016 Winter Career Expo! See you there!

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2016 Food Drive: YOU Can Fight Hunger

Each February, Oregon State University comes together to raise money for the Linn-Benton Food Share and the College of Forestry participates and contributes competitively in a variety of ways.

The College of Forestry has raised the most money and won the “Top Banana” award for 15 consecutive years, raising a total of $14,902.89 last year for the Linn-Benton Food Share.  That money is equivalent to 59,612 pounds of food that was used to feed those in need in our community.

We will again be hosting events to raise funds for the Linn-Benton Food Share this February!

Here is how you can get involved this year!

  • Purchase raffle tickets to win the handmade quilt
  • Provide baked goods for the Bake Sale and items for the Valentine’s Day Auction
  • Make and/or serve soups at the Soup Lunches
  • Donate books, CDs, DVDs, and other items for the book sale
  • Purchase items at all of the events!

Another way you can make a difference is by volunteering at the Linn-Benton Food Share with the College of Forestry on Saturday, February 20th from 10:00-12:00 pm. This is a repacking event, which means we will be repackaging 50 pound bags of rice, beans, and oats into 1 pound bags to be distributed across the community. Partners and children are welcome to participate. If you are interested, please RSVP to Jessica Fitzmorris by February 15 at or call 737-3161. The Linn Benton Food Share is located at 33747 Looney Lane, Tangent.

Let’s win the “Top Banana” prize again this year and make a difference in our community!

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Have you tried Academic Coaching?

Academic coaching is a free resource on campus designed to help you achieve your goals. Academic coaches can help you identify and implement personal solutions to challenging issues or areas of performance. The goal of coaching is to help you reach your full potential and achieve optimal performance. Coaching is for students of all GPAs, majors, and interests. Schedule an appointment today!

Trained Academic Coaches can help you:

  • Create a time management system that works for you
  • Identify ways to motivate yourself
  • Create a plan for studying for upcoming exams
  • Identify study strategies that are more efficient
  • Set goals and create structure for meeting those goals

Appointments are available now! and can be made by:
1) Calling the office (541) 737-2272, or;
2) Stopping by the Academic Success Center, located in 102 Waldo Hall.

For more information, visit

Academic Coaching

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Federal Job Series

Have you ever thought about working for the federal government?  There are many advantages to working a federal job, including many jobs to choose from, but the application process can be daunting at times.  The College of Agricultural Sciences and the Career Development Center have partnered to host a Federal Job Series.  These workshops were designed especially for students in the Colleges of Forestry, Agricultural Sciences, and Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.  Mark these dates on your calendar to get tips on how to apply and land a federal career!

  • How to Apply for a Federal Job/Internship– January 20th 2:00-3:00 pm in Kidder 202
  • The Federal Job: Employer Panel-February 12th 2:00-3:00 pm in the MU Multipurpose Room
  • Federal Job Networking Event-February 12th 3:00-4:00 pm in the MU Multipurpose Room

If you have any questions about how to prepare for these events, please contact the Career Development Center at 541-737-4085 or email them at

As always, keep checking the College of Forestry Student Employment Opportunities page to stay updated on all of the job and internship openings available for College of Forestry students!

Federal Job Series

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back from Winter Break!

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday season and that everyone is geared up for a successful winter term!  Since the start of a new term can be a bit overwhelming, here are some important dates that you should be aware of!

University Deadlines

January 10: Last day to add/drop classes online without department permission

January 15: Deadline to apply for winter term graduation

January 17: Last day to add/drop classes online with department permission

January 18: No classes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Student Services Office Closed

Professional Development Events

CDC Drop-In in the SLC: January 13 & 20 at 9:00-11:00 am.  Drop-in to update your resume, write your cover letter, or get interview tips!

Test Prep/Anxiety Workshop: January 19 at 12:00 pm in Richardson 107

Stress Management Workshop: January 26 12:00 pm Richardson 108

Employer Info Nights

Stimson Lumber: January 12 at 4:00 pm in Peavy 276.  Pizza provided!  Interviews will be conducted on January 19-20.

AKS Engineering: January 14 at 4:00 pm in Peavy 252.  Pizza provided!

Lone Rock Timber: January 21 at 12:00 in Peavy 276.  Food and drink provided! Interviews will be conducted on January 22.

If you have any questions about any of the things coming up here in the College of Forestry, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-1594 or at to get more information.  We are here for you!

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2016-2017 College of Forestry Scholarship Application Now Open!

Finals week is over! That means it is time for a break from the responsibilities of school.  While some people may be working during this winter break, or working on packing as many Netflix episodes into one day as possible, everyone should find time to fill out the 2016-2017 College of Forestry Scholarship Application.

To be eligible to receive a CoF scholarship award ALL students must:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment (at least 12 credits) during Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.
  • The College of Forestry must be on record as your primary college (for students who have double majors).
  • Make reasonable and continued progress toward your College of Forestry degree program while receiving a scholarship.
  • If dual enrolled in the Degree Partnership Program, at least 6 of the minimum 12 required per term credits must be at OSU.  You also must provide the CoF proof of your community college registration.
  • Maintain high academic standards (generally considered to be at least a 3.0 OSU Accumulative GPA for continuing students; minimum GPA expectations are similar for first-year students and transfer students).

If you have questions regarding the process or your eligibility, please direct them to (541) 737-1594 or email Kira Hughes at

Scholarship applications are due on February 15, 2016! So, get it done over winter break when you aren’t worried about classes!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season and we will see you next term!

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How do you best receive information?

Happy Week 10!
As fall term begins to wind down, it is a good time to look back and reflect on all that has happened in the past ten weeks. We in the Student Services Office are always reflecting on our events and programs of the past term, and we want to know how you, our target audience best receive information on all of the events and opportunities that are going on in the College of Forestry. The only way to find out is by hearing from YOU!

Here are some questions to consider:
• What is the best method for you to receive information?
• If you feel you receive too many emails about events and program, how else might we keep in touch with you?
• Do you notice the flyers hanging around Peavy and Richardson Halls, and plan to attend the events?
• If you don’t attend events and programs offered by the CoF, why not? How might we entice/encourage you to attend?
• Do you follow the Student Services Office on Twitter?
• Is the Fernhopper Newsletter where you get your information? If not, what other sources do you use?
We need your feedback! Please either comment below or send us an email at to let us know how we can best share information about all the great things that are happening in the College of Forestry.
Good luck on finals!

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You’re Invited: Virtual Career Fair

Hello College of Forestry Undergrads!

Oregon State Ecampus, The OSU Career Development Center, and the OSU Alumni Association is hosting virtual career fairs for students to meet and network with employers interested in hiring OSU students!  This is a great opportunity to connect one-on-one with employers and land a job before graduation or a great summer internship.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 10 from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm for the Natural Resources Virtual Career Fair!  Make sure to register before the event!

View a demo of what you will experience at the virtual career fair!

Other virtual career fairs being offered are shown below:

  • December 11: Government and Public Services
  • February 10: Liberal Arts
  • February 11: Nonprofit
  • April 20: Computer Science
  • April 21: TBD

This is a new experience for many students and employers.

These events are virtual, so all you need is a computer and an internet connection. On the day of the event, simply login and “get in line” to chat with a recruiters.  Registration links, along with a list of employers, will be sent out a couple weeks prior to each event.

Make sure to review the eight helpful tips for making connections at virtual networking events to learn how you can make a lasting impression with employers.

If you have any questions about the virtual career fair, please contact the Career Development Center at 541-737-4085.

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Deadline to S/U Withdraw is TODAY!

Happy Week 7!

Key Deadlines this week:  The S/U and withdraw (from an individual class) deadline is this Friday, November 13th before 5:00pm. The Office of the Registrar closes at 5pm and forms must be turned in before 5pm.

Seniors: Apply for Graduation:  Seniors are able to apply to graduate up to 3 terms in advance. This is a good time to apply for graduation, indicating which term you plan to graduate.

Incompletes (“I/” grades)

Did you know that if you received an “I” grade and have not hit the year mark where the “I” grade rolls to the letter grade, you SHOULD NOT register for that previously incomplete class.   If you re-register for the class and the “I” grade remains from your earlier attempt  (if it has not been a year since you took the class), it can have negative effects in terms of GPA and Financial Aid.   If you have questions or concerns about Incompletes, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Good luck finishing up your second round of midterms!

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Professional Development 101

This week’s topic: Accountability

What does it mean to be accountable? In short, it means that you accept the responsibility of being liable, answerable, or obligated. There are many ways that one can be accountable:

As a student, one can show accountability by showing up to class each day – on time and prepared for the lecture, lab, or activity. Compel yourself to be present and engaged in class. Knowing that there are occasions in which life happens and despite valiant efforts one cannot make it to class, be accountable for the absence and inform professors of the situation. Take accountability a step further by proactively by asking what topics were covered during lecture, and visit office hours with special questions or to seek additional information or assistance. When assignments are due, turn them in on time. Don’t wait to study for an exam the night before, rather, study regularly, ask questions, seek assistance, accept one’s own role in learning process and don’t blame others for disappointments (learn from them!).

As an employee, one can be accountable by arriving to work on time, listening and following instructions, offering constructive criticism with asked, and by being a contributing member to teams or groups. Be sure to take notes so you don’t forget what you’ve been asked to do, ask questions when something is unclear. And above all show respect for your workplace, and your colleagues. The commitment and accountability one shows on the job can result in new and exciting opportunities, growth, and a bright future!

As a member of the OSU and local communities, accountability starts by treating our surroundings with respect: pick up trash, value and help our neighbors, and become involved in community service activities. Take the time to be an involved and contributing member of the community – your home or home away from home.

In summary, taking accountability for one’s life means understanding and accepting that we alone are in charge of it, and responsible to ourselves and others. Be empowered! Make responsible choices and decisions! Either be accountable to yourself, or you will be made accountable by your circumstances.

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