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.

Fernhopper Blog-Accountability

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Professional Etiquette 101

College of Forestry Undergrads- remember these tips when looking at jobs!

This week’s topic:  What does RSVP mean?

RVSP is an acronym for the French Répondez s’il vous plait.

In other words, RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person or people.  It means that the organizer or coordinator of an event or party or activity is asking you to let him or her know if you will or will not attend.  Not only is it good manners to respond, but it also helps the event coordinator plan for the event.  Will food be ordered?  Do special diets or other accommodations need to be arranged or planned for?    The event coordinator will ask invited guests to respond by a specific date if they will or will not attend so that this, and much more, can be arranged.

Why do guests need to RSVP by a specific date?  Well, event coordination can be time consuming and complicated.  In order for the event coordinator to plan for a successful event, advanced notice and planning is required.  Therefore, when you are asked to RSVP by a certain date, it is not only good manners, but also professionally wise, to reply in the given time frame.  It can be difficult for an event coordinator to accommodate late RSVPs to attend an event.  Therefore, it is good manners and professionally wise to RSVP by the given deadline.  If you would like to attend an event, but unique circumstances prevented you from RSVPing by the deadline, you will want to contact the event coordinator to politely ask if an accommodation is available (after all, catering, seating, handouts, etc. likely have already been prepared).  You should not expect that your request can be accommodated.  The event coordinator will do his or her best, but it is not always possible to make last minute changes.  If you RSVP late for an event, you should not plan to attend unless you hear from the event coordinator that your request has been accommodated.

When you RSVP for an event, it means:

  • You confirm with the event coordinator that you will or will not attend.

If you RSVP that you will attend an event, it means:

  • You agree to attend the event.
  • You commit* to attending the event, and do not change your mind at the last minute if different or “better” events come along.
  • You attend the event.
  • You contact the event coordinator if extenuating circumstances arise at the last minute which prevent you from attending.

*Commit means “to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance”.

If you RSVP that you cannot attend the event, it means:

  • That you have told the event coordinator you will not be at the event, and not to plan for you (this means that food, seating, handouts or other information will not be created or ordered for you).
  • You acknowledge that you will not attend the event even if your plans change and you are suddenly free.
  • You do not attend the event.
  • You do not expect to be accommodated if you change your mind and want to attend the event.

Please note:  the same can be said for confirming employment interviews, social activities, etc.


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Federal Jobs Workshop Series

Happy midterm week!

If you have some extra time and are looking to land a job with the federal government, check out these awesome opportunities!

November 4 – How to apply for Federal Jobs/Internships

11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Richardson 115

Learn to navigate and how you can stand out! Scott Kincaid of the BLM will be presenting.

November 18 – Federal Jobs Panel and Networking Event

11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Richardson 115

Hear more about federal jobs from a panel of federal employees. Ask our panel about career paths and their experiences on getting there. Then connect in small groups and one-on-one during an hour of networking and light refreshments.

Please register for these workshops using your Beaver Careers Account!

Also, don’t forget these other upcoming employer information nights:

November 9 – Silvaris: 4:00 pm, Peavy 256

November 16 – Timber Products Company: 4:00 pm, Peavy 256

In partnership between the Career Development Center, Ecampus and the Alumni Association:

Natural Resources Virtual Career Fair November 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pmJoin us for one of our first Virtual Career Fairs, meeting with companies throughout the industry to talk about opportunities they have in natural resources. The event is free and open for students/alumni to check out at your leisure on the 19th. Register here!

If you have any questions about how to prepare for these events or need more information, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-1594 or stop by Peavy 250!

Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

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Halloween Horror Harvest!

Hello CoF Undergraduates!

Come join us on Friday, October 30 from 2-4 PM for the Halloween Horror Harvest and Annual Student Services Office Open House Pumpkin Carving Contest!

There will be prizes, tricks and treats, horrors and haunts! Come wearing your best costume.  This event is open to students, staff, and faculty and pumpkins will be provided.  If you are interested in attending, sign up in the Student Services Office in Peavy 250 by October 27th so we know how many pumpkins to get!

We hope to see you all next Friday! Let us know if you have any questions by calling 541-737-1594 or stopping by the office!


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Student Services Everyday!

Happy Week 3 College of Forestry Undergrads!

While we hope that you all know the Student Services Office is here for you, we would also like to make sure you know about Student Services Everyday!  Visit the Student Services Office, located in Peavy 250, every day of the week for something new!

Monday Maps: Be the first to guess the national/state park, monument, wilderness area, etc. and win a prize!*  You can guess by responding to the post on The Fernhopper Blog, or tweet the answer to as @OSU_COF_SS

Tuesday Trivia: Be the first to answer the trivia question correctly and win a prize!* You can guess by responding to the post on The Fernhopper Blog, or tweet the answer to as @OSU_COF_SS

Wednesday Warmup: Enjoy a FREE cup of coffee in the SLC, Peavy 252, from 9:00-11:00 am.

Thoughtful Thursday: Has someone gone out of their way to do something nice for you? Nominate them on Thursdays so they can be recognized!

Fernhopper Friday: The official publication day for the Fernhopper Newsletter and Fernhopper Blog!

*Stop by Student Services to claim your prize. Ecampus students, prizes will be mailed to you!

The Student Services Office is your resource for support in the College of Forestry.  Stop by or call 541-737-1594 with any questions you may have! Good luck studying for midterms!

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Dads and Family Open House

Dads and Family Open House invitation

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Tuesday Trivia

CoF Undergrads, be the 1st to answer this question & win a prize!  Don’t forget that you can tweet us too! @OSU_COF_SS

One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is found where?

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Monday Maps

CoF undergrads – play Monday Maps! Be the first to guess what park/wilderness /monument this is and win a prize! You can play on Twitter too –@OSU_COF_SSWeek 3 map

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