The first finals of the 2016-2017 academic school year are upon us.

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During this stressful time of the year it is important to make time for all of your work, but still maintain healthy habits.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Staying up to study may seem like the only way you can do well, but pulling an all nighter can be harmful and your brain will not be able to retain as much information as you become fatigued. Don’t be like Buddy.
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  2. Exercise. Exercising your brain does not count for this one. Make sure you are staying physically active and not sitting all day long in a desk chair. Take short breaks every hour or two if you are working on a computer. Even a short walk or some jumping jacks can help stimulate the brain and boost energy levels.
  3. Avoid social media. I promise that nothing exciting will happen when you are gone. If it does, it will still be there once finals are over. Rewarding yourself with funny videos or cute cats may be another technique for study breaks.
  4. Stay organized. Clutter and messiness will only add tension and anxiety to your stress filled finals week. By keeping on top of your tasks and schedule you will be able to focus on what is truly important.
  5. Eat well. Although time is limited because of studying, it is imperative that you make time for healthy food options. Eating three balanced meals and having snacks throughout the day will help you maintain energy levels, stay focused, and perform better on your finals. Do not skip meals because you do not have time, it will only drain your brain and reduce retention rates.
  6. Breathe. I know it may seem like you will not be able to make it through, but YOU CAN! Stay strong and positive. If you feel overwhelmed make sure you take a break and go for a walk, play a game, or talk with a friend.

Good luck!

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Thanks to the WSE staff who placed two Giving Trees with 60 tags benefiting children via the Vina Moses Center in the FERM Office in Snell and in the FES Office in Richardson. Please consider selecting a tag from a tree with a child’s gender and age and providing gifts and/or clothing to a child in need. Gifts should be placed back under the tree by December 13.

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The Student Services Office has also made a “Giving Column” with nearly 40 tags for the Vina Moses Center. Please drop by and pick up a tag!

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Each month about 1,000 people come to the Center to select clothing, toys, and household goods for their families.  For the holidays, an array of toys and clothing are displayed, and parents pick out appropriate gifts and clothing for their children. These are the items that you make available by taking tags from our Giving Trees. It is a huge success with Center families and volunteers. This season, the Center looks forward to being able to provide up to 1,200 families with food and/or gifts. Your gifts make a difference to the families in our community.

 

The College of Forestry is also sponsoring an Adopt-A-Family.

Each child will get three gifts; one they want, one they need, and one they can read; see the list below for ideas. Gifts for grownups are optional, but basics like body wash and grooming items are always welcome. The family will receive a holiday meal from Mega Foods; if you would like to provide a gift certificate or cash the cost of the meal is $29.99.

Please let Jessica Fitzmorris know what item or items you would like to purchase so that she can remove them from the list and keep things current. All items should be new and unwrapped. All items need to be delivered to RH 109 in no later than 3pm on December 9th.

  • Garrett (12yrs, boy): hot wheels, size 3 boots, captain underpants, books
  • Aiden (2 months, boy): size 1 diapers, wipes, newborn socks, baby books
  • Cristina (4 months, girl): rattles, teething chews, size 6/9 month clothes, baby books
  • Chance (1 month, boy): newborn clothes, size 1 diapers, wipes, baby books

 

Happy Holidays to everyone! Don’t let finals get you down.

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Next FRIDAY-SUNDAY, November 18th-20th is Fall Family Weekend. Many events will be taking place in order for family members and relatives to enjoy all that OSU and Corvallis has to offer.

The College of Forestry will be holding an open house from 2:30-4pm on Friday, November 18th. Bring your family and friends to our open house where you’ll have the chance to learn about the new Oregon Forest Science Complex, enjoy a treat and beverage, and take home a tree seedling to plant in your backyard!

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Please pre-register for this event at sli.oregonstate.edu/osupc/family

 

Other events include:

Friday, November 18th

Winona LaDuke Speech

7pm at Whiteside Theater

Winona LaDuke, an Anishinaabekwe activist, writer, and political leader will speak about some of the many ongoing efforts toward social and environmental justice, energy, food sovereignty, and native rights. More information can be found HERE.

 

Comedy Show

7pm and 9:30pm at LaSells Stewart Center

A comedy show featuring Paula Poundstone, a Emmy Award-winning comedian, author, and humorist. Tickets range from $34-38 and can be purchased here.

PASADENA, CA - MAY 22: Paula Poundstone poses for photographer Michael Schwartz in an exclusive portrait session at the Ice House on May 22, 2008 in Pasadena, California (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Paula Poundstone

 

Saturday, November 19th

Brunch

9am-12pm in the Memorial Union Lounge

Enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch with family members in the Memorial Union. Tickets will be sold inside the MU on the day of the event.

 

OSU Wave Lab Open House

10am-1pm at the Hinsdale Wave Research Lab 3550 SW Jefferson Way Corvallis, OR 9733

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The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (West of 35th Street on Jefferson), largest tsunami research facility in the US, will be open for a 20 minute guided tour and demonstration. Tours start every 5 minutes on a first come first serve basis and cover tsunami research, coastal hazards in Oregon, and coastal engineering. Questions please contact the lab at wavelab.tours@oregonstate.edu.

 

Tailgate BBQ

10am-Kickoff in the SEC Plaza

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A family tailgater and food fair before the game. Go Beavs! Featuring Old Thyme Kettle Corn, Beaver Classic Cheese, Rootbeer Floats and Coffee and Ice Cream, The Flour’d Apron: local baking business, and other student organized fundraiser booths.

 

Pottery on the Wheel Workshops and Paint Your Own Mug

11-4:30 in the Craft Center in the Student Experience Center

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For OSU Students & their weekend guests, only $20/person for pottery and $15/person for a mug. Limited spaces, pre-registration required (link coming soon).

 

 

Sunday, November 20th

Pistol Club Fundraiser Shoot

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9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM at the OSU Indoor Target Range (SE corner of McAlexander Fieldhouse)

Learn firearms safety and how to shoot bullseye pistol. Two hour sessions at 9AM, 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. $5 for OSU Students and $15 for OSU community, family members, and general public. Space is limited; for pre-registration and event details visit:  http://osupistol.org

 

PARKING

On Friday and Sunday, November 18th and 20th, parking in all A, B, C and D parking zones will be available free of charge to park. All metered parking areas will still be in effect during their stated hours.

Saturday, November 19th, will include game day parking restrictions. Please refer to http://transportation.oregonstate.edu/parking/visitors/game-day-parking-… parking prices and locations. This website contains links to maps, shuttle routes, and directions that can be used for the entire weekend.

The last day to S/U a class is next Thursday, November 10th by 5pm. Students may elect to change a course that is graded under a normal grading basis (A-F) to a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading basis (S/U). A grade of S or U has no grade point equivalent and is not used in the GPA calculation. Students must obtain college head advisor approval prior to changing the grading basis of a course and submit a completed Change of Grading Basis request form to the Office of the Registrar no later than Thursday, November 10th at 5pm.

 

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Be smart and good luck.

This weekend on Saturday, October 29th, the College of Forestry will be hosting a great event for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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4:45pm Construction Lauch for the new FSC Complex, Richardson Hall

Join Ed Ray, President of Oregon State University, Mike Goodwin, OSU Foundation President & CEO, Thomas Maness, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of Forestry, and the Oregon State community as we launch a new era for the College of Forestry—with strategic focus on educating the next generation of forestry professionals, enhancing the wood products industry through research and innovation, and stewarding our natural resources.

West End of the Construction Site (Follow the construction launch signs to the ceremony.)
SW Jefferson Way, near SW 30th Street

 

5:45pm Tailgater, La Sells Stewart Center

4th Annual College of Forestry Homecoming Tailgate Celebration!

Join the College of Forestry, College of Agricultural Sciences, and our friends from Northwest Farm Credit Services for food and drinks before the game.

**Upon arrival to the Tailgate you will be required to check in, please let them know you are with the College of Forestry to gain entrance! **

 

 IMPORTANT: The Oregon Forest Science Complex construction launch event is held on Homecoming, and parking will be managed by OSU Athletics. For detailed game day parking information, please visit the Beaver Tickets website

 

 RSVP Here

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Have you started thinking about classes for next term?

Make sure you schedule an appointment with your advisor within the next few weeks. All advisors are located on the fourth floor of Snell Hall. Online students can arrange phone/video appointments. You must meet with your advisor before your registration date to receive your PIN. Come prepared with an idea of classes you wish to take.

Your registration date depends on the amount of credits earned and within progress. Students may register in their assigned time block or any later time.

The two phases enable automated waitlisting. Here is how it works:

  • Phase 1 allows registration in a maximum of 16 credits. No wait listing is allowed.
  • Phase 2 allows registration in a maximum of 19 credits plus a maximum of three wait listed classes.

You may obtain registration times for phases 1 and 2 via their MyOSU account. Click on the Student tab and under Registration Tools, select View Priority Registration Status. Or see the priority registration tables in the online catalog.

Phase I registration begins Sunday, November 13th and ends Wednesday, November 30th. Phase II registration and waitlisting begins Thursday, December 1st at 8pm.

A message from Ron Reuter-OSU Cascades Natural Resources:

We are living in a digital world and the grammar used by media and celebrities is often incorrect; use of grammar has an impact on those listening to you or reading your works. Word selection matters, so select wisely and correctly. Being smart includes the ability to think AND clearly articulate those thoughts in verbal or written form.

As you begin to think about term papers, or your essay questions on midterms, remember that your professor is influenced strongly by what your writing looks and sounds like. Dr. Appleby, a retired crop science professor, has configured a list of common grammar mistakes. Take a look at these to make sure you are using the correct form.

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The SAF Job Fair is right around the corner. This is your chance to network and connect with employers in areas of forestry, forest products, natural resources and outdoor recreation industries.  We have a fantastic group of employers in both private and public sectors who have registered to attend this year’s job fair including Bartlett Tree Experts, Boise Cascade, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Pacific Forest Management, South Coast Lumber, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, and Weyerhaeuser (just to name a few! You can see the full list here!)

You might be saying “I’m not really looking for a job. Why should I go?” Good question. The answer is that even if you are not actively seeking employment or an internship, this is still a great opportunity to get your name and face in front of some industry leaders. In addition, it is a great forum to practice selling yourself to employers, find out what skills and qualification they are looking for and research opportunities that may be available in the future.

Or you’re saying “These employers do not hire for careers in my field of study. I’m not going to bother going”.  Are you sure about that?  Organizations could be hiring for a vast array of positions that you could easily qualify for. And not only that, they may know of positions within other organizations that fit both your skill set and your area of interest.  Previous CoF students who have attended the SAF Job Fair have landed positions because they gave their resume to someone who passed it on to someone else.

You could even be saying “I’m really busy and don’t have time to attend the job fair. I’ll look for my summer job later.” The truth is that some of the employers attending the SAF Job Fair are looking to hire for positions now!  This is a big reason why the SAF Job Fair, once held in February, was moved to October; to accommodate employers who hire for the upcoming season early. If you put off going, you could miss opportunities that won’t come back around until this time next year.

Job fairs and career expos are not just a chance to find a job. They are an opportunity to make valuable connections that can work to your advantage at a later time.  Talking with employers, job seeking or not, develops your confidence and improves how you present yourself to employers.  And let’s be honest, we can all use practice in making employers think they need us in their organization.

The employers who are planning on attending this year’s job fair are eager and excited to meet with College of Forestry students because you have a reputation for being the best in your field. They want to see your resumes, your cover letters and hear you tell them what you can offer to their organization. And trust me when I tell you that you will not always have the opportunity for employers to come seeking you out.

The SAF Job Fair is Tuesday, October 18th in the MU Ballroom. It runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Some employers will be doing onsite interviews the day of the job fair or scheduling for a later date.  Bring your resume and be ready to make a good impression.

Midterms have officially began. Hopefully you have time to prepare and know when they are.

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Make sure you are using effective study methods, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep. I know you want to do well, but cramming the night before will not be as beneficial as you might think.

Studying can be difficult, but if you focus, take breaks, study in groups, attend review sessions, sleep, eat well, manage your time efficiently, and relax you will be able to make it through.

Don’t forget to use the resources available to you. The academic coaching program helps students with their academic performance. EOP Tutoring program is a great opportunity to meet with tutors Monday-Thursday at culture centers throughout campus. Check out their schedule below.

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Good luck everybody! You can do it.

 

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