The Career Expo is right around the corner! On October 18th-19th hundreds of employers will be searching for hardworking, dedicated, and enthusiastic students to fill positions at the Alumni Center from 11-3. The Society of American Foresters Job Fair will be on November 9th in La Sells Stewart Center from 10-2.

Employers love students who come prepared, so make sure you get organized before you meet with employers.

  • Update your resume and cover letter. If you need help, check out the Career Development Center to sit down with a trained and experienced student staff anytime between 9:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.
    • MAKE SURE TO BRING A COPY OF YOUR RESUME TO THE CAREER FAIR
  • Look at the list of employers attending the Career Expo to familiarize your self with ones you would be interested in, and which day you should attend. Log-in to your handshake account for a full list of employers.
    • Prepare questions for these employers
  • Dress professionally
  • Prepare responses for questions you may be asked by employers
  • Arrive on time!

While speaking to employers make sure you:

  • Smile and shake hands
  • Be positive, confident, and focused
  • Emphasize your unique skills, experiences, education, etc.
  • Get business cards from the contacts you make
    • Follow up with an thank you email or note after your interview

Good luck!

Welcome back to Oregon State College of Forestry. If this is your first year with COF make sure you are aware of the amazing resources we offer to help you succeed. Visit our Student Resources and Engagement homepage to learn more or drop by Snell 133. We work to help students through various programs such as:

Employer Information Nights

These employer-lead presentations are a great way to learn more about current and potential career paths and opportunities as well as making valuable connections. Employer Information Nights occur throughout the academic year and include a variety of state, federal, and industry organizations.

COF Jobs Page

The College of Forestry Jobs Page lists current job and internship openings within the industry. The jobs board is updated regularly with new opportunities from all over the country.

Mentored Employment Program

The Mentored Employment Program matches CoF faculty with undergraduate students to offer a variety of research and field experiences to enhance students’ professional skills, and provide faculty with research/project assistance. For more information visit http://undergrad.forestry.oregonstate.edu/experiential-education/mentored-work-experience#overlay-context=student-services/

Job Shadow

Job shadows are an opportunity for students to “shadow” an employer and gain a “hands-on” look at  available career options in the fields of forestry, natural resources, recreation, and forest products. These short term experiences are designed to explore career possibilities, gain network connections, and bridge the gap between the classroom and the work place.

 

Start off the new school year by giving back! Fall Into Service is Saturday, September 23rd. There are various projects that you can sign up for from gardening to crafts.

 

 

Commencement is only TWO weeks away! Graduating seniors: are you struggling to come up with ideas to decorate your mortar board? Don’t worry, we got you covered!

Each student is unique and should individualize their mortar board accordingly. Many students choose quotes, pop-culture references, celebration of their accomplishment, career dreams, college/university pride, graduation year, ode to the parentals, and many more creative ideas.

Drop by the 2nd floor knuckle in Richardson on Thursday, June 15th from 9:30-4pm for a mortar board decorating party. Snacks and supplies will be offered. This way you can collaborate with students and save money on supplies! Come prepared with ideas that fit YOU.

A few ideas are displayed below.

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Hot Air Balloon Graduation Cap. Glue layers of colorful patterned heart shaped cardstocks to create the sweet hot air balloon image. Add up some shining characters and beadings to finish off its beauty in a travelling style.
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Ode to Parents, Pop-Culture Reference

 

Glittering Graduation Cap. Create this stunning graduation cap with gold glittering cap board and black glittering letters. Decorate it with red satin bow tied diploma.
Funny

 

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Beaver Pride

 

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Degree Specific

 

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Forestry Specific

 

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Pop-Culture Reference, Funny
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Pop-Culture

 

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Pop-Culture

 

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Celebration

Whatever style you choose, it will be PERFECT for YOU! Congratulations graduates of 2017!

The Native American Longhouse Eena Haws is hosting the 19th annual Salmon Bake! With temperatures rising and the sky clearing of dark clouds, it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy the Salmon Bake.

Come enjoy traditional Indigenous cuisine on May 19th starting at 12:00 pm until food is gone! Bring friends and family as favorite first foods are shared. The following dishes will be served:

– Salmon
– Fish Head Soup (priority to elders)
– Corn Bread
– Kale Salad
– Garlic Roasted Potatoes
– Blueberry Buckle

The Oregon State Chapter of SAF will have a booth at the Salmon Bake to discuss how salmon impacts forestry, how forestry and salmon habitats intermingle, and how salmon is viewed in relation to professional (career, studies, etc.), and personal worlds.

Annual Salmon Bake

The next day will be the 41st Klatowa Eena Powwow, hosted by the Native American Long House Eena Haws and the Native American Student Association. Inside Gill Coliseum there will be dance competitions, drumming, vendors and fun!

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made one week prior to event to Luhui Whitebear at luhui.whitebear@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-9036.

FRIDAY

Welcome Table, 3PM-7PM

MU Concourse

Come find out about all the events happening during Spring Family Weekend, purchase merchandise (TBA), ask questions, and meet the wonderful OSU Program Council staff!

 

The Colorful World of Pigments, 9AM-12PM

LaSells Stewart Center

College of Science and Honors College are hosting a unique and arts and science event, celebrating YInMN Blue pigment discovery. Local and student artists will exhibit their work and there will be an invigorating panel discussion featuring speakers from Nike, Shepherd Paint Company, Harvard University’s Pigments Museum, and a surprise special guest. Tickets are FREE and RSVP needed(link: http://impact.oregonstate.edu/2017/04/spring-family-weekend/)

Fridays in Austin: Design Day, 10AM-2PM

Austin Hall Marketplace

Come join us in Austin Hall and see the beautiful work of our Interior Design and Apparel Design and Merchandising students on display, talk to the artists (11AM-12PM), and learn more about the design programs that Oregon State University has to offer!

Lonesome Pottery Sale, 10AM-3PM

MU Trysting Tree Lounge

Handmade pottery & glass for sale at bargain prices!

Music a la Carte: OSU Music Production, 12PM

MU lounge

Music a la Carte presents performers from the OSU Music Production program. For accommodations relating to a disability call 541-737-4671.

 

 

Spring Family Golf Tournament, 2PM

Trysting Tree Golf Course

$80 for a team of two OSU students and family members. Sign up by 5/2 at the Recreation Services desk in Dixon or call 541-737-3736.

Warm Up to Summer, 2:30–5:30PM

MU Quad (base of MU stairs)

It’s time to plan for your best summer ever! Join the OSU Summer Session team for FREE lemonade, free swag from the prize wheel and enter into a drawing for a $500 summer scholarship. Summer classes are offered in six different lengths (called “sessions”) ranging from one week to 11 weeks, giving you the flexibility to travel, work, study and play this summer. Additionally, all students pay in-state tuition in the summer.* Come and learn about the many benefits of summer! *Not eligible for OSU Ecampus, VetMed or PharmD classes or INTO students. summer.oregonstate.edu

Paint Nite, 3:30PM and 7:30PM

MU Multipurpose Room

Paint Nite is back for the 2nd year! Join us for either the afternoon class or the evening class for a night of creativity, food, and fun with friends and family! No painting experience needed and all supplies included. Open to all OSU Students, family, and friends! Cost $45/person. Pre-sale only. Tickets will be available online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20159_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=79.

 

Spring Family Weekend Welcome Reception, 5-7PM

MU Lounge

Join us for your official welcome to OSU Spring Family Weekend! Enjoy FREE refreshments provided while mingling with students and other family members! All are invited!

 

Welcome Reception, 5-7PM

Join us for your official welcome to OSU Spring Family Weekend! Enjoy free refreshments provided while mingling with students and other family members! All are invited!

Pottery on the Wheel Workshop, 7-9PM

OSU Craft Center (CER-32)

Fee $20. For pre-registration and more information contact craftcenter.marketing@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-2937. (Staff and general public registration begins May 1)

All University Sing, 7PM-10PM

Gill Coliseum

Country Western Dance, 7:45-10:45PM

Women’s Building Gym

Kick up your heels and cut a rug with the Country Western Dance Club. $3.00 admission and moms get in free! Line dance lesson at 8:30, and no dancing experience is necessary.

SATURDAY

Welcome Table, 8AM-5PM

MU Concourse

Come find out about all the events happening during Spring Family Weekend, purchase merchandise (TBA), ask questions, and meet the wonderful OSU Program Council staff!

Spring Family Rafting, 8AM-4PM

N. Santiam or the McKenzie River (depending on conditions)

Add some adventure to your weekend! Cost $60/person. Tickets are available for purchase through the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon 541-737-4254

Trees and Flowering Shrub Walk, 9AM

MU Steps

Come experience all the diverse and wonderful plants on our beloved OSU campus! Tour led by Pat Breen, emeritus professor of Horiculture. Please contact by email (breenpj@comcast.net)

Dam Fam Brunch, 9-11:30AM

MU Lounge

Doors open at 9am. $12/plate, sold first come first serve at the door.

Have a filling brunch while enjoying musical performance by OSU Flute Choir Fluitssimo! Doors open at 9am. $12/plate, sold first come first serve at the door.

Menu includes: Cheese Blintzes with warm berry compote and fresh whipped cream, Scrambled Eggs (dairy-free options available), Turkey Sausage, house baked breads, fresh cut fruit tray, coffee, juices and tea.

 

Family Weekend: Challenge the Family, 9 AM-12 PM

Challenge Course of Jefferson

$20 for OSU Students and Family Members. Sign up at the Adventure Leadership Institute in Dixon, 541-737-4254.

The Oregon State Flying Club Open House, 9AM-1PM

Corvallis Municipal Airport (https://goo.gl/maps/9BugkK6hw7k)

A $20/20 mins plane ride over campus per person (3 ppl. max/ ride). There will be FREE burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers. For more information go to flying.oregonstate.edu or email mikesa@oregonstate.edu.

Radiation Center Facility Tour, 10AM-12PM

Radiation Center (35th and Jefferson)

The OSU chapter of the American Nuclear Society will be hosting tours! Visitors will have a chance to visit the nuclear reactor located here on campus and other facilities! For questions please contact Alex Dueñas at duenasa@oregonstate.edu. Photo ID required.

Spring Family Rifle Shoot, 9AM-7PM

OSU Indoor Target Range (SE corner of McAlexander Fieldhouse)

The OSU Rifle Club is hosting a .22 small bore rifle shooting event.  No prior experience is necessary to participate in this event.  $7 for OSU Students, $14 for OSU Family members.  For more details, visit www.osurifle.com.

Family & I Photos, 10AM-3PM

MU 206

Come and get a photo taken with your family member by a professional photographer! $10 for one photo, $18 for two.

Art Festival, 10AM-5PM

SEC Plaza

Come enjoy over 80 local area and area artisan booths! No entrance fee, prices based on individual purchases. For more information please call (541) 737-6872.

Fused Glass Magnet Making Workshop, 11AM-12PM and 1:30-2:30PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $15. Create a uniquely designed fused glass piece that will be made into a sweet magnet or brooch. Pick up your finished piece in a few days. All supplies are provided and no experience needed.

Recycled Stained Glass Sun Catcher Workshop, 11AM-1PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $15. Make a lovely glass suncatcher using copper foiling technique. All supplies are provided.

Pottery on the Wheel Workshops, 11AM-1PM and 2-4PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee $20.

Craft Center Drop-In Activities, 11AM-2PM

OSU Craft Center

First come first served, while supplies last! Screenprint your own commemorative T-Shirt or bag for $10, flower pot painting for $10 & FREE Photo booth!

Bead Workshop, 11-2PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $30 person / $50 couple. Modern soft-glass beadmaking. Torches, equipment and all supplies are provided. Wear cotton or natural fiber clothing and closed-toe shoes.

*Craft Center workshops-> Limited Spaces/In-person pre-registration strongly recommended!

contact 541-737-2937.

Memorial Union Tours, 11AM-2:30PM

Come take a guided tour of our beautiful Memorial Union. Tours happening every 30 minutes and last tour leaves at 2:30PM. Meet at the top of the Memorial Union main stairs.

Food Vendors, 11AM-4PM

MU Quad

Including Olde Tyme Kettle Korn, Paradise Shaved Ice, Beaver Classic Cheese, Roxy Dawgs and home baked goods by the Flour’d Apron!

 

5K Fun Run/Walk, 11AM

Avery Park

Enjoy a refreshing run at Avery Park! This event is FREE. Sign up at the Sports & Special Programs Office in Dixon, 541-737-4083.

 

OSU Western Dance Club, 3:30-4PM

MU Quad

Relaxing Massages Therapy 11AM-4PM

MU 208 (La Raza Room)

Enjoy a relaxing chair massage from one of five licensed therapist from the Oregon School of Massage! $20 for a 15 minutes massage. Tickets available on Friday and Saturday at the OSUPC Welcome Table. Or call ahead to reserve a spot 541-737-6872

 

Spring Family Weekend Zumba, 12PM-2PM

Dixon Recreation Center

Get your groove in the Lower Gym Court! This event is FREE. Pre-registration not required.

KIND Snacks Flower Wall, 12PM-4PM

MU Quad

Kind Healthy Snacks Flower Wall: Pick one and pass it on!

Wine Garden, 12PM-4:30PM

MU Quad

Wine and beer provided by Oregon Beverage Company. FREE entry fee, prices based on drink purchases. 21 years+ only.

Wave Lab Spring Family Weekend Open House, 1–4PM

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 za first come first serve basis and cover tsunami research, coastal hazards in Oregon, coastal engineering and wave energy technology. Questions please contact the lab at wavelab.tours@oregonstate.edu.

Society of Women Engineers Tea, 2-4PM

Johnson Hall 221

A fun event for families and students to enjoy an afternoon tea with a keynote speaker, silent auction, and delicious treats. $15/person, All proceeds will go to the Society of Women Engineers to further advancement of women in STEM fields.

Latin American Night – The Untold History of Latinas, 5PM-8:30PM

MU Ballroom

An artistic museum and tell their stories in a symbolic and empowering way in tribute to Latina artists who revolutionized their communities through art but were not recognized for their work. Free tickets will be available to pick up at SEC front desk. For accommodations please contact Anna Luiza at mesamiga@oregonstate.edu.

Comedy Show, 6:30PM and 9PM

LaSells Stewart Center

We have two very funny comedians co-headlining this year’s Comedy Show – Ryan Hamilton and Aparna Nancherla! Ryan has endeared comedy lovers with his standout appearances on The Late Show, Conan, Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, and Showtime. Aparna has appeared on Crashing, Conan, and Comedy Central’s “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Variety named her to its list of “Top 10 Comics to Watch for 2016 and the New York Times described the way Aparna “has become a comic in demand for her quirky, relatable, and punchy humor.” Join us and laugh the night away!

Tickets available online HERE!

 

SUNDAY

Pistol Club Fundraiser Shoot, 9AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM

OSU Indoor Target Range (SE corner of McAlexander Fieldhouse)

Learn firearms safety and how to shoot bullseye pistol during two hour sessions. $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.

 

Fam-n-Me Beaver Believer Grocery Totes, 12-3PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $30 person / $50 couple. A 3 hours workshop to learn and make your own washable reusable canvas grocery bags. All materials provided, come prepared to learn and have fun. This class is for all experience levels. Each participant will their own reusable grocery tote & good memories!

Make a Silver Ring Workshop, 12-4PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $35. A 4 hours workshop and learn how to make a handcrafted silver ring. No prior experience needed. We will cut, shape, solder, and polish a simple ring. Students with prior experience can use this class to make something more elaborate. All will come away with a beautiful gift. All supplies provided.

Handmade Coffee Mug Workshop, 12-4PM

OSU Craft Center

Fee: $30 person/ $50 couple. Create unique textures for surface decoration by carving their own rubber

block to stamp clay with. Then complete either a mug or a pencil holder using the rubber block design. Great way to try out hand building if you’ve never had the chance!

*Craft Center workshops-> Limited Spaces/In-person pre-registration strongly recommended!

contact 541-737-2937.

At Oregon State University, we have observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987.  The Holocaust Memorial program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice.

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

During the week of April 24th-April 28th Oregon State University will celebrate the 31st annual Holocaust Memorial Week with various talks and seminars open to all.

Monday, April 24, LaSells Stewart Center, 7:30 p.m.

Public Talk: Sarhang Hamasaeed, The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional, and Global Implications

The ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. By far the largest number of victims have been civilians, and some groups, like the Yazidis, have been targeted for genocide. But the significance of the two wars extends far beyond the Middle East. They have helped to produce a flood of refugees that has in turn sparked political turmoil in Europe. They have given birth to ISIS, the most feared and active terrorist network on the current scene. They have had a considerable impact on international relations, as a number of major regional and world powers, including Iran, Russia, and the United States, have become involved.

In his talk on April 24, Sarhang Hamasaeed will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world. He is well acquainted with the intricacies of Middle East politics and at one time served as deputy director of the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. He is currently the director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. As such, he often speaks on issues that affect the Middle East, advising the State Department, giving testimony to Congress, and providing analysis to such outlets as NPR, PBS, Al-Jazeera America, and Voice of America.

 

Tuesday, April 25, Austin Auditorium, 7: 30 p.m.

Public Talk: Lucille Eichengreen, Reflections on the Holocaust

Born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925, Lucille Eichengreen would as a teenager endure the brunt of the Holocaust. During World War II, she survived the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. Her father and sister were murdered in the camps, and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than forty individuals who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps, but this service brought death threats and she moved to the U.S. She has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, From Ashes to Life, tells her story in detail, and she will be doing a book-signing after she speaks. She has written two other books, as well.

Note: In order to assure that everyone who attends this event will find seating, we ask that those who wish to attend obtain tickets. These tickets are free and are available through Eventbrite website or directly by clicking here.

 

Wednesday, April 26, Milam Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Panel: Hilary Bernstein and Amarah Khan, Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?

We will sponsor a discussion on the current level of religious prejudice, primarily in the U.S. and Europe. The rise of the alt-right, incidents in which religious minorities are harassed or targeted by violence, and the prospects of a “Muslim Ban” in the U.S. have aroused concern and fear. This program is intended to provide insight and perspective. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of Antisemitism, while Amarah Khan, Associate Director of Global Diversity Initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. The event will also address the targeting of other religious groups in the contemporary world.

Note: Weather permitting, this event will be followed by a candlelight vigil (9:15-10:00 p.m.) on the MU Quad. The vigil is intended to affirm religious and cultural understanding in our diverse community.

 

Thursday, April 27, C&E, 7:30 p.m.

Public Talk: Anne Kelly Knowles, The Transformative Power of the Holocaust

A professor of history at the University of Maine and formerly professor of geography at Middlebury College, Anne Kelly Knowles is among the foremost proponents of GIS (geographic information systems), a methodology that bridges geography and history. Among her many books is the highly acclaimed Geographies of the Holocaust, a volume that she co-authored and co-edited. In her talk at OSU, Knowles will draw on survivor testimony and her extensive research on concentration camps and ghettos in order to explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.”

This event will be co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the Geography Program.

 

All of the events noted here are free and open to the public. Except for the talk by Lucille Eichengreen, no tickets are required. Updates and further information on the events are available at the website of the Holocaust Memorial Program (http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu).

 

Many students find it more useful to take notes on their computer as opposed to typical handwritten notes. It often is easier to keep up with the professor, you can obtain more information, and sometimes do a little side work.

A recent study actually determined that students using a laptop scored between 0.27 and 0.38 grade points lower on a four-point GPA scale than their classmates who took notes without a laptop. That is half a letter grade!

Students who used laptops to “take notes in class” spent over a third of class time browsing the internet for nonacademic reasons. Even in the cases where students were using their laptops to look up academic information to supplement the course work—something that many instructors think of as a benefit—the study found no improvement to final exam scores.

Rethink your note-taking techniques! Handwriting your notes can be much more beneficial for the outcome of your grade.

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For more information visit here.

As we approach our university’s 150th celebration, the OSU Alumni Association is excited to celebrate both our institution’s history and promising future as we head into the next 150+ years. For this celebration, they are searching for student leaders to represent Oregon State University. This fall, the Oregon State University Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the 2017 Homecoming Court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Individuals will be selected by a panel of staff, faculty, and alumni based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Oregon State University. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship.

More information on the selection process and the complete application can be found at www.osualum.com/homecoming. Applications are due April 28th at 9:59 p.m.

Requirements

Students enrolled at Oregon State University who will have completed at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of fall term and maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible. No current Homecoming Court Steering Committee or past Homecoming Court members may apply. All members must be in good standing with the university in order to remain in the group. The alumni association reserves the right to remove any member who is not in good standing with or whose conduct reflects poorly on the university. Please refer to the OSU student conduct code.

Selection Process

A three-part selection process:

  1. All completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and scored by faculty, staff and alumni.
  2. A select group of applicants with the highest scores will be chosen for in-person interviews.
  3. Those scoring in the top 20 percent of combined interview, application and GPA scores will be selected as Homecoming Court members.

Obligations

Those selected as Homecoming Court members will be asked to attend a number of functions and events throughout the academic year. These events include, but are not limited to, the Homecoming Carnival and football game, President’s Circle events, Spring Awards Celebration and the State of the University. Professional attire will be required for some appearances. Exceptions can be made with at least two weeks’ notice. Each applicant must understand that these appearances are an expectation, and by accepting the position, he/she agrees to fulfill them.

Deadlines

Applicants should complete their online form no later than Friday, April 28, 2017. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Matt Fenstermaker at matt.fenstermaker@oregonstate.edu.

Interviews

Homecoming Court interviews will be held at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The judging panel consists of OSU faculty, staff and alumni. The 2017 Homecoming Court will be selected based on the application (30 percent), interview (60 percent) and GPA (10 percent).

For more information, contact Matt Fenstermaker, early engagement director at 541-737-1704 or matt.fenstermaker@oregonstate.edu.

With finals week coming to a close, we all begin to enjoy our spring break while we can.

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Although we have time off, don’t forget to prepare yourself for next term!

  • Make sure you are registered for all of your classes
  • Obtain books and other supplies that is required for your courses
  • Get organized!
  • Don’t fall behind before you even begin
  • Create a plan for exercise
  • Set aside time for homework and studying
  • Learn and enjoy all of your classes!

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For those seniors that are graduating in the spring: only one more term to go!

Meningococcal disease is a serious, potentially fatal infection that most often causes severe swelling of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia). The best defense is getting vaccinated.

How the disease spreads

The bacteria are spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit) during close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact with an infected person.

Other factors that increase risk:

  • first-year college students living in residence halls
  • college students age 25 and under living in group settings (such as fraternities and sororities)
  • military recruits
  • those who lack a spleen or have certain immune disorders.

Symptoms

Contact your health care provider or go to the emergency room for sudden severe symptoms.

  • Fever and/or shaking chills
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Rash
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weakness
  • Confusion

Vaccinations

Student Health Services has vaccinations to cover all serotypes (strains) of meningococcus. The mandated meningococcal vaccine required at Oregon State University protects against groups A, C, W and Y. This vaccine does not cover against group B, the strain that has infected three OSU students since fall term 2016.  The MenB vaccine is available at Student Health Services.

Students currently enrolled may come to Student Health Services to receive a vaccine. Students should check with their insurance company to see if the cost will be covered. The charges can also be billed to students’ accounts.