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Alternative Spring Breaks

Alternative Break Applications Now Available
Imagine a better world. Make it happen – this spring break!

Looking to spend your spring break (March 24-31) making a positive impact? Apply for Alternative Break today!

Alternative Breaks are weeklong, immersive community-engaged learning experiences to increase students’ capacity to lead for social change. This is an opportunity to learn about yourself, challenge yourself, and have fun.

    • Take action through community projects
    • Meet with community leaders and organizers
    • Deepen your understanding of a social issue important to you
    • Expand your perspectives through dialogue and reflection
    • Bond with team members
    • Make lasting memories

Priority application due date is Monday, November 27, 2017. All trip fees are $100 and need-based travel grants are available!

(Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all trips are filled but to be eligible for a travel grant all applications must be submitted by March 1, 2018)

Visit our website, and watch this video to learn more about our three Alternative Spring Break options and how to apply today!

Read what past Alternative Break participants have said about their experiences:

    • “I am amazed, intrigued, and humbled. I will forever hope to continue to grow and open my mind in the way I did on this trip.”
    • “I have formed new relationships with incredible people, have been inspired to be more independent, walked away with more knowledge about life on reservations, and a commitment to make a positive influence in my community.”

Questions, Accommodations?

For questions or if accommodations for disability are needed in order to participate in the trip, please contact Melissa Lee, Center for Civic Engagement GTA, at or 541-737-3041

 Recreational Sports’ Scrap Art Show

“Now accepting your trashy art submissions!”

How do you play inside and outside of Recreational Sports?

We’re calling on you to create a 3D play themed art sculpture consisting of recycled and discarded materials, “giving the material new life”. Finished pieces will be showcased in the Dixon Rec Center over the next school year.

Individual and group submissions are both encouraged!

Brought to you in partnership with Waste Watchers and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

Projects are due February 4th, 2018

Sign up online at:

For questions and more information, please contact Austyn Polzel at


Come and check out the Forest Utilization Society (FUSE)!

The goal of this student organization is to bring a spirit of fellowship to students, faculty, and employers, and to promote awareness about forest products and forest products issues. Officers include a president, vice-president, secretary/treasurer, and project coordinator. Membership is open to anyone interested in the College of Forestry. Activities include social events, bi-weekly term meetings, club trips, hosting guest speakers, and field trips to local companies in forest products related professions.

Currently the club is busy preparing many events/activities:

  • MLK weekend club trip
  • Club tour to Frere’s Lumber Co. mass plywood panel facility
  • Current event industry newsletters
  • Wood Magic Outreach events
  • COF Club Bowling Night

We are also in the works of helping design a new FUSE/WSE Departmental T-Shirt! We still have last year’s FUSE shirts available for sale too! Wear them at club events, intramural games, or whenever you feel like reppin’ FUSE! They are $10/each, 90% cotton, and we have all sizes left.

If you are interested in the Forest Utilization Society we encourage you to come to a meeting before the end of the term (there’s FREE FOOD)! All majors, interests and people are welcome and it’s never too late to get involved in the College of Forestry! Here is the remainder of the term’s schedule

  • NOV. 30 RH 115 from 5-6 pm

If you have any questions or would like to learn more please contact:

Cameron Salvitelli – Club President


Portland Wholesale Lumber Association Christmas Luncheon

The Portland Wholesale Lumber Association is holding its annual Christmas Luncheon on December 1st in Portland.

In the past, the WSE department has sent students to attend the luncheon as a networking event. The members of the association generously sponsor students to attend the event, and this year we have sponsorships for 8 students. If you are interested in attending the luncheon this year, contact Michelle Maller in the WSE department at

They will be taking a van up and leave at 8 am on Friday, the 1st, with an expected arrival back to Corvallis around 4 pm.

Social Justice Retreats

These weekend long retreats promote campus dialogues about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. We would like to receive all applications by Friday, December 1, 2017.

To apply for a retreat please go to the following web address:

Racial Aikido Retreat: 01/19/18 – 01/21/18

Racial Aikido seeks to empower students using the principles of aikido to recognize, respond, and replenish. Originally created at the University of Vermont, Racial Aikido acknowledges that certain communities-particularly communities that have experienced historical trauma due to racism may be ill prepared to deal with issues of race and racism as it affects them personally. Racial Aikido promotes tools to maintain a positive self-image and be able to respond to overt and covert racism.

By the conclusion of the retreat, you will have a better understanding of privilege, power and positionality, in-group and internalized oppression, identity development models, and be more self-aware of your multiple identities. You’ll learn by active participation just how to recognize racism, respond to racism in a self-affirming and positive manner that is appropriate for the situation, and replenish by taking care of your needs in order to maintain a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self.

Multiracial Aikido Retreat: 01/26/18 – 01/28/18

Multiracial Aikido (MRA) is founded on the principles and history of the Racial Aikido retreat.  MRA explores systems of racial oppression and centers experiences of multiracial, multiethnic, transracial, and mixed heritage individuals.

We offer a supportive learning environment for participants to unpack racial and ethnic identity through storytelling and to build a community of peers and mentors who support their growth. We hope that by the end of the retreat participants will have found commonality in their various experiences and identify tools to navigate, heal, and make meaning as racialized beings in a U.S. context.

Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat: 01/19/18 – 01/21/18

The Examining White Identity (EWI) retreat focuses on White identity development in both personal and institutional contexts, while introducing strategies to help students understand their relationships to others, and provide students the skills to help build community among diverse communities. This retreat helps students understand how notions of  race and difference  have been constructed historically, how they affect us today, and how best to interrupt discriminatory behaviors and to  develop a global mindset that is rooted in social responsibility for our shared community.

International Student Social Justice Retreat: 02/02/18 – 02/04/18

The International Student Social Justice Retreat was launched at OSU in February 2016 in the spirit of initiating dialogue on issues of diversity, ethnicity, race, and nationality in the U.S. This retreat helps participants understand the socio-historical American narrative on race and ethnicity, and provides participants with skills to manage and disrupt discrimination based on their perceived identities.


Please direct questions about any of these retreats to

To learn more about the retreats or to apply for a retreat please go to web address:

Meningococcal Immunizations

There has been one case of meningococcal disease at OSU Corvallis campus. To promote good public health, the university will have two immunization clinics for students this month for meningitis as well as other vaccines:

Immunization Clinic

Tuesday, Nov. 21

MU Journey Room 104

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Immunizations to be offered: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chickenpox), Hepatitis, Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap), Meningococcal (MCV4) and Meningococcal B.

SHS staff will be available to at the clinics to answer questions about individual vaccine needs as well as insurance coverage.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Can’t go home for Thanksgiving? Enjoy the COF family vibes during this time of year. Sign up by November 17th.

Course Name Changes

Effective Winter Term 2018, the courses shown below are undergoing a designator change from ‘FES’ to ‘TRAL’. The first three courses are Ecampus courses, while the rest are on-campus. With winter term registration fast approaching, it is important that you know of these changes.

Changing from ‘FES’ to ‘TRAL’, effective Winter Term 2018:











Access to Campus Buildings

OSU policy for building access is designed to strike a balance between the teaching and research needs of students/faculty with the safety and security of people, equipment and facilities. Each building on campus has an individual schedule of openings and closings to accommodate the requirements of the majority of occupants and users. The general guidelines for most buildings are weekdays, 7 AM to 6 PM. Staffed labs and classrooms will operate later and on weekends based on college scheduling. Only employees with ID, and students with After-Hour Passes and current IDs are allowed in buildings after closing hours. Department of Public Safety has increased their commitment to building security; escorting people without proper ID from the building. Forestry has internal rooms in Richardson and Snell that are available for use after the building has been closed. You may remain in these spaces as long as you have an ID and a Pass. Passes for Richardson, Snell or Oak Creek may be requested from your department office.

Weekly Wednesdays with OSU GO

Office of Global Opportunities will be hosting in the SEC Involvement Lounge every Wednesday for the remainder of fall term from 12-1 pm.

Students are able to drop in to any/as many sessions as they choose. Each topic will be covered twice throughout the series.

10/18 What’s out there?

10/25 How do you navigate the process?

11/1 How do you make it affordable?

11/8 How do you fit this into your academic plan?

11/15 What’s out there?

11/22 How do you navigate the process?

11/29 How do you make it affordable?

12/6 How do you fit this into your academic plan?

Educational Opportunities Program Tutoring

EOP Tutoring Program  begins this week.  They are expanding our collaborative academic support through additional partnerships and intentional programming.  EOP hopes that their continued and expanded programming will create a community of scholars, increase help-seeking behaviors, and increase student retention.  Students will hear from DCE & EOP regarding specific events outside of tutoring.

Tutoring Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-7pm at the below centers:

  • Tuesdays – Centro Cultural César Chávez
  • Wednesdays – Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Rent Textbooks at NO COST for the ENTIRE term

The Textbook Lending Program offers eligible OSU students the opportunity to check out textbooks at no cost for the entire academic term! The program starts the first week of class and operates on a first come, first serve basis. They currently have books for 181 courses! Most of the textbooks are either donated or purchased. Students (and professors) can learn more about the program and check if we have their textbook by going to:

To ensure that HSRC has the textbook needed for a course, check online:

  • Go to
  • Log in using your ONID through MY ACCOUNT
  • Start a New Search and click on the Course Reserves tab
  • Enter the title of textbook and click Search
  • In the drop-down menu that says “OSU Course Reserves”, change it to “HSRC Textbook Lending Library”
  • If you see a green dot and the word “Available”, you can go to HSRC and rent the textbook

Mathematics SLC

1) The MSLC offers course tables for study groups and tutoring in two locations:

Kidder 108:  Mon to Thurs 9AM  to 5PM ; Fri 9AM to 4PM

Valley Library (part of the Mole Hole on the third floor): Sun to Thurs 7PM to 10PM

These services are available every term from the second week through dead week.

2)  Open House for the College of Science Student Success Center and the MSLC on Monday October 9.  More details later.


Thanks to funds from the university and the College of Science, they will continue with the Night Review Sessions before exams in the following mathematics courses: MTH 112, MTH 150X, MTH 241, MTH 251, MTH 252, MTH 254.

COF T-shirts

Interested in purchasing a College of Forestry t-shirt! Stop by Snell 133 or send an email to if you are a distant student. Limited sizes are available.

T-shirts are $15. Shipping is $3.50.

Keep Up With the Peavy Hall Transition Construction

Wondering up the future of the College of Forestry? Are you missing Peavy Hall? Don’t you worry. The construction process blog is all online at

If you wish to learn more about what is going on and how far left there is until we can have an official “home” check out this great blog.

If you are interested, you can see what’s happening live by clicking on one of the following links to two web cameras that show the project site live every day: or

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