On March 11, 2020- a handful of lucky Forestry Club members, CoF Ambassadors, CoF students, and few of their cohorts were able to tour the NEW Peavy Hall, now known as the Peavy Forest Science Center(PFSC) or just Peavy as most CoF crew will likely call it! Interim Dean, Anthony Davis and Special Assistant & Project Manager of PFSC , Adrienne Wonhof, took time out of their evening to lead almost 60 students on a preview of the new home for the College of Forestry.
Permagrins tell a story of finally having a place to call home. During the last few years of CoF students and faculty feeling somewhat misplaced, many of us (seniors especially) are quite thrilled to be able to use what this amazing college of ours created. Our research, innovations, and drive (along with support from our donors and partners) have made this state-of-the-art dream possible. We look forward to moving in and using it in the near future! Here’s to the “New” Peavy!
A common goal for a lot of students is to travel
internationally while in college. Some students are fortunate enough to spend a
summer, a term, or even a year studying abroad. However, a lot of students
never get an opportunity to go abroad due to class scheduling, money,
logistics, and other responsibilities. Lucky, the College of Forestry offers
multiple international trips every year that are led by OSU faculty. These trips
are generally only one to two weeks long and are scheduled during winter,
spring, or summer break.
Spencer Dalton, a senior studying Recreation Resource Management, spent his 2019 spring break participating in a faculty-led trip to Central Chile. The students on the trip studied wildlife, forestry, land management, and Eco-tourism. Students also got the opportunity to hike around a volcano, go white water rafting, and even visit the local university’s College of Forestry.
“The faculty-led trips are definitely a great way to go abroad” says Spencer. “Not only do they fit into your schedule better, there is a lot of scholarship money available to make it more affordable. The CoF’s International Programs Office and the faculty handle most of the logistics and that makes traveling abroad for the first time super easy. The faculty-led trips also give you course credit that you can apply towards your degree.”
“It has almost been a year since I went to Chile and I still relate a lot of my current coursework to what I learned on the trip. It’s also nice to have a little bit of an international perspective. I also have developed multiple great friendships with some of my fellow trip mates. Overall, my Chile trip was one of my favorite experience while at OSU and I would recommend a faculty-led trip to any College of Forestry student.”
As an undergraduate, a recommended key experience is participating in an internship related to your field of study. Gaining work experience prior to graduation not only boosts your employ-ability but also allows you to see if your current path fits what you want in the future. Zena Greenawald, a current 2019-2020 CoF Ambassador, tells us a bit about what she spent her 2019 summer doing.
“This past summer I undertook a 5-week partnered internship with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Oregon Department of Forestry. I had the pleasure of being hosted by the West Oregon District located in Philomath, Oregon. I worked with the State Forests Unit Manager and their staff.”
“My internship consisted of helping with timber sale prep and stocking surveys in young plantations. Additionally, I worked with the Philomath’s fire crew dealing with trail maintenance. I was able to gain hands on experience in the field working with the State Lands Foresters who were all graduates from OSU showing me the work opportunities with my degree. “
The Academic Success Center (ASC) has many diverse programs and ways to help students at OSU succeed, take a peek below at what they have to offer! At the CoF, we wanted to make sure that you all knew what resources are out there for help and give you the best up to date information to assist in learning and success during your time at OSU. The ASC is located in 125 Waldo Hall on the OSU-Corvallis campus, be sure to stop by sooner rather than later 🙂
ALS 116: Academic Success Course:
They have one section of ALS 116 via Ecampus, and three sections on the Corvallis campus. They continue to see students who pass the class average a GPA increase of about .6 GPA points – what a great selling point for students wanting to improve! As a reminder, even when sections fill, they often have space for students referred to the course by an academic advisor; just email Marjorie (email below).
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Study Tables:
SI is supporting the following courses this term: BA 211, BA 213, BI 212, BI 232, CH 201, CH 202, CH 232, MTH 251, and PH 202. Their new registration system is making waitlists go smoothly, but they still encourage students to register early to maximize the benefit they can get from SI. Also, encourage we encourage students to look out for SI exam reviews!
Transfer Consults: Their team of student strategists will be offering “Transfer consults” again at the beginning of the term. They have a packet of success-related tools and can help students identify specific resources that will ease your transition to OSU. You can find more information about the event here.
Academic Coaching changes:
This past fall they reworked their coaching model a bit to promote ongoing work with an academic coach. As a result, almost a quarter of the students they worked with came in for three or more appointments. They are still doing some analysis but this pattern is exciting and they believe it’ll show greater impact!
Restock your ASC materials:
They have replenished their ASC brochures, a new design of large cards, and academic coaching business cards. If you need some, let them know!
All exterior work on the building is expected to be completed by the end of December!
Landscaping is nearing completion, including in the arboretum and to the northwest between Peavy & Richardson.
A new covered bike rack with lighting and gutters has been installed on the south side of Richardson. More bike racks to come soon on the north side of the new Peavy.
The beatification of the Hatfield Courtyard has begun. The 1st-floor knuckle door to the courtyard will be closed for use (except during emergencies). You’ll see new benches installed, new plants and trees, and grass going in — that work should be completed by early January.
A new generator will replace the old towers in between Richardson and Peavy (in the arboretum, by the service access driveway), and you’ll see a lot of that old machinery come out in January and new equipment installed into February. The screening will be put in place around the equipment pad.
Outside garbage bins will be relocated in January/February. These will still be on the southside of Richardson but will move into the southeast corner of the works yard with screening and an accessible gate.
Outdoor classroom space is starting to shape up and I’ll be in touch with faculty who intend to use this space to discuss plans for seating.
The recycled/restored glulam beams from old Peavy being used for the Atrium stairs are installed and looking beautiful! The slatted feature wall inside the first floor is also going in and is also very striking. Pictures soon of that space.
Classrooms are coming together and our Computing Group will be working with Classroom Technology Services to start getting A/V installed and networking going beginning in early January.
Lab casework is being installed and the lab group homes are ready and awaiting outfitting.
Furniture orders have been placed with three different vendors and are expected to be delivered and installed in February & March. We are working with four craftsmen/small businesses to build our custom conference room tables each featuring a select PNW wood type.
Occupancy and Move-In:
It is our intent to hold classes in Peavy starting Spring term, barring any issues with classroom technology, outfitting, and Registrar approval. The move of folks to Peavy is scheduled for the week of Spring Break.
finally… mark your calendars!
We are planning to hold the public opening celebration of the Peavy Forest Science Center on Tuesday, May 12. This will be an event open to everyone and will highlight important partnerships we have developed and all of the awesome features of new Peavy. We also look forward to the 1% for Art pieces that will be installed throughout the Spring and Summer.
Meet Dr. Tom DeLuca- Oregon State University’s Cheryl Ramberg Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry and director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory effective June 30, 2020!
Dr. DeLuca is currently dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana. A forest soil scientist and ecosystem ecologist, Dr. DeLuca’s efforts in research, teaching, and administration have been focused on sustainable land management and advancing the understanding of natural ecosystem function. He currently directs a college with over 40 faculty members, 133 graduate students, and more than 750 undergraduate students.Dr. DeLuca is responsible for the management of two external research facilities, Lubrecht Experimental Forest (a 28,000-acre forest) and Bandy Ranch (a 3,600-acre cattle ranch). Prior to his current post, he served as the director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington.
During the past 20 years, Tom has conducted research on a variety of topics across temperate, boreal, maritime, and Arctic settings. His primary research interests include the influence of disturbance on nitrogen and carbon cycling in forests, prairie and tundra ecosystems; the fire ecology of temperate and boreal forests; biological nitrogen fixation in forest ecosystems; sustainable forest management; and forest restoration. A highly cited scholar, he has published more than 100 refereed research papers, including in Science and Nature. Tom received his Ph.D. in soil biology and biochemistry from Iowa State University; his master’s degree in soils from Montana State University; and his bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
What a wonderful year we have to look forward to at the College of Forestry! I’ll be sure to keep you up to date the best I can. 🙂 -Destiny Pauls, NR, CoF Ambassador
Head over to the Academic Success Center! Their strategists are located in Waldo Hall 125, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Students don’t need an appointment to visit, and with finals approaching, this can be a great opportunity to spend 10 to 15 minutes chatting about finals, identifying additional subject-specific resources, and thinking about new strategies to try.
Their academic coaches sit down for 45 minutes in one-on-one appointments with students. These sessions help students think through their experiences and make plans towards finals. They still have spots available with our coaches over the next week. They’d love to be able to help students reflect on current studying techniques and think about new ways to study that can help boost efficiency and effectiveness – two things that are even more important as final deadlines and exam dates loom closer.
My time in the old continent was short-lived but jam-packed with knowledge and adventure. I was blessed to start my summer of 2019 in the beautiful European Alps, an utterly breathtaking experience. My short two-week journey started in the small European country of Slovenia and ended in the vineyards of Italy. Before my trip, I had never traveled outside of the United States, which made the notion of traveling over 5,800 miles terrifying. After all the nerves and panicking my journey started and it did not leave me with an ounce of regret. My point being, if you have the opportunity to travel abroad– go. Take the chance, I promise you will not regret the time you spent and the friendships that will be made. Once I overcame my angst here’s what happened:
4. Appreciation of Home
5. Opening My Mind to New Perspectives
Go abroad friends, whether for study, business, or leisure- it’ll change your world.
Just over a week away is our annual College of Forestry Career Fair. On November 14th, 2019 we will be hosting a diverse group of both private and public employers looking to fill seasonal, part-time, and full-time positions, as well as share internship opportunities! This event takes place in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center from 10am-2pm.
The College of Forestry encourages students to participate and meet face to face with leaders of their field study; whether that may be forestry, forest products, natural resources, or outdoor recreation. This is a day you do not want to miss!
Students who attend have a good chance of finding summer internships or seasonal work and finding out about permanent positions. There will be great networking opportunities for a vast amount of interests and options for all!
For example, Avid4Adventure wants to connect with RRM and TRAL students! They are holding an info session on November 13th and will be at the career fair! Lone Rock, GreenWood Resources, Hampton Lumber, and PotlatchDeltic will be interviewing on the 14th and 15th. Students should stop by their tables if they want to find out more and sign up for an interview.
There is even a job fair prep workshop on November 12th for students wanting help with resumes and networking tips. Register Here!
From #hashtags to selfies to “influencers” , the desire to go to that beautiful place and get the perfect “unique” perspective and picture. We are almost all guilty. You’ve seen the likes, the followers, the shares, in whichever social media platform one uses- it’s all right there. But how are these places adapting to the booming surge in visitors? How are they keeping us safe? How is the natural and wild area doing afterwards?
Matt Wastradowski investigates the outdoor-recreation tourism boom. Telling us about places that have been forced to find innovative (and sometimes desperate) ways of adapting to and curbing the steady stream of tourists each season. Head on over and read more onthis article and maybe change the way you go play in the wild?
“According to the 2019 State of Mental Health in America Report, over 44 million American adults struggle with a mental health condition, and the rate of youth similarly affected is on the rise. While this a staggering number, there is some positive news for those prone to depression and anxiety. Recent studies have discovered that spending time in nature can be a powerful tool for improving overall well-being and managing mental health.
The great outdoors has plenty to offer in the form of fun and recreation, but its influence on your overall health and wellness is worth investing your free time and attention in. The returns come in the form of an overall healthier and happier life.” Find out 6 ways to improve your mental health by reading the story below.