Let’s Start the Term Right

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!

Program or Service Contact Information
Academic Coaching 45-minute appointments available to schedule online Website: http://success.oregonstate.edu/academic-coaching   Schedule online with reminders: http://bitly.com/getcoachedOSU Contact: Clare Creighton, Director 541-737-7971 Clare.Creighton@oregonstate.edu
ALS 116: Academic Success Course 3 on-campus sections for Winter 2020 M/W @ 10 am, M/W @ 1 pm, T/R @ 10 am + 1 Ecampus section Course Catalog – Available Sections For overrides, contact: Marjorie Coffey, Coordinator 541-737-6942 Marjorie.Coffey@oregonstate.edu
Strategists http://success.oregonstate.edu/student-strategists Drop in Hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm   Waldo Hall, Room 125 – the ASC Main office ASC Main Office line: 541-737-2272 Contact: Anika Lautenbach, Program Lead 541-737-3760 Anika.Lautenbach@oregonstate.edu
Supplemental Instruction Supporting BA 213,BI 213, BI 233, BI 333, CH 202, CH 233, MTH 251, PH 203 Information & Registration via the SI website: http://success.oregonstate.edu/supplemental-instruction  Contact: Chris Gasser, Coordinator 541-737-3762 Chris.Gasser@oregonstate.edu
Workshops, Presentations, & Staff Training/Meetings Workshop request form & menu Contact: Sarah Norek, Outreach & Education 541-737-6587 Sarah.Norek@oregonstate.edu

The College of Forestry has Some Exciting News!

Peavy Hall Has Some New Looks!

Exterior & Landscaping:

  • 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.

Interior:

  • 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.

And 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

Need Help With Finals?

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.

An Unexpected Journey Turned into the Adventure of a Lifetime by Zena Greenawald

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:

  1. Independence

2. Patience

3. Friendship

4. Appreciation of Home

5. Opening My Mind to New Perspectives

6. Confidence

Go abroad friends, whether for study, business, or leisure- it’ll change your world.

News You Can Use at the Upcoming Career Fair!

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!

Prepare early and begin viewing employers registered and register yourself on Handshake!

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!

Wild Places vs. Instagram

Outside Online’s What’s Being Done to Save Wild Places From Instagram

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 on this article and maybe change the way you go play in the wild?

 

 

How much do you care about YOUR mental health?

“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.

Go Outside: Your Mental Health Depends On It

Ever Heard of OSU’s CoF Transfer Professional Program?

The application for admission to the professional program in OSU’s Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering programs is now available!

What is the Professional Program?

Several majors in OSU’s College of Forestry (Forestry, Forest Engineering, and Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering) have a pre/pro model.  The pre-professional courses span the freshman and sophomore years, and the professional courses (or “pro school”) span the junior and senior years.  Anyone can declare a Pre-Forestry or Pre-Forest Engineering major.  Moving to the professional program requires a special application process which is normally completed during spring of the sophomore year.  Admission to the professional program is based upon:

  • Completion of all the required pre-professional courses by September 10, 2019
  • Grades of C or higher and a minimum GPA of 2.25 or higher in all the pre-professional courses

Who Should Apply?

You should apply to the College of Forestry’s professional program if you meet ALL the following criteria:

  • You plan to transfer to OSU’s Corvallis campus for fall 2019
  • You plan to major in Forestry, Forest Engineering, or Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering
  • You will complete all the required pre-professional courses in your major by September 10, 2019.  You can consult our Transfer Guides to determine how your courses apply to the requirements.

NOTE: students are welcome to transfer to OSU at any time.  If you have not yet completed all the pre-professional courses for your major, you can still transfer to OSU as a Pre-Forestry or Pre-Forest Engineering major and complete them here.  Then you can apply to the Pro-School in a future year.

Application Process

  • Apply for transfer admission to OSU’s Corvallis campus.  Declare a major in Pre-Forestry, Pre-Forest Engineering, or Pre-Forest Engineering/Civil Engineering.  If you aren’t admitted to OSU, you won’t be able to complete the application for the College of Forestry Pro-School. Transfer applications for fall 2019 are being accepted now.  If you haven’t already applied, you should do so ASAP!
  • Once you are admitted to OSU and have an OSU ID number, you need to complete the College of Forestry’s Pro-School application.  The preferred deadline to apply for fall 2019 Pro-School admission is April 15, 2019 (11:59 pm Pacific).

FAQ’s

  • What are the required pre-professional courses for my major?

Consult the Advising Guide for your major to find the required pre-professional courses.  You may find our Transfer Guides useful as well.

  • What if I won’t have all the required pre-professional courses complete by September 10, 2019?

Students are only admitted to Pro-School if they have completed ALL the required pre-professional courses satisfactorily.  If you are missing courses, you may need to apply to Pro-School for a future year.  We encourage students to work with their academic advisor (and to contact us at forestry.proschool@oregonstate.edu ) to determine the best timeline for Pro-School application.

  • Can I apply to the professional program for a later term (e.g. winter, spring, summer)?

Students can only enter Pro-School in the fall term.  We do not admit students to Pro-School for winter/spring/summer terms.  This is due to the sequential nature of the Pro-School coursework and the need to begin those sequences in the fall.  Entry to the Pre-Forestry and Pre-Engineering majors is unrestricted, and students can begin the pre-professional courses in any term.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions?

Questions about the Pro-School application process can be sent to forestry.proschool@oregonstate.edu

  • When will I know if I’ve been admitted to Pro-School?

Admission decisions will be communicated via email (to the email address you list on your application) by May 1, 2019.

  • When does Field School start?

Field School will be Wednesday, September 11th – Tuesday, September 24th.

The Federal Government Shutdown

As we all have heard by now, the government did it’s (almost yearly thing…) shutdown. Thankfully at this time a temporary conclusion was met between officials and it is up and running again, but for how long? It was the country’s longest shutdown and thousands of federal workers were effected.  After seeing so many headlines in regards to vandalism, unemployment, debt; I came across a new perspective. Did you know…?

Wes Siler from Outside Magazine has some information in regards to it that maybe you haven’t heard about just yet. 

“The most surprising emotion I’ve encountered while reporting on the partial government shutdown? Fear. Everyone from park rangers to administrators to government lawyers to guides who operate independent businesses on federal land are all too scared to publicly go on the record about how the shutdown is impacting them. And let me tell you, that is anything but normal. “

To finish reading the article, click here: Federal Employees Living in Fear

Winter Term Has Arrived, But What About Winter?

Words from the CoF SLC:

As I sit warmly with the sun basking through the window, I am grateful that the sun shines and the skies are a glorious blue. It’s chilly outside, students are bundled up in jackets, gloves, and hats. I’ve noticed fresh buds are forming on the bushes on the Corvallis campus along Jefferson Way. Oh Spring… Then it hits me. It’s barely mid-January! Where has Winter gone? Did it arrive? Did I miss it?!

The climate has shifted out of what we have thought was our “normal”. It’s not getting as cold, not getting as wet. Not here in the valley or up to the mountains. Winter is beginning to escape us and our plants are confused, just as much as the people. The closer you get to the mountain passes, you anticipate the fresh snow around the corner, or maybe the next one, and are saddened to see the remnants of storm from over a week ago barely holding on in the shade of the trees. Where did it all go? –Written by: Destiny Pauls

The Herald and News published a brief article about Oregon’s snowpack showing that is below normal again and data shows that the state is reaching historically normal levels less often. “It’s pretty clear that the idea of what’s normal is shifting, and that we’ve just become accustomed to these bad or below average years,” said Kathie Dello, a climate scientist with Oregon State University. If you’d like to know more or read the article itself, click HERE.

Need a few helpful hints to get you back in the saddle at OSU? Here are some ways you can prepare for Winter term and beyond!

  • Check in with the Fernhopper Upcoming Events page and the Student Resources & Engagement Events & Activities page and then save the dates on your calendar!
  • Make appointments to meet with your academic advisor if needed.
  • Do you need a job or internship? Student Resources & Engagement updates the CoF Online Employment page regularly!
  • Schedule a job shadow to explore careers.
  • Follow Student Resources & Engagement on Twitter for updates and reminders!
  • Make sure you read the monthly Student Resources & Engagement email with all of the upcoming events and activities that will help you engage and connect with College of Forestry opportunities!
  • Don’t forget Student Resources & Engagement is located in 133 Snell Hall. Stop by if you have questions!