Special Guest Blogger: Academic Advising for Spring Term

Sandy Jameson has taken over the Fernhopper Blog!

“Here we are in Week 4 of Winter term and it’s time to make an appointment for Spring term advising and get your PIN.

  • To sign up for an appointment please use the on-line appointment system.  If you haven’t already done so, use the link I’ve included to get yourself into this program.  It really is easy, efficient, and – yes – required.   Check it out here:  Schedule an appointment here
  • If you’ve already set yourself up in this system, you can make an appointment simply by clicking here and selecting your academic advisor.
  • Advising will continue throughout February and March by appointment, but it is recommended that you sign up now and get it done early.Phase I of Registration begins on Sunday, February 25th and goes through Wednesday, March 14thRemember if you don’t get your registration done during your Phase I registration day and time, you will have to wait until your Phase II day and time.  Phase II registration and WAITLISTING for classes begins at 8 pm on Thursday, March 15th. 

IMPORTANT SENIORS –if you haven’t applied to graduate yet and intend to complete your degree in the spring, summer, or fall please apply now.  This is your final email reminder to do so.

WORK EXPERIENCE – “Oh, I have it completed, I just haven’t submitted it.”  If this is your case, then please get it done now.  You never know, your immediate supervisor may have moved on to a different job and then you’ll have to figure who to get it submitted to.  It is always best to get this done immediately following your last work date.”

Reminders about Priority Registration: Phases 1 and 2

Priority registration has two phases. Students register in group time blocks based on their credits earned and in progress. The more credits students have earned, the earlier they may register. Students may register in their assigned time block or any later time.

The two phases enable automated wait listing. Here is how it works for undergraduates:

  • 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.

Students 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 at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=374#Section3955

Choose a time via the on-line appointment calendar that works best for you.  Finally, and most importantly, come with a clue of the courses you need to/would like to take.  This doesn’t have to be perfect, but putting a bit of thought and time into this step is super-helpful for both of us!  This is where your “MyDegrees” info is a really good tool.

Also, please check your MyDegrees page and make sure it is accurate!  Bring questions on it to the appointment.

What You Should Know About Peace Corps


  • Work and learn in 60 possible countries. Use your major and experience to impact communities across the globe.
  • Housing and a living wage provided in your country + $9,450 when you finish your assignment to reestablish in the U.S.
  • A leg up on federal jobs after you finish the program. You get extra application points to help you get noticed by a great gov. agency.
  • Many volunteers are hired on in their respective countries after their term.
  • A 3-month training program prepares you to serve + you’ll have a partner in your assigned country.
  • Access to apply for a special fellowship that pays toward future graduate studies.


Agricultural/Forestry Majors:

The Peace Corps is competitive. The good news is that agricultural and forestry majors are desired. Actually having a degree in your fields is not common among applicants. So you can stand out! With your background, you may be selected for an educational position, usually with small farmers around the world. Duties could include helping with sustainable farming practices, food security, irrigation in dry climates, and income supplementation. You may help with everything from crops, to bees, to livestock.

o   E.g. You may help tackle deforestation, understanding economic forces that drive it and how communities can begin to recover.


Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources:

STEM fields are greatly desired in the Peace Corps. An important tip, if you plan to apply, is to get some educational experience outside of the classroom. You may have research and fieldwork (like sampling/trail maintenance) on your resume, but showing you can communicate with and teach others is a big selling point for you on an application.

o   You may work on climate change and how it is affecting an arid region. Showing a community how to recover and address their farming practices or soil erosion.

o   You may tackle issues like poaching or introducing eco-tourism to preserve wildlife. Or work on a nature preserve.

o   It is also very common for hard science students to teach math or science in high schools across the globe.



  • Knowing a foreign language is a big deal, especially Spanish or French. Even some introductory courses count.
  • Education experience. Consider volunteering to teach English or getting together with international students to practice conversation.



  • Reach out to Scot Roskelley, the Peace Corps recruiter for Oregon State. He can help you strategize about how and when to apply: sroskelley@peacecorps.gov or 503-290-4024.
  • Note that there is a 8-10 month gap between when you apply and when you go. For graduates in June 2019, apply by Oct. 1.

Nonprofit Opportunities Fair

2018 Non-Profit Opportunities Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7 11 am- 2 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Make sure you Register on Handshake

There will be two breakout sessions before and after the fair:

  • Sustainability and Environmental Conservation from 10-11 am in MU13
  • Human Services and Youth Development from 2-3pm in MU13

In bold and linked to their website are employers that may have openings in a field of your interest or possibly hiring your major.

Employers (52 Total)
Partnerships In Community Living, Inc. (PCL) B’nai B’rith Camp Upward Bound Camp
Catholic Community Services IES Internships Corvallis Environmental Center
College Possible Camp Yakety Yak Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office Student Conservation Association Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Playworks Corvallis Parks & Recreation Special Olympics Oregon
Central City Concern Bridgeway Recovery Services Samaritan Health Services
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Grace Center for Adult Day Services REACH Community Development Inc
League of Women Voters of Corvallis Rise, Inc Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Americorps
Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington SOLVE American Red Cross Cascades Region
MV Advancements Naval Research Laboratory Urban Teachers
Family Tree Relief Nursery CORE Health Benton Habitat for Humanity
Lane County Government Portland Fire & Rescue Corvallis Right of Way
Kairos The Cupcake Girls || Portland, Oregon Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations
City of Gresham, OR City of Corvallis General Board of Global Ministries
ColumbiaCare Services, Inc. Options Counseling and Family Services Oregon State University
Gales Creek Camp Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Bureau of Land Management Northwest Oregon District
Work Unlimited Inc. Northwest Youth Corps Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
Oregon Department of Administrative Services YMCA of Columbia-Willamette King County
Washington County, Oregon Jackson Street Youth Services

Winter 2018 Events

Welcome back COF students! This term is full of great events to help you have a better experience.  If you have questions come visit the SRE Office in Snell 133.


Jan 27  Willamette Valley Bird Symposium
CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 9 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

Feb 1  Experiential Education Proposals Due to kira.hughes@oregonstate.edu

Feb 6  Lunch With Leadership—RH 115, 12-1 P.M.  Free lunch!

Feb 15  2018-2019 COF Scholarship Application Due

Feb 21  Winter Career Expo—LaSells Stewart Center, 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

Feb 26  Federal Employment Panel & Networking Session—
MU Journey Room, 2-4 P.M.

Feb 28  Dinner With 12 Beavers—CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 6-8 P.M.

Mar 6  State Employment Panel & Networking Session—
MU Journey Room, 2-4 P.M.

Industry Tour—Seneca Jones Timber Company – Date/Time TBD, RVSP required




It’s time to apply for College of Forestry scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. With Winter break just around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity to complete your application.

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Please read through the instructions, eligibility requirements, important notes, etc. so you are fully informed of all the details before you apply.

One portion of the application is describing your goals and how your program will help accomplish those goals. If you are having difficulty with this, overview your programs description, “what you will learn”, and the career options by visiting here. You can also visit the Writing Center in the Valley Library to receive hands-on writing help.

If you have any other questions or problems please visit us in Snell 133, Student Resources and Engagement Office.

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The deadline to submit an application for 2018-19 scholarship award consideration is FEBRUARY 15, 2018.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason. 

SAF Job Fair

The SAF Job Fair is right around the corner and you need to be ready if you want to get a job!

You should be ready to…

  • talk to employers who are recruiting for permanent, full-time, part-time, seasonal and internship opportunities
  • network with employers to have future connections
  • see the careers and opportunities that are out there to open your options

This year’s job fair includes more than 40 industry and agency employers who are looking forward to talking with YOU! Check out Handshake for a list of employers registered to attend.

Not confident in your resume? Stop by the Trysting Tree Room in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center between 11:00am – 12:00pm to review with a CDC Career Assistant before entering the job fair.

Check the jobs page and the Job Opportunities page for positions that employers attending the fair may have posted.

Employers may wish to schedule an interview with you so be prepared.

SAF Job Fair

Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, CH2M Hill Alumni Center

How to Prepare Yourself for a Job Fair

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.
  • 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 to Fall Term 2017

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.



Cap Decoration Ideas

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.
Quotes idea
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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.


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