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!

Ever Wanted to Study Abroad? Here’s Your Chance!

Applications are now open for 3 CoF faculty-led programs in incredible destinations: Chile, Borneo, and Alpine Europe!

Please attend an INFO SESSION to meet the program leaders, talk to previous participants, and get inspired! There will be two opportunities:

  • Wednesday, Nov 28, 5pm in Strand 163
  • Thursday, Nov 29, 5pm in Richardson 115

DISTANCE STUDENTS, there is an online info session discussing international opportunities on Monday, Nov 19, 5pm PST. Get details about connecting and RSVP to

Mountains to the Sea: Ecosystems of Chile

Journey to Chile this Spring Break to discover a landscape that will feel at once familiar and starkly new. Connect with faculty and peers from two Chilean universities and build field skills as you trek through Chilean forests to learn about biodiversity, forest and wildlife ecology, sustainable forest management, and ecosystem services. Offered with opportunities for Spring term internships.

Spring Break 2019 | 3 undergrad credits/3 grad credits | Application Deadline January 11

Oil Palms + Orangutans: Forest Conservation in Malaysian Borneo

Dive into the complex ecological, social, economic, and political dimensions of tropical forest conservation in Malaysian Borneo. Meet with regional conservation leaders and scientists, assist in field research, and experience firsthand the efforts that work to preserve some of the world’s most remarkable forests and wildlife. Offered with opportunities for Summer term internships.

Summer 2019 | 6 undergrad credits/3 grad credits | Application Deadline February 15

Forest to Frame: Sustainable Manufacturing + Design in Alpine Europe

Visit Slovenia and northern Italy to explore the value chain of wooden products from forest through manufacturing, design, and construction. Experience cross-cultural exchange with university students from Slovenia and learn from their faculty and industry leaders. This program will include industry tours of innovative companies that focus on the manufacture and design of sustainable products made of natural materials.

Summer 2019 | 6 undergrad credits/3 grad credits | Application Deadline March 15

Find more details about these and other opportunities abroad, such as exchanges and internships at

Or use the link to the Facebook event.

URSA Engage- Call for Student Applications

Have you heard about the very exciting opportunity to engage in partnerships with faculty outside of the classroom while getting paid?! The goal of URSA Engage is to provide first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 to support the project. The program is available to undergraduates across all academic disciplines. Projects will take place from the middle of winter term 2019 through the end of spring term 2019 (15 weeks at 5 hrs/week).

Everything you need to know is live on the website.

There are over 120 amazing projects on our website for you to look through, including those that involve:

  • improving models for fuel combustion
  • developing Monte Carlo simulations
  • exploring overuse injuries in Division I athletes
  • producing a short documentary film on the history of the visual and literary arts at OSU
  • investigating the role of plants in shaping coastal habitats

So, now what do you do? Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the URSA Engage website and read through the faculty mentor project descriptions.
  2. RSVP and attend one of the facilitated informational/networking workshops (not required but highly recommended). Each faculty mentor project description will tell you which workshop that faculty mentor will be attending.
  3. Reach out to faculty via email and set up a meeting to discuss applying to the program.
  4. Once you find a mentor, have your faculty mentor read your final application and sign the Faculty Mentor Approval Form, which will need to be attached.
  5. Submit the program application!

****The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, & the Arts is there to help! Come to the undergraduate research drop-in advising hours if you have any questions about emailing a faculty mentor, filling out the application, etc.! (Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00-2:00pm in Waldo 140)****

More questions? Please email

Check out the Flyer Here!

Check Out OSU’s Diversity and Social Justice Retreats

Ready to unpack racial and ethnic identity, pursue commonality, and find new ways to replenish individual wholeness? Do you know how to recognize racism and respond to it in a healthy way? Let’s examine the historical experience of race, ethnicity, and nationality in the U.S. and learn effective ways to disrupt discrimination in daily life.

Student Affairs is dedicated to principles of equity and social justice, and as such, all of our events and programs are inclusive to all who are committed to transformative learning. We need your support advancing social justice education on our campus through immersion retreat experiences for OSU students. Currently, OSU facilitates four social justice retreats:

  • Racial Aikido
  • Multiracial Aikido
  • Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World
  • International Student Social Justice Retreat

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. As we begin preparing for our Winter Term retreats we ask for you to look within yourself and identify if you could benefit from these opportunities.

To apply for a retreat please click Here!

Multiracial Aikido Retreat: 01/11/19 – 01/13/19

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: 01/11/19 – 01/13/19

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: 01/11/19 – 01/13/19

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.

Racial Aikido Retreat: 01/25/19 – 01/27/19

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.

Please direct questions about any of these retreats to

We would like to receive all applications by Monday November 12, 2019.

Fall is Hiring Season for Many Government Agencies. Are you Ready?

Right now is the prime time to be applying for jobs in many different government agencies! What is holding you back? If you are already in the application process, do you feel as if you are adequately prepared? Thinking about applying down the road? Why not get ahead of the game.

Whether you are a freshman, senior, or graduate student- attending workshops, career fairs, and basically taking in as much information and assistance as you can will ultimately help you learn, network, or even get hired (now or someday). Check out a few tips to improve your odds: 9 Federal Job Search Tips That’ll Help You Land that Government Job (The Muse)

Networking is very important in getting your foot in the door. So if you can volunteer, get an internship, or take on a part-time job with a local agency, that’s a great first step! Once you’ve demonstrated your ability to succeed in a government position, you are much more marketable.

Come to one of the career fairs or events at the college with OSU staff and government employers and introduce yourself. Bring your resume and get to know the person and/or agency, then follow up after the fair. 

Register in Handshake for any of the following workshops. They are all coming up very soon!

What can you do with a forestry degree: careers, internships and volunteer positions

Are you interested in finding out what you can do with a degree in forestry? The career possibilities are numerous and there are a number of resources available to help you explore potential careers and benefits of a forestry career.

One such resource is an online guidebook that will help you explore forestry careers and internships. It’s available at FireScienceOnline, which began in 2012 to provide quality data and information for students pursuing a career in fire science. It offers tools and resources that help students and professionals make well-informed decisions about their education and training. This site offers information about a variety of careers, training and education requirements, and average salaries.  If you are interested in Fire Science, then take some time to explore FireScienceOnline.

Student Resources & Engagement also provides resources to explore some of the careers available in the fields of forestry, recreation and natural resources. Explore the Employment Opportunitiesweb pages for information about the SAF Job Fair, Job Shadow Program, career information.  Check out the Find a Job or Internship page for current job and internship listings, job search tips and resources and a directory of College of Forestry employers contacts.

Be sure to take advantage of the numerous resources available to explore careers and find temporary and permanent positions.

Halfway to fall term!

It’s still summer but the harsh reality is that we are only 43 days away from the start of fall term.

Here are some ways you can start preparing for the upcoming term!

  • 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!
  • Keep any eye out for an announcement about the 2018-19 Mentored Employment Program!
  • 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!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you in 43 days!

Summer term is here!

Well, you did it. You finished the 2017-18 year and now it is officially summer break. Some of you have graduated and are off starting the next chapter of your life. Congratulations on a job well done!

Some of you are spending the summer working an internship or a seasonal job for work experience. If you are one of the students who has required work experience to complete, be sure to log your summer work experience into the work experience practicum website as soon as you have completed it.

  1. Log into the work experience practicum using your ONID credentials.
  2. Complete the learning outcomes assessment. This takes approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Approximately 150 hours of work equals one month. Your supervisor will be asked to verify the dates and hours that you have worked.

Some things to remember…

  1. If your immediate supervisor is a current OSU undergraduate student, please have an employee who is not a current OSU undergraduate and is in a supervisory role complete the employee evaluation. You will need to provide a name and email address for the evaluation to be sent.
  2. If you are self-employed and do not have a direct supervisor, your work experience will be evaluated by a member of the College of Forestry who will determine if your work meets program guidelines and should be forwarded to the Department Designee for certification.
  3. Work experiences should be submitted NO LATER THAN ONE TERM BEFORE YOUR ANTICIPATED GRADUATION TERM. This allows supervisors, department designees and advisors sufficient time to evaluate and certify your work.

If you have questions about completing work experience, please stop by the Student Resources & Engagement Office in 133 Snell Hall. We’ll be here all summer to answer your questions!

Commencement Procedures

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We are happy to be able to celebrate your achievements with you and your guests.

Grad Night

is THIS Thursday, June 7th from 7:30-10 pm in CH2M Alumni Center. Grad Night is a FREE annual party for graduating OSU students*. Bring your OSU ID and enjoy music, casino games, refreshments and prizes at this fun-filled night. The first 500 attendees get a FREE pint glass!

Register by June 6. Bring a guest for $5. Guest must be with the graduating student to enter the event. Formal attire is encouraged.

The Forestry Commencement Dinner

is on Friday, June 15th from 5pm-8:30pm at the Forestry Club Cabin. RSVP is required. Email Jessica Fitzmorris for questions.  Please note that parking will be limited and carpooling is highly encouraged.

The Forestry Commencement Breakfast

is on Saturday, June 16th at 8am in the Hatfield Courtyard at Richardson Hall. Once breakfast is completed graduates will walk together to line-up for commencement. Do NOT forget your cap and gown!

Forestry Line-up Instructions

You must report to the line-up spot at 9AM. Below you can find that Forestry graduates will line-up at the south end of Strand Agricultural Hall. Make sure you locate the Marshal to give you a 3-by-5 card containing your name, position number and instructions for the ceremony. Oregon State has a long tradition of actually handing out YOUR diploma to you at commencement. If you are not in the correct spot for line-up you may not receive your diploma.

See the detailed directions below for further instructions. Further information regarding Commencement Parking and FAQs can  be found online here.

  1. Marshals will give you a 3-by-5 card containing your name, position number and instructions for the ceremony. Locate the marshal stationed at the sign for your college, under the alphabetical sign that corresponds to your last name.
  2. Once you have your 3-by-5 card, line up in numerical order. Please maintain your position so you will receive your own diploma.
  3. If you arrive too late to pick up your 3-by-5 card from the marshal, you must line up at the end of your college’s line. Late arriving students will receive blank diploma cases during the ceremony. You can pick up your diploma at the Registrar’s office or at the Registrar’s station to the rear of the stage in Reser Stadium after the ceremony.
  4. Line up procedures must be completed by 9:50 a.m.
  5. At 9:50 a.m. the Marshals will move the lines to the locations where the procession will start.
  6. Soon after 10 a.m., the procession will start on Jefferson Street in front of Kerr Adminstration Building. The sound of pipes and drums will be your indication of the start.
  7. The procession will march down the quad diagonally from northeast to southwest. That means the lines for the colleges must be off the path and on the grass to allow the procession to pass between them.
  8. All students should face the colors as they lead the procession through the candidate ranks. Men should remove their mortarboards.
  9. The procession will include – in order – the chief marshal, the colors, the president’s platform party, faculty, doctoral, master’s and professional candidates.
  10. When the procession has passed through the quad, the six columns of bachelor’s candidates will follow.
  11. Pay attention at this point to make sure your column does not take off without you. Always follow the person in front of you.
  12. The chief marshal will halt the procession outside Dixon Recreation Center for a few minutes to allow for any slack in the bachelor’s lines and to correct any problems. Your column may not have moved very far at this point.
  13. Each of the six bachelor’s candidate columns will enter Reser Stadium via the new ramp on the southwest corner of the stadium, near Valley Football Center. The ramp is steep, so watch your step. Candidates with mobility problems should contact the Registrar’s office ahead of time for special accommodations.
  14. Columns will line up six abreast behind the stage on the field. Once all students are in the stadium, the columns will proceed to the seating area.

Commencement Seating

The College of Forestry is seated in the back, closest to all of the guests.

Pass this information on to any of your guests that will be attending the ceremony.