At Oregon State University, we have observed Holocaust Memorial Week every year since 1987.  The Holocaust Memorial program grows from the belief that educational institutions can do much to combat prejudice of all kinds, and to foster respect for the diversity that is America, by promoting an awareness of the Holocaust, perhaps the most horrific historical indicator of the high cost of prejudice.

“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

During the week of April 24th-April 28th Oregon State University will celebrate the 31st annual Holocaust Memorial Week with various talks and seminars open to all.

Monday, April 24, LaSells Stewart Center, 7:30 p.m.

Public Talk: Sarhang Hamasaeed, The Wars in Iraq and Syria – National, Regional, and Global Implications

The ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. By far the largest number of victims have been civilians, and some groups, like the Yazidis, have been targeted for genocide. But the significance of the two wars extends far beyond the Middle East. They have helped to produce a flood of refugees that has in turn sparked political turmoil in Europe. They have given birth to ISIS, the most feared and active terrorist network on the current scene. They have had a considerable impact on international relations, as a number of major regional and world powers, including Iran, Russia, and the United States, have become involved.

In his talk on April 24, Sarhang Hamasaeed will examine the complexities of the wars in Iraq and Syria and discuss their implications for the region and the wider world. He is well acquainted with the intricacies of Middle East politics and at one time served as deputy director of the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. He is currently the director of Middle East Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace. As such, he often speaks on issues that affect the Middle East, advising the State Department, giving testimony to Congress, and providing analysis to such outlets as NPR, PBS, Al-Jazeera America, and Voice of America.

 

Tuesday, April 25, Austin Auditorium, 7: 30 p.m.

Public Talk: Lucille Eichengreen, Reflections on the Holocaust

Born as Cecilia Landau in Hamburg, Germany, in 1925, Lucille Eichengreen would as a teenager endure the brunt of the Holocaust. During World War II, she survived the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. Her father and sister were murdered in the camps, and her mother died of starvation in Lodz. After liberation, Lucille assisted the British in identifying and bringing to justice more than forty individuals who had oppressed prisoners in the Nazi camps, but this service brought death threats and she moved to the U.S. She has spoken widely of what she saw and experienced during the war and has been much honored for this educational work, particularly in Germany. Her memoir, From Ashes to Life, tells her story in detail, and she will be doing a book-signing after she speaks. She has written two other books, as well.

Note: In order to assure that everyone who attends this event will find seating, we ask that those who wish to attend obtain tickets. These tickets are free and are available through Eventbrite website or directly by clicking here.

 

Wednesday, April 26, Milam Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Panel: Hilary Bernstein and Amarah Khan, Religious Prejudice on the Contemporary Scene: How Great is the Threat?

We will sponsor a discussion on the current level of religious prejudice, primarily in the U.S. and Europe. The rise of the alt-right, incidents in which religious minorities are harassed or targeted by violence, and the prospects of a “Muslim Ban” in the U.S. have aroused concern and fear. This program is intended to provide insight and perspective. Hilary Bernstein, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, will discuss recent indicators regarding the level and intensity of Antisemitism, while Amarah Khan, Associate Director of Global Diversity Initiatives at OSU, will speak to the issue of Islamophobia, both locally and more generally. The event will also address the targeting of other religious groups in the contemporary world.

Note: Weather permitting, this event will be followed by a candlelight vigil (9:15-10:00 p.m.) on the MU Quad. The vigil is intended to affirm religious and cultural understanding in our diverse community.

 

Thursday, April 27, C&E, 7:30 p.m.

Public Talk: Anne Kelly Knowles, The Transformative Power of the Holocaust

A professor of history at the University of Maine and formerly professor of geography at Middlebury College, Anne Kelly Knowles is among the foremost proponents of GIS (geographic information systems), a methodology that bridges geography and history. Among her many books is the highly acclaimed Geographies of the Holocaust, a volume that she co-authored and co-edited. In her talk at OSU, Knowles will draw on survivor testimony and her extensive research on concentration camps and ghettos in order to explore “the power of confinement, relocation, forced labor, and the constant threat of violence to change the everyday worlds of Jews throughout Eastern Europe.”

This event will be co-sponsored by the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the Geography Program.

 

All of the events noted here are free and open to the public. Except for the talk by Lucille Eichengreen, no tickets are required. Updates and further information on the events are available at the website of the Holocaust Memorial Program (http://holocaust.oregonstate.edu).

 

Many students find it more useful to take notes on their computer as opposed to typical handwritten notes. It often is easier to keep up with the professor, you can obtain more information, and sometimes do a little side work.

A recent study actually determined that students using a laptop scored between 0.27 and 0.38 grade points lower on a four-point GPA scale than their classmates who took notes without a laptop. That is half a letter grade!

Students who used laptops to “take notes in class” spent over a third of class time browsing the internet for nonacademic reasons. Even in the cases where students were using their laptops to look up academic information to supplement the course work—something that many instructors think of as a benefit—the study found no improvement to final exam scores.

Rethink your note-taking techniques! Handwriting your notes can be much more beneficial for the outcome of your grade.

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For more information visit here.

As we approach our university’s 150th celebration, the OSU Alumni Association is excited to celebrate both our institution’s history and promising future as we head into the next 150+ years. For this celebration, they are searching for student leaders to represent Oregon State University. This fall, the Oregon State University Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the 2017 Homecoming Court, which seeks to honor students who embody the spirit of a true Oregon Stater. Individuals will be selected by a panel of staff, faculty, and alumni based on their leadership qualities, spirit, integrity, and achievement through their contributions and involvement at Oregon State University. Homecoming Court members will also receive a one-time, $1,000 scholarship.

More information on the selection process and the complete application can be found at www.osualum.com/homecoming. Applications are due April 28th at 9:59 p.m.

Requirements

Students enrolled at Oregon State University who will have completed at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of fall term and maintained a 2.5 cumulative GPA are eligible. No current Homecoming Court Steering Committee or past Homecoming Court members may apply. All members must be in good standing with the university in order to remain in the group. The alumni association reserves the right to remove any member who is not in good standing with or whose conduct reflects poorly on the university. Please refer to the OSU student conduct code.

Selection Process

A three-part selection process:

  1. All completed applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed and scored by faculty, staff and alumni.
  2. A select group of applicants with the highest scores will be chosen for in-person interviews.
  3. Those scoring in the top 20 percent of combined interview, application and GPA scores will be selected as Homecoming Court members.

Obligations

Those selected as Homecoming Court members will be asked to attend a number of functions and events throughout the academic year. These events include, but are not limited to, the Homecoming Carnival and football game, President’s Circle events, Spring Awards Celebration and the State of the University. Professional attire will be required for some appearances. Exceptions can be made with at least two weeks’ notice. Each applicant must understand that these appearances are an expectation, and by accepting the position, he/she agrees to fulfill them.

Deadlines

Applicants should complete their online form no later than Friday, April 28, 2017. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact Matt Fenstermaker at matt.fenstermaker@oregonstate.edu.

Interviews

Homecoming Court interviews will be held at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. The judging panel consists of OSU faculty, staff and alumni. The 2017 Homecoming Court will be selected based on the application (30 percent), interview (60 percent) and GPA (10 percent).

For more information, contact Matt Fenstermaker, early engagement director at 541-737-1704 or matt.fenstermaker@oregonstate.edu.

With finals week coming to a close, we all begin to enjoy our spring break while we can.

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Although we have time off, don’t forget to prepare yourself for next term!

  • Make sure you are registered for all of your classes
  • Obtain books and other supplies that is required for your courses
  • Get organized!
  • Don’t fall behind before you even begin
  • Create a plan for exercise
  • Set aside time for homework and studying
  • Learn and enjoy all of your classes!

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For those seniors that are graduating in the spring: only one more term to go!

Meningococcal disease is a serious, potentially fatal infection that most often causes severe swelling of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or a serious blood infection (meningococcemia). The best defense is getting vaccinated.

How the disease spreads

The bacteria are spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit) during close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact with an infected person.

Other factors that increase risk:

  • first-year college students living in residence halls
  • college students age 25 and under living in group settings (such as fraternities and sororities)
  • military recruits
  • those who lack a spleen or have certain immune disorders.

Symptoms

Contact your health care provider or go to the emergency room for sudden severe symptoms.

  • Fever and/or shaking chills
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Severe aches and pains
  • Rash
  • Rapid breathing
  • Weakness
  • Confusion

Vaccinations

Student Health Services has vaccinations to cover all serotypes (strains) of meningococcus. The mandated meningococcal vaccine required at Oregon State University protects against groups A, C, W and Y. This vaccine does not cover against group B, the strain that has infected three OSU students since fall term 2016.  The MenB vaccine is available at Student Health Services.

Students currently enrolled may come to Student Health Services to receive a vaccine. Students should check with their insurance company to see if the cost will be covered. The charges can also be billed to students’ accounts.

These interactive conversations geared around self-care will help YOU. Treat Yourself Thursdays are weekly drop-in conversations where participants will learn about, as well as practice, strategies designed to support holistic wellness.

Join us every Thursday from 12-1 PM in the Women’s Center. People of all genders and identities are welcome to attend.

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Reasons to attend:

  • YOU deserve it
  • Learn about how to become a more balanced individual
  • Enjoy a treat
  • Clear your mind of negative energy
  • Meet new people
  • Converse with fellow peers

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For accommodations related to ability, please contact Elijah Stucki at 541.737.3175 or Elijah.Stucki@oregonstate.edu, preferably one week in advance.

With the advent of tax season, we’re seeing an increase in the number of phishing emails received, and urge caution when clicking on links contained in emails or responding to requests for account information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details.

Don’t let others catch your information.
  • Do not open any attachments or click on any links in emails unless you were expecting to receive them–particularly about financial matters. When in doubt, double check with the department sending the email.
  • Read carefully!
  • Be on the lookout for a new scam where the scammers disguise their email and make it appear as though the email is being sent from an executive of the organization. They frequently request that an HR or payroll employee send a list of all employees and their Form W-2s and thereby gain access to this sensitive information about employees. It is easy for a scammer to make an email appear like it is from a person you know—always use caution.
  • Phishing websites often look exactly like official OSU login pages. If you did happen to click on a link in an email, do not enter your account info into that site.
  • Use the “hover” technique to see where a link goes. Hold your cursor over a link but don’t click. (On mobile devices, touch the link and hold it.) The address where that link is really going will show on your screen. Inspect that address carefully. Be wary of URL shortening services such as tinyurl.com and bitly.com.

We would encourage anyone receiving a phishing message to report it. This will help us try to block or disable the phish.

To submit a phish, send the email as an attachment to phishing@oregonstate.edu.

To get the most out of the Winter Career Convention make sure you attend the correct day in order to have the best possibility at obtaining a job, gaining contacts for future job opportunities, ask valuable questions, and practice speaking with employers. Both days will take place in LaSells Stewart Center from 11am-3 PM.

 

Register for these events here.

February 14th-Speed Mock Interviews

This event will involve short interview session in low pressure environment for you to sharpen their interview skills with Employers who recruit at OSU.  You will register for a 40 minute timeslot in which you will have two 20 minute interview sessions with different employer representatives. Memorial Union Horizon Room from 1-4 PM.

February 15th-Winter Career Convention Day 1

This is Day One of our Career Convention, where we will have multiple fairs taking place simultaneously! These fairs will be located at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, LaSells Stewart Center, and Reser – Loge Level, and you can expect to see employers from the following industries:

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Business & Professional Services
  • Creative Industries
  • Government & City Agencies
  • Health & Human Services
  • Humanities
  • Hospitality
  • Graduate Schools & Educational Institutions

Looking for all the Science, Technology, and Engineering? Check out Career Convention Day 2! 

February 16th-Winter Career Convention Day 2

This is Day Two of our Career Convention, where we will have multiple fairs taking place simultaneously! These fairs will be located at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, LaSells Stewart Center, and Reser – Loge Level, and you can expect to see employers from the following industries:

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Government & City Agencies
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Science

Looking for business (finance and accounting, insurance, retail, sales, marketing/PR, management, apparel design, etc), liberal arts, public services, government and city agencies, non-profit, hospitality, recreation, health & human services, and grad schools or other educational institutions? Check out Career Convention Day 1! 

As students, we focus on our education in the classroom, but do not spend enough time expanding our professional development in order to obtain a job. Although school may keep us busy, it is important to include time for job workshops. By attending job workshops you will:

  1. Increase your communication skills
  2. Gain contacts for future use
  3. Practice speaking with employers and researching companies/organizations
    • This can help you determine what you are looking for in an employer and narrow down what you wish to do in the future
  4. Meet with like minded people to discuss topics of interest
  5. Ask questions about professional pathways
  6. Find a JOB!

By meeting face to face with employers you will have a better chance because they will remember you and you won’t just be another name on a page.

Events to attend:

  • Federal Job Employer Panel and Networking Event on February 3rd from 1-3 pm in the Valley Library Willamette East and West Rooms
  • How to Apply for Federal Jobs/Internships: US Forest Service Job Seeker Workshop on February 7th  4-6 pm in the Valley Library, Willamette West Room
  • Winter Career Convention on February 15th and 16th from 11 am-3 pm in the LaSells Stewart Center
  • Employer Information Night: Sierra Pacific Industries on February 28th from 5-6 pm in Strand 262
  • How to Apply for State Jobs/Internships on March 3rd from 12-1 pm in the Valley Library Willamette Rooms East & West
  • How to Negotiate Job Offers on March 9th from 12-1 pm in Strand 148

 

Other resources to find a job include our College of Forestry Jobs Page and Employer Information Nights. Make sure to make yourself known in the industry you wish to be involved in!

 

Our annual Food Drive is a shining example of the generosity, kindness, camaraderie, and healthy competitive spirit that characterizes the students, staff and faculty of the College. So we are more excited and determined than ever to support the College in its efforts to help the Linn Benton Food Share in one of its most important fundraising event of the year.

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By enthusiastic acclaim, we are continuing our volunteer day at the Food Share facility in Tangent (February 11 at 10AM)*.  If you haven’t been able to make it out to one of these events, I can’t say enough about it.  Participants work hard, share laughs, and come away deeply fulfilled and even more appreciative of the work that the Food Share does in our community.

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And on February 1, we launch our month of fundraising events starting with the Soup Lunch, Bake Sale and Quilt Raffle Ticket Sale.  This year, events will be held in both Strand Ag and Richardson to accommodate both sides of campus.

Last year, the College’s efforts raised $17,060.87, equaling 68,243.48 pounds of food for the Linn Benton Food Share earning the campus’ Top Banana prize for the 16th year in a row.  Amazing!  We will again match the dollar amount of the Department that raises the most money from the Department soup lunch as our personal donation for 2017.

 

 

*Saturday, February 11, 10:00-12:00pm

This is a repacking event, which means we will be repackaging 50 pound bags of rice, beans, and oats into 1 pound bags to be distributed across the community. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a sweatshirt as the warehouse does tend to get a little chilly. Partners and children are welcome to participate. If you are interested, please RSVP to Jessica Fitzmorris by February 6 at Jessica.fitzmorris@oregonstate.edu or call 7-3161. The Linn Benton Food Share is located at 33747 Looney Lane, Tangent.