Professional Etiquette 101

College of Forestry Undergrads- remember these tips when looking at jobs!

This week’s topic:  What does RSVP mean?

RVSP is an acronym for the French Répondez s’il vous plait.

In other words, RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person or people.  It means that the organizer or coordinator of an event or party or activity is asking you to let him or her know if you will or will not attend.  Not only is it good manners to respond, but it also helps the event coordinator plan for the event.  Will food be ordered?  Do special diets or other accommodations need to be arranged or planned for?    The event coordinator will ask invited guests to respond by a specific date if they will or will not attend so that this, and much more, can be arranged.

Why do guests need to RSVP by a specific date?  Well, event coordination can be time consuming and complicated.  In order for the event coordinator to plan for a successful event, advanced notice and planning is required.  Therefore, when you are asked to RSVP by a certain date, it is not only good manners, but also professionally wise, to reply in the given time frame.  It can be difficult for an event coordinator to accommodate late RSVPs to attend an event.  Therefore, it is good manners and professionally wise to RSVP by the given deadline.  If you would like to attend an event, but unique circumstances prevented you from RSVPing by the deadline, you will want to contact the event coordinator to politely ask if an accommodation is available (after all, catering, seating, handouts, etc. likely have already been prepared).  You should not expect that your request can be accommodated.  The event coordinator will do his or her best, but it is not always possible to make last minute changes.  If you RSVP late for an event, you should not plan to attend unless you hear from the event coordinator that your request has been accommodated.

When you RSVP for an event, it means:

  • You confirm with the event coordinator that you will or will not attend.

If you RSVP that you will attend an event, it means:

  • You agree to attend the event.
  • You commit* to attending the event, and do not change your mind at the last minute if different or “better” events come along.
  • You attend the event.
  • You contact the event coordinator if extenuating circumstances arise at the last minute which prevent you from attending.

*Commit means “to bind or obligate, as by pledge or assurance”.

If you RSVP that you cannot attend the event, it means:

  • That you have told the event coordinator you will not be at the event, and not to plan for you (this means that food, seating, handouts or other information will not be created or ordered for you).
  • You acknowledge that you will not attend the event even if your plans change and you are suddenly free.
  • You do not attend the event.
  • You do not expect to be accommodated if you change your mind and want to attend the event.

Please note:  the same can be said for confirming employment interviews, social activities, etc.

 

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Federal Jobs Workshop Series

Happy midterm week!

If you have some extra time and are looking to land a job with the federal government, check out these awesome opportunities!

November 4 – How to apply for Federal Jobs/Internships

11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Richardson 115

Learn to navigate usajobs.gov and how you can stand out! Scott Kincaid of the BLM will be presenting.

November 18 – Federal Jobs Panel and Networking Event

11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Richardson 115

Hear more about federal jobs from a panel of federal employees. Ask our panel about career paths and their experiences on getting there. Then connect in small groups and one-on-one during an hour of networking and light refreshments.

Please register for these workshops using your Beaver Careers Account!

Also, don’t forget these other upcoming employer information nights:

November 9 – Silvaris: 4:00 pm, Peavy 256

November 16 – Timber Products Company: 4:00 pm, Peavy 256

In partnership between the Career Development Center, Ecampus and the Alumni Association:

Natural Resources Virtual Career Fair November 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pmJoin us for one of our first Virtual Career Fairs, meeting with companies throughout the industry to talk about opportunities they have in natural resources. The event is free and open for students/alumni to check out at your leisure on the 19th. Register here!

If you have any questions about how to prepare for these events or need more information, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-1594 or stop by Peavy 250!

Have a safe and happy Halloween Weekend!

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Halloween Horror Harvest!

Hello CoF Undergraduates!

Come join us on Friday, October 30 from 2-4 PM for the Halloween Horror Harvest and Annual Student Services Office Open House Pumpkin Carving Contest!

There will be prizes, tricks and treats, horrors and haunts! Come wearing your best costume.  This event is open to students, staff, and faculty and pumpkins will be provided.  If you are interested in attending, sign up in the Student Services Office in Peavy 250 by October 27th so we know how many pumpkins to get!

We hope to see you all next Friday! Let us know if you have any questions by calling 541-737-1594 or stopping by the office!

 

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Student Services Everyday!

Happy Week 3 College of Forestry Undergrads!

While we hope that you all know the Student Services Office is here for you, we would also like to make sure you know about Student Services Everyday!  Visit the Student Services Office, located in Peavy 250, every day of the week for something new!

Monday Maps: Be the first to guess the national/state park, monument, wilderness area, etc. and win a prize!*  You can guess by responding to the post on The Fernhopper Blog, or tweet the answer to as @OSU_COF_SS

Tuesday Trivia: Be the first to answer the trivia question correctly and win a prize!* You can guess by responding to the post on The Fernhopper Blog, or tweet the answer to as @OSU_COF_SS

Wednesday Warmup: Enjoy a FREE cup of coffee in the SLC, Peavy 252, from 9:00-11:00 am.

Thoughtful Thursday: Has someone gone out of their way to do something nice for you? Nominate them on Thursdays so they can be recognized!

Fernhopper Friday: The official publication day for the Fernhopper Newsletter and Fernhopper Blog!

*Stop by Student Services to claim your prize. Ecampus students, prizes will be mailed to you!

The Student Services Office is your resource for support in the College of Forestry.  Stop by or call 541-737-1594 with any questions you may have! Good luck studying for midterms!

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Dads and Family Open House

Dads and Family Open House invitation

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Tuesday Trivia

CoF Undergrads, be the 1st to answer this question & win a prize!  Don’t forget that you can tweet us too! @OSU_COF_SS

One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is found where?

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Monday Maps

CoF undergrads – play Monday Maps! Be the first to guess what park/wilderness /monument this is and win a prize! You can play on Twitter too –@OSU_COF_SSWeek 3 map

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October Employer Information & Career Events- Save the Date!

Hello Fernhoppers!

Make sure to mark the following events on your calendars! All of these events will help enhance your professional skills and make you more attractive to future employers!

Monday, October 12th: Society of American Foresters (SAF) Meeting: Resume Building Workshop with Carolyn Killefer (Career Development Center)- Bring you resume and learn tips and tricks on how to enhance it.  Open to all students! Located in Peavy 272 at 5:30 pm.  This workshop is in preparation for the SAF Job Fair on October 27th!

Tuesday, October 13th: College of Forestry Clubs Day! Located in the Peavy Courtyard from 10:00am-2:00 pm.  Get involved in CoF Student Clubs! Make new friends, participate in conferences and workshops, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and HAVE FUN! Stop by to talk to student club representatives about club membership and participation! CoF student clubs are open to all OSU students.

Tuesday, October 13th: Linda Caudill, Managing Director of Wood-Based Composites will be presenting “There’s a lot we don’t teach you in school, plus proven interview techniques to help you get a job!” Located in Peavy 276 from 4:00-5:30 pm.  Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, October 14th: Career Development Center Drop in Hours with Carolyn Killefer.  Located in Peavy 252 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Come by to ask questions or get advice on interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, or anything else career related!

Monday, October 19th: Plum Creek Employer Info- come by to learn more about job opportunities with Plum Creek.  Located in Peavy 256 from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Please sign up in the Student Services Office (Peavy 250) prior to this event! Refreshments provided.

Thursday, October 22nd: Peace Corps with Scot Roskelley.  Located in Peavy 272 from 5:00-6:00 pm.  Come by to learn more about opportunities offered through the Peace Corps!

Monday, October 26th: Weyerhaeuser Employer Info- come by to learn more about job opportunities with Weyerhaeuser.  Located in Peavy 256 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Tuesday, October 27th: SAF Job Fair! Dress professionally and bring copies of your resume to network with future employers.  Located in Richardson Hall from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Wednesday, October 28th: Career Development Center Drop in Hours with Carolyn Killefer.  Located in Peavy 252 from 9:00-11:00 am.  Come by to ask questions or get advice on interviewing, resume and cover letter writing, or anything else career related!

Also new in October:

Coffee talk with Randy Rosenberger- come by to chat with CoF Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies about your ideas, suggestions, or comments about the College of Forestry. Located in Peavy 252. FREE COFFEE!

Dates:

Thursday, October 8th from 2:00-3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 13th from 10:00-11:00 am

Thursday, October 22nd from 2:00-3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 27th from 10:00-11:00 am

If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-1594 or stop by Peavy 250!

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Fall Term Deadlines!

Hello College of Forestry Undergrads!

School starting on a Thursday wasn’t the only thing that has changed this year, many important deadlines have also changed! Here are the current rules, straight from Academic Regulations:

1. Students may add courses through the second full week of classes each term, depending on the nature of the course and the availability of space. From the end of the first full week of classes to the end of the second full week of classes, permission (signature) of the instructor offering the course must be obtained.
2. A student may drop courses without responsibility for grades through the end of the first full week of classes. After the drop deadline courses may not be dropped. Failure to drop a course properly will result in an F grade being recorded; courses properly dropped do not appear on the student’s transcript.
3. Add/drop fees will be assessed in accordance with the fee policies stated in the Schedule of Classes.
You can check in with your Academic Advisor if you have questions about adding/dropping classes.  As always, if you have general questions about deadlines or anything else in the College of Forestry, please contact the Student Services Office, located in Peavy 250, at (541) 737-1594.

Happy Week 2!

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Tuesday Trivia!

Here is today’s trivia question:

What country is associated with the invention of the log cabin?

Do you know the answer? Comment below to win a prize!

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