Welcome! And Welcome Back!

Hello CoF students,

We hope you had a restful but fun and exciting summer.   Are you ready for Fall term?  Maybe not…  Well, if not, here are a few helpful hints to get you started.

Be sure to know the academic calendar and associated deadlines.  We do post these deadlines on the white board in Peavy Courtyard and in the SLC, but it’s great if you know where you can access the information any time of day or night.

The deadline to add and drop classes for Fall term is, as always, the end of the 2nd week of the term.  That’s October 11th this year.  But note that you do need departmental permission if you are going to add a class in the 2nd week of the term and not many programs/departments allow that so be sure to visit our office or your advisor if you have questions.

The SAF Student Chapter Job Fair is planned for early February.  Get a jump on things and visit the Career Services Center in the basement of the Kerr Admin Building during Fall term!  Practice your interview skills, brush up your resume, and check out their new program called The Career Trail.

The big news for us this summer is that we’ve moved!  Yes, the Student Services Office has relocated from Peavy 140 to Peavy 248.  You’ll find us right next to the SLC.  Stop by to say hi and meet our new staff.   Remember that Clay will have drop in hours each Monday from 10-12 and again on Thursday from 3-5 but that most, if not all, of your questions can be answered by the staff in the Student Services Office.

Our other big news is that a new advisor for the FE, FE/CE, FOM, and new Forestry (both options) programs has been hired!  Welcome, Sandy Jameson!  Sandy can be found in Peavy 204 and is ready and able to help you with your academic advising.   Sandy can also be reached at 541-737-8691 or sandy.jameson@oregonstate.edu.

Have a great term and please do check this blog each week for new information – and of course, don’t forget to read your Fernhopper Newsletter coming to your ONID email each week!

- The Student Services Office
[Clay, Kira, Melissa, Brittany, and Carrie (RRM) and Amy (NR)]

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ONID email update information

With the launch of Google Apps for OSU, new ONID accounts are configured so that ONID email is delivered via Google. Over the Fall term, this means that some students will still receive ONID email via the old ONID webmail system, while some students will receive ONID email by logging into Google Apps for OSU at http://oregonstate.edu/google.

I fanyone with a newly created ONID account tries to access their email via the old webmail system, they will see one email message with the subject line of “ONID Email on Google.” This email instructs the user on how to access their ONID email via Google Apps for OSU. Anyone who has receives this message should follow the instructions in that email.

Students are NOT being given “gmail” addresses. Instead, the Google Mail app at Google Apps for OSU will be the new location for messages sent to and from @onid.orst.edu and @onid.oregonstate.edu email addresses.


The Google Implementation Team


PS – All students are being encouraged to opt in to Google Mail over the Fall term, as it gives them access to advanced tools and a great deal more storage space than with the ONID webmail system. For details, please see http://oregonstate.edu/main/online-services/google-apps-for-osu/opt-in.

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Some safety tips as you prepare to return to campus:

As the summer comes to an end, and we begin to ramp up for the new school year, the Oregon State Police at the Oregon State University would like to remind everyone of a few things that may help prevent theft on the Oregon State University Campus.

During this time of year, we have staff moving into their offices and new students moving into their dorm halls and residences. With all of these moves comes an abundance of new gadgets, laptops, smartphones and other new and exciting things. This also creates an opportunity rich environment for thieves to take advantage of the fact that everyone is new, and we may not all recognize the people walking around our buildings or dorm halls.

Here are a few helpful pointers that the Oregon State Police would like to provide to the campus community for keeping your property safe:

  • Lock your office doors whenever you away from them, even if it will only be for a few minutes. Recently, we have taken multiple theft reports where the victim was only away from their office for a matter of moments.
  • Lock your dorm room doors. We know that we all want everyone to be able to trust one another, and believe that your friends down the hall would not come into your room to steal our things. Unfortunately this is not the reality, and we take reports every year of thefts from an unlocked dorm room.
  • Lock your vehicle doors, and do not leave anything of value visible through your car windows. Also, don’t leave your car parked in the same space for days and weeks without moving it around.
  • Lock up your bicycles, preferably with a U-lock, which is more difficult for a thief to defeat. Don’t just lock the front or rear wheels, lock the frame of the bicycle to a secure object.
  • Do not leave backpacks, laptops, smartphones, iPod/iPads or anything else of value unattended. PERIOD. Not in the library, the classroom, hallway, or anywhere that you will not be able to physically see your property. All too often, we take theft reports where the victim walked away from their property to use the restroom only to return and find their belongings gone.
  • Report any suspicious persons or behavior. We would rather have a report about a person that ended up not having committed a crime, than to miss the opportunity to catch a criminal stealing your property.
  • You can register your serialized property, i.e. laptops and such including bicycles with the Department of Public Safety located at 200 Cascade Hall. Registration of your property will greatly improve our ability to find it.

Finally, we would like to welcome everyone back to the Oregon State University to have a safe and successful year. If you have any questions or would like to contact the Department of Public Safety or the Oregon State Police, do not hesitate to call (541)737-3010.


Trooper John Wolfenbarger

Oregon State Police

University Patrol Office

200 Cascade Hall Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone: (541)737-3010

Fax: (541)737-0468

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Grad School Prep

Attention seniors!  Are you thinking of going to graduate school?  Well consider this helpful class:


Applying for graduate or professional school can be a daunting task. How and where to apply, how to choose an advisor, what to look for in a school, and how to obtain funding are hurdles to overcome during the application process. Supplemental materials will be provided as part of the course materials.   For more information, contact: BRENDA McCOMB, 300 KAD, 541-737-6281

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Congratulations Fernhoppers!

Congratulations to all of our College of Forestry 2012-13 Graduates!

We are very proud of you and your accomplishments!    Keep in touch with us via Facebook!

If you’re still on the hunt for that permanent position visit the CoF Jobs Page.

Best of luck in all your future endeavors.


The Fernhopper Blog is taking the summer off.  We’ll be back in mid-September with updates, news, advising information, etc.  If we have something exciting to tell you about during the summer we’ll post it on Facebook.


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The Career Trail – Prep by Step

Check out this great new program offered by OSU Career Services:   The Career Trail: Prep by Step!

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Are you or will you soon be an OSU alumnus?  Are you looking for a job?   Connect with other OSU alumni by joining the Beaver Careers Group on LinkedIn.

Being an Oregon State graduate means enjoying a lifelong connection to other alumni and to the university.  As an OSU Beaver, you can do more than simply network. You can maximize your professional and personal success by using Oregon State Alumni Association resources throughout your life.  And this new Beaver Careers Group on LinkedIn is just one of those resources.

Check it out!

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Commencement Dinner speaker!

Each spring, Provost Sabah Randhawa invites OSU Academic Deans to nominate graduating seniors to speak at the Commencement Dinner hosted by President Ed Ray.

This year’s senior is none other than the College of Forestry’s Todd Bertwell!  Todd is a Forest Management student who was selected  to speak out of every nomination University-wide. The College of Forestry is very proud.   He will speak at the dinner on Saturday, June 15 about what Oregon State University has meant to him and his life.  Congratulations, Todd!

Todd is pictured above with CoF Dean Thomas Maness at the recent CoF Spring Awards Ceremony where we was honored as the 2013 Outstanding Student in the Forest Management Program.  Todd was also the Senior Speaker for the event.

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Change of Grading Basis or Course Withdrawal

Last chance for S/U or W

Still thinking about an S/U or W for any of your classes? This is the week to decide.

The deadline for changing your grading basis to S/U  is 5 p.m. Friday and withdrawing from a class via the Web is 11:55 p.m. Friday. Your adviser can help you make the right decision, plus changing to an S/U requires an adviser’s signature, so contact your adviser today.

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We’re Back!

The Fernhopper Blog is back!  We’ve been on hiatus for a while but we’re back and have lots of great information to share.  Be sure to check back regularly for information on advising, academic policies you need to know about, events, job opportunities, etc.

Checking your grades!

You’ve likely completed some midterms by now, and with those grades, you should have an idea of how well you’re doing in your classes. If you’re not sure, check the MyGrades area of Blackboard and/or contact your professors after class, during office hours or via email.

The best-case scenario is that you’re happy with your grades, and if so, continue doing what’s working. But if your grades could be better, you can take action to improve things before the end of the term.

When you contact your professors, ask for specific ways you can do better in their classes. It might be improving your listening, note taking or time management habits.

You can also get help from the Academic Success Center, Writing Center and Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). If you’re living on campus, take advantage of the weekly tutoring sessions in your residence hall. If you’re taking classes online, contact the Ecampus Student Services Center for assistance.

Still, there may be instances where even if you’re giving a class your best effort, you’re still concerned about your grade and how it might affect your GPA. Remember you have options, and your adviser can help you choose the right one:

  • Consider changing your grading basis from A-F to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) if it’s a bacc core class or not required for your major, minor or option. A grade of S — the equivalent of a C- or above — counts as credit toward graduation, but neither an S nor U grade affect your GPA. Changing to an S/U requires an adviser’s signature.
  • Consider withdrawing from the class. This should be a last resort if you, your professor and/or adviser believe you’re not likely to pass. Keep in mind, however, that to retain your financial aid, you must remain a full-time student (12 credits or more) in most cases. A grade of W will appear on your transcript.

The deadline for switching to an S/U or W is Friday, May 17, so act now, and have a good week!



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