By Eric Callahan, English major, CLA Ambassador

The summer was an exciting time to be working in the College of Liberal Arts office. As the months went by and the days grew shorter, the move from Gilkey to the renovated Bexell Hall loomed larger. For us ambassadors, the new Bexell office was just a legend in those summer days. Without being able to see it, we could only imagine what wondrous and splendid changes the new office would bring. Fall finally arrived and that vision became a reality. The new space was huge in comparison, and its large windows and spacious design made the whole room feel bright and open. But, everything was not entirely peachy yet… Furniture had to be brought in, fixtures had to be completed, and the final touches were still missing. Notably, the large front desk was yet to be completed. This was fine, as we worked from a small table, simply happy to be in the new space and dreaming of the new desk.

The first term of the school year seemed to happen in only seven weeks to me. Everything was so busy and hectic. However, it was a good kind of busy. The kind that feels productive, with school projects that you are invested in, and classes that you don’t want to miss. And working in the new space was full of interesting challenges. Improvisations and creative solutions had to be made as we worked from our small desk. Still, that new desk sat just around the corner as a reminder that things got better, and bigger. As fall was closing and finals reared their ugly head, the new desk was finally ours. I remember moving over the computers, files, office supplies, and other items that overflowed our small desk, and then suddenly wondering what we would fill the other 80% of the desk with. Over time we managed to find the spot for everything, and no longer needed to stack folders in piles.

As the New Year and the new term began, the CLA finally felt all moved in. On the first Friday of the term, an Open House was held. The new space looked sleek, clean, professional, and was ready to be shown off. It was fun working that Friday as the Open House went on. Students and teachers alike came through our office, and it was great to see them connect and talk with each other, the advisors, and the ambassadors. Benny’s Donuts supplied some delectable donuts (I recommend the maple with sea salt donut; there’s something about sea salt on sweets that is irresistible). There were hot drinks, and other snacks as well, but the donuts stole the show and were gone very early in the open house. Even if we ordered 10,000 donuts I bet they still would have been all gone by the end of the day. The day was capped off with a reception, in which Dean Larry Rodgers spoke. President Ed Ray as well as numerous faculty and student were there. Having been through all of the renovations and technical difficulties associated with the new office, it felt great to open it to everyone and show that it was worth the wait. The new space is stylish and welcoming. I always love looking up and seeing students studying at the tables under the tall windows. It’s nice to have a space for CLA students that feels both modern and comfortable.

By Hannah Whitley, CLA Ambassador

Since October of 2015, I have been working with Dr. Hilary Boudet, an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, and her team of graduate student researchers on her National Science Foundation funded project titled “Community Reactions to Extreme Weather Events.” Initially, I was hired by Dr. Boudet to conduct content analysis of local newspapers from 15 communities in which extreme weather events occurred anytime from 2012-2015. Throughout my coding process, I work to identify community leaders, significant events, climate-change opinions, and public policy changes which may have come forth from the effects of these extreme weather events. In addition to newspaper coding, I transcribed field interviews to extract quotes concerning these events and opinions on climate change. While my participation in this project was initially funded by Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) funds sponsored by the NSF, I was successful in securing additional funding from the School of Public Policy’s Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) as well finding from the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and the Arts (URISC).

In July of 2016, Dr. Boudet was so pleased with my work coding and transcribing, that she invited me conduct my own fieldwork – as an undergraduate! From July 25-28, I conducted a site visit and complete interviews with the stakeholders identified during my coding process in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, 10-day heatwave struck the St. Louis metropolitan area, killing almost 30 people in the course of one month. During my time in Missouri, I conducted 11 one-hour interviews, meeting with non-elected government officials, local environmental organizations, climatologists, and media reporters, gauging their opinions on the community prior to, after, and during the heatwave.  Armed with my completed fieldwork and transcribed interviews, I was able to present my findings in a case study at the 2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at Oregon State University in August.

Although my final report from my fieldwork in St. Louis has been completed, I plan to continue working with Dr. Boudet on this project throughout my final year as an undergraduate at OSU! I am incredibly thankful for the professional development opportunities I have had through this study, as I have been able to participate in a facet of research rarely conducted by an undergraduate.

For more information on “Community Reactions to Extreme Weather Events,” visit:

Details on how to apply for URISC funding can be found at:

By Hannah Whitley

Just one example of the countless free, weekly events open to the public, a panel on the topic of “Striking a Balance: Work, Family, and Life” was a big hit for those in attendance this past Friday, April 8th.

Hosted by OSU Women in Policy, an on-campus forum dedicated to women and allies engaging in policy, networking, and mentorship, “Striking a Balance” featured a panel of four OSU faculty members: Dr. Kelsy Kretschmer (Assistant Professor, Sociology), Dr. Ana Spalding (Assistant Professor, Marine and Coastal Policy), Dr. Hilary Boudet (Assistant Professor, Climate Change and Energy), and Dr. Stephanie Bernell (Associate Professor, Department of Public Health).

Speaking about their experiences working in academia, participating in higher education, balancing a family, and their personal lives, each panelist brought their own unique backgrounds into the conversation, with some panelists having worked in academia longer than others, some currently experiencing life with infants, and others having recently relocated to the Corvallis area. Each panelist told their own tales of struggling to balance child care, moving, higher education, and the stress of relationships; while their experiences differed, though, each panelist stressed the importance of networking, finding a mentor, and not being afraid of opening up about your personal life.

This panel is just one example of all the incredible extra-curricular events offered at Oregon State University. For a full list of events, visit Oregon State’s Events Calendar at, and be sure to watch your e-mail for listserv announcements and check College webpages for more information.

By Hannah Whitley, CLA Ambassador

Do you want to study abroad, but worry that it might break the bank? Have no fear – short-term study abroad are here!

For the past few years, Oregon State has provided students with the opportunity to pair in-class learning and international travel in faculty-led study abroad programs in a variety of disciplines. Ranging anywhere from two to four weeks in length, these short-term programs allow students to gain credit directly applicable to their graduation requirements, travel, and get a taste of education abroad.

From June to July 2014 (the summer after my first year at Oregon State), I was privileged to go abroad with two OSU College of Liberal Arts faculty members and twelve other students for the first annual “London Classroom” study abroad. For three and a half weeks, we used the city of London as our classroom, paring coursework in philosophy, fine art, and Shakespearean literature. This being my first time leaving North America, I was initially nervous to enter the metropolis that is London, but after landing, I felt so at home in the United Kingdom. Throughout the program, I kept a daily blog, held discussions with instructors Keith Scribner and Rebecca Olson about English art, philosophy, and culture, and even wrote papers combining my experience with what was taught in the classroom. While in London, I made the most out of my three weeks, scheduling trips to Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and even taking in a Black Sabbath concert in between classes. My time in London gave me a taste of international travel, and I was so influenced by my first study abroad experience that I chose to go abroad again during the summer of 2015.

Faculty-led study abroad programs are taking OSU students all around the world! Visit for a full list of current and future faculty-led programs being offered today. Also – be sure to check out this recent article by OSU’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Barometer, on faculty-led study abroad programs:

By Sam Trunkett, CLA Ambassador


We have all heard adage, “pain is temporary, but GPA is forever.” As a job-seeking senior, I can confirm that this saying is completely true. Many internships, jobs, and graduate programs filter out applicants just by setting a GPA requirement. This requirement may be rigid and does not necessarily give the hiring team or the admissions board an accurate idea of who the applicant is and how they will perform in their career or program, but this commonly used standard is here to stay whether we like it or not.

Unfortunately, the quarter system does not allow for mistakes or mismanaged time. Toward the end of each term a lot of students start to wonder about how they will pass their classes or how one course will affect their sacred overall GPA. After 10 terms, I can attest that this kind of stress is neither mentally or physically healthy. I have experienced and seen many of my peers struggle to finish the term strong in all aspects of their lives.

Fortunately, Oregon State University offers S/U grading that has saved the GPA of many students. What is S/U grading you ask? Well S/U actually stands for satisfactory/unsatisfactory completion. In most classes, professors and instructors use A-F grading; which is just assigns a letter grade to your transcript when you complete the course. The benefits of S/U grading are that S/U’s do not have a grade point equivalent and if earn a S in a course you receive the course credit without potentially suffering a letter grade that would damage your overall GPA. However, if you receive a U you do not receive course credit and may need to retake the class. Still, your GPA will not be damaged if you do get a U. In order to earn an S, you need to earn a C- or above in the course; anything lower than that will result in a U.

Before you go S/Uing your courses, you need to be aware of five important S/U grading facts:

1. There ***IS*** a limit to how many classes you can S/U. As an undergraduate student at Oregon State University, you can only S/U 36 credits.

2. You ***MUST*** obtain approval from your academic advisor in order to elect for S/U grading ***BEFORE*** you turn in your change of grading slip to the registrar.

3. There are some graduate programs that ***DO NOT*** accept S/U grading. If you are considering graduate school, law school, or medical school after your time at Oregon State University you should double check with the schools you are interested in to see if they will accept a S/U grade.

4. You ***CANNOT*** under any circumstances S/U a course in your major. If you are not feeling confident about a course in your major late in the term I recommend going to office hours to discuss your action plan for the last few weeks with your professor or instructor.

5. The deadline to S/U a course is always ***5pm on the Friday of Week 7!*** You can turn in your S/U request form at the registrar, but plan accordingly, because the line to S/U can get very long.



Happy Week 7, everyone! Go Beavs!

by Hannah Whitley


It’s almost Valentine’s Day – you know what that means! No, not time for pink and red roses or an assorted box of chocolates, but time to schedule an appointment with your College of Liberal Arts adviser. For those of you who don’t know, first year students are required to meet with an adviser in the CLA’s main office each term before registering for classes. It is suggested that freshman and transfer students schedule their advising appointments early each term – typically around Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo. To make an advising appointment with the CLA main office, stop by 213 Gilkey Hall or call 541-737-0561.

Sophomore students and above are not required to meet with their advisers each term, however, you should plan on meeting with your Major Adviser if you have any questions relating to major course selection, internships, studying abroad, etc. Not sure who your Major Adviser is? Visit for more info.
I recently sat down with Kathy Fultz, an Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts, to get her input on what a successful advising appointment looks like; here’s what she said:

Hannah Whitley: In your opinion, what does a successful advising appointment look like?

Kathy Fultz: A student who has all their questions answered. And if we didn’t have the answers, resources ho how/where to get them answered. Advising is more than “take these classes, get these grades, and you will graduate.” My goal is for students to recognize that they’re not just a number – more than an OSU ID, more than a GPA. What really matters is are you [the student] enjoying this [college]? We want you to be heard and understood.

HW: What can students do to be prepared for their advising appointment?

KF: Come with ideas and suggestions – bombard us with questions! We want you to be engaged and interested in your education.

HW: What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to students and advising?

KF: A student who comes in and doesn’t have an idea of what they want to do or what direction they’d like to go in someone who doesn’t care about their education and simply says, “tell me what I need to take.”

Remember: Advisers do not have all the answers! Ultimately, you are responsible for your education and your decisions here at OSU, but advisers are a great asset that can help you find the resources and contacts needed to answer your questions and meet your goals!

Samantha TrunkettBy Sam Trunkett, CLA Ambassador


“Be the Match” is an organization that aims to build a large and diverse registry of potential bone marrow donors who can help those suffering from advanced blood cancers. In the fall of 2013, two Oregon State University students, Blair Fettig and Jesse McGinty, teamed up and established a “Be the Match” university chapter in the hopes of finding a donor for a fellow OSU student. Since then the OSU’s “Be The Match” chapter has registered over 1,000 potential donors through on-campus events. Today, the group is tasked with staging another event for a very special individual.

Rio Ramirez, a fun-loving and spunky four year old, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia in December of 2015. He is just one of 14,000 individuals waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The “Be the Match” team is trying to up Rio’s odds of finding a bone marrow donor by arranging a super hero themed bone marrow registry event and fundraiser in his honor. If you are in Corvallis and would like to get registered to be a potential bone marrow donor or you would like to attend the event it will be at Franklin Elementary School. On top of joining the national donor registry with “Be the Match,” there will be live music, a silent auction, and a bake sale. All of the proceeds will towards Rio and his family. If you are not able to attend but still wish to be a super hero and help Rio out during this difficult time you can donate here:

Jenna Saperiaby Jenna Saperia

It’s a new year, and that means a fresh start for infinite adventures! The term just began, and that means that the stress of trying not to fall behind along with the inevitable crossed eyes that come from reading your computer screen for six hours straight is upon us once again. But 2016 is the time for change; resolve to mix in restorative breaks to maintain your peace of mind! Here are just few options.

Find a new place to breathe the fresh air. If you enjoy Mary’s Peak, try Chip Ross Park. The uphill bike ride there will be a work out, but the satisfaction of the view, and the fun of going downhill on the way back will be worth it.

Find a new coffee shop. Sure, you enjoy the indulgence of Dutch Bros coffee, but try mixing it up with a local option! Interzone is close to campus and a great place to get a delicious coffee while experiencing a new Corvallis environment!

Find a new distraction.New year means new movies, which means new books to read before the movie comes out! Personally, I’m reading The 5th Wave. A movie night with friends after a week of studying is exactly what we need to make this term successful. So grab a book, find a couch in the MU, enjoy some spontaneous piano playing, and maybe even take a nap.

Now that you’ve got a new plan for the 2016, rock your resolutions and ace this term!

Jon BosworthBy Jon Bosworth

Whether you just began your college career or you’re finishing soon and the real world is fast approaching, there is nothing more stressful and exciting than searching for jobs. Luckily, Oregon State University has great resources available for students to take advantage of at any time throughout their undergraduate years and beyond.

Begin your job search at, here you’ll find a TON of information about jobs on and off campus, career fairs, and even handouts guiding you through each step of the application process. If you want to meet with someone in person to discuss your career options, review your résumé, or conduct a mock interview, you can do that too! The Career Development Center is located in B008 Kerr Administration Building and has a staff of professionals willing and ready to help you achieve your goal!

If you’re a current or prospective student and are looking for an on-campus position, the Career Development Center homepage has links to a list of on-campus jobs ranging from administrative assistants to food service workers to undergraduate research. If you’re like me and getting ready to graduate soon, visit Beaver Careers at and explore the hundreds of companies and careers that want to hire Oregon State graduates. As Oregon State University students, our skills and abilities are in high demand in the workforce and we have the tools necessary to get us the perfect job on our way to our dream career.

Happy job hunting!

Mckenzie Ross by McKenzie Ross


Let’s be honest, you’re probably procrastinating right now. And while I could give you pointers on how to combat those urges to snap (god, those face filters are addictive) I won’t. I believe in procrastinating better. By this I mean maximizing your potential while procrastinating- aka multitasking. If you’re going to put something off (ahem that 8 page paper) then you might as well get other things done in the process. While I can’t identify the areas where you specifically procrastinate and tell you how fix it, I can provide you with examples of how I procrastinate better and hopefully give you ideas on how to do the same.

For me, physically getting out of bed in the morning is leaving a soft nest of coziness and warmth and entering a cold cave of responsibility. I LOATHE it. So yeah, obviously have found a way to stay nestled in my cocoon of blankets with a (somewhat) legitimate adult excuse: Skimming the news. This is a daily newsletter that lets you know what major events are happening in an often hilarious and sassy way. Because of the Skimm I get to avoid life for a few more minutes while also becoming an informed citizen. Win-win.

I’ve honestly tried to break up with Netflix; telling myself that I’m going to cancel my subscription or only use it during the weekends but somehow I always end up in that virtual realm of amusement. So I decided to create an open relationship with the Flix and it went something like this:

Oh Netflix,
How I love you so: your large selection; your endless hours
of entertainment; your riveting original programs. But oh, how you so quickly zap my productivity.

That is why, Netflix, I must also sweep,
Windex, and fold laundry while I marathon Scandal, Narcos, and Weeds.
I am sorry to break it to you this way, but I mustn’t focus my
attention solely on you anymore.
Love, your devoted

See, not so bad! I still get some TV time and my apartment stays tidy.

Music makes everything in my life better. If I can find some crispy synth-pop overlaid with a female vocalist, my week is made. However, searching for new music takes time and effort, both of which I should be focusing on school or extracurricular activities. So, I have managed to compromise with myself. When I write to-do lists I use indieshuffle (a music blog) to search for new music. At the end, I’ve usually got the beginnings of a new playlist and an idea of what I need to prioritize in the upcoming days.

Overall, I think it’s worth examining what areas of procrastination in your life could partner with multi-tasking. You never know, you might actually wind up being productive.

Some additional tips:

For the nerdy: get some studyspo (like fitspo but without the unbelievably good-looking abs) in your social media. Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram are prime places for this.

For the sporty: review your notes while you run/cycle/elliptical or whatever. (Just don’t call this studying; it’s a review method at best.)

For the truly serious: Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator