For those Parents and Family members that didn’t see this on the Parents and Family Association Newsletter, I want to welcome you and your student to the Beaver Family!
The term is under way and the OSU campus is full of life again! My name is Michael Fashana and as your students Memorial Union President I want to take this time to welcome everyone to another beautiful Fall term at Oregon State University. It is an exciting time when students are returning or joining us for the first time as Beavers. Whether in or outside the classroom, OSU has the programs and resources to support your students in all facets of their student and personal lives. Encourage your students to not be afraid to ask for assistance or seek out new opportunities during this stimulating transition period. The assistance they receive and the opportunities they dare to take will prove to be beneficial well beyond you and your families expectations. Be sure to advise your students to use such resources as — http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/— or Dixon Recreational Center to meet all your needs. The opportunities that will present themselves can range from serving the community with The Center for Civic Engagement, to getting involved with student government on campus though the Associated Students of OSU. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to support your students to push the boundaries of their comfort zone to try and better themselves.
As our returning and new students strive for excellence, I urge the Parents, families and support systems of these students to do what you can to encourage and support your student in their college career. You will soon learn that time flies and no period in your life will be as filled with such amazing people and opportunities as this time in your life. I hope all staff, faculty, and students are transitioning into the Fall 2012 Academic term well and would like to extend to you the offer to stop my office in the Memorial Union, room 103, to ask for help in finding any of these resources or opportunities.
Thank you and don’t forget to use these things to continue on your quest to #BeBeaverBold
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President