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MLK, Jr. Day of Service  January 9th, 2014

“Anyone can be great because anyone can serve.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, January 18th OSU students, staff, and faculty will join to honor the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving the Corvallis community. 9+ service opportunities are available throughout the day for participants to connect with local Corvallis communities and organizations. The day of service provides an opportunity for students to learn about and engage in social problems and strengthen the local community.

A light breakfast will be available during the participant check-in as well as a hot lunch provided by the Student Events & Activities Center and Community & Cultural Food Program.

To volunteer, participants must pre-register. Space is limited for each service project. Volunteers can learn more about the available service projects and register at: http://oregonstate.edu/cce/mlk-day-service-projects.


Halloween  October 29th, 2013

It’s that time of year again, when OSU fans are not alone in wearing and decorating with orange and black. Halloween is upon us and with Dad and Family’s weekend, plus the USC game on the docket this weekend there is plenty to celebrate. As you plan your weekend, please keep these tips in mind:

1.) If you choose to dress up and walk around campus, downtown or other heavily populated areas, be sure to wear something that helps you be seen. Dressing in all dark colors makes it very hard for drivers and bikers to see you and with all the traffic (including many people from out of town) on the roads this weekend, it’s a dangerous combination. Need some bright light gear? Head to the MU Quad on Oct. 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to get some!

2.) Be like the Marines and never leave a person behind. With so many different events to attend, it can be easy to get separated from friends and family. If you decide to go your own way, make sure to exchange numbers with people and check back in with them at a designated time. Don’t be the friend who leaves a party leaving everyone else to wonder where you went and don’t leave your friends behind hoping they make it home ok. Neither makes for great memories.

3.) Take advantage of all the fun events happening on-campus. Some are well known and highly publicized, but others offer alternatives for those who may not want to dress up, party, or go to the game. Examples include:

Cross Cultural Halloween Party

#beBeaverBold Trick or Treat

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, etc. around Corvallis

For more great events and tips for having a safe weekend check out this video put out by #BeBEAVERBOLD

 


Social media- the good, bad and ugly  October 4th, 2013

Facebook, Stumbleupon, Pinterest, YouTube, Linkedin, Twitter, Skype, there is no shortage of social media sites geared towards keeping us all up to speed on what’s going on with everyone, everywhere, all the time! While some of these sites can be extremely helpful, cheap, and easily accessible ways to keep in touch with loved ones and friends across the globe, they also have some downsides worth discussing.

First and foremost, social media sites have created a virtual footprint for every one of us that uses them. Our posts, our videos, our pictures, our likes, our favorite hangouts, are being broadcast across the internet constantly. Many college students are unaware of the impact that a simple Facebook post or YouTube video can have on their lives and those around them. Last year a UCLA student’s rant about students in the library ended up with her withdrawing from school after inciting a nationwide debate about racial intolerance and freedom of speak issues. Tyler Clemanti, a Rutgers freshman, committed suicide after his roommate put up a distasteful video of him on the web. While these are extreme examples, it is important to remember that everything you post on the web can be found (often even after you’ve deleted it). Before you post, think about how you’d feel if your grandmother read your post or watched your video, what about younger siblings, or your future boss, what about your high school teachers or coaches. If you wouldn’t want them reading or seeing it, then it’s best to keep it off the web. Also, think about how you are feeling at the time you log-on. If you are frustrated, angry, drunk, upset consider other ways to get your message out. Maybe a simply call to a good friend or writing in a journal would be a good alternative.

Secondly there’s the matter of time management. Many of you have probably lost at least a few hours of sleep, studying, exercise, etc. to these sites and with the increased freedom of your college schedule you might be tempted to spend even more time on these sites. You’ll be in good company as you’ll definitely see other students jumping between sites during lectures, while studying at the library, and everywhere else on campus. Yes, you can choose to be on Facebook 24 hours a day, but how will that impact your ability to concentrate in the classroom? How will your 2 hours a day checking out YouTube videos and your friends’ latest “Pins” impact the amount of time you actually hit the books? We’ve all heard of multi-tasking and some of us do it better than others, but be honest with yourself. Most students can’t move between a textbook or lecture notes and a computer screen without losing important content. It’s also true that most people can’t concentrate on reading or studying for more than about 30 minutes without taking a break, so think about shutting off the I-Pad, the phone, the computer when you need to study; it won’t be that long until you can take a break and “reconnect”.

In the end, staying away from social media is almost impossible, if not at least an unreasonable thing to do. However, making smart choices about how and when you use it will not only benefit you during your first-year at OSU, but well into the future.


Exploring the Great Outdoors  October 2nd, 2013

Want to get off-campus and enjoy some time in the sunshine hiking, biking, bird watching, BBQing or picnicking, well lucky for you there are several options, many within walking or biking distance from campus. Here are just a few of the options available to you!

Within a 10 to 15 minute walk/5 minute bike ride you will find:

Bald Hill- This park offers a 1.5 mile paved path along the base of the hill and several dirt and gravel foot trails that circle and climb to the summit of the hill. Biking in permitted on designated trails. To get there head west on Campus Way, which will turn into Midge Cramer Path once you cross 53rd street. Midge Cramer runs by the fairgrounds and then dead-ends into Bald Hill park.

Avery Park- Located south of campus, this park features a 1 mile jogging path along the river, rose garden, softball fields, several playgrounds, horse shoe pits, and BBQ shelters that can be reserved for private parties. To reach Avery Park head south of SW 15th which will hit Avery Park Drive shortly after crossing Philomath Blvd.

Riverfront Park- Running between 1st Street and the Willamette River, this small park offers paved and grassy areas, resting benches, (perfect for picnics), several sculptures (perfect for picture taking), and a 3/4 mile long running and biking trail. The Riverfront Park can be reached by going east on Monroe Ave. until you hit the trail. The trail goes north for a short distance or can be taken south to connect with several longer running/biking trails if you want to extend your time outside. Riverfront Park is also home to the Corvallis Farmers Market which is held from mid April to mid November every Saturday 9AM-1PM.

A little further away you will find:

Oak Creek Trail, Chip Ross Park, McDonald forest, Willamette Park, and Lewisburg Saddle offer many hiking and biking trails and are approximately a 15 minute bike ride or 5-10 minute car ride from campus. As you explore Corvallis more, be sure to check them out!

Looking for something more remote?

Check in with the Dixon Recreation Center’s Adventure Program located on the North end (facing Goss Stadium) of Dixon. They can offer advise for longer trips, whether it be rafting, backpacking, skiing, climbing, etc. They also offer trips throughout the year with guides to ensure your safety and enjoyment. In addition the office rents various outdoor gear including tents, snowshoes, rafts, climbing equipment and more!

 


Making the Most of Your First Week  September 29th, 2013

September 30th approached quickly and you may feel overly prepared for classes or wondering, how can I make the most of my first week of classes this term? There are a few things you can do to better prepare yourself for the first week of classes that will make the rest of your term more successful. Here are a few:

  • Sounds simple but GO TO ALL OF YOUR CLASSES! The first week is when each of your professors will give out your syllabus. Utilizing each of your syllabi will let you know when your assignments are due, when tests are scheduled, and help you plan the rest of your daily schedule.
  • Put your schedule in writing. Whether you use your phone or an old school planner, having your schedule will allow you to find time slots that work best for studying in between classes, eating, working, and scheduling your time to socialize! If you create that schedule, you will be most time efficient and successful throughout the entirety of this term! Need help in efficiently planning your term, make an appointment with an academic coach here: http://success.oregonstate.edu/academic-coaching
  • If there are any changes you think are necessary to make in your schedule, do that this week! The sooner you change your schedule, the less class time you will lose and fall behind.
  • Find your favorite study space. Once you find a study space that is not distracting, and you become comfortable being there, you will most likely enjoy studying there more often and it will become habitual, then you can add that location into your planner!
  • Leave for class a little early, learn the easiest routes to your classrooms. Campus can be confusing at times, but soon enough you’ll know the fastest ways to each building, but giving yourself a little extra time in the beginning allows you to also see how beautiful campus can be in the fall!
  • Find a club or organization, find out when they meet, and go meet your peers with the same interest! Check out the list of student organizations here http://oregonstate.edu/sli/studentorgs/find_organization

There are numerous things you can do to make the most of your first week of classes, these are only a few. Just remember to enjoy this week, meet new friends, try some new food out on campus, and get yourself comfortable with campus. Get to know people in your classes, residence halls, clubs, organizations, or just say hello to someone while eating lunch! Enjoy your first week! For more helpful hints see page 23 here: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/pdf/OSURegistrationInformationHandbook2012-2013.pdf


Getting Around the Contruction  September 27th, 2013

This was taken from an email from our Vice Presidents of Financial & Administration and University Marketing and Relations

This will be an exciting year of growth at OSU that includes several large construction projects underway across campus. This construction will necessitate detours, delays, road closures, and parking and pathway changes that will impact how our faculty, students, staff and visitors get around on campus.

We apologize for any inconveniences you may experience during this time. However, your safety is our number one concern.

Please be especially cautious and careful around construction areas by watching out for the safety of yourself and those around you. We recommend the following steps that each of us can take to increase safety:

  •  Be aware of your surroundings while on campus
  • Remove headphones and avoid texting in construction areas
  • Walk your bike through areas where there is a heavy concentration of pedestrians
  • Stay on pathways and avoid walking or biking in streets where construction vehicles travel
  • Only cross streets using designated crossings
  • Don’t cross or enter a restricted construction area
  • Observe all directions provided by construction flaggers
  • Be aware of construction vehicles traveling on campus
  • Give all construction vehicles ample space to navigate into and out of construction areas
  • Immediately report any potentially unsafe situation you see to Rose DeBono at 541-737-8408

Please refer to the Construction Impact Mitigation Map, which is available at http://campusops.oregonstate.edu/construction. This map of construction activities occurring on campus will be updated on a regular basis to provide you with the most current information. It identifies the major projects underway (marked in orange) and routes being used by construction vehicles while on campus (marked in green). The map also identifies the efforts that OSU Capital Planning and Development has established to help everyone get around as safely as possible during this extensive period of construction. As you can see from the map, flaggers will be utilized in a number of locations on campus to help direct traffic. These locations are marked by flagger icons. Also, Pedestrian Access routes (marked in purple) have been established at key street crossings and intersections.


CONNECT to the Technology  September 27th, 2013

CONNECT is not only about connecting in person, but also about getting connected online.  We encourage all new students to read through this Account and Technologies Guide for New Students early, so that you are prepared to start classes.  This guide takes about 20 minutes to read through and gives you a ton of great information about technology services on campus, including: how to hook your computer up to the OSU secure wireless network, how to sync your mobile device with OSU email, where you can print on campus and how to access free computer help.  This is a great way to get a quick overview and answers to some common questions.


Finding a Job  September 26th, 2013

Looking for a job on campus? Luckily, employers across campus are flexible when it comes to working with students, they understand class schedules, demands of coursework, and clubs and organizations. Career Services at Oregon State offers numerous ways to find a job on-campus, as well as off-campus (depending on what you are looking for).

Check out Beaver JobNet, OSU’s online job database system that has a section specifically for on-campus jobs.

  1. First Time Beaver JobNet Users: You will be asked to fill out a short profile. When your profile is completed your personal Beaver JobNet homepage will appear on the screen and you are now ready to begin your job search!
  2. On-campus job listings are under Student Jobs on the right-hand side of the homepage. Click on Student On & Off Campus Jobs (Not Work Study).
  3. Federal Work Study: If you have been awarded work study with a financial aid package, you are eligible for work study student jobs (as well as regular, non-work study student jobs). You can find a listing of these jobs on Beaver JobNet by clicking on the Federal Work Study Jobs link on the right-hand side of your homepage.

Make sure you are on your major’s listserves and if not talk to your advisors. Find listserves to join.

Some departments are always accepting applications and therefore do not always post jobs on Beaver JobNet. Other departments you have to approach in order to get a job.

Ask your friends where they work and that you are interested in a job on campus. Oftentimes people hire by referrals from current employees.

Continue to recheck the following websites because job opportunities are constantly being updated for different terms.

You can also work off campus in the community. Check out our section on Local Jobs for ideas and opportunities. Don’t have a car to get to a job off-campus? Check out No Car, No Problems for helpful transportation tips in Corvallis!

Be sure to check out Career Services website for more help on finding a job, internship, or career fair information at http://oregonstate.edu/career/


In Case of Emergency  September 25th, 2013

OSU Alert is the name of Oregon State University’s campus-wide emergency notification system.  This system allows public safety officials to create emergency alerts that contain a recorded voice message, an email message, and a text message and send them to the current database of contact information for all employees and students. In crisis situations, the system will try all means of contacting each person in the database, and uses sophisticated means to verify contact so that we know we have reached everyone we could.

In order to receive these messages you will need to opt in and identify the methods in which you want to be notified (voice message, email and/or text message).  You may also enter additional numbers or emails such as parents, family or partners that might be interested in received emergency information.  More information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/main/alerts.


Staying safe on campus  September 24th, 2013

OSU is consistently ranked one of the safest campuses in the country with Corvallis also being highly ranked in terms safety among similarly sized cities. However, college students are often seen as easy targets for those looking to commit crimes. Being proactive and making smart, informed decisions like the 10 mentioned below can help you protect yourself from being a target.

1.) Don’t leave books, laptops, calculators, and other valuable items laying around the library, study lounges,open dorm rooms or classrooms. These things are easy for people to steal, can be sold quickly and are very hard to trace back to their rightful owners.

2.) Lock doors and windows to your residence hall, apartment, or house on a daily basis. Find a safe place or a friend to keep a spare key in case you lock yourself out.

3.) If you bring a car to campus, remove valuable items from it and leave nothing valuable in clear sight. Check your car every few days to make sure it is still in the condition you left it.

4.) Log off all public computers and consider logging off of your private computer in between uses as well. You don’t want to be paying for another person’s printing charges or having someone else sending messages from your account- so take the extra time to log on and off every time.

5.) If you have to walk alone around or near campus at night, consider using Safe Ride, a free service to all OSU students and staff

6.) Program OSU’s Public Safety number into your phone for easy and quick access: 541.737.3010

7.) Use the buddy system when going out to parties and other social events. Leave with the people you came with and never leave a friend behind.

8.) Know what you are consuming at parties and other social events. Never take a drink from someone you don’t know or leave your beverage unattended.

9.) Keep all documents with personal information (credit cards numbers, student identification numbers, social security numbers, immunization records) in a safe location. If you do decide to get rid of these things, shred them first.

10.) Sign up to receive text/email alerts for OSU’s Campus Alert System. These alerts include campus closures, electrical failures in buildings, suspicious activity and traffic accidents on campus.