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Week 10

Itchung Cheung, HMSC Sponsor and Stacy Sim, PROMISE intern outside the visitor center, Newport, OR.

10 weeks, 70 days or 680 hours; that is all it takes to have an extraordinary experience and return with a different perspective and direction. I initially heard about this PROMISE internship from my extremely helpful and encouraging BioResource Research advisor, Wanda Crannell. From that first encounter to the PROMISE orientation and through these 10 weeks, this internship has been nothing less than amazing, as PROMISEd.

It has been an incredible journey. For the past year, I had my mind set on pursuing the marine sciences and I was exploring several topics for a path to pursue. In this sense, I had the perfect internship site because living at Hatfield Marine Science Center and breathing marine sciences has opened my eyes to its reality. Doing field work in the mudflats taught me that I would prefer a desk job to being in the outdoors, which greatly surprises me. Most of my journey has been in personal exploration. I have been able to examine and re-examine my personality traits and think about the reasons behind my preferences to better understand myself. For example, I have learned that I like stability, which in a daily job comes in the form of routine. Working in the mudflats demanded waking up at 4am on some days to rise to the challenge of chasing the tides. This greatly distressed me and three weeks later, I am still waking up at all odd hours, failing to reset my troubled circadian clock.

The Poster Gallery and challenge course on Thursday, 08/30/2012, felt like Spring Break after Winter Quarter. It was a beautiful sunny day in Corvallis and it was so much fun to laugh and spend time with my PROMISE peers after all our hard work and accomplishments. I definitely feel proud of the quality of work that I have accomplished this summer.

I walked into this internship hoping to have my interests narrowed down as I enter my junior year, so even though I have discovered what I do not want to do, it distresses me to not know what I am pursuing. Fortunately, there is always hope for the determined. I intend to follow up with several faculty that I met at the Poster Gallery as well as visit Career Services in the upcoming weeks to actively chase down my elusive future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this summer experience and in the words of this program’s amazing director and coordinator, “what makes this PROMISE internship special is the community”. I wish my PROMISE cohort all the best in their future career paths!

A big thank you to Diane Davis, our genuinely kind director of PROMISE and Josh Scacco, coordinator extraordinaire of PROMISE, for this amazing opportunity, Wanda Crannell for encouraging me to apply, Itchung Cheung for sponsoring me this summer at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Renee Irvin and Carol Rivin for generously writing my letters of recommendations and my family for always having words of advice and encouragement when I need them the most. Without all these wonderful and supportive people, I would not be able to strive for such heights. I have so much hope and excitement for the future!

Newport Sunset over the jetty

In week one, I was welcomed to Newport with a beautiful sunset. It sure is nice to be sent off in equal beauty in week ten.

Stacy Sim

Ending It On a Great Note…

Hello Everyone!

It is 10 minutes till 5PM right now and we are all one hour from of officially completing PROMISE during the summer of 2012!

I’d like to congratulate you all on all the hard work that you have put into your internships this summer. All that time and effort has been put to powerful use!

Although I’ll be here for one more week to wrap things up and get my projects into “transition” mode, I’d still like to give my thanks to all my fellow cohort members, all the sponsors, and of course Diane & Josh!

Thursday was nerve wrecking, bittersweet, but very exciting. It’s a little sad that most of us weren’t fully able to get to know each other until we were strangling up in the air at the high ropes course, but ultimately I felt that it was a great way to end our 10 week journey- with stress relief! (I still cannot believe I was up that high doing all those challenge courses).

Our cohort was truly amazing this year. Some of us have graduated and will be leaving Oregon State- good luck finding jobs and getting into grad school!…  while some of us stay behind and continue our degrees- hurray for a new year! you’ll be schooling like bosses!

Regardless, we all make quite a unique basket of eggs.

PROMISE was the perfect way to end my time here at OSU and I would not have had it any other way.

Good bye & Good luck everyone! 🙂




Women’s Center Inclusion. Act 5. Scene 5.

As my internship comes to an end I am proud to look back on weeks well spent working and connecting with the OSU Community.

I have spent the last few weeks completing two reports to the Women’s Center that include suggestions for enhancing inclusivity over the next few years. These reports were also accompanied by the completion of my PROMISE poster and my PROMISE portfolio. I find it really satisfying to have these material creations that outline the work I’ve done this summer.

The end of my internship prompts me to look forward in my professional and educational career. However, looking back at my internship work is an important aspect of preparing myself for the future. Here a few of the things that I’ve been involved with this summer:

A Taste of Culture: I collaborated on a project with all of the other OSU Cultural and Resource Centers to create a free lunch and information event that brought more attention to the these centers.

Women’s Center Procedures: I improved the Women’s Center staff procedures for every day staffing needs.

The Four Agreements Lesson Plan: Created this lesson plan is for the Women’s Center training for in-coming staff. It focuses on the Don Miguel Ruiz book The Four Agreements.

Women’s Center Awards Board: I have been working on the outlay of the Awards Board in the Women’s Center that will display the recipients of the HerStory and Women of Achievement awards.

Upcoming WC Events: I have been organizing programs for the upcoming school year.

World Mental Health Day: I was invited to be on the committee that organizes OSU’s first World Mental Health Day 2012.

CONNECT Events for the Women’s Center: I have organized event ideas for the Women’s Center to have during CONNECT week in September.

Interviews and Website Research for Inclusivity: The majority of my time has been spent conducting interviews of staff from other Women’s Centers at some of OSU’s peer institutions.

What a great experience it has been to contribute to work that will enhance an OSU organization. It’s also been wonderful connecting with such great students/leaders/professionals who have spent this summer as my fellow PROMISE Interns.

Thank you!

Jessica Armstrong

Working Hard in the Finishing Stretch

Week 9

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” – Charles Francis Adams


This week has been extremely hectic, so having a relaxation seminar at Oregon State University on Tuesday was much appreciated. This is the last week for the REU interns so Thursday morning was spent at their symposium, learning about their research projects. Today, I am hoping to finish up my video interviews so that I can complete my website project by early next week. With the deadlines coming up for the portfolio and poster for the gallery on August 30, I am working extremely hard to finish up all my summer projects here at Hatfield Marine Science Center. There is never enough time in the days and I find myself working way beyond the eight hour job requirements to do the best job that I can. With the completion of each project, I find some of the stress giving way to pride, and I am looking forward to having the poster galleria this upcoming week to evaluate all my hard work of this internship.

I have been doing data organization and formatting for my GIS project, so for today’s post, I want to share some pictures from my field work (photo credits: I. Cheung).

Pictures from Idaho Flats, Yaquina Bay, Oregon —

Stacy Sim by a marker in the Yaquina Bay estuary.


Stacy Sim with a jelly in the mudflats

Electric blue worm found in the mudflats.




HMSC Octopus in the West Wing Acquarium (J.Scacco)

I hope that all my PROMISE peers are making great progress with their posters and portfolios and I am excited to see the compilation of everyone’s hard work at the Poster Galleria!


Stacy Sim


Winding Down

Hello PROMiSE interns!

The summer camps are done! Despite my calm, collected look, I’m sad because I made a lot of good friends this past summer. I met students from all over the age range 7-18; a lot of them were funny and cool kids to get to know. I’m glad that they get to experience these camps at the age they are. This camp has been going on for the past 10 summers, yet I became aware of them this past year when I was simply a volunteer for a Counselor’s Training. As a senior in high school I became aware of the 4-H program; however I knew nothing about what exactly it was. After these past weeks and seeing what my mentor Mario Magaña has done with camps, it comes down to two words: Youth Development. The 4-H program is not only about agriculture like many believe. What Mario has done with camps is created a program where kids, especially minorities, can develop social skills, work, and play together. Most importantly, however, this camp provided a setting where students learned about the opportunities that await them in high school and college while they have fun. On the final day the campers do not want to leave! And the group of campers gets older with each camp, the workshops are tailored to make sure they know what they should be doing to best prepare for their future. No other program that I know of has produced 5 Gates Millenium Scholars in the past 6 years. Before they graduate high school, students who have gone through this program will know how to lead a group of younger kids. They will know how to apply for FAFSA. They will know what the most prestigious scholarships look for and these camps give them the confidence to apply to them.

The camps being done doesn’t equate to our work being done. Payments and paperwork still need to be collected, handled, and sorted. And future counselors get to attend trainings later on this year. Therefore Luis and I are making sure that interested students are in the contacts list and that future workers in the office can pick up easily where we left off.

The experience doesn’t necessarily end next week for me. I plan to continue to participate throughout the year and next summer as well, to help the program that helps so many students.


Week 8 & 9 Updates from DD

Hello Everyone! Long time no blog post!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post for the past week, but it’s because so much has been happening.

The Alumni Project has been rolling, rolling, and rolling! All throughout the past week I’ve been trying to reach previous center staff that I’ve been able to meet because of my previous work experience here at the centers, asking them of their memories at the centers; connect with OSU faculty for interviews and any historical information; and I’ve had the pleasure of reading through past Barometer Articles (from the 7o’s!) in the Multicultural archives to research history- it was very interesting to see how OSU was before our generation’s time. From here, I plan to visit centers to look at their scrapbooks, albums, and anything I else I can find. My lists that I’m to send to the alumni center once completed have grown a great deal, but I’ve found that finding alumni from the 80’s as well as information on the Native American Longhouse (the center that has existed for the longest time) has been the biggest challenge. Diversity Development wasn’t always around to work with the centers, so files of staff have not been consistent with the existence of the centers from their first opening to present time. I hope that by physically going to the centers, I can gain more information and knowledge. The power of networking has given me a great advantage as well. There have been some wonderful faculty and staff  that either have kept contact with previous student leaders they have worked with, or know someone that could be of resource to finding out more information! Their recollections of events with the centers in the past has definitely brought me a glimpse of hope in finding out more information. Phew. I’ve been doing so much research and going through great lengths to make sure that the information I find is accurate, that by the end of this project I’ll surely be able to place the title “skilled detective” on my resume 🙂

The library project is approaching it’s next step in the plan- creating a manual for the library bookkeeping programs and database. Now there are a few things that do worry me- I’m not the most tech savvy person, I am not very familiar with MAC computers (Yes, I am a PC person), and it’s also my first time doing anything remotely close to manual writing; However, I know that there are a lot of support and resources out there that I can reach to help me, and I’ll have the help of Natalia (whom I have working with from Multicultural Archives). I hope to create an easily comprehensible manual for the staff to utilize in the coming year as the library system in the centers will progressively evolve and improve. There are some issues around the centers relocating while their new centers are being rebuilt, but effective scheduling and planning in advance will help us avoid any of these problems.

Lastly, the Career Services Project has been on the back burner more so than the other projects I’ve been assigned. I’ve gone back to step one after hearing from various faculty and staff that work directly work with students of color. For now, starting over from scratch- researching other models that other institutions use while also keeping advice and insight given- seems to be the best plan. I’m not sure how far I’ll be able to go in completing a model for this project, but I plan on staying an extra week to do much done as I can to get these projects ready to transition and pass them down to the DD admin. team for the upcoming year. This way I can give myself some closure that these projects will be effectively continued, maintained, and evolved even after I have left. I know that the completed outcomes of my projects won’t be perfect, nor will they ever be truly complete, but I trust that this will be a solid foundation for whatever is to come. Things can always improve for the better. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”- Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night, 1889


From the ASOSU Office of Advocacy…

Hello all PROMISE Interns!

My time as a PROMISE Intern at the ASOSU Office of Advocacy is soon reaching its end. I’m so grateful for the people I have met and the experiences I’ve had both in the office and at the PROMISE events.

On August 8th, the other Interns of the office of Advocacy and I were part of a service project at the Trillium Children’s Farm Home.  There we did yard work and restored the landscape of the property which would have been costly if it weren’t for the help of the volunteers.  It was a nice day to be out and the new experience was a good one.

These past 2 weeks I have also been going to a set of workshops that are part of a Professional Development Series given by ASOSU. One was to learn about the Student Experience Center, which will be built in 2013. The third floor of the Student Experience Center will be home to the new ASOSU Office of Advocacy. The new office will be more spacious and hold more intern work stations. Even though I probably won’t be present for the completion of the project I’m glad to be part of the planning process of the office space for the future interns that will be present.

Along with all these activities I was part of a ASOSU Office of Advocacy resource video done by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, and assisted Patricia, my sponsor, in other office work.  Also important, the Brown bag luncheon with President Ed Ray, who took time out of his busy schedule to sit with us and share his stories. It was very interesting to find out his plans for the university and his thoughts on important issues affecting OSU students, like the requirement for first-year students to live on-campus. I found this requirement to be interesting but not something everyone would agree upon. I’m looking forward to seeing the development and response to this requirement in the future.

That is all for today, may you all have a good weekend!

-Claudia Mata

Highlights of Week 7

Week 7

This has been a very exciting week for me and I would like to share the highlights of each day with you.

From noon to 1 PM on Monday, I went to the second week of Andi Stephens’ “R” workshop. “R” is a free statistics program that can be used to make graphics and models. Andi Stephens is a research biologist with NOAA and has extensive experience with coding. I have not been required to use the program in my academics or internship as of yet, but I always welcome new knowledge and learning experiences. This is just one of the many learning opportunities that this Summer has allowed me to pursue and this “R” workshop is an example of the many seminars offered at Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Although I was not able to to go to OSU for the healthy life balance seminar on Tuesday, Robert Allan came to HMSC for a graduate school seminar. He addressed the challenges of the search process and advised us not to rush into choosing a graduate school without taking into consideration our values and financial situations. I spoke with him personally afterward, and discovered that he is the assistant director for OSU’s Marine Management Program (an interesting coincidence to being e-introduced to Flaxen Conway, the director of the MRM program two weeks ago).

Two other PROMISE interns at OSU’s Student Multimedia Services, Sean and Leo, and a University of Oregon media student, Caleb, came to HMSC to film footage for a promotional video for their internship project. However, they generously agreed to help me with my website development project while they were out here. In addition to the other changes that I am making to the website, I am trying to incorporate a video interview instead of the traditional picture and paragraph description that is used in the current HMSC intern website. I expected Sean, Leo and Caleb to bring a small handheld video recorder, but they came with a full tripod and professional set up: a huge video recorder and microphones. Needless to say, I am very grateful for Sean, Leo and Caleb’s expertise and contributions in the media aspect. I am extremely excited about finishing this website design and development project and I hope that the new changes help paint a fuller picture of the summer internship experience for prospective interns. Although I have heard the interns briefly describe their research projects to me, watching them describe their project in their regular work setting was more informational and interesting to me, and I hope that it will be the same for viewers of the new website. I underestimated the time it would take to interview each intern, so the three media wizards will be back some time next week to record the remaining interns.

On Thursday, I was visited by Ms. Davis and Josh Scacco, who are the director and student coordinator of this PROMISE program. Not knowing what to expect, my mentor gave me an agenda to follow: tour the visitor center and the west wing aquarium animals, give a informational overview of Hatfield Marine Science Center to accompany a tour of Hatfield’s campus and then take them to the mudflats where I conduct my GIS project’s data collection. I took his suggestion very seriously and studied a two-page script in anticipation of their arrival. While I am an avid believer in doing my part to be prepared, reality is never scripted. In this case, their visit was predominantly conversational while I had basically prepared a speech. Nevertheless, I am relieved that I had facts and dates to describe Hatfield’s background, the Education wing, housing facilities, Yaquina Bay estuary and saltwater system reservoir and pump system. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Davis and Josh’s visit as well as the opportunity to have a conversation with them.

As the internship slowly draws to a close, I am working hard to finish up the many projects that I had taken the initiative to have a bigger role in. Next week’s events include a tour to OIMB (University of Oregon’s “Oregon Institute of Marine Biology”) on Monday as well as the continuation of data collection in the mudflats for my GIS project from Wednesday to Friday. I am looking forward to making the trip to OSU for a poster seminar on Tuesday, which will allow me to see my PROMISE peers, as well as get the information to prepare us for our final poster galleria, on August 30, to conclude our summer internship.

Photo credits to Sean Marler.


Stacy Sim

PROMISE/NUFP Internship at OSU

Hello everybody my name is Joel Orozco and I am one the of NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program) out of state intern with Oregon State University working at the office of Dean of Student Life. I am originally from Chihuahua Mexico but I went to school in Denver Colorado. I recently just graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and a minor in sociology. Currently, I am doing my search to apply to a student affairs graduate program for next fall.

My journey at OSU was very rewarding. I started working for the office of University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) for the first 3 weeks of my internship. Some of my tasks included initial student development research and comparison school interviews to design the curriculum for the community relations facilitators (CRF’s) program, which is a peer mentorship program that is intended to embrace diversity and address social justice issues by having creative and strategic events within the resident halls at OSU.

After the 3rd week in UHDS I started working at office of the Dean of Student Life. As soon as I got here I was given two projects. The first one was to put a detail resource guide for graduate school with a focus on student who wants to pursue a career in higher education and student affairs. The guide will be an addition to the NUFP handbook that students get once they get accepted into the NUFP program. The guide contains information from broad topics such as types of programs, financing, and application process to more specific topics such as terms and definitions, facts one should know before grad school, and a section on knowing the details.

My second project involved the international student population and the office of Disability Access Center at OSU. The purpose of my project was for me to gather reliable information in regards of international students in correlation with disabilities, by taking cultural competencies, and other struggles that international students have when it comes to disabilities. I had the chance to look at the literature and interviewed other schools and individuals to hear their feedback and to see how individuals from other disability centers in direct contact with international students are approaching this issue.

Part of my internship experience included having the opportunity to be a part of the Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment (PROMISE) summer internship program. The PROMISE program allowed me to connect with other interns around campus while given the opportunity for learning and growth both professionally and personally through professional development presentations and dialogues.

All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Corvallis meeting new people and visiting local places, nearby cities, and specially the coast. I am really passionate about social justice efforts towards understanding and inclusion. For that reason I am happy to know that my research findings such as best practices and recommendations for both the CRF program and the international student population are going to put into use starting next term. I am also exited to know that after I am gone any student interested in learning about graduate school and the process to get into a graduate program can have access to it. Moving forward I am excited to see friends and family back home and start planning and preparing to attend graduate school within a graduate program in student affairs  here at OSU or potentially another school around the country!

Go Beavs!!!


Hello everyone,

This last week has been fairly busy for me. I got a car and hotel rented, then left for Warm Springs Indian Reservation last Wednesday. It was a great experience to be on my first professional business trip!

I arrived late Wednesday and the following morning on Thursday had a Native American Youth Conference which lasted all day long. I along with a fellow Oregon State recruiter-colleague, Kourtney, tabled along with about 8 other colleges and Army recruiter.  Students were free to walk up and ask questions about OSU. I got to talk about the Native American Longhouse along with other Native American resources and my experience going to Oregon State. Towards the end of the day Kourtney and I also gave a short presentation about Oregon State and resources available to Native Students. I would have to say that the conference was a bit different than I expected but I feel I gained valuable experience!

Next week will also be a busy week as I’ll be leaving for the middle school 4H summer camp. It should be a great experience as well!



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Building Connections

Interns will be forming long-lasting bonds with their supervisors and with each other as well as getting the opportunity to network with professionals in a variety of industries.

Gaining Skills

An etiquette lunch, networking practice, and a myriad of other presentations and activities from some of the best at OSU will help hone the intern's skills so that they are ready to go into professional fields after college.

Creating Memories

Going out to sea on a scientific vessel, designing a booth for DaVinci Days, creating fine cuisine made by summer camp kids, and inspecting insects for mutations: These were only a few of the many projects that interns took part in last year.