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Performers scheduled for Diversity Summit  October 31st, 2011

[Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oct. 29, 2011] — Performers Joaquin Zihuatanejo and Nancy Giles, who help create dialogue on society and social justice, plan to perform during Oregon State University’s Diversity Summit Nov. 2 and 3.

Zihuatanejo, a poet, spoken-word artist and award-winning teacher, will perform his spoken word routine Nov. 2. Giles, best known for her work as a comedian, actress and CBS “Sunday Morning” contributor, also speak at the event and answer questions from the audience.

The public event is free. Zihuatanejo’s performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., followed by Giles at 7 p.m. Both segments are in the Austin Auditorium of LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis.

For more information on the public event or the OSU Diversity Summit, visit

New in Dining Services  October 27th, 2011

[Campus Living, Oct. 21, 2011] — On behalf of all the dining staff, “Welcome.” 

Chef David Lewis

We’ve been busy over the summer working on a variety of projects to help make this year a great experience for you.  Here’s some of what’s new:

Chef David Lewis has introduced South Asian cuisine at Boardwalk Café, Chef Jay Perry has introduced four new salads at lunch at Cooper’s Creek BBQ, and Chef Bruce Hoerauf has introduced new signature sandwiches at Cascadia Market.

Bruce Hoerauf

Chef Bruce Hoerauf

And speaking of Cascadia Market, we’ve significantly expanded the variety of groceries and fresh produce, as well as slashed prices.  Also in the International Living-Learning Center we’ve partnered with Peet’s Coffee and Tea out of San Francisco to bring another high quality coffeehouse to the students and staff of OSU.

In addition, in response to the many requests to open Arnold Dining Center on the weekends, Arnold Dining is now open seven days a week.

On Nov. 9 at Marketplace West we will be celebrating the culture and cuisine of the Mediterranean region.  Dinner is $8.  Invite your friends for a fun evening while sampling the amazing flavors of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  See more information on this event below.

Jay Perry

Chef Jay Perry

We have a very responsive culinary team and want to serve you as best we can.  We welcome your input and look forward to a great year ahead. Let us know how we are doing by sharing your feedback.

Best regards,

Rich Turnbull, UHDS Associate Director

Mobilility impaired lack housing options  October 26th, 2011

[Daily Barometer, Oct. 27, 2011] — To some, Oregon State University is recognized as a school that is up-to-date in many important ways, particularly in terms of science and technology. It may come as a surprise, then, to find when it comes to accommodating students with disabilities, OSU may be, in some critical ways, behind the times.

According to Jeffrey Evans, head of the OSU Able Student Alliance, lack of accessible student housing options is one of the primary concerns for students with disabilities.

“We [the ASA] have yet to be told how many rooms in the residence halls are accessible,” Evans said. He continued by stating the three components ASA considers most important when determining if a residence hall may be deemed “accessible”: the dorm rooms themselves, the shared spaces in the building and the paths of travel from the residence hall to classes and other buildings on campus.

When asked how many of the residence halls on campus are accessible, Associate Director of University Housing and Dining Services Dan Larson replied that the question could not be answered based on the provided criteria. … Read more of “Mobility impaired lack housing options” by Kristin Pugmire.

Register now to take part in diversity summit  October 24th, 2011

[Campus Living, Oct. 21, 2011] — For the first time in 10 years, the Division of Student Affairs is hosting the “c.a.r.e. harmonize our voices, transform our world” Diversity Summit Nov. 2 to 3 in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

Themes of the summit discussed in sessions and panels will include identity, culture, consciousness, justice and engagement. In addition, the summit will include three nationally renowned keynote speakers: Spoken word artist, poet, and an award-winning teacher Joaquín Zihuatanejo; Maura Cullen, who is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity issues on college campuses today; and ward-winning journalist and scholar Helen Zia.

The registration deadline is Oct. 30.  Space is limited, so we invite OSU students, staff, and faculty to register early online:

Take a delicious dive into Mediterranean cultures  October 24th, 2011

[Campus Living, Oct. 21, 2011] — University Housing & Dining Services will host Taste of the Mediterranean, a celebration of Mediterranean regional culture, from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Marketplace West Dining Center.  Dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m., with music and conversation continuing until 8 p.m.

The celebration is one of many in the journey through culture and cuisine series and is being held in conjunction with OSU’s International Education Week. The Taste of the Mediterranean will honor the cultures and foods of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door, or in advance from any of the University Housing and Dining Services dining centers.

Menu items include dolmas, hummus with pita and Baba Ganouj from local Corvallis restaurant Bazaar.  Other menu items include mussels with chorizo, Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons and olives, Lebanese Spinach with carrots, Calamari Frito, Pizza Margherita and other regional culinary favorites.

ASA battles university to comply to ADA rules  October 21st, 2011

Able Student Alliance claims Accessible University Initiative Task Force not meeting needs

Jeffrey Evans, head of the Able Student Alliance Executive Committee has been authorized by the organization to take any necessary legal steps to force Oregon State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ASA alleges that the Accessible University Initiative Task Force, created to help improve the accessibility of the campus for all students, has not sufficiently done its job. The ASA cites numerous ADA violations on campus as evidence that the university’s administration has not adequately addressed the issue of disabled accessibility.

The ASA plans to initiate legal action against the university to force OSU into making campus modifications that make attending class an equal experience for all students. The ASA requests the university to formulate a monetary plan and timeline to modify existing campus buildings to fully comply with the ADA. Failure to create the timeline and monetary plan would result in the ASA filing a lawsuit that would freeze federal assistance, grants, loans and work-study to the university.

Evans, explaining the ASA’s justification in seeking legal recourse on the matter stated, “The bureaucrats screwed up this campus.”

The ASA chose to remove itself from AUITF after the AUITF voting structure was modified to allow university administrators a vote. According to Evans, the change in the voting structure limited the number of people with disabilities serving on AUITF to a possible, but not guaranteed, five members out of an 18-member task force. Evans feels this action was akin to a coup, and that people without disabilities should not be making decision for those with disabilities.

“It’s a shame there is fallout-conflict portrayal,” said Dan Larson, associate services director of University Housing and Dining and Chair of the AUITF, about ASA’s problems with the university. “AUITF benefits from ASA’s contributions. Collaboration is far better than being combative.” …

Read more from The Daily Barometer. (Published Oct. 21, 2011)

OSU ‘Dining with the Dean’ episode set to air  October 11th, 2011

Oregon State University hosted a BYUtv production crew for a taping of an episode of “Dining with the Dean” that will premiere in the week prior to the OSU-Brigham Young University clash on the football field. The episode will air at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 on BYUtv.

Dining with the Dean features two teams vying to win a cash donation for the team as well a $2,000 contribution to the charity of their choosing. Oregon State was represented by two teams of students from Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) — The Beaver- Bites and the Flat-Tails.

Both teams represented OSU with pride, fun and fierce competitive spirit. Dean Tammy Bray from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences served as the judge to determine the winner. Dean Bray surprised the production team as well as the students with a twist at the end of taping. Watch the premiere episode to learn what the twist was and who the winning team and charity is.

Student Leadership and Involvement is a unit of Student Affairs on the Oregon State campus made up of programs that support the out of classroom experiences of OSU students. The two teams were comprised of students who lead for the Student Events and Activities Program, Memorial Union Program Council, International Students of OSU  and the SLI Info Team.

Team Beaver-Bites was captained by Alan Louie and the Flat-Tails by Nik Bowen.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences vision of “Lifelong health and well being for every person, every family, every community” made Dean Bray the perfect judge of the student efforts in creating a healthy three course meal with only $30. Each team was charged with reviewing and incorporating the ideas from the new “MY Plate” guidelines into the meal as suggested by “Be Well BE Orange” campaign at OSU.

BYUtv is available on  channel 9403 for all Dish Network programming packages, and on  channel 374 for all DIRECTV programming packages. BYUtv is also available via cable, so you may check your local listings.

For more information, see






Photo: PHHS Dean Tammy Bray and OSU students share a laugh while filming Dining With The Dean.




ILLC to hold grand opening on Monday  October 7th, 2011

Never before has an Oregon State University student been able to wake up in their residence hall and walk a few flights of stairs to their first class. Such will be the case upon the development of the International Living Learning Center.

The ILLC will be having its grand opening Monday. The ribbon will be cut at 4 p.m., followed by self-guided tours and an open house from 4:30-6 p.m.

The ILLC is a brand new building that serves as INTO’s headquarters, a residence hall, classroom structure and business center. It is home to over 320 international and domestic students, offers 26 classrooms specifically for INTO-OSU academic classes, and houses INTO-OSU’s administration offices and international programs.

“The ILLC was built to accommodate an increased number of students that would be attending OSU through various programs offered by INTO-OSU,” said Operation Manager Joseph Evans.

The campus resource features a brand new Cascadia market right next to Arnold Dining Center as well as Peet’s Coffee. There is also an all-purpose auditorium that can be used as a lecture hall. The classrooms boast state-of-the art technology.

“The total cost of this building was $52 million. UHDS is carrying the debt on the facility, paying for it through the sale of public bonds,” Evans said. “In other words, paying the mortgage through generated revenue collected from student room fees, sales from Peet’s Coffee, and Cascadia market and the space UHDS leases to INTO-OSU and the University.”

The residence hall is easily one of the most expensive on campus. The facility offers student housing, but it’s by no means cheap.

Per academic year, the student will pay $10,080.  There are three types of rooms offered in the building: double-room with a dining plan for $4,753 per term, double-room with a private bathroom and dining plan for $5,260 per term and single room with dining plan for $5,793.  There are private restrooms as well as public restrooms situated in the halls like other resident halls on campus.

“I like the class so close; it’s very easy,” said Doo RT Kim, who arrived from Korea one week ago.

Some classrooms are right next to floor lounges, where a glass wall separates the class and the lounge.

“It is easy to focus. The lounge does not distract us,” said Teng Jim Yan, a Chinese student who arrived three months ago.

International students who have classes but do not live in the ILLC agreed with their peers.

“I like my listening and speaking class, but the building has bad parking and is too far away,” said Faisal Alshehli from Saudi Arabia.

Parking is a common complaint among the students, as well as there aren’t enough Americans to interact with. The best thing, students agreed, is the conveniently located coffee shop and market place.

“Students seem just as focused as in any other classroom,” said Melody Slothower, an INTO-OSU instructor of two years. “No one’s showed up in their pajamas at all.”

Though ILLC instructors are doing something that other professors on campus haven’t, the overall mood is one of enthusiasm.

“The best thing about teaching in this building is that there’s more room, and it’s a unique place to work,” said Randy Garver, instructor for intensive English and lower-level listening and speaking.

Main concerns have to do with classroom layout and technology issues.

“The rooms next to the lounges have been a concern, but no problems so far,” Garver said. “There might be a technology glitch too.”

Moving past possible distractions technological glitches, another concern stems from the lack of interaction that ILLC faculty, students and residents are experiencing.

“I can’t interact with my colleagues as much because we’re on different floors. It takes a lot more effort to keep up communication,” Slothower said.

However, teachers agree the new building has amazing views from the windows and every resource is state of the art.

To learn more, search International Living-Learning Center on the OSU website.

Read more from The Daily Barometer. (Published Oct. 7, 2011)

Residing at OSU: A glance at student living  October 4th, 2011

A look at the variety of living situations Oregon State students call home

Built in 1948, Sackett Hall is the oldest dormitory on campus, and was originally an all-girls dorm. The hall is divided into four quadrants, with two wings per quadrant and approximately 300 students. Students live on single-gender floors, with a standard floor-bathroom set-up. One wing in Sackett is designated as the quiet wing. Most rooms are doubles, with sleeping porches and walk-in closets. …

Newly completed this year in 2011, the shimmering glass International Living Learning Center across from Halsell, Finley and Bloss is a serious envy-inducer for other residents of University Housing and Dining Service halls. Students live on one of four co-ed floors, with single and double occupancy rooms boasting private and suite-style bathrooms. Most double rooms are supposed to house a domestic and an international student together. …

McNary Hall, the Honors College hall, is home to approximately 350 students on five floors. It offers both single and double rooms as well as special “quad” rooms, on co-ed floors with a standard floor-bathroom set-up. McNary also has a quiet wing, and a women-only wing.

Read more from The Daily Barometer. (Published Oct. 4, 2011)