Fellow Veterans and Family Members,

After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve.

Allegations of VA employees’ misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling delays at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As I testified before Congress on May 15, I take any allegations about patient safety or employee misconduct very seriously. The reports of Veterans’ negative experiences while seeking VA care are of great personal concern to me. I fully agree with President Obama’s statement on May 21, 2014: “If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful . . . .”

Future officers of the U.S. Armed Forces assembled in military formation and stood at attention at the start of the annual Joint Services Review at Oregon State University on Friday morning. When the battalions began to march across the parade ground, more than 100 spectators – family, friends, and military veterans – greeted them on the other side, smiling and snapping photos. To read the rest of the article go to the Gazette Times website; http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/defazio-speaks-to-future-military-officers-at-rotc-review/article_7b7c193a-d243-11e3-be68-001a4bcf887a.html

Calling OSU undergraduate students!  PROMISE Internship applications for summer 2014 are now available online.  Applications are due March 22, 2014.  Apply today!

Are you looking for a paid summer internship that is more than just a job?

Want to gain skills to be competitive in the workforce after you graduate?

PROMISE is a ten-week developmental internship program designed for OSU undergraduate students designed to provide professional or technical paid work experience and mentoring at OSU, state, and local agencies.  Historically under-represented students are encouraged to apply.  For more information and program requirements:  http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise/interns

Please attend PROMISE Summer Internship info and application support sessions to learn more. 

INFO & APPLICATION SUPPORT SESSIONS

Thursday, March 6, 2-4 pm; and Wednesday, March 12, 12:30-2:30 pm

Location: Native American Longhouse

General info:

- 10 weeks; 40 hours per week; begins

- $10/hr internships in OSU campus departments and in local community

- Possible positions include: graphic art, web design, agriculture, youth development, research and more

Some benefits of being a PROMISE intern include:

- Increase your professional toolkit

- Build confidence in the workplace

- Develop your networking skills

- Gain from a meaningful experience

- Belong to a learning community of interns

To apply to be a sponsor for an intern please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/oei/promise/sponsors

The PROMISE program is sponsored by Intercultural Student Services and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

For more information or inquiries, please contact: charlene.martinez@oregonstate.edu

The Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), INTO University Partners, New Student Programs & Family Outreach, and the OSU Office of the Dean of Student Life, are working together to present the first annual OSU Off-Campus Housing Expo. The expo is to be held March 6th from 11am-3pm in OSU’s Memorial Union Ballroom. The expo will be a chance for property managers to showcase their businesses and prospective properties to students; for Corvallis and Benton County civic agencies to provide students with relevant information about responsibly living in our community

 If you are interested in accessing and applying for other VA benefits such as medical, disability, VA home loan information, etc., come see the new Benton County VSO, Mary Newman.  Mary will be on campus in my office (Registrar Office) the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 1:00 to 4:00. Mary’s first day on campus will be Thursday, March 6, 2014.  If you are interested in an appointment please call Mary at 541-758-1595 or email  mnewman@ocwcog.org.   

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 “Let’s Talk” is a program that provides drop-in confidential consultation to Veterans and ROTC Cadets at OSU. It’s free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

This service will be available on Mondays from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Winter term weeks 4-10 in the MU JPLC Talisman Room.

Speaking with a counselor consultant can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment, but the counseling consultant can listen to your specific problems and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a counselor.

No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:

  • stress
  • sadness
  • worry
  • relationships
  • academic performance
  • family problems
  • financial struggles

 Who should visit Let’s Talk?

 Any Veteran at OSU or ROTC Cadet can come to a Let’s Talk consultation, but it’s the best fit for student veterans or cadets who:

 Aren’t sure about counseling or wonder what it’s like to talk to a counselor;

  • Aren’t interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  • Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through; or
  • Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like ideas about what to do.

 Questions about Let’s Talk?

 Contact Beth Wasylow, PhD, Licensed Psychologist at 541-737-2131 or Beth.Wasylow@oregonstate.edu

 The Let’s Talk Program at Oregon State University is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University.

 What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?

 When you come to the site, look to see if the office door is open. If it is, please come on in. If the door is closed, have a seat in a nearby chair and wait a few minutes until the counselor consultant comes to greet you. When you two meet, the counselor consultant will listen closely to your concerns, possibly ask questions and provide, support, perspective and suggestions for resources.

What should I do if the Let’s Talk counselor consultant is already meeting with someone?

If the counselor consultant is already meeting with someone, the office door will be closed with a sign indicating that the office is occupied. In this case, please have a seat in a nearby chair and wait for the counselor consultant to come out and greet you. The wait is usually not long.

How is Let’s Talk different from counseling at CAPS?

Counselors at CAPS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-monthly

45-50 minute appointments. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service where student veterans and cadets can have an informal consultation with a counselor consultant from time to time.

Need help with an urgent mental health crisis? CAPS offers 24-hour crisis intervention services for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student. If you are feeling desperate or thinking about suicide, or you’re afraid for the well being of someone you know, you can call CAPS at 541-737-2131.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about it. Would going to Let’s Talk help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The counselor consultant will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor consultant, it is sometimes possible to meet with her at CAPS in an on-going way.

 Let’s Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

 Conversations are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. Let’s Talk counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to CAPS, other CAPS staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order.

 The student veteran or cadet will co-develop and co-sign a brief record of contact.

 Let’s Talk visits are never reported on a student’s official university record.

We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with the Let’s Talk counselor consultant.

 

The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Success and Engagement, the Academic Success Center, and UHDS have collaborated in the creation of a new live-in student position for 2014-15: Academic Learning Assistants (ALAs).  ALAs are responsible for providing academic support and faculty engagement opportunities in their assigned residential community.  ALAs are primarily supervised by a Resident Director, and will receive training and programmatic direction from Academic Success Center staff.  They provide an array of services to support residential students in the adjustment to the academic rigors of Oregon State University. ALAs work to cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promote engagement with university resources, and assist students in navigating the university landscape. These services range from 1-to-1 meetings with students to hall- wide programming initiatives.  Beginning in the fall, there will be one ALA in each residential community on campus (14 total).

Applications are due on February 14, 2014.

Please contact clare.creighton@oregonstate.edu  or david.akana@oregonstate.edu  if you have questions about the position

The Eugene District Office of the OR/WA Bureau of Land Management is outreaching to fill a planned 1 year internship opportunity at our Springfield, Oregon location. We expect to post an announcement for a Pathways Program Recent Graduate Internship on USAJobs in the near future. The position is expected to be announced as a Financial Technician, GS-0503-6/7. Primary responsibilities of the Intern will include accounting, purchasing, collections and billing, and budgeting functions utilizing our automated systems. Please review the the following information at your convenience and contact the undersigned with any questions.

 

BLM Eugene District

Anticipatedvacancyannouncement: February 15, 2014  

 

The vacancyannouncement forthisposition, whenopen, will be postedonthe USAJOBSwebsite, the

U.S.Governmentsofficialsite forjobsandemployment information: http://www.usajobs.gov.

 

 

The Eugene District isconsideringoptionsforfillinga GS-0503-6/7 Financial Technician position as an excepted service, developmental experience appointment expected to last only 1 year under the BLM Pathways Recent Graduates Program. The dutystationwill be located inEugene, Oregon.  Eligible applicants include recent Graduates who in the previous 2 years have completed a degree from a qualifying educational institution.  Veterans precluded by a military service obligation have up to 6 years after completion of degree or certificate to apply.  The purpose ofthisOutreachNotice istoassist indeterminingthe interest level inthe vacancyandhelpdetermine howthe positionwill be advertised.

More information on the Pathways Program can be found at: 

https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pathways_FAQs

DUTIES:  The incumbent will provide administrative support services to District and Resource Area staff by assisting with the operation of multiple automated financial systems. Primary duties entail coordinating the District’s government charge card program as Agency/Organization Program Coordinator (A/OPC) and being a primary Financial and Business Management System (FBMS) operator for the District.  The incumbent will assist with the recording, monitoring and control of financial transactions utilizing the Collections and Billing System (CBS) and assist budget and accounting staffs that operate the Timber Sales Information System (TSIS) in support of District and Resource Area staff.

Donald Ehrich, HR Staff Administrator
Div of S
pt Servs, Eugene District Office
3106 Pierce Pkwy, Springfield, OR 97477
541-683-6420/Cell 541-895-4309

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The Dixon Dream Project is a new project geared at creating an all-inclusive wellness center that would potentially house Rec Sports, CAPS, and others. Currently this project is fairly student run and they are in need of more student participation.

If students are interested in getting involved the next meeting will be Friday, February 7th at 1:00pm in the Dixon Upper Class Room.