OSU Community Response to Recent Acts of Intolerance

18 April 2014

To the OSU Community:

Recently, our university has experienced three severe and unacceptable incidents of racism, homophobia and intolerance that as a community we will not tolerate. These actions are personally disheartening and they are in disregard of the university’s stated aspirations to be a collaborative and caring community. Such acts produce significant harm. They create a sense of fear and vulnerability and negatively affect the ability of community members to participate in university life.

As a university, we aspire to create a welcoming environment that enables success for all members of our community. Our common values are grounded in justice, civility and respect and look to our diversity as a source of enrichment and strength. Our academic environment thrives on critical inquiry and the exchange of ideas; however, hate speech is inconsistent with our mission, and it is unacceptable.

If you are a student and would like confidential assistance in dealing with matters such as homophobia, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPs) at 541-737-2131. If you are an employee and would like confidential assistance, please contact OSU’s Employee Assistance Program within the Human Resources Department by calling 541-737-3103 or online at human.resources@oregonstate.edu

As members of the Oregon State community, we cannot remain silent. Each of us should condemn acts of hate, and assert our values. The university will convene strategy discussions involving students on how we move toward a more inclusive university community. Please join us and the university in doing all we can to counter hateful acts with more vigorous efforts to create and maintain a climate of inclusion, respect and care for all.

Ed Ray

Sabah Randhawa
Provost and Executive Vice President

Becky Warner
Sr Vice Provost, Academic Affairs

Larry Roper
Vice Provost

David Blake
Asst Vice President, Human Resources & Public Safety

Tracey Bentley Townlin
Interim Dean of Student Life

Angelo Gomez
Executive Director, Equity & Inclusion

Allison Davis-White Eyes
Director, Intercultural Student Services

Brett Deedon
President, Associated Students of OSU

Corvallis Town & Gown webpage is up!

Community Outreach-Corvallis Town & Gown (CTG) is new on campus and our mission is to foster positive relationships between OSU, OSU students, and the surrounding community through education, outreach, and programming. The new CTG webpage includes information about living in community off campus, staying safe, laws you should know, staying connected to the university, and more. Check out the site at http://oregonstate.edu/deanofstudents/corvallistowngown!

One of the first things that CTG is involved with is working with ASOSU on the Off-Campus Housing Expo that will be on Thursday, March 6th from 11am-3pm in the MU Ballroom. Come check out this event to learn more about off-campus housing! https://www.facebook.com/events/210813905782066/?ref=22


by Carolyn Killefer

College is the time to develop the  skills you need and Career Trail  is here to help!  Take advantage of the Career Trail Prep by Step program I am excited to be part of Career Service’s Initiative to reach out to OSU students both on and off campus by offering  a new way to engage students in career preparation and develop their skills! Student success is the focus!

The Career Trail

Career Trail is our new online career development self-directed and interactive program to reach students and alumni 24 hours per day, making accessibility for all at their fingertips.  Career Trail engages faculty and staff by providing a resource including curriculum/assignments that can be used individually or in a classroom setting.  Career Trail engages users with diverse levels of experience.

One of the  aspects of the “Career Trail Prep by Step” program that I am excited about is how a student or alumni can quickly review the steps and determine where they are at in the career preparation process and find the step they are ready to engage in.


Know Yourself!


  • The Career Preparation process begins with getting to Know Yourself, your strengths, values, interests, and personality.  What a great way to start!
  • Know the World of Work is the next step where you can learn about majors, what you can do with your major, and learn about jobs that excite you!
  • Next it is off to Develop Tools and Skills that will prepare you for a job.  Here you learn about building a stand-out resume and developing stellar interviewing skills.
  • Next you Learn How to Connect.  Connecting with others through your network, expanding your network through informational interviewing and using professional social media like LinkedIn can help you learn about opportunities and be ready to act on opportunities when they present.
  • You can even learn how to develop a professional website or blog under Now Keep Going!










Link to Career Trail:  http://oregonstate.edu/career/trail

For more help or information visit us at Career Services|B008 Kerr Administration Building | 541-737-4085 | career.services@oregonstate.edu

Carolyn Killefer serves as an OSU Career Counselor with over 20 years of professional counseling experience in academic, community, private practice, and industry settings with a commitment to helping others with their personal goals.

When a Student Needs Legal or Advocacy Services

ASOSU Student Legal Services is located in Snell 135.
ASOSU Student Legal Services is located in Snell 135.

Many students go through their entire college career without seeking the assistance of the ASOSU Legal or Advocacy services. There are others, however, who find themselves in situations where they are not sure how to proceed.

Perhaps they received an allegation of academic dishonesty or maybe their landlord has kept their security deposit unfairly after they moved. Two student-fee funded offices offer students guidance and support when the student is involved in a dispute either within or outside the university.

Sara Saul, Student Legal Services Assistant, greets students as they come in.
Sara Saul, Student Legal Services Assistant, greets students as they come in.





Student Legal Services can help with landlord tenant issues; personal injury; credit issues including debtor-creditor matters and collections, and bankruptcy consultation; consumer law traffic infractions; criminal charges; wills and powers of attorney; uncontested child custody and uncontested dissolution of marriage cases, including child support determinations; and various miscellaneous matters.

Students can schedule an appointment with SLS by calling 541-737-4165. Their office, located in Snell 135, is open from 8am-5pm Monday to Friday.

ASOSU Office of Advocacy is located in Snell 133.
ASOSU Office of Advocacy is located in Snell 133.

ASOSU Advocacy was created to assist students experiencing conflict with the university or any of its administrative offices.

The services of the Office of Advocacy include helping students to navigate grade disputes; financial aid issues; academic advising questions; preparing for Student Conduct hearings; appealing allegations of academic dishonesty; assisting INTO students with questions regarding their program; parking issues; matters of discrimination; conflict with UHDS or The Gem; concerns regarding privacy and access to student records; instances of faculty misconduct; questions about tuition, fees and business office charges; and on-campus disputes with Campus Security officers, campus-based Oregon State Police or Corvallis Police Department.

ASOSU Advocacy Intern, Fiona Bai, working at the office.
ASOSU Advocacy Intern, Fiona Bai, working at the office.


The office, which is located in Snell 133, is open from 9-4pm Monday to Friday. You can make an appointment by calling 541-737-9200.

Because your student fees support the operation of these offices, you can access the services without paying additional fees. We look forward to seeing you should you need an advocate.

Patricia works for the students of Oregon State University in the ASOSU Office of Advocacy.  She works to uphold the best interests of students during times of dispute or misunderstanding with the university or any of its administrative units.  


Happy fall term!


We hope that your fall term has begun well!  We are so excited to be underway with the new academic year.

The leadership of the College Student Services Administration Master’s Program changed this summer and is now under the leadership of Kim McAloney through the Office of the Dean of Student Life and Tom Scheuermann with University Housing and Dining Services. CSSA faculty had multiple planning meetings this summer and are excited for what the future holds for CSSA.

Two new pieces for this year that we are very excited about are WRITE Nights (Thursdays from 4-7pm in Furman 303) where CSSA students can have a designated study space each week and CSSA on Twitter @OSU_CSSA.  We look forward to connecting via these opportunities!

Cohort of fall 2013

This fall, CSSA will be undergoing our 10-year graduate program review. All of our students, faculty and staff affiliated with the program will have an opportunity to participate.  More information on how CSSA students can be involved will be sent via email soon.

Also, in addition to maintaining our on campus program, we are working on the development of a parallel ECampus program.  We will write more about this in our blog near the end of this term.

That’s all our updates for now.  Please let us know if you have questions.


Kim McAloney (kim.mcaloney@oregonstate.edu)

Tom Scheuermann (tom.scheuermann@oregonstate.edu)




Kim McAloney is Coordinator of Student Life Programs in the Office of the Dean of Student Life.  Kim supports the College Student Services Administration masters program, the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program, and supervises interns.

SL spices collectionStudent Life is spicing it up for the OSU Food Pantry

by Debby Widony

The people who serve the University from the offices of Student Life believe that our lives are enriched by helping others. So, in addition to our daily work implementing strategic plans we are collecting an array of herbs and spices to stock the OSU Food Pantry shelves. We expect our collection will be as diverse as the people in our Student Life community.  As the boxes fill with simple salt, exotic star anise, sweet basil, earthy cumin, warm cinnamon, and other aromatics and herbs, we think about how our work supporting student success is much like the spices that can influence the outcome of a meal.

We’ll be collecting seasonings for the Food Pantry for the entire academic year. Our hope is to also use this opportunity to expand our cultural knowledge as Student Lifers venture into local specialty markets or aisles of our favorite markets that support the cuisines of our colleagues and students who hail from outside the Pacific Northwest.

DOT - Spice boxAt the same time we were planning for our collecting of culinary herbs and spices, we accepted the Center for Civic Engagement’s challenge to DOT – Do One Thing. We are excited to contribute in this way and are connecting our Student Life dots to spice it up for the OSU Food Pantry.

Debby Widony serves as the executive assistant to the Dean of Student Life but is better known in Student Life as the Wizard of Odds because of the process, procedure, and policy information bitz she acquires and shares with others.


Happy Spring OSU!


Although the weather hasn’t been the brightest lately, I can feel the summer approaching! My name is Jesseanne Pope. I came to OSU last year as a transfer student from a community college in my hometown. I am now in my third-year (well almost DONE with my third year!), and am majoring in Liberal Studies with a focus in Social Justice. I am also earning a minor in Leadership and working on the Peace Studies Certificate.

The OSU campus holds a special place in my heart, as it has been my education, home, and work place for the past two years. I currently live on campus as a live-in staff member for University Housing and Dining Services. I work as a Community Relations Facilitator, which allows me to do programming around social justice and diversity topics in the residence halls, cooperatives houses, and cultural resource centers. I have held many other jobs on campus, all of which have been wonderful! For example, I worked last summer as START Orientation Leader with New Student Programs and Family Outreach.

As far as involvement goes, I keep myself pretty busy! I am President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society for all disciplines, an Every1 Peer Educator, and an intern with the Office of the Dean of Student Life (hence why you’re reading my story). As an intern here I work on developing and coordinating systems for future interns, for both undergraduate and graduate students. I have gained useful skills so far this term, including the use of Qualtrics (a university survey system), syllabus development, meeting facilitation, and blog writing!

After graduating from OSU I hope to continue on to earn my Masters degree in Student Affairs. I hope to end up working in a university setting. My dream is to work with students and social justice on a big campus. There are many focus areas within student affairs, so I haven’t chosen specifically yet. However, I think I would like to work in new student programs, housing and dining/residence education, admissions, or multicultural programs.

The picture below is from my time studying abroad in Europe. I am sitting on the ledge of a castle on the coast of the Mediterranean in Southeastern Spain. If you get the opportunity to study abroad, I wouldn’t pass it up! Enjoy your four day weekend everyone!


Hi all!

My name is Callie Forrest and I am a junior in the Human Development and Family Sciences program, with an option in Human Services here at OSU. I grew up in a rural coastal town in northern California called Fortuna. I graduated high school in 2010 and came here to OSU. I am often asked why I chose OSU. The answer is pretty simple. As a senior in high school I didn’t know what I wanted to study and I knew going to a large university would provide the most opportunities for when I did figure that out. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to visit a few schools the fall of my senior year. Seeing Corvallis and the campus in the fall was all I needed to know this was the school for me. I’ve had a wonderful 3 years here so far and I am looking forward to my final year and graduation next spring.
My first two years here I was not very involved on campus and this year I have tried to change that. This year I am an intern in the DOSL office and a Peer Advisor for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. This summer I will work as a START orientation leader and in the fall I will be a U-Engage Peer Leader. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership and teamwork skills from all these great positions.
After graduation I hope to be able to get a job with College Possible in Portland. College Possible is a non-profit organization that helps low-income, and usually first generation college students get into and succeed in university. I learned about College Possible at a career fair on campus and was intrigued. I researched it more on my own and became determined to gain a position there after graduation. After working for a year or two, I will go to graduate school and hopefully get into a career that provides me the opportunity to help high school and college students.
P.S. This picture of me is taken at Niagara Falls, which was a very beautiful place. If you ever get the chance to go, don’t pass it up! That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a great and productive Week 7 and good luck as we head into Week 8!

Progressive dinner Birthday party 5/3/13
Progressive dinner Birthday party 5/3/13

Hey OSU!!

My name is Evan Oglevie and I am a first-year graduate student in the College Student Services Administration (CSSA) program here at Oregon State University (OSU). I am originally from Colorado and lived in the state my entire life until moving out to Oregon this last August to attend graduate school. My childhood consisted of involvement in Boy Scouts, playing ice hockey, and being a Star Wars nerd (which I still own up to today….in fact just celebrated “May The 4th Be With You”). I attended Colorado State University and completed my degree in Communication Studies as of 2009. During my time at the university I started my life in Student Affairs as a resident assistant (RA), the typical path seen for a majority of professionals in the field. I was an RA for 3 years and loved every minute of it. I worked mostly with first-year students, but had the opportunity of working with transfer populations as well. I loved it so much that I continued my time in residence life for an additional three years post-graduation. I became a Resident Director (RD) at Western State Colorado University (WSCU), a small public liberal arts college located in Gunnison, CO. There I began my journey as a professional and learned the intricacies of work in the office, student conduct, crisis situations, supervision, and of course work-life balance among the many other hats I wore at a small institution. This was also my first small town experience…a place much smaller than Corvallis. I was always shocked when people in Corvallis told me that this was such a small town. If you want a small town experience, head to Gunnison… a town where five minutes or less of driving will get you out of town and into the valleys and forests in the area.

I have found Corvallis and OSU to be a great community to live in. The CSSA program has been a blast thus far. I love the courses I am taking for the CSSA program and am almost finished with my first year! I can’t believe how fast time flies while in this program. The picture in this post shows my “Corvallis family”, some of my CSSA cohort members helping me celebrate my Birthday this past weekend with a progressive dinner that took place at five different places across Corvallis. I am the person on the left with the hat and lei, part of the mandatory Birthday regalia provided for me by my loving peers! The cohort is a great support system for both in and out of class learning. The knowledge I am gaining from the CSSA program is extremely beneficial for me. I regularly find crossovers from my professional experience to the in-class competencies within CSSA. I am interning this spring term with the Office of the Dean of Student Life (DOSL). For the spring term I am specifically focusing on the development of the Transitions course for the incoming CSSA students this fall, including the planning and organization behind the class. I also work with a team of cohort members focused on the orientation, social media, and social justice areas related to the Transitions course. For the fall term I will be continuing my internship experience with the DOSL as a teaching assistant (TA) with fellow cohort members for the Transitions course. It will be great to see my planning in action! I look forward to continuing my work with the DOSL office and look forward to applying my experiences with this internship into my future career as a professional. Good luck on week #6 Beavers!!

-Evan Oglevie, CSSA