KBVR FM recognized by Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for Best College Radio Station at a university with over 10K students

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awarded KBVR FM as the winner for Best College Radio Station at a university with more than 10,000 students. The station was one of three college radio stations in the country, and the only West Coast station, to be nominated for this category.

The following KBVR programs and staff won:
•Best Play-By-Play Football Broadcast: Matt Walton and Josh Worden
•Most Innovative Radio Program: Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar (Inspiration Dissemination)
•Best Production Director: Megan Cummings
•Best Promotions Director: Matt Walton

KBVR FM was also a finalist for Best Overall Station. The following KBVR staff were finalists:
•Best Community News Coverage: Jodie Davaz
•Best Program Director: Marissa Solini
•Best Engineer: Jack Kemp (professional staff)

IBS, an educational association comprising more than a thousand high school and college broadcast stations and webcasters, announced the winners at their 74th Annual IBS New York City Conference. All winners and finalists were presented with IBS Golden Microphone Trophies. The conference was attended by KBVR Station Manager Jodie Davaz, KBVR Promotions Director Matt Walton, and broadcasting advisor Bill Gross.

“I am honored and humbled by receiving these awards,” said Matt Walton, KBVR Promotions Director and winner of Best Promotions Director and co-winner of Best Play-By-Play Football, “Josh Worden is a rising star and I am so thankful to be able to work with him. The awards for best station are especially amazing, as they reflect the hard work that every KBVR DJ puts in every day.”

“I’m very proud and thankful for winning this award; it’s certainly something I’ll brag about on my resumé. It’s a fantastic highlight to my young broadcasting career,” said Josh Worden, co-winner of Best Play-By-Play Football Broadcast.

“It is exciting to be acknowledged for my efforts and the role they can play in the growth of KBVR as a station,” said Megan Cummings, KBVR Production Director and winner of Best Production Director. “Joey and I are honored to receive this award,” said Zhian Kamvar, ‘Inspiration Dissemination’ co-host and PhD student, “We want to thank all the guests we have featured for being as passionate as we are about science communication. They are the real inspiration.”

“We are honored and appreciate the recognition,” said Joey Hubert, ‘Inspiration Dissemination’ co-host and MS student, “Zhian and I are passionate about science communication and we are grateful that the awards panel values what we have created.”

“I’m honored to be counted in with this talented group of people and I look forward to KBVR FM’s continued success,” said Jodie Davaz, KBVR Station Manager and finalist for Best Community News Coverage.

KBVR broadcasts 24/7 on 88.7 FM from the campus of Oregon State University. The station is student- managed and is programmed by over 100 student volunteer Djs. Programming includes live music, local news, sports and talk radio shows.

Congrats to our KBVR students and staff!

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


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.  

November 7 and 8, 2013 Veteran and Family Student Association Tabling Event

The VFSA is asking for volunteers to help with the Tabling Event being held in the MU Quad on November 7th and 8th. There are various times to choose from and are scheduled in hour increments, but you can volunteer for whatever time is suitable to your schedule. We would like two people per time, but more is possible. We will have table, chairs, flags and handouts for people. This event is to create awareness to veterans on campus that there is a veteran organization and we are here to help. Thank you for helping!



November 8, 2013 Oregon State University Veterans Day Ceremony

Oregon State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 685 asks you to join them in honoring our nation’s veterans. The ceremony will include a mock funeral ceremony with a 21 gun salute, as well as a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Ceremony. Dress is casual.  The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. and in the Oregon State University Memorial Union Quad

Contact:                Armando Kraynick

Phone:                    (503-383-4165)

Email:                      kraynica@onid.orst.edu


November 11, 2013 OSU Womens Basketball Game against CSU Bakersfield dedicated to Veterans.

The Department of Veteran Resources is partnering with the Athletics Department and OSU ROTC Units to honor Veterans.  OSU ROTC Joint Color Guard will be presenting the colors.  OSU Student and Coos County Veteran Service Officer Eric Gleason will be honored on the court for his military service and continued service as a Veteran Advocate.  Game starts at 6:00 p.m. Ticket Information can be obtained at the following website; http://beavertickets.com/.


November 11, 2013 Albany Veterans’ Day Parade

Student Veterans from around the state will be joining Oregon State University Student Veterans to walk in the 2013 Albany Veterans Parade.  Those interested need to show up by 9:30 a.m at the Fred Meyer which is on 2500 Santiam Hwy SE in Albany, Oregon.  Students will then travel from there to their line up spot in the parade by 10:00 a.m. Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. Point of Contact is Aleah Wright.  Her phone number is 503-507-9699.


November 14, 2013 VA Outreach Day at Oregon State University 

Veterans and Family Student Association (VFSA), Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) Veterans Taskforce Director, and the Office of Veterans Resources are happy to once again host representatives from the Federal and County VA Programs.  Present will be representatives from the Portland and Roseburg VA Medical Center, Salem and Eugene Vet Centers, and Benton County Veterans Service Office.  The event will be held from 9:00 to 3:00 on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in the Memorial Union Veterans Lounge.  Stop in to talk with these individuals about your VA benefits beyond GI Bill.  Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


November 15, 2013 Open House Event in Veterans Lounge

Veterans and Family Student Association (VFSA) and the  Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) Veterans Taskforce Director are hosting an Open House Event in the Veterans Lounge on November 15, 2013 11:00 to 2:00.  Come and meet your new leaders.  Keynote speaker and guest will be Mr. Victor Kuhns, Director for Vets Helping Vets HQ.  Refreshments and food will be provided.


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.


Everyone Matters @ OSU

Everyone Matters @ OSU

I am the coordinator for Everyone Matters @ OSU, a campus-wide initiative encouraging inclusivity and non-judgment of others. At Oregon State University, we treat each other with civility, dignity and respect. Everyone Matters @ OSU emphasizes that we are a community full of individuals who all have value.

This initiative is primarily a social media campaign, creating an online community where OSU community members can express why they think Everyone Matters @ OSU. Throughout the year, students, faculty, staff, offices, departments, and student organizations post videos and photos that either individually or collectively voice support to prioritize inclusivity and non-judgment at OSU.

Everyone Matters @ OSU has partnered with many campus constituents including The Office of Equity and Inclusion, ASOSU, MUPC, SEAC, #bebeaverbold, and The Valley Library. Everyone Matters @ OSU illustrates the mission statement of Oregon State University by promoting social and cultural progress and demonstrates that a social media community can have an impact on the physical environment of our campus.

I think one of the most impactful Everyone Matters @ OSU events, was this past week at the Beaver Community Fair. Everyone Matters @ OSU hosted a photo booth where students and OSU community members answered the question, “Why is your friend awesome?” Here are a few examples of the great energy and positive work that came from that event.

Everyone Matters @ OSU

Everyone Matters @ OSU









Everyone Matters @ OSU

Everyone Matters @ OSU








Everyone Matters @ OSU challenges people to stop, think, and take action to demonstrate inclusivity and non-judgment. On a big campus where many people can feel marginalized, Everyone Matters @ OSU is an opportunity to take a small step to make a big difference.

Hannah Pynn


Hannah Pynn is the Graduate Assistant for the Office of the Dean of Student Life and a masters student in the College Student Services Administration Program. She loves supporting students as they pursue their dreams to make our world awesome.

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!


This blogpost series is called Holidays and Holy Days to inform our OSU community about significant religious and spiritual observances.  If you know of a significant holiday or holy day coming up, please communicate the information to Hannah Pynn hannah.pynn@oregonstate.edu in the Dean of Student Life office.

May 23rd, 2013 is the Bahá’í  holiday of Declaration of the Báb.

Baha'i Temple

Historical Context

The Declaration of the Báb happened in May 1844 when a Shi’a Muslim, Mullá Husayn, was on a journey looking for the Promised One. The Promised One, also called Al-Qāʾim in the Shi’a tradition, is a messiah figure told about in holy scriptures.

Mullá Husayn traveled to Shiraz, Iran where he was approached by a young stranger who invited Mullá Husayn to his home. This young man’s name was Siyyid Ali Muhammad and was a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad through the lineage of both of his parents. Mullá Husayn told Siyyid Ali Muhammad that he was searching for the possible successor to Siyyid Kázim, the Promised One.

This young man who was only 24 years old, told Mullá Husayn that he was Siyyid Kázim’s successor and the bearer of divine knowledge. When Mullá Husayn described the prophesies of The Promised One, Ali Muhammad declared, “Behold, all of these signs are manifest in me.”

Ali Muhammad then proceeded to explain the meanings of difficult holy teachings to Mullá Husayn and convinced him that he was the Promised One that Mullá Husayn had been searching for. Ali Muhammad said, “O Thou who art the first to believe in Me! Verily, I say, I am the Báb, the Gate of God.” Siyyid Ali Muhammad took the title of “The Báb,” which in Arabic means “the Gate.” He was the first of two prophetic figures who founded the Baha’i Faith, the other being Baha’u’llah, which in Arabic means “The Glory of God.”

This is the room where the Declaration of the Bab happened.
This is the room where the Declaration of the Bab happened.

Mood and Common Greetings

Mood – Festive, remembering the influence and significance of the Báb’s words

Common Greeting – Allah-u-Abha – an Arabic phrase that means “God is the Most Glorious”

Words of the Bab, handwritten by Mullá Husayn.
Words of the Bab, handwritten by Mullá Husayn.

Modern Significance

The Bahá’í faith quickly spread from that small room in Shiraz to more than 200 countries and territories around the world, representing diversity from all over the world. The writings of the Báb quickly became the foundations for the new Bahá’í belief system which became an official religion later through the Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, who was a follower of the Báb’s teachings.
Bahá’ís claim that the Báb was also the spiritual return of Elijah and John the Baptist, that he was the “Ushídar-Máh” referred to in the Zoroastrian scriptures, and that he was the forerunner of their own religion.
The declaration of the Báb is one of the nine holy days in the Bahá’í calendar.


  1. Praying
  2. Programs that tell the story of His declaration
  3. No work or school
  4. A special prayer read two hours and 11 minutes after sunset, which is the moment when the Báb informed Mulla Husayn of his mission
  5. Reflect on the process of searching for spiritual answers

Additional Resources







OSU Religious Accommodation Policy

It is the policy of the Oregon University System and Oregon State University that no one shall be subject to discrimination based on age, disability, national origin, race, color, veteran status, marital status, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

With regards to religion, this policy prohibits the University, and its employees while at work or representing OSU, from taking action that promotes religion or promotes one particular religion over another. The University may not create an atmosphere which in anyway suggests it favors one religion over another, or religion over non-religion. As a public university, it is equally important not to inhibit voluntary religious expression. The University’s obligation is to balance these two elements — to refrain from promoting and at the same time to refrain from inhibiting. This policy is premised on respect for each individual’s right to make personal choices regarding the nature, if any, of his or her religious beliefs and practices.

This policy does not preclude a faculty member or employee from being an advisor to a recognized student organization which may have a religious affiliation.



Any student or employee who feels he or she is being treated inappropriately based on religion is encouraged to contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 526 Kerr Administration Building, (541-737-3556).

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!