Welcome to Fall Term 2020

Student Services and FERN Center Fall Term Office Hours

The Student Services Office is located in 116 Peavy Forest Science Complex and will be working remotely during the remainder of fall term. You can schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor by visiting the CoF Advising webpage.

Students who need computing access can utilize the FERN Computing Lab (with reduced capacity) daily. The FERN Center is located in the atrium of Peavy Forest Science Complex. The Computer Help Desk is open and located in 209 Peavy Forest Science Complex.

Per State and OSU policy, face coverings must be worn at all times while indoors and anytime you cannot maintain physical distancing outdoors. Please keep masks/face coverings on when using the FERN Center computer lab.

Call for Blanket Stories

The stories of our lives weave a rich and unique tapestry, giving shape to who we are. When we use the common thread of the College of Forestry to weave these tapestries together, what appears is a unique creation of contrasting and parallel, experiences, perspectives and histories creating a diverse blanket of stories. That diversity is what makes us strong.

Over the month of January, the communications team would like to showcase your beloved blankets, and the unique stories that come from them. Do you have a baby blanket? A quilt passed down from a grandmother? A blanket used in a wedding ceremony? Any meaningful blanket to you will be meaningful to our project. To participate, please upload a photo of your blanket and a paragraph to accompany it. Photos and stories are requested by December 7th.

In conjunction with the display, we will be hosting a lecture on language and diverse storytelling that showcases how our unique stories (and how we tell them) shape who we are. Lecture date/time TBD. Questions? Please contact Jessica Fitzmorris.

2021-21 Scholarship Application now open!

Scholarship applications for the 2020-21 academic year will open on November 1st. Submit your application via the OSU ScholarDollars scholarship portal. Newly-admitted and continuing students are eligible to apply! Eligibility requirements can be found on the CoF Scholarship website. Submit your application between November 1, 2020 and February 15, 2021 for consideration. Contact Student Services or Brooke Harrington with questions.

URSA Engage 2020-21

First and second year students and transfer students in their first year at OSU can engage in research or creative activities under the guidance of an OSU faculty mentor in the URSA Engage program. URSA Engage is available to undergraduates and mentors at all OSU campuses and across all academic disciplines. Students who are selected will receive an award of $750. The URSA Engage website has program details and important deadlines. Student applications are due December 14, 2020.

College of Forestry Ambassador Chat – Want to Talk?

If you have a question, need some encouragement or just want to talk in the last weeks fall term, COF Ambassadors Jenna and Destiny want to hear from you! Drop in by clicking on the links below to check in—they’ll have advice as seniors in the college and some forestry-themed jokes on hand to make you laugh.

Week 8:

Thursday 11/19 @ 1:00 PM with Destiny

Week 9:

Monday 11/23 @ 3:00 PM with Jenna

Wednesday 11/25 @ 1:00 PM with Destiny

Week 10:

Monday 11/30 @ 3:00 PM with Jenna

Thursday, 12/3 @ 1:00 PM with Destiny

NEW! Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session

Please join National and Global Scholarships Advising on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. for an informational meeting about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, a fellowship for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, and early career professionals to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad for up to a year. OSU Fulbright alumni will also present. Register here.

Self-Guided Tools for Academic Success

Looking for new strategies and techniques to support your academic success? Check out the Academic Success Center’s Self Guided Tools in Canvas. These self-paced modules can help you identify strategies to support your learning at OSU. Topics include Managing Your Time, Finding Campus Resources, and Learning During Times of Stress. Use these modules as a starting point and continue your conversation with an Academic Coach or an ASC Strategist.


OSU NEXT is looking for engaging recent graduates from differing backgrounds, colleges, student groups, and walks of life to help plan events and programming to engage fellow grads. The focus of OSU NEXT events range from Professional Development, General Life Tips, and Fun Hang-Outs where former students can get to know other Beavers. The goal is to connect Beavers to each other and the University and to help new members of the work force figure out life after college, find friends in the area to catch a game or grab a coffee with, and maybe even make valuable professional connections. Want to learn more about OSU NEXT and how you can get involved? Visit their website for details and to apply.

College of Forestry Student Clubs and Organizations

Check out the CoF Student Clubs and Organizations! The College of Forestry sponsors a number of clubs and organizations that provide students with opportunities to get engaged with the college community, make new friends with similar interests, improve leadership skills and participate in conferences and workshops. Stop by Student Services if you are interested in finding out more about CoF student clubs!


OSU is holding random weekly COVID-19 TRACE OSU testing of students, faculty and staff on the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Free parking will be provided to those working remotely to come to the Corvallis Campus for testing. Testing will continue throughout fall term. Enroll here!

Cultivating Change
Call for students interested in starting new

student chapter

A call for students interested in creating an OSU student chapter of Cultivating Change Foundation is being made and is open to students who identify as LBGTQ+ or allies. This relatively new organization’s mission is “Valuing and elevating LGBT agriculturists through advocacy, education, and community.” Currently chapters exist at Penn State, UVA, and several other AG Colleges around the country. You can read more about this organization on their website and view a compelling 3 minute video about a local Oregon individual and Cultivating Change. Students interested in being a part of this club/student organization should contact Christina Walsh (she/her/hers/they/them/theirs), Student Engagement Coordinator in College of Agricultural Science.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Film Festival

The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Film Festival begins Friday, September 25th. You can register to attend at the following link.

Grocery support is available for students

It’s hard to study and focus on academics when your belly is growling. The Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) has resources for food insecure students. Every Friday, from 12-2:30, on the back deck of Champinefu Lodge, students can come to get Healthy Beaver Bags when they show their student ID. Each bag is loaded with fresh and nutritious food – eggs, yogurt and fresh organic veggies from a local farm. Healthy Beaver Bags are themed and also come with recipe ideas and cooking tips – it’s like a cooking class in a bag! Grocery support is also available every Wednesday from 10-3 pm and every-other Tuesday from 11-1, again at the back deck of Champinefu Lodge. Grocery support includes common staple items and fresh and frozen dairy and proteins as supply lasts. Check HSRC social media channels for more information.

OSU Writing Center

Need support with a writing project? Writing and research consultants are available to assist you with any type of writing assignment. The Writing Center also offers Workshops on Writing. Stop by their webpage to book an appointment or register for one of their helpful workshops.

Valley Library Open by Reservation

The Valley Library is open for study, computer use, printing, and scanning. OSU students, faculty and staff are invited to use Reserve a Seat ( to select a study space or computer workstation in advance, or we’ll make your reservation for you when you arrive at the library.  A link to the reservation system can also be found on the OSU Mobile App, under COVID-19, Additional Resources.

Rent Textbooks at NO COST for the ENTIRE term

The Textbook Lending Program offers eligible OSU students the opportunity to check out textbooks at no cost for the entire academic term! The program starts the first week of class and operates on a first come, first serve basis. They currently have books for 181 courses! Most of the textbooks are either donated or purchased. Students (and professors) can learn more about the program and check if we have their textbook by going to:

To ensure that HSRC has the textbook needed for a course, check online:
Go to OSU

  • Go to
  • Log in using your ONID through MY ACCOUNT
  • Start a New Search and click on the Course Reserves tab
  • Enter the title of textbook and click Search
  • In the drop-down menu that says “OSU Course Reserves”, change it to “HSRC Textbook Lending Library”
  • If you see a green dot and the word “Available”, you can go to HSRC and rent the textbook
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