Spring 2020 Week 2 – Monday Message

HC Announcements and Events NEW! HCSA & Honors X Wins Food Drive!Congratulations to the HCSA & Honors X for placing first in the Student Organizations division for this year’s Annual OSU Food Drive! This February, HCSA raised enough money and canned goods to provide 6,271 meals to be distributed by Linn-Benton Food Share! Congratulations to all the members of HCSA & Honors X who […]

April 5, 2020

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HCSA & Honors X Wins Food Drive!
Congratulations to the HCSA & Honors X for placing first in the Student Organizations division for this year’s Annual OSU Food Drive! This February, HCSA raised enough money and canned goods to provide 6,271 meals to be distributed by Linn-Benton Food Share! Congratulations to all the members of HCSA & Honors X who worked hard to achieve this accomplishment. For the full story of the OSU Food Drive, please visit the link here.

NEW! HC Words with Friends Tournament Winner
Congratulations to Rosemary Williams for winning the HC Words with Friends tournament this past weekend. Rosemary defeated Jasmine Vasen in the finals by the score of 504 vs. 329. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the tournament!

NEW! BeaverPrint Credit For Spring Term And Student Computing Resources
During the period in which the SLUG is closed, the Honors College will be providing students with a BeaverPrint credit upon request. Email honors.college@oregonstate.edu if you are interested in receiving this support.

The Milne student computer lab remains open to students residing both on and off-campus. If there are programs you typically use in a computer lab but can no longer access, the university is providing a virtual computer lab for completion of assignments and homework. See instructions for accessing this resource here.

TOMORROW! Remote Dean and Friends on Careers in Health Policy
Join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00 p.m. for a remote Dean and Friends discussion with former Honors College student SreyRam Kuy on careers in health policy!

Dr. Kuy graduated from OSU in 2000 with degrees in philosophy and microbiology. She went on to earn her MD at Oregon Health and Science University and her Master of Health Science degree at Yale University, where she also completed her fellowship. She has served a special advisor to the U.S. Veteran Affairs Secretary and Deputy Under-Secretary for Community Care, overseeing a $14.5 billion budget and 7,300 staff. Before this, she was Louisiana Medicaid’s Chief Medical Officer.

Currently, she is a practicing general surgeon, healthcare executive, and quality improvement researcher at the Houston Veteran Affairs Medical Center and deputy chief medical officer for quality and safety for the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16). She’s a recipient of the American College of Surgeons Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, President George H.W. Bush’s Daily Point of Light Award, OHSU’s Early Career Achievement Alumni Award, L’Oréal Paris’s Women of Worth award, Business Report’s 40 Under 40 Award, and was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the top Minority Healthcare Executives to Watch.

This discussion will be held on Zoom; please RSVP to Kevin Stoller at stollerk@oregonstate.edu to receive a link.

NEW! HC Wellness Wednesday: Free Live Group Fitness Sessions with Dixon Recreation Center
This week, focus on your physical well-being by joining students in live group fitness zoom sessions on Wednesday, April 8 including yoga, zumba, core fusion and beaver lift! Check out Wednesday’s schedule for times and classes here.

*No Group Fitness pass required! Enjoy up to 40+ live group fitness classes until April 24!

NEW! Calling Creative Writers – Join the HC Interactive Fiction Team
The Honors College is looking for students who are interested in writing an interactive fiction story – otherwise known as branching, or choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA). Writers will work together to create a story, one chapter at a time, with each contributing member building upon what has been written in the past. Writers will be asked to write 1-3 chapters depending on the size of the team with each chapter being 500-1000 words. If you are interested in joining this fun, creative team please email LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu by Thursday, April 9.

VIRTUAL Spring 2020 Study Group Sign Up – Deadline EXTENDED! 
Consider joining HC study groups and stay connected with other students this spring virtually through Zoom! The deadline for sign up has been extended to Thursday, April 9 until 12:00 p.m. For sign up and more information regarding study groups please visit the link here.

NEW! HCSA Service Event- Letter Writing to the Elderly
Join the Honors College Student Association via Zoom Saturday, April 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and collaborate with other peers in making thoughtful cards for the non-profit organization “Love for the Elderly”. This group delivers letters to elderly people who may not have family to care for them or whose health is adversely affected as they fight loneliness during these times of isolation. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!

*Please provide your own craft supplies/materials including markers, envelope, stamp etc.

UPDATED! Remote Support for TheSIS Stages
The HC and HC Academic Advisors will continue to support students through all stages of the TheSIS process during the Spring 2020 term. Feel free to contact an HC Academic Advisor if you want to discuss the TheSIS, TheSIS stage requirements, brainstorm ideas, or need assistance.

Stage 1:
The Honors College will be holding Stage 1 workshops remotely via Zoom throughout the spring term. We strongly encourage you to find a workshop date and time that works for you and register online here right away. Don’t worry about forgetting – the HC will send you a reminder the business day before your registered workshop.

  •  Fri. Apr. 10, 11:00 a.m. 
  • Wed. Apr. 15, 12:00 p.m.
  • Thu. Apr. 16 12:00 p.m.
  • Mon. Apr. 20, 9:00 a.m.
  • Tue. Apr. 21, 9:00 a.m.
  • Thu. Apr. 30, 4:00 p.m.
  • Fri. May 1, 4:00 p.m.
  • Tue. May 5, 8:00 a.m.
  • Wed. May 6, 8:00 a.m.

You will receive the Zoom meeting link the business day prior by email, and you must register online here to receive the remote meeting link.

Stage 2:
The Honors College will provide a number of resources this spring to support the completion of Stage 2. 

The dates, times, and presenting faculty information for remote Student & Faculty Mixers in Spring term will be announced on the Monday Message and available on the Stage 2 website here.

You will also find numerous resources on the HC Academic Advising Canvas Page, including: the HC Academic Advising Canvas Page – Honors Thesis, which can be found here; the Resources for Completing Stage 2 on Your Own, which can be found here; and the Past Theses Directory, which can be found here, and other tools to help you explore your options.

For those focused on progressing through Stage 3 & Stage 4 rest assured that we are here to support you and will do whatever we can to remove barriers in your way. Please feel free to contact us at any time here.

Spring Term Classes With Open Spots!
Still looking for a great spring term class? There are spots in the following:

Colloquium: HC 407. Plastics for Poets. Th 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
This colloquium will expose students to their reliance on plastics in every aspect of their daily lives — from soft drinks, shampoos, and baby diapers to automobiles. The material will be presented in such a way that it is accessible to students from all majors. There are no pre-requisites for the course.

Colloquium: HC 407. Imaging the American West. W 10:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Images of the American West are formative in American and, to some extent, world culture. The Western landscape has been portrayed as iconic: a stage on which cultural constructions of individualism, gender, empire, otherness, and nature are graphically enacted. In this course, we will explore images of the West and their implications for contemporary culture and identity.

Colloquium: HC 407. Humans and the Ocean. MW 9:00 – 9:50 a.m.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to ways in which humans understand the marine environment. Lectures, group and individual library research, and assignments will collate approaches from a range of discipline. Through fiction and non-fiction literary perspectives designed to enhance critical reading skills, students will learn about historic and contemporary ocean and coastal issues, such as sustainable fisheries, plastic pollution, and climate change, with perspectives from faculty in the humanities, arts, and sciences.

Bacc Core (Western Culture): WL 429H. French Society Through its Cinema. F 12:00 – 2:50 p.m.
An examination of French society through its own cinema. Via the screening and study of films from the various periods of French history, students will delve into the heart of French society and will discover the socio-historical, political, economic and cultural context. 

NEW! HCSA Student-Faculty Trivia Night – Register ASAP!
Join us for a friendly trivia competition against fellow Honors College faculty and students on Thursday, April 16 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Challenging questions, brilliant competitors, and fabulous prizes – you won’t want to miss it! Register here.

Save the Date: Networking Tips and Tricks Event!
Join the Honors College and the Career Development Center for a Networking Tips and Tricks workshop on Tuesday, April 21 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PTRSVP for this virtual Zoom workshop here!

Scholarship Opportunities

Nationally Competitive Scholarships: Q&A Session
On Thursday, April 9th at 6:00 pm PDT, tune in for a virtual information session about applying to nationally competitive scholarships and opportunities abroad!

This event will be hosted by LeAnn Adam from the OSU Prestigious Scholarships Office and a panel of recent scholarship recipients. Join the meeting via this Zoom link.

EXTENDED and EXPANDED! Honors College Tuition Scholarship and Grants
The Honors College recognizes that this may be a challenging time for students and families.

We have extended the deadline for the 2020-2021 Honors College Differential Tuition Scholarship to April 12, 2020. Continuing students can apply for tuition scholarships through ScholarDollars by completing the HC application and applying to the “Oregon State University Differential Tuition Scholarship.” All continuing students who wish to be eligible for a tuition scholarship from the HC in 2020-2021 must apply by April 12!

We also want to make sure that you are aware of the option of applying for an Honors College Differential Tuition Grant for spring term, 2020. These grants are for students experiencing particular difficulties in paying for educational expenses. The HC does not want inability to pay differential tuition or other costs associated with college enrollment to be the determining factor in whether a student graduates from the college or continues as an honors student. All students considering withdrawal for financial reasons should consider submitting a grant application here.

If you have any questions, please direct them to honors.college@oregonstate.edu or an HC adviser.

Job and Internship Opportunities

NEW! Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) Coastal Tourism Undergrad Internship Deadline Extended
Where “the forest meets the sea” on the Hebo Ranger District, an undergraduate student can choose between two potential coastal tourism-themed projects. The Hebo Ranger District provides diverse coastal recreation opportunities that invites regional and international tourism with an estuary for fishing and kayaking, plus beautiful coastline hiking trails on the Oregon Coast Trail and Cascade Head Scenic Research Area (United Nations-designated Biosphere Reserve). 

Projects offer experiences in Forest Service Oregon Coast Trail recreation facilities design, installation and campfire interpretation program at the Sandlake Recreation Area, or assisting with various types of marketing for dynamic coastal events in collaboration with Tillamook County tourism-centric groups. Both projects will have opportunities to present to coastal collaborative groups.

Hebo Ranger District is a relatively remote location in Tillamook County –approximately 50 miles from Newport, Oregon, 70 miles from Corvallis, and 90 miles from Portland. This position would be ideal for an undergraduate student resident in the local area who is seeking experiential education in the areas of natural resources, conservation and management and/or recreation and tourism. Applicants should be aware that field housing has not yet been confirmed at the time of this announcement. Space and hookups are available for a camp trailer or Recreational Vehicle (RV).

This internship will take place from June 15 to August 22, with compensation of $6,240. The new application deadline is Sunday, April 12. Please visit the link here to apply. For more information, please contact Cynthia at cynthia.leonard@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! 5 Under 5 Alumni Panel To Be Delivered Remotely
With recent changes at OSU, the OSU “5 Under 5” Engineering Alumni Panel has now transitioned to be delivered remotely! Attendees will have the chance to hear from our five recent alumni and get some perspective on being a new college grad, new engineering professional, and tips for success after graduation!

Our alumni panel includes: Tim Slama ’19 (mechanical engineering); Winnie Tafempa Messa ’18 (electrical engineering); Kathleen Mannion ’16 (civil engineering); Lauren Smith ’19 (radiation health physics); and Mark Geniza ’17 (chemical engineering). 5 Under 5 is cosponsored by the OSU Alumni Association and the College of Engineering. Register here for the virtual session! It takes place Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

Now More Than Ever: A Call For Poems About Pandemic-Caused Hunger
These times call out to poets. One of the many looming threats of the current pandemic is an expected surge in levels of hunger and food insecurity. Spikes in hunger are predicted in our neighborhoods, across each state, throughout our country, and in countries around the world.

This new threat calls for a special effort. Poetry X Hunger is urging poets in this Now More Than Ever moment to raise voices against hunger as it accompanies the pandemic. Write a family-friendly poem in Word format of no more than 40 lines focused on some aspect of the pandemic on hunger and food insecurity. Some possible topics include gratitude to those who are on the food security front lines, concern/fear over looming hunger among vulnerable groups, and calls to action.

Send the poem along with a two-sentence bio and your picture to PoetryXHunger@gmail.com. By doing so, you will be giving Poetry X Hunger permission to post your poem on its website and/or Facebook page. There is no deadline, but please send your poems as soon as you write and polish them!

Poetry X Hunger hopes that these poems will be useful to folks in hunger-prevention organizations who are working overtime to meet current and impending needs – locally, nationally, and globally. We need powerful poetry that gives voice to our collective concerns. Especially now. Please spread the word by sharing this call with anyone you think might be interested in writing/submitting a poem.

‘Punch Through Pandemics’ Course Available For OSU Students and Public
To help combat feelings of isolation and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, professors in Oregon State University’s School of Psychological Science have put together a new course to help explain what’s happening in our brains and offer evidence-based coping mechanisms. The class will include a combination of scientific discussion of the effects of stress on the body, and practical opportunities for students to provide real-time help to others, like volunteering for the crisis line. The PSY 499 course is led by Dr. Kathy Becker-Blease, Dr. Regan Gurung, and Kate Gallagher.

Students who wish to earn credit can enroll in an Ecampus or Corvallis section through myOSU here. Students and members of the public who wish to join a free, noncredit version of the course can enroll for free on Canvas here. You can also follow along with the content and activities and participate in discussions casually on their website here.

BEavers HERE NOW Drop-In Meditation Via Zoom
Enjoy a different 15 minute guided meditation each week! No experience necessary. All are welcome. Benefits of meditation include: stress reduction, better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships.

The meditation will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. Visit this link to access each session.

Contact tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too.

Intramural Sports Update In light of recent COVID-19 developments, all in-person intramural sports for spring term are suspended until we can safely have activity.

However, we are excited to offer virtual and remote programming here! All virtual intramurals are free.

Here is our virtual line-up:

E-Sports (multiple platforms)

App Games (download Apps and we’ll schedule games)

Just Keep Stepping: Step Count Competition

  • Everyone still need to get their steps in!
  • Teams of 4 will report their weekly step totals.
  • Join as a free agent and we’ll get you on a team!

Virtual Running Groups

  • You don’t have to run alone with your virtual running group!
  • Mondays at 10:10 a.m., Tuesdays at 5:10 p.m., and Fridays at 12:10 p.m.

Weekly Trivia

  • Weekly Trivia on Wednesdays at 7pm, hosted via Zoom!
  • Sign up by 6pm on the Wednesdays of the week you want to play.
  • Themes vary from week to week!

You must have a current recreational sports membership to participate. Some games have closed for registration, but for games that are still open, the earliest registration deadlines are April 8 and 10. Visit the link here to sign up. Visit this link to view other remote programming offered by the Department of Recreational Sports. Winners will receive an Intramural Champion Shirt.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

HCSA/Honors X: Join Us Virtually
Meetings will be held every Monday from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Zoom Meeting ID: 360 964 580. All Honors College students are welcome to join!

HC Drop-In Advising Hours
Need help now? Drop-in advising is available remotely Monday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Use this link to access the Zoom sessions.

HC Graduate Teaching Assistant Spring Office Hours
Rachel Navratil, the HC Graduate Teaching Assistant, will be hosting office hours virtually via Zoom throughout spring term.

Whether you have a question related to the Honors College, OSU in general, or just need a friend to chat with, you may enter the office hour waiting room during the scheduled times by using this link here.

Rachel’s Spring Office Hours:
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

COVID-19 Resources

UPDATED! Human Services Resource Center (HSRC): COVID-19 Resources!
During this challenging and uncertain time, it is more important than ever for the HSRC to find new ways to support OSU students and their families. We have quickly changed many of our processes and programs so that we can continue meeting students’ basic needs – this includes access to food, shelter, and other course related materials. We want you to know what our programs look like as we adapt to this new reality.
Remote Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
One of the most impactful programs that helps fight food insecurity and serve as an effective retention strategy is SNAP. Because of this, we are ramping up our SNAP outreach and enrollment support. We also understand that these hardships do not impact everyone equally. We are proud to offer SNAP application support in nine languages. Our diverse and talented student workforce is ready to help students navigate the SNAP application – and help students find resources (food pantries, etc.) in whatever locations they will be.
Please visit the SNAP website for more information.
-Food Pantry and Grocery support
The HSRC will continue on-site food assistance at Champinefu Lodge for local students. This will include food boxes from our local food bank and “Healthy Beaver Bags.” Food box distribution will be Wednesdays from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. Healthy Beaver Bags will be distributed Fridays from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. and will only be available to members of the OSU community. 
-Laptop, Calculator Loans & Internet Access
The HSRC is assisting students who may not have access to technology they need – both laptops and calculators. We are working with our colleagues in the library and elsewhere to get students what they need. The HSRC is working to be the central point where students with need are being directed – which is through the single support form here. We are also sharing resources for free internet with students. 
-Basic Needs Navigation and Emergency Housing
We are still doing Basic Needs support from Miguel with others on our team here. Emergency Housing is still available for eligible local students experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness
-Textbook Support
We know students rely on our textbook lending program and we’re shifting operations to continue this in some format. We’ll be collaborating with the Valley Library to fully utilize both Course Reserves, digital licensing options, before we look to physically ship a student a book. Because shipping times from Amazon and other delivery services are growing, we anticipate that we would be able to help a student with digital access sooner than they would receive a physical book. Students can share their needs through the single HSRC assistance support form here.

Our website has these updates reflected here. Students who need to use our services with accommodations should contact the HSRC at hsrc@oregonstate.edu and we will contact them as soon as we can.

How To Prepare For Spring Term With Zoom!
The past few weeks have brought a lot of change – socially, emotionally, physically, and of course, academically. To help you prepare for your spring term classes, here are some helpful links that explain how best to use Zoom for remote learning.

-Download Zoom here.
-Review the tips and tricks for using Zoom as a student here.
-Watch Zoom tutorials to prepare for class here.

Laptops For Loan!
Need a computer with video? The OSU Valley Library has a laptop loan program. Loans are available for 1 day, 1 week, and 1 term. To request a laptop on loan, please visit this link.

CAPS COVID-19 Adjustments
Due to concerns about COVID-19 at OSU, CAPS is following Provost Feser’s recommendation to deliver our services remotely when possible.

-CAPS’ on-call clinic will operate regular hours (M-F, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the academic term,10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. during spring break), but on-call appointments will be provided over the phone (call 541-737-2131) starting Monday, March 16. 
All first and return appointments (all appointments other than on-call appointments) will be provided through secure Zoom videoconferencing (specific instructions for this will be sent to CAPS clients). This will be implemented until April 10th, when it will be reassessed.
CAPS Single Session Clinic appointments will be offered starting March 30 through Zoom. 
-CAPS’ after-hours crisis line will remain available (541-737-2131).
If you are currently in crisis, please call CAPS to talk with a counselor (541-737-2131). 

Please consider using the following resources to help you cope during these challenges.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Why Pandemics Activate Xenophobia
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
How to Survive Coronavirus Anxiety

COVID-19 Information Per the World Health Organization

  • Practice social distancing
  • Maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet from others
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms – mainly fever, tiredness, and dry cough
  • If you are sick, wear a face mask around other people
  • If you are not sick, do not wear a face mask unless caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a face mask)
  • There is a worldwide shortage of face masks – use them wisely
    -Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Learn more about COVID-19 here.

By: Sukhjot Sal

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