Spring 2020 Monday Message – Week 6

HC Announcements and Events NEW! HCSA Watch PartyJoin HCSA as they host a Watch Party on Thursday, May 7 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Netflix Party! Voting on the movie will take place throughout the week on the HC Instagram Story – Tuesday’s vote will be on the movie genre, and Wednesday’s vote will be on the […]

May 3, 2020

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HCSA Watch Party
Join HCSA as they host a Watch Party on Thursday, May 7 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Netflix Party! Voting on the movie will take place throughout the week on the HC Instagram Story – Tuesday’s vote will be on the movie genre, and Wednesday’s vote will be on the movie. Watch it together while sharing your opinion via chat on Zoom! Register here to receive the Google Chrome extension instructions and other details on how to attend.

NEW! HCSA Leadership Position Elections
HCSA is holding elections to fill leadership positions for the next academic school year of 2020-2021. We are seeking students to run for the following positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Administrative Chair, Service Chair, Professional Development Chair, and Public Relations chair and Academic Activities Chair. For more information on positions and how to run, follow this link! Elections will be held on Monday, May 18 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. through the virtual HCSA/Honors X Meeting ID: 360 964 580. 

NEW! HC League of Legends Video Game Tournament
Interested in playing or watching other HC and OSU students compete in a League of Legends video game tournament? Fill out the interest form here

NEW! HCSA Baking Challenge – Coming Week 7!
HCSA is hosting a Baking Challenge during week 7. For starters, watch out for the Baking Challenge video/pictures on HC social media the morning of Monday, May 11 and then show us your best version! For those in West or Sackett Hall, cookie decorating kits will be available first come first serve in West Dining! Those at home can participate as well with home-made creations! Tag #HCBakingChallenge by Saturday, May 15 to be entered for a prize. Stay tuned for next the next Monday Message with more details for West Dining cookie kit decoration pick up location.

Volunteer Opportunity: Knit For Those In Need!
Want to get crafty while also engaging in service? Participate in the Spring Knitting Project every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. to socialize with your peers while knitting a project to donate to someone in need. No experience necessary! Meetings will start week 4, RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!

NEW! Graduation 2020 Help!
Are you within three terms of graduating from OSU? Consider attending an Honors College graduation drop-in session to get all your questions answered as you near graduation. Learn about final thesis responsibilities, your remaining HC requirements, and overall recommended practices to ensure a smooth and successful path to becoming an Honors College alum. Please drop-in to the session at any point during the scheduled time.

Tuesdays: May 5, 12, 19  from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Zoom ID for Tuesday sessions here.

Fridays:  May 8, 15, 22 from 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.
Zoom ID for Friday sessions here.

NEW! Wellness Wednesday – Jackbox Games Edition
Join RD Danielle Terrell on Wednesday May 6 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. via Zoom and take a break from the grind of school and relax with some jackbox games! Join the fun at the link here!

THIS WEEK! Dean and Friends Discussion on Managing Through Crisis
All Honors College students are invited to a remote Dean and Friends discussion with Honors College alum Eric MacKender on the topic of “Managing through crisis” on Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m. 

Eric graduated in 2000 with a H.B.S. in chemical engineering and later earned his M.B.A. from Tulane University. He began his career at the Chevron Oronite Company chemical plant in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and he has had several roles in commercial and research departments in Richmond, CA and Houston, TX for Oronite. In 2015, he became the planning and performance manager for Chevron’s supply and trading business, and in 2017, he returned to Louisiana to work at their Oak Point plant as, first, technical manager and, since 2019, operations manager. Eric is also a member of the Honors College Board of Regents, the college’s external advisory and leadership group.

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

2020 Honors College Awards – Nominate an Outstanding Professor, Mentor, Community Member or Course
Did a professor inspire you to greater heights or change your perspective on the world? Did your thesis mentor go above in beyond in supporting you and opening up opportunities? Did you leave a class inspired and motivated? Is there anyone in the Honors College that you feel deserves to be recognized? If you answered yes or if you have a professor or class that you just love, please nominate them for a 2020 Honors College award! Nominations must include brief comments on what has made your experience particularly successful, meaningful, or impactful. Nominate here by May 11th.

UPDATED! TheSIS Stage 1 Workshops & Student & Faculty Mixers
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, brainstorm ideas, or need assistance. Please feel free to contact us at any time here.

Stage 1 Thesis Workshops are on Zoom: 
If you haven’t done it yet, now’s the time to complete the first stage of your Honors Thesis! Learn more about the possibilities and requirements for the Honors Thesis and create your personal thesis map in a 45 minute workshop.

You can view the full schedule of workshops and register online now for any one. You will receive a reminder and a Zoom invitation the business day before your workshop by email. You must register online to receive the conference link. 

Week 6 workshops are:

  • Tuesday, May 5 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Student & Faculty Mixers – Spring 2020
Each one-hour long mixer will be hosted remotely via Zoom by an Honors College dean and be multi-disciplinary. Five to six faculty members from varying fields will present their work to all attendees followed by a Q&A session in their own breakout rooms.

The names and information of presenters for each session are listed on the Stage 2 website and below so you can choose a mixer with faculty or departments you are interested in learning more about. You can attend more than one mixer. 

You must register online at least two business days before the mixer. This will allow us to contact you about which faculty member’s breakout room you would like to attend and send you the meeting link. Early registration is encouraged.

May 7: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Zach Price – School of Writing, Literature, and Film
  • Josh Reeves School of Arts & Communication
  • Lewis Semprini – Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
  • Shane Brown – Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Bryony Dupont – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Jihye Park – Civil and Construction Engineering

May 13: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Liney Arnadottir – Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering
  • John Parmigiani – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Javier Calvo-Amodio – Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Ryan Contreras – Agricultures Sciences, Horticulture
  • Elizabeth Root – Speech Communication

Scholarship Opportunities

CARES Act Emergency Aid Available for OSU Students
The Federal CARES Act has provided some emergency funding to Oregon State University to help students cover expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions. In addition, OSU has some donor-funded resources for students in need of support this term. Please review the OSU Office of Financial Aid homepage for additional information about eligibility and application procedures.

Engineering Student Emergency Fund Application
Facing barriers to completing your degree? Apply now for financial support through the Student Emergency Fund.

Honors College Differential Tuition Grants
The Honors College recognizes that this may be a particularly challenging time for Honors College students and their families. We encourage students who are experiencing difficulty paying the costs associated with Honors College enrollment to apply for a one-term Honors College Differential Tuition and Emergency Grant.

Determinations will be made on a rolling basis and will consider both need and the likelihood of earning the Honors Baccalaureate. Inability to pay Honors College differential tuition or other costs this term should not be the primary barrier to any student’s successful graduation from the college or continuation as an honors student. Approved grants may be for the full HC differential tuition (currently $500) or a portion of it and are for one-term only. Grants will not be renewed for additional terms, but students can reapply. 

Typically, students can only receive two Differential Tuition and Emergency Grant during their time in the Honors College, but during this period of crisis all applicants will be considered. See the application here for additional information.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! Book Club: Healing Politics by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
ASOSU, OID, and Mortar Board are excited to announce a book club featuring Dr. Abdul El-Sayed’s new book Healing Politics! Dr. El-Sayed is a physician, public health expert, and activist who is at the forefront of the progressive movement. His new book examines the epidemic of insecurity in America. For more information about the book, visit the link here.

All OSU students are invited to join the book club and receive a free book! At the end of the term, we will also be hosting a webinar Q&A/ conversation with Dr. El-Sayed. For more information about the author, visit the link here. To sign up, click here (supplies are limited).

OSU Digital Days of Service 2020
At Oregon State, we show up for each other because it helps our community flourish. Because it feels good. Because we can.

That’s why, even while we maintain our physical distance from one another, we’re continuing to celebrate Beaver Nation’s benevolence and creating a new format for Oregon State’s annual spring service tradition. Join together with your determined Beaver community for the first-ever DIGITAL DAYS of Service, from May 1 – 16.

In this time of great need, your unique talents and passions are pivotal to the strength of OSU and local communities facing heightened hardship. Are you a great mentor? Uplift budding professionals with your hard-earned expertise. Do you have a green thumb? Share your garden harvest with neighbors or local food banks.

Join or start a project today here. Then, wear your volunteer badge with pride. Share your story here to inspire friends, family and fellow Beavs to join the movement and make a difference in their community. Tell us about your project, why you chose it and how it felt to help others.

Let’s spread a cycle of courageous and generous action. Together, we’re stronger. #OSUDaysOfService

Now More Than Ever: A Call For Poems About Pandemic-Caused Hunger
Poetry X Hunger is urging poets to raise voices against hunger as it accompanies the pandemic. In response to the call for the Now More than Ever need for poetry that responds to pandemic-related hunger, several poets have sent us fine, moving work. 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. Possible topics include gratitude to those who are on the food security front lines, concern 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 (this gives 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 can! All the poems are available for use (with attribution) by anti-hunger organizations in messaging and appeals. If you have a second, you may want to check out and comment on some of the terrific poems that are posted here.

Beavers Belong Network
Beavers Belong is a support network for students, by students. Our program’s goal is to create connection, community and belonging through weekly peer-led groups. Spring term 2020 undergraduate student groups start week 3. For Mondays at 11 a.m., register here; for Thursdays at 5 p.m., register here. Graduate students group will start week 4, from Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m., with registration here.

We are also recruiting directors and leaders for 2020-21. Apply today at this link.

Student Care – When Life Happens, Text Us


When life happens, text us.

Student Care strives to help students and their families navigate challenging circumstances. We are grateful to our faculty and staff who continue to help our Beavers get the support they need when life gets tough. We have now expanded our services to include our Student Care Textline during the Spring term. If a student you know needs assistance from Student Care, please give them this number in addition to the other ways to access us. Our textline is monitored from 10 AM – 9 PM PST, Monday through Friday.*

(541) 351-8276
Learn More

*Our text line will help you with initial questions or concerns, and help you schedule an appointment with our support staff. If you are worried about the safety of someone, please email CAPS during regular business hours or call the crisis line (541-737-2131) after-hours.

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.

Thesis Stage 4 Help!
Feeling alone in the writing process? Assistant Dean, Ben Mason, will be holding virtual writing hours to support students in their final stages of the thesis process. Join him Fridays, through Week 7, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Zoom Meeting ID: 634 246 895 / Password: hc408.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID Emails Sent to Students
The emails in this link were approved by the OSU Registrar to be sent to Student Communications listserves in the 2019-2020 school year. It provides a clear overview of emails sent to students regarding the OSU response to COVID-19 in the past few months.

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. 
-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

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.

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. 
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

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.

By: Sukhjot Sal

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