Spring 2020 Monday Message – Week 7

HC Announcements and Events HCSA Baking Challenge – Kicking Off The Week With Cookie Decorating!HCSA is hosting a Baking Challenge this week! For starters, watch out for the Baking Challenge video/pictures on HC social media this morning, Monday, May 11 and then show us your best version! For those in West or Sackett Hall, cookie decorating kits […]

May 10, 2020

HC Announcements and Events

HCSA Baking Challenge – Kicking Off The Week With Cookie Decorating!
HCSA is hosting a Baking Challenge this week! For starters, watch out for the Baking Challenge video/pictures on HC social media this morning, 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 at 11:00 a.m. at EBGB’s Marketplace West Dining! Those at home can participate as well with home-made creations! Tag #HCBakingChallenge by Saturday, May 16 to be entered for a prize!

NEW! Wellness Wednesday – Re-energize and Gain Motivation through the exploration of Procrastination
Feeling unmotivated? Is procrastination your typical state of mind? Learn why we procrastinate and explore ways that might help address some of the underlying issues. This Wednesday take a procrastination break that will be helpful to you, utilizing these resources.

How to Recognize Anxiety-Induced Procrastination
Tex Talk – Inside the Mind of a master procrastinator


HCSA Leadership Position Elections – There Is Still Time!
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. 

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!

HC League of Legends Video Game Tournament – RSVP Now! Compete with other HC students in a League of Legends video game tournament during the weekend of week 8, May 22 – 24! Register individually or with a team HERE!   

TODAY! 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 5:00 p.m. TODAY, May 11.

NEW! Earn HC Credits While Being an HC Peer Mentor
The Honors College is now accepting applications for peer mentors! HC peer mentors are current OSU students who have already established themselves at the university and the HC for at least one academic school year. The peer mentor experience has a lot to offer you; including boosting your leadership skills, improving your career profile, meeting new people, and gaining a fulfilling experience. You can also earn an HC elective credit – HC 409 Peer Mentoring!

If you feel you are at a place in your career to support another HC student, please complete the application here bit.ly/HCMentoring20 no later than Friday, June 12. For more information or questions, please contact Taylor Hamby (hambyta@oregonstate.edu) or Snigdha Malladi (mallads@oregonstate.edu).

NEW! Announcement for Spring 2020 Graduates
For students who intend on graduating this term, please look at your MyDegrees on the upper right portion of the page, next to “Graduation Status and Term.” If you do not see “Pending Spring 2020” in this area, you must contact an HC Academic Advisor immediately. Contact us at uhcadvisor@oregonstate.edu regarding your graduation plans.

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

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

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. There are no Stage 1 workshops this week, but there are plenty in the following weeks to come!

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 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

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 $25 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: https://oregonstate.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/1935/Portal/KB/ArticleDet?ID=103425.


NEW! Upcoming HCSA Wellness Wednesday – Scrapbooking!
Looking for a way to de-stress and get your creative juices flowing? Join other HC students via Zoom onWednesday, May 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. PST for a night of scrapbooking and fun conversation! RSVP hereto receive the Zoom link!
*Please provide your own craft supplies

NEW! What Helps Us: DAM Good Creativity
Join the Craft Center and CAPS on Zoom for a weekly guided craft session. Register now to get a kit with the materials needed for all four projects here. Kits are limited to the first 100 registered participants and can be picked up at the MU. Feel free to register and attend the Zoom sessions even if you can’t pick up a kit. Craft sessions take place each Friday in May at 4:00 p.m.

NEW! Training the Mind, Training the Heart
Geoff Barstow will be teaching about the theory and practice of Tibetan Buddhist lojong in partnership with OSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiative and the Hundere endowed chair in religion and culture. This will take place on these three Wednesdays: May 13, 20 and 27 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free and open to all. Register by emailing ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu. More info here.

NEW! DAM Good Self Care 30-Day Challenge
Celebrate Mental Health Month by taking good care of yourself. Explore a variety of challenges centered around mental, emotional, and physical health. Learn new stress relief techniques and strategies, practice gratitude, get active in creative ways and connect with friends along the way. Visit the link here to get started.

Scholarship Opportunities

CARES Act Emergency Aid Available for OSU Students
The Federal CARES Act has provided emergency funding to Oregon State University to help students cover expenses related to COVID-19 impacts. These funds may be used to offset costs of housing, food, course materials, technology, health care and child care, among other eligible expenses. You can apply and find more information at the OSU CARES Act web page here. The funds have restrictions regarding eligibility as detailed on the OSU page. The university has additional, donor-provided emergency funds that students can apply for by completing an emergency funding request here, through the Office of Financial Aid.

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.

Professional Development and Job Opportunities

NEW! Prepare Beavers For Success Beyond Oregon State
Help the Class of 2020 thrive wherever their next steps lead. The OSU Alumni Association’s Winning in Life After College engaging digital event series on life skills and career strategies includes tools for successful online job and grad school searches, LinkedIn presence and personal finances — plus opportunities to network through the “I Wish I Knew” alumni panel and virtual career fair, hosted by the College of Business and Career Development Center. Share the schedule of events, open to all students and alumni.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! ‘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 scientific discussion of the effects of stress and opportunities for students to provide real-time help to others, like volunteering for the crisis line.

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 participate in discussions on their website here.

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


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.* This is the number you can reach us at: (541) 351-8276. Learn more here.

*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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