Spring 2020 Monday Message – Week 8

HC Announcements and Events NEW! HC Study Break #2 – A Talent Show!The second HC Study Break this term will be a talent show! Participants should submit their talents to hcstudybreaks@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on May 25. We are looking for talent submissions in the following three categories: Participants should submit photos of their visual work, […]

May 17, 2020

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HC Study Break #2 – A Talent Show!
The second HC Study Break this term will be a talent show! Participants should submit their talents to hcstudybreaks@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. on May 25.

We are looking for talent submissions in the following three categories:

  • Visual: drawing, painting, sculpture, embroidery, photography, etc. 
  • Performance: music, theater, lip synch, dance, comedy, etc. 
  • Written: short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, etc.

Participants should submit photos of their visual work, videos/audio files of their performances, and files/audio of their written work. Performances should be no longer than 10 minutes long. Written work should be no longer than 15 pages double-spaced for prose/drama and 8 pages for poetry. 

Participants may submit up to one entry per category. Winners from each category will be chosen to win scholarship prizes! Students who are the first to submit in a category will win prizes too! Some talents may also be highlighted on Honors College social media during week 9.

TONIGHT! 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 today, Monday, May 18 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. through the virtual HCSA/Honors X Meeting ID: 360 964 580. 

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

THIS WEEK! 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!  

NEW! HCSA Applying to Graduate School Information Session
Considering applying to graduate school? Join HCSA and the OSU Graduate School for a virtual “Applying to Graduate School” information session on Monday, June 8 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PST to learn the ins and outs of graduate school including the application process, financial aid, and more! RSVP here by Sunday, June 7.

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!

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).

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

Fridays: May 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 – Fridays at 5:00 p.m. During Weeks 8, 9, & 10 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 have to register to receive the Zoom link.

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. This week there will be a Student & Faculty mixer on Thursday, May 21 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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.

It’s Coming… the Honors College Virtual Thesis Fair
Make plans to attend the annual Honors College Thesis Fair, Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 29 online via Canvas. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of Honors students and is a great way to explore the wide range of thesis topics pursued by this year’s graduating class through informative poster displays targeted to a general audience. All posters will be paired with a  lightning talk describing their research.  Additionally, students will be on hand to answer questions regarding their research on Friday, May 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Watch your inbox for an invitation to the Canvas site or register by May 26. If you have any questions, please contact us at 5417376400. 


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.

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 May 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.

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

UPDATED! OSU Emergency Aid
Students who are in need of emergency funding during this time should consider completing an emergency funding request here, through the Oregon State University Office of Financial Aid, in addition to reviewing Honors College or other college and school/department level resources.

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

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! Library Resources For Assignments
Not finding that source or sources you need for your assignment? Ask a librarian here or consult a research guide here!

‘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).

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.

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

By: Sukhjot Sal

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