Fall 2020 Monday Message – Week 0

HC Campus Resources We are excited to welcome students back to the Honors College. For those of you returning to campus or the local community, we are opening the Honors College resources in the Learning Innovation Center as detailed below. The LInC itself will be open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Use of HC resource […]

September 21, 2020

HC Campus Resources

We are excited to welcome students back to the Honors College. For those of you returning to campus or the local community, we are opening the Honors College resources in the Learning Innovation Center as detailed below. The LInC itself will be open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Use of HC resource requires agreement with the Honors College Community Compact.

  • The Honors College main office in LInC 450 will be open beginning today, Monday, 9/21 from Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. All visitors are required to follow OSU safety policies. Entrance is through the main door (immediately west of the elevators), and traffic flow through the offices will be one-way, following directional signage. HC staff will be on hand during business hours to assist with questions or help with scheduling appointments, either in-person or virtual. You can also get in touch with the main office by contacting honors.college@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541.737.6400. Contact honors advising at uhcadvisor@oregonstate.edu or by calling 541.737.6414.
  • The student computer lab and lounge (the SLUG) on the third floor of the LInC will be open during its usual hours beginning today:
    • Monday-Thursday – 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
    • Friday – 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    • Saturday – CLOSED
    • Sunday – 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

We have requested that all Honors College students have card lock access to the LInC during the hours when the SLUG is open but the building is closed. You will need your ID card and will need to enter at the main (north) entrance. For more information about getting an ID card, see here. As we know many students do not yet have IDs, you can currently access the building using a PIN code, which will be emailed to you.

Access to the building is only authorized for Honors College students. Allowing non-honors students to enter the building, sharing this PIN code, using spaces inappropriately, or not following staff directions will lead to the end of afterhours access privileges for all honors students, so please be responsible. If you are in the LInC outside of its normal open hours, you are restricted to the third floor. If you have questions, please contact us at honors.college@oregonstate.edu.

Usage of the SLUG will also require adherence to the Honors College Community Compact. Capacity will be restricted to 40 students, with check-in and check-out required. Students will be expected to clean up all surfaces they have been in contact with upon departure using the cleaning products provided. Please be courteous and patient and follow all posted guidelines or instructions from SLUG staff members.

  • Honors College classrooms – LInC 343, 345, 350, and 360 – will be available for student use during SLUG open hours. Accessing the spaces requires check-in and check-out in the SLUG and entails assuming cleaning responsibilities using the products provided. Classrooms can be reserved in advance for two-hour blocks in the SLUG. Capacity in these rooms is restricted to 9 (LInC 343 and 345) or 3 (LInC 350 and 360).

These policies and regulations will change if circumstances require adjustments, and some services may need to be cancelled. For updates, see here. We recognize that this is an unusual time, and that you are being asked to make changes in your behaviors and take on new or increased responsibilities. We appreciate your willingness to help by following all rules, instructions, and expectations.

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! HC Stand-Up Paddle Trip with Adventure Leadership Institute
The HC fall adventure trip is here – join us for a Stand-Up Paddle boarding trip on the Willamette River. Participants will walk in small groups from campus to Chrystal Lake Landing, paddle from Chrystal Lake to Michael’s Landing, and walk back to campus. The cost of the trip is $30, which includes trip leaders to facilitate group activities, paddle boards, and all safety equipment. Register here for the morning session (approx. 7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) or register here for the afternoon session (approx. 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Both sessions take place on Sept. 27.

HC Announcements and Events

TODAY! Tips & Tricks to Effective Email Management
If you have not already discovered, email is how OSU communicates. It is vital that you learn to utilize it in an effective and efficient manner. Join HC Dean Doolen to learn how to manage your email using tips and tricks for organizing incoming messages efficiently. Register here to attend this workshop being held TODAY, Sept. 21, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

TOMORROW! New Student Induction
To welcome the newest members of the Honors College, the New Student Induction will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. via Zoom here. This event is an official welcome; an opportunity to orient new students to the various services and resources offered. All incoming students are expected to attend, and friends and family members are most welcome.

NEW! Honors College Student Association – First Meeting Next Week
Get the inside scoop! Join HCSA and Honors X for an ice cream social Thursday, Oct. 1 from 7 – 8 p.m. via Zoom. Come learn about leadership and involvement opportunities in the Honors College while meeting fellow students. We’re looking for new students to join the leadership team and will be holding elections to fill the remaining leadership positions. We are seeking students to run for Honors X Chair, Honors X Vice Chair, Honors X Service Chair, Honors X Social Chair, and Honors X Public Relations chair. Fill out the information in this link to run! Elections will be held at the regular HCSA meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 7 – 8 p.m.

The priority deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 5. If this sounds interesting to you or someone you might know, please visit the Honors College Student Leadership Circle web page here for more information along with details on how to apply.

NEW! Stage One Thesis Workshops
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 here.

You will receive a reminder and a Zoom invitation via email the business day before your workshop. You must register online to receive the conf

Professional Development and Job Opportunities

NEW! Dell Technologies Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity
Interested in interning with Dell Technologies? Come learn about the different job opportunities Dell has to offer HC students by joining a Zoom meeting with their University Relations Team on Monday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. They will be sharing information about their company, how they identify top talent, and their 2021 summer internship opportunities across disciplines such as engineering, business, and marketing.

If you are interested, please register here for the Zoom link. If you have any questions, please email Emily Garcia at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Apply for the HC Student Leadership Circle
The HC is seeking students from all across our college to participate in this year’s Student Leadership Circle. The Honors College Student Leadership Circle lends a diverse student voice to college issues and advises the deans and directors on various topics affecting students and their educational and social experiences at the Oregon State University Honors College. This year the Circle will provide feedback on a high-level college strategy to confront perpetuated and reflected privilege and structural racism in the honors community and work toward a more just and better future for all. Additionally, the Circle may be charged with special initiatives to strengthen the sense of community and continue to build relationships with academic departments in hopes of enhancing the Honors College experience for all students.

The Honors College is looking for student representatives from every undergraduate college at OSU. To be considered for selection, student applicants must be available to attend quarterly meetings and be willing to share advice and counsel to college leadership on issues and concerns. All participants must be willing to seek input from relevant student groups when issues arise and engage in ways that enhance the general well-being of the population that make up the Honors College.

NEW! Scribendi Magazine Accepting Submissions
Scribendi, a nationally recognized art and literature magazine for honors students, is accepting submissions from honors students until Oct. 9, 2020. What to submit:

  • Creative nonfiction
  • Photography
  • Visual art
  • Poetry
  • Digital art
  • Open media
  • Short fiction
  • Foreign language

Submissions accepted for publication will appear in the 2021 edition of Scribendi. Excluding foreign languages and open media, a $250 prize is awarded to one winner in each category! To apply and find more information, please visit the website here.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! Wellness Agents Applications Open
Do you want to influence student health and well-being on campus? Do you believe in community connection and wellness as a source of strength in challenging times? Apply to become a Wellness Agent!

Wellness Agents have unique opportunities to get involved in prevention and wellness efforts at Oregon State University. Each term they help plan awareness events and connect with the student population on college health issues. Wellness Agents are trained to be campus leaders and work in a cohort. They have opportunities to work with professional faculty and apply skills outside of the classroom to promote health and well-being. 

**Note, the Fall 2020 cohort will be completely remote.


  • No prerequisites
  • We look for students from any academic background and all experiences
  • We look for students who believe in the power of community, connection and building programs with and for students
  • Serve for a minimum of three terms (the first term is dedicated to training)
  • Serve at least 15 hours per term (an average of about one to two hours per week)
  • All incoming Wellness Agents need to be able to attend the following training sessions:
    • Ongoing training sessions, Tuesdays from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., weeks 4-8 (Oct. 20 – Nov. 17)
    • A one-time virtual retreat on Oct. 24 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sample Projects
Each term Wellness Agents work with campus partners to put together one large awareness and community week, including the annual Boldly Me Health Week and Game of Your Life Events. This year, students will also focus on building community, education and engagement through social media and virtual collaborations with other departments and student groups on topics including alcohol prevention, sexual health, sexual violence prevention, mental health, community-based and culturally-specific wellness and social justice in health.

How to get involved
There are two deadlines for fall term. Early bird deadline has passed, but other applications are due on Oct. 4. To apply, visit the link here. For more information, please visit our website here. If you have any questions, please email wellness.agents@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Real Time Strategy AI Research Study
Are you 18 years or older? Do you have experience with StarCraft, StarCraft II, or other real time strategy games?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify for a two-hour human-computer interaction research study. The experiment involves attending a two-hour session with Oregon State University (remotely via Zoom) where you will work to evaluate and explain the actions of an AI player in an AI-powered RTS (real-time strategy) game.

Participants will be paid $20 for their time and effort, provided upon completion of the study. Dates and times will be determined to find a mutually agreeable time. Apply to be part of the study here.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

NEW! HC Study Groups
Need a way to deepen your understanding of course material, discuss challenging concepts, and study for upcoming exams and assignments with your fellow beavs? Sign up for the fall term HC study groups! The Honors College will be offering about 30 different study groups per term throughout the 2020-2021 school year, all through Zoom. Study groups are a great way to receive extra academic support in any of your courses. Sign up for the fall term HC virtual study groups! Please register for the course(s) you would like to participate in for by Monday, Oct. 5th. If you have any other questions, feel free to email Emily at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu.
COMM 111COMM 114COMM 218BA 160(H)BI 221(H)CH 201CH 231(H)CH 331ENGR 201(H)MTH 251(H)MTH 252(H)MTH 254(H)PH 211PH 212(H), & PSY 201(H).

“Forgot your lunch?” Station Available in SLUG
The Honors College is back with a “Forgot your lunch?” station for you to have a snack or light lunch if you ever need it. Whether you need food because you forgot your lunch, are low on money, or simply need a snack – please help yourself to this free resource. The resource is self-serving and can be accessed any time that the SLUG is open in the kitchen area.

West & Sackett Drop-In Office Hours
Emily Garcia, the Honors College Student Engagement Coordinator, will be hosting office hours throughout fall term. Stop by if you have any questions regarding the Honors College, the Honors College Student Association, how to get involved, or just need general advice and someone to talk to!

  • Mondays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in West Hall 121
  • Tuesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sackett 105
  • Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in West Hall 121
  • Thursdays: 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Sackett 105

COVID-19 Resources

Honors College Compact
Recognizing the interdependence of all members of our community and the responsibilities as an HC student, the Honors College Community Compact outlines health and safety expectations and requirements for the upcoming academic year. This compact is designed to help protect our campus and local communities from the risks posed by COVID-19.

Human Services Resource Center: COVID-19 Resources
The HSRC has changed many processes and programs so they can continue meeting students’ basic needs – this includes access to food, shelter, and other course related materials. More information on HSRC services can be found here.
Remote Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Basic Needs Navigation and Emergency Housing

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 2020-2021 school year. It provides a clear overview of emails sent to students regarding the OSU response to COVID-19 in the past few months.

By: Sukhjot Sal

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