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Fall 2020 – Monday Message Week 3

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! HCSA/Honors X General Meeting Every Thursday, New Members Welcome!
Looking for an opportunity to meet other students and get involved with the Honors College? The Honors College Student Association and Honors X hold their general meetings every Thursday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom (meeting ID 922 1349 4129, password: HCSA). All Honors College students are welcome to join! Can’t make it to the meetings? No problem–join us on Microsoft Teams at team code: uq9bafe.

FRIDAY! HCSA Picnic Pods – In-Person & Virtual
Bring your lunch and picnic blanket and join us for a picnic pod outside OR grab your lunch at home and log on to our virtual picnic! Both picnic pods will happen on Friday, Oct. 16 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. hosted by our Honors X student leaders. Please register here if you would like to reserve a spot – we will send the location or zoom meeting information once registered.

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters Family Feud Winners!
Congratulations to CC# 39 – Mylène and CC#66 –Willow, Sarah, Kira and Carolyn for winning our Cluster Feud game with 15 correct answers. All cluster members who attended will be receiving Amazon gift cards! As a reminder, the goal of this program is for every honors student to feel included, connected, and cared for. Even if you don’t think you’ll benefit, we ask that you join in fully – because when everyone participates, everyone benefits. Greatness emerges from an environment that values, hears, and respects diverse voices and perspectives. So please listen, be open, and be giving of yourself and your time. Be sure to watch the Canvas page each Monday for a new module outlining the week’s activity and prize, and reach out with questions to LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu.

TOMORROW! Dean and Friends Conversation on Alternate Paths to Medical Careers and Openness to Change
All Honors College students are invited to a Dean and Friends conversation on Openness to Change and Alternate Paths to Medical Careers this Tuesday, Oct. 13noon-1:00 p.m. with Sage Gustafson, a 2017 Honors College graduate in music. After graduating from OSU, Sage started work as a substitute teacher, planning to transition to medical school and become a doctor, inspired by her own health care experiences as an undergraduate. Working as a teacher, though, changed her perspective again as she learned more about how people interact with their own health and their community’s health. She discovered the field of bioethics and through that, health policy, health law, and health system ethics.

Sage ended up going to Duke University in 2019 and earned her MA in bioethics and science policy. Now she is a bioethicist in the division of medical ethics at New York University. At this Dean and Friends, Sage will talk about her unique path to a career in health care, what has lead her through her changing interests, and some of the medical-related fields that are off the beaten path. This discussion will be held on Zoom; please email stollerk@oregonstate.edu to RSVP and receive the link or  ask questions.

NEW! Dean and Friends Conversation with Honors College Alumi Fellow Dr. SreyRam Kuy
All Honors College students are invited to a special Dean and Friends event with SreyRam Kuy, the Honors College’s 2020 OSU Alumni Association Alumni Fellow on Monday, Oct. 19, noon-1:00 p.m. 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 as 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. During this hour, SreyRam will lead a conversation on “What I Wish I Knew 20 Years Ago.” This discussion will be held on Zoom; please email stollerk@oregonstate.edu to RSVP and receive the link or  ask questions.

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

Attend HC Student-Faculty Mixer with College of Science, College of Engineering and more
Honors College mixers are an excellent way to connect with faculty members, learn more about their research, and potentially get involved in projects that could be the basis of an HC thesis. Even if you don’t yet feel ready to begin research or are not sure about your interests, attending these events help you to explore opportunities and make connections. Dress in attire you are comfortable making a first impression with. Be prepared to discuss your research interests and/or academic background. Some faculty members may also ask for a resume.

Fall 2020 Mixers:

  • Multi-discipline mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 from 4 p.m.-5:30 pm via Zoom
  • College of Engineering mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 from 4 p.m.-5:30 pm via Zoom
  • College of Science mixer on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 from 3 p.m.-4:30 pm via Zoom

Register here today! Registration is required to receive the Zoom link, which will be sent two business days before the event.

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

Scholarship Opportunities

Honors College Differential Tuition and Emergency Grant
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. See the application for additional information.

Professional Development and Job Opportunities

Student Budget Advisory Council Seeking Members
The Student Budget Advisory Council is a student group that serves in an advisory role to the University Budget Committee. The SBAC gives students the chance to engage with peers to provide input, raise issues and ask questions about OSU’s tuition, fees, finances and budget priorities. The University Budget Committee considers the students’ input an important part of tuition and budget decision processes.

The Associate Vice President for Budget & Resource Planning convenes the Student Budget Advisory Council during the academic year. The Council meets every two weeks from October through May. The Council schedule contains evening meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month and are no more than 90 minutes in length.

The 2020-2021 Council membership will consist of up to 15 student members. Student membership and participation is ideally for two consecutive years but can be for just one year. The membership aims to include:

  • Ten representatives selected by application, chosen for expertise, motivation, and distribution across university colleges and programs.
  • One ASOSU representative appointed from the ASOSU elected membership.
  • One graduate student representative 
  • Three representatives will fill at large positions by invitation from the Student Budget Advisory Council chairs, ensuring there is representation from a cross-section of OSU’s student population.

If you have interest in tuition, fee rates and policies including short-term recommendations for 2021-2022 and long-term planning strategy for OSU tuition, please visit the Student Budget Advisory Council page here. Benefits of council participation include peer engagement, leadership, skill development, and more. For more information, expressions of interest from students, or nominations, please contact Nicole.Dolan@oregonstate.edu.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

TOMORROW! HP Information Session with Out in STEM
Join HP and Out in STEM for an information session on opportunities and diversity at HP tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join the session on Zoom here. HP’s innovation springs from a team of individuals, each collaborating and contributing their own perspectives, knowledge, and experience to advance the way the world works and lives. From our earliest days, we’ve recognized that drawing from diverse points of view improves our products and services—and our company as a whole.  

Leadership Academy Virtual Summit – All Engineering Students Welcome
Jumpstart your growth as an engineer and leader at the College of Engineering Leadership Academy Virtual Summit! We have been hard at work to bring you a top-notch live virtual event, with an inspiring keynote, engaging breakout sessions, and opportunities to personally connect with engineering alumni and industry leaders. This event is open to ALL engineering students, engineering alumni, industry partners, and COE staff & faculty. We have confirmed speakers from Microsoft, Boeing, NASA JPL, Fortis Construction, and more! The event will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST. Visit the link here to view our event page and register!

Free Oregon Health Plan Enrollment Virtual Event
The Human Services Resource Center and the Benton County Health Department will host a virtual OHP enrollment event from Oct. 12-16, with two sessions per day at 10:00 a.m. and noon. Register here for a session and read more about the OHP eligibility requirements here. The Facebook event link here. OHP certified community partners will assist you and your family with the enrollment process for free and will be available for any questions you may have.

OHP is Oregon’s Medicaid health coverage. You could qualify either as a primary health coverage (if you are uninsured) or as secondary (if you already have private health insurance). OHP is free comprehensive health coverage for Oregonians who meet income requirements and other criteria. It covers check-ups, some dental care, prescriptions, labs, x-rays, hospital care and other services. It may even pay for rides to and from the doctor’s office.

Now more than ever, it is critical for you to have adequate and affordable health coverage that meets your needs. If you don’t have any health coverage, health coverage is too expensive for you, or you are covered by your parents’ insurance but are still struggling with medical costs, you may qualify for the Oregon Health Plan, even if you already have private insurance. If you have a child under age 18, they can be covered through the OHP regardless of immigration status, and they may qualify for free health coverage too, either as primary or secondary coverage. 

Information to have ready:

  • Policy number(s) and plan name(s) for any current health insurance
  • Information about health coverage available at work
  • Social Security number(s), if you have them
  • Immigration document(s), if you have them
  • Employer and income information 
  • Any self-employment deductions

If you need any accommodations or have questions regarding disability, please contact the HSRC at hsrc@oregonstate.edu or call (541)-737-3747 between 9 a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday.

Academic Support Resources For Fall Term
New to OSU or just want a refresher on the academic resources available for fall 2020? Check out this short video from the Academic Success Center for a broad overview of what’s available and how to find it. You can also visit the Academic Support webpage here, or talk with an ASC strategist using Live Chat on our website here.

Learn About Remote Student Account Services Resources for Fall Term
The Financial Aid office in the Kerr Administration building will have limited in-person office hours, but we are available remotely to assist with all sorts of topics Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To reach out to us for questions about billing, how to enroll in a payment plan, where to send outside scholarships, and more, contact us here:

Information Sessions: Get Involved with Community Engagement & Leadership
Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) is offering a series of virtual info sessions during weeks 1-4 (Monday, Sept. 28-Friday, Oct. 23) for students interested in community service, taking action on social causes, and building leadership skills! CEL offers community service projects, conversation spaces, workshops, and a variety of other events for students to get involved in the greater community and connect with other OSU students! Students can register for a 30-minute virtual info session on the CEL website to ask questions, learn how to get involved, and meet some of the student staff working in CEL! Register here and email any questions to cel@oregonstate.edu.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

HC Study Groups
HC study groups have been set. Please let your HC academic advisor know if you are interested in joining any of the following groups: COMM 111, 114, 218, BA 160H, BI 221H, CH 201, CH 231(H), CH 331, ENGR 201, MTH 251(H), PH 211, & PSY 201H

The Honors College is Open!
The Honors College main office in LInC 450 is open 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. Contact the main office at 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) onThe HC main office on the third floor of the LInC is open during its usual hours:

  • 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.

The LInC itself is open Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Access to the LInC on Sundays and Monday-Thursday after 6:00 p.m. will require use of your ID card beginning 10/18/20 and is restricted to HC students. Through 10/16/20, access requires use of a code on keypads by the north doors. This code was emailed to all Corvallis campus honors students. Contact Kevin Stoller at stollerk@oregonstate.edu if you need the information resent to you. HC students working in the LInC outside of building hours are restricted to the SLUG, HC classrooms and adjoining study spaces. When entering and exiting after hours, be sure external doors close and latch. Violation of rules, bringing in non-honors students after hours, or sharing the passcode may result in suspension of after-hours privileges for the entire HC community. 

Capacity in the SLUG is 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 – are 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. Use of HC resource requires agreement with the Honors College Community Compact. 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.

“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.

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