Fall 2020 – Monday Message Week 4

HCSA Events This Week THIS WEEK! HCSA Student-Faculty Trivia Night – Register Now!Join us for a friendly trivia competition against fellow Honors College faculty and students on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Challenging questions, brilliant competitors, and fabulous prizes – you won’t want to miss it! Register here. COMING SOON! HCSA Scavenger HuntThe Honors College […]

October 19, 2020

HCSA Events This Week

THIS WEEK! HCSA Student-Faculty Trivia Night – Register Now!
Join us for a friendly trivia competition against fellow Honors College faculty and students on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Challenging questions, brilliant competitors, and fabulous prizes – you won’t want to miss it! Register here.

COMING SOON! HCSA Scavenger Hunt
The Honors College Student Association will be hosting a week-long scavenger hunt throughout week 5! The hunt will take place on campus beginning next MondayOct. 26 and ending on FridayOct. 30. There will be a raffle of exciting prizes with multiple winners based on who gets the most clues! Look for more information on how to participate in the next Monday Message.

HC Announcements and Events

TODAY! 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.” Please email stollerk@oregonstate.edu to receive the Zoom link.

Students are also welcome to hear SreyRam in her official Alumni Fellow conversation, “Leading During a Crisis: From Hurricane Harvey to Covid-19,” this Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon. See here for additional details and to register.

TOMORROW! Multi-Discipline Student-Faculty Mixer
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 tomorrow, 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 p.m. via Zoom
  • College of Science mixer on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. via Zoom

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

NEW! Dean and Friends Conversation on “Practicing Emergency Medicine in the Time of COVID-19” with HC Alum Jessica Wall
All Honors College students are invited to a Dean and Friends Conversation on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon-1:00 p.m. with Honors College alum Dr. Jessica Wall (HBS biology ’04). Dr. Wall currently cares for patients in the emergency departments at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and she serves as the associate pediatric medical director for Airlift Northwest. She received her MPH and MD from The Ohio State University and her MSCE from the University of Pennsylvania. During this hour, she will discuss her career and her experience practicing emergency medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please RSVP to stollerk@oregonstate.edu to receive a Zoom link.

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

NEW! Fall Career Days
Student registration is now open. Oregon State University Fall Career Days are going all virtual, using Handshake. Click the fair link below to register and sign up for 1:1 and group info sessions with employers like Fast Enterprises, Lucid, Avalon, Lease Crutcher Lewis and many more. Oct. 21: Civil and Construction Engineering Fair; Oct. 22: STEM Fair and Natural Sciences, Earth, and Environmental Fair; Oct. 28: Fall OSU Career Fair; Oct. 29: Agricultural Career Fair; Nov. 18: Forestry Career Fair. As you prepare for the fair, it’s important that you register for employer sessions in advance. You can only attend sessions you registered for. Check out this article here to learn how to register.

NEW! Grand Challenges Scholars Program Info Session
The Grand Challenges Scholars program is designed to prepare students to solve the 14 ‘grand challenges’ of engineering. Take part to learn more about the program, components, and the benefits of joining! This program can help you stand out for jobs in the field, grad school and internships. In addition, it can enhance your understanding of engineering and develop your skills.

Program applications for this year’s cohort are due Monday, Feb. To learn how to apply and get involved, attend one of the following sessions. GCSP is also in search of volunteer graduate students to mentor students in the program. Read more about it in the attached flyer.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 a.m.

  • Zoom link here
  • Password: 811555, Meeting ID: 924 415 0552

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Zoom link here
  • Password: 811555, Meeting ID: 924 415 0552

NEW! Harvard Hosts Virtual Open Houses for PhD Program in Neuroscience
Harvard’s PhD Program in Neuroscience is hosting virtual open houses for potential applicants or anyone curious about PhD programs or other research opportunities at Harvard. HC Alumnus Taralyn (Tari) Tan, PhD, has created a brief Google Slide deck with information about the program and upcoming virtual events – check them out to learn more!

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

THIS WEEK! 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, Oct. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST. Visit the link here to view our event page and register!

Fall 2020 Community Dialogues
Community Engagement & Leadership, the Office of Institutional Diversity and University Housing & Dining Services invite you to join the Fall 2020 Community Dialogues, which seek to cultivate connection and deep learning through exploration of critical and contentious issues. This series is focused on providing space for participants to practice the skills of dialogue and deliberation.

What’s the point in voting?
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Register here to receive Zoom details

How does real change come from protests?
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Register here to receive Zoom details


  • Welcome (main room)
  • Greeting & Introductions (break-out rooms)
  • Opening Remarks & Dialogue Foundations (main room)
  • Dialogue, Reflection & Action-Oriented Closing (break-out rooms)

This event is dialogic in nature, so we may not be able to accommodate late arrivals. We ask that participants attend the full hour and a half. To learn more, visit the link here. For more information or accommodations for disabilities, contact 541-737-3041 or cel@oregonstate.edu.

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.

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters ‘Adulting is Hard’ Winners & Feedback Survey
Congratulations to Charming Sponges, the Honors Hoes, the Latecomers, 100, Screen Queens, and CF 129 for winning adulting is hard prize packs! This week we are celebrating new friends in honors of National New Friend Day (Oct. 19)!

Additionally, we ask that everyone take some time to tell us about their experience with the Conversation Clusters program. When the program was launched, we asked that you please remain open and engaged, that you support and listen to one another as we worked together to build community and wellness in unprecedented times.

Now, we want to listen to you. Please complete the survey linked to this week’s module in Canvas sharing your experiences. We will use your feedback to continue shaping the Conversation Clusters program into something that works for everyone. As always reach out with questions to LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu.

HCSA/Honors X General Meeting Every Thursday, New Members Welcome!
Looking for an opportunity to meet other students and get involved with the HC? 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) for HCSA and 8:00-8:30 p.m. for Honors X via Zoom (meeting ID 917 5442 5322, password: honors). All HC students are welcome to join! Can’t make it to the meetings? No problem–join us on Microsoft Teams at team code: uq9bafe.

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 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. Update: due to ongoing issues with the card readers, the access code emailed to Honors College students at the beginning of the term will continue to allow access to the LInC during hours when the SLUG is open and the LInC is closed via the north side entrance until further notice. For additional information and updates, see here.

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.

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.

By: Sukhjot Sal

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