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Fall 2020 – Monday Message Week 7

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! HCSA Scavenger Hunt Winners
Congratulations to our three winners of the HCSA Scavenger Hunt, Sara Anne Rumbaugh, Lily Z Varon, and Haley Ashlyn Hughes! We will be reaching out to you shortly with further details on receiving your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated. We’re excited for more scavenger hunts in the future!

NEW THIS WEEK! Self Care and Succ-essful Finals with West and Sackett Hall
Join your West and Sackett Academic Learning Assistants for a virtual workshop via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We will be strategizing for final exams, self care and holistic wellness. For this combined event with West and Sackett Hall, the first 50 people to join will get a succulent and chocolate. For accommodations for disabilities, please email: gherghea@oregonstate.edu. The Zoom link is here, password: 618971. Below is a flyer for the event.

NEW! Service Opportunity – Thank You Letter-Writing Event
HCSA & Honors X would like to thank our amazing custodial staff within West Hall, Sackett Hall, and the LInC for all they’ve done to keep everything sanitized during COVID and keep us all safe. We will be hosting an event to make cards and write thank you letters for them on Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in West Hall, Sackett Hall, and via Zoom if you would still like to participate and are remote! If you are interested in joining and would like more information, please sign up here.

COMING SOON! HCSA Friendsgiving
Join HCSA and Honors X for a fun in-person Friendsgiving on campus on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. where we will provide dinner and games for everyone to enjoy! We will be offering this event in West Hall, Sackett Hall, and the SLUG (LInC 340). If you would like to join us please RSVP here by Monday, Nov. 16. We hope to see you there!

HC Announcements and Events

THIS WEEK! Dean and Friends Conversation: How Maps Communicate Power and Bias
All HC students are invited to a Dean and Friends conversation with Honors College alum Dr. Katharine Parker, ’10 history and international studies on Thursday, Nov. 12 from noon-1:00 p.m. Dr. Parker earned her MA and PhD in history at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in the history of cartography, the history of the book, the history of empire, Pacific history, and maritime history, with an emphasis on Great Britain. Her research focuses on the production of geographic knowledge about the Pacific Ocean in the eighteenth century. She is currently the research officer at Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, Inc., where she investigates, manages, and writes about a 60,000 map collection. She also teaches at Queen Mary University of London. At this Dean and Friends, she will talk about how maps communicate power and bias, as well as answer questions about her work. To RSVP and get the Zoom link, email Kevin Stoller at stollerk@oregonstate.edu.

LAST CHANCE! Register for Final Fall Student-Faculty
Even if you don’t yet feel ready to begin thesis research, attending a Student-Faculty Mixer will help you to explore opportunities and make connections. All Mixers will be via Zoom so be sure you’ve updated Zoom before the Mixer. The update allows you to choose and move among breakout rooms.

Our last Student-Faculty Mixer for fall term will be with the College of Science, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Reserve your “virtual seat” here. The Zoom link will be sent to your OSU email 2 business days before the Mixer. 

NEW! Paid Internships Through OSU Advantage Accelerator Info Session
The OSU Advantage Accelerator team is looking for several Honors College interns for the academic year as well as over the summer. This program is focused on high-growth, traded sector startup, and early-stage organizations. Interns assist in the development of new businesses through market research, competitive analysis, due diligence, and more. These internships are paid, and interns can work up to 10 hours per week in the academic year and up to 30 hours in the summer. There is also the opportunity to enroll in Honors elective credit (BA 407H) for this experience. An informational session will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP at this link here. For more information, please contact HC Student Engagement Coordinator, Emily Garcia at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Coffee with Alumni
Join us to hear from Honors College alumni who are now professionals across multiple disciplines on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. They will be sharing their professional journey after graduation, their experience choosing whether to attend graduate school, and how their careers have been impacted by COVID-19. If you register by Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1:00 p.m., we will send you a $5 gift card to Starbucks so you can enjoy some coffee during the panel! Please RSVP here if you would like to join. We hope to see you there!

Submit Nominations for HC Student Spotlight Series
The HC is currently accepting nominations for students to feature in our Student Spotlight series. If you know of a student who you think deserves recognition for their studies, research, service, or a specific area of interest please submit their name and the reason for the nomination here. We’ll contact selected students for permission and to schedule a short interview. Self-nominations are welcome! 

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 conference link.

Scholarship Opportunities

NEW! Honors Experience Scholarship
Honors College undergraduates in need of financial support for experiential learning opportunities that advance their educational goals and support completion of their honors degree can apply for an Honors Experience Scholarship. Eligible experiences include, but are not necessarily limited to, Oregon State University-authorized study abroad or internship opportunities, professional or research-related travel, service learning, course fees for experiential course opportunities and thesis research. Unanticipated expenses related to your ability to engage in experiential learning during the current pandemic are eligible for consideration.

Submit an Honors Experiential Award Application by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2020 for consideration for winter term. Contact Leanna Dillon leanna.dillon@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

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.

Election Resources

HC Resources During the Elections
We would like our HC students to know that we are here as a resource for you during the elections. If you need a space to process, ask questions, or are seeking additional support, please feel free to contact Emily Garcia, the HC Student Engagement Coordinator, at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu or Danielle Terrell, the Resident Director for West & Sackett Hall, at danielle.terrell@oregonstate.edu. We also hope you engage in some self-care by joining some of our events this week or taking the time to tend to your personal needs.

If you would like more information regarding the support the OSU Counseling & Psychological Services offers, please click here.

Election 2020 Message from Dean of Students
It is important to remember:

  • Regardless of political views, all OSU community members should continue to demonstrate respect for one another.
  • OSU encourages productive and respectful sharing of dissenting viewpoints. The university’s core values should guide constructive discourse with others.
  • OSU’s policies on Freedom of Expression help advance our commitment to inclusion and enable differences in opinion to be discussed openly and safely.
  • All students must adhere to the OSU student code of conduct and threats of physical violence or behavior by anyone that substantially disrupts university operations are prohibited.

OSU’s Election 2020 website provides various resources and programs for students who need more assistance. Meanwhile, OSU President F. King Alexander has asked faculty to recognize that students will experience many emotions following the election, and to provide appropriate flexibility with regard to assignments, exams, deadlines and other course requirements.

NEW THIS WEEK! Under the Orange Light Seminar – We Had an Election: Now What?
The Faculty Senate Executive Committee presents the Under the Orange Light seminar focused on the outcome of the 2020 election on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Join us for an interactive Zoom presentation led by political science professors Christopher Stout, Rorie Solberg and David Bernell, moderated by Erika McCalpine. The event is open to alumni, current students, faculty, staff and the Corvallis community. No pre-registration required. The Zoom link is here.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

TODAY! Provost’s Lecture with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
OSU invites you to join a virtual event featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist and cultural critic who has authored or co-authored 24 books and created 21 documentary films. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard, is in the sixth season of hosting the PBS series “Finding Your Roots”.

Register here to attend the event, ‘The Collapse of Reconstruction and the Roots of White Supremacy’, today, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Free and open to the public.

NEW TOMORROW! Cabildos Speaker Series Talk on Black Self-Affirmation and Struggle
The Cabildos Speaker Series presents Miguel Valerio, assistant professor of Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Valerio’s talk will historicize Black self-affirmation and struggle and propose a more hemispheric perspective/approach to thinking about Black struggle and self-affirmation. Sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and anonymous donors to the History Program at Oregon State University, the talk will take place Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 4:00 p.m. Register here!

NEW! “Things I Wish I Knew About Networking & Building Relationships” Virtual Workshop & Panel 
It’s not what you know, but who knows you. It’s not who knows you, but who you know. Let yourself be known. Networking is all about community and relationships. We need people in our corner who have our back; mentors and sponsors who can advise us, guide the way and help open doors. Learn about networking and what panelists wish they knew about leveraging and cultivating relationships. This workshop will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Click here to register!

Jonathan Stoll, Oregon State’s director of career education will moderate a panel featuring:

  • Jason Harris, Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Financial Freedom Wealth Management Group
  • PJ Virk, HR & Recruitment Specialist, Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Justeen Quartey, Field Training Manager, Jamba Juice

COMING SOON! 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.

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.

Family Engagement Opportunities

OSU is excited to offer the fall family engagement series over the next two weeks. While we wish we could host an on-campus fall family weekend, we are grateful for an opportunity to connect with you and support your connection to your student. This week’s workshops include:

TODAY! Understanding Academic Success Tools at OSU
Monday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. PST
After all, academics are why your student is at Oregon State! Join us for an overview of the top support resources for students to improve their study skills, join in research, and hear from students their pro tips for success!

  • Intended audience: parents, caregivers, and guardians of all OSU students

For links to join sessions or for additional information, visit the we here.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters: Self Care Winners & Kindness Memes
Last week over 100 clusters took time for relaxation during their meeting – we can feel your relaxation. Our chocolate truffle winners are Cluster 154, 73, and 102 – enjoy! This week we are examining kindness and the benefits we can gain. We’ll be spreading cheer through memes, asking clusters to submit memes that bring them joy. Then we will be voting on our favorites in future weeks. Be sure to watch our social media channels to cast your votes!

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, and of course, reach out with questions to LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu

UPDATED! LInC Extended Hours and Access
The SLUG has extended its weekend hours. The new hours are:

  • Monday – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NEW HOURS
  • Sunday – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EXTENDED AM HOURS

LInC Access: Entry during hours when the SLUG is open and the LInC is closed is now via ID card only. The code that worked previously has been deactivated. If your ID card is not working, please notify stollerk@oregonstate.edu. Note: the card only allows access to the LInC when the SLUG is open. For additional information and updates, see here.

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.

“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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