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Fall 2020 – Monday Message Week 9

Important Travel Guidance and COIVD-19 Reminders

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, OSU has communicated the following guidance to students.

Please comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s Two-Week Statewide Freeze order issued Nov. 13. Oregon State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce orders that include restricting gatherings to six people from no more than two households. OSU expects all employees and students to follow all freeze requirements and OSU’s Physical Distancing Policy.

A negative test result does not confirm a student does not have the virus and is not infectious. We must continue observing public health measures and monitor our own wellness. If you become infected or are exposed to a person who is infected, you must isolate or quarantine before traveling. The Oregon Health Authority’s website offers more information on isolation and quarantine guidelines.

We encourage all students to obtain a flu shot. OSU Corvallis students can obtain a flu shot at Student Health Services. Call 541-737-9355 to schedule an appointment.

We advise students to plan carefully and limit holiday travel. Please limit travel between communities to avoid exposing yourself and others to COVID-19. The states of Oregon, California and Washington have issued travel advisories, recommending 14-day quarantines for interstate and international travel and asking residents to remain local and not travel across borders. Additionally, the OHA encourages college students, where possible and practical, to remain in the communities where they are currently living. If you test negative for COVID-19 and plan to travel home or visit another location during the Thanksgiving holiday, consider staying there for the remainder of the term and through winter break.

OSU will operate as fully remote for the remainder of fall term. Face-to-face teaching on the Corvallis campus will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Week 10 classes and fall term final exams and activities will be delivered remotely. Students are not required to return to OSU’s Corvallis campus after the Thanksgiving break for the remainder of fall term. On-campus housing and dining services in both Corvallis and Bend will remain available.

Sign up for the Oregon Exposure Notification Pilot. Help OSU deploy new technology to alert community members when they have been exposed to someone confirmed to have COVID-19. If you receive an exposure notification, you will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 test through TRACE-OSU. Details about the technology, pilot and how to participate are available here.

The following resources offer helpful information on traveling, holiday celebrations and small gatherings:

HC Announcements and Events

REGISTER NOW! Bob Ross Paint Night – Paint Kits Almost Out
Need a study break? Come join HCSA’s Bob Ross Paint Night on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:00 p.m. as we follow Bob step by step in a soothing instructional video on creating a happy masterpiece! We are providing free paint kits to the first 40 students who RSVP by Nov. 24. If you are interested in joining us and already have a paint kit, that works too! The Zoom meeting information will be sent to you once you register here. Remember: “Every day is a good day when you paint!” – Bob Ross

LAST CHANCE! Final Fall Stage One Thesis Workshops This Week
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. The last fall term Stage One workshops are today, Nov. 23 and tomorrow, Nov. 24 from noon-1:00 p.m. 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.

NEW! HC Winter Book Clubs – Sign-Up Now
An Honors College winter tradition is back! Sign-ups are now open for the HC’s Winter Break Faculty/Student Book Clubs! Each year, we invite a handful of university leaders, faculty, and friends to select a book to share with a small group of Honors College students. Group members each get a free copy of their group’s book to read over the break, and groups meet (over Zoom this year) with their leader to discuss the book at the beginning of winter term.

This is a fantastic way to meet some interesting members of the Oregon State community as well as connect with fellow HC students in a stimulating and informal setting – plus, you get a great book to read over the break! Groups are capped and can fill up fast, so don’t delay in registering. Sign up here by Sunday, Dec. 6 (don’t forget to hit submit!), and direct questions to Judy David at judy.david@oregonstate.edu.

Students who sign-up first have priority in group assignments, so don’t delay registering here, and be sure to sign up by December 6!

NEW! Register for HC3 – Honors College Community Coffee, Get a Free Gift Card
Join us for conversation and coffee on Dec. 4 from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. for a virtual Honors College Community Coffee (HC3). Faculty and staff will host break out rooms for you to join. Register here. Password is coffee. Sign up to attend and you will receive a free coffee gift card. Questions? Contact Judy David at judy.david@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-6400.

Forgot Your Lunch Program – We need your feedback! 
Have you utilized the “Forgot Your Lunch” Program in the SLUG yet? If so, please consider taking this survey and sharing your experience with us! Your feedback is important as we strive to improve our program by offering our students better snacks and ensuring there is always food for you to grab when you need it. If you’ve been wishing for some new snacks – here is your chance to suggest them!

Apply for the Delta Scholars Program to Work for Social Change
The Delta Scholars Program is an academic and community engagement program for talented and socially conscious college students. Delta Scholars are selected for their academic achievements and commitment to public service to participate in a ten-day Summer Institute in Mississippi followed by a five-day trip to Boston and Harvard University in the fall. Both experiences will help young leaders think critically about systemic injustices in the Mississippi Delta, and each Scholar will develop a project that will produce positive social change in their communities.

This is a nationally competitive program aimed at all sophomore students, with preference given to those who are from or attending school in the Mississippi Delta Region. Applications for the 2021 Summer Institute are due February 1, 2021. Questions can be directed to Dr. Christopher Snyder, Dean of the Shackouls Honors College at 666-325-2522 or csynder@honors.msstate.edu.

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! 

Scholarship Opportunities

NEW TOMORROW! Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session
Study abroad for an academic year with full funding? Yes, please! The U.S. Student Fulbright program offers grants for self-designed research projects, an academic year of graduate study, or an English Teaching Assistantship abroad. Please join National and Global Scholarships Advising for an information meeting, hear from OSU Fulbright alumni, and bring your questions! The session takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register here to attend. Additional information is in the flyer below.

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 at 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.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! ASOSU Recruitment for Student Trustee
Are you invested in student well-being? Would you like to become a member of the University’s highest governing body? ASOSU is recruiting for motivated and invested students to apply to be our next Student Trustee on the OSU Board of Trustees!

The Student Trustee holds a seat and votes within the university’s highest governing body. Every two years the ASOSU President is tasked with searching for motivated and invested students to submit to the Governor’s Office for recommendation for this position. The Student Trustee holds their seat on a voluntary basis from July 1, 2021- July 1, 2023 and works closely with other members of the Board of Trustees.

Applications are due on Nov. 26. If you have any questions please contact asosu.pres@oregonstate.edu. The link to apply is here. The flyer below holds additional info.

NEW! Virtual Study Hall with Valley Library
Need a place to study during online learning? Want a productive, accountable virtual study space with other students? The Valley Library has created a Virtual Study Hall where you can enjoy the focused atmosphere of work alongside your fellow OSU students. Drop in and study for finals!

Fall 2020 Virtual Study Hall hours are 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday. The Zoom link is here and the password is LiveOnline. More information about the study hall can be found here.

NEW! Postcards to Campus
Postcards to Campus is a community art project and display in the Valley Library. Inspired in part by Post Secret, this project asks students, staff, and faculty to write a postcard with an anonymous note to campus. Postcards will be displayed in the windows of Valley Library and as a digital exhibit. See more details — including the option to make a virtual postcard — at the project website here.

NEW! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Needed
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is looking for volunteers this tax season. VITA is a program established by the Internal Revenue Service and helps low-income individuals and families file their taxes. Volunteers receive training for a variety of roles such as Greeting, Scheduling, Interviewing, Reviewing, and Interpreting – Spanish speakers are highly encouraged to volunteer! Students of any major are welcome – no experience is needed. If you’re interested, attend one of the following info sessions to learn more:

  • Monday, Nov. 23, 1:00 p.m. – register here
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. – register here
  • Monday, Nov. 30, 5:00 p.m. – register here
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:00 p.m. – register here

NEW! HC Thesis Survey
Want to go plastic free? This research will help us figure out the best way to reduce our plastic. Learn more at our study website or sign up at this link to the survey to take part! Below is a flyer with more information.

First-Year and Incoming Transfer Students – Submit Selfie for Class Photo
Are you new to Oregon State University this term? The deadline for first-year and incoming transfer students to submit a selfie for inclusion in a class photo mosaic has been extended to Dec. 1. The mosaic will be made of new student and OSU campus photos. Once created, the class photo will be available to download on the OSU Welcome webpage here. Submit your selfie here today!

HC Resources

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters:
Congratulations to Conversation Cluster One-Hundred and Twenty-Seven Hours & The OSUers for submitting questions related to this week’s challenge hosted by the National and Global Scholarships Advising Office.  Attendees receive a miniature Bob Ross painting kit!  Continue to follow the HC Instagram to vote for your favorite memes as we narrow down our winners.  For this week, we’ll have some fun playing ‘Would You Rather’ or Jeopardy! 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.

These resources are available throughout the term.

UPDATED! SLUG and HC Office Hours over Upcoming Breaks
The SLUG will be closed over the Thanksgiving holiday, closing Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 5:00 p.m. and reopening Monday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 a.m. It will remain open through Friday of Finals Week, closing for winter break on Dec. 11 and reopening Monday, Jan. 4. The Honors College office will also remain open, with some exceptions. As a reminder, the SLUG 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.
  • Sunday – 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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. The LInC’s hours are Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 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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