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Fall 2020 – Monday Message Week 10

HCSA Events This Week

LAST CHANCE! Volunteer Opportunity: Knit for Those in Need
Want to get crafty while also engaging in service? Participate in the Fall Knitting Project! We meet once a month to socialize and work on a knitting project to donate to someone in need. Attend our LAST fall term meeting this Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. No experience necessary! RSVP here to receive the Zoom link and learn more!

Bob Ross Paint Night – Register Now!
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! 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

HC Announcements and Events

LAST CHANCE! 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!

THIS WEEK! HC3 – Honors College Community Coffee, Register for 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. 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.

NEW! HC 409: Professional & Career Development Course
Interested in preparing for life after college? This professional and career development course is designed to increase your awareness of skills necessary for a successful transition to adulting! It is designed around the importance of understanding the self, identity, and professional values in career development. This course will be offered during Winter 2021 for 1 credit and will be primarily asynchronous with just two meetings scheduled for week 3 and week 7 from 12:00 – 12:50 PM. If you have any questions about the course, please reach out to Emily Garcia at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu

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!

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

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.

Professional Development and Job Opportunities

NEW! Teach for America
Teach For America is a leadership development organization and AmeriCorps partner that allows you to utilize your experience and expertise to serve students most targeted by systemic inequity in our nation. We work in partnership with communities and stakeholders to dismantle unjust systems and expand opportunity for kids.
 
Expand your impact and join a nationwide collective of emerging leaders who are the shaping the educational, political, economic, and social landscape of our nation.
 
As a corps member, you will leverage your unique talents to grow your impact while living your most deeply held values. Learn more and apply to the 2021 corps by Friday, December 4. All majors accepted. Full salary and benefits. Handshake post #4108597 and #4193755
Questions? Contact your school representative: Grace West at grace.west@teachforamerica.org

NEW! Washington Leadership Program – Accepting 2021 Applications
The Washington Leadership Program is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications from high-potential South Asian American college students for the 2021 summer leadership program scheduled to take place from Jun. 12, 2021 to Aug. 6, 2021.

WLP cultivates the South Asian American community’s next generation of leaders by placing them in congressional offices or federal agencies in Washington, D.C. for eight-week summer internships and a structured leadership-training curriculum. The students gain a firsthand view of the policy-making and legislative process, as well access to high-profile South-Asian leaders in the nation’s capital. The application is available online here. The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 10, 2021.

Please follow @TheWLP and the Facebook page for additional information that will provide insight for the application process. Though selection is highly competitive, all South Asian American students who are either US citizens or legal permanent residents are encouraged to apply, regardless of academic focus or professional goals. The backgrounds of past participants have ranged from pre-med to art and social work. Interns will receive a total stipend of $2,000 and will be required to complete 2-3 short writing assignments during the internship.

WLP is hosting two virtual information sessions for you to ask questions about the program and applications. Please submit this form if you are interested in attending a session, occurring on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST and Wednesday, Jan. 6 at at 8:00 p.m. EST. For more information about the program, visit WLP’s website here.

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.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW THIS WEEK! Academic Success Workshop Events
The Academic Success Center still has two remaining workshops available in the Fall 2020 Workshop (Webinar) series. All of these topics pertain to finishing the term strong:

  • For Finals: How to Prep & Write a Timed Essay & Test-Taking Strategies workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 3:00 p.m.
  • Test Prep & the Science of Learning (Emergency Studying) workshop on Thursday, Dec. 3, 10:00 a.m.

THIS WEEK! 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. 30, 5:00 p.m. – register here
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:00 p.m. – register here

NEW! Take a Break from the Big Stuff at Trivia Night
Looking for a safe and Beaver-friendly activity to show off all you’ve learned at Oregon State? Join Trivia Night, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 6:00 p.m. Grab your friends and form teams of two to four people and compete for prizes. Need a team? Register and you’ll be placed with a team! This event is hosted by the alumni group OSU Next and is open to all students and alumni. Plus, share your ideas for student and alumni activities for 2021. Register for free and compete for prizes. Sign up here.

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.

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.

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! Last Cluster Meeting of Fall Term – The CONCENTRATION Challenge!
The last challenge, All Options of Fun was a HIT – Jeopardy champions include CC3, & CC53, and Would Your Rather raffle winners were CC18 – The STEM Gang, & CC46 – Team Avatar.  All winners will receive a gift card for Redbubble as a prize. And that brings us to Week 10 – our final meeting of the fall term. For this week we have developed a Concentration Challenge, with winners receiving the ever-popular Amazon gift card. This week we also ask ALL students to complete this survey, to share your experience, and to let us know if you would like to remain in your same cluster for winter term or be moved to a new cluster. Please complete the survey by Dec. 9!

Campus-Wide Opportunities

These resources are available throughout the term.

UPDATED! SLUG and HC Office Hours over Upcoming Breaks
The SLUG was closed over the Thanksgiving holiday, but reopened 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.

“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

Important Travel Guidance and COVID-19 Reminders

  • 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.

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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