Fall 2020 – Monday Message Finals Week

HC Announcements and Events NEW! Celebrating our Concentration Winners & Looking ahead to Conversation Clusters 2.0 in Winter 2021The Concentration Challenge proved to be a tough one – just 2 clusters were able to answer all 12 puzzles correctly. Winners of the Amazon gift cards included The Bumblebees & The 132 Crew. Congratulations to our winners and good […]

December 6, 2020

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! Celebrating our Concentration Winners & Looking ahead to Conversation Clusters 2.0 in Winter 2021
The Concentration Challenge proved to be a tough one – just 2 clusters were able to answer all 12 puzzles correctly. Winners of the Amazon gift cards included The Bumblebees & The 132 Crew. Congratulations to our winners and good effort from the 50+ clusters who tackled the challenge!    

Thank you to the nearly 800 students who engaged in their conversation cluster meetings in the fall term. Our community is stronger because of your engagement and we appreciate you making the time.  Looking toward winter, the HC is asking ALL students to complete this surveysharing your thoughts, feedback, and preferences by Wednesday, Dec. 9!

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 p.m. 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!

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

TOMORROW! Washington Leadership Program Information Session
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.

NEW! Undergraduate Resource Fair for Marginalized Mathematicians
This event is an online undergraduate resource fair specifically for underrepresented and marginalized undergraduate mathematicians, for whom it often feels difficult to gather the information needed to build a career. It’s a full-day virtual event with panels and talks given by experienced students and faculty from a number of colleges and universities across the country. And it’s open to any interested students! Registration and information for the event is located here and a flyer with more details is below. Register on or before Dec. 11. The event is on Dec. 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. PST.

NEW! Faculty-Senate Student Rep Applications Open
Applications for Faculty Senate Student Representatives are now open. This is an initiative that enables students to participate in leadership roles by serving on faculty senate committees, while receiving training along the way. The position also provides one with the opportunity to develop skills in research, collaboration and critical thinking. The best part: students will be paid for their time. Apply here or contact Molly Chambers at molly.chambers@oregonstate.edu for questions.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

TOMORROW! 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.

NEW! OSU Album Club is Back with “Rumours” Next Month
Join host Bob Santelli in a virtual version of the OSU Album Club on Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m. It’s like a book club, where you listen to and discuss the greatest albums ever recorded, and it’s free and open to everyone! Bob Santelli is the OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, former exec director of the Grammy Museum in LA, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and the Experience Music Project (now Museum of Pop Culture) in Seattle. Registration is required and can be done 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.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

SLUG and HC Office Hours
The SLUG will remain open through this week, but will close for winter break on Friday, Dec. 11, reopening at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 4. In addition, the LInC and Honors College office will be closed through winter break. If you would like to arrange a meeting with an HC staff member, please call 541-737-6400 or email honors.college@oregonstate.edu. 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

NEW! New Statewide COVID-19 Health & Safety Framework
Effective Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, Gov. Kate Brown will require a new COVID-19 health and safety framework to regulate local activities in Oregon communities based upon the level of virus risk in a county over the past 14 days.

Depending on level of risk – extreme, high, moderate and low – activities are subject to greater or lesser restrictions. County risk levels will be adjusted every two weeks. While the operations of Oregon’s public universities remain guided primarily by Executive Order 20-28, which requires university adherence to Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) and Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential and Research Activities, the Governor’s new health and safety framework will impact some OSU operations, as outlined below. All other functions, such as on-site or field-based research activities, will continue to take place under the existing guidelines.

  • In-person Instruction: State guidance on in-person instruction and on-campus residential and research activities has been updated, limiting in-person instruction to a maximum of 25 people (including instructor) for counties that are in the “extreme risk” category. While this change has minimal impact for the remainder of fall term, it will affect in-person classes particularly in Corvallis for winter term, should at any time Benton County be at “extreme risk.” The OSU Continuity Management Team, in consultation with academic units, is currently reviewing the implications of this new restriction on winter term in-person courses. No changes have been made to guidance for residential and research activities.
  • Other University Operations Under New Framework: Where university operations fall outside the HECC guidance on in-person instruction, residential and research activities (e.g., dining and child-care facilities), state Sector Guidelines continue to apply, and will be adjusted based on any changes within a county risk level. University operations that follow sector guidance should use the Sector Risk Level Guidance Chart to guide their operations as county risk levels fluctuate, as well as continue to use existing OHA Sector Guidelines. We expect updated OHA guidance for each sector to be provided soon.
  • Recreational Facilities: Following the Sector Risk Level Guidance, if Benton or Deschutes counties are at “extreme risk,” Dixon Recreation Center, the OSU Tennis Pavilion, and the OSU-Cascades fitness center must be closed. Currently, Benton County is designated “high risk,” meaning Dixon Recreation Center and associated facilities will be open beginning Dec. 3, 2020, but with limited capacity. This does not include occupancy associated with non-fitness functions within Dixon Recreation Center, such as Our Little Village. Deschutes County is designated “extreme risk” at this time, which does not allow for the reopening of OSU-Cascades fitness center. Please visit the Recreational Sports website for the up-to-date status of recreational facilities, sports and activities on the Corvallis campus. And visit the OSU Cascades Recreation website for the status of the OSU-Cascades’ fitness center status.
  • OSU Physical Distancing Policy: OSU Physical Distancing Policy limits on gatherings will remain in effect, regardless of county risk level. The physical distancing policy also requires that employees who have been physically onsite at an OSU location at any time in the previous 14 days must notify their supervisor if they believe that within that time they have been exposed to COVID-19; if they have symptoms of COVID-19; if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19; or if they have had a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Updated Communicable Disease Response Plan: COVID-19 case counts across the nation and in our own communities are climbing at alarming rates. Rapid communication of potential exposure is critical to minimizing exposure. OSU has processes in place to respond to positive cases within the university community. Please familiarize yourself with the Communicable Disease Management Plan, which provides guidance on reporting protocols and employer/employee reporting obligations.

In the meantime, please continue to be diligent in wearing your face coverings, washing your hands, maintaining physical distance, participating in testing opportunities, signing up for the Oregon Exposure Notification Pilot, and responding when you are contacted by contact tracers.

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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