Winter 2021 – Monday Message Week 1

HC Announcements and Events HC Conversation Clusters Shuffled & Dinner up for GrabsHC Conversation Clusters have been shuffled for winter term. This means that many of you will see a new cluster assignment or several new members. Those who completed our feedback survey in late fall were placed in conversation clusters matching those requests. Many asked to […]

January 3, 2021

HC Announcements and Events

HC Conversation Clusters Shuffled & Dinner up for Grabs
HC Conversation Clusters have been shuffled for winter term. This means that many of you will see a new cluster assignment or several new members. Those who completed our feedback survey in late fall were placed in conversation clusters matching those requests. Many asked to be grouped by year and by college. Based on feedback we have received, we ask that all students give what they can to these groups, recognizing that for some, these meetings are critical to their well-being and are important to creating a sense of belonging and community.   

To begin winter term, we’ll again focus on getting to know one another, establishing our meeting day, time, and format with the first 100 clusters to complete the initial assignment in canvas receiving dinner on us!

If you have questions regarding your cluster assignment or if you need assistance in convening your initial group meeting please reach out to

NEW! Vision Board Making with HCSA
Join us for HCSA’s first Zoom meeting of Winter term on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm as we learn how to create effective vision boards and set our eyes on the prize of 2021! You can create a digital vision board online or in-person with the supplies you have at home. Either way, we will be envisioning the best year together! If you would like to join, please register here for the zoom link and password. We hope to see you there!

Winter Term HC Virtual Study Groups
Need a way to deepen your understanding of course material, discuss challenging concepts, and study for upcoming exams and assignments with your fellow beavs? Fill out this survey to join a winter term HC virtual study group! You will need to complete this survey and indicate your availability by Wednesday, January 13th to be placed in a group. If you have any other questions, feel free to email Emily at

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 one credit and will be primarily asynchronous, with 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

Forgot Your Lunch Program – Back and Better!
Forgot your lunch and need a snack break while you study? Come to the SLUG (LInC 340) and enjoy some light snacks provided for free by the Honors College! Snacks are located in the SLUG kitchen cabinets near the fridge. You are welcome to grab what you need during SLUG open hours. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Emily Garcia at

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! Apply to be a START Leader for Summer 2021
The START Leader application is now open for admissions, recruiting students for summer 2021. START Leaders serve as an expert orientation resource for incoming students and their families, as well as campus partners and officials. They act as a role model and mentor for new students and facilitate small group sessions of new students. START Leaders also share their own OSU story to build student connection to the university, communicate with students about their transition to OSU and host social events for new students.

Everyone is welcome to apply – OSU hopes to have the staff look, feel and sound like real incoming students. To apply, complete the application here by January 15. To learn more, visit the link here.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

COMING SOON! OSU Album Club is Back with “Rumours” Next Month
Join host Bob Santelli in a virtual version of the OSU Album Club on January 11 at 7:00 p.m. The OSU Album Club is similar to a book club, allowing students to listen to and discuss some of the greatest albums ever recorded. It is also free and open to everyone! Host 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!

COMING SOON! 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!

Winter 2020 Virtual Study Hall hours start January 10, and last between 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PST, Sunday through Thursday. 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 Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

UPDATED! SLUG and HC Office Hours
The SLUG reopens at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, January 4. If you would like to arrange a meeting with an HC staff member, please call 541-737-6400 or email 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 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

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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