Winter 2021 – Monday Message Week 2

HCSA Events This Week NEW! Postcard Project with HCSAJoin us as we partner with the Valley Library in creating postcards to campus that will be displayed in the library’s rotunda! We will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. to hang out and personalize digital or paper postcards together with art, writings, or other […]

January 10, 2021

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! Postcard Project with HCSA
Join us as we partner with the Valley Library in creating postcards to campus that will be displayed in the library’s rotunda! We will be meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. to hang out and personalize digital or paper postcards together with art, writings, or other sentiments special to you. Paper postcards will be available at the SLUG front desk for pick up starting on Monday, January 11. If you are interested in attending please RSVP here.

THIS WEEK! 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 for the HCSA (meeting ID 922 1349 4129, password: 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.

NEW! Volunteer Opportunity: Knit for Those in Need
Want to get crafty while also engaging in service? Participate in The Knitting Project! We meet once a month to socialize and work on a knitting project to donate to someone in need. Attend our first meeting this Thursday, January 14 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PST to learn more! No experience necessary!

RSVP here to receive the Zoom link! Have questions or don’t have access to needles and yarn? Contact Maya Livni at

NEW! MLK Movie Night
This Friday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom we will be hosting a Movie Night in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. by watching Selma using Amazon Prime party! If you would like to join us, we will be offering Amazon gift cards for you to rent the movie. Please RSVP here by January 14 to receive a gift card. We hope to see you there!

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! A 2020 Trivia Challenge While Setting Up Winter Conversation Clusters
We still have plenty of dinners to give away, so please reach out to your new conversation cluster to establish your meeting day, time and mode and earn your reward!

Need assistance? The HC will be hosting Zoom rooms for groups to meet, from January 11-13 between 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. If you would like to utilize this resource please email with the day and time you would like to meet.

With many groups still working on communicating with their group and establishing meeting times, we offer an optional activity this week for clusters that are able to meet: the 2020 Trivia Challenge! This challenge will test your knowledge of the highlights from 2020, with the top 10 students earn gift cards to the OSU Beavers store. Check it out in this week’s module on Canvas.

We ask that you be the very best version of yourself by giving what you can to your group. Please recognize that for some, these meetings are critical to their well-being and are important to creating a sense of belonging and community. 

TOMORROW! First Winter Term Stage One Thesis Workshop
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. Winter term Stage One workshops are:

  • Tuesday, January 12 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 27 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, February 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, March 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.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. Please register to attend the Stage 1 workshop here.

THIS WEEK! 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 13 to be placed in a group. If you have any other questions, feel free to email Emily at

NEW! Winter Term Student-Faculty Mixers Coming Soon
Honors College Mixers are an excellent way to connect with faculty members, learn more about their research, and potentially get involved in projects that could be the basis of an HC thesis. Even if you don’t yet feel ready to begin research or are unsure about your interests, attending these events help you explore opportunities and make connections. 

Dress in attire you are comfortable making a first impression with (even if over video conference). Be prepared to discuss your research interests and/or academic background in the breakout session after presentations. All Mixers will be via Zoom, so make sure you’ve updated Zoom before the Mixer, as it allows you to choose and move among breakout rooms.

Winter 2021 Mixers:

  • College of Ag. Sci./ CEOAS/ Forestry Mixer on Wednesday, January 20 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • Health Science (PHHS, Pharm, Vet Med) Mixer on Monday, January 25 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • Multi-Discipline Mixer on Tuesday, February 9 from 4:00 to 5:30 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.

Forgot Your Lunch Program – Back and Improved!
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

NEW! 2021-2022 Honors College Continuing Student Scholarships Application
All continuing Honors College students who want to be considered for HC tuition scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year must complete an application to the Oregon State University Honors College Differential Tuition Scholarship in OSU ScholarDollars here. This application opened on January 1, 2021, so it may not have been accessible if you were previously in the system. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Please contact Kevin Stoller at if you have any questions.

NEW! National and Global Scholarships Advising Office Support for Students
OSU’s National and Global Scholarships Advising supports undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni throughout the process of applying to select nationally-competitive scholarships and fellowships. In 2021, National and Global Scholarships Advising send out a monthly newsletter with information regarding upcoming scholarship deadlines, scholar profiles and tips for supporting the work of our office. The January newsletter is below and all other issues will be accessible on their website at this link

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

THIS WEEK! 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.

NEW! Apply to Work for Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center is currently hiring student coaches and strategists. The ASC is a great place for students to work. They will receive training and professional development applicable to a range of careers and the ASC is supportive of each student’s schedule. For these positions, training takes place during spring term, and the expectation is that students continue in the role next year as well.

To apply for the ASC strategist position, please follow the link here. To apply for the academic coach position, please follow the link here. Contact Anika Lautenbach at with any questions.

NEW! Apply to be an Academic Learning Assistant for 2021-2022 Year
Academic Learning Assistants are live-in, part-time (15-hour) student employees of Residential Education within the department of University Housing and Dining Services. They are responsible for providing academic support and faculty engagement opportunities in their assigned residential community. ALAs play an integral role in OSU’s First Year Experience program, supporting first year students in their adjustment to the academic culture and rigor of Oregon State University. They work an average of 15 hours per week.

ALAs work to cultivate strong academic habits and college knowledge, promote engagement with university resources, and assist students in navigating the university landscape. These services range from 1-to-1 meetings with students to hall-wide programming initiative.

Compensation includes a furnished residence hall room on the OSU campus, a Student Staff Meal Plan for fall, winter, and spring term, and a $300 per term stipend. Apply here by February 5 to be considered.

NEW! Funding Available for Students to Attend Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference
Community Engagement & Leadership and the Sustainability Office are excited to offer twenty OSU students an opportunity to attend the virtual 2021 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference on Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12 by covering the full registration fee.

All OSU students are eligible to request registration funding for this social change leadership and professional development experience. Registration funding will be offered on a first-come,  first-served basis to the first 20 students who complete the registration form here by Friday, February 5, 2021 and commit to attending.

Wellness Resources

Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of mediationinclude: stress reduction,better sleep, sharper concentration, anxiety management and happier relationships. Sessions take place every Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Contact to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Register here!

NEW! Beavers SAVE Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention
Learn how to reach out and help a friend. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death, and this workshop will provide the skills you need to effectively help or intervene with a friend or family member who is considering suicide. The training is offered on two dates in winter term. To register for the training on Thursday, January 14 from noon to 2:00 p.m., follow the link here. To register for the second training on Wednesday, February 17 from noon to 2:00 p.m., register here.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

TODAY! OSU Album Club is Back with “Rumours”
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!

TOMORROW! Pandemic as Portal: Creating a Just Future on Earth – First Lecture with Kim Stanley Robinson
Join us for a weekly lecture series from January 12 to March 9 featuring visionary thinkers from many perspectives — from writing, philosophy and history to architecture, music and filmmaking — as they explore their highest vision of environmental and social justice as the world reconfigures in the midst of the pandemic.

This week, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12, Kim Stanley Robinson will speak on “Some Lessons from the Pandemic for Dealing with Climate Change”. Robinson is a science-fiction writer and a New York Times best selling author who has written more than 20 books, which often explore ecological themes. Visit the link here to register for the lecture.

THIS WEEK! Fight the Scourge of Waste – Waste Watchers Meeting!
Join the Waste Watchers Club for a virtual gathering from 2:30-4:00 p.m. biweekly on Fridays in even-numbered weeks this winter term. Our first meeting is January 15! Stop by to meet students who share your interest in eco-justice, work on programs and do fun activities with like-minded people! Visit our website here for more details about our club. The Zoom meeting ID is 984 7833 2618 and the password is 817508.

THIS WEEK! Lessons in Leadership with Community Engagement & Leadership
Lessons in Leadership are small, interactive conversations in which students get to explore a unique perspective on leadership by connecting with an OSU campus or community leader who is in some way involved in social change work.

  • Janet Nishihara, Executive Director of Educational Opportunities Program
    • We invite you to this conversation to explore the intersection of leadership, social justice, and maintaining the momentum of change on campus! Janet will share about her work in diversity retention on campus and supporting students of color in navigating a predominantly white institution here at OSU.
    • Thursday, January 14, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • ASOSU President Isabel Nuñez Pérez & Vice-President Metzin Rodriguez Cardoso
    • We invite you to this conversation to explore the intersections of bureaucratic processes and systems, power structures, and leading in the current environment while holding certain identities. Join us as we delve deeper into what it means to be a leader at a time when it’s challenging to show up for others as well as ourselves!
    • Thursday, January 21 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information about either of these events, please visit the CEL homepage here.

THIS WEEK! Service Project – Mapping Prejudice with Community Engagement & Leadership
Learn about how racial covenants were used to prevent people of color from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century.  During the Mapping Prejudice project, volunteers will be trained on how to add information from property deeds to a digital, interactive map. The event is on Saturday, January 16, from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. To learn more and register, follow the link here.

NEW! Get Involved with Research Through the Office of URSA
Want to learn the steps to getting involved in research as an undergraduate? OSU’s Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts is here to help. 

Register here for URSA’s campus-wide Research Ready Workshop on January 27 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m

Want to chat with someone one-on-one about getting involved in research? Visit their virtual drop-in undergraduate research advising hours here any Monday or Tuesday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

NEW! Register for College of Engineering Grow to Pro Event
The College of Engineering Leadership Academy is excited to announce its annual winter term event, Grow to Pro! This event (formerly known as “Suit Camp”) is open to ALL engineering students, and is an amazing opportunity for students to practice important interview and networking skills with the support of engineering alumni and industry partners. Our event is entirely virtual this year, and we have evolved our event to be delivered over the space of one week, from February 1-5, and you choose which date(s)/time(s) work best for you to participate!

First, we will pair you with industry and alumni for practice mock interviews. At the end of the week, we will host a virtual networking event open to students, industry partners and alumni, with innovative new virtual tools to enhance your experience. We do not expect anyone to be an expert at interviewing or networking; our event is all about growth and learning. Register and view more event info at the link 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!

Winter 2020 Virtual Study Hall hours are 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.

NEW! Interrogating the Spirit
A performance with Oregon’s poet laureate Anis Mojgani. Co-sponsored by SWLF and The Contemplative Studies Initiative. Friday, January 15th 7-8pm PST. Free/Open to All via Zoom. Interrogating the seen and unseen dimensions of this world allows us to see the world around us more greatly which allows us to see the worlds within us more greatly. Registration required.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

UPDATED! SLUG and HC Office Hours
The SLUG is open! 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.

NEW! Honors Summer Study Abroad Opportunity in Argentina
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is offering an exciting Honors study abroad program this summer at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. The program is open to all current university-level students – there is no need to apply to UHM to participate – and offers the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits; 6 in Spanish language credits, from beginner to advanced levels, and 3 in Honors credits through the optional course HON 333 Experiential and Scholarly Engagement

This program runs from May 19 to June 30 and its cost begins at $5,000. The program includes a room with an Argentinian host family, an overnight trip to the Uspallata Valley and the tallest mountain in the Americas, Aconcagua, trips to wineries and museums, and a “Gauchos/Empanadas” day in the country. The program also shares pre-departure and orientation programs to help students prepare, as well as detailed information on COVID-19 procedures and response plans.

If you choose to take the Honors course, talk with your Honors advisor to verify that you would be able to earn credit for it within your own program. For more information, visit the website here. For any questions, please contact faculty Resident Director, Dr Jayme Scally at

By: Sukhjot Sal

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