Winter 2021 Monday Message – Week 4

HCSA Events This Week THURSDAY! HCSA Trivia Night with HC Faculty & StaffJoin us for a friendly trivia competition against fellow Honors College faculty and students on Thursday, January 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Challenging questions, brilliant competitors, and fabulous prizes – you won’t want to miss it! Register here. Grand Challenges Scholars Program – Honors College Info […]

January 25, 2021

HCSA Events This Week

THURSDAY! HCSA Trivia Night with HC Faculty & Staff
Join us for a friendly trivia competition against fellow Honors College faculty and students on Thursday, January 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Challenging questions, brilliant competitors, and fabulous prizes – you won’t want to miss it! Register here.

Grand Challenges Scholars Program – Honors College Info Session THIS WEEK!
The Grand Challenges Scholars Program is designed to prepare students to solve the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering. This program can help you stand out for jobs in the field, grad school and internships. In addition, it helps you enhance your perspective of engineering and develops your skills. Attend an information session to learn more about the program, components, how to apply and the benefits of joining! Students from all engineering majors and years are welcome. The final info session is this week, on Wednesday, January 27 at 11:00 a.m. with the Honors College. Sign up for the information session hereProgram applications for this year’s cohort are due Monday, February 8 by 5:00 p.m.

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters Hearing the Sound of Music! Congratulations to this week’s winners: Adventure Time, CC79, Cream of the Crop and Charming Sponges. All winners will receive Starbucks gift cards!

Now, it’s week 4 with music all around us. For this week’s activity, there are two options! Either you can join your conversation cluster to create a music playlist for mid-terms or you can show off your music knowledge with a game of ‘Name That Tune’. Check out the new module in Canvas outlining the activities and prizes. 

The Honors College community is strengthened by your involvement in your conversation cluster. Please continue to give what you can, even if that is just reaching out to your group with encouraging words for the week. We recognize and appreciate your efforts. Thanks for being with us in the HC!

TODAY! Health Sciences Student-Faculty Mixer
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:

  • 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.

THIS WEEK! 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:

  • 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.

NEW! Honors College Parent and Family Conversation with OSU President F. King Alexander NEXT WEEK
Honors College students – invite your family to the Honors College winter family event featuring a conversation with OSU President F. King Alexander. All family members of current HC students are welcome to attend. President Alexander will speak briefly and answer questions on Friday, February 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., guests can learn more about the Honors College Parent and Family Leadership Circle. The PLC supports Honors College differential tuition scholarships and provides feedback about the HC family experience. Family can register here or write HC Director of External Relations and Operations Kevin Stoller here with questions.

NEW! State of the Honors College Presentation COMING SOON
All members of the Honors College community are invited to join Dean Toni Doolen for the annual State of the Honors College presentation and conversation on Tuesday, February 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. At this Zoom event, Dean Doolen will provide updates about the college and answer questions. Please register here and direct any questions to

Information Sessions for Anyone Interested in Joining the HC
If you know of a student who is currently exploring college admission options for fall 2021, encourage them to sign up for an HC information session! 

Each week, the Honors College hosts ten virtual information sessions. Honors College Student Ambassadors connect with prospective students and families, sharing information about the Honors College and giving their own insights into student life at Oregon State. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, ambassadors host two information sessions delivering an overview of the college, its programs and the benefits of being a student. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ambassadors host student panels! Several students are available to answer questions on topics like classes, majors, living on-campus and where to find the best food in Corvallis.

Interested students can sign up for an information session here. To sign up for a student panel, follow the link here. For other inquiries, ambassadors are available to answer questions at

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

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

LAST CHANCE! Deadline to Apply for CAPS Outreach Student Assistant Position – BIPOC Focus
Counseling and Psychological Services is looking for a passionate student to join their student outreach team to assist with outreach planning, programming and implementation of mental health programming for BIPOC – Black, Indigenous and People of Color – students including working at CAPS’ information tables at various events throughout the year. This recruitment will be used to fill 2 part-time Student Outreach positions, with a maximum of 20 hours per week.

CAPS is strongly committed to affirming diversity in a broad sense, to treating all with dignity and respect, and to opposing discrimination, prejudice, and oppression. Because OSU is a predominantly and historically white institution, it is especially critical that we center the experiences and needs of students and staff with marginalized identities, and that we provide comprehensive, holistic support specifically designed to meet those needs. CAPS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer, and strongly encourages applications from members of historically underrepresented racial or ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members and others who demonstrate the ability to help CAPS achieve their vision of a diverse, inclusive and just community.

To learn more and apply, please visit the link here. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 31. Job posting Number: P06928SE.

NEW! Dell Technologies Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity
Interested in interning with Dell Technologies this summer? Check out their available internships on Handshake through the OSU Career Development Center:

  • Dell Tech Services – General Business job posting here
  • Dell Tech Services – Engineering job posting here
  • Dell Tech Services – Business Analytics job posting here

NEXT WEEK! Deadline to Apply for 2021-2022 Academic Learning Assistant Position
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 initiatives. 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.

NEXT WEEK! Deadline to Apply for Funding 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.

Celebration of Women in Engineering
In recognition of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the College of Engineering at OSU invites students to celebrate the achievements of faculty and alumnae. This completely virtual event is free and open to the public.

On February 10, there will be a film premiere and panel for “Rooted in Community” from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., featuring live audience Q&A with the engineers featured in the film. In the film, six women share their experiences in engineering: how they broke through barriers, made impacts through research, and are guiding the next generation of engineers.

On February 11, there will be a career diversity panel with College of Engineering alumnae from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m., featuring live audience Q&A, allowing students to learn about some of the amazing career paths women have pursued with Oregon State Engineering degrees. Then, from 10:10 to 11:50 a.m. there will be a faculty panel discussing how they use teaching and research to advance progress with Grand Challenges for Engineering. Finally, from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m. the COE will host a live networking session and virtual display booths, allowing students to connect with other attendees, join discussion groups and explore virtual booths hosted by OSU Engineering student organizations.

To register, please follow the link here. To read panelist bios and find more information, click the link here. For questions or event access assistance, contact

Student Energy Analyst Position with OSU Energy Efficiency Center
The OSU Energy Efficiency Center is looking for motivated Student Energy Analysts to work part-time during the school year for 10 to 12 hours per week, and during the summer for 30 to 40 hours per week. The OSU EEC offers comprehensive on-site assessments to small and medium-sized manufacturers. Student teams advised by engineering faculty visit manufacturers across the Northwest and seek ways to increase their productivity and reduce energy use and waste. These engineering analyses and improvement recommendations are compiled into a report and delivered to the client. Visit the EEC website here for more information. Please apply before February 14 for full consideration.

Wellness Resources

NEW! Togetherall: A Virtual Community for Students, Focused on Mental Health and Wellbeing
CAPS has partnered with a company providing virtual peer-to-peer mental health and wellbeing support: Togetherall. Its online community is clinically moderated by mental health professionals, and offers students a safe and anonymous place to express their thoughts, concerns and triumphs. Students can draw strength and insights from peers that have real, lived experiences, and access a range of self-directed, clinically-validated tools to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Togetherall integrates with OSU’s existing campus counseling services and after-hours emergency phone lines.

Watch the short informational video here to learn more. Togetherall is available for free to all OSU students who register with their Oregon State University email address, and is available 24/7/365. For more information, visit the Togetherall website here, visit the CAPS website on Togetherall here and review the flyer below.

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!

Campus-Wide Opportunities

TOMORROW! Pandemic as Portal: Lecture with Drew Lanham on Coloring the Conservation Conversation
The Pandemic as Portal series is a nine-week lecture series 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 26, Erin Moore will speak on “Coloring the Conservation Conversation”. 

J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. Visit the link here to register for the lecture.

THIS WEEK! Research Ready Workshop with 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 Wednesday, January 27 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m

Also – 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.

NEXT WEEK! 2021-2022 Tuition Forums Scheduled
Join the University Budget Committee to discuss tuition and ask questions about the overall university budget. Weekly open forums have been scheduled through March 11. The next one is scheduled for February 1. More information can be found here.

NEXT WEEK! Career Panel: Things I Wish I Knew About…
These events are a career panel experience exploring topics like identity, race, and assimilation in the workplace with alumni and professionals who’ve experienced them first-hand. 

NEXT WEEK! Deadline for Music Technology and Production Album
The Music Technology and Production program at OSU produces an album during winter and spring terms. The MTP program is soliciting songwriters from around campus to send them a demo of an original song, which might be included in the album. Once they select the best tracks, each artist will be paired with students in the MTP program to produce the final project. This opportunity is open to all OSU students and participation from minorities and underrepresented groups is especially encouraged. The submission deadline is February 5. To apply, follow the link here.

NEXT WEEK! 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!

NEW! Provost’s Lecture Featuring Mae C. Jemison – Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential NEXT WEEK
Join the Provost on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a conversation with Dr. Mae C. Jemison: the first woman of color in space, national science literacy ambassador and advocate for racial leaps in knowledge, technology, design and thinking on Earth and beyond. This conversation is free and open to the public.

Currently, Dr. Jemison leads the 100 Year Starship, a bold, far reaching nonprofit initiative to ensure the capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Jemison is building a multi-faceted global community to foster the cultural, scientific, social and technical commitment and financial framework and support needed to accomplish the 100YSS vision. The 100YSS Way Research Institute seeks to generate the radical leaps that accelerate knowledge, technology, design, and thinking not just for space travel, but to enhance life on Earth. Jemison led the team that won the competitive, single awardee seed funding grant in February 2012 from premiere research agency DARPA.

Jemison started The Jemison Group, Inc. a technology consulting firm integrating critical socio-cultural issues into the design of engineering and science projects, such as satellite technology for health care delivery and solar dish Stirling engine electricity in developing countries. JG researches and develops stand-alone science and technology companies. An Environmental Studies professor at Dartmouth College, Jemison worked on sustainable development and technology design particularly for the developing world.

Register here to join the conversation! Visit the Provost’s Lecture Series website here for more information. Please contact Andrea McDaniel here in the Office of the Provost with any questions.

NEW! Provost’s Literary Prize – $500 and On-Campus Publication
This prize is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students at OSU! The literary work can be fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction written for a general audience. Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed no longer than 14 double-spaced pages for prose or 8 manuscript pages for poetry.  On the first page, students must include their full name, year in school, preferred email address, current mailing address, phone number and student ID number.

The deadline for submission is midnight on Tuesday, February 16. Email your submission as an attachment – Word or PDF – to the Provost’s Literary Prize Screening Committee via Professor Scribner in the School of Writing, Literature and Film at Your subject line should be either “Provost’s Literary Prize—Poetry” or “Provost’s Literary Prize—Prose.”

The Provost will announce the winner in May, and the winner will receive a $500 award in addition to having their writing published on campus. Any questions can be directed to Professor Scribner by email.

NEW! OSU Takes Part in Tournées Film Festival!
The Tournées Film Festival is a Francophone festival which seeks to bring French cinema to American university students. And this year, OSU gets to take part! We will be showing six Francophone films over the course of Winter and Spring term, the first one being this week on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”.

The films are free and are available to any student who wishes to see them, and we want to make sure that everyone knows they are welcome to attend. There will also be a short 30 minute discussion about the films after our viewing, which will be moderated by professors in the French and Anthropology departments. To register for the film-viewing and discussion, visit 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. to 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.

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. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 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

Weekly HCSA/Honors X General Meeting, 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.

  • HCSA: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom, Meeting ID: 922 1349 4129, Password: HCSA
  • Honors X: 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

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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