Winter 2021 – Monday Message Week 6

HCSA Events This Week LAST CHANCE! Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser for Food DriveJoin us as we raise money for the Linn Benton County Food Drive during the month of February! Each dollar donated to the food drive is equivalent to gifting 7.5 pounds of food or 6 meals at the food pantry. In order to raise money […]

February 7, 2021

HCSA Events This Week

LAST CHANCE! Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser for Food Drive
Join us as we raise money for the Linn Benton County Food Drive during the month of February! Each dollar donated to the food drive is equivalent to gifting 7.5 pounds of food or 6 meals at the food pantry. In order to raise money for this cause, we will be selling Krispy Kreme Donuts until February 11 – so get them quick! You will be able to pick up your donuts on Saturday, February 13 between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside of the LInC. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what better gift to give than a box of donuts!? Even if it’s a gift to yourself! If you would like to purchase, please fill out this form. We will be selling the following flavors in boxes of a dozen donuts:
– Glazed for $12
– Jelly filled for $13
– Chocolate for $13

Each person who purchases a box of a dozen donuts will also be entered into a raffle to win a Dutch Bros gift card!

Honors College Sticker Fundraiser for Food Drive
Is your water bottle or laptop in need of some love? For the entire month of February, we will be selling our custom OSU Honors College stickers to raise money for the Linn Benton County Food Drive. Each dollar we donate is equivalent to 7.5 pounds of food or 6 meals at the food pantry. 

HC stickers will be sold for $3 each which equals to 18 meals! If you are interested in purchasing a sticker and joining us as we raise money for this cause, please fill out this survey (where you will also be able to view the sticker design). You will have the option to pick up your sticker from the Honors College office in the LInC 450 or request for it to be mailed to you.

NEW! HCSA 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 meeting this Thursday, February 11, from 6:00 to 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! HCSA & CAPS: “Dam Good Self Care”
This week, during our HCSA meeting on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m., OSU Counseling & Psychological Services will present on ‘Dam Good Self-Care’. This workshop focuses on stress management by offering tips for immediate stress relief as well as long-term strategies. Amidst the chaos of midterms, assignments and stressors outside of academics, join us as we sit back, relax and learn some self-care techniques. Please RSVP here for the link.

NEXT WEEK! Life After Graduation with D’Anna Foster, Merchandising Director at Nike and HC Alumna
Wondering about your professional life after graduation? Join us during our HCSA meeting on Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. as we welcome our guest speaker and HC alumna D’Anna Foster, who is currently the Merchandising Director for the Jordan Brand at Nike. Graduating from OSU in 2009, she attended Stanford University and received a master’s degree in Business. D’Anna will share her personal career journey, tips on how to manage your presence as a young professional and insight into how COVID-19 has impacted Nike as a company, as well as the professional skills they value. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters: Last Week’s Winners and This Week, Spreading the Love
This week we congratulate winners from 15 different clusters. All 50 winners receive Safeway gift cards! 

Even with love in the air, we all feel the pressure of midterm exams and papers. For this reason, our next challenge will take place over two weeks – weeks 6 and 7. In these two weeks, please take a 30-minute break to spend time with your conversation cluster and spread some love. Check out the new module in Canvas outlining the multiple options for fun and chocolate!

In our current environment, many people can feel lonely, isolated and unmotivated. It isn’t just that we aren’t able to congregate for social gatherings and special events – we’ve also lost the casual daily interactions we used to enjoy in the hallways or over lunch or coffee. These small, in-between moments are often key to binding communities together. Meeting with your conversation cluster can help. Greatness emerges from an environment that values, hears and respects diverse voices and perspectives. So please join your cluster, listen, be open and giving of yourself and your time.

If you need assistance or would like to be reassigned to a new Conversation Cluster please reach out to

TOMORROW! 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, 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.

TOMORROW! Register Now for FINAL 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:

  • 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! Honors College Dean and Friends Conversation on a Career in Surgery with Dr. Amber Leis
All Honors College students are invited to a Dean and Friends conversation with Dr. Amber Leis, a 2003 graduate of the Honors College with her H.B.S. in microbiology. Dr. Leis is currently an associate professor at UC Irvine and the medical residency program director, as well as a plastic and hand surgeon. She was born in Sisters, Oregon to two artists, and as an undergraduate at Oregon State, she spent time in Zimbabwe and took a number of art classes. After graduation, she received her M.D. at the Johns Hopkins University before completing her plastic surgery residency in Southern California. During that time, she developed a particular passion for hand and nerve surgery, and she completed a fellowship at USC in orthopaedic hand surgery.

At this Dean and Friends, on February 10 from noon to 1:00 p.m. she will share how she has brought her interest and background in the arts into her current work, what drew her to surgery, and share some examples of the kind of surgery she does. To RSVP and get the Zoom link, email Kevin Stoller at  

NEXT WEEK! State of the Honors College Presentation
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

Scholarship Opportunities

NEXT WEEK! Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship DEADLINE
The OSU Alumni Association and Community Engagement & Leadership are excited to accept applications for the Schoenstein Sustaining Excellence Scholarship. This fund was dedicated in order to provide scholarships for OSU students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year, and who are actively involved in activities beyond coursework, demonstrating that they are committed to learning and contributing outside the classroom to the OSU and/or local community. This scholarship currently accepts applications through OSU’s Scholar Dollars system. Students from all OSU campuses are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Monday, February 15.

This scholarship will award six students with a one-time scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Award recipients will also have the option of being featured in the Create Your Own Story story-sharing series coordinated by CEL if they so choose. Award recipients will receive the full $1,000.00 financial award regardless of whether they decide to be recognized and featured through the CYOS story sharing series. An award recipient’s decision to participate in the CYOS story sharing series has no bearing on their reception of the scholarship.

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.

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! Paid Position with HC as Peer Mentor Program Coordinator DEADLINE
Are you looking to get involved with the Honors College? The HC is looking for two coordinators to assist with the Peer Mentor Program. Coordinators will work in a team to co-lead the program and have the opportunity to make a difference in the personal development, guidance and impact of first-year and transfer students, building close relationships with mentors and new students while developing leadership skills. To apply, please visit the link here by February 10 . If you have any questions or concerns, please contact

THIS WEEK! Register Now for Winter Career Fairs
This winter, the OSU Winter Career Fair series as well as Speed Mock Interviews are virtual and through Handshake. Students have the opportunity to register and sign up for to speak with employers like Fast Enterprises, Cintas, Techtronic Industries, Build Group and many more. Below are the dates and links to events.

For more information about virtual fairs, please visit the link here.

THIS WEEK! Dell Technologies Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity DEADLINE
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

The deadline for each of these positions is this Thursday, February 11.

Marine Studies Initiative Summer 2021 Internships
The Marine Studies Initiative office is pleased to offer Summer 2021 internships focused on interdisciplinary topics of the ocean and coasts. Internship projects are still being finalized but options may center around citizen science in the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve, coastal tourism, the seafood industry, public engagement via video and social media creation, ocean acidification awareness, marine reserve interpretation and the seafood business and industry. Internship locations are also being finalized and may include Newport, Cascade Head near Lincoln City, Portland and Port Orford, Oregon. 

Internships range from a 30 to 40 hours per week commitment. All interns are expected to write a project proposal, create a poster and present their project at both the MSI internship symposium and a public meeting or conference after the internship, all under the guidance of a mentor. Interns will also be required to participate in group check-ins, field trips, seminars, professional development and other group activities.

Internships will be in-person experiences with some remote work, and will last up to 10 weeks in length, starting around June 14, 2021. Start and end dates may vary depending on the internship. Group housing will be provided. Interns will receive compensation as an OSU hourly student worker. Total salary will not exceed $6,240 for a full-time, 10-week period internship commitment.

All internships are open to currently enrolled OSU students and Oregon Community College students (OSU dual enrollment program or degree partnership program preferred). Students cannot be enrolled in more than 5 credits of summer classes. Any applying seniors must be enrolled as an OSU student in Summer 2021 to be eligible. The position requires driving a University or personal vehicle; thus intern must possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license in their state of residence.

Applications are due by midnight on February 28. Interns will be selected at the end of March. To apply, visit the link here. For more information, visit the MSI website here or contact Academic Advisor Cynthia Leonard here.

Wellness Resources

NEXT WEEK! OHP and SNAP Virtual Application Sign-Up Support
The Human Services Resource Center and the Benton County Health Department will host the virtual OHP and SNAP enrollment event from February 16-19, with two sessions per day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. OHP-certified community partners will be assisting students and their families with the enrollment processes. Registration is required, so sign up here!

What is OHP and SNAP? SNAP helps make college expenses more affordable by providing up to $234/month to buy groceries. The funds are loaded into an Electronic Benefits Transfer card, which is like a debit card that can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores and farmers markets. OHP is free comprehensive health coverage for Oregonians who meet income requirements and other criteria. 

Students who are citizens or permanent residents may apply as long as they meet income limits and other eligibility requirements are met. If you have a child under age 18, they can be covered through the OHP, regardless of immigration status.  

For accommodations or questions regarding disability, please contact the HSRC at or call (541)737-3747 between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Enjoy a different 15-minute guided meditation each week. Benefits of meditation include: 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 Mazin Jamal and KJ Song on “Let Me Be a Good Ancestor: Rooting Social and Environmental Justice in Song and Spirit”
The Pandemic as Portal series is a 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. Tomorrow, at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, Michael Paul Nelson will speak on “Welcome to the Center for the Study of an Uncertain Future: A Tour”.

Michael Paul Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy. He currently holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Endowed Chair of Renewable Resources, and serves as the Lead-Principal Investigator for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program at OSU. He is the author or editor of four books in and around the area of environmental ethics, including the award-winning book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (2010) with Kathleen Dean Moore. Visit the link here to register for the lecture.

THIS WEEK! Cabildos Speaker Series: Dr. Carmen Thompson, ‘On American Whiteness and Anti-Blackness: Towards an Understanding of Race in America’
The Cabildos Speaker Series presents Dr. Carmen Thompson, history instructor at Portland Community College. On February 10 at 4:00 p.m., Thompson will present her talk, “On American Whiteness and Anti-Blackness: Towards an Understanding of Race in America.” Register here to tune in!

Thompson is an independent scholar and historian of race and the Black experience. Dr. Thompson earned her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University in New York, where she was the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award for Excellence in Writing by the Institute for Research in African American Studies for her M.A. thesis. She is a member of the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly, where she co-edited and authored articles in the journal’s regionally acclaimed special issue on White supremacy in Oregon.

Currently, Dr. Thompson is a visiting scholar in the Black Studies department at Portland State University where she is working on her book “The Making of American Whiteness,” which examines the origins of Whiteness in America. Dr. Thompson has taught a wide range of courses on race and the Black experience at Portland Community College and Portland State University, including American slavery, Black feminism and race and racism. Her research interests include the history of slavery and the slave trade in the New World and Pre-colonial West Africa, early African American history, race and ethnicity in early America and the Great Migration.

NEW THIS WEEK! Family Feud with the Black Cultural Center – Throughout February
This is a special Black History Month BCC Family Feud game, exclusively focused on Black culture! It is scheduled for three days in the month of February, listed below, with the first game taking place this week:

  • Friday, February 12, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Please fill out the form only if you are sure you will be able to make it to the event. Each team should be made up of five participants. Please provide the name of your team and that of your team participants at the link here to register.

NEW THIS WEEK! Virtual Paint Night of Oregon Landmark, Haystack Rock, Guided by Portland-Based Artist
Get creative, socialize and unwind at the second edition of Virtual Paint Night, hosted by the OSU Alumni Association and the College of Liberal Arts and open to all skill levels. With guidance from Portland-based artist Kaitlyn Carr-Kiprotich, ’16, attendees will paint Oregon’s iconic Haystack Rock, a state landmark on Friday, February 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Engage with fellow Beavers at this event, which is free for OSUAA members and $10 for non-members. Art supply list is provided at the registration link 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! 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! Writing Black History of the Pacific Northwest into Wikipedia COMING SOON
On Friday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m., join us for a keynote presentation and Q/A discussion with Dr. Alexandria Lockett of Spelman College, about knowledge equity as it relates to philosophy and practices, and stay for the Wikipedia edit-a-thon! Find out more and register 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.

THIS Week! 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

Honors X is a group of students focused on creating a sense of community amongst first year students by hosting fun events, service events, and learning/development opportunities across multiple subjects. We hope to see you there!

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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