Spring 2021 Monday Message – Week 1

HCSA Events This Week NEW! HCSA Meeting Time Change – Today!The Honors College Student Association’s Spring meeting time is now Mondays at 5 p.m. starting today, Mar. 29.   Looking for an opportunity to meet other students and get involved with the Honors College this Spring? The Honors College Student Association holds their general meetings every Monday from 5 […]

March 29, 2021

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! HCSA Meeting Time Change – Today!
The Honors College Student Association’s Spring meeting time is now Mondays at 5 p.m. starting today, Mar. 29.  

Looking for an opportunity to meet other students and get involved with the Honors College this Spring? The Honors College Student Association holds their general meetings every Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. via Zoom (meeting ID 922 1349 4129, password: HCSA). 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.

On even weeks of the term, like next week on Apr. 5 on Monday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. we will host Honors X meetings 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!

NEW! Ice Cream with HCSA Next Week
As a kickoff to Spring term, HCSA will be hosting an ice cream social next week Monday, Apr. 5 at 5 p.m.! If you would like to join, ice cream will be available in West Hall kitchen, Sackett Hall kitchens, and the SLUG freezers. Grab some ice cream, hop on Zoom, and enjoy! Zoom meeting ID: 922 1349 4129, password: HCSA.

NEW! Wellness Wednesday: Affirmation Boxes Next Week!
If you are a resident of West or Sackett Hall, swing by the outside of West Dining Hall on Wednesday, Apr. 7 between 11 a.m. and noon to create your own box with positive messages and affirmations!

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 or crochet project to donate to someone in need. Attend our next meeting Thursday, Apr. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. PST to learn more! No experience necessary! RSVP here to receive the Zoom link!

HC Announcements and Event

NEW! Spring Conversation Clusters – More Prizes and Even More Fun!
Today is the start of spring conversation clusters! Since it’s the first week, clusters will focus on establishing a meeting day, time, and format. The first 100 clusters who submit their information to Canvas will receive an OSU Beavers Store gift card on us! We know that it can be challenging to pull the whole group together, so here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • This term we ask for one member from each cluster to volunteer to convene the initial meeting. When this group member reaches out, please respond promptly and make yourself as available as possible.
  • Initial meetings should take place when most people are generally available – for example, after 7:30 p.m. during the week or on the weekend.
  • For clusters who would rather have the HC coordinate the initial meeting, the HC will host Zoom rooms for groups from Wednesday, Mar. 31 to Friday, Apr. 2, between 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like to use a Zoom room for your first cluster meeting, please email LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu with the day/time you would like to meet.

Some students have requested a new cluster for spring. Those students should now be reassigned with an invitation to meet sometime this week. With this being an entirely new term, we ask that ALL students give what they can to their group, recognizing that for a lot of students, conversation clusters are critical to their well-being and are important to creating a sense of belonging and community.   

If you have questions regarding your cluster assignment or if you need assistance in convening your initial group meeting, please reach out to LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Graduating in Spring or Summer 2021? Did you inform your HC Academic Advisor?

  1. Check your MyDegrees and make sure that are properly enrolled in any final HC credits you need to graduate. Notices of remaining requirements were sent to graduates, but if you have questions, connect with an HC Academic Advisor during the first two weeks of this term to clarify your requirements.
  2. Check your MyDegrees notes (at the bottom) of your MyDegrees page. You should see a note that reads: “IASP21 – Institutional Awarding Spring 2021” or “IASU21 – Institutional Awarding Summer 2021.” If you do not see this note, that means the HC (and the Office of the Registrar) is unaware that you are graduating. Contact an HC Academic Advisor or uhcadvisor@oregonstate.edu to inform us of your intended graduation term. Please do so immediately, if you do not, this may delay your graduation.

Spring 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 spring term HC virtual study group! You will need to complete this survey and indicate your availability by Wednesday, Apr. 7 to be placed in a group. If you have any other questions, feel free to email Emily at emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu.

Scholarship Opportunities

OSU Emergency COVID-19 Funding For Students Through CRRSAA
Through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, OSU has emergency funding to award to currently enrolled OSU students. Apply here.

CRRSAA eligibility includes:
– Undergraduate, graduate and certificate seeking students enrolled at any of our campuses, including Ecampus.
– You must have a current FAFSA application on file.
– Students will be prioritized by their level of need based on their FAFSA application.
– Eligible expenses include all the components of a student’s cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
– International students, DACA students, and undocumented students are not eligible for this funding.

COMING SOON! 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 Apr. 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Please direct any questions to Kevin Stoller at stollerk@oregonstate.edu.

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.

Job Opportunities

NEW! Undergraduate Research Ambassador Positions
The Office of Undergraduate Research is excited to announce that they are hiring new Undergraduate Research Ambassadors for the 2021-2022 school year. We are looking for an energetic team to help undergraduates learn about how to get involved in research partnerships with faculty across campus.

As an Ambassador, the student will serve as a role model and mentor to students interested in research in all disciplines. The Ambassador will give presentations about how to get involved in research in first-year courses and residence halls, develop online resources, plan social and networking opportunities, advise students and more!

The application closes on Friday, Apr. 30. Please visit the link here to apply. Please direct any questions or concerns to Stephanie Ramos at stephanie.ramos@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! NCHC Student Editorship Positions
Each year, the National Collegiate Honors Council Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity seeks to recruit a number of Associate Editors with diverse academic backgrounds from universities across the United States. Associate Editors are responsible for the review of creative work submissions and research submissions that the journal receives. Associate Editors provide feedback and revision suggestions to authors of the selected pieces while working with the Managing Editor and Production Team to develop and maintain the journal throughout the academic year, a process which culminates with the publication of the journal each November. Associate Editors also hold positions on committees that contribute to the success of the journal in various ways. In the past, students have enjoyed the unique work and experience that UReCA offers them. For more information, and to apply, please visit the link here.

Project or Thesis Opportunity Around Spatial Analysis – GIS!
Kevin Bladon, Associate Professor within the College of Forestry, is looking for a student interested in a possible thesis or project around spatial analysis. This project involves using GIS to identify locations in Oregon that are vulnerable or resistant to the effects of wildfires on aquatic habitats. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email Dr. Bladon at kevin.bladon@oregonstate.edu.

Apply for Paid Positions with the Student Experiences & Engagement
Student Experiences & Engagement is a hub for student involvement, connection, and belonging. Their departments include: Community Engagement & LeadershipCraft CenterDiversity & Cultural Engagement and Experiential Learning & Activities. SEE offers a wide-range of opportunities spanning cultural, social or educational events, clubs and organizations, student media, arts, volunteer and leadership positions. Students are encouraged to apply for open paid positions that offer leadership and skill-building opportunities; positions like Leadership Liaison with DCE, Media Designer for Cultural Resource Centers and Student Success Peer Facilitator for OSU’s Pride Center. To learn more about these job opportunities, visit the link here.

Student Health Advisory Board Recruitment
Oregon State’s Student Health Advisory Board is now recruiting students to join! This board serves as a link between Student Health Services and the student community here at OSU. We are looking for students who express the desire to promote health and well-being through health equity and advocacy of the Oregon State University community and express interest in health policy and the administrative side of healthcare. 

For more information and to access the application, please visit the website here. Further questions can be directed to Amy.Frasieur@oregonstate.edu. Members will be recruited on a rolling basis. 

Wellness Resources

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 tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu to coordinate extra credit for student attendance. Faculty and staff are welcome too. Register here!

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! ALS 116: Academic Success – Register Now!
Early enrollment for ALS 116: Academic Success is lower for spring term, so the Academic Success Center encourages students to check the course out! While ALS 116 can be a great fit for any student, for students on warning or probation 2,093 students were in negative academic standing in winter term ALS 116 can provide necessary support and community. In addition, ALS 116 is a $0-cost course materials course.

Participate in a Focus Group about the COVID-19 Vaccine!
We invite you to participate in one of several focus groups being conducted by researchers at Oregon State University to understand more about people’s attitudes, hesitations and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are interested in how people’s attitudes and worldviews may influence their experiences and opinions about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are interested in interviewing folks who have some reservations, hesitations or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are interested in people from all walks of life, with a range of attitudes and experiences. You must be between the ages of 18 and 30, have some hesitations or reservations about the COVID-19 vaccine and be a currently enrolled college or university student.

Participants will receive an electronic $25 Amazon gift card to participate in a one to two hour-long focus group conducted via Zoom. Jade Warner is the primary investigator and HC student who is conducting this research for her thesis project. Email Warner at warnejad@oregonstate.edu for more information. Please reach out as soon as possible if you are interested.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

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 honors.college@oregonstate.edu. 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 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.

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!

Connect with Our Student Engagement Coordinator!
Emily Garcia is the Student Engagement Coordinator for the Honors College! She is available to answer general HC questions, connect you to the proper resources and help you find community within the Honors College. You can reach out to her and schedule an appointment by emailing emily.garcia@oregonstate.edu.

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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