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Spring 2021 Monday Message – Week 3

HCSA Events This Week

NEW! University Legislative Scholars Info Session with HCSA
The formerly known Presidential Student Legislative Advocates will be hosting an informational session during HCSA’s general meeting today, Monday, Apr. 12 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. The University Legislative Scholars Program is a year-long experiential learning program that enables students to engage in current policy issues at the state level while also increasing student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process. If you are interested in learning more, please join us! The Zoom meeting ID is 922 1349 4129 and the password is HCSA.

NEW! Mindfulness Event with HCSA – Yoga NEXT WEEK!
Already feeling stressed this term? Join HCSA as we welcome a guest instructor to lead us in a short yoga session! This session will be held during our week 4 HCSA meeting on Monday, Apr. 19 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Take a break and come meditate with us! The Zoom meeting ID is 922 1349 4129 and the password is HCSA.

HC Announcements and Event

NEW! HC Conversation Clusters War of Words Challenge!
Congratulations to the winners of last week’s virtual walk and trivia challenges! These are the groups that will receive Starbucks gift cards:

  • 27 – Matlock
  • 62 – The Sleep Deprived
  • 126 – The Whale Sharks
  • 203 – Group 203 From 503
  • Charming Sponges
  • 130, 141 (add more here)

This week, we celebrate National Scrabble Day with exciting word games for groups! Check out the new module in Canvas outlining the week’s activities and prizes. For anyone who wants to get involved but has not yet gotten in touch with their cluster, please email LeeAnn.Baker@oregonstate.edu

When you participate in this program, you are serving your community and helping fellow honors students to feel included, connected and cared for. So please listen, be open and be giving of yourself and your time. As always, reach out with questions or concerns.

NEW! Honors College Community Coffee and Gift Card – THIS WEEK
You are invited to join the Honors College Community on Thursday, Apr. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. for a virtual social event! We will have breakout rooms for conversation and activities and all participants will receive a coffee gift card. To register in advance for this meeting please visit the link here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

NEW! Stage 2 College of Business Student-Faculty Mixer – THIS WEEK
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 feel ready to begin research or are not sure about your interests, attending these events help you to 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! The update allows you to choose and move among breakout rooms. Reserve your “virtual seat” here. The Zoom link will be sent to your OSU email two business days before the Mixer. 

Spring 2021 mixers:

  • College of Business student-faculty mixer on Friday, Apr. 16 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • Multi-discipline mixer still TBD

NEW! Apply for Paid Position as an HC Physics Tutor – THIS WEEK
The Honors College is seeking applicants for tutoring positions within physics (position P07225SE) to start this term. This position includes holding tutoring hours and assisting students with questions related to a variety of courses. 

Physics courses necessary for this position include PH 211-213, PH 106, PH 203, and PH 221-223(H). Applicants must have completed through PH 213 with an earned grade of B or higher, be able to hold 90 minutes of tutoring each week, be open to questions and be dependable. Interested students should apply online here. This is a paid position through the HC. Please apply by Sunday, Apr. 18.

NEW! Honors College Dean and Friends Conversation: A Career in the Law
All Honors College students are invited to a Dean and Friends conversation on Tuesday, Apr. 27 from noon to 1:00 p.m. with HC grad Blake Robinson ’05 on becoming and working as an attorney. Blake received his honors degree in political science before earning a law degree at Willamette University in 2008. Since his graduation, he’s been a litigation attorney in Portland with Davis Wright Tremaine, a large national firm, where he primarily represents companies involved in civil lawsuits. For additional information, visit the link here. At this Dean and Friends conversation, he’ll share advice on law school and law internships and discuss what it is like to work as an attorney, with examples drawn from his case experience. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, email me at stollerk@oregonstate.edu

NEXT WEEK! Deadline for Applications – Honors College Center for the Humanities Summer Internships
The Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts, and the OSU Center for the Humanities invite applications for the 2021 Honors College Center for the Humanities Summer Internship Program. This is designed to support Honors College students working with College of Liberal Arts faculty members on projects that provide practical experience to students and further faculty research. Three intern/faculty pairs will be selected for the summer program, which runs from July 16 to August 31. Interns will receive $4,500 for wages and faculty will be able to access an additional $500.

Details about the program and the application process and requirements are available here. Applications are due by Friday, Apr. 23 and must be jointly submitted by students and faculty mentors. Honors College students of any major are eligible to apply, but faculty mentors must be affiliated with the College of Liberal Arts. Student applicants must intend to be enrolled in the Honors College through at least fall term of 2021. Contact Kevin Stoller (stollerk@oregonstate.edu) with questions.

NEXT WEEK! Register for Spring Term Stage 1 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. The spring term Stage One workshops are:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday, May 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom
  • Friday, May 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday, May 27, from 8 to 9 a.m. via Zoom
  • Thursday May 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. via Zoom

You must register online to receive the Zoom invitation, which will emailed to you with a reminder the business day before your workshop. Register to attend the Stage 1 workshop here.

Honors College Winter Research Showcase
On Mar. 4, 2021, 10 honors students presented lightning talks on their research at the Honors College Winter Research Showcase. Check out the video here for a glimpse of the quality and range of research undertaken by HC students. 

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.

LAST CHANCE! 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 this 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.

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 & Job Opportunities

TODAY! Three Open Positions with University Information Technology
Institutional Analytics and Reporting, part of University Information Technology, is looking for three student workers to hire. These positions will support decision support unit functions and data and analytics projects and are excellent opportunities for students from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. These positions provide experiences in the technical, business and creative domains. The deadline to apply is this Monday, Apr. 12.

  • Project Assistant 
    • The project assistant will track project progress, diagram data and system architecture and provide assistance with Decision Support projects as needed. Open to all backgrounds.
  • Web Assistant
    • The web assistant will migrate a Drupal website from a custom stack back to the OSU community tier, interpret university brand guidelines and provide technical assistance with web communications projects as needed. Technical skills are required.
  • Developer Assistant
    • The developer assistant will track project progress, diagram data and system architecture and provide technical assistance to the IAR Systems Team as needed. Technical skills are required.

TOMORROW! Things I Wish I Knew about… Best Preparing for Post-College Workforce as a First-Generation College Student
On Tuesday, Apr. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m., learn what panelists wish they knew about making connections, overcoming imposter syndrome and finding the confidence to become career ready and successful. OSU’s director of career education, Jonathan Stoll, will moderate a panel featuring: William Garcia, technical engineer at Minitab; Anesat Leon-Guerrero, learning consultant at Indigo Slate and Miguel Arellano, basic needs navigator at OSU.

Things I Wish I Knew is a career panel series presented by the Career Development Center exploring topics like identity, race and assimilation in the workplace with OSU alumni and industry professionals who have been there. To register for the event, visit the link here.

TOMORROW! University Legislative Scholars Program Open House
The University Legislative Scholars Program (formerly the Presidential Student Legislative Advocates) is accepting applications from 3rd- and 4th-year students. The ULS program seeks to enable students to learn about, and engage in, current public policy issues while also increasing student advocacy in the Oregon legislative process. Learn how to apply to the program here. An informational campus-wide open house will be held at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Apr. 13: Interested students can register to attend here.

NEW! Applications Open – Supplemental Instruction Program Positions
The Supplemental Instruction program is currently hiring SI Leaders for next year! Supplemental Instruction Leaders use collaborative learning techniques and learning theory to lead effective group study tables for traditionally challenging courses at OSU. If you have ever wanted to gain experience in education, teaching, group facilitation or if you just want to continue your professional development, this is a great opportunity! No experience needed, as we will train prior to leading tables. We would love for you to apply by next Monday, Apr. 19, and you can learn more or apply here

NEW! Applications Open – Writing Center Positions
Writing Consultants provide support through writing and research consultations in person (when possible next year), remotely (using Zoom) and through written feedback provided via email. We provide substantial training and mentoring for these positions and encourage applications from anyone who is interested in helping other students and excited about working on a collaborative and supportive team of peer writing consultants. Learn more about this position and how to apply on our website here and consider attending one of our information sessions listed on that page. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2021. 

THIS WEEK! 2021 Oregon Spring Career Fair
OSU and the University of Oregon will hold a joint career fair, attracting employers from all industries. More than 60 employers are already signed up. The fair takes place on Thursday, Apr. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register for the event here.

THIS WEEK! Post-Graduation Positions Available with AmeriCorps
Portland-based non-profit College Possible has more than 30 AmeriCorps roles starting in August for upcoming and recent college graduates. College Possible is a college access and success nonprofit dedicated to educational equity, working to closing the degree-divide between students from low-income backgrounds and their peers from higher income backgrounds.

College Possible will be at the Oregon Spring Career Fair on Thursday, Apr. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Current OSU students and alumni are welcome to sign up for one-on-one conversations with current AmeriCorps members during the career fair. During the event, College Possible will share the AmeriCorps opportunities available for college graduates, describe AmeriCorps services and benefits and provide more information about College Possible.

All levels of experience are welcome. Although only college graduates are eligible to serve in these roles, all students are welcome to join and learn more as they start planning for their post college journeys. Visit the College Possible website here or apply directly for roles here. Please direct questions to Giovanna DiFalco, the recruitment and operations specialist for College Possible at GDiFalco@CollegePossible.org.

Free Workshop on Applying to STEM Programs for Prospective PhD Students – THIS WEEK
The University of California, Berkeley has created a series of workshops to walk students step-by-step through the admissions process, provide tips for developing high-caliber application materials and demystify how graduate funding works. 

This free bootcamp series was developed specifically for underrepresented minority students considering graduate school, though it is open to all attendees. If you cannot attend all of the bootcamp events “live,” you can watch on-demand recordings, available 24 hours after the live event. Individuals that attend all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion. To apply, you will create an account within our system at the link here.

A discipline-specific workshop, “Applying to STEM Programs,” is this Thursday, Apr. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Learn about what types of graduate programs are possible for students in your discipline and undergraduate major. Meet faculty, experts, current graduate students, and alumni in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and hear their recommendations for successfully navigating the STEM application process and succeeding in graduate school. 

Getting a Dam Job Virtual Workshops for Spring – THIS WEEK

Apply for 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.

Wellness Resources

BEavers HERE NOW
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

THIS WEEK! Provost’s Lecture Featuring Ibram X. Kendi – National Book Award Winner, Historian and Leading Antiracist Voice in America
Oregon State University invites you to join a virtual event featuring Ibram X. Kendi on Wednesday, Apr. 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Kendi is a National Book Award Winner (2019), Guggenheim Fellow, historian and three-time NY Times best selling author and journalist. Kendi is also the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. In addition, Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of many books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, “How to Be an Antiracist;” “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His latest book, “Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action,” was released in October.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend the event, please register here

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.

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 through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 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.

TODAY! HCSA Meeting
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 at the meeting ID 922 1349 4129. The password is 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.

Honors X holds meetings during even weeks of the term, on Monday from 6 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, at the meeting ID 917 5442 5322. The password is 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 and 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.

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