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Spring 2021 Monday Message – Finals Week

HCSA Events This Week

Free Snacks in the SLUG!
The Forgot Your Lunch Program is offering free fruit, cookies, cheese sticks and more for our students during this week and finals week! Please help yourself to these free snacks located in the Forgot Your Lunch cabinets and refrigerator in the SLUG  kitchen (LInC 340) while supplies last.

HCSA Finals Self-Care Event
Take a study break, grab some goodies and join us in some self-care during finals week! The HCSA will be putting together self-care kits for your relaxation needs going into finals week! Come stop by to pick up a care package and destress during finals – you’ve got this! 

HC Announcements and Events

NEW! Offer Feedback and Ideas for Next Year’s Conversation Clusters
To everyone who participated in the final conversation cluster meeting of the year – thank you! Cold Stone Creamery gift cards will go out this week and memes will continue to be featured on our Instagram. The HC Conversation Clusters program reached nearly 30% of our community consistently and brought together students who may never have met in other settings. As we look forward to the fall term, please take a moment to offer feedback regarding this program through the survey here by Thursday, June 10.

NEW! Honors College Awards Results
This past week the Honors College announced winners of college awards for the 2020-2021 academic year. Congratulations to our winners below! Watch the announcements here.

Outstanding thesis posters:

  • Engineering: Renuka Bhatt & Claire Hekkala
  • Science: Simone Burton
  • Social Science and Business: Maia Insinga
  • Humanities: Shrida Sharma

Outstanding thesis winners:

  • Engineering/Business: Kylie Boenisch (Rosemary Williams, honorable mention)
  • Science: Ilana Gottfried-Lee
  • Humanities/Social Sciences:  Ellie Andreyka

Visit the thesis virtual fair here

Outstanding Professor of the Year

  • Professor Elizabeth Barstow in History & Religious Studies

Outstanding Course of the Year

  • HC 407 – Science, Ethics, & Star Trek
  • HC 407 – Imaging the Universe

Outstanding Community Member of the Year

  • Maja Engler

HC Outstanding Student Employees:

  • Amanda Fox
  • Cassidy Parker
  • Natalie Harris

HC Outstanding Service Award:

  • Sukhjot Sal
  • Patrick Callagy

Contribute to Working Toward a More Diverse and Equitable Honors College
The Honors College Student Leadership Circle, in partnership with Honors College staff, is developing a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan and requests the input and involvement of all Honors College students. This work is central to both the Honors College’s values and value proposition. As a college committed to serving all people in our communities, it is the HC’s responsibility to create a college that is accessible to all students and provides all students with the support and experiences that will help them succeed. The HC realizes this commitment will take work, but it is work that enhances the entire community by creating opportunities to explore and encounter ideas and perspectives.

Completing the survey here will begin to provide the SLC with the insights they need about the challenges the Honors College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan must address. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 10 minutes. Participants who complete the survey by July 31 will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of ten $10 gift cards to the OSU Beaver Store, and, if interested, sign up for focus groups to further discuss DEI issues and solutions in the college.

Your input will be taken seriously – indeed, it will be foundational in this work. Development of an Honors College DEI Strategic Plan will be a truly collaborative venture between HC staff and students. Thank you. Please direct questions to Honors College Director of External Relations and Operations Kevin Stoller (stollerk@oregonstate.edu).

Honors College Course Evaluations
If you’re enrolled in an HC course this term, you’ll receive a link to an honors course evaluation form in your OSU inbox this week.  Please submit evaluations for all your honors courses – both the eSETs and the honors evaluations! Student evaluations play a big role in determining which courses we offer in the future. Please direct any questions and concerns to Associate Dean Susan Rodgers at susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu.

IMPORTANT! OSU Continues to Require Face Coverings Indoors
Based on new face covering guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority, face coverings are no longer required outdoors at OSU, unless the outdoor setting is crowded, or physical distancing cannot be maintained. OSU does not believe the state’s proof of vaccination requirements are workable in an open university environment where entry to facilities is not carefully controlled, and as such, OSU has shared feedback with state officials in the hopes of revising OHA requirements to be more suitable for the higher education environment. Consequently, for the time being, OSU continues to require individuals wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The updated OSU face covering policy is here.

Scholarship Opportunities

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

NEW! ASOSU SafeRide Hiring Students Now!
Are you looking for a fun, student-focused job for the upcoming school year? Consider working at ASOSU SafeRide! ASOSU SafeRide is an inclusive, free service, dedicated to providing OSU students alternative safer rides within Corvallis and the surrounding area. We are open to all OSU students on the Corvallis campus. ASOSU SafeRide operates on four core values: Safety, Comfort, Integrity, and Student-Focused. These core values are incorporated into everything that we do, and the decision we make.

ASOSU SafeRide is currently looking to hire drivers for the upcoming school year. In this position, the student will drive a 12-passenger van, assist in the navigation of the van or dispatch calls in the office. Please view the attached poster or visit the job posting here to apply. Please direct any questions to operations.saferide@oregonstate.edu or elias.antelman@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Two Job Postings with the Menge Lab
The Menge Lab at Oregon State University has two job postings available for field technicians. Both positions close next week on Wednesday, June 9. To learn more about the lab, please visit the website here.

Both positions will work in the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans program. PISCO is a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore and intertidal ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast. An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field. We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time. PISCO’s findings are applied to issues of ocean conservation and management and are shared through public outreach and student training programs. To learn more about the PISCO program, visit the link here.

Position 1: Seasonal Biological Sciences Research Technician 1
This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, seasonal (July to December) Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 position for the PISCO program in the OSU Department of Integrative Biology. The appointee will assist professors, technicians, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in research on ecosystem dynamics of rocky reef communities and the nearshore ocean along the West Coast. Responsibilities include laboratory and intertidal fieldwork. Shore and lab work includes sample processing, chlorophyll-a analysis of water samples, data entry, making sample devices; maintaining field equipment, preparing field collectors, assisting with instrument calibrations, surveys of intertidal communities, biodiversity and abundance. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends, multiple overnight trips and the ability to do technical hiking with a heavy load. To apply for this position or learn more, visit the job posting here.

Position 2: Faculty Research Assistant
This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position for the PISCO program within the OSU Department of Integrative Biology. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head. The Faculty Research Assistant will work with professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in research on ecosystem dynamics in rocky intertidal communities and the nearshore ocean along the West Coast. The primary field research responsibility for this position includes working with colleagues to design, set up, maintain and terminate experiments at more than 11 field sites. Lab duties include field data entry, maintenance of data spreadsheets, keeping atop of literature pertaining to field experiments, disseminate scientific literature to seasonal research assistants, performing analyses for scientific publication, draft manuscripts for publication and presenting the latest findings at scientific meetings. This position will also perform coordination of field logistics, training and supervision of seasonal research assistants on field research, data collection and PISCO scientific protocols. To apply for this position or learn more, visit the job posting here.

Application Deadline for Impact Studio Design Intern EXTENDED
Impact Studio is where teams of faculty, students and staff develop and launch bold initiatives that advance OSU’s strategic plan and improve the university’s financial strength. The studio is currently hiring several part-time paid positions for Impact Studio Design Interns (maximum 15 hours per week during the term, 30 hours per week during breaks). Interns will work for Impact Studio with the Office of Provost at OSU.

We have extended our application deadline through July 5, 2021. This internship program is designed to give hands-on experience researching the potential of business initiatives originating from the Oregon State University community. As a student design intern, you will take part in a variety of tasks needed to evaluate the audience needs, market potential, competition and industry landscape for our initiatives; as well as have opportunities to provide design ideas and perform tasks that will help our department grow overall. To apply, please visit the job posting here.

Free Data and Analytics Summer Webinars with Dataiku
Interested in learning more about the world of data and analytics? Check out Dataiku‘s upcoming weekly summer webinars for students and faculty. Students from all majors and disciplines are encouraged to sign up! The next webinar is this Thursday, June 10, at noon, providing information about what the Dataiku community and Academic Hub are, and how students can use them to get the most out of them. To sign up for this webinar, please visit the link here. More events will be added throughout the summer, so keep an eye out.

In addition, the Dataiku Academic Program offers a free, integrated data science platform for the academic community, along with learning resources and support for students and faculty. Dataiku is the world’s leading AI and machine learning platform, supporting agility in organizations’ data efforts via collaborative, elastic and responsible AI, all at enterprise scale. Interested in trying it out? You can sign up for a free, year-long Dataiku online license here. Questions? Contact the academics team at academics@dataiku.com.

Applications Open – Orange Media Network
Orange Media Network is hiring! We are recruiting writers and photographers for the summer. Writers and photographers have flexible schedules. Though being in Corvallis is preferred, the position can also be remote. For information about positions and pay, please visit the links here and here. Please direct questions and concerns to Angela Tam at taman@oregonstate.edu. We look forward to working with you! 

Wellness Resources

CAPS Drop-In Supportive Zoom Group for Indian and Indian American Students
Due to the tragic deaths in India as a result of COVID-19 and the associated travel bans, many Indian students, both domestic and international, may be struggling with worry about their families and travel restrictions. Counseling & Psychological Services will provide a supportive drop-in Zoom group for Indian and Indian American students on Thursdays at 5 p.m. To join, please use this Zoom link with the password 406032. Students are welcome to attend when they would like, camera and participation is optional.

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

NEW! Lavender Celebration – THIS WEEK
The 2021 Lavender Celebration will take place this Thursday, June 10 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Remo, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a formal program at 7 p.m. Lavender Celebration is the OSU graduation and awards ceremony for LGBTQIA+ students. Guests who wish to attend should register by Wednesday, June 9 here, which also is the attendance link.

NEW! Great Move Out Donation Drives – THIS WEEK
For OSU Students moving out this month: Donate reusable items you no longer need to benefit the local community! Students living off campus can drop off items at the June 12-14 event; those in residence halls can donate in their hall now through the end of finals week. For more information and how-to’s, see the website here. It’s an easy way to keep good stuff out of the landfill and into the hands of people who can use it.

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.

Regular SLUG hours are:

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