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Fall 2021 Monday Message – Week 1

A Message from Dean Doolen

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year! Last week at the Honors College’s induction events, I spoke to students and families about the importance and strength of the Honors College community. The Honors College strives to be a place that supports students in the authentic expression of their identity and in the pursuit of their personal, academic and professional goals, whatever those happen to be. This commitment is built into our core values: We work and grow together. We collaborate rather than compete. We succeed, and sometimes fail, together – and we are all the stronger for it.

As we begin this year on campus, I know many of you may be experiencing a mix of emotions – excitement but also, perhaps, anxiety or concern. These remain challenging times, and even to those of us who have been in the honors community for some years, the once-familiar feels new. As you make this transition, remember that we in the Honors College are here to support you. Reach out to an honors advisor, to a peer or to me. No one has to do this alone.

I wish you all the best in the term and year ahead. As always, I am proud to be part of this college, and I look forward to everything that we can achieve this year together.

Toni

Toni L. Doolen, PhD
[she, her, hers]
Dean, Oregon State University Honors College
toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu
541.737.5974

HCSA Events This Week

TODAY! Join HCSA & Honors X – Free Ice Cream!
 Looking for an opportunity to meet other students and get involved with the Honors College this fall? The Honors College Student Association holds its general meetings every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. in LInC 345 beginning today, Sept. 27. All HC students are welcome to join! At the first meeting, HCSA will have ice cream for everyone!

If you feel more comfortable joining via Zoom you can do so here.
Password: HCSA
Meeting ID: 924 7718 1773

Immediately after HCSA meetings are Honors X meetings from 7 to 7:30 p.m. 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.

HC Announcements and Events

TOMORROW! HC Fall Welcome
The HC Fall Welcome will take place at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 28. This annual tradition is a chance for the entire Honors College community to celebrate the start of the academic year. There will be music, snacks, prizes, games and a free HC welcome gift while supplies last. Please RSVP here or use the QR code below to take part!  

NEW! Apply for the Honors College Student Leadership Circle!
The Honors College Student Leadership Circle lends a diverse student voice to college issues and advises the deans and directors on various topics affecting students and their educational and social experiences in the OSU Honors College. This year the SLC will provide feedback on high-level college strategies to confront perpetuated and reflected privilege and structural racism in the honors community and work toward a more just and better future for all. The circle will be working on initiatives that impact honors curriculum, student engagement and community building.

The HC is looking for student representatives from every undergraduate college at OSU. To be considered for selection, student applicants must be available to attend quarterly meetings and be willing to share advice and counsel to college leadership. All participants must be willing to seek input from relevant student groups and engage with other honors students as we work to enhance the well-being of members in the Honors College community.

The priority deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 6. For more information and to apply, please visit the HC SLC link here for more information along with details on how to apply. 

COMING SOON! Fall Term Faculty Research Showcases
Faculty Research Showcases 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 not sure about your interests, attending these events helps you explore opportunities and make connections. Dress in attire you are comfortable making a first impression with – even if over video conference. RSVP for a Research Showcase here

– College of Engineering: Friday, Oct. 15 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LINC 200
– College of Science: Thursday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Kidder 350

Professional Development & Job Opportunities

NEW! Student Archivist Positions with Library SCARC
In partnership with the OSU Honors College, the Valley Library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center is excited to offer two Student Archivist positions in its Public Services Unit. These front-line positions will primarily focus on supporting SCARC faculty and staff in providing exceptional service to our researchers, both in person and remotely, and through work on special projects. No archives, library or other heritage institution experience is necessary, and students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply! Starting wage is $13.00/hour. A full position description is available here. Interested applicants should email a copy of their resume and a writing sample – any piece of writing of which you are proud will be fine – to Chris Petersen, SCARC Student Coordinator, at chris.petersen@oregonstate.edu.

NEW! Student Positions Available with University Catering
University Catering is seeking student employees. Once hired, these students have a unique opportunity to be at a variety of campus events providing customer service, learning problem-solving skills, time management and organizational skills. These positions require the ability to drive and pass a criminal history check. Apply now at the link here.

NEW! Human Research Protections Program Student Assistant
The Human Research Protections Program in OSU’s Office of Research Integrity is looking for a student to serve as a part-time office assistant for no more than 20 hours per week.  Under the direction of the HRPP Administrator, HRPP students play a critical role in office productivity. The student employee processes the majority of correspondence from researchers and ensures that the HRPP staff is made aware of new submissions for review in a timely manner. Please see the job posting here for more information and to apply. 

NEW! Part-Time Job Fair THIS WEEK
The in-person 2021 Part-Time Job Fair allows students interested in part-time jobs or internships to interact with local employers stationed at tables in the Student Experience Center Plaza on Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Representatives from these companies accept job applications on-site and interact with students eager to seek employment. Students are encouraged to stop by between classes and during free time. 

NEW! Navigating Your Identity and Culture Resource Guides
The OSU Career Development Center has developed six identity and culture resource guides to help students own their stories and navigate their identities. Resource guides are available here for international students, students with disabilities, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, student veterans and DACA and/or undocumented students.

Campus-Wide Opportunities

NEW! Contemplative Studies Minor Available Now
The Contemplative Studies Minor is a unique, experiential, interdisciplinary program of study applicable to a variety of professions and most importantly, to student’s own lives as they learn about, inquire into and develop their physical, spiritual/contemplative and mental well-being. Full details about the minor can be found here

A new baccalaureate core course in cultural diversity sets the foundation for the Contemplative Studies Minor: PHL/REL 308: Introduction to Contemplative Studies, which will soon be added to the minor curriculum. It is offered through eCampus Fall 2021 and on the Corvallis campus in Winter 2022. Interested students can contact ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu for more information and to get involved. OSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiatives also offers Meditation as Embodied Practice, a nine-month training. This program is for those interested in learning a meditative arc of development through instruction, practice, readings and community. The training will take place on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. PT on Zoom. The priority registration deadline is Oct. 7, and the training begins Oct. 14. To learn more about the program, registration and fees, please visit the website here.

Join the OSU Adventure Club!
The OSU Adventure Club is founded on the principles of experiential learning, and using human-powered outdoor pursuits to expand knowledge, leadership, service and community. Join the club! No experience necessary.

This is a student-led organization formed in association with the Adventure Leadership Institute™ to connect students with students through outdoor adventure. From rock climbing to snowshoeing, whitewater rafting to backpacking, the Adventure Club has it all. Participation in Adventure Club meetings, activities and events are open to currently enrolled students at OSU.

Annual membership is $10 for current OSU students or Rec Sports members.
The Adventure Club contributes to the educational mission of the University by offering learning opportunities for students pursuing leadership and facilitation certificates through the Adventure Leadership Institute™. The Adventure Club provides a rich learning opportunity for students in the Adventure Leadership Institute to practice and apply their developing skills as leaders and facilitators of adventure pursuits. Executive positions and activity leadership is provided by members of ALI™ in pursuit of leadership certificates.

The OSU Adventure Club is a program of the Department of Recreational Sports with advisory from the Adventure Leadership Institute. 

Do you have a perfect trip or event idea? Let us know, and we can help make it happen! To contact the club, please email osuadventureclub@gmail.com, call 541-737-4254 or visit their Facebook page here.

HC Resources

These resources are available throughout the term.

Updated SLUG Hours and Info!
The HC student learning space in the Learning Innovation Center, room 340 – called the SLUG – is open! Here are fall term SLUG hours:

– Sunday – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Monday-Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Saturday – noon to 6 p.m.

The SLUG features study and social areas, more than 20 computers, a scanner and a friendly HC student staff member who can help with any questions. In addition, honors students can print for free when using SLUG computers! The SLUG also offers a small kitchen. Bring your own coffee pods and brew up a cup in our new Keurig machine! The HC Forgot Your Lunch food cabinet is available as well with free snacks for anyone who needs it. All students visiting the SLUG will be expected to sign in and wear masks while using the facility. Please contact honors.college@oregonstate.edu with questions.

NEW! West & Sackett Hall Drop-In Advising Hours
Fall term advising hours will be hosted in West and Sackett Halls, every Friday. Honors College academic advisors can assist you in making decisions regarding your academic, career and personal goals. All Honors students are welcome to drop in—no appointment is necessary. Please drop by with specific questions or just to say hello! 

Sackett Hall – F/G Honors Suites
– Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to noon
West Hall – Room 119
– Fridays, noon to 1:30 p.m.  

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 or drop in to her office hours below.

Emily’s Office Hours
– Monday: Sackett Office F105, 2 to 5 p.m.
– Tuesday: West 121 Office, 2 to 5 p.m.
– Wednesday: Sackett Office, 4 to 6 p.m.
– Thursday: West, 2 to 5 p.m.

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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