• More than 1,100,000 (million) patronized MU restaurants
  • More than 7,650 student events were hosted at the MU, with more than 317,000 in attendance.  This is a 35% increase over last year.
  • More than 6,700 participated in MU, SM and SLI classes and workshops
  • More than 6,600 hours were volunteered for community service projects
  • 998 students were employed by the Memorial Union organization providing more than $1,953,500 in income to these students
  • 94% of the Memorial Union organization’s staff is students, 3% classified and 3% professional
  • More than 10,000 student volunteers were involved in producing programs and events for the Memorial Union organization
  • Cultural Meal Kitchen supported more than 90 student programs
  • Student Events and Activities Center (SEAC) offered more than 170 programs with more than 43,515 participants
  • There are more than 415 registered student organizations and more than 17,150 student members
  • The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) offered more than 95 programs with more than 2,036 participants
  • The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) offered 30 plus programs with more than 2,914 participants contributing more than 6,600 hours
  • Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) involved more than 3,400 students in their programs through out the school year
  • Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life (CFSL) involves more than 3,000 members in over 45 Fraternities and Sororities.  CFSL offered 11 workshops with approximately 520 participants to provide leadership skills to its members
  • The Craft Center offered over 170 workshops with more than 1,200 participants
  • The Basement supported nearly 1,000 students enrolled in PAC classes last year
  • Student Media offered more than 45 workshops and presentation with nearly 600 participants

Web-GuestServices851 students were employed by the Memorial Union organization year-to-date for FY 13-14  providing more than $1,953,500 in income to these students by the end of the year.

94% of the Memorial Union organization’s staff is students, 3% classified and 3% professional

$1,700,000 in the budget went to Professional staff salaries and benefits and $900,000 went to classified staff salaries and benefits

By Area:

  • Memorial Union Services and Facilities:  approximately 563 students
  • Student Leadership and Involvement:  approximately 213 students
  • Student Media:  approximately 400 students involved, with 75 of them being paid positions


Services and Facilities: 

  • Several changes of use within the Memorial Union, as the Bookstore departed and both Many Hands Trading and the Printing and Mailing outlet opened.  Both of the new tenants are happy in their locations.
  • Our Student Employment program is working exceptionally well.  A total revamping of the training programs over the past two years has shown significant benefit.  In some units, much of the training has moved to video-based segments that reside on BlackBoard and students can do refreshers, as needed.  We are also able to track utilization and get feedback from students on exactly how to improve on training content.

Student Leadership and Involvement:

  • SLI through the Student Events & Activities Center launched, #beBEAVERBOLD a new initiative aimed enhancing the student experience by creating a sense of belonging, mattering and lifetime connection between students and Oregon State University.  Developing a sense of community through promoting and creating opportunities for students to “engage in what matters,” encouraging students to become familiar and participate with all Oregon State has to offer. OSU students exhibit what it means to “beBEAVERBOLD” through participation, engagement, learning in both classroom and extracurricular activities.
  • This past year The Center for Leadership Development marked the inaugural of a Leadership Certificate program (http://oregonstate.edu/cld/leadership-certificate).  The program was introduced as a pilot and saw a great initial response with over 25 students involved in this initial year.  This is a time intensive program that asks students to engage in person leadership development assessments and reflections, engage in academic coursework focused in leadership learning, participate in group/team level experiences, and create a final capstone project focused on a better self and a better world.

Student Media:

  • Standardized training for all new students-built into NMC practicum courses while creating a clear path to becoming a student staff member
  • Created a database for documenting student training and development from which to enter and deliver decision-making data
  • Developed written expectations for student leadership, facilities and tools.
  • Developed policies and procedures for brand related social media
  • Recruited and retained new students from a variety of backgrounds including international and graduate students
  • Marketing committee developed a strategy for the Student Media programs, organization and students with implementation to follow in 2014/15
  • Moved Student Media out of Educational Activities


Much of our ability to respond to the increased enrollment is tied to the opening of the Memorial Union East Wing and the Student Experience Center, as both increases in facilities and programs occur in FY 15. There will be an additional café in the Memorial Union East Wing to respond to demands of increased enrollment and generate additional revenue.


The Memorial Union organization provides a rich variety of activities for students directly and indirectly supports many other campus programs by providing space and advising through MU Guest Services.  MU Building Services provides facilities support for all the cultural and resource centers, Snell Hall tenants including student government and diversity development and LGBT services.

Memorial Union (MU) Programs

  • Basement Bowling & Billiards
  • Building Services
  • Craft Center
  • Guest Services
  • Marketing & Assessment
  • Retail Food Services

Student Media (SM) Programs

  • Beaver Yearbook
  • Daily Barometer
  • KBVR – FM
  • KBVR – TV
  • OSU Directory
  • Prism Magazine
  • Student Media Presents

Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) Programs

  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Center for Leadership Development
  • Coalition for Community Dialogue
  • International Students of Oregon State University
  • Memorial Union Program Council
  • Student Events and Activities Center
  • Student Sustainability Initiative


Our MU Leadership Team reviews in great detail the end results of each fiscal year.  Also, we now forecast and prioritize our facility and program changes for three years out, so that very little catches us by surprise if we are controlling it.  This doesn’t mean that externally generated changes can always be foreseen ahead of time.  We are always looking at revenue rates and income streams.  Presently, the MU budget is the least fee dependent budget by percentage, of all of the fee-funded entities.  Only about 46% of our budget comes from student fees.  Efficiency is always present as an expectation, whether that is in bulk purchasing opportunities, by managing temperatures within our facilities, or expediting repairs to keep equipment operating in peak condition.


  • Services and Facility Collaborations:  The area of greatest collaboration is in building services, where we provide the physical plant (space) for many other programs to use as their offices and headquarters.  There are no charge-backs for office space to fee-funded programs or student organizations.  Also, we share our facility repair and maintenance, as well as our custodial program with other fee-funded entities, such as the Cultural Centers, the Student Sustainability Center, the Pride Center, and the OSU Childcare Center (new for FY 15).  This keeps the costs of repair and custodial programs in those areas at “cost” and absent any overhead, a savings in operational cost for these fee funded groups.  Other collaborations involve the academic programs in Food System’s Management courses, who “take over” the Pangea restaurant each year for one week.  The MU Basement is the host to several PAC classes.
  • Craft Center partnerships with the campus community including: Childcare & Family Resources, Healthy Campus initiative, MUPC (Mom’s & family Weekend, Dad’s & Family Weekend), ASOSU, Student Sustainability Initiative, CAPS, Student Media, Engineering Department, Theatre Department, Art Department, Interior Design Program, Veterinary Science, OSU Women’s Center, Kidspirit, Adventures in Learning, START, CONNECT, Botany and Plant Pathology Club, Crop Science Club, Vietnamese Student Association, OSU’s OUTSPOKEN, ARC-Intellectual & Developmental Disability Resources, Linus Pauling Middle School, Philomath Elementary School
  • CCE partnerships with the campus community including: Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Human Services Resource Center, BEST/Athletics, September Scholars, Spiritual Life @ OSU, University Honors College, University Housing & Dining/Bloss Hall Civic Engagement Living Community, Foster Youth Program (Educational Opportunities Program), Greek Life, U-Engage, Memorial Union Program Council
  • Student Media collaborates with the College of Liberal Arts by instructing New Media Communications and (new this Winter term) Art Department practicum credit courses.  It also collaborates with the cultural centers and Ethnic Studies Department in hosting professional media guest speakers.  Student Media collaborates with several newspapers and University departments to host a summer camp for underrepresented high school journalism students.


The majority of the MU budget is revenue based (53%).  The largest contributor is the MU Retail Food Service, which generates about $3.6M in gross income.  Other major income producers are the Event Services unit, MUPC, and the many leases that the MU has with external entities (banks, barber, Many Hands) and OSU Departments (Printing and Mailing and soon, the University ID Center).


  • The July 1st Merit pay for Unclassified will not be distributed until May of ’14, so it is reflected as a single line item in the MUNADM budget at this time.
  • There are four employees being transferred from Educational Activities (EdAct) funding to MU funding in FY 15.  The MUNPUB account details the amount of money ($334,765) that Educational Activities (EdAct) funding will decrease, so that these four salaries and O.P.E. have a net effect of zero impact on Student Fees.
  • The Sibson Pay Equity study impacts are not a part of this budget, at the urging of SIFC.  It is our understanding that these are to be funded from either MU Net Cash, or from the SIFC Contingency Fund, rather than being reflected as an increase in the Student Fee.