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OSU News Release: New residence hall to be named after pioneering student  May 23rd, 2014

Oregon State University will name its new residence hall after William “Bill” Tebeau, a pioneering student who persevered through numerous challenges to become the first African American male to earn a degree from the university.

William Tebeau Hall, located just east of the Kerr Administration Building on Washington Way, will open in fall of 2014. A dedication ceremony will be held at the site in October.

Tebeau was admitted to what was then Oregon State College in 1943 and, according to stories, was not offered a housing assignment because of the color of his skin. Undaunted, he took a job in a fraternity tending the furnace in exchange for a room in the basement and set out in pursuit of an engineering degree, which he received in 1948.

“Bill Tebeau did not let this act of bias keep him from his goals, and he went on to a tremendously successful career – staying connected to his alma mater for his entire life,” said Dan Larson, executive director of University Housing and Dining Services at OSU.

“Our history does not always reflect the best of us,” Larson said. “The naming committee and UHDS Leadership believed strongly that honoring Mr. Tebeau by naming our newest residence hall after him not only recognizes a man of great humility and strength, but will represent our ongoing commitment to learning from our past, the imperative of seeking our own personal awareness and growth and an unwavering pursuit of a socially just community.”

Born in 1925, Tebeau grew up in Baker, Oregon where he was an avid Boy Scout and ambitious student. After graduating from Baker High School, he was admitted to Oregon State College, where his lifelong love of education continued. After earning his Chemical Engineering degree at OSU , he received his civil engineering license and joined the State Highway Department (later Oregon Department of Transportation), where he enjoyed a 36-year career doing everything from surveying and planning to designing highways and bridges. He also taught part-time at Chemeketa Community College, and in 1970 was named the institution’s Teacher of the Year.

In 2010, he was inducted into the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame. Tebeau died at the age of 87 on July 5, 2013, leaving behind his wife of 62 years, Genevieve, seven children, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

When completed, William Tebeau Hall will house about 324 students. The five-floor, 76,400-square-foot building will become OSU’s 15th residence hall. The $28 million facility, which is adjacent to Wilson and Callahan halls, is funded through state bonds that will be repaid by resident fees.

Dialogue spaces created for campus community to discuss racist incidents  March 11th, 2014

In response to the racist incidents that took place last week on campus, several campus constituencies have organized four dialogue spaces for students, staff, and faculty. Please consider attending one of the dialogues and forwarding this information to others who may be interested. Join us to stand united against hate and ignorance. Thank you.


Student-Led #ITooAmOSU Roundtable

Wednesday, March 12, 2:15 pm

Native American Longhouse (NAL)

A space for intentional dialogue about the recent hate incidents on campus, immediately following the student-led march.  Please join the start of the march at 1:00pm at the Pride Center.

Sponsored by Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Contact info:

#ITooAmOSU in our Halls, Discussion Forum

Wednesday, March 12, 6:00-8:00 pm

Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room

A space for on-campus residents and supporters to discuss the current environment of inclusion in our halls and pathways for building an even more inclusive community.

Sponsored by the Residence Halls Association (RHA) and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs (UHDS DIP)

Contact info:

Women of Color Dialogue Space

Thursday, March 13, 3:00-5:00 pm

Kerr Administration Building, Basement Level, B008, Career Services Classroom

A space for dialogue regarding experiences of Women of Color on campus. Information about the new Women of Color Coalition will be discussed.

Sponsored by Intercultural Student Services (ISS) and UHDS Diversity Initiatives and Programs (UHDS DIP)

Contact info:

#ITooAmOSU Dialogue for Anti-Racist Allies

Friday, March 14, 3:30-5 pm

Marketplace West Dining Center, Large East Conference Room

A space for dialogue regarding opportunities for White-identified anti-racist allies to support education and action about racial identity and racism on campus.

Sponsored by Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) and Intercultural Student Services (ISS)

Contact info:

KBVR Beaver News: Interview with UHDS chef Jay Perry  February 24th, 2014


University Housing & Dining Chef de Cuisine Jay Perry was interviewed about his work with various restaurant concepts at Marketplace West by KBVR reporter Ashley Van Pelt. The clip starts at 11:55 into the video broadcast. Perry also shared insights into his work in recipe development, working with students and colleagues on campus, and his travels to the Los Angeles area to serve as a chef for multiple celebrity events and fundraisers. To see the extended interview cut with Perry, click here.

Tips for flu season  January 13th, 2014

During the winter months, we see a rise in stomach flu-like illnesses (aka: Norovirus or Gastroenteritis), especially in a close proximity living environment like a college campus. As you may begin to notice or maybe experience the symptoms of these illnesses around campus, we’d like to reiterate the use of good health habits.

Below are some good health habits to maintain for yourself and your community:

  • If you are sick, feeling sick, or have been around someone who is sick, take appropriate precautions for your safety and the safety of others.
  • The very best method to combat getting stomach-flu types of illnesses is to wash your hands often with soap and hot water, especially after using the restroom or before eating. (Note: Instant hand-sanitizer is not an effective method of protection alone)
  • If you are experiencing a combination of flu-like symptoms (low-grade fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fatigue, headache, and/or stomach cramping) consult your physician, Student Health Services, or a local health clinic, and stay home.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. (Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.)
  • Lastly, if you become ill with Gastroenteritis/Norovirus, stay home for 72 hours after your last symptoms subside. You are still contagious for this entire time, even if you feel better. Your Resident Director can assist you in finding support resources to help you as you recover, such as the Food Buddy program available through MyUHDS, which allows friends to purchase food on your behalf.

If you become ill, and need to miss class, communicate prior to class with your professors to let them know of your absence. Student Health Services does not write notes to professors excusing a student for any absence. If after notifying a professor, and communicating your situation and illness to them, you are still having trouble working out missed course work, talk with your academic advisor or the chair of the department.

Learn more about Norovirus on the CDC website.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact UHDS at (541) 737-4771 or

Corvallis Gazette-Times: Emergency planners train to assist vulnerable populations  December 19th, 2013

(Corvallis Gazette-Times, Dec. 19, 2013) — Corvallis and Benton County employees and representatives of partner organizations held an emergency preparedness exercise Wednesday that simulated the effects of a devastating winter storm hitting the area — basically, a situation with which the community has some recent experience.

Erik Rau, the emergency services planner for Benton County, said this exercise — which was planned months ago — was focused on improving how local agencies can help the community’s most vulnerable people, such as those with hearing or vision problems and cognitive disorders, those who can’t get around on their own easily or who have physical problems related to advanced age. They also wanted to know how better to help people who are medically or chemically dependent or homeless and even how better to assist someone in an emergency who can’t speak English or who is geographically or culturally isolated.

“We’re already catching a lot of improvements we need to make,” he said mid-way through the exercise.

Agencies participating in the exercise included Oregon State University Housing & Dining Services, Corvallis Fire Department, Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Public Works, Benton County Special Transportation Services, Benton County Health Department, and City of Corvallis Public Works. …

Evaluators Larry Wiedenhoft, front seated, and Sophia Grimm, standing rear, watch as Kathryn Magura, left, checks in Tess Whipple at Marketplace West on the Oregon State University campus Wednesday afternoon during a disaster drill. (Andy Cripe | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Evaluators Larry Wiedenhoft, front seated, and Sophia Grimm, standing rear, watch as Kathryn Magura, left, checks in Tess Whipple at Marketplace West on the Oregon State University campus Wednesday afternoon during a disaster drill. (Andy Cripe | Corvallis Gazette-Times)


… Kathryn Magura, who works in operations at UHDS, participated in the drill by finding vacant places on campus to house the “displaced” people who had simulated evacuating during the drill, as she might do if there were a real disaster.

She said UHDS does their own emergency training, but she liked knowing that they also had capacity to help the community in a disaster.

Magura, who used a laptop to access UHDS housing information, said one of her big takeaways was that just having a pad of paper to take notes with would have been valuable.

“As much as we love technology, we need other things,” she said. …

Read the full story on the Corvallis Gazette-Times website. Article by Anthony Rimel. Photos by Andy Cripe.

[Video] KEZI: Emergency Drill for Vulnerable Groups  December 19th, 2013

(Dec.  18, 2013, KEZI) CORVALLIS, Ore. – An emergency drill on Wednesday helped multiple agencies practice an evacuation plan for the region’s most vulnerable populations.

The exercise is part of a plan that Benton County has been planning for the last six years: a plan that helps vulnerable populations evacuate the area in case of an earthquake, a storm, flooding, or other emergency situations. The County says during emergencies, it can be difficult for certain people to evacuate: those who might have mobility issues, cognitive disabilities, and those who have sight or hearing impairments. On Wednesday, the County practiced its existing plan to test its abilities to help these groups.

Many agencies participated in the drill, including but not limited to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Corvallis Fire Department, the Benton County Health Department, Oregon State University, and the Corvallis Police Department. Read the full story on KEZI.

Corvallis Gazette-Times: Students feel effects of campus closure  December 10th, 2013


Oregon State University freshman, from left, Tyler McCrea, 18, Eric Winkler, 18, Joshua Suran, 19, Tom Viggiano, 18, and Sophie Givens, 18, had a late breakfast Monday in the dining area of McNary Hall.  (Andy Cripe | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

[Corvallis Gazette-Times, Dec. 10, 2013] — The Valley Library was shuttered. The Memorial Union was locked up. The campus was palpably quiet, with just a handful of people and cars moving sedately down icy streets.

It was an unusual first day of finals week at Oregon State University on Monday morning — most of campus was shut down because of lingering ice and packed snow on the streets and sidewalks.

The few places left open — locations such as the dining halls and the campus Dutch Bros. coffeehouse — had groups of students doing last-minute studying or just running out the clock waiting for their delayed finals to resume.

The university rescheduled final exams planned for Monday to later in the week and postponed the earliest and latest finals Tuesday until later in the week. ….

Read the full article by Anthony Rimel at Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Snow day announcements and restaurant hours  December 6th, 2013

Greetings residents,

As of noon, all remaining Friday classes were canceled at Oregon State University. Most business offices have also closed, including the UHDS main office and service centers.

All University Housing & Dining Services dining centers will remain open today and this weekend. Enjoy the snow and come in for a warm meal or drink!

More details:

  • Various UHDS restaurants will likely close earlier due to staffing, but there will be warm food available at a selection of restaurants daily at all centers.
  • Southside Station @ Arnold – will close at 7 p.m. Friday and be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this weekend.
  • Bing’s Cafe – will close at 1 p.m. Friday and remained closed all weekend.
  • Cascadia Market – will close at 9 p.m. Friday; open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. this weekend with the Deli closing at 5:30 p.m. each night
  • McNary Dining Center – Pasta, Deli and Calabaloo’s closed today. Center will close at 8 p.m. tonight. Normal hours planned for weekend 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Marketplace West- will close at 8 p.m. tonight, including EBGB’s. Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. this weekend.
  • Restaurants in the Memorial Union will remain open until 4 p.m. today. Dixon Café will remain open until 2 p.m. today.
  • The Moonlight Bite event, scheduled for Sunday evening in the UHDS dining centers, has been postponed until Monday. Please stay tuned for an update of the event start time on Monday.
  • Service Centers will be closed this weekend and plan to reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.
  • Mail and package delivery has been canceled for today and the weekend. All mail will be processed Monday, or as soon as campus delivery resumes.
  • Transit & Parking Services (TAPS) is not enforcing Staff, Student, and R-Lot parking today.
  • Please remember to keep your heaters on and windows closed this weekend to prevent freezing pipes in the residence halls.

Please note, information may change pending any university announcements about weather related class closures on Monday. Menus may change without notice throughout the weekend. Keep track of Campus Alerts via Find the latest UHDS announcement on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.


Stay warm!


University Housing & Dining Services

Dec. 6, 2013: Corvallis Campus Closure  December 6th, 2013

Announcement from University Administration:

“The Corvallis campus will close at noon on Friday, December 6, 2013 due to weather. We encourage students, faculty and staff to exercise caution when commuting home. ”


Important Information for Winter Break  December 4th, 2013

Dear UHDS Residents,

Below is a reminder of important dates and information to be aware of as Fall Term comes to a close:

Break Housing

All OSU residence halls and cooperative houses will remain open during Winter break at no additional cost.  If you are planning to stay for any period of the break beginning December 14th through Sunday, January 5th, 2014, please sign up for Break Housing so that our Residential Education and Public Safety staff are aware of who will be in the building. This will also help us best serve students over the break with the appropriate custodial levels in the bathrooms.

To sign up for break housing, go to your MyUHDS account ( ) and select “Break Housing”. The deadline has been extended to sign up until Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

Please remember that winter term meal plan money will not be loaded until January 1, 2014. If you need to add money to your meal plan over the break period, please add it to your Orange Rewards account. Dining center hours for winter break can be found here:

Health and Safety Room Inspections

UHDS staff will be doing health and safety checks of every room to make sure that there are no health or safety issues present, including waste in the trash, windows left open, or appliances plugged in (curling irons, extension cords, etc.).

Health and safety checks will be begin at 1 PM on Friday, December 13th. If you want to be present for your room check, schedule a time with your Cooperative Director or Resident Assistant prior to December 13th.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact your R.A., C.D., Resident Director or area Service Center. You can also contact our main office at 541-737-4771 Monday – Friday.

Please have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break!

UHDS Staff


Checklist – To Complete before you leave for Winter Break:

  • Remove all perishable items and unplug your refrigerator at least 24 hours before you leave.  Be sure to place a towel or two under it to catch the water while it defrosts.
  • Securely close and lock all windows.
  • Pull all blinds/drapes into a closed position.
  • Open heater valve (valve should be turned to the left).
  • Unplug all electrical devices (including computers, hair dryers, curling irons/straighteners, holiday lights).
  • Remove all garbage and recycling, as well as any perishable items, and dispose of them in the outside dumpsters and recycling bins. There will be a $45 charge if staff has to remove garbage from a room.
  • Remove any fire hazards.
  • Turn off clock radios/alarms.
  • Take trays, dishes, etc. back to the dining centers.
  • Return any lounge furniture or other room’s furniture to the place of origin. Failure to do so will result in a charge and an incident report being filed.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Lock your door behind you as you leave.
  • Take your keys/student ID card home with you and remember to bring them back so you can get into your room.