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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:

Daily Barometer: Food enthusiasts fight for title of Iron Chef: McNary  May 16th, 2013

[May 16, 2013 — The Daily Barometer] — Oregon State University found out Wednesday night which chef’s cuisine reigned supreme.

Chefs from the OSU campus competed for the title of Iron Chef:M cNary Champion in a setting similar to that of the hit TV show.

University Housing and Dining Services held the event in collaboration with the Human Services Resource Center as a fundraiser for the OSU Emergency Food Pantry, which supplies food to students and community members in need.

McNary Dining Hall, located on the east side of campus, hosted the event. Students and faculty members stopped and stared as each contestant used skill and finesse to create a masterpiece dish.

Three chefs from across campus competed in the event with only the help of a single companion. Each team received 50 minutes to cook their meal, and then 10 minutes to plate their creations.

Participating chefs had a box of secret ingredients commonly found in the OSU Emergency Food Pantry at their disposal. The chefs then used the ingredients to create a meal worthy of the title Iron Chef champion.

Despite tough competition from the other chefs, Jason Phillips was able to use the skills he gained during his childhood to come out on top.

Phillips grew up in Portland, and was inspired to cook by his grandmother.

“She was passionate about food and spent hours in the kitchen,” Phillips said. “She started preparing dinner at 7 a.m.”
Phillips is currently a student in the OSU nutrition program, and spends his free time volunteering at the Jackson Street Youth Shelter teaching basic cooking skills to children.

Those who would like to donate to the food pantry can do so by stopping by the Snell International Forum on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additionally, donations are also accepted online through HSRC’s website.

Read the full article by Lara von Linsowe-Wilson.

Film showing: ‘The Invisible War’ on Feb. 20  February 14th, 2013

Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society, is teaming up with ASOSU Veterans Affairs to host a viewing of The Invisible War, a documentary about Military Sexual Trauma and women in the military at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Gus Bedwell of Veterans Affairs will be our keynote speaker, and Julie of ASOSU Veterans Affairs will be hosting A Q&A session after the viewing.

Admission is free. (Check out the Facebook event)

As the topic of sexual trauma can be triggering, please make note of the available resources on and off campus.

Counseling and Psychological Services: (541) 737-2131
CARDV 24 hour hotline: (541) 754-0110

For more information regarding The Invisible War, please visit the official movie site.

OSU and Corvallis want bikers and pedestrians to Be Bright!  January 11th, 2013

In an effort to encourage bike and pedestrian safety on campus and around Corvallis, Oregon State University and the City of Corvallis are inviting the public to the Memorial Union Quad on Thursday, Jan. 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a special  “Be Bright!” event

Benny Beaver will be on hand as participants spin the wheel and win a variety of great and illuminating prizes aimed at making the commute safer for everyone. Bike lights, reflective gear and even some coveted illuminated umbrellas will be given away during the event.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, every year in Oregon, the majority of pedestrian fatalities occur at night or in low-light hours. More than half of the pedestrians killed were wearing dark clothing and were not visible. In October 2012, ODOT reported that pedestrian fatalities in Oregon were up 23 percent from the same period the previous year.

“The Be Bright! effort is an attempt to get commuters to think about visibility issues during dark, rainy Oregon winters, and during the rest of the year after nightfall,” said Steve Clark, vice president of university relations and marketing at Oregon State. “Drivers need to pay more attention to bikers and pedestrians, and walkers and bikers need to make themselves as visible as possible during low-light situations.”

“We are very pleased that community interest in promoting safety and increased visibility among motorists, pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists is growing in the Corvallis community and on the Oregon State campus,” Clark said. “The last thing anyone wants is to have serious accidents or injuries occur. So we are simply promoting improved safety by being bright and being seen.

The Be Bright! Be Seen public safety campaign is sponsored by Oregon State University, the city of Corvallis, the Corvallis Gazette-Times, the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU Daily Barometer.

For more information, see


Now hiring: Student web assistant  January 2nd, 2013

Please help spread the word: UHDS is hiring a student web assistant. Encourage promising students to apply.  Applications due by Monday, Jan. 14. Pay $10.38/hour. Direct link to application:

The web assistant works directly with University Housing & Dining Services’ online marketing specialist in order to update the UHDS website, create digital communications, and maintain social networks.

The web assistant position is a student position in the Marketing, Assessment and Communications unit for UHDS. The MAC is a supportive creative team environment, where the web assistant will have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to multiple marketing projects for UHDS throughout the year.

Typical hours: 10-15 per week through the end of spring term with possibility of extension. Pay: $10.38 per hour (Student Computer Operator 2 on OSU pay scale).

Read the position description.

Apply online.


  • Application Opens: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
  • Application Closes: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013
  • Interviews: Jan. 18-24, 2013
  • Notification: Week of the Jan. 28

For questions, please contact the online marketing specialist, Nancy Raskauskas.

Daily Barometer: Student leaders raise awareness about culturally insensitive Halloween costumes  October 23rd, 2012

[The Daily Barometer, Oct. 17, 2012] — Halloween is two weeks away, and many students will don makeup and costumes in the spirit of the holiday. According to Community Relation Facilitators and members of cultural centers on campus, the choice of costume should be planned in a way that is considerate of other cultures.

“Halloween gives people the power to pretend they are something they are not,” said Agustin Vega-Peters, ASOSUdirector of multicultural affairs. “What people sometimes forget is that others might see their costume as mocking their cultural heritage.”

Vega-Peters noted, as an example of inconsiderateness, that costumes resembling mariachi members are often oversimplified and portrayed in a way that mocks the Mexican pastime and cultural staple.

Community Relation Facilitators released a video on Monday on their Facebook page titled, “Think before you costume.” The video took an upbeat approach to the issue, embracing the holiday while remaining informative. Community Relation Facilitator Justin McDaniels hosted the video, pointing out appropriate and inappropriate costumes as a way to supply a distinction for the viewer.

Examples of universally acceptable costumes included a gamer, a Beaver fan and a college student. Inappropriate costume ideas included dressing up in stereotypical costumes including a Geisha, an illegal alien, dressing in derivative Native American regalia and wearing blackface.

“These costumes are doing something wrong,” McDaniels said. “[They are] identifying a certain culture or heritage and they are doing it in the wrong way.”

The video included representatives from the Black Cultural Center, Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center and Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez. Each group showed examples of offensive costumes, further explaining how they feel about the costumes and the undertones attached to them.

“The way we dress up matters,” McDaniels concluded. “The way that we can costume ourselves can affect others in a negative way. We want this Halloween and harvest time to be equitable for everyone.”

As mentioned in both the video and by those involved, many people see Halloween and costuming without having any limitations, and while they are able to wear what they like, others may feel offended by culturally insensitive costumes.

“We want to focus and educate about the unspoken oppression that Halloween costumes portray in cultures around the world,” said Tomomi Kurosaki, graduate assistant from the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. “The purpose of this event is to let others know that sometimes dressing up in clothing representing a culture can be offensive and an inaccurate representation, and we also want to explain what [that] clothing means to us.”

The campaign will feature an event today, sponsored by the Asian Pacific Cultural Center and Community Relation Facilitators titled, “My Culture is NOT a costume.” Alongside educational segments, the event will include festive traditions including caramel apples and mask decorating.

“We want students to have fun this Halloween,” said Teresita Alvarez, University Housing and Dining multicultural resource coordinator. “At the same time, we want them to take a look at some of the costumes that are out there and [see] why they are problematic.”

Read the full article by reporter Jack Lammers.

Now hiring: resident eco-reps  September 25th, 2012

Campus Recycling, the OSU Sustainability OfficeUniversity Housing and Dining Services and the Student Sustainability Initiative are recruiting resident students to serve as paid Eco-Representatives (Eco-reps) in three residence halls this academic year (applicants from all halls are welcome).

Eco-reps will work to educate their peers about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assist with marketing and outreach efforts for sustainability programs and plan and execute sustainability-focused events.

Successful candidates must have excellent communication skills and thrive with minimal supervision, working 5-6 hours/week. Starting pay is $8.80/hour; applications due Sep. 30.  To apply, see the full position description.

Now Hiring Resident Eco-Reps!  September 17th, 2012

Campus Recycling, the OSU Sustainability Office, University Housing and Dining Services and the Student Sustainability Initiative are recruiting resident students to serve as paid Eco-Representatives (Eco-reps) in three residence halls this academic year (applicants from all halls are welcome).

Eco-reps will work to educate their peers about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assist with marketing and outreach efforts for sustainability programs and plan and execute sustainability-focused events.

Successful candidates must have excellent communication skills and thrive with minimal supervision, working 5-6 hours/week. Starting pay is $8.80/hour; applications due Sep.30.  To apply, see the full position description.

OSU now a ‘smoke-free’ campus  September 4th, 2012

A reminder that smoking is no longer permitted anywhere on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus and select OSU property within Benton County signed as nonsmoking. Smoking is permissible on sidewalks that border OSU’s boundaries. Smoking receptacles are being installed in strategic, high-traffic areas around the periphery of the Corvallis campus for disposal of smoking-related litter. Their locations will be updated soon on the policy’s website at

The smoke-free policy is in effect year-round, including game days, so visitors to campus who are participating in tailgating activities will also be prohibited from smoking.

Enforcement will focus on educating students, staff and visitors about the policy, but those who refuse to abide by the campus’ smoke-free policy may be cited by OSU Department of Public Safety. Students will be held accountable under the student conduct code and employees under OSU employment policies. Contractors, vendors, event attendees, those who rent or lease university property and other visitors to OSU could be subject to exclusion from campus for violation of the new policy.

Smoking also is not permitted inside personal vehicles on campus.

Among the prohibited smoking devices are cigars, cigarettes, pipes, electronic cigarettes or other devices intended to simulate smoking.

OSU students, faculty and staff can purchase nicotine-replacement therapy products at the OSU Pharmacy, located at Student Health Services in Room 109. There are also a variety of free programs available to faculty, staff and students who would like help quitting. OSU students can access free tobacco cessation counseling, and receive nicotine gum and patches at no cost at Student Health Services, 541-737-9355. OSU faculty and staff can access smoking cessation services through Another helpful service is the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

If you see someone smoking on campus, you can call the Department of Public Safety at 541-737-3010 to report the activity. Some may choose to inform others of the policy. If you choose to do so, you are encouraged to respectfully inform them of the policy.

In a move to promote health and well being on campus, university staff members have been working for more than two years preparing to implement the smoke-free policy on campus, including a university-wide education and outreach campaign, as well as a community forum held earlier this month.

For more information:

Now hiring: Customer service representatives  July 5th, 2012

University Housing & Dining Services is seeking students enthusiastic about helping others to work with our customer service team. Please apply by July 15 for consideration.

Customer Service Representatives provide a wide range of support and services to students, staff, and parents through the UHDS Service Centers via telephone, email, and face-to-face interactions.

As a first stop for student housing and dining questions, the service center strives to be a “one-stop shop” for on-campus residents.  The service centers manage resident keys, mail, check-in, check-out, work order processing, and general customer service.  As a member of the Service Center Complex, Customer Service Representatives are expected to accomplish the primary objectives of UHDS to help create and maintain an effective living/learning community within the complex.

A personal and professional commitment to providing excellent customer service and creating inclusive environments is a core value of University Housing and Dining Services.

The Operations/Facilities unit of University Housing & Dining Services employs over 50 professional and student staff. We provide residential services for students including room assignments, resident contract management, service center operations, customer service, Residential Conferences, Building Services, and manage Orchard Court family housing. The majority of student staff positions are located at the Service Centers – Arnold, McNary, Weatherford, and West – and the UHDS central office. Some positions exist at the Facilities Maintenance Center and within the Building Services program which services the residence halls during the academic year and the Residential Conferences operation during the summer.

With over 150 full time employees and over 550 student employees, UHDS manages the Operations/Facilities, Dining, Marketing, Business Services, and Residential Education program serving over 3,000 resident students and managing 1.5 million square feet of space.

Operations/Facilities Student Application

Customer Service Representative Position Description – PDF

For more information, call or email: 541-737-4771 or

See more jobs: UHDS student job listings