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KLCC Radio: OSU looks to build new dorm [residence hall]  March 18th, 2013

[KLCC, March 18, 2013] — Oregon State University plans to build a new residence hall on what’s now a parking lot. The $30 million building would provide housing for 300 students.

Oregon State is looking at a long term need for more on-campus housing. It’s recently adopted a policy requiring traditional first year students– aged 18 and 19– to live on campus, with some exceptions. Tom Scheuermann is Director of University Housing and Dining Services.  He says enrollment is increasing.

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— By Rachael McDonald

Need to sign up for break housing?  March 4th, 2013

­Late Stay: The residence halls and cooperative houses will close for spring break at noon (12:00 pm) on Friday, March 22, 2013. If you need to stay late, you may request to do so via MyUHDS, and meet with your Resident or Cooperative Director to be approved to stay up until noon (12:00 pm) on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Spring Break Housing: If you are living in a building that will be open for breaks: Bloss, ILLC, Halsell, Hawley-Buxton, Cauthorn, Poling, Sackett, and West, you may sign up for break housing via MyUHDS for an additional cost of $126.00. Requests for break and late stay housing must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 for full consideration.

Returning students: Time to think about room selection for 2013-14  February 5th, 2013

Returning UHDS residents can select their room, building (and if they choose, roommate) from April 1 to April 30. Returning Oregon State University students, who are new to on-campus housing, can pick their room starting April 3.

The housing application (how you will select your room) will go live by April 1. Returning students can expect a great selection of rooms, because they have priority selection before it opens to new students. You can find the application at

Not sure where you want to live next year? Consider attending our upcoming open house! It’s a chance to tour buildings that you are interested in, and win great door prizes.

Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18.

Featured residences:

More information to be posted soon. For questions, call 541-737-4771 or email


Now hiring: Building Services Assistants for summer  January 24th, 2013

UHDS plans to hire three Lead Building Services Assistants and six Building Services Assistants .
Please send in a cover letter, resume and three references via our online application form:
Find more information on available student jobs at

Now hiring: Residential Conferences Summer Staff  January 24th, 2013

Thank you for your interest in the Residential Conferences Summer Staff positions for the Summer of 2012. This is the application for students interested in applying to be a Conference Building Manager or Conference Building Assistant.

Please review the position descriptions here:

UHDS plans to hire four Conference Building Managers and nine Building Assistants for Summer 2013.

Find more information on available student jobs at

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.

End-of-term, check out and breakhousing  December 4th, 2012

Dear Residents,

A friendly reminder of important dates and information as Fall Term comes to a close:

End of Term and Check-out:

  • 5 pm on Friday, December 7th – All halls and cooperatives will close, with the exception of Bloss, Finley, Halsell, Buxton, Cauthorn, Hawley, Poling, Sackett, the International Living-Learning Center and West. Students should plan to vacate their residence Hall or cooperative House within 24 hours of their last exam.
  • Students with late Friday final exams or travel circumstances are allowed to extend their stay to no later than noon the following day, Saturday, December 8th.  Students needing to stay over Friday night due to these reasons will need to make arrangements on their MyUHDS account by selecting “Late Stay”.
  • UHDS will be doing health and safety checks of every room to make sure there are no health or safety issues – such as waste in the trash, windows left open, or appliances plugged in (curling irons, extension cords, etc.).  To be most prepared for these please see the checklist below. If you want to be present for your room check, please schedule an appointment with your Resident Director, Cooperative Director or Resident Assistant.


Break Housing:   Residents assigned to open halls (ones listed above) may remain in their rooms during the break, at a weekly rate of $126.

  • The deadline to sign up for winter break housing is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 and can be done on your MyUHDS account ( and select “Break Housing”). If you are an INTO OSU student, this charge is already included in your housing rate but you must still sign up.


Checklist – Before you leave for Winter Break:

  1. 24 hours before you leave – Remove all perishable items and unplug your refrigerator.  Be sure to place a towel or two under your fridge to catch the water while it defrosts.
  2. Securely close and LOCK all windows
  3. Pull all blinds/drapes into a closed position
  4. Open heater valve (valve should be turned to the left)
  5. Unplug all electrical devices (including computers, hair dryers, curling irons/straighteners, holiday lights)
  6. Remove all garbage and recycling and dispose of it in the outside bins. Residents will be charged a fee of $45 if staff have to remove garbage.
  7. Remove any fire hazards and take down any paper holiday decorations
  8. Turn off clock radios/alarms
  9. Take trays, dishes, etc. back to the dining centers
  10. Return any lounge furniture or other room’s furniture to the place of origin. Failure to do so will result in a charge and possible conduct action.
  11. Turn off all lights
  12. Lock your door behind you as you leave
  13. Take your keys/student ID card home with you and remember to bring them back so you can get into your room

After Winter Break: Residence Halls and Cooperative Houses Reopen on Sunday, January 6 at 9 a.m.

Please have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break!

UHDS Staff

Photo contest: Show us your room  October 29th, 2012


This fall, University Housing & Dining Services brings you the chance to win plasma TV for your room and to be featured in photos for upcoming UHDS publications.

How to enter: Submit a photo of your room, your name, and short description of what makes your room unique via Photo submissions will also be added to Facebook album on the UHDS Facebook page.

Prizes: Grand prize winners will receive a new 32” plasma television sponsored by the Residence Hall Association. Second and third place winners will receive a gift certificate to the OSU Beaver Store. Top six finalists agree to have their rooms featured in photo shoots for UHDS.
 Each room is limited to one photo; photos submitted must be your own room; photos may include you or your roommates in them; photos that show anything that breaks UHDS rules will automatically be disqualified.

All contest entries are due by FRIDAY, NOV. 9.


Daily Barometer: Van Winkle develops voice, gravitas in her writing  October 22nd, 2012

 UHDS’ Katie Van Winkle, an assistant coordinator for room management, was featured in a front page article in OSU’s student newspaper (The Daily Barometer) on Thursday, Oct. 18.

[The Daily Barometer, Oct. 18, 2012] — Just four minutes before the deadline Katie Van Winkle hit submit, entering her piece, titled “Speak Up,” into the Muhammad Ali Writing Award on Ethics competition. Little did she know the 10-page narrative that took her only three hours to write would become a finalist and receive an honorable mention in the Sala Kryszek Writing and Art Competition.
A self-professed “shy writer,” Van Winkle began to develop her voice and writing style in the seventh grade when her English teacher, now mentor, Charles Sanderson, took notice of her special talent. He encouraged and pushed her to enter writing pieces into state and national writing competitions.

“Sanderson made me more willing to experiment with my writing,” Van Winkle said.

Last spring, it was Sanderson who gave Van Winkle the information about a writing contest sponsored by the Muhammad Ali Center. This national writing competition is held annually and offers awards to college students who honor and uphold Muhammad Ali’s legacy of living a life dedicated to high ethical standards.

Among the judges for this contest was Elie Wiesel. Esteemed author and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wiesel has made a huge impact on Katie’s life. After reading “Night,” Wiesel’s memoir about his experience during the Holocaust, Van Winkle began to understand the impact that stories and writing can have on others.

Van Winkle cherishes the opportunity to be judged by Wiesel.

“I feel really honored, he spoke up for his experiences and what he believes in,” Van Winkle said. “I read ‘Night,’ in high school and learned so much from it. I feel humbled and honored. I’d [like to] ask him about courage, about the importance of speaking up for the things that you believe in.”

This competition and experience has given her confidence in her writing and in the knowledge she can make a difference with her words.

Van Winkle has made a difference. When she received news from Sanderson that the book, “The House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros, was going to be pulled from her old school’s approved book list because it was considered to contain inappropriate content and language, she jumped into action.

She wrote an essay titled “Saving Mango Street,” which was published in the magazine “Rethinking Schools,” that then launched a letter writing campaign on Facebook. Van Winkle testified to the school board. Her efforts were successful. Van Winkle was able to help save the book that Sanderson had taught to her class years ago.

“[It] allowed the opportunity for valuable teaching moments about domestic abuse, violence against women and speaking out,” Van Winkle said.

Her winning essay — “Speak Out” — was a narrative tying together her personal experience with sexual abuse, her involvement with CARDVA (Center Against Rape & Domestic Violence) and her efforts to save “The House on Mango Street.” This ethics essay on women’s violence held a powerful message about speaking up and standing strong.

“If you don’t talk about it, people don’t know and can’t help,” Van Winkle said. “I don’t want people to feel like it’s their fault or that they can’t talk about it or that they are alone.”

Looking to the future, Van Winkle says that she wants to become a counselor and to work with women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. She plans to continue to express herself and to communicate through writing.

“It is easier to communicate through writing verses statistics or numbers; writing really gets people to think [about] things or to change or to react,” Van Winkle said.

Those who have a story to tell, need someone to talk to or have experienced sexual abuse can contact CARDVA or CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services).

“Basically, everybody has a story,” Van Winkle said.

Read the original story by reporter Brytann Busick.

Daily Barometer: Finley Hall undergoes repurposing for 2012-13 school year  October 4th, 2012

[The Daily Barometer, Oct. 3, 2012] — Finley Hall, a residence hall run by University Housing and Dining Services, is not a permanent residence hall anymore. The first two floors are now occupied by office space, as is Finley’s main lounge. Located next to the parking garage on the south side of campus, Finley now provides temporary housing for new student overflow, INTO OSU students and returning students. Last year, Finley housing themes included an upper-class and transfer student wing, as well as an ROTC wing. Both themes have now been moved to other permanent halls.

“UHDS made the decision to consolidate some vacancies that we typically see at the end of each fall term,” said BrianStroup, assistant director of operations and facilities at UHDS.

“We anticipated using the space to house academic scholars and some pre-college programs that the university hosts, as well as provide short-term housing for any overflow of students. However, students who are planning on attending OSU starting in the fall of 2013 will be able to select Finley Hall as an option,” Stroup said.

The organizations that utilize the office space include the health and science business center, the university administration business center and some math instructors.

“These three OSU groups were in need of temporary office space for the 2012-13 academic year as they await their new on-campus space to be ready to move into,” Stroup said.

Finley Hall students still have access to resident assistants and many activities like they did in the past. Finley Hall Resident Director Christine Nguyen also manages Bloss Hall, on the other side of Arnold Dining Center.

“With the exception of some lounge space being used by three OSU departments, Finley Hall residents have resident assistants and resident directors like any other residence hall, and through that have access to programming and activities in their building,” Stroup said.

The decision to change Finley Hall was made by the UHDS department leadership team.

“It was an approved decision by the UHDS Department leadership team, to make the best use of our capacity for a year with little freshman class growth anticipated,” Stroup said.

The changes are temporary, however, with Finley returning to being a full time residence hall in 2013-14.

Read the full article by reporter Vinay Ramakrishnan.