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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.

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.

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. ”


Food Service Director: Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf  November 19th, 2013

[] — This popular item at Oregon State University (OSU), served in the university’s Southern barbecue concept called Cooper’s Creek BBQ, combines beef and pork in a different way—by wrapping bacon around the meatloaf before baking. “I thought about all the ingredients that usually go into meatloaf and picked it apart and added some twists,” says Jay Perry, OSU’s executive chef. “I purée the mirepoix instead of dicing it. Instead of salt, I use soy sauce as my sodium. I use a finer grind on the meat and I love using panko as my breadcrumb. I serve it with cheddar mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.”

Read the full article at

Now hiring: Cook and Food Service Workers  October 23rd, 2013

University Housing and Dining Services has three open positions in the dining services unit:

Cook 2 (Arnold Central Production)

One full-time academic Year (10 Month) Cook 2 positions for University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University.  Starting wage $13.21 per hour plus benefits. Two years of experience in a commercial food service facility serving complete meals; OR an Associate’s Degree in Food Service Management, Food & Hospitality Service, or directly related field.   To view posting and apply online, go to  Posting # 0011470 closing date is 10/28/2013. OSU IS AN AA/EOE

Food Service Worker 3 (Arnold Dish Room)

One full-time academic Year (10 Month) Food Service Worker 3 position for University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University.  Starting wage $11.45 per hour plus benefits. Three years of experience in a commercial food service facility; OR an Associate’s Degree in Food Service Management.   To view posting and apply online, go to  Posting # 0011490 closing date is 10/29/2013. OSU IS AN AA/EOE

Food Service Worker 3 (Peet’s Coffee & Tea/Bing’s Cafe)

One full-time academic Year (10 Month) Food Service Worker 3 position for University Housing and Dining Services at Oregon State University.  Starting wage $11.45 per hour plus benefits. Three years of experience in a commercial food service facility; OR an Associate’s Degree in Food Service Management.   To view posting and apply online, go to  Posting # 0011496 closing date is 11/5/2013. OSU IS AN AA/EOE

Food Service Worker 2

One Full-time Academic Year (10 Month) position for University Housing & Dining Services.  Starting wage $11.08 per hour plus benefits. Requires 1 year full time food service experience. To view posting and apply online, go to  Posting # 0011489 closing date is 11/04/2013 OSU IS AN AA/EOE

Daily Barometer: Residents displaced, cramped  October 15th, 2013

[September 25, 2013 — The Daily Barometer] — Converted lounges housed some students in residence halls first 2 weeks of fall term

Roughly 65 students spent their first days at Oregon State University living and sleeping in converted student lounges within the residence halls.

All 65 students were transferred to permanent housing by the end of week two. Additionally, students were charged a discounted rate for their time in the temporary housing. The rate was equivalent to housing costs during breaks, at about $18 per day.

“This is more art than science,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “It’s like the airlines: You accept more people than you can actually accommodate because you don’t know who’s going to come.”

Fall 2013 is the second consecutive year that University Housing and Dining Services placed students in temporary housing.

Last year, the capacity for university housing was for 4,200 students. After converting double rooms to triple rooms found in Poling, Cauthorn, McNary and Wilson halls, this year’s capacity for university housing increased by 450 people. Even so, the university had a surplus of students.

This instance of temporary housing reflects the noticeably growing population at Oregon State. For fall 2013, housing services faced both the newly required on-campus housing for first-year students, as well as an unprecedented number of returning students who opted to live in residence halls.

To convert the lounges into functional living spaces, UHDS replaced all lounge furniture with the standard bunk bed, wardrobe and desk found in the usual dormitories.

Read the full article by Sean Bassinger and Kaitlyn Kohlenberg.

Twenty-five Notable Gluten-Free Friendly Colleges for 2013  October 8th, 2013

[October 4, 2013 —] — As part of a nationwide change on the part of colleges and universities to address food allergies and sensitivities, more and more campuses are offering gluten-free foods to their students. Here is a list of some of the most notable so far, in alphabetical order:

Oregon State offers students a list of all of the gluten-free options served in each on-campus dining hall or cafe. At some locations, these options may be limited, but at larger dining halls, gluten-intolerant students will find a wide range of safe, healthy and tasty gluten-free food.

A registered dietician is on hand to make sure that dietary considerations are met.

Read the full article by Jefferson Adams at

First-year programs aim to help freshmen  October 4th, 2013

[Septermber 29, 2013 — Corvallis Gazette-Times] – One of the first pieces of action in the Collaboration Corvallis project was announced, oddly enough, at a meeting of the Corvallis Economic Development Commission.

On Aug. 15, 2012, Oregon State University President Ed Ray told the commission that beginning in the fall of 2013, freshmen would be required to live on campus.

Ray cited research showing that students who live on campus perform better in school and noted that if more students live on campus, that would reduce congestion in nearby neighborhoods.

And so was born the “first-year experience.”

Roughly 80 percent of OSU freshmen lived on campus in the 2012-13 school year, with university officials predicting that number will reach 90 percent with the group that starts classes Monday.

The program has required some housing adjustments. Finley Hall, which was not fully used a year ago, is back on line and the university has converted some double rooms to triple rooms to meet the demand, said Dan Larson of University Housing and Dining Services.

Larson estimated capacity at about 4,650 students. OSU is expecting a similar number of freshmen in the fall of 2014.

A new residence hall with room for 300 students is under construction in the southwest part of campus, and when it opens in September 2014, the university will convert the triple rooms back to doubles, said Larson.

University officials, however, were adamant that the program extends beyond housing.

“It’s more than just a request to live on campus,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for marketing and university relations.

“The first-year experience initiative is a broad-reaching set of actions and enhancements,” said Susie Brubaker-Cole, associate provost for academic success and engagement.

Read the full article by James Day and see photos at