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Fall 2010 - Week 0

Greetings and welcome to the Monday Message for the 2010 - 2011 academic year.  For those of you new to the UHC, once a week we will send out an email letting you know the happenings for the week.  Please read these messages as they will contain important information on courses, advising, or other administrative information, along with job opportunities, campus activities and scholarships.  We are thrilled to have all of you as a part of our community and look forward to an exciting year!   

A message from the Dean…

Welcome to (or back to) OSU!  I was on campus Sunday night and the lines of cars in front of the residence halls, coupled with the recycling dumpsters full of cardboard boxes, clearly signaled the return of students to campus.  As I am sure you have heard, we have record numbers of students on campus this year.  And it is also a record year for the University Honors College as we welcome 252 new students to our community.  

I wanted to let you all know that for the first time in several years, we have raised the differential tuition you pay as Honors students.  That additional tuition is one of the revenue sources that allows us to provide you with the Honors program including Honors classes, access to the Student Learning Centers, and Honors events.  The differential tuition was increased from $250/term to $265/term, a percentage increase that is in line with the percentage increase in resident tuition this year.  I have spoken with several of you over the past few months about how to deal with consistent budget pressures, and the overriding concern is to maintain the quality of the Honors program.  If you are off campus for a term or more (for example, study abroad, internship), come in and complete a request to waive the differential tuition for the time you are away.

I look forward to seeing you at events, in the office, in the SLUGs, in classes, and on campus this year.  I hope to see you at the Fall BBQ at 5:00 pm on Tuesday the 28th.  If you are in the office, stop in and say Hi!  I always enjoy hearing about how your classes are going, what interesting activities you are engaged in, and about your plans for the future.  And I am always open to your suggestions about how to improve the Honors experience!

Welcome back, have a great Connect Week, and a great Fall quarter.

Dan

Events

1.      SLUG Open House –Friday from 12:00-4:00

2.      New Student Induction – Friday from 10:00-11:30

3.      Camping Trip -  Sign-ups begin Friday

4.      Save the Date: UHC Fall BBQ & Block Party - Tues. September 28th

Announcements

5.      Greetings from the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (HAAC)!

6.      Welcome New UHC Staff & Faculty Members

7.      Join the Pathway Scholar Mentor Program and Earn Honors Elective Credit

Opportunities

8.      Job Openings in Special Collections 

9.      Mole Hole Peer tutors

10.    2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

 

Events

1. SLUG Open House

The SLUG Staff will be hosting an Open House on Friday from 12pm to 4pm in Strand room 30 & 32 in the basement.  All current UHC students are invited to attend.  This will be a chance to meet and get to know classmates and the SLUG staff while learning about student resources within the UHC. 

 

2. New Student Induction

The UHC is hosting a New Student Induction for all new students beginning in the UHC this fall.  The induction will be held on Friday, Sept. 24th from 10:00 – 11:30 in Milam Auditorium.  We hope to see all new students there.

 

3. Camping Trip

Welcome back to a new exciting school year! The UHC will be having it's annual fall camping trip the second weekend of Fall Term, the 8th through 10th at Beverly Beach Camp Ground. Sign-Ups for this trip begin Friday, September 24th in the SLUG in the basement of STAG hall.  There are only 22 spots available, first come first served!  To reserve your spot, put your name on the list and your money ($25) in the envelope in the SLUG. Please pay in cash or by check payable to Tina Dinh, at the time of signing up. The money covers the campsite, some supplies and some meals. Students are responsible for tents, sleeping bags, snacks, and rides. More information will be provided at the pre-trip meeting or via email by the trip coordinators.

Questions? Concerns? Contact UHC Trip and Activity Coordinators Tina Dinh: Dinht@onid.orst.edu or Jeannie Allen: Allenm@onid.orst.edu

 

4. Save the Date: UHC Fall Block Party BBQ

Join us for the annual UHC Fall Block Party BBQ on Tuesday, Sept. 28th beginning at 5:00pm on Waldo Place the street between Strand Hall and the Library.  Enjoy free food, live entertainment by Inner Limits and reunite with UHC friends, faculty and staff.  All are welcome but come early because the food won't last!  Hope to see you all there.

Announcements

5. Greetings from the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (HAAC)!

The Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (HAAC) is a student organization for all UHC students. HAAC plans social, community, and educational activities throughout the year. Some of the activities HAAC students coordinate and support are annual off-campus trips, symposiums, forums, social nights, and fundraising activities.

HAAC members meet every week for 30 minutes. The first HAAC meeting is scheduled for September 29 (Wednesday) at 7:00pm in SLUG 1.

All UHC students are welcome to attend and take part in planning activities or sharing your opinions. We hope to see you at our first meeting!

For more information about HAAC, contact Ardith Feroglia at ardith.feroglia@oregonstate.edu.

 

6. Welcome to New UHC Faculty & Staff Members

This fall the Honors College welcomes several new members to our team. 

Beginning this fall, Dr. Toni Doolen joins us as the Associate Dean of the University Honors College.  Dr. Doolen is also a faculty member of the school of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.  Dr. Doolen will focus her attention on continuing to develop a wide range of honors courses for students and faculty. 

Kevin Stoller joins the team as our new Executive Assistant.  Kevin brings a wealth of experience with him for as far east as Boston and was even a previous member of the UHC.  Kevin will be coordinating the SLUG staff, alumni engagement and other special projects for Dean Arp.

Ardith Feroglia is our new Graduate Teaching Assistant.  Ardith is a graduate of Western Washington’s Honors Program and has spent the past several years working in Seattle.  Ardith will be working with the Honors Advisory and Activities Committee as well as the McNary community on events, activities and program improvement. 

We enthusiastically welcome these wonderful individuals.  Please take a moment to swing by and welcome them to the UHC! 

7.  Join the Pathway Scholar Mentor Program and Earn Honors Elective Credit
The Honors College Pathway Scholar Mentor Program provides an opportunity for honors students to help guide international students through their first year at OSU. It is a great way to get international experience while here at OSU, learn about other cultures, and earn honors credit. Plus, it’s fun!
 
To earn one credit, honors students would need to commit to meeting on average one hour per week with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program. Honors students must keep a log of the times and places they met and the topics discussed, and complete a 2 page “reflections” paper at the end of the term.     
 
To enroll, students should:
·       Meet with your UHC advisor, review the program description and complete a Learning Agreement and application form.
·       Submit your application to Robert Hinderliter with INTO in Heckert Lodge and schedule a 20 minute appointment with him so that he can meet you before matching you with a Pathway student.  
·       Once your application has cleared with Student Conduct, Robert will match you. Countries represented include a large group of students from China, and smaller groups of students from Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
·       Once you are matched, Robert will set up the first meeting where you will be introduced to your partner, exchange contact information and set up future meetings.
 
Credit will be graded P/NP and count towards UHC elective using HC 409.
 
Students interested in participating but not earning credit should:
·       Meet with your UHC advisor, review the program description and complete the application form.
·       Submit your application to Robert Hinderliter with INTO in Heckert Lodge and schedule a 20 minute appointment with him so that he can meet you before matching you with a Pathway student.  
·       Once your application has cleared with Student Conduct, Robert will match you. Countries represented include a large group of students from China, and smaller groups of students from Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  
·       Once you are matched, Robert will set up the first meeting where you will be introduced to your partner, exchange contact information and set up future meetings.
 
We are excited to offer this unique learning opportunity in partnership with INTO OSU. If you have questions about the program please contact us at 541-737-6400.

Opportunities

 

8.  Job Openings in Special Collections

Special Collections, home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers and other collections, is looking to hire student workers. Five positions are available, beginning Fall Term, working about 10-12 hours a week. Starting pay is $9.00/hour. Scheduling is flexible and during normal work hours.

Students can apply in person (with resume) or by email, to cliff.mead@oregonstate.edu.

Special Collections is located on the 5th floor of the Valley Library.

 

9.  Mole Hole Peer tutors

The Mole Hole is looking to hire a few new Mole Hole Peer Tutors for the coming year (the Mole Hole is our Chemistry Help center).  The requirements are having received grades of B+ or better in the CH 221-3 sequence or in CH 224H-226H.  The pay, I believe, is $9/hr, and the time commitment is anywhere from 4 hours/week up to about 12 hours/week.  If you could put this out to the Honors College students I would really appreciate it.  Anyone interested should contact mew by email (Margie.haak@oregonstate.edu).

 

10.  2011 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships - $150,000

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program is designed to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by offering them a significant financial award to assist them during their studies at Canadian universities. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and health-related fields. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for three years. For application information visit: www.vanier.gc.ca  The application deadline is October 15, 2010.