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Fall 2010 Week 11

We wish you all the best in your exams and final projects this week – winter break is just around the corner!  Here’s what’s going on in this final week of the term.  We’ll see you in 2011!
  1. UHC fee waiver form
  2. Finals week SLUG hours
  3. UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program Earn Honors elective credit!
  4. Honors course suggestions
UHC Events
  1. UHC Sunriver trip sign-up deadline last notice!
  1. 23rd annual Provosts Literary Prize
  2. Princeton Review survey
  3. Teach For America Operations Coordinator summer internships
  4. OSU Women’s Giving Circle grants
  5. OSU Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Awards
  1. UHC fee waiver form
If you plan to be gone next term for an internship, study abroad, or national exchange don’t forget to complete a UHC Resource Fee Waiver Request Form before the end of fall term.  Forms can be picked up in the UHC office (Strand 229) and must be returned by the end of this week, Friday, December 10th.
  1. Finals week SLUG hours
The SLUG is open for an extra hour this week, from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  We will close for the break at noon on Friday.  Also, don’t forget about our study room in the Valley Library: the room can be reserved this week for four-hour blocks in the SLUG.
  1. UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program Earn Honors elective credit!
The University Honors College Pathway Scholar Mentor Program gives Honors students the opportunity to help guide international students through their first years at OSU.  It’s a great way to get some international experience without leaving campus by learning about different cultures, and participants can earn UHC credit.  Plus, it’s fun!
To earn one credit, Honors students need to commit to meeting an average of one hour per week with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program.  Students keep a log of the times and places of meetings and topics discussed, and at the end of the term, they turn in a two-page “reflections” paper on the experience.
To enroll,
  • Meet with your UHC adviser, 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 twenty-minute appointment with him so he can meet you before matching you with a Pathway student.
  • After your application has been cleared by Student Conduct, Robert will match you with a student.  The largest group of INTO students are from China, and smaller groups come from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
  • Once you are matched, Robert will set up a first meeting where you will be introduced to your partner, exchange contact information, and set up future meetings.
Credit will be given P/NP and count for a UHC elective as HC 409.  No foreign language experience or skill is necessary.
Students can also participate without receiving course credit if they wish.  The enrollment process is the same as above, but no Learning Agreement needs to be completed.
We are excited to offer this unique learning opportunity in partnership with INTO OSU.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at 541-737-6400.
  1. Honors course suggestions
There is still time to help us in setting UHC course offerings for the 2011-2012 academic year.  If you know about a course or instructor who would be great in the UHC, there are two things you can do:
  1. Tell us! All members of the UHC community are invited to make coursework and instructor suggestions by filling out the web form at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/course-and-faculty-suggestions or by contacting UHC Associate Dean Toni Doolen (Toni.Doolen@oregonstate.edu).
  2. Tell an instructor! You can help us to recruit OSU’s best faculty by sharing your enthusiasm with a potential UHC instructor and encouraging him or her to get in touch with us.
The input of current UHC students is especially important to us in this process.  You are our most effective ambassadors, and you know our curriculum needs better than anyone else.  Faculty proposals will be due by January 14th, 2011, and additional information can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/course-proposals.  Please think about classes and faculty in the next weeks and get involved!
UHC Events
  1. UHC Sunriver trip sign-up deadline last notice!
There are only a couple of days left to sign-up for the UHC’s winter-term trip to Sunriver! Join UHC students during the first weekend of the term (January 7th-9th) for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, sightseeing, and relaxing.  The trip cost of $45 includes lodging and some meals for the weekend; space is limited, and payment (in cash or by check written to Jeannie Allen) must be received in order to reserve a spot.  Sign-up in SLUG 1 before the deadline of Wednesday, December 8th.  Please note that there will be no arranged transportation.  If you have any questions, please contact Tina Dinh (dinht@onid.orst.edu) or Jeannie Allen (allenm@onid.orst.edu).
  1. 23rd annual Provosts Literary Prize
Sabah Randhawa, Provost and Executive Vice President of OSU, has announced the 23rd annual Provost’s Literary Prize for undergraduate students.  The prize consists of a plaque, a $500 award, and publication for on-campus distribution.  The prize is open to currently-enrolled undergraduate students at OSU; students can submit their own work or have work nominated by faculty members.  The submitted work can be drama, fiction, poetry (including a group of poems), or creative nonfiction written for a general audience.   Submissions must be the student’s original work, typed, and no longer than twenty double-spaced pages for prose or eight manuscript pages for poetry.  Include the full name, year in school, current mailing address, phone number, and student ID number of the writer with submissions.  The deadline for consideration is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  Turn submissions in to the Provost’s Literary Prize Screening Committee care of Keith Scribner in the English Department (Moreland Hall 238).  Direct questions to Professor Scribner at 7-1645 or keith.scribner@oregonstate.edu.  The winner will be announced in May at the All Student Recognition Awards reception.
  1. Princeton Review survey
The Princeton Review has invited OSU’s undergraduate student body to participate in their annual survey.  Collected information will be used to rank OSU for the Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges of 2012.”  Students who complete the survey will be entered for a chance to win one of ten iPads.  Take the survey at http://survey.review.com/ss/ using your OSU-issued email address.
  1. Teach For America Operations Coordinator summer internships
Teach For America is now accepting applications for internships on its summer institute staff.  Interns will serve as Operations Coordinators, implementing and maintaining operational systems at host universities, developing organizational structures, and working to ensure the smooth operation of university site activities.  Guaranteed salary range is between $2,500 and $3,000 with room, board, and a portion of travel expenses provided.  Teach For America will operate summer training institutes in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and the Mississippi delta.  The application deadline is January 23.  To apply or get more information, visit the Teach For America website, www.teachforamerica.org/careers/institute.
  1. OSU Womens Giving Circle grants
The OSU Women’s Giving Circle invites proposals for grants to be awarded in May, 2011.  The Giving Circle will consider proposals related to programs or projects that meet both of these criteria: 1) they enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention; and 2) they directly impact as many OSU students as possible.  In addition, more serious consideration will be given to proposals that: 1) are relevant but not exclusive to women; 2) involve undergraduate students in the implementation of the project or program; and 3) have few other sources of support and will realize a significant impact from a Giving Circle award.  Grants are typically under $10,000.  The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, January 17th.  For more information, contact Kellie Parker at womensgivingcircle@oregonstate.edu or 541.737.4691.
  1. OSU Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Faculty, reward your student scholars’ use of the OSU Libraries’ services, collections, and resources with a nomination for the Library Undergraduate Research Award. Typically there are two awards: a $1000 scholarship awarded to an upper division undergraduate and a $1000 scholarship awarded to a lower division undergraduate from Oregon State University.  We encourage faculty to nominate students whose papers or projects meet the awards criteria.  To be eligible, students must have written their papers or completed their research projects as part of their course work at OSU during the 2010 calendar year (Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall term).  The application deadline is January 31, 2011 and must include a nomination form and accompanying letter of support from the supervising faculty member or instructor. To view the eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application requirements please visit http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/awards/ugresearchawards.html.  For more information please contact Jennifer Nutefall, Associate University Librarian (Jennifer.Nutefall@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8527).