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Spring 2010 Week 6

A special thank you for all those who shared their talents at this year’s UHC Brunch & Talent show.  What a celebration of talent!  Hope your week is off to a great start. 

Here is what's happening:


UHC Events

1.    UHC Float Trip - Sign-ups begin TODAY!

2.    Save the Date: UHC Spring Study Break – May 14

3.    Mark Your Calendar: UHC Thesis Fair – May 21



4.    Fall 2010 UHC Schedule of Classes Available Now!

5.    Excellence Fund Money Available!

6.    A Message from the Dean: $1 million pledge to the UHC

7.    Summer Employment with the Detroit Ranger District


Campus Opportunities

8.    Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence – Thursday, May 6th

9.    Student Involvement Staff Positions for 2010-2011

10.  Upcoming Teach for America Events

11.  UO Summer MCAT preparation




1.  UHC Float Trip – Sign-ups begin Today!

Got fun? Come on the UHC float trip over memorial weekend! May 28-30 will be the annual UHC float trip on the Umpqua River. The cost is $30 which covers the rafts and some meals. There are 18 spots so sign up fast beginning May 3rd in the SLUG. All participants must be able to leave by 1:30p.m. on Friday the 28th, so do not sign up if you can't get out of class. The group will return on Sunday the 30th in the afternoon, leaving Sunday night and Monday to study.  If you have a truck, you could get a discount in exchange for carrying gear. If you have any questions, contact Jeannie Allen at allenm@onid.orst.edu or Tina Dinh at dinht@onid.orst.edu


2.   Save the Date: UHC Spring Study Break - Friday, May 14

Don't miss it!! It's time to have a break from studying. HAAC is organizing a spring study break on Friday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in SLUG 2. There will be hot and cold drinks and treats to celebrate spring!


3.   Mark Your Calendar: UHC Thesis Fair – Friday, May 21

Come and celebrate the UHC graduates of 2010 Friday, May 21st the UHC Thesis Fair from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Valley Library main floor Gallery & Rotunda.  Approximately 70 senior projects/theses will be on display with topics from Art to Zoology.  The authors will be there to answer questions and discuss their work.   Come congratulate the UHC Class of 2010!




4. Fall 2010 UHC Schedule of Classes Available Now!

The Fall 2010 UHC Schedule of Classes is now available for pickup at the UHC Office, STAG 229. Priority registration begins on Sunday, May 16th. You can preview all Fall 2010 coursework in the online OSU Schedule of Classes at http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/SOCList.aspx?termcode=201101&campus=corvallis&level=undergrad&subjectcode=HC.  For a complete registration schedule visit: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/ChapterDetail.aspx?key=374#Section3707  For UHC advising you will need to make an appointment with your major academic advisor and then make an appointment with a UHC advisor. Call 737-6400 or stop by to sign up for an appointment. Again, your appointment with the UHC needs to be after your appointment with your major academic advisor. See you soon!


5. Excellence Fund Money Available!

Are you working on your UHC thesis? Do you need help with expenses? Partial support for actual thesis research is available upon request for UHC seniors.  Money from the Excellence Fund is available to reimburse students for out of pocket expenses associated with the research required to complete the senior thesis. Production costs for the document itself and committee meeting expenses are not eligible for reimbursement.  If you would like support for appropriate research expenses, have completed the Introduction to Thesis class, and expect to graduate in the next three terms, fill out the Excellence Fund Application form (being sure to get your mentor's signature), located at: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors//files/Thesis-ExcellenceFundApplication250.pdf and file it with the UHC main office, STAG 229. Stipends in the amount of up to $250 are awarded at the end of each term.


6. A Message from the Dean: $1 million pledge to the UHC

As many of you by now know, the UHC has received a $1 million pledge to create endowments in support of its students, faculty and the dean. The planned gift, by an anonymous couple, is the largest ever received by the college.   You can read about the gift by visiting:   http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/node/419269


I do want to thank all of you for your parts in attracting this gift.  You might not be thinking about development all the time (like some of us), but every time we’re out there, someone is looking.  And based on what people are seeing, they are making decisions about where to direct their gifts.  As these donors said, “In the time we have lived in Oregon, we have attended innumerable OSU events from various performances to sports to substantive and scholarly presentations intended for the campus and Corvallis communities.  Included among those have been some sponsored by the University Honors College, including the annual Thesis Fair when we have seen some of the excellence the students are capable of and the type of mentoring they received from their faculty.  We have been impressed with the intellectual acumen of the students and believe them to represent those who will contribute to Oregon’s successes in the future.”


So thanks!




7.  Summer Employment with the Detroit Ranger District

Detroit Ranger District is looking to fill 2 seasonal positions Biological Science Technician (Botany) GS-04/05.  The botany/weed job description includes botanical surveys of rare plants, special habitats and noxious weeds.  Surveys will be done using several tools such as GPS equipment, maps and field data forms to collect data.  Other duties include weed control and some monitoring.  Field work is a major component of these positions.  The Detroit Ranger District includes some steep terrain.  Individuals working in these positions should expect to work outdoors rain or shine, in terrain that at times can be quite steep, and at tasks that may be considered strenuous. Training will be provided and will include CPR/first aid, Defensive driving, 4x4 driving, radios, and all safety involved issues. Survey and field equipment such as GPS, navigational, maps, possibly GIS (hopefully) local flora and local issues. Housing will be provided.  Housing for resource staff is 2 bedroom duplexes with 2 beds in each room.   You may or may not share with another seasonal.  Each unit has 2 bathrooms, kitchen and living room. 

In order to apply for Student Temporary Jobs on the Willamette National Forest, the following paperwork needs to be filled out and given to a supervisor that is interested in hiring you.

The forms you need are:

1. OF-612 Optional Application

2. OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment

3. Copy of most Recent Transcripts

4. Letter of intent on school letterhead concerning status of student

If you have any questions about completing the forms, please contact Human Resources at 1-877-372-7248. 

For more information regarding specific seasonal positions, please contact:

Chris Wagner (Botanist) 503-584-3890


Detroit Ranger District, Detroit, OR


Daryl Whitmore (Wildlife Biologist) 503-584-4225


Detroit Ranger District, Detroit, OR



Campus Opportunities 

8.  Celebration of Undergraduate Excellence – Thursday, May 6th

The campus-wide undergraduate research symposium “Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence: Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Creativity” (CUE) will be held on Thursday, May 6 from 10:00 – 2:00 in the MU Ballroom.  CUE provides a forum for OSU undergraduates to present their research, scholarship and creative projects to the broader university and Corvallis community. This presents an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing research to learn about the breadth of OSU opportunities and to speak to the some 60 student presenters about how to get involved in research. Stop by any time between 10am and 2pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. For more information: oregonstate.edu/events/cue


9.  Student Involvement Staff Positions for 2010-2011

The Department of Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI) is hiring students for various positions for next year.  They are currently in the process of hiring approximately 42 student staff members for the 2010-2011 academic year for the following teams:

  • SLI Information Desks
  • Event & Activities Team
  • Peer Leadership Consultants
  • Community Service Center
  • International Students of OSU (ISOSU)
  • Team Liberation Process Coordinator

Application packets and additional information are available at the SLI Information Desk in 149 Snell Hall/MU East and at this web location:  http://oregonstate.edu/sli/applications. Application deadline for all positions is 5pm, Wednesday, May 12th. Students may apply for more than one position.


10.  Upcoming Teach for America Events

Build Your Competitive Advantage: What Top Employers and Graduate Schools Seek - Tuesday, May 4th, 6 pm Pacific Time

This session is ideal for college freshmen and sophomores. Gain insight into what graduate schools and employers seek in their candidates and how you can expand your skills and experiences throughout college to set yourself up for success afterwards. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/729677360
Corps Member and Alumni Stories - Wednesday, May 5th, 5 pm Pacific Time
Hear a panel of corps members and alumni discuss their corps experience and how it has impacted their lives.  Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/821714872

Introduction to Teach For America - Tuesday, May 11th, 4:30 pm Pacific Time
Learn about our mission and approach to closing the achievement gap and hear a firsthand account of what it’s like to be a corps member. Register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/221912065

11.  UO Summer MCAT preparation

For the 24th year, the University of Oregon Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) will offer its comprehensive review workshop for the MCAT exam. This year we are excited to expand our summer program offerings to the UO Programs in Portland (at the White Stag Building), and UO Central Oregon Programs in Bend.

The Summer UO MCAT preparation workshop runs June 22-July 16, 2010 live in Eugene and via satellite to Portland and Bend. Classes will meet Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays—12:00-3:00pm. The cost is $625 and includes instruction in physics, chemistry, biology, verbal reasoning, writing, and test strategies by four UO instructors, MCAT practice exams, and Exam Krackers study materials.

Priority registration is June 4, students are encouraged to register before the priority deadline to allow adequate time for material order and shipping.

Registration forms and contact information are available on our website (http://tlc.uoregon.edu/learningservices/testprep/mcat.html) or contact Elly Vandegrift (ellyvan@uoregon.edu) or TLC (541) 346-3226) for more information. n