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Spring 2012 Week 1

Welcome back! We hope you all had a terrific break and are looking forward to a fantastic spring term! This is a busy term on campus and here in the UHC, and we will have regular updates about Honors events in the Monday Message each week and on the UHC’s Facebook page – see the link below to sign up to follow our page. Here’s what is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Faculty/Student Book & Film Club schedule
2.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO OSU Conversant Program
3.      UHC t-shirt design competition!
4.      Moms & Family Weekend Talent Show – talent needed!
5.      HAAC (the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee) spring meetings
6.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

     

    Opportunities

      7.      Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program
      8.     
      On-campus opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)
      9.     
      Mi Familia Weekend
      10. 
      Career Services resources

       

      OSU Events & Announcements

      11.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

      12.  “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs” – A reading, slide show, and conversation with author Ceiridwen Terrill

      13.  OSU Socratic Club debate - “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?”

      14.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

       

       

      UHC Announcements & Events

      1.      UHC Faculty/Student Book & Film Club schedule

        We hope that all of you who are participating in the UHC Faculty/Student Book & Film Club enjoyed (or are enjoying) your group’s book or film! Please see below for the schedule of group meetings. Pizza and salad will be provided! If you have any questions, email Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

        • Kevin Ahern, Steve Jobs, Tuesday, 4/17, 5:00 p.m., Strand 237
        • Eric Hill, The Lathe of Heaven, Monday, 4/2, 5:00 p.m., Strand 237
        • Jon Lewis, Badlands, Monday, 4/9, 5:00 p.m., Strand 237
        • Kathleen Dean Moore, The World Without Us, Wednesday, 4/4, 5:00 p.m., Strand 237
        • Indira Rajagopal, Long for this World, Tuesday, 4/3, 5:00 p.m., Strand 237
        • Skip Rochefort, Plastic, Wednesday, 4/4, 6:00 p.m., TBD

         

        2.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO OSU Conversant Program

          The University Honors College has partnered with INTO OSU’s Conversant Program to provide a cool opportunity for Honors students to earn credit while helping INTO OSU students practice their English. It is a great way to make a new friend, increase your cultural awareness, and help teach INTO OSU students more about life in the United States. To earn one elective credit, Honors students need to commit to meeting with an international student in the INTO OSU Pathway Program for an average of one hour per week throughout the term. Students keep a log of the times and places of meetings and the topics discussed, and at the end of the term, they turn in a two-page “reflections” paper about the experience. For details, visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/pathways. 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.

           

          3.      UHC t-shirt design competition!

            Want to do something creative? Design a t-shirt for the UHC! We are holding a t-shirt design contest to create 2011-2012 shirts. If you are interested in participating, create a design and submit an electronic version to Arlyn Moreno Luna at morenola@onid.orst.edu or a hard copy to the UHC office in Strand 229 marked to Arlyn’s attention. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 13th at 5:00 p.m.

             

            4.      Moms & Family Weekend Talent Show – talent needed!

              Can you sing? Dance? Recite Proust’s Swann’s Way from memory? The UHC is looking for performers, artists, and otherwise-talented individuals ready to show off their skills at the annual Moms & Family Weekend Talent Show on Saturday, May 5th at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, know someone who might be, or want more information, email LeeAnn at leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu.

               

              5.      HAAC (the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee) spring meetings

                Plan to join in on the fun of HAAC membership during spring term! Beginning April 3rd, HAAC will meet on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. in SLUG 1. HAAC plans student events for the UHC and attending is a great way to shape our community! Stop by to check it out!

                 

                6.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

                  This is a reminder that all Honors students are eligible to apply for UHC scholarships funding experiential learning opportunities (such as research, unpaid internships, and study abroad), thesis-related research expenses, and professional travel. The Honors Experience scholarship provides students up to $2,000, and the UHC Excellence Fund and “Grandma Honors” Professional Travel Award provide $500 stipends. For more information on these scholarships or to apply, see http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/research-scholarship-internships. Contact the UHC (email us at honors.college@oregonstate.edu, call us at 541.737.6400, or visit us in Strand 229) if you have any questions about these opportunities.

                   

                  Opportunities

                  1. 7.      Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador Program

                  The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Oregon State seeks applications from undergraduates in all majors who are participating in research, engagement, or creative endeavors outside of the classroom to serve as Ambassadors of Undergraduate Research for the 2012-13 school year. OUR Ambassadors will represent OSU research at campus and community events to help promote and expand undergraduate research and creativity efforts across campus. Students who are in good academic standing with at least 30 completed credits at the time of application, who have engaged in or are currently engaged in research and/or creative activities under the guidance of an OSU faculty mentor, and who can commit up to 40-60 hours or service during the 2012-13 school year will be considered. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is April 16 at 5:00 p.m. and interviews will be held on April 25, 26, and 27. Application information is available at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research//files/ambassadorapplication_0.pdf. Please address questions concerning the program to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

                   

                  8.      On-campus opportunities with the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

                    The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) has two internship openings and a position opening. The internships entail a commitment of 1-5 hours/week minimum. These are unpaid internships but have the opportunity of earning credit. Applications can be submitted by emailing a cover letter and resume to Alisa Narvaez, the SSI Visibility Coordinator (ssi.visibility@oregonstate.edu). Applications must be submitted by Saturday, April 7th, 2012:

                    • Journalism Intern: The News and Journalism Intern (Journalism Intern) will be responsible for promoting the SSI through the research, writing, and publication of original content (such as articles, blog posts, news stories, etc.). The intern will work with the Visibility Coordinator, SSI staff, volunteers, OSU faculty and staff, and Corvallis community members to make sure that SSI activities are successful. For more information, check out the Position Description or Beaver JobNet posting.
                    • Multimedia Intern: The Multimedia Intern will be responsible for promoting the SSI through the creation and publication of multimedia materials (such as photos, videos, etc.). The intern will work with the Visibility Coordinator, SSI staff, volunteers, OSU faculty and staff, and Corvallis community members to make sure that SSI activities are successful. For more information, check out the Position Description or Beaver JobNet posting.

                     

                    The SSI is also seeking a new Director. This is a student employment position and is directly responsible for all activities and programs in the SSI, including the use and well-being of the Student Sustainability Center (SSC). In particular, this position is responsible for: (1) the coordination, supervision, development, and well-being of SSI staff, (2) the representation to and relationships with partnering organizations, and (3) the health, longevity, efficiency, effectiveness, and advancement of the program as a whole. The SSI is seeking a qualified individual to be a leader of this student program. The position starts at a pay rate of $11/hour. Regular hours are 20-40 per week during the summer term and 20 hours per week during fall, winter, and spring terms. Applications are due Friday, April 20th. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume addressed to the SSI Search Committee via email to the SSI Fee Board Chair (ssi.feeboard@oregonstate.edu). If you have any questions, please address them to the current Director (ssi.director@oregonstate.edu). Details about this position and the application process can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/jobs/director.

                     

                    9.      Mi Familia Weekend

                      Mi Familia Weekend is an event designed to connect Hispanic and Latino families with their college students and the OSU community. The event program features keynote speakers, a dance, a resource fair, breakout sessions, four meals, a soccer match, and other activities. Mi Familia Weekend is April 27th through April 29th in the MU Ballroom. Please register for you and your family by April 13th at http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/mifamiliaweekend-rsvp. There are only 150 spots for Friday’s dinner and 300 for Saturday’s. Travel scholarships are available for families in need. If you have any questions, please contact Arlyn Moreno Luna or AnnaRose Adams at mifamiliaweekend@gmail.com.

                       

                      10.  Career Services resources

                      With the approach of spring and, for many students, job and internship application season, OSU Career Services offers a number of resources for student job seekers. You can drop by the Career Services center in the Kerr basement for resume or cover letter feedback Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4:00 p.m., the Valley Library CLC Tuesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Milam 116 on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m., or the HUB in Batcheller on Fridays from 2:00-3:00 p.m. You can also make a more in-depth appointment to speak with a career counselor by contacting the Career Services office. Career Services will offer a number of workshops during the spring as well: the complete schedule is available at http://oregonstate.edu/career/programs-workshops. And save the date for the Spring University-Wide Career Fair on Wednesday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center.

                       

                       

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      11.  Spring term research workshops at the Valley Library

                      This term, the Valley Library will again host a number of workshops designed to assist undergraduate students. The workshop theme of “Build Your Research Skill Set” will be of particular interest to UHC students. Advanced UHC students are also welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these workshops offer in-depth examinations of important research tools that will be of great use to UHC thesis writers. For a schedule of undergraduate workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as you can! Attendance at a workshop will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS: START. To register for a Graduate and Faculty workshop, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

                       

                      12.  “Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs” – A reading, slide show, and conversation with author Ceiridwen Terrill

                      Ceiridwen Terrill, the author of Part Wild: One Woman’s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves and Dogs and an associate professor of science writing and environmental journalism at Concordia University, will speak on Wednesday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. in Richardson Hall 313. She will also give a reading at 7:00 p.m. that evening in Grass Roots Books and Music in downtown Corvallis.

                       

                      13.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?”

                      The Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic “Have Science and Technology Made God Irrelevant?” on Monday, April 9 in Gilfillan Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The speakers are Kenneth Funk from the OSU College of Engineering and Mark Walsh from the OSU Department of Mathematics. A description of the debate is below:

                       

                      We live in a world where the technology exists to banish poverty and dramatically improve the lives of all. Yet for so many, our daily burdens are becoming heavier, while technology itself often seems to be an enemy. How do we make sense of this extraordinary contradiction? Do we still need God, or do our advances in science and technology make God obsolete? Can we rely solely on the power of our own ideas to prevail against health problems and mortality, relationship difficulties, social and political issues, and the other quandaries we now and will face without help “from above”? With science and technology, can and should we finally take full charge of our own destiny? Do we need the intervention of God in our daily lives? Or, does a materialist conception of history give us a better chance for making sense of our world? Our two speakers will engage in spirited debate. Kenneth Funk will advocate a Christian perspective, while Mark Walsh will argue from a materialist point of view.

                       

                      The debate is free and open to the public. For more information visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

                       

                      14.  Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

                      Beginning with June, 2012 graduation, OSU students who have engaged in research/creative activities that meet required criteria can be formally recognized for these efforts by an honor designation on their transcripts as a “Research Fellow” or an “Arts Fellow” as appropriate. Students who receive this notation may wear a blue honor cord at commencement ceremonies. Students seeking this transcript notation must have performed a significant research/creative project under the guidance of an OSU professor (mentor) and make a presentation of their project to a wider audience than the circle around their mentor. They must show evidence of their presentation and place documentation of the project (see application) in the OSU Scholars Archive. Last, they must fill out the OSU Undergraduate Research/Art Fellow Application for 2012 and submit it to the head advisor of their college no later than noon on June 1, 2012. In the application, the mentor’s signature is necessary to certify that the work meets the criteria necessary for transcript notation. Most Honors thesis projects will qualify for this notation. More information, answers to frequently asked questions, and application forms are available at http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/. For additional information, contact Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.

                       

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