We hope you had a terrific long weekend! Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Thesis Fair on Friday. It was a terrific event, with great attendance, and we had several comments from guests about the quality of the displays. Although the term is winding down, the UHC calendar remains full! We hope to see you at our student sessions with the UHC Dean candidates this week and at our special event this Friday honoring the UHC HerStory Award winners! Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events


1.      Seeking students to help select the next UHC Dean

2.     
Friday reception to honor the recipients of UHC 2012 HerStory Awards

3.     
Final week to order your UHC T-shirt!

4.     
UHC social media feedback

5.     
Mark your calendars – BB399H Protein Portraits competition

6.     
SAVE THE DATE! Please plan to join us for the UHC Spring Picnic!

7.     
It’s not too late to contribute to HAAC!

8.     
Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!

9.     
UHC scholarships

     

    Opportunities

    10.  Undergraduate forum on Natural Resources degree

    11. 
    Undergraduate research internship – Whitebark pine restoration, DNA collection, & cone collection in Deschutes National Forest

    12. 
    Research opportunity with faculty from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences

    13. 
    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge

     

    OSU Events & Announcements

    14.  Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture – “Investing in Oregon’s Future” by Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer

    15. 
    Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence

    16. 
    Battle of the Bands

    17. 
    Investigative Diagnosis Society speaker – Dr. LaDonna Johnson

    18. 
    Research transcript notation for OSU undergraduates

     

    UHC Announcements & Events


    1.      Seeking students to help select the next UHC Dean

      Calling all students in Honors – WE NEED YOUR INPUT! The UHC is hiring a new dean and is interviewing three candidates next week. One of the main parts of the Dean’s job is YOU, the students, so your input in this process is vital! Please come and meet the candidates and contribute to the future of the UHC. The UHC DEAN interviews will take place next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is time reserved for students to meet with the interviewees in SLUG II. Please try to attend and bring questions for the candidates. It is not necessary to attend all of the meetings. If you are able to attend any of them, please email leeann.baker@oregonstate.edu or kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu. Students are also welcome to attend the campus forums. Your participation and feedback in this process is absolutely essential to the future direction and success of the College!

      • Student interview with Susan Capalbo: May 29, 1:00-1:45 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II) – RIGHT NOW
      • Student interview with Dan Edge: May 30, 3:15-4:00 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II)
      • Student interview with Toni Doolen: May 31, 12:45-1:30 p.m., Strand 032 (SLUG II)

       

      • ·         Campus forum with Susan Capalbo: May 29, 10:45-11:45 a.m., MU Journey Room
      • Campus forum with Dan Edge: May 30, 10:45-11:45 a.m., MU Journey Room
      • Campus forum with Toni Doolen: May 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m., MU Journey Room

       

       

      2.      Friday reception to honor the recipients of UHC 2012 HerStory Awards

        The University Honors College will host a reception to celebrate the life stories of your favorite female professors and their outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service contributions to Oregon State University. Please plan to join us on Friday, June 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the MU Lounge to honor these amazing women and their significant impacts on the Oregon State community. This event will be just before Battle of the Bands in the MU Quad. Delicious desserts will be provided!

         

        3.      Final week to order your UHC T-shirt!

          Show your UHC colors, and order your very own amazing maroon UHC t-shirt today! Shirts are only $12.00 and were designed by Irena Chang of the UHC. Sizes S-XXL available. Stop by the UHC office to place your order; payment is due at time or order – cash and check are accepted. Please make checks payable to the UHC Honors Activities and Advisory Committee (or UHC-HAAC). The deadline to order is Friday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss out! Order today!!

           

          4.      UHC social media feedback

            The UHC would like to know which social media application we should be using to reach out to our community. Please help us by completing a 3 minute UHC social media survey: https://surveys.bus.oregonstate.edu/main.aspx?SurveyID=5003.

             

            5.      Mark your calendars – BB399H Protein Portraits competition

              Students enrolled in BB399H will display their Protein Portraits projects Wednesday of Week 10, June 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in SLUG 2 (StAg 032). This year’s theme is “So it’s a protein: What’s fun about that?” Please come see these works of molecular art+science+fun and fill out a ballot to vote for your favorite(s). The winners will be announced in our course blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/psquared/.

               

              6.      SAVE THE DATE! Please plan to join us for the UHC Spring Picnic

                Join us for an end-of-the-year celebration like no other – the UHC Spring Picnic! The picnic will be held at the pavilion in Student Legacy Park (the intramural fields across from Dixon) on Friday, June 8 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. We’ll have kickball, Frisbees, basketball, awards, and delicious food – not to mention FUN UHC staff and students, of course!

                 

                7.      It’s not too late to contribute to HAAC!

                  You can still make a contribution to the UHC community through HAAC, the student group that advises the University Honors College and plans great events! We would love to see some sunny new faces to brighten up our awesome group! There are snacks every week and we meet Tuesday nights from 5:30-6:00 p.m. in the SLUG. Take a little time and come see us!

                   

                  8.      Honors Summer Session – Registration is now open!

                    Going to be around this summer? Still need to take an HC 199 Honors Writing course? Perfect. Eric Hill will be teaching it for the first four-week session. Still need colloquium credits? Love music? Again, perfect. Eric Hill will also be teaching his Writing about Music colloquium this summer. In fact, for the first time ever, the UHC will be offering several summer courses. This is a great opportunity to satisfy some requirements and learn something new! A schedule containing details about each course is available on the UHC web page and in the UHC office (Strand 229). Registration for summer session is now open! See http://summer.oregonstate.edu/new-visiting/register/ for details.

                    • ENG 213H Literatures of the World: Middle East

                    Instructor: Gilad Elbom

                    • GEO 307H National Park Geology and Preservation

                    Instructor: Bob Lillie (http://www.robertjlillie.com/)

                    • HC 199 Honors Writing

                    Instructor: Eric Hill

                    • HC 407 Writing About Music

                    Instructor: Eric Hill

                    • WS 223H Women: Self and Society

                    Instructor: Kryn Freehling-Burton

                     


                    9.      UHC scholarships

                      The application for continuing UHC student scholarships is now available at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/uhc-scholarship-webform. The deadline to submit an application for a continuing scholarship is June first. Please read the instructions carefully and complete all required fields when applying.

                       

                      In addition, 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

                      10.  Undergraduate forum on Natural Resources degree

                      The College of Forestry is conducting focus group forums next week to get a better understanding of students’ perceptions of natural resource degree programs. We are hoping to get undergraduate participants that are not currently majoring in natural resource fields. The forums will be 90 minutes and students will be compensated $20 for their time! Forum dates are:

                      • May 29, 8:30 a.m., Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center
                      • May 29, 7:30 p.m., Women’s Center
                      • May 30, 7:30 p.m., Asian & Pacific Cultural Center
                      • May 31, 1:00 p.m., Centro Cultural César Chávez
                      • May 31, 7:30 p.m., Native American Longhouse
                      • June 1, 8:30 a.m., Pride Center

                      Please RSVP at http://NRforum.forestry.oregonstate.edu. Contact Angi Baxter, 541.760.2618 or angi.baxter@gmail.com, with questions.

                       

                      11.  Undergraduate research internship – Whitebark pine restoration, DNA collection, & cone collection in Deschutes National Forest

                      Whitebark pine is now being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act due to precipitous decline from the invasive pathogen Cronartium ribicola (blister rust) and other causes. A program to develop populations that are resistant to blister rust is underway in Oregon. Genetic resistance to blister rust will help affect the trajectory of whitebark pine populations in the future. This project is seeking two students to work on conservation projects that involve whitebark pine cone collection and restoration. The projects will occur in and around Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. Students may receive academic credit for participate, and each student will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the summer. Travel expenses, lodging, and safety certification for tree climbing will also be paid for. UHC students seeking thesis topics are encouraged to apply. Students must be willing to commit to at least two weeks a month on the project July through September. One week of training is also required June 12-14 to obtain tree-climbing certification. Students should be in good physical condition for tree climbing. For more information on tree climbing and certification, see http://www.fs.fed.us/treeclimbing/intro/2/. The OSU mentor for the project is Heather Lintz from the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. Chris Jensen, a forest geneticist, will serve as the Forest Service mentor. Other geneticists, ecologists, foresters, and tree-climbers associated with the project will also serve as mentors. To apply, send a resume and contact information for two character references by email to Heather Lintz (hlintz@coas.oregonstate.edu).

                       

                      12.  Research opportunity with faculty from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences

                      Are you interested in doing research with faculty from the College of Public Health & Human Sciences? A project titled “INTERPLAY: Flame retardants and home environment on children’s school readiness” is expected to be up and running by the late summer, and the project leaders are looking for qualified undergraduates to work as research assistants/apprentices for this project. Participants will be trained in a number of assessments focused on the environment and child development. Students who have 6-9 hours of availability in blocks of 2-3 hours (morning or afternoons) during the fall term; are available for project training before the start of fall term; and are interested in or have experience working with young children are especially encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please send your resume to Dr. Megan MacDonald at megan.macdonald@oregonstate.edu and more information will be provided.

                       

                      13.  US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Campus RainWorks Challenge

                      The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage undergraduate students teams across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. Stormwater is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas in the US, impacting health and natural resources. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge opens September 4, 2012, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April, 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500-$2,500 as well as $8,000-$11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. For more information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge, see http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_challenge.cfm.

                       

                      OSU Events & Announcements

                      14.  Governor Tom McCall Memorial Lecture – “Investing in Oregon’s Future” by Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer

                      The School of Public Policy’s annual Governor McCall Lecture will feature Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer. This year’s address will discuss “Investing in Oregon’s Future”
                      and speak to issues surrounding a growing and aging population, glaring education gaps and public needs, and a stark backdrop of budgetary austerity. Treasurer Wheeler considers this the “new normal” for Oregon and speaks on how these challenges will require solutions that blur the traditional lines of government and the private sector – so that Oregon can compete and thrive in a global marketplace.

                       

                      15.  Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence

                      Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence, an annual poster presentation featuring the outstanding academic and creative work of undergraduate students at OSU will be this Thursday, May 31, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Cash awards will be made to outstanding presentations at a brief ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

                       

                      16.  Battle of the Bands

                      MUPC presents Battle of the Bands, a free event where live bands perform in the hopes of winning the battle and opening the Flat Tail Music Festival the next day on Friday, June 1 in the MU Quad.

                       

                      17.  Investigative Diagnosis Society speaker – Dr. LaDonna Johnson

                      The Investigative Diagnosis Society will host Dr. LaDonna Johnson on Wednesday, May 30th at 5:15 p.m. in MU 207. She will be presenting a case exemplifying the diagnosis process and techniques of a D.O. It is sure to be insightful and especially helpful for those who want to learn more about the medical profession. Please contact Callia at paliocac@onid.orst.edu for additional information.

                       

                      18.  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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