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Winter 2011 Week 1

Welcome back and happy new year!  We hope everyone had a wonderful break and is ready for a great new term and new year.  Here’s what’s happening in the first week of 2011!

 

Announcements

1.      A message from Dean Arp

2.      Sunriver pre-trip meeting

3.      UHC Pathway Scholar Mentor Program – Earn honors elective credit!

4.      Honors course suggestions

 

UHC Events

5.      UHC Transfer Open House

6.      UHC Presidential Forum

 

Opportunities

7.      Work in OSU Libraries Special Collections!

8.      URISC: Start research awards

9.      Funding for doctoral training in the sciences of aging

10.  OSU Women’s Giving Circle grants

11.  OSU Libraries Undergraduate Student Research Awards

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo

13.  Career Services winter events and activities

14.  Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch

15.  Austin Entrepreneurship Program talk on intellectual property rights

 

 

Announcements

1.      A message from Dean Arp 

Welcome back to campus!  I hope you enjoyed the holiday break and found some time to be with family and friends.  As we start off the new quarter, it looks like we will have some sunshine to begin the week.  But we will be back to typical wet winter weather by the end of the week, so enjoy the sun while it lasts!  With the start of a new year, I wanted to encourage you to take advantage of all that the University Honors College and Oregon State University have to offer…both in and out of the classroom.  For example, the new URISC: Start program (http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm) is designed to engage students who are early in their academic careers in research and other out-of-classroom scholarly activities.  The full consideration deadline for this opportunity (January 11) is rapidly approaching (see below).  We will continue to use the Monday Message, as well as our Facebook and Twitter feeds, to keep you informed of other opportunities as they come along.  If it has been a while since you have seen a UHC advisor, I would also encourage you to make an appointment.  As most of you know, the UHC has a fabulous advising staff.  LeeAnn and Rebekah can help smooth out any bumps on your way to the Honors Baccalaureate degree.  Finally, we are just now in the process of considering the honors courses we will offer next year.  If you have an idea for a course or an instructor you would like to see in the UHC, let Toni Doolen, Associate Dean (toni.doolen@oregonstate.edu) know and she will follow up (see below for details on this process).  Your input is invaluable to us.  Best of luck with the new quarter!

-Dan

 

2.      Sunriver pre-trip meeting

In preparation for the UHC Sunriver trip this weekend, there will be a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, January fifth at 7:00 p.m. in McNary Lounge.  Everyone who is going to Sunriver is required to attend.  If you have any questions, contact Jeannie (allenm@onid.orst.edu) or Tina (dinht@onid.orst.edu).  We hope you all have a fun and safe trip!

 

3.      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.

 

4.      Honors course suggestions

As Dean Arp said above, 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 are 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 two weeks and get involved!

 

 

UHC Events

5.      UHC Transfer Open House

As many of you probably remember, it is application season for next year’s UHC class.  We encourage all members of the honors community to help us to spread the word about the UHC at this time of year.  One very effective and important way of doing this is to encourage deserving current OSU students to learn about the UHC and apply for admission.  We will be holding an Open House for current OSU students interested in the UHC on Wednesday, January 12th from 4:30-5:00 p.m. and from 5:15-5:45 p.m. in the UHC classrooms, Strand 233 and 237, and this is a great opportunity for interested students already at OSU to learn more about honors and the application process.  Current UHC students and staff will be on hand to answer questions and share insights and information about the honors experience.  If you know any students who might be interested in attending, please let them know – all are welcome!  The deadline for application to the UHC is February 1st and application materials are available online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/honors/apply.

 

6.      UHC Presidential Forum

Mark your calendars: the annual UHC Presidential Forum is scheduled for Thursday, January 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the MU La Raza room.  President Ray will be joined by Shawn Scoville (Senior Vice President of Development and Campaign Director, OSU Foundation), Mark McCambridge (Vice President for Finance and Administration), and Larry Roper (Vice Provost for Student Affairs) for a discussion on the physical expansion of OSU and its implications for current and future OSU students.

 

 

Opportunities

7.      Work in OSU Libraries Special Collections!

The OSU Libraries Special Collections, home of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, is looking to hire two student workers for winter term and beyond.  Interested students should be dependable with strong research and writing skills.  Hours will be up to fifteen per week with a starting pay of $9.00/hour.  Scheduling is flexible within normal work hours.  Tasks vary according to need but generally require strong attention to detail and an ability to work independently.  Interested students should submit a resume and 1-2 page writing sample to chris.petersen@oregonstate.edu.  

 

8.      URISC: Start research awards

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC): Start is a newly created OSU program designed to support students just beginning their academic careers to develop scholarly and professional relationships with faculty.  First-year students, sophomores, and recent transfers to OSU are all encouraged to apply for one of the 50-75 URISC: Start awards OSU expects to make in the 2010/2011 academic year.  Awards will support “scholarly and professional activities” at OSU, broadly defined.  These activities can include laboratory work and field research, but also work in the arts and humanities; students from all disciplines can apply.  For application details, see http://oregonstate.edu/research/incentive/urisc_start.htm.  The winter quarter priority deadline is January 11th, and the final deadline for spring term applications is February 18th.

 

9.      Funding for doctoral training in the sciences of aging

The National Science Foundation has awarded OSU funding for a doctoral training program in Aging Sciences.  Advanced UHC undergraduates considering graduate study at OSU in a range of fields (including biology, computer science, human development, bioengineering, sociology, psychology, public health, and other social and behavioral sciences) may be eligible for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Aging Sciences, which will provide trainees with a stipend of $30,000 per year for two years of doctoral work, along with tuition remission and research support.  For more information, see http://www.hhs.oregonstate.edu/igert or contact Anne Hatley at anne.hatley@oregonstate.edu.

 

10.  OSU Women’s Giving Circle grants

It is still not too late to apply for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle award!  UHC students have successfully applied in the past, and all current UHC students are encouraged to think about proposals.  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.

 

11.  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).

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

12.  Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo

OSU Career Services and the OSU Community Service Center will host the annual Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo on Thursday, January 20th in the MU Ballroom.  The expo will help students and other OSU community members find volunteer opportunities, non-profit internships, and non-profit career opportunities.  Many local, national, and worldwide non-profit businesses and volunteer organizations will be in attendance.  There will also be a workshop on grant writing and other practical skills as well as a “Years of Service” panel discussion including representatives from AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America.  The keynote speaker will be from the U.S. State Department and will discuss careers in foreign policy and diplomacy.  For more information, contact Linsey Stripling at striplil@onid.orst.edu.

 

13.  Career Services winter events and activities

In addition to the Non-Profit and Volunteer Expo, Career Services will hold a number of additional events and on-campus interviews during the winter term.  The Winter Career Fair will be February 23rd, and registration is open online.  Students are encouraged to visit the Career Services homepage (http://oregonstate.edu/career/) for additional information.

 

14.  Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch

Tickets for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Brunch at OSU will go on sale January fifth in the Memorial Union Business Office.  Tickets are $10 for non-students and $6 for students; children age 5 and under receive free admission.  The brunch will take place at 9:30 a.m., January 17th in the MU Ballroom.

 

15.  Austin Entrepreneurship Program talk on intellectual property rights

Ray Jenski, intellectual property attorney, will speak on intellectual property as a part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program’s “Building Your Killer Business Plan” series of lectures tomorrow, January fourth, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1001.  Jenski will consider the barbed wire element in a discussion of the intellectual property rights in patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets and their usefulness in keeping the unique intangible assets of a business safe and productive.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary McKillop (mary.mckillop@oregonstate.edu) or call 541.713.8044.