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Winter 2012 Week 2

He hope you had a good long weekend (one that was a little longer than expected) and a great start to the new term! This upcoming weekend is the UHC’s winter ski trip, and it looks like there will be plenty of new snow for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget that this Friday is the last day to add/drop a course by web or change to S/U grading (with departmental approval). Here’s what else is going on this week:

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Faculty/Student Book Club with Dean Ilene Kleinsorge: schedule change!

2.      UHC experiential scholarship opportunities

3.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO Conversant program

 

Opportunities

4.      The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST-SURF)

5.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

6.      College of Engineering Academic Coaches

7.      Teach For America viewing of Waiting For Superman

8.      Job opportunity at the Industrial Assessment Center

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

10.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

 

OSU Events & Announcements

11.  Career Services reception for first-year students

12.  Sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo

13.  State of the University address – “Making Impact That Counts”

14.  College of Business lecture – “Finding Balance: Practical Wisdom for Young Professionals”

15.  Chamber Music Corvallis – Jupiter Quartet

16.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?”

17.  Bill Bradbury talk on global warming and sustainability

18.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

 

 

 

UHC Announcements & Events

1.      UHC Faculty/Student Book Club with Dean Ilene Kleinsorge: schedule change!

Due to the possibility of dangerous road and weather conditions this evening, the UHC Faculty/Student Book Club with Dean Ilene Kleinsorge scheduled for this afternoon, Tuesday the 17th, had been moved to this Thursday, January 19th at 5:00 p.m. in Strand 229. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

2.      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.

 

3.      Earn UHC elective credit in the INTO Conversant program

The UHC is partnering with the OSU Conversant Program to connect Honors student with INTO Pathways students interested in practicing their English conversation skills. This is 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/N 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.

 

 

Opportunities

4.      The National Institute of Standard’s Summer Research Fellowship (NIST-SURF)

Applications are now being solicited for the National Institute of Standard’s Summer Research Fellowship programs in Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO. These programs offer students opportunities to work with NIST scientists on cutting-edge research. Go to http://nist.gov/surfgaithersburg/ and http://www.nist.gov/surfboulder/, particularly the sections on eligibility and research opportunities, to see if these programs might be good matches for you. If you are interested in applying, please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu) as soon as possible – the application deadline is a tight one – to discuss the process further.

 

5.      The Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) – The Role of Water

The National Collegiate Honors Council and Northern Arizona University are co-sponsoring an exciting learning opportunity in the fall of 2012 for honors students. The Grand Canyon Semester will investigate the role of water in shaping the landscape, cultures, and politics of the Grand Canyon region using tools drawn from the humanities and sciences. Set in the high mountains of Northern Arizona and the deep canyon country of the Colorado plateau, participants will engage with the subject through backcountry field trips, in classrooms and art galleries, around campfires, in traditional hogans, and floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The program runs from August 20th through December 8th 2012 and applications are due March 1, 2012. For more information, see http://nchchonors.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/grand-canyon-semester.pdf. If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Kevin Stoller (kevin.stoller@oregonstate.edu).

 

6.      College of Engineering Academic Coaches

Are you an engineering student who didn’t do quite as well as expected last term? Join the College of Engineering Academic Coaches on Thursday, January 19th from 6:00-7:00 in Batcheller 150 to learn about the academic coaching program and how it can help you improve your grades. Food will be provided.

 

7.      Teach For America viewing of Waiting For Superman

Join Teach For America next Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m. in Kelley 1003 for a viewing of the education documentary Waiting For Superman. Teach For America staff will be present.

 

8.      Job opportunity at the Industrial Assessment Center

The OSU Industrial Assessment Center is hiring sophomore and junior engineering students with excellent technical aptitude and a proven ability to apply themselves, learn new technologies, work independently, and complete assignments in a timely manner for Energy Efficiency Analyst positions. Analysts assist in tours of regional manufacturing facilities collecting data and preparing engineering recommendations for industrial clients to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste, and increase profitability. Applicants must be able to work with the Center for at least one school year and two summers. Pay is $9.00/hr to start, and quick advancement with commensurate pay is typical for dedicated and productive employees. The time commitment is 10-20 hours/week during the school year and full time in the summer. Applicants must have experience with MS Windows, Word, and Excel; possess excellent technical and writing skills; and have a dedicated work ethic. For more information, visit http://eec.engr.oregonstate.edu/ and download an application at http://eec.engr.oregonstate.edu/downlaods/Job%20Application.doc. Email completed application, including a cover letter in the email body and an attached resume, to osuiacmanage@engr.orst.edu.

 

9.      OSU Retirement Association scholarship

The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) is offering a scholarship to students who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career promoting healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduates who have completed at least one academic year and who have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards average between $750 and $1,500 per person and will be awarded at the OSURA Annual Meeting in May. Funds will be distributed into student accounts for the 2012-2013 academic year. To apply, mail a resume, two letters of reference, an unofficial transcript, and an essay not exceeding 500 words describing how you plan to promote healthy aging in your chosen career (feel free to include details of any activities you have already done toward these ends in your essay) to OSURA Scholarship Committee Chair, 205 Adams Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331. The application is due by Monday, 3/5. Call the OSURA at 541.737.4717 or email osura@oregonstate.edu with questions.

 

10.  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Sustainable BioEnergy at the Center For Sustainable Energy (CSE) at Kansas State University

Running from May 29, 2012-August 3, 2012, CSE-REU will give participants the opportunity to contribute to one of many collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to sustainable bioenergy production. Research spans a wide array of fields, including agriculture, technical issues, and socioeconomic issues. For additional information, visit www.sustainable-energy.ksu.edu/REU.

 

 

OSU Events & Announcements

11.  Career Services reception for first-year students

First-year students are encouraged to come to a reception this Wednesday, January 18th from 5-6 p.m. in Kerr B008 to learn more about the resources available through the OSU Career Services Center. Pizza will be provided. Contact Jessica Baron at 541.737.9216 or jessica.baron@oregonstate.edu if you have any questions.

 

12.  Sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo

Next Wednesday, January 25th, the sixth annual Nonprofit and Volunteering Expo will be held in the MU Ballroom from 1-4 p.m. In addition to informational booths on opportunities in service, there will be breakout sessions on “Year of Service Programs” in MU 208 at 11:00 a.m., “International Service Opportunities” in MU 206 at 11:00 a.m., and “Pursuing a Nonprofit Career” in the MU Journey Room at noon.

 

13.  State of the University address – “Making Impact That Counts”

This Thursday, January 19th, OSU President Edward Ray will deliver his annual State of the University address at 3:00 p.m. in the C&E Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center. President Ray will discuss OSU’s impact – specific and measurable, wide-ranging and personal – on Oregon and beyond and the expanded commitment OSU faculty, students, and alumni are making to promote economic growth, strengthen communities, and improve quality of life.

 

14.  College of Business lecture – “Finding Balance: Practical Wisdom for Young Professionals”

On Wednesday, January 18th, OSU alum Diane Paddison will speak in the LaSells Stewart Center from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in this free lecture. Ms. Paddison has held several executive positions for corporations, including chief operating officer for two fortune 500 companies. She is currently the chief strategy officer for the commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley and serves on two other corporate boards, Behringer Harvard REIT Opportunity Fund II and AirAdvice. She is also an OSU Trustee for the OSU Foundation Board and is a member of the Dean’s Circle of Excellence for the College of Business.

 

15.  Chamber Music Corvallis – Jupiter Quartet

This Thursday, January 19th, the Jupiter String Quartet will perform in the Chamber Music Corvallis series at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Works by Haydn, Prokofiev, and Beethoven will be featured. Tickets are free for OSU students with university ID.

 

16.  OSU Socratic Club debate – “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive?”

Next Monday, January 23rd, the Socratic Club at OSU will sponsor a debate on the topic, “The Influence of Christianity on Latin America: Beneficial or Destructive”? in Milam Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The speakers are Joseph Orosco from the OSU Philosophy Department and Nicole von Germeten from the OSU History Department. The influence of Christianity on Latin American life and culture has long been hotly debated. The names of conquistadors like Pizarro and Cortes have become synonymous with the brutality of Spanish imperialism, but missionaries like Bartolome de las Casas and bishops like Samuel Ruiz Garcia have drawn attention for their efforts to defend human rights, especially those of Amerindians. Latin American history has become a battleground for historians’ disputes over the influence of Christianity on native cultures. At this debate, Dr. von Germeten, a specialist in Latin American history, will argue that Christianity exercised a positive influence on Latin American culture, and Dr. Orosco, a specialist in Latin American thought, will argue that it had a negative effect. The debate is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/.

 

17.  Bill Bradbury talk on global warming and sustainability

The OSU Sustainable Energy Initiative invites all OSU community members to a presentation by Bill Bradbury, Oregon’s former Secretary of State, on “Global Warming Hits Home.” This talk will be about the dual challenges of meeting Oregon’s growing demand for electricity and the need to produce les atmospheric carbon because of the increasing threats of climate change. Bradbury will also discuss conservation efforts in Oregon, job opportunities created by renewable energy, and Oregon’s new energy economy. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be on Friday, January 27th in the LaSells Stewart Center. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. for a sustainability fair and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://sei.oregonstate.edu/globalwarming. If you have any questions, need accommodations for disabilities, or have a student group interested in participating in the sustainability expo, email sustainable.energy@oregonstate.edu.

 

18.  Winter term research workshops at the Valley Library

This winter 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. There will be separate workshops on the topics several times during the term:

  • “Move Your Research Paper Beyond Good Enough” So you have a big research paper to write? We’re here to help! Take your research paper to the next level. In this workshop you’ll hear about advanced search strategies, using the Libraries’ resources smarter, and organizing your searches and results.
  • “Work Smarter Not Harder: Turn One Good Article Into Several” Got one or two really good sources but need more for your project? Learn to use a source you already have to find additional useful sources by “citation searching.” Citation searching can help you find sources both older and newer than the source you are starting with. We’ll explore citation searching in discovery tools like Google Scholar, Web of Science, and even Wikipedia.
  • “Bibliographies in a Snap: Using Web-Based Citation Tools” Does creating a bibliography make you want to tear your hair out or cry? Ever lose that perfect reference in a stack of notes? Come learn how to use Zotero (a free, web-based tool) and create reference lists of bibliographies with the click of a button. As an added bonus, Zotero also helps you keep track of all the references you find in one place.
  • “Yes, You Can! Conquering Copyright Confusion” Want to use that YouTube video in your class assignment but aren’t sure you can? Found the perfect picture on the web to illustrate your research project but don’t know if you need to ask for permission before you use it? Confused by copyright, creative commons, and fair use? This workshop will give you a better understanding of what you can use in your assignment and projects and where to go to find the materials you need.

 

For a schedule and to register, visit http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/1481-Research-Skills-for-Undergraduates. All workshops will be held in the Barnard Classroom of the Valley Library (room 5420). Workshops fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible! Attendance at workshops will satisfy one of the two required tasks for TheSIS START.

 

In addition, advanced UHC students are welcome to register for the Valley Library’s research workshops for graduate students. Many of these offer in-depth examinations of important research tools and skills like PubMed, how to do a literature review, and publication. For a complete schedule of workshops and to register, see http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/subject-guide/656-Library-Workshops-for-Grad-Students-Faculty?tab=2451.

 

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