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Surround yourself with inspiration when you join OSU Connections — a private and secure online networking platform built just for Beaver alumni. Find your friends and former classmates, search for jobs and connect with a lively and approachable community of mentors or share your own expertise.



Shine in your next interview | May 26

Has this year left your in-person communication skills feeling rusty? When it comes time for your next interview, you’ll be prepared and polished using the STAR interview approach (Situation | Task | Action | Result). Join the May 26 career webcast, “Interview at Your Best,” and learn how to stand out in even the most competitive lineup of candidates.



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» On April 2, OSU’s mass vaccination clinics at Reser Stadium hit a major milestone, administering Benton County’s 30,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representative of nearly one-third of the county’s population. Andy Landforce, ’42, (pictured above) spent part of his 104th birthday weekend getting vaccinated at Reser Stadium. Landforce is the last living member of the Oregon State football team that won the 1942 Rose Bowl. Listen to his fascinating life story featured in the OSU Oral History Project.

» How long will COVID-19 vaccine immunity remain effective? International public health expert Professor Chunhuei Chi, director of the OSU Center for Global Health, says we may have to be vaccinated annually.

» Led by Professor Elisar Barbar and Ph.D. candidate Heather Masson-Forsythe, an OSU lab’s deep dive into the COVID-19 virus’ protein activity could lead to highly effective drugs and vaccines that are less susceptible to resistance.

» Join OSU College of Engineering experts on April 19 for Tracking COVID-19 Through the Sewers, a discussion of the wastewater-based epidemiology journey from a small research project to a state-wide surveillance program.


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Tap into your creative flow | May 7 (May 4 registration deadline)

Take a pause from life’s stressors and connect with your creative side. Join a relaxing evening for painters of all skill levels at a guided virtual paint night on May 7. It’s the perfect way to beat isolation by connecting with Beavers — or invite loved ones for a unique experience just in time for Mother’s Day. Free for OSUAA members.



Words that inspire

Sometimes a simple reminder or a few comforting words can change your whole outlook. Is there a quote that has helped you through challenging times? Oregon State Ecampus wants to hear it — and spread the encouragement to the OSU community on Instagram (@OSUEcampus).



Self-care builds strength

Clear your body and mind of building tensions regularly for better health results. Access wellness tools in the virtual OSU Mind Spa. Try out progressive muscle relaxation for better sleep, yoga for a lunch hour recharge or DIY techniques for an in-home mind spa that offers calm and focus any time you need it.


Beavers join forces to help future alumni | April 28

Join us for Dam Proud Day, OSU's day of giving and connecting, on April 28. This virtual event provides an opportunity for the entire Beaver community to come together to make a difference for OSU students and beyond. More than 70 projects and causes will be highlighted across the colleges, Student Affairs, Athletics, Extension and more, and about 80% of all giving opportunities directly impact students, many of whom are still struggling due to the pandemic. Consider making a gift to the new OSU Alumni Association Board Scholarship, which supports students who are making progress toward a degree and need a little help to make it through. Dam Proud Day also provides opportunities to engage with fellow Beavers, including by becoming an ambassador and by participating in an auction, TikTok challenge and virtual photo booth.



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Songbirds and survival | April 19

Humans aren’t the only species bracing for climate change. Join the April 19 Knowledge Breaks webcast with integrative biology Assistant Professor Jamie M. Cornelius to learn about her ambitious research project exploring how songbirds cope with winter storms in the Pacific Northwest and what attributes might help them survive.



Celebrate a vibrant community | April 20

Vamos OSU, the newly revived Latinx and Chicanx alumni network, is looking forward to building an energized community. Be a part of it by joining the network’s first event: an evening of virtual celebration featuring music, games and giveaways where you can get to know the network leadership team and build support for the community.



2021 Advocacy Challenge – Week 5 – Virtual advocacy days

There’s still time to take action for OSU and higher education before the Beavers vs. Ducks advocacy challenge comes to an end on April 16. Earn a point for OSU this week by signing up for one of OSU’s next virtual advocacy days on April 14 and May 6. Once you’ve signed up, you can tell your friends about it on social media and tag the Beaver Caucus for an extra action point!



Removing bullying from the playbook | April 21

With his nonprofit, Hate is Wrong, Esera Tuaolo works to build a more welcoming sports culture than the one that drove him to keep parts of himself hidden until retiring from his NFL career. Hear from the former Beaver, NFL defensive tackle and LGBTQ advocate in a Changemakers webcast on April 21.



What to know about Biden’s first 100 days | April 27

With a new administration at the helm, what can we expect in the future of American politics? Join OSU Professor David Bernell in a webcast on April 27 to explore the cabinet appointees, foreign policy changes, COVID-19 response and more from the first 100 days of the Biden administration.



Find your competitive edge | May 3

It took time for Laura Huang to “find her edge” — and in a May 3 webcast, hosted by the OSU Design Network as part of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, she aims to help you find yours. Join the Harvard Business School professor and author of “Edge: Turning Adversity Into Advantage,” to learn about her journey.



More OSU events to fuel your curiosity:

Provost’s Lecture Series Featuring Ibram X. Kendi | April 14
Hear from leading voice on race in America, bestselling author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.

Fire Aware. Fire Prepared. | April 14
Weekly sessions at noon on Wednesdays help position Oregonians for wildfire preparedness and resilience.

Science on Tap | Wine off the Vine in Oregon and Italy | April 15
Join an interactive wine tasting at home to compare wines from Oregon and Italy and learn about the regions that influence their flavors and characteristics.

Honors College Regional Happy Hours | April 15 & 22
OSU Honors College Board of Regents and Dean Toni Doolen are hosting virtual happy hours for alumni and friends, featuring special OSU guests. Upcoming events: Midwest and Mid-Atlantic (April 15) and Conversation with the Center for the Humanities (April 22).

Farm 2 Fork | What do “Use By” Food Label Dates Really Tell Us? | April 16
Understand the real meaning behind the “use by” date statement and its many variants and learn how to interpret confusing labels.

Winning in Life After College Webcast Series | April 22, May 6 & 20
Perfect for the Class of 2021 and alumni striving to advance their career, this virtual series offers tools for landing your dream job or grad school program, advice from alumni and LinkedIn networking tips.

Public Health Insider | April 26 & May 17
Investigate current public health issues with OSU faculty, including managing everyday stress and creating healthy and comfortable home environments.

Dam Proud Day | Leave it to Beavers: Nature’s Engineers | April 28
In celebration of Dam Proud Day, learn about OSU scientists’ research on everyone’s industrious forest friend, the beaver.

Cabildos Speaker Series Presents Adom Getachew | April 28
Join the political theorist and University of Chicago associate professor to examine the role of images, theatricality and performance — or visual politics — in the founding of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).

Stone Award for Literary Achievement Lecture | April 29
Celebrate the diverse creative career of painter, cartoonist and author of 21 books, Lynda Barry, who is widely credited with expanding the literary, thematic and emotional range of American comics.

Trivia Night | May 4
Got mad trivia skills? Well, prove it! Grab some friends and show us what you know. Join OSU Next for a fun and interactive game of trivia.

2021 OSU Distinguished Professors | May 5 & 6
Learn about the fascinating work of two OSU faculty recognized as 2021 University Distinguished Professors: Julia Jones (Geography) and Richard Settersten (Human Development).

Science on Tap | The Oregon Bee Atlas: The Quest for Every Kind of Bee in Oregon | May 11
Hear from the researcher who is working to identify the 600+ bee species in Oregon in an effort to protect and promote the critical contributions of pollinators.

Entrepreneurial Design | May 12
Join the OSU Design Network for a conversation with Asian and Pacific Islander creatives and entrepreneurs about their challenges, successes and lessons learned.


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A quiz about you

A new spring term begins at OSU, but degree-seeking students aren’t the only ones in the (usually virtual) classroom. Take this light-hearted personality quiz, and we’ll match you with OSU learning programs designed for people just like you.



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Make music — and memories

You don’t have to be a skilled musician to enjoy singing and dancing with your little Beavs. Check out this list of musical activities and DIY instruments you can share together at home and discover the numerous benefits of learning music at a young age.



Grown-ups need music, too. Find your next great spring-cleaning listening material:

» KBVR-FM OSU college radio

» Music a la Carte Fridays at noon PT

» What’s Next? alumni podcast

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