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Dear OSU parents and family members,

Greetings from Corvallis and the Oregon State University campus. Spring is in the air! The days are milder, students are playing ‘beach’ volleyball next to Dixon Rec Center and the azalea flowers are ready to burst into color.

And that also means…it’s almost time for Spring Family Weekend (April 29 - May 1)!

There are many activities being planned just for you, including tours, yoga classes, All-University Sing and OSUAA’s Parent and Family Social. This will be the second social we’ve hosted this academic year, and I hope you’ll be able to join me and other current OSU parents, students and their families on Friday, April 29.

Attendance is FREE and will take place in Reser Stadium’s Toyota Club. It promises to be lively with food, music and the opportunity to meet OSU leaders in student life.

Warm regards and GO BEAVS!

Julie Schwartz
Senior Director, Parent and Family Engagement Program
OSU Alumni Association

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Have you joined the Parent and Family Council yet?

There’s still time to join for 2022-23 the Parent and Family Council (PAFC). Become a founding member of the council this spring and join fellow parents/family members in promoting and supporting resources and activities that make an impact on current students.  

Why join this exclusive club? Read a few key highlights on our Parent and Family webpage, then join us for the first meeting over Spring Family Weekend.

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Beavers Read: Beaver book recommendation for new OSU parents and families

"The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook,” by Jill Grimes. Your student is at their home away from home. Do they know how to care for themselves when sickness hits? In this book, essentially a “College Health 101” class, you’ll explore a guide to what students want and need to know about their physical and mental health while in college.

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Beaver (Information) Bites
A round up of events, activities and information you and your student(s) may find of interest

»Guide to health insurance for students and young adults 
Includes expert insights from Chunhuei Chi, College of Public Health and Human Sciences professor.

»Countdown 2 Commencement
Features career and life engagement opportunities and skills for all current students, with an emphasis on those graduating this year.

»Dam Proud Day | April 27
Oregon State exemplifies excellence — and it’s our amazing community of Beavers (including parents and family members!) like you who make that possible. Get loud during Dam Proud Day, OSU’s annual 24-hour giving event, and show your support of the programs and possibilities that inspire you and support students.

»Congratulations 2022 Distinguished Professors
Their expertise brings in top students from around the world and secures millions in grant funding for life-changing research. Celebrate this year’s class of University Distinguished Professors and save the date, May 20, for their upcoming lectures.

  • Michael Freitag, biochemistry and biophysics
  • Kathryn Higley, nuclear science and engineering
  • Brent Steel, public policy

»Are you thinking about traveling in 2022 (or beyond)?
OSUAA has curated some amazing trips for families, extended families, and small groups. Our experienced staff can help plan the perfect trip—from advising on destinations to coordinating dates and a customized experience that everyone in your group will enjoy.  

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Alumni (and current student!) career development 

Help your student brush up on their career-related skills by attending these upcoming events:

»Thing I Wish I Knew: The U.S. Job Search Process for International Students | April 19
Join us as we discuss things we wish we knew about the U.S. job search process for international students.

»Changemakers: Building Trust, Equity and Accessibility in Education | April 21
Inclusion and equity specialist Rebecca Arce, MPP ’14, explores what it means to create more equitable educational outcomes at the community and state government levels.

»Winning in Life: Leadership - Effective Leading in a Hybrid Work Culture | April 28
Learn the skills to be an effective leader in this changed environment.

»Thing I Wish I Knew: Being Out in the Workforce | May 3
Join us as we discuss things we wish we knew about being out in the workforce.

»Days of Service | May 11-21
Join your student and alumni at these local service events in your area!

»Winning in life: The Great Resignation – 4 New Post-pandemic Work Shifts | May 19
What innovations and trends arose in The Great Resignation period and which ones may be here to stay.

»Changemakers: A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships | May 31
The Changemakers live webcast series, hosted by CLA Professor Susan Shaw, features Oregon State alumni who are blazing a path toward justice, equity and community safety and strength.

Inspire a future Homecoming Court Ambassador
Students can make their voices heard as campus leaders by applying for the Homecoming Court. The deadline is approaching — spread the word! 


Beavers Careers Group on LinkedIn
Beavs help Beavs get jobs. Connect with Oregon State alumni, faculty and staff for career advice, discussions and networking.


The Alumni Center is hiring!
Apply for a job at the Alumni Center today! Details include:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Competitive pay starting at $14/hour
  • High school seniors coming to OSU can work this summer
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Important dates and opportunities to engage with OSU

April 29 - May 1: Spring Family Weekend

May 30: No school - Memorial Day

June 11: Commencement

For more detailed academic dates and deadlines, download the 2021-22 Academic Calendar here.

Helpful links for parents and families

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