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OSU launched its second university-wide campaign

What you heard on the grapevine is true! On Oct. 14, OSU publicly launched its second comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign. What’s that all about?

Believe It: The Campaign for Oregon State University was publicly announced at a dinner on the historic MU Quad, having already raised over $1 billion in five years toward a $1.75 billion goal. Donor support in this campaign will advance student access and success across all OSU campuses and Ecampus, and support faculty excellence, research and discovery that serve Oregon and the world. The Believe It campaign also focuses on inspiring our worldwide community of alumni, parents and friends to connect and engage with OSU.

President Jayathi Y. Murthy said, “At OSU, we believe fervently that we are better together.” To know that it’s true, just look at the incredible milestones of the campaign so far, achieved by over 56,000 donors, plus countless active volunteers and community members.

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Can you ace this campaign quiz?!

The campaign is making extraordinary opportunities possible for OSU and the students and communities it serves. Can you ace this quiz full of unbelievable — but true! — facts about the Believe It campaign?

Rendering of The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts


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A driving force for the arts

Patricia Valian Reser, ’60, ’19 (Hon. Ph.D.), is a longtime supporter of the arts at OSU, giving generously so students from all majors can flourish creatively. To recognize Reser’s gifts to the arts totaling $36 million, OSU and the OSU Foundation announced that the arts center, currently under construction on the Corvallis campus, will bear her name. The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts will make OSU a statewide arts destination and enable partnerships with public school systems to increase access to the arts for all. Features include a 500-seat recital hall, black box theater and flexible art gallery designed to interweave learning and performance.



Accelerating pressing research for the world

The Corvallis campus will soon include a research center equipped with one of the world’s fastest university supercomputers. Students and faculty will employ it to make important advances in climate science, oceanography, materials science, robotics and other fields where complex and challenging AI models are required. In recognition of a $50 million gift from OSU alumni couple Jen-Hsun, '84 — founder and CEO of NVIDIA — and Lori Huang, ’85, the planned center will be named the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. A total of $100 million in private funds has been committed to the OSU Foundation for the $200 million project.

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Learn about alumni-founded Project Recover | Nov. 3

Trace the efforts to find Americans missing in action since World War II in a discussion of To What Remains, online or in-person with a reception to follow. The OSU Alumni Association welcomes Derek Abbey, ’99, the president and CEO of Project Recover, and invites alumni and friends to learn about OSU veteran and military student-supporting programs.



Provost’s Lecture with acclaimed storyteller Sam Quinones | Nov. 14

Sam Quinones is an acclaimed journalist and acclaimed narrative nonfiction author who has written extensively on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, the opioid crisis and challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border. Join Quinones and Allison Myers, director of the OSU Center for Health Innovation, for an engaging conversation presented by the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation.



Bolstering the child care workforce | Nov. 15

Learn how faculty from CPHHS are working to provide accessible and affordable child care solutions that work for parents, help children thrive and meet the diverse needs of Oregon’s overburdened early educator workforce.



Journey through the Mediterranean | Nov. 16

Join a Travel Talk webcast with the OSU Alumni Association Group Travel program and professor emeritus Gary B. Ferngren to explore Greece and Turkey’s historical and cultural highlights. You’ll also learn how you can reserve a spot on one of OSUAA’s three popular Mediterranean trips.



Fundamentals of coaching youth | Nov. 16

Youth sports coaches are important role models for children as they begin to form healthy habits and social skills. Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences to explore the foundations of coaching and how you can make the best difference in the lives of kids in your community.


More events:

Walktober Challenge | Now - 31
It’s not too late to join the Walktober health challenge! Log your physical activity and be inspired to move along with the OSU community.

2022 Thomas Condon Lecture | Nov. 2
Online and in person
Join the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and Kathy Cashman to learn about what lies beneath a volcano and how scientists use measurements to detect and understand eruption patterns.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Away vs. Washington | Nov. 4
Get into a winning spirit with food, drinks and friends, as you cheer for a Beaver victory against University of Washington at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

Member shopping event: adidas Employee Store | Now – Nov. 10
Add confidence to your stride with the shopping pass that saves you 50% off the retail price of most items in the adidas Employee Store. Not an OSUAA member? Join online to access this perk.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Home vs. California | Nov. 12
Stop by a special 1990s-themed Tailgate Town at the Alumni Center for indoor games, freebies and fun with friends before the game versus Cal.

College of Engineering Oregon Stater Awards | Nov. 17
Celebrate the exceptional alumni and industry partners who exemplify OSU’s engineering leadership.

Farm 2 Fork: Benefits of an Ecosystem Approach for Successful Change in the Food Industry | Nov. 18
Join the Department of Food Science and Technology and Charlotte Allen to discuss the ecosystem model, a strategy for leading change within organizations in the rapidly changing food industry.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Away vs. ASU | Nov. 19
Join Beaver Nation 2.5 hours before kickoff in Tempe to cheer for our student-athletes and send them onward to victory for the last away game of the season.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Home vs. Oregon | Nov. 26
Visit the Alumni Center for an exciting tailgate celebration before the Rivalry Game against the Oregon Ducks.

Members-only: Snag your Seahawks tickets | Now – Jan. 1
OSUAA members can grab your seats at the stadium! Purchase any number of $75 tickets to upcoming Seattle Seahawks games at Lumen Field, played against the Giants, Panthers, 49ers and Jets. Purchase tickets.

Emeritus as seen from the groud and looking directly up

Emeritus sculpture intersects art and science

A new art installment glows like an 80-foot ghostly treetop amid the old-growth sequoia grove in OSU’s MU Quad. Emeritus, a sculpture by internationally renowned artist John Grade, is constructed from more than 100,000 pieces of resin and Alaskan yellow cedar. It evokes the resilience and vulnerability of old-growth forests in a changing climate and serves as a jumping off point for the College of Forestry to gather environmental data from the grove over the next 14 months.

Sheep feeding under solar panels on campus


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Forward leaps for sustainable agriculture

A new collaboration between Oregon State and the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative will co-develop five acres of land for combined solar photovoltaic power and agricultural uses, such as growing crops or grazing animals. Project lead Chad Higgins, from the College of Agricultural Sciences, says this type of mixed land use could provide 20% of the nation’s total electricity generation with an investment of less than 1% of the annual U.S. budget.



Expanding opportunities for aerospace careers

Catherine Lanier has been named interim director of the Oregon Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-funded program in the OSU College of Science. She has worked with the consortium since 2013, and in her new role will continue to inspire, engage, recruit and train students for careers in aerospace-related STEM fields.



OSU-Cascades attracts record-breaking research funding

OSU-Cascades exists to innovate and grow Central Oregon through education — and its rising research prominence is helping the university deliver on the promise. During the past fiscal year ending on June 30, funding for research and sponsored activities at the Bend campus reached an all-time high at more than $5.7 million.

Beaver player running to kick footall during game


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Spot the difference

The Believe It campaign is all about how Oregon State is making big changes… but this “spot the difference” activity makes just five small ones! Can you spy the differences between two Beaver Football game photos?


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