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Public health leader will speak at OSU’s 2023 commencement ceremony

As OSU graduates prepare to go out into the world and lead, they will be inspired for the road ahead by OSU’s 2023 commencement speaker, Dr. Charity Dean, ’00. A public health leader and steadfast public servant, Dean helped guide the state of California’s strategic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is CEO and founder of The Public Health Company, which helps enterprises manage bio-risks at scale.



Set new grads on a path to success

During this important time in a Beaver’s life, help the Class of 2023 build skills and a strong network — plus have fun celebrating their amazing achievement — by sharing Countdown 2 Commencement opportunities, including:

  • Information about their free full year of OSUAA membership.
  • Inspirational messages from alumni.
  • An exciting OSU graduation tour in Europe designed for recent grads.
  • Career and networking events like the Ask Alumni virtual panel series.
  • Registration for Grad Night, a memorable send-off and celebration.
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Advance your career with Continuing Professional Education

No matter what your profession or where you’re at in your career, the College of Business has continuing and professional education options that will help you move up or make a career change. A wide variety of fully online courses and certificates cover topics like digital marketing, project management, human resources, Lean Six Sigma and management. Use code ALUM15 for a 15% discount on all courses.



No longer just for “that type of job”

Technology is increasingly integrated in nearly every job, industry and sector. And rapidly emerging technologies have made it an all-out sprint to not be left behind in your job. Learn what it takes for every Beaver professional, of every age, to quickly adapt and become essential to your company by building strong tech skills.

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Celebrate the 2023 Alumni Fellows | April 11

Meet 12 distinguished OSU alumni in an online discussion about how they have made positive changes in the Portland area. Led by OSU President Jayathi Murthy and OSU Alumni Association Executive Director John Valva, the talk will be followed by breakout sessions where you can ask questions of the honorees.



OSU Changemakers with Coach Jonathan Smith | April 13

From freshman walk-on to 2001 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP to head coach, Jonathan Smith came to the OSU Football program with a unique perspective on what it means for our student-athletes to be successful on and off the field. Hear about his inspiring career turning the program around for back-to-back bowl appearances and developing players into good people and teammates.



Bold solutions, better planet | April 18

Earth Day only comes around once a year, but for Beavers, the work toward bold climate solutions never stops. Join a 2023 Earth Day virtual lecture with alumni advancing bold solutions for climate resilience — Julie Pullen, ’00; Margaret Leinen, M.S. ’75; and Rick Spinrad, M.S. ’78, Ph.D. ’82.



Bring the OSU Day of Service to your community | May 20

Beaver Nation’s worldwide service day is fun, rewarding and a great chance to meet fellow Beavers who share your interests and generous spirit. More volunteer sites are being added — sign up for a project or lead a volunteer site and invite your friends, family and neighbors to join in and make a difference.



Network with creative pros and students in Portland | April 22

The OSU Design Network is hosting a free networking event where design industry professionals can share their firsthand career expertise and knowledge with OSU students. Students will have exclusive access to design industry pros while building their networks and getting their career path questions answered in a casual and supportive setting.

» Register as a design professional.

» Register as an OSU student.

More events:

OSU Provost’s Lecture featuring Laurie Santos | April 4
Yale professor and creator of the popular podcast “The Happiness Lab,” Laurie Santos, will share new results in psychological science that can teach us to stress less and enjoy more.

Marine Science Day with OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center | April 8
Enjoy a free, family-friendly event showcasing the diverse marine research occurring at Hatfield, including behind-the-scenes tours, hands-on activities and exhibits.

Visions of Linus Pauling: Reflections on the Man and His Institute | April 11
Chris Petersen from OSU Libraries, editor of “Visions of Linus Pauling,” will bring out the fascinating moments of Dr. Pauling’s career and his time establishing the Institute that bears his name.

2023 Graduate Engineering Research Showcase | April 11
In person and online
Join nine grad students for live micro-presentations about their research on engineering topics and chat with the presenters and experience virtual reality interactive displays.

Farm 2 Fork: The Oregon Way | April 21
Oregon has created some of the most iconic food and beverage brands in the world, but what makes this state such a unique place to start and scale those types of companies? Join the OSU Department of Food Science and Technology with cofounder and director of Built Oregon to find out!

Coaches Clinic: Peak Performance | April 12
Join OSU kinesiology faculty to discuss “peak performance” and what it takes to make sure kids of all ages and abilities can get the most out of their sporting experience in a safe, fun and uplifting manner.

College of Engineering Faculty Lecture Series: What it Takes to Take Down a Dam | April 18
Join Professor Desiree Tullos to explore how dams are removed and the common concerns managers and engineers face, plus hear an update on the world’s largest dam removal, set to begin in 2023 on the Klamath River.

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The SEE IT, BEav IT initiative marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX and celebrates the stories of OSU’s prominent women student-athletes and programs. Alongside it, the FEARLESS fundraising initiative encourages Beavers everywhere to give to the future of women’s athletics at OSU. Learn more and follow the hashtag to see stories and videos with some of Beaver Nation’s pioneering women athletes.



More good news about our student-athletes

» Fifth-year senior Madi Dagen was recently named the 2023 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

» The Beavers took home the Pac-12 wrestling championship; five wrestlers won individual titles and seven clinched NCAA berths.


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» Kayla Clemens, a nuclear engineering doctoral student, is translating theory into practice by developing software to advance neutron transport capabilities. Watch a video about her research and the opportunities afforded by her grad school experience at OSU.

» Jana Doppa, Ph.D. ’15, has been elected as a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, recognizing his renown in the field of AI.

» Wanting to support the institution that brought them together, Ron, M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’74, and Ann Berg, ’73, have endowed a new microbiology lecture series which will feature noted microbiologists from outside OSU.

» The average person spends one-third of their waking hours at work. That’s why Satoris “Tori” Howes, as a Toomey Faculty Fellow in the College of Business, hopes her research will be applied to create healthier workplaces everywhere.

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Spring is off to an “eggcellent” start!

Did you get a chance to watch OSU Extension’s baby chicks hatch via livestream this spring? Once those chicks are big enough, they go home with OSU Extension 4-H members, who will care for them and show them at county and state fairs.

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