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OSU Days of Service: The challenge is on

Beaver Nation is out there: serving communities, showing up to help where help is needed and pouring kindness and compassion into the world. We want to know how you’re making a difference during the OSU Days of Service in May! Fill out the volunteer form today and let us know how you’re spending your time giving back to your community. Each week in May, we’ll have a random prize drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card for those who have logged their service hours.



Tip: Volunteering is better together! Beavs nationwide are making a difference with others by serving on boards, committees, councils, clubs and teams. Don’t forget to log your May hours for these important, ongoing types of service! Pictured above: A group of eager Beavers got together to clean up the trails at Peck Park in Los Angeles over the weekend!

OSU Changemakers

11 named OSU Alumni Association Changemakers

Congratulations to the 2024 Changemakers! Driven by passion and commitment, these incredible alumni are inspiring Beavers worldwide to make a difference every day toward justice, equity, climate solutions and much more. Whether through their careers or volunteer work, these individuals are being recognized for the profound impact their consistent efforts have made.

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Dam Proud Day showed the power Beavs have together

Congratulations, Beaver Nation — you keep breaking records! On April 24, Dam Proud Day, Beavers from all 50 states and 18 nations came together to celebrate Oregon State University's achievements and support OSU students and programs. Together, Beaver Nation raised more than $2.7 million from 9,100 gifts and made a lasting impact on OSU, Oregon and the world. A special thanks to those who donated to the OSU Alumni Association Excellence Fund — thank you! Watch how much fun Beavs had rallying together in this special video.

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Seafood from tide to table | May 22

Our culinary choices can be essential to the travel experience, and seafood is a major food source (and industry) in many of the world’s most popular destinations. Join the next Travel Talks webcast as Selina Heppell, Head of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, dishes out tips on the most important criteria for your seafood selection at home and away.



Education alumni foster welcoming schools | May 15

In the next Ask Alumni webcast, hear from a panel of respected regional educators of color who will share their experiences and help fellow Beavs working in education create an inclusive and equitable learning environment for their students. Plus, network with fellow educators and College of Education alumni.



Alumni Influencer Showcase | June 1

Creativity thrives at Oregon State, but what does it take to put that to work post-graduation? Find out during the Alumni Influencer Showcase: From Campus to Creatives. Hear from a group of prominent Beaver alumni who are putting the passion they cultivated on campus to work worldwide. Save your spot for an in-person seat for an amazing networking opportunity at the OSU Portland Center or tune in via livestream on OSUAA’s Facebook and Instagram pages.



More events:

OSUAA Member Shopping: Columbia Employee Stores | May 17 – June 9
In person
Shop top brands at up to 50% off retail prices with exclusive access to Columbia Sportswear Employee Stores. Want in? Become a member today!

kaku-ixt Alumni & Friends Social | May 18
In person
Come together with fellow Native and Indigenous alumni, friends and supporters while you enjoy tasty treats and giveaways at this social prior to grand entry for the 45th Annual łatwa ina Pow-Wow.

Robert M. Storm Distinguished Lecture: “Integrating behavior into wildlife conservation and management: A fearful perspective” | May 20 
In person and online
Join the Department of Integrative Biology with speaker Daniel T. Blumstein, award-winning ecology and evolutionary biology professor, for a fascinating lecture, followed by an opportunity to look at tables of specimens and interact with researchers.

College of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecture | May 21
In person and online
What does it take to down a dam — and re-establish a river’s vitality after the fact? Hear all about it with Mark Bransom, ’94, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’97, the CEO of the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

College of Engineering Clean Water Showcase | May 22
In person and online
Explore cutting-edge research and solutions through lightning talks, presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities with those shaping transformational approaches to clean water.

Our Health& Transportation Noise | May 29
Hear from College of Health faculty about how transportation noise affects your mental, emotional and physical health — and how a trailblazing OSU and Multnomah County study in Portland will be one of the first to map road noise at high resolution in a U.S. city.

2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture - Public Health After the Pandemic: How Can We Do Better? | June 4
In person
Join the College of Health for an insightful lecture about the future of public health with a specialist in crisis and emergency management: Joshua M. Sharfstein, director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement, and professor of the practice in health policy and management.

Grad Night 2024: Disco | June 6
In person
Know someone graduating? Encourage them to register for Grad Night (for free!), where we’ll polish up the old disco ball and throw a party with food and drinks, music and dancing, games, photo booths and giveaways.

2024 Engineering Expo | June 7
In person and online
See more than 200 interactive student project displays that use science and technology to take on some of the world’s biggest problems in the College of Engineering’s expo, free and open to the public.

Sweet Beginnings: Commencement Celebration | June 15
In person
Graduates and their loved ones are invited to bid farewell to the student days (and say hello to alumni life) after the OSU Commencement Ceremony with a spread of sweets and refreshments and fun photo ops.

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»  The OSU community celebrated the groundbreaking of the Jen-Hsun Huang and Lori Mills Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex, a facility made possible by generous gifts from the Huangs (both Oregon State alumni), Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation and state funding, aimed at advancing research and creative solutions in artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics.

»  Two OSU alumni are on this year’s TIME100 list. Jen-Hsun Huang, ’84, ’09 (Hon. Ph.D.), founder and CEO of NVIDIA, is revolutionizing the tech industry and advancing applications for artificial intelligence from autonomous driving to science and health care. Suzanne Simard, M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’96, is a forest ecology professor and author of Finding the Mother Tree; her research about how trees communicate has reached millions of people and is progressing efforts to preserve forests.

»  College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Professor Aymeric Goyer’s work at OSU, supported by NASA funding, will examine the growth, physiology and nutrition dynamics of potato plants grown in lunar soil.

» Two OSU faculty members — Professor and Director of the Center for the Future of Forests and Society Michael Paul Nelson and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Maybelle Clark Macdonald Director of Tribal Initiatives in Natural Resources Cristina Eisenberg — are among the lead authors of a report combining Indigenous Knowledge and western science to inform climate-adapted land management decisions, emphasizing Tribal stewardship practices like thinning and burning to preserve old-growth forests amid climate change threats.

» Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Milton-Harris Professor of Materials Science Mas Subramanian and his collaborators made color history in 2009 with the discovery of vivid YInMn blue. He and his team have advanced pigment chemistry once again, developing durable, reddish magentas inspired by lunar mineralogy and ancient Egyptian chemistry.

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BEaver KIND notes for the Class of 2024    

Do you remember what it felt like as you neared graduation day? What message did you need to hear in that moment? Send a short, inspiring note to Oregon State’s Class of 2024 with your congratulations or a tidbit of wisdom for their next steps. Evelyn Gunardi, ’99, said to a previous graduating class: “Once a Beaver, always a Beaver. Be the best you can be. The rest will follow.”   

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Mental Health Awareness Month at OSU

Positive mental health is a top priority for the university and the communities we serve. As the university recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month in May, explore a few of the ways the OSU community is collaborating to create positive, resilient and healthy environments at our university and across the state.

» The OSU-Cascades Master of Counseling program offers free counseling services to community members through the OSU-Cascades Counseling Clinic.

» Oregon State recently hired its first counselor focused on veteran and military students’ mental health.

» OSU became the first academic institution to partner with a state on implementing and operating the AgriStress Helpline, a 24/7 crisis helpline providing mental health assistance to farmers, farm workers, ranchers, fishers, foresters and their families. 

» Since the end of 2023, OSU Extension has held Community Conversations with local leaders in six rural Oregon counties to discuss and map out action plans for addressing mental health and substance abuse disorders within the communities.

» The Contemplative Studies Department created a library of free, guided contemplative practices and resources for stress management and mindfulness for anyone to use at home.

» Worried about how to support your student while they’re away at college? Counseling and Psychological Services has resources for parents striving to support their students’ mental health.

» OSU students like Indica Stephenson — recently featured in a College of Education video — are redefining the role school counselors play in supporting the mental well-being of Oregon’s youth.


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» In this video, OSUAA’s Tory Campbell, ’00, chats with Beavers at the Dam Good Connections gathering in Central Oregon, one of 10 fun West Coast gatherings with alumni and friends in March and April.

»  In a recent Travel Talk – Holiday Markets, OSU Alumni Association Board Chair Julie Lambert, ’85, shared photos and stories about her experience on the Holiday Markets Cruise along the Rhine River with OSUAA Travel. You can learn how you can embark on the trip this December.

»  Alumni working as senior researchers, marine mammal biologists and graduate students share the magic and challenges of working with whales, sharks and ocean ecology in this Ask Alumni episode.

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Become a slime scientist

You can’t spell slime without “smile!” Gather a few simple ingredients and get ready to mix up some ooey-gooey, fluffy slime that will unleash your creativity and your inner scientist.

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You want great coverage at a great price. Farmers Insurance® has teamed up with the OSU community to share just that - coverage options that you can customize and lots of ways to save with discounts and Policy PerksSM. Farmers offers a broad range of product offerings including Home, Auto, Business, Life and Recreational insurance.

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