OSURA Annual Meeting
May 10
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OSU President, Jayathi Y. Murthy, will join us and give an overview of the state of the university. Additionally, we will introduce you to and award ten OSURA Scholarship recipients (thanks to your generosity!), provide a brief review of last year’s activities and announce a new slate of officers and board members. 

 

Travel Share: Vacation of a Lifetime - 46 Days on a Boat in the Mediterranean
April 8
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Kevin Ahern and Indira Rajagopal will share their experiences aboard ship and on land during their voyage from Athens to London. 

 

Republic Services Presentation: Do You Know How to Recycle Your Waste Materials Properly?
March 8
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If you are not sure about what you can and cannot recycle – or just want to learn more – join us for a presentation from Kenneth Larson, the Municipal Administrator and Recycling Education Coordinator for Republic Services in western Oregon. Mr. Larson will share what you need to know to recycle correctly today and about big changes coming to Oregon’s recycling rules in the next few years. You will learn not only how to recycle but also what is recyclable. He will share some of the reasons behind why recycling is the way it is.

 

Tour: Beth Ray Center for Academic Support
March 1
Attendees will tour the facility, hear from Cynthia Castro, Associate Athletic Director for Student Academics, on the academic support for student athletes and also hear from two student athletes on their OSU experience on and off the competition field.
 

OSURA Pre-Game Women’s Basketball Dinner
Feb. 29
Enjoy a pre-game dinner while hearing from Women’s Basketball head coach, Scott Rueck. Following dinner, head to Gill Coliseum to watch the Beavers take on Stanford. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

 

Travel Share - A Limited Perspective of Two Quite Different Cruises
Feb. 16
Calving icebergs, spouting whales, and magnificent scenery are all part of the air, land and sea adventures experienced by Kathleen and Gordon Reistad on two of their very different Alaskan cruises.
 

A Presentation from David Bernell: The Elections and Politics - Domestic and Global
Feb. 9
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Join us for a presentation from David Bernell on the topic of the elections, along with domestic and global politics. David Bernell is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. His research and teaching focus on American politics, international relations, and energy and environmental policy. He is the author of the books The Energy Security Dilemma: US Policy and Practice, and Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba.  Prior to coming to OSU, he served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration with the US Office of Management and Budget, and with the US Department of the Interior.

Travel Share: Canadian Rockies
Oct. 2
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Climb aboard for a train trip through the Canadian Rockies with Joe Nibler. Joe will share his photos of the magnificent Rockies and recount the adventures he and his companions had during their journey.

Autonomous Delivery has arrived at OSU
Sept. 15
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Learn from Kerry Paterson, Director of Campus Dining and Catering, and Starship’s Scott McKirdy, Operations Site Lead, as they explain when Oregon State introduced autonomous robotic delivery to campus and provide a high-level understanding around how the Starship Robotic Program works.

Fall Start Up
Sept. 11
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Greet the new academic year with dinner and a presentation by Provost Edward Feser.

Annual Meeting
May 8
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Travel Share: Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu
April 28
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OSURA Travel Share invites you to journey with us to the Galápagos Islands and Machu Picchu. Andy Ungerer and Bobbi Conard will share with us their island and mountain adventures traveling to these destinations.

Campus Update with John Gremmels
March 17
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John Gremmels, Campus Planner from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations, Capital planning & Development will be talking about the new construction and remodeling projects happening on the OSU campus and around the state. To get a sneak preview of some of the active projects view the OSU Capital Planning and Development website, https://fa.oregonstate.edu/project-delivery/projects-list

The 2022 Midterm Elections: What Happened and Why.
Feb. 24
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David Bernell is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. His research and teaching focus on US energy policy, international relations, and US domestic and foreign policy. He is the author of the books The Energy Security Dilemma: US Policy and Practice, and Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba.  Prior to coming to OSU, he served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration with the US Office of Management and Budget, and with the US Department of the Interior.

Travel Share: Aegean Odyssey
Feb. 9
Bob and Pat Smythe will share experiences through photos and discussion of their Rhodes Scholar tour of Greece and Turkey.   Their odyssey began in Athens and from there went on to the islands of Hydra, Santorini, Mykonos and Delos in Greece and to Ephesus and Istanbul in Turkey.

Lumina Presentation
Dec. 8
Holly Bollman, Lumina Outreach Coordinator, will give an overview of hospice and palliative care, the difference between for-profit and nonprofit hospices, and will dispel some common hospice myths.  Please come and learn more about a valuable resource in our community.  Parking is available at the community center.

Tour of OSU Women’s Gymnastics Practice Center
Nov. 18
OSURA members are invited to tour the new Women’s Gymnastics Practice Center on Research Way. The 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art practice facility was ready for use in the spring of 2021. Tour will be conducted by Michael Chaplin, Associate Head Coach.

Travel Share
Nov. 10
OSURA Travel Share will feature Photos and Facts about Africa by Debi and Simon Johnson. Simon and Debi recently spent 22 days in Kenya, Tanzania and Nairobi visiting parks and reserves “to shoot animals - with a Leica instead of a Remington,” in Simon’s words.

Oregon Hatchery Research Center Tour
Oct. 25
Jennifer Krajcik, the Manager of the OHRC facility will lead the tour. She will walk us through the building and around the outdoor tanks and talk about the various projects that are ongoing. She will discuss each of the projects such as Olfactory Imprinting of fish; Wild Fish Surrogate work; Hatchery Domestication, and Geomagnetic Imprinting of salmonids. There should also be the opportunity to observe wild fish spawning in the creek (unless it has been raining heavily and the creek is turbid) and possibly observe the hatchery staff process fish that have arrived in the hatchery trap.

Tour of Goss Stadium
Oct. 11
We will meet outside the gate on the northeast corner of the stadium across from the McAlexander Fieldhouse. The tour will start at the bullpens just inside the gate. From there we will visit the Player’s Lounge, the Darwin Barney Alumni Room, the Trophy Room and the Omaha Room. Then we will move to the main Grandstand where we will learn about the baseball program. The tour will take approximately one hour.

Fall Start Up
Sept. 16

Campus Tour with Larry Landis
June 16
Larry Landis, who retired in 2020 as director of OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center, will lead OSURA members on a tour of campus. He will follow the same path that he has used for his in-person campus tours over the past twenty years. Starting on the east side of Community Hall and ending in the Library Quad in front of Kidder Hall, Larry will discuss many of the iconic and not-so-well known buildings in OSU's historic district. Landis is the author of “A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University” (OSU Press, 2015).

Shop at the Dock Tour in Newport, OR
May 25
OSURA members will have the opportunity to attend a Shop at the Dock tour in Newport presented by Dr. Angee Doerr, an OSU Extension Marine Fisheries Specialist and Coordinator of Newport’s Shop at the Dock. Dr. Doerr will talk about the different types of vessels used in the various fisheries and the types of gear used for catching the fish or crustaceans. She will also inform us on how to buy seafood directly from the fishermen selling from their boats. For further information, visit https://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/feature/shop-dock-tours-return-newport.

OSURA Annual Meeting
May 19

Personal Computer Security
May 5
Your Member Services Committee was pleased to bring you a program designed to keep your computer activities safe. Bonnie Brzozowski is an expert in computer safety. Personal computer security digital resources

The Garden of Eden Revisited: Snakes, Sex and Scents
Jan. 13
Dr. Bob Mason, Sandy and Elva Sanders Eminent Professor and J.C. Braly Curator of Vertebrates, Integrative Biology
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Mason studies the evolution of chemical communication systems in snakes by examining both the diversity of chemical signals and the underlying physiological mechanisms mediating their production, expression, and reception.  Pheromones are thought to be potent reproductive isolating mechanisms.  One of the few vertebrate pheromones isolated, characterized, and synthesized is the sex pheromone of the Red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis. His work on garter snakes has examined ultimate level questions such as male body size and mating success, size-assortative mating, mating plugs, female mimicry, antipredator tactics, thermoregulatory behavior, migratory behavior and others.  His lab is currently investigating the phenomenon of multiple mating, paternity analyses, and sperm competition in this species.

MEDICARE 101 with Dr. Wayne Kradjan, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, College of Pharmacy
Oct. 21
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Medicare features an alphabet soup of plans, coverage choices, premium levels and enrollment rules. As a Medicare recipient, things can get very complicated when it’s time to review your current plan or choose a new plan. The OSU Retirement Association is here to help! Dr. Wayne Kradjan gave an overview of the definitions of the parts of Medicare, enrollment deadlines for Medicare, deferral for people who have employer health plans, Medigap plans, Advantage Plans, Prescription Drug plans and options available from PERS. For Medicare questions, please contact [email protected].

Walk and Talk with a Botanist with Dr. Aaron Liston
June 3
The OSU campus has a diverse collection of trees and shrubs with representatives from all continents except Antarctica. Dr. Aaron Liston, Professor of Botany & Plant Pathology and Director of the OSU Herbarium, will guide a tour of these botanical riches, highlighting their biology and history. OSURA registrants will meet outside the campus Beanery at the corner of Monroe and 26th Street. The walk will be a mile and a half and will allow time to observe and learn about the plants we’ll be viewing. Masks will be required for the duration of the event regardless of immunization status.<

OSURA Annual Meeting
May 20
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Virtual Campus Tour with Larry Landis
May 13
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Larry Landis, who retired last year as director of OSU's Special Collections and Archives Research Center, will lead OSURA members on a virtual tour of campus via Zoom webinar. He will follow the same path that he has used for his in-person campus tours over the past twenty years. Starting on the east side of Community Hall and ending in the Library Quad in front of Kidder Hall, Larry will discuss many of the iconic and not-so-well known buildings in OSU's historic district. He also plans to follow-up later in our post-pandemic future for an in-person talking tour of campus. Landis is the author of “A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University” (OSU Press, 2015).

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond with Dr. Chunhuei Chi
Feb. 25
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Dr. Chunhuei Chi, director of OSU’s Center for Global Health and professor in the Health Management and Policy Program, will discuss the recent happenings on COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Chi previously answered many of our early questions about the virus and has graciously agreed to provide OSURA with his latest thoughts on the pandemic, vaccines, and his predictions for future outcomes. We are anxious to hear Dr. Chi’s take on what to expect. Of course, many new concerns will likely come up, along with the fits and starts of vaccine distribution.

"Taking it to the streets: Wildfire in the 21st Century" with John Bailey, Professor in Forest Engineering, Resources & Management 
Jan. 14
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Silviculture Is the tool for achieving many management objectives. Bailey's research focuses on using traditional and experimental silviculture practices to achieve a spectrum of objectives in a landscape, including commodity production, habitat creation, fire risk reduction, and ecosystem restoration. The art and science of forest management have not fundamentally changed in the last decade, but the objectives have broadened and become more controversial. This forces our forest management actions to be more creative, complex, adaptive and defensible. Bailey has initiated research projects to evaluate the role of stand structure and dynamics on fire hazard, mature forest development, sustainable forest management, and post-fire recovery. His silviculture research considers the broad economic, ecological, and sociopolitical implications on forest.

"End of Life Options: Managing Life's Closure" with Dr. David Grube
Dec. 3
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We all die, but in the US, even before the pandemic, dying has become medicalized and complicated. Few of us realize that we not only have options at the end of life, but that it is important to consider our wishes and values and to discuss them with our family and loved ones.  Advance directives outline these decisions.

OSURA Annual Meeting
May 15

Oregon State University Women’s Basketball vs. Washington
Feb. 28

"The US and Iran: Misfortune and Missed Opportunities" by Jonathan Katz, Professor of History
Feb. 5

"How Long Do You Want to Live?" by Dr. Robert Poole
Feb. 13

Aquatic Animal Health and Fish Performance Laboratories Tour
Jan. 9
OSURA tour of the John L. Fryer Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) followed by a tour of the adjacent Fish Performance Laboratory (Smith Farm). The AAHL is a regional fish disease research facility focused on infectious diseases of salmonids and other freshwater fish. AAHL is part of the OSU’s department of Microbiology, Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences. The Fish Performance Lab is part of OSU’s department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agricultural Sciences. Presenters included: Sascha Hallet and Richard Holt, Senior Research Associates in Microbiology, Ruth Milston-Clements, AAHL Lab Manager and Rob Chitwood, retired Manager, Fish Performance Lab.

OSURA Travelshare Program: Tom and Sue Savage - River Cruising Experiences in Europe
Nov. 7

Planning for Retirement: Exploring Opportunities, Surprises and Concerns Beyond Finances
Nov. 7
This workshop is for faculty and staff who are within one to three years of retirement. Retirement is a major life transition and requires planning for other than just financial matters. This workshop will explore these areas and illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Dr. Carolyn Aldwin, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of four retired faculty/staff from OSU. 

Stahlbush Island Farms Tour
Oct. 10

OSURA Fall Start Up
Sept. 21
Screening of Saving Atlantis, and OSU produced documentary film followed by a presentation by Dr. Virginia Weis: In Sickness and In Health - Studying Coral Symbiosis in the Age of Climate Crisis

OSURA Annual Meeting and Member Social
May 23

OSURA Spring Tour: Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture
April 17

Oregon State University Women’s Gymnastics Meet vs. North Carolina, Seattle Pacific and Iowa
March 15

Travelshare Program: Travels in Turkey with Jack and Joanne Walstad
March 14

Oregon State University Women’s Basketball vs. Colorado
Feb. 1

Austin Hall Tour with presentation by the Oregon State Investment Club
Jan. 11

OSURA Tour
Nov.15
H.D. Taylor Water Treatment Plant

Travelshare Group Meeting
Oct. 25
Topic: Thailand with Eve and Michael Chambers

OSURA Fall Kick-off
Sept. 14
OSURA’s Fall Kick-Off event featured a tour of OSU’s Valley Football Center, a buffet dinner and a chance to hear from several student athletes from the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Field Trip to Oregon Historical Center Museum
May 2

OSU Theater, George Orwell’s 1984
May 18
OSURA presentation by Director prior to play

OSURA Annual Meeting
May 24

Travelshare Group Meeting
March 15
Topic: Ecuador

Oregon State University Women's Basketball vs. UCLA
Feb. 16
Pre-Game Dinner at LaSells Stewart Center
Guest Speaker - Coach Scott Rueck

Oregon State University Women's Gymnastics Meet vs. Stanford
Jan. 27
Social and Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn
Guest Speaker - Coach Michael Chaplin

National Clonal Germplasm Repository (NCGR) World Plant Collections Tour
Nov. 30

OSURA Travel Share
November
Jane and Roy Arnold will be sharing highlights of their recent travel adventures in Cuba.

OSURA Fall Start-Up
Oct. 18
OSU 150: understanding the past, differentiating the present and transforming the future
Speakers: Shelly Signs, Executive Director of OSU150 and Larry Landis Director, Special Collections & Archives Research Center

OSU Research Forests Tour
June

OSURA Annual Meeting
May 11

OSU Robotics Tour
May

OSU Gymnastics vs. University of Illinois, Chicago
March 11
Salad buffet lunch at The LaSells Stewart Center.

OSU Women's Basketball vs. Stanford
Feb. 24
Dinner at The LaSells Stewart Center.

OSURA Fall Start Up
Oct. 12

OSURA Spring Tour 2016: The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde at Spirit Mountain
April 19

OSURA Tour of the Ocean Observing Center
March 10 and 17
If you missed out on the tour here is a copy of the powerpoint in pdf format.

OSURA Travel Group Gathering
March 3
Come hear about the Walstads' trip to Norway.

Women's Gymnastics vs Stanford
Feb. 29
Dinner at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Women's Basketball vs Oregon
Jan. 8
Dinner at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center.

OSURA Tour of the new Learning Innovation Classroom Building
Nov. 6
A special tour and close look at the new classroom building on campus. The Learning Innovation Classroom Building, or LInC, is located on the west side of campus, between 269th and 30th, and Jefferson Way.

OSURA Fall Start Up
Oct. 14
Hear Dr. Steven Zielke, Director of Choral Studies, OSU Music Department, Music Coordinator in the School of Arts and Communications and the Patricia Valian Reser Distinguished Professor of Music, share what is new and exciting in OSU’s outstanding Choir and Voice program and learn of its impact in the Corvallis area.

Travel Share
Oct. 22
Listen to Pat Breen and Bud Weiser share their experiences of travel to India.

OSURA Annual Meeting and Social
May 6

Albany Carousel Tour
April 9

Travel Share
March 5

Women's Gymnastics vs Utah
Feb. 27
Dinner at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Women's Basketball vs Oregon
Jan. 9
Dinner at The LaSells Stewart Center.

Travel Smart, Pack Light with Anne McAlpin
Nov. 13

The Business of Retirement
Nov. 6

Commercial Applications of Nanotechnology and the Role of Research Universities with Skip Rung
Oct. 21

Fall Kick-Off
Sept. 16
Join us for the OSURA Fall Kick-Off. Marianne Vydra, Senior Associate Athletic Director-Internal Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, will speak on the "Challenges and Opportunities of OSU's Intercollegiate Programs".

Planning for Retirement: Exploring Opportunities, Surprises and Concerns Beyond Finances
May 19
Retirement is a major life transition that has great opportunities, major concerns and the potential for significant surprises. Such a transition requires planning for other than just financial matters. Dr. Karen Hooker and a panel of retirees will explore these areas and illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological and social dimensions of retirement. Dr. Hooker is the Petersen Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies as well as Professor and Co-Director of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at OSU.

Annual Meeting
May 7

OSURA Tour of WILDLIFE SAFARI
April 17
We will arrive at the Wildlife Safari facility in Winston at about 10:30 AM.  Attendees will be free to explore Safari Village which offers a beautiful walk-through area with over 300 of their smaller animals, a theater, a petting zoo, and a gift shop.  You can also take a ride on their train for a fee of $2.00 per person. At about 11:30 AM attendees can stop for lunch at the Village Café.  They offer burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, soup and chili with the usual sides and beverages.  The prices range from about $8 to $12 including sides and beverage.  Lunch is on your own. Following lunch at about 1 PM, we will take a motorized guided tour through the large animal part of the facility.  The tour will take about 1-1/2 hours. At the conclusion of the tour about 2:30 to 3 PM we will board the motor coach for the return to Corvallis by about 5 PM.

Presentation and Demonstration of OSU’s Nanotechnology Program
March 18

Travel Share Interest Group: Russia by Rail
March 6

Aging Actively in a Sedentary World, Presentation by Deborah H. John, PhD
Feb. 19

OSU Women's Basketball Game and Dinner
Feb. 14

China Night
Feb. 1

OSU Women's Gymnastics Meet and Dinner
Jan. 25

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hearing Difficulty? A presentation on how hearing loss affects your health.
Oct. 31

Travel Share Interest Group: Peru and the Amazon
Oct. 30

The Affordable Care Act: Should I Care?
Oct. 17

Bard in the Quad- Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors"
Aug. 19

OSURA Annual Golf Tournament
Sept. 10

Gymnastics
Feb. 22

Theater - Chekhov's "Three Sisters"
Feb. 24

Nutrition Seminar with Melinda Manore
March 5
Professor of Biological and Population Health Sciences

OSU Women's Basketball Game
Feb. 1
Light dinner at The LaSells Stewart Center, followed by the OSU vs. California Women’s Basketball Game in Gill Coliseum.

Tour of Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility
Jan.15