One of the purposes of the Oregon State University Retirement Association, as stated in its constitution, is "to promote volunteerism in the OSU community." Thus, the primary focus of OSURA's volunteer effort is to support OSU programs, activities and events.

OSURA volunteer activities not only provide service to OSU, it provides its members with opportunities to stay in contact with the campus and students, as well as establish and maintain collegial relationships with other retirees. OSURA members volunteer hundreds of hours each year to support various OSU programs.

Do you have an idea for a volunteer activity or do you wish to volunteer? Let us know at [email protected] or contact Kathy Motley at [email protected].

Annual Volunteer opportunities:

  • Career Fairs: These are OSURA's biggest volunteer events with close to 50 members needed to provide check-in assistance for our students.  This is a multi-site event so it is imperative that we get as many volunteers as possible for these fairs to be successful. Career Fairs are held in the fall, winter and spring. Volunteers are needed for each day to greet and register students.
  • Training Days: Volunteers are needed to help participants find session rooms and take attendance at the sessions.
  • OSU Commencement: Would you like to volunteer? Visit the Commencement volunteer page for details.
  • Provost's Lectures: Volunteers are needed as greeters, ticket takers and to distribute programs.
  • University Day: Volunteers are needed as greeters, to distribute programs and to monitor the prize drawing.

OSURA Volunteer of the Year Award

At OSURA's Annual Meeting and Social in May 2019, Kathy Motley, OSURA Volunteer Coordinator, presented Volunteer of the Year Awards to Raymond Brooks. He has been very active with the programming committee!




Previous recipients of the Volunteer of the Year award:

  • 2004   Glenn Klein, JoAnne Trow, Dale Weber
  • 2005   All OSURA menbers who worked on the ID-Card project
  • 2006   Arnold Appleby, Mary AnnRoberts, Bill Wilkins
  • 2007   Mat Amano, JoAnne Jones, Robert Michael, Robert Rackham
  • 2008   Helen Polensek, Al Mukatis, Ron Lovell
  • 2009   Nancy Evans
  • 2010   Roy Arnold, Sue and Jerry Borden
  • 2011   Kathy Health, Curt McCann
  • 2012   Jack Ross, Stephanie Jorgensen
  • 2013   Betty Miner, Susan Poole
  • 2014   John Block
  • 2015   Jim Krueger, Kate and Chris Mathews
  • 2016  Terri Tower
  • 2017  Jim and Julie Searcy
  • 2018  Bobbi Hall
  • 2019 Raymond Brooks