Thanks to the generosity and vision of the Oregon State University Women’s Giving Circle, three important initiatives in the College of Health and Human Sciences will benefit OSU students and participants in the well-known KidSpirit program. Each program received the full amount requested to implement these critical programs.
Taking Care of Life, Taking Care of Each Other: A student-to-student and faculty-to-student mentoring program
This mentoring program provides leadership training for upper-class students, opportunities for new students to successfully engage in life at OSU, and connections between faculty and students that support student success. The program links the College of Health and Human Sciences with a newly established residential living community in Hawley Buxton Hall where first-year HHS students live together in a health theme-related environment. Popular HHS instructor Kathy Greaves (far right) is the faculty in residence.
More than 250 first year students experience leadership and service-oriented activities with upper-class student leaders and faculty advisors to student clubs. Through opportunities such as leadership training, small group work in professional student clubs, and community service activities, new and upper-class students develop a deeper understanding of the health fields they have chosen. There are 21 active HHS student clubs, all of which integrate health issues related to “Taking Care of Life”. Clubs focus on child development and human services, healthy aging, nutrition, community health, housing, and cost-effective delivery of health care. Taking Care of Life, Taking Care of Each Other helps new students develop a sense of belonging – to their college and to OSU.
Chefs in Motion: Improving Nutrition and Physical Activities in Benton County Youth
The mission of the new Chefs in Motion program is to enhance overall health, increase physical activity and improve eating habits of participant and their families. A pilot program was delivered this summer as part of the college’s summer KidSpirit program and met with enthusiastic reviews. The new grant will ensure that the program will thrive and grow.
With a goal of decreasing childhood obesity and teaching healthy habits, the program provides students in grades 3-8 with the opportunity to participate in a non-competitive physical activity and learn healthy cooking. The attitudes, knowledge and behaviors formed during childhood become entrenched and ultimately impact future health so teaching healthy habits while having fun is especially effective. Participants will complete a marathon as a team, with each child charting their first 23 miles during training sessions, then completing the marathon together in a KidSpirit 5K run/walk community event. The weekly nutrition and cooking lessons include menu planning, grocery shopping, recipe preparation, kitchen safety and information of what makes a healthy diet. Participants prepare a full meal, set and decorate the table and enjoy their meal together. The program will be presented by undergraduate OSU students to 170 youth participants in the coming year.
The DHE Apparel Collection: Advancing the history of women, their social roles and the relation of social roles to textile products
The Department of Design and Human Environment has an impressive collection of apparel and textiles. The collection is diverse and includes Euro-American and ethnic textile and apparel pieces. The collection ranges in date from an ancient Egyptian textile fragment, c. 1560 BCE to the 1980s Euro-American pieces and includes artifacts from a variety of countries including China, India, Mexico, and Italy. The DHE Historic and Cultural Textile and Apparel Collection is a valuable teaching tool for over 400 students. Through displays, class assignments using the collection, and hands-on research of historic and cultural textiles and apparel artifacts, students analyze the social roles of men and women and how textile products reflect their roles. The collection is also used by both undergraduate and graduate students for individual research projects and design inspiration. With the grant from the Women’s Giving Circle a textile conservator was hired and in August worked with the curator, graduate assistant, and several undergraduate students to assess the current storage conditions of the collection. A report is currently being written in which the condition of the collection will be discussed and future care and storage for the collection will be suggested. This information will be used to determine how funds raised by the Friends of the Collection can be best used for the continuing care and storage of the collection. To find out more about Friends of the Collection visit http://health.oregonstate.edu/dhe/facilities/historic-collection
What is the Women’s Giving Circle?
Each year through the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, a group of alumnae and friends pool their donations of $500, $1,000, or more to fund grants for university programs relevant to women. Those 1-4 years since graduation can join for $250. Members help decide which programs receive funding by reviewing grant proposals and selecting recipients. Last year, the group awarded more than $60,000 to nine OSU programs. Joining the Circle provides an opportunity for OSU alumnae, parents and friends to network, learn more about Oregon State University and impact OSU through collaborative giving. To find out more about the Women’s Giving Circle or become a member, please visit http://campaignforosu.org/howtogive/osufund/womens/ or contact Kellie Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-737-4691.