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June 2016 updates


The spring term is about to end and that means commencement is right around the corner. Over one thousand undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees from our college and many of them will walk at the commencement ceremony next week.

I always found it odd that we use the word commencement – from the word commence or to start – to celebrate the completion of someone’s academic program. But, perhaps it’s fitting. Although their structured academic pursuits may be completed, so much of our graduates’ lives are only starting to commence following graduation. As they begin their next journey in their careers or further their academic pursuits, we count these 1,000+ graduates as new alumni. Congratulations class of 2016!

Just one week before celebrating the class of 2016, we will be welcoming back the classes of 1966, 1961, 1956, 1951, 1946, 1941 and 1936 for their Golden Jubilee Reunion. If you will be joining us for Golden Jubilee, please stop by the college’s booth at Coffee with Campus on the morning of June 3. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with two students who are currently in the nutrition program, reminiscence on your time as a student, see what has changed since and learn what the college is like today.

For our Portland area alumni, please join us for our first Small Bites happy hour on June 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Red Star Tavern featuring Dr. Emily Ho, Endowed Director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. The OSU Alumni Association and College of Public Health and Human Sciences are partnering to bring you “Small Bites” a series of free presentations on the latest health research in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and network with fellow Beavers. Dr. Ho will discuss her latest research on the cancer fighting benefits of sulforaphane, a compound found in many cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. Details and registration

May was a busy month. We held our first college awards ceremony, Ovation, where nearly 200 alumni, faculty, staff, preceptors, internship site supervisors, volunteers, students and friends of the college gathered to mingle and celebrate three impactful alumnae. This month also saw the college’s inaugural Virtual Mixer where alumni, faculty and students were able to mingle via timed online chats. We also hosted two OSU Day of Service sites due to a tremendous effort of our Human Development and Family Sciences program. Nearly 20 HDFS alumni, community mentors, faculty, staff and students gathered together to help two community organizations that regularly host HDFS interns – Produce for the People and Samaritan Pastega Regional Cancer Center. Thank you to all who came out to help two great organizations in the Corvallis community!

Go Beavs!