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My Hands Are a City

OSU Wind Ensemble presented Jonathan Newman's Symphony No. 1: My Hands Are A City featuring poetry and photographs inspired by the music and crafted by OSU students

In January 2024, students of Julia Bradshaw’s photography class and Jennifer Richter’s poetry class were instructed to listen to Jonathan Newman’s 2009 wind ensemble composition “My Hands Are a City,” and to take inspiration from the piece as they wrote original poetry and took photographs around campus.

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The College of Liberal Arts 2023-2028 Strategic Plan

The College of Liberal Arts builds a richer, more creative tomorrow through the rigorous study of human history, human expression, and the human mind. In the next five years, we will pivot towards the knowledge economies of the future.

In the next five years, we will pivot towards the knowledge economies of the future. Today's students will chart their professional paths in a wider variety of fields than ever before, including many that don't yet exist. They seek an education that universities of the past could not have envisioned. We must meet their aspirations. CLA will be a bridge-builder, elevating collaborative opportunities and amplifying the visibility of innovative research and creative work.

We will integrate the arts in research disciplines across the University. We will create globally-relevant opportunities for all students, including those who cannot physically travel abroad. We will prioritize new technologies and pathways for student learning. The College of Liberal Arts will lead Oregon State University as a model of higher education for the public good.

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Psychology lab explores non-pharmacological sleep disorder treatment options

The Sleep Health Assessment, Intervention, and Dissemination (SHAID) Lab at the School of Psychological Science (SPS) is led by Assistant Professor of Psychology Jessee Dietch

The Sleep Health Assessment, Intervention, and Dissemination (SHAID) Lab investigates sleep interventions that do not involve medication, but, instead, focuses on behavioral strategies and psychotherapy. Jessee Dietch, an assistant professor in SPS, along with PhD and undergrad students, examines sleep health in special populations with the goal of developing, testing, and disseminating evidence-based behavioral sleep health interventions and treatments for a variety of clinical sleep disorders. read more >


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Visionary Donations Funding our Future: PRAx

“The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts will serve as a unique and dynamic education and performance center and will be a showcase destination for the visual, musical, theater and cultural arts for students, faculty, campus visitors and Oregonians,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of OSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

A lead gift of $25 million for the complex has been provided by Patricia Reser. Additional gifts include a $2 million commitment from the family of the late Lynne Detrick of West Linn to build a new 500-seat concert hall to offer a high-caliber venue for both listeners and performers, Rodgers said. The OSU Foundation continues to seek philanthropic support for the center, and OSU will also seek state bonding from the 2020 Oregon Legislature to help support the project. read more >

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