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From the stands to the field

Part III: Halftime performances take months to develop, are always different, and typically inspired by the musical tastes of band members

The Beaver football game against Utah is underway, and the band members scramble back to their seats in the south end of the stadium to provide the musical soundtrack for the game -- a soundtrack that can change at a moment’s notice, depending on what happens on the field.

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Alumni Focus

From new media communications to pitmaster

School of Communication alumnus Andrew Koster, ‘10, talks about how his non-traditional student journey set him up for success as an author and BBQ influencer

Growing up in rural Willamette Valley, Andrew Koster’s dad was one of the first employees of Traeger Grills in Mt. Angel, OR, but as a young adult, Koster never imagined he’d also enter into the pellet grilling world.

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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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“Nudging” students to study more tomorrow

OSU economists use incentives and nudges to influence study habits of students in newly published study

There’s one obstacle that nearly all students encounter during their college years: the tendency to procrastinate studying. But what if a financial incentive was offered to students to study more? Would students who accept the incentive upfront achieve higher grades in the end? These are questions OSU economists Todd Pugatch and Elizabeth Schroeder are attempting to answer in their new paper titled, “Study More Tomorrow,” published in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. 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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