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Exploring Spirituality and Philosophy While in the Forest

While learning in traditional classroom settings is the norm for many OSU students, Amy Koehlinger, associate professor in the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, took students on a week-long camping trip in Andrews Forest to explore the relationship between philosophy, spirituality, and most importantly, nature.

By being open minded and encouraging towards her students, Koehlinger created a welcoming, technology-free learning environment almost entirely made up of discussion, reading, and connecting with nature, as well as with one another.

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‘This position aligned in powerful and striking ways’

School of Language, Culture, and Society Director Susan Bernardin discusses her compatibility with the position, her interests, values, family and more

Susan Bernardin came to Corvallis from Oneonta, New York, in the fall of 2017, specifically for the School of Language, Culture, and Society director position at Oregon State University. Traveling 2,952 miles—a cross-country move—requires some major dedication and a whole lot of trust. 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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