Vineyard owners and winemakers are welcoming Neil F. Shay.
Donors pushed the Campaign for OSU past its goal for scholarships and fellowships.
OSU leaders have an ambitious endowment matching program to retain the university’s best faculty.
Penny Yano Atkins, a 1979 business graduate from Caldwell, Idaho, has been named president of the OSUAA Board of Directors.
He told people that it was to put some of his life back in balance: He had served in the Army, now he would serve in the Peace Corps. It made for a nice story, Greg Smith, ’74, ’92, says, but not exactly the truth.
“In this economy, there may be many grandparents who aren’t able to help their grandchildren as much as they would like. I thought, maybe I can step in.”
When Andy Shelton went to Norway through OSU’s Arthur Stonehill International Business Exchange Program, he had no idea what to expect. He couldn’t have imagined he’d make a connection that would lead to a job offer from National Oilwell Varco, a Fortune 500 company based in Houston, Texas.
The gift, which is not from the Byrnes directly but is tied to John Byrne’s service as a board member of Burlington Resources years ago, will help support OSU’s Valley Library, music programs, the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, as well as an endowed professorship in earth science. The money might not have materialized, however, were it not for the Byrnes’ love of piano music, creative thinking and persistence.
An endowment from a retired Springfield hazelnut grower — who is an accomplished amateur butterfly collector — has allowed OSU to hire an internationally known entomologist to direct its 2.7-million-specimen Oregon State Arthropod Collection.
OSU’s largest-ever academic building project – the Linus Pauling Science Center – is rising on the west side of campus, across Campus Way from Withycombe Hall.
While chimes played across campus at precisely 9:09 a.m. on September 9, 2009, a dream was launched that will benefit children and families in Oregon and beyond for decades to come.
When Todd and Cindy Woodley decided to establish a fund to support faculty excellence in the College of Engineering, they knew their gift would help OSU retain one of its most promising professors. They didn’t know which professor, but they knew the importance of keeping good faculty.
Not far from the modest but well-appointed office Joan Austin keeps on the Newberg campus of A-dec, the giant dental equipment company she and her husband Ken founded in 1964, the matriarch of one of OSU’s best-known and most generous families is watching a dream come true in a grand way.
Even if they’ve never taken a business class, OSU students seem to know a good investment when they see one. Pitching the opportunity to fellow students and their parents, the class of 2009 raised $16,400 as a parting gift to their alma mater.
A gain of nearly 40 percent with two years to go. That’s the impact of The Campaign for OSU to date as measured by the increase in the university’s endowed faculty positions. Each new endowment – which generates income to support the faculty position – helps OSU recruit and retain top academic talent.