Destination OSU 2016

The annual awards gala recognizes OSU's outstanding volunteer leaders.
Connie '65 and Lee Kearney '63
Gerald E. and Sue Vickers
Mark and Sherri Pritchett, Hal '57 and Ann Pritchett '57, and Karin Freitas '80
Award winners: Connie Kearney '65, Gerald E. and Sue Vickers, and Hal Pritchett '57
Alex Crawford '13, producer of "The Legend of the Giant Killers" documentary, greets guests before the exclusive screening.
Jerry '55 and Mary Florey '56
The OSU Alumni Association hosted an exclusive screening of "The Legend of the Giant Killers."
Daniel Louis Welsh '78 and Mike Taylor '75
Kelly Douglas, Tanja '84 and John Cebula
A.C. Green '85, Raquel and Monique Payton, and Gary Payton '90
Jim and Cathy Rudd '76
Lindsey Nelson, Ruth Beyer '77, Gary Payton '90, Valorie Patterson, and Carolyn Giustina '71
Coach Wayne Tickle encourages the Beavs during an exciting win over UCLA.
Gary Payton II commands the court during the game at UCLA.

Huntington Beach, California 

The OSU Foundation’s spring Board of Trustees meetings are hosted in a destination where members can connect with growing numbers of out-of-state Beavers and honor outstanding volunteer leaders.

In 2016, more than 200 Oregon State University alumni and friends gathered March 3-5 for Destination OSU: a weekend celebrating the university’s growing impact and honoring its outstanding volunteer leaders. This year, Destination OSU was held in Southern California: home of more than 6,500 alumni.

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Based at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, the highlight of the event was an awards gala on Friday evening recognizing Harold D. Pritchett ’57, Connie Kearney ’65, and Sue and Gerald E. Vickers. (Watch the videos highlighting their contributions to the university.)

The OSU Alumni Association honored Harold D. Pritchett ’57 with the Dan Poling Service Award, which recognizes volunteers who have given a significant amount of time to Oregon State. Professor Emeritus Hal Pritchett worked in OSU’s civil and construction engineering program for 45 years, and he was instrumental in founding its Construction Engineering Management program. He continues to be deeply involved, connecting students, faculty, and alumni with industry and guiding countless careers.

Connie Kearney ’65, a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2011, currently the treasurer and a board member for the Oregon 4-H Foundation, and a member of the OSU Women’s Giving Circle since its inception, received the Lifetime Trustee Award from the OSU Foundation, its highest honor. She joins other Lifetime Trustees: James H. Rudd ’06 (Hon.), Duane McDougall ’74, C. W. Knodell ’52, Robert W. Lundeen ’42, Kenneth R. Poorman ’61, Norbert J. Wellman ’54, and Benjamin R. Whiteley ’51.

The OSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics presented its Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award to Sue and Gerald E. Vickers, honoring their exceptional contributions to OSU Athletics through support to key facility initiatives including Reser Stadium, Truax Indoor Center, Gill Coliseum, the OSU Basketball Center, and Goss Stadium, establishing an endowment that provides invaluable unrestricted support to OSU Athletics, and most recently helping with the renovation of the Valley Football Center.

The 16th annual Destination OSU event featured an exclusive screening of "The Legend of the Giant Killers," a thrilling men's basketball win over UCLA, and the company of fellow Beavers in the California ocean breeze.

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Connect with Oregon State in Southern California: home of more than 6,500 OSU alumni.

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Learn more about OSU's significant impact in forest science. Researchers in OSU's College of Forestry are working with the forest products industry to develop production processes for cross-laminated timber panels that are lighter than steel and concrete but exceptionally strong.

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Join us at the Terrace at Reser Stadium where Beaver Nation will have the chance to enjoy Oregon's award-winning beer, wine, and culinary delights during OSU home football games. As part of the renovation and expansion of the Valley Endzone Center, this 13,000-square-foot area located will feature culinary delights from OSU's Department of Food Science and Technology.