2016

Choosing to go to college wasn’t easy for Liz and Rich Grotsky. But at the end of 2016, both were finished with their degrees at OSU-Cascades. And along the way, a nonprofit called Empowering Youth Bicycle Program started to roll.
Candalynn Johnson’s journey to OSU had to cover two separate distances. The first was simply miles, but the second was much farther: a journey away from poverty and toward a future of smoothing the path for others.
“If the hazelnut industry is going to thrive here in Oregon, we have to think ahead. That’s where OSU is critical. Oregon State has the agricultural college. Simply, they’re the best at what Linda and I want to see done.”
On Sept. 23 the OSU community will celebrate the grand opening of Johnson Hall, the new home of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering. The building honors the legacy of longtime College of Engineering supporters Peter and Rosalie Johnson.
Oregon State University-Cascades’ new campus in Bend opened today, fulfilling a 30-year quest for higher education in what had been the largest region in the state without a four-year university. 
Picture a competitive surfer. Now be honest: You didn’t picture an Oregonian, right? And not the high-achieving recipient of OSU’s most prestigious merit scholarship.
Oregon State University – Cascades has received a gift from a leading Oregon hotelier family for an endowed faculty scholar position within the university’s recently launched hospitality management program. This is the second endowed faculty position at the OSU campus in Bend.
Winners of a national social venture competition, College of Business juniors Steven Miller and Moriah Shay are striving to spark creativity in youth with their mobile makerspace, thanks to support from the college and the OSU Women's Giving Circle.
With help from CREATE Oregon State and the OSU Women’s Giving Circle, 13 student-athletes went to the Dominican Republic this June through Beavers without Borders. In a video, photos, and Q/A, football long snapper Connor Kelsey shares highlights from the eye-opening service-learning experience.
A new OSU scholarship is taking a unique approach to solving a problem all universities face - freshman-to-sophomore retention - by looking at a student's potential instead of academic performance. The inaugural class of High Promise Scholarship recipients were honored at a celebration in May.
A $250,000 gift from Hydro Flask, a company that designs and manufactures insulated stainless steel beverage and food flasks, will allow Oregon State University – Cascades to pursue the development of a bachelor’s degree program focused on outdoor products.
Bank of the Cascades Foundation has established a needs-based scholarship fund for incoming freshmen at Oregon State University - Cascades. The Foundation recently gave $50,000 to OSU’s growing campus in Bend to assist first-year students who might not otherwise be able to afford college.
This fall OSU is opening a new housing community focused specifically on creating a supportive, close-knit, and substance-free environment for students in recovery: the first of its kind at a college or university in Oregon. The new community has been made possible by the donation of OSU alumnus Tom Skoro and his wife Joan.
Fundraising for the Valley Football Center expansion project continues to push forward toward the $42 million goal. To date generous donors have contributed more than 90 percent of the funds needed. Oregon State Deputy Athletics Director Mark Massari provides an update.
The first academic building on OSU-Cascades’ new campus in Bend will be named Tykeson Hall, honoring the philanthropic gifts and leadership of the Tykeson family.
"Our bequest is going to support scholarships at Oregon State. We believe there’s no greater gift than that of knowledge, and we hope our gift will help continue to bring the best and the brightest to OSU. We hope they leverage their education, fulfill their dreams, and have an impact for themselves, others, and the world. If that happens, not only will we have 'paid back' Oregon State, but we’ll also be paying it forward."
"A global perspective is becoming even more important as the world becomes more interconnected. I hope my charitable trust contributes to a strong international business department at Oregon State and helps prepare future generations of students to be successful in an international business environment and a global market."
Lifetime Trustee and pioneering global business leader Robert Lundeen ’42 has passed away, leaving an enduring OSU legacy through his extraordinary philanthropy and service.
The Oregon State community remembers with appreciation Hank Bauer ’50 and Lyman Seely ’38: former chairs of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees who both passed away on March 22.
Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong has been named the inaugural Bert and Emelyn Christensen Professor in the Department of Chemistry. The endowed faculty position is one of eight created by supporters of the College of Science.
Bruce Mate, the director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, and his wife Mary Lou have named the institute as a major beneficiary of their estate, a gift that builds on Mate’s 40-year career in scientific research and education.
Ben McLuen, director for development for Washington State University’s College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, has been named the senior director of development for Earth Systems Science at the Oregon State University Foundation, effective May 2.
An awards gala on March 4 in Huntington Beach, California, will honor four Oregon State University volunteer leaders for outstanding service to the university, as part of the annual Destination OSU event. The event will recognize Connie Kearney, Harold D. Pritchett, and Sue and Gerald E. Vickers.
Becoming a physician or dentist is a long, arduous, and very expensive journey. But the path has been a little smoother for students like Stephanie Zhao thanks to a unique pair of scholarships in the College of Science.
Jocelyn Stokes’ internship in Malaysia focused on sun bear research: an extraordinary hands-on learning experience supported by the Global Experience Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Donors are helping more and more students throughout the university participate in research and educational programs around the world.