Summer Session 2011 newsletter

Published by: OSU Summer Session
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., Vol. 4, #4
June 2, 2011


OSU QuadSummer is on your doorstep

The first set of Summer Session classes begins June 13 (Intersession), with the majority slated to start June 20, and you still have time to register for the classes you need.

Summer courses are offered in a variety of time frames, ranging in length from one week to 11 weeks, leaving plenty of time for all the relaxing naps you have planned during the summer months.

Need more incentive? All OSU Summer Session students pay in-state tuition rates while enjoying smaller class sizes and staying on track for graduation. And when you’re on campus, you can bask in light emitted from that strange orange disk in the sky that was noticeably absent this spring.

Visit the Schedule of Classes and plan out your summer in Corvallis.

Student tames Trek for Tuition with brainpower

Bioengineering junior Austin Rondema is the recipient of a $2,000 OSU Summer Session scholarship after winning the Trek for Tuition challenge May 25, and he’s got a keen sense of hustle to thank for it.

Well, that and a photographic memory.Austin Rondema

Rondema was one of nearly 50 competitors in the inaugural Trek event, which sent students walking (or, in some cases, sprinting) around campus on a 60-minute quest to find answers to 48 questions about OSU buildings and landmarks.

With a high of 41 correct answers, Rondema earned the first-place $2,000 Summer Session scholarship. Another $1,000 scholarship was awarded to second-place finisher Chris Graff (36 answers), and Marissa Buntin (33) earned $500 toward summer classes. (Coincidentally, all three are engineering majors.)

Rondema’s campus-navigation strategy was simple: “Just keep moving,” he said. But the wheels in his brain never stopped churning either, claiming he put to use an “almost photographic memory.”

“I read through the whole questionnaire before I started, so I knew what I was looking for,” he said. “There were some things on the list at Milam Hall or in the Valley Library where I ran and looked at the (object) and never stopped to write the answer. I just remembered it, and then when I did have to stop, I just wrote down all the answers that I’d seen on my way there.”

Rondema immediately put the scholarship to good use by adding another summer course to those he signed up for initially. And now he’s got a little extra cash in his pocket.

“It’ll definitely help me save up some money,” he said. “I’m not so worried about finding a part-time summer job now.”

Watch the Trek for Tuition video below, and view a photo gallery from the event on OSU Summer Session’s Facebook page.

Ready, set, OK Go!

There’s no better way to usher in the glory of summer than with a pair of big-time concerts filled with big-name bands, and that's why OSU Summer Session and the MUPC are leading that charge as the official sponsors of this year’s Battle of the Bands and Flat Tail Festival.OK Go

The two-day music fest on the Memorial Union Quad starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, with 10 local bands going toe-to-toe in the Battle of the Bands. The fun continues at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, when the wildly popular group OK Go headlines the Flat Tail Festival.

Oh, and it’s all free!

“OSU Summer Session’s sponsorship of Battle of the Bands and Flat Tail Festival seemed like an excellent way to partner with students to kick off summer, as well as a perfect opportunity to promote the many benefits of taking summer session courses,” said Maurine Powell, the Summer Session program manager.

“With in-state tuition for all students, plus the means for completing series courses (i.e., biology, chemistry, foreign languages), students are able to utilize a portion of their summer to help them stay on track for graduation yet still get out and enjoy the sunshine.”

The Summer Session staff invites students to both events, where they can land a slew of free giveaways and prizes (T-shirts, bags, Frisbees and more) at the OSU Summer Session booth.

For complete details about the event, visit Facebook or the MUPC website

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