OSU Summer Session E-News

Published by: OSU Summer Session
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., Vol. 5, No. 4
June 8, 2012


Five ways to make your summer in Corvallis memorable

Don't worry -- you haven't missed the train yet. There is still time to enroll in OSU Summer Session, so take a look through the schedule of classes and sign up today.

Not sure there's enough to do in Corvallis during the summer? Well, here are five things that'll convince you otherwise and make your stay in town worthwhile:

Go tubing down the Willamette River1. Go tubing down the Willamette. It's a scientific fact that Corvallis summers are incredible, filled with sunshine, warmth and water. The best way to experience all three is to get on a raft -- or simply strap on some orange floaties -- and take a leisurely cruise down the Willamette River with a group of friends. It's free and fun. You can't beat that.

2. Dive in to festival season. The OSU campus is home to da Vinci Days, one of the city's two major festivals, and it's chock-full of great food, music, movies, arts and other activities. It's followed by another fun-filled event, the Corvallis Fall Festival, right before fall term begins in September.

3. Take advantage of amazing deals. Happy hour is always happiest in summer, when business owners are eager to rope in customers with discounted offers on food and drinks. If you haven't enjoyed some refreshments on the lawn at Brew Station or on the patio at Downward Dog when the sun is shining, you're missing out.

4. Get on a bike and ride. Corvallis is consistently voted as one of the nation's most bike-friendly towns, and there's good reason for that. There are trails and paths everywhere, giving you plenty of reason to explore the natural beauty of our city. Want somewhere to start? Try the famous 12-mile Corvallis bike loop, which includes part of campus.

5. Take a walk on the Darkside. Summer isn't summer without a few trips to the movies. And Corvallis is home to Darkside Cinema, one of the finest indie theaters in the country. Students get in for $3 less than at the city's major movie houses, and there are free refills on popcorn.

Key dates to remember

You can view the full OSU Summer Session calendar online, but here are some dates to keep in mind:


  • Ongoing: Registration for summer classes
  • June 18-22: Intersession
  • June 25: Sessions 1, 2 and 3 begin
  • July 23: Session 4 begins
  • Aug. 20: Session 5 begins
  • Sept. 7: Summer session ends

Find OSU Summer Session registration dates and deadlines online.

Trek leads student to a $2,000 tuition prize

Christian CollettNearly 100 OSU students competed in OSU Summer Session's Trek for Tuition on May 23, and no one had a better day than Christian Collett.

The pre-pharmacy student answered the most questions correctly in the annual scavenger hunt for clues on the OSU campus. As a result, Collett is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship toward on-campus OSU summer classes.

(Watch our video recap of the event.)

''I was pretty shocked when I got the call that I won,'' Collett said. ''This really helps because I was planning on taking a lot of classes this summer, and now I won’t have to work as much to pay for tuition. This will ease the burden.''

After winning a tiebreaker, junior Ashley Wolff came in second place and earned a $1,000 scholarship, and third-place winner Tayo Oluloro, a senior, received $500 toward her summer classes.

Student success requires a good game plan

Academic Success CenterAcademic coaching is a powerful way to learn new study strategies. And now it's a resource OSU students can take advantage of during the summer.

Come to the Academic Success Center for weekly appointments to create support for your studies. They'll help you:

  • Get ready for midterms
  • Learn test-prep and test-taking strategies
  • Set end-of-term goals and make a study plan

To make an appointment, call 541-737-2272 or stop by the center at 102 Waldo Hall.

Course offerings that speak your language

You know what's better than getting most or all of your foreign language requirements done in one year? Getting them done in one summer.

This opportunity is available to you over the next few months with these exciting class sequences:

  • Language coursesCHN 111, 112, 113 -- First-Year Chinese
  • FR 111, 112, 113 -- First-Year French
  • FR 211, 212, 213 -- Second-Year French
  • HEBR 111 -- Introduction to Hebrew
  • HEBR 112 and 113 -- Intermediate Hebrew
  • IT 111, 112, 113 -- First-Year Italian
  • JPN 111, 112, 113 -- First-Year Japanese
  • SPAN 111, 112, 113 -- First-Year Spanish
  • SPAN 211, 212, 213 -- Second-Year Spanish
  • SPAN 311 -- Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • SPAN 312 -- Intermediate Writing Skills
  • SPAN 313 -- Spanish Language Through Culture

A summer of music is just getting started

Ben Rice BandWith the Battle of the Bands and Flat Tail Festival in the rearview mirror, OSU Summer Session is proud to carry the musical torch for the rest of the summerStarting June 27 and lasting through August, we will host our popular Wednesdays @ Noon Concert Series, which will bring a number of high-quality musicians and groups to campus.

The Ben Rice Band, with a lively blues vibe, kicks off the series on June 27 at no cost to you. All concerts will take place on the MU brick mall. (If it's raining, the show will move inside the MU lounge.

So bring a friend and your lunch and enjoy the fun!

Hatfield on the coast is a hands-on haven

Sea birdWant to do something memorable this summer? Go get your hands dirty at OSU's one-of-a-kind Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast.

Few places in the country provide the same level of unique, hands-on learning experiences as HMSC in Newport, where one day you might work in a muddy estuary and the next you might rearticulate the skeleton of a marine bird or perform a necropsy on a dolphin.

"It's an incredible experience, one that students probably can't get anywhere else," said Itchung Cheung, the academic program coordinator and head instructor at HMSC.

Learn more about how you can live and study on the Oregon coast this summer

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