CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seven distinguished Oregon State University graduates - six alumni fellows and one notable young alumna - will be honored Nov. 3-5 by the OSU Alumni Association.
The honorees will meet with OSU students, staff and faculty, will be feted at a luncheon and dinner, and will appear Nov. 5 at the Beavers' Homecoming football game against Stanford. This year's OSUAA Alumni Fellows are:
This year's recipient of the OSUAA Young Alumni Award is Maria Kosma of Baton Rouge, La., an associate professor of kinesiology at Louisiana State University, with a 2003 doctorate in exercise and sport science from OSU. She encourages healthy physical activity among older adults and in populations with physical disabilities. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences nominated her.
Two of this year's Alumni Fellows will give special lectures on campus.
Idaho President Nellis will speak on Friday, Nov. 4, on "Our American Partnership: The Impact of Land-Grant Universities in our 150th Year." His free public lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in the Linus Pauling Science Center's Reser Auditorium.
Lange, the forest policy expert, will also lecture on Nov. 4. His free public seminar, "From New Perspectives to Landscape Scale Conservation: Search for a Federal Forest Policy," begins at 3 p.m. in Richardson Hall Room 107.
Scott Greenwood, who is in his first year as executive director of the OSUAA and associate vice president of alumni relations at OSU, said he is excited at the opportunity to shine a spotlight on such an accomplished group of graduates.
"Oregon State is so fortunate to have such outstanding alumni to recognize," Greenwood said. "Their accomplishments inspire all of us to aim higher in our own endeavors. By connecting current students with these accomplished alumni, we help develop the next generation of outstanding Beavers."
The OSUAA created the Alumni Fellows program in 1988 to bring distinguished alumni back to campus to be honored and to share their experiences. The Young Alumni Award was added in 2006.
The public is invited to help honor the recipients at a gala dinner Friday, Nov. 4, at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and the awards at 6:30. Prices are $50 per person, $45 for OSUAA members, $20 for OSU students and $360 for a table of eight. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.osualum.com/fellows.
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Julie Schwartz, 541-737-8883