CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University is inviting students, faculty, staff and community members to Goss Stadium this Friday to celebrate being a part of "Beaver Nation" with free food, prizes and a fireworks show. 

The activities, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 10 at Goss Stadium (the baseball park) on campus.

"The term 'Beaver Nation' is best-known in athletics, but it actually represents something much bigger," said Melody Oldfield, assistant vice president for University Relations and Marketing. "Beaver Nation is the community of Oregon State students, faculty, staff and alumni who are solving problems, making discoveries and leading innovations that make positive impacts across Oregon - and around the world.

 "This event is a way to welcome students - the newest members of Beaver Nation - and celebrate what we can accomplish together," she added.

 The first 500 people at the event will receive Papa John's pizza. Among the prizes will be a $500 gift card to the OSU Beaver Store.

 Orange glow sticks will be handed out and participants will form a glowing orange outline of the state of Oregon, which will be captured on video.

 OSU officials say the fireworks should go off around 7:45 to 8 p.m.

 "We want to let the university's neighbors know so they aren't alarmed," Oldfield said.

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Melody Oldfield, 541-737-8956; melody.oldfield

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