If you spent the entire year researching glaciers, in Antarctica, this list will give you a recap of what you missed. It probably goes without saying, but this is far from comprehensive. It was an almost impossible task to restrict it to only ten items. These are just some of the incredible moments, events and breakthroughs that took place over the last 12 months. If you have something, that you think should have made the top 10, please let us know in the comments below.
Number 10: Orange as a way of life
Oregon State has had a love affair with orange for a long time, but in 2010 we pushed it to a whole new level. School spirit was everywhere. We collected hundreds of fan photos on our Facebook page, athletic events had record attendance and the “O Guy” was all over the place! If there is one thing for incoming students to learn, it’s that you better make peace with having a closet full of orange.
Number 9: The year of understanding
We decided that it wasn’t enough to simply claim Corvallis is a welcoming community. Memorial Union President, Craig Bidiman, led an effort to reach students, faculty, staff and community members with the Campaign for Understanding. They collected thousands of pledges to never discriminate against someone due to their identity.
Number 8: The Power up Challenge
Students, faculty and staff took on a 19-week health and wellness competition called the Power Up Challenge. The goal was to promote healthy living in all its aspects of life, from nutrition to fitness, to sustainability, to financial responsibility. Two eight-person teams worked harder than many thought possible. Their effort inspired many of us around campus to join in with our own efforts to live a healthier life. In the end Teresa Hall, of team Orange Power, came out as the challenge winner. Go Teresa!
Number 7: Go Beavers!
In a year where attention was on the football team and the first visit by College Gameday; two other sports rose to the spotlight and had dominating seasons. The wrestling team crushed the competition and took home the Pac-10 title, while sending several competitors to the NCAA Championships. In what’s becoming a tradition of excellence, the gymnastics team returned to the NCAA Championships for the 5th year in a row. This year they finished 8th, their highest mark since the 1996 season.
Number 6: A year for YouTube hits
2010 marked a record year for OSU exposure on YouTube. Capitalizing on social media isn’t new to Corvallis. Classmates.com, the oldest social network in the US, was founded by an alum. This time around we brought exposure to some pretty incredible events. First, was a collection of time lapse videos that Don Pettit, alum and 2010 commencement speaker, took during his time on the international space station. The second was a Flash Mob, organized by students and staff, to promote diversity awareness month. It quickly spread through news outlets all over the country. It excited people with intricate choreography and a meaningful message. These are just a couple stories that helped us surpass a million total views on our OSU YouTube videos this year. Not bad.
Number 5: Research bringing in the big bucks
Research funding passed the $275 million mark in 2010, an incredible feat and an OSU record. With nation-leading work in forestry, engineering, geology, oceanography, agriculture, animal sciences, public health, and business it is pretty easy to see how we are making an impact all over the world.
The icing on the cake was the news that NOAA would be relocating to Newport, which already houses OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. This move will bring in millions of dollars to the local economy and strengthen existing ties with OSU. Definitely deserving a pretty big BOOYA!
Number 4: Robots and race cars drive over competition
If you love mechanical devices or have a need for speed, then this was a year for you. The Oregon State Robotics Club took first place at the University Rover Challenge. They also took the time to test drive their creation over the entire football team. The Formula SAE team also took home a first place finish at the Formula SAE national championship in collegiate car racing, as well as several international competitions.
Number 3: Red carpets, the White House and elite company
It’s awards season, and OSU received its share in 2010. Hollywood even took notice. This year’s OSCAR for best documentary was given to The Cove, which featured work done by Professor Scott Baker. Oceanography Professor Kelly Benoit-Bird was one of 23 national recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, popularly called the “Genius Awards”. Rounding out the crop of all stars, OSU alum, Warren Washington received the National Medal of Science by President Obama.
Number 2: The Campaign for OSU
This one didn’t completely take place in 2010, but recently reached a significant milestone. The university’s capital campaign surpassed its original goal of $625 million almost a year ahead of schedule. You can’t be affiliated with OSU and not be impacted by donor support. A huge thanks goes out to the thousands of donors who made new buildings like the Halie Ford Center, the Pauling Research and Education Building, Kearny Hall, the International Residence Hall and the new Business Building possible. Not to mention countless other building projects, remodels, endowments and student scholarships.
Number 1: I want to be a Beaver when I grow up
2010 was a record year for enrollment. With almost 24,000 students, Beaver Nation is growing. Compared to the other achievements this might not seem like a big deal. However, at the end of the day without our students none of our successes would have been possible. So cheers to everyone who chose to put on the orange and black and join this great family. The only question now is what incredible feats will we accomplish next? If you know please share, so we can get an early start on writing stories for next year.