The holidays are a wonderful time here at Oregon State University. While students and faculty wrap up their fall term, there is plenty of time to pause and enjoy a host of unique, festive activities.
A musical tradition
Each year the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and Oregon State University’s choirs join together for their annual holiday concert, with this year’s event taking place on December 8th.
Oregon State Choir Director Steven Zielke has conducted every concert since 1999 and says things haven’t changed much since then.
“Our format is pretty much the same,” he explains. “We have a more serious half with the music being a little more classical in nature, and the second half is a little more holiday-ish.”
The highlight of the concert is the Hallelujah Chorus. Traditionally, everyone, including the audience sings along.
For many, the concert marks the beginning of the holiday season. The excitement of season and the impending holiday break keep spirits elevated.
“The concert is remarkably consistent and very well attended,” Zielke says. “It’s in our best interest to make it a tradition.”
Giving back to the community
The holiday season is a time when Beaver Nation gives back. And our international student community is no exception. This year, what started as a project for a management class, ended with a large donation to the Corvallis winter women’s shelter.
“We came up with the idea because it’s already winter and a lot of people in Oregon are homeless,” says Zemiao He, a senior management student. “Homelessness isn’t as big of a problem in China.”
He is a management major who will go back to China in January to start work. He says the project was great experience.
He headed a group of five other students to put on a game night in the Memorial Union basement. Tickets for unlimited games, pizza and other treats were sold to students the International Living and Learning Center.
The event, which took place on Nov. 8 was a huge success and raised $1,300 for the warming shelter.
“I feel more connected to the Corvallis community now,” He says. “This was my last term and Oregon State, and it was a great way to end my time here.
A handmade holiday
Each year the Holiday Marketplace features beautiful handmade crafts, fine art and specialty food from over 60 Pacific Northwest Artists. This year’s inclement weather on Friday, Dec. 6, which was the first day of the Marketplace, made hosting the event challenging.
The event, hosted by the Oregon State Craft Center, takes place in the Memorial Union Ballroom each year.
Craft Center Manager, Susan Bourque commended the staff on their handling for the unexpected circumstances.
“They did all they could to help open up the building and gain safe passage for students and others,” Bourque says.
Tradition is important to the Marketplace, which has been going strong for 33 years.
“The event has grown in size and quantity, “Bourque says. “It started out as a small craft fair featuring the work of Craft Center instructors and members. Some still participate, however, we feature gifted artisans from all over Oregon.”
The Oregon State Craft Center offers studios and classes in the areas of ceramics, glass, photography, wood working, fibers are more. Membership is open to students, faculty staff and the generic public, and all levels are welcome.