1. The Campaign for OSU surpasses $1 billion
Oregon State University President Ed Ray called the Campaign for OSU’s goal of reaching $1 billion “unimaginable.” But in January 2014, a whole year ahead of schedule, that goal became a reality. The campaign was publicly launched in October 2007 and, with the help of more than 100,000 donors, raised over $1 billion.
2. Women’s hoops wins big
The Oregon State women’s basketball team made Beaver Nation proud by winning the Pac-12 championship and making it to the first round of the NCAA tournament, their first appearance in the tournament since the 1990s. The Beavers started out strong for the 2014-2015, thanks to standout players including Deven Hunter and Ruth “The Canadian Hammer” Hamblin.
3. Ellen in the Quad
Students dressed in terribly ugly and ridiculous “dad costumes” took over the MU Quad in May for the chance to appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen virtually hosted the event via satellite and communicated with students on Twitter to give away thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards. The segment aired on May 28.
4. College of Public Health and Human Sciences accredited
Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences received accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health in June, becoming the state’s first accredited college of public health. Accreditation puts Oregon State in an elite group, and public health programs through OSU Extension give us a unique level of built-in community outreach.
5. Another record graduating class
The class of 2014 set another record, with 5,878 new Beaver alumni receiving their degrees on June 14 at Reser Stadium. Commencement speaker Ann A. Kiessling, a national leader in reproductive biology and stem cell research, earned her Ph.D. in 1971 and remains a proud Beaver.
6. President Ray takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
Were you one of the millions worldwide who got a bucket of ice water dumped on your head last summer? If so, you’re in good company. Ed Ray took the Ice Bucket Challenge – in a suit, no less – to highlight Oregon State’s Linus Pauling Institute and research professor Joe Beckman, who is working to treat and find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
7. More openings and a new name
Austin Hall, the new home of the College of Business, opened to excited students, faculty and donors this fall. And about 300 students moved into Oregon State’s newest dorm. Tebeau Hall is named for 1948 engineering alumnus William “Bill” Tebeau, the first African American man to graduate from Oregon State. Also, thanks to a student-led initiative, the Academic Success Center was renamed the Beth Ray Center for Academic Support in January to celebrate her longtime support and advocacy for students. The university’s first lady passed away on March 21.
8. Enrollment tops 30,000
This fall term, Oregon State’s enrollment topped 30,000 for the first time ever. This doesn’t mean more traffic in Corvallis, though. About 24,000 students are in Corvallis, nearly 1,200 are at OSU-Cascades in Bend, and another 4,500 study online through Ecampus.
9. More rankings and accolades
We know Oregon State is great, and that opinion was confirmed by several national rankings this year. The American Institute for Economic Research ranked Corvallis as the No. 3 college town in the country. U.S. News and World Report ranked Oregon State in the top 1.5 percent of 16,000 institutions worldwide, and OSU’s Ecampus program ranked at No. 5 out of nearly 300 online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News and World Report.
10. New coaches for football, men’s basketball
New men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle has taken the Beavers to an impressive start. Beaver Nation wishes Mike Riley well at his new gig with the University of Nebraska and is excited about new football coach Gary Andersen. The former head coach for the University of Wisconsin is already out on the recruiting trail. He told USA Today the move to Oregon State felt like the right fit and “it’s a fight I’m excited about.”