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Archive for the ‘Campaign’ Category

Bringing research together

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on June 17, 2011

Bringing research together.
Mike McInally, Corvallis Gazette-Times

New Linus Pauling Science Center will unite work in one facility

Sometime later this year, the director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University will cross over a threshold he’s been working toward for nearly 15 years.

It’s a literal threshold: One day soon, Balz Frei will walk into the Linus Pauling Science Center, the new home for the institute, and “we will have for the first time everybody in the institute under a single roof.”

Read the full article here.


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Campaign for OSU Update!

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on April 29, 2009

News from the OSU Foundation! They write:

The Campaign for OSU surpasses half billion milestone!

Supporters of Oregon State University have contributed more than $500 million to The Campaign for OSU, keeping the university on track for meeting its goal of raising $625 million by 2011.

The campaign, which was publicly launched in 2007, is the university’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign and, to date, has received support from one in every five OSU graduates. Additionally, some 30 percent of donors supporting the campaign are parents, volunteers, and other friends who did not graduate from the university.

“We are surrounded by a vast community of friends, thousands strong, who believe in our mission, support our work and share our vision of greater excellence,” said OSU President Ed Ray.

Campaign gifts include 90 commitments of $1 million or more, representing 60 percent of all million-dollar gifts the university has ever received, and over 600 commitments at the $100,000 level. Despite the economic downturn, OSU is experiencing its second best fundraising year on record and has raised almost $70 million in the current fiscal year to benefit students and faculty through scholarships, endowed positions, and new facilities for research and learning.

“We’re delighted to see that alumni and friends are continuing to make OSU their philanthropic priority even during these challenging times,” said Mike Goodwin, President and CEO of the OSU Foundation.

Campaign achievements include:

• The opening of Kearney Hall, an historic building renovated with over $12 million in private support

• A gift of $1.25 million from alumni Scott and Sandy Campbell to establish the Banfield Professorship in Companion Animal Industries in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences

• 28 new endowed faculty positions, an increase of 40 percent since the start of the campaign

• More than $78 million toward a $100 million goal for scholarships and fellowships; see related release on recent $275,000 scholarship gift from Penny Atkins and her husband, Gary.

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Sincerely, Edward J. Ray

Posted by The College of Science at OSU on April 15, 2008

campaignlogoDear OSU Community:
I am delighted to let you know that The Campaign for OSU just crossed
the $400 million mark.  When we publicly launched our first capital
campaign at the end of October, donors had contributed $350 million
toward our $625 million campaign goal.  We have been gaining tremendous
momentum since, with loyal alumni and friends making additional gifts
totaling $50 million in less than five months.

As the campaign tagline — This amazing place. This historic moment. —
suggests, The Campaign for OSU is about more than just numbers.  It’s
about the amazing things happening in classrooms, on playing fields, and
in labs across campus.  It’s about students and faculty striving to make
an historic impact on our state and our world, from strengthening
Oregon’s economy and quality of life through innovations and creative
ideas to helping find answers to society’s most pressing problems
through the groundbreaking collaborative research that has become a
hallmark of our institution.
Our alumni and friends clearly believe the campaign will broaden and
deepen OSU’s impact in these areas.  I’m pleased to see that so many of
you do, too.  In the last few months, we have seen remarkable generosity
from OSU faculty and staff, both current and emeritus.  Their
commitments to The Campaign for OSU now total nearly $10 million and
benefit everything from Presidential Scholarships and endowed faculty
positions to the Poetry Interest Group and the Automotive Engineers
Fund.  I’m deeply grateful for this support from the people who are
closest to our mission — those who see most clearly the needs and the
potential of our teaching, research, and service.
As we proceed through the first year of the campaign’s four-year public
phase, I will endeavor to keep you informed of campaign progress and the
emerging impact on our university.  Therefore, this message initiates a
series of communications from me to all OSU faculty and staff about The
Campaign for OSU and related topics of importance to you and our
community.  I’ll be sending these e-mails as news warrants and welcome
your comments and suggestions as you receive them.
Along these lines, I want to share news of two important leadership
gifts we just received.
• An anonymous donor has committed $5 million to help construct the
   Student Success Center.  Augmenting our existing student support
   programs in Waldo Hall, this new building will house a range of academic
   services that will help students as they transition to — and fully
   engage with — OSU.

• Two new endowed professorships, one in forest management and another
   in turf management, were established recently through a $4 million gift
   from Jacqueline Giustina and the estate of her husband, the late Nat
   Giustina, long-time supporter of OSU.

• In all, 24 endowed faculty positions have been created since the start
   of the campaign, and more than $62 million in new commitments secured
   for scholarships and fellowships.

This support for OSU faculty and students is a great illustration of the
momentum and impact of the campaign and a strong vote of confidence in
everyone associated with Oregon State.  I, too, thank you for all you do
to help OSU succeed!
Edward J. Ray
For additional information about The Campaign for OSU, visit

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