International Programs News

Forestry Seminar with University of Helsinki Lecturer, Dr. Mika Rekola

University of Helsinki lecturer, Dr. Mika Rekola will be joining us Monday, March 19th to discuss his research on global forest education, concentrating mainly on university level education. Dr. Rekola’s research project analyzes the working life competency needs of recent graduates, and conducts a comprehensive competencies gap analysis between what was included in university curriculum and competencies needed in the workplace. Join us Monday, March 19th to discover the results of this fascinating study – see the poster below for more details. Refreshments provided!

International Faculty and Scholars Coffee Social


Join OSU visiting faculty, scholars, their families and Corvallis community friends for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks. This event is held on the second Friday of every month (except August) and we hope you can join us!

International Faculty and Scholar Coffee Socials are sponsored by the OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International, and the Office of International Services. 

International Coffee Socials will be held March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, and July 13 of 2018. 

The European Perspective: Evan Schmidt Journeys through Alpine Country

Last summer, graduate student Evan Schmidt departed for Europe with a cohort of students and faculty from the WSE Department to learn about Europe’s timber products industries, mass timber construction (CLT, glulam, etc.) framework, and related social, environmental, and market factors affecting the continent now and in the future. 

Schmidt currently works on research in the field of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction, and with concurrent assembly of the new Peavy Hall, set to be completed autumn of this year, he has had accessible fieldwork in the comfort of his academic backyard. A dream situation for many. But Schmidt is always looking to improve upon his understanding and felt a lack of varietal perspective on his area of research, which, in a nutshell, encompasses CLT performance under severe conditions like hygrothermal wear and tear. That is where Europe comes into play. Across the sea, for countries like Germany, Austria, or Italy, building with CLT is old hat—they’ve been down that road for more than 20 years, and their distinct building codes have assisted instead of hindered its progression as a viable construction material—a contrast to the United States.   

Read the full story in Evan’s Student Story! For more details on the College of Forestry’s Alpine Europe Faculty-led Program, click here, or contact Kerry Menn.


International Speed Friending Event

Hello international scholars! Oregon State University Office of International Services would like to invite you to a Speed Friending event!

This event is intended to bring together international scholars and faculty members, to meet, mingle, and possibly make new friendships with each other and other community members! Speed friending is a structured way to meet other new colleagues for brief five-minute conversations.

How does it work? Initially you are paired with a partner, then after five-minutes of conversation, you will move onto the next person for another five-minute conversation. 
The speed friending event, on Wednesday, February 7th, 6pm-8pm (it is important that you be on time!), in the Valley Library room 3622, will be limited to 40 people and will include free pizza (both vegetarian and meat) and drinks for participants.

Click here to sign up!

Visiting Lecturer from Stellenbosch University

Join us next Tuesday for a talk from Stellenbosch University's Professor Ben du Toit covering silvicultural management practices in South Africa. Find details on the flyer below!