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 Memorial Union Programs and Services

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Memorial Union and Memorial Union East

Sid Cooper, Director of Building Services
Robin Jones, Director of Retail Food Service and Marketing
Deb Mott, Director of Operations

112 Memorial Union

The Memorial Union, located in the heart of campus, is the community center of the university. It provides services, facilities, and programs to meet the varied social, recreational, and cultural needs of OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus guests.

The building provides five restaurants, a coffee shop, and banquet facilities, a bookstore, recreation area including billiards and bowling; music practice rooms, ballroom, post office, art gallery; lounges, the Joyce Powell Leadership Center and meeting rooms of all types.

The president of the Memorial Union is a student; other students share actively in its management and in organizing social, recreational, and cultural programs, including the Memorial Union Program Council, a student-led programming board.

The Memorial Union houses the office of the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement, which supports OSU students in organizational and leadership development. Under the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement are Student Activities, Club and Organization Development, Greek Life, and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD).

The Memorial Union East (MU East, Snell Hall) houses the student governing body, the Associated Students of OSU, and staff who provide support to the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement, as well as financial advising for student groups. MU East also provides a communication center for student broadcast and publications media, meeting rooms, and a craft center.

The Memorial Union buildings stand as constant reminders of this nation’s struggle for peace and as living memorials to Oregon Staters who have given their lives in the service of their country.

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Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC)

Linda Howard, Program Advisor
Student Experience Center, Room 264

MUPC Office
Student Experience Center, Room 250

The Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC) is a student-led, student-driven organization that plans and produces high-quality events. MUPC is committed to serving the OSU community by upholding traditions and creating inclusive, accessible, and entertaining programming. Programs and events are intended to create community, make memories, and enhance the college experience.

This is achieved through many traditional events such as Moms & Family Weekend, Dads & Family Weekend, Comedy Shows, Fashion Shows, Children’s Holiday Party, Battle of the Bands, Dam Jam Concert and more. MUPC also programs a variety of new events, such as Javacoutics Series, Western Windup, OSU Has Talent, Grocery Bingo, Battle of the DJ’s, Art Festival, and more.

MUPC offers many opportunities for students to get involved outside of the classroom by helping us plan and implement events. By joining one of our event planning committees, students can hone their leadership skills, network, and build their portfolios. Students can also gain a variety of transferable skills by getting involved with MUPC that will further their growth for any profession. Please contact us about volunteering on the following committees: Music and Concerts, Entertainment and Recreation, Fashion, Community Relations and Traditions, Moms and Dads Weekends, Marketing and Social Media.

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Art and Music

Yuji Hiratsuka, School of Arts and Communication

Marlan Carlson, School of Arts and Communication

Art exhibits, lectures, concerts, and recitals sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication, Memorial Union Program Council, and student musical and art organizations play a central part in the cultural life of the community. Under the patronage of the Memorial Union, exhibitions in the Memorial Union stimulate interest in architecture, painting, sculpture, and related arts. They offer students knowledge of their cultural heritage and an awareness of contemporary art movements.

The School of Arts and Communication features the Fairbanks Gallery of Art, which features exhibitions focusing on contemporary Northwest, national, and international artists. This program provides the campus and student communities diverse creative experiences and interactions. The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lectures Series also brings internationally acclaimed artists to the school for free public lectures.

Student and faculty art exhibits are shown in various galleries throughout the year (see "Museums, Galleries, Collections.")

Noncredit classes in ceramics, photography, woodworking, weaving, and glass are offered through the Memorial Union Craft Center.

The School of Arts and Communication offers more than two dozen performance ensembles, giving student musicians of all majors the opportunity to participate at their level of ability. Students enroll in these organizations as a class and earn regular credit. Some ensembles require an audition. All require a consultation with the instructor. The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Campus Band, Chamber Choir, Bella Voce women’s chorus, Meistersingers men’s chorus, OSU Opera Workshops, jazz band, and the athletic bands present numerous performances on or near campus, in which free or reduced-price tickets are available to students. Faculty members and advanced music majors also perform free, public recitals throughout the school year. The OSU Steinway Piano Series, Chamber Music Corvallis and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra bring artists of international fame to campus for public concerts. The Music à la Carte Concert series, held most Thursdays at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge, gives students and faculty the opportunity to see fine amateur and professional chamber, jazz, and ethnic musicians and performance ensembles for free over the lunch hour. Several dance recitals are also given each year under the auspices of the College Health and Human Sciences and other organizations.

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Kyle Pifer, Senior Associate Athletic Director – Compliance

132 Gill Coliseum

Oregon State University conducts athletic programs for men and women under the auspices of the NCAA. Men’s programs compete as part of the Pacific-12 Conference in baseball, basketball, crew, football, golf, soccer, and wrestling. Women’s programs also compete in the Pacific-12 Conference in basketball, cross country, crew, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, indoor/outdoor track, and volleyball.

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Mark J. Porrovecchio, Director
Shepard Hall 205

OSU's nationally recognized forensics program—a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of Arts and Communication—invites all undergraduates to participate in speech and debate activities. Continuing a tradition at Oregon State that started in 1890s, the forensics team involves members from all majors and schools on campus. Each year, students compete in state, regional, national, and international intercollegiate tournaments. Events include public debate (following the limited preparation model of the Lincoln-Douglas format) and individual public speaking formats such as informative, persuasive, and after dinner, as well as a range of oral interpretation categories involving prose, poetry, and drama. The team travels to tournaments in both the fall and winter terms.

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Linda Howard, Program Advisor
Student Experience Center, Room 264

Frequent public lectures by faculty members, visiting scholars, and persons prominent in national affairs supplement the regular curriculum. Campus sponsors of lectures include the Y-Round Table, Associated Students, Memorial Union Program Council, Sigma Xi, and others.

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Orange Media Network

Candace Baltz, Director
Student Experience Center, 4th Floor
2251 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Website: and

The Daily Barometer

The 120-year-old campus newspaper of Oregon State University covers local news and events and brings awareness to important student and community issues. Student editors determine news and editorial content and direct the staff in reporting, writing, and editing assignments. 12,000 copies of The Barometer are printed each Monday, and available on racks the same day.  The Barometer is also delivered through The Gazette Times each Tuesday. Newsroom: 541-737-2231. Advertising: 541-737-6373. Website:

Beaver’s Digest

This quarterly student life magazine launched in 2014 and focuses on student life, food, style, and fun at OSU. The magazine is produced by students and prints three issues per year. 541-737-3501 Website:


KBVR-FM broadcasts locally on 88.7 FM, which can be heard anywhere within a 30-mile radius of the OSU campus, and a live stream at lets people tune in from around the world. More than 140 student DJs select what music they want to play and topics they want to talk about, ranging from music, sports, art, science and public affairs programming. 541-737-6323. Website:


Orange Media Network students have access to a fully equipped television studio, editing facility and remote gear for practical training and use in television production. KBVR-TV can be seen on Comcast cable channel 26 in Corvallis, Albany and Philomath, and live stream is available in HD at KBVR-TV is one of the only college TV stations with 24/7 student-made shows and programing. TV shows include live music and event coverage, game shows and talk shows, the Emmy-nominated “State of the Arts” and daily NewsBlasts. 541-737-6326. Website:


The quarterly literary arts journal features content created and submitted by student artists, including poems, paintings, sculptures, essays, and photography. Prism also hosts an artist showcase each year. 541-737-2253. Website:


This quarterly fashion magazine is the authority on all matters of style at Oregon State University. The latest edition is at 541-737-7906. Website:

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OSU Craft Center

Susan Bourque, Manager
Student Experience Center Basement
541-737-2937 Front Desk Information

Engage your creativity at the OSU Craft Center…a dynamic, user-supported arts and crafts studio. With its hands-on, friendly and casual environment, it’s a great place to take a creative time out from the whirlwind of life. Open seven days per week, the craft center offers studio workspaces, late night programming and a wide variety of classes and workshops for the beginning to experienced artist/craftsperson.

Facilities include fully equipped studios in ceramics; digital photography; fine woodworking; stained glass, fused glass and glass torchwork; fibers and sewing, silkscreen and weaving; jewelry/metalwork; plus other mixed media crafts and lots of room to work. Power and hand tools are available for use in all the craft areas. The center also operates a promotional button-making business.

Each term, over 35 non-credit classes and workshops are offered. Taught by skilled local artisans, classes focus on non-competitive learning; their small size enables students to receive individual attention. Open studio memberships are also available for those with prior experience who are interested in using the center’s studio areas tools and equipment for projects and exploration. Catalogs with current class offerings are located each term around campus, at the Craft Center, or by calling 541-737-2937. The OSU Craft Center’s hours of operation follow the OSU academic calendar.

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University Theatre

Elizabeth Helman, Coordinator
Withycombe Hall 141

University Theatre, continuing a tradition of more than 100 years of public performances in Corvallis, offers all students involvement in the theatre creative process. Each season, three main stage and numerous studio and classroom productions give student actors, designers and technicians ample opportunity to develop as theatre artists and craftspeople.

For several years, the University Theatre, with the support of the Memorial Union and Summer Session, has produced "Bard in the Quad," summer outdoor performances of Shakespeare on the MU Quad. Auditions and crew assignments for the University Theatre are open to all students, no matter what their major. Students can also earn academic credit for participation on stage and behind the scenes.

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