Sunday, February 26, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The Purpose of Alpha Gamma Rho is to Make Better Men, and through them a broader and better agriculture by surrounding our members with influences tending to encourage individual endeavor, resourcefulness and aggressive effort along lines making for the development of better mental, social, moral and physical qualities; to promote a wider acquaintance and a broader outlook on the part of agricultural men through fellowship in a national organization that stands for the best social, mental and moral development.
Monday, February 20, 2023
Rebecca Sabine Ramsey was the first person in her family to fall in love with music. It happened when the first-chair violinist from the Long Beach Philharmonic visited her fourth-grade classroom to share opportunities for music lessons. As soon as Sabine Ramsey saw her pick up the violin, it clicked.
After more than 40 years as a professional musician in Las Vegas, Rebecca Sabine Ramsey decided to finish her bachelor’s degree via Oregon State Ecampus.
Through high school and the beginning of her college career in the 1970s at California State University, Long Beach, Sabine Ramsey played the violin for fun. Then a friend landed a gig in Las Vegas and invited her to go with him. She decided school could wait — she needed to see what opportunities lay ahead in the music business.
After landing a full-time job at Caesar’s Palace, Sabine Ramsey spent several years playing alongside stars like Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Lady Gaga, as well as with Celine Dion during her eight-year residency. But when Dion’s show closed in 2019, Sabine Ramsey decided she was ready to finish her bachelor’s degree.
An OSU Ecampus student in the College of Liberal Arts, Sabine Ramsey found a program she could align with her career: music and the contemplative arts. The curriculum incorporates a mix of religious studies, philosophy, poetry and science — in addition to music.
Read more, here.
Friday, February 17, 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Saturday, February 11, 2023
Kindness and generosity go back generations in Saba Moallem’s family. And because of their bravery and sacrifices, she sees the world through a humble lens — and wants to build on their example.
Moallem’s family story began in Iran in the mid-1980s when her parents were just 16 and 17. Her mother’s home was set on fire as an act of persecution against the family’s Bahá’i faith, a religion that originated in the Middle East in the 19th century and focuses on the unity and equality of all people. But the Bahá’i faith is not recognized by the government, and those who follow it have been widely persecuted in Iran for decades.
Moallem’s mother and grandparents were able to escape their home through a small window crack, only to be met by more people attempting to block their escape. At just the right moment, an acquaintance arrived to pick them up. He risked his life to save them because Moallem’s grandmother, a midwife, had delivered the man’s wife’s baby. Moallem’s grandfather, a pharmacist, had saved the man’s father’s life by providing medication they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Following their rescue, Moallem’s mother and father met by chance — when their families gathered together to plan their final escape from Iran. Her father was asked to look over her mother as they joined a group of fellow teenagers on a harrowing journey to the United States, with nothing but a small bag of almonds and a few gold coins that were sewn into her mother’s skirt. They arrived in the U.S. in 1989 and married in 1992.
Because her parents went through so much to get to America and build a new life for their family, Moallem’s drive to give back is incredibly strong. A fourth-year computer science student in the College of Engineering, she wants to develop artificial intelligence applications for medical procedures, a way to reduce patient risks and increase survival rates, and a field where she is looking forward to gaining real-world experience.
Moallem’s career goal is inspired by her relationship with her maternal grandmother, who left Iran in 1995 and joined the family in Oregon. She got sick and was considered too high-risk to undergo the procedure she needed. But AI could help reduce some patient risks — by allowing doctors to program a robot to perform full surgical procedures or controlling and moving the robot themselves throughout the surgery. This reduces potential human errors like the slightest shake of a hand.
Read more, here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Sunday, February 5, 2023
The weather is crisp and cold, which means it’s the perfect time to cozy up with a warm meal. If you love soups, casseroles or want to try something new, we’ve got several recipe ideas for you. Try one with a friend, bring one to a family gathering and enjoy!
In Oregon, some of the fresh produce you’ll find throughout the season includes winter squash, Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, mushrooms, dried beans, lentils, onions, potatoes, cranberries, apples and root vegetables like carrots and parsnips. OSU Extension’s Food Hero program has an extensive list of recipes ranging from snacks to main courses and everything in between.
Three Sisters Soup
- 1 1⁄2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3⁄4 cup diced carrot
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 4 cloves garlic, minced or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups diced summer or winter squash (fresh or frozen)
- 1 1⁄2 cups corn (fresh or frozen) or a 15-oz can (drained and rinsed)
- 1 1⁄2 cups cooked beans (any type) or a 15-oz can (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes or 2 cups diced fresh
- 3 1⁄2 cups low-sodium broth (any type)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1. Wash hands with soap and water.
2. Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add carrot and onion and saute until onions have begun to turn slightly brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Add garlic, squash and corn and continue to stir for another 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add beans, tomatoes, broth, cumin and pepper.
5. Allow soup to come to a boil and then turn heat down to a simmer until all vegetables are tender to taste (15 to 30 minutes, depending on the vegetables used).
6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
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Thursday, February 2, 2023
There’s just something about petting a friendly dog that immediately makes your stress melt away. At Oregon State, Cedar is the perfect pup for the job.
A member of the public safety team, the nearly 2-year-old black Lab is known on campus as a wellness dog. That means Cedar is there to provide comfort and stress relief for students, community members and his public safety colleagues. He is smart and incredibly calm, loves ice cubes and the occasional apple or carrot treat. His only real dislike is elevators, although he has come a long way in overcoming his fear of them.
But one of Cedar’s most impressive traits is his intuition.
Cedar is very aware of people’s feelings — and is immediately ready to jump in and provide relief. During a campus summer camp, he helped soothe a child who was experiencing an emotional crisis. She had run away from her group and over the railroad tracks, and she wasn’t willing to talk to anyone until Cedar greeted her and showed he could be trusted. After that, the child’s anxiety lowered significantly and she was calm enough to answer questions.
In his day-to-day life, Cedar consistently checks in on his colleagues as well. Whenever they have a stressful phone call or a hard day, he tends to pop his head in their office or sleep nearby — just so they know he is there.
Read and see more, here.
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