Message from the Vice President
Aug. 18, 2021
I hope this message finds you well and that you are finding time with family and friends to enjoy this beautiful, yet perhaps too-warm summer. A year ago, I would not have guessed that we would still be dealing with so many challenges. When I step back to think about what we have faced—and continue to face—in planning for and responding to wildfire season and smoke impacts, drought conditions and evolving public health guidelines as the COVID pandemic continues, I cannot be anything but thankful. I’m thankful that we have a community of caring and dedicated people like you, working hard to address these multiple and compounding challenges. Thankful that you have met these challenges head-on and served with distinction. Thankful that you are as resilient as you are compassionate. I am so proud of the ongoing fortitude and can-do attitude with which you continue to face our challenges! Thank you!
We met as a division last month via Zoom for the DFA Annual Awards and Meeting to celebrate the outstanding work of everyone who works in the Division of Finance and Administration. If you weren’t able to join us, you can use your ONID password to access the video here. At the annual meeting, I talked about the importance of educating ourselves regarding matters of social justice, structural and systemic racism, and how each of us can play a part in dismantling them. For your convenience, the DFA Extended Leadership Team shared a list of useful books, articles and trainings concerning diversity, equity and inclusion matters. I encourage you to check out the resources page, do some reading, and spend time discussing what you learn with your colleagues. Soon we will launch an effort to develop a division-wide action plan focused on these issues, and you will be invited to participate.
Fall term is approaching quickly and I’m excited about the plans DFA units have been making to resume full in-person service as of Sept. 7. Be assured that university leaders are paying close attention to the public health situation and how OSU will operate in alignment with federal, state, and local guidance.
DFA employees need to remain flexible in our plans and stay ready to support the OSU community.
The next time you come to the Corvallis campus, you’ll see some big changes as we prepare a site for the future Arts and Education Complex. The old facilities shops at 15th and Washington were demolished earlier this month, in an impressively quick and neat job. I recently had a chance to tour the Western Complex, the new home of the University Facilities, Infrastructure & Operations team. It was really great to see everyone settling into new spaces—they have a lot more elbow room now!
We’re doing so much great work in the Division of Finance and Administration, to prepare to host students on campus in fall, to advance our unit and division-wide goals, and to support the success of the entire OSU community. As we move forward, I am interested in hearing your ideas, your concerns and your suggestions. My office is in the process of scheduling small group meetings with employees across the division in fall term, and my door—and email—are always open if you want to reach out directly.
Read on for more news direct from DFA units.