The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project

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Betty Lu Anderson Oral History Interview - June 1, 2017

Betty Lu Anderson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
June 1, 2017
Betty Lu Anderson (b. 1923) attended Oregon State College from 1942 to 1945, during which time she majored in Home Economics and worked for the school newspaper, The Barometer, where she wrote sports copy and, as a senior, served as editor. Anderson's years as an OSC undergraduate coincided with the American entry into World War II, and her attendance at the college was marked in part by a notable absence of male students. Much of her interview focuses on this unique period in Oregon State's history. Anderson's later careers in journalism, librarianship and the church are included as secondary topics.

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Baseball National Champions, Back-to-Back - October 2015 - July 2016

Baseball National Champions, Back-to-Back

Four interviews conducted by Greg Garcia, Chris Petersen, and Mike Dicianna.
October 2015 - July 2016
From 2005 to 2007, the Oregon State University baseball program enjoyed a sustained run of success that is without parallel in university history. Over the course of three seasons, the Beavers participated in the College World Series three times, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. In the process, OSU also achieved multiple milestones that are unequalled in the history of college baseball: in 2006, the Beavers won six consecutive elimination games to claim the national championship, and in 2007 they won four tournament games by six runs or more. This unprecedented era of championship baseball is the primary subject of a collection of interviews conducted with four individuals: players Kevin Gunderson and Chris Kunda; broadcaster Mike Parker; and manager Pat Casey.

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Susan Castillo Oral History Interview - June 17, 2014

Susan Castillo Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 17, 2014
Susan Castillo (b. 1951) graduated from OSU in 1981, having returned to school at the urging of OSU's Affirmative Action Director, Pearl Spears Gray, for whom Castillo worked as a secretary. A Communications major, Castillo found employment as a news reporter with KVAL-TV Eugene, and her coverage of the Oregon legislature sparked her interest in running for office. In 1997 Castillo was elected to the state Senate, and in the process became the first Hispanic woman to occupy an office in the state's legislature. From 2003-2012, she also served as Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Oregon Department of Education, where she advocated for students of color and low-income families, among many other initiatives. Her interview focuses on her student experience at OSU and the arc of her career in journalism and politics.

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Lynne Clendenin Oral History Interview - February 19, 2015

Lynne Clendenin Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
February 19, 2015
Lynne Clendenin (b. 1953) attended OSU as a non-traditional student, beginning in 1986 and graduating in 1990 with a degree in Theatre Arts. While an undergraduate, Clendenin became involved both with a variety of student media productions as well as radio work at Oregon Public Broadcasting, then based on the Oregon State campus. Following the completion of her studies, Clendenin remained with OPB, serving as both producer and on-air talent. Since 2011 she has worked as vice president of programming for radio and television, and has co-hosted OPB television's Oregon Art Beat. Her interview focuses on her experiences as a non-traditional student of color, her involvement in student media and university theater, and the advancement of her career in public broadcasting.

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Jodie Davaz Oral History Interviews - May 2014 - May 2015

Jodie Davaz Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
May 2014 - May 2015
Jodie Davaz (class of 2015), a Digital Communication Arts major and student in the University Honors College, spent the 2013-14 academic year as Station Manager at KBVR-FM. She is also the first editor of Beaver's Digest, successor publication to the Beaver Yearbook. Her first interview is devoted to the inner-workings of OSU's student radio station, her ambitions for Beaver's Digest and her sense of student culture on campus and within the community as it stood in 2014. Her second interview, recorded almost exactly one year later, focuses on the first year of Beaver's Digest and Davaz's broader reflections on her rich undergraduate experience.

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Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Dennis Dimick (b. 1951) graduated from OSU in 1973 with a degree in General Agriculture. While at Oregon State, Dimick also pursued a growing interest in photojournalism and eventually built a career as a photographer, reporter and editor at several newspapers. From 1980 to 2015, Dimick was a staff member at National Geographic, retiring as the magazine's Executive Environment Editor. In 2013, Dimick received the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, which is the most prestigious honor granted by the National Press Photographers Association. His interview focuses on his roots in agriculture, the development of his skillet as a journalist, his memories of National Geographic, and his influential work documenting and reporting on contemporary environmental issues.

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Jenna Dorn Oral History Interview - September 17, 2013

Jenna Dorn Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 17, 2013
Jenna Dorn (b. 1950) graduated from OSU's Journalism department in 1973. Following graduate study in public administration, Dorn began a long and successful career as a public servant based in Washington, D.C. In the public sector, Dorn has served as Assistant Secretary of Labor and head of the Federal Transit Administration, and has held multiple positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has also provided leadership to the American Red Cross in the role of senior vice president and has worked in similar capacities with the National Health Museum and the World Bank. At the time of this interview, Dorn held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Dorn's interview details her undergraduate experience at OSU as well as her life in public service.

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Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview - November 10, 2014

Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
November 10, 2014
Jim Edmunson (b. 1951) graduated from Oregon State University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. As an OSU undergraduate, Edmunson was heavily involved with student journalism during a turbulent era in U.S. history. As news editor of the Daily Barometer, Edmunson coordinated coverage of anti-war protests and the murder of OSU student Nancy Wyckoff, among other topics. In 1983, following stints as a professional news reporter and editor, Edmunson began a new career as a lawyer and political figure, serving in the Oregon legislature from 1987-1995 and chairing the Democratic Party of Oregon from 1999-2007. His interview focuses primarily on his undergraduate experience with particular emphasis placed on his activities as a student journalist.

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Tim Hall Oral History Interview - June 25, 2014

Tim Hall Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 25, 2014
Tim Hall (b. 1955), a native of Los Angeles, attended Oregon State University from 1973-1978, graduating with a degree in Technical Journalism. Hall came to OSU during a period of damaged relations between African American students and the OSU and Corvallis communities. Hall has helped to rebuild these relationships, in part through his contributions to the founding of the Black Cultural Center while a student at OSU, and later through his service to the President's Board of Advisors for Minority Affairs. His interview focuses on the challenges faced by black OSU students in the 1970s, his experience of the African American student community that emerged during that time, and the impact that OSU made upon him as he pursued a career in public relations.

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Chris Johns Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Chris Johns Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Chris Johns (b. 1951), a native of Central Point, Oregon, attended OSU from 1970-1974, studying Agriculture before changing his major to Technical Journalism. A photojournalist for the OSU student newspaper, Johns went on to become a lauded photographer for several newspapers and magazines, and was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979. In 1988 Johns began a formal association with National Geographic magazine, where he was hired as a staff photographer, and spent the next two years living and working in Africa. In the late 1990s, Johns joined the magazine's editorial staff and, in 2005, he was named Editor in Chief, the ninth such person to hold this position since the founding of National Geographic in 1888. His interview focuses on the roots of his love for photojournalism and the arc of his career as a photographer, writer and editor.

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Zhian Kamvar Oral History Interview - June 19, 2015

Zhian Kamvar Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
June 19, 2015
Zhian Kamvar (b. 1984) is a Ph.D. student in Botany and Plant Pathology who is conducting research on plant pathogen bioinformatics. Kamvar is also the co-founder and a co-host of Inspiration Dissemination, a student radio talk show broadcast weekly on KBVR-FM. Created in 2012 to provide a forum for OSU graduate students to discuss their research, and meant to inspire undergraduates to consider further education as graduate students, the show was honored with the Most Innovative Radio Program Award at the 2014 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference. In his interview, Kamvar reflects on his own educational path up to his current life as a doctoral student, discusses the history and progression of Inspiration Dissemination, and shares his perspective on graduate student culture at Oregon State.

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Bill Lunch Oral History Interviews - March 2015

Bill Lunch Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
March 2015
Bill Lunch (b. 1949) was a member of the OSU Political Science department from 1984 to his retirement in 2011, serving as chair of the department for his final eight years on faculty. For the majority of his time at Oregon State, Lunch also worked as a political commentator for Oregon Public Broadcasting, filing reports and offering his opinions on regional political affairs, and regularly appearing on both radio and television. Over two interviews, Lunch describes the ways in which this dual career evolved and flourished over the course of nearly three decades at Oregon State. He also offers his opinions on numerous individuals who have made a major impact on the university, and shares his perspective on the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber, which took place just one month before these interviews.

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The OSU Extension Service Centennial Oral History Collection - August 2007 - June 2009

The OSU Extension Service Centennial Oral History Collection

Sixteen life history interviews conducted by Elizabeth Uhlig.
August 2007 - June 2009
In anticipation of its centennial in 2011, the Oregon State University Extension Service interviewed several of its emeritus faculty in 2007, 2008, and 2009. These interviews help to tell the story of Extension in Oregon over a fifty-year period following World War II, and cover topics including agriculture, 4-H, home economics, energy, community development, Sea Grant, communications, administration, and support. The interviewees who are included in the collection that is presented here are: Roberta Anderson, Len Calvert, Dean Frischknecht, John Hansen, Bob Jacobson, Duane Johnson, Alberta Johnston, Harold Kerr, Glenn Klein, Linda Modrell, Owen Osborne, Jack Ross, Jane Schroeder, Walt and Sally Schroeder, Greg Tillson, and Tom Zinn.

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Warner Strausbaugh Oral History Interview - May 12, 2014

Warner Strausbaugh Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
May 12, 2014
Warner Strausbaugh (class of 2014) served as Editor-in-Chief of the OSU Daily Barometer student newspaper for the 2013-2014 academic year. A Political Science major, Strausbaugh spent four years on the Barometer staff and worked there in a number of capacities, including stints as a reporter for multiple OSU sports beats as well as Sports Editor, Managing Editor and, finally, Editor-in-Chief. His interview sheds light on the culture of the Barometer newsroom and the life of a student journalist. He also shares his opinions on student attitudes and OSU's campus culture as it stood in 2014.

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Paul Turner Oral History Interview - June 24, 2015

Paul Turner Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
June 24, 2015
Paul Turner (b. 1961) is a former OSU student in English who has founded and operated two independent cinemas in downtown Corvallis - The Avalon and The Darkside. A student journalist while at Oregon State, Turner has spent the majority of his working life managing and operating movie theaters, beginning with his first job as an assistant at the Woodburn Drive-In (where he lived in an apartment located under the screen) and including a decade running the Kuhn Cinema in Lebanon, Oregon. In a decidedly colorful interview, Turner discusses his life-long affection for movies, his associations with OSU, the births and evolutions of The Avalon and The Darkside, and the many memorable moments that have arisen over the course of a career spent working in independent theaters.

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Dick Weinman Oral History Interviews - October 2014 - January 2015

Dick Weinman Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Janice Dilg.
October 2014 - January 2015
Dick Weinman (b. 1933) was a Speech professor at Oregon State from 1967 to his retirement in 1998, and also the on-air voice of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Morning Edition for nearly twenty-five years. During his career at OSU, Weinman played a fundamental role in the creation and growth of KBVR-TV as well as the Broadcast Media Communications program, which he led until its dissolution in 1992. An influential and innovative teacher, Weinman also spearheaded a number of workshops and campus events meant to improve the quality of education for the university's aspiring broadcasters. Among many topics discussed over two interviews, Weinman reflects on his life in broadcasting; his involvement with a wide array of documentary films and campus events; the evolution of KBVR-TV; and the creation of the New Media Studies program.

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Roger Werth Oral History Interview - June 16, 2014

Roger Werth Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 16, 2014
Roger Werth (b. 1957) attended Oregon State University from 1975-1980, graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies with emphases on journalism and photography. In May 1980, early in his career as a photojournalist, Werth captured several iconic images of the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens. In 1981 the staff of Werth's newspaper, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, received the Pulitzer Prize for Local, General or Spot News Reporting, a major recognition of the paper's coverage of the Mt. St. Helens story. Special commendation was given by the Pulitzer committee to Werth for his photographs. Werth's interview focuses upon his undergraduate years at OSU, his memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and his broader experiences in photojournalism.

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