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  • APLU Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Convocation. 800 leaders of APLU and member universities gathered at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center for this 150th anniversary special event.  Tuesday, June 26, all day  
  • Orioles vs. Angels.  Join with fellow Oregon Staters to enjoy an Orioles Baseball Game. This package includes access to the Left Field Club All-Inclusive Picnic Perch! Tickets are $35 and include: Access to the exclusive club level, a left field club seat. Cost includes hotdogs, nachos, salad, peanuts, popcorn, ice cream and soda. Tuesday, June 26, 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. game time. 

  • OSU at The Castle. Elected officials, Capitol Hill staff, federal agency representatives, university leaders from around the country and key alumni will join OSU leaders for breakfast at the iconic headquarters of the Smithsonian.  Expect a program aimed at increasing awareness of OSU strengths among these key audiences and deepening familiarity with an institution with increasing interests at the federal and national levels. Thursday, June 28, 8:00 a.m.

                       Program speakers:  
      Stephen Kidd - Director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
                       Ed Ray - President
                       Ron Wyden - Senator
                       Peter De Fazio - Representative
                       Kurt Schrader - Representative
                       Rick Spinrad - Vice President for Research      
                  Belinda Batten - Director, Northwest Natural Marine Renewable Energy Center
                       Kathy Higley - Department Head, Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Health Physics
                       Thomas Griffin - student
                       Kate Sinner - Director of OSU Federal Relations

    Grits Soufflé - Featuring Bob’s Red Mill grits, eggs, cheddar cheese, garlic and nutmeg
    Bob’s Red Mill donated to the university to launch a new research and outreach center focused on whole-grain foods nutrition.

    Miniature Surimi Quiche - Featuring Trident Seafood crab-flavored surimi
    Oregon State University food scientist Jae Park teaches production and food safety techniques at annual Surimi School sessions in Oregon, Europe and Asia. Trident Seafood has been a sponsor of the Oregon State Surimi School for the last 13 years.

    Chicken and Apple Sausage Links

    Willamette Valley Fruit Co. Bars
    Oregon State scientists work with the Oregon Blackberry and Raspberry Commission to provide research and resources for local berry growers.

    Selection of Tropical Fruit
    Pineapple, mangos, kiwi, melon, citrus and fresh berries

    Miniature Cranberry Muffins - Featuring Truitt Brothers cranberries
    Truitt Brothers is a co-pack facility for many Oregon growers, and all Truitt Brothers’ cranberries are Oregon grown.  Most of the company’s professional staff and scientists are Oregon State alumni.

    Fruit Juices
    Assortment of freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and apple juices

    Coffee - Featuring Allann Bros. coffee and decaffeinated coffee
    Allann Bros. has worked with Oregon State food science and technology professor Mark Daeschel on syrup manufacturing
    as well as with the university’s sensory lab.

    Tea with Wild Harvest honey available upon request

    Sodas & Mineral

    • OSU at National Geographic. The Alumni Association hosted a reception at the landmark National Geographic Society headquarters in Downtown D.C. that included an social and cocktail reception. Guests enjoyed exclusive after-hours access into the National Geographic Museum and opportunity to view Titanic: 100 Year Obsession on exhibit.  Thursday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.
                        Suggested donation $15 for OSUAA members / $20 for non-members

Folklife Festival Exhibitions on the Mall
Happening daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • June 27 through July 1
  • July 4 through July 8

OSU Exhibitions
Displayed under tents every day on the dates listed above.  We will be in the "Sustainable Solutions" sections.  

  • Surimi School (located in the Sustainable Solutions area - OSU tent) Internationally recognized surimi expert Dr. Jae Park and his OSU Seafood Laboratory team will present the historic origins of the versatile fish paste and how surimi products have created a $2.1 billion industry in the United State over the past 30 years with major growth ahead. Within that, they’ll note OSU’s singular role in the “Americanization of surimi.”  (Learn more about Surimi School)
  • Tech Wizards (located in the Family area) Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas and others with the nationally recognized 4-H program will be leading Folklife participants through the process of building robots. A bilingual after-school program that teaches technological skills to low-income, marginalized youth ages 8 through 18, Tech Wizards is now active at more than 100 sites around the U.S. (Learn more about Tech Wizards.)
  • Making Waves (located in the Sustainable Solutions area - OSU tent) The O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory will show how scientists and engineers are learning how wave action affects our coastal areas, helping us better prepare for tsunamis and hurricane waves. They’ll be working with one of Hinsdale’s mini-flumes, crashing waves over models of coastal structures created by Folklife attendees.

Attendance counts at each exhibit area.
Date      Wave Lab            Surimi School     Tech Wizards

6/27       1240                       125                         481

6/28       338                         165                         547

6/29       180                         43                           561

6/30       festival closed due to weather

7/1         814                         117                         332

7/4         1057                       188                         968

7/5         359                         109                         312

7/6         698                         129                         320

7/7         543                         116                         89

7/8         250                         75                           320

The festival had 565,372 visitors overall.


Happening at the Smithsonian University Stage

  • Oregon State is excited to have two presenters at the Smithsonian Stage. 

Robin Rosetta - An entomologist for the OSU Extension Service, Rosetta explains how integrated pest management can defend  gardens from invasive snails, slugs and other pests using a range of environmentally friendly biological and chemical methods.
                     June 27 3:30 p.m.
                     June 28 4:00 p.m.
                     June 29 3:00 p.m.
                     June 29 5:00 p.m.
                     June 30 11:30 a.m.
                     June 30 4:00 p.m.
                     July 1 11:30 a.m.

Jae Park - A food scientist at the Oregon State Seafood Research and Education Center, Park explains processes he developed to turn low-value fish into high-value surimi, a $2.2 billion international commodity that’s used in California rolls, salads and other seafood.
                     June 30 4:30 p.m.

Sam Chan - An expert in aquatic invasive species for Oregon Sea Grant, Chan explains the threat of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, including a large dock carrying algae, crabs and starfish native to Japan that recently washed up on an Oregon beach.
                     July 1 Noon and 4:00 p.m.
                     July 4 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
                     July 6 4:30 p.m.
                     July 8 3:00 p.m.
                     July 8 4:30 p.m.

Your Opportunity

  • Volunteers helped throughout the festival dates and we couldn't have done it without them!  If you see them, thank them for their service!
         Marie Rietman - College of Ag Sciences - Class of 1980
         Betsy Hartley - College of Ag Sciences - Director of External Relations
         Patrick Proden - Extension Regional Administrator - Washington County
         Susan Smith Sedgewick - College of Science - Class of 1966
         Jacob Fekkers
         Beth Emshoff - Director - Oregon Open Campus
         Belinda Batten - Director - Northwest Natural Marine Renewable Energy Center
         Sony Park
         Ann Overmyer - College of Education - Class of 1971
         Brittany Vogl - Student - Geographic Information Science 
         Bianca Chambliss - Student - Extended Campus
         Lucy Romeo - Graduate Student - Geosciences
         Judith Citterman - College of Liberal Arts - Class of 1973
         David Harmon - College of Forestry - Class of 1971

Official participants

  • Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas - TechWizards
  • Miguel Cholula - TechWizards
  • Alicia LymanHolt - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Laia Robichaux - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Kristina (Tina) Schnell - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Katie Reinhard - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Lizeth Ochoa - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Keria Anderson - Hinsdale Wave Lab
  • Jae Park - Surimi School 
  • Angee Hunt - Surimi School
  • Matt Fowler - Surimi School
  • Steve Clark - VP, University Relations and marketing
  • Rick Spinrad - VP, Research
  • Scott Reed - Vice Provost for Outreach, Engagement and Extension (attending first half only)
  • Deb Maddy - Associate VP for Outreach, Engagement and Extension (attending second half only)
  • Ed Ray - President
  • Betsy Hartley - College of Ag Sciences
  • Dan Arp - College of Ag Sciences
  • Shelly Signs - University Events
  • Scott Greenwood - Alumni Association
  • Julie Schwartz - Alumni Association
  • Kari Christiansen - Alumni Association
  • Kathy Higley - head of the OSU Radiation Center
  •  Belinda Batten - Director, Northwest Natural Marine Renewable Energy Center
  • Sam Chan - Sea Grant Extension
  • Robin Rosetta - Extension Horticulturist, North Willamette County
  • Kate Sinner - Director of Federal Relations

Other Oregon State participants

  • Doug Hart - associate program leader for 4-H and Extension Family & Community Health
  • Beth Ray - First Lady
  • Sony Park
  • Patrick Proden - PI for Tech Wizards grant (attending part of festival)
  • Thomas Griffin - Former Oregon FFA President and Congressional Intern
  • Beth Emshoff - Urban Specialist, Director of Oregon Open Campus, Outreach & Engagement


Goal:  Oregon State’s participation in Folklife will be a reputation building experience affording opportunity for building connections and deepening relationships.  It will allow for the University to be represented in person to our many constituents (elected officials, hill staffers, university presidents, NCAA members, Pac 12 members and Oregon State Society) in the DC area and build visibility and perception by our peers and funders that we are a top land grant institution.

Success:  Success is engaging with a maximum number of our peers, funders, partners and representatives living and working in the area to communicate our message, and for staff to come back with lasting connections and relationships established and enhanced by this face-to-face time.