University Day

September 14, 2021

At Oregon State University, it is our tradition for all faculty and staff to gather together on University Day, a celebratory launch to the academic year. University Day and includes a powerful keynote address, meaningful discussion, awards recognition, and fun prizes for participants.

Dr. Holden Thorp, Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals, was the 2021 University Day keynote speaker. His virtual address was held on September 14, 2021. Dr. Thorp discussed the intersection of science, higher education, and politics and policy in light of lessons learned from the pandemic. The keynote presentation was followed by a conversation moderated by Dr. Selina Heppell and Dr. Becky Vega-Thurber.

In keeping with OSU’s commitment to supporting personal wellness and public health, the University Day 2021 keynote session was held virtually.

Watch a recording of the 2021 University Day keynote session!

2021 University Day Speaker
Holden Thorp, Editor-in-Chief of Science

Dr. Holden Thorp became Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals in 2019. He will be talking about the intersection of science, higher education, and politics and policy in light of lessons learned from the pandemic.

He came to Science from Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019, and where he is Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor and holds appointments in both chemistry and medicine. Thorp spent three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

More information regarding Holden Thorp and his many accomplishments can be found here.


Prizes are a traditional part of the excitement behind University Day! All attendees at the University Day Keynote Session were automatically entered into the prize drawing. University Events staff will contact the winners by email.

Prize winners list (alphabetical by first name)

Anna Ehlers
Barbara Bond
Bettye Maddux
Brian Palmer
Christina Diaz-Toledo
Cindi Mafit
Dan Crouch
David Stone
Elvira Alvarez
Erica Dodson
Irene Schoppy
Jason Dorsette
Jenesis Long

Joe Schaffer
Jordan Lyman
Karren Cholewinski
Kayla Campbell
Keeley MacNeill
Kevin Gable
Kim Haab
Kris Hunt
Scott Campbell
Steven Strauss
Tony Nelson
Wendy Allison