University Day Schedule

September 15, 2020

Watch the recorded keynote session!

10 to 11:30 a.m. Keynote Session via Zoom Webinar - Watch the recording!

  • Welcome Remarks by Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser
  • 2020 Faculty and Staff Awards Recognition
  • Remarks by Faculty Senate President Dwaine Plaza
  • Remarks by President F. King Alexander
  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Panel Discussion with Presidents Alexander and Hrabowski, President Emeritus Edward J. Ray and Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser, moderated by Dr. Selina Heppell.
  • Audience Q & A

University Day Virtual Expo
Visit this year's expo virtually and learn about the services offered by other academic and business units from throughout OSU through video submissions or photo/narrative submissions. The expo is designed to showcase the work and opportunities provided by units at OSU, to fellow staff and faculty. Learn what other departments, colleges or units are accomplishing or about their services and programs as they continue to help OSU achieve its mission.

Provost's Welcome for all new employees
Each year the Provost and President welcome all new OSU employees on University Day. This year, all new employees hired after September 15, 2019 will receive a letter and gift. Information for new employees and welcome messages from leadership can be found on the New Employee Welcome webpage. Questions regarding the New Employee Welcome may be directed to Kayleen Eng at

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”  More...

F. King Alexander
President, Oregon State University

F. King Alexander, a prominent national advocate for advancing equal opportunity for all people through public higher education, became Oregon State University’s 15th president on July 1, 2020. President Alexander brings 20 years of success as a university president to OSU, where he is continuing the transformative momentum and impact that Oregon State University -- Oregon’s largest university -- has realized over the past two decades. President Alexander is noted for his commitment to inclusive excellence among students, faculty and staff; his drive to provide access and an affordable education to all learners; and his support for the teaching, research and outreach mission of the land grant university. More..

Edward J. Ray
President Emeritus, Oregon State University

Edward J. Ray became president of Oregon State University’s President on July 31, 2003, and retired after 17 years of service as president. He received the 2013 CASE District VIII Leadership Award. Under his leadership, OSU completed and updated a visionary campus-wide strategic plan that served as the framework for the university’s development in profound and historic ways. Ray is a strong advocate in Oregon and nationally for access to higher education opportunities for all learners. As OSU president, he worked to reduce barriers to higher education for historically underrepresented populations throughout Oregon, while also increasing academic excellence. More...

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President, Oregon State University

As the chief academic officer of the campus, he oversees 11 academic colleges, the University Honors College, the Graduate School, the University Library, and the divisions of Student Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, and Information and Technology. He oversees the university’s annual budget development and strategic plan. Previously Feser held several leadership roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. More...

Dwaine Plaza,
Professor of Sociology, Faculty Senate President, Oregon State University

Dwaine Plaza is a professor of Sociology in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. He has been at OSU since 1997. His teaching includes race and ethnic relations, globalization, social justice and applied research methods. He has written extensively on the topic of Caribbean migration within the international diaspora, and his publications have focused on such topics as return migration, migration and settlement practices of Caribbeans, and immigration policy in Canada, where he grew up. More...

Dr. Selina Heppell
Department Head of Fisheries and Wildlife, Professor of Fisheries, Oregon State University

Selina Heppell is Department Head and Professor of marine fisheries ecology at Oregon State University. She devotes most of her research to some of the oldest and slowest-growing animals in the sea: sea turtles, sharks, sturgeon, and U.S. west coast rockfish (scientifically known as Sebastes, which means “magnificent”), though she also dabbles in the ecology of fast growing forage fishes. She primarily uses computer models and simulations to help understand how populations respond to fishing and environmental change, guiding research and management policy towards their recovery. She is particularly interested in finding ways to protect marine species and habitats while supporting local fisheries. More...