In addition to a record-breaking number of graduates in the college – more than 800 undergraduates and nearly 100 graduate students – these graduating students are the first to earn a degree from the newly accredited College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
“Drag is more than just getting on stage in high heels and a gorgeous dress with makeup on my face,” says CPHHS senior Luke Kawasaki. “I use drag to tell the world that gender queer and trans bodies are not something to be feared or ignored."
In comparison to bigger cities like Portland, or even Corvallis, Philomath supports a relatively small population and is set in a rural, forested location. But the frequent bustling of logging trucks and daily activity at local sawmills has some residents concerned about air quality.
“Oregon State has given me a chance to leave the past behind and look toward the future,” says Dawn Phillips, who is graduating in June. “I have so much security in knowing that I have an education and a career I love.”
Public health and human sciences students represent the future of health, and to recognize their achievements the college treated 325 high-achieving scholarship and fellowship recipients to two new events.
"A large portion of my research uses spatial exposure assessment methods to determine the health effects associated with exposure to air pollution, ranging from adverse birth outcomes to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases to cancers," says Assistant Professor Perry Hystad.
Words matter. That’s the message pediatrician, journalist and public health advocate Dr. Richard Besser shared during a public lecture and private audience with College of Public Health and Human Sciences students in April.