Spring 2024

Spring 2024

Volume XV, Issue 2

From the Dean

Summer is here, and with it, a chance to celebrate our fantastic year. Congratulations to our graduates! This year, we celebrated a significant milestone with our first college-wide graduation ceremony, a fitting tribute to your dedication and perseverance. It was inspiring to see the culmination of your hard work recognized in front of your proud families.

I also want to congratulate our faculty and staff who received recognition at our Faculty & Staff Awards this year. Your commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service is truly remarkable. To all faculty and staff across the state, your contributions are the foundation of our college’s success and impact throughout Oregon. Your hard work and dedication are deeply appreciated.

Keep an eye out for events and opportunities to connect over the summer, including field days at our agricultural experiment stations across the state, and our Art About Agriculture touring exhibit. I hope to see you there!

As we conclude a successful spring term and an exceptional year, I encourage everyone to take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge. Spend time with family and friends, and enjoy a well-earned break.

Wishing you all a restful and enjoyable summer.

Go Beavs!

Staci L. Simonich, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Dean and Reub Long Professor
College of Agricultural Sciences
Director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station


Beaver Classic Summer Sales

Plant Sales
Enhance your garden with our top-quality selection of table grape (Interlocken, Candace, Flame, NY Muscat, Concord) plants available by appointment at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture.

Introducing Our New Barley Scone Mix
Blended by our students from the streaker barley flour developed at OSU! Our mix brings a rich, nutty flavor and wholesome goodness to your favorite scones. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a delightful afternoon snack.

Plus, don't miss out on our exclusive ice cream, available only at the Beaver Classic Food Truck at the Corvallis Farmers Market.

Beaver Classic is a brand of student made products by the College of Agricultural Sciences. All proceeds directly support experiential learning and product development opportunities for our students.


Plant Sales Information  Beaver Classic Store

New Hires

Patricia Stock headshot

Dr. S. Patricia Stock Named Department Head of Horticulture

Dr. S. Particia Stock joins OSU with an extensive background in horticulture, entomology, and agricultural leadership, making her a valuable addition to our academic community. Stock has acted in many leadership roles, both in academia and extramurally, most recently serving as Dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University Chico. Prior to that she served as Director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Julie Pett-Ridge
Dr. Julie Pett-Ridge named Assistant Dean of Graduate Research and Education

Dr. Julie Pett-Ridge recently spent two years at the National Science Foundation, as a program manager for large interdisciplinary programs that span ecology, earth science, engineering, chemistry, and social sciences.  During this time, she also worked with program managers at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and at international science agencies on collaborative research funding efforts.

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University is Oregon's principal source of knowledge relating to agricultural and food systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. The College provides undergraduate and graduate education leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and extended education programs throughout Oregon and beyond. Its research programs create knowledge to solve problems and to build a knowledge base for the future. It is a source of information and expertise in integrating and applying knowledge with benefits that are felt in domestic and international settings.