Hello Beaver Caucus member,

Earlier this month at the public launch celebration for Believe It: The Campaign for Oregon State University, the OSU Foundation and OSU announced that the university’s new 150,000 square-foot advanced research and education facility will be named the Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex in recognition of the alumni couple’s $50 million gift in support of the new center on the Corvallis campus. A total of $100 million in private funds has been committed to the $200 million project. 

The Jen-Hsun and Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex will change the trajectory of OSU and the state of Oregon, positioning the university to solve global challenges in fields where it is already internationally recognized, including climate science, oceanography, sustainability and water resources. To help accomplish this, the center will harness one of the nation’s fastest university supercomputers and team-based research in artificial intelligence, materials science and robotics. 

As founder and CEO of NVIDIA, Jen-Hsun Huang is one of the world’s most respected innovators and CEOs, and Lori Huang drives their family vision through their foundation. Their $50 million gift sends a powerful message that OSU is a place we can all believe in.  

After the election, we will let you know how you can help engage the legislature in the university’s $75 million request for state bonding to match the philanthropic and university contributions for this project.

We look forward to working with you to advocate for this and other university and Beaver Caucus legislative priorities in 2023.

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Arts and Education Complex Announcement

The university also announced that the 49,000-square-foot arts and education complex, currently under construction, will be named the Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts in recognition of Ms. Reser’s previously anonymous $25 million gift for the facility. Her giving to the arts at OSU now totals $36 million.
In addition to the philanthropic and university contributions for the arts and education complex, the legislature approved $35 million in state bonding authority during a special legislative session in 2020. Beaver Caucus members were instrumental in getting state funding for this project over the finish line. This complex will serve every OSU student, make the university more competitive in the race for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) students and allow OSU to continue to deliver arts programming to tens of thousands of K-12 students from every community in the state. Thank you!

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Thanks for all you do to support our great university! Go Beavs! 

Bill Perry

The Beaver Caucus is an independent, alumni-led organization. It is a 501(c)4 with an independent board of directors. The Caucus works closely with the OSU Foundation to engage alumni and supporters, giving them the opportunity to amplify their voice and have a substantive impact on state government.