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Many Oregon State alumni have their roots in student affairs, whether it was serving on the Memorial Union Advisory Council or working as a resident's assistant. Here are a few alumni who were actively involved with student affairs programming during their college days.


Once a Memorial Union vice president, Jessup is now an award-winning Pixar production-designer and served as Oregon State's 2018 Commencement speaker.


Gayle Fitzpatrick, former president of OSU's Alpha Rho chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, is helping to implement a leadership-training program for the Greek community.

Notable Alum

A few famous Beavers who had their beginnings with student affairs programs.

Major Ed Allworth, 1916, Founded the Memorial Union

On Nov. 5, 1918, at the Meuse River in France, Allworth (a captain with the 60th Infantry Division) earned the Medal of Honor. He became a furniture salesman in Portland after the war and eventually spearheaded fundraising for construction of OSU's Memorial Union, where he served as building manager for 38 years. He was also secretary/director of the OSU Alumni Association in 1925. He died in 1966. 


George Abed, 1962, Student Body President

He came from Palestine in 1958 with a scholarship that was good for one year. He left in 1962 after serving as OSU's first international student body president and went on to a long career in economics. For several years he was a manager with the International Monetary Fund and also served as the governor of the Palestinian Monetary Authority. 


N. Christian Anderson, 1972, editor of The Barometer 

Became editor of the Orange Country Register in the Los Angeles area in 1980 at age 29. Won two Pulitzer Prizes and was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation during his nine-year tenure as editor. Has also been editor of The Oregonian and The Register-Guard in Eugene.