Opened nearly 90 years ago as a memorial to students who gave their lives during World War I, the Memorial Union continues to be a hub of activity and interaction for the campus community.
The MU houses many programs and offices including the Student ID Center, MU Lanes & Games, the Grigg's Center for Black and Indigenous Student Success, Veterans Lounge, MU Creative Studio, Amazon Locker, US Bank, as well as several restaurants including JavaStop, Off the Quad, Bites and restaurants inside The Commons.
The Memorial Union is the heart of Oregon State University, connecting students, faculty, staff and the greater community in the pursuit of OSU’s mission, vision, goals, and core values.
The college union advances a sense of community, unifying the institution by embracing the diversity of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We bolster the educational mission of the institution and the development of students as lifelong learners by delivering an array of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs, services, and facilities.
By any form or name, we serve as the heart of the campus community and create a welcoming environment by:
Traditionally considered the living room, the college union enhances the student experience and cultivates an enduring connection to the institution.
The Memorial Union Student Advisory Board is a body of committed students and faculty staff from OSU that meets regularly and gives advice and recommendations to the governing board or management. These positions serve as advocates for the Memorial Union, its budget, programs and services.
The primary role of the MU Advisory Board Chair is to serve the student body by ensuring student focus in the programs, policies and operation of the Memorial Union organization.
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Phone: (541) 737-2416
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Deb Mott, MU Director
Mike Mayers, MU Faculty
Do you want to work at the Memorial Union? Apply for a position with one of our departments.
To apply for any MU position, go to jobs.oregonstate.edu and search: Memorial Union
Serve the student body by ensuring student focus in the programs, policies and operation of the MU organization. Bring student perspective on major leadership decisions, strategic visioning and long-term objectives of the MU. Represent the MU by serving on various university committees.
Student employees are an integral part of the day-to-day success of events and operations at the MU. You would gain training and hands-on experience on our setup crews and have the opportunity to continue training in various other positions within guest services. Some of them include the Information Desk, event coordination, and A/V techs. Our staff executes event setups and perform basic A/V setup, technical support, and customer service.
Assist clients and guests at the Help Desk, assist in project coordination, and work in custodial or maintenance for the MU and MU affiliated buildings on campus.
DJ, cashier, greeter, steward and pool hall, bowling alley and gaming lounge staff who works as part of an all student team to make MU Lanes & Games the fun place it is. Mechanics ensure our lanes are running at their full potential.
Read through the MU Student Staff Employee Handbook.
The MU Leadership Team reviews nominations and selects recipients for these awards:
Recipients receive a cash award of $1,000, a framed certificate, and their name is inscribed on a plaque that is permanently displayed in the MU.
Integrity, high personal standards, dependability and reliability, scholarly attitude and consistent demonstration of sincerity, warmth and friendliness, kindness, and modesty are qualities and behaviors to be considered in choosing recipients of these awards.
In remembrance of an exemplary student leader who lost his life one month after his graduation from OSU in 1978, is given for leadership and service in Student Governance. The award is given to a student of junior standing (or beyond) who has demonstrated loyalty to the principles of student governance.
In remembrance of the first director of the MU, is given for leadership and service on Memorial Union committees, programs, and projects. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated loyalty to the Union and its objectives.
Acknowledging the potential role of students as our society learns to face differences, is given to an outstanding student for exemplary leadership in the development of cultural awareness and elimination of cultural biases on the Oregon State University campus.
The Oregon State University Memorial Union was the first student union in the state and was built through contributions made by students and alumni. Ground breaking ceremonies took place on March 3, 1926 with the official dedication by Dr. J.K. Weatherford. The final design was from Lee Thomas, Portland Architect (1907 OSU alumni). The cornerstone was laid on June 1, 1928 and the building was open to students and public for the first time. Official dedication ceremonies took place a year later on alumni day. The building remained virtually unchanged until fall term of 1960 when the two wings were added at each end of the building for the bookstore and dining commons.
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