Join Kate Sanders for Travel Talks – a webcast series dedicated to the OSU Alumni Association Group Travel Program. Topics range from travel tips to information on various destinations and more. Previously recorded conversations are listed below.
Upcoming events - All Travel Talks are online at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
March 21 Italian wine and coffee with Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor of Enology. Register
May 10 A conversation on D-Day for the 80th Anniversary with Paul Wanke, senior instructor in the school of History, Philosophy and Religion. Register
June 6 Africa and Botswana with Sunil Khanna, professor and Robert and Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Register
Look for the list of previews below or on the trip pages in the tour calendar:
- Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with Lindblad Expeditions. Tour preview (20 minute video).
- Majestic Mekong River Cruise trip preview with Mayflower (longer preview, approx. 60 mins.)
- Gorilla Trek in Uganda tour preview with Mayflower (longer preview, approx. 60 mins.)
Croatia, the Dalmatian Coast | Watch the recording
Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences, taught conservation biology on the Croatian coast from 2005-2012 with her husband, fisheries professor Scott Heppell, and colleagues from Zagreb and Slovenia. The Heppell's traveled through much of Croatia with their son Dylan, an OSU grad, who joined them to talk about the wildlife, coastlines and culture of this beautiful country, including some of the locations used to film Game of Thrones!
Greece and a Journey Through the Mediterranean | Watch the recording
Explore Greece and Turkey's historical and cultural highlights with Gary B. Ferngren, emeritus professor of history. Recipient of the Elizabeth Ritchie Award for Outstanding Teaching (OSU's highest teaching honor), Ferngren highlights specific destinations and features from Mediterranean tours. You'll walk away with a checklist of "must-see" sites in locations like Athens, Sparta, Santorini and Istanbul.
Yellowstone National Park Travel Talk | Watch the recording
Former National Geographic editor-in-chief and 2020 College of Liberal Arts Alumni Fellow, Chris Johns, ’74, and Oregon State Ecology Professor Bill Ripple, Ph.D. ’84 , will bring science and art together to tell the story of Yellowstone National Park in a Travel Talk webcast. Topics will include the history and ecological research of Yellowstone, re-introduction of wolves and conservation efforts. Plus, get an exciting sneak peek at both of their forthcoming films: Johns’ The Wonder and the Worry and Ripple’s A Second Warning .
Travel Talk: Mekong River Cruise Tour Preview with Mayflower | Watch the recording
Learn about the people-to-people experiences and famous sites you will visit. The tour offers the opportunity to watch the acrobatic Phare Cambodian Circus and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, monasteries and temples. You may also receive a traditional Buddhist Blessing in addition to learning about the Khmer Rouge, silk making, local farming and more.
Travel Talk: Alaska and the Inside Passage | Watch the recording
Dive into the unique geology, glaciers and wildlife that call the Alaska’s Inside Passage home during this exciting online talk with Distinguished Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Alan Mix and traveler and photographer Rod Chandler, ’68. This quick-selling tour, Discover Southeast Alaska, sold out in 2022, but you can save your spot for August 2023!
Travel Talk: Gorilla Trek Tour Preview with Mayflower | Watch the recording
It is with great excitement that for the first time, OSU Alumni Group Travel is offering an exceptional opportunity to observe wild chimps and gorillas in their native habitat, while exploring the montane forest of Uganda and learning about the rich history of this African nation from locals. Join us for a talk with Sandy Doss, business development manager for Mayflower and OSU mom, to learn about this tour at an amazing price.
Public Health Insider - A guide to navigating the return to travel | Watch the recording
As the world continues to transition from the pandemic to the endemic, what does traveling look like post-vaccines? Join CPHHS Global Health Professor Chunhuei Chi and OSUAA Director of Alumni Group Travel Kate Sanders as they address how to navigate public health concerns, new implementations from the travel industry and tips and tricks to help ease your travel worries and get you back out exploring with confidence.
Iceland, with Anita Grunder | Watch the recording
What do cocktails and volcanoes have in common? Find out when you hear from Anita Grunder, professor emerita in the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. At the end of the conversation, get a travel preview of two tours to Iceland: Exploring Iceland: Iceland only and Viking Views & Vistas: Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Scotland & Norway.
About Kate Sanders
Kate Sanders is the director for alumni programs and Alumni Group Travel at Oregon State University, where she is responsible for the association’s signature events and the travel program. Kate manages over 40 tours a year in addition to planning and operations for signature events and various alumni relations programs.
Kate joined the alumni association in 2013 after planning presidential and university-level events at Oregon State University. Kate has a background in project management, event planning writing and environmental education. Travel and tourism have always been part of her life, from family trips when young, to living abroad in Australia, to work and personal travel today.
Kate has been to almost every state in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. She has hosted alumni group tours to destination such as Costa Rica, Scotland, Alaska, French Polynesia, the Channel Islands, the Grand Canyon and the Kentucky Derby. She has also visited Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda and Caribbean Islands, among others.
Travel Talk | Croatia Coast
Feb 21, 2023
Dive into the culture and marine life of the Croatia Coast with Selina Heppell, department head of fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences
Travel Talk | Greece and a Journey Through The Mediterranean
Nov 16, 2022
Explore Greece and Turkey's historical and cultural highlights with Gary B. Ferngren, emeritus professor of history.
Travel Preview | Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with Lindblad Expeditions
Jun 03, 2022
Preview the Costa Rica and Panama Canal tour, a tour sponsored by the OSU Alumni association and provided by Lindblad Expeditions.
Travel Talk | The Art and Science of Yellowstone National Park
Jun 01, 2022
Topics include the history and ecological research of Yellowstone, re-introduction of wolves and conservation efforts.
Travel Talk | Mekong River Cruise Tour Preview with Mayflower
Apr 19, 2022
Walk through the cities along the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam including Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Tan Chau, My Tho, Ho Chi Minh City and more.
Travel Talk | Alaska and the Inside Passage
Apr 08, 2022
Alaska's Inside Passage is one of nature's most unforgettable sights.
Travel Talk | Gorilla Trek Tour Preview with Mayflower
Mar 23, 2022
Talk with Sandy Doss, business development manager for Mayflower and OSU mom, to learn about this great tour.
Public Health Insider | A guide to navigating the return to travel
Feb 10, 2022
As the world continues to transition from the pandemic to the endemic, what does traveling look like post-vaccines?
Travel Talk | Discover Iceland through geology and mixology with Anita Grunder
Nov 16, 2021
Join the OSU Alumni Association Alumni Group Travel Program and OSU Professor Anita Grunder to learn about the land of fire and ice through the eyes of a geologist.
Tour Preview | Cruise the coastlines: French & Italian Rivieras with Corsica
Aug 04, 2021
Join us for an evening of tasting red wines from Italy and France with Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor in OSU Department of Food Science and Technology.
Travel Talk | Tulip Time with Mayflower
Feb 24, 2021
Tulip Time on the Jewels of the Rhine Cruising the Rhine River is considered by many a must-do and 2022 may be your year.
Travel Talk | India and the Galapagos Islands with Holbrook Travel and OSU professor Sunil Khanna
Feb 10, 2021
Join us online Feb. 10 as we hear from Kevin Van Dien with Holbrook Travel about OSU alumni group tours to these areas in 2021, featuring close-up wildlife encounters, magnificent palaces and rich cultural traditions.
Travel Talk | Channel Islands with Lindblad Expeditions
Jan 20, 2021
The five Channel Islands off the southern coast of California have the designations of a national park, national monument and a national biosphere reserve.
Travel Talk | 2021 Travel Previews
Nov 18, 2020
Ready to start planning your next tour?
Travel Talk | The New Way to Travel with Kate Sanders
Aug 13, 2020
So much has changed in the world of travel. As new information comes out about COVID-19 safety and prevention, our friends in the travel industry are working hard to develop new precautions and travel experiences that keep everyone healthy.
Travel Talk | Cuba and its People
Feb 19, 2020
Join the OSU Alumni Association Alumni Group Travel program and OSU Professor David Bernell to learn about Cuba and what it is like to travel to this wonderful country.
Travel Talk | Spain and Portugal - a look into the Iberian Peninsula's culture and cooking
Dec 10, 2019
Join the OSU Alumni Association Alumni Group Travel Program and OSU Professor Anuncia Escala to learn about Spain and Portugal’s history and culture, and an introduction to the April 2020 Paradores and Pousadas tour.
Travel Talk | Travel 101: Travel tips and the important items you don't want to forget
Sep 20, 2019
Join the OSUAA Alumni Group Travel Director Kate Sanders and Associate Executive Director Julie Schwartz for a conversation on traveling 101 – the important items you don’t want to forget.