Oregon Made Possible
The entire Oregon community contributes to developing University of Oregon students into tomorrow’s leaders. Whether the generous gifts from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, friends, and corporations are $10 or $10 million, each one makes an incredible impact on the quality of education provided to each and every student.
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Confucius Institute Established at the UO
The University of Oregon's International Affairs has established a Confucius Institute as part of a growing national and international trend to expand educational ties with China, promote Chinese language training and further intercultural understanding. The UO Confucius Institute joins a network of more than 50 Confucius Institutes at U.S. universities and nearly 300 worldwide that have been established since 2004.
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Alternative Spring Break
For the third year in a row, the Service Learning Program (SLP) is expanding its opportunities for students to participant in Alternative Break experiences. This Spring Break, the SLP is offering four Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips to San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Eastern Oregon. Over the last two years, ASB participants have traveled to San Francisco and San Diego to investigate urban poverty and immigration. But as interest increases, so does the demand for more trips.
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Grads to Wear Biodegradable Caps and Gowns
Graduation at the University of Oregon is going green. Students graduating in Spring 2010 will wear dark green caps and gowns that are environmentally green as well. "As soon as we saw them we said we have to have them," says Amber Garrison, the University of Oregon Director of Commencement. "They just fit too well with who we are."
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Mysteries of Brain Development Revealed
Did you ever wonder how everything we know, feel and think is wired into the brain? How do children’s experiences shape brain development? You can join UO neuroscientist Helen Neville in exploring these mysteries in a 75-minute program created for parents, teachers, caregivers, policymakers and anyone else interested in the science of brain development.
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Professor Emeritus Thomas R. Hart
Thomas R. Hart, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon, died on January 17, 2010, after a brief illness. Tom was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on January 10, 1925. He attended Yale University, earning a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese (summa cum laude, 1948) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1952, with a dissertation entitled A History of Spanish Literary History, 1800-1850).
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Florence King Douglas ’31
Florence Douglas was born Oct. 22, 1909, in Baker to Lottie and George King. She married Jesse Douglas on June 25, 1932, in Portland. He died in 1965. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1931.
She worked in administration, the Fulbright fellowship program and in Braille transcription. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Sophia Douglas of Eugene; a son, Jesse King Douglas of Dayton, Tenn.; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
» Read more about Florence from the November ’09 UOAA enews edition…
Brad Ecklund ’49
Brad Ecklund most recently of Vincentown, NJ, was born May 9, 1922 in Los Angles California and died on Saturday, February 6, 2010 in Mount Holly, NJ. Brad was raised in Milwaukee Oregon where he graduated from high school in 1940. He was a four sport All Star in baseball, track, basketball and football receiving the Perry Award as scholar-athlete of the year. Upon graduating from high school, Brad entered the University of Oregon under a football scholarship, where his college career was interrupted by WWII.
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Tribal Judge David Harding ’75
David graduated from the University of Oregon in 1975 where he was president of the Native American Student Union. He attended the University of Oregon School of Law, and later a summer session at the University of New Mexico School of Law and later yet attended the University of Idaho School of Law.
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Erik Kvarsten ’82 Welcomes Sustainability Initiative to His City
Gresham City Manager Erik Kvarsten ’82 credits the University of Oregon with launching his career in public service. A student internship with the city of Mt. Angel, Oregon, “sealed my fate forever,” said the community service and public affairs graduate. “I feel a professional and personal debt to the university.” Now through an initiative of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA), Kvarsten can offer current students similar real-world opportunities.
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Brian Turner ’96 Featured in New York Times
UO creative writing alum Brian Turner ’96 was recently featured in a front page New York Times article, "A Well-Written War, Told in the First Person," which showcased several literary writers who have recently produced first-person works about their war experience. Turner's poetry collection, "Here, Bullet" (Alice James, 2005) was inspired by his experiences in as an infantry leader in Iraq. Turner received his MFA in creative writing from the UO in 1996 and then went on to serve seven years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and a year in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the 10th Mountain Division. His poetry collection has won numerous awards.
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Joann Green Byrd ’64 and “Calamity: The Heppner Flood of 1903”
Joann Byrd, UO class of 1964, is a former editor of The Everett Herald, editorial page editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and ombudsman of the Washington Post. She is an honoree in the UO Journalism Hall of Achievement. She says of her book: “This is the most deadly natural disaster in Northwest history, and there's never been a book covering the complete story. I could not stand it that 245 people had died and so many people even in the Northwest didn't know it. I was compelled to find out who those people were and why they died.”
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OHSU picks Connie Seeley ’92 as New Chief of Staff
Oregon Health & Science University has hired Connie Seeley as chief of staff, a newly created position in which she will manage government relations and a variety of functions for the university's leadership team. Seeley, 40, spent the past seven years as chief of staff for Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney. Prior to that, she worked five years as legislative director for then-Senate Majority leader Kate Brown, as well as a year with former Oregon congresswoman Darlene Hooley.
» Read more from the February 1st Oregonian article…
2010 Fulbright Awarded to UO Grad
Adam D. Brown, PhD ’99 is a clinical psychologist and a Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright Award. His work as a Fulbright Scholar will consist of teaching, supervising graduate students in clinical psychology, and working with communities affected by the Tsunami.
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Heart for Haiti
University students have raised at least $6,500 for victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti by selling T-shirts. There are two different student organizations that have sold shirts whose proceeds go to benefit Haiti. One shirt, which says “4 Haiti” inside of a red cross to symbolize aid was designed by University student Marcus Harvey and is sold at the University’s Duck Store. University student Greg Mills helped market the idea to the Duck Store.
» Learn more from the Oregon Daily Emerald February 11th article…
The Spirit of Bellisimo Lives on With Bowlers
From 1949 to 1972, the University of Oregon’s bowling program was one of the nation’s finest. Under the guidance of legendary coach Lou Bellisimo, the Ducks won the Western Regional Championship a whopping 18 times and were named the top team in the country in for the 1963-64 season. (Photo courtesy of Club Bowling)
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University of Oregon Athletics Joins Forces with UO Academics
Sport has the potential to be vitally constructive in the lives of individuals, teams and communities, while simultaneously holding the potential to be an epicenter of conflict. Many of us have experienced both the positive and negative impact of sport in our lives. The Competition not Conflict Project (CnC) is a program that seeks to reduce destructive conflict in sport and to promote the positive aspects of competition. CnC is an interdisciplinary program that specializes in conflict resolution services, sports conflict research, and education/skill building.
CnC works deeply with Youth Sports and Interscholastic Athletics to build a broad base for understanding and addressing sports conflict while simultaneously engaging athletes from the Collegiate to Professional levels to maximize impact.
For more information, please visit www.competitionnotconflict.com.
Blood Making Oregon Track History
Nicole Blood is one All-America honor away from being the most decorated women's track athlete in history at the University of Oregon. Blood ran the fastest indoor 5,000 this season at the Husky Classic on February 12th with a school-record 15:51.69, an NCAA Indoor Championships automatic qualifying time. (Photo: GoDucks.com)
» Read more from Albany New York’s Times Union February 3rd story…
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Women's Basketball Team Edges Out ASU
Oregon senior guards Micaela Cocks and Taylor Lilley had never beaten Arizona State in their collegiate careers, but all that changed on Saturday February 13th as the combo was unshakeable down the stretch in the Ducks' 82-81 victory at McArthur Court. (Photo: GoDucks.com)
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Academic Outreach Website Launched
The University of Oregon has launched a new Academic Outreach website: academicoutreach.uoregon.edu. The site is designed to provide a resource to the state, showcasing the positive, far-reaching impact of the University of Oregon on Oregon communities. “Our hope is that it can be a resource not only for the state, but for the many audiences served by the University,” said Russ Tomlin, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs. “As with any website, the Academic Outreach site is a work in progress and we welcome your input as we continue to improve it.”
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Oregon Law Announces 2010 Loan Repayment Assistance Program Recipients
Oregon Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) will honor nine individuals this year with $4,000 to $5,000 stipends to support their public interest work. LRAP was designed to help Oregon Law graduates entering public service pay their law school loans. The goal is to provide graduates with the financial assistance necessary for them to enter and continue in the public service field.
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Jesse Jackson speaks at EMU
A standing ovation of nearly 700 people welcomed Reverend Jesse Jackson to the University of Oregon's EMU Ballroom. Jackson came to the school to discuss the topic, "With Justice for all: Human Rights and Civil Rights at Home and Abroad. "We are bigger than one language but not bigger than one message of hope and peace and shared security," he said. "That is the common message." (Photo: Myeshia Cleveland)
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Anthropologist Receives UO MLK Award
Lynn Stephen, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ethnic Studies, has been selected as a winner of the UO's 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Recipients are honored for their contributions to diversity and equity efforts in the university community. "Lynn extends herself in welcoming students of color, of diverse backgrounds, and of differing sexual orientations to the University of Oregon,” said Judith Baskin, Associate Dean of Humanities, representing the College of Arts and Sciences in nominating Stephen for this award. “In addition, she merits special recognition for her efforts in building strong links between the university and the Latino/Latina and Latin American community in Oregon.” Stephen is also director of the UO’s new Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS).
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From Oregon to Mongolia
Members of the University of Oregon's faculty have completed a project to document and analyze a remote, little-known, yet fascinating area of the world. The Mongolian Altai Inventory Project is an atlas, website and digital photo archive that showcase ancient archaeological discoveries from the mountainous region of northwestern Mongolia that was home to hunters and pastoral nomads for thousands of years.
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UO Psychologist Named to Harvard Advisory Groups
Phil Fisher, a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, has accepted membership invitations to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs (formerly the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation). The two groups, both based at Harvard University, have leading roles in shaping science and policies in early childhood research and intervention.
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Lunquist College of Business Honors Professor Matsunaga
Inspiring undergraduates, advancing the college's research culture, mentoring Ph.D. candidates, and garnering high-level media coverage — that's what sets Accounting Professor Steve Matsunaga apart. And it's why the Lunquist College of Business honored him as the 2010 Thomas C. Stewart Distinguished Professor, an award recognizing stellar scholars whose accomplishments lead to world-class distinction.
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President Lariviere's Birthday
UO President Richard Lariviere celebrated his birthday on Jan. 27 with a surprise gathering of colleagues in Johnson Hall. The “Animal House” theme was in the works for nearly six months by Dr. Lariviere’s wife Jan.
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Matthew Knight Arena Progresses
This aerial shot of Matthew Knight Arena was taken the first week of February. Another development is the construction of practice courts on the southeast corner of the arena. There will be two full practice courts that will enable athletic teams to practice if the UO is hosting outside events, such as concerts or shows. Keep checking MACtoMATT.net for the latest updates.
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