Service program wins leadership award
The University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program has won the Oregon Main Street Leadership Award, only the second time the state agency has conferred the distinction. RARE is a program in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management’s Community Service Center.
Sustainable Cities kicks off 2015 year
The 2015-16 Sustainable Cities Year Program with the City of Redmond officially kicked off with a gala celebration at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center October 1. During the yearlong partnership, students, and faculty members will pour 50,000 hours of work into applied projects with sustainability-focused solutions.
Historic theaters: potential economic engines face challenges
A new report on Oregon’s historic theaters reveals them as potentially significant economic engines and cultural touchstones in communities small and large—but the theaters are challenged by deferred maintenance and other financial and organizational needs. The report provides specific recommendations gleaned after nearly a year of research that resulted in “Oregon Historic Theaters: Statewide Survey and Needs Assessment,” produced by University of Oregon students and faculty in the UO’s Community Planning Workshop.
AAATech to hold open house Friday, September 18
Please join A&AA Technology staff members for an open house Friday, September 18, from 1-4 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 282. Refreshments will be provided. The A&AA Output Room provides quality digital imaging services to the university community at affordable prices. AAATech staff members will be available to share information about their services, which include: • poster printing • 3D printing • large format scanning • technology service desk • laser printing
Community Planning Workshop completes video about Oregon Historic Theaters
Graduate students in the UO Community Planning Workshop, a program of the Community Service Center, have produced a 14-minute video about the preservation challenges faced by many of Oregon’s 120 historic theaters.
1859 magazine features SCYP program
The magazine 1859 features the University of Oregon’s SCYP program in the magazine’s July|August 2015 issue. Writer Felisa Rogers explains how SCYP got its start and notes its many successes in its six-year tenure. “What sets SCYP apart is the scope and cohesiveness of the project,” she writes in the six-page feature story. SCYP—which partners UO students with an Oregon municipality needing assistance reaching sustainability project goals—not only helps both cities and students move projects forward, but it also has boosted city employees’ enthusiasm for their jobs, Rogers notes.
Students create 13 new nonprofits from scratch, in just 10 weeks
A lively crowd in Lawrence Hall donated thousands of dollars during finals week to 13 new nonprofit organizations created by PPPM students. The nonprofits were virtual creations, and the donations were made with Monopoly-style money, but the research and development efforts by the nonprofit management students were very real, including detailed websites and analysis at the one-, three-, and five-year stages of the fictitious organization’s growth. The class was taught by Instructor Bob Choquette.
Centennial: 2010s look forward to new A&AA home
A&AA is wrapping up its 100th anniversary this month after a full year of events, exhibitions, and celebrations. The school is now embarking on a capital campaign to imagine the future of art and design education and facilities for the next 100 years. In envisioning the school’s future, the A&AA Building Project Work Group in January issued a request for proposals (RFP) from student teams for a competition to design a transformative learning environment for A&AA. In May, the finalists were announced.
PPPM’s Sandoval researches exploitation of workers
When Gerardo Sandoval was researching conditions at a meatpacking plant in Iowa, he found that many workers came from near where he grew up in Guatemala. In 2008, U.S. immigration officials raided the plant and deported hundreds of undocumented Guatemalans.
Parker, Steiner funded for new experiential learning project
Robert Parker and Bethany Steiner—both of the Community Service Center in PPPM—have been funded for new instructional projects in 2015-2016 by The Tom and Carol Williams Council for Undergraduate Education.