University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management


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.

Nonprofit students having discussion


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.

Towards a Collaborative Future


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.

Gerardo Sandoval


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.

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Festival Latino Block Party set for May 30

Celebrate the Eugene-Springfield Latino community and culture—including food, games, salsa dancing lessons, and music performances—at the Festival Latino Block Party on Saturday, May 30, from 4-11 p.m. at Sprout! Regional Food Hub, 418 A Street in Springfield. The event is organized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter at UO and benefits Huerto de la Familia.

Festival Latino


PPPM awards honor public service

Roberto Jiménez, Timothy Beatley, and Lorelei Juntunen are the 2015 winners of public service awards conferred each year by PPPM; Dyana Mason is 2015 Teacher of the Year. The awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Hendricks Hall


Scholars on Board Symposium takes place May 19 in Bowerman Heritage Hall

Four students in the Planning, Public Policy and Management Department’s Scholars on Board Program will present their experiences from serving on the board during a symposium Tuesday, May 19, from 8-9:30 a.m. in Bowerman Heritage Hall in the Bowerman Family Center at the University of Oregon. Sixteen graduate students enrolled in the program this year, each spending a minimum of nine months serving on a regional nonprofit board of directors. The students’ projects range from redesigning board practices to leading strategic planning retreats.

Hendricks Hall


Fellowship will fund internship at Thailand elephant rehab center

A graduate student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management is looking forward to spending his summer working for the Save Elephant Foundation at Elephant Nature Park in Chaing Mai, Thailand. Master of Public Administration candidate Craig Wiroll was awarded a $6,000 Freeman Fellowship grant by the UO Center for Asian and Pacific Studies to help cover expenses related to the internship, where he’ll gain knowledge of international nonprofit administration and have opportunities to work hands-on with the elephants themselves.



Sustainable City Year Program to partner with City of Redmond

The Sustainable City Year Program is moving to Central Oregon, selecting Redmond for the 2015-16 academic year. More than 400 University of Oregon students will work on more than twenty projects with the City of Redmond during the year, beginning this month when students from a bicycle transportation planning course tour the city to research existing infrastructure. "Redmond will be our first SCYP city east of the Cascades and we are thrilled about the partnership,” said Marc Schlossberg, codirector of the Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Redmond airport