PPPM awards honor public service work
An expert in Oregon’s hiking and history, the founder of a nonpartisan research and educational think tank, and a health plan administrator are the winners of three 2014 awards for public service presented by the UO Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the PPPM Advisory Council. The awards ceremony will take place June 12 at the Ford Alumni Center Ballroom on the University of Oregon campus.
Scholars on Board Symposium takes place June 3 from 8-9:30 a.m.
Four students in the Planning, Public Policy and Management Department’s Scholars on Board Program will present their experiences from serving on a nonprofit board during a symposium Tuesday, June 3, from 8-9:30 a.m., in Heritage Hall, located in the Bowerman Family Center at University of Oregon.
PPPM student group organizes Latino festival
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a University of Oregon volunteer student group run through the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, have planned Festival Latino, a Latino community event. Festival Latino will be a fundraiser for the Eugene-based nonprofit Huerto de la Familia, or “The Family Garden.” Each year, AFP plans a fundraiser for a specific local nonprofit; Huerto de la Familia works with the Latino community on organic gardening, nutrition, and microbusiness development projects.
UO hosts conference kickoff tonight, May 21, in alumni center
The City of Eugene and the University of Oregon welcome the 2014 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) conference to Eugene this evening, Wednesday, May 21. A&AA Dean Frances Bronet will give opening remarks at 6 p.m. at the Ford Alumni Center. Nearly 600 attendees have registered from as far away as the Netherlands and Japan to learn about building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.
Workshop seeks new perspectives
The six-foot model of Medford with moveable wood blocks depicting buildings might evoke memories of kindergarten. But Gerardo Sandoval and James Rojas use the model as a tool for conducting public outreach because it allows residents to interact with their city in a personal way, which helps planners gain insight to changes people want in their neighborhoods.
Research, analytics key to Capstone success
Bill Eggert wasn’t even halfway through his two-term capstone course in public administration when he realized the literal payoff of the curriculum’s intense schedule: Midway through spring term, he was offered a job with the California State Auditor’s office.
LiveMove’s 13th Ave. initiative wins OAPA award
LiveMove, the University of Oregon transportation and livability student group composed of many Planning, Public Policy, and Management students, will receive a statewide award for “Student Achievement in Planning” from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association for its proposed redevelopment of 13th Avenue in Eugene
Irvin article among top 75 of 3,500
An article in Public Administration Review (PAR) by Associate Professor Renee Irvin has been selected as among PAR’s 75 most influential stories since the journal’s inception in 1940. With more than 3,500 articles having appeared in PAR, being selected as one of the 75 most influential is a stellar accomplishment. Irvin is a professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Irvin’s article, “Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Is It Worth the Effort?” appeared in Public Administration Review in 2004.
Exploring tension with A&AA collaboration
Experimentation in teaching is not new in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. From the noncompetitive, nongraded studio courses in architecture initiated at the school’s founding to experiments with new media and motion graphics leading to national leadership in digital arts, to pioneering public policy efforts such as Oregon’s land use law, A&AA is a rich environment for trying out new ideas. Enterprising faculty members and students who shared a spirit of collaboration and experimentation and who were not adverse to risk-taking founded the school in 1914.
Teaching philanthropy with purpose
Students in the “American Philanthropy” freshman seminar have selected KindTree Productions, a Eugene-based nonprofit organization, to receive a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Students learn to practice the fundamentals of charitable giving by partaking in the annual course, which is offered through the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management. Groups form to consider local nonprofits that either applied for the grant or were nominated by students. Students visit the nominees to gather information and craft an argument that their organization is most deserving.