Monday, April 24, 2017

March for Science in Salem draws large crowd

Statesman Journal
By Lauren E. Hernandez
April 23, 2017

More than 1,000 people spilled onto the Oregon State Capitol on Earth Day as part of a nationwide effort to recognize the importance of science in the world.

Men, women, and children clutched signs expressing their love for science and others waved flags with painted depictions of the Earth as the group snaked through Downtown Salem.
From the Portland March for Science event.
(Courtesy of OregonLive)

Read the full article at the Satesman Journal website here.

See the top 14 sign from the Portland's March for Science at OregonLive here.


OSU debuts new logo, mission statement highlighting state and global reach

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
April 24, 2017

Oregon State University debuted a new logo, mission statement and branding campaign Monday designed to emphasize the Corvallis-based school's broad reach across the state and aroud the world.

Oregon State University's new logo. (Courtesy of OSU)
The state's largest public university started the marketing effort two years ago with an audit of its brand by the higher education marketing firm Ologie.  OSU paid the Ohio-based company $395,000 for the audit and branding work.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


University of Oregon plans $4.5 million budget cut

OregonLive
By Associated Press
April 21, 2017

The University of Oregon plans to cut $4.5 million in spending from its 2017-2018 budget.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported Friday that the university has announced four new spending curbs as part of a continued effort to address an approaching budget shortfall.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


OSU reveals plans for new $60 million arts and education complex

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
April 20, 2017

Oregon State University plans to build a $60 million complex for theater, arts and music on its Corvallis campus, officials said this week.

Bret Lorimore/ OSU
The university received a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor to pay for the project, and will try to raise another $5 million in contributions.  OSU also will ask for $30 million in state bonds during the next legislative session to make the project a reality.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lewis and Clark Students, faculty push back against controversial speaker as protest cntinues

OregonLive
By Eder Campuzano
April 11, 2017

When student organizers invited Jessica Vaughan to speak at Lewis & Clark College's International Affairs Symposium, they knew there would be pushback.

Photo: Eder Campuzano
The policy director for the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies, recently designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, repeatedly told the audience gathered inside the Agnes Flanagan Chapel that she's not against refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

Read the full article along with student and faculty statements at the OregonLive website here.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

United Academics at UO: standing for gender and racial equity

Reposted from AAUP-Oregon

By Michael Dreiling, President, United Academics at UO

Since the founding of our union, United Academics has argued that all faculty should be paid a fair and equitable wage.  Through our two rounds of bargaining, we have fought to have the lowest-paid faculty members lifted up with adequate salary floors.  We have also proposed and pursued equity raises to address historic imbalances in salaries within departments and in comparison to our national peers.  A fair and equitable wage for all is a fundamental principle of our union, and we affirm that principle in light of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by our colleague Jennifer Freyd.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leadership Transitions at AAUP-Oregon included in the President's Column

AAUP- Oregon
President's Column: Spring Renewal!
By José Padín

It has been an honor to serve our academic class as president of our AAUP-Oregon, the state "conference" for AAUP in Oregon.  I am delighted to see the maturation of our AAUP state federation and the new crop of member-leaders taking office on April 29th are cause for excitement and optimism.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


AAUP-Oregon Welcomes Ashley Bromley as new Executive Director

AAUP- Oregon
April 11, 2017
By Margaret Butler

Next week, our new Executive Director Ashley Bromley will start to transition into her position.  Please join me in welcoming her to AAUP.  Ashley brings four years of staff experience at the Coalition for Graduate Employees at Oregon State.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


Friday, April 7, 2017

UO Cutting 31 jobs, including 21 instructors from its largest college

The Register-Guard
By Dylan Darling
April 7, 2017

The largest college withing the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities courses with declining interest from students.

(Dylan Darling/The Register-Guard)
The UO's College of Arts and Sciences, plans to cut 21 nontenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday.  The faculty and staff will finish the school year, and the UO will not renew their contracts.

Read the full article at The Register-Guard's website here.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bonamici and Blumenauer sign on to U.S. House Bill that would prohibit ICE arrests at courthouses and schools

Multnomah Justice Center (Joe Riedl)
Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
March 31, 2017

A bill introduced yesterday with the support of two of Oregon's representatives in Congress would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making arrests at schools, courthouses or health clinics.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump budget a 'deep concern' for Oregon research universities

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
March 30, 2017

The preliminary 2018 budget the Trump administration released earlier this month is supposed to give negotiators a starting point, but Oregon's largest universities already are rattled by the sweeping cuts in science and research spending it proposes.

The fiscal blueprint could upend or delay scientific study across the state -- from cancer research on Pill Hill in Portland to programs affecting coastal communities - and longtime observers of the political process say it's an ominous sign of where the administration's interests lie.

Read the full article at OregonLive's website here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

AAUP-Oregon Election Results 2017

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler
March 27, 2017

Our new officers are:

  • President-Elect: Michael Dreiling, University of Oregon
  • Secretary-Elect: Pedro Garcia-Caro, University of Oregon
  • VP for Academic Freedom-Elect: Bob Liebman, Portland State
  • VP for Membership & Organizing-Elect: Leanne Serbulo, Portland State
  • VP for Political Action & Legislation-Elect: Ramin Farahmandpur, Portland State
  • Advocate for Academic Professionals: Karen Kennedy, Portland State (re-elected)

The newly elected officers will take office on April 29 at the membership meeting.

See the original post on the AAUP-Oregon website here


Monday, March 27, 2017

Proposed Change to AAUP-Oregon Constitution

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler, Executive Director
March 24, 2017

Official Notice: The AAUP-Oregon Executive Committee is proposing changes to the AAUP-Oregon Constitution to be voted on at the Membership Meeting on April 29, 2017.  The changes are to streamline our Executive Committee by removing the positions of VP for Collective Bargaining, Advocate for Tenure, and At-Large Member Representative.  We are required by the Constitution to give all members 30 days notice of our intent to vote on this change.  You can see the Constitution with the proposed change here.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oregon may drop the goal that 80% of high school grads will earn a 2- or 4- year college degree by 2025

Oregon Lawmakers, sensing ambitious education goals out of reach, prepare to drop them

OregonLive
By Betsy Hammond
March 23, 2017

In 2011, Oregon lawmakers agreed on an ambitious goal: By 2025, the state should get all its young people to graduate from high school and 80 percent to earn a two- or four-year college degree.

Now, largely at the urging of the state's teachers union, a group of mostly Democratic lawmakers want the state to drop those goals, largely as an admission the state's schools and colleges won't come close to accomplishing them.

Read the full OregonLive article here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Citing Anti-Semitic Incidents in Portland, Oregon Democrats Seek to Toughen State, National Hate Crimes Laws- Willamette Week

Anti-Semitic incidents in Portland cited in US Senators' joint statement.

Willamette Week
By Corey Pein
March 16, 2017

Oregon's U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden  and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, issued a joint statement today announcing their support for the tougher federal hate crimes laws, and cited anti-Semitic incidents described by WW this week.

The Senators co-sponsored the NO HATE Act, a bill introduced yesterday by Se. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), which provides "incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run hate crimes hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and additional penalties for individuals convicted under" the existing hate crimes law.

Read the full article here.

UO psychology professor accuses school of pay discrimination- Oregon Live

UO psychology professor accuses school of pay discrimination

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
March 21, 2017

A tenured psychology professor has accused the University of Oregon of paying her substantially less than some of her less experienced male colleagues, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Jennifer Joy Freyd, 59, says the university's own research has determined that the Psychology Department "faces a significant equity problem" with respect to professor pay, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene .  She says the school is in violation of the Equal Pay Act.

Read the full article here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

International Student Enrollment Down- OregonLive

Portland State sees drop in applicants from India, but officials don't blame Trump

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel traveled to
India to recruit students in late February and early March 2017.
Pictured: Faculty at Lady Irwin in New Delhi. (Courtesy of PSU) 
The number of Indian students applying to study at Portland State University this fall dropped 27 percent compared with the same time last year, a development that has raised serious concerns that the political climate in the U.S. was directly affecting an important pipeline from overseas.  Read More  

Oregon Universities and Tuition Increases above 5%- OregonLive

Double-digit tuition increases? University leaders point fingers at Salem

Two of Oregon's largest public universities are considering double-digit tuition increases this fall, moves with the potential to affect more than 24,000 in-state students. Read More

Local Impact of the GOP Health Plan- Oregon Center for Public Policy's Analysis

House GOP Health Plan Threatens Nearly One Million Oregonians Relying on the Oregon Health Plan

Rural Oregon would suffer the most harm

By Janet Bauer

A Republican proposal to cut Medicaid recently unveiled in a congressional committee led by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (OR) would likely cause hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to lose health insurance, undermine coverage for many more, and harm the state’s economy. The impacts of the plan, which inevitably would fall on the nearly one million Oregonians relying on the Oregon Health Plan, would be particularly harsh for Oregon and rural residents of the state.

375,000 Oregonians would likely lose coverage; Oregon hit particularly hard  Read More