News Clippings – Week of March 19

Central Oregon: Two students recognized for outstanding achievements
These students were selected by faculty to join the All Oregon Academic team and are eligible for scholarships to Oregon’s public and private four-year institutions. The awardees were chosen out of 7,500 students at COCC for their outstanding grade point averages and involvement in the campus and community.

Chemeketa: Three threats in just two weeks
In February, two bomb threats and a call about a future shooting on campus forced Chemeketa to evacuate three separate times. The campus is investigating these events as well as holding a forum to answer questions and relieve concerns.

George Fox: LGBTQ and allied alums rally to respond to university policies
The organization, OneGeorgeFox, launched in response to policies that forbid gay relationships, the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance, and faculty from speaking up publicly in support of LGBTQ students.

Linfield: Launches accelerated RN to BSN online degree program
The degree program will accommodate students with a variety of life commitments by providing flexible and convenient class schedules. Qualified RN students will earn their BSN degree in 12 months.

PCC: Cascade campus awards $40 million contract for renovations and expansion
The first phase of construction will include three new structures – a 45,000-square-foot academic building, a 37,000-square-foot student center and the parking garage. Two more phases are expected.

PSU: Sona Karentz Andres hired as provost and vice president for academic affairs

Andres joins PSU from the Oregon University System where she was the vice chancellor of academic strategies. Now at PSU as the provost and vice president of academic affairs, she will oversee the academic mission of PSU.

PSU & UO: Seeking to establish independent governing boards
The University of Oregon and Portland State University are seeking to establish individual governing boards to make decisions around tuition, salary/benefits, learning outcomes, and hiring and firing of the university president. Higher education leaders agree institutions should be allowed to do this, though they have not settled on what the boards will be able to oversee.

SOU, Willamette, & WOU: Faculty members will participate in National Science Foundation ADVANCE project.
Women were selected to participate in a national network of STEM faculty from undergraduate schools. The ADVANCE project aims to advance the careers of those in the network by providing faculty peer-mentorship and cross-disiplinary support. The network is designed to encourage more women to enter into STEM disciplines.

UP: Students save tradition at Hollywood Senior Center
When organizing members of a 20 year old, monthly pancake breakfast passed away, the tradition of the pancake breakfast was threatened to dismantle. However, thanks to a vibrant group of volunteers from UP, the breakfast will continue to serve seniors at the Hollywood Senior Center.

WOU: Receives $250,000 anonymous gift
The gift will go toward construction of the DeVolder Family Science Center. The center is scheduled to open fall 2013 and will provide more lab space and classrooms for high-use science curriculum.

AmeriCorps Week

  • BePortland– Celebrating AmeriCorps Week in Oregon!
  • Lewis & Clark– Celebrate AmeriCorps Week March 10-18
  • Oregonian– Celebrating AmeriCorps Week in Oregon!

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