News Clippings – Week of April 9

Lewis & Clark: National Science Foundation Honors Alumni for Leadership Potential
Two Lewis & Clark alumni received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships for demonstrating promise as leaders in their fields. The NSF offers fellows three years of support for graduate studies, investing in the education of outstanding students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

Marylhurst University: “Mayor Judie” Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Judie Hammerstad, former mayor of Lake Oswego, received the Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Korach, superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District said, “Judie certainly knows about the joys and challenges of being a community leader — taking initiative, being accountable, caring deeply, giving back. She is a great example of the passion, heart, commitment and assertive spirit that it takes to be an outstanding leader in public service.”

Multnomah University: Awards Distinguished Alumni
Multnomah University honored Benjamin Vegors as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year and Jonathan Collins as the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumnus. These awards are given annually and mark the highest honor Multnomah University bestows on Alumni. After being nominated by their peers recipients are chosen based on meeting two main criteria – their lives should exemplify Christ’s work and should reflect the values of Multnomah’s mission.

Oregon State University: Annual Earth Day “Sunday Skool – Hoo Haa!”
The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club, will be on the grounds of the student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis. Attendees are invited to tour the two-acre farm, enjoy local musical talent, and stay for dinner, which will be prepared with produce from the farm.

Portland Community College: AmeriCorps Volunteer Gives PCC a Hand
“My work here is to mobilize volunteers and develop partnerships with our community partners whose focus is to alleviate poverty and serve the needs of families and individuals who are low income,” said ORCC AmeriCorps Member Nicole Herbert. Herbert is serving the Office of Service-Learning to create community partnerships, coordinate co-curricular service programs, engage student leaders in service, and increase awareness of community needs around poverty alleviation.

Portland State University: An Earthy Celebration
Portland State University’s Environmental Club kicks off Earth Week by encouraging a campus discussion on sustainability. Each day will have its own theme, ending with a final festival on Friday. “We’re using the old elements—earth, wind, water, fire and heart—as a way to narrow down the dialogue during each day,” said Kirk Rea, the club’s logistics coordinator.

Southern Oregon University: Spring Term’s Discussion of Civility
With the presidential election on the horizon and the current state of our public discourse, SOU celebrates the opportunity to discuss civility in 2011-2012. The goal is for the campus to engage in rigorous intellectual conversation about this important question, informed by the latest research, scholarship, and insights from several different areas.

University of Portland: Nursing Students Participate in Poverty Simulation
Nursing students from the University of Portland recently gathered to discover the harsh reality of poverty. Through an intensive one-day program, 146 students participated in a poverty simulation that was designed to the stark realities of poverty as well as to promote discussion among the nursing students. “The simulation was a real effective learning tool for the nursing students,” senior and student coordinator Allison Ramsay said. “The simulation parallels what happens in real life and we were able to get a taste of what people are going through.”

Warner Pacific University: New Creative Video From Act Six Scholars Released
Check out how Warner’s Act Six Scholars are making a difference. Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. The scholars are working to co-create solutions that will address the campus and community’s most pressing issues.

Oregon High School Seniors Required to Pass Tests

Under Oregon board of education rules, students must show on state assessments that they can read at a level that will serve them in college and on the job. In 2013, graduating seniors will have to show both reading and writing proficiency, and the 2014 graduating class also must pass a math test demonstrating that they won’t need remediation classes when they hit the university. (Salem Statesman Journal, 04/08/12)

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120408/UPDATE/120408003/Oregon-high-school-seniors-required-pass-tests?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|News

Bringing Theory to Practice Project: Request for Proposals

First Deadline: June 15, 2012

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project’s 2012-2014 RFP is now available .

Proposals are requested for projects that will promote engaged learning, civic development and engagement, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students. We are especially interested in efforts that will enable students to have transformational educational experiences, and proposals for how institutions can transform and sustain their priorities and practices.

The first deadline is June 15 for all categories of proposals. This is the only deadline for Demonstration Site Grants in the 2012-2014 grant period. Funding will first be available by July 15, 2012.

For mailed copies of the RFP, please send a request to Dylan Joyce with your name, institution, and institutional address; we will provide up to five hard copies per institution.

We look forward to reading your proposals for projects aligned with our joint purposes and priorities.

For more information, e-mail Dylan Joyce or Jennifer O’Brien in the Bringing Theory to Practice Project office, or call 202.884.0805.

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project
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Washington, DC 20009
202.884.0805

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Oregon College Access Network (OrCAN)

OrCAN recently hosted their annual conference “College Access 2012: Uniting Toward Oregon’s Future”. Session presentations are posted here!

This emerging organization is looking for board members. Find out more about OrCAN, their plans and resources (and to express interest in joining the board) on their website.

http://oregoncan.org/