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University Health Center appoints new executive director

After 18 years at Washington University in St. Louis, Debra Beck will be joining the University Health Center here at the University of Oregon as its newest executive director. “I really wasn’t looking to leave,” Beck said of Washington University and her decision to apply to the UO opening. “It …

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UO law professors sign letter in NY Times calling for Senate to not confirm Kavanaugh

Nineteen University of Oregon law school professors joined more than 2,400 law professors from across the country in signing a letter published in the New York Times calling on the United States Senate to not confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The letter, which was presented to the Senate …

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Schill to receive $60k raise, remain at UO through 2023

The University of Oregon Board of Trustees approved a new contract for President Michael Schill, increasing his annual salary by up to $78,000 and solidifying his position at the university through 2023. In early September, the Board approved a revised contract for President Schill. The contract increases Schill’s base salary …

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Provost appoints Interim Dean for College of Arts and Sciences

On Monday, Jayanth Banavar, University of Oregon Provost and Senior Vice President, announced his appointment of Bruce Blonigen as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). In August, the college’s current dean, W. Andrew Marcus, announced his intention to step down at the end of the calendar …

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New dean wants more well-rounded honors college

Gabe Paquette said he has always resisted choosing between his various academic passions. A history professor by trade, the new dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College has spent time studying philosophy, government, biology and multiple foreign languages. So when he heard the Honors College was looking for a …

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Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will step down in December

Geography professor Andrew Marcus will be stepping down as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in December, according to an announcement addressed to University of Oregon community members by UO Provost Jayanth Banavar on Aug. 17. UO will conduct a national search for a new dean. After …

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Graduate dance program suspended due to wider university budget cuts

The dance department in the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance has suspended its graduate dance program, and administrators say that they do not know when the program will return. The decision to cut the three-year master of fine arts program is a reflection of the effects of …

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UO faculty login credentials stolen in Iranian hacking campaign

In an attempt to access online academic journals, hackers working on behalf of the Iranian government stole the usernames and passwords of 62 University of Oregon professors from 2014 to 2017, according to U.S. Department of Justice documents obtained by the Emerald. The cyberattack was a coordinated effort to steal …

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University Senate appoints new VP, hands out awards at last meeting of the year

The University Senate unanimously elected Elizabeth Skowron as its new vice president and awarded faculty, staff and students for serving the university community at its last meeting of the academic year. Skowron is new VP Elizabeth Skowron, a professor in the College of Education, ran unopposed for vice president of …

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UO College of Arts and Sciences dean to appoint Carol Stabile to new Associate Dean position despite not holding search

University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences, or CAS, has created a position for a new Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives (ADSI). The new job will be filled by Carol Stabile who is a professor of women and gender studies and the interim division dean of social sciences. Stabile …

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Campus to grow by 3,000 students to increase tuition revenue

The University of Oregon is planning to increase its student body by 3,000 students over the course of eight years in order to increase tuition revenue to cover a $16.7 million deficit in the university budget. According to Jamie Moffitt, the UO vice president for finance and chief financial officer, …

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UO President Schill says ASUO decision to pass controversial BDS resolution is divisive

University of Oregon President Michael Schill wrote in a statement Thursday that the boycott, divest and sanctions resolution passed by the ASUO Senate during last night’s senate meeting is divisive and inconsistent with UO’s value of inclusion. In the statement, Schill describes the importance of not dividing the UO community …

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UO planning to hire 39 new tenure-track faculty members next year

Last week the University of Oregon announced that they will be searching for candidates for 39 tenure-track faculty members for the 2018-19 school year. “We value our students, we want them to have tremendous experiences,” said UO Provost Jayanth Banavar. “All this is sort of the mechanics of how we …

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University Senate votes to change course evaluations and evaluate differential tuition

The University Senate voted to change course evaluations and create a task force for evaluating differential tuition at its meeting Wednesday.   Course Evaluations: The University Senate voted to change course evaluations to mitigate bias and better evaluate instructors at the university. The changes came after a study that found …

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The results are in for changes to course evaluations after student input

The Teaching Evaluation Task Force presented official changes to course evaluations at the Senate meeting last Wednesday after a series of town halls and meetings with various student groups on campus. Changes to come include ending numerical ratings, asking more relevant questions, implementing a midterm student review and a faculty …

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University Senate votes to change multicultural requirement, will be in effect fall 2019

The University Senate voted to change the multicultural requirement for students at the University of Oregon at its meeting Wednesday afternoon. The multicultural requirement will now require incoming students to take one class out of each of the two new categories: “US: Difference, Inequality, Agency” and “Global Perspectives”. You can …

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Law Professor Nancy Shurtz to return after sabbatical

University of Oregon law professor Nancy Shurtz, who was at the center of controversy in fall 2016 after a photo of her in black makeup at her Halloween party circulated online, will return to campus in July, following her one-year sabbatical in Florida. Shurtz said after the incident that her …

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UO to hire new Associate Vice Provost for Online and Distance Education

The University of Oregon is in the process of hiring an associate vice provost for online and distance education. The position is new and part of UO’s effort to better coordinate and support online education. Part of the role of the new AVP will be to determine what students are …

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University Senate: Harbaugh on upcoming senate elections, what’s changing

In the coming weeks the University Senate will hold elections to slate a new vice president and president-elect after it officially instates its new president, Bill Harbaugh. As Senate president, Harbaugh said he will focus on updating course evaluations, continuing the conversations on core education and improving the relationship between …

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At the heart of a student conduct controversy, the UO Student Collective pushed back

During fall term, a student demonstration sparked a debate that would challenge the student conduct code, the power of administrators, and institutionalized racism on campus. The issue even gained national media attention when the New York Times published an op-ed from President Michael Schill criticizing the protest. After the University …

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President Schill approves funding for seven parts of the university

UO President Michael Schill and Provost Jayanth Banavar approved strategic initiative funding from a set of recommendations from the UO’s Budget Advisory Group, according to reporting by Around the O. Strategic investments are defined by the University of Oregon as “a central (non-unit-based) priority designed to have a transformational effect …

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Senate passes resolution to withdraw the North Campus renovation proposals

The University Senate passed a faculty-sponsored resolution this afternoon to withdraw the North Campus conditional use permit. The permit aims to renovate athletic fields and develop parking lots to accommodate the new Knight Campus. The resolution calls on the Senate to support their motion to withdraw the plans to renovate …

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Administration will not punish students for Wednesday’s walkout, Provost says

UO Provost Jayanth Banavar stated in an email to UO instructors that students who participate in the National School Walkout tomorrow will not be charged with student conduct code violations. But an instructor can choose to mark students as absent if they participate in the walkout, according to Banavar. Also, …

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A riverfront conundrum: UO submits land use permit to city, sparking controversy over possible artificial turf fields

Situated on the south bank of the Willamette River, the University of Oregon riverfront fields are — to put it politely — rugged. Often overlooked, these fields are only noticed during the walk to Autzen that guides Duck fans through the patchy riverfront grass. But the fields are a burden …

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Day two highlights from Board of Trustees meeting: tuition raise and differential tuition approved

The Board of Trustees met for the second day and has voted to increase tuition and approve differential tuition. While many University of Oregon students spoke up against the tuition raise at the meeting, it was approved unanimously. Here are a few highlights from the day’s meeting. Tuition Raise The …

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Schill supports 2.84% in-state tuition increase, may cut back cost of Honors College

University of Oregon President Michael Schill sent a campus-wide email on Friday describing his hope to reduce the cost of the honors college, add a $20-per-credit fee to undergraduate business classes and to continue with overall tuition increases for next year. Honors college students currently pay $4,194 more than standard …

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“Rolling the dice”: TFAB weighs tuition increases against enrollment, budget shortfall for 2019

After more than a month of deliberation, the University of Oregon’s Tuition and Fee Advisory Board has reached a reluctant consensus: they recommend a tuition increase of 2.84 percent for in-state students and 2.49 percent for out-of-state students during the 2018-19 academic year.  That’s a $6 per-credit-hour increase for residents and …

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UO gets custom portrait of President Schill, but it will remain in storage until he leaves

University of Oregon President Michael Schill’s portrait was finished and unveiled over winter break in a private showing in the faculty club space of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The artist of Schill’s portrait, Eugene native Lynda Lanker, requested The Emerald to not publish a picture of the portrait, but …

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UO Senate denounces white supremacy and creates group to teach students about racism

The university senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to support the student collective’s second resolution — to denounce white supremacy on campus and to create a task force to educate students on UO’s history. The task force will also propose modifications to white nationalist monuments on campus. They did not state …

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Differential tuition in Lundquist College: Who should foot the bill?

The Lundquist College of Business needs a financial boost, and it could be coming straight out of business students’ pockets. The college has proposed a “differential tuition” for its classes — meaning students who take courses offered by Lundquist College will be charged $20 more per credit hour, on top …

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