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Mark Lewis, UO Professor, Storyteller Dies

Dec 10, 2014
University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

University of Oregon School of Journalism professor Mark Lewis has died. He was well known for his storytelling and voiceover work.

Professor Lewis died from a pulmonary embolism on Dec. 7. He came to the U of O in 2012. Lewis taught a presentation workshop class inspiring students to be creative storytellers. Julie Newton, interim Edwin L. Artzt Dean at the Journalism school says he was a key colleague and a kind, joyous individual.

Rachael McDonald

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike Wednesday after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night.  The GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

Jes Burns

Amidst the ongoing Graduate Teaching Fellows strike at the University of Oregon, faculty is bristling over threats to its academic authority from the recently formed U of O Board of Trustees.

The University Senate Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Monday. There's concern the Board of Trustees was given sweeping powers by the state legislature.

Rachael McDonald

It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.  

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown says with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

Brown: "In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on course-work to date."

Rachael McDonald

Members of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation are back on the picket lines  at the University of Oregon. The union and administration met for more than 11 hours Thursday. They're in talks again Friday.

The Graduate Teaching Fellows went on strike Tuesday after contract negotiations with U of O Administration broke down. The main sticking point is paid leave. The GTFs want 2 weeks medical leave and 2 weeks parental leave as well as a pay boost. Union president Joe Henry says the GTF negotiating team is ready to work through the night if necessary.

Rachael McDonald

The 1,500 members of the University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation went on strike Tuesday. This is the first time in the union's 38-year history that its members have walked out.

Graduate Teaching Fellows march the picket lines on a bitterly cold morning on the U of O campus.

The main sticking point in contract negotiation with administration is paid leave. The GTFF wants 2 weeks medical leave and 2 weeks family leave. Joe Henry is president of the GTFF.

Tiffany Eckert

15-hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon are set to go on strike Tuesday.  This is the first labor strike in the 38-year-old union's history. About 200 GTFs and their supporters rallied Monday evening  in front of Johnson Hall, the Administration Building on campus.

Chanting: "GTFF, GTFF, GTFF,…. "

Karen Richards

The Graduate Teaching Fellows union and The University of Oregon are approaching the end of a month-long cooling off period. The parties meet Tuesday with a mediator. If no agreement is reached, the GTFs will go on strike next week.

Graduate Teaching Fellows are asking for paid leave and a salary increase. The University's latest offer is for 2 weeks of flex time, which GTF Federation president Joe Henry says is unacceptable.

University of Oregon

A University of Oregon alumnus has created a 300,000 dollar endowment to help student entrepreneurs at the University pursue their business startups.

Paul Anthony Troiano is a music entrepreneur, artist and producer. He started his first successful business called "Rumblefish" while studying at the U of O thanks to a backer who invested in his company. Now Troiano wants to "pay it forward" with the RAINMaker fund, designed to help students to grow their small businesses.

education.wsu.edu/wnate

Jesse Hagopian, a teacher, will be speaking in Eugene this (Thursday) evening.  But calling Hagopian a teacher is a about as revealing as calling Barack Obama a politician.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher spoke with this crusading educator.

Jes Burns

The search for a new University of Oregon President may take some time. The University has hired a recruitment firm and set up a search committee and an advisory group.

This will be the first U of O President hired under the University's new independent governing board.
Tobin Klinger is a spokesman for the U of O.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has a new mission statement. This week the new U of O Board of Trustees approved the document.

Barbara Altmann is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She says every institution of higher education needs to have a mission statement. The mission has to reflect everyone in the organization including students, faculty, staff and the larger University community. Altmann says the process involved getting a lot of input from that community.

Karen Richards

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon have issued a strike notice. Both parties must submit their final contract offers to the state mediator Monday. The main sticking point is paid leave.

The strike notice places the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation, or GTFF, and the University at an impasse, a 30-day cooling off period.

If a strike does take place, it would be a huge work stoppage at the University of Oregon. Joe Henry is a Graduate Student in Anthropology and the President of the GTFF, which has 1,500 members.

Crow-Applegate-Lorane School District

Oregon public schools are increasingly turning to voters to help fund essential education services. The small rural district Crow- Applegate-Lorane has a 5-year levy renewal on the November 4th ballot.

Linn-Benton Community College

Voters in Linn and Benton counties are being asked to decide if their property tax dollars should fund capital projects for the community college.

Linn-Benton Community College serves about 22,000 students at the main campus in Albany and centers in Corvallis, Lebanon and Sweet Home. The school wants to issue a general obligation bond which would cost taxpayers $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed property value. For an average priced home, that's about $36.00 a year.

Angela Kellner / KLCC

Springfield Public Schools are once again asking voters to approve a bond to fund improvements to the district's aging schools. Last year, a similar measure was defeated by just 446 votes. This time, backers say they’ve made some changes to Measure 20-226.

The district asked voters why they said no last year to a school bond measure. Springfield Schools spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge says the previous bond focused mainly on funding a new Hamlin Middle School.

Meeting date: October 17, 2014

Air date: October 20, 2014

The Opportunity Initiative: Investing in Oregon’s Higher Education

Guest Speaker: Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer, and Bob Brew, Executive Director, Oregon’s Office of Student Access and Completion
Coordinators:  Marty Wilde and Karen Hyatt

University of Oregon

The University of Oregon held a swanky, invitation-only party Friday night to launch a $2-billion fundraising campaign. So far donors have pledged more than $700-million. This is the largest fundraising effort in the school's history. Interim UO President Scott Coltrane:

EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board will host the construction and utilities career fair Thursday for Lane County high school students. 

More than 500 Lane County high school students will have the opportunity to work in construction, utility trade and road maintenance for a day. Joe Harwood, spokesman for EWEB says the idea is to inspire young people to pursue this kind of career.

OSU

Oregon State University has a growing Ecampus, or on-line degree program, that's ranked among the top 10 nationally. The school has been experiencing an enrollment boom over the last decade and is trying to accommodate students by broadening options.

Eugene 4j teachers ratified a tentative three-year contract Monday night.  It now goes to the 4j School Board for final approval.  Mary Walston, a past board chair and bargaining team member, says the Board will vote on the contract at its October 15th meeting:

Walston:  "It includes a modest increase for staff in terms of cost-of-living and step increases.  They'll be some health benefit increases in the second and third year."

Jes Burns

One in ten female students at the University of Oregon has been raped. That's one of the findings of a survey of the sexual assault climate on campus.

The survey also found that 35 percent of female students at the U of O have had non-consensual sexual experiences. The survey was done by psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd with PhD students Carly Smith and Marina Rosenthal. Rosenthal says the numbers weren't surprising.

South Lane School District

Some parents of South Lane Students are concerned about a new drug testing policy at the District. They question whether the proposal was really student-driven.

The policy, enacted in August, requires drug-testing for athletes at Cottage Grove High School. South Lane Superintendent Krista Parent says the idea came from students who are part of the High School's Athletes Council.

The Eugene 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract on Saturday.

Bargaining teams met for several formal sessions in May and June after the previous contract expired.

Oreson State Uninversity

A new exercise DVD adds short breaks of physical activity in elementary students' routine. It is proving to be popular with teachers. Oregon State University recently published research on applications in the classroom.

"Brain Breaks" features 5 to 7 minute segments focusing on stretching, physical activity, and relaxation. It's meant for situations in the classroom when the teacher notices students becoming distracted or rowdy. OSU Assistant Professor Gerd Bobe says current curriculum focused primarily on academics.

University of Oregon Students Move In

Sep 25, 2014
Corinne Boyer

The University of Oregon welcomed 3,000 new students Thursday and volunteers were waiting to help. The annual “Unpack the Quack” allows faculty and staff to help new students move in. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer sent us this audio postcard from campus.

Eugene 4J School District

September 19, 2014 City Club of Eugene airs Monday, September 22, 2014 on KLCC.

Moving Oregon education forward requires both short- and long-term planning. Superintendent Berman will discuss some strategies that have the potential for helping along that forward movement. He will address their alignment with statewide strategic education initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced assessments.

Eugene 4J’s River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School is being replaced.    On Thursday, community members may view potential designs for the school.  The District intends to build on the same property while the current school is kept open, says 4J spokeswoman Kerry Delf:

Delf:  "The River Road Elementary School is on a piece of property that has space to the west and space to the east. So one of the decisions that has yet to be made is the precise   location of where the new building will be”

Rachael McDonald

Advocates say Eugene 4j students depend on a local option levy to fully fund their education. The Yes for 4J Schools Levy Campaign kickoff was Monday at Sheldon High School.

This is the 4th time 4j is asking voters to renew a 5-year levy that generates 8 million dollars annually. Jennifer Winters is a parent and campaign chair. She says with the state investing less in education, the levy is a way local residents can make a difference.

Karen Richards

The University of Oregon Graduate Fellows have been in labor negotiations with Administration for nearly a year. Members of the union plan to show up at tomorrow's Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting on campus.

Jon LaRochelle is a member of the GTFF bargaining team. He's in the Philosophy Department at the U of O. He says the union has been without a collective bargaining agreement since last spring. LaRochelle says the University won't budge on the union's request for paid leave for new parents.

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