March 2013 Government & Community Relations Update

Governance Update: Oregon Senate and House consider governance measures

March 18, 2013
The House Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee and the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee continue to consider proposals on higher education governance.
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Campus Community Contact newsletter provides info on UO events that impact near campus neighbors

March 18, 2013
The UO office of Government and Community Relations releases a bimonthly publication with information about coming events and activities at the University of Oregon that may affect neighbors.
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Helmuth Rilling and Royce Saltzman by Oregon Legislature, UO supports cultural trust

March 18, 2013
UO graduate and State Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) has introduced two resolutions honoring the founders of the Oregon Bach Festival. House Concurrent Resolution 21 “honors [the] achievements of Helmuth
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UO VP for Research and Innovation Kimberly Andrews Espy testifies on accelerator plan in Salem

March 18, 2013
On March 7, Kimberly Andrews Espy, UO vice president for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school and OSU Research Vice President Rick Spinrad offered testimony to the Oregon Senate Committee on Business and Transportation, chaired by State Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield
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UO Day at the Capitol set for April 11

March 18, 2013
The University of Oregon will hold its biennial UO Day at the Oregon Capitol on April 11.
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Oregon Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee to consider higher education budget

March 18, 2013
The Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education will start to consider the Oregon University System (OUS) budget for the 2013-15 biennium on March 20. The subcommittee has scheduled five hearings on House Bill 5031 (the Oregon University System budget bill) and will make recommendations to the full Ways and Means Committee on allocations for the Oregon University System.
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Congress makes progress toward CR; UO joins AAU and APLU opposing cuts to NSF Political Science program

March 18, 2013
Last week Congress made progress on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government funded through the end of the fiscal year September 30, 2013. The Senate is now considering legislation that the House passed last week to maintain government funding and avoid a shutdown after the current continuing resolution expires on March 27th.
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Andy Hill joins Government and Community Relations as student legislative assistant

March 5, 2013
The Office of Government and Community Relations recently welcomed new team member Andy Hill as a legislative assistant for the current legislative session. Andy will help the office with tracking legislation, policy analysis, background materials preparation, and in writing articles for the Public and Government Affairs Update.
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Tuition equity bill passes Oregon House

March 5, 2013
On February 22, the Oregon House approved a bill that will allow undocumented children to obtain in-state tuition at a four-year college in Oregon after graduating high school.
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Sequestration deadline passes; UO research VP launches site to track impact

March 5, 2013
Sequestration officially took effect on Friday, March 1. With the failure of Congress to pass legislation, President Obama was force to issue an $85 billion dollar cut, effective over the next seven months.
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Reverse Vendor Trade Fair demonstrates UO is “open for business”

March 5, 2013
The third UO Reverse Vendor Trade Fair took place February 27 at the Club Room at Autzen Stadium. The event, organized by UO Purchasing and Contracting Services, provides an opportunity for minority, women owned, emerging small business contractors and other vendors to learn about contracting opportunities with the UO and other public agencies.
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State investment in Allen Hall renovation and expansion recognized at grand opening

March 5, 2013
On March 1, the University of Oregon celebrated the grand opening of a renovated and expanded Allen Hall, home to the School of Journalism and Communication. The three-story transformation added 18,000 square feet to the building, which serves more than 2,000 students.
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UO Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Services visits White House

March 5, 2013
Andre Le Duc, Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Services at the University of Oregon, attended the White House event on Creating Model Emergency Management Plans on February 27 to discuss past lessons and develop future plans to reduce gun violence.
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