April 2013 Government & Community Relations Update

UO Student Day of Service in Campus Neighborhoods

April 22, 2013
More than 60 students and 40 neighbors, volunteers, and city and university staff completed service projects in campus neighborhoods on Saturday, April 13.  The work was all part of the fourth annual “Takin’ It to the Streets: UO Student Day of Services in Campus Neighborhoods” event.  The day was a collaborative effort between the City of Eugene, the University of Oregon, and neighborhood asso
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Service highlighted at UO Day at the Capitol

April 22, 2013
On April 11, Ducks descended on Salem for UO Day at the Capitol. This year’s biennial event included a display in the Galleria, musical performances in the House and Senate chambers, and visits to legislators by UO advocates and students.
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An election year reminder from the Office of the General Counsel

April 22, 2013
In light of the upcoming May 21, 2013 elections in many jurisdictions including Eugene and Portland, the University of Oregon Office of the General Counsel has prepared this information regarding election activity in the workplace. To register to vote and learn more about elections, see the Oregon Secretary of State’s elections webpage.
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Espy and Piercy testify on RAIN proposal

April 22, 2013
On April 10, Kimberly Andrews Espy, UO vice president for research and innovation and dean of the graduate school, testified before the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development regarding the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) proposal, one of three projects included in an Oregon University System innovation package.
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Gottfredson testifies on institutional boards bill as House and Senate move on governance

April 22, 2013
On April 11, UO President Michael Gottfredson testified during a work session of the Oregon Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development on SB 270, a bill that would grant the University of Oregon and Portland State University institutional boards.
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President Obama releases FY14 Budget; members of Oregon delegation support NSF funding

April 22, 2013
On April 10, President Barack Obama released his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2014.  In what many see as a compromise with Republican leaders, President Obama has sought to replace the indiscriminate 10-year, $1.1 trillion cut brought about by the earlier sequestration with a larger, yet more precise, 10-year, $1.8 trillion alternative c
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Elected officials visit campus, attend Veterans Center ceremony

April 22, 2013
On April 20, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) was on campus to offer the keynote address at the Oregon Law Review’s event: A Step Forward: Creating a Just Drug Policy for the United States. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon), a graduate of the Law School and former member of the Oregon Law Review’s staff while a student, introduced Blumenauer.
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Legislature to consider UO Science Library Project

April 22, 2013
University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson joined the presidents of Eastern Oregon University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, and Portland State University in requesting projects be added to the capital construction budget for the Oregon University System.
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Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education considers Oregon University System Budget; Gottfredson testifies for research universities

April 2, 2013
Between March 20 and 27, the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education considered the Oregon University System (OUS) budget for fiscal years 2013-2015. The subcommittee held a total of five hearings for House Bill 5031 (the OUS budget bill) and will make recommendations to the full Ways and Means Committee.
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Federal round-up: Congress passes continuing resolution, moves on budget resolutions

April 2, 2013
The month of March has been a busy one in Washington, D.C. On March 1, sequestration went into effect after Congress and the Administration failed to come to agreement on long-term deficit reduction and, two weeks ago, both the House and Senate approved their respective budget resolutions that address overall spending levels for federal government for FY 2014.
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State round-up: UO legislative priorities continue to move as legislative session nears halfway point

April 2, 2013
With the five-month legislative session nearing the half-way point, legislators have begun to consider the 2013-15 biennial budgets. Policy committees also continue to consider legislative proposals as the April 18 deadline for bills to receive a hearing in their chamber of origin is quickly approaching. The University of Oregon has made progress on several of its legislative priorities.
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