Elected and public officials visited campus October26 to celebrate the openings of the new Lewis Integrative Science Building and the Global Scholars Hall. The building expands research facilities available for activities focused on understanding brain function, improving human health, developing safe technology and achieving sustainability. The 2007 Oregon Legislature authorized $30 million in G-bonds for the building which were matched by donors. UO graduates Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) (MA ’77) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) (BA ’80 , JD ’83) both spoke at the opening offering remarks underscoring the importance of federal research to Oregon’s economy.
The Global Scholars Hall opening was held on October 30. The ceremony included remarks by UO President Michael Gottfredson and other UO leadership, and included recognition of the role of the 2010 Oregon legislature in authorizing $75 million in F-bonds. Members of the Eugene-area legislative delegation were on hand for the event and toured the facility. The Global Scholars Hall, which houses 450 students, opened to student at the beginning of the 2012 fall term. The building features a variety of living spaces and an inspiring design, incorporating spaces for classes, dining, performance, and residential faculty.