Thank you so much for all of the support, energy and time you devoted to joining us for Beaver Caucus Advocacy Day. We walked the halls of the Capitol, met with legislators and staff and shared the message of prioritizing higher education and OSU projects. We helped legislators see the importance of music and the arts with the Arts and Education Complex; the continued expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus with the Student Success Center; the economic and community impact with the OSU Statewide Public Service Programs and the true benefit of an Oregon State education. Thank you for lending your time and sharing your stories to ensure that the future of Oregon State University remains healthy and strong. We look forward to working with you in the new year! Go Beavs!
We had a record turnout on Saturday for the Third Annual Beaver Caucus-ASOSU Homecoming Brunch! It was a great event that included students, alumni, faculty, past and present ASOSU officers and Beaver Caucus members. The audience heard remarks from President Ray, ASOSU President Justin Bennett and Vice President Aiden Tariku, Dean of Students Kevin Dougherty and OSUAA Executive Director and Beaver Caucus board member John Valva. It was a great way to kick off Homecoming weekend!
Thanks for spending your Homecoming Saturday with us. We look forward to working with you during the 2019 Oregon legislative session to advocate for issues that are critical to OSU.
The Beaver Caucus is committed to supporting Oregon State University, our world-class research institution. We do this by providing a platform to communicate directly to Oregon state policymakers who are making critical decisions impacting OSU’s future. During the 2019 legislative session we will make sure that legislators and the Governor are aware of the positive benefits that have resulted from the state’s investment in higher education, and we will work to ensure that this investment continues in 2019.
Here are some of the issues we will be advocating for during the legislative session:
1) Maintaining Operating Funds
The seven public universities have sought at least a $130 million increase in operating funds from $737 million for a total investment of $867 million. This request would ensure that tuition increases would stay below 5% per year each of the next two years. In August, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) recommended a $186 million increase in operating funds for a total of $923M. This request is obviously a significant improvement and would enable meaningful investments in student success and access while keeping tuition affordable.
2) Development of the OSU Arts and Education Complex
In April 2017, Oregon State University announced plans for a new arts and education complex. The proposal would renew, expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center in order to provide the university, the greater Corvallis community, and the entire state, a venue for music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts. The university is well into the process of securing $35 million in philanthropic funds and is seeking an additional $35 million in state bonds for a total investment of $70 million.
3) Continued Expansion of the OSU-Cascades Campus – Student Success Center
OSU Cascades continues to face enrollment growth and will need to continue expand its facilities to ensure that it meets the academic, counseling and extracurricular needs of students in the Central Oregon region. The university is seeking $12 million in bonds matched by $5 million in student fees – approved in a campus-wide vote – for the construction of the OSU-Cascades Student Success Center, which will improve learning outcomes while facilitating student engagement.
Beaver Caucus Members:
On Saturday, the State Legislature approved the full $39 million in bonding needed to construct a second academic building on the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. The funding will be matched by $10 million in donor funds, over $9 million of which has been pledged. During the 2017 session, the Legislature approved $9.5 million in state bonding to support site preparation of undeveloped campus property where the new academic building will be constructed.
This outcome would not have been possible without your help! Thank you for all the time and energy you devoted to ensuring the future of OSU in Central Oregon!
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Now4 OSU- Cascades and Central Oregon community leaders in our appeal to legislators to support funding for the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus. Together we helped the Legislature see the importance of OSU Cascades to Central Oregon and our entire state.
We are also very appreciative of the efforts and leadership of Jock Mills and the OSU Government Relations team throughout the legislative process.
Thank you for lending your voice to support this important project that will meet the academic needs of Central Oregon students and allow the region to continue to thrive. Go Beavs!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Advocacy Day at the Capitol on January 11. Members of the Beaver Caucus, Now4 OSU-Cascades and the Bend Chamber appealed directly to legislators to support funding for the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus. We are grateful to the State Treasurer, the Speaker, members of the legislative leadership and all legislators who spent time with us to learn about OSU-Cascades and the critical importance of this campus to Central Oregon and the state.
To all who participated, thank you for lending your thoughts and sharing your stories to ensure that the future of our great university remains healthy and strong. We look forward to an exciting year of advocacy on behalf of OSU.
Beaver Caucus Member,
We have an historic opportunity to make a huge difference for OSU and Oregon. Can you help?
Governor Kate Brown’s budget for 2018 was just released and she’s recommending the Legislature approve $39 million to construct our OSU Cascades campus in Central Oregon. This is unexpected and game-changing, but we need our OSU alumni and friends to get it through the next legislative session.
Can you join us on Thursday, January 11 at the State Capitol in Salem? Our primary mission will be to meet with legislators and talk about the importance of approving this major investment in OSU and Oregon.
We will have a conference call on Wednesday, January 10 at 4:00pm to discuss strategy, messaging, and logistics for the day. Never met with a legislator? No problem! We’ll walk you through how it’s done. On Thursday, January 11 we’ll meet at the State Capitol in Salem and you’ll go around to your legislator meetings with 3-4 other OSU advocates as a team.
Please see the agenda below:
Wednesday, January 10
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Conference call to discuss strategy and messaging (Conference number will be circulated as the date gets closer)
Thursday, January 11
10:00am – 10:20am – Meet in Basement Room B of the Public Service Building to pick up messaging documents and meet other members of your team before heading out to legislator meetings
10:30am – 2:30pm – Meetings with legislators – State Capitol Building
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Recap of legislator meetings – Return to the Public Service Building to recap and discuss the meetings
We hope that you can join us on January 11. Opportunities to make a real, meaningful difference for OSU are rare. If you’ve ever thought about lending your voice, now is the time. Please click here to RSVP.
We hope to see you in Salem on January 11.
November 27, 2017
The Bend Bulletin
By Amy Tykeson & Jane E. Teater
As long-time advocates for the creation and expansion of Oregon State University-Cascades and Co-Chairs of NOW4 OSU-Cascades, a recent Bulletin editorial regarding funding for the campus gave us pause. As readers may recall, Oregon’s 2017 Legislature awarded OSU-Cascades only $9.5 million of the $69.5 million requested for campus expansion, leaving many scratching their heads.
In today’s political climate, it is tempting to bemoan partisan politics as the reason why things don’t get done. However, as volunteers who have been working with the leadership of Oregon State University, the governor, legislators from both parties, students, and the broader regional community, we look back on 2017 as a learning experience. The path forward requires us to build upon past efforts, focus on the future, and do so in earnest.
We are tremendously proud of how Central Oregonians stepped up in 2017 to put the region’s higher education needs on the map in Salem. Supporters made a positive impression telling the OSU-Cascades story every time they traveled over the mountains — which was often. Do we have more work to do? You bet.
The facts supporting campus expansion are compelling. Central Oregon is remarkably underserved in terms of higher education. Until the creation of OSU-Cascades, the Bend-Redmond metropolitan area was the largest in the country without a four-year university. Central Oregon’s population growth rate far surpasses the rest of the state, and the rate of increase of the student body at Bend-La Pine Schools exceeds that of any other district in Oregon. This growth is the primary driver of OSU-Cascades’ enrollment, with 70 percent of its students coming from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.
Over the past three years, OSU-Cascades has been one of only three universities in the state with increasing enrollment. By 2020, this growth is expected to push enrollment past its capacity, leading to overcrowding and possibly turning students away.
We were disappointed that the campus received only $9.5 million in bonds in 2017. However, as OSU-Cascades is the first new university in Oregon in 50 years, we realize this is a long race, not a short sprint. Our success will require continuous regional engagement and broad collaboration — not only during the upcoming 2018 session, but also in sessions to follow. In the months since the 2017 session ended and with the support of OSU President Ed Ray and Vice President Becky Johnson, we have been working with the governor, state treasurer, legislators and a broad coalition of supporters from around the region and across the state. Our interest is in advancing opportunities for Central Oregon students and for employers who rely on an educated workforce. Economic growth in Central Oregon, which is enhanced by the expansion of OSU-Cascades, is creating new revenues for the entire state. Simply put, the growth of OSU-Cascades benefits all of Oregon.
Earlier this month, a group of campus and business leaders, students, and our own state Sen. Tim Knopp provided an update to the Senate Committee On Education outlining a $39 million request for a second academic building in 2018. It was an excellent representation of the need for, and the passion behind, expanding OSU-Cascades. Earlier in the hearing, outgoing Sen. and former Ways and Means Co-Chair Richard Devlin,D-Tualatin — unsolicited and while speaking on another matter — reminded the committee of the Legislature’s long-standing commitment to a four-year campus in Central Oregon and urged funding in 2018. “That was a decision that was made a long time ago,” he told the committee, “and I’m just hoping that the Legislature keeps its commitment.”
OSU-Cascades is a game-changer for our region. Please join us in support of the campus expansion by writing to your state representatives, the governor and legislative leadership and urging them to follow through with the state’s commitment to higher education in Central Oregon.
— Amy Tykeson and Jane E. Teater are co-chairs of NOW4 OSU-Cascades, a community outreach group focused on campus expansion.
Join the Beaver Caucus and the Associated Students of Oregon State University for a Homecoming Brunch to kick off your Homecoming weekend! We had a great turnout and outstanding speakers last year and we hope you will join us again this year! The brunch will include remarks by President Ray, Ryan Mann, Beaver Caucus board member and former ASOSU President, Leslie Schacht Drey, Director of the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Assistant Dean of Student Life, and the current President and Vice President of ASOSU. The brunch is an opportunity to meet and mingle with current and former ASOSU officers, OSU alums, Beaver Caucus board members and other OSU friends and supporters.
Please see the details for the event below:
The Beaver Caucus and ASOSU Homecoming Brunch
Saturday, October 14
10:00am – 12:00pm
OSU Memorial Union Ballroom
2501 SW Jefferson Way
RSVP by Wednesday, October 11 (note new date)
Please click here to register for the brunch. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca McAuliffe, 503-539-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on October 14!
About the Beaver Caucus
The Beaver Caucus is a passionate group of Oregon State University alumni and friends who are committed to supporting our world-class research institution. We do this by providing a platform to communicate directly to Oregon state policymakers who are making critical decisions impacting OSU’s future.
The Beaver Caucus is an independent 501(c)4 organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our board members have a rich history of service to the university, its Foundation and Alumni Association, and to its legislative advocacy.
The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session recently adjourned and the efforts of Beaver Caucus members like you had a real impact on the future of our great university.
With your help, the legislature approved a $70 million increase in funding for all seven public universities, which will allow OSU to keep tuition increases low and provide services and support directly to students. Focusing on student success while maintaining affordability is critical to ensuring that young Oregonians from every background have access to an OSU education.
Nearly $50 million in capital construction investments will help OSU construct the Quality Food and Beverage Building and address deferred maintenance projects on the Corvallis campus. These capital improvement projects will substantially improve the student experience at OSU. The Quality Food and Beverage Building will further OSU’s research, teaching and outreach with facilities to train tomorrow’s winemakers, brewers, cheese makers and other food entrepreneurs on state-of-the-art equipment. This, in turn, leads to a highly-skilled workforce that will support Oregon as a world leader in quality food and beverages.
The expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus and the OSU Statewide Public Service Programs weren’t funded at the level we supported. We are disappointed by this outcome, but we are working on a legislative strategy to make sure OSU-Cascades becomes a reality in the future and the statewide programs are fully funded.
Thank you for the countless meetings, phone calls and emails to legislators in support of our legislative priorities. Your voice made a difference. Together, we will ensure that Oregon State University continues to be a world-class university available to students of every background.
Beaver Caucus Members,
Time is winding down, there’s little time on the clock, and we’re behind. A fall Saturday in Corvallis? No! It’s crunch time at the Oregon State Legislature.
In the waning days of Oregon’s legislative session, elected leaders will be making final decisions about funding for higher education. This is our version of the two-minute drill, and the Beaver Caucus has to play a critical role. Will OSU be forced into unreasonable tuition increases and cuts to staff and research programs? Or will state leaders invest in our students, who are the future of Oregon? It’s up to us.
We will advocate for three key issues on May 23rd:
- An overall funding increase for university operating funds to help OSU invest in students and hold down tuition increases
- Funding for our OSU statewide programs
- New funding for the OSU-Cascades Campus
We’ll meet in the Capitol at noon to discuss strategy, messaging and logistics for the day (box lunch provided). Never met with a legislator? No problem! We’ll show you how it’s done, and you’ll go around to your meetings with 3-4 other Beaver Caucus members as a team. In the evening we’ll host a reception with legislative staff and supporters at Ritter’s Restaurant (102 Liberty St., NE Salem, Ore.).
Here’s our agenda for the day:
- Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Meet in Room 167A of the Capitol Building for lunch and strategy and messaging session
- 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Meetings with legislators
- 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Reception (Ritter’s Restaurant)
Can’t make it on the 23rd? There’s still a way to help your team. Click here and you can send an email to your state senator and representative.
If you have questions, please contact Beaver Caucus Events Coordinator Rebecca McAuliffe at email@example.com or 503-539-2856.
I look forward to seeing you in Salem on May 23rd! Go Beavs!