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!
During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Oregon State Legislature approved $39 million in bonding needed to construct a second academic building on the OSU-Cascades campus. 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.
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. This will require new investment in facilities and infrastructure.
In 2019, theUniversity 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. The Beaver Caucus will work with the Central Oregon region led by Now4 OSU-Cascades, to ensure that the legislature approves this funding request.
A vibrant university that delivers academic excellence and focuses on student retention and success can be one of the pillars of a strong economy. Investment in OSU-Cascades will make a difference for Central Oregon and our entire state.
Gov. Kate Brown signs bill for $39 million to go toward a new academic building
Gov. Kate Brown visited Oregon State University-Cascades on Wednesday to sign a bill approving $39 million for a new academic building on the Bend campus.
The state funding, plus a $10 million match from private donors, will pay for a building for classes in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
The building is a step forward in the university’s master plan to add dozens of buildings and streets on what will become a 128-acre campus for 5,000 students.
Brown, who spoke inside Tykeson Hall before signing the bill, said the community should be proud of OSU-Cascades and how it continues to grow with state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technology and, she added, “very nice dorms.”
“The vitality of the Central Oregon economy is very much dependent on our students and making sure they are prepared for the workforce of the future,” Brown said. “OSU-Cascades is making it possible for students who love this place — and there are many of them — to stay right here in this region.”
OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson and state Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, each spoke at the bill signing, along with OSU-Cascades students Melanie Widmer and Lynnea Fredrickson.
The two students described how they made trips to the state capital in Salem to support the bill.
Knopp, who has advocated for the university funding, said he was discouraged last year after the Legislature approved just $9.5 million of the $69.5 million university officials requested.
But in December, Brown called for $88 million in funding: $39 million for OSU-Cascades, $40 million for a science center at the University of Oregon and $9 million for a new field house at Eastern Oregon University.
The funding bill was passed last session in March.
“Many of you, like me, were disappointed with the outcome of the 2017 session,” Knopp told a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday. “But I got a call from the governor after the session, and she made a commitment that she would work with me and the Central Oregon delegation to get to where we needed to be.”
Before Brown signed the funding bill, she took a short tour of the campus, ending up in the dining hall, where she stopped to speak with students.
Her visits with students were short and sweet, but one encounter was especially humorous. She asked Walead Sultani, a junior studying energy systems engineering, how he liked his studies.
Sultani didn’t miss a beat.
“I cry in the shower sometimes,” he said, which drew a laugh from Brown and her entourage.
“I’m a jokester,” Sultani said afterward.
Another student, Al Alkindi, was in the middle of a multicultural club event in the dining hall when the governor walked by and sparked up a conversation.
Alkindi, who is originally from Oman, said he thought it was great that Brown came to the campus and met with students.
It was his first time meeting a governor.
“I’ve only been here in the states since 2015,” Alkindi said. “I haven’t had the chance.”
Article originally published on The Bend Bulletin
Also sign bill for OSU-Cascades academic building
BEND, Ore. – (Update: Details on governor’s other Bend stop)
Governor Kate Brown will visit Bend Wednesday to highlight a new apprenticeship program that supports the Governor’s Future Ready Oregon initiative, as well as sign legislation to fund OSU-Cascades’ second academic building, her office said Tuesday.
The initiative, announced earlier this year, closes the gap between the skills Oregon’s workers have and the skills Oregon’s growing businesses need to thrive in the economy of the future, the governor’s office said in a statement.
Bend and Central Oregon are one of the fastest-growing job markets in the country. This presents an opportunity for Oregonians seeking work, particularly as Central Oregon’s tech industry takes off.
To address Bend’s growing tech industry demand, the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the Technology Association of Oregon and Apprenti, the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program, to provide industry guidance on tech training and job placement for apprentices and businesses in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.
Governor Brown will meet at Five Talent Inc. with potential participants in the program and those who developed it.
Later in the day, she will also visit the campus of Oregon State University – Cascades to sign HB 5702, which includes $39 million in capital funding for a new academic building. Funding for the project is part of a larger, statewide investment package that includes new facilities on the campuses of Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon.
These projects serve high-need, growing communities, and each will feature Oregon manufactured wood products —particularly cross-laminated timber (CLT) — in construction.
The 1:45 p.m. signing will be hosted by OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson in the Bruckner Courtyard, immediately west of Tykeson Hall on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue.
Speakers will include Brown, Johnson and OSU-Cascades students.
Also expected to attend are members of the Central Oregon legislative delegation, donors whose gifts of over $9 million for the academic building are helping achieve a $10 million philanthropic match for the state funding, and members of the Now4 OSU-Cascades advocacy group and the Beaver Caucus coalition.
Brown will sign House Bill 5702, which includes $39 million in capital funding for the new building, which will be devoted to the study of STEAM subjects – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
OSU-Cascades has committed to use Oregon manufactured wood products – particularly cross-laminated timber – in the construction of the building.
Article originally published on KTVZ.
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!
BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University’s campus in Bend is a step closer to meeting the needs of its growing student enrollment following the Oregon Legislature on Saturday approving $39 million in state-backed bonds for OSU-Cascades’ second academic building.
The facility will serve STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
“We are very grateful for the support of Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Knopp, Representative Rayfield and many legislators for the continued expansion of higher education programming in Central Oregon,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “We are also grateful to the many generous donors whose gifts of over $9 million helped match this state funding.”
“Funding for this academic building will allow us to serve our mission in Oregon, and especially in Central Oregon, where there are no other four-year university options closer than three hours,” said Ray.
The legislature approved $9.5 million in state bonding in the 2017 session in part to support site preparation of undeveloped campus property where the new academic building will be constructed.
At the time, OSU officials pledged to seek additional state funding for the building in the 2018 legislative session. Over the past months, Central Oregon community, business and economic leaders, advocates with the Beaver Caucus, and undergraduate students traveled to Salem to support funding for increasing campus capacity in what is the fastest growing region in Oregon.
“We anticipate construction to begin in summer 2019, following remediation of portions of the pumice mine and landfill that adjoin our campus,” said OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. “This new academic building will house classrooms and laboratories and be ready for students in fall 2021.”
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.