A four-year university in Central Oregon presents an extraordinary opportunity to create a culture of teaching, learning and research. Currently, OSU-Cascades has fewer than 1,000 students but is poised to grow as we welcome about 100 new freshmen in September 2015. OSU-Cascades has purchased land to create a 10-acre campus located near the center of Bend and close to transportation and other amenities. The campus will have classrooms, administrative offices and student housing. The 10-acre campus and the nearby Graduate & Research Center together are the first step. Adjacent lands, including a 46-acre former pumice mine, are under consideration for next steps. OSU-Cascades will build a sustainable campus that is fully integrated with the community while retaining the personal, close-knit environment that has worked so well for our students.