Oregon State University – Cascades opened its new campus in Bend in fall 2016. Below, by academic year, are some of the campus’ most notable achievements and significant events since its founding in Central Oregon in 2001.


  • $5 million anonymous gift propels campus to next phase of expansion

  • Gift of $1 million from Grace-Bio Labs founder and president Charles McGrath supports future STEAM building
  • $500,000 gift from Bend Foundation and $75,000 gift from Brooks resources support future academic building
  • Acquisition of 72-acre former county landfill expands campus footprint to 128 acres
  • First cohort of OSU Honors College students begin studies 
  • Student housing and dining complex recognized with national Innovator Award
  • Energy systems researcher Chris Hagen recognized as a top young educator in U.S.
  • Former Bend Research CEO and president Rod Ray honored with Distinguished Service Award


  • Gift of $250,000 from Hydro Flask allows development of bachelor’s degree in outdoor products
  • Robert and Curt Baney Faculty Scholar Fund for Teaching Excellence in Hospitality Management established with $500,000 gift
  • Gift of $75,000 establishes the Roundhouse Foundation Faculty Scholar of Science Education
  • $373,877 Central Oregon Health Council grant helps create student health services delivery model
  • Campus-wide biomass energy study funded through $193,910 USDA Forest Service grant
  • Campus landscape includes 1,200 native plants that were harvested from site and replanted back onto campus
  • University-Community Partnership Agreement initiated
  • Tykeson Hall opens; OSU-Cascades is first public university campus in Oregon to open in 50 years


  • Community volunteer Loren Irving honored with Distinguished Service Award
  • Faculty awarded total of 20 research grants totaling $1.5m
  • Connections to underserved students furthered through Better Together Latino Success Initiative in Madras, Prineville
  • Long range development planning process for expanded campus begins, with anticipated completion by March 2017
  • Energy Systems Engineering degree fourth of its kind in nation to receive accreditation from ABET
  • Campus governance structure aided by new Operations, Academic and Co-Curricular Councils
  • Model to assess future academic degree programs created, adapted from GE McKinsey Product Portfolio and Academic Program Portfolio Model
  • Hospitality Management degree launches
  • Letter of Intent with Deschutes County opens door to explore reclamation of former demolition landfill
  • HDFS professor Shannon Lipscomb awarded $1.5m grant, largest in campus history
  • Diversity scholarships funds increased through gifts from Bank of the Cascades, others
  • More than 50% of students are recipients of federal Pell Grant, an indicator of high financial need
  • Over 17% of all student represent as a US minority, including 7.3% Hispanic students
  • Historic first freshman class has average entering GPA of 3.45; 20% identify as US minority; 10% are Hispanic


  • Class of 2015 sets record as largest in campus history
  • MFA student Austin Anderson wins national AWP award
  • 108 community members, leaders, experts engage in campus planning
  • 92 of 115 volunteer committee recommendations for future campus incorporated into policy and planning
  • 185 veterans served by campus to date
  • Energy Systems Engineering professor Chris Hagen receives $500,000 DOE award


  • Research funding tops $2.5m
  • Fundraising for capital expansion exceeds $4m goal
  • Purchase of 10-acre parcel finalizes
  • OUS State Board of Higher Education approves purchase of two parcels totaling 56 acres in Bend for future campus location
  • Fall enrollment increases 17% over previous year
  • Accountancy degree launches
  • Counseling Clinic launches for community members and veterans
  • Poet and MFA director Emily Carr nominated for Pushcart Prize
  • 330 undergraduate and 129 graduate students participate in internships


  • Oregon State Legislature approves $16m in capital funding
  • Fundraising to demonstrate community support for four-year expansion exceeds $1m goal
  • OUS State Board of Higher Education endorses expansion to four-year programs
  • Campus Expansion Advisory Committee formed
  • MOU with Bend Park & Recreation District offers opportunity to co-develop 11-acre site
  • Minority student population increases from 9% to 14%
  • Commencement moves from Drake Park to Les Schwab Amphitheatre
  • Number of degrees awarded exceeds 2,000 mark
  • First Energy Systems Engineering students graduate
  • Biology, General Science, Psychology degrees transition to OSU offerings
  • Double degree in Sustainability launches
  • Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing launches
  • MAT Advanced Mathematics and Integrated Science endorsements launch
  • FORCE Lab opens demonstrating public-private partnership
  • Natural Resources professor Ron Reuter named 2012 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor
  • Energy Systems Engineering professor Chris Hagen receives $700,000 DOE award
  • MAT professor Kathleen Cowin elected to boards of Northwest Association of Teacher Educators and American Educational Research Association
  • 20 students hired for work study positions on- and off-campus
  • Club sports in skiing and cycling launch in partnership with MBSEF
  • Ski team competes at USCSSA national championships
  • OSU-Cascades Gear Store launches


  • Learning Communities create four-year university experience for first-year cohorts
  • Enrollment increases 53% over five previous years
  • Exercise and Sport Science degree launches
  • HDFS professor Shannon Lipscomb receives international media attention for parenting research
  • Marina Martinez receives Oregon Career Development Association Esther Matthews Award recognizing  lifetime achievement


  • OSU-Cascades celebrates 10th Anniversary
  • OSU-Cascades leads OUS campuses with 16% FTE fall enrollment increase
  • Spring term lower-division enrollment record set with 230 freshmen and sophomores
  • Energy Engineering Management degree launches
  • American Studies degree launches
  • Student government joins Oregon Student Association
  • OSU-Cascades embarks on  $7.5m fundraising campaign
  • State Legislature authorizes use of $2m in lottery bonds for purchase of a building for graduate programs and research
  • Tykeson Family Charitable Trust gives $250,000 to establish Tykeson Endowed Faculty Scholar in Energy Engineering Management
  • First Annual Alumni Celebration held


  • Fall enrollment jumps 20% to 611 students, the largest percentage increase in headcount of any campus in OUS system. Additional 162 freshmen and sophomores enrolled at COCC
  • Winter enrollment increases 17%, with a 19% increase in freshmen and sophomores enrolled at COCC
  • Diversity within student body increases to 10%
  • Hospitality Management program, an option within OSU Business Administration program, launches
  • OSU-Cascades partners with OSU Alumni Association to launch Science Pub series


  • Spring enrollment reaches record high, with 18% increase in students taking courses
  • $1 million in scholarships awarded to date through OSU-Foundation
  • OSU offers MAT in Secondary Teaching
  • UO professor John Leahy awarded European Union Marie Curie Fellowship
  • OSU professor Julie Elston awarded College of Business Newcomb Fellow
  • OSU professor David Knuff awarded College of Business Newcomb Associate
  • OSU Bridge to Success program awards $85,000 in scholarships
  • OSU Business students enter American Advertising Federation - NSAC competition,  industry’s leading student competition
  • OSU Counseling professor Kathy Biles elected president-elect of the Oregon School Counselor Association
  • OSU Natural Resources professor Ron Reuter selected as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute


  • OSU-Cascades awards 1,200th degree
  • OSU-Cascades students participate in international and study abroad program at higher rate than other state regional schools
  • OSU offers dual degree in International Studies
  • UO Psychology program establishes Bend Behavioral Research Center at Chandler Lab
  • OSU business students form Student Marketing Group, bridging gap between theory and practice
  • OSU graduate student teachers serve in 20 of 26 elementary schools in Central Oregon school districts
  • OSU Natural Resources instructor Matt Shinderman, students complete carbon footprint for City of Bend
  • OSU English professor Neil Browne named finalist for Oregon Book of the Year Award
  • OSU professor Henry Sayre’s six-volume humanities text, the best selling in the country, awarded Best Design for a Book Series by New York Book Designers
  • UO professor John Leahy initiates breast cancer detection project with OIT and Mexican institute of Technology
  • OSU Business professor, Julie Elston awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Study Impact of Science on Policies
  • OSU professor Kreg Lindberg  appointed to Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee by US Secretary of Agriculture
  • OSU Art professor Sandy Brooke advocated for Culture, Heritage, Art, Movies and Preservation initiative for Oregon Arts Commission


  • OSU-Cascades awards 1,000th degree
  • First elections held for new student government association
  • UO Archaeology professor Dennis Jenkins and colleagues discover pre-Clovis DNA, more than 14,000 years old, at Paisley Caves
  • OSU assistant professor Kate Gronemyer honored as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association
  • OSU Distinguished Professor of Art Henry Sayre named to Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kulongoski


  • OSU offers MAT in Elementary/Early Childhood Teaching
  • UO Biology instructor Matt Orr receives $240,000 private gift to establish Field Studies Program in Ecological Restoration
  • National Undergraduate Literature Conference accepts papers for presentation from three OSU-Cascades students


  • Cascades Hall goes wireless
  • Annual Distinguished Students program initiated
  • Student Life programming launched
  • UO launches BA/BS in Psychology
  • OSU-Cascades Foundation established


  • OSU offers MS in Counseling, with options in school and community counseling
  • UO initiates BS in Mathematics, emphasis on secondary education teaching


  • OSU offers BS in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, the first program of its kind in Oregon
  • UO receives funding from Redmond and USFS for archeological assessment of Redmond caves, performed primarily by OSU-Cascades students


  • OSU-Cascades opens its doors.  In spite of 9/11 crisis and budget reductions, eight academic majors serve 363 students
  • In addition to OSU, degree-offering partners include University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University
  • UO offers degrees in General Science and General Social Science