The Biggest Stories of the Year
A new center at the Bend campus opened its doors for innovative start-up companies. The Innovation Co-Lab provides resident innovators 3,000 square feet of work space and access to faculty researchers, coaching, student interns and seminars. Adam Krynicki is the executive director.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown came to sign the legislative bill that secured state funding for our next academic building. She toured campus and spent time with students, too, before signing the bill in front of community leaders and the campus community.
OSU-Cascades’ generous supporters reached, then exceeded their philanthropic goal, contributing more than $10 million in private gifts to achieve the match required for the next academic building.
Fresh water is increasingly scarce in regions around the world. OSU-Cascades researcher Bahman Abbasi and his partners may be able to help. Abbasi received a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a transportable and off-grid desalination system that will be powered by solar energy.
Net zero would mean the future campus consumes only as much energy as it produces, balances water availability and demand, and eliminates waste sent to landfills. It’s a tall order. But we believe net zero goals are right for OSU-Cascades and the community.
Elizabeth Marino, a social scientist at OSU-Cascades, was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a delegate to the Second Arctic Science Ministerial. It’s an international meeting where solutions to societal challenges and scientific cooperation in the Arctic are advanced. Marino was the only social scientist appointed to the U.S delegation.
Nearly 800 community members of all ages attended Discovery Day — a campus-wide festival that featured talks, live research demonstrations, tours of the campus native landscape and future expansion area, a farmers market, children’s activities, entertainment, and food service provided by the Beaver Dam and local food trucks.
In September, we welcomed our largest first-year class to campus, increasing first-year students by a third and serving a younger and more diverse enrollment. In total, 1,259 students are enrolled at the Bend campus, representing a 4.6 percent increase over last year.
Oregon hospitality owners Curt and Robin Baney made a gift to OSU-Cascades that doubled an endowed faculty fund, increasing it to $1 million. Their generosity supports teaching in the hospitality management program, and helps develop a future workforce. It’s the first faculty endowed position at OSU-Cascades to achieve $1 million in philanthropic support.
Tykeson Hall was recognized by the American Institute of Architects Portland for design excellence. Architects describe it as ambitiously sustainable, with net zero-ready and energy efficiency features, and a design that allows natural light into every hallway and classroom.