Nov 18, 2015

As Oregon State University – Cascades creates a long range development plan for its new campus over the next year and a half, it will consider input of four advisory groups recently formed to build on the work of the Campus Expansion Advisory Committee task forces and provide expertise and insight to campus leaders in the areas of  arts, culture and enrichment; community integration; sustainability; and health and wellness.

Over the next two months, starting with a joint orientation meeting today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., each group will work in facilitated sessions to develop a vision, set priorities and develop recommendations for campus leadership.  
The final recommendations will be used as guiding principles by an architecture and engineering design team to create a long range development plan for the expanded campus beyond the initial 10-acre site.  The long range development plan is anticipated to be complete by early summer 2017.

Input from members of the advisory groups, as well as members of the public, will be sought at key stages in the creation of the long range development plan.

Kelly Sparks, OSU-Cascades associate vice president for finance and strategic planning said, “These continued community conversations are essential in informing the process to develop a university campus that fits with the values and vision of Bend and our region.”
University officials are also planning a series of public discussions with potential design teams to take place this winter.

In their meeting today, the advisory groups will build on the work of the CEAC task forces and inform the long range planning effort, with insight on real life solutions for a net zero campus; a common understanding of neighborhood livability around the future campus; how the campus can advance arts, culture and enrichment in the region; and an enhancement of wellness within the student and broader communities.

The advisory groups include individuals with relevant experience and expertise, as well as former members of the CEAC task forces.  Among the groups’ members are:

  • Bill Bernardy, community member, former member of CEAC housing task force
  • Robert Del Mar, field energy analyst, Oregon Department of Energy
  • Erin Foote Marlowe, executive director, Bend 2030
  • Mark Hebert, associate pastor, Holy Communion Church
  • Kelly Hill, Central Oregon Regional Solutions Center liaison, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Jessica Jacks, Deschutes County Substance Abuse
  • Susanna Julber, senior policy analyst, City of Bend
  • Susan Keys, senior researcher in public health, OSU-Cascades
  • Elaine Knobbs, director of programs and development,  Mosaic Medical
  • Carol Leone, executive director, Museum at Warm Springs
  • Christy McLeod, chief operating officer, Bend Memorial Clinic
  • René Mitchell, partner, TBD Design 
  • Cate O’Hagan, executive director, Arts Central
  • Joe Richie, community member, former member of CEAC neighborhood livability task force
  • Mike Riley, executive director, Central Oregon Environmental Center
  • Sid Snyder, Oregon Landwatch, former member of CEAC task forces
  • Chris Van Dyke, consultant on branding and sustainability issues and a former attorney
  • Cindi Warburton, manager, St. Charles Medical Center
  • Ellen Waterston, founder and former executive director, Nature of Words
  • Dana Whitelaw, executive director, High Desert Museum
  • Stephen Wymer, board member, Bend Chamber of Commerce


The schedule for meetings of advisory groups is as follows:

Joint Groups Meeting
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18
Cascades Hall, Rm. 117 and 118

Sustainability
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 3
Graduate & Research Center, Rm. 211

Arts, Culture and Enrichment
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 3
Graduate & Research Center, Rm. 130

Community Integration
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 3
Graduate & Research Center, Rm. 132

Health and Wellness
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mon., Dec. 7
Location to be announced

Sustainability
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7
Graduate & Research Center, Rm.  211

Arts, Culture and Enrichment
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7
Graduate & Research Center, Rm.  130

Community Integration
4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 7
Graduate & Research Center, Rm.  132

Joint Groups Meeting
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 21
Location to be announced

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Eighteen undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university beginning fall 2015.