Supper Club: Innovation Day at OSU-Cascades

Some of Central Oregon’s most cutting-edge companies and organizations all gathered in one place today for the first-ever Innovation Day at OSU-Cascades, but three of the participants sat down with Donna Britt for a little preview of the event for this week’s Supper Club.

Preston Calicott, the CEO of Five Talent, Casey Cowan, communications director for Sudara, and the co-owner of Oregrown, Hunter Neubauer, talked about what innovation means to them.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.

OSU-Cascades Hosts First Time Event on Innovative Businesses

The first-ever Innovation Day was held Tuesday at OSU-Cascades, and it’s an event that organizers hope will become a permanent fixture in Bend, a city that is becoming known as an “Innovation Incubator.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with organizers and participants of the event, including Bend Chamber and U.S. Bank.

University May Struggle to Hold Students in the Future

Currently, OSU-Cascades has 1,200 students, but that number could grow to as many as 5,000 by 2025. To keep up with that projected growth, university officials requested $69 million in bonds from the state to expand the campus, including a second academic building.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson reports, those plans may be delayed after state lawmakers revealed their latest funding plan for higher education.

OSU-Cascades Commencement Speaker Chris Van Dyke Gives Preview of Graduation Speech

OSU-Cascades 16th commencement ceremony Saturday will honor the first class to graduate from the newly opened Bend campus. With 334 students, this will be the second largest graduating class in OSU-Cascades history.

Prominent Oregon attorney and outdoor products industry leader Chris Van Dyke will be giving the commencement address. Central Oregon Daily’s Donna Britt sat down with Van Dyke to discuss his speech and his passion for the outdoors, and how he jumped at the chance to come to Oregon in the 1970’s.

Supper Club: The Future of OSU-Cascades

Classes are wrapping up for the first full school year at the new OSU-Cascades campus, so for this week’s Supper Club, Diane Dean sat down with three faculty and staff members at the university to look back at the school’s first year and the future of Osu-Cascades in Bend.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and the Pine Tavern Restaurant.

Successfully Grow Vegetables in Central Oregon

Amy Jo Detweiler of the OSU Extension Horticulture Faculty in Deschutes County talks about the challenges with growing vegetables in Central Oregon. What the most hearty vegetables are that can grow here. Free classes are coming up in April that includes two hours on how to be successful growing vegetables in Central Oregon and a 24 page book covering everything you need to know and the best varieties that do well here. Classes can be found all over the region and some will be provided in Spanish.

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Fake News on Facebook

The frigid temperatures and record snowfall gave one “fake news” headline just the push it needed to be believable by some people in Bend.

A satirical article saying OSU Cascades is punishing students who do not ride bikes to school is making the round on Facebook. Although the headline alone should be enough to make people realize it’s not true, the comments tell a different story.

Central Oregon Daily’s Mackenzie Wilson has more on the widespread affects of fake news across the country, and here on the High Desert.