OSU-Cascades Gets Green Light for Expansion

State Legislature Approves Funding for OSU-Cascades on Final Day of Short Session

in the closing minutes of the 2018 short legislative session on Saturday, the Oregon House and Senate approved a budget which included $39 million in bonds for OSU-Cascades.
The bonds will be instrumental in moving forward with a second academic building on the Bend campus.
Retiring Representative Gene Whisnant from Sunriver officially presented the measure in the House as his last act in the legislature.
Governor Kate Brown says she will sign it into law.

Here is a statement released by OSU-Cascades officials on Sunday afternoon:

“Oregon State University’s campus in Bend is a step closer to meeting the needs of its growing student enrollment following the Oregon Legislature on Saturday approving $39 million in state-backed bonds for OSU-Cascades’ second academic building.

The facility will serve STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

“We are very grateful for the support of Governor Brown, Speaker Kotek, Senator Knopp, Representative Rayfield and many legislators for the continued expansion of higher education programming in Central Oregon,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “We are also grateful to the many generous donors whose gifts of over $9 million helped match this state funding.”

“Funding for this academic building will allow us to serve our mission in Oregon, and especially in Central Oregon, where there are no other four-year university options closer than three hours,” said Ray.

The legislature approved $9.5 million in state bonding in the 2017 session in part to support site preparation of undeveloped campus property where the new academic building will be constructed.

At the time, OSU officials pledged to seek additional state funding for the building in the 2018 legislative session. Over the past months, Central Oregon community, business and economic leaders, advocates with the Beaver Caucus, and undergraduate students traveled to Salem to support funding for increasing campus capacity in what is the fastest growing region in Oregon.

“We anticipate construction to begin in summer 2019, following remediation of portions of the pumice mine and landfill that adjoin our campus,” said OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson. “This new academic building will house classrooms and laboratories and be ready for students in fall 2021.””

Students Give Back on MLK Day

On Monday Oregon State University – Cascades students used their day off to give back to the community during their third annual Martine Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Dozens of OSU-Cascades students spent their holiday volunteering for various non-profit organizations in Bend. Throughout the day student volunteers showed up to help at places like Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center and the The Environmental Center.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the volunteers at two other locations Monday morning.

Supper Club: Looking Ahead at 2018 – Part 2

This week’s Supper Club conversation is part two of looking at things to come in 2018. Donna sat down with three prominent Central Oregon citizens and discussed OSU-Cascades funding, PERS reform and affordable housing options.

Thanks to Mike Ficher, play-by-play announcer at COTV Sports, Dino Vendetti of Seven Peaks Ventures and Erin Foote Morgan, former Bend 2030 Executive Director, for joining us.

A special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

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.