Tykeson Hall will not just be new offices for admins

There will of course be fancy new offices for the CAS deans and the VPEI, but it appears the plan for using the building to bring some sense to UO’s advising efforts is finally taking shape:

Director for College and Career Advising

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Job no: 522707
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Executive/Management/Director, Student Life/Services

Department: Undergraduate Studies Admin
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA09-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
September 14, 2018; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the qualifications and addressing your interest in the position
  • Resume/CV
  • Name, email and phone number for at least three professional references. Candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted.

Department Summary
The Division of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement and achievement for the student scholar. UGS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UGS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement.

The College of Arts and Sciences has nearly 50 departments and programs, spanning the Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, and comprises about two-thirds of all faculty, graduate students and undergraduate majors on campus.

Position Summary
The Director for College and Career Advising (DCCA) will help the University of Oregon lead the nation in ensuring students’ success as scholars and as people pursuing meaningful post-graduate careers. To achieve this goal, the DCCA will lead and manage a staff of approximately 30 professional advisors (six direct reports) in Tykeson Hall. These advisors will: a) counsel students on academic pathways suited to students’ passions (whether those lie in the arts, sciences, or professional schools and, b) provide guidance on careers to which those academic pathways may lead. This innovative advising center is central to the University of Oregon’s commitment to student success, a commitment that is so crucial that a 56,000 SF building is being constructed to support it. Tykeson Hall will open in fall, 2019 and the President has funded an additional 23 advising positions to help staff it.

About half of the advising staff in the building will serve all students at the University, including wrap-around advising to first-year and exploring students, while the other half will serve as the main staff of professional advisors for majors and minors in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). The entire team will be cross-trained in each others’ duties, and in pre-career advising. The DCCA will work in conjunction with Undergraduate Studies (UGS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) leadership to hire, train and manage an advising staff that will provide students with integrated, wrap-around academic and career advising.

The DCCA reports directly to the UGS Assistant Vice Provost for Advising and is a member of the UGS’s leadership group where they will participate in student success working groups led by the Associate Vice Provost for Student Success (e.g. First Year Experience, Degree Progress, Wrap-around Advising). The DCCA will work collaboratively with advising leaders on campus, including the CAS Dean and senior leadership team, to implement and assess new framework for integrated academic and career advising in Tykeson Hall. The CAS Dean will have input in the DCCA performance evaluations.

The DCCA and the advising staff will also work closely with the UO Career Center, which will also be housed in Tykeson, ensuring that the advising team’s pre-career advising systems mesh well with the Career Center’s career development and employer relations services to the campus.

The DCCA will work collaboratively and creatively with directors of various advising units across administrative and academic departments, including the other colleges and schools on campus, and is a key person in promoting UGS’s goals for student success. The DCCA must exhibit a high level of cross-cultural competency and will develop a team that can support a variety of students with diverse academic interests, abilities, and cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.

Minimum Requirements
• Master’s degree from an accredited institution (preferably an undergraduate degree or graduate level coursework in an Arts and Science discipline).
• Three years of experience in higher education academic, career advising, or counseling, working with a range of undergraduate students from first-year students, exploring students, and students with declared majors.
• Leadership experience in an advising or academic support unit (or comparable setting) including hiring, supervising and training.

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
• Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience working collaboratively with faculty, including consideration of curricular design and academic policies and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications
• Significant experience with models of integrated academic and career advising.
• Significant experience in advising liberal arts students.
• Ability to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems.
• Facility with independent work and priority-setting in a fast-paced office environment.
• Strong teaching, coaching, and presentation skills.
• Familiarity with the use of current technology in advising.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

Sunshine is the best disinfectant

OPB’s Anna Griffin has the story here:

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused state legislative leaders of creating a hostile work environment in which reports of sexual harassment were ignored, underplayed or buried.

In a complaint filed Wednesday with his own Bureau of Labor and Industries, Avakian says Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, two Democratic leaders of the Oregon Legislature, repeatedly ignored complaints of sexual harassment and unwanted touching by now former-Sen. Jeff Kruse until they became public last year. …

Why is Eugene paying artists to glorify Tracktown’s 2021 championships?

When the 2012 Olympics came to London, the town’s graffiti artists took to the city’s walls to mock the corporate pomposity of it all. As the Guardian reported, London’s government did its best to eradicate these troubling works of artistic sarcasm, which was not hard to do in a country that has no right to free speech:

I think the Banksy did stay up though:

Here in Eugene, our city has decided to pre-empt any artistic expression that might criticize the event by paying artists to put up pro-IAAF art. The Daily Emerald has a puff piece here:

In the upcoming week, Eugene will be transformed with a colorful array of new murals, street art installations and gallery walks during 20x21EUG Mural Project’s Eugene Walls, which is part of the Downtown Visual Arts Festival.

From July 27 to Aug. 3, artists from around the world will be creating murals and street art as part of 20x21EUG’s initiative to add 20 murals by international artists to Eugene by the year 2021. The goal of the 20x21EUG Mural Project is to showcase art from around the world when athletes converge on Eugene for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in 2021.

Millions for corporate shills, not a cent for critical art. OK, maybe not millions, but lets find out how much:

This is a public records request to you in your capacity as Lane Arts Council Executive Director, regarding the 20x21Eug project (https://www.20x21eug.com/about/).

I am asking for documents showing:

1) The project’s overall budget.

2) The source of funds expended or budgeted. (I.e. city general funds, state or federal grants, donations, etc.)

3) The five largest contracts with artists (as measured by including fees, honoraria and expenses) that have been signed so far.

I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest, given the apparent expenditure of public funds. Please send these documents as pdfs to this email address.

I wonder what MLK Jr would have thought of using tax money to promote an event like this, which is earning big bucks for a few “non-profit” promoters. Because they’re now paying artists to use his image to advertise it. From the Daily Emerald story:

Historified Hayward Field to host 2020 Olympic track trials

That’s the word from one of Ken Goe’s many anonymous sources, in the Oregonian here. So Howard Slusher and Jim Petsche have less than two years to get their thing erected. Thanks to an anonymous reader for the tip.

PS – can someone tell me the dates for this extravaganza, so we can get our house up on AirBnB before all the deans do?

University gives scholarships for sports that don’t require Nike sneakers

That would be Northwest Christian University. The RG’s Austin Meeks has the esports story here:

Talking to Jacob Gates is like talking to any other student-athlete preparing to enter college on a sports scholarship.

Gates, a 2018 Sheldon High graduate, wanted to attend Northwest Christian but wasn’t sure he could afford tuition at the private school. Fortunately, the school’s athletic department was offering scholarships to play a game Gates knew and loved.

Gates spent hours training by himself, practicing his aim and honing his skills in hopes of landing a spot on the team. This fall, he’ll reap the rewards as one of NCU’s newest scholarship student-athletes.

Here’s the twist: Gates’ sport is a video game.

Naturally the NCAA cartel is trying to figure out how to get their cut:

Overwatch, the game NCU will introduce in the fall, has more than 30 million players worldwide, according to the website Esports Charts. Looking at the exponential growth of online gaming, it’s easy to see why some experts are saying it’s only a matter of time before esports are sanctioned by the NCAA.

A federal Title IX investigation of Dana Altman’s basketball player rape allegations would have helped UO enrollment

That’s the surprising implication of an event study by former UO economics professor Jason Lindo (now at Texas A&M), et al:

Since 2011, when the landmark “Dear Colleague” letter declared that the Department of Education (DoE) would use equal-access requirements of federal law to remediate sexual assault on college campuses, 458 investigations have been opened. This letter was withdrawn in 2017 and it remains uncertain how the DoE will handle the issue in the future. We examine the effects of the investigations arising from the 2011 policy change on university outcomes. We find that applications and enrollment increase in response to Title IX investigations, for both males and females. We find little evidence of effects on degree completion or donations.

The estimated application increases are large:

Specifically, our estimates indicate that female FYFT enrollment is increased by 3.6 percent one year after enrollment could plausibly be affected (significant at the ten percent level) and 4.7 percent two years after enrollment could plausibly be affected (significant at the five percent level).

… In Table 3, we present the results of our analysis of the effects on undergraduate male enrollment. These results indicate that male enrollment is also increased by OCR Title IX investigations, again driven by FTFY students. Moreover, they suggest that the effects are larger and more immediate for males than females. Specifically, our estimates indicate that male FYFT enrollment is increased by 4.2 percent in the first-year enrollment could plausibly be affected, 5.6 percent the following year, and 7.4 percent the following year. All of these estimates are significant at the five percent level.

Why? Read the paper for some speculation.


We find no evidence that federal Title IX investigations negatively affect students’ interest in a school. Indeed, we find that they increase applications for admission from both males and females. Moreover, they increase freshman enrollment for both males and females, though this increase is immediate for males and only shows up one to two years later for females. This pattern of results is consistent with the idea that salience effects generated by Title IX investigations dominate the effects of the negative publicity associated with the investigations. An important implication of our results is that federal investigations and campus reviews of how sexual assault allegations are handled do not affect university applications and enrollments. We can neither offer assessment of the procedural improvements these reviews might elicit, nor any recourse they provide to petitioners. However, our findings should reassure college administrators that efforts to improve processes for reviewing accusations of sexual assault and providing remedy to victims does not come at the expense of broader university goals.

Despite the best efforts of Mike Gottfredson and Rob Mullens, the Altman allegations became public in April 2014, and despite the best efforts of UO faculty such as Jennifer Freyd and Carol Stabile, the Department of Education never investigated them. UO’s Freshman enrollment numbers:

Oregon State denames 3 buildings, but not Gill Coliseum

The AP report is here. The exhaustive report on basketball coach Amory T. “Slats” Gill, by OSU history professor Marisa Chappell and sociology prof Dwaine Plaza is here. While Gill was obviously a petty tyrant who thought he owned his players, there is no evidence that he ever did anything as despicable as current Duck basketball coach Dana Altman’s successful efforts to keep his Black players from protesting for #BlackLivesMatter during the national anthem, and so OSU will keep his name on their coliseum.

Apparently OSU President Ed Ray did not ask the committee to investigate the propriety of using “coliseum” in a campus building name, despite that term’s long association with Christian executions:


Damnatio ad bestias (Latin for “condemnation to beasts”) was a form of Roman capital punishment in which the condemned person was killed by wild animals. This form of execution, which first came to ancient Rome around the 2nd century BC, was part of the wider class of blood sports called Bestiarii.

The act of damnatio ad bestias was considered entertainment for the lower classes of Rome. Killing by wild animals, such as lions, formed part of the inaugural games of the Flavian Amphitheatre in 80 AD. Between the 1st and 3rd centuries AD, this penalty was also applied to the worst criminals, runaway slaves, and Christians.

$10M Travel Oregon grant to Tracktown for IAAF 2021 held up over FBI investigation, lack of budget. No supporting letter from UO

7/27/2018 update:  The RG’s Austin Meek reports today that Travel Oregon is claiming the federal investigations into the awarding of the 2021 IAAF championships to Tracktown will not prevent Travel Oregon from giving them $10M in state funds:

“It is Travel Oregon’s perspective, barring DOJ counsel to the contrary, that language included in future contracts referencing ‘pending investigations’ relates to any investigations in which the successful applicant/awardee is named as the subject or otherwise included as one of the subjects of that investigation,” [Travel Oregon spokesperson Linea Gagliano] said in a written response provided to The Register-Guard.

The Oregon DOJ declined to comment. Meanwhile there’s still no budget for how Tracktown/Oregon21 proposes to spend these state funds.

7/25/2018: Back in early 2016, after some serious log-rolling and arm-twisting, the Oregon Legislature passed a bill to raise the hotel tax and have the Oregon Tourism Commission, a.k.a Travel Oregon, run a grant process to give Vin Lananna’s Tracktown at least part of the $25M in public money that John Kitzhaber and Kate Brown had promised them. For a taste of the politics, here’s Saul Hubbard in the RG:

Cash trail leads to track subsidy

Posted Jan 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

When Vin Lananna, president of TrackTown USA, and Paul Weinhold, president of the University of Oregon Foundation, first contacted then-Gov. John Kitzhaber in mid-2014 to request a $40 million state subsidy for TrackTown’s bid to hold the 2019 track world championships in Eugene, they were met with coolness and skepticism, newly released emails show.

After Lananna gave an in-person pitch to Kitzhaber on July 7, Kitzhaber economic policy adviser Vince Porter sent a scathing assessment of the request to the governor and his top advisers.

Talks should continue, Porter wrote, but “there are a lot of hurdles to get over before it becomes much more than a pipe dream.”

Nonprofit TrackTown’s request contained “probably as much as $20 million that we would never want to consider subsidizing,” he added. “I don’t think the state should be even considering something larger than $20 million” to help fund the event in Eugene, he wrote.

The subsidy request — which would require three-fifth votes in both chambers of the Legislature — also was met coolly by Salem’s two most powerful legislators, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, both Democrats, Porter’s emails indicate.

Yet, only five months later, Kitzhaber publicly pledged to “use all the means at my disposal to deliver the financial support needed for the championships” in a video message he sent — along with then-Secretary of State Kate Brown — with TrackTown’s team to the International Association of Athletics Federations bid meeting in Monaco in late November.

For the first time in that video, Kitzhaber endorsed a specific amount: the full $40 million. Getting the governor to publicly state the $40 million was a priority for TrackTown, Porter’s emails show.

What happened between Kitzhaber’s initial resistance and his endorsement? His campaign coffers were swamped to overflowing with donations from people who want the track world championships held at the UO’s Hayward Field.

The emails show that Kitzhaber’s apparent reversal coincided with almost $400,000 in campaign contributions he received during a 42-day period in September and October 2014 from athletic apparel giant Nike, its co-founder Phil Knight and its CEO Mark Parker, as well as four members of the UO Board of Trustees. …

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SAIL brings 450 low-SES HS students to campus to learn about college

Update: The students from Laura Bovilsky and Brian McWhorter’s Performing Arts camp will be putting on their show today at 2PM in the Daugherty Dance Theater (in the Gerlinger Annex). No tickets required.

KLCC has a report on this year’s program, highlighting the World Cultures camp. SAIL is focused on high school students who “should go to college, but are not now on the college track”. They can come back every summer for another week-long day camp, and for those that do about 75% go on to college. This is a high rate, given their demographics. There’s more about SAIL here. This year’s schedule is/was:

FREE Summer College Programs

JULY 16 – 20: Biology, Business, Economics, Education, English/Journalism, German/Scandinavian, Product Design, Psychology,
JULY 23 – 27: Physics/Physiology, Geography, Performing Arts, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Product Design, Speech & Persuasion, World Cultures, World Languages & Literature.
AUGUST 20 – 24: Orchestra

SAIL started 12 years ago with an Economics camp and 13 students. This year there were 18 camps and about 450 students. We also have a mentoring program where we send UO undergrads out to work with HS students in study halls and so on. Next year we plan to gradually start expanding statewide, with students from farther away staying in the dorms. All the camps are free – thanks to some very generous gifts, hundreds of UO faculty volunteers, and very helpful UO staff and administrators.

I ran the Economics camp, with the help of about 10 faculty and 2 excellent UO student assistants, trained by Director Lara Fernandez. We had 17 students from grades 9-11, I covered the basics of supply and demand, including monopoly. It takes me several lectures to cover monopoly in a regular undergraduate intro class. These students had the basics down pretty well after 20 minutes and were already asking questions about price discrimination. Sorry, I told them, but you’ll have to come to college to learn that. Other Econ faculty covered basic macro, income inequality, the returns to education, risk aversion, international trade, urban economics and rents, and an intro to game theory, focusing on the prisoner’s dilemma and a proof of why 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 is the unique mixed strategy equilibria for rock-paper-scissors. President Schill and Provost Banavar helped out by running english and dutch auctions for books in the Johnson Hall lobby. Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog did pretty well. We also had tours of the Art Museum and the EMU, talks about college admissions and financial aid, and lunches at Carson.

The first day of camp I asked the students how many had been to the UO campus before Only about half had. I don’t think any of them had ever met a professor. Based on past years I expect only a few had a parent with an undergraduate degree. By Friday, they’d spent a week with professors and undergraduates, had met the university president, and were walking around campus as if they owned the place. So while I do think they learned a little economics, I know for sure they are no longer intimidated by the idea of being a college student.

If you want to volunteer, please check out the SAIL website here or just send me an email. If you want to donate, the UO Foundation has an easy to use website here.

Government Accountability Office visits UO on tour of Confucius Institutes

The GAO is basically Congress’s audit division. Congress asked them to look into the Chinese government supported Confucius Institutes. About 100 US colleges, including UO, have these. The GAO asked to meet with CI administrators and a selection of faculty. They also scheduled a 30 minute meeting with me, as Senate Pres, to ask about the potential for interference in academic freedom, what procedures the Senate had in place to safeguard this, and any examples of violations I might know of at UO.

I explained what I knew – namely that UO’s CI was mostly under the control of UO faculty, that it did not teach regular classes or have any influence over faculty hiring, and that while it seemed clear that our faculty were not going to ask the CI to pay for research on things that the Chinese government might get angry about, such as the suppression of Falun Gong, ethnic cleansing in Tibet, or the general lack of civil rights in China, and that while Chinese students have told me they believe their government spies on them while they are in the US, I had no reason to believe that UO’s CI had attempted to suppress such research at UO, or had engaged in such spying at UO.

The only odd part of the meeting, in retrospect, was that the three GAO reps were accompanied throughout by UO VP for International Affairs Dennis Galvan and AVP for Federal Affairs Betsy Boyd. I’d have thought that the GAO would have insisted on meeting privately with faculty on something like this. While I didn’t have any punches to pull, I can imagine that some of the other faculty might have been reluctant to say some things under these circumstances.

UO frat closed after frat boys caught acting like frat boys

Ryan Nguyen and Michael Tobin have the story in the Emerald. While other university’s have been sued for closing frats and expelling students for exercising their first amendment rights to act like fucking morons, UO’s student conduct office cleverly nailed them on a hazing violation instead. Great idea. Read the story for the usual Klingerisms.

Where should Collier House go?

Personally I don’t care where it goes, although it wouldn’t look out of place on Nantucket. Just get the damn thing out of the middle of campus. The proposal is to use the site for a classroom/faculty offices building, which sounds perfect.

The Campus Planning Committee is meeting tomorrow at 10 in the JH conference room to talk over options. If you’ve ever wondered how it ended up as part of the UO campus in the first place, the Collier House history is here.

After appeal to DA, UOPD releases body-cam footage from EMU

Michael Tobin has the story of the incident, and what it took to get these public records from UO in the Emerald here:

The University of Oregon Police Department released officer body camera footage this Tuesday of a spring term incident during which a student said officers pointed guns at him outside of the EMU. UOPD also released the police report and computer-aided dispatch log from the incident.

This is the first time UOPD has released officer body camera footage. The Emerald filed an appeal with the Lane County district attorney on Monday asking her to disclose the records after UOPD took more than two months to turn over the requested records. …