Interview with new BOT student member Helena Schlegel

1/7/2015 update: Rumor has it that graduating law student Sam Dotters-Katz tried to keep his position on the board for another year, but a long talk with Randy Geller convinced him it was better to go quietly. UO student government then submitted several names to Governor Kitzhaber, and nominee Helena Schlegel was confirmed by the Oregon Senate just before the December board meeting. Alexandra Wallachy has an interview with her in the Emerald, here:

How have you learned to improve transparency and student outreach?

I would like to see more communication between students, faculty and administration when it comes to our governing body, as I feel that often students are not informed, and thus not aware when important decisions are being made at Board of Trusteees meetings.

Personally, I would like to initiate some of these conversations. Initially, I want to ensure students are aware of the Winter Board of trustees meeting, so they can provide a student perspective and/or opinion on the matters being discussed.

4/28/2014: Dotters-Katz to be replaced as student representative to UO Board of Trustees

The Daily Emerald has a brief story here. By statute the UO Board is to include one UO student. The current student is third year law student Sam Dotters-Katz. Law school graduation is in May, so the Governor will likely want to appoint a replacement in time for the board’s June 12 meeting.

The September 2013 Emerald column explaining the unlikely events that led to Mr. Dotters-Katz’s appointment as the first UO Board Student Trustee is here. Apparently he nominated himself, with minimal consultation or input from UO students. The documents from Governor Kitzhaber’s office, which seem to corroborate the column, are here,  including this rather brief statement of purpose:

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For comparison, check out the documents showing how PSU’s student government solicited multiple applicants, got detailed statements, then vetted, interviewed, and selected their student trustee, here.

Here’s hoping that UO’s student government follows a less idiosyncratic nomination procedure this time. But from the Emerald report, it is not clear that they will.

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4 Responses to Interview with new BOT student member Helena Schlegel

  1. Sam Dotters-Katz, ASUO Presidento says:

    This is about as accurate as a Fox News report on Bengazi.

    • Gott Milk? says:

      As a person on the outside I find it hard to see the inaccuracies in a few authoritative links to source documents. Could you please list in point form the problems? Are the documents fabricated? Is the ODE story made up? Does the link really not point to the PSU appointment documents?

      Please share your source documents that show the errors, fabrications, or outright lies from UOM.

      Everything seems to be in order except the vague claim that UOM is lying. Or, perhaps you are a right wing nut and the statement should be read as “UOM, In your tireless work to relay fair and balanced source cited information. You sir are a Great American!…”

  2. Wow says:

    Another terrible slam piece from Bill H…get the facts straight

  3. Max Powers says:

    Here is a shock, Mr. Dotters-Katz is critical of U of O Matters in comments and suddenly he is attacked. I am astounded. UO Matters never does anything like this. He holds no personal vendettas, he just reports the news and you decide.