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These Deady talking points are *not* for media, Deans told to stifle

Whoops. Thanks to an anonymous source for passing this on, as prepared by one of VP Kyle Henley’s PR flacks, at $115,815 a year. Note the request that Deans etc don’t talk to the press! How Trumpish.

If anyone has a copy of the talking points that were prepared for Pres Schill’s 2017 decision *not* to dename Deady, please forward them.

From: George Evano <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2020 9:46 AM
To: Jennifer Winters <[email protected]>; Univ Communications – Storyteller Team <[email protected]>; Monique Danziger <[email protected]>; Jennifer Lindsey <[email protected]>
Cc: Jennifer Archer <[email protected]>; Jim Engelhardt <[email protected]>; Rayna Jackson <[email protected]>; Anna Sherwood <[email protected]>; Zack Barnett <[email protected]>; Nancy Novitski <[email protected]>; Kara Rowan <[email protected]>; Colleen Schlonga <[email protected]>; Marlene Blum <[email protected]>; Jessica T. Brown <[email protected]>; Tim Jordan <[email protected]>; Kate Conley <[email protected]>; Charlie Litchfield <[email protected]>; Molly Blancett <[email protected]>; Katy George <[email protected]>; Laurie Notaro <[email protected]>; AnneMarie Knepper <[email protected]>; Jim Barlow <[email protected]>; Dusty Whitaker <[email protected]>; Jesse Summers <[email protected]>; Kyle Henley <[email protected]>; tova stabin <[email protected]>; Marlitt Dellabough <[email protected]>; Heidi Hiaasen <[email protected]>; Tim Christie <[email protected]>; Lauren Stanfield <[email protected]>; Caitlin Howard <[email protected]>; Rachael Nelson <[email protected]>; Internal Communications <[email protected]>; Julianne Davis <[email protected]>; Jim Murez <[email protected]>; Kristin Strommer <[email protected]>; Andra Brichacek <[email protected]>; Kirstin Hierholzer <[email protected]>; Laura Bottem <[email protected]>; Lewis Taylor <[email protected]>; Debbie Williamson <[email protected]>; Kay Jarvis <[email protected]>; Damian Foley <[email protected]>; Saul Hubbard <[email protected]>; Matt Cooper <[email protected]>; Greg Bolt <[email protected]>; Ed Dorsch <[email protected]>; Anna Glavash <[email protected]>; Cheyenne Thorpe <[email protected]>; Melody Leslie <[email protected]>; Emma Oravecz <[email protected]>; Jett Nilprabhassorn <[email protected]>; Chakris Kussalanant <[email protected]>; Michele Ross <[email protected]>; Melissa Foley <[email protected]>; David Austin <[email protected]>

Subject: Deady Hall Talk Points

Hi Everyone,

Attached please find a copy of the communications talk points around the president’s Deady Hall recommendation. These talking points have been sent to senior leaders, deans, and development officers to use in formal and informal communications and conversations with internal and external constituencies. These are not for use with the media. If you receive media request for comment, please have them refer them to Kay Jarvis.

You can also see them in the Team for Racial Climate – where they are updated in real time. Let us know if you want to be a member of that group, which has some excellent resources contributed by tova and others.


  1. Just Another Volunteer 06/11/2020

    Unless it was your intention to DOX everyone on the cc list I’d suggest to remove the names paired with email addresses. Way to easy to scrape.

    • uomatters Post author | 06/11/2020

      In Oregon, state employees’ work email addresses are public records, and posted all over the UO website, available at, etc. I’m leaving these here because it helps make the point about large UO’s PR office is.

      • Just Another Volunteer 06/11/2020

        there is a difference between discoverable by a human using that search and scrap-able by a spam engine from an unprotected web page.

        • uomatters Post author | 06/11/2020

          True, but a quick google search will reveal many ways to scrape websites such as UOs. Some proprietary, others free and open-source in python etc. I would guess this has been done many times.

          • Just Another Volunteer 06/11/2020

            So, to be clear, it was your intention to expose those named in the cc to additional risks on the Internet *just* because they received this message?

        • bobbyb 06/14/2020

          It took me 5 minutes and 12 lines of code to write a script that scrapes names and email from the UO directory:

          from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
          import requests
          def get_email(url):
          html = requests.get(url).text
          soup = BeautifulSoup(html, “lxml”)
          name = soup.find(“div”, attrs={“class”: “field-data”}).text
          email = soup.find(“div”, attrs={“class”: “email field”}).text
          return [name, email]
          for i in range(1, 100000):
          try: print(get_email(“”+str(i)))
          except AttributeError:

          You can miss me with the faux concern over internet security. Maybe your angst would be better aimed at the Director of Communications who doesn’t know how to use bcc.

      • Curious George 06/11/2020

        Speaking of how large the PR office is, WTF is “Univ Communications – Storyteller Team”?

        • uomatters Post author | 06/11/2020

          Millions for telling stories, not a cent for public records.

        • uomatters Post author | 06/11/2020

          It takes a big team to make up a big story.

  2. The Mediocre Opinion Man 06/11/2020

    The talking points seem mostly appropriate right until the part where Pres. Schill’s name comes up. If it’s all PR anyway, why are we specifically denying that UO is a school where black and other minority student voices are heard, but rather an institution under our president’s grand vision? Who could have possibly suggested that this is a concern that must be addressed?

  3. Bee 06/12/2020

    When it comes to face-saving, no dollar spared for excellence!

  4. Thomas Hager 06/13/2020

    I know that “PR flacks” are a popular target, but I see no problem with this. When controversy hits, it is more or less standard operating procedure for any large organization to share basic information and suggest common talking points. Asking that media requests be referred to the PR office is also standard, and different from saying “Thou shalt not talk to media.” More worrisome to me are commenters’ suggestions that recipients might be somehow targeted for harassment.

    • charlie 06/13/2020

      Why would a professor (dean) need to refer information requests to a PR office? If a citizen was to request information, or insight, from an academic department, would they need to go to Marketing? And why would any PR representative have a better point of view than someone who has an expertise in a field of study? What you’re saying hardly does much for diversity of views, which I thought was the actual mandate of a university..,

    • oldtimer 06/14/2020

      Thanks for your perspective. Whether folks agree or dis agree, you’ve always offered honest, professional persective.

  5. uomatters Post author | 06/13/2020

    Readers may be surprised at the unusually large number of likes and dislikes to the comments on this post. This appears to be the action of PR flacks and/or their friends, using a VPN to login from multiple countries to defeat the like software’s rudimentary methods to defeat multiple responses. Iceland? Really? Who has time for this? Please stop it.

    • PR Flack 06/14/2020

      Farðu í rassgat!

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