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2013 in Review; a Final Word…

Get ready, this is a long one! It’s been a year to remember…

2013 marked my five-year anniversary at the University of Oregon. I’m amazed at the progress we’ve made in this relatively short period of time. This year in review highlights many of the year’s triumphs, but only scratches the surface of the success we achieved over the last several years.

I also write to say that this will be my last and final post, for a while, perhaps indefinitely. I’m retiring the UO Northern California Connection blog to make way for new communications and new partnerships with the UO Alumni Association, Duck Athletics, and the greater university community. We are moving toward an integrated model of external relations and outreach. Advancement 2.0, as we’re calling it, will bring us all closer together as we advance the mission of this great university.

And without further ado, here is your 2013 year in review:

The Big News!

First and foremost, the Oregon legislature passed a groundbreaking bill, Senate Bill 270, allowing the University of Oregon to establish an independent institutional governing board and assume greater control and responsibility for day-to-day operations and future directions. Read more about this game-changing bill and get to know our newly appointed Board of Trustees!

A big second, for only the 2nd time in UO history we raised over $200 million dollars in a single year! Remarkably, donors in the Northern California region contributed over $17.1 million, accounting for 8.6% of total dollars raised. More than 41,460 individuals, companies, and foundations contributed to our banner year. THANK YOU!

Athletic Highlights

  • 2013 started and ended with a BCS bowl victory! At the beginning of the year the Ducks sent Chip Kelly out in style with a Fiesta Bowl win and at the end of the year Mark Helfrich achieved his first victory at the Alamo Bowl. Of course, we also waved a sad but glorious goodbye to long-time defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti.
  • Oregon men’s basketball made it to the Sweet Sixteen!
  • We wowed the world of collegiate athletics with the opening of our new football building, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex (read more or watch a video).
  • The 2013 Oregon men’s and women’s track and field recruiting seasons were each ranked No. 1 by Track and Field News (read more).
  • Duck football raised $218,075 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund with their bright pink helmets!
  • Oregon’s cross country teams returned to the NCAA Championships and Edward Cheserek was named the National Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (read more about this outstanding athlete).
  • Seven women’s soccer players earned Pac-12 academic recognition (read more).
  • The Ducks ranked No. 6 in a collegiate baseball preseason poll. Get ready to “play ball” in 2014!
  • Oregon secured a long term agreement to host the NCAA Track and Field Championships for the next eight years. Go TrackTown USA!
  • Women’s golf rose to No. 17 and placed 5th at the inaugural Pac-12 Preview, achieving a historic season (read more).
  • Oregon women’s volleyball coach Jim Moore and freshman Amanda Benson were named as part of a 2014 Pac-12 all-start team. The team will compete in China in June of 2014!

Academic Highlights

  • School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean, Frances Bronet and landscape architecture instructor, Anne Godfrey were named amongst DesignIntelligence’s 30 Most Admired Educators of the year!
  • The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) celebrated 40 years of feminist scholarship at the UO – a timely anniversary as Sheryl Sandberg and others challenged us to “Lean In” and redefine feminism for the modern age. Watch the CSWS “Agents of Change” documentary.
  • We read a lot about the microbiome and its effects on our health in the news. UO researchers received one of two national grants to establish a research center in the area of systems biology. The new Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Systems Biology puts the UO on the map as a nationally recognized leader in host-microbes systems biology (read more).
  • The Warsaw Sports Marketing Center celebrated its 20th anniversary (read more) and announced the development of a new Master’s in Sports Product Management degree program (follow the program’s development on Facebook).
  • The College of Education and School of Law achieved several Top 10 spots in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate programs (read more).
  • The Oregon legislature launched a new partnership anchored by UO and OSU to spur innovation and support economics development. The Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network) (read more) will provide the fuel turn our emerging Silicon Shire into a hotbed of invention, a new Oregon Valley of innovation stirs!
  • The UO Chamber Choir placed 1st in a major international competition in Ireland (read more and watch a video of their performance).
  • UO biologist Jessica Green was named a Guggenheim Fellow for her work on the ecology of the built environment. She became the 61st recipient of the esteemed award in UO history (read more). Watch Green’s TED Talk on health and the built environment.
  • UO faculty received grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the first time in UO research history – Biologist Janis Weeks (read more) and Chemist Richard Chartoff (read more).
  • The Lillis Business Complex, the first sustainably built business school in the nation, celebrated its 10-year anniversary!’
  • A number of new faculty were inducted into prestigious academies such as Jon Erlandson in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (read more).
  • The award winning Sustainable Cities Year Program announced the city of Medford, OR as their next subject of study (read more).
  • Dean Tim Gleason received the Charles E. Scripps Award as journalism and mass communication administrator of the year!
  • The UO Opera Ensemble placed second in the National Opera Association’s annual Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition.
  • The UO Investment Group (UOIG) earned more than 48% in the market putting the UO portfolio well ahead of other schools that offer this kind of experiential learning opportunity (read more).
  • UO’s Yong Zhao and Helen Neville topped Ed-Scholar’s third annual Public Presence rankings moving ideas “from the pages of academic journals into the national conversation.”

Other Highlights

  • The U.S. Secretary of Education praised the UO’s innovative PathwayOregon program for Pell-eligible Oregonians (read more).
  • Again ranked one of the most military-friendly college campuses, the UO opened the doors of a brand new Student Veteran’s Center (read more and watch a video of the grand opening).
  • The Dalai Lama packed the Matt Knight Arena on a visit to Eugene! (Read about it in the Oregon Quarterly).
  • We began renovation on a new Erb Memorial Union and Student Recreation Center (read more). Don’t worry, we’re keeping the fishbowl! Check out “Meet Me at the S.U.” a video on the history of the EMU.
  • We celebrated the grand opening of Allen Hall (watch Allen Hall 3.0 video).
  • We welcomed the most academically talented, most diverse entering freshman class in Oregon’s history hailing from all 50 states and around 100 countries (browse freshman profiles at Celebrating Champions)
  • We celebrated incredible success of outstanding students like Priscilla Dantas (read more), Katelyn Occhipinti (read more), and Benjamin DoVale (read more).
  • The UO acquired the collection of cultural icon and literary legend Ken Kesey (read more). There is still work to be done, donut by donut (thanks Voodoo Donuts!) and beer by beer (thanks Rogue and Ninkasi!). Grab a donut, drink a beer, and join the cause!
  • We survived record rains in September (sorry ‘bout that Cal – payback is a, well you know) and record snows in December (sure, the football players got a little carried away, but snow in Oregon is such a rarity it’s hard not to get excited!). View photos of Autzen in the snow, read more, view photos and watch video via the Daily Emerald.
  • Founder Helmuth Rilling celebrated his last year at the Oregon Bach Festival (read more).
  • The UO rose in the rankings to the top 8% of U.S. universities (according to U.S. News & World Report rankings).
  • UO students’ anti-rape video “A Needed Response” in response to the Steubenville case went viral and caught national attention. Watch the video on YouTube.
  • The UO Alumni Association revamped their brand, launched a new Duck Alumni Career Network, hosted events and watch parties across the country and around the world and all-in-all did some pretty amazing work to grow our alumni community in support of the University of Oregon. Visit the UOAA on Facebook to check out their year in review.

And more! 2013 has been a truly incredible year! A special thanks to our donor and volunteer communities for helping us realize these and many other great achievements in 2013. With your help and with all the positive momentum built throughout the course of the year, we’re sure to witness many new victories in 2014.

Resolve to join us in 2014!

To add to your New Year’s resolution list, I invite you to deepen your connection with your University of Oregon on the rise. The strength of the university is ever more dependent on the strength and support of our alumni and friends. Join us today…

  1. Become a member of the UO Alumni Association! Consider a life membership for a life-long relationship with your great university!
  2. Give to join a group of donors who are shaping the future of the university, the UO President’s Society. And enjoy all the benefits of being a part of our inner circle of philanthropic Ducks.

Thank you for being a part of the UO!
Wishing you abundant blessings in 2014!
Happy New Year! And Go Ducks!

Small Fish, Big Research Pond!

October is research month at the University of Oregon! Your, UO is one of only 100 schools ranked as “top-tier” centers of “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation (read more about the impact of our research).

Zebrafish were discovered to be excellent for studying development and genetics in the 1970s by a University of Oregon scientist. Photo: Raphael Kluzniok, The ChronicleCase in point, recently published an article about the use of zebrafish from the UO’s International Zebrafish Resource Center. Faculty at UCSF are using this model organism to understand how seizures develop and ultimately seek a cure to epilepsy! Read the article.

Zebrafish were discovered to be a superior model for genetic research in the early 80’s by UO faculty member and scientific pioneer, George Streisinger. Read “How the Zebrafish Earned Its Stripes in Cascade Magazine.

Since, Professor Streisinger’s discovery, word has spread. Today more than 800 scientific labs are working with zebrafish.

Scientists at the UO have used zebrafish to research treatments for biological disorders and diseases, skeletal defects, cancer interventions, genetic ailments, and to understand the nervous system (to name a few). This small fish is swimming in a big pond of very promising research activity!

Visit to learn more about cutting edge research at the UO. And join us for October Research Month events!

New Governance Structure Presents New Opportunity for UO

Legislation that authorizes an institutional governing board for the University of Oregon is on its way to the governor for his signature, after the Oregon House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill on Saturday and the Senate concurred with the amended version Monday morning.

House members approved Senate Bill 270 with a vote of 44-15, three days after the Oregon Senate passed the bill with a 23-7 vote. Gov. John Kitzhaber – who has been a strong proponent of the legislation – is expected to sign it into law.

The bill authorizes institutional governing boards for the University of Oregon and Portland State University and the option for Oregon State University. Members of the public boards are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The legislation also allows Oregon’s other public universities the option of seeking their own governing boards in the future.

“Local governing boards at our public universities will produce increased transparency and public accountability, while at the same time leveraging increased private investment and community engagement,” Kitzhaber said in a statement issued July 3.

UO President Michael Gottfredson, who has advocated an institutional governing board for the university, said the bill’s passage signals “a time of great opportunity, as well as great responsibility” for the UO.

“I have every confidence that in the years ahead, Oregonians will experience the benefits and enjoy the results of the combined leadership of an institutional board dedicated to the interests of this university, and an outstanding faculty and staff committed to education and research at the highest levels,” the president said.

“Together, we will work every day to earn and keep the trust that has been placed in us by the people and communities we serve,” he said.

The UO’s institutional board will be authorized to issue revenue bonds to be repaid from UO resources, to pay for facilities. The board will develop and approve each year’s university budget and will have the authority to hire and fire the president.

The new board will independently set tuition rates, but approval of the legislature or the Higher Education Coordinating Commission will be needed for any increase of more than 5 percent in resident undergraduate tuition.

The UO’s institutional board will have between 11 and 15 members. The approved legislation requires designated seats for a student, a non-faculty employee and a member of the faculty. The student will be a voting member, while the governor will determine at appointment whether the faculty and non-faculty members are voting or non-voting members. The university president will be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board.

Finding Your Top Talent

In the increasingly competitive world of work, UO alumnus and award winning journalist, Kare Anderson urges an inner focus on first finding your top talent. In mid-April, Kare visited the George S. Turnbull Portland Center in the UO’s School of Journalism and Communication to present the first in a new career development series entitled “Crafting Your Career: Strategies and Tactics for Journalists and Communicators.”

After receiving her bachelor’s in journalism from the UO, Kare created and re-created a highly successful career from an Emmy-winning former Wall Street Journal and NBC journalist and Forbes columnist and to a speaker, strategist, coach, and consultant. She now lives and works in the Bay area. In April Kare helped journalism professionals and pre-professionals in the Portland area examine ways to leverage personal strengths in a competitive work environment. Her words struck a reflective tone and challenged attendees to engage in intentional self-evaluation and personal development.

Kare began by giving a framework for success in any career or pursuit:

1. Identify: your top talent. Get specific and be concrete. Think to yourself “How do I add value?”

2. Connect: with people who have different talents and temperaments. In a hybrid world you should befriend people who are opposites. Find ways to collaborate and connect with people who are different than you. Frustrate each other and stick with it. Deliberately choose who you spend your time with. The best way to find opposites is to simply observe.

3. Collaborate: by finding a sweet spot of mutual benefit sooner rather than later. Make sure that relationships you pursue have a reciprocal nature and the people you associate with make and keep agreements. Don’t support people who won’t support you. Not only is it bad for us, it’s bad for us to support this kind of behavior. Seek clarity in your relationships and agreements with people.

She shared tips for journalism and communications professionals:

– Have a hook that others can add to, agree with, disagree with and add value.
– The specific proves the general, the general makes people go to sleep. Be specific in one area.
– Figure out where you are going to be daring. The way to stand out as a journalist is based on the behavior that you admire and shine a light on. Be deliberate.
– Find two unlikely things and bring them together and show common ground.
– Look at your judicial use of social media. Use Twitter to make short lists of your passions and interests.

And at the end of her talk she submitted that the leaders of the future will be connective leaders. “They are glue in a group,” those who recognize the talents of others and connect others to accomplish MORE together. She cautioned that we live in a connected world where both bad and good can happen much faster and ventured expectantly that more than countries or companies, self-organized groups will have a high impact in the future.

From her favorites, Kare left us with a long reading list:

She identified Oregon and the Portland region as a region that lives her Me to We principles – a region that brings people together with different talents and temperaments presenting a community and environment that is open to ideas and adapting change.

Read another synopsis of Kare’s talk on Mac’s List.

More about Kare Anderson:
Kare Anderson received her bachelor’s in journalism at the UO in 1971. She is a Forbes columnist and Emmy-winning former Wall Street Journal and NBC journalist. She speaks and consults on becoming more frequently quoted and connected. She’s co-founder of the Say it Better Center ( and the author of several books – Moving From Me to We, Walk Your Talk, Getting What You Want, and Resolving Conflict Sooner. Her book, Moving From Me to We, focuses on successful collaborations and personal branding. She has consulted with companies, sports teams, startups, government leaders and non-profits as diverse as Google, the Skoll Foundation, the London School of Economics, Nordstrom, Siemens, Deloitte, and Novartis.

About the J-School Turnbull Center:
The George S. Turnbull Center is an incubator for innovative ideas about the future of journalism and communications. The Turnbull Center offers degree programs, internships, speaker series, and public events. The Center offers top-flight master’s programs in multimedia journalism or strategic communication. To learn more visit

Another Toast to Ducks in Wine!

It’s time for another toast to Ducks in wine! If you haven’t heard, the UO will be hosting it’s annual wine tour on Saturday May 4th in Napa County. This year we are especially thrilled to have Joe Ciatti as our host and wine expert in residence on the tour! Don’t miss the chance to get to know Ducks in wine and toast a glass to the UO!

Ducks of Napa County–An Exclusive UOAA Wine Tour
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Join fellow Ducks for this unique opportunity hosted by the Bay Area Chapter of the UOAA.

Tour Itinerary:
10:30 am – Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is the first stop on our Napa Valley tour. Join us for this unique tasting of fine wines located at the southern end of the Stags Leap District, Napa Valley’s smallest and most acclaimed sub-appelation. Located along the Silverado Trail, the Stags Leap District is home to many of the most elegant Cabernet Sauvignons grown on American soil.

“Our family was fortunate to have the opportunity to acquire the Chimney Rock estate in 2004. The estate was established in 1980 by Hack and Stella Wilson, who brought their love of wine and South African winery architecture to the Napa Valley.

Since our acquisition and involvement, we have built on that foundation and advanced the quality of every aspect of the estate and its wines. Our vision and mission is to produce wines of exceptional quality that are capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with the great and important wines of the world. Join us as our history continues to unfold.” -John Terlato

Join us at Chimney Rock and Meet Vice President of Winemaking, Doug Fletcher, a University of Oregon graduate in Biology.

12:30 pm – Oxbow Public Market

In the heart of downtown Napa’s up and coming Oxbow District, Oxbow Public Market is one-of-a-kind place, not to be missed. Our tour group will break here for an hour and half opportunity to relax and enjoy lunch and shopping at your leisure.

The Oxbow Market maintains a variety specialty shops and lunch experiences ranging from river-front patios and gourmet foods to cheese and wine merchants and unique cafes.

2:30 pm – Hall Wines

Our last stop in Napa County finds us at this historic winery in Rutherford, a winery dedicated to making limited-production wines. We will have the opportunity to tour and taste at Hall’s exclusive Sacrashe Vineyard property–home to their small, compact, gravity-flow winery that is dedicated solely to the production of rare and single vineyard red wines.

California’s first winery to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, Hall Wines represents a dedication to merging history and innovation.

Hall’s estate vineyards encompass acres of classic Bordeau, varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. This is truly a world-class winery experience to include a tasting of Hall’s most regaled wines along with an intimate tour through the property and caves. These wines continue to set new heights in Napa Valley winemaking.

Visit the UO Alumni Association for more information and to Register!

Our 2013 Wine Tour Hosts:

Joe Ciatti ’64
Zepponi & Company

Joe has more than forty years of wine industry experience, a deep network of industry influencers, and a long track-record of high profile vineyard and winery transactions in California, Oregon, and Washington.

He was born to be in the wine industry. Joe’s grandfather, Guiseppe Bagnani, owned Sonoma County’s Geyser Peak Winery in Alexander Valley for several decades after Prohibition ended.

His early accomplishments included establishing Joseph W. Ciatti Company and growing it into the world’s largest brokerage of grapes and bulk wines, with offices around the world. In 2005, he became Chairman and CEO of Vintage Wine Trust, a real estate investment trust that was devoted to vineyard and winery properties. Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. Currently, Joe is a Principal of Zepponi & Company, the wine industry’s leading provider of merger and acquisition advisory services.

Tim Clevenger ‘86
Executive Director
UO Alumni Association

Tim is the Executive Director of the UOAA. New in the position, Tim is currently working on a long-range vision plan for the alumni association which is being created to help foster more lifelong relationships between alumni and the university.

Tim’s career path in marketing started with his UO degree in journalism, with an emphasis in advertising. He met his wife, Lisa ’87, their last term in school. When he’s not helping alumni engage with UO, Tim can be found running around Eugene, hitting a tennis ball, or reading one of countless books on his nightstand. “Dad reads boring books,” shares his son, Carson (last book read: How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer). A native of Prineville, Oregon, Tim has interestingly never owned a pair of cowboy boots.


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