UO Provost asks for feedback on tuition increase

University of Oregon Provost Jayanth Banavar sent out an email to the entire UO community asking for feedback on the proposed tuition increase for the 2018-19 academic year.

The proposed increase is $6 dollars per credit, or $240 per year, for in-state students and $18 per credit, or $810 per year, for out-of-state students.

In addition, the proposal includes a $7 increase in the student health center service fee. The increase will help fund the health and counseling services at the health center. Read about wait times and the proposed increase here.

The tuition increase was discussed and set by the Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB) in a series of public meetings. Read about those meetings and the proposed increase here.

Banavar directed UO community members to read the full TFAB tuition proposal and submit comments to this online comment form. The form will be closed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Banavar also recommended students to attend the student tuition forum on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Gerlinger Lounge.

President Schill will make his final recommendation to the Board of Trustees at the Board’s meeting on March 2. According to Banavar, Schill’s recommendation will be available to public review before he presents it to the Board.

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Administrators aim to improve communication with students through office hours, but few students attend

Last Thursday, University of Oregon administrator Justine Carpenter sat in an empty boardroom waiting for students to arrive to her scheduled office hours. No students came.  

The UO administration is now offering office hours in an effort to improve communication with students through discussions this term. Every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m., one administrator will lead a topic-driven discussion with UO students in the EMU.

“People can talk about anything. The topic is just an entry point,” said Kris Winter, associate vice president and dean of students.

Past topics have included self care, general education requirements and promoting yourself on social media.

The new administration office hours are intended to connect students and administrators to build lasting relationships and foster productive communication.

The idea came from Winter after she went on a “listening tour” of various student groups last fall.

Winter sat in on nine different student groups, including Oregon Hillel and the Muslim Student Association, to hear what students were saying about their experiences at UO.

“I think that we can always improve communications between students and administration,” Winter said.

According to Winter, the majority of the feedback she received centered around the fact that students did not feel like they knew their administrators.

“This came up fall term. I wanted to be responsive to a tangible ‘ask’ that I heard from some students. That’s why I chose to put it into action this term,” Winter said.

Winter sent out emails to UO administrators to see if they would be interested in hosting office hours for students. She received several positive responses from administrators that wanted to participate.

Carpenter, director of multicultural and identity-based support services, held office hours on Feb. 1 on the topic of “having difficult conversations.”

“I think that having difficult conversations is something that all of us may have to do at one time or another,” Carpenter said.

No students attended these office hours.

According to Winter, these office hours have had low student attendance. She hopes to engage more students and invites them to come to the coming hours.

One way to improve attendance, according to Carpenter, is to offer more incentives to the students, such as free snacks or topics they can connect with.

Carpenter said that either “students aren’t identifying with the topics or they just don’t know that these topics are being discussed.”

Winter has reached out to students through advertising in Quick Quack emails that all students receive. She is open to student suggestions and input for topic selection and increased student involvement.

“I think it’s important for students to know that administrators care about their UO experience,” Winter said.


Schedule for February’s office hours

Administrator Date    Topic
Justine Carpenter  2/1    Having difficult conversations
Renae DeSautel  2/7    Helping a fellow student in distress
DJ Kelly-Quattrocchi  2/8    Code switching: How do identities impact communication?
Cora Bennett  2/14    Student transitions to the UO
Marcus Langford  2/15    Looking for feedback: UO bias response efforts
Doneka Scott  2/21    What is student success?
Laurie Woodward  2/22    Listening session: How can the EMU improve services for you?
Sheryl Eyster  2/28     Developing meaningful connections with staff and faculty


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We’ve Waited For What Seems Like A Very Long Time For The Start.


Summer was very warm at times and very very dry. We just passed a milestone in the year that represents the change of season to Autumn. The next season that, in this summer of so many wildfires, is one we have really looked forward to arrives in less than a week. The season is our rain season also known as the water year. It officially begins on October 1st for the Southern Willamette Valley and continues through September 30th. The rain we have recently received has been very beneficial in the battle against the insidious wildfires that have plagued our state for many months.

Rain, Moderate To Heavy
Rain, Moderate To Heavy In Eugene South Hills | Photo by Tim Chuey

Let’s take a look at last year’s water year for Eugene. The water year that ran from October 1st 2015 to September 30th 2016 received 40.58 inches of precipitation which is 5.52 inches below normal. That means that 45.80 inches of rain is what is considered to be the normal precipitation measured near Eugene’s Mahlon Sweet Airport. The yearly rain total measured from January 1st through December 31st 2016 was 41.33 inches of rain which is 4.77 inches of rain below normal. The normal rainfall for the calendar year in Eugene is listed as 46.10 inches of rain.

Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain Falling On Trash Container | Photo by Tim Chuey

Here are the monthly precipitation totals for Eugene for the water year 2016-2017. We start with October 2016 in which 10.19 inches of rain fell and that is 6.94 inches above normal. November’s total was 4.30 inches of precipitation which is 3.42 inches below normal. December’s total was 5.10 inches which is 2.73 inches below normal. Now we slide into 2017. January saw 4.05 inches and that was 2.82 inches below normal. For February the total was 9.33 inches which is 3.90 inches below normal. The month of March was close to normal with 5.82 inches which is 0.83 inches above normal. April had 3.65 inches fall and that is 0.32 inches above normal. Now we start to see the effects of the more serious drying. The month of May saw 1.22 inches of rain which is 1.52 inches below normal. June’s total was 1.38 inches which is 0.12 inches below normal. July was really dry with only 0.02 inches if rainfall measured and that is 0.52 inches below normal. Similarly,the month of August saw only 0.14 inches of rain which is 0.47 inches below normal. And finally to wrap up the water year 0.92 inches of rain fell in September which is barely above normal by 0.06 inches. So, for the water year 2016 to 2017 the total precipitation received (rainfall plus the water content of any melted snow that fell) was 45.99 inches. That factors out to 0.19 inches above the 45.80 inches considered to be the normal for our water year.

Those numbers may seem quite surprising since our summer seemed so dry for such a long period of time. That dry weather combined with the number of thunderstorms produced by passing storms is what helped give us a very bad wildfire season.

90-Day Precipitation
90-Day Precipitation Outlook | Image by

The 90-day precipitation outlook for the three months of October, November, and December shows the Pacific Northwest in an area with about a 40% chance of above normal precipitation for that period. I’m sorry to say that doesn’t give us much of an insight into exactly how much we will actually get, but is at least an indication of the trend for that period of time.

90-Day Temperature Outlook
90-Day Temperture Outlook | Image by

Here’s a quick look at the 90-day temperature outlook for the same period on October, November, and December. By the look of it we are in the area of a 40% chance or less of above normal temperatures over the three months.We could extrapolate from these two maps that the Pacific Northwest has a less than 40% chance of having warmer and wetter weather than what is considered normal for the 90-day period.

To be honest, flipping a coin statistically gives a 50% chance of either heads or tails which is better odds than the 90-day outlook predictions.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].

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The Blended Burger Project


The Mushroom Council has partnered with The James Beard Foundation to start a movement to make burgers more nutritious and sustainable by blending mushrooms with the meat creating a more delicious and unique burger experience. They have created the Blended Burger Project, a nationwide competition calling for local chefs to compete to ‘Make Shroom for Improvement in Your Favorite Burgers.’ To participate, chefs and restaurateurs around the U.S. are creating their own unique spin on the blended burger and featuring it on their menus throughout the summer.

Consumers will be able to vote for their favorite burgers on the James Beard Website, and the top five chefs will win a trip to the historic James Beard House in New York City, where they will cook their blended burgers at the welcome reception for the annual James Beard Foundation Food Conference taking place October 17th and 18th, 2016.

Beginning Memorial Day (May 30) and continuing through July 31st, hundreds of restaurants will develop and serve their versions of a blended burger, featuring at least 25 percent fresh mushrooms mixed into the burger patty. Any Eugene based restaurant who would like to participate just needs to select the link below to sign up, and then hit the kitchen to create their own unique blended burger and feature that burger on their summer menu for consumers to vote for them.

To participate:

Here is the recipe for the classic blended burger:

Photo Credit: John Valls Photography

Blended Burger Project™ Features Chefs Nationwide Competing to Make ‘Shroom for Improvement in Your Favorite Burgers

 Second annual James Beard Foundation contest encourages chefs to blend mushrooms with meat for more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burgers – customers vote for favorite burgers

New York, NY (May 17, 2016) –This summer, chefs nationwide will reimagine the iconic burger when they take part in James Beard Foundation’s second annual (JBF) Blended Burger Project™, which challenges chefs to blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat to create a more delicious, nutritious and sustainable burger.

Diners across America can cast a vote for their favorite blended burger by visiting The five chefs with the most votes will win an opportunity to prepare their blended burger at the historic James Beard House as part of the official welcome reception for the Foundation’s annual Food Conference (October 16-18).

To participate in the Blended Burger Project, diners can:

  • Visit participating restaurants and order the featured blended burger from May 30-July 31
  • Votefor their favorite burger based on a set of judging criteria at
  • Sharepics of their favorite blended burgers on social media using hashtag: #BlendedBurgerProject

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