Points of Pride

Oregon State University – Cascades is Oregon’s first and only branch campus. Below, by academic year, are some of the campus’ most notable achievements and significant events since its founding in 2001.

2013-2014

  • Fundraising for capital expansion exceeds $4m goal
  • Purchase of 10-acre parcel finalizes
  • OUS State Board of Higher Education approves purchase of 56 acres in Bend for future campus location
  • Fall enrollment increases 17% over previous year
  • Counseling Clinic launches for community members and veterans
  • Poet and MFA director Emily Carr nominated for Pushcart Prize

2012-2013

  • Oregon State Legislature approves $16m in capital funding
  • Fundraising to demonstrate community support for four-year expansion exceeds $1m goal
  • OUS State Board of Higher Education endorses expansion to four-year programs
  • Campus Expansion Advisory Committee formed
  • MOU with Bend Park & Recreation District offers opportunity to co-develop 11-acre site
  • Minority student population increases from 9% to 14%
  • Commencement moves from Drake Park to Les Schwab Amphitheatre
  • Number of degrees awarded exceeds 2,000 mark
  • First Energy Systems Engineering students graduate
  • Biology, General Science, Psychology degrees transition to OSU offerings
  • Double degree in Sustainability launches
  • Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing launches
  • MAT Advanced Mathematics and Integrated Science endorsements launch
  • FORCE Lab opens demonstrating public-private partnership
  • Natural Resources professor Ron Reuter named 2012 Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor
  • Energy Systems Engineering professor Chris Hagen receives $700,000 DOE award
  • MAT professor Kathleen Cowin elected to boards of Northwest Association of Teacher Educators and American Educational Research Association
  • 20 students hired for work study positions on- and off-campus
  • Club sports in skiing and cycling launch in partnership with MBSEF
  • Ski team competes at USCSSA national championships
  • OSU-Cascades Gear Store launches

2011-2012

  • Learning Communities create four-year university experience for first-year cohorts
  • Enrollment increases 53% over five previous years
  • Exercise and Sport Science degree launches
  • HDFS professor Shannon Lipscomb receives international media attention for parenting research
  • Marina Martinez receives Oregon Career Development Association Esther Matthews Award recognizing  lifetime achievement

2010-2011

  • OSU-Cascades celebrates 10th Anniversary
  • OSU-Cascades leads OUS campuses with 16% FTE fall enrollment increase
  • Spring term lower-division enrollment record set with 230 freshmen and sophomores
  • Energy Engineering Management degree launches
  • American Studies degree launches
  • Student government joins Oregon Student Association
  • OSU-Cascades embarks on  $7.5m fundraising campaign
  • State Legislature authorizes use of $2m in lottery bonds for purchase of a building for graduate programs and research
  • Tykeson Family Charitable Trust gives $250,000 to establish Tykeson Endowed Faculty Scholar in Energy Engineering Management
  • First Annual Alumni Celebration held

2009-2010

  • Fall enrollment jumps 20% to 611 students, the largest percentage increase in headcount of any campus in OUS system. Additional 162 freshmen and sophomores enrolled at COCC
  • Winter enrollment increases 17%, with a 19% increase in freshmen and sophomores enrolled at COCC
  • Diversity within student body increases to 10%
  • Hospitality Management program, an option within OSU Business Administration program, launches
  • OSU-Cascades partners with OSU Alumni Association to launch Science Pub series

2008-2009

  • Spring enrollment reaches record high, with 18% increase in students taking courses
  • $1 million in scholarships awarded to date through OSU-Foundation
  • OSU offers MAT in Secondary Teaching
  • UO professor John Leahy awarded European Union Marie Curie Fellowship
  • OSU professor Julie Elston awarded College of Business Newcomb Fellow
  • OSU professor David Knuff awarded College of Business Newcomb Associate
  • OSU Bridge to Success program awards $85,000 in scholarships
  • OSU Business students enter American Advertising Federation - NSAC competition,  industry’s leading student competition
  • OSU Counseling professor Kathy Biles elected president-elect of the Oregon School Counselor Association
  • OSU Natural Resources professor Ron Reuter selected as a fellow of the International Canadian Studies Institute

2007-2008

  • OSU-Cascades awards 1,200th degree
  • OSU-Cascades students participate in international and study abroad program at higher rate than other state regional schools
  • OSU offers dual degree in International Studies
  • UO Psychology program establishes Bend Behavioral Research Center at Chandler Lab
  • OSU business students form Student Marketing Group, bridging gap between theory and practice
  • OSU graduate student teachers serve in 20 of 26 elementary schools in Central Oregon school districts
  • OSU Natural Resources instructor Matt Shinderman, students complete carbon footprint for City of Bend
  • OSU English professor Neil Browne named finalist for Oregon Book of the Year Award
  • OSU professor Henry Sayre’s six-volume humanities text, the best selling in the country, awarded Best Design for a Book Series by New York Book Designers
  • UO professor John Leahy initiates breast cancer detection project with OIT and Mexican institute of Technology
  • OSU Business professor, Julie Elston awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Study Impact of Science on Policies
  • OSU professor Kreg Lindberg  appointed to Deschutes Provincial Advisory Committee by US Secretary of Agriculture
  • OSU Art professor Sandy Brooke advocated for Culture, Heritage, Art, Movies and Preservation initiative for Oregon Arts Commission

2006-2007

  • OSU-Cascades awards 1,000th degree
  • First elections held for new student government association
  • UO Archaeology professor Dennis Jenkins and colleagues discover pre-Clovis DNA, more than 14,000 years old, at Paisley Caves
  • OSU assistant professor Kate Gronemyer honored as an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association
  • OSU Distinguished Professor of Art Henry Sayre named to Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kulongoski

2005-2006

  • OSU offers MAT in Elementary/Early Childhood Teaching
  • UO Biology instructor Matt Orr receives $240,000 private gift to establish Field Studies Program in Ecological Restoration
  • National Undergraduate Literature Conference accepts papers for presentation from three OSU-Cascades students

2004-2005

  • Cascades Hall goes wireless
  • Annual Distinguished Students program initiated
  • Student Life programming launched
  • UO launches BA/BS in Psychology
  • OSU-Cascades Foundation established

2003-2004

  • OSU offers MS in Counseling, with options in school and community counseling
  • UO initiates BS in Mathematics, emphasis on secondary education teaching

2002-2003

  • OSU offers BS in Tourism and Outdoor Leadership, the first program of its kind in Oregon
  • UO receives funding from Redmond and USFS for archeological assessment of Redmond caves, performed primarily by OSU-Cascades students

2001-2002

  • OSU-Cascades opens its doors.  In spite of 9/11 crisis and budget reductions, eight academic majors serve 363 students
  • In addition to OSU, degree-offering partners include University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University
  • UO offers degrees in General Science and General Social Science