Shakespeare First Folio University of Oregon

Without Shakespeare’s First Folio, the world would not enjoy comedies such as Much Ado about Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and tragedies and histories such as Macbeth and Henry VIII might have faded into obscurity.

Published by his colleagues just seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio contains the earliest reliable texts known to exist of 36 of his famous works.

An original copy of this 900-page book, published in 1623, will be in residence at the UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art from January 6 to February 7, 2016, when the UO hosts First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a touring exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death.

To earn the right to host the folio, the UO had to propose a series of Shakespeare-related programs for the public and prove that it could provide suitable security for the rare work, of which there are only 233 known copies in existence. When copies have come up for sale in the past, they have sold for approximately $5 million.

A free opening gala, titled “Shakespeare’s Texts: Page/Onstage,” will be held January 9. The event will include performers from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting out a scene from one of Shakespeare’s First Folio plays multiple times, but with different textual interpretations. A discussion with members of the UO English department faculty about the various manuscripts and differing levels of audience involvement will follow the performances.

Through the museum’s educational literary-based programs, hundreds of Oregon high school students will visit campus to learn about Shakespeare and the power of creative expression. Department of English faculty members will also have an opportunity to meet with regional high school teachers to discuss how students can transition from high school literature curricula to college-level English classes.

The UO will also run numerous programs for the public, families, teachers, and students of all ages. Visitors will have a chance to see the university’s own copies of Shakespeare’s Second and Fourth Folios, as well as other works from the time period and historic illustrations of the playwright.

White Stag Block PDX

The University of Oregon School of Law has launched a full-year satellite campus in Portland. “If we’re going to be true to our public mission and the reputation we have in serving the state, it’s critical for us to have a meaningful, engaged presence with the Portland legal community,” said Mohsen Manesh, faculty director for the law school’s Portland program, noting that the Portland region has the highest concentration of legal and professional employers in Oregon. Housed in the iconic White Stag Block, the program will allow students to spend their entire third year of law school in Portland. 

The UO has landed a federal designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research and has launched the Center for Cyber Security and Privacy. The national designation is expected to help attract more research funding, additional faculty members, and accomplished students. It runs through the 2019 academic year and is carried by only 60 universities nationwide.

A shot from a TED Talk by Jessica Green, founding director of the BioBE Center, shows how our personal ecosystems interact with everything we touch.

The UO’s Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE) has won a two-year, $1.3 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to investigate the relationship between architectural design and the indoor microbiome—the collection of bacteria, fungi, and viruses found inside buildings. UO researchers will be investigating the role of cleaning chemicals in promoting antibiotic resistance indoors. “The University of Oregon’s BioBE center has become the nation’s leading multidisciplinary research institution in the emerging science of indoor microbial ecology,” said Paula J. Olsiewski, director of the Sloan Foundation’s program on the microbiology of the built environment. “We are proud to be able to support their pioneering work.”


They were heart-and-soul players for their teams, and they are winners in their careers. Two UO alums were recognized for their character and service at the 24th annual Athletics Hall of Fame ceremonies October 10. Four-time volleyball letter winner Dawnn Eikenberry (Charroin), BA ’92, was presented with the Becky L. Sisley Award, named in honor of the coach, administrator, and trailblazer in the fight for equality of women’s sports. “Girls today are free to be whatever they want to be,” Eikenberry said. “Becky Sisley and the women who have won this award are all proof of that. To be mentioned in their company is an incredible honor.” A first team All Pac-10 selection her senior year, Eikenberry went on to success in the fashion and retail worlds, including oversight of retail store development for She landed her dream job at Nike, leading teams of designers, architects, and project managers for the company’s bricks-and-mortar expansions.


Bryon Rockwell, BS ’92, MBA ’94, received the Leo Harris Award, given to an alumnus letterman who has demonstrated continued service and leadership to the UO. Rockwell lettered for three years as a linebacker, culminating in the 1994 dream Rose Bowl season. A Rhodes Scholar, he has excelled in a career financing municipal infrastructure projects, and assisted the UO on its first-ever revenue bond issuance, an important step under its new independent governance structure. “Savoring success, learning from defeat, uniting with people from a diversity of backgrounds to achieve goals—these are the life lessons that Leo Harris and Rich Brooks and the Ducks’ coaches today have taught us so well,” Rockwell said. “I’m extremely proud and honored.”

According to the latest available data, Ducks average significantly lower default rates on their student loans than peers from other institutions across the US. They also have lower default rates than the alumni of other state universities, and they compare particularly well to their fellow Oregonians.


National: 11.8%
National, for four-year, public institutions: 7.6% 
State of Oregon: 13.7% 
University of Oregon: 4.6% 

sports product management UO

As part of the UO’s new Sports Products Initiative, 39 students started a master’s degree program in sports product management this fall. The program, based in Portland, is offered through the Lundquist College of Business. Students follow an 18-month journey through the complete product life cycle with a focus on innovation, sustainability, and global business. The initiative also includes a proposed master’s degree program in sports product design offered through the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, which is projected to launch in fall 2016. This degree focuses on innovation methods, design for the athlete, product sustainability, and sports marketing and branding.

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A University of Oregon landscape architecture student team defeated professional competitors to take first prize in a global innovation challenge to improve the food system, winning $10,000 and advancement to a prototype round. The team now will be provided business incubation support and an opportunity to win $100,000 and move their design to production.

The team’s design, which would help farmers retain nutrients in soil while decreasing fertilizer use, was based in part on the earthworm’s digestive system and would improve soil health over time. 

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Thousands of Velella velella, jellyfish relatives, washed ashore on Oregon beaches in April, and now are littering beaches in New Zealand.

Alumnus Edgardo Simone is a successful composer and orchestrator of Hollywood blockbusters, including the Spider-Man and Men in Black franchises