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June 18, 1999            

Contact:     Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Higher Ed Board Approves Reser Stadium Name, New JPR Building

LA GRANDE - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education today approved the renaming of Oregon State University's football stadium, and authorized Southern Oregon University's Jefferson Public Radio to acquire a new building for its Redding, Calif., studios and a new community performing arts center.

OSU's Parker Stadium, originally named for campus donor and fundraiser Charlie Parker, will become Reser Stadium. The new name honors Al and Pat Reser, OSU alumni from Beaverton, who have recently given the OSU athletic department at $5 million gift, the largest private gift in history to OSU athletics.

The Parker name will be reassigned to the stadium entry plaza.

Under the Jefferson Public Radio plan, the State Board will issue $800,000 in bonds to purchase and renovate the former Cascade Theatre in Redding. The JPR Foundation will then sign a 30-year lease to retire the bonds.

The renovated facility will house JPR's regional broadcast studios, provide lease-office space for future tenants, and convert the theater's auditorium to a community performing arts center. The center will be available for local special events as well as JPR-sponsored activities.

JPR is the nation's largest public radio network of stations and translators in the nation. JPR serves a 12-county region in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Its signal is carried on the frequencies of 45 stations.

In other action, the board:

- Adopted a temporary administrative rule that allows same-sex domestic partners to receive resident rates as enrolled students in compliance with an Oregon Court of Appeals decision made in Tanner vs. Oregon Health Sciences University. The temporary rule is retroactive to Jan. 1, entitling an undetermined number of affected employees to apply for refunds of fees paid in 1999. It will remain in effect while the board is considering a new permanent rule.

- Denied three faculty grievances filed by Thomas Cope and Gary Fallow at Oregon State University, and by M.L. Pinkham at Southern Oregon University. All appealed non-renewal of fixed-term academic positions.

- Approved a new bachelor's degree in human services at Southern Oregon University, a new bachelor's degree in dance at Western Oregon University, and 15 new graduate certificate programs at Portland State University. The new certificate programs are in mathematics for middle school math teachers; children's and young adult literature; hydrology; environmental geology; engineering geology; hydrogeology; digital signal processing; image processing; communications systems; design automation; analog and microwave circuit design; lasers and optoelectronics; computer architecture and design; integrated circuit test, verification and validation; and digital design.
 

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