A Sampler of OSSHE Programs and Units Assisting Individuals, Local Communities, and Businesses

Public service activities enable students of the State System to use their knowledge in real-life settings and, with faculty and staff, to offer services to Oregon's citizens, businesses, and local governments. The benefits to Oregonians touch all areas of life: family, health, business, financial, educational, and recreational.

Among the many services not listed are public attractions (e.g., museums, galleries, library consortia and collections, lectures and performances, observatories, athletic facilities and events, etc.), conferences, and the hundreds of highly specialized services offered by laboratories and clinics associated with the professional schools. Also not included in the list are the thousands of service activities engaged in by individual faculty and students.

The following list is suggestive, not exhaustive.


Advanced Science and Technology Institute (OSU, UO). Makes university-based research more accessible to corporations through four programs: industrial liaison, research colloquia, corporate executive seminars, and cooperative internships.

Continuing Education (all institutions). Offerings from nearly all disciplines are conducted in communities throughout the state.

Cooperative Education (several institutions). Formal programs placing students in work settings with written work plans designed to provide valuable degree-related experience to the student and service to the employer.

Office of Academic Affairs: School Relations. Publishes an annual guide to OSSHE's colleges and universities that is distributed to all Oregon high schools, high school seniors planning to attend college, community college students considering transfer, and many other organizations and individuals. The College Counselor's Handbook is also published annually for reference in all Oregon high schools; a newsletter for counselors, CollegeTalk, is published quarterly.

Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education—OCATE (State System and other institutions). Involves State System and private college and university faculty and industry experts to create a flexible and responsive set of graduate-level and specialized technology programs.

Small Business Development Centers (EOSC, SOSC, OIT). Provide counseling, training, and referral services by active and retired executives, college staff, volunteers, and professional consultants on the organization and operation of small businesses.

Small Business Institutes (UO, OSU, PSU, EOSC, OIT). Provide linkages between students and small businesses to investigate business potential or to review business operations and/or organization.

University of Oregon

Building A Strong Environment (BASE). A joint program with the state's Office for Services to Children & Families. Helps reunite families by providing parenting skills to parents of abused children who have been removed from the home.

Biomechanics Laboratory. Conducts research on sports equipment and running and fitness; and testing for individuals and corporations.

Center for Housing Innovation. Offers expertise in the design, construction, and manufacture of housing in North America, with emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.

Children's Summer Sports Program. Offers seven weeks of summer sports activities for elementary school children.

Community Music Institute. Offers group and private instruction in piano, voice, and strings for all ages.

Community Planning Workshop. Provides community planning and policy-related contract research for Oregon communities, businesses, and organizations.

DeBusk Memorial Center. Provides personal and career counseling to individuals and couples.

Early Intervention Program. Provides specialized early intervention services to infants and young children who are disabled and at-risk and to their families.

Employment Network Technical Assistance Project. Provides technical assistance to agencies and organizations concerned with expanding and improving supported employment for people with severe disabilities.

Forest Industries Management Center. Provides research and education seminars for the forest industry.

High School Equivalency Program. Offers a multicultural, bilingual alternative education program for migrant and seasonal farm-worker youths.

InfoGraphics Lab. Prepares maps (including official state highway maps) for state and local agencies.

Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Encourages relationships among agencies, schools, private corporations, and ISE faculty to develop understandings of human effects on the biophysical world and strategies for sustaining the environment.

KWAX-FM. Broadcasts classical music to listeners in the Willamette Valley and in several coastal and central Oregon communities.

Labor Education and Research Center (LERC). Serves educational and research needs of labor organizations by investigating problems of working people and providing training and educational opportunities for union members, officers, and staffs.

Minority High School Research Apprentice Program. Stimulates interest in science careers by providing students of color with experience in health-related research.

Neuromuscular Control Lab. Provides assessment of balance in children and adults.

Neuromuscular Education and Research Center (NERC). Provides education and therapy to physically disabled persons of all ages. Emphasis is upon mobility skills fundamental to independent living.

Oregon Attention Assessment Team. Provides clinical assessment for 7- to 13-year-old children with identified learning attention and behavioral problems.

Oregon Bach Festival. Offers musicians and other music lovers opportunities to participate in a two-week orchestral and choral festival of international renown.

Oregon Survey Research Laboratory. Provides survey-related services to clientele including local, state, and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Portland Urban Architecture Program. Provides expertise and consultation on urban planning and architecture to the City of Portland, neighborhood groups, METRO, Portland Development Commission, and other urban entities.

Saturday Academy. Offers science and technology classes for middle and high school students.

Slocum Sports Medicine and Fitness Research Lab. Receives referrals for assessment and prescriptive health-enhancement programs via joint venture agreements with local hospitals.

Solar Energy Center. Develops technology and distributes information that facilitates the use of solar energy.

Speech-Language-Hearing Center. Provides diagnostic and treatment services to adults and children with communication disorders.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Offers courses, conferences, and workshops throughout the state on substance abuse prevention.

Summer Music Institute. Provides opportunities for middle school and high school students to attend concerts and participate in resident programs in music performance, theory, ear training, and related music subjects.

Oregon State University

Agricultural Experiment Station. Conducts research in the agricultural, biological, social, and environmental sciences for the economic, social, and environmental benefit of Oregonians. Headquartered on the OSU campus in Corvallis, the Station supports research in several academic departments and colleges and interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus and in 10 principal research locations throughout Oregon. These locations reflect the variability of Oregon's soils, climate, crops, livestock, and markets.

Austin Family Business Program. Fosters healthy family businesses through education, information, and research.

Balance Retraining Program. Provides diagnostic testing for disorders of balance and gait and a balance retraining program for older adults and clinical populations in the greater Willamette Valley.

Center for Advanced Materials Research. Conducts research and education in the properties, synthesis, and understanding of new materials, with emphasis on materials related to Oregon's economy.

Center for Analysis of Environmental Change (CAEC). Focuses on development of large-scale, interdisciplinary scientific programs in environmental science. The CAEC is an interagency center consisting of OSU, the Corvallis EPA Laboratory, the USFS/NWRL, and Battelle-PNW.

Center for Economic Education. Distributes economic information to the public.

Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology. Conducts research involving the structure, organization, and expression of genetic material and applies results to agriculture and forestry, animal science, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, food, and marine science.

Center for the Study of the First Americans. Promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and research, stimulates public interest on the peopling of the Americas, and disseminates information through public education programs.

Child Development Laboratories. Conducts research in child development, child care and education for four- and five-year-old children, and provides instruction to families.

Children's Sport Programs. Provides a variety of activity classes and sport camps, offered through the College of Health and Human Performance, for boys and girls who are 8 through 12 years of age.

Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies. Conducts cooperative research with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on living and nonliving marine resources (including the effects of mineral extraction and commercial fisheries).

Engineering Experiment Station. Conducts research and publishes information in fields of engineering designed to serve industries, utilities, professional engineers, public agencies, and engineering teachers.

Environmental Health Sciences Center. Conducts interdisciplinary research in which environmental chemicals are investigated for their mechanisms of biological action.

Environmental Technical Outreach Services for Communities. Provides access to technical information regarding hazardous waste sites and other environmental and/or public health risks for community groups.

Extension Toxicology Network (EXTOXNET). Provides worldwide access via the Internet to current scientific information about pesticides and other toxic chemicals in the environment.

Family Community Leadership (FCL) Program. Develops community leaders to facilitate discussions on economic development and other important local issues.

Food Science Pilot Plant Services. Provides access to pilot-scale food processing facilities and technical expertise for Oregon food processors.

Forest Research Laboratory. Develops new knowledge about managing forest resources for multiple values and products to meet society's needs. This research is conducted on the campus and on public and private forest lands throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Hatfield Marine Science Center. Conducts research in marine ecology, neurophysiology, behavioral response, trace element analysis, aquaculture, fisheries population dynamics, seabed geochemistry, and sedimentation.

Human Performance Laboratory. Offers complete fitness assessments, including measures of body composition.

Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program. In partnership with community rehabilitation centers and local neurologists, provides opportunities for persons with MS to engage in supervised exercise program.

Oregon Alliance. Serves public schools, education service districts (ESDs), community colleges, business and industry, and federal job training programs for professional staff development in the areas of vocational technical education.

Oregon Productivity and Technology Center. Conducts research on productivity improvement methodologies, project management structures, and management of emerging technologies.

Oregon Student Safety on the Move (OSSOM). Provides technical assistance in drug and alcohol prevention and intervention services for communities and OSSOM chapters in Oregon schools.

Oregon Teen Leadership Institute (OTLI). Provides leadership training in prevention of drug and alcohol abuse to students and advisers in Oregon high schools.

OSU Extension Service. Provides education and information based on timely research to help Oregonians solve problems and develop skills related to youth, family, community, farm, forest, energy, and marine resources. OSU Extension Service faculty are located in academic departments on campus and in county OSU Extension Service offices and research/extension centers throughout the state. Many volunteers assist in offering Extension programs throughout Oregon. The Extension Service carries out its mission by extending the research knowledge base of the University to people who need the information, and by providing leadership in applying this knowledge to the problems people have identified. OSU Extension Service teams provide in-depth management studies of local government operations facing substantial change through Rural Towns Respond to Change.

Patents and Trademark Licensing Office. Provides technology transfer assistance to faculty, including patenting, licensing, and commercialization; assists industry in accessing university inventions for potential commercialization.

Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE). A partnership among OSU, corporate sponsors, and selected rural Oregon school districts and their communities that provides after-school science and math enrichment programs for minority and disadvantaged children in grades 4-12 to encourage interest and build academic skill.

Special Physical and Motor Fitness Clinic. Offers a physical activity program for infants and children with disabilities.

Western Rural Development Center. Supports regional research and Extension education programs on rural development in the western United States.

Portland State University

Applied Economics Research Group. Assists government and private organizations with policy evaluations and financial analysis.

Arts Partners Projects. Provides space and technical facilities for annual events and programs serving K-12 youth and adults including PHAME (arts programs for the physically and mentally impaired).

Best of Oregon High Schools Art Exhibition. Provides an annual showcase for outstanding creative work by Oregon's high school students from all areas of the state.

Business Outreach Program. Provides assistance to small companies through mentoring and student projects in the Portland metropolitan area.

Cartographic Center. Designs and prepares maps and related graphics in support of teaching, research, and public service programs.

Center for Columbia River History. Sponsors research and education projects in environmental studies focusing on the Columbia River, presents public history programs, and provides teacher in- service training on the Columbia River Bio-Region.

Center for Economic Education. Furthers public understanding of economic problems and issues, with emphasis directed at schools in Oregon.

Center for Population Research and Census. Annually produces the official population estimates for Oregon, its counties, and incorporated cities. Serves as a research and resource center for state agencies, the business community, and the general public regarding population-related issues; provides training in census data retrieval and use.

Center for Science Education. Collaborates in research and development in science education, acts as a clearinghouse and connecting point for information and resources in K-16 science education; programs include Northwest Equals, which works to enhance math and science skills of underrepresented K-12 students, and Urban Ecosystems, a development program to establish a community foundation for curriculum in public schools.

Center for Software Quality Research. Conducts research related to software quality and shares expertise with local and regional industry; monitors advances in the field; encourages technology transfer through workshops, colloquia, technical reports, and consulting arrangements.

Center for Urban Studies. Serves as a research and resource center for government agencies regarding crime, economic development, geographic information systems, housing, human services, land use planning, spatial analysis, transportation, urban design, and urban public finance.

Chemical Consortium. Assists school districts, colleges, and government agencies in their hazardous waste management.

Community ESL Project. Offers free evening courses in English as a Second Language to adults at local schools and community centers, staffed by graduate students in Applied Linguistics with extensive teaching experience. Coordinated through The Leadership Roundtable.

Community Psychology Group. Offers conferences and workshops on child abuse, works with public schools on peer mediation to develop and support student conflict-resolution teams, and works with county governments on assessment of responses to incidents of domestic violence.

Counseling Clinic. Provides personal and career counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups for school-age through adult clients.

Food Industry Management Program. Provides executive education and business assistance to the food industry throughout Oregon (processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers).

Graphic Design Studio. Provides design assistance for nonprofit organizations.

Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies. Identifies and coordinates the use of academic resources at PSU, OHSU, and other institutions to help resolve governmental issues identified by civic and government leaders through sponsoring public service research, facilitating exchange of information, and providing a forum for discussion of policy issues.

Institute on Aging. Provides information related to problems of adulthood and aging through consultation, staff development, and technical assistance activities.

Malheur Field Station. Operated by a consortium of postsecondary institutions in the Pacific Northwest, offers noncredit educational opportunities, college-level courses, and research opportunities unique to the northern Great Basin.

Oregon-MESA (Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement). Offers educational enrichment programs to middle and high school students in Multnomah and Washington counties. MESA aims to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering, computer science, physical sciences, and mathematics careers.

Pacific Northwest Digital Geologic Data Clearinghouse. Provides geologic information via the World Wide Web for teaching and public information, plans to hold workshops for K-12 teachers, students and professionals.

Regional Research Institute for Human Services. The research arm of the Graduate School of Social Work improves delivery of human services through applied research in child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, substance abuse, income maintenance, and welfare reform programs.

Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health. Conducts research, training, and information dissemination for family members, service providers, and policy makers to improve services for children and youth with serious emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders.

Saturday Academy. Provides diverse learning opportunities for elementary, middle, and secondary school students.

Speech and Hearing Clinic. Offers assessment and treatment services for individuals in the Portland metropolitan area with speech, language, and hearing disorders.

Statistics Consulting Laboratory. Provides statistical expertise including quality control, experimental design, sampling methods, and analysis techniques; and conducts workshops and seminars for professionals in public and private organizations.

Summer Piano Camp. Provides basic piano instruction for at-risk K-12 youth in partnership with the non-profit Self Enhancement, Inc.

Technical Writing Program. Assists industry in writing and document preparation and collaborates with public leaders to improve the technical writing skills of the workforce.

Urban Music Prep Program. Provides professional music instruction for K-12 youth.

Western Oregon State College

Education Evaluation Center. Provides services to children and youth with difficulties in benefitting from the usual academic program due to learning disabilities, emotional social problems, or other conditions interfering with learning.

Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired. Provides a wide range of training services relating to deafness for counselors, employers, public agencies, and others.

Southern Oregon State College

American Band College. Provides instruction for school band and choir directors. Distinguished guest conductors and musicians join the local staff to provide instruction and clinics for band members and join them in performing community concerts.

Center for Shakespeare Studies. Provides educational programs that combine academic study with live performances.

Education and Resource Center. Makes education, job placement, and health resources available to the public; a partnership of Southern Oregon State College, Rogue Community College, Employment Division, The Job Council, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Oregon State University, and Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries.

Multimedia Music Technology Workshop. Sponsored in cooperation with the Britt Music and Arts Festival.

Public Radio and Television Access. Provided by Jefferson Public Radio and Rogue Valley Community Television.

Senior Programs. Programs include: Brown Bag Lecture Series, Elderhostel Programs, Senior Ventures Network and Southern Oregon Learning in Retirement.

Southern Oregon Regional Services Institute. Serving seven southwestern counties, SORSI maintains a regional database that includes census materials and social and economic profiles for communities in the region.

Workforce Information Network. Partnership with Jackson/Josephine Workforce Quality Committee; provides information about training programs to employers and employees.

Youth Programs. Various youth programs are provided throughout the year through summer camps, weekend offerings, and enrichment experiences during the school year. Programs include: Saturday Academy, Carnival of Science, Carnival of Careers, Native American Academy, Model U.N., National Youth Sports Programs (NYSP), and summer sports camps.

Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon (YSSO). Conductors, concert hall facilities, and music library are provided to the YSSO, which includes high school students from Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties. College students work in collaboration with the high school students.

Eastern Oregon State College

Community Development Program. Responds to requests for assistance with community development projects coming from local and state government, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals within the 10 counties of eastern Oregon.

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation Regional Center. An Eastern regional center on the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, providing outreach assistance with educational, economic development, and community development needs.

Eastern Oregon Cooperative Colleges Center. Coordinates and integrates the educational and economic development activities of Eastern Oregon State College, Blue Mountain Community College, and Treasure Valley Community College.

Eastern Region TAG Advisory Council. Provides professional development opportunities for region educators and parents in meeting the needs of TAG students.

Grande Ronde Symphony. Provides musical performances and performance opportunities in the Grande Ronde Valley.

Head Start. Eastern is the provider of the federally funded Head Start program services for the eastern region.

Mine Safety and Health Training Program. Provides statewide specialized education and training services to Oregon's mining industry by providing mine safety education onsite or at mutually convenient locations and also serves as a liaison between the Oregon mining industry and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Native American Teacher Education Program. A cooperative undertaking with the Jefferson County School District in Madras and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation providing a program tailored to Native Americans who wish to become teachers.

Oregon Reference Link Program. Provides library reference assistance to 197 school, public, and academic libraries in the 10-county region of eastern Oregon.

Oregon Writing Project. For teachers in all subject areas and at all grade levels (K-16), develops effectiveness in teaching writing and in using writing to learn.

Partnerships. Through partnerships and the provision of support services, Eastern enables a number of other entities to carry out their missions of public service. Those providing public services in partnership with Eastern and doing so from the La Grande campus of Eastern include: the Regional Arts Council; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; The Fish Virus Lab; Rodeo Net, providing regional mental health and telemedicine services; the Rural Frontier Delivery Program of OHSU; and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center.

PEERs. Provides teachers with knowledge and techniques to build effective science and ecosystem education curricula tailored to their local communities.

Regional Service Centers. Eastern maintains regional outreach centers with staff, ED-NET facilities, and modem access to computer networks for the communities of Pendleton, Baker City, Ontario, La Grande, Enterprise, John Day, and Burns. In addition, there is a regional center on the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, and staff assigned to and located to serve Gilliam, Morrow, and Wheeler counties.

Rural Oregon Diversification Program. Works closely with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and rural communities to create a positive climate for private sector investment.

Summer Agricultural Institute. A cooperative program between region agricultural interests and Eastern to provide educator preparation and information on the economic importance of regional agricultural resources.

Summer and School-Year Youth Art Program. Provides an after-school and summer art program for primary and elementary school students.

Summer Science Camp. Provides a residential science education experience for elementary through middle school students.

Summer Sports Camps and Clinics. Provides opportunities for boys and girls to participate in athletic camps led by Eastern coaching staff.

Summer Youth Theatre. Provides a two-week theatre experience for elementary school students.

Oregon Institute of Technology

Dental Clinic. Provides dental hygiene services by dental hygiene students to outpatients from the community.

Geographic Information Systems Center. Provides networking for GIS users (federal, state, and local agencies) and coordinates projects.

Geo-Heat Utilization Center. Encourages national and international exchange of ideas and applications for direct heat uses of geothermal energy.

Revised: October 1996

Contact/Comments: IR@sch.osshe.edu

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