The following message was emailed to Knight Campus staff, faculty, affiliates and students.
I’m sure the most recent incidents proving that racism continues to exist and tear at the fabric of our society are weighing on all of your minds as much as mine. Like you, I’m feeling anger, sadness, worry for friends, particularly those of color, and many other things but mostly I’m feeling a deep sense of frustration and my thoughts focus on what can I do or we do together to make a difference?
I had a field pass to this year’s Civil War game at Autzen Stadium. Since coming to the UO in 2018, I’ve attended a lot of Duck games. But this was the first time I’d felt the hard-hitting rivalry with Oregon State University up-close and personal.
The experience was particularly meaningful given that just days earlier, along with our Beaver colleagues and with those from OHSU, we hosted the inaugural Oregon Bioengineering Symposium in Corvallis. Together, we’re redefining our intra-state relationships.
Since the inception of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, UO leaders have talked about how the bridge over Franklin Boulevard creates a physical manifestation of intellectual connections between the Knight Campus and the broader expertise at the UO.
Never before have those connections been more visible, both in construction of the actual bridge and in the research and academic bonds developing rapidly amongst researchers around the UO and the state.
Earlier this month, members of the Board of Trustees walked through the Knight Campus job site, where crews are starting work on the second floor.
My wife, Tina, and I arrived on campus just in time to embrace the beautiful late summer in Oregon. Our time here has been nothing but a pleasure. We’ve been welcomed with open arms in most every interaction we’ve had.
To join the University of Oregon now, when the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is moving full steam ahead through its formative stages, is, in a word, exhilarating.
As I write, crews are preparing the building site for the Phil and Penny Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. While the signs of construction may be the most outwardly obvious signs of progress, we’re making strides in a number of other areas.
It is hard to believe that it has been nearly a year since we launched the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. With the hard work of many on campus, I am pleased to say that visions — both of the campus and its programming — are rapidly turning into realities.
We have had an engaging three months with bi-monthly, multiple day marathon sessions with our terrific architecture and design team and the faculty-led building user group. Through this process, we have brought together a tremendous variety of UO stakeholders, usually organized into focus groups geared toward issues ranging from sustainable building practices, loading docks and alternative transportation needs to core research facilities and innovation spaces. We have just completed our conceptual design phase, which means we have a good idea of how the building will fit on our available site, as well as general agreement on the activities that will be able to be accommodated within these research-intensive buildings.
The exhilaration of announcing the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact will not soon fade. As many said at the time, it marks a historic and transformative leap for the University of Oregon. Now that we’ve announced the gift, the hard work of turning an idea into reality is just beginning.
Welcome to the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, we are embarking on what promises to be one of the most exciting things to happen to the University of Oregon since its founding. The Knight Campus builds on a 60-year history of collaboration and interdisciplinary research at the UO by bringing entirely new kinds of scientists to campus to help spur innovation and provide unique research, training, and educational opportunities for our students.