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Medal winner noted for service to global community

Ronnie Yimsut graduated from the University of Oregon after surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

Killing Fields survivor and human rights activist Ranachith (Ronnie) Yimsut will be awarded the 2012 Ellis F. Lawrence Medal at the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts commencement, 3 p.m. Monday, June 18, in Eugene. The medal is presented each spring and is the school’s highest alumni honor.

Landscape architecture alumnae on year-long journey

Cross-cultural travels fuel desires to better the world through landscape architecture.

In January 2012, UO landscape architecture alumnae Bethany (Buck) Rydmark quit her job to travel the world for a year with her husband, applying their skills as landscape architect and social worker to help those they meet along the way. From finding land management solutions in Bolivia to exploring spaces in Argentina, five months of exploration has already shown Rydmark many cross-cultural applications for landscape architecture.

Guggenheim fellow, UO alumnus photographs issues behind U.S.-Mexico border

“Working the Line” series an ongoing body of work that seeks to dispel assumptions behind border crossings.

UO alumnus (MFA ’94) David J. Taylor, the 2008 recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, is working the line. Specifically, working the U.S.-Mexico borderline. “Working the Line” also happens to be the title of his ongoing photography project that seeks to shed light on the complexities behind the U.S.-Mexico border.

Undergrad seeks to expand social, health care in rehabilitation center

Sonia Nesse’s project panel

Project in Australia would house orphaned refugee children in a community, therapeutic setting

In the search for design that adheres to a specific user-group, a UO interior architecture student is tackling how design addresses social issues. In particular, undergraduate Sonia Nesse’s comprehensive studio project focuses on a new model of temporary housing for children seeking asylum through counseling and design strategies to promote both physical and emotional healing.

Fulbright research will analyze biking, walking patterns

Sant Cugat del Valles, a Barcelona suburb

Linking sustainability to the suburbs allows for cross-cultural analysis of research.

Scholars on Board program to hold 2012 Board Governance Symposium

Symposium celebrates ongoing relationship with program sponsor, nonprofit organizations.

The seventh annual Board Governance Symposium in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management is scheduled for May 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the University’s Ford Alumni Center. The event honors the “Scholars on Board” program in conjunction with the program sponsor, Pacific Continental Bank, which awards a $500 stipend to each student participant.

Five UO alumni architects elevated to AIA College of Fellows

American Institute of Architects logo

They’ll be officially invested during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The American Institute of Architects has announced the elevation of five architects and UO alumni to the AIA College of Fellows for 2012. They include Scott Kelsey, Jonathan Marvel, Lorne McConachie, David Tomber, and Scott Wolf.

From washing pots in Carson Hall to winning filmmaking awards

Daniel Wu meets with students, while the Duck observes

“I didn’t plan to be an actor, it just happened to me, but I’m lucky that I had those foundations” from his architecture training at UO, says the A&AA grad turned movie actor-producer.

Watch videos about Daniel Wu's visit to the UO!

     Daniel Wu Q&A at 2012 Cinema Pacific

Online teaching presentation May 15 at noon

PSU professor Anne McClanan will share her experiences teaching art history online at the free presentation; lunch will be provided.

McClananUO faculty, staff and students are invited to a presentation Tuesday, May 15, from 12-1 p.m. in Room 100, Lawrence Hall, for a lunchtime talk about teaching art (and especially art history) online. Lunch will be provided.

Chicago architect to give keynote at McMath symposium

Sullivan Center in Chicago

Gunny Harboe is recognized globally for his work on landmark structures

Award-winning preservation architect Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will be keynote speaker at the inaugural George McMath Symposium on Wednesday, May 30, from 10-11:15 a.m. at the University in Oregon in Portland White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St. Ticket prices start at $10 (students can attend for free) and are available at, with reservations accepted through May 16.

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