Leaders welcome the UO community to a new academic year


Acting President Patrick Phillips greeted the University of Oregon community at the start of the fall term with a video, capping a series of welcome messages from university leaders that offered hope, optimism and enthusiasm for the new academic year.

“We once again have this wonderful opportunity to start afresh, to mentor and guide our students, to discover and create, and to continue to reinvent what it means to engage for the greater good as a public university,” Phillips said in a new video greeting.

Janet Woodruff-Borden, acting vice president, called on the campus community to work together to create an inclusive college experience in classrooms, labs and studios.

“Furthermore, I want to ask for your support to continue to create a welcoming, supportive and positive environment for our students and colleagues,” Woodruff-Borden said while sharing reminders and advice for academic staff.

In a message from Director of Human Resources Mark Schmelz, the Office of Human Resources provided a variety of employee resources to remember throughout the year.

“Employees are essential to the foundation of this institution, and their commitment and experience are important to our success,” Schmelz said. “I encourage everyone to seize every opportunity to make this the best year yet. Get involved, set goals, seek professional growth and opportunities, and use the resources available to make the most of your employee experience at the UO.

Phillips summed up the start of a new academic year by asking everyone to remember the OU’s mission in their day-to-day work and commit to improving the human condition through the university’s impact on people. communities in the state of Oregon. .

“Let’s enjoy being together,” he said. “Because we are better together.”


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