Year in review: A look back at Workplace stories from 2018

Award winners

In 2018, University of Oregon employees welcomed new deans to campus, celebrated colleagues receiving awards and recognition, learned about changes to academic programs and campus services, and met a four-legged crimefighter.

As we flip the final calendar page on 2018, Around the O is looking back on some of the best and most-read workplace and campus stories of the year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, you can read all these top stories below.

Also, don’t miss the Best of 2018 that captures some of the top stories about academic research, fundraising, arts and culture, prominent alumni, and campus construction.

Awards and recognition

Provost announces recipients of Faculty Excellence Awards
HR announces this year’s Outstanding Employee Award winners

Six faculty members honored with prestigious teaching awards
The 2018 Faculty Research Awards recognize 20 scholars
University grants promotions and tenure to faculty members
Years of service celebrations honor dedicated UO employees
UO retirees to be celebrated at a campus reception June 13


Robert Guldberg joins UO and Knight Campus breaks ground
President and provost announce funding for strategic initiatives
Accomplished choreographer selected as next dean for SOMD
Johns Hopkins professor named Clark Honors College dean
Provost taps Bruce Blonigen to serve as interim CAS dean
President speaks out against hate in wake of shootings
New vice provost heralds a change to online education at UO
UO reaffirms commitment to inclusion of all genders and identities


Provost unveils outlines of the 2019-20 institutional hiring plan
Campus Planning Committee assesses classroom building sites

A graphic novel is selected for 2018-19 UO Common Reading
UO leaders appoint task force to analyze structure of CAS
New approach to Clark Honors College shared with faculty
Senate, provost plan changes to the teaching evaluation process
Provost announces changes to Undergraduate Studies
UO and community members show up for Showcase Oregon

Human resources

Faculty salary study focused on pay equity is underway
UO faculty members to receive salary increases on Jan. 1
UO launches a new approach to dual-career support
Temporary amendment made to romantic relationships policy
University announces salary increases for officers of administration
Procurement card and travel management to go digital

Health and safety

UO Police Department puts a friendly, furry face on the beat
UO Campus Shuttle adds two routes to meet demand
UO reaffirms commitment to inclusion of all genders and identities
UO confronts bias issues after graffiti found on campus

Campus management and IT

Zero Waste Program changes campus recycling rules
Sweet news: The UO becomes the newest Bee Campus USA

Transform IT progress is reviewed at town hall meeting
GameDay returns to the UO's Memorial Quad this Saturday