Top AroundtheO stories of 2013

photo by Christopher Prentiss Michel

More than 1,000 stories were posted to AroundtheO over the past year, and those stories drew a total of nearly 745,000 pageviews.

The following are the top 10 most-read stories of the year.

1) Dalai Lama coming to UO (10,616 pageviews)

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will deliver a lecture at the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena on Friday, May 10 (2013). (Another seven Dalai Lama stories were among the 25 most-read this year, and combined for 38,239 pageviews; those stories are not individually included in this list.)

2) 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report Graduate School rankings include top UO programs (5,637 pageviews)

The latest edition of the U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools was announced today and includes several University of Oregon programs from the School of Law, College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.

3) ESPN’s College GameDay returns to the Memorial Quad (4,779 pageviews)

The University of Oregon will host ESPN's "College GameDay" for the fifth-straight year when the on-campus pregame show comes to Eugene this week for No. 2 Oregon's showdown with No. 12 UCLA on Saturday.

4) UO mourns loss of IT expert Leué (3,787 pageviews)

The University of Oregon is grieving the loss of a woman of tireless energy and enthusiasm with the unexpected death June 18 of Cathleen Leué, director of information technology for the College of Arts and Sciences. She was 56.

5) Resetting your default homepage to AroundtheO: here's how (3,291 pageviews)

In the interest of better internal communications – and quick access to AroundtheO, the UO's primary internal communications vehicle – the university's Office of Strategic Communications has been urging readers to make the news and information portal their default home page.

6) Tiny house provides big livability lessons (2,499 pageviews)

What do literature and architecture have in common? April Anson’s “tiny house.” Anson, a graduate teaching fellow in English, has built – and lives in – a house about the size of a shed. It’s 114 square feet, sitting comfortably on a 16-foot trailer in west Eugene.

7) Southern California fifth-graders: "Call Me a Duck" (1,860 pageviews)

All they want for Christmas is … for you to "Call Me a Duck." Teacher Connor Berry's fifth-grade class at Oxford Preparatory Academy in Chino, Calif., adopted the University of Oregon this year, when each class at the school chose a university to represent. Berry's students took their effort over the top – and "Won the Day," in UO parlance – when they lip-synced "Call Me a Duck," the 2010 breakout single by UO a capella group "On the Rocks."

8) Memorial planned for UO’s David Lee Baker (1,858 pageviews)

All members of the University of Oregon community are welcome at a memorial for David Baker at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in Knight Library, Room 101. Baker, who served as an instructional technology consultant at the UO Libraries, died April 29 at age 35.

9) College of Ed offers free couples’ counseling for Valentine’s Day (1,760 pageviews)

Couples seeking a Valentine's Day check-up for their relationships can sign up for sessions with graduate student therapists at the University of Oregon.

10) UO faculty/staff: "mandatory reporters" of child abuse and sexual harassment (1,555 pageviews)

Legislation that becomes effective Jan. 1 (2013) will make all faculty and staff at Oregon universities "mandatory reporters" of child abuse or neglect. By law, mandatory reporters must report suspected abuse or neglect of a child regardless of whether or not the knowledge of the abuse was gained in the reporter’s official capacity.

- compiled by Joe Mosley, UO Office of Strategic Communications