What I am Thankful For

In my short time at the University of Oregon, I have found a lot to be thankful for! I thought, in this season of Thanksgiving, that I would share few with you.

Our faculty are passionate about teaching and their research.  I recently had the chance to meet Beth Stormshak, the director of the Prevention Science Institute and professor of counseling. Ms. Stormshak is the cluster coordinator in the area of health promotion and obesity prevention. I am thankful for the work her team is doing to address the childhood obesity problem in the United States, and how they are able, thanks to the University of Oregon, to be leaders in this area. Read more about the work of Ms. Stormshak’s team here. This is just one of 10 clusters of excellence at the UO. Click here to read about all 10 clusters.

I am thankful that the work of faculty members like Beth Stormshak inspires philanthropy, and that we have generous alumni to fund this important work. I grateful for the historic gift given by Connie ’84 and Steve Ballmer to fund this cluster of excellence and endow several Pathway Oregon scholarships. This gift is just one of many examples of the generosity that UO alumni continue to display, helping us move toward our campaign goal of $2 billion. Generosity is a key characteristic of Ducks, and I am thankful for that!

Our student-athletes are quality leaders and good role models. In a day and age when the flaws and missteps of our student-athletes are the fodder for media scrutiny (some deservedly so), I am thankful for how student-athletes such as Liz Brenner, Marcus Mariota, and Edward Cheserek represent the University of Oregon in their words, actions, and character.

Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for our 190,000 alumni and the support of the 25,000 members of the University of Oregon Alumni Association. Your support helps the UOAA offer student scholarships, connect alumni to the UO in meaningful ways, provide career assistance through the Duck Career Network, and impact higher education in Oregon through advocacy efforts. Membership in the UOAA makes the University of Oregon stronger. If you are a member, thank you for your support.  If you are not, I hope that you join me and 25,000 other Ducks today at http://www.uoalumni.com/join and help us keep Oregon Mighty!

Let me know what you are most thankful for when you think of the University of Oregon by clicking here and sharing your thoughts in the University of Oregon LinkedIn group.

Wishing you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!

Go Ducks, beat the Beavs!

For Oregon,

Paul J. Clifford
@pjc4Oregon