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University of Oregon opens the gates to learning with UO Ford Alumni Center

Gateway to Learning

The University of Oregon is opening its door to new students and old with the state of the art Ford Alumni Center. This new center is intended to welcome all visitors, to encourage new students to attend the innovative school and to bring alumni back to their old waddling ground.

The building is modern, boasting a 2,000 square foot interpretive center. It uses large touch screens to inform visitors about the history of the school and its modern offerings. 14-foot-high touch screen panels around the interpretive center tell stories through words, video and picture. These panels also show a three-dimensional map of the school. The alumni table allows visitors to search by name or activity through its database of 210,000 alumni and messages can be sent to other alumni. On a separate wall visitors can see what is happening around parts of campus. The whole system is intended to grow and change as the school evolves. The Ford Alumni Center encourages people to get involved and to interact before they even enter the campus.

University of Oregon makes me proud

As a current student at the University of Oregon this center makes me proud, not necessarily because of its innovative system or contemporary architecture but because it is made from sustainable materials and was built using green building practices. The center was designed for energy efficiency and low environmental impact. It is anticipated to get a gold certificate from the US Green Building council. U of O is making a concerted effort to make all of their new buildings and remodels green certified.

University of Oregon has people quacking

U of O is known for being a leader in sports but it is more than that; it is a leader in sustainability and green building, in innovation, design and architecture. The school is advancing and encouraging both new and old students to join and contribute to its metamorphosis.  U of O is progressive and experimental and in turn is receiving positive attention; this school certainly has people quacking.

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This guest post was written by Elizabeth Azevedo. Azevedo is currently a journalism student at the University of Oregon

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