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BEND, OR -- OSU-Cascades is looking for people interested in helping the new four-year university be a good neighbor. A new Community Integration Advisory Group will look at creating connections between the campus on the west side of Bend, and surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Kelly Sparks, with OSU Cascades, says the school also plans to implement changes within the student body to encourage a positive community interactions. "OSU Cascades is also working on a first year experience program. We’re starting to think about ‘how do you transition students from living on campus’ – which is their first away-from home living experience, which is an important step. But, the next step is how do they live off campus? How do they integrate into the community in a healthy and productive way. And we take that very seriously," Sparks tells KBND News. 
 
She says community cooperation is not just the job of administrators. "Our student code of conduct applies to students whether they live on campus or adjacent to campus; and we take that responsibility very seriously, in enforcing that and working with our students."
 
Applications for the new Community Integration Advisory Group will be accepted through Thursday, November 12 and meetings will continue into January as part of the long range planning process for OSU-Cascades. Click HERE for the online application. 

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