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2006 Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Senator

JOANNE SORTE (at OSU since 1986), Senior Instructor, Human Development & Family Sciences, College of Health & Human Sciences; Director, OSU Child Development Center Laboratory (1990-present).

FACULTY SENATE SERVICE: Baccalaureate Core Committee, 2002-05 (Chair, 2004-05); and Health & Human Sciences Senator, 2001-04.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES SERVICE: Risk and Resilience Series Committee, 2004-06; Early Childhood, Teacher Certification Program Planning Committee, 2004-06, 1996-99; and Scholarship and Fellowship Committee, 1997-01 (Chair, 1998-00).

UNIVERSITY SERVICE: OSU Child Care Committee, 2000-06; New School of Education, Double Degree Planning Committee, 2002-03, 2005; and OSU appointed representative to Benton County Commission on Children & Families, 1999-06. Invited Service Representing OSU: Oregon Department of Education & Oregon Child Care Division, Early Childhood Foundations Committee, 2003-04, Early Childhood Assessment Committee, 2003-06; and Governor's Office, Oregon Strategy's: An Early Childhood System of Supports, Fiscal Committee, 1999-00.

Candidate Statement: I am enthusiastic about the future of Oregon State University and the contribution of our programs to the people of this state. I will represent the faculty of OSU by building a visible collaboration among the IFS representatives statewide and by participating in strong advocacy for the resources we need to achieve OSU's land grant mission. I have a breadth of experience that provides me with the leadership skills and insight to represent and speak strongly on behalf of the faculty of Oregon State University.

What critical issues for faculty at a state-wide level will be best addressed through IFS and how can you help move those issues forward?

The 2007 legislative session is approaching quickly. The IFS will play an important role in developing and advocating for the Oregon University System's priorities. Through our unified voices the IFS will emphasize the contributions and needs of the state universities as a whole while still describing the unique aspects of individual institutions. One area where IFS can be particularly effective is in leading an even stronger statewide invitation to the diverse spectrum of Oregon's academically eligible students, encouraging them to attain the Baccalaureate degree and beyond. This commitment has profound implication to the health and well-being of our state as we benefit from the energy and creativity of a diverse study body and graduates. Active participation in these measures by IFS sends the message that the universities are "of, by, and for" all the people of Oregon. Funding and admissions issues can be contentious. I have in the past and can in the future bring people with different perspectives together around a workable vision and plan of action. I will work actively on behalf of OSU for a vision that places a strong emphasis on adequate funding for the higher education institutions and accessibility for all eligible students.