WEBVTT 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:06.000 Music 00:00:06.000 --> 00:00:13.000 Welcome to the first technical and regional university day here at the state capitol of Oregon. 00:00:13.000 --> 00:00:28.000 I'm privileged to be here with my colleagues. And today I'd like to introduce the honorable president of the Oregon Senate, the distinguished Peter Courtney. 00:00:28.000 --> 00:00:41.000 Before I invite him to make a few remarks, I do want to present him with a small gift of appreciation for his grand service at Western Oregon University. 00:00:41.000 --> 00:00:55.000 Ah, it's the vintage. We have a new logo today, so this is a vintage logo that's no longer sold and it's worth a lot of money. (laughter) 00:00:55.000 --> 00:00:67.000 And it has a pin on it. The pin says 755. So Peter, thank you for being here. (clapping) 00:01:08.000 --> 00:01:18.000 There's been many interations of the wolf. Western Oregon University are the wolves. He says there's a new wolf. I don't know how that's got by me, Mr. President. 00:01:18.000 --> 00:01:22.000 I'm curious to see the new wolf. I think there's been about 10 different wolves. 00:01:22.000 --> 00:01:28.000 Did you know that's another issue that's very volatile in the state? Wolves. Did you I know that? 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:36.000 Check with Doris. Haha, do I know that. Cougars and wolves we got a little problem in the state depending on your political persuasion. 00:01:36.000 --> 00:01:45.000 I love wolves. They're a magnificent animal. Ah, but that is the mascot. So with that I will welcome you to your state capitol. 00:01:45.000 --> 00:01:52.000 on the first ever TruDay. I hope you have a great day and I'll take now any questions, comments or criticisms you have at least for the moment. 00:01:52.000 --> 00:01:67.000 What do you think we can do, if it's important, really to increase the outcomes here in Oregon for our students? 00:02:07.000 --> 00:02:12.000 We did have an economic forecast last week and we'll see how this all plays out. 00:02:12.000 --> 00:02:16.000 I don't think we'll get to 755. I just have to be the bad person to tell you that. 00:02:16.000 --> 00:02:18.000 But I understand that that's what you want. 00:02:18.000 --> 00:02:33.000 With that, the word TRU I believe that is what they now say the Eastern Oregon, OIT, Southern Oregon, Western are called the TRU schools. 00:02:33.000 --> 00:02:36.000 I don't know where that came from. I'm fascinated by that. 00:02:36.000 --> 00:02:40.000 Cuz you probably don't it, it wasn't said. I have some connection with the school called Western Oregon University. 00:02:40.000 --> 00:02:45.000 But the word TRU is one that's just recently come about. I understand why the word is TRU. 00:02:45.000 --> 00:02:50.000 Although, I think later on today I'm supposed to meet with also the big three. If I'm not mistaken. 00:02:50.000 --> 00:02:56.000 I think that meeting is coming. So I got the TRU schools and the big three. I call 'em the big three. 00:02:56.000 --> 00:02:64.000 So that will be a very interesting meeting. I'm going to meet I think with all the president's of the public and chair of their boards. 00:03:04.000 --> 00:03:06.000 You know what the boards are. There may be some boards here. 00:03:06.000 --> 00:03:13.000 But until you have those kinds of reforms, a kicker reform, a totally new source of funding dedicated to K-12, we're going to continue 00:03:13.000 --> 00:03:22.000 this terrible resource struggle where you go to tuition or we don't have the kinds of programs we need in higher education to do whatever we need to do. 00:03:22.000 --> 00:03:25.000 music