Bowermans' gift pumps up UO's environmental law center
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The family of UO track legend Bill Bowerman (left, with the equally legendary Steve Prefontaine) gave UO's environmental law center $1 million.
A gift from the man who essentially made Nike Inc. possible to the University of Oregon will substantially fortify the school’s environmental law center.
The family of Bill Bowerman gave $1 million to the school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. The award will allow the number of fellowships for the program, a part of the school’s law school which is commonly called Oregon Law, to double.
“The University of Oregon’s law school is an undisputed leader in the rapidly changing field of environmental law, and we are grateful for the Bowerman family’s recognition and generous support of this critically important area of scholarship,” said UO President Michael Gottfredson, in a release. “Their extraordinary generosity benefits not only our students, but our state and society.”
Speaking on behalf of the Bowerman family, Tom Bowerman, a 1969 UO architecture graduate, said the center attracts “brilliant students and we hope to tap their talent, energy and enthusiasm for important policy research that provides a real value to our world.”
Bill Bowerman created the template for Nike’s shoes when he coached track at the school in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Bowermans’ gift also allows for:
- The expansion of the environmental law school interdisciplinary projects through the support of two research associate positions. Research associates are responsible for supporting student research and conducting independent research.
- Funding for Oregon Law graduates pursuing environmental and natural resources law public interest positions. The support could provide more students with opportunities to pursue public interest environmental and natural resources law as a career.
- Funding of summer stipends that will allow students to pursue work in environmental and natural resources public service organizations, such as government agencies, nonprofits and Native American Tribes that might otherwise be unpaid.
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