September 17, 2010

Update: Cal Caucus 2010

The California Caucus of College & University Ombuds has updated information for its 37th meeting on November 7-10, 2010.  Full post.

August 24, 2010

Job Posting: University of California Berkeley

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Four Californians Join Ranks of Certified Ombuds

Less than a year after it was implemented, the certification program for Organizational Ombuds has certified 45 individuals. The latest additions include the following Califonia Ombuds:

  • George Michael Kilpatrick, Bridgepoint Education, San Diego
  • David Rasch, Stanford University, Palo Alto
  • Indumati Sen, University of California, Riverside
  • David Talbot, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Los Angeles

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July 6, 2010

California Caucus Returns After Year Hiatus

After missing its first year in nearly four decades, the California Caucus of Colleges and University Ombuds returns to Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, November 7-12, 2010. The conference has been a fixture for West Coast Ombuds since 1973, but did not occur in 2009 due to declining attendance. Organizers and stakeholders have spent the past year strategizing about return of the event, which is uniquely different than other Ombuds conferences.
This year, workshops, presentations, case studies, and panels of Ombuds will focus on the theme of “The Ecology of Ombudsing – Building Sustainable Value." Confirmed workshop presenters include Lisa Neale and Mary Chavez Rudolph (University of Colorado, Denver), Martine Conway (University of Victoria) and Kerry Egdorf (Marquette University). Volunteers and case studies are being solicited. Click flyer for details.

April 18, 2010

ICANN Will Host Spring 2010 Ombuds Meeting

Frank Fowlie, the ICANN Ombuds, will host the next caucus of Southern California Ombuds on May 19, 2010, in Marina Del Rey.  The theme for the event is “Navigating Challenging Times -- Professional Strategies for Staying Afloat in the Tumultuous Economic Environment Affecting Our Organizations And Our Visitors.” The meeting will last from 8:30 am. to 2:30 pm and includes coffee, lunch and a guest speaker. RSVP to Fowlie by May 17.

January 5, 2010

The Ombuds Decade in Review

1. UCOA and TOA Merge

2. Canadian Ombuds Flourish

3. The Lawyers Weigh In

4. Federal Ombuds Get Organized

5. Leading Organizations Create Programs

6. Landmark Offices Close -- On the downside, several institutions shut down their Ombuds offices as the recession deepened in 2008 and 2009. Most notably, the California Institute of Technology closed the office that gave rise to one of the most significant court decisions for the profession.

8. Concept Expands Beyond the US

9. California Caucus Struggles -- The California Caucus of College and University Ombudsmen, the oldest organization of Ombuds and first publisher of a dedicated journal, has seen declining attendance at its annual meeting. As the decade closed, CCCUO was seeking its niche in a changed landscape.

10. A European Association Emerges

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