Advocate for a World View
September 16, 2016
Judy Fosdick Oliphant loved to travel, and she delighted in helping University of Oregon students broaden their horizons by studying abroad.
Since 2010, the 57 Oliphant Scholars—undergraduates majoring in international studies—have spent at least one term abroad becoming fluent in languages ranging from Arabic to Wolof. They’ve also gained meaningful experience doing things like serving as a teacher’s aide in one of Mexico’s few programs for children with Down syndrome, working in grassroots humanitarian organizations, and doing original field research.
Oliphant, BA ’62 Phi Beta Kappa, majored in foreign languages. She died September 7, 2016—the day of her 53rd wedding anniversary—in Lafayette, California, at the age of 76.
“Judy made a difference not only in the lives of our students, but in building peace around the world, one step at a time,” said Anita Weiss, an international studies professor who corresponded regularly with Judy, sharing details about how her department’s majors were using their scholarships. “I know our students and their endeavors had become an important part of her life,” she said.
Shortly after her cancer diagnosis three years ago, Judy flew around the world with her sister, Patti—a fitting bucket list item for an adventurous woman who had already traveled to more than 100 countries.
“She fought the best fight, traveling up until last fall,” said Linda Gaylord West, BA ‘62, who roomed with Judy as a freshman and joined her on many trips to Eugene for Oregon games over the years.
When Judy’s husband, Hugh, also a member of the Class of 1962, died unexpectedly in 1994, she endowed a scholarship fund for business students in his honor. Last fall, during what turned out to be her last time watching the Ducks at Autzen, Judy decided to expand her legacy of support with a generous gift to fund the Judy and Hugh Oliphant Endowed Faculty Fund in Sports Business.
“Judy’s passion to help make our program the best in the world was palpable and inspiring,” said Whitney Wagoner, director of the UO’s James H. Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. “She was keenly interested in supporting transformational experiences for our students and her generosity will be impactful for generations to come.”
Judy, who chose to leave Pennsylvania to study at Oregon, shared a room in Susan Campbell Hall with Linda and two other women their first year. She was president of Delta Gamma and tapped for three UO academic honorary societies: Kwama, Phi Theta Upsilon, and Mortar Board.
Although Judy and Hugh were active in many campus activities, their paths didn’t cross until shortly after graduation when both worked in San Francisco. They clicked immediately, and after they married in 1963, Judy devoted herself to community service, working nearly full time to build up the Assistance League’s local thrift store.
Hugh, a Phi Kappa Psi and member of the Skull and Dagger academic honorary, went on to become Simpson Strong-Tie’s “sales champion” according to the company’s website. He was their international sales manager when he died at age 56, and Simpson Strong-Tie has since established a host of employee awards bearing his name.
Their son, Kevin Oliphant of Brentwood, California, his children Caden, Michael, and April, and Judy’s sister and brother, Patti Fosdick Thinger and Roger Fosdick, survive Judy and Hugh. Family and friends are planning a service in mid-to-late October.
Happy Fall term, Pre-International Studies students! The INTL major now requires all students to take one required INTL-prefix course on their geographic focus as part of their Block C. The Block C regions and the corresponding required courses are listed below-
|Geographic Region Options||Required Course|
|Africa||INTL 345 Africa Today, or INTL 445 Development & Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa|
|East & Southeast Asia||INTL 444 Development & Social Change in SE Asia|
|Southeast Asia & Pacific Islands||INTL 444 Development & Social Change in SE Asia|
|South Asia||INTL 442 Development & Social Change in South Asia|
|Middle East||INTL 323 Islam & Global Forces, or INTL 423 Development in the Muslim World|
|Latin America & Caribbean||INTL 446 Development & Social Change in Latin America|
|Europe||INTL 407 Development & Social Change in Europe|
This Fall Term 2016, INTL is offering the following INTL prefix courses that are required for the regions of East & Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa. If you are focusing on these regions, we encourage you to sign up for the required course so that you may fulfill this requirement!
INTL 345 Africa Today:Iss/Conc 4.0 cr CRN 13068 TuTh 1000-1150
INTL 442 S Asia: Dev & Soc Chng 4.0 cr CRN 16535 TuTh 1600-1720
INTL 444 Dev/Soc Ch SE Asia 4.0 cr CRN 16531 TuTh 1600-1720
An article written by International Studies instructor Will Johnson, along with Prof. Peter Laufer (SOJC), has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Read the article below!
World Politics Review
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
International Studies Professor Anita Weiss was interviewed for a WPR article as part of an ongoing series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe.
Grad alum Aditi Sinha (left) with undergrad alum Andrea Welsh (right) connected India, where both happened to be in Delhi over the summer. The ladies shared a wonderful meal with food from the state of Rajasthan and had so much fun chatting on all things development, women’s empowerment, Eugene and Delhi.
INTL Professor Galen Martin was a featured speaker at the Oxfam Banquet, held in conjunction with UO’s Earth Week programming. Check out the article below!
Recording of Vijay Prashad’s talk: http://media.uoregon.edu/channel/archives/10978
Congratulations to International Studies master’s student, Joze Moreno Pelayo, who has won the University of Oregon Public Impact Fellowship, a $6000 award with the opportunity for Joze to promote his research in both the University and broader communities. This award supports excellent research and aims to heighten public awareness about the value of graduate research, particularly research that speaks to critical issues facing society.
Joze is originally from Venezuela. He plans to study the most pressing challenges that Syrian refugees are facing in the contextual complexity of Lebanon ( which defies many standards of crisis response), and what modus operandi are being applied to adapt to this new social order. Joze tell us, “I will give prominence not only to the refugees, but also to the Lebanese citizens who are already overwhelmed by this protracted social crisis. I will try to make suggestions and contribute to possible cohesive solutions that benefit all the parties involved. I expect my research to serve the interests of policymakers, and also my project aims to encourage cultural engagement from the UO’s student body to this matter in order to raise awareness of the issue and promote the creation of disruptive initiatives that might improve the lives of Syrian refugees.” Congratulations again to Joze Moreno Pelayo!