Marylhurst University to close

Residents of the Glenmorrie Neighborhood should know that a longtime neighbor is closing up shop.

Last week, Marylhurst University announced that it would cease operations by the end of 2018 after nearly 125 years.


Photo by EncMstr

The Lake Oswego Review wrote a story about the closure, and the university published a release and statement on its website. The text of that statement is below:

“After months of extensive analysis and thoughtful deliberation, the Marylhurst University Board of Trustees has voted that the University will stop all operations by the end of 2018. The 50-acre property will be returned to the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, who will make future plans for the property in alignment with their mission and values.

The Sisters of the Holy Names created Marylhurst nearly 125 years ago with a mission to provide a Catholic, post-secondary liberal arts education to students of all faiths, and with an emphasis on educating ethical leaders of competence, conscience and compassion who will work to create a more just, humane and sustainable world. We know today that Marylhurst has fulfilled this mission.

While this was a painful and challenging decision, we believe it was the right one. The Board’s vote was the result of a long and careful decision-making process – a process that put students, faculty and staff first, and which occurred before the University faced far greater risks.

Like many small, private, liberal arts colleges and universities, we have seen a steady decline in enrollment since the end of the Great Recession. The Board and University leadership reviewed numerous reorganization scenarios and strategies to create alternate forms of revenue; you can read more about these in the Board’s resolution to close. Despite these efforts, we were unable to see a viable financial path that would have enabled us to sustain the high level of academic programming for which we have always strived and that would not cause harm to our students, faculty and staff.

Unlike other university closures, which have frequently followed a loss of accreditation, mounting debt, recalled loans or bad audits, we are fortunate to have monitored our situation closely so we could make this decision before encountering any of those problems. Making the decision at the end of the regular academic year also allows time for us to work with students to consider their options and transfer to other programs next fall or winter, or to graduate as early as this summer.

While this decision is difficult for all of us who cherish this great University and embrace its mission, it is made with a sense of quiet resolve that we have chosen the most responsible and respectful path forward.

Our priority over the coming months will be to provide support to our students, faculty and staff as they process this announcement and plan a transition to continue to pursue their educational and professional goals.”


Glenmorrie Cooperative Association holds annual meeting May 22

The annual meeting of the Glenmorrie Cooperative Association will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00pm, at Hallinan Elementary (16800 Hawthorne Dr, Lake Oswego, OR).

The agenda items will include:

● Superintendent’s report for the past year

● Review of the Coop’s financial status

● Election of new member for the Board of Directors

Board of Directors:

2018/19 (Current) James Thomas (Chair): 1856 Glenmorrie Terrace (503‐784‐2675)

Jon Bradley: 17147 Old River Drive (626‐926‐4022)

Sara Hammons: 2088 Lilli Lane (503‐351‐0252)

Ed Hepp: 2031 Lilli Lane (503‐720‐1966)

2018/19 (Incoming Nominee) Doug Bomarito: 16667 Glenwood Court (503‐936‐3725)

2017/18 (Outgoing) Susan Bartz: 3242 Glenmorrie Drive (503‐799‐3584)

If you cannot be present at the meeting, please fill out the below proxy form, which permits someone who will be attending to vote on your behalf. The proxies may be given to any member who will attend the meeting, or may be dropped off at the residence of any board member, or may be mailed to the Coop [PO Box 451, Lake Oswego, OR 97034].

2018 Annual Meeting Proxy (Per Bylaws)

The 2018 Glenmorrie Ivy Pull

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon in mid-April. Must have been the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull.

It was.

IMG_8473The relatively regular annual event, held this year on Sunday, April 15, brought out the heartiest of neighborhood residents, folks who’ve been pulling ivy off trees in weather worse than this — but not by much — for years.

Yet the rain did little to dampen the spirits of those who turned out, some 25 or 30 all told.

We cleaned out the ravine along Glenmorrie Drive, battled the slopes near George Rogers Park and otherwise tended to some of the ivy-choked areas around the neighborhood. Afterward, it was off to Judy Dauble’s home on the river for a hefty and tasty BBQ spread, prepared in large part, as always, by  Freya Ahrens.

In addition to those who lent their ivy-pulling muscle to the effort, a supportive group of neighbors kicked in to make this year’s event a success. Those include Ed Hepp, Jon Bradley, George Koval, Barry Mount and Judy Dauble. Gloria Handy and Judy Dauble were also instrumental in organizing this year’s ivy pull. We all thank everyone for their contributions and support.

The ivy will be back in 2019 — and so will we!


Glenmorrie Ivy Pull Set for April 15

It’s that time of year again — time for the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull.


This year’s neighborhood event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, rain or shine. Neighbors who can lend a hand should meet at the Glennmorrie Lane/Lilli Lane intersection at 2 p.m.

Please come prepared with gloves, pruners, and any other tools that might come in handy.

As always, a neighborhood barbecue will follow immediately after the pulling’s done. The festivities will be at 16795 Old River Road.

Not up for pulling ivy? No worries, just come to the barbecue!

For more information, contact the neighborhood association.



Lake Oswego School District Hosts Bond Project Update Meetings

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City to hold Marylhurst Pump Station open house for Glenmorrie neighbors

The city of Lake Oswego will hold an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, to offer information and take feedback on the Marylhurst Pump Station Replacement Project.

The open house will be held in the Willow Room at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, in Lake Oswego.

From a postcard the city sent out to neighbors:

“Design is currently underway to replace the aging and unreliable Marylhurst Sewage Pump Station, located at the north end of Old River Road near Glenmorrie Drive, alongside the Willamette River pathway. Please join us at an open house on January 10, where the project team will share information and gather your feedback on site landscaping and architectural features for the new electrical control building. Boards will display alternate architectural materials, landscaping and hardscaping features proposed for the project. Input and feedback received at the open house will enable the team to refine the final design before submitting a land-use application. Design and permitting are expected to continue through summer 2018; construction is anticipated to start in fall 2018.

For more information, visit or call 503-635-0273.”

In May, the city attended a meeting of the Glenmorrie Neighborhood Association to explain the project and gather some initial feedback. Team members gave a presentation, the slides from which can be viewed here. They include the following two images: a site concept and also a very preliminary rendering of the location.

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Short-term rentals in Glenmorrie

With short-term home and room rental websites like Airbnb and others gaining popularity in recent years, some residents in the Glenmorrie Neighborhood and across Lake Oswego have grown concerned with the lax enforcement efforts of the city’s existing ban on such rentals. (Rentals of fewer than 30 days are currently prohibited within the city limits.)

For an update on recent happenings on the issue, see below. The first piece is an email from Sarah Selden, a senior planner with the city, after a June 20, 2017, city council session on the topic:

Dear Interested Parties:

The City Council held a study session on June 20, 2017 to further consider whether it wanted to develop regulations that would allow short-term rentals in residential zones. The Council directed staff to maintain the existing regulations, which prohibit short-term rentals in those zones. They also directed staff to develop a plan for active code enforcement of short-term rentals, rather than following the complaint-based approach that is current practice for enforcing code violations. The staff report and video of this Council meeting can be viewed here.

Staff will report on the code enforcement plan at the Council’s July 18 meeting.

This planning project, PP 17-0004, is discontinued. No further work sessions will be held by the Planning Commission.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Sarah Selden | Senior Planner

The second bit of information is a link to a story in the Lake Oswego Review from July 20, 2017, which gave an overview of the city’s proposed plan for enforcing the ban on short-term rentals.

For more information on the issue, residents can contact the Lake Oswego Planning Department.