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PSU Weekend

PSU Weekend is a celebration of life-long learning. The weekend programming is a unique community-wide event sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association that welcomes more than 1,400 friends, students, alumni, and neighbors to campus for an educational and entertaining weekend during the Portland State of Mind festival.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


Seminars are offered free of charge, however we urge you to pre-register by October 8th so seating is available for all. Walk-ups are welcome but seating is limited.


9:00 a.m.: Oregon Health Plan & Medicaid Reform: Understanding the Change
                Lincoln Hall: Room 219 (Recital Hall)

Last year, lawmakers approved changes to the Oregon HealthPlan that resulted in $1.9 billion in federal reform funds an specific waivers from federal Medicaid rules. Public administration professor Neal Wallace will discuss what these changes mean and any risks that accompany them.

9:00 a.m.: Fiscal Fitness: A 50-Minute Checkup on Your Financial Health
                Lincoln Hall: Room 225

How are you and your finances doing? Melody Bell will offer hands on analysis with takeaway templates for assessing your credit score, debt levels, and risk tolerance. Bell is executive director of the nonprofit Financial Beginnings and teaches at PSU.

9:00 a.m.: A Recipe for Athletic Team Success
                Lincoln Hall: Room 221

Chemistry is not just in the labs on campus, it's in the Stott Center. Head women's basketball coach Sherri Murrell will share her success in creating team chemistry, recruiting star athletes both in the classroom and on the court, and keeping her players motivated game after game.

10:00 a.m.: Cover Oregon: The State's New Health Insurance Option Site
                Lincoln Hall: Room 225

As mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act, Oregon is leading the country in helping its citizens compare and enroll in health insurance. Nora Leibowitz, chief policy officer of Cover Oregon, will lead a workshop explaining the new online marketplace.

10:00 a.m.: Getting M.A.D. (Money Anxiety Disorder) About Retirement?
                Lincoln Hall: Room 221

With concerns about social security solvency, long-term market stability, and the elimination of pensions, it is enough to make anyone, let alone those who are close to retirement, MAD! Through discussion and a few calculations, Brenda Eichelberger will reduce your pre-retirement financial anxiety. She is a senior instructor in the PSU Business School.

10:00 a.m.:        CANCELED   Coal Exports in the Pacific NW

Unfortunately, this seminar has been canceled because two of our speakers (representing the same side) were unable to attend. We did not feel it was appropriate to represent just one side of this issue. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to attend another one of our seminars at 10:00 a.m. or join us for our keynote lecture with Bobby Cochran from Willamette Partnership at 11:00 am in Room 75.


11:00 am: Rivers of Life: Linking Clean Water with Healthy Economies and Healthy Communities
Lincoln Hall: Room 75 (Recital Hall)

Bobby Cochran, Executive Director for Willamette Partnership, will discuss how Oregon communities do not need to choose between economic prosperity and a clean environment. Willamette Partnership is helping organizations create economic incentives that could restore wetlands, protect endangered species, and clean our air and rivers. Come hear how.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reservations required for all tours, limited space available

10:00 a.m.:        SOLD OUT!   Vines to Wines Winery Tour and Tasting with Scott Burns


10:30 a.m.:        CANCELED   Rogue Farms Tour & Pumpkin Patch Festival


2:00 p.m.: Cooking Demo: Blooming Spice 

Learn spice blends and how to "bloom" their flavor through gently frying them from Oregon Culinary Institute Chef Bikram Vaidya. Taste the results and enjoy a glass of wine as Vaidya shares his expertise learned from 20 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The demonstration takes place at Oregon Culinary Institute from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $30. Click HERE to register.
Oregon Culinary Institute: 1701 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR, 97201


See the full list of all Portland State of Mind Events.