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Faculty & Student Achievements, Fall 2012

Faculty & Staff

U.S. News & World Report named Portland State University as a top 10 “up-and-coming” national university in its Best Colleges 2013 guidebook.

Portland State University was named a "Changemaker Campus" joining the ranks of an elite consortium of universities that are focused on social innovation education.  The Ashoka U program, run by Ashoka, a global association of socially motivated entrepreneurs, has so far named 19 schools to its Changemaker Campus program. Portland State University is the first school in the Pacific Northwest to achieve the designation.

The College of Urban and Public Affairs has been selected as a training site to help prepare college women to run for student government. The program is called Elect Her and is operated through Running Start and AAUW.

Toulan School Professor and Director of the Center for Transportation Studies, Jennifer Dill, extols the myriad virtues of Portland metropolitan region public transportation in a recent USA Today article and video.

Toulan School professors Jason Jurjevich and Greg Schrock's recent study “Is Portland Really the Place Where Young People Go To Retire?” was covered by the Portland Tribune and Associated Press.

Community Health Professor Mark Kaplan's research was included in the recently released "2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention" by the US Surgeon General. 


Political Science graduate Shangar Meman was selected as a speaker at Portland State's Summer Commencement ceremony and talked about her journey from Iraq to college graduation here in Oregon. Read more about her story in this Oregonian Profile.

Rebecca Casanova, BS '09 Community Health Education, recently received an Outstanding Student Award for her excellence in service from Oregon Master for Public Health. Rebecca is currently finishing her Master in Social Work and receiving her Master of Public Health - Health Promotion with Portland State University and is expected to graduate in Spring 2013.

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Check out the accomplishments of our alumni on our Alumni News & Notes page.