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Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: October 5, 2005

PSU Weekend speaks to ‘Building Bridges’

“Can We All Get Along?” the keynote speech by best-selling author Bruce Feiler, sets the theme for PSU Weekend, October 21-23. The 14th annual event emphasizes building bridges between countries, cultures, and religions.

Feiler is author of Walking the Bible and Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths. His Saturday, Oct. 22, talk will offer a powerful interfaith message and a hopeful vision for peace and reconciliation.

“Whether you’ve read his books or not,” says Terri Pinnell ’01, chair of PSU Weekend, “you’ll be fascinated by his message. Mr. Feiler has traveled extensively and worked with many cultures, bringing people together and sparking dialogues about faith, community, religion, politics, and shared values.”

Feiler’s new book, Where God was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion, is available this fall. It chronicles his 10,000-mile journey through Israel, Iraq, and Iran, as he visited archeological and biblical sites and uncovered new information about links between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Feiler will also host a three-hour miniseries on Walking the Bible on PBS this fall. For more information about Feiler, go to www.brucefeiler.com.

A number of the 25 free lectures on Saturday’s Seminar Day continue the bridges theme, including “Religion and Politics in the Middle East Conflict” with Prof. Grant Farr, and “Conflict, Peace and Globalization” with Prof. Harry Anastasiou (see page 16). A variety of other topics will be addressed as well, including talks on Social Security, principles of poker, slow food, and art of the DaVinci Code.

Watch your mail for the PSU Weekend brochure, go to the PSU Alumni Web site or call the PSU Weekend hotline for more information at 503-725-4949.

Roberta McEniry [photo by Russ Gorman]Dear alumni and friends,

It is with much pleasure that I assume the role of president of the PSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the governing body of the Alumni Association. My passion for Portland State stems from my experience as a student, and what PSU has done for me and meant to me over the years since then. I’m sure many of you share the same feelings of gratitude and loyalty that I do.

Last year, the board of directors tackled the first year of a multi-year strategic plan. Some of our initiatives directly reflected our plans for outreach to alumni and improved communications. Some highlights of the year included:

  • Receptions for alumni and friends in San Diego, Bellevue, Salem, Bend, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and the Republic of Qatar
  • Development of a plan for increased electronic communications (to be implemented this year)
  • Travel programs to Holland and Hungary, Croatia, Sicily, and Russia
  • Adoption of free email forwarding for all graduates
  • A holiday party for legislators and a Lobby Day in Salem
  • Partnerships with numerous campus and student groups to achieve University-wide goals
  • An outstanding PSU Weekend focused on Lewis and Clark

This year we’re taking a slightly different approach to PSU Weekend with the very timely international-themed topic of “Building Bridges.” Of course we’ll continue with our other popular activities and seminar topics during the weekend as well. Look for our ad on the inside cover of this magazine.

Finally, I want to encourage all of you to think about your experience at PSU and what it has meant to you, and think about getting involved with the University and the Alumni Association. The ways for staying connected are many, from lectures on campus to athletic events, from alumni events to nominating a favorite faculty member for our distinguished faculty awards. The alumni staff can answer your questions, and if you’d like to contact me, please feel free! (I’m at rmceniry@easystreet.com)

Go Vikings!

Roberta McEniry ’76
President, PSU Alumni Association

Alumni board members make impact

Three alumni board members, who have given their all, finished their terms this June on the Alumni Association. Gerry Craig ’66 served as president of the association in 2003-2004 and on countless committees through the years, including PSU Weekend and PSU Athletics. Tamara Lewis ’69 served as president in 2002-2003 and has chaired the board’s Connections Committee, among other assignments. Rosanna Schewerda ’91, MT ’93 served as PSU Weekend chair in 2001 and as treasurer of the association this past year. Our thanks go to them for their many and continuing contributions to Portland State.

The leadership for 2005-2006 includes Roberta McEniry ’76 as president; Angela Wykoff ’72, MS ’75, ’80 as vice president; and Kori Allen ’84 as treasurer.

New members elected to the board of directors are Rob Edmiston ’84, program director with the Enterprise Foundation; Dave Friesen ’03, a business and technology consultant; Linda Hamilton ’90, director of energy marketing for Shell Trading Gas & Power Co.; Behzad Hosseini ’96, MBA ’97, a manager with Portland General Electric; Marshal Jevning ’96, field staffer for Rep. David Wu; and Charisse Tooze ’98, an independent video producer.

MURP alumni events

Alumni of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program welcome all to their events for the upcoming year.

October 22—Alumni happy hour, 4 p.m., Market Street Pub (corner of SW 10th and Market), follows talks by professors Rob Bertini, “Traffic Congestion,” and Connie Ozawa, “The Portland Edge,” part of PSU Weekend.

November 8—“Participation in Public Process: A Discussion of Practice and Theory” by Bruce Warner, Portland Development Commission, 5:30 to
7 p.m., second-floor gallery, College of Urban and Public Affairs (506 SW Mill). Light refreshments will be served.

February 9—Second annual Bowling Fundraising Night to raise money for the annual MURP Alumni Award, 6 to 9 p.m., PSU Bowling Lanes, basement Smith Memorial Student Union. Food and refreshments will be served.

April 11—“Planner in Residence Program” by Sumner Sharpe, Portland office of Parametrix, and PSU planner in residence, 5:30 to 7 p.m., second-floor gallery, College of Urban and Public Affairs (506 SW Mill).

For more information about these events or the MURP Alumni organization, contact Beth St. Amand at nurban@earthlink.net.

alumni gathering in Bend

Getting alumni together around the world

This past year the PSU Alumni Association co-hosted a gathering in Bend (top photo) attended by Cathy Williams ’56, Leila Lovdale ’79, and Jerry Aylor ’68; an Intel alumni picnic in July (middle left); an alumni reunion in Qatar (middle right) attended by Linda Morrell ’99, Qatar Minister of Justice Hassan Al Ghanim ’79, and PSU Dean Marvin Kaiser; a reception in Washington, D.C., (bottom photo) attended by Danny Ly ’01, MPA ’03, PSU President Dan Bernstine, Mary Cunningham ’02, and Erin Watari ’03. Other gatherings were held in Puget Sound, San Francisco, and Salem.

Intel alumni picnic alumni reunion in Qatar
reception in Washington, D.C.