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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Portland State University




Dr. Percy to lead the College of Urban and Public Affairs

The College of Urban and Public Affairs is pleased to announce that Dr. Stephen Percy has accepted the position of Dean, with a starting date of June 1, 2014. Dr. Percy currently serves as the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, where he has been since 2011. Read More



Walmart gift supports local nutrition education

The Walmart Foundation's Oregon State Giving Program recently made awards to eight Oregon nonprofits, including the School of Community Health. The gift to PSU, totaling almost $100,000, is the largest gift made by the Oregon State Giving Program last year and will support an expansion of the Harvest for Healthy Kids program, a nutrition program for low-income children in Multnomah County. Read More



From Serbia to PSU, student pursues physical therapy

In Serbia, Mladen Kolundzija attended a medical high school where he helped patients learn to walk again and trained to become a physical therapist. In 2002, his life was uprooted when he, his mother and brother secured refugee asylum visas and came to the United States. Now, Mladen majors in health sciences at PSU and was one of the first students in spring 2013 to receive the Yaden Family Endowed Scholarship. Read More


Remembering the Toulans

This past October the College's Founding Dean Nohad A. Toulan and his wife Dirce Toulan were killed in a traffic accident in Uruguay. Nohad and Dirce were and will forever be the first couple of the College of Urban and Public Affairs, having worked tirelessly to make the Portland Metropolitan region the wonderful place that it is. If you were unable to attend their campus memorial, a video of the service is available online. Read More

Fall/Winter News Highlights


Professor Carl Abbott was a guest on OPB's Think Out Loud discussing Oregon's Land Use Laws.

Portland State's transportation research and education center has earned a $2.83 million federal grant to expand the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Professor Phil Cooper spoke to KATU news about the Debt Ceiling.

Professor Jason Jurjevich appeared on KGW sharing theories on why people migrate to Portland.

Professor Nathan McClintock and PSU alumna Rebecca Bodonyi talk with Oregon Business Magazine about Oregon's food deserts.

Several Toulan School Faculty members contributed to the NPR piece: State of the RE:UNION; Portland, OR: A Tale of Two Cities.

The Institute on Aging's Action plan was accepted by the City of Portland.




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Alumni News & Notes

Faculty & Student Achievements

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