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May 26, 2015


LAST CURRENTLY for the 2014-15 academic year will be published electronically Monday, June 1. Deadline for that issue is noon Wednesday, May 27.

Celebrate sustainability at PSU

The Portland State community is invited to a lively overview of the University’s sustainability initiatives, projects and programs during the eighth Annual Sustainability Celebration. The yearly event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28, will feature the Sustainability Excellence Awards ceremony and a Sustainability Project Showcase. It is free to attend, but online RSVP is required. READ MORE 

Diversity awards presented

President Wim Wiewel honored campus community members and others at the annual President's Diversity Awards on May 20. Receiving faculty and staff awards were Samuel Henry, Marie Lewandowski and Kerth O'Brien. The Office of the Registrar and faculty and staff members Kevin Holden, Audrey Lingley and Olivia Murray received the Commission on Sexual and Gender Equity award. An award was also given posthumously to professor Charlotte Goodluck. READ MORE 

Choirs bring global music to stage

Three PSU choirs will bring a musical journey through the folk traditions of 10 countries to Lincoln Hall for the Global Rhythms PDX IV concert. The Man Choir, Vox Femina and University Choir, along with special guest drummer Brian Davis of Pink Martini, will explore music created with voices and drums from such countries as Argentina, South Africa and Estonia. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 31, in Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets cost $7 to $12 and are available through the University Box Office

Provost's Challenge projects celebrated

A new online master’s in social work program. A step-by-step initiative for reducing the cost of textbooks. A “mini-MOOC” for business students. An interactive website where undergraduates can get academic and college planning advice. These were some of the winning projects in the Provost’s Challenge, the subject of a celebratory gathering last week at the Smith Memorial Student Union. READ MORE

Visit the Archaeology Roadshow 

Taste native fish from tribal fisheries and sample mead and beer brewed from historic recipes at the Fourth Annual Archaeology Roadshow all day Saturday, May 30, in Hoffmann Hall. Capitalizing on its location near the Portland Farmers Market, the theme this year is The Archaeology of Food and the event features kid-friendly activities, exhibits and hands-on demonstrations. The public is invited to bring in personal artifacts for a panel of experts to identify. The event is organized by PSU's Department of Anthropology. 

Conference to examine urban university roles in communities

Faculty, staff and administrators interested in learning about the latest challenges among urban universities may find opportunities to share in research and conversation at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities annual meeting. "Love of Place: The Metropolitan University Advantage" will focus on urban universities as anchor institutions in their communities. The conference will be held Oct. 11-13 in Omaha, Neb. Registration and more information are available on the CUMU website.

BRAVO Youth Orchestras to perform on campus June 3

University Studies faculty and students in the Freshman Inquiry Race and Social Justice course at Portland State are honored to announce the first performance of the BRAVO Youth Orchestras on campus Wednesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. The free public concert is in room 90, Fifth Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. The kindergarten through fourth-grade students will perform orchestral pieces from around the world, followed by a brief Q-and-A session. Executive Director Seth Truby will present information about the impact of music on the lives of BRAVO youth. READ MORE 

Champions needed to support students

The Portland State FUTURES program, which offers support to first-year students who have experiences in foster care and with mental health stressors, is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as mentors and volunteers. Near-peer coaches and campus champions in the program provide a connection for students and help them navigate resources and support services on campus. FUTURES is now reaching out to incoming freshman and transfer students for the 2015-16 school year, and campus community members who are interested in helping young people thrive at PSU are encouraged to get involved. For more information call Jessica Schmidt at 209-606-3448 or email

Win an original print

When you think of a landmark that best represents Portland State, would it be Lincoln Hall, Simon Benson House or maybe the clock in the Urban Center Plaza? Choose from five suggested icon ideas and be eligible to win a framed print that incorporates that image. Alumnus Stephen Sasser ’70 and his wife, Lyn Nance-Sasser, create whimsical prints featuring a vintage city map overlaid with an iconic image from the city. The Portland artists now want to produce a print inspired by Portland State, where they first met and fell in love. Go to by June 30 to enter


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