November 30, 2016
THIS IS THE LAST ISSUE of Currently for fall term. The newsletter will resume weekly publication Jan. 9 with a Tuesday noon, Jan. 3 deadline.
PSU Orchestra concerts at McMenamins
A tribute to David Bowie's "Abdulmajid" is on the playlist for the PSU Orchestra Remix concerts Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m. at McMenamins Mission Theatre, 1627 NW Glisan, Portland. The concert includes music by composers Philip Glass, Georges Bizet and Astor Piazzolla. Ken Selden is conducting, and new violin professor Tomas Cotik will perform. Tickets cost $10 and $15 in advance and $15 and $20 on the day of the shows and may be purchased from Cascade Tickets.
Standing with all our students
"Our decision to declare Portland State University a sanctuary campus has been met with broad support from our students and the community," wrote President Wim Wiewel in a guest column that appeared in Sunday's Oregonian newspaper. "But it also raises some questions and concerns about what it means and how it might affect our relationship with the federal government. Let me explain our decision and its implications." Read the entire opinion piece.
Celebrate the Season next Tuesday
Visit with colleagues at this year's Celebrate the Season event Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, room 355. Light refreshments will be served and donations will be accepted for PSU students with children.
Latino enrollment surges
There are more than twice as many Latino students attending Portland State this fall as seven years ago, making it the top university home for Oregon’s growing Latino population. Fourth-week enrollment numbers show the number of Latino students has grown by nearly 5 percent to 3,071 students this fall from last fall, and one in nine students is now Latino. The upward trend continued despite a 3 percent drop in PSU’s total enrollment, from 28,076 students last fall to 27,229 this fall. READ MORE
New Financial Wellness Center
The Financial Wellness Center, a newly created resource within Student Financial Services, opened this fall in the lobby of Neuberger Hall. Through education, awareness and mentoring, the Financial Wellness Center is designed to give students and their families tools and resources needed to understand their financial responsibilities while in college and beyond. Trained financial coaches and peer mentors help with college budgeting, savings goals, debt repayment, re-enrollment and financial graduation plans. Customized events and workshops are available for departments. RSVP for an information session about the new center scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12.
Portland clean air efforts get boost from Meyer Memorial Trust
The PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions has formed a new partnership with Neighbors for Clean Air and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Northwest Environmental Defense Center to pursue cleaner, healthier air for all Oregonians, thanks to a $250,000 award from Meyer Memorial Trust. The partnership, BREATHE Oregon, will provide clear scientific data, legal analysis and community outreach so residents and policy makers have the information they need to make decisions that improve air quality in Portland and throughout Oregon. READ MORE
PSU report shows 'Housing with Services' helps vulnerable residents
A new report from the PSU Institute on Aging suggests that offering health and social services on-site in low-income housing can help residents stay healthier and in their homes longer. The $1.7 million “Housing with Services” project provides coordinated services in 11 buildings that house 1,400 low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in Portland. The evaluation was conducted by Professor Paula Carder. READ MORE
Share abroad program experience at conference
Faculty and administrators are invited to share best practices in the field of international faculty-led programming at a northwest symposium to be held on campus April 14. Proposals may be submitted to the NW Symposium on International Faculty-Led Programs through a PSU Education Aboard website. Conference organizers are also seeking nominations of faculty who have demonstrated excellence in this field. Proposals and nominations are due Feb. 1.