February 1, 2016
U.S. News ranks supply chain program as one of the best
U.S. News and World Report ranked Portland’s Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management No. 16 in the nation in the magazine’s 2016 Best Online Programs list, climbing from its No. 28 position last year. Started in 2013 in the School of Business Administration, the online Global Supply Chain Management program offers a 52-credit-hour degree that can be completed in 21 months. It is one of 13 programs in the nation to be certified by the Institute for Supply Management. READ MORE
Help feed the hungry
More than 25 barrels have been strategically placed around campus this month waiting to be filled with nonperishable food for hungry families. February is the Governor's State Employees Food Drive, and all donations made on campus remain in the Portland metropolitan area. Cash and checks made out to the Oregon Food Bank are also accepted and may be delivered to Rachel Martinez in the President's Office, or call her at 5-4411 and your check can be picked up. Contributions are also appreciated using the Governor's Food Drive payroll deduction form.
American Jewish politics discussed in annual Solomon lecture
The annual Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture, “From Jewish Interests to Jewish Values: American Jewish Politics in the 21st Century,” will be presented by UCLA Civil Society Fellow Shawn Landres at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 75 Lincoln Hall. Landres’ talk will explore the shift in the American Jewish community from a focus on interest-group influence to a politics of Jewish values and significance. The event is free and open to the public and is presented by the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. READ MORE
Improvement proposals sought by Student Fee Committee
The Student Fee Committee is seeking proposals for property and building improvement projects that would use Student Building Fees to provide a benefit to students. For 2016, the committee has set aside $200,000 to allocate to projects, but is willing to consider projects up to $500,000. Student Building Fees are collected directly from students and priority will be given to projects that provide a benefit to a broad range of students, offer a lasting impact and require limited ongoing expenses. Students, faculty and staff must submit proposals by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, using OrgSync.
Zero-G ping-pong paddles tested
NASA recently released a video of astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station demonstrating the use of ping-pong paddles designed by a PSU student. Karl Cardin, a senior mechanical engineering student, constructed the paddles from hydrophobic polycarbonate and meticulously engineered their surface so that balls made of water could be bounced between the paddles when in zero gravity. READ MORE
Two internationalization grants available
The PSU Internationalization Council requests faculty proposals for two grants: Internationalizing Academic Programs, and International Research and Teaching Related to China. The grants will help further the council’s goal to increase opportunities for faculty to incorporate international dimensions in their teaching, scholarly agendas, programs and professional development. All full-time PSU faculty (.50 FTE or greater) are invited to submit proposals by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Award decisions will be announced in late February, funding will be available immediately, and funds can be extended up to one year. READ MORE
Archaeology field school wins diversity competition
The Society of Historical Archaeology awarded a prize for diversity to the Fort Vancouver Public Archaeology Field School, a joint project of the National Park Service and Portland State and Washington State universities. Fort Vancouver contains artifacts from one of the largest colonial settlements in the Pacific Northwest circa 1829-1845. The program "conveys the importance of archaeology to diverse youth and urban communities in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan areas while exploring a multicultural colonial community," announced the society with the prize. READ MORE