May 5, 2009
Sun shines for inauguration
The campus community, Portland-area citizens, and academic delegates from around the world turned out for the May 1 inauguration of Wim Wiewel as eighth president of Portland State University.
The day began with a morning town hall on university-community partnerships that featured a panel of regional city leaders. U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer also talked, and author Timothy Egan gave the luncheon speech.
At 1:30 p.m., the Royal Rosarians led a colorful procession of guests, delegates, and regalia-clad faculty down the Park Blocks, ending at the Portland Art Museum for the official installation of the president. A reception followed in Smith Memorial Union, and an All-Steinway Concert, featuring 11 local and faculty musicians, ended the day.
Emeritus faculty honored
Four emeritus faculty received awards from the Retirement Association of Portland State at the annual President’s Luncheon, April 16. Mary Gordon-Brannan received the Outstanding Retired Faculty Award, and a special achievement award went to Steve Brannan, Roger Moseley, and Gordon Solie for their work on the Ad Hoc Historical Preservation Committee.
Gordon-Brannan is past RAPS president and professor emeritus of speech and hearing. She was honored for her service to the University and to RAPS, as well as for her scholarly work. Brannan, professor emeritus of education; Moseley, professor emeritus of business administration; and Solie, professor emeritus of music, serve on the committee responsible for gathering PSU history. They recently created an exhibit of the University’s early years at Vanport near the Vanport room, 338 Smith Union.
Planning a route out of our nation’s traffic jam
We all think about traffic while we’re stuck in it. Professor Robert Bertini thinks about it the rest of the time as well. How will tomorrow’s transportation systems accommodate growing populations without sacrificing the environment? It’s a challenge that faculty like Bertini are addressing in crafting road maps for a viable traffic future. Read more >
USC scholar to talk about governance
The Ad Hoc Committee to Assess Faculty Participation and Empowerment is sponsoring a talk by professor Adrianna Kezar, University of Southern California, Monday, May 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 298 Smith Union. Her presentation will focus on shared governance with an emphasis on the results of the Ad Hoc Committee's fall term survey of the PSU faculty's experience of governance. Learn more about Kezar and her published work at the committee's Web site, which includes a number of relevant articles and a preliminary report on the fall term survey data.
Athletes earn academic honors
Twenty Portland State athletes have earned Academic All-Big Sky Conference honors for the winter season, including seven of the 11 eligible players from women's basketball. To be eligible a student-athlete must maintain a 3.20 GPA or higher and participate in at least half of the team competitions. Read more >
In the news
The Portland State crew team rescued a woman in the Willamette River during the early morning hours of April 28. Read about it at KPTV.
For May 2009