January 20, 2009
Read along with Everybody Reads
During January and February, the University is hosting readings, lectures, a film, and an exhibit as part of the Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2009 project. All events are intended to get people reading and connecting with each other around a single book, Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family, by Eugene author Lauren Kessler.
Events at Portland State include a lecture Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in 238 Smith Union by Ellen Eisenberg, author of The First to Cry Down Injustice: Western Jews and Japanese Removal during World War II. Eisenberg will speak about the Jewish response to Japanese internment that took place in three West Coast cities. Read more >
New Year letter from the president
As I approach the new year, I'm confronted with dual—and dueling—emotions. The resumption of the academic schedule, following the uncharacteristic December snowfall, provides some sense of relief and an opportunity to return to the task at hand: leading, educating, researching, and engaging with our students and community. Read more >
New portal, myPSU, is here
Tomorrow, Jan. 21, students and employees can join the much-anticipated myPSU portal on the Web. The new interface is a one-stop site for all PSU information and communications, including Banweb, employment, and news. First time users need to initially synchronize their Portland State computer accounts at oam.pdx.edu. Once synchronized, using an Odin ID and new password, students and employees can go to my.pdx.edu and immediately use and customize their portal site. Read more >
Budget meeting Wednesday
The campus community is invited to an all campus meeting Jan. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom, third floor. Portland State's leaders will present the budget process and guiding principles. They will also take questions from the audience. For more information on the budget process, visit www.pdx.edu/budget/.
Graduation held for dying student
A handful of students, faculty, and administrators put together an unprecedented event during the holiday break: a one-student graduation ceremony for Katie Shearer, age 24, who has since died of cancer.
"Katie was an incredible student and individual," said Prof. Hunter Shobe, who had Shearer in two of his geography classes, where she earned A's. Shobe helped organize the Dec. 19 graduation ceremony with student Laura Robertson, Angela Garbarino from Admissions, and Amy Ross and Rod Diman from the President's Office. Professors Tom Harvey, Joe Maser, and John Rueter attended the event. Read more >
Andrew Young on campus for MLK
The University is bringing civil rights icon Andrew Young to campus for its annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom, room 355. A special musical performance by E.D. Mondane & Belief is also planned. Cost is $10. Read more >
Join PSU Recycles as it kicks off RecycleMania 2009 with games, prizes, and a public waste sort Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the breezeway between Smith Union and Neuberger Hall. RecycleMania is a 10-week national intercollegiate waste-minimization competition. This year's theme is Imagine-a waste-free campus, more reusable containers, campus composting, and a more sustainable PSU.
Nominations sought for President's Diversity Awards
The PSU Diversity Action Council is seeking nominations for the 2008-2009 President's Diversity Awards by April 3. Faculty, staff, and students who exemplify Portland State's commitment to diversity and a safe, inclusive environment will be honored at an event in May. For nomination details, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5-5919.
Apply to teach in Europe or Latin America
A chance to teach a term in Argentina, Austria, England, France, Greece, Italy, Mexico, or Spain awaits faculty who apply for the 2010-11 Northwest Council on Study Abroad positions by Feb. 25. Faculty may apply for the posts by visiting the Web site oia.pdx.edu/faculty.php and clicking the link under "PSU Faculty Teaching Opportunities."