November 24, 2008
November 24, 2008
THE LAST CURRENTLY for fall term will be published electronically Wednesday, Dec. 3. The deadline for that issue is Tuesday noon, Nov. 25. Currently will resume weekly publication Jan. 12.
Professor to discuss hate groups
Early in his career, Randy Blazak posed as a skinhead for more than a year to study hate groups. The sociology faculty member will discuss "Hate Groups and Masculinity" for the Faculty Favorite Lecture Series Thursday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center, Montgomery Court building basement.
Blazak, who joined the PSU faculty in 1995, is now researching the transitioning of white supremacist inmates back into the community after their release from prison. He's also writing a textbook titled The Problem of Youth: Understanding Juvenile Delinquency, due out this year.
Blazak is the director of the Hate Crimes Research Network, the chair of the Coalition against Hate Crimes, and a co-founder of Oregon Spotlight, which monitors hate groups in the state of Oregon. Blazak regularly appears in local and national media discussing hate crimes, and is the author of Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws.
Record enrollment for University System
The Oregon University System recently announced a record high enrollment of 86,546 students for fall 2008â€”an increase of 5.2 percent over last year. This is the highest percentage increase for the system since 2002, the largest entering freshman class in OUS history, and a record high enrollment for six out of the seven campuses.
Portland State, with an enrollment increase of 6.4 percent, has the most students in the system at 26,587. The University also has the largest enrollment of international students and a 7 percent increase in freshmen. Read more >
New leadership appointments in Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs recently announced the appointments of Dan Fortmiller to the new position of associate vice provost for Academic and Career Services, and Mary Ann Barham as director of the Undergraduate Advising and Support Center (UASC). Read more >
Grant funds urban sustainability exchange
Portland State and three partner universities in Europe and the United States are developing student and faculty exchanges around urban sustainability thanks to a U.S. Department of Education grant. Read more >
Celebrating Oregon women leaders
The National Education for Women's LeadershipTM (NEW) Oregon, housed at Portland State, is honoring Avel Gordly, Vera Katz, Nichole Maher, and Nancy Wilgenbusch at its second annual Women's Leadership Award ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 4, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park. Read more >
Annual holiday super sale at PSU Bookstore
Sign up for free membership to the PSU Bookstore and receive an invitation to the 40 percent off Member's Only Night Sale, Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Members also save 10 percent off software in Powersource Electronics. The general public is invited to a 30 percent-off super sale Dec. 3-6, including price breaks on discontinued Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop computers.
Portland State in the news
"PSU to use $25 million for sustainability research" appeared in the Oregonian on Nov. 18.