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October 20, 2008

October 20, 2008

Coach Marlin Grahn to be honored

Portland State Athletics will induct Marlin Grahn, long-time and now reitred PSU wrestling coach, into its Hall of Fame at a special dinner Nov. 21. Also being honored are former athletes Jimmy Blanchard, Theresa Huitinga, Barry Naone, Tim von Dulm, and the 1992 national championship volleyball team. For tickets, contact Deyna Brown at 5-9744. Read more >

Benefits Fair tomorrow

A first-ever PSU Benefits Fair for staff and faculty who are covered by the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 355 Smith Union. The event will include representatives from all the health, dental, insurance, and investment providers. A raffle with donated prizes is planned.

Innovative furniture showcase

Unique chairs, tables, and cabinets created by local designers, including two PSU alumni, are on display in the renovated Shattuck Hall, third floor, during October. The juried exhibit is sponsored by the Department of Architecture and access is provided through personnel in 235 Shattuck on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Chronicle of Higher Education available online

The Portland State Library now offers online access to the weekly Chronicle of Higher Education to members of the PSU community. The library subscription includes all online content from 1989 to the present, as well as features such as the Almanac of Higher Education and Chronicle Careers. Staff and faculty can also create a free account to receive e-mail newsletters such as Academe Today and the Chronicle Review Newsletter. The service is also available from off-campus using ODIN username and login.

Retired library professor passes away

Joseph Kohut, Library emeritus professor, died from head injuries in a fall on a Columbia Gorge trail Oct. 10. He was 70. A memorial was held Oct. 18. Prof. Kohut was a science librarian for 26 years until his retirement in 1998. He also taught in the Geology Department, where he shared his expertise in paleontology. He published many papers on fossilized conodonts, an extinct eel-like creature.

An avid hiker and skier, Prof. Kohut died doing what he liked best. According to local media, a volunteer firefighter spotted the fatally injured Prof. Kohut when he noticed the professor's Chow dog sitting at the top of Triple Falls and peering over the edge of the cliff to his master below. A rescue team was already nearby responding to an emergency, but they were not able to save Prof. Kohut. The dog is safe and living with relatives of the professor.

Prof. Kohut is survived by his son, Anton, and two grandchildren.

Poker to benefit men's basketball

Mark your calendars for a PSU Men's basketball Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament and Casino Night Friday, Nov. 7, in the Stott Center. The event supports the Big Sky Championship men's basketball program. Registration and a Shoot Around with the team begin at 6 p.m. followed by tournament play at 7 p.m. In addition to poker, there will be craps, roulette, and blackjack. Registration is $100 and can be made in advance by calling 503-936-1707 or at the tournament.

For October 2008

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