October 6, 2008
October 6, 2008
Help plan investment in sustainability programs
Faculty and staff are invited to discuss the investment plan for the $25 million Miller Foundation challenge grant Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 327 Smith Union. Forum participants will talk about the vision, priority investments, and decision-making criteria for funding PSU sustainability programs. For more information, visit the PSU Sustainability site.
Many join welcoming effort
More than 170 volunteers answered questions from new students during Welcome Week last Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Concerns ranging from class locations to drop/add dates were asked at five tables throughout campus. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers were armed with reference materials and walkie-talkies for questions that required expert assistance. Those who missed out can volunteer the first three days of winter term.
Welcome Week organizer Brandy Coleman, dean of students, kept track of the questions. She says the most amusing came from a student who said he saw another student with a white piece of paper, and even though he did not know what was on it, he was sure he needed one. The volunteers tried their best, but the paper remained a mystery.
New Dark Horse Comics collection celebrated
The University will celebrate the recent donation of Dark Horse Comics collection to the PSU Library Thursday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. The gift is from alumni Mike Richardson, founder and president of Dark Horse, and Neil Hankerson, executive vice president. Richardson will give a keynote speech on the history of comics and of Dark Horse at the free event. Read more >
It was a Party in the Park
Overcast weather did not dim the enthusiasm of thousands of students who attended the annual Party in the Park last Thursday. More than 150 student groups touted their clubs' attributes-from knitting to a model United Nations-while giving away food and prizes.
Free flu shots for faculty and staff
The Public Employees' Benefit Board (PEBB) will offer free flu immunization shots to eligible faculty and staff Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 327 Smith Union. To sign up, e-mail Karin Wriggle at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, department, phone, and e-mail.
A second free clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, from 2 to 5 p.m. in 294 Smith Union. The service is limited to 40 persons per hour, and an e-mail with additional information will be sent to all who register.
College Colors Fridays comes to PSU
Portland State has joined College Colors Fridays, a statewide effort to encourage fans, alumni, and students to wear the colors of their favorite Oregon university every Friday. Green and white are Portland State's colors, but any PSU-logo shirt or jacket will do.
College Color enthusiasts are invited to send photographs of themselves and their friends decked in PSU green and white to the Web site collegecolorsfridays.com.
Local educator recognized for reform efforts
Bill Bigelow, author and teacher, is the first recipient of the Portland State Graduate School of Education Award of Distinction. The award acknowledges Bigelow's educational leadership and contributions as a high school history teacher in Portland and his workshops and books on equity and social justice issues. Read more >
Your opinion about the library counts
Letting the PSU Library know what you think of its services could win you a prize. On Oct. 27 the Library is sending staff, faculty, and students an e-mail link to a 10-minute online, LibQUAL+TM survey. Those who complete the survey could win an iPod, 30 TriMet passes, or a gift certificate for gas, coffee, or the PSU Bookstore.
The survey consists of 27 questions related to three areas: attitudes and feelings about library service, access to resources and information, and the library as a place. Survey findings will help the library to concentrate its efforts at improving resources, services, and facilities.
Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday
The Fifth Annual Education Abroad Fair is Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom, room 355. Please encourage students to attend this event, where they can learn about study abroad and internship opportunities in more than 40 countries around the world. For more details, visit oia.pdx.edu.