August 5, 2015
CURRENTLY will resume weekly publication on Sept. 28. Deadline for that issue is Tuesday noon, Sept. 22.
Student creativity runs wild
Portland State students showed their ingenuity at two major, local events last week. Architecture students created a stage backdrop made out of 435 giant cardboard tubes for Pickathon, a music festival held in Happy Valley (pictured here). In town, a team of engineering students launched a human-powered flying Viking helmet into the Willamette River during Red Bull Flutag.
Planned tuition increase reduced
Portland State’s Board of Trustees approved a reduction in the planned tuition and fees increase from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent for in-state undergraduates. The board’s approval fulfills President Wim Wiewel’s promise that he would use additional state funding to lower tuition and improve student retention and graduation. “PSU is committed to doing everything we can to help students get in, be successful, and graduate with as little debt as possible,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel. PSU is the only university in Oregon reducing the tuition increase. READ MORE
Suarez named head of diversity
Carmen Suarez, chief diversity officer at the University of Idaho, has been named the new chief diversity officer at Portland State, where she will lead PSU’s ongoing mission to create a more diverse and inclusive campus. She will begin her new position on Sept. 8. READ MORE
Two-factor login coming for secure network access off campus
Beginning this week, faculty and staff who use Portland State’s secure-access networks while off campus will be able to opt in to a “Duo Two Factor Verification." This service will improve the security of sensitive data sent via VPN (virtual private networks) through secure systems such as Banner and DataMaster. The new system will incorporate users’ Odin login as well as a prompt delivered to a phone or tablet at the time of login. The system will become mandatory Sept. 9, so users are encouraged to enroll early to test the feature and gain comfort with the new protocol. Enrollment is available online at Duo Two-Factor Authentication for Employee VPN Access.
Business Administration welcomes new dean
Daniel Connolly, former senior associate dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, started as the new dean of the School of Business Administration on June 30. Connolly, a global expert in hospitality management and information technology strategy, will lead SBA as it breaks ground this fall on a $60 million renovation and expansion. READ MORE
Social Club gathering for faculty and staff
Join your colleagues for the Second Thursday Social Club from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 on the fifth-floor balcony of the Campus Rec building. Food is provided and a cash bar is available.
New HIPAA, drug and alcohol policies adopted
After careful review by the University Policy Committee, two new policies have been adopted for Portland State: the HIPAA (Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Compliance Policy and the PSU Alcohol and Drug-Free Policy. They can be read on the Policy Library website of the PSU Office of General Counsel.
New place to play opening soon
Campus rec is on schedule to open it's new fourth floor space on Sept. 20. Construction began this summer to extend the fourth floor from its current balcony to the windows, resulting in an additional 3,700 square feet for fitness equipment, small group workouts and personal training. A stairway will connect the new area to the third-floor weight room and a better view of the Urban Plaza and Mt. Hood. PSU faculty, staff, alumni and other affiliates may join the Rec Center for a monthly fee. READ MORE
PSU artists join MAX Orange Line opening festivities
Portland State artists will fill a vacant lot owned by TriMet at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Lincoln Street with music, dance, and art during the opening ceremony of the MAX Orange Line on Sept. 12. Two faculty and two student proposals were selected for funding through an open application process launched by the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions in collaboration with the School of Art + Design and the Campus Planning Office. READ MORE
PSU ranks among best online colleges in Oregon
Affordable Colleges Online has ranked Portland State among the best online colleges in Oregon for 2015. The ranking acknowledges PSU for providing the best in academic programs and support services for online students. “As online classes become more prevalent, it is important to acknowledge the colleges and universities that go above and beyond,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Online. READ MORE
Exchange used items at Pop-Up Swap Shop
Students, employees and community members will have the chance to bring unwanted but still usable items to the Pop-Up Swap Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the Urban Center Plaza. The event, hosted by the PSU Reuse Room, is free and open to the public, and you don’t have to bring anything to take items. Items swapped generally include office and school supplies, household goods, decor, clothes, dishes and any other reusable goods that deserve a second life instead of the landfill. READ MORE