October 24, 2016
PSU Presidential Medal awarded
At a recent dinner of the PSU Foundation and University trustees, President Wim Wiewel presented the Presidential Medal to Mark Rosenbaum in recognition of his distinguished advocacy and philanthropy to the University and the Portland community. The PSU Presidential Medal, first bestowed in 1976, is awarded to those dedicated leaders who have made countless contributions to PSU and the community. This is the fourth presidential medal awarded by Wiewel in his tenure as president. READ MORE
Partnering on downtown climate change adaptation plan
Bolstered by a $400,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, the University recently announced it will work with the city of Portland and the Downtown Neighborhood Association to increase the area’s resilience to the impacts of climate change in tandem with similar efforts in two other western U.S. cities. The initiative, known as Climate Resilience in Urban Campuses + Communities (CRUX), is led by national nonprofit Second Nature and involves six campuses and their community partners in Portland, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. READ MORE
Viking yearbooks online and on exhibit
This fall, the PSU Library University Archives presents the ultimate flashback: the complete collection of Viking yearbooks, from 1946 until 1995. They can be read, searched, and downloaded online and viewed in a new exhibit in the first floor elevator lobby of the Library. Students produced the Viking each year as a record of campus life, commemorating highlights of the year in photographs, essays, articles, drawings, and poetry. READ MORE
President Obama loves pipe-cleaner neurons
At the White House Frontiers Conference, which brought together 500 science and technology innovators on Oct. 13, President Obama complimented PSU psychology faculty Bill Griesar and Jeff Leake and their outreach group NW Noggin. Obama was impressed with the pipe-cleaner neurons that they help K-12 students and PSU psychology students (pictured here) create. Through NW Noggin, Griesar and Leake's PSU students are also involved in neuroscience research and art that was presented recently at the Portland Art Museum.
Ghosts, superheroes and Halloween creatures of all sorts are invited for tricks, treats and games on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Rec Center, 1800 6th Ave, Suite 210. This free, family-friendly event is open to the entire PSU community. The Climbing Center will be open and costumes are highly encouraged.
PSU construction manager wins softball tournament
Last year, after turning 50, campus construction manager Gail Hamilton (back row, third from the left) joined a senior softball league, and he and his team, Cornerstone, have been winning tournaments ever since. This month, they were crowned champions at the Huntsman World Senior Games, an annual gathering of more than 11,000 athletes in St. George, Utah. Huntsman's softball event is the largest senior softball tournament in the world. Hamilton, who plays centerfield and hits a lot of home runs for Cornerstone, says he is glad that his 10-year-old son River is able to watch him play, and to pick up baseball skills by shagging balls with his dad and the other Cornerstone players.