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Deb Harris Deb Harris
Faculty Member
Lamarra Haynes Lamarra Haynes
In 2011, Lamarra Haynes was crowned Portland’s Rose Festival Queen. She didn’t know it then, but this award and her presence on television would be the door to her future.
Undergraduate Student
Peter W. Stott HD ’11 Peter W. Stott HD ’11
Gift
Impact of Giving: Tom and Ann Pfingsten Impact of Giving: Tom and Ann Pfingsten
During Tom Pfingsten’s 23 years as library director, the collection doubled, the building was expanded and renovated twice and technological advances provided more convenient access to materials. Now Tom and his wife have established the Tom and Ann Pfingsten Endowed Library Fund to support the library’s greatest needs and create a legacy for library excellence.
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Impact of Giving: Robert Mercer Impact of Giving: Robert Mercer
Mercer, who is 59 and a Portland native, has been a fixture on campus since the mid-70s, when he began his bachelor’s degree in history. Later, he earned a master’s in English and has worked in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 1992.
Faculty Member
Impact of Giving: Roger and Jan Capps Impact of Giving: Roger and Jan Capps
“This is my pay back for being allowed to go here. PSU is a place people know they can go and they can make it.”
Alumnus
Impact of Giving: Allen Ray Sandstrom Impact of Giving: Allen Ray Sandstrom
"Everybody needs the opportunity to progress. If college was not in your family's background, you need a little help to get started."
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Impact of Giving: Georgia Marshall Impact of Giving: Georgia Marshall
"There's no better way to give, than to help somebody continue their education."
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Impact of Giving: Pam and Larry Levy Impact of Giving: Pam and Larry Levy
“I love PSU because of the students. They’re really serious. They’re here because they want to be here. So are we.”
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Impact of Giving: Al and Nancy Jubitz Impact of Giving: Al and Nancy Jubitz
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Impact of Giving: Barre and Bob Stoll Impact of Giving: Barre and Bob Stoll
“ Without people getting college educations, we’re dooming our community to mediocrity.”
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Earle M. Chiles Earle M. Chiles
Earle M. Chiles was the recipient of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for philanthropy.
Gift
Christine & David Vernier Christine & David Vernier
Christine and David Vernier were the recipients of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy.
Gift
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. (PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86) was the 2014 recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement.
Alumnus
Mark Rosenbaum:  Chair, PSU Foundation Mark Rosenbaum: Chair, PSU Foundation
Gift
Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters
Alumnus
Fearless Communicator: Karla Andrade Fearless Communicator: Karla Andrade
First-generation college student and communications major Karla Andrade wants to use the power of media to encourage other Latinos to pursue higher education
Undergraduate Student
Thrashers invest in access to education Thrashers invest in access to education
Marta ’90 and Ken Thrasher endorse Portland State’s mission of access. They recognize the power of education to advance lives and demonstrate their commitment with generous gifts to scholarships.
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Tsvi Josephs, Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship Recipient Tsvi Josephs, Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship Recipient
Undergraduate Student
Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey
Mr. Lokey is a strong supporter not only of PSU's Judaic Studies program, but also its annual Jewish history lecture series named in his honor and its Judaica collection housed in Millar Library.
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Honorary Degree Recipient: Duncan Campbell Honorary Degree Recipient: Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell founded four children's organizations—Youth Resources providing funding for individual children to experience personal growth such as music or dance lessons or a trip to the beach; the Children's Institute promoting investments in early childhood programs; the Children's Course, a Gladstone golf course for at-risk children and their families; and most notably, Friends of the Children.
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Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2012: Travis Knight '98 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2012: Travis Knight '98
Travis Knight '98, was the inagural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement.
Alumnus
Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2013: Bill Stoller '79 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2013: Bill Stoller '79
Bill Stoller earned his MBA from Portland State University in 1979. He co-founded Express Employment Professionals, an international staffing company with more than 600 franchises. He transformed his family's Dundee Hills turkey farm into the award-winning Stoller Family Estate, a solar-generating, gravity-flow winery that was the first in the U.S. to attain gold-level LEED certification.
Alumnus
Honoring Philanthropists: Rick Miller MBA '91 & Erika Miller Honoring Philanthropists: Rick Miller MBA '91 & Erika Miller
This dynamic husband and wife team champions public education, small business, local churches, and senior citizens.
Gift
Alumni Achievement Award Honoree - Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree - Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. brings a commitment to multiculturalism to the institutions he serves and his inspiring story demonstrates how Portland State University’s mission of access transforms lives.
Alumnus
Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime
John Salmon (’67 MA ’72) and Marcia Schulmerich (class of ’69), are leading examples of alumni who are committed to scholarships. They graduated from PSU with biology degrees and built accomplished careers in health care administration. Along the way, this husband and wife team began giving back to PSU by providing scholarships for biology students.
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Capps family gives back by supporting aspiring educators Capps family gives back by supporting aspiring educators
Roger and Jan Capps are devoted to Portland State. Roger has been an active member of the Alumni Advocates Group, and has made many trips to Salem and Washington, D.C., advocating for PSU. He also served on the Alumni Board for six years. He and Jan still voice their passion for the Vikings at sporting events. And, over time, they increased their giving to PSU.
Gift
Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94 Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94
Alumnus
Peggy (Houston) Shivers (BS '59) Peggy (Houston) Shivers (BS '59)
Peggy graduated Portland State in 1959 with a degree in education. She had majored in music for two years singing soprano, however her parents urged her to get a teaching degree as “something to fall back on.” That had a lot to do with social conditions; it was only a year before she graduated that the first African American woman, Gloria Davy, sang at the Metropolitan Opera. During her time at Portland State, Peggy was the only African American in the music department.
Alumnus
A World of Cool: David and Janice Yaden A World of Cool: David and Janice Yaden
Coming from hardworking, blue collar, supportive but poor families, the Yadens both received scholarships during their time at Portland State and remained integral to their future successes. This year two undergraduate students in the College of Urban & Public Affairs will be the first recipients of the Yaden family endowed scholarship; their goal for this endowment is to help students from similar backgrounds. “It makes me really happy to think that someone like me whose father had maybe finished 8th Grade could get a university degree with a little financial help.” Janice says.
Alumnus
Graphic Design Drives Eyerly Scholar Graphic Design Drives Eyerly Scholar
A scholarship in honor of a fallen soldier fuels a rising design dynamo.
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From Shower to Flush From Shower to Flush
Support from Judy '86 and Scott South helps PSU's Hydrology Lab evaluate, treat and recycle rainwater.
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Campbell Professor: Doing the Best for Youth Campbell Professor: Doing the Best for Youth
It's a troubling fact that many youth in our society are at risk for homelessness, school dropout, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and delinquency. What can we do?
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Nobel, Pulitzer Winner Was Library's First Donor Nobel, Pulitzer Winner Was Library's First Donor
What Nobel Laureate helped Portland State's library get started again after the disastrous Vanport flood of 1948?
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