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Earle M. Chiles
Earle M. Chiles was the recipient of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for philanthropy.
Christine & David Vernier
Christine and David Vernier were the recipients of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy.
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.
Mark Rosenbaum: Chair, PSU Foundation
Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters
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
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.
Tsvi Josephs, Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship Recipient
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.
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.
Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2012: Travis Knight '98
Travis Knight '98, was the inagural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement.
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.
Honoring Philanthropists: Rick Miller MBA '91 & Erika Miller
This dynamic husband and wife team champions public education, small business, local churches, and senior citizens.
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.
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.
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.
Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94
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.
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.
Graphic Design Drives Eyerly Scholar
A scholarship in honor of a fallen soldier fuels a rising design dynamo.
From Shower to Flush
Support from Judy '86 and Scott South helps PSU's Hydrology Lab evaluate, treat and recycle rainwater.
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?
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?