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Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: October 7, 2004

‘Discover’ PSU Weekend on November 5-7

Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery is the inspiration for this year’s PSU Weekend, November 5-7, on campus.

Dayton Duncan, renowned Lewis and Clark scholar and co-producer with Ken Burns for the PBS Series The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, will give a keynote speech on the leadership style of the two explorers on Saturday. Many of the 25 seminar sessions that day will highlight Lewis and Clark topics, including talks by Chet Orloff, PSU historian and adjunct professor, and Pat Courtney Gold, a Wasco artist from Warm Springs. Other presentations range from a post-election “analysis” by cartoonist Jack Ohman to “Low Carb Diets” by Diane Stadler of Oregon Health & Science University.

Weekend highlights also include a Friday Preview Night Party at the Oregon Historical Society with keynote speaker Duncan and access to two Lewis and Clark exhibits, an historic photo exhibit at the Simon Benson House on Saturday, a Viking football game against Idaho State late Saturday afternoon, and a Sunday slide show lecture by intrepid traveler Rick Steves (sponsored by the PSU School of Business Administration).

All Saturday seminars and several other activities are free. For the Saturday keynote presentation, a $30 ticket includes lunch; lecture only is $12. The Preview Package on Friday evening is $100 and includes preferred seating at the Saturday luncheon.

For more details about PSU Weekend, watch your mail for the 16-page brochure, go to the PSU Alumni Association Web site or call the PSU Weekend hotline at 503-725-4949. Come discover PSU!

Survey shows positive experience at PSU

A comprehensive survey conducted by PSU’s Survey and Research Lab for the PSU Alumni Association indicates that 87 percent of alumni feel somewhat or very positive about the quality of their experience at Portland State.

The survey, conducted in preparation for strategic planning by the association, asked questions on topics ranging from program awareness to participation. A total of 1,500 alumni were surveyed by telephone between February and April 2004.

A whopping 77 percent of alumni said they read PSU Magazine, and 79 percent said they receive most of their information about PSU through the magazine. Of alumni who feel connected to PSU, the largest percentage (29 percent) said it is their school or department that provides the bond. Cultural and educational activities were rated as the main interest for alumni.

“This survey is guiding our strategic planning directions,” says Pat Squire MPA ’95, director of Alumni Relations. “It’s very helpful to have this data. We’re using the information to strategically define our activities for the next several years.”

For additional information about the survey, or the association’s strategic planning process, call Squire at 503-725-5072.

Plan to travel the world

The Alumni Association has seven educational and cultural trips scheduled for 2005, including several with exciting new destinations. For information, call 503-725-4948 or check www.alumni.pdx.edu.

Free permanent email addresses for alumni

All PSU alumni are eligible for a free permanent email address, which can be used for forwarding email to personal or work email addresses. You can keep a portlandstate.org address as you change jobs, move to a different location, or change email providers. Your friends will always be able to find you! Register in three easy steps at www.alumni.pdx.edu or call 503-725-4948 for more information.

image of Bill LemmanAlum status now official

W.T. “Bill” Lemman attended Portland State before it granted degrees, came back as an administrator to help remedy that situation, and remained a loyal Viking through an illustrious career in higher education. At spring commencement this alumnus-in-spirit was recognized with an honorary doctor of humane letters.

MURP alumni events

A group of alumni associated with the master’s of urban and regional planning program are planning four social events for alumni this year:

November 15—An Evening with Faculty: The Portland Edge, Connie Ozawa and contributing authors, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

February 8—An Evening with Faculty: Health and Urban Form Through Walking and Bicycling for Travel, Jennifer Dill, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

March 19-23—MURP Alumni Social Event at the American Planning Association Conference, San Francisco

May 14—First Annual Scavenger Hunt and MURP Scholarship Fundraiser

For location and other information about these events, call 503-725-4045 or email SUSP@pdx.edu.

Help us honor alumni and faculty you know

PSU alumni and faculty are making a difference in our world, and we’re asking you to make a difference in theirs. Now is the time to nominate your friends, former classmates, faculty, and colleagues for our outstanding alumni and faculty awards to be presented Thursday, May 12, at PSU Salutes, the Alumni Association’s annual recognition event.

Since 1992 the Alumni Association has recognized alumni and faculty for their outstanding achievements at the annual reception. Among those previously recognized are TriMet Lobbyist Dick Feeney ’61 and state Sen. Margaret Carter ’73 and professors Doug Hall MS ’92, PhD ’95, and Darrell Millner.

For alumni, the criteria include success in their field and bringing recognition to PSU. For the faculty award, candidates should be outstanding teachers who have made extraordinary contributions to PSU and the community.

Please call the Alumni Office at 503-725-5073 for information, or go to www.alumni.pdx.edu for an online form and a list of previous recipients. Nomination materials are due in the Alumni Office February 1.

Plan takes shape for Alumni Association

“Oregon’s Largest University”—the banner draped near the new Broadway residence hall on Portland State’s south campus—gives me pause and fills me with pride. I’ve been associated with PSU for 40 years as a young teacher working on certification in the mid-1960s and as a full-time returning student earning a master’s degree in the ’80s. In the ’90s I was employed for two years in Portland State’s Office of Development. For the past three years I’ve served on the board of the Alumni Association (PSUAA), and this year I’m honored to lead it as president.

Being Oregon’s largest university is an accomplishment and a challenge. The PSU Alumni Association now counts over 98,000 alumni as members. To more effectively serve our growing University and our alumni, the board of directors has undertaken a comprehensive strategic planning process.

During 2003-04, we gathered important data from alumni, students, University administrators, faculty, and staff. This summer a dedicated committee of board members brought the data together to create a new five-year strategic plan. The entire board reviewed the plan at our annual retreat, and we are beginning its implementation this year.

We are pleased to share highlights of the new plan with you.

Outreach to Alumni

We will increase alumni engagement with the University and participation in PSU Alumni Association activities through connections with schools, departments, and faculty; continuing education opportunities; arts events; lectures; and an array of services.

Communications

We will develop an integrated marketing and communications plan to better educate alumni about the PSUAA, including an electronic communications strategy and expansion of the PSUAA Web site.

Support for the University

Supporting the University is our mission. The University has just launched the public phase of its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, and the Alumni Association’s assistance is critical in making it a success.

Engaging Students

We will connect with and support students through increased scholarship awards and sponsorship of student events. We will educate them about their future role as alumni and members of the PSU Alumni Association.

Enhancing PSUAA Resources

As the number of alumni increases, demand for programming and other offerings will continue to grow. The PSUAA will ensure that financial and human resources keep pace with opportunities.

The Alumni Association exists to support the University and to enhance the lives of alumni throughout the world. We invite you to join us as we create new and exciting ways to affiliate with Portland State University.

Trish Trout MA ’88
President, PSUAA Board of Directors