Portland State University is displaying photo exhibits in the Smith Memorial Student Union (2nd floor) and Academic Student Recreation Center (2nd floor) through the end of spring term. The exhibits are part of the second phase of “Oregon is our classroom,” a marketing campaign that launched in 2010 to bring public attention to the impact students and faculty are making in the community and across the region.
The theme, "Oregon is our classroom," illustrates how PSU provides every student with opportunities to go outside the classroom and work with businesses, schools, government, civic organizations, non-profit groups and others on real-world projects. The campaign also highlights how the influence, reach and relevance of PSU’s research activities are growing daily.
The exhibits showcase photos students, faculty, staff, and alumni submitted to a campus-wide photo contest that ran for a month in February. Participants responded to the contest theme, “My classroom is…” and uploaded photos of their experience beyond the classroom. PSU received over 100 photos that illustrate learning outside the classroom and PSU’s reach from studying mammals on Mt. Hood to malaria prevention in Ghana.
The photo exhibit showcases the unique stories behind every photo. The office of University Communications hopes that students and passersby will make a photographic connection with the impact PSU makes around the world. The exhibits leverage photography to illustrate PSU’s mission statement.
Photos displayed on the exhibits can also be found on PSU’s official Flickr site. The album, “My classroom is…,” has generated over 3,400 views, making it one of the most popular photo albums on PSU’s photo social network.
Portland State has grown to become the largest and most diverse university in Oregon, with nearly 30,000 students who come from every state and more than 90 nations. The overall campaign reflects that diversity, with students represented from PSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Graduate School of Education, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Business Administration, School of Fine and Performing Arts and School of Social Work.