On May 22, President Wim Wiewel will present eight awards honoring exceptional work in promoting and honoring diversity at the University and the Portland Community. The President's Diversity Awards Celebration is scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Native American Student and Community Center. RSVP online. https://portlandstate.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_3gxMTiI962HZSbb
Richard Tapia, a highly regarded professor of engineering and award-winning mentor to minority students, will give the PSU Spring Commencement address—in two ceremonies—Sunday, June 16, at the Rose Garden Arena. For the first time, the University is holding a morning ceremony for all graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and an afternoon rite for all other graduates. This arrangement replaces summer commencement and is an effort to shorten the ceremony for students and their families.
In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the PSU Speech and Hearing Department will offer free voice and hearing screenings for children and adults from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 10, in 83 Neuberger Hall. The free screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beginning April 16, PSU will participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). PSU participates in this survey every 2 to 3 years. The NSSE provides valuable information on Portland State's students engagement with the campus, as well as information on student engagement at our peer institutions. We hope that you will encourage freshman and senior students to complete the survey. The results will provide important data that we can use to support student success and improve the educational experiences of our students.
Long-distance authorization codes are no longer needed for calling within the United States from a PSU phone. The change is the result of a new funding proposal made to the PSU Process Improvement Committee and approved by President Wim Wiewel. Networking & Telecom Services will continue to track domestic long distance use for departments through an automated system, but no charges will be made. However, authorization codes will still be required to dial international phone numbers.
New appointments were recently announced for the merged centers for Online Learning and Academic Excellence. Janelle Voegele is now interim director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, and Johannes De Gruyter is interim director of Pedagogy and Platform. In addition, the centers are establishing seven Faculty-in-Residence positions. The appointments were announced by Sukhwant Jhaj, vice provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success.
The reTHINK PSU Symposium on Jan. 16 is at capacity for the morning session, including the plenary address by George Mehaffy. However, the afternoon sessions—5-minute concept presentations—are open and require no RSVP. These sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and are in the Smith Union Ballroom. The University community is also invited to the culminating session at 3:15 p.m. The symposium, including the morning session, is available through a live feed at rethink.pdx.edu. READ MORE