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PSU Library publishes five open textbooks written by faculty

Portland State University Library has published five open textbooks authored by PSU faculty for PSU students. In their first term of use, these textbooks saved students more than $23,800.

Textbooks costs are growing and can be a significant barrier for students. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that, in the 2012-13 academic year, students at public universities paid an average of $1,250 for textbooks and supplies. 

Fulbright students visit Portland State for seminar on civic engagement, sustainability

Portland State University will host 137 Fulbright students from 66 countries this week for the Portland Fulbright Enrichment Seminar. The U.S. Department of State, administrator of the Fulbright Program, chose Portland State for its leadership in civic engagement and sustainable development.  

Statesman Journal editorial: Oregon universities need Legislature's help

The state's universities are in transition — especially the smaller, more rural ones — and they desperately need the Legislature's help.

Oregonian opinion: Higher education needs more state support

Just about all state programs have regained pre-recession levels in the state budget, except for higher education. With inflation and increased enrollment, the seven university presidents calculated a $755 million appropriation to make the system whole -- always a relative term around here -- and neither the former governor's budget nor the new Ways and Means co-chairs' budget gets even close to $700 million.

Portland Tribune: Teacher of teachers seeks election to PPS board

Julie Esparza Brown, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education, is running for Portland Public Schools board in the southwestern Zone 1, currently Ruth Adkins’ seat. As of press time, her sole opponent was former PPS student representative and current Portland State University student Andrew Davidson.

The Guardian: Foodie heaven in a parking lot - what's the secret of Portland's success?

PSU faculty members Ethan Seltzer and Carl Abbot are cited in this article about Portland's urban growth boundary and its influence on food cart culture. 

Read the original story in The Guardian. 

Whenever I go to Portland, Oregon – my favourite city in America – I immediately catch the train downtown and make straight for the food carts on 10th Avenue and Alder Street. This spectacular collection of micro-eateries never disappoints.

Central City Concern creates scholarships for employees to attend PSU

Central City Concern, a Portland-based social service agency, has established four annual scholarships for its employees at Portland State University.

The scholarships, for $2,500 each, are part of Central City Concern’s ongoing efforts to provide career development services for more than 700 employees. Roughly half of the people who work at Central City Concern are living in recovery and many have worked their way through its rehabilitation programs to earn full-time jobs at the agency.

Portland Tribune: PSU wins Tree Campus USA title

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Portland State University has claimed a new title: Tree Campus USA.

PSU received the honor this month by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management on its 49-acre campus downtown.

Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, sponsored by Toyota.

The Oregonian: Portland State University's Bike Hub sets its bike theft prevention strategy apart

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A recent Portland State University survey showed that about 13 percent of the school's staff and faculty, and 9 percent of its students commute to the downtown campus by bicycle. 

"The bike counts keep increasing each year," said Clint Culpepper, manager of the school's Bike Hub, which sells gear, rents bikes and provides maintenance services. 

Portland State set to increase local food purchases

Local and sustainable food choices at Portland State will soon be on the rise, thanks to a revision to PSU’s dining services contract. 

Under the new amendment developed by the Campus Sustainability Office and PSU’s food services provider, Aramark, PSU Dining will increase total local and third-party certified food expenditures each by 5 percent annually, based on purchases made in 2014.