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Green Campus Spotlight: PSU Travel Offset Program breaks new ground

PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office has created a Travel Offset Program designed to help mitigate the carbon emission impacts of University travel. The program, which is voluntary, works by charging participating departments an offset fee that amounts to 2 percent of total travel expenses.

Assistant Dean Jennifer Chambers wins national award for business officers

Jennifer Chambers, assistant dean of finance and administration for Portland State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has won the 2015 Rising Star award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. 

Oregon May Fund Colleges Based On Graduation Rates

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The Higher Education Coordinating Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal that would change how Oregon’s seven public universities are funded.

Universities get 80 percent of their state funding based on enrollment. The higher ed commission would instead base 50 percent on graduation rates.

New energy and water efficiency projects selected for PSU’s Green Revolving Fund

After the successful implementation of seven projects meant to improve Portland State’s campus infrastructure while cutting down on utility costs, a second round of projects has been selected for funding through the University’s Green Revolving Fund. Established in 2013 with a $500,000 initial investment, the fund pays for energy and water efficiency upgrades on campus. The resulting savings in utility costs are reinvested back into the fund to finance new efficiency projects. 

PSU Community Chorus: 1st Rehearsal of Spring Term

PSU's Community Chorus invites new and returning members to join the choir for spring term. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 12:50 p.m. in the Choir Room (Cramer Hall 453). The choir's first rehearsal is Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Anyone can join. There is no audition and the choir consists of all levels of singers.

The Watcher Files Exhibition at ASRC

Artists Garrick Imatani (Lewis and Clark) & Kaia Sand (Portland State) have been in residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) since 2013. In October 2014 they presented selections of their work at the North Portland Library. Now, in the final exhibition of their residency, they have installed artworks in the lobby of the Portland State University Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC) with additional works on the fifth floor adjacent to the PARC.

Committee approves police proposal; board to discuss it Dec. 11

The PSU Board of Trustees Special Committee on Campus Safety on Monday approved a resolution to establish a campus police force. The proposal now moves to the full Board of Trustees, who will take up the issue on Thursday, Dec. 11.