Each year, Portland State University’s faculty and staff come together to nominate PSU’s most distinguished students for the Student Achievement Awards. Students can be recognized in three categories: Academic Achievement, University Service and Community Involvement. This year, nearly 300 students were nominated, the largest number in recent history. “I am incredibly impressed with the level of hard work and dedication I have come across,” commented J.R. Tarabocchia, Outreach & Advancement Coordinator whose office administers the awards.
Ashley Echang graduated from Portland State in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and received her teaching certificate from the Graduate School of Education in 2012.
Will Parnell, Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education faculty, presented a paper, "A/r/tography and Action Research: Crisis, Empowerment, and Learning in Early Childhood" in the session "Lending Lives: Arts-Based Educational Research as Imaginative Political Pedagogy" at the American Educational Research Association conference in San Francisco, April 29.
Ulrich H. Hardt, Education emeritus faculty, will chair the 29th annual Oregon Writing Festival at Portland State on Saturday, May 4. The festival, co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, brings up to 900 grade 4-12 students and more than 150 teachers and professional writers from across Oregon to campus for a day of celebration of the practice of writing. Hardt was a part of the design team of the OWF and he has organized and chaired the festival since it first came to PSU 25 years ago.