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Symposium, "Stigma, Discrimination and Mental Illness," Kicks Off Public Awareness Campaign

A symposium and workshop on April 27–28 will kick off a public awareness campaign bringing attention to discriminatory behavior toward people with mental illnesses.

Sponsored by Multnomah County Department of Human Services and Portland State University’s Department of Philosophy and Graduate School of Social Work, the free public symposium, “Stigma, Discrimination and Mental Illness: Does It Matter?” takes place Thursday, April 27, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Portland State’s Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296 (1825 SW Broadway, Portland).

Work-life balance (if the boss approves)

A recent survey of human resources professionals revealed that 56 percent of companies surveyed allow employees to address personal or family issues on company time.

Flexible Work Schedule Research by PSU's Graduate School of Social Work

Fifty-six percent of companies surveyed allow employees to address personal or family issues on company time, according to a survey of human resources professionals by the Regional Research Institute (RRI) for Human Services at Portland State University, WorldatWork® and the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP).

Social Work dean selected

Kristine Nelson is the new dean of PSU's Graduate School of Social Work. Nelson joined the Graduate School in 1993 and during her tenure has served as a faculty member, associate dean, and interim dean. Nelson holds a D.S.W. from University of California at Berkeley and has extensive experience in child welfare, family-based services, and cultural issues from her time working at Polytechnic of North London, Southwest Texas State University, and University of Iowa.

PSU Summer Commencement

Nearly 500 students will participate in Portland State University's summer 2005 commencement ceremony; representing the more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees summer term. Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine will deliver the commencement address. Approximately 2,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.

Saturday, August 13, 11 a.m. to noon