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Alumni Connections: Winter 2007
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: February 8, 2007

Alumni Association event snapshots

The PSU Alumni Association sponsors all kinds of activities and events for alumni and friends throughout the year. Here are a couple snapshots taken during festivities in 2006:

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President Bernstine attended a "young alumni" networking event for recent grads. Mary Cunningingham, former student government president, and Marshal Jevning '96, chair of the Alumni Association's Connections Committee, organized the informal event that attracted some 45 grads and friends. Watch for more networking events.

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Alumni and faculty gathered at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse for the annual Intel/PSU alumni picnic, sponsored by the Alumni Association and Intel. Pat Squire MPA '95, assistant vice president for Alumni and Constituent Relations, and Mary Coniglio, assistant Alumni director, thanked Krishnakumar "Krishna" Regupathy '99 for being an Intel alumni spokesman. Regupathy is a member of the Association's Marketing Committee.

 

Honoring our own on May 10

Please join us in celebrating the outstanding achievements of alumni, faculty, and friends at PSU Salutes, Thursday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. Recipients of this year's awards will be announced in March. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

If only you were there

  • Megan CoreyLet 'er Buck was the rallying cry for an alumni event in Pendleton during the Pendleton Roundoup. Megan Corey (pictured), former PSU softball standout (and former Roundup Queen), carried the PSU flag in the Westward Ho parade.
  • The Roundup was a great reason to host an event in Pendleton, which attracted 60 alumni and friends, including 11 who were breaking in new cowboy boots.
  • More than 100 alumni and faculty ate burgers and birthday cake at the annual Intel alumni reception celebrating 30 years for Intel, 60 for PSU, and the 800 PSU alumni who work for Intel.
  • San Francisco opened her golden gates to 65 alumni and friends at the Waterfront Restaurant the Friday evening before the PSU Vikings vs. Cal Bears football game. California wine was popular, the view of the Bay was spectacular, and 112 great alumni stories were shared.
  • "Get on Board" was the theme of a bus trip and tailgate event at the Vikings vs. Oregon Ducks football game on chilly October day. Two buses with rabid fans arrived at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, some 100 came to the tailgate event, and the score? Wait 'til next time.
  • PSU Weekend hosted keynote speaker Scott Simon of National Public Radio, and General Merrill "Tony McPeak for the 16 annual event. Hundreds of people learned about the Middle East, enjoyed yoga and opera, and supported life-long learning.

A job she can relate to

Yoko SakurauchiYOKO SAKURAUCHI MA '04 knows what it's like to be an international alumna. A native of Matsue, Japan, she faced language and cultural hurdles when she first came to the United States—which is why her job keeping international alumni connected to PSU is so appropriate.

"I find it interesting to promote cultural understanding and build networks and connections with our international alumni," says Sakurauchi, who is pursuing a doctorate in education with an emphasis on intercultural education.

Sakurauchi became interested in different cultures when her father, a high school teacher, and her mother, a middle school teacher, hosted an American family in their home. This prompted her to go on exchange programs to the U.S. At PSU, Sakurauchi met and married Jeff Hwang MBA '04.

U.S. language and culture are much easier for Sakurauchi today, but she remembers the difficult times, including a problematic stop by a state trooper.

In Japan, drivers step out of their cars and greet police officers who have pulled them over. It is the polite thing to do. Sakurauchi and her girlfriend knew something was wrong when this action caused the trooper to place his hand on his gun and start yelling. At that time their language skills were rudimentary, but the incident ended positively-with no ticket but a clear understanding that their burned-out headlight needed replacing.

"I've learned to stay calm in most situations," says Sakurauchi, whose skills were essential last year as she worked with alumni in Tokyo on a successful reception that attracted more than 120 alumni and friends.

If you know of an international alumnus who has lost contact with PSU, contact Sakurauchi at intalum@pdx.edu; she will handle it just fine.

Saudi Arabia connections

Mazyed Almazyed '69, MST '70, cultural attache for the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, was in town in November giving the keynote speech at "Experience Saudi Arabia," a cultural event co-sponsored by the Friends of Saudi Arabia and the PSU Middle East Studies Center. Exhibits, receptions, lectures, a women's brunch, and a formal friendship banquet highlighted the week of activities.

The events provided a preview to the Fourth Annual Alumni Reunion scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. For information about the reunion, contact Pat Squire or Professor John Damis.

Pictured with Dr. Mazyed Almazyed (right) are Dr. Selwa Al-Hazzaa, Arab Woman of the Year and chair of the Friends of Saudi Arabia, and her son Meshal Al-Obaidalla.