Alumni Stories

We’re proud that our graduates are passionate about their beliefs and about moving the world forward. Collaborative and flexible, PSU alumni know what it takes to make an impact, consider problems from unexpected angles and hit the ground running to create change.

We have more than 190,000 alumni living all over the world, making waves in their fields and putting their passion, skills, and dedication to work in their communities.

Here, we share our incredible alumni’s stories.

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Alumnae Wanda McNealy '20 and Sharona Shnayder '20 start the Tuesdays for Trash movement to raise awareness on climate crisis.

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Purposeful Vision

Alumna Nichole Watson '13, MEd '15 perceives a reconstructed community as COVID-19’s silver lining.

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Cybersecurity Expert

Alumna Tarah Wheeler '04 becomes prestigious Fulbright Scholar.

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Critical Response

MIM grads Gabriela Franco '06 and Francisco Cuerva '06 work to facilitate sample collection kits for COVID-19 testing.

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Supporting small businesses

MBA alumni create a volunteer network to help businesses pivot, not panic during COVID-19.

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Vital Alliance

Portland Farmers Market led by Trudy Toliver '84 serves the community and vendors through COVID-19 crisis.

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Unconventional Fare

Alumnus Charles B. Wilson '11 creates a sustainable alternative food source.

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Good Humor

Emmy-award winning alumnus Ian Karmel '10 pitches comedy both day and night.

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Style and Substance

Alumna Rose Jubb '11 ignites confidence in women through image consulting.

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Sweet Magic

Alumna Lee Hedgmon '03 turns her affinity for honey and talent for distilling into a specialty business.

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Peace, Security & Justice for All

Alumna and veteran Pam Campos-Palma's '14 work improves society on a global scale.

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Identity design all-star

Graphic Design alumnus Mario Milosevic '06 leads art direction for the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Art accessibility

Alumna Nellie Scott '08 promotes art as a means of inspiration, education and social justice.

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State of wonder

Alumnus John Waller's '03 sense of adventure elevates his video production company.

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realizing potential

Alumna Zanele Mutepfa-Rhone '15 creates platforms that celebrate diversity and unite communities.

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Growth Mindset

Alumnus Brian Salvador '10 pursues and shares knowledge to empower himself and others.