Alumni Connections: Spring 2009
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: June 1, 2009

Getting together

MORE THAN 50 alumni, students, and faculty advocates met with Oregon legislators March 12 for PSU Day in Salem, which included lunch with Attorney General John Kroger. Salem area alumni and friends introduced to President Wim Wiewel included Supreme Court Justice Paul DeMuniz '72 and the Hon. Mary Mertens James '78. The PSUAA sponsored a Boise tailgate March 20 for Viking fans at the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, while Portland-area alumni cheered the Viks at viewing parties at McMenamin's Mission Theatre and the Cheerful Tortoise. Young PSU alumni networked at Bridgeport Brewpub in the Pearl District after author Sherry Mueller discussed her book Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development. Don't miss out on future alumni events! Submit your e-mail address at

puzzle master Will ShortzPuzzle master to keynote PSU Weekend

GIVE YOUR BRAIN a workout at what promises to be a truly unique and interactive lecture by Will Shortz, Saturday, October 10. As crossword editor at The New York Times and puzzle master on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Shortz reaches an estimated 50 million people each week with his and other's brainteasers. He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles.

And keep your calendar clear for great reunions, receptions, and other lectures during PSU Weekend 2009, October 9 and 10. Visit for more information.

ALUMNI CAREER NETWORKING The PSU Alumni Association offers two great ways to enhance your professional outreach. Attend exclusive alumni events as a member of PSUAA. Rates begin at $10 for new grads; just visit Or join LinkedIn, the largest online professional social network, for free. Go to and search for PSU alumni.

Hassan bin Abdullah alGhanim and President Wim Wiewel
Hassan bin Abdullah al-Ghanim '80, 2009 Outstanding International Alumnus, talks with President Wim Wiewel at a Gulf Cooperation Council Alumni Reunion in Doha, Qatar, March 26. Al-Ghanim hosted the event.
John Wearty and son
John Whearty '90 and his son celebrate at the alumni tailgate in Boise before the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on March 20.
John Hakanson and Waddah Sofan
Vanport alumnus John Hakanson speaks with Waddah Sofan '05, recipient of the Jahn Hakanson Student Achievement Award, at PSU Salutes on February 26.