February 27, 2017
Candidates for PSU president visit campus
Four finalists to become the next president of Portland State are expected to make separate campus visits March 7 through March 17. Faculty and staff are invited to attend a 90-minute forum with each candidate that will include a question-and-answer session. The finalists also will meet with student and faculty leadership, community leaders and others. Their names and background information won’t become public until the day before their visit. After the visits, campus and community members will be able to submit feedback to the Board of Trustees, which will make the final decision to appoint a new president. Click here for details.
Celebrating decades of staff and faculty service
Franz Rad, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be honored for his 45 years of service to Portland State during the Length of Service Award Celebration and reception Tuesday, March 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. The campus community is invited to celebrate faculty and staff who in 2016 reached the milestones of 20, 25, 30, 35, and 45 years of service at the University. See a full list of honorees on the Human Resources News & Announcements website.
COTA dean candidates on campus
Candidates for dean of the College of the Arts are scheduled to be on campus March 7 through March 14. The three candidates will give a presentation open to the campus and Portland communities on "The Contributions and Role of COTA in PSU's Strategic Plan" followed by a Q&A session. The candidates names, vitae and a feedback survey will be posted 24 hours before their visit on a Office of Academic Affairs website.
Excellence award nominations sought
Recognize the achievements and service of Portland State colleagues by submitting nominations for the annual Office of Academic Affairs Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards. Nine awards with different criteria are accepting nominations, which can be completed online via the 2017 Excellence Awards Nominations Form. Nominations must be started by March 17 and be completed by April 21.
The Bacchae starts this week
Euripides' tragedy, The Bacchae, was written 2,500 year ago, but its conflict between passion and reason remains disturbingly relevant today. PSU Theater is presenting a contemporary version featuring modern costumes and a Greek chorus that comments on the action of the play through dance and song—choreography by part-time faculty member Tere Mathern and music written by student Matthew Andrews. PSU Professor Richard Wattenberg directs. The play runs March 2-11 in Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets cost $6 to $15 and are available through the PSU Box Office.
Host an activity for Bring Your Kids To Campus Day
All departments, colleges and clubs are invited to participate in Bring Your Kids to Campus Day on April 7 by holding “activity stations” that educate and entertain young children and give them a taste of career exploration. PSU’s Bring Your Kids to Campus Day is a daylong, campuswide celebration open to families of all PSU students, staff and faculty. It is sponsored by the Resource Center for Students with Children. To host an event station, please fill out a participation form.
Join PSU Day at the Capitol
Portland State students, staff, faculty and alumni are heading to Salem on Thursday, April 6, to let state lawmakers know about the unique role the University plays in Oregon and about the pressing need to keep a college degree affordable. The day of activities includes a catered lunch. Learn more and sign up online.
Standout events this week
Special events celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary cartoonist Will Eisner start with "Race, Religion and Stereotypes in Eisner's Comics" on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at noon in 238 Smith Union. Free
Help create parks, plazas, green streets and other open spaces on campus at the PSU Open Space Design Charrette Tuesday, Feb. 28, at noon in 333 Smith Union. Free
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with cupcakes, readings and games on Thursday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Portland State Bookstore in honor of the 19th annual Read Across America Day. Free
Four faculty members give a historical perspective on today's "Protests, Riots and Social Movements," Wednesday, March 1, at 4 p.m. in 338 Smith Union. Free
Fern Hill, a performance of American masterworks by the PSU Orchestra, Vox Femina and Chamber and Man choirs, is Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 5, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson. $12/$7