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April 13, 2009


Winning campus-community partnership named

First lady Rosalynn Carter awarded first place to PSU's Stroke Camp Northwest at the annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner April 7. The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences camp for stroke survivors and their caregivers won the first-ever Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Partnerships.

Portland State campus-community partnerships competed exclusively for the awards. The Carter Foundation selected three projects out of 26 applications to receive top awards. Stroke Camp won $10,000 for its program. Second-place winners—receiving $5,000 each—were the Portland Public Schools Migrant Education Program and the Community English as a Second Language Project.


Budget information session on Wednesday

President Wiewel, vice presidents Lindsay Desrochers and Cassie McVeety, and Provost Roy Koch invite faculty and staff to the second all-campus budget meeting April 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in 338 Smith Union. They will share updated information on the budget process and answer audience questions.


Nanoscale technology may prove easier on the eyes

A "molecular glue" patented by chemistry professor Mingdi Yan enables faster testing and better bonding of different surface coatings on materials like metals, glass, and silicon. This surface-altering technology has enormous biomedical and high-tech potential. An international company has licensed Yan's work to create contacts with coatings that reduce friction between the lens and eye. Read more >


Creating new classroom space

This spring, the University is using Oregon stimulus funding to remodel Cramer Hall and create seven new classrooms, each with a full suite of technology. The retrofit will add 300 seats for fall term.

"Demand for classrooms is at an all-time high," said Provost Roy Koch, "and we are placing a high priority on creating additional high-quality classroom space that is convenient and accessible for students." Read more >

Real estate students win international competition

A proposal to replace an aging apartment complex in north Seattle with smart, affordable housing won a team of PSU real estate students the "Bob Filley Cup," an award given by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

This marks the second time in four years that a Portland State team has won the cup, defeating teams from University of Washington, Washington State University, and University of British Columbia. The competition is sponsored by the association's Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia chapters. Read more >


Hats off to student employees

The campus community is invited to a Student Employee Reception and Recognition Wednesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. in Smith Union Parkway North. The reception, part of National Student Employment Week, will include food, door prizes, and the selection of Student Employee of the Year from the 27 students nominated by staff and faculty.


Forums planned on faculty governance

The PSU Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee to Assess Faculty Participation and Empowerment is sponsoring campus forums April 14 and 20 and May 11. This is part of the committee's yearlong look at University governance. The first forum is Tuesday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 238 Smith Union. The focus will be faculty governance in general.  

The forums continue April 20 with a look at the changes to governance that would result from greater participation, and May 11 with Prof. Adrianna Kezar, University of Southern California, discussing governance at PSU in the context of changes at universities nationwide. The forums are 3 to 5 p.m. in 238 and 298 Smith Union, respectively.


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