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April 20, 2009


Budget scenario shared with campus community

Last week, President Wim Wiewel told an overflowing crowd of faculty and staff that a 20 to 22 percent budget reduction in state funding is likely in 2009-10. The more extreme 30 percent cut suggested by the governor is improbable for higher education, explained Wiewel, because it would conflict with a stipulation in the federal stimulus bill.

A 20 percent reduction equates into a $28 million cut, said Vice President Lindsay Desrocher, who added that at this point it is a “planning exercise.” The process requires balancing revenues with reductions, Desrocher explained, while retaining quality. That balancing act is likely to affect salaries, resulting in a 4.6 percent cut across the board or possibly on a sliding scale, depending on union negotiations. In addition, a reduction of 40 to 50 staff and faculty positions could happen as soon as July 1. Both Desrocher and the president expect many of these reductions will come from unfilled vacancies.

The 20 percent reduction scenario, said Desrocher, would also result in a 13 percent resident tuition increase and 10 percent hike for graduate and non-resident students. Differential tuition is also being considered for some programs in the School of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

For more information, visit the PSU Budget Process Web site.


Cooking up a killer app. TB and malaria, beware!

Carbon neutral biofuels. Compounds to fight malaria, bacteria, and TB. These are just a few of the end products that professor Kevin Reynolds is cooking in his lab. Fermentations and microorganisms are the ingredients to a potent concoction: a safer, cheaper, cleaner, more sustainable future. For a video >


Committee seeking input on fiscal strategies

The Committee on Long Term Institution Fiscal Strategies is holding an open session for the campus community Monday, April 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 333 Smith Union. Chaired by Marvin Kaiser, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the committee is considering long-term operational and organizational efficiencies, and revenue enhancement strategies for the University.


Tyler Geving named men's basketball coach

The Athletics Department has elevated Tyler Geving to head men's basketball coach and charged him with furthering the development of the most successful era in Viking basketball history. His selection as the 12th head coach in Viking basketball history comes after four seasons as the number one assistant to former coach Ken Bone, and the last two seasons as associate head coach. Read more >


Picture book of Portland State released

The campus community is invited for a first look at Portland State: A History in Pictures. The book, by Richard Sanders and Brent Schauer, was a three-year project of the Retirement Association of Portland State. A wine and cheese book launch party is planned for Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Millar Library. Books will be available for purchase.


Outstanding student employees named

Judith Waswa was chosen 2009 PSU Student Employee of the Year at the annual Hats Off reception April 15. Waswa works in international admissions in the Office of Admissions, Registration and Records. Four outstanding honorees were also recognized: Nikki Nguyen. Financial Aid; Jeff Pinkerton, New Student Programs; Zena Piccolo, Women's Resource Center; and Tammy Gomez, Office of the Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. See the students accept their commendations on video.


2009 official cycling jerseys for sale

Campus Rec has partnered with the cycling club to offer a bike jersey that’s different from the rest. Worn by President Wim Wiewel and recently seen in the New York Times, the jersey is used by cycling club members and is now for sale to anyone who would like to wear Portland State colors in support of the University.

The jerseys are available in short- and long-sleeve versions, and matching caps may also be purchased at the PSU Market in Smith Union and from the Rec Clubs Office in 47 Smith Union. See them at >


Call for University Studies portfolio reviewers

University Studies is looking for faculty and graduate assistants to assist with its annual review of student portfolios June 17-19. Faculty will receive $25 an hour or $175 each day to focus on writing, quantitative literacy, or diversity of human experiences. Lunch is provided. To sign up or for more information, contact Rowanna Carpenter at or call 5-3445.


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