May 11, 2009
Accolades for Shattuck Hall
Shattuck Hall—the 1915 campus building that recently metamorphosed into a sustainable, up-to-date learning environment—has received new recognition. Last week, it was a featured project of a national green building conference, and the week before, it was a Daily Journal of Commerce 2009 Top Project winner.
Participants at the Living Future conference toured Shattuck and listened to a presentation by architects and engineers from SRG Partnership, PAE Consulting Engineers, and the PSU Department of Architecture. The Shattuck Hall renovation also received a third place award in the $5 to $15 million category from the Daily Journal of Commerce at a Portland event April 30.
Input sought on PSU long-term fiscal strategies
The Long Term Institutional Fiscal Strategies (LTIFS) committee is seeking ideas and strategies from the PSU community as it makes recommendations for the University. An LTIFS Comments page is now posted on the PSU Budget and Planning Web site.
A second LTIFS open session is scheduled May 20 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Smith Union Parkway North on the first floor. In addition, the committee, chaired by Marvin Kaiser, meets each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 491 Neuberger Hall, the College of Liberal Arts conference room. For more information, contact Nancy Goldman by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weighing global issues on a human scale
What conditions promote social equity alongside economic development and environmental protection for developing countries? Sociology professor Veronica Dujon asks her students to consider the human side of globalization and sustainability. It's an approach that they appreciate from Dujon, the first three-time winner of PSU's annual outstanding teacher award. Read more >
A humanistic look at sustainability
Humanities scholars will converge on campus May 14-16 for the inaugural conference "Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities." Author and professor Carolyn Merchant will kick off the conference with a Thursday evening keynote address. The conference continues with panel discussions and an interactive, improvisational theater performance on Friday. All events are free and most take place in PSU's Native American Student and Community Center. Read more >
President's Diversity Awards reception May 13
Professor Jun Jiao and Financial Aid Director Phillip Rodgers will receive 2009 Diversity Action Council awards at an all-campus event Wednesday, May 13, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in 355 Smith Union. The Fifth Annual President's Diversity Awards reception will also honor students Carmen Anderson and Christian Aniciete. Hugh Vasquez, national social justice speaker, will give a keynote talk. Read more >
Partnership Institute sessions open to campus community
Portland State is hosting the first International Partnership Institute Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19, in Smith Memorial Student Union. Scholars from around the country are presenting more than 30 work sessions on "Reciprocal Partnerships: Transforming Higher Education and Community for the Future." The work sessions are free and open to Portland State faculty and staff. Meals and accompanying talks are reserved only events. For a list of work sessions, visit the PSU Center for Academic Excellence partnership Web site.
Children's Book Week at the PSU Bookstore
PSU Bookstore members will save 40 percent on all children's books, K-6 teaching aids, and children's study and skill improvement books May 11-16. Non-members receive a 30 percent discount. Staff, faculty, and students may sign up to be members at the bookstore's customer service counter; membership is free.