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May 18, 2009

Budget Review sessions Thursday and Friday

The campus community is invited to attend a PSU Budget Review session Thursday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Friday, May 22, from noon to 2 p.m. Both sessions are in the Vanport Room, 338 Smith Union. Campus leadership will answer questions about the current budget recommendations.


Vegetable garden planted at president’s house

President Wim Wiewel, his wife, Alice, and son, Sam, helped Portland State students begin planting a permaculture garden at the president’s residence Saturday, May 9. Students came up with the idea as a class project and found willing partners in the Wiewel family.

Working closely with Alice Wiewel, the students plan on planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers that complement each other. The plot is located in the front yard of the southwest Portland residence. The garden includes on-site composting and will take advantage of rainwater diverted from the roof.


Civic Engagement Awards reception, May 20

Excellence in community-based teaching, learning, and partnerships will be recognized at the ninth annual Civic Engagement Awards reception, Wednesday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, 228 Smith Union. Provost Roy Koch will present the awards following Harry Boyte’s keynote speech “We Are the Ones? The Next Stage of Civic Engagement.” RSVP to the Center for Academic Excellence at or call 5-5642.

Boyte is also scheduled to give a free lecture and discussion, “Citizen Solutions: Building the New Civic Movement,” on May 19 at 2 p.m. in 338 Smith Union. Boyte is founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at University of Minnesota. Read more >


Restoring stream banks with plants and people

Installing plants along stream banks helps keep storm water runoff from polluting our waterways. That’s just what 27,000 Community Watershed Stewardship Program volunteers have done to restore 50 acres of our region’s watersheds. For professor Barry Messer, who leads this partnership with the city of Portland, the project cultivates both healthy environments and civic responsibility for students and community alike. Read more >


TriMet celebration on campus this Friday

A TriMet bus parade, celebrating the return of buses to the downtown mall, ends on campus with speeches, prizes, and entertainment Friday, May 22. Campus festivities are expected to begin at 11 a.m. in the Urban Center Plaza. Portland State is the top boarding location in the system and a project partner with TriMet.

At the event, the PSU Steps of Rhythm will dance and the PSU Jazz Band will perform. Speakers are Lindsay Desrochers, PSU vice president of Finance and Administration; Fred Hansen, TriMet general manager; and Portland Mayor Sam Adams. Drummers, the Trail Blazer mascot, and Nomadic Theatre Company performers will accompany the parade, which will include a new MAX train.


For May 2009

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