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April 6, 2009

New engineering dean named

Renjeng Su, professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Colorado Denver, has been named dean of Portland State's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Su, who brings 27 years of experience in the field of engineering, will join the PSU faculty on July 1. He replaces Robert Dryden, who retired as dean in August 2008, and Dick Knight, who has served as interim dean during the search process.

Su's primary focus is on systems science and mathematics. During his seven-year tenure at University of Colorado Denver, Su launched a long-term initiative in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure, tripled sponsored research in sustainability, and won a $400,000 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need fellowship for sustainable urban infrastructure. His college was also awarded sustainability research projects to work with officials in the Colorado cities of Denver, Central City, and Commerce City, and with the Colorado governor's office.


PSU receives campus internationalization award

The NAFSA: Association of International Educators recently announced that Portland State is one of five colleges to receive the 2009 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative efforts in campus internationalization.

"This huge achievement, and the national and international recognition that goes along with it, is testimony to the hard work, excellence, and creativity of the Office of International Affairs and those with whom we collaborate across the University," said Gil Latz, vice provost of International Affairs. Read more >


Reaping the facts and weeding the myths about eco-roofs

Saving energy and promoting sustainability through green building makes good business sense. Assessing these green building features is mechanical engineering professor David Sailor's research focus. How well do eco-roofs perform in different climates? What's not working? Together with researchers and industry, Sailor is making sure that the beauty of eco-friendly renderings translates into effective green building performance. Read more about Sailor's research >


Taking on Verdi

Universities rarely perform Verdi operas with their demanding voice and instrumental scores. However, PSU is doing just that with a student orchestra and an almost all-student cast.

Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff plays April 13, 15, 17, and 19 under renowned stage director Tito Capobianco. With Lincoln Hall under construction, the 7:30 p.m. performances and 3 p.m. Sunday matinee are at St. Mary's Academy, 1615 SW Fifth Ave. An open dress rehearsal is scheduled April 11 at 2 p.m. Cost is $13 for faculty and staff, and tickets are available at the PSU Box Office and at the door.

The lyric comedy opera is based on Shakespeare's larger-than-life character Falstaff, as he comically attempts to woo two wealthy married women using identical love letters.


Register for inaugural events

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in festivities and a town hall celebrating the inauguration of President Wim Wiewel on May 1.

The day begins with "Building University-Community Partnerships for a Sustainable Regional Economy," a town hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Smith Union. Cost is $25 and includes lunch; registration required.

All staff and faculty may walk in an inaugural procession, with participants gathering at 1 p.m. in the Shattuck Hall Annex. Those not in regalia will follow those who are. The inauguration ceremony is from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum followed by a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in Smith Union and a free All-Steinway Concert in the ballroom from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVP for these events by April 15.


University finishes RecycleMania in top 35 percent

Portland State ranked 49th out of 151 schools in the waste minimization category at the conclusion of RecycleMania 2009, a 10-week national intercollegiate competition. Staff, faculty, and students generated 3.93 lbs of waste per person, the lowest amount generated in two years of competing in RecycleMania.

PSU Recycles! thanks the University community for taking part in RecycleMania and encourages everyone to continue to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

On June 5, PSU Recycles! will begin collecting for Chuck It for Charity, a campus-wide rummage sale to benefit Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers. They will collect reusable household items, fabric-free furniture, and quality used clothes.


In the news

President Wim Wiewel was featured on the cover of the April issue of Sustainable Industries Magazine.

KGW News reported on demos of "two-tiered" bicycle racks being considered for installation in the soon-to-be constructed Bike Hub: "PSU adds double-deck bike racks."


New financial irregularities hotline

The Oregon University System (OUS) and Portland State administration want to make the University community aware of an additional resource for reporting potential fiscal irregularities. In addition to the PSU Campus Financial Irregularities Committee, OUS has now established a hotline accessible by phone at 1-888-304-7810 or on the Web  for reporting potential fiscal irregularities. The OUS Fiscal Irregularity Policy, including information about the new hotline, is available on the Web.


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