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February 2, 2009

About the writing on the wall

Inspired by the potency of the spoken word, artists Stephen Hayes and Linda K. Johnson have created "The Henna Project: A Temporary Tattoo for SMSU." The pair has placed quotes on the walls, floors, rails, and windows of Smith Memorial Student Union. This is one of nine projects commissioned by Portland State and Oregon's Percent for Art Program with funding generated from the remodeling of Smith Union.

The artists created their quotes from conversations with students, faculty, and staff in Smith Union and from others off campus. They looked for "words of transformation and deep meaning that people are inclined to pass on to their family and friends." Read more >

Lincoln bicentennial celebrated

The PSU Friends of History is kicking off a statewide celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birthday with a full week of readings, a movie, a keynote lecture, and a candlelight vigil. Most events are taking place in the PSU History Department offices, 441 Cramer Hall, and are free and open to the public. Read more >

Wearing PSU colors

Portland State Facilities employees show their support for the University each Friday by wearing PSU colors. See more employees and alumni in PSU colors at the College Colors Fridays Web site.

University Research Briefing planned

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Research Administrative Professionals are pleased to announce the third annual University Research Briefing Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in 294 Smith Union. This annual meeting is for administrators, faculty, and staff who are involved in, or interested in, sponsored research. The meeting includes refreshments.

Each year Research and Sponsored Projects provides an update on progress made in expanding funded research at Portland State and strengthening the research infrastructure. President Wim Wiewel will open this year's meeting. Other topics to be discussed are institutional investment, expanding partnerships, assuring research safety and responsibility, and streamlining administrative practices.

New funding opportunity announced

The Office of Academic Affairs has announced that institutional funding is available for new or emerging research programs at Portland State that advance the theme of global excellence. This will be an annual investment. A brief pre-proposal should be submitted by March 16 to the associate vice provost for research and sponsored projects. For details, visit the PSU Research Administration Web site.

Proposed research programs should be multi-disciplinary faculty efforts that address a particular thematic issue or area while meeting these objectives: address "big questions," advance the reputation of Portland State, build on and enhance existing strengths at PSU, and contribute to the University's goal of growing its external funding base.

Attend Student Sustainability Idea Generator

The campus community is invited to review and get involved in more than 50 student-initiated sustainability projects at a Student Sustainability Idea Generator event Thursday, Feb. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. in 328 Smith Union. Admission is free and open to the public.

Waste reduction, food systems, health and the environment, and public art as education are just some of the grant proposals from student-led teams that are now being considered for funding by the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, through the Miller Foundation Grant. Read more >

Football signing day party this Wednesday

The Portland State Football program and head coach Jerry Glanville will host a National Letter of Intent Signing Day Party Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 327 SW Morrison. Viking fans are invited to come and find out about Portland State's new recruits for 2009, and meet coaches and discuss the upcoming season.

Week three of RecycleMania

This week, PSU Recycles! is focusing on energy awareness. PSU is saving energy and money through the use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, which need to be properly disposed of. Office and residence hall representatives who have a burned-out bulb need to request a waste pickup by completing a work order. For more information or supplies, call the campus waste lab at 5-3403.

Student orientation leaders needed

Faculty and staff are encouraged to ask students to apply for positions as 2009-10 Orientation leaders. Students in these positions welcome and assist newly admitted students to PSU. Interested students should come to an information session in 131 Neuberger Hall, Feb. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. or Feb. 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. Students may also go to the Orientation Web site.

Orientation Leaders make sure new students understand the University's academic requirements, learn about student services and resources, and are aware of the social and cultural opportunities at PSU.

Future of PSU wrestling program to be discussed

A new Presidential Task Force on PSU Wrestling is taking testimony on the future of the wrestling program at open forums planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in 238 Smith Union and Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Stott Center. The task force, chaired by Bob Lockwood, is also accepting comments by e-mail at

In the news

Read about Alice Wiewel, "First Lady of PSU," in the Vanguard.

For February 2009

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