February 8, 2010

Providing a therapeutic retreat for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors with aphasia are often isolated from society because of their impaired language abilities. Communication professor Susan Poulsen co-founded Stroke Camp Northwest to help. The annual therapeutic retreat allows aphasia survivors and their caregivers to re-establish a social identity. The program, a partnership with Pacific University and American Stroke Association, received a 2009 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Foundation Partnership Award. Read more about outstanding faculty >


Research as a Fiscal Strategy Forum, Feb. 23

The campus community is invited to discuss Research as a Fiscal Strategy Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in 298 Smith Union. Leading the forum are Provost Roy Koch; Bill Feyerherm, vice provost for Research and Graduate Studies; and Kevin Reynolds, Chemistry Department chair. RSVP by Feb. 17 to goldman@pdx.edu.

The forum will expand discussions begun at the Fall Symposium on the local and national fiscal context of higher education and on the recommendations for fiscal strategies proposed by the Long Term Institutional Strategies Committee (LTIFS). Information on the Fall Symposium, "Where Have All the Dollars Gone?" and the LTIFS recommendations are available on the Office of Academic Affairs Web site.


Urban Hydrology

Granite wall plaques and sculptures titled "Urban Hydrology" by Portland artist Fernanda D'Agostino decorate Southwest Sixth Avenue from Hall to Mill Street. The large sculptures set in the street side infiltration strips are based on clean water diatoms. D'Agostino worked with Professor John Rueter in developing her ideas for the plaques, which represent patterns in nature. The public art was commissioned by TriMet.


Help Oregon's hungry

Bring two cans of food and get in free to watch men's basketball Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Stott Center. Or bring your lunch Feb. 22 to 238 Smith Union and donate the usual cost of a purchased lunch to the Oregon Food Bank. Beverages will be provided.

With the support of Portland State's three unions and the President's Office, the University is stepping up its involvement in the Governor's State Employees Food Drive. During February, non-perishable food items may be left in food barrels across campus, and the President's Office, 341 Cramer Hall, is collecting checks for the Oregon Food Bank.


Brand new Viking Mixer this Friday

The first Viking Mixer-a social event for campus community members age 21 and over-is Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in 250 Smith Union. Cost is $5 at the door for food, music, prizes, and a ticket to the PSU vs. Montana men's basketball game, which follows the mixer at 7 p.m. in Stott Center. The event also includes a no-host bar. The Viking Mixer is sponsored by the Portland State Programming Board and PSU Athletics. The board is planning to hold mixers every term.


Thirty-one Vikings earn academic honors

The Big Sky Conference has announced the members of the 2009 Fall All-Academic teams for football, volleyball, women's soccer, and men's and women's cross country. Portland State has 31 athletes from those five sports who have earned Academic All-Big Sky honors. Read more >


Preventing suicide on campus

Faculty and staff are invited to register for a free, all-day "Suicide Prevention on the University Campus" workshop Friday, Feb. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 236 Smith Union. Professor David Capuzzi will discuss the significant concerns of suicide, suicide prevention, and the training needs of members of the University community. For more information, contact Kathy Lovrien at lovrienk@pdx.edu or 5-8165. For registration, call 5-4832.


What is the PSU ReUse Room?

In the fourth week of RecycleMania, PSU Recycles is spotlighting the PSU ReUse Room, where volunteers collect and redistribute gently used surplus office supplies Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 180 Cramer Hall. To donate supplies, put in a Facilities and Planning work request  for "recycling pickup." To volunteer, contact the coordinator at roshelle@pdx.edu or 5-4300. RecycleMania is a 10-week national intercollegiate waste-minimization competition.


For February 2010

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