January 12, 2009

January 12, 2009


Snow causes little damage

The Portland State campus closed for five days and experienced a few late openings during the December break because of heavy snow. But according to Ray Schaffer, building maintenance supervisor, the facilities and grounds faired better than they did in the January 2007 snowstorm.

"We were prepared," said Schaffer, "and in several locations took a proactive approach with ladders and wet vacs in place."

Some water leaks from snow and ice buildup were reported in the Stott Center, and a more serious leak plagued 437 Neuberger Hall, a computer lab. Also, a canvas equipment warehouse behind the Stott Center totally collapsed.

Burn This now playing at Market Center Building

Set in the bohemian arts world of downtown New York, the PSU Theater Arts production of Burn This is now playing at the New Studio Theater, Market Center Building, 1600 SW Fourth. Performances are Jan. 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Burn This, written by Lanford Wilson, explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of two outcasts who meet after the accidental death of a mutual friend. The production is a thesis project in acting by master's students Sarah MacGregor and William Goblerisch.

OPB show brings presidents to campus

Last Wednesday, President Wim Wiewel and three other Oregon University System presidents discussed "Higher Education in Oregon" for a live taping of Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud radio show, hosted by Emily Harris and David Miller. To listen to the show, go to OPB's Web site.

Joining Wiewel at the event were Dixie Lund, Eastern Oregon University president; Dave Frohnmayer, University of Oregon president; and Ed Ray, Oregon State University president. Read the Portland Tribune story, "New university president speaks to a crowd at PSU along with UO, OSU leaders."

Learn about starting a Green Team

Interested in starting a Green Team in your department or office but don't know where to start? Join the PSU Sustainability Staff Wednesday, Jan. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Native American Center for an information session. RSVP to Sarah Horn at 5-8951 or hornse@pdx.edu.

Native leaders subject of Social Sustainability Colloquium

"Sustainability: Perspectives of Salmon Nation Indigenous Leaders (Round 2)" is the topic of the first Social Sustainability Colloquium for winter term. David Hall, adjunct professor in psychology, will share his graduate work with contemporary Native leaders Friday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Education Building. For the room, contact Marion Sharp at sharpml@pdx.edu or 5-4876.

Hall will share his video and audiotape interviews of leaders from Northwest Native American tribes. His work is intended to stimulate a dialogue around the meaning of sustainability as applied to human systems. This is an encore presentation for Hall. He presented some of his work at a spring colloquium.

Eat haggis at annual Burns Supper

Scottish pipers, dancers, poetry, and whisky tasting headline the Third Annual Robert Burns Supper, Friday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at University Place, 310 SW Lincoln. The dinner, which includes fresh haggis, is a fundraiser for the School of Fine and Performing Arts. For tickets, contact Jodie MacLean at macleanj@pdx.edu or 5-5143.

Wine & Roses moves to Nike campus

It's not too late to buy tickets for this year's Wine & Roses Dinner and Auction at the Nike Tiger Woods Center Feb. 14. However, more than half the tables have already been reserved.

The event benefits Portland State's 16 men's and women's athletic programs. Last year's auction raised $204,000 in scholarship support for 300 student athletes. Read more >



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