January 16, 2007

January 16, 2007

Portland State campus with a snow blanketAfter two days of closure due to snow, the Portland State campus is slowly getting back to normal on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Rescheduled due to snow

The lecture "Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition" by Steven Greenberg will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. Living the Legacy with Charles Johnson has been postponed to a tentative date of Feb. 19.

Higher Ed board reviews governor's budget

The governor's 2007-09 budget recommendation represents one of the most significant investments in higher education in recent history, said Jay Kenton at the Jan. 5 meeting of the State Board of Higher Education. Kenton, vice chancellor for finance and administration, presented a summary report of the budget to board members, which is available at www.ous.edu under documents. read more >

Oregon BEST receives start-up funding

At its January meeting, the State Board of Higher Education approved $270,000 in funding to launch the Oregon Bio-Economy and Sustainable Technologies (Oregon BEST) research center--a collaboration among state universities, government, and industry. An information session on Oregon BEST is planned Jan. 26 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on campus (room to be determined). read more >

Could you be PSU's "Biggest Loser"?

The FitClub, recently started by a group of determined faculty and staff, is holding its first annual Biggest Loser competition starting this month. Teams of three will weigh in Jan. 18 or 19 and compete to lose the largest percent of weight by April 13. Teams or people looking for a team may sign up at www.campusrec.pdx.edu/fitclub. Students are also invited to compete. read more >

Jump start your weight loss goals at Stott Center

The Peter W. Stott Center is a one-stop recreation resource. Take advantage of its basketball courts, racquetball and squash courts, outdoor and covered indoor tennis courts, eighth of a mile running track, 25 meter swimming pool, and circuit (weight and aerobic machines) and weight rooms. Access requires payment of a monthly, quarterly, or yearly fee. read more >

Information fair on new recreation center

The Student Rec Center Committee is hosting an information fair to bring the PSU community up-to-speed on the new rec center, gather feedback, and recruit students, faculty, and staff that might be interested in participating in the process. The fair is Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in 333 Smith Union. read more >

Annual Handwriting Improvement workshop Jan. 20

Portland State's Continuing Education Press will be holding its 11th annual Handwriting Improvement Workshop Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. read more >

Campus giving appreciated

Faculty and staff donated more than $45,000 to Oregon charities through the recent Charitable Fund Drive. The generosity of the campus was appreciated by the supported charities and the four PSU co-chairs Nancy Goldman, Dresden Skees-Gregory, Kelli Lawrence, Amy Ross and the "70 hardworking volunteer representatives," said Ross.

Memorial services planned

Memorial services for emeritus faculty Asher Wilson and Whitney Bates are scheduled this month. Prof. Wilson, who founded the Theater Arts Department, will be remembered Sunday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Portland. A memorial service for Prof. Bates, who came to the History Department in 1961, is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. in 236 Smith Union.

Student Leadership conference tackles integrity

The fifth annual PSU Student Leadership Conference titled "Integrity: What's Its Value?" is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. Adrienne Nelson, Multnomah County Circuit Court judge, is the keynote speaker for the free event, which includes lunch and breakout sessions. Please encourage students to register by Jan. 22 at web.pdx.edu/~salp/leadership_conference.php.

Enter drawing for widescreen TV

PSU Viking Athletics is raffling off a Samsung 56-inch projection television (1080p DLP HDTV) at the Night of Wine & Roses fundraiser Feb. 24, but you need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are $25 and only 1,000 will be sold. Retail value of the HDTV is close to $3,000. Contact Alishia Topper at afb@pdx.edu, to purchase raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit PSU Athletic scholarships.

For January, 2007

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