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January 26, 2009

Budget process discussed at campus meeting

President Wim Wiewel told faculty and staff that he is committed to a "transparent and communicative" budget process at an all-campus meeting Jan. 21. It is too early for firm reduction figures; however, Wiewel, Provost Roy Koch, and Vice President Lindsay Desrochers provided a framework and guiding principals for the budget allocation process, which are on the Web at

"We are clearly facing unprecedented economic challenges—ones that we have not seen in the last 20 to 25 years," said Wiewel. The Oregon Legislature has begun looking at the state budget and could ask for a 5 to 25 percent reduction from state agencies in the next biennium. In addition, state economists are predicting a $600 to $700 million shortfall in this biennium. Read more >

PSU to help students with Oregon Opportunity Grant

The University is assisting students most affected by the shortfall in the Oregon Opportunity Grant program. On a one-time basis, Portland State will use institutional resources to provide 75 percent of previously awarded funds to those whose grants were cancelled. Read more >

Library professor and contributor passes away

Kenneth Butler, library professor emeritus, died Jan. 22. He was 86. Prof. Butler joined Portland State in 1953 as director of the Audio-visual Department and retired in 1988 as the Library's assistant director. Many alumni remember him as Portland State's first soccer coach. A memorial service has yet to be arranged.

Prof. Butler and his wife established an endowment for the annual Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service, which is awarded each spring to a library faculty member. Mrs. Butler passed away in September.

Symphony concert to feature renowned pianist

Orli Shaham, an internationally acclaimed pianist, will perform with the PSU Symphony Orchestra Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. on the Reed College campus in Kaul Auditorium. Admission is free with PSU ID. Read more >

In the news

Read Oregon Public Broadcasting's news story on "PSU, OHSU Unite For New Health Care Management Program."

Faculty guitarist plays at free Noon Concert

Jesse McCann, adjunct music faculty, is the featured performer at a free PSU Noon Concert Thursday, Jan. 29, at The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Avenue. He will perform music by Andrew York, Dusan Bogdanovic, and PSU professor Bryan Johanson.

McCann studied classical guitar with Miroslav Loncar and Natasha Klasinc in Mississippi. He graduated from William Carey College in 2002 and moved to the Pacific Northwest soon thereafter. He recently completed his master's degree under Johanson and is now teaching at PSU and Portland Community College. McCann has also studied under composers Bogdanovic, David Tanenbaum, and Denis Azabagic.

For January 2009

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