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June 4, 2007

June 4, 2007

THIS IS THE LAST ISSUE of Currently for the 2006-2007 academic year. The newsletter will be published electronically once in mid-summer and will resume weekly publication in the fall.

Faculty to receive top honors at commencement

Scott Burns, David Horowitz, Veda Kindle, and Adriene Lim will receive the University's top awards for excellence at Spring Commencement June 16 at 10 a.m. in the Rose Garden Arena. Former governor Barbara Roberts will give the main address and receive an honorary degree. read more >

Farewell party for Dan Bernstine

Music, refreshments, and "short speeches" are planned in honor of President Dan Bernstine at a farewell party Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. Reservations are not required. Bernstine leaves PSU at the end of June to become president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Everyone is a winner in PSU 'Biggest Loser' contest

Nearly 100 faculty, staff, and students lost more than 870 pounds during the inaugural FitClub Biggest Loser contest. For three months starting in January, people got to know each other as they weighed in, exercised, participated in a listserv, and attended group motivational activities. Three teams won big—$900 each team—supplied by entrance fees, and Toeutu Faaleava won $100 for losing the most weight. read more >

Now arriving: a poster from University Communication

A wall poster—that reminds faculty and staff to use the new PSU visual identity in all communications—is on its way. Please post it prominently in your department. It explains how to replace and recycle your old business card, stationery, envelopes, and other materials with new ones that feature our new logo, new typefaces, and new colors—all by June 30. A tip-filled packet with more details will follow.

PSU communications survey results available

In April, many faculty and staff completed an online questionnaire about communications on campus—in particular how information on University initiatives, employment and personnel, and new and events is received. The response was strong with 27 percent completing the survey and 29 percent of those offering additional comments. To read the full report prepared by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, visit read more >

Student-Center Learning Institute draws international crowd

PSU's first annual International Institute on Student-Centered Learning and Engagement successfully brought together faculty and educational leaders from four countries for a week of in-depth learning and engaged curriculum and program building. More than a dozen PSU faculty and staff served as featured presenters, and PSU community partners and students were involved in the event May 22 to 25.

The institute, sponsored by the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in collaboration with University Studies, will be held again next May. CAE will offer slots for faculty and chairs to participate. The institute is an example of PSU's willingness to share our expertise in engagement on a global scale, said Kevin Kecskes, CAE director of community university partnerships.

For more information, visit the institute Web site at

Athletics sets football game times for 2007

The Vikings will play two home evening games and an unusual three afternoon games in 2007. The 6:05 p.m. home opener under new head coach Jerry Glanville is against University of California, Davis, September 8 at PGE Park. All games will be broadcast on 910 AM KTRO and www. read more >

Reviewers needed for University Studies student portfolios

University Studies is looking for faculty and graduate assistants to assist with its annual review of student portfolios June 26-28. Faculty on nine-month contracts will be paid $175 each day or $25 an hour. Faculty who are on 12-month contracts will be reimbursed by their department or program. Lunches are provided. To sign up or for more information, contact Ann Fallon at or call 5-9423.

For June, 2007

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