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March 2, 2009

Berlin Wall traveling exhibit in the library

Twenty years after its fall, what remains of the Berlin Wall? Students of the University of Paderborn, Germany, photographed the city of Berlin and its people to find out. Their work is now a major touring exhibit, The Berlin Wall: Icons of a Border Installation, on display in the PSU Library from March 3 through April 14.

The students’ photographs record forgotten wall remnants and deserted watchtowers, but they also capture traces of “wall in the mind” through images of the city and its residents and visitors.

News on campus budget reductions shared

Budget reductions ranging from 6 percent in the President’s Office to 1.5 percent in the School of Fine and Performing Arts were explained in an e-mail from President Wim Wiewel to the campus community on Feb. 25. The cuts take effect beginning this month. Read the message >

Professor discusses Native women’s history

Native women have served as chiefs of their people in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. It’s a rich history that Professor Ann Fulton will share at a free Faculty Favorite Lecture on Thursday, March 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the basement of Montgomery Court building. Joining her is Kathryn Harrison, leader of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Fulton is learning Chinuk Wawa, a revitalized language of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. After discovering that Chinookan women in the Columbia and Willamette River Valley could be chiefs, she did more historical research that included Aillapust, a female Native leader in the 1840s and 1850s.

A faculty member for 20 years, Fulton teaches U.S. History, Canadian History, Women and Gender in the United States, and American Family History.

Honor colleagues at Length of Service Awards reception

The campus community is invited to honor colleagues who have served the University for 35, 30, 25, and 20 years at a Length of Service Awards reception Tuesday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom, room 355. For a list of honorees > 

New Electra adaptation premiers Friday

A new adaptation of the Sophocles play Electra premiers Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison. The PSU Theater Arts production continues March 7 and March 10-14 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 and tickets are available at the PSU Box Office in Smith Union.

In this new adaptation of Electra by Frank McGuinness, Sophocles’ 2000-plus-year-old story of revenge is stripped down to a plain-spoken 90 minutes and brought into the 21st century. Devon Allen directs the play; Glenn Gauer is scene and lighting designer; Carolyn Holzman provides choreography; and costume design is by Kim Decker. All are Theater Arts faculty.

Web conversion is live

Portland State’s core Web sites now appear in a new content management system called Drupal. The new site has an improved search feature, allows pages to load faster, and incorporates analytics—information about visitors to its sites. The switch from Saga to Drupal was a joint effort of the PSU offices of Information Technologies and University Communications.

Training in Drupal is offered every Friday in March from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. To register, e-mail Additional trainings will be scheduled.

Information session on new funding opportunity

An information session on the “next round of investment in new or emerging research programs at PSU” is planned for Wednesday, March 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Unitus Building, SW Fourth and Lincoln. The University is funding multi-disciplinary faculty efforts that advance the theme of global excellence.

Bill Feyerherm, vice provost for research, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects are hosting the Q&A information session. Pre-proposals for this opportunity are due March 15. Those unable to attend the meeting may contact Nancy Koroloff at For more information > 

Engineering dean candidates on campus

Meet the four finalists for dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at all-campus sessions this week and next. Candidate Atam Dhawan is scheduled to meet the campus community and give a short presentation Tuesday, March 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 228 Smith Union. On Thursday, March 5, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 327 Smith Union, candidate Renjeng Su will meet with the campus. Dhawan is chair of electrical and computer engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark. Su is engineering dean at University of Colorado Denver.

Mark Law, electrical and computer engineering chair at University of Florida, Gainesville, is scheduled for an all-campus meeting March 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 338 Smith Union. Debra Larson, engineering associate dean at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, will meet the campus community March 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m., also in 338 Smith Union. Candidate schedules and résumés are available on the Web

Events for Humanities Sustainability project start this week

Sustainability—this multifaceted word is on everyone’s lips, but what does it really mean? Citizens and scholars have united to explore this question through a series of public events beginning March 3.

The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State, will explore concepts of sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical theory, and anthropology.

Activities begin with “Food Clothing Shelter,” a sequence of public dialogues in March and April on the meaning and practice of sustainability in daily life. The first discussion, “Food,” is March 3 at 7 p.m. in 294 Smith Union. Speakers are Linda K. Johnson, cross-disciplinary artist and educator; Lois Leveen, writer, ethical food blogger, and performer; Lisa Weasel, PSU biology professor and author of Food Frey: Inside the Controversy Over Genetically Modified Food; and Eric Wynkoop, PSU cultural anthropologist (and former chef).

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