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March 9, 2009


This is the last issue of Currently for winter term. The newsletter will resume weekly electronic publication March 30, with a Tuesday noon, March 26, deadline.

Professor's art in Littman Gallery

An exhibition titled Lookout/Outlook by Rita Robillard, Portland State professor of art, is at the Littman Gallery during March. The fire lookout tower, a North American cultural icon, influences Robillard's installation. She gives it a historical view—from a 360-degree perspective—bringing the viewer into the lookout tower's geographical landscape and ecological history. Littman Gallery, located in 250 Smith Union, is open weekdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Robillard joined the University's Art Department in 1999. Her mixed-media work has been widely exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Her work is included in more than 20 public collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Yale University Library, the National Academy of Art in China, and Museu da Gravura in Brazil.

Criminal Justice earns top rankings

A study in the March issue of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education has ranked Portland State among the top 10 "rainmaker" criminal justice MA/MS granting institutions. It was ranked in the top 10 for both award size and for total number of grants. The study covered the years 1997 to 2007.

"We're particularly proud to point out that our own Brian Renauer was named as one of the ‘top 10 scholars by total number of federal agencies,'" said Laura Hickman, Division of Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty. Renauer is chair of the division. This top 10 list also includes faculty from Ph.D. granting institutions.

Length of Service Awards reception on Tuesday

The campus community will honor Kathy Grove and Charlie Miller for their 35 years of service to Portland State at the Length of Service Awards reception Tuesday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Smith Union Ballroom. Congratulate colleagues who have also served the University for 30, 25, and 20 years. For a list of honorees >

Happy birthday Oregon

Teresa Bulman, PSU Geography professor (middle), and Gwenda Rice, Southern Oregon University, recently presented Gov. Ted Kulongoski with a new Student Atlas of Oregon. The atlas, published by the Oregon Geographic Alliance, was given in honor of Oregon's 150 years of statehood.

The Oregon Geographic Alliance, housed in the PSU Geography Department, works to improve K-12 geography education in Oregon. The new atlas is primarily for upper elementary and middle school classrooms, but many of the maps are appropriate for high school level. The atlas is online and free. Hard copies may be purchased from the OGA Office, and lesson plans will soon be available online.

Engineering dean candidates on campus

The final two candidates for dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science are on campus this week. Meet Mark Law in an all-campus session March 10 and Debra Larson on March 12. Both sessions are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in 338 Smith Union. Law is the electrical and computer engineering chair at University of Florida, Gainesville, and Larson is the engineering associate dean at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Candidate schedules and résumés are available on the Web.

Last week, the campus community met with candidates Atam Dhawan, chair of electrical and computer engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark; and Renjeng Su, engineering dean at University of Colorado Denver.

Watch the Vikings play at Big Sky Tournament semifinals

The men's basketball team will compete in the Big Sky Conference Tournament on Tuesday, March 10, in Ogden, Utah, when they play in a semifinal game as the No. 2 seed against an opponent to be determined. The 4 p.m. (Pacific Time) game will be televised on Comcast Sports Net, channel 37.

This past weekend, the women's team was competing for No. 1 seed in the Big Sky and the right to host the conference tournament, March 12-14. Those games can be seen on the Web. Visit the GoViks site for details.

With two wins in the tournament, the men's team can still earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament. There is a precedent: in the previous 33 Big Sky Conference Tournaments, a team other than the regular season champion has won the title 13 times.

For March 2009

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