May 14, 2007

May 14, 2007

Vinegar Tom opens next week

A 17th century witch hunt with contemporary musical commentary sets the scene for the Theater Arts production Vinegar Tom playing May 24 through June 2 in Lincoln Performance Hall. The Caryl Churchill play explores female sexuality and persecution and is for mature audiences. Tickets are $8.50 for faculty and staff and may be purchased at the PSU Box Office. read more >

Annual Civic Engagement Awards May 17

The Center for Academic Excellence and Carnegie Conversation Series will present the Seventh Annual Civic Engagement Awards Thursday, May 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 228 Smith Union. Peggy O'Brien, senior vice president for education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will present "The World is Concave." A reception with refreshments will follow. RSVP by Tuesday, May 15, to or call 5-5642. read more >

Hatfield School inks agreement in China

A recent delegation to China, led by professors Marcus Ingle and Douglas Morgan of the Executive Leadership Institute and Ronald Tammen of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, established a new training program for Chinese government officials. With Lanzhou University and the Gansu Provincial government, the Hatfield School will train Chinese officials in public management techniques in China and at PSU. The program is funded by the Chinese government and Chinese businesses. read more >

Conversation on student suicide this Tuesday

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college age men and women. Caring for our students while balancing the institution's legal obligations is the subject of a panel discussion May 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in 236 Smith Union. To register, contact the Center for Academic Excellence at or call 5-5642. read more >

Cowles provides $500,000 challenge for Opera program

The School of Fine and Performing Arts hopes to raise $1 million in endowment funds to receive a generous matching gift of $500,000 from Jeannine B. Cowles. A long-standing supporter of PSU opera, Cowles will match every $200,000 raised with $100,000 to underwrite student opera productions presented annually by the Department of Music. For more information, contact Trish Trout, director of development in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, at 5-3396 or read more >

University's business incubator holds open house

A 30-year battery, PC gaming software, and eco-friendly pest management are just a few of the projects percolating in Portland State's Business Accelerator. The center and its 17 high-tech, start up companies are holding a job fair and open house Friday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in room 209 at 2828 SW Corbett Avenue. Reservations are appreciated; call Christopher Axtell at 5-2312 or e-mail read more >


News from the Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Senate recently passed two bills involving higher education. House Bill 2823 grants honorary college degrees to Japanese American students who were enrolled in a state university and sent to an internment camps in 1942. HB 2579 adds a faculty member from a regional university to the State Board of Higher Education. For this and more information, see Legislative Update at



Diversity Initiative call for lesson plan proposals

The Office of the President's Diversity Initiative is requesting lesson plan proposals that facilitate open dialogue in classrooms. All PSU faculty and staff are welcome to apply. The 12 lesson plans selected will be awarded $350 each. Proposals are due by e-mail May 21 in the Office of the President's Diversity Initiative. Application forms are available at For more information, e-mail or call 5-5919.


Annual 'Fiscal Year End Closing Meeting' this Wednesday

The Office of Business Affairs' annual "Fiscal Year End Closing Meeting" is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in 355 Smith Union. Only the first 150 reservations will be accepted. Additionally, the Accounts Payable Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 9 to 11 a.m., 296 Smith Union. Space is limited to 75 people. Send RSVPs and questions to Tyrene Bada at



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