May 26, 2009
THE LAST CURRENTLY for the 2008-09 academic year will be published electronically Monday, June 1. Deadline for that issue is Wednesday noon, May 27. Currently will be published once in midsummer and will resume weekly publication in the fall.
Detailed, preliminary budget shared
A more detailed but "very preliminary" 2009-10 Portland State budget was presented to the campus community at two meetings last week. Decisions from the governor and the Oregon Legislature will continue to affect it, said Provost Roy Koch and Finance Vice President Lindsay Desrochers. In addition, economic circumstances may require modifications throughout next budget year. Read more >
Molière play opens Saturday
Portland State Theater Arts presents Molière's The Imaginary Invalid at the Winningstad Theatre May 29 through June 7. Professor Glenn Gauer directs a new translation of the 17th century comedy about a hypochondriac set amid romantic triangles, double entendres, and mistaken identities.
The play opens Saturday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winningstad, 1111 SW Broadway, and continues May 31 and June 2 through 7. The May 31 and June 7 performances are at 2 p.m. Cost is $12; $10 for students. Tickets are available at the PSU Box Office. A dress rehearsal performance is May 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating success in sustainability
The campus community is invited to the University's Annual Sustainability Celebration Friday, May 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Native American Student and Community Center. A poster session begins at 3 p.m., and a program that includes remarks by President Wim Wiewel starts at 4 p.m. Refreshments are provided; please consider bringing a reusable beverage container.
The event includes a poster session of faculty and student projects funded by the Miller Foundation grants as well as recognition of the work of student groups and programs focused on sustainability. In addition, outstanding graduating student employees will be recognized. The event is co-sponsored by the PSU Sustainability Office and the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices.
Teaching tools for a more livable world
Professor Rosalyn McKeown knows that education is an essential tool for achieving sustainability. As director of the Learning Gardens Laboratory in southeast Portland, McKeown helps students of all ages learn about sustainability through science, gardening, and nutrition. She also developed a toolkit for education and sustainability used by thousands of educators and community leaders worldwide. Read more >
Acknowledging the importance of civic engagement
Seven faculty members and five programs and partnerships were recognized for exemplary civic engagement at an annual awards celebration last week. Faculty members rewarded for enhancing student learning and responding to community needs are Scott Burns, Peter Collier, Harrell Fletcher, Barbara Friesen, Cynthia Gomez, Priya Kapoor, and Masami Nishishiba.
Programs and partnerships acknowledged for collaboration and commitment to social action are Business Outreach Program, Community Geography Project, Green Empowerment, the Healthy Eating Active Living Coalition, and NEW Leadership Oregon. Read more >
Arab women as a force of change
The status of Arab women is the subject of the free lecture "Arab Women as a Social Force of Development and a Cultural Source of Unity" Friday, June 5, at 3 p.m. in 263 Cramer Hall. The presenter is sociologist and poet Fowzyiah Abu Khalid, a visiting scholar from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia.
Abu Khalid will illustrate and analyze the status of Arab women in five major areas of social life: education, legal status, social position, political participation, and economic and health well-being. The diversity of culture, class, and religion within the socio-historical fabric of Arab countries will be highlighted.
Students' photojournalism at Alberta's Art Walk
Students' photographic perspectives on clean water, green architecture, guerrilla gardening, and other personal and community sustainability efforts are on display and for sale at six locations during the Last Thursday NE Alberta Art Walk May 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. Read more >
New high school to open in PSU University District
The new International High School Portland, adjacent to the PSU campus on Southwest Fifth Avenue, is accepting applications for its founding freshman class, which starts in September. In the spirit of partnership and mutual benefit, the school is offering a $2,000 scholarship to children of PSU employees.
The school follows the International Baccalaureate Programme with all students working toward the full diploma. For more information, go to the school's Web site or visit the school at 2118 SW Fifth Avenue.