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November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008

The Triumph of Love opens Friday

A new adaptation of the 18th-century play The Triumph of Love premiers before Oregon audiences Friday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison. The PSU Department of Theater Arts play continues Nov. 22, 25, 26, 28, and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or at the PSU Box Office. Reservations are recommended.

The Triumph of Love is a tale of mistaken identities in which an accidental princess masquerading as a young man attempts to woo her prince charming, while raveling and unraveling not one, but three loves. In this new translation by Stephen Wadsworth, love is transformative rather than a folly as in Pierre Marivaux's original play. Karin Magaldi, associate professor of theater arts, directs. Read more >

New graduate degree with OHSU

Portland State and Oregon Health & Science University are now accepting applications for a new joint Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. Recently approved by the State Board of Higher Education, the MBA is one of a kind in the Pacific Northwest. The part-time, mostly online program begins in January and is for working professionals who seek to become leaders in the health care industry.

PSU's Graduate Business Programs Office is holding an information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 to talk about the new MBA as well as the other unique business degrees offered at PSU. The information session will be held in 238 Smith Union. Read more >

Epidemiologist to give Faculty Favorite Lecture

Siobhan Maty, assistant professor of community health, will discuss "Social Determinants of Health" for the Faculty Favorite Lecture Series Thursday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Women's Resource Center, Montgomery Court building basement.

Maty, who joined the PSU faculty in 2003, is a social epidemiologist with expertise in measuring the social factors of epidemic diseases and their influence on health outcomes, and in designing and analyzing epidemiologic studies. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on epidemiology and social inequities in health. She recently co-authored a paper on Type 2 Diabetes that appeared in the American Journal of Public Health.

Former dean passes away

S. John Trudeau, first dean of Portland State's School of Fine and Performing Arts and a founder of the outdoor Britt Music Festival in Jacksonville, died Nov. 3 of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 81.

Dean Trudeau came to PSU in 1956 and rose through the ranks to full professor, music department chair, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, and finally dean of Performing Arts, from which he retired in 1986. He was also principal trombonist with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra for 13 years and conducted the Columbia Symphony for 14 years. In 1963, he helped found the Britt Music Festival. He recently wrote a book about the festival, Touches of Sweet Harmony.

Dean Trudeau is survived by his wife, Elizabeth O. Trudeau, and their four children and seven grandchildren. The family is planning to hold a memorial service on campus details yet to be announced.

University initiative ideas on the Web

The Office of Academic Affairs is reviewing the more than 350 ideas that emerged from faculty and staff breakout sessions at the September fall symposium. The ideas include new or enhanced University initiatives for the five guiding themes presented by President Wim Wiewel earlier that day in his convocation speech.

Initial reviewers sorted the ideas into sub-themes available in a table on the Academic Affairs "Ideas for Action" Web site. Academic Affairs plans to share the ideas with various administrative units for additional review and decisions on which ideas have support and can be implemented. Updates will continue to be posted on the Web site.

Estate gift pledges on the rise

Planned gift pledge totals recently shot past the $10 million mark, according to the PSU Office of University Development. This represents a 400 percent increase since July 2006. The pledge totals include amounts PSU will ultimately receive from trusts, charitable gift annuities, and bequests from individuals who have named Portland State in their estate plans.

Coaching legend Jack Dunn to be honored

Former Portland State baseball coach Jack Dunn, who guided the Vikings to 20 straight winning seasons after 19 years in the Portland Interscholastic League, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in San Diego, Jan. 3.

Dunn retired from Portland State in 1994, at a time when the Vikings were members of the Pac-10 Conference. He played a positive role in the lives of hundreds of student-athletes while his teams competed on even terms with better-funded programs from the West Coast and throughout the nation. Dunn compiled a 630-439 record in 20 seasons at Portland State, winning NorPac titles in 1977 and 1984. He is a member of the Portland State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Previously honored by the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Dunn has just published a book, From the Third Base Coaches Box, which chronicles his winning baseball strategies. He and former PSU athletic director and baseball coach Roy Love continue to instruct Little League players for two weeks each June at their Metro Baseball Camp held at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.

Survey coming on shared governance perspectives

The Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Participation and Empowerment will be e-mailing a survey request to all Senate-eligible faculty members asking their experience and perspectives on shared governance at PSU. The committee encourages faculty to take a few minutes to complete the survey and help "shape the future of shared governance at PSU."

Portland State in the news

"Enrollment at Oregon's public universities hits record high"  recently appeared in the Oregonian, and "Portland State University endowment will further study of sustainable development" is featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce.


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