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November 3, 2008

November 3, 2008

Help a student-parent family

Many Portland State student-parent families have a hard time making the holidays special for their children because of the financial burden of school. PSU departments are invited to "adopt" a family through Student Parent Services by Nov. 14. Each department will receive an adopted family's list of needed items, which should be purchased and ready for pickup Dec. 9. For more information, call 5-5655.

Faculty Favorite Lecture Series

Scott Burns, professor of geology, is the featured speaker Thursday, Nov. 6, for the Faculty Favorite Lecture Series sponsored by the Women's Resource Center. The weekly lectures are each Thursday at 1 p.m. in the center's living room-like facility in the basement of the Montgomery Court building. Burns will discuss the "Origin of Oregon: Geological History over 200 Million Years."

Oregon's geological story has much to do with the monumental sculpting and scouring caused by the ancient Bretz Floods. At their height, the waters covered The Dalles in 800 feet of water, and Portland was 400 feet below the high water mark.

Burns, a PSU faculty member for the past 18 years, is often called on by Oregon media to discuss landslides and geological incidents around the state. He is also an expert on terroir: the relationship between climate, soil, and geology in wine production.

Meeting to discuss campus child care options

Interested in increased child-care services on campus? Staff, faculty, and students are invited to discuss the issue at a brainstorming session Friday, Nov. 7, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Helen Gordon Child Development Center, 1609 SW 12th. Child Development and Families Services wants input as it crafts a needs assessment to expand early childhood programming. For more information, contact Lola Lawson at 5-5655 or

Amen to share documentary film expertise

Steve Amen, excutive producer and host of Oregon Field Guide, is this year's artist-in-residence in the Theater Arts Department. His show is the highest rated, locally produced program among PBS stations. He will teach Documentary Field Production winter and spring terms

Amen, a 1986 graduate of PSU's speech communication program, has been with OPB for more than 20 years. Prior to that, he spent seven years in commercial news as a producer, reporter, executive producer, and news director. Since joining OPB, Amen has headed up numerous documentary projects, including a PBS Frontline documentary, the "Oregon Story" series, and HBO's "Teen Killers: A Second Chance." His projects have received one national and seven regional Emmys as well as awards from CINE, the New York Film Festival, and the American Film/Video Festival.

Faculty and student ethics presentations sought

The Student Leadership Development Steering Committee seeks interactive and engaging proposals for presentations, hands-on workshops, and panelist sessions around the theme "Ethics & Social Responsibility" for the Seventh Annual Student Leadership Conference in January. Proposals in which faculty partner with students or students partner with each other are strongly encouraged. Submit proposals on the Web. For more information or to suggest a potential presenter, call 5-4422 or e-mail

The conference is scheduled for Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Smith Union. Organizers hope to engage participants in critical thought about the role that ethics and social responsibility plays in leadership, while giving experienced student leaders an opportunity to share their knowledge in a format that will bolster their résumés and help them cultivate relationships with other students and faculty at PSU. Student leaders who range in expertise from novice to accomplished will attend the conference, so proposals that speak to a diverse audience are welcomed.

For November 2008

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