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October 13, 2008

October 13, 2008

Travel author keynotes PSU Weekend 2008

Paul Theroux, author of Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, is the keynote speaker for this year's PSU Weekend, Oct. 15-18. His noontime talk, "Changing Times: Changing Tracks," Saturday, Oct. 18, caps a morning of seminars on travel, culture, and diversity. Weekend festivities also include school and department receptions, a class of 1958 reunion, and a celebration of the Dark Horse Comics collection. For a full list of events, visit

Election roundtable next Monday

PSU political scientists will tackle the issues and implications of the upcoming elections at a free Election 2008 Roundtable Monday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 228 Smith Union. Roundtable speakers are Melody Rose on the presidential election, Chris Shortell on congressional elections, Richard Clucas on Oregon and other state elections, and Ron Tammen on foreign policy and international implications. Seating is on a first-come basis.

Emeritus professor meets his scholars

Robert Vogelsang, professor emeritus of Communication, congratulates students Leta Walker and Kelly Brennan as the first recipients of a scholarship he endowed in memory of his wife, Barbara. Vogelsang, who taught at PSU from 1970 through 1990, says the Barbara Exner Vogelsang Scholarship Fund honors his wife's "never ending" support of him, the students, and the faculty.

University leadership meets

Moving Portland State from "biggest to best" was discussed by the University's academic leadership at its annual two-day retreat held last week. The phrase serves as shorthand, said Provost Roy Koch, for the development of high quality, high profile programs and practices that will enrich communities and attract and support student and faculty from around the world.

President Wim Wiewel, the vice presidents, deans, and Faculty Senate representatives participated in the retreat. They worked from a framework that included previous retreat discussions, existing academic priorities, and the five themes introduced by Wiewel at Fall Convocation. Discussions opened with a review of progress made on academic initiatives during the past year and proceeded to a dialogue on the meaning of global excellence at Portland State. Read more >

Designing Sustainability conference this week

The Center for Design and Innovation for Business and Sustainability in the School of Business Administration is holding its second annual International Conference of Business & Sustainability Oct. 15 to 17 in Portland. The conference theme-Designing Sustainability-embraces the philosophy that design is the primary determinant of the social, environmental, and financial impact of products, services, processes, and business strategies.

The conference will include both academic and practitioner forums. Featured speakers are from leading sustainability-inspired businesses such as Intel Corporation, gDiapers, New Seasons Markets, Portland Roasting Company, and many others. For more information, visit

Sociology faculty member passes away

Heather Hartley, associate professor of sociology, died Oct. 4. A private memorial service is planned. Dr. Hartley joined the PSU faculty in 1999. She specialized in the sociology of gender, health, and medicine and introduced six new courses during her tenure. She was a recipient of the John Eliot Allen Teaching Award. She is survived by her daughter, Maya, and her husband, Jeff Gersh.

Internationally acclaimed artist opens lecture series

Andrea Zittel will discuss her unique furniture, dwellings, and clothing-Designs for Living-Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in 212 Shattuck Hall. Zittel is the first of 25 visiting artists scheduled to share their work during the popular MFA Monday Night Lecture Series. All events in the series are free and open to the public. Read more >

For October 2008

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