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Summer 2007

Summer 2007

CURRENTLY will resume weekly electronic publication in the fall. Deadline for the first issue is Wednesday, noon, September 19.

Annual events planned for September

The campus community is invited to the academic year's opening events Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 19, on campus. An orientation for new faculty is scheduled the first day to be followed by Convocation and a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. in Hoffmann Hall. On the following day, workshops and a symposium are planned from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details visit

During the coming year, Faculty Development Funding awards are available for full and part-time faculty, as well as for undergraduate-faculty research. For a list of awards, visit

Major state funding initiative supports Portland State

The Oregon Legislature has approved a budget for 2007-2009 biennium that will begin to address PSU's critical needs for capital improvements, as well as financial support for students and faculty. In particular, state funds will allow the University to move ahead with construction projects for Lincoln Hall, Science Building 2, and the new Academic and Student Recreation Center, which breaks ground with the demolition of the PCAT Building Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. read more >

State board approves new PSU programs and board member

At its July 13 meeting, the State Board of Higher Education approved three new academic programs at Portland State effective fall 2007: a B.S. in environmental engineering, an executive master in public administration, and a graduate certificate in urban design. The board also introduced new board member Hannah Fisher, a Portland State student.

Richard Neuberger remembered with plaque

A plaque was installed this summer in Neuberger Hall to commemorate Sen. Richard Neuberger for whom the hall was named. It is located beside the elevator on the north side of the first floor. Steve Forrester, PSU alumnus and publisher of The Daily Astorian, came up with the idea to recognize Neuberger's contributions to Portland State.

As a writer and politician, Neuberger was instrumental in assuring that the Vanport Extension Center become Portland State University. He predicted it eventually would be Oregon's largest university.

Annual fund brings in more than $1 million

For the first time, Portland State's annual fund passed the $1 million mark at the close of the 2007 fiscal year June 30. This represents a 20 percent increase in annual fund gifts over last year, says Tracy Mendoza, director of annual giving in the Office of Development.

The $1 million encompasses contributions of $1 up to $25,000 from thousands of PSU alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends. Scholarships and programs in every area of the University will benefit from the support.

Athletics media relations wins the gold

For the second year in a row, the Department of Athletics has won top honors for its promotions of PSU sports programs from the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators. They won a gold medal for Best Corporate Sponsorship Program that included Chevron's "Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes" a retail promotion in which fans could win a football trip for two with the team. read more >

University garners favorable opinion in local survey

Results of a recent telephone survey of residents in the Portland metropolitan area indicate that PSU is recognized and respected. Among those most familiar with Portland State, 95 percent have favorable opinions of the University, including 43 percent who gave very favorable opinions. These and many more findings will be presented in various forums on campus in coming weeks. read more >

Final Faculty Senate results

Officers for the 2007-08 Faculty Senate are Richard Clucas, presiding officer; Michael Flower, presiding officer pro-tem; and Steering Committee members Kathi Ketcheson, Jeanette Palmiter, and Patricia Wetzel. In addition, runoffs in three units resulted in Don Dickinson filling the Business Administration vacancy; James Morris representing engineering; and Thomas Bielavitz filling a Library senate seat.

Concert to preview professor's Carnegie Hall appearance

Susan Chan, Music faculty and pianist, will be performing at Carnegie Hall this fall. She will give a preview of that concert Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Performance Hall. The concert is free for PSU faculty, staff, and students. Chan will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Somei Satoh, Chen Yi, Alexina Louie, and the Portland premiere of Doming Lam. read more >


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