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Portland State Celebrates Leap Year With Tweetup for Social Media Fans
Author: Christian Aniciete, Communication & Events Lead
Posted: February 23, 2012

Portland, OR – The Office of University Communications will have students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends “leapin” for joy this Leap Day when they host the third Portland State "Tweetup" from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 29 in the Smith Union Viking Game Room, 1825 SW Broadway. The Tweetup, sponsored by PSU Viking Game Room, University Market Store, Ben & Jerry’s and New Avenues for Youth, Google Places, and Big Town Hero is a social media event for PSU social media fans to meet each other in real life and connect. 

The Tweetup features free admission, ice cream treats and snacks, a photobooth, and raffle prizes. The Viking Game Room’s bowling alleys, pool tables, and video game stations are free during the event. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win grand prizes, including a Chromebook computer, an ice cream party, and PSU gear. Other prizes include gift certificates and swag from campus departments, PSU Athletics, Google, and TwinStar Credit Union. The first 50 attendees at the event will also get an extra entry into the raffle. 

University Communications, which manages PSU's official social media presence, hosts PSU Tweetups to build community, pride, and tradition on a campus attended by nearly 30,000 students. “We strive to take conversations online to the next level by consistently working with departments and local businesses to provide our students, staff, alumni, and fans the opportunity to meet each other in real life,” says Tracy Weber, marketing assistant.

PSU’s official social media presence can be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Foursquare, and Google+

About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU's motto is "Let Knowledge Serve the City," and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.

About Google Places
Google Places is a local recommendation search engine that connects people with the places they love. You can easily find, rate and review places, and as you rate and review more, you'll see recommendations based on your tastes in your local search results. 

About the New Avenues for Youth Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShops
PartnerShops are Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoop shops developed and operated by nonprofit organizations. New Avenues for Youth owns and operates the SW Yamhill PartnerShop and the PartnerShop on the campus of Portland State University. The New Avenues scoop shop provides real-world work experience and opportunities to build skills through job training and entrepreneurial education programs for homeless and at-risk youth. Since opening in the fall of 2004, hundreds of youth have obtained employment in the PartnerShop and now have the skills, training and confidence to pursue career interests.  

About New Avenues for Youth
New Avenues for Youth is a nonprofit service organization committed to empowering at-risk and homeless youth to exit street life and lead healthy, independent lives. Established in 1997, New Avenues programs and services include a day service center where basic needs are met, an alternative high school, drug and alcohol and mental health counseling, transitional housing, and job training.  

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