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Sarah Rohr Sarah Rohr
Judaic Studies major, 2018-2019 recipient of the Harold Schnitzer Family Scholarship. Sarah enrolled at Portland State University in 2018.
Undergraduate Student
Roel Uleners Roel Uleners
Instructor. Roel Uleners is a Design Partner who loves playing at the intersection of design, strategy, and people. He attended the Royal Academy of Arts, and received his MFA and Masters-after-Masters in Visual Communication at Sint-Lucas School of Arts & Design. Most recently, he was Vice President of Strategic Design at Chehadé & Company, a strategy and engagement consultancy, working toward a trusted digital economy and society.
Faculty Member
Todd Greco Todd Greco
Instructor. Todd is the Interaction Design Director at Ziba, a design and innovation consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. Bridging the traditional gap between developer and designer, he leads cross-disciplinary teams in the creation of software and physical interfaces for global clients including FedEx, Intel, Samsung, Adidas, and Dreamworks. With more than 24 years of experience, Todd is well-versed in design research and innovation; prior to joining Ziba, he worked with Adobe to develop Creative Suite 1-4, and helped design and implement the iShares investment service for Barclays. He has also run his own design studio, written for Wired and Fast Company, and taught digital design at Portland State University for nearly 10 years.
Faculty Member
John Herbert John Herbert
Instructor. John Herbert has over 7 years of experience in corporate FP&A and business analytics across multiple industries, including shipping/logistics, technology, restaurants, and distribution. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Sociology and Business Administration. He received his MBA from Willamette University with a focus in Finance and Statistics. He also holds a certification in Financial Planning and Analysis.
Faculty Member
Serilda Summers-McGee Serilda Summers-McGee
Instructor. Serilda Summers-McGee, MBA, MEd, is the City of Portland Chief Human Resources Officer and the owner of Workplace Change, LLC, a company that exists to help organizations assess their workplace culture, creatively resolve identified workplace challenges, recruit under-represented executives and staff, and retain high-quality employees in an inclusive, positive, and high-functioning work environment.
Faculty Member
Heather Laird Spain Heather Laird Spain
Instructor. Heather Laird Spain is a leadership and communications strategist and coach who has built her career developing people and programs, as well as helping organizations tell their stories. She brings over a dozen years of experience leading communications and marketing programs, both in the nonprofit sector and at Google. As a trainer and coach she has designed and delivered trainings for youth mentoring organizations across the country, served as a communication coach at Stanford University School of Business, and currently is an instructor at Portland State University’s School of Business. She has a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Education, both from Stanford University, and has completed coaching training at The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She loves working with adult learners, fervently believes we can make work better, and is endlessly curious about all things people-related.
Faculty Member
Darin Matthews Darin Matthews
Instructor. Darin Matthews possesses nearly 25 years of contracting experience in the public and private sectors. He currently serves as director of procurement for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked previously as the chief procurement officer for Metro. Darin speaks on contracting and procurement issues around the world and has published articles and books on supply chain management. He has served as business faculty for Portland State University and Florida Atlantic University, in addition to teaching construction contracting for the Institute for Public Procurement. Darin holds a BS in Business from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Acquisition Management degree from American Graduate University.
Faculty Member
Logan Lawrence Logan Lawrence
Logan Lawrence, Judaic Studies major and 2019 recipient of the Harold Schnitzer Family Scholarship.
Undergraduate Student
Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog Theresa Bauccio-Teschlog
Instructor. Theresa is the Purchasing Manager for the City of Everett, Washington. She has over 21 years of supply chain management experience, of which over 18 years have been spent in public procurement. She enjoys conducting Requests for Proposals for service contracts and administering construction projects from cradle to grave. Theresa has participated in the Specifications, Protests, and Construction Contracting Delivery Methods Global Best Practice Task Force teams. She is a past Washington State Chapter of NIGP Membership Secretary and is the current Education and Research Chair. Theresa is a graduate of Seattle University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a dual concentration in both Operations Management and Marketing. She also holds the designation of Certified Professional Public Buyer, as well as a Certificate in Construction Contracting from Portland State University.
Faculty Member
Kate Vance Kate Vance
Instructor. Kate Vance is a Project Delivery Program Manager at Multnomah County where her team manages a variety of project types in existing county buildings. Previously, Kate spent 11 years at Portland State University managing and supervising complex multi-million dollar capital projects to meet the University’s goals for future growth and collaborative partnerships. Kate’s professional commitments include collaborative leadership, client relationships, teamwork, and safety.
Faculty Member
René Léger René Léger
Instructor. René Léger brings a breadth of private sector, public, and non-profit leadership experience to his executive coaching and consulting practice. His thoughtful guidance and support help leaders reach their potential to become more effective in their careers and fulfilled in their lives. René’s executive coaching skills stem directly from the diverse senior leadership positions he has held in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations, including Nabisco Brands, the Oregon Business Council, Portland Public Schools, and Camp Fire Columbia. René earned a BA in Political Science from State University of New York and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West.
Faculty Member
Elena Einstein Elena Einstein
Instructor. Dr. Elena Einstein is president of the Einstein Group LLC, a women-owned, minority consulting company, and contracts site leader at Harris Corporation. She previously served as a senior contracts manager and chief of staff to the vice president for The Boeing Company. Elena has more than 14 years of experience in contract management and management effectiveness. Her other areas of expertise include leadership, negotiations, strategy, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Training and Employee Engagement, and Development. Elena holds a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona University, an MS in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.
Faculty Member
Samuel Ashby Samuel Ashby
Instructor. Samuel Ashby has worked as a thought leader in process improvement and people development throughout his career. He is currently the director of performance excellence for Legacy Health Systems, where he oversees the development and deployment of process improvement strategy across clinical, operational, and administrative value streams. Previously, Samuel served as managing principal of Speed of Thought Consulting and worked in process improvement leadership roles for Nike, Converse, GE Capital, Medtronic, and Toyota. Samuel has leveraged his Lean and Six Sigma expertise across healthcare, consumer finance, consumer products, athletic footwear, and automotive industries. Samuel hold a BA in Paralegal Science from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a Change Acceleration Process Coach and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Faculty Member
Bill Kent Bill Kent
Instructor. Bill is a Market Executive for Mortenson Construction in Seattle, WA. During his 32 years with Mortenson, Bill has focused on design-build and integrated delivery. As indicated by his inclusion as a member of the inaugural class of the DBIA College of Fellows, Bill’s contributions of leadership, advocacy, and education over the past 15 years have had a substantial positive impact on both the DBIA and Design-Build Done Right. In addition to his commitment to teaching certification workshops on behalf of the DBIA, Bill is also an adjunct professor for the University of Washington Department of Construction Management. Bill has held almost every leadership position for DBIA’s Northwest Region, and he is currently a member of the DBIA National Board of Directors.
Faculty Member
Margy Evans Margy Evans
Instructor. Margy Evans is a coach, consultant, and training professional. She brings over twenty-five years of executive, operational, and human resource management experience to her business. As a professional coach and trainer she specializes in leadership and executive development. Margy has a passion for helping individuals and teams through transformational change, impacting both their professional and personal growth. She brings energy and professionalism to her work with clients. Margy’s goal is to create a thriving environment, enriching the strength and performance of individuals and organizations. Utilizing her own strengths and passion, Margy co-founded Link-Up Business Alliance, a growing networking and professional development community.
Faculty Member
Maria Grzanka Maria Grzanka
Instructor. Maria Grzanka is a principal consultant with Lean Portland and Quantum Leaders. She has 20 years’ experience in process improvement leadership and techniques. After earning a degree in Integrated Supply Chain Management, she worked with Tektronix in various supply chain roles, ultimately managing the production planning process in Shanghai, China. She earned her black belt in Lean Sigma in 2006 and has led dozens of kaizens since. These experiences led her to Con-way Freight where she was part of a team launching Lean in over 200 facilities of an integrated transportation network. Following the acquisition of Con-way, she created the first change management program at XPO Logistics for financial shared services applications. Her commitment as a teacher is to guide you toward a deeper understanding of your capacity for improvement, and to support you as you step into that capacity, one change at a time.
Faculty Member
Kjell van Zoen Kjell van Zoen
Instructor. Kjell van Zoen is a Strategic Energy Management (SEM) & Lean Operations Coach at Energy 350, helping industrial clients throughout the Pacific Northwest realize energy efficiency and reductions using continuous improvement practices. An experienced practitioner with over 20 years of entrepreneurial and consulting experience in the United States and Western Europe, Kjell has worked with businesses in the manufacturing, IT, hospitality, municipal and non-profit sectors. He has developed and delivered over 100 workshops and events focused on Lean whole systems thinking. He is the educational and events lead for Lean Portland, a professional non-profit organization focused on supporting continuous improvement and whole systems organizational thinking in the Portland area. When Kjell is not coaching and nerding out on operations he's a science-fiction fan, biker, hiker, swimmer, yoga practitioner, and drives his wife crazy by removing the doors from his kitchen cabinets for optimum efficiency.
Faculty Member
Matthew Horvat Matthew Horvat
Instructor. Matthew Horvat is the founder of Lean Portland, and is the Expansion/Process Improvement Program Manager at Vancouver Clinic. He is a lifelong learner of customer-focused production system design in both projects and operations. His message is about the attitude of respect and the responsibility we have for one another, as well as the discipline of applying the scientific method to everyday concerns. He was academically trained in global management and industrial engineering, and holds numerous professional licenses, degrees, and certificates from state- and trade-sponsored associations.
Faculty Member
David Hall David Hall
Instructor. As a university-level educator and organizational consultant, David Hall is an expert in adult learning and appreciates the opportunity to work with people towards creating better ways to live and work together. With a keen eye towards organizational culture and the factors that support and undermine collaboration, David brings expertise to the human dimensions of process improvement. He employs a whole systems approach to his teaching, facilitation, and consulting work, uniting theory and practice to engage and empower participants to affect change in their lives. David earned a PhD in Systems Science: Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He still has a lot to learn.
Faculty Member
Heather LeFevre Heather LeFevre
Having held senior strategic roles at some of the world’s most creative companies, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, StrawberryFrog, Tribal DDB, and Hyper Island, Heather knows how to mine for insights and understands how people think, feel, and behave. She’s crafted brand worlds for Emirates, Bacardi, Philips, and Gucci. Heather founded the influential Strategist Survey and authored Brain Surfing: The Top Marketing Strategy Minds in the World, a travelogue about what she learned on a year-long journey apprenticing herself to fantastic strategists around the world. Heather is a global citizen, married to the guy who ran the bicycle shop in her Amsterdam neighborhood.
Faculty Member
M.A. TESOL alumni earns PhD from University of Kansas in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on TESOL and a minor in Social Justice M.A. TESOL alumni earns PhD from University of Kansas in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on TESOL and a minor in Social Justice
Alumnus
Brion Hurley Brion Hurley
Instructor. Brion Hurley is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Business Performance Improvement. He teaches Lean and Six Sigma classes, facilitates workshops and events, performs statistical analysis, and mentors employees through improvement efforts. Prior to BPI, he spent 18 years at Rockwell Collins as a Lean Six Sigma consultant. He also led corporate sustainability teams to reduce electricity usage and solid waste, and helped people connect process improvement concepts with sustainability. He is focused on teaching Lean and Six Sigma concepts to sustainable businesses in the Pacific Northwest to help them reduce their impact on the environment. He has degrees in Statistics, Quality Management, and Environmental Sustainability. He volunteers his time with Lean Portland as the Community Consultant Lead, managing and leading multiple nonprofit improvement projects. He is also the author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good: How Improvement Experts Can Help People in Need, and Help Improve the Environment” and is currently the President of the nonprofit Recycling Advocates.
Faculty Member
Mitchell Sayre Mitchell Sayre
Instructor. Mitchell Sayre is a Business Development & Implementation Manager at OIA Global, where he creates material sourcing and supply chain solutions for major footwear brands. His previous roles working for footwear brand, factory, and raw material suppliers allow a 360° view of the supply chain. Mitchell has spent 10+ years living in Asia.
Faculty Member
Carolyn Niehaus Carolyn Niehaus
Instructor. Carolyn Niehaus is a consultant with MetaSkills Consulting Group, a Portland-based organization that supports leaders making transformational changes. Carolyn has an MBA and certificate in Computer Modeling in System Dynamics from Portland State University. Previously, Carolyn worked with Leverage Networks on the publication of the electronic periodical The New Systems Thinker and has incorporated systems thinking into the development of leadership and experiential education trainings.
Faculty Member
Sara Mesing Sara Mesing
Instructor. Sara Mesing is a design strategist and workshop facilitator. She believes no problem is too big or too small for shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration. Currently the Senior Experience Designer at Cambia Health Solutions, she is engaged in cross-functional initiatives that break down silos and put the customer at the center. Over the last ten years, Sara has delivered over 30+ human-centered design projects across social impact, healthcare, higher education, corporate, and government sectors. Prior to Cambia, Sara was the Systems Lead at XPLANE, a design consultancy in Portland. Prior to XPLANE, she worked in service design, user acquisition marketing, and event management. Sara holds an MBA with a focus on design strategy from Case Western Reserve University.
Faculty Member
Adam Gittler Adam Gittler
Instructor. Prior to his role as Principal, Supply Chain & Operations at North Highland, Adam Gittler’s career included Director-level management roles in four countries, managing up to 120 employees. As a long-time certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, he’s completed or overseen numerous projects over the last 20 years in highly regulated industries in high-growth environments. Adam has a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master's degree in Operations Management from the University of Buffalo, and an MBA from UC-Berkeley in International Business.
Faculty Member
Corissa Saint Laurent Corissa Saint Laurent
Instructor. Corissa Saint Laurent has been immersed in small business marketing and development for the last 17 years. She has owned and operated two small businesses, including a marketing agency, led regional development in three areas of the United States for a small business marketing software company, Constant Contact, and now speaks nationally for Google’s Get Your Business Online program. Corissa knows how to take the glimmer of an idea, turn it into a reality, and shout it from the rooftops. Her passion is in helping people and companies grow, transform, and be the best version of themselves. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband and son and spends her free time with them, as well as writing, traveling, and continuously learning.
Faculty Member
B.A. in Applied Linguistics alum works with visiting doctors at OHSU to stengthen cultural difference and language skills B.A. in Applied Linguistics alum works with visiting doctors at OHSU to stengthen cultural difference and language skills
Alumnus
Lori Emerick Lori Emerick
Instructor. Lori Emerick, MBA, is Principal at the Aspen Group and brings more than 20 years of organizational and leadership development experience across multiple industries and non-profit organizations. She has held leadership roles across HR, leadership development, diversity & inclusion, leadership team facilitation, and process excellence.
Faculty Member
Lisa Schauer Lisa Schauer
Instructor. Lisa Schauer thrives on connection, loves a challenge, and believes the key to any successful team or organization is communication. She has worked in government, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Lisa holds a BA in Political Science, a BA in Public Relations from Gonzaga University, and an MA in Organizational Leadership from George Washington University. Lisa is a certified Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) facilitator and is also a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) by the Society of Marketing Professional Services. She is the President of PointNorth, a consulting firm committed to strengthening leaders and empowering teams to do the right thing by listening, learning, and leading. Most recently, Lisa was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for a regional engineering and construction firm. Lisa has served on various Boards and Committees and is a champion for community involvement and philanthropy.
Faculty Member
PSU Applied Linguistics grad lands job with the English Skills Learning Center in the Salt Lake City area PSU Applied Linguistics grad lands job with the English Skills Learning Center in the Salt Lake City area
Alumnus
Chemistry photo diary: Vikram Shankar Chemistry photo diary: Vikram Shankar
Alumnus
Chemistry photo diary: Naneki Collins-McCallum Chemistry photo diary: Naneki Collins-McCallum
Alumnus
Chemistry photo diary: Andrew Ma Chemistry photo diary: Andrew Ma
Alumnus
Meet Danny Rauda Meet Danny Rauda
Alumnus
Charles M. White, Awards Chair & Member-at-Large Charles M. White, Awards Chair & Member-at-Large
I started teaching history at Portland State in 1952, when the school was still Portland State Extension Center, and I taught my last class at PSU in 2009. I was Director of Summer Session from 1970 to 1989 and Director of International Education from 1970 to 1985. I started the college's overseas study programs in 1962 and led five overseas programs, my final one in the 1990s. I've served RAPS in several capacities, including as president, Awards Committee chair, and lead editor of Portland State: A History in Pictures. For the past 25 years, I've been volunteering at Multnomah Falls Visitor Center, and since retiring I audit PSU courses regularly.
Organization
Doug Swanson, Co-President of RAPS Doug Swanson, Co-President of RAPS
I came to Portland State in 1979 as an editor and served nearly 20 years as director of the Office of Publications before retiring in 2006. I was editor of the RAPS Sheet from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, Steve Brannan, professor emeritus of education, and I co-edited, “Creating Portland State, 1946-1955,” which won a Silver Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. I also received a Special Recognition Award from RAPS in 2011.
Organization
Nancy Erikkson, Social Committee Chair Nancy Erikkson, Social Committee Chair
I started at PSU in 1989 in the Office of Graduate Studies and moved to various positions in the CLAS Dean's office and Registrars Office. I ultimately ran my beloved Geology Dept office for 20+ years. In retirement, I spend time with my friends and family. I enjoy my book club, exercise, cooking and baking. I enjoy all the fine and performance arts, as well as politics (go progressives!), architecture (go Rem Koolhaas!), and college sports (go Ducks!).
Organization
Dawn White, Co-President of RAPS Dawn White, Co-President of RAPS
I retired from PSU in 2008 after a 30-year career in international education, starting out as a study abroad adviser and eventually becoming director of study abroad programs and services to international students and faculty. Almost immediately upon retiring I joined the RAPS Board as a Member-at-Large and then served as editor of the RAPS Sheet from Sept. 2010 through June 2013. In the summer of 2016 I rejoined the Board for a two-year term as co-president, a position I will hold until summer 2018.
Organization
Meet Christiana McGrady Meet Christiana McGrady
Alumnus
Heber Michaels '15 Heber Michaels '15
Entrepreneurship — from the family business to new ventures
Alumnus
Hug Point Hike Hug Point Hike
July RAPS Hike to Hug Point
Location
RAPS 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipient Update RAPS 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipient Update
Alumnus
2017-2018 RAPS Scholarship Recipient 2017-2018 RAPS Scholarship Recipient
Graduate Student
Applied Linguistics B.A. graduate now a PhD candidate at Northwestern University Applied Linguistics B.A. graduate now a PhD candidate at Northwestern University
Alumnus
MIM Alumni Profile: Angie Maybury, MIM ‘10 MIM Alumni Profile: Angie Maybury, MIM ‘10
Angie is a Project and Support Manager for the General Manager of Human Resources at Daimler Trucks North America.
Alumnus
Meet M.A. TESOL 2017 graduate Ian Hancock Meet M.A. TESOL 2017 graduate Ian Hancock
Alumnus
Meet Elizabeth Heredia - MRED ‘15 Meet Elizabeth Heredia - MRED ‘15
Current position: Development Assistant Current organization: Deacon Corp
Alumnus
Larry Large '64 Larry Large '64
Alumnus
Meet Lori Heino-Royer Meet Lori Heino-Royer
Alumnus
Pursuing Growth: Didem Karpuzcu, MBA ’16 Pursuing Growth: Didem Karpuzcu, MBA ’16
A true global citizen, Didem Karpuzcu has always been seeking out new environments that would challenge her to grow professionally and as a person. Through the MBA program, she developed that attitude into a valuable skill set.
Alumnus
Meet Noriko Iwasaki Meet Noriko Iwasaki
Alumnus
Meet Jessica Hanson Meet Jessica Hanson
Alumnus
Meet Lori Olund '90 Meet Lori Olund '90
Lori graduated from Portland State University in 1990 with a double major in business and psychology. She runs Miles Fiberglass and Composites with her father Lowell Miles. Her responsibilities include developing overall business strategy, overseeing marketing, public relations, environmental and government regulations.
Alumnus
Engineering is right fit for vet Engineering is right fit for vet
Already living in Portland and with a baby on the way, Jack O’Neal ’15 chose PSU’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering program over industrial engineering programs at other universities for its proximity and convenience, but he soon found mechanical engineering was a true fit for his interests.
Alumnus
Meet Randi Bost, M.S. '92, Advocate for Speech-Language Pathology Meet Randi Bost, M.S. '92, Advocate for Speech-Language Pathology
Randi Jartun Bost, M.S. ’92 earned her master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from PSU. Since earning her degree, she’s built a career as a speech-language pathologist, specializing in early childhood assessments. Now, Randi is one of the department’s most active alumni.
Alumnus
Meet Natasha Braunwart '15, Trade Marketing Coordinator at Gerber Gear Meet Natasha Braunwart '15, Trade Marketing Coordinator at Gerber Gear
Natasha grew up in a family of business owners and travel buffs, which eventually led her to Portland State University because of the opportunities it offered.
Alumnus
Melissa Cannon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University Melissa Cannon, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Western Oregon University
Melissa's interests: Communities and older populations; aging in place; community development to create inclusive, age-friendly cities and communities for people across the life course; innovative programs that support healthy aging and improve quality of care among older adults.
Alumnus
Meet Matticen Cox '14, Data Analyst, Women's Sportswear Apparel, Nike Meet Matticen Cox '14, Data Analyst, Women's Sportswear Apparel, Nike
Matticen graduated in 2014 with a bachelor's in Business--Marketing, and a certificate in Athletic and Outdoor Industry (A&O). During her senior year, she landed an internship at Notogroup--a recruiting firm in the outdoor industry--that led to a full time position. Matticen's experience at a recruiting firm introduced her to different skills and position types, and led her to her current position at Nike.
Alumnus
Maseeh student says "doors are opening" for female engineers Maseeh student says "doors are opening" for female engineers
Undergraduate Student
Professor Marek Elżanowski Professor Marek Elżanowski
Professor Marek Elżanowski is the inaugural recipient of the PSU Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Faculty Award.
Faculty Member
Professor Robert Gould Professor Robert Gould
Professor Robert Gould is the inaugural recipient of the PSU Foundation's 'Faculty Philanthropy Cultivation' Award and will be honored during commencement 2015.
Faculty Member
Jeannine B. Cowles: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015 Jeannine B. Cowles: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015
Gift
Dr. Terry Cross: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015 Dr. Terry Cross: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015
Alumnus
Dr. Fariborz Maseeh: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015 Dr. Fariborz Maseeh: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015
Alumnus
Greg Ness, MBA '87 Greg Ness, MBA '87
Alumnus
The Schlesinger Family The Schlesinger Family
Gift
PSU Professor Gives Back PSU Professor Gives Back
Faculty Member
Sustainability Internship Alumni Profile: Robert Nathan ’10 Sustainability Internship Alumni Profile: Robert Nathan ’10
With a passion for both the preserving the environment and engaging with people, Robert Nathan navigated a student internship and a graduate assistantship while pursuing his master’s degree in education—experiences that prepared him for success in his current career.
Alumnus
The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms The Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms
Portland State University knows talent when we see it, that's why we hired Christian Aniciete! Read about the Human behind PSU’s Award Winning Social Media Platforms here in his Alumni Profile, and check out his awesome #fearlessPSU Selfie!
Alumnus
Lifetime Learner Makes Scholarship His Legacy Lifetime Learner Makes Scholarship His Legacy
A planned gift provided by Matson Haug MSEE ‘84 will enable future students to achieve academic and career success at PSU.
Gift
Maia Zampini '13 - Inventory Planner, Rejuvenation
In a recent interview, MBA alumnus Maia Zampini talks about how the PSU MBA program helped her transition from landscape architecture to her current role in inventory planning at Rejuvenation.
Alumnus
Scholarship Recipient Erasmo Ruiz Scholarship Recipient Erasmo Ruiz
Graduate Student
Alumni Profile: Lori Hensel Alumni Profile: Lori Hensel
Alumnus
Deb Harris Deb Harris
Faculty Member
Lamarra Haynes Lamarra Haynes
In 2011, Lamarra Haynes was crowned Portland’s Rose Festival Queen. She didn’t know it then, but this award and her presence on television would be the door to her future.
Undergraduate Student
Peter W. Stott HD ’11 Peter W. Stott HD ’11
Gift
Impact of Giving: Tom and Ann Pfingsten Impact of Giving: Tom and Ann Pfingsten
During Tom Pfingsten’s 23 years as library director, the collection doubled, the building was expanded and renovated twice and technological advances provided more convenient access to materials. Now Tom and his wife have established the Tom and Ann Pfingsten Endowed Library Fund to support the library’s greatest needs and create a legacy for library excellence.
Gift
Impact of Giving: Robert Mercer Impact of Giving: Robert Mercer
Mercer, who is 59 and a Portland native, has been a fixture on campus since the mid-70s, when he began his bachelor’s degree in history. Later, he earned a master’s in English and has worked in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 1992.
Faculty Member
Impact of Giving: Roger and Jan Capps Impact of Giving: Roger and Jan Capps
“This is my pay back for being allowed to go here. PSU is a place people know they can go and they can make it.”
Alumnus
Impact of Giving: Allen Ray Sandstrom Impact of Giving: Allen Ray Sandstrom
"Everybody needs the opportunity to progress. If college was not in your family's background, you need a little help to get started."
Gift
Impact of Giving: Georgia Marshall Impact of Giving: Georgia Marshall
"There's no better way to give, than to help somebody continue their education."
Gift
Impact of Giving: Pam and Larry Levy Impact of Giving: Pam and Larry Levy
“I love PSU because of the students. They’re really serious. They’re here because they want to be here. So are we.”
Gift
Impact of Giving: Al and Nancy Jubitz Impact of Giving: Al and Nancy Jubitz
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Impact of Giving: Barre and Bob Stoll Impact of Giving: Barre and Bob Stoll
“ Without people getting college educations, we’re dooming our community to mediocrity.”
Gift
Alumni Profile: Signe Anderson Alumni Profile: Signe Anderson
Before Signe Anderson was the lead female vocalist for Jefferson Airplane, she was a PSU Viking. In 1959 Signe Anderson, then Signe Toly, was crowned Rose Festival Princess of Lincoln High School and awarded a $1500 scholarship. Upon graduation Anderson attended Portland State University from 1960 - 1963, where she majored in speech, taking classes in French, theater and performing in campus musicals. Her mother wanted her to attend Oregon State, but Anderson said, "On $1500 I can afford PSU. I can go to college right here! And we lived right up the hill; I can hitch a ride down to Salmon Street or take the 51 bus."
Alumnus
Earle M. Chiles Earle M. Chiles
Earle M. Chiles was the recipient of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for philanthropy.
Gift
Christine & David Vernier Christine & David Vernier
Christine and David Vernier were the recipients of a 2014 Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy.
Gift
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D.
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. (PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86) was the 2014 recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement.
Alumnus
Sameer Allabadi '13 - Graduate Student, London School of Economics (LSE) Sameer Allabadi '13 - Graduate Student, London School of Economics (LSE)
In a recent interview, Sameer credits both his experiences growing up and his time at PSU as instrumental to the development of his goals.
Alumnus
Charlene Wesler '14 - Owner, The Gaufre Gourmet Charlene Wesler '14 - Owner, The Gaufre Gourmet
Listen as Charlene talks about how the School of Business helped guide her new career path while opening her own business.
Alumnus
Walter Iboy '13 - Associate Product Manager, Digimarc Walter Iboy '13 - Associate Product Manager, Digimarc
Watch Walter explain how the Product Innovation course at PSU helped earn his position at Digimarc.
Alumnus
Megan Ellis '13 - Project Coordinator, Bridgetown Natural Foods Megan Ellis '13 - Project Coordinator, Bridgetown Natural Foods
Watch Megan talk about her experience with the Food Industry Management program and how it helped her connect with the industry while completing three internships!
Alumnus
Mark Rosenbaum:  Chair, PSU Foundation Mark Rosenbaum: Chair, PSU Foundation
Gift
Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters
Alumnus
GSE Alumnus Profile: Bryan Henderson GSE Alumnus Profile: Bryan Henderson
Alumnus
Michael Weinhouse '10: A PSU grad’s take on finding the right career Michael Weinhouse '10: A PSU grad’s take on finding the right career
Alumnus
Fearless Communicator: Karla Andrade Fearless Communicator: Karla Andrade
First-generation college student and communications major Karla Andrade wants to use the power of media to encourage other Latinos to pursue higher education
Undergraduate Student
Thrashers invest in access to education Thrashers invest in access to education
Marta ’90 and Ken Thrasher endorse Portland State’s mission of access. They recognize the power of education to advance lives and demonstrate their commitment with generous gifts to scholarships.
Gift
Tsvi Josephs, Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship Recipient Tsvi Josephs, Abigail Jacobs-Kaufman Scholarship Recipient
Undergraduate Student
Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey Honorary Degree Recipient: Lorry I. Lokey
Mr. Lokey is a strong supporter not only of PSU's Judaic Studies program, but also its annual Jewish history lecture series named in his honor and its Judaica collection housed in Millar Library.
Gift
Honorary Degree Recipient: Duncan Campbell Honorary Degree Recipient: Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell founded four children's organizations—Youth Resources providing funding for individual children to experience personal growth such as music or dance lessons or a trip to the beach; the Children's Institute promoting investments in early childhood programs; the Children's Course, a Gladstone golf course for at-risk children and their families; and most notably, Friends of the Children.
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Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2012: Travis Knight '98 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2012: Travis Knight '98
Travis Knight '98, was the inaugural recipient of the Simon Benson Award for Alumni Achievement.
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Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2013: Bill Stoller '79 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree 2013: Bill Stoller '79
Bill Stoller earned his MBA from Portland State University in 1979. He co-founded Express Employment Professionals, an international staffing company with more than 600 franchises. He transformed his family's Dundee Hills turkey farm into the award-winning Stoller Family Estate, a solar-generating, gravity-flow winery that was the first in the U.S. to attain gold-level LEED certification.
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Honoring Philanthropists: Rick Miller MBA '91 & Erika Miller Honoring Philanthropists: Rick Miller MBA '91 & Erika Miller
This dynamic husband and wife team champions public education, small business, local churches, and senior citizens.
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Alumni Achievement Award Honoree - Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86 Alumni Achievement Award Honoree - Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. PSU: ’84, M.S. ’86
Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D. brings a commitment to multiculturalism to the institutions he serves and his inspiring story demonstrates how Portland State University’s mission of access transforms lives.
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Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime Alumni Marcia Schulmerich and John Salmon give a scholarship gift of a lifetime
John Salmon (’67 MA ’72) and Marcia Schulmerich (class of ’69), are leading examples of alumni who are committed to scholarships. They graduated from PSU with biology degrees and built accomplished careers in health care administration. Along the way, this husband and wife team began giving back to PSU by providing scholarships for biology students.
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Meet Alaura Taggart '13, Intern at Ovations Food Services Meet Alaura Taggart '13, Intern at Ovations Food Services
Alaura interned with Ovations Food Services during her final year at PSU's School of Business Administration, and recently shared with us her experience, and how that has led to a career she fully enjoys.
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Fearless Alumni: Lina Menard '13 Fearless Alumni: Lina Menard '13
A childhood affinity for small, cozy spaces grew into an adulthood interest in tiny homes and pared-down living. Lina Menard '13 earned a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State and founded Niche Consulting , a sustainable design company that specializes in small housing.
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Alumni Profile: Dan MacDonald MBA '91 Alumni Profile: Dan MacDonald MBA '91
Dan McDonald is an outstanding MBA alum who has continued his engagement and involvement with Portland State University in a very meaningful way. Dan works for PECI, which designs and manages energy efficiency programs for utility providers, government organizations and other clients. PECI has earned "Best Green Companies to Work for in Oregon" recognition every year since 2009.
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Capps family gives back by supporting aspiring educators Capps family gives back by supporting aspiring educators
Roger and Jan Capps are devoted to Portland State. Roger has been an active member of the Alumni Advocates Group, and has made many trips to Salem and Washington, D.C., advocating for PSU. He also served on the Alumni Board for six years. He and Jan still voice their passion for the Vikings at sporting events. And, over time, they increased their giving to PSU.
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Alumni Profile: Alando Simpson Alumni Profile: Alando Simpson
It was at Portland State that Alando first came across the concept of sustainability, LEED certification, and the ‘triple bottom line’ economy. To Alando, sustainability equaled common sense and a reflection of the values his father had already instilled in him.
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Alumni Profile: Donna M. Roy Alumni Profile: Donna M. Roy
Donna Roy is a pioneer of unorthodox counseling methodology.
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Alumni Profile: Marci Krass Alumni Profile: Marci Krass
Marci Krass, MS '12, is passionate about growth of all kinds. Having spent a significant portion of her life outdoors, she has substantial knowledge of horticulture and sustainable food production. Her training at the GSE has helped her translate those skills into encouraging growth and development in students.
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MBA Hub: Jason Lee MBA '08, of PECI MBA Hub: Jason Lee MBA '08, of PECI
While Jason was a student at Portland State University he secured an internship at Vestas, the Danish manufacturer, seller, installer, and servicer of wind turbines. His job at Vestas helped build his resume and eventually helped him secure a job at PECI.
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Alumni Profile: Tim Schindler, PhD '02, MBA '95 Alumni Profile: Tim Schindler, PhD '02, MBA '95
Tim Schindler PhD ’02, MBA ’95, is an employee of the federal government who was furloughed during the partial government shutdown. He has returned to work as the field office manager of the Government Accountability Office in Seattle where he is also an Assistant Director
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Alumni Profile: Brett Bigham MS '02 Alumni Profile: Brett Bigham MS '02
Brett Bigham graduated from Portland State University in 2002 with a masters degree in Special Education. He was named 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year.
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Alumni Profile: Tracy Puhl '09 Alumni Profile: Tracy Puhl '09
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Alumni Profile: Aaron Babst '11 Alumni Profile: Aaron Babst '11
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Alumni Profile: Lacy Cagle MS '10 Alumni Profile: Lacy Cagle MS '10
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Green Buildings at PSU Green Buildings at PSU
Green buildings seek to minimize the use of energy, water, and other natural resources and provide a healthy, productive indoor environment. PSU has 8 LEED Certified buildings on campus.
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Alumni Profile: Greg Tudor '08 Alumni Profile: Greg Tudor '08
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Tiffany "TJ" Shimabukuro '03 Tiffany "TJ" Shimabukuro '03
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Oran Stainbrook: Commencement 2013 Speaker Oran Stainbrook: Commencement 2013 Speaker
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Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94 Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94
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Trudy Toliver '84 Trudy Toliver '84
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Alumni Profile: Mark Jackson '95 Alumni Profile: Mark Jackson '95
Mark Jackson is the first alumnus to be honored by the Portland State University President's Diversity Award.
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Alumni Profile: Ian Ruder '05 Alumni Profile: Ian Ruder '05
How do you find your path in life? For Ian Ruder, ’05, it began with overcoming the devastating effect of an automotive accident and led through Portland State University into the heart of Portland’s communal fabric, where he now resides as a writer, editor, and social advocate.
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Justin Zoradi MS '09 Justin Zoradi MS '09
Justin Zoradi '09 leads a nonprofit called These Numbers Have Faces from a brick-walled loft in Portland’s Central Eastside. Zoradi and his staff steer about $200,000 a year in scholarships to students in South Africa and Rwanda. Recipients are starting to graduate from colleges and trade schools; each must pledge a year’s tuition for someone else once they’re working.
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Paresh Patel (BS '96) Paresh Patel (BS '96)
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Amanda Ulrich (BA '01) Amanda Ulrich (BA '01)
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Gia Goodrich (BA '09) -  On Top of the World Gia Goodrich (BA '09) - On Top of the World
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Laura Kutner - Trash For Peace Laura Kutner - Trash For Peace
“We know we are having an impact and that makes everything worth it.”
Graduate Student
Peggy (Houston) Shivers (BS '59) Peggy (Houston) Shivers (BS '59)
Peggy graduated Portland State in 1959 with a degree in education. She had majored in music for two years singing soprano, however her parents urged her to get a teaching degree as “something to fall back on.” That had a lot to do with social conditions; it was only a year before she graduated that the first African American woman, Gloria Davy, sang at the Metropolitan Opera. During her time at Portland State, Peggy was the only African American in the music department.
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Meet Anita Ramachandran (MBA '07) Meet Anita Ramachandran (MBA '07)
MBA alum, Anita Ramachandran (’07) knew she wanted her work to have a direct impact on the world around her – and she has found that in her role as Partnerships Development Officer at Mercy Corps.
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Alumni Profile: Kent Hartman (BS '83) Alumni Profile: Kent Hartman (BS '83)
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Kent Hartman graduated from Portland State in 1983 with a degree in Political Science. Kent’s first book, The Wrecking Crew, was released in 2012 by St. Martin’s Press and won a 2013 Oregon Book Award in the category of nonfiction.
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A World of Cool: David and Janice Yaden A World of Cool: David and Janice Yaden
Coming from hardworking, blue collar, supportive but poor families, the Yadens both received scholarships during their time at Portland State and remained integral to their future successes. This year two undergraduate students in the College of Urban & Public Affairs will be the first recipients of the Yaden family endowed scholarship; their goal for this endowment is to help students from similar backgrounds. “It makes me really happy to think that someone like me whose father had maybe finished 8th Grade could get a university degree with a little financial help.” Janice says.
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Meet Jason Kallingal (MBA '12) Meet Jason Kallingal (MBA '12)
Before coming to PSU to pursue his MBA, Jason owned and managed Paccini's, an on-campus restaurant. As successful as the venture was, though, he knew he would ultimately outgrow his restaurant. So he decided to join the part-time MBA program to explore his options.
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Christian Aniciete Christian Aniciete
Social Media Coordinator - University Communications
Staff Member
Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76) Q+A with screenwriter Douglas Soesbe (B.S '71, M.A '76)
Portland State Alumnus Douglas Soesbe is a story analyst and editor working for NBCUniversal. He recently wrote a feature film entitled “Boulevard.” It is being shot in May of this year with Robin Williams starring. It will be directed by Dito Montiel, whose film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, is a previous Sundance winner.
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Millennial mind
What do the Kardashians, women’s college basketball, and a Notre Dame study on income and agreeableness have in common? Goel Auzeen Saedi ’07.
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Against all odds
Ramon Torrecilha ’84, MA ’86 was recently appointed provost, the second highest academic post, at California State University - Dominguez Hills. But back when he began his education at Portland State—as a farm worker who spoke little English—this appointment would be too fantastic to even consider.
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Found in translation
Olga Lafayette ’98 remembers loving language so much as a 6-year-old in Siberia that she concocted a foreign language. Later, she begged her sister, who was learning German, to teach it to her.
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Congratulations to Matt Guilfoyle (MBA ’04), Gregory Price (MBA ’09), and Ken York (BS Marketing ’03) Congratulations to Matt Guilfoyle (MBA ’04), Gregory Price (MBA ’09), and Ken York (BS Marketing ’03)
Each year the Portland Business Journal recognizes 40 overachievers under the age of 40. The 2012 list of winners includes three Portland State School of Business Administration alumni.
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Karin Waller Karin Waller
Executive Assistant, Office of International Affairs
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The core of an idea The core of an idea
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Superlawyer Superlawyer
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A Qaddhafi insider A Qaddhafi insider
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Creating new technology Creating new technology
Outstanding young alumnus Nabil Mistkawi earns international acclaim.
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A pioneer for women engineers A pioneer for women engineers
Alumna Angela Wykoff blazed a path for female engineers.
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Guarding against toxic products Guarding against toxic products
Alumnus Andre Craan advocates for consumer safety.
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Alumni Profile: Scott Davis Alumni Profile: Scott Davis
Many business students dream of ascending the ranks to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and worldwide brand. Scott Davis ’74 did exactly that.
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Aslam Khalil Aslam Khalil
From Source to Sky - Tracking greenhouse gases
Faculty Member
Turning pro Turning pro
Shannon Burley '00
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Kylene Fickenscher ’10, Master of Business Administration Kylene Fickenscher ’10, Master of Business Administration
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Color Matters Color Matters
Racial disparity in Multnomah County, Portland State Magazine
Publication
Coalition of Communities of Color Coalition of Communities of Color
A partnership between the Coalition of Communities of Color & PSU reports the disparities and experiences of communities of color in Multnomah County.
Research
Dishing up tradition Dishing up tradition
Rosanna Bowles ’77
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Legacy of learning Legacy of learning
Behzad Hosseini ’96, MBA ’97
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Lee Ann Phillips Lee Ann Phillips
Program Manager
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Beryl Robison (MSW '72, PhD PAP '04) Beryl Robison (MSW '72, PhD PAP '04)
Social work fed her passion to make a difference for the greater good.
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Chip Shields (M.S.W. '03) Chip Shields (M.S.W. '03)
In 2004, Chip Shields (M.S.W. '03) was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives by residents of North and Northeast Portland's 43rd district.
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Kay Toran (M.S.W. '70) Kay Toran (M.S.W. '70)
She strives to empower the individual and to create programs and collaborative relationships that promote education, self-reliance and equality for all people in our community.
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Laura Brennan (M.S.W. '96) Laura Brennan (M.S.W. '96)
Laura puts together three critical activities - community development, public policy, and philanthropy - to make a real difference in increasing access to health care.
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Carol Levine (M.S.W. '89) Carol Levine (M.S.W. '89)
Board President and founder of Returning Veterans Resource Project Northwest (RVRPNW).
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Richard Storch (M.S.W. '70) Richard Storch (M.S.W. '70)
A career in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHS)
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Carol Lundin (MSW '05) Carol Lundin (MSW '05)
Since receiving her M.S.W. in 2005 - one year after her breast cancer diagnosis - Carol Lundin has been creating programs in the Portland area empowering communities and cancer survivors to recognize their courage and ability to 'contribute'.
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Jae Douglas (Ph.D., '01) Jae Douglas (Ph.D., '01)
After earning her MSW in 1988 and her PhD in 2001 at PSU, she's now helping people in an unusual way - as an environmental epidemiologist for the State of Oregon.
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Chris Verschuyl (MSW '06) Chris Verschuyl (MSW '06)
Chris came to social work gradually, without realizing at first what it was called.
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Jenell Neufeld, LCSW (Alumnus, M.S.W. '93) Jenell Neufeld, LCSW (Alumnus, M.S.W. '93)
Looming demographics of aging Americans point to the need for more geriatric trained social workers.
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Daren Ford (M.S.W. '08) Daren Ford (M.S.W. '08)
Daren's work with VOA has helped him to build on his own strengths while helping others recognize theirs.
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Barry Kast (MSW '75) Barry Kast (MSW '75)
One of the hallmarks of Barry's work has been his focus on improving the systems of mental health care in our communities.
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Miriam Calderon (M.S.W. '02) Miriam Calderon (M.S.W. '02)
Miriam Calderon took her passion to improve services for young Latino children and their families to Capitol Hill.
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Rekah Strong (MSW '02) Rekah Strong (MSW '02)
Rekah Strong is the Diversity Coordinator for Clark County, Washington. Looking back, she can honestly say that she would not be where she is today without her MSW.
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Karla Diaz (MSW '03) Karla Diaz (MSW '03)
Karla Diaz works at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador.
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Taylor Clark (M.S.W. '07) Taylor Clark (M.S.W. '07)
Taylor Clark has been helping people for years -- as a medic in the army, as a nurse, and as a case manager.
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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"I invented a chemical formulation that enabled Intel to make new generations of microprocessors." - Nabil Mistkawi, PhD., Physical Chemistry
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"I encouraged youth in foster care to go to college." -- Lee Ann Phillips, Master of Social Work
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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"I got into law school." -- Kimberley Mansfield, bachelor's degree
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"I worked with a team to help Nike find the greenest way to transport products." -- Jonathan Jacobs, Master of Business Administration
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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"We won an NCAA Big Sky basketball championship." -- Claire Faucher and Erin Yankus, bachelor’s degrees
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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"I drew thousands of students together." -- Christian Aniciete, bachelor's degree
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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"I helped strangers complete their building and art projects." -- Zach Springer, Master of Fine Arts
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Greg Ness MBA '87 Greg Ness MBA '87
Inspiring future CEOs
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Keren Brown Wilson PhD '83 and Michael DeShane MA '72, PhD '77 Keren Brown Wilson PhD '83 and Michael DeShane MA '72, PhD '77
Creating age-friendly cities
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Fariborz Maseeh '80, MS '84 Fariborz Maseeh '80, MS '84
Return Investor
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Marisa Lino '71 Marisa Lino '71
Diplomatic Assignment
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Dennis Keenan MSW '72 Dennis Keenan MSW '72
Center of hope for Oregonians
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Antonio D'Auria '02 Antonio D'Auria '02
Fathering hope in Ghana
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Paul De Muniz '72 Paul De Muniz '72
Bringing justice to the people
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The fruits of his labor The fruits of his labor
Chad Honl MED '07
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Home show makeover pro Home show makeover pro
Kristin Wells '97
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Charter school champion Charter school champion
Adam Reid '03 helps keep a local public charter school running
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Helping companies turn it around Helping companies turn it around
Businesses looking to stay afloat seek out Renee Fellman, MBA '85
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Dentist with a heart Dentist with a heart
Michaelangelo Aust pursues dental realties over Ferrari dreams.
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Bringing solutions off the hill Bringing solutions off the hill
Kristin Rencher transforms scientific discoveries into beneficial products.
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Master of the search engine Master of the search engine
Marshall Simmonds '95 orchestrates search engine strategy to yield maximum traffic for the New York Times and its online properties.
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Intel's 'Green Goddess' Intel's 'Green Goddess'
Lorie Wigle MBA '89 oversees strategies for green product design and manufacturing as well as Intel's energy efficiency
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Documenting women peacemakers Documenting women peacemakers
Emi Noma uses film to tell the stories of women peacemakers around the world.
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Advocating for equality, speaking out on violence Advocating for equality, speaking out on violence
Gabriele Ross translates academic pursuits into meaningful community contributions.
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Sentencing Service Program Sentencing Service Program
Kate McCracken '08 advocates for alternatives for juvenile and adult offenders in San Francisco.
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Green energy entrepreneur Green energy entrepreneur
Stephen Johnson hopes to produce fuel that is carbon neutral.
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In the company of sisters In the company of sisters
Products made by women around the world are sold through KJ Lewis' company.
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Graphic Design Drives Eyerly Scholar Graphic Design Drives Eyerly Scholar
A scholarship in honor of a fallen soldier fuels a rising design dynamo.
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Green on top Green on top
Who would have thought to grow edible plants on rooftops? Erin Altz did.
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A lawyer in the making A lawyer in the making
By age 19, Pakistani native Saba Ahmed had earned a double major at Portland State.
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Beyond the watercooler Beyond the watercooler
Nova Newcomer has developed an efficient software program for employee communication.
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Making history Making history
Bob Sutton MA '73 is now chief historian of the National Park Service.
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Making food her business Making food her business
Tyson Foods convinced Oregon native Michelle Bond to move to its Arkansas offices.
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A hospitalist with Kaiser A hospitalist with Kaiser
As a Portland State student, Sahra Vanderkin Rahimtoola, co-founded the Student Ambassador program.
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Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees Raising the profile of Iraqi refugees
Based in Cairo, Abeer Etefa is a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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From Shower to Flush From Shower to Flush
Support from Judy '86 and Scott South helps PSU's Hydrology Lab evaluate, treat and recycle rainwater.
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A Vanguard education A Vanguard education
When John Wykoff, Jr., was editor of the Vanguard student newspaper, it was in boxes downtown.
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Capital relations Capital relations
Erin Hulme '06 loves living and working in Washington, DC.
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A rose by her name A rose by her name
Leslie Goodlow-Baldwin is the youngest-ever president of the Portland Rose Festival.
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Campbell Professor: Doing the Best for Youth Campbell Professor: Doing the Best for Youth
It's a troubling fact that many youth in our society are at risk for homelessness, school dropout, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and delinquency. What can we do?
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Being all that he can be Being all that he can be
David Cowsert heads a new publishing group in Portland.
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The cheering goes on The cheering goes on
MaryLou Wendel Webb passes on the Homecoming Queen crown after 35 years.
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Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade Serving the U.S. Senate for over a decade
Mark Prater is the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance's chief tax counsel.
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Belief in children rewarded Belief in children rewarded
Oregon Teacher of the Year (2006-07) Jackie Cooke describes herself as an optimist.
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Bamboo clothing with a message Bamboo clothing with a message
Alum Ryan Christensen uses "eco-friendly" clothing as his "weapon of choice" to convey a social message.
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Passing judgment in Oregon's top court Passing judgment in Oregon's top court
Paul De Muniz, who graduated from PSU with a degree in sociology, is chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
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Making a difference in Africa Making a difference in Africa
Elizabeth Bara runs a nonprofit that helps people in Africa become self-reliant.
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Sailing around the world Sailing around the world
Tammy Kimball and her family lived onboard their boat, the Anjuli, for two years.
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Making it in New York City Making it in New York City
Deirdre Lorenz lives a high-velocity lifestyle.
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This alumnus wants in your back pocket This alumnus wants in your back pocket
Garett Croft Stenson '04 sits in his north Portland bungalow among boxes stacked full of wallets, tape, stickers, and promotional posters, all ready to be mailed to retailers.
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Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly Montana ranchers own a world record setting filly
Last September, a quarter horse owned by Dr. Ray '69 and Wendy Norgaard '67, MST '72 set the world's record for the fastest 300 yards in a derby trial at Yellowstone Downs in Billings, Montana. Although the couple didn't make any money, they had something better.
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Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz Keeping the coffee and tea world abuzz
Julie Beals '96 keeps the coffee and tea world abuzz
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Successful entrepreneur starts young Successful entrepreneur starts young
Paresh Patel '96 gets an early start as a successful entrepreneur
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Revealing his life as a corporate spy Revealing his life as a corporate spy
Revealing his life as a corporate spy
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Taking UPS global Taking UPS global
Chief Financial Officer Scott Davis '74 likes to keep his learning curve growing at a steady pace, and helping to chart the future of UPSa $36 billion corporationgives him that opportunity.
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Success in the world of contemporary art Success in the world of contemporary art
Carolyn Cole '76 has accomplished what most aspiring artists dream of her work is shown in six galleries nationwide and her boldly colored contemporary paintings are held in over 500 private and corporate collections.
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Meet Marius Nita Meet Marius Nita
"Working with PSU's great research faculty has been an incredible experience."
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Meet Dave Roper Meet Dave Roper
"For mechanical engineering students, the opportunities at PSU are amazing."
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Creating living history for a new museum Creating living history for a new museum
Teresa Neva Tate '94, MA '97 Creates Living History for a New Museum
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Helping tsunami victims in India Helping tsunami victims in India
John Stephens MIM '03 Helps Tsunami Victims in India
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Visit the Simon Benson House Visit the Simon Benson House
The Simon Benson House is the newest old addition to the PSU campus. This beautiful century-old house was moved to the South Park Blocks in 2000 and now houses the PSU Alumni Association and the University's Visitor's Center.
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Meet Harkirat Singh Meet Harkirat Singh
"Receiving the Maseeh Fellowship inspired me to want to give back to the professional and academic community."
Alumnus
Studying brain function at Columbia University Studying brain function at Columbia University
Joy Hirsch MS '71 Studying Brain Function at Columbia University
Alumnus
Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar Delivering the mail at a profit in Qatar
Ali M. Al Ali '83 Delivering Mail at a Profit in Qatar
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A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism A passion to tell the story of Oregon Judaism
Gloria Lohman Feves '72 explores the history of Oregon's Jewswhy they came, what they found, and how they changed through the years.
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Coming one day to a theater near you? Coming one day to a theater near you?
Dan Vance '97 has made an independent film in Arizona with a camera of his own design.
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Offering cost-conscious counseling Offering cost-conscious counseling
Vince Dimone's, MS '03, cost-conscious counseling benefits his clients and himself.
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Nobel, Pulitzer Winner Was Library's First Donor Nobel, Pulitzer Winner Was Library's First Donor
What Nobel Laureate helped Portland State's library get started again after the disastrous Vanport flood of 1948?
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Meet James Berokoff Meet James Berokoff
"PSU's Maseeh College takes full advantage of its excellent faculty, prime urban location, and strong connections to give students an educational experience that jump starts their careers."
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