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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
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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
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Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Robillard, MBA ‘06 Alumni Profile: Elizabeth Robillard, MBA ‘06
Elizabeth Robillard, MBA ‘06 knew she loved Portland, and didn’t want to leave to pursue a masters degree program. She looked into The School of Business and determined that it was the right fit to build up a roster of industry connections. The flexibility of the part-time option, along with the caliber of experienced professionals enrolled in the program, sold her on selecting Portland State University as her school of choice.
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Mahmoud Sabbagh ‘16 Mahmoud Sabbagh ‘16
In 2012, Mahmoud Sabbagh left his home in Damascus, Syria and moved across the globe to Portland, Oregon. He arrived, without knowing English and being unfamiliar with the culture. Regardless, Mahmoud was determined to make a new home in the United States, and take the first step towards citizenship: gaining his CPA license and completing 45 credits at an American university. Sabbagh Credits The School of Business Instructors for never losing faith.
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Alumni Profile: James "Jim" Allegretto ‘84 Alumni Profile: James "Jim" Allegretto ‘84
Oregon native James Allegretto has devoted his career to the federal government, serving 30 years at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. When it comes to his legacy, however, he has a different priority: His alma mater, PSU's School of Business.
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Erin Hubert, BS ‘80 - A True Trailblazer Erin Hubert, BS ‘80 - A True Trailblazer
Erin Hubert, BS ‘80, is a woman of “firsts.” In 1990 she was the first woman to join the Portland Trailblazers sales team. Roughly ten years later, she was the first woman in the NBA to be named to a top leadership position as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Trailblazers Inc., overseeing operations for the Blazers, the Rose Garden and Portland Fire, the company's WNBA franchise.
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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
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Andrea Bouma, MBA ‘16 Andrea Bouma, MBA ‘16
Andrea Bouma, MBA ‘16, was working as a Research and Development food scientist for Whitewave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado when she had the realization that she wanted to pivot to a new role within the food industry. She’d already earned a culinary degree, as well as a B.S. and M.S. in Food Science and Technology. The next step: The Portland MBA.
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Fabiana Pedroso de Araujo, MBA ‘15 Fabiana Pedroso de Araujo, MBA ‘15
For architect and MBA alumna Fabiana Pedroso de Araujo, sustainability is the common thread between constructing a building -- and building a B-Corp. That focus drove her to apply for the Portland MBA program at The School of Business. Her degree, coupled with a solid background of sustainable business practices, is what earned her current position as the Senior Standards Analyst at B-Lab.
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Nanette Reid, MBA ‘03 Nanette Reid, MBA ‘03
Nanette Reid has worked at U.S. Bank for 25 years, starting out as a small town bank teller at age 16. She steadily advanced within the company through a combination of on the job experience and educational achievements, including receiving her BA and MBA from PSU’s School of Business. She is now the Business Banking Strategy Manager for U.S. Bank’s Metropolitan Business Banking group.
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Alumnus Profile: Jennifer Zelen, MSF '18 Alumnus Profile: Jennifer Zelen, MSF '18
Jennifer Zelen is one of those rare, mythical creatures you rarely encounter in the City of Roses: an actual Portland local. Aside from leaving for some extended travel, she was born, raised, and educated here in the metropolitan area, including receiving her undergraduate degree from Portland State University.
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Alumnus Profile: Edwin Martinez, Advertising ‘17 Alumnus Profile: Edwin Martinez, Advertising ‘17
Edwin Martinez, graduated from The School of Business at PSU in Spring 2017 with degree in Advertising and an Athletic & Outdoor Industry Certificate. He now works at adidas as an Assistant Business Transformation Manager.
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Chemistry photo diary: Vikram Shankar Chemistry photo diary: Vikram Shankar
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Chemistry photo diary: Naneki Collins-McCallum Chemistry photo diary: Naneki Collins-McCallum
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Chemistry photo diary: Andrew Ma Chemistry photo diary: Andrew Ma
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Alumni Profile: Priya Sekaran, Finance ‘15 Alumni Profile: Priya Sekaran, Finance ‘15
Priya Sekaran '15, graduated from the Portland State University School of Business with a degree in Finance, and currently works as a Financial Analyst at Intel.
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Alumni Donor Profile: Craig Iverson, Accounting ‘78 Alumni Donor Profile: Craig Iverson, Accounting ‘78
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Meet Danny Rauda Meet Danny Rauda
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Meet Christiana McGrady Meet Christiana McGrady
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Heber Michaels '15 Heber Michaels '15
Entrepreneurship — from the family business to new ventures
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RAPS 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipient Update RAPS 2011-2012 Scholarship Recipient Update
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Master of Supply Chain Alumnus Profile: Kellen Betts, MSGSCM '17 Master of Supply Chain Alumnus Profile: Kellen Betts, MSGSCM '17
Kellen is a a supervisor on the Omni-Channel team in the Supply Chain Integration Group for REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc).
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Applied Linguistics B.A. graduate now a PhD candidate at Northwestern University Applied Linguistics B.A. graduate now a PhD candidate at Northwestern University
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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.
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Meet M.A. TESOL 2017 graduate Ian Hancock Meet M.A. TESOL 2017 graduate Ian Hancock
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Meet Angela Taylor - BA Accounting ‘13 Meet Angela Taylor - BA Accounting ‘13
Going back to school at age 27, graduating from Portland State’s rigorous accounting program, and thriving in a profession she is passionate about: Angela Taylor, BA ‘13, has accomplished all of the above by tapping into her motivation.
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Chad Norvell '12, '16 Chad Norvell '12, '16
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Meet Blas Delascio - MRED ‘14 Meet Blas Delascio - MRED ‘14
Current position: Real Estate Project Manager Current organization: Columbia Sportswear
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Meet Chris Simons - MSGSCM ‘16 Meet Chris Simons - MSGSCM ‘16
My work is very project based. There are some daily functions, but I constantly take on new challenges. The HVAC industry has been operating with outdated practices and is growing rapidly. My responsibility is to improve our current inventory management practices to meet company growth.
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Meet Elizabeth Heredia - MRED ‘15 Meet Elizabeth Heredia - MRED ‘15
Current position: Development Assistant Current organization: Deacon Corp
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Meet Liz Hutchinson - MRED ‘16 Meet Liz Hutchinson - MRED ‘16
When Liz Hutchinson was studying architecture in Boston, her curriculum included a class in homelessness. While she explored the issue from a policy perspective, she also got an up-close look at the reality of homelessness as a volunteer in a shelter.
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Ali Razmpa MSCE '17 Ali Razmpa MSCE '17
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Three graduates of the School of Art + Design's MFA program featured on Oregon Art Beat Three graduates of the School of Art + Design's MFA program featured on Oregon Art Beat
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Meet Mehran Nikkhoo, '10, Graduate Finance Alum Meet Mehran Nikkhoo, '10, Graduate Finance Alum
"I truly enjoyed working with diverse groups from very different backgrounds. Picking real business cases for class projects and trying to work with my team to apply our learning to real life examples was instrumental in my learning."
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Meet Brian Wynn, '14, Graduate Finance Alum Meet Brian Wynn, '14, Graduate Finance Alum
"My career path has moved quite quickly and has exceeded the expectations I had when starting the program. There is no way I would be where I am today without having been in this program."
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Meet Thomas Bussell, '11, Graduate Finance Alum Meet Thomas Bussell, '11, Graduate Finance Alum
"It’s energizing to have skills and a perspective that are valued by senior management. It is really fun to use those skills, such as financial modeling and business partnership to influence key decisions, lead initiatives and solve challenging problems."
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Larry Large '64 Larry Large '64
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Meet Lori Heino-Royer Meet Lori Heino-Royer
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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.
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Meet Chris Herndon, MBA ’16 Meet Chris Herndon, MBA ’16
Chris Herndon has blazed an unconventional career trail that taught him a lot about what it takes to successfully change course. Now he leverages the leadership skills he honed in this MBA at Portland State to help others navigate shifts in direction.
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Meet Noriko Iwasaki Meet Noriko Iwasaki
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Meet Patrick Erkkila ’16, Finance Meet Patrick Erkkila ’16, Finance
Patrick Erkkila is graduating with a BS in Finance. He is a former Marine mechanic who certified helicopter engines on the Hawaiian Islands. Shortly after graduation, Patrick will drive across the country to embark on his next adventure in NYC. He accepted a position as PEX Change Agent at UBS Financial Services.
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Meet Mona Hutchinson '16, Accounting Meet Mona Hutchinson '16, Accounting
Mona Hutchinson is graduating with a BS in Accounting and double honors. She will start an internship with PwC in the audit/assurance line of service after graduation. Following the internship, Mona will enter the Masters of Science in Financial Analysis (MSFA) graduate program to fulfill the CPA exam requirements. She plans to take the four state CPA board exams in 2016/2017.
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Meet Douglas Rivera ’16, Marketing Meet Douglas Rivera ’16, Marketing
Douglas Rivera is graduating with a BA in Business, Marketing and already has a job lined up as an assistant buyer at Fred Meyer. Read more about his experience with the School of Business at Portland State.
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Meet Gabriel Alvarez, MBA '15 Meet Gabriel Alvarez, MBA '15
Gabe is using what he learned from Portland State's MBA program to help his family's business grow. Read more about his experience at the School of Business.
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Meet Anthropology alum Bonnie Harvey, MA '16 Meet Anthropology alum Bonnie Harvey, MA '16
After earning an MA in applied anthropology at PSU, Bonnie Harvey is returning to Usisya, Malawi to apply her knowledge in community development and cultural anthropology to help the local nonprofit, Temwa.
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Meet Grzegorz Wiktor ‘14, Accounting Meet Grzegorz Wiktor ‘14, Accounting
Grzegorz graduated from Portland State University in 2014 with a BA in Accounting. He works as an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in Seattle, WA. His responsibilities include performing audits of private and public clients, including SOX controls and substantive testing.
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Meet Jessica Hanson Meet Jessica Hanson
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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.
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Alex Novie
MUS, 2014
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Liang Ma Liang Ma
Ph.D. in Urban Studies, 2014
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Nicole Iroz-Elardo
Ph.D. in Urban Studies, 2014
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Joe Broach Joe Broach
Ph.D. in Urban Studies, 2015
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Chris Blanchard Chris Blanchard
Ph.D. in Urban Studies, 2014
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Iren Taran
MURP, 2013
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Danell Norby Danell Norby
MURP, 2013
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Lina Menard Lina Menard
MURP, 2013
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Mohammad Meidiansyah Mohammad Meidiansyah
MURP, 2015
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Brian Hurley
MURP, 2013
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Katie Hughes Katie Hughes
MURP, 2013
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Kate Drennan Kate Drennan
MURP, 2013
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Todd Borkowitz Todd Borkowitz
MURP, 2015
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Carine Arendes
MURP, 2013
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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.
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Meet Genevieve London, MBA '13 Meet Genevieve London, MBA '13
Genevieve is a Graduate Business Programs Ambassador, a group of students and alumni dedicated to sharing what it is really like to be a masters student at Portland State.
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Meet Shawn Duffy, MBA '09 Meet Shawn Duffy, MBA '09
Shawn is a Graduate Business Programs Ambassador, a group of students and alumni dedicated to sharing what it is really like to be a masters student at Portland State.
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Meet Dan Woodward, Healthcare MBA '12 Meet Dan Woodward, Healthcare MBA '12
Dan is a Graduate Business Programs Ambassador, a group of students and alumni dedicated to sharing what it is really like to be a masters student at Portland State.
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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.
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Meet Melissa Tran '15, Supply & Logistics Management Meet Melissa Tran '15, Supply & Logistics Management
Melissa Tran is graduating with a BS in Supply & Logistics Management. She is entering into the Toyota Logistics Trainee Program post-graduation.
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Meet Jeffret Mandondo '15, Accounting Meet Jeffret Mandondo '15, Accounting
Jeffret is graduating with a BS in Accounting and already has a job lined up with prestigious accounting firm, PwC. Read more about his experience with the School of Business at Portland State.
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Meet Curtis Cooper '14, Account Service Representative, Nike NFL Specialty Meet Curtis Cooper '14, Account Service Representative, Nike NFL Specialty
Curtis transferred from Oregon State and was impressed by the countless number of industry connections PSU had. He got involved in the A&O Program, established many connections along the way, the landed a job at the company he always wanted to work for, Nike.
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Meet Mandy Loh '15, Management and Leadership Meet Mandy Loh '15, Management and Leadership
Mandy recently shared with us how the Center for Retail Leadership program at PSU helped her prepare for her career at The Hershey Company.
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Meet Synkai Harrison '15, Intern at Gerding Edlen Meet Synkai Harrison '15, Intern at Gerding Edlen
Synkai chose Portland State's Master of Real Estate Development program after several business trips to Portland -- a city he was drawn to because of it's leading edge in smart growth and sustainability in real estate development.
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Meet Heather Todd Meet Heather Todd
Applied Linguistics B.A. graduate Heather Todd now pursuing a PhD in Field Linguistics at SOAS, University of London
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Meet Jason Liao '14, Social Media Manager, WearTesters.com Meet Jason Liao '14, Social Media Manager, WearTesters.com
When Jason first enrolled at PSU, he had no idea where his career would go. His future was essentially a blank canvas. Through taking different courses and seeing what Jason likes, he's really honed his interests in marketing and advertising, specifically on the digital side.
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Meet Sean Evernden '14, Dealer Services Representative, Cascade Designs Meet Sean Evernden '14, Dealer Services Representative, Cascade Designs
Sean came to PSU as a transfer student and had no idea what he wanted to major in, but he had a general idea of business. After taking the first intro Athletic and Outdoor (A&O) course, he knew he wanted to work in the outdoor industry.
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Donna L. Wagner, PhD. Dean of New Mexico State, University College of Health and Social Services  Donna L. Wagner, PhD. Dean of New Mexico State, University College of Health and Social Services
Donna L. Wagner has been named Dean of the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services. Dr. Wagner serves on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Caregivers for Older Adults, working on a consensus report on this topic and expected to be available early 2016.
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Brenda Sulick, PhD - Policy Outreach Director, AARP Public Policy Institute Brenda Sulick, PhD - Policy Outreach Director, AARP Public Policy Institute
Brenda Sulick, PhD, is the Policy Outreach Director at the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), where she manages public outreach and communications. She represents PPI before external audiences, promoting AARP programs and policy solutions that improve the lives of older Americans.
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Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD. Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Dean of Public Health , Brown University Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD. Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Dean of Public Health , Brown University
Dr. Wetle is Dean of the School of Public Health, and is Professor of Health Services Research, Policy and Practice. She was most recently Deputy Director, Nation Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sustainability Internship Alumni Profile: Cameron Herrington Sustainability Internship Alumni Profile: Cameron Herrington
While pursuing his Master of Urban Studies, Cameron Herrington took on a series of class projects and sustainability-related internships that led to a full-time job with local nonprofit Living Cully.
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A Tale of Two ETM Alums A Tale of Two ETM Alums
At the 2015 hooding ceremony for the Engineering and Technology Management Department, Tim Bennington-Davis and Jim Teeter shared how the relationships they forged at PSU changed their careers.
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Meet Eric Skoro '13, STAR, LLC Meet Eric Skoro '13, STAR, LLC
Networking and cultivating relationships helped Eric hold two internships during his time at the School of Business. One developed into a full time job, during his last two years at PSU, and both experiences gave him a competitive edge that added value employers were looking for.
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Dr. Terry Cross: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015 Dr. Terry Cross: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015
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Dr. Fariborz Maseeh: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015 Dr. Fariborz Maseeh: Honorary Degree Recipient 2015
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Greg Ness, MBA '87 Greg Ness, MBA '87
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Meet Matt Schaeffer '09, Craft Brew Alliance Meet Matt Schaeffer '09, Craft Brew Alliance
Matt recently shared how his connections through the American Marketing Association at PSU helped him land an internship.
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Fardowsa Idris Fardowsa Idris
General Science and Biology
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Meet Jenna Simon '14, Completed her Practicum at Wieden + Kennedy Meet Jenna Simon '14, Completed her Practicum at Wieden + Kennedy
Jenna shares how she was able to complete a practicum through the 409 Online Internship Course while working at Wieden + Kennedy.
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Rebecca Miller, MPA Rebecca Miller, MPA
Planning and Development Specialist for Multnomah County Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services Division (ADVSD)
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Ann McQueen, Ph.D. - Operations and Policy Analyst Ann McQueen, Ph.D. - Operations and Policy Analyst
Ann McQueen, Ph.D., currently manages the Safety, Oversight, and Quality Unit within the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Program. She speaks at many state and national conferences on topics related to aging and older adults.
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Kathleen Sullivan Ph.D.-Director, LGBT Center, Los Angeles Kathleen Sullivan Ph.D.-Director, LGBT Center, Los Angeles
Kathleen Sullivan Ph.D., Director of Senior Services, Los Angeles, LGBT Center The Largest LGBT Senior Service Department in the nation
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Jacklyn Kohon, PhD (Alumna) Jacklyn Kohon, PhD (Alumna)
Assistant Professor, Akita International University, Akita, Japan
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Viet Le Viet Le
Electrical Engineering
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Juan Marin Juan Marin
Pre-Med Biochemistry and Physics
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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.
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Meet Daniel Erickson '13, Intern at IBM Meet Daniel Erickson '13, Intern at IBM
Daniel triple majored in Human Resources, Management Leadership, and Supply & Logistics while attending the School of Business at PSU. He recently shared how his experience being proactive as a student helped land him an internship and what he learned from that experience.
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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!
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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.
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Meet Beth Grover '09, Intern at eROI Meet Beth Grover '09, Intern at eROI
Read how Beth's experience at the School of Business helped her land a summer internship, what she learned about herself, and how it helped her open her own business.
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Ivan Preciado Ivan Preciado
Electrical Engineering - LSAMP Office Assistant
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Ashley Davis Ashley Davis
Molecular and Microbiology
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Samuel Mequanint Samuel Mequanint
Pre-Pharmacy Biology and Chemistry - STEM Ambassador
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Kipp Morgan Kipp Morgan
Pre-Med Biology - STEM Ambassador
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Kaltuma Janay Kaltuma Janay
Postbac Biology - STEM Ambassador
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Emilio Molina Emilio Molina
Mechanical Engineering - STEM Ambassador and LSAMP Peer Tutoring Coordinator
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Meet Sarah Myers-Mitchell '14, Intern at Geffen Mesher & Co Meet Sarah Myers-Mitchell '14, Intern at Geffen Mesher & Co
Sarah recently shared her experience interning at Geffen Mesher & Co and what she learned while she was there.
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Alumni Profile: Lori Hensel Alumni Profile: Lori Hensel
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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.”
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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."
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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.
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Meet Aiman Al Khachi '14, Intern at Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Rose Festival Meet Aiman Al Khachi '14, Intern at Portland Fire & Rescue and Portland Rose Festival
Aiman recently graduated with a major in Advertising Management and Marketing with a minor in Design Management. During his time at PSU's School of Business, he completed two internships and shared his experience with us.
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David Pagliarulo '10 - CPA, Deloitte David Pagliarulo '10 - CPA, Deloitte
In a recent interview, David gives insight on how the accounting program helped him score the top CPA score in the state and how the reputation at Portland State's School of Business landed him a senior position at Deloitte.
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Chris Crary '08 - Owner, Crary Films Chris Crary '08 - Owner, Crary Films
Listen to Chris talk about his time at PSU and how that has helped him build his career.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters Alumna profile: Mary Ann Anderson—early childhood education matters
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GSE Alumnus Profile: Bryan Henderson GSE Alumnus Profile: Bryan Henderson
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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
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Meet Robinson Eaton, Intern at Intel Corporation Meet Robinson Eaton, Intern at Intel Corporation
Robinson interned at Intel Corporation before graduating from PSU's School of Business Administration, and recently shared with us his experience, and how that has empowered him for success after college.
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Hassan Al Ghanam Hassan Al Ghanam
2014 Honorary Degree Recipient
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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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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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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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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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Changemaker Stories: Ahmed Abidine Changemaker Stories: Ahmed Abidine
Inspiring action for a better world.
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Meet Cara Rothe, BA '13 Meet Cara Rothe, BA '13
Cara graduated from Portland State University's School of Business in 2013 and was recruited by First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland through her capstone project.
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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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Faduma Ali Faduma Ali
Public Health
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Adilene Amaro-Zurito Adilene Amaro-Zurito
Environmental Engineer
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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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Sadaf Assadi Sadaf Assadi
Health Sciences
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Soufiane El Moussi Soufiane El Moussi
Civil Engineering
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Jenn Flores Jenn Flores
Speech and Hearing Sciences
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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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Jose Garcia Jose Garcia
Biology/Health Sciences
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Andres Herrejon Andres Herrejon
Mechanical Engineering - LSAMP Student Action Team
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Katherine Huynh Katherine Huynh
Pre-Med Biology
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Lauren Krueger Lauren Krueger
Electrical Engineering/Physics
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Brownie Tuiasosopo Brownie Tuiasosopo
Micro/Molecular Biology
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Lauren Muñoz Lauren Muñoz
Organismal Biology/Psychology - LSAMP Student Action Team
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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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Nicholas Robbins Nicholas Robbins
Pre-Med Biology
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Oussoubleh Robleh Oussoubleh Robleh
Electrical Engineering
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Allie Simpson Allie Simpson
Environmental Science/Anthropology - LSAMP Student Action Team
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Kofi Tweneboah Kofi Tweneboah
Electrical Engineering - LSAMP Student Action Team
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Griselda Velasco Griselda Velasco
Pre-Med Biology - LSAMP Student Action Team
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Edgar Verdin Edgar Verdin
Environmental Engineer - STEM Ambassador
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Mondell Wells Mondell Wells
Mechanical Engineering - LSAMP Student Action Team
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Blane Yimesgen Blane Yimesgen
Biochemistry
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Meet Jordan Jordan Meet Jordan Jordan
"The traditional classroom pedagogy never really appealed to me. I’m not really into one-size-fits-all education. So taking part in the intimate, small-scale discussion format of Honors was really, really great for me."
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Meet Theresa Mau Meet Theresa Mau
“They don’t want to drag you by the hand. They’ll give you a helping hand when you need, and then they’ll let go when they see fit.”
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Meet Kevin Vilbig Meet Kevin Vilbig
“The program has let me explore. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything like this otherwise. There’s just no way.”
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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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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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Liz Kaster Liz Kaster
MURP, 2015
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Meet Simon Peters Meet Simon Peters
Alum Simon Peters is a 2014 graduate of the Honors Program with a B.A. in Chinese and Applied Linguistics, where his focus was on endangered language documentation and maintenance. Simon recently received a second Critical Language Scholarship from the State Department for a return to China. He began working on his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Fall of 2015.
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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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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 Lindsey DeCampos-Stairiker Meet Lindsey DeCampos-Stairiker
Lindsey, an Honors Program alumna, received a B.A. in Science and Spanish in 2012.
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Meet Alex Sorenson Meet Alex Sorenson
Alex, an Honors Program alumnus, received his B.A. in German Literature in 2012.
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Meet Jade Luiz Meet Jade Luiz
Jade, an Honors Program alumna, received her degree in Anthropology.
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Meet Jack Ohman Meet Jack Ohman
Jack, an Honors Program alumnus, received his B.A. in History in 1999.
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Meet Ryland Stucke Meet Ryland Stucke
Ryland, an Honors Program alumnus, was a pre-medical student at Portland State who participated in an Honors Internship.
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Meet Leshu Torchin Meet Leshu Torchin
Leshu, an Honors Program alumna, received her bachelor's degree in Arts & Letters in 1995.
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Meet Aaron Lisle Meet Aaron Lisle
Aaron, an Honors Program alumnus, received his B.A. in History in 2004.
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Meet Patryck Babiracki Meet Patryck Babiracki
Patryck, an Honors Program Alumnus, received a B.A. in Russian in 2002.
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Meet Michael Tee Meet Michael Tee
Michael, an Honors Program Alumnus, received a B.S. in Biology and Science in 2008.
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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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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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Meet Linda Sullivan, Distinguished Accounting Alumnus Meet Linda Sullivan, Distinguished Accounting Alumnus
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Meet Tiffany Morrison Meet Tiffany Morrison
Tiffany, an Honors Program Alumna, received a B.S. in Biochemistry in 1999.
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Meet Mei Lee, BA Accounting '98 Meet Mei Lee, BA Accounting '98
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Meet Brian Federico (MBA '12) Meet Brian Federico (MBA '12)
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Meet Nanette Reid (MBA '03) Meet Nanette Reid (MBA '03)
Nanette Reid chose the PSU MBA program over law school because of the resources and introductions it offered to the Portland business community.
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Meet Andrew Essreg (MBA '03) Meet Andrew Essreg (MBA '03)
Andrew Essreg has built a career around sustainability, starting with earning a sustainability-focused MBA from Portland State University.
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Meet Yulia Smirnova (MBA '07) Meet Yulia Smirnova (MBA '07)
Portland State MBA alum, Yulia Smirnova believes that regardless of where you get your MBA, the true value lies in what you make of the experience.
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Meet Mark Prater Meet Mark Prater
Mark Prater earned his BA in Accounting from Portland State in 1981. He is currently the deputy staff director and minority chief tax counsel on the Senate Finance Committee. Prater became the committee's chief tax counsel when Sen. Robert Packwood was chair, who is well-liked and widely praised on both sides of the aisle. Prater’s expertise extends beyond taxes to other areas under the Finance Committee’s jurisdiction including health care.
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Angela Frank: MIM Alumnus, 2012 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow Angela Frank: MIM Alumnus, 2012 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow
Congratulations to Angela Frank (MIM '01) on being selected as a member of the 2012 First Mover Fellowship Class at the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program! The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program announced the fourth class of First Mover Fellows, individuals who are working within companies to unite business growth with a sustainable society in the products and services they are developing.
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Jean Auel Jean Auel
Past Commencement Speaker
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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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Meet Melanie Billings-Yun Meet Melanie Billings-Yun
Melanie, an Honors Program Alumna, received a B.S. in History in 1976.
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John Fitzgerald John Fitzgerald
Systems Science Graduate Program - Alumnus
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Scott Davis, CEO of UPS and Portland State University Alumnus, Featured in Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network Scott Davis, CEO of UPS and Portland State University Alumnus, Featured in Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network
The U.S. economy is slowly improving, raising questions and concerns among business leaders over the slower than expected growth.
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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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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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Meet Cassie Miura Meet Cassie Miura
Cassie, an Honors Program Alumna, received a B.A. in English in 2008.
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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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Rebecca Arcos Rebecca Arcos
It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind—something Rebecca has done three times in her choice of career. After studying business and engineering, she found her true calling and majored in social work at PSU. She’s also forged strong friendships with students of very different beliefs and backgrounds.
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Avel Louise Gordly Avel Louise Gordly
Avel is modest about her accomplishments, perhaps because to describe them all would require a day. The first African American woman elected to the Oregon State Senate, she is a dedicated activist, community leader, PSU professor and author—to name just a few. To top it off, she’s a phenomenal storyteller, as we found out in our interview.
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Dr. Heidi Allen, Oregon Health Study Dr. Heidi Allen, Oregon Health Study
Dr. Heidi Allen of the School of Social Work and colleagues recently published early results from the Oregon Health Study, the first randomized clinical trial of the impact of Medicaid expansion to the uninsured.
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Terry Cross (MSW '77) Terry Cross (MSW '77)
Terry L. Cross, founder and executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, based in Southwest Portland, will receive the Embracing the Legacy Award of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.
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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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From PSU to UPS From PSU to UPS
Scott Davis to be PSU's 2011 June Commencement Speaker
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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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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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Ruth Maionchi (MSW) Ruth Maionchi (MSW)
Providing mental health counseling at service centers located near ground zero and several other disaster sites providing mental health counseling for both the victims and volunteers.
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Joanne Fuller MSW, School of Social Work Alumna Joanne Fuller MSW, School of Social Work Alumna
Becoming a critical piece of the safety net for people in our community.
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Lee Ann Phillips Lee Ann Phillips
Program Manager
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Arturo Garcia Arturo Garcia
Alumunus
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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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BECAUSE OF PSU... BECAUSE OF PSU...
"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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"We won an NCAA Big Sky basketball championship." -- Claire Faucher and Erin Yankus, bachelor’s degrees
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"I drew thousands of students together." -- Christian Aniciete, bachelor's degree
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"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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Tim Kochanski Tim Kochanski
Systems Science Graduate Program
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Cecily Froemke Cecily Froemke
Systems Science Graduate Program
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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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Robin Fenske Robin Fenske
Systems Science Graduate Program
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Bill (William Tate), Film and Dialects Bill (William Tate), Film and Dialects
Professor of Theatre & Film
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Dr. Byron Haines Dr. Byron Haines
Dr. Byron Haines Philosophy Professor Emeritus
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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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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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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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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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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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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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The cheering goes on The cheering goes on
MaryLou Wendel Webb passes on the Homecoming Queen crown after 35 years.
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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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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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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 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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Meet Harkirat Singh Meet Harkirat Singh
"Receiving the Maseeh Fellowship inspired me to want to give back to the professional and academic community."
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Studying brain function at Columbia University Studying brain function at Columbia University
Joy Hirsch MS '71 Studying Brain Function at Columbia University
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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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