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Alumni: Spring 2010
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: June 10, 2010

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Affording higher education

State funding has fallen from 48%  to 16% of PSU's total revenuePSU STUDENTS graduating this spring paid 30 percent more in tuition costs than they did as freshmen in 2005. Could they have anticipated and planned for that level of increase when they began their quest for a college degree? It was not too long ago when college costs were not only reasonable, but also predictable.

So, why the drastic increase in tuition? As the campus expands to meet the needs of a growing student body and the University strives to continue offering outstanding programs, courses, instruction, and services for our students, it does not appear that the state has the resources to make the necessary changes and provide for continued growth. It may be time to rethink the way we do business.

There are many models for governing and funding public universities. Can tuition costs be based on ability to pay or on earning potential? Is it fair if one college student receives an education at a greater cost than another? Should a PSU student in the field of social work pay the same for a degree as a student who graduates in engineering?

Outstanding universities must provide their students with opportunities to receive the best possible education. Today's college students must be willing to pay for the outstanding education they receive. But, we as alumni, need to be cognizant of the difficulties many students are facing as they strive to reach their goals. A college education should be a goal that all can achieve. Write us with your thoughts, opinions, and experiences at -T.J. Newby ’90 and Al Fitzpatrick MA ’93

computing in the Park BlocksScholarship for children of alumni

THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is seeking applications for the fall 2010 Jane Wiener Memorial Alumni Scholarship from children of alumni who are interested in community service. The scholarship provides full, in-state tuition and fees for one, legally dependent child of a PSU alumnus.

Molly Conroy, the program's current and fifth scholar, is majoring in general science with a chemistry minor, while serving as a student ambassador and a resident assistant. She also finds time to work as a certified nursing assistant in acute care at Oregon Health & Science University. Now a senior, Conroy plans to become a physician's assistant.

Previous scholar, Sarah Whitney-Hayden '03, MEd '04 teaches at Hammond Elementary School in Salem. In 2008, she was honored with a Crystal Apple Award from the Salem-Keizer School District.

For more information, to receive an application, or to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship, call 503-725-4948, e-mail or visit Applications are due in the Alumni Office by July 30.

Nicholas KristofNicholas Kristof to keynote PSU Weekend

MORE THAN a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. He will discuss his latest book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, as keynote speaker for PSU Weekend Friday, October 22, through Sunday, October 24.

Kristof has traveled the major roads and minor byways of China, Africa, India, and South Asia, offering a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world. In addition, he is the son of retired Portland State professors Jane and Ladis Kristof. Visit www.alumni for more information on PSU Weekend seminars, interactive tours, reunions, and receptions.

Pat Squire and Mark KemballAt right: Pat Squire MPA '95, assistant vice president of PSU Alumni Relations, and Mark Kemball MBA '96, external relations at OHSU School of Medicine, jointly receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at a February conference in Portland.

PSU Salutes award recipientsAt left: PSU Salutes award recipients for 2010 include (left to right) PSU professor Toeutu Faaleava, Dennis Keenan '72, Antonio D'Auria '02, student Megan Jensen, and Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz '72. Missing from the photo is award-winner Marisa Lino '71. Learn about all of the honorees at

Read about featured alumni Antonio D'Auria '02, Marisa Lino '71, Paul De Muniz '72, and Dennis Keenan MSW '72 at