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Alumni: Spring 2013
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: May 22, 2013

GET INTO THE Portland State of Mind October 19-27 as the University opens its doors to the community for fun, athletic, and educational events.

Table manners matter

THE PSU ALUMNI Association hosted the first annual Student Etiquette Dinner in January. More than 150 students and alumni enjoyed a four-course meal while etiquette expert Simi Ranajee explained the art of balancing dining etiquette with great networking skills. Since many internship and job interviews take place over coffee or lunch, learning how to combine table manners with effective networking is vital, says Ranajee. PSU alumni volunteered as table hosts to create a more realistic networking atmosphere and connect with current students.

On the road again

RECREATING A MOTORCYCLE trip he and his friends took 50 years ago, David Yaden ’70 proves that age has nothing to do with adventure. Yaden, who rode with one of the original bikers as well as new friends, wrote to the Alumni Association via email, “I cannot imagine not having this adventure. And, forget the easy road. Get lost and find yourself.” He is now back home in Lake Oswego with wife, Janice ’66, but his blog from the road,, remains an inspiration.

Connect & benefit

MEMBERSHIP in the Portland State Alumni Association is FREE! We are committed to keeping our 130,000 (and counting) alumni engaged with the University. Your PSU journey does not have to stop once you graduate. Visit to sign up for your free membership card, which includes use of the library, a discounted membership at the Rec Center, and free services at the Career Center. Alumni Association membership also provides discounts on select services and products.


FOLLOW THE PSU Alumni Association on Twitter, @PSU_alums, for updates on networking events, job postings, news, and more.

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