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Giving: Spring 2014
Author: Tanya Gross
Posted: April 21, 2014

The joy of giving

More than 7,800 donors have supported Portland State scholarships in the past five years. Meeting with the students they've helped can be a delight.

Alumna Karen Groth (right) puts her head together with art student Maggie Heath. In 1981, Groth earned a master's in history at PSU, which started a steady stream of family members attending the University, including her husband, Harry, who earned a bachelor's in painting following retirement as a physician. Heath also paints, but sculpture is her real passion, and she earned the Harry and Karen Groth Scholarship on the merit of her portfolio.

Betty Trudeau (right) shares a smile with Nina Comiskey, a senior in architecture. Comiskey received an endowed scholarship honoring Trudeau's late husband, John, first dean of PSU's School of Fine and Performing Arts.


Architecture master's student Dylan Morgan (center) was excited to win a scholarship from Yost Grube Hall Architecture, "a significant local firm," in Morgan's words. He met with YGH representatives Amy Winterowd and Mark Stoller.


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A merger for fundraising

UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT, the fundraising office for Portland State, will merge with the PSU Foundation, an independent not-for-profit corporation, on July 1. The move will better position Portland State for a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign, says Jon Mitchell '69, PSU Foundation Board chairman who is president and CEO of Acumentra Health. Franìoise Aylmer (pictured here), PSU vice president for Advancement, will become PSU Foundation president and CEO. "Franìoise has proven experience in the field and will be able to maintain our momentum in significantly increasing fundraising," says Mitchell.