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Alumni: Winter 2010
Author: Kathryn Krikland
Posted: February 1, 2010

Connect with your Alumni Association!

Make plans to join us at these upcoming Portland State Alumni Association-sponsored events. For more information, visit or contact Sara Haley at or 503-725-9833.

First-Time Home Buyer Seminar
Thursday, January 28, 5:30 p.m.

PSU Salutes Distinguished Alumni Awards
Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m.

PSU Alumni Night with the Portland Trail Blazers
Sunday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

PSU Opera (PSUAA members only): The Merry Widow
Thursday, April 22

LinkedIn Professional Networking
Thursday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Look for these additional events

Baby Boomer Retirement Lecture Series
Alumni Outdoor Recreation Programming
PSU Alumni Book Club
Alumni Tango Dance Night

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Young fan with Will Shortz

[caption] Young fan poses with puzzlemaster Will Shortz at PSU Weekend in October.

A working vacation in GuatemalaJudy and Dave Osgood help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala.

VACATIONING with a purpose—or voluntourism—is on the rise. Dave Osgood '63 and his wife, Judy, were introduced to the idea of a service vacation on a trip to Central America with Habitat for Humanity back in 2005.

The Osgoods were part of a team that worked side-by-side with local residents to help build a house in Guatemala. This transformational experience had the couple sharing stories and photographs with their friends and ultimately recruiting them for a return trip with Habitat.

By 2007 the Osgoods had become volunteer leaders, having made eight trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica. Their enthusiasm continues to grow. The Osgoods relish the cultural immersion coupled with the tangible sense that they are making a difference in the countries they visit.

In November 2010, the Osgoods will host a special trip to Guatemala for PSU alumni. If you would like to be part of this unique and fulfilling experience visit the PSU Alumni Association at

Judy OsgoodDave Osgood

[caption] JUDY AND DAVE OSGOOD  Pros at voluntourism, they will lead a trip for PSU alumni in November 2010. Judy (middle photo) works with local residents setting blocks for the home. Dave ‘63 (bottom photo) makes spacers for rebar used to earthquake-proof the house.

Alumni in Japan

HIROSHI SAKAI '71 is a retired representative of Nordstrom in Japan. He enjoys playing golf and occasionally visits with friends in Seattle. He was one of the first Japanese students to graduate from the PSU School of Business Administration.

SATOSHI MARUYAMA '75 owns Swallow Trading, a ski and snowboard company in Tokyo. His son Tetsuhito '08 works for his company in China.

NOBUKO MUROMATSU '80 and her husband, Conan O'Harrow '79, own East West Consulting, an executive search firm in Japan. With offices in Tokyo, Osaka, and Singapore, East West specializes in the needs of international companies. Muromatsu came to PSU from Columbia University. During her first year, she met her future husband. Upon graduation they moved to Japan, where Muromatsu worked for IBM and O’Harrow, who loves Japan, worked as a consultant for a headhunting firm before combining to start their own firm.

KOHICHIROH UE '96 works for IBM in Tokyo. He is interested in connecting with other alumni in Japan.

TADASHI AOYAGI MIM '04, a director of Japan operations for the U.S. firm E-Z Data, attended the PSU reception November 4 and was thrilled to win a prize.

MAKI SHIINA '04 works at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

SAORI YONEMOCHI MIM '06 works in credit and collections with Tenaris NKK Tubes in Tokyo. She also attended the November 4 reception.

TOSHIMARU MORI '08 is a project assistant with InSpec Group, an engineering and construction company in Tokyo that also has offices in Portland.

Alumni in Japan

[captions] LEFT PHOTO: Satoshi Maruyama '75 and Kohichiroh Ue '96 enjoy meeting Portland Mayor Sam Adams at the Oregon Bar and Grill in Tokyo at a PSU Alumni Association reception November 4.
RIGHT PHOTO: Toshimaru Mori '08; Tadashi Aoyagi MIM '04; Makiko Dobashi '02, MIM '04; and Dave Conklin MA '09 also have fun at the Tokyo alumni reception.