Letters: Winter 2008
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: January 18, 2008

Debbie Murdock is not forgotten

We were somewhat surprised by the lack of a feature article in the latest issue of Portland State Magazine about Debbie Murdock, a great friend of PSU, who died August 14, 2007.

In her 14 years representing Portland State as our lobbyist in Salem and Washington, D.C., she was more than a good friend. Debbie was devoted to the University.

She was not only dedicated to public education and Portland State, she had the drive, the passion, and powers of persuasion that helped transform the University. Debbie was a brilliant strategist, helping PSU gain millions of dollars in federal funds, as well as increased state support. Look around. Her vision is reflected in the Urban Center Building and Plaza, the streetcar line going through the campus, the Native American Center, the new engineering building, and the new Academic and Student Recreation Center currently under construction, among others.

The fact that PSU is now the largest University in the state system and widely respected for its leadership as an urban institution is due in no small part to the efforts of Debbie. We know. As chairs for the Portland State Advocates, we worked closely with her. We grew to respect her intelligence, her ability to strategize, and her unfailing devotion to Portland State.

Debbie never took credit for her accomplishments. She was forever thanking us for all we and the advocates did for Portland State. But we all owe a great big thank you to Debbie Murdock.

Joan C. Johnson '78 (1994-96 chair)
Gary Salyers '57 (1997-99 chair)
Roger Capps '60 (2000-02 chair)
Angela Wykoff '72, MS '75, '80 (2002-04 chair)
Gerry Scovil '65, MS '68 (2005-07 chair)
Kori Allen '84 (2007-08 chair)

New veterans service on campus

The article "A Different Casualty Count" in the fall magazine included a list of free services for veterans in Portland. There is now a new service on the PSU campus. The University in cooperation with Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) has established the PSU Student Veteran Services, which I am staffing. The office offers a full range of services to veterans, their dependents, and survivors of veterans, as well as information on taking courses at PSU and at partner colleges.

The PSU Student Veteran Services is located in room 123 of the Extended Studies Building, 1633 SW Park Avenue. Right now the office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call me at 503-725-2905.

I just want to get the word out that I am here, on the job, and I will strive to serve veterans and their families as honorably as they have served us.

Frank C. Van Meter '04
Veteran Service Officer
PSU Student Veteran Services

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