PSU Salutes Johanna Brenner With Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

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Portland State University is honoring Johanna Brenner with the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award tomorrow, May 12, 2005, at the 16th annual PSU Salutes ceremony. PSU Salutes takes place from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Falls Ballroom at PSU’s University Place (310 SW Lincoln).

PSU Salutes is the University’s annual event recognizing and honoring outstanding PSU alumni, faculty and friends for their dedication and continued support of both the University and the Portland community.

The Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award will be given to Johanna Brenner in honor of her inspiring approach to education and her devotion to meeting the needs of students. For the past 25 years, Brenner has worked toward fostering the growth of women in the areas of poverty, welfare rights, community education and leadership. Brenner is the chair of the Women’s Studies department at PSU and has collaboratively created community-based learning programs for which the department is known locally and nationally. Brenner launched the Walk of the Heroines Project, an educational garden park that pays tribute to women from diverse backgrounds, giving visibility to their achievements. She received the 1988 PSU Hoffmann Award for faculty excellence and the 1999 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

“Johanna has a deep commitment to the development of women in community organizations. Through her commitment to women’s studies she has inspired me and many other students to stay engaged with the University even after graduation,” said Roslyn Farrington, executive director of the Oregon Commission for Women.

Portland State University, Oregon's only urban university is the largest and most diverse in the state system. The University's position in Oregon's economic and cultural center allows for deep community engagement and the creation of partnerships with hundreds of organizations throughout the region—partnerships that give PSU students valuable learning opportunities as they solve real-world problems of business and community. Portland State offers more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. PSU serves more students and confers more master's degrees annually than any other Oregon university.

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Mary Coniglio (503-725-5073)
PSU Alumni Relations

For Immediate Release (#05-071)