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Alumni: Fall 2010
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 30, 2010

Class of 2010Welcome new alumni—class of 2010

You and more than 5,000 other graduates (largest class ever) have joined the ranks of Portland State’s 120,000 alumni.

Many of you earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology, criminology, or general, liberal, or health studies. Education was the top master’s degree awarded, followed closely by social work. We even have one new alumnus with a master’s in music conducting.

Fifty of you received Ph.D.s, mostly in education administration, urban studies, and electrical and computer engineering. But an elite few earned the University’s first doctorates in mechanical engineering and applied physics, as well as a rare Ph.D. in mathematical sciences.

New international alumni represent 53 countries, mostly India, China, and Thailand, but there are also a few of you from Cyprus, Ghana, and Mongolia.

We hope you will all stay in touch. You can find us on Facebook, Linked-In, or through e-mail and the web. In person, you can find us in the historic Simon Benson House.

Best wishes for your future endeavors, and be proud of your good work and your degree.

Board comings and goings

SPECIAL THANKS to these PSU Alumni Association board members who are leaving for new adventures: Kori Allen ’84, retires after serving six years as president, treasurer, and member of the investment and advocates committees; Milica Markovic ’04 has moved to New York City as associate administrative officer of the United Nations Emergency Preparedness and Support Team; T. J. Newby ’90, recent chair of PSU Advocates, has moved to Montana; and Barbara Verchot, co-chair of PSU Weekend, has moved to Salt Lake City.

Joining the board of directors are Ron Adams ’60, retired educator and community leader; Sarah Bracelin ’01, marketing consultant; Nicole Gallagher ‘01, accountant with Martin & Bischoff; Shelby Kardas ’96, vice president at the World Affairs Council; and John Whearty ’91, attorney and principal with MacLaren & Whearty.

The volunteer board governs the nonprofit PSU Alumni Association, which welcomes volunteers in all capacities, and especially for upcoming activities like PSU Weekend and the new alumni mentoring program. For information, go to or call 503-725-4948.

Antonio D'Auria and Wim WiewelHelp us honor those we admire

NOMINATE OUTSTANDING alumni, faculty, and students by October 8, and we will salute them on February 27, 2011.

Many of our 120,000 alumni around the world are doing incredible things, so each year we honor a few exceptional graduates along with a faculty member and a promising student. The categories for PSU Salutes are: Distinguished Alumni (career achievement), Distinguished Alumni Service, Outstanding Young Alumnus, Outstanding International Alumnus, Distinguished Faculty Achievement, and the John Hakanson Student Advancement Award.

Go to on or before October 8 to nominate alumni, faculty and students. The six people chosen will receive recognition throughout the year.

Photo: PSU President Wim Wiewel (right) poses with 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Antonia D’Auria ’02

Give back by being a mentor

DO YOU LOOK back on your time at PSU and wish you’d had a mentor? Now is your chance to help today’s students and make a positive impact.

This fall, the PSU Alumni Association is launching an alumni/student mentoring program and inviting alumni to share their knowledge and experience with students as they prepare to graduate and start new careers and lives.

The Alumni Association is working with the PSU Career Center in developing a user-friendly computer software program for alumni mentors and student mentees to interact online. Students may select a mentor in their desired career path or general field. It is up to mentors to decide how much feedback and support they will provide. Examples of mentor support include reviewing resumes, giving tips for success, and providing informational interviews.

Please visit our website at for more details and to sign-up