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Sen. Betsy Johnson to Officiate PSU's Fifth-Annual Urban Pioneer Awards Dinner, May 2
Author: Erin Malecha Arias, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8794)
Posted: April 19, 2006

Oregon Senator Betsy Johnson will be the emcee of Portland State’s College of Urban and Public Affairs’ fifth annual Urban Pioneer Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at the Portland Hilton Hotel (921 SW Sixth Avenue).

The Urban Pioneer Awards honor community leaders who exhibit many of the ideals taught to students and valued by College of Urban and Public Affairs’ faculty and community partners. Three Urban Pioneer Awards are given out each year, one for civic leadership, one for public service and one to an outstanding community organization. The Urban Pioneer Awards event includes a reception, dinner and entertainment. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 and are available to the public by contacting Rod Johnson at 503-725-4044 or All proceeds go to benefit scholarships in the College.

This year’s honorees of the Urban Pioneer Awards are Williams and Dame Development, recipient of the Urban Pioneer Award for Civic Leadership; Mike Lindberg, recipient of the Nohad A. Toulan Urban Pioneer Award for Public Service; and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Oregon-Columbia Chapter and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 48, recipients of the 2006 Community Organization Urban Pioneer Award in honor of the two groups’ successful joint partnership and programs.

Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) is serving her first term in the Oregon Senate after being appointed to fill the District 16 position formerly held by Sen. Joan Dukes. The appointment came as Sen. Johnson began her third term in the Oregon House of Representatives. In the 2005 Legislative Session, Senator Johnson was appointed to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, where she has served since her first session. She has served on numerous local, regional and national boards and commissions, including the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Oregon Public Broadcasting Foundation, the High Desert Museum and is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sen. Johnson was most recently elected as a member of the Board of Visitors, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. She also serves as the vice president of the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation.

Members of the media wishing to attend the dinner must contact Erin Malecha Arias in Portland State’s Office of Marketing and Communications at 503-725-8794.

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Trish Hamilton (503-725-8212)
PSU University Development

For Immediate Release (PR-06-064)