Intel Vietnam Scholars Program students win national prize for design

Students competed against 22 schools, including MIT
On May 5, four Portland State electrical engineering seniors—Hung Minh Nguyen, Hoa Van Nguyen, Anh Viet Ngo and Thang Duy Vo—won the top prize at the Cornell Cup USA, a national embedded-system design competition at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. They competed against 22 other teams, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley, among others.

Award-winning PSU advertising team prepares for greater challenges ahead

Regional-winning team gets ready for national competition
An overwhelming victory at the regional portion of the National Student Advertising Competition has the Portland State advertising team thinking of loftier goals. In the regional competition on April 28, the team, known as 486 Advertising among its members, finished well ahead of second-place finisher and favorite University of Oregon in the District 11 regional.

Lecture questions non-traditional universities

How do for-profit universities measure up?
Barmak Nassirian, associate executive director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, spoke to Portland State faculty, staff and students at a recent lecture on the state of higher education.

PSU centers to merge in 2012-13

Bridge between centers closes; merger better supports faculty needs
Starting in the 2012–13 academic year, Portland State’s Center for Academic Excellence and Center for Online Learning will become a single entity. The merger brings together what the two departments do while leaving out many overlapping aspects.

Japanese American document collection available at Millar Library

Collection contains variety of documents on internment, cultural events, civil rights
Last year, the Portland Japanese American Citizens League donated documents to Portland State containing information on Japanese American civil rights dating from 1941 to the 1980s. After a long process involving proper storage and cataloging, the Millar Library recently announced that the documents are now available to PSU students, faculty and staff.

PSU facility provides space for LED light research

Pacific Light Technology uses Business Accelerator to create new, more efficient LED light
Local startup Pacific Light Technology recently got $3 million to start research on LED light technology. Currently partnered with Portland State’s Business Accelerator, the lab and office space provided will help Pacific Light to develop technology that will lead to more efficient and less expensive LED lights.

Barbs thrown at ASPSU presidential debate

Candidates parley platforms and priorities
Tensions rose during Thursday’s Associated Students of Portland State University presidential debate, where both presidential and vice presidential candidates bantered back and forth over their qualifications and readiness to hold the executive office.

Urban renewal could bring $50 million in improvements to PSU

City Council to vote on plan tomorrow
“This city has a blight on it. It’s not producing the results we need it to,” Mayor Sam Adams said at a May 9 City Council meeting. “We can’t wait for the state to figure out higher education,” he added. A proposed Urban Renewal plan has $50 million worth of building and land improvements coming to the Portland State campus. Some of these projects include renovating Cramer and Neuberger Halls, expanding the School of Business, increasing classroom space and efficiency, and research lab upgrades.
Market forces Attendees explore the Portland Farmers Market, which is held every Saturday at Portland State.

Foundation for human dignity

The mission of the Portland Farmers Market
Break out those reusable bags and get some fresh air while doing your grocery shopping. Vendors from all around the state of Oregon open shop on Portland State’s campus for the Portland Farmers Market, drawing 12,000–16,000 shoppers each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oregon’s not-so-small nonprofit sector

Inaugural report highlights sector’s resilience, importance, hardships
For the first time, Oregon’s large nonprofit sector has received the analytic attention it deserves. On May 1, Oregon’s $13 billion nonprofit sector was splayed and dissected in a 38-page document highlighting the sector’s strengths, weaknesses and impacts on the state’s overall economy and society. This inaugural document was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Portland State’s Institute for Nonprofit Management.

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