Students competed against 22 schools, including MITOn 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.
Regional-winning team gets ready for national competitionAn 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.
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.
Bridge between centers closes; merger better supports faculty needsStarting 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.
Collection contains variety of documents on internment, cultural events, civil rightsLast 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.
Pacific Light Technology uses Business Accelerator to create new, more efficient LED lightLocal 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.
Candidates parley platforms and prioritiesTensions 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.
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.
The mission of the Portland Farmers MarketBreak 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.
Inaugural report highlights sector’s resilience, importance, hardshipsFor 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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