Fulbright orientation Aug. 15–19

PSU hosts incoming foreign Fulbright students
Students from China to South Africa will congregate Aug. 15 through 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the School of Business, Shattuck Hall and Cramer Hall at PSU for an orientation meant to foster a Fulbright identity and heighten cross-cultural awareness.

Legends film series amps up PSU media

The project, part of PSU’s social media campaign, spotlights standout faculty
Anthony Wolk didn’t plan to stay in the Northwest. In 1965, Wolk accepted a teaching position at Portland State. He thought he’d stay for two or three years, he said. But something changed his mind. “It’s the students—I like the students,” Wolk said. “That’s what held me all these years.”

Mark Hatfield created PSU legacy

The Oregon senator was well-loved as the figure behind the Hatfield School of Government
Mark O. Hatfield passed this Sunday, leaving behind his legacy as an Oregon senator and the namesake of the School of Government at Portland State. “The senator generously gave us the use of his name,” said Ron Tammen, director of the school. “He taught here and assisted many students over a long period of time while his health permitted.”

Student serves as NAMI volunteer director

Jeanette Bailey chosen for leadership role in National Alliance on Mental Illness classes
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Clackamas County branch has added Portland State undergraduate student Jeanette Bailey to a team of volunteer directors conducting the upcoming Family-to-Family (F2F) 12-week course. Bailey is a psychology major at PSU who plans to pursue her master’s degree in either psychiatric nursing or social work.

Middle East Studies Center hosts K–12 event

Lectures and activities help educators teach Iranian history and politics
On Friday Aug. 5, the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) hosted an all-day lecture event for Oregon K–12 teachers. The event, “People, Power and Protest,” focused on preparing educators to teach about history and politics in the Middle East.

Veteran reception honors soldiers this fall

The Sept. 22 event will be the first of its kind hosted by the PSU Student Veteran Association
The Student Veteran Association (SVA) will host its first annual veteran reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 22 in the Portland State Native American Center.

Helen Gordon Child Care Center runs year round

Summer activities reflect the sunny weather
Every summer, swarms of children can be seen picnicking in the park blocks, riding the MAX and playing in fountains around downtown Portland. Thanks to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center (HGCDC) at Portland State, children of PSU faculty and students experience these summer activities while their parents are working or attending classes.

Last Mile gives students final boost

Program helps students who are credits away from graduation finish their degrees
A Portland State program that helps struggling students graduate is now in its second year. Founded in February 2010, Last Mile was born out of the University Studies program as part of a campus-wide effort to increase retention and graduation rates.

Days in the lives of canvassers

Summer clipboard jobs pay $10 hourly on average and require a tough skin
Asking you how your day is going, jigging to music booming from cars, holding clipboards and pamphlets out to you—PSU students employed as canvassers over the summer will try many different ways to get your attention. “I thought one guy was going to punch me because his baby was sleeping and I rang the doorbell,” ASPSU Chief of Staff Brandon Harris said. He canvassed for Oregon politician Chuck Riley last year.

Debating the worth of college

PSU economics professor responds to contentions of famous upstart blogger James Altucher
Coddy Baken graduated from Portland State in 2010 with a bachelor’s in Liberal Studies. He’s currently unemployed and faces over $30,000 in student-loan debt. “I’m using my inheritance to pay rent, and I’m on food stamps,” he said. “Not exactly how I pictured being a college graduate eight years ago when I finished high school.”

New Avenues for Youth Ben & Jerry’s now open

The PartnerShop in Urban Plaza employs ten at-risk youth
Portland-area nonprofit New Avenues for Youth celebrated the grand opening of a Ben & Jerry’s PartnerShop on July 7 at Portland State. “Thanks to New Avenues, I’m good at interviews now,” said 20-year-old Meshel’le Bell, who grew up in foster care and participated in a New Avenues job-training program.


Arts & Culture

On-Campus Events Calendar: April 25-May 1

Featured Event CONFERENCE Queer Students of Color: Decolonizing Queerness April 28–30 Smith Memorial Student Union $10–$25, all ages The seventh annual Queer Students of Color conference centers around the role...


Uncomfortably advanced tech

It’s an afternoon in early April, and I’m reading a story about workers in Sweden implanting microchips into their bodies. The story itself isn’t as...