PSU hosts incoming foreign Fulbright studentsStudents 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.
The project, part of PSU’s social media campaign, spotlights standout facultyAnthony 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.”
The Oregon senator was well-loved as the figure behind the Hatfield School of GovernmentMark 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.”
Jeanette Bailey chosen for leadership role in National Alliance on Mental Illness classesThe 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.
Lectures and activities help educators teach Iranian history and politicsOn 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.
The Sept. 22 event will be the first of its kind hosted by the PSU Student Veteran AssociationThe 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.
Summer activities reflect the sunny weatherEvery 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.
Program helps students who are credits away from graduation finish their degreesA 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.
Summer clipboard jobs pay $10 hourly on average and require a tough skinAsking 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.
PSU economics professor responds to contentions of famous upstart blogger James AltucherCoddy 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.”
The PartnerShop in Urban Plaza employs ten at-risk youthPortland-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.