Renovated science building is a symbol of PSU’s ambitionPortland State Weekend, the university’s open house, got an early start Friday afternoon with a celebration commemorating the newly renovated Science Research and Teaching Center (originally the Science Building 2 since 1971). A crowd of approximately 250 people comprised of students, faculty, administrators, partners and donors congregated in the building’s lobby to mark the occasion.
Salary disparity tops list of concerns for full-time faculty unionOn Oct. 31, the current American Association of University Professors contract—already extended past its original June 31 end-date—will expire. The deadline looms for the Portland State administration and the full-time faculty union, which represents approximately 1,200 faculty members at PSU, as they work toward reaching an accord. The top priority for the union is salary. In 2008, members accepted pay cuts ranging from 2 to 4.6 percent.They have taken furloughs each of the last several years, with more scheduled for this year and the next.
PSU student invents new biking technologyTwo years ago, Jack O’Neal came back from his deployment in the Middle East and enrolled as a mechanical engineering student at Portland State. Last spring, his engineering 199 class was given an assignment to create something that “you think you could fix for the world.” When someone in the class spoke up and said they would like to see a better lighting system designed to assist cyclists, O’Neal’s brainchild, YouTurn, was born.
$40,000 allocated to Oregon community colleges and universities to improve undergraduate educationOn Oct. 3, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, in collaboration with the Lumina Foundation for Education, announced an $880,000 grant program for eight selected states, including Oregon. The Quality Collaborative Initiative is a three-year project designed to improve the learning experiences for students here at PSU, as well as at other Oregon universities and the state’s 17 community colleges. The project will be allocating $40,000 of the $880,000 total grant money to Oregon’s two and four-year colleges.
Student’s quick thinking and CPSO quell threatening situationOn Thursday, Oct. 6, Portland State dodged a potential crisis thanks to the actions of a responsible student as well as a useful on-campus resource designed for just such a situation. A student in Philosophy 416: The Rationalists, while engaged in a heated discussion with professor Angela Coventry, lost control and began to angrily shout at everyone in the room. A more serious situation seemed imminent: several onlookers felt that the altercation was about to turn physical.
Bestselling author Sara Gruen speaks at PSU WeekendSara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s PSU Weekend, the community-wide event held annually at Portland State. The event will launch with Gruen’s address this Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the SMSU ballroom and will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 23.
New program aims to prepare real estate development professionalsBeginning this fall, Portland State now offers one of only two real estate development master’s degree programs in the Pacific Northwest—the other being the University of Washington. A joint effort by the Center for Real Estate Development, the School of Business Administration and the School of Urban Studies and Planning is responsible for the new program.
Former secretary of state’s arrival draws complaints from faculty and studentsThe 14th annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner, the largest fundraising event at Portland State, is shaping up to be one of the most controversial dinners yet. Several faculty members, students and local organizations have criticized the university for its selection of Condoleezza Rice as this year’s keynote speaker.
PSU students put fingerprints on Occupy movementTwelve days ago, protesters from all backgrounds joined in a march from Waterfront Park to Occupy Portland’s long-term home, the Park Blocks of Chapman Square. Many of the activists are students who balance full schedules, often choosing to sleep in the Park Blocks and shower at PSU’s Recreation Center.
PSU plans to expand online resources for studentsAcross the nation, more and more students are signing up for online and distance-learning courses: Enrollment increased from 8 to 20 percentbetween 2000 and 2008, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Numbers at PSU paint a similar picture: Last year, out of 24,845 students enrolled, 11,441 were enrolled in at least one online course—46 percent of the student body.
Documentary film screening addresses College Station constructionOn Oct. 8, Randal Acker, an attorney and the owner of the Figo House—the only historic home remaining at the College Station site on the outskirts of the Portland State campus—joined documentary filmmaker MichaelGalinsky for a showing of his film, Battle for Brooklyn, at the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland.