Two 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.
Portland State is expanding in more ways than building new dorms.
This summer, PSU hired Erin Flynn as its new associate vice president for strategic partnerships, a position based out of the Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships. Flynn is charged with creating a network of expansion for the university by connecting PSU with local companies and establishing mutually beneficial partnerships.
La Casa Latina, Spanish for “the Latino House,” opened in early June as a resource center for the Latino community at Portland State, as well as an educational facility for all students interested in Latino culture.
The Indian Student Association (ISP) is hosting its sixth annual Sanskriti Indian Cultural Night this Sunday from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom. A Bollywood event theme will intertwine Sanskrit traditions and modern ideas.
The recent death of retired faculty member Astrid Schlaps has spurred her close friends and family to start a scholarship fund in her name.