Sukhwant Jahj, director of University Studies at Portland State, said that offering a balanced education is the goal of every institution of higher learning. What makes PSU stand out, said Jhaj, is its unique approach to general education.
A new, shared-use research building could soon join the Oregon Health and Science Building on the South Waterfront after funding was approved by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and passed on to Governor Ted Kulongoski for inclusion in the 2009-11 budget.
Ongoing construction projects are well underway campus-wide as Portland State works to upgrade existing facilities as well as to create new buildings. Lincoln Hall is set to close for two years of renovations, and student housing buildings Blackstone and Montgomery Hall are seeing interior upgrades.
When Sarah Sharp was in first grade, she had trouble reading and was enrolled in an extra speech class. By fifth grade, she had become a “big bookworm” and was teaching algebra to her second-grade sister. Sharp’s path took her from a childhood in Rainer, Ore. to Portland State, where she was among a handful of women enrolled in the computer engineering program.
Polly Livingston stepped up to a podium that almost dwarfed her in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom and spoke before a somber audience on her memories of Michael Malinowski. Malinowski was a disabilities advocate, a former coordinator of the PSU Disability Advocacy Cultural Association (DACA), founder of the Student Advocacy and Mentoring (SAM) program, as well as, according to Livingston, a student, husband and cook.