Record enrollment at PSU

Students adjust to growth at the state’s largest university

As the largest university in the state, Portland State currently has more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the fall 2011 term—the largest enrollment number the school has ever seen. Estimations of total student enrollment, or the enrollment count four weeks into fall term when registration is final, are around 30,000 students.

Classified workers settle with OUS

Workers gain a salary step, lose healthcare

After threat of strike and a series of bargaining sessions, the Oregon University System’s (OUS) classified workers and administration officials announced a tentative contract agreement on Sep. 15. The settlement concluded an all-night bargaining session and was reached just before dawn.

Portland State’s new big hire

The campus welcomes Monica Rimai to the administrationr

Already one month in office, Monica Rimai is PSU’s new vice president of finance and administration (FADM).

“I’ve known about Portland State for a long time,” Rimai said. “It’s an amazing place and I’m very attracted to this part of the world. So, when the opportunity came up, I applied.”

Electric show and tell

Electric Avenue is part research project, part alternative transportation showcase

One month after its grand opening, Electric Avenue is already drawing attention from all kinds of people, and its developers couldn’t be
more pleased.

On a Wednesday afternoon, Mary Wiese was on her way to catch a street car that takes her to a nearby grocery store, when something caught her eye: three Toyotas parked on Montgomery Avenue, each with a cord coming out its side. The accountant stopped for a minute to read the sign that explains Electric Avenue to visitors before she continued on her way.

$80,000 parking system debuts this September

Pay-by-space saves time and increases efficiency, planners say

Portland State’s Office of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) is replacing eight parking pay stations with new machines and adding two locations this fall, at cost of $80,000, with each machine priced at $8000.

Learning Management Systems are the talk of higher-ed technology

PSU’s Gary Brown and other experts at campus tech conference discuss future of online learning

At the 2011 Campus Technology Conference this July in Boston, Mass., Gary Brown and his colleagues discussed the future of the Learning Management Systems (LMS), exemplified by Blackboard and Desire To Learn (D2L).

According to Brown, the new director of Portland State’s Center for Online Learning, the LMS “is a transposition technology that makes is possible to create a course in virtual space, rendering it asynchronous and accessible from distributed sites. In short, a class can be conducted anytime and anywhere.”

PSU professor spotlights “pinkwashing”

Corporate championing of breast-cancer cure is front stage in article

Portland State sociology professor Amy Lubitow co-wrote an article this summer that brought the concept of “pinkwashing” to the
nation’s attention.

The business practice of using the color pink and pink ribbons to indicate solidarity with breast-cancer survivors and alignment with the search for a cure regardless of a company’s true status as a supporter or trafficker of cancer-promoting chemicals, has been a reality since the ‘90s.

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.