Middle East Studies Center hosts K–12 event

Lectures and activities help educators teach Iranian history and politics

On 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.

Veteran reception honors soldiers this fall

The Sept. 22 event will be the first of its kind hosted by the PSU Student Veteran Association

The 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.

Helen Gordon Child Care Center runs year round

Summer activities reflect the sunny weather

Every 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.

Last Mile gives students final boost

Program helps students who are credits away from graduation finish their degrees

A 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.

Days in the lives of canvassers

Summer clipboard jobs pay $10 hourly on average and require a tough skin

Asking 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.

Debating the worth of college

PSU economics professor responds to contentions of famous upstart blogger James Altucher

Coddy 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.”

New Avenues for Youth Ben & Jerry’s now open

The PartnerShop in Urban Plaza employs ten at-risk youth

Portland-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.

ASPSU launches new website

New interface is a response to frustrations with current site students say

ASPSU will be launching a new website this week—maybe by Friday, according to student government representatives.

PSU students hit American Idol

Scholars tried out as singers Saturday at the first Idol auditions in Portland and didn’t make callbacks, but gained experience

Auditions for Season 11 of the TV sensation American Idol arrived last Saturday at the Rose Garden Arena. Students from Portland State joined the masses waiting in line before daylight that morning. The seats inside the arena were packed with Idol hopefuls and their friends and family members.
Kaitlyn McAllister, who graduated in June from Henley High School in Klamath Falls and plans to attend PSU in September, traveled to Portland with her mother.

PSU switches to Google

Google Apps for Education offers collaboration services and savings of more than $100,000

Portland State students will soon be using renowned Google email and calendar services through Google Apps for Education, joining thousands of university populations worldwide.

By August 3, all PSU email accounts are to be converted.

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