News Briefs

Debate on war

A group of PSU historians will host a dialogue on America’s war on terrorism. They will talk about the current international climate, as well as various historical perspectives and relevant issues. The dialogue will be moderated by Lois Becker, the history department chair. Also taking part in the debate will be faculty who specialize in ancient history, legal, constitutional, cultural, 20th century, Middle Eastern and Latin history. The debate takes place on Monday, Jan. 28 from 2-4 p.m. in Cramer Hall Room 441.

Free computer classes for faculty and staff

Are you a faculty or staff member of Portland State whose computer skills need improvement? The Office of Information Technologies holds free computer classes for faculty and staff. Those interested need to pre-register through the Office of Human Resources by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 503-725-4926.

The last “Introduction to Word” class takes place this afternoon from 2-4 p.m. More classes will follow throughout the quarter. For more information contact the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Information Technologies.

Time to nominate outstanding alumni and faculty

If a Portland State graduate or faculty member is doing outstanding work in the school or community and needs recognition, now is the time to nominate that person. The Portland State Alumni Association is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Faculty Service and Outstanding Alumni awards. The awards will be presented this spring at “PSU Salutes” on May 2. The nominations must be received in the alumni office by Feb. 4. More information and forms can be obtained on the Alumni Association’s Web site: www.alumni.pdx.edu/salutes.htm.

Faculty excellence

Faculty with questions and a desire for education and improvement can take advantage of free workshops on campus. Portland State’s Center for Academic Excellence organizes multiple free workshops, seminars and discussion groups. The gatherings aim to support faculty teaching and continued learning. Next week’s session is “Posting Your Course Syllabus in WebCT.” It takes place Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and on Friday Feb. 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. A workshop called “Digital Photographs” takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from noon to 12:30. On Thursday, Jan. 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. the subject will be “How to Get Human Subjects Approval.” For more information, or to register, call the Center of Academic Excellence at 503-725-5642.

Hi-Tech Teachers

All full-time faculty who use technology as a teaching aid can apply for the 2001-2002 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with Technology Awards. The award recipient will receive a monetary award and their work will be on exhibit at the Teaching and Learning with Technology Fair that takes place on May 1. Application requirements are located on the Center for Academic Excellence Web page at www.oaa.pdx.edu/CAE/tech-w02.html. More information is available through John Rueter at 503-725-3194 or [email protected] The application deadline is Feb. 11.