Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Portland State names Rahmat Shoureshi as next president

By Elliot Njus
May 16, 2017

The Portland State University governing board appointed Rahmat Shoureshi to serve as the school's ninth president.

Elliot Njus/Staff (OregonLive)
Shoureshi will succeed Wim Wiewel, who will step down at the end of this school year but remain on the faculty.  He arrived at the school in 2008.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

State board rejects big tuition hikes at UO, Portland State

By Elliot Njus
May 11,2017

A state board rejected steep tuition increases sought by the University of Oregon and Portland State University on Thursday, prompting PSU officials to say, "there are no good options here."
Photo by Mike Zacchino/Staff (OregonLive)

The rebuke came a month after Gov. Kate Brown ordered the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission to "rigorously apply" oversight before approving tuition increases greater than 5 percent.  Under state law, the panel is required to sign off on increases past that threshold.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

2017 ASPSU elections results are in

By Vanguard Staff
May 5, 2017

Just after 1p.m. today, Associated Students of Portland State announced election results for leaders to serve in student government for the 2017-18 academic year.  Students and staff gathered at PSU's Simon Benson House for the announcement.

See the slate of newly elected candidates at the Vanguard website here.

Visit ASPSU's site for more information.

Portland State professor could be one of Canada's next astronauts

Andrew Theen
May 3, 2017

Evan Thomas has been to Canada four times in the past year, but the Montreal native wasn't on vacation.

The Portland State University professor underwent days of grueling physical and mental tests, often with little sleep.  He helped fight fires and floods, and once jumped more than 26 feet into freezing water as lightening and thunder clattered around him.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Portland's March for Science: This one's for the kids

By Eder Campuzano
April 22, 2017

Thousands flocked to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Saturday for the local iteration of the international March for Science.  But unlike so many similar demonstrations - such as January's Women's March, the Tax Day March or several other downtown protests - this one skewed younger.

Courtesy of OregonLive
Demonstrators turned out in droves with their children in tow, a fact many parents attributed to the fact that event organizers had provided a kids' zone near the Battleship Oregon Memorial with educational booths and live music nearby.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Creating tangible equity in the 'Tower of Power'

PSU Vanguard
By Jake Johnson
April 19, 2017

An April 6 University Studies' Dialogue Series seeking to spark engaging conversation began the first of three events with a lecture about fostering diversity.

Dr. Oscar Fernandez, who spoke at the Walking the Talk:
Demanding Equity from the 'Tower of Power' event on  April 6.
Jamon Sin/ PSU Vanguard
Director of the Portland State School of Gender, Race, and Nations Dr. Winston Grady-Willis presented "Walking the Talk: Demanding Equity from the 'Tower of Power,'" focusing on what real commitment to equity and diversity looks like for PSU and how to measure its success.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.

Unopposed ASPSU candidates present at annual debate

ASPSU presidential and vice presidential candidates debate?
By Jake Johnson
April 17, 2017

The ASPSU president and vice president debate on April 11.
Jake Johnson/PSU Vanguard
Associated Students of Portland State University hosted its annual public presidential and vice presidential debate on Tuesday, April 11.  The debate began at noon inside Smith Memorial Student Union and more closely resembled a press conference rather than a debate for unopposed presidential candidate Brent Finkbeiner and vice presidential candidate Donald Thompson III.

Read the full article and watch the video report at the Vanguard website here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PSU Board of Trustees votes to raise tuition to avert deep cuts

Portland State University
By Christopher Broderick, University Communications
April 11, 2017

The Portland State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to raise tuition next fall to avert deep cuts in programs and staff, promising to lower the increase of the legislature increases funding for higher education.

Read the full story at the Portland State University website here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

ASPSU President and Vice President Resign

By Alex-Jon Earl
April 5, 2017

ASPSU Vice President Verret resigns after 'honor and privilege' of serving

Verret's resignation follows President Forbes' resignation. Emergency meeting to be held April 10 to fill vacancies.

Associated Students of Portland State University Vice President Kaitlyn Verret resigned this evening, just one day after the resignation of Student-Body President Liela Forbes.  Her resignation came during a Wednesday evening ASPSU Senate meeting in the Green Roots Cafe Room.

Read the full article at the Vanguard's website here.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Portland State University eyes 9 percent tuition hike, $9 million in cuts

By Andrew Theen
April 5, 2017

Portland State University trustees will consider raising tuition by nearly 9 percent this fall for in-state undergraduate students, a preview of a painful year that probably will include significant staff cuts at the downtown campus.

Administrators outlined the economic realities Wednesday during a finance committee meeting.  They said they needed $11 million in new tuition revenue to help plug a projected $20 million dollar shortfall, and would find the remaining $9 million through cuts from yet-to-be-determined sources.  Some university staffers said the administration will look at "targeted personnel reductions" to make the budget a reality.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Meet the 3 finalists for Portland State president

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
April 5, 2017

A 21-person committee tasked with picking the new president of Portland Ste University has narrowed its wish list to three finalists.

Jonathan Kroppell (left) a dean at Arizona State, and Jack
Knott, a dean at the University of Southern California are
in the running to replace Wim Wiewel as president of
Portland State University. An image was not immediately
available for the third finalist, Rahmat Shoureshi, who is the
interim president of the New York Institute of Technology.
The candidates include the interim president of New York Institute of Technology, the dean of Arizona State University's public service school and the dean of University of Southern California's public policy school.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PSU students attend town hall meeting in support of increasing state funding

By Anamika Vaughan
March 12, 20017

Portland State students and members of the Portland public met at noon, March 3 in East Multnomah County Town Hall to voice their concerns and demands to state legislatures for the upcoming Oregon budget finalization.

Read the full article here.

Illustration by Robby Day

Portland Will Train City Workers on How to Respond to Federal Immigration Agents

The City Council resolution declares Portland "a welcoming city, a sanctuary city, and an inclusive city to all."

Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
March 19, 2017

Besides serving the symbolic purpose of reiterating the city's refusal to aid federal immigration enforcement, the resolution also has at least one concrete action attached.

It requires the city's Human Resources Bureau along with the Office of Equity and Human Rights and the City Attorney's Office to develop, within 90 days, a plan for training city workers on how to "respond" to federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Read full article here.

(Gabriel Green)

$100 Million Academic Building in Downtown Portland- Oregon Live

Portland colleges, city tout new $100 million academic building in downtown

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
March 20, 2017

The city of Portland and its three biggest schools of higher learning are teaming up to transform a parking lot into a nearly $100 million hub for public health, education and city services.

Leaders from Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Community College and the city on Monday will formally lick off plans to construct a 200,000-square-foot building on PSU's downtown campus by 2020.  Still in the design phase, the building is projected to be seven to nine stories tall.

Read the full article here.

The Vanguard published an article about this partnership on March 23, 2017.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Daniel Bernstine, president of PSU for 10 year, dies at age 69

Daniel O. Bernstine, who was president of Portland State University during its period of exponential growth in the early 2000s, died last week. He was 69.
Bernstine was president of PSU from 1997 to 2007. During his 10-year tenure, the university brought in $114 million in donations, opened the Urban Studies Center, and added significant student housing to the downtown Portland campus. The student body also grew significantly, topping 25,000 in enrollment for the first time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Portland State University Trustee Wants Out of Donald Trump’s Fundraiser

The Willamette Weekly
By Aaron Mesh
August 8, 2016

Portland private equity investor and Portland State University trustee Peter Stott says the organizers of a Seattle fundraiser for Donald J. Trump listed him as an event host without getting his approval.

Like the other two Portland businessmen listed as hosts for the Republican nominee's visit, Stott wants off the invitation for the Aug. 30 event.

"While I have been a longtime supporter of Republican candidates and causes, I have no role in the Trump campaign and did not approve the use of my name in conjunction with any Trump campaign event in Seattle," Stott tells WW in a statement.

"I have requested that the campaign and Republican Party correct their records," Stott says, "and remove my name from any invitations or other materials."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel to Retire Next Year

Willamette Weekly
By Rachel Monahan
July 27, 2016

Portland State University president Wim Wiewel announced today that he is stepping down next spring.

Citing his age and a desire to "pursue some other interests," Wiewel, 66, is leaving after nine years at the helm.

The announcement comes less than three months after Wiewel withdrew a controversial ballot measure that would have instituted a payroll tax on metro-area businesses to raise money for the university.

Donors to the university had criticized Wiewel's decision to push for the measure, particularly after $275,000 of the foundation money was used for the campaign.

Peter Nickerson, chair of the PSU Board of Trustees, praised Wiewel's vision.

"The contributions that Wim has made both to Portland State and the Portland community have been immeasurable," says Nickerson. "In my experience with Wim in my role as trustee, I've seen him be ahead of the curve on every major issue. Whether it was in developing a strategic plan, enhancing campus safety or working to create more scholarships for students, Wim was leading us."

Wiewel says he will take a year off, then return to teaching at PSU.

"I will take a year's sabbatical, then return as faculty in the College of Urban and Public Affairs," Wiewel tweeted. "The search for my replacement begins now."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

AAUP Summer Institute comes to PSU!

PSU-AAUP will host the national Summer Institute conference here at Portland State University July 21st through July 24th. The conference is dedicated to helping individuals develop the skills as an advocate for AAUP principles, collective bargaining, and higher education.

Check out the Summer Institute program.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Portland State awarded $515k grant from APLU to improve undergraduate student success

The Oregonian
By John Kirkland
July 14, 2016

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that PSU is one of seven institutions selected as participants in a three-year project that seeks to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of high-quality adaptive courseware. 

PSU will receive $515,000 as part of a grant program to adopt, implement and scale use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment, blended learning courses in multiple departments and programs to improve student success. 

"We are excited about receiving this grant as it offers us an opportunity to creatively use cutting edge technology to personalize student learning, improve outcomes and reduce textbook costs," said ​Sukhwant Jhaj, PSU's Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success, who is principal investigator (PI) for this grant. The grant will be housed in Office​ ​of Academic Innovation under the direction of Johannes De Gruyter, Co-PI and Executive Director of Office of Academic Innovation.​

APLU's Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) is awarding the grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is overseeing the initiative. APLU intends to use its national network to work to scale the most promising findings and practices of the seven grantees to help its more than 200 public university members across the country better meet the general education needs of today's undergraduate students.   

"Public research universities are being asked to educate more students and effectively prepare them for the workforce and society at the same time they continue to face reduced state and local funding," APLU President Peter McPherson said. "The seven public research institutions leading this effort are well-positioned to adopt and scale use of innovative learning technologies that can improve the delivery of public higher education as we know it. We are eager to assist and foster their development of what will certainly be promising approaches to faculty engagement with adaptive courseware and improving learning outcomes for all students."  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New PSU business dean, again

The Portland Tribune
Written by Pamplin Media Group
June 21, 2016

Portland State University announced last week the appointment of Cliff Allen as the new dean of the School of Business Administration.

Allen comes on during a huge expansion project that will triple the size of the building by September 2017.

The new dean was hired internally, having started at PSU in 2008 as an assistant professor. Most recently, as associate dean of graduate programs, he began and led several programs, including Global Supply Chain Management, a top-rated business school graduate program. Allen worked in the private sector as a supply chain specialist.

He succeeds Dan Connolly, who began only a year ago. Connolly resigned without explanation, according to the Portland Business Journal.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Portland State U President Slams ‘Divisive and Ill-Informed’ BDS Divestment Resolution

The Algemeiner
By Lea Speyer
June 6, 2016

The upcoming Portland State University (PSU) student government vote on Monday over divestment from companies doing business with the Israeli military is “divisive and ill-informed,” the school’s president warned in a statement on Thursday ahead of the vote.

President Wim Wiewel came out against the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) International Affairs Committee-sponsored resolution, which follows recommendations from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to cut ties with Israeli companies that “have been found to profit from human rights violations against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli government.” The resolution — which was officially set for a vote following a May 23 debate — names four companies that “deny Palestinians basic civil rights:” HP, Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar and G4S.

Wiewel issued his statement in response to concerns raised by Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut. In a letter sent to Weiwel on Wednesday and obtained by The Algemeiner, Fingerhut expressed his deep concern for the increasingly hostile environment Jewish and pro-Israel students at PSU are facing. Alongside antisemitic acts at PSU – such as two separate instances of Nazi swastikas being carved on dormitories — Fingerhut warned the “atmosphere [at PSU] will likely be exacerbated by the introduction of the anti-Israel divestment resolution.”