Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PSU Chief Public Safety Officer to step down

Vanguard
By Alex-Jon Earl
July 17, 2017

PSU's Chief Public Safety Officer Phillip Zerzan will be stepping down from his post on Aug.1 after six years of service, capping off what was supposed to be a 6-month interim stint in the position.  Zerzan will be replaced by Lt. Vince Elmore.

Zerzan's tenure began in May of 2011 with the resignation of Chief Michael Soto, who began oversight of the Campus Public Safety Office in 2003.  Zerzan's position, initially temporary in nature, eventually became permanent.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Lawsuit claims Portland State debt collector violated state, federal law with 'excessive fees'

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
July 14, 2017

A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court claims a private debt collection company contracted by Portland State University violated Oregon and federal laws by charging fees as high as 25 percent of the debt owed to the university.

Tara Bowman filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland "on behalf of herself and potentially thousands of former PSU students," the lawsuit reads.

Read the full article at the Oregon Live website here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

PSU gets $5 million for Neuberger Hall renovation from biggest donor

OregnLive
By Andrew Theen
July 6, 2017

Fariborz Maseeh already has his name on one building at Portland State University, and now the mechanical engineer, philanthropist and entrepreneur is donating millions to help the downtown campus transform another.

Maseeh, the founder and president of the Massiah Foundation, will give his alma mater $5 million to renovate Neuberger Hall.  According to its website, the Massiah Foundation makes philanthropic investments in education, the arts and health-related causes.

Read the full article and see the photos at the OregonLive site here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sex offender with extensive PSU assault record released

Vanguard
By Alanna Madden
July 3, 2017

Michael Dorgan, a 54-year-old known sex offender, was released a year early from Multnomah County custody on May 23.  Dorgan was convicted for the eighth and ninth times for public indecency occuring over the summer of 2011.  One of the instances in particular took place at PSU.

Michael Dorgan was released a year early from
Multnomah County custody on May 23.
Courtesy of Multnomah County.
Before Dorgan's most recent sentencing, however, his affinity toward exposing himself at PSU can be traced back to 1999.  According to the Oregonian, in the 11 years between 1999 and 2011 there had been six separate instances alone on the PSU campus in which Dorgan sexually assaulted and harassed victims.  Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bloch sentenced Dorgan to six years in prison.

Read the full article at the PSU Vanguard website here.


Legislature pushes for more higher education funding to keep Oregon tuition hikes down

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
June 29, 2017

State lawmakers appear close to approving a $736.9 million budget for public universities that would nearly halve the proposed tuition increases for some undergraduate Oregonians this fall, saving students hundreds of dollars a year.

The spending plan, which passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, includes nearly $70 million more in operating support than Gov. Kate Brown's proposal, which left funding flat.  That plan was criticized by university presidents, student groups and faculty unions.

Read the full article at the OregonLive site here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lewis & Clark College names Wim Wiewel as president

OregonLive
June 20, 2017
By Andrew Theen

When Wim Wiewel announced his retirement last summer after nine years as president at Portland State University, he expected his days of leading a college were behind him.

The 67-year-old had planned to take a position at PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning on the Park Blocks after a sabbatical traveling with his wife, Alice.  It was time to wind down.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Undocumented PSU graduate's past fuels passion to shape immigration policy

OregonLive
By Janaki Chadha
June 17, 2017

Mariana Garcia Medina can never shake the fear that comes with being undocumented.

Mariana Garcia Medina/ Photo by Janaki Chadha
Between keeping track of class assignments and studying for exams during four years at Portland State University, the Tigard High graduate has worried that federal immigration protections would be overturned or that she'll get a call that one of her parents has been detained.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shut down: PSU Dance program puts on its last show

PSU Vanguard
By Matthew Andrews
June 14, 2017

At 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday and Thursday on Lincoln Hall's main stage, Portland State's Dance program will host its last two shows, featuring student dancers and choreographers.  The show is free to all, though they will be taking a donation for the crew.

Rachel Lara/PSU Vanguard
So. All of a sudden, we don't have a dance program.  All the classes have been cancelled for the coming school year, and according to the School of Theater + Film website, "Admissions to the Minor in Dance and the Certificate in Dance has been suspended effective fall 2017, and no applications are being accepted at this time."

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here


Monday, June 5, 2017

Portland State study cited in opposition to Trimet budget proposal

Vanguard
By Anna Williams
May 29, 2017

Courtesy of Opal PDX
A Trimet Board of Directors meeting to approve its new $1.2 billion budget on May 24 attracted a crowd of activists condemning an $11.5 million line item to build a new transit police precinct near the Convention Center in Northeast Portland.  The board unanimously approved the budget after hearing testimony from over a dozen people who had either experienced discrimination on transit themselves or who witnessed it of minorities.

Read the full article at the Vanguard website here.


Message from the Portland Stands United Against Hate event

Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally
By The Planning Committee of the Portland Stands United Against Hate
June 4, 2017

**Please Share Widely**

PSU-AAUP President, Jose Padin,
speaking at the June 4th rally. Photo credit:
Portland Stands United Against Hate
Today Portland came out and made it clear that this is a city that will not stand for racist hate!  The Portland Stands United Against Hate Rally drew out 1200-1500 and along with the other counter-demonstrations vastly outnumbered the far-right rally.  The media coverage of course repeats nothing but reports of "violent clashes" and competing 'extremist' rallies.

But we know what happened today in Portland.  The far-right attempted to claim Portland as its newest stomping ground but they failed.  Our side outnumbered them 8 to 1 and sent a clear and principled message not only that we will not stand for racist hate but also expressed our vision of the type of world we would like to live in.

Read the full message at the event's Facebook page here.



Photo credit: Portland Stands United Against Hate

Photo Credit: Portland Stands United Against Hate

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

President's Message for May 29, from José Padin

We are shaken by the incident of racism on the MAX this past weekend, and by the tragedy that followed.  Portland is our city, PSU is the university that serves the city, and hundreds of students, faculty, academic professionals, and other staff, travel on the MAX every day.

We grieve for the families of the lost ones.

We grieve for the loss of safety in public places being experienced by immigrants, Muslims, and all those who don't fit a racist profile of America that members of the national administration have promoted to capitalize on hatred and fear for political gain.

PSU-AAUP takes to heart the courage of the victims this weekend and we stand by all members of our community - campus, city, state, country - who have to live in fear of hatred and intolerance.


Surviving victim of Friday train stabbing a poet and PSU student

OregonLive
By Fedor Zarkhin
May 28, 2017

One of the men who came to the defense of a teenager wearing a hijab on a MAX train Friday won a 2013 poetry competition with a poem condemning prejudices faced by Muslims.

Micah David Cole Fletcher (Credit: Annalise Reinhardt)
Micah David-Cole Fletcher was injured in the attack after he and two other men approached suspect Jeremy Christian, who was allegedly yelling racial slurs at two young women, of of whom is Muslim.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Oregon Can't Wait- Rally for Revenue

Partner Event:

A Better Oregon is hosting Oregon Can't Wait- Rally for Revenue

Tuesday, June 6, Noon to 1 pm

Register by May 31 and receive a complimentary lunch and t-shirt!

This event is fully supported with buses leaving Portland at 10 AM from Lents Park (4808 SE 92nd Ave.)

More details from A Better Oregon below.

Where: Oregon State Capitol, front steps
When: Tuesday, June 6, 12 PM - 1 PM (Registration opens at 11)
10 AM - Buses leave from Eugene (2800 Gateway St.,Springfield, OR- by Ross and Cabela’s) and Portland (Lents Park- 4808 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266)
11 AM. - Check-in and lunch
12 PM - Rally

RSVP here: https://fastfor.ms/E58F2 to reserve your free lunch and t-shirt.

Hundreds of Oregonians are coming together in Salem to tell legislators: Oregon Can’t Wait for investments in education, health care and other essential services. Caregivers, nurses, teachers, parents, students, advocates, workers and more know that it’s time for corporations to finally pay their fair share so we can all have the Oregon we deserve. 

RSVP here: https://fastfor.ms/E58F2 to reserve your free lunch and t-shirt.

State board approves UO, Portland State tuition hikes

OreogonLive
By Elliot Njus
May 26, 2017

A state higher education board reversed course Thursday, approving big tuition hikes at Portland State University and the University of Oregon that it had rejected earlier in the month.

members of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission said they were convinced the schools would have to make critical cuts without the tuition levels they had proposed.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Portland State names Rahmat Shoureshi as next president

OregonLive
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

OregonLive
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

Vanguard
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

OregonLive
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

OregonLive
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

Vanguard
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

Vanguard
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

OregonLive
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

Vanguard
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.”