Volume 7, No. 3 | February 2012


Sociology Alumnus Named Provost at California State University

A former migrant worker and Portland State alumnus has become the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Ramon Torrecilha '84, '86 taught himself English with the help of a bilingual Bible and arrived at Portland State eager to learn. After two quarters of ESL classes he enrolled in a Sociology class on minority groups. The support from his Sociology professors inspired him to believe, "education was within reach." From there, he went on to receive his bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology, then traveled to Madison, WI to complete his PhD.

Click here to read about Torrecilha's continued success in higher education.


Women's Studies' Scholarship Recipient Realizes Impact of Mentorship

Skye Firestone, a senior Liberal Studies major with minors in Math, Women’s Studies, and Secondary Education, is grateful for receiving the Lancy C. Jen Scholarship. The honor, she says, has given her the "freedom to take on more." Something she has certainly done.

Firestone's love for education is not only evident in her course load, but also in her commitment to the students she works with as a Peer Mentor and as a tutor in the Learning Center. She credits the mentors in her life, such as Women's Studies Professor Marlene Howell, with her decision to become a teacher.

Learn more about Firestone's excitement for teaching.


Young Scientists & Engineers Shine at Portland State

On March 23rd, over 600 middle and high school students will bring their research projects to Portland State at the Annual Intel Northwest Science Expo (NWSE).

At the expo, these young scientific and mathematically inclined students showcase their skills, meet professionals in their fields of interest, and compete for the opportunity to represent Oregon at the Intel International Science and Engineering Expo in May.

Click here to learn how the NWSE develops scientific talent and promotes science literacy in Oregon.

This eNewsletter is a publication of the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University.

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