Volume 6, No. 5 | June 2011
What A Year!
This week marks the end of spring quarter. While many students prepare for a summer respite from studies, others are saying goodbyes and preparing for the future.
Over 2,000 CLAS students will receive their much deserved diploma - and applause - at this Sunday's commencement ceremony.
Until the next eNewsletter in October, here is a roundup of this year's most popular stories:
Finally, please help us improve our communications by taking this short (and confidential) CLAS eNewsletter Survey. We look forward to receiving your feedback. Have a great summer!
Teaching Young Students About the Natural World
"Cascades to Coast" pairs doctoral students with science teachers of sixth through ninth graders, providing them with an advanced hands-on science and environmental sustainability learning experience.
Visit INSIDE PSU to watch a video and learn more about this National Science Foundation funded project.
MFA Fulbright to Help Highlight Women's Voices
Sandra Derrick has been awarded a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistantship) to Azerbaijan.
During her 9-month stay, the MFA in Fiction graduate will teach part-time as well as research and develop her project, tentatively titled "Muslim Women Voices." By teaching her students the interview process, Sandra will help them begin to write their own stories and interview other women in their community.
Click here to learn more about her project and the MFA program.
Crossing the Finish Line
This spring, 175 students who had given up hope of receiving their diploma will now graduate.
Learn about the Last Mile Committee and how its members reach out and provide undergraduate students who have dropped out - some lacking only a few credits - the support they need to finish their degree.
Upcoming CLAS Events
Spring 2011 Commencement
The 2011 Spring Commencement Ceremony takes place this Sunday, June 12th at Portland's Rose Garden Arena.
From Applied Linguistics to World Langauges & Literature, many CLAS departments recognize this big occasion with special celebrations. For details on CLAS graduation events, please visit the Commencement Events Page.
Not Your Parent's Shavuot - Tonight!
You've never experienced Shavuot like this.
Starting tonight at 8pm, the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies introduces the First Fruits Festival, an event combining Jewish music with Torah-centered text study.
Featuring the New York trio "Girls in Trouble", this year's festival debuts a two-fold use of Jewish music: To encourage greater interest in Jewish arts events and learning; and engage more people in the local Jewish community.
Click here for more information.
Japan in Motion 2011
Delve into the art of Japanese performance with two unique summer workshop opportunities, Performing Kyogen Comedy in English and Permaculture and Butoh. Both workshops conclude with public performances.
These workshops are open to students and community members. For more information, visit the Center for Japanese Studies' Summer Workshops website.