Volume 3, No. 2 | October 2007
CLAS Dean Marvin Kaiser
This month we celebrate our 16th annual PSU Weekend. Please join us and other
alumni and friends October 26 & 27 as we gather for a weekend of reminiscing, celebrating and
learning. The weekend includes a Preview Night Party on Friday evening; presentations by community
leaders, innovators, educators and visionaries on Saturday; and culminates with Saturday’s football
game at PGE Park as we cheer the PSU Vikings on to victory against the Weber State Wildcats.
Friday is the perfect time to check in with your department. Most departments host receptions
and other activities for alumni.
The Department of Biology presents Jan Zinck, “From Networking to Networks:
As the Bat Flies,” 7:30 SMSU Room 298, preceded by a reception in the second floor
lounge of SB2, 5:30 – 7:00;
The Geology Department features Jim Jackson, “Peak Oil,” 5:00 Cramer Hall room S17,
followed by a reception in CH room 17, 6:00.
Check with your department for events and times.
Our campus is especially beautiful at this time of year, so plan to spend the weekend with us.
Read all about PSU Weekend >
Marvin A. Kaiser
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Frances Moore Lappé
Francis Moore Lappe
PSU Weekend the "University's Gift to the City" will feature Frances Moore Lappé as
the keynote speaker at the 10:30 a.m. brunch on Oct. 26th.
She will be speaking about her newly released book, Getting a Grip:Clarity, Creativity and
Courage in a World Gone Mad.
The PSU Alumni Association will present several free lectures along with the Saturday Brunch.
A wide variety of topics includes
Geography of Rainforest
Medicine in Borneo on Friday evening Oct 26, to the Portland Public Market Oct. 27th.
University Departments will be holding open houses including the Biology Department in their new Greenhouses. Please follow the link below to find out about
all the events planned for PSU Weekend.
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Suzanne Estes Featured In The Journal Science
Dr. Estes studies the genetic evolution of Caenorhabdities elegans, the round worm.
She is interested in the genetic mutations handed down from one generation to the next.
Her work and strong qualities of mentoring are highlighted in the August issue of the
She was awarded a McNair Scholarship in 1997 which is given to promising undergraduates
from disadvantaged backgrounds to encourage them to pursue graduate degrees. Dr. Estes
says that her entire career has been serendipitous, but her graduate advisor at OSU ,
Patrick Phillips, has said she is one of the hardest working scientists he knows.
Littman Gallery Hosts the Theatre Prints of Tsukioka Kogyo Nov. 1 to 31st
Portland State University's Center for Japanese Studies is presenting an exhibition and
lecture series exploring traditional Japanese Noh Theater. These exceptional woodcut
prints by Tsukioka Kogyo will be at the Littman Gallery from November 1st to the 28th.
Kogyo is famous for making prints depicting performers of Noh Theatre.
There will also
be two guest speakers and two walk-through tours to explain the works. All the events are
free and open to the public.
Gregory Nava will speak at
Chicano/Latino Gala, Oct 27
The 11th annual Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala will feature Gregory Nava as the keynote speaker,
and Musician Eddie Martinez as the guest speaker. The event will be at the Oregon Convention Center
6:30pm October 27th.
The Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala has grown by leaps and bounds and is proud to have raised over
$200,000 dollars in scholarship awards. It is this continual success that has made Portland
State University’s Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala one of the most highly anticipated events for
the Latino community.
Photo Exhibit "Beggars and Choosers" Oct 4-31 at the White Gallery
PSU is hosting the traveling photo exhibit, “Beggars and Choosers”
challenges prevailing ideas that motherhood in America should be a
class privilege. The exhibit is presented in the White Gallery in the Smith Memorial Union.
The photographs picture the complexities of being a
mother in contemporary America focusing on women who are young, poor,
on the streets, disabled, unprotected, in prison or alone. Award winning author Rickie
Solinger spoke at the opening event on Oct. 4th.
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In the coming weeks, a PSU student will call to ask for your support of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please take a moment to speak with the student and
participate in the fund drive. No gift is too small; every gift counts.
Make your gift online anytime >