Portland State University

Volume 9, No. 1 | October 2013

Communications Student Dreams of a Career in Media, Lands Internship with Sesame Street in NYC

Hardship has never held Zanele Mutepfa, a junior at PSU, back from realizing her dreams. Mutepfa remembers watching Sesame Street as a girl in Zimbabwe. After the loss of her grandparents and her parents, Zanele was adopted into an American family, never losing sight of her dreams of an education.

This summer, Zanele earned an internship with Sesame Street, where she helped research literacy programs for beginning readers in Bangladesh. Read the full story here.

From the Streets to the Classroom: Alumnus Mitchell Jackson Publishes Book Inspired by Portland

Mitchell Jackson's '99 MA '02 first novel, The Residue Years, tells a story inspired by his own life growing up in a drug-fueled neighborhood of Northeast Portland. After spending 16 months incarcerated, Mitchell, now a professor at NYU, decided to focus on his education and obtained a degree at PSU. Read Mitchell's interview with The Oregonian.

Get into a Portland State of Mind

Join us on campus October 18 - 27 during the Portland State of Mind celebration. Be sure to check out the event schedule, for information about the free lectures, concerts, CLAS alumni gatherings, and sporting events. We hope to see you on campus soon!


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