Season's greetings from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). As we look back over the year's accomplishments, we are pleased to be able to say that we have made real strides, growing both in numbers of students and in the quality of faculty work. In the last five years, we have taught 41.5% more credit hours while doubling research expenditures from grants. On top of their teaching and research, CLAS faculty published 55 books and 276 articles.
We are poised to move to the next level. We are planning to develop more doctoral programs, to expand our research productivity, and to continue attracting top-notch faculty.
We are looking for new ways to "internationalize," that is, to expose students to international content and perspectives - all on the theory that students graduating today need to know more about the world and their role in it. As always, we continue to rely heavily on our alumni to help support our rapid growth, not just in numbers, but more importantly, in quality.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your confidence in us, and for your support. Our best wishes for a pleasant holiday season.
Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala
Twenty-five outstanding PSU students were honored at the ninth-annual Chicano/Latino Scholarship Gala on November 5th with scholarships
of $1000 to $5000 in recognition of their academic achievement and community involvement. Celebrity guest speaker Ricardo Antonio Chavira,
star of the popular television program "Desperate Housewives," spoke passionately about the importance of education and its role in the successes of the Latino community. More than 600 community members, parents, teachers and students attended the event at the Oregon Convention Center,
raising additional funds for outstanding students.
Read more about the scholars and their sponsors.
Wanted: Information Leading to Discovery of New Meteorites!
Hidden in the outcroppings of basalt or stored in rock collections in attics, basements and barns, meteorites wait to be discovered.
If you think you have a meteorite (hint: they are usually magnetic) contact the Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory in the Geology Department.
Under the leadership of Dr. Alex Ruzicka, along with Dr. Melinda Hutson and PSU alumnus Dick Pugh, the lab houses pieces of all four of the only meteorites found in Oregon.
The lab conducts meteorite research, contributes to space and planetary science education, acts as a repository for more than 260 meteorite samples, and reaches out to school children, teachers and other community members through displays, workshops and public talks.
Learn more about meteorites and the lab.