Thinking Big: PSU’s Comprehensive Campaign

idea-1195914_960_720My November blog post on philanthropy and fundraising focused on how faculty involved in these efforts can change PSU through the generous partnership of our donors. The Academic Leadership Team (ALT) has been working closely with President Wiewel and the PSU Foundation to frame the next set of ideas that will serve as the scaffolding for PSU’s Comprehensive Campaign. This campaign will be an intensive, catalyzing fundraising effort to build endowments and one-time funds to support students, faculty, and staff, as well as facilities and programmatic needs. We have yet to launch the campaign, but the building blocks are in place.

Continue reading

Vlog: Highlights from the PSU Foundation

We are entering the season of giving thanks.

In this Vlog (video blog), we acknowledge the significant role that philanthropy plays in the success of our students and faculty and in advancing PSU’s mission and purpose.It is through the generosity and support of friends and donors of PSU that we can provide student scholarships, endow professorships for faculty, and fund centers and programs.

The vlog features a discussion between Professor Rob Gould, PSU Foundation CEO and President Bill Boldt, and me, highlighting the valuable philanthropic work at PSU.

Please contact your dean or appropriate vice president if you wish to get involved in fundraising, or to become a donor.



Recognition Where Recognition is Due

Recognition where recognition is dueA little over a week ago we honored our faculty and staff who had reached a length of service milestone at PSU of 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service. The Length of Service Award Celebration and Reception was held in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (SMSU). We packed the room as many came to honor sixty-nine of our fellow colleagues for their significant achievement and contribution to Portland State University. We heard, in their own words, about their memories and fond moments at PSU.

Formal and informal, recognition of employees is an important means for an organization to acknowledge individual contributions. The ceremony was recognition based on years of dedicated service—a total of 1,725 years collectively!

Two weeks ago we also announced that nominations are being accepted for nine excellence awards. Yes, nine! Eight for outstanding faculty and one for an academic professional or administrator. This is the largest number of awards we have ever given and signals the important recognition of faculty and staff achievement. The recipient of each award receives a citation and a $1,500 taxable honorarium.

Continue reading