Rutherford Family Collection Celebration
Please join Head of Special Collections Cris Paschild and donor Charlotte Rutherford in partnership with the Black Studies Department and the History Department for a special reception celebrating recent University Library acquisition, The Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection.
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1875 SW Park Avenue
The event will include remarks by Cris Paschild, Charlotte Rutherford, and Professor Patricia Schechter, who, with the help of her history students, curated the Library’s fall exhibit “Say We Are Here: Culture, Community and Activism across Four Generations of Black Oregonians,” which features items from the Rutherford Family Collection on display until December 14.
Marilyn Moody Welcome Reception
Tuesday, October 23
4 to 6 pm
We invite you to celebrate a new academic year and meet our new University Librarian, Marilyn Moody. In addition to a program that shares updates and highlights for the coming year, there will be tours available to experience our new Learning Ground and other newly renovated spacess in Millar Library. Special Collections and University Archives will also be open for special viewing.
Workshop: The Art of Arabic Calligraphy
Thursday, May 10 | 3 pm
Millar Library, room 170, 1875 SW Park Avenue
Learn basic Arabic calligraphy techniques with Kanaan Kanaan. Kanaan Kanaan is the Middle East Student Advisor at Portland State University. He is also an active artist who regularly participates in both solo and group shows. This event is free and open to the public. Supplies will be provided.
Co-sponsored by the Portland State University Library and the Middle East Studies Center.
Grand Opening: The Learning Ground Celebrates with Tours, Food, and Guest Speakers
Collaboration was the word on everyone’s lips at the Learning Ground’s grand opening on March 12th. The collaboration between the University Library, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), and the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) to design, fund, and build the University Library’s Learning Ground. The collaborative Sandbox—a technology suite located within the Learning Ground—that inspires students as they study and interact within the creative space. Even the collaboration between students, PSU faculty, and community members as they came together to celebrate the Learning Ground’s grand opening and tried their hands at the new technology available in the Sandbox.
Nearly sixty students, PSU faculty and staff, and community members attended the grand opening. The Learning Ground is a newly completed space within the Millar Library that consists of a remodeled computer lab, an open seating plan with views of the Park Blocks, and the experimental study space, the Sandbox. The University Library hosted the gathering that included guest speakers and time for visitors to explore the new space. Five speakers—ranging from faculty to ASPSU representative Sean Green—presented their perspectives on the development of the latest renovation while also highlighting the PSU Library’s dedication to providing creative and functional spaces for the largest student body in the Oregon University System. Guests included, Professor Emerita and former University Librarian Helen Spalding, representatives from the lead construction firm, Emerick, and the visionary architects at Carleton Hart in addition to PSU campus leaders.
Construction began in the summer of 2011 and ended in January of 2012. The new space invites students to study, hold group meetings, and collaborate in any number of creative ways. University Library Office Manager Stephanie Moss recalls overhearing a group of students recording music in the Sandbox a few days prior to the grand opening. This really is a space for students to explore beyond traditional means of studying and interacting.
A slideshow displayed at the grand opening highlights the Learning Ground construction with before and after shots.
To learn more about The Learning Ground, visit http://library.pdx.edu/support/about/learning_ground.html
The Portland State Library hosts “Spotlight on Faculty” lectures throughout the year to highlight the unique and exciting work of our PSU faculty. We are proud to highlight groundbreaking research and support the work of our colleagues as partners in innovation. This series gives attendees the opportunity to learn from the presenter, ask questions and meet other people interested in the field.
Professor Scott Burns and Professor Marjorie Burns: Event Video Presentation
Professor Scott Burns's Presentation Slideshow, follow with video:
Cataclysms on the Columbia tells two stories. One follows geological research that challenged the scientific paradigm of the early 20th century, and the other chronicles the results of that research: the discovery of powerful prehistoric floods that shaped the Pacific Northwest. The last Ice Age left scabland buttes, dry falls, and old river channels in its wake, but it took the detective work of geologist J. Harlan Bretz to prove it to the world. With a lifetime of research and an unshakeable belief, Bretz made history and changed geology forever.
Marjorie Burns, professor emerita, is an author, traveler, and lover of adventure. She taught English at Portland State University. Currently on leave from teaching to write, Marjorie lives with her husband in Washington State, near the base of a dormant volcano. She is an avid kayaker, cyclist, and rock climber.
Scott Burns is a professor of geology at Portland State University with research interests that include engineering geology, environmental geology, soils, landslides, geomorphology, and quaternary geology. When not teaching, he serves on numerous geological committees and has written numerous articles, chapter contributions, and books.