The PSU mobile app is a one-stop shop for your PSU needs and a must have. The free app has extensive features, including a campus directory, event and listing calendars, library services and various other useful information for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.
The features that I use the most are news, photos and the library services. They are cool and here’s why.
News: I get to know the latest happenings at PSU via the news feature. Updated almost on a daily basis, the news feature highlights some of the cool events that are due in the coming days.
Photos: The photo feature enables me to breathe PSU because it sources information from “PSU on Instagram” and categorizes photos under “This year at PSU”, “Best of Portland State” and “Campus Life.” I get the sense of belonging to PSU as I see the happy faces featured every day in the photo gallery, making me happy to be a part of the university.
Library services: The library feature, although not completely integrated into the PSU mobile app, is another cool feature. It lets you book a study room directly from the app—a must for dead week— and also enables catalog searches for information.
PSU is big and I do get lost at times. Thanks to the maps feature in the mobile app, I am able to locate the building that I am looking for fairly easily. The feature tracks your location and helps navigate through the university.
The D2L integration is the next thing due for the mobile app, but it does have enough cool features to make it worth it for your mobile. Have you downloaded the mobile app?
Link for more information:https://m.pdx.edu/info/
For many of us in the MBA full-time cohort of 2012, the countdown for graduation has begun. In fact it is going to be on the 12th of June. Looking back it has been a wonderful journey. We fondly remember the day when we all first met at the welcoming reception, and since classes kicked off in September 2012, we have been on a tight schedule. Pioneering innovation, Financial Accounting and Foundational Strategy have been my favorite courses.
In the second year, me and a group of my friends took the entrepreneurship elective “Start-up Strategy – Launch in 9”. We had to come up with a unique idea, do market research, evaluate business feasibility and present to a panel of judges at the end of the term. Our team was one of those selected to further develop our concept in a capstone project. As we wrap up our capstone, we look forward to the final day this term when we will be pitching our idea to a panel of venture capitalists. The Launch-in-9 program is open to cohorts of other disciplines as well. For more information on the Launch-in-9 program, please visit – http://rethink.pdx.edu/?q=node/168
By Amanda Katz
• Beanies are called toques.
• Beanie babies are called beanies.
• Poutine is actually really good.
• Canadians don’t use pennies.
• One dollar coins are called loonies.
• Two dollar coins are called toonies.
• The drinking age is 19.
• Sales tax is horrible.
• 100 kmph is 60 mph.
• Buses flash “Sorry” when they aren’t in service but still on the road.
• When you bump into a Canadian they say sorry, too.
• You can’t bring Kinder Eggs back into the U.S.
All silliness aside, I had a great time in New Westminster, Canada at a conference for student leaders in higher education. I networked with other students from the Pacific North West Region and brought back a lot of new skills and information that I plan on utilizing in this upcoming year.
Have you ever been to Canada or another country? What fun things did you learn?
By: Theo Burke
“Hey, I didn’t know it could TALK!”
Not long ago, while working on a PSU Vanguard story, I received a return phone call, within 24 hours, from Scott Gallagher of the University Communications office. I nearly fell down from shock.
I had not received a live phone call in months from anyone other than my mother. And it seemed as though an ever-increasing amount of important people in my life had barricaded themselves behind “email walls.”
When I recently asked to meet with an editor at one of the three student media outlets I worked for, she simply refused to do it. Her supervisor had established a policy, she said, that editors could limit communications with writers to email. No meetings, live conversations, or body language required.
A professor supervising me on a huge term paper could only be reached by email and was only on campus two days per week. She had not even set up the voice mail on her office phone. But this makes her no different from most PSU profs —not a single professor in my three years here has used the office phone.
Mr. Gallagher reminded me what humans are capable of. Follow up. Consideration. Professionalism. Simple human respect and kindness. And he understands that the old standards of professionalism still matter to do your job.
I submit to you all that we will not be able to live without live voice communication and nonverbal body language over the long run. We will not be able to abandon those and hold onto the jobs that we like, as well.
No amount of quiet, feverish tapping on our devices will replace our voices and ourselves.
By: Sierra Pruitt
It’s so easy to be insecure and jealous when you live in a visual culture — being jealous of where people are, what they are doing, why they are so beautiful, and why they are popular. I am surrounded by a community of people who express themselves creatively through visual means such as photography. The culture we live in today thrives on visual stimulation.
I have fallen into the trap of comparing myself to other artists and to my friends. Because we are in a visual society, we start looking at ourselves in terms of: Am I worth being in the picture? Am I worth talking to if I don’t take good photos? Am I worth someone’s time? These are the negative thoughts that sometimes run through my mind. They’re destructive, but they’re also worth pondering.
Why should I be worried when all that matters is being who I was made to be? This has really been on my heart because it reminds me of what I should really be refocusing on and that my friend, is God. He doesn’t want me to be jealous or insecure. He wants my heart.
What are your concerns about the visual world we live in today and the effects it has on us?
By: Jake Stein
This term, upon logging into banweb and searching for the link to my “booklist and materials,” I discovered the number 22.
22 books this term.
Powell’s might be an obvious choice. Might as well take a dip into the city of books. I found a few at Powell’s, but surprisingly much of my booklist—mostly novels, not standard textbooks, mind you—could not be found. Though the books I did find were cheap and included the kind of hand-writing that tells a story.
Next, I went to Barnes & Noble. The only reason I went there, to tell the truth, was that I had a gift card. I got lot’s of help, but paid too much for just a few books.
In the end, I bought more than half of them at the PSU Book Store. I probably could have finagled something cheaper via this thing called the internet, but buying most of these obscure titles in one place was pretty convenient.
Where do you get your books?
Christmas is around the corner and with finals almost done, get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. Downtown is all decked out for the festival, and there are a host of events to choose from. Why not start with a tour to see the beautiful Christmas tree in downtown! On the busiest shopping day of the year, the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Portlanders gathered at Pioneer Court House Square to celebrate the official start of the season by lighting the city’s spectacular 75-ft Douglas-fir tree provided by Stimson Lumber Company. This year’s event featured a holiday sing-a-long with Thomas Lauderdale and members of Pink Martini, “Oregon’s Own” 234th Army Band, the Pacific Youth Choir and many more. Strobe lights were used during this event. And if you missed it, there is no need to feel sad because there are a host of other events lined up.
Meet Santa Claus at the “Santa House on the Bricks” at Pioneer Square from 12-Dec through 24-Dec. The talented singers of the Robert Gray Concert Choir will perform holiday songs at the Square on the 13th of December. On the 14th, downtown will pulse with the melodic sounds of big brass as over 250 tubas play in unison for the 23rd Annual Tuba Christmas Concert in the heart of downtown. This seasonal performance is FREE for the public to enjoy during that busiest of shopping days. And for those interested in more music, there are a host of free concerts lined up. Check out the complete calendar of events at http://thesquarepdx.org/calendar.shtm. Now there are reasons not to leave Portland even during the cold days of December! Don’t you agree?