PSU grad fixes up Black-owned homes

In June of 2020, Randal Wyatt started Taking Ownership PDX, a grassroots nonprofit that helps Black property owners keep their homes by repairing and renovating them. He’s about to graduate from Portland State University with a degree in Social Science, a double minor in Black Studies and Sociology and a 3.92 GPA.  His PSU story: “I was born and raised in Portland, attended community college, then had … Continue reading PSU grad fixes up Black-owned homes

Different Priorities

Welcome back, everyone! I’m excited for spring term. My classes are interesting, my color-coding system is finalized, and I’m confident that this is the term that I’ll finally slay the Procrastination Dragon. And this term, I mean it. I have the habit of making overly-ambitious to-do lists; both necessary (like re-organizing the closet and taking clothes to Goodwill) and pleasurable (like practicing my art skills). … Continue reading Different Priorities

These remarkable women in Portland State history made their mark on Oregon

During Women’s History Month, we salute these remarkable women in Portland State history who went on to make their mark in Oregon and the world. Judith Ramaley The first woman to serve as president of a university in the Oregon State System Dr. Judith A. Ramaley was president of Portland State University from 1990-1997, a pivotal time in the university’s history. She served as president … Continue reading These remarkable women in Portland State history made their mark on Oregon

Why I Save My Course Materials

Finals week is fast approaching, and spring break will be here before we know it! Many students are already thinking about reselling their textbooks and can’t wait to toss their notes. However, I’d argue that there are benefits to keeping class materials. Old assignments can be useful in future classes Keeping graded essays from previous courses has been helpful to me in the past, because … Continue reading Why I Save My Course Materials

An Ode to the Deviants

 By Naomi Kolb I posted a picture of my graduation from community college on Instagram almost exactly two years ago to the day. The caption for my photo read, “official graduate of @inverhills with my associate of arts in gender and women’s studies. @portlandstate I’m coming for you next!” It wasn’t particularly unusual that I transferred to PSU from a community college, but what makes … Continue reading An Ode to the Deviants

“Man, I Wish I Knew This When I Started!”

                   Here are some academic tricks I’ve learned at Portland State. I hope these hints help you become a stellar Viking scholar:    Calendar Your Studies. Enter ALL assignment and exam deadlines into your calendar or organizer. Planning ahead saves cramming later! Don’t be a perfectionist.  I don’t advocate skipping readings, but when an exam is upon you, there may be more benefit … Continue reading “Man, I Wish I Knew This When I Started!”