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News Clippings – Week of April 9

Lewis & Clark: National Science Foundation Honors Alumni for Leadership Potential
Two Lewis & Clark alumni received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships for demonstrating promise as leaders in their fields. The NSF offers fellows three years of support for graduate studies, investing in the education of outstanding students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

Marylhurst University: “Mayor Judie” Wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Judie Hammerstad, former mayor of Lake Oswego, received the Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Korach, superintendent of the Lake Oswego School District said, “Judie certainly knows about the joys and challenges of being a community leader — taking initiative, being accountable, caring deeply, giving back. She is a great example of the passion, heart, commitment and assertive spirit that it takes to be an outstanding leader in public service.”

Multnomah University: Awards Distinguished Alumni
Multnomah University honored Benjamin Vegors as the 2012 Alumnus of the Year and Jonathan Collins as the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumnus. These awards are given annually and mark the highest honor Multnomah University bestows on Alumni. After being nominated by their peers recipients are chosen based on meeting two main criteria – their lives should exemplify Christ’s work and should reflect the values of Multnomah’s mission.

Oregon State University: Annual Earth Day “Sunday Skool – Hoo Haa!”
The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University’s Organic Growers Club, will be on the grounds of the student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis. Attendees are invited to tour the two-acre farm, enjoy local musical talent, and stay for dinner, which will be prepared with produce from the farm.

Portland Community College: AmeriCorps Volunteer Gives PCC a Hand
“My work here is to mobilize volunteers and develop partnerships with our community partners whose focus is to alleviate poverty and serve the needs of families and individuals who are low income,” said ORCC AmeriCorps Member Nicole Herbert. Herbert is serving the Office of Service-Learning to create community partnerships, coordinate co-curricular service programs, engage student leaders in service, and increase awareness of community needs around poverty alleviation.

Portland State University: An Earthy Celebration
Portland State University’s Environmental Club kicks off Earth Week by encouraging a campus discussion on sustainability. Each day will have its own theme, ending with a final festival on Friday. “We’re using the old elements—earth, wind, water, fire and heart—as a way to narrow down the dialogue during each day,” said Kirk Rea, the club’s logistics coordinator.

Southern Oregon University: Spring Term’s Discussion of Civility
With the presidential election on the horizon and the current state of our public discourse, SOU celebrates the opportunity to discuss civility in 2011-2012. The goal is for the campus to engage in rigorous intellectual conversation about this important question, informed by the latest research, scholarship, and insights from several different areas.

University of Portland: Nursing Students Participate in Poverty Simulation
Nursing students from the University of Portland recently gathered to discover the harsh reality of poverty. Through an intensive one-day program, 146 students participated in a poverty simulation that was designed to the stark realities of poverty as well as to promote discussion among the nursing students. “The simulation was a real effective learning tool for the nursing students,” senior and student coordinator Allison Ramsay said. “The simulation parallels what happens in real life and we were able to get a taste of what people are going through.”

Warner Pacific University: New Creative Video From Act Six Scholars Released
Check out how Warner’s Act Six Scholars are making a difference. Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. The scholars are working to co-create solutions that will address the campus and community’s most pressing issues.

Wick Kenney Fund – Watershed Restoration Funding

The Wick Kenney Fund, a component of the Kenney Brothers Foundation, provides support to nonprofit organizations that work to protect and restore watersheds in the Western United States. The Fund’s discretionary grants focus on projects that provide a real opportunity to change western water policy on a local, state, or national level; defend environmental laws critical for the protection of all western rivers; focus on a specific strategy for protection of a biologically important western watershed; or research and analyze issues that affect western water. Discretionary grant inquiries are accepted throughout the year; however, grants are typically made only twice a year, in June and December. Visit the Fund’s website for information on the application process.

Portland State’s Social Sustainability Colloquium

More of a Good Thing: Institutionalizing Healthy Democracy in Oregon and Exporting It to Other States And what problems could we solve using this process that unlocks the expertise in all of us?

Get an update on the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) in Oregon and Healthy Democracy Oregon‘s efforts to help grow the effort in other Western states. Check out the new Healthy Democracy Fund website for a lot of the current activities and info on the history of the CIR project in Oregon.
Friday, April 13, 2-4pm
Location: Portland State ASRC 660, (Rec Center Bldg)

For more information on future events join the Social Sustainability listserv here and link to the upcoming schedule for PSU’s Friday Social Sustainability Colloquium.

Oregon Schools Present Solutions to Clean Energy

Through a partnership with Focus the Nation, Columbia Gorge Community College, University of Portland, and the University of Oregon are inspiring innovative solutions for clean energy. These campuses are hosting Forums-to-Action, a program that empowers student leaders to organize their campus and community to discuss, develop, and implement sustainable energy practices.
The projects: 
Columbia Gorge Community College
This project is working to develop an educational community renewable park, a facility to harness solar energy and teach the campus and community about clean energy. The project will benefit the campus and community by providing students in the Renewable Energy Technology program hands on experience with emerging technologies while reducing The Dalles reliance on non-renewable resources and engaging the community. Learn more.
University of Portland
The Biodiesel Club is turning waste-oil from campus food services into biodiesel. The fuel being generated is used in grounds keeping vehicles on campus. Now in year two of the project, the goal is to increase production to meet the biodiesel needs of the community. The project provides learning opportunities for students, reduces waste, and serves the community by creating local resources. Learn more.
University of Oregon
To launch project development, student leaders are engaging the campus and community in a Sports & Sustainability Summit to innovate ways to reduce carbon emissions. This project celebrates UO’s unique sports culture by bringing together leaders in sports and sustainability to build a better future. Learn more.

Focus the Nation

Are you an innovator? politico? technician? storyteller? Focus the Nation catalyzes all four to address the need for clean energy. Engaging college students across the country, their leadership curriculum will inform and empower and in the end? Their vision of a just and prosperous clean energy future will happen. These folks have charisma and passion that will inspire you. Their work is too exciting to not get on board!

Next up…

Students are invited to apply for the RECHARGE Retreat! Application deadline is April 1, 2012.