Archive for October, 2013

Career fairs this week

Engineering & Technology Career Fair: Monday, October 28
All Majors Career Fair: Tuesday, October 29
Both fairs will take place between 11 am-3 pm in the SMSU Ballroom.

Advising & Career Services will also have an Intro to Interviewing workshop on Thursday, October 31, from 2-3 pm.

More info:

See more upcoming workshops: November 2013 Workshops 10.25.13 PDF

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ESM Student Research Colloquium

Environmental Science and Management at PSU presents:
The Annual Student Research Colloquium

Friday, November 1, 2013
9:30am – 4:00pm

Smith Memorial Ballroom

Posters and talks featuring student research from PSU, WSU, U of O, and OSU.
Thanks to the PSU Speakers Board Grant, Dr. Wendy Palen, Assistant Professor Biological Sciences, from Simon Fraser University, will be the keynote speaker.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.
Agenda available online

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ESM Colloquium Fundraising Event

ESM Colloquium Fundraising Event!

Friday, October 25th

Coalition Brewery
2724 SE Ankeny St,
Portland, OR 97214

Please invite friends and family to participate in this fundraising event to help make the ESM Colloquium on November 1st, 2013 possible. This is a great opportunity to support a local business AND the students at Portland State.

Drink Beer, raise money** and WIN*** money!

** $1 for each beer purchased goes the PSU ESM Graduate Student Association
*** Win money WHAT! : 50/50 raffle! $5 per/ticket Win the raffle and you win 1/2 the pot!
Special thanks to Coalition Brewing for hosting this event and supporting student development.

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Lake Atitlán, Guatemala Field School

NC State University Announces the 21st Annual Ethnographic Field School and Ethnographic Research Training program, Summer 2014
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
May 23 – July 14, 2014

Environment, Globalization and Heritage in Guatemalan Maya Communities

Field school website: or through the NCSU Study Abroad Office website:

Objectives: Learn how to design, conduct and write-up qualitative, ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes! During the 7 ½ week program, live and work with a local  Guatemalan family in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands. This is a hands-on, experiential-driven program where students design ,  plan and implement an independent, individualized project. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, training in ethnographic and qualitative research methods can prove to be beneficial for your career, whether it be in anthropology, sociology, international affairs, history, education, textiles, natural resource management, business and management, political science, psychology, bio-medical engineering and public health. All students are encouraged to apply, especially students interested in topics concerning the environment, globalization, social justice, tourism, conservation, language, development, poverty and health. Not sure how your interests may fit into the topics listed? Contact us. The program is tailored individually to maximize the participant’s potential for understanding and developing the skills needed for ethnographic, qualitative research.  Students also will have opportunities to pursue an applied, service-learning project in lieu of a research project.  Contact the Program to discuss potential opportunities for your areas of interest.

If you would like to contact past participants, let us know. Some of them have written recently to offer their endorsement of the program.

“Tim Wallace’s fieldschool stretched the limits of what I thought I could do. I emerged more confident as a researcher, Spanish speaker, and student, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is seeking to build character, resume, or research portfolio.” – D. Carr (2012)

“Studying anthropology in Guatemala not only allowed me to try something academically outside my comfort zone but my time there also culturally enriched me in a way I wasn’t expecting. Living with a host family in a foreign country and culture changed my life forever and I feel like a more well-rounded  and confident individual because of it. No matter your major or your interests there is something that will speak to you in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and give you an experience that you’ll never forget.”  T. Wells (2012)

I came into EFS 2012 with a significant background in Spanish and Latin American studies, fairly extensive experience abroad, only a basic understanding of Anthropology, but a vision to gain as much as I could out of the program, hoping to determine whether or not I wanted to pursue Anthropology professionally.  From research design to interviewing techniques to fieldwork ethics, the expert mentorship and teaching of director Tim Wallace and assistant director Carla Pezzia at EFS provided me with a competitive skillset for my future career in Anthropology, applicable to research in any region of the world.  After EFS, I developed a research project for ethnographic study of migrants in China, and received a Fulbright grant for 2013.  I can say without a doubt that the experience I acquired through EFS in 2012 has propelled my own career, and will continue to influence future students both personally and professionally.  So, whether you are interested in Latin America, Anthropology, or Social Science qualitative methods, I strongly recommend EFS!”  —Bethany Reynolds (2012), U.S. Student Fulbright Fellow to China, 2013-14

The Ethnographic Field School is a great way to gain practical field experience in anthropology.  Students in the field school come from a variety of backgrounds and by the end of the summer I felt more confident in undertaking a research project and living/travelling independently in a foreign country.  I do not speak fluent Spanish and I was still able to complete a project I could be proud of! – J. Bunch (2010)

“The field school was one of the most rewarding learning experiences in my entire life. Not only did my Spanish improve, but I also learned a lot more about what it takes to do quality ethnographic work. I think this is a must for anyone looking to do graduate or professional work in anthropology but lacks field experience.” – M. Stern (2012)

The program and eligibility:
Within the supportive framework of the NC State Guatemala Program students learn the fundamentals of ethnographic fieldwork, including project design and management, data collection and report writing. Students also quickly improve their Spanish language skills through intensive, daily interaction with their home stay families and other community members. Guatemalans are friendly and outgoing with an ancient and rich, Mayan cultural heritage. The program is designed for about 18participants who may be undergraduates, graduate students or post-baccalaureate students.  Students will also learn about the contemporary Maya of the Lake Atitlán area and how they are adapting to changing demographics, globalization, economic and political insecurities, and environmental change. The program is not limited to students of NC State University and many previous participants have come from all over the US, Canada, Chile, the UK, and Guatemala.  Some Spanish language skills and some course work or familiarity with anthropology are desirable.

The Fieldwork Site
Lake Atitlán
 is one of the most majestic and scenic spots in all of Latin America. Ringed by active and extinct volcanoes and about a mile in elevation, the 55 sq. mi. lake was formed out of an ancient volcanic basin (crater). Dotting the shores of the lake are about a dozen small villages inhabited by the contemporary descendants of the ancient Maya. Panajachel (pop. 15,000), one of the largest towns, will be the headquarters for the program. Students will be located in home stays in one of  thirteen other towns surrounding the lake shores. The view of the lake from Panajachel and the other towns is magnificent, and the attractive sunsets and views daily lure many tourists over the years. Yet, the region has retained much of their traditional Maya heritage. Guatemala has the largest indigenous population in Mexico and Central America. There are approximately 23 different languages spoken in Guatemala and three of them are spoken around Lake Atitlán (Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil and K’iche’). Despite conquests and civil wars, the Maya have survived for nearly two millennia. Lake Atitlán is one of the best places in Central America to learn about this amazingly durable and vibrant culture.

Six Course Credits (graduate or undergraduate):
Students receive six credits for completing the program. The program emphasizes practical training in ethnographic fieldwork and ethics as it relates to Guatemala. In addition to learning research design, systematic observation, interviewing, fieldnote-taking, free-listing, pile-sorts, mapping, coding, ethics, data analysis, report writing, etc., students also learn about contemporary Guatemalan society and culture, in particular the key issues of environment, heritage, identity, politics, and globalization in Mayan Communities, especially around Lake Atitlán.  “Students learn through seminar discussion and firsthand experiences the successes and pitfalls associated with first time fieldwork in an international setting.”

Note: English is the language of instruction, but Spanish is an invaluable tool for a full experience. The focus of all course work is the design, implementation and write- up of an independent research project with an applied focus.

In concert with each student’s research needs and personal preferences, participants will be housed with a local family, in one of thirteen Mayan communities around Lake Atitlan. Each student will receive room, breakfast, lunch and dinner and laundry services. Families also help students learn Spanish and establish networks in the community.

Program Costs
The cost of the  7 ½  week program is only $3550. The single fee covers all expenses (except airfare) including:
•room, board (three meals/day), laundry
•tuition for six credits
•full coverage health insurance
•program fees and instruction
•local transportation costs and transfer fees
•national park entrance fees

•free rental of a cellphone (works both in-country and for inexpensive, international calls), and
•in-country excursions (e.g., Colonial Antigua, Indigenous markets at Chichicastenango, rituals in Patzún, the Nature Reserve of Atitlán, and the Mayan ruins of Iximché among others)

Airfare from most US cities is approximately $600. Students will need to bring a laptop with them to the field. Each town around the lake has Internet access. Other than a valid passport, US and Canadian citizens need no other documents to enter Guatemala for a stay of up to 90 days.

Students from any university or country, regardless of major – graduate, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or post-graduate – may apply.  Applications may be accessed through the field school website: or through the NC State University Study Abroad Office website: .  Please feel free to contact Dr. Tim Wallace, the program director (, or Dr. Carla Pezzia, co-director (University of Texas Health Science Center;  for additional information or any type of inquiry about the program at 919-815-6388 (m) or 919-515-9025 (o). Fax no: 919-515-2610.  The applications are submitted online, but if you have any problems, please contact Ms. Rebecca Denton-Strauss at the NCSU Study Abroad Office, Box 7344, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7344;rebecca_denton-strauss@ncsu.edu919-515-2087. The official deadline is February 7, 2014. Applications received after that date will be considered only if there are spaces still available.

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Social Sustainability Month Decolonizing Sustainability: Unsettling the Dominant Paradigm

Thursday, October 24th
Native American Student and Community Center
10th Anniversary Celebration
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Formal ceremony honoring all who contributed to the development of the center and its impact on student success after 10 years of providing a cultural home for students. Keynote speaker will be Terry Cross the Director of the National Child Welfare Association. Event will also include a native plant ceremony and blessing.
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Friday, October 25th
Harvest Festival
Location: Learning Gardens Lab, 6801 SE 60th AVE, Portland
(SE Portland on 60th Ave, between Duke and Flavel)
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Enjoy tasting tours of the garden, live music, cider press, food, games, art projects, and gardening workshops. The Harvest Festival celebrates the diversity and energy of the Learning Garden Labs community and will include PSU students, Lane Middle School students, neighbors, and community members of all ages.

Monday, October 28th
Privilege, Despair, and Responsibility:
A Conversation about Race, Place, and Action
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
With an eye to challenging white privilege and identifying avenues for responsible action, panelists and attendees will be invited to share personal stories and reflections on decolonization. This event will explore how racial oppression and privilege shape our various relationships to the places we live and those around us and what it means to act responsibly in our sharply divided social and ecological environment.

Tuesday, November 5th
Film Showing & Discussion: The Garden
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Garden follows the plight of urban Los Angeles farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall as they organize to protect their 14-acre oasis from being torn down. The event will begin with setting up a space for active participation, then the film showing, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Wednesday, November 6th
How to Make Your Own Deodorant: White Performativity and Privilege within the Sustainability Movement
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
How have colonial privileges sustained themselves and how do people who value sustainability draw upon colonial legacies in their work? We’ll explore the relationships between social identities, personal action, and systems of oppression by focusing on one particular type of relationship to dirt – more specifically, masking the ‘stank’ produced by the microorganisms who inhabit our armpits. Participants in this very participatory workshop will walk away with an understanding of some of the history of hygiene, a lens through which they can analyze how whiteness flows through sustainability work, and a little bit of homemade deodorant.

Thursday, November 7th
Hands on Sustainability
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
A discussion of the cultural dimensions of sustainability through the lens of student projects. Presentations on sustainable economic & educational
development in both local and global communities, to be followed by discussion and Q & A.

Thursday, November 7th
Indigenous Educational System of the Micronesian Island of Palau
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
This presentation is designed to share a condensed history of education on the island of Palau in Micronesia with an emphasis on the Indigenous system of education that was in place before colonization and the introduction of formal education.

Thursday, November 7th
Decolonizing our Food System
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Illona Trogub and Casey Corcoran will present on how our diets have been colonized and make connections between the ecological and social crises and food systems. We will then explore options available to students to begin reinhabitation of land and rebuilding of community through the creation of a decolonized food system here in Portland.

Wednesday, November 13th
Diversifying the Environmental Movement with Marcelo Bonta
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Marcelo Bonta will speak about significant demographic shifts in the US and share a vision of how the environmental movement will need to operate to be successful in coming years. He will address various barriers to broad involvement in environmental and sustainability initiatives while providing guidance for moving forward together. In a recent article, Bonta said, “Today’s lack of diversity in the environmental movement is no one’s fault — but it is everyone’s responsibility.” In finding common ground, PSU’s community can create a movement that is based in our values and representative of our diverse campus culture.

Wednesday, November 13th
Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Sustainability
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Judy BlueHorse Skeleton and Grace Dillon will examine the impacts of colonization on land management policies and the reemergence of Indigenous practices with land, water, and the management of food systems.

Thursday, November 14th
Re-indigenizing the Urban Landscape: A Community-Based Approach to Park Development
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
The ongoing planning of the 20,000 square foot Inter-Tribal Gathering Garden at Cully Park (ITGG) in Northeast Portland symbolizes a significant shift in City park policy that is creating opportunities for Portland’s diverse Native American population to reclaim urban landscapes for food, medicine and ceremony. Ridhi D’Cruz has been working on a collaborative evaluation of this community-based approach to park development and will present my experiences and research as well as opportunities for future collaborations.

Thursday, November 14th
Self-Determination Sustainability
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
A presentation and talking circle with Cornel Pewewardy, Director of Indigenous Nations Studies.

Wednesday, November 20th
The Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Buiding
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
This interactive session allows participants to engage in the Power of the Storytelling. Without our voices, His-story, Her-story, Your-Story and Our-story become defined through power, privilege and silence. Students leaders will be given tools and poetry prompts to begin to extract their own personal narrative. The session will end with each participant writing and sharing their poetry to a live musical performance by Las Cafeteras. This event is designed for student leaders.

Wednesday, November 20th
Las Cafeteras
Location: Parkway North, SMSU 101, 1st Floor of Smith
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Sharing Son Jarocho inspired music through singing, spoken word (in English/Spanish/ and Spanglish) and movement (‘zapateado’), Las Cafeteras seeks to gather the teachings of Son Jarocho and infuse the music with their own stories. Their mission is to learn, share, and practice the beauty, culture and energy of Son Jarocho music for the purpose of building autonomous communities. By telling our stories of life in the concrete jungle, Las Cafeteras strives to make this ancient music relevant to everyday people in everyday places.

Thursday, November 21st
Social Sustainability Month Closing Ceremony
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tea and a circular reflection on the month of events.
Events are collaboratively organized and sponsored by the PSU
Women’s Resource Center, Environmental Club, Campus Rec,
Diversity and Multicultural Student Services Cultural Centers, and
the Sustainability Leadership Center with the support of the Food
Action Collective.

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Student Meet & Greet with PSU Alum Dr. Kaye Reed

Student Meet & Greet
PSU Alum Dr. Kaye Reed

4:00pm, Friday, October 18th
Cramer Hall 141

Please join us for an informal chat with Dr. Reed before she presents the Portland State of Mind lecture “The Life and Times of Australopithecus.”

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Upcoming Sustainability Events

Monday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. at Lincoln Performance Hall
The New Brew: Tapping into the Business of Sustainable Beer
Tickets: $5 PSU students/faculty/staff, $10 general public
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10-11 a.m. at Lincoln Hall, room 115
Coal Exports in the Pacific NW 
Tickets: Free and open to the public with registration
Saturday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.. at Lincoln Hall, room 75
Rivers of Life – Linking Clean Water with Healthy Economies and Healthy Communities with Bobby Cochran
Tickets: Free and open to the public with registration

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Dr. Shelby Anderson recieves NSF Funding

Dr. Shelby Anderson recently received funding for two projects: from the National Science Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management, she received combined funding of $224,870 over four years to study past social and economic organization in the Bering Strait region. Dr. Anderson also received $50,000 from the National Park Service to collaborate on Northern Alaskan national historic landmark condition and vulnerability assessment for climate change effects.

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Dr. Jeremy Spoon hosts Gathering for Our Mountains

On September 20-22, 2013, more than 100 representatives from Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) Nations, the U.S. ForestService and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gathered at the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) for two nights to harvest pine nuts, demonstrate cultural skills, share stories and sing traditional songs. This third annual Gathering for Our Mountains event was co-sponsored by federal agencies and Nuwuvi Nations and facilitated by Anthropology Assistant Professor Jeremy Spoon and his research team from Portland State University and The Mountain Institute. Read more at CLAS news.

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October 8: Dr. Jeremy Spoon presents “Collaborative Resource Stewardship on Federal Lands”

Next week Dr. Jeremy Spoon will be presenting, “Collaborative Resource Stewardship on Federal Lands: Creating Pathways for Indigenous Peoples and Protected Area Exchanges.” as part of the School of the Environment’s Forest Ecology and Management seminar series.

The seminar is on Tuesday, October 8, 3-4pm, Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center.  Live web streaming will be available here:
This seminar is co-sponsored and generously supported by the US Forest Service.

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