Archive | December, 2010

Selfless Holiday Promotion…

17 Dec

From Dance Like the Stars:

Please join us this Saturday, December 18th, for a special “2 Dance With Joy Party!”  Melena and I have linked hands with College Night, at Paradise Ballroom, for a Holiday Showcase. It is guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of fun dancing and friendship! We begin at 7:30 PM with a lesson taught by Rachel & Melena. Then, open dancing 8:30-12:00 midnight. DJ Mark will spin those great tunes of Ballroom, Latin,  and your special requests in one Ballroom, while DJ Marcus provides excellent West Coast Swing music in the other Ballroom. The dance lesson, along with the snacks, are included in your admission price of $8 person / $5 High school & College Students. Singles, Couples, and All Ages are welcome! 🙂

Location: Paradise Ballroom, 826 SE Belmont Street

~December 18th  7:30 PM Lesson “Waltz” and “West Coast Swing”

Please join us and invite your friends! Everyone is welcome!

Any additional questions or information on private lessons, group classes or professional performance shows, please contact Rachel Lidskog at

Be Glad of Life because it gives you the chance to Dance and to Dream, to Love and to Laugh, to Work and to Play, and to look up at the stars
(503) 704-5617


From Chata Addy:

Friday, December 17th 2010
Chata Addy & Susuma – 10pm till Close
Jolly Roger

1340 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-8060

Price: Free!


From Aaron Meyer:

December 17 & 18 – 3 Performances
The Umpqua Private Bank Aaron Meyer Holiday Concerts (3 performances) – Portland, Oregon

The Umpqua Private Bank Aaron Meyer Holiday Concerts
Umpqua Private Bank is Member FDIC

Presented by the Hedinger Family Foundation
10th Annual Holiday Concert Series
“Experience A Northwest Holiday Tradition”

Order tickets online below with no service charges!!

3 Performances:

Fri Dec 17 at 7:30 pm
Sat Dec 18 – 2 Performances!
2 pm matinee and 8 pm evening
**  doors open 45 min prior to each show

FEATURING: Special celebrity guest musicians Guitarist Tim Ellis, Aaron’s 6 piece band, Michael Allen Harrison, and the Brown Sisters.


Reserved Seating: $40 (limited to first 6 rows center and 1st row balcony), $45 day of show

General Admission: $30 Adults/$25 Children (12 and under), seniors (60 and over), and students with valid student ID card.  All tickets $5 more on day of show.

Group Discounts: $3 off each ticket price when purchasing 10 or more tickets and $5 off each ticket price when purchasing 20 or more tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable.


Friday December 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday December 18 at 2 pm

Saturday December 18 at 8 pm

For questions & customer service please email:

To order tickets over the phone with a service charge, call 503.515.3461

Concert Location: First Congregational Church – the historic church with the white tower – 1126 SW Park Ave between Madison & Main across from the Portland Art Museum and next to the Portland Center for Performing Arts. For directions click here

Support Aaron’s Music Education Program in 2011 – tax donation!!

Aaron visits many schools every year with his 45 minute assembly style music education program.  Help support this program to schools in need throughout Oregon.  Any level of support can help.

All donations and contributions are tax deductible through our 501C-3 non profit organization.

Click here to donate online now to support Aaron’s Music In The School program through the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Please contact Aaron at 503.515.3461 or email Aaron at to find out about supporting this much needed education in Oregon.  For more information on Aaron’s 45 minute assembly program click here

Please contact Aaron at 503.515.3461 or email Aaron at about having Aaron visit your school.


Marvin Kaiser, longtime leader of PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to step down as dean

16 Dec

Dean Marvin Kaiser(Portland, Ore.) December 15, 2010 — After almost two decades leading Portland State University’s largest college, Marvin Kaiser, dean of PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has asked the University’s provost to begin the search for his successor.

Marvin Kaiser has presided over the College during PSU’s greatest period of growth and advancement since its founding in 1946. Since Kaiser became dean in fall 1993, the College has seen enrollment more than double, an expansion of programs, degrees and faculty, and a new emphasis on research that has helped propel PSU to one of the nation’s leading urban universities. During that time, Kaiser earned a reputation as a community leader in Portland through his involvement with numerous civic, nonprofit and service agencies. (See additional background, below.)

“For nearly two decades, Dean Marvin Kaiser has served as one of the key architects of the vision of Portland State University as a truly outstanding urban university,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel. “Through his work and life, he has embodied the values that are at the core of our mission.”

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is by far the largest of the seven schools and colleges at PSU. It includes 26 departments across the natural sciences, social sciences and arts and letters, with almost 400 full-time faculty and 50,000 alumni. During Kaiser’s tenure, enrollment in the College’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs grew to nearly 10,000 students, with similar-scale increases in research, fundraising, program offerings and more.

“I have great pride in the College’s progress over the past 18 years. There is no better place to study, no better place to teach and work, and certainly no better place to be dean,” said Kaiser. “Through remarkable efforts by our students, faculty, staff, and community partners, our prospects have never been stronger. Now is the time to look ahead to ensure our College’s continued renewal and growth.”

Kaiser, who also holds a faculty position in the Department of Sociology, plans to remain involved with the University, as he weighs additional opportunities to contribute to both PSU and the community. Provost Roy Koch will be tasked with forming a committee to begin a national search for Kaiser’s successor, who could be in place as early as fall 2011. According to Kaiser, during the search he will continue working to ensure that the College attracts outstanding students and faculty and to raise the funds needed for their efforts. He will step down as dean once a successor has been identified and is in place.

Background: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences highlights under Dean Marvin Kaiser (1993-2011)

More students, more degrees: Enrollment in the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs more than doubled, to nearly 10,000 students enrolled this fall; degrees awarded increased from 1,199 in 1994 to 2,270 in 2010 (44% of all degrees awarded University-wide);

Diversified curriculum: The College launched new programs in several fields, including Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Conflict Resolution, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Judaic Studies, Native American Studies and Women’s Studies;

New doctorates: Ph.D. programs expanded from one (Environmental Sciences) to seven—Chemistry, Biology, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Applied Psychology, and Sociology and Social Inequality;

Funded research: Faculty grant spending skyrocketed, from $2.3 million (1993–94) to $24.3 million (20009–10); newer faculty regularly join the college with well-developed funding portfolios;

Expanded research facilities: The College assembled one of the West Coast’s leading microscopy facilities in its Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication—an ONAMI signature research center and a resource to students, researchers, other universities and more than 30 industry partners throughout the region;

• Overhauling Science Building 2: PSU’s main science teaching and research facility, Science Building 2, serves as a vital link in the chain of science education, advanced research, and workforce development for healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and bio-tech and high-tech businesses. A massive $46.5 million renovation and modernization project is scheduled for a spring 2011 completion.

Internationalization: In addition to offering a number of international studies programs, Kaiser and the College have played an active role in reconnecting with international alumni—particularly in China and the Middle East. Programs such as the Center for Japanese Studies have garnered international reputations for excellence, while expanded foreign language offerings contribute to an increasingly global curriculum;

Private philanthropy: The College increased philanthropic support from less than $100,000 annually to between $3 million and $5 million each year—including a $3.9 million gift from alumnus Fariborz Maseeh to support computational science.

Partnerships: Many students have found the surest route to Oregon Health & Science University’s health and dental programs to be through pre-professional programs at PSU. Through shared goals, OHSU and the College increasingly share faculty positions, and will undertake development of the Life Sciences complex on the South Waterfront in the near future.

Background: Marvin Kaiser
Marvin Kaiser is an active member of several professional and community organizations. He is a founding leader and executive director of the Society for Values in Higher Education, based at PSU. He has served, and continues to serve on many non-profit boards, including Oregon Campus Compact, Oregon Mentors, Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Life by Design, Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Catholic Charities, the Right Brain Initiative, University Club Foundation, and the Institute for Ethics and Public Policy at Pacific University.

At the request of Portland Mayor Tom Potter, Kaiser co-chaired visionPDX, a process that engaged some 15,000 Portlanders in developing a vision for the future of Portland that now serves as the basis for Portland’s Comprehensive Plan.

Kaiser came to Portland State from Kansas State University in 1993, where he served as interim and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as the director of the Center for Rural Initiatives and the Community Service Program. He also served as staff fellow and consultant to the United Nations Office at Vienna, Center for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs; worked as a staff fellow and consultant to the United States Agency for International Development and as staff fellow to the House Select Committee on Aging, United States House of Representatives.

As the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs, Kaiser has focused his scholarly efforts on domestic and international aging issues and community service. His most recent publications have focused on religion and public life, funding of higher education and community visioning. He also serves on the editorial board of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and has received many civic and professional honors and awards during his career.

Marvin Kaiser received his B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, Mo., a master’s in Sociology from Kansas State University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979.

About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for nearly 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 213 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.

By: David Santen, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8765,

Source:  Marvin Kaiser, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University

Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: December 15, 2010

YA Has 4 New Artists!

13 Dec

We recently changed the timeline we’ve used for eons to bring artists onto our roster. Although the rigorous process is the same, it’s now more of a “rolling admission” schedule. This is pretty cool because it means we don’t have to wait until the fall of each year to offer new programs to area schools. This little preamble is just to let you know we’ve enacted our brilliant new plan and now have 4 new (to YA) artists ready and willing to do great performances and residencies! Check them out below.

Karen Brunke moved to Portland after spending a decade as an elementary school art teacher in Nashville, TN. She has degrees in Art History and Art Education and offers visual arts residencies through Young Audiences. In particular, she teaches sculpture from recycled objects and basic painting skills. She is able to connect many other core curricular areas to her work in the classroom.

Click here for Karen’s page on our website.

Add a new dimension to your students’ work with stop motion animation taught by artist, Sarah Nagy! Students will design sets and characters in the classroom and then work with Sarah to shoot a short film using their creations.Sarah has her master’s degree in film and television studies and recently led Buckman Elementary students to an award at the 33rd Young Persons Film and Video Festival.

Click here for Sarah’s page on our website.

After several years of offering his Rock ‘n’ Roll Kindy music program in the Portland area, Mo Phillips is bringing his high-energy singing and songwriting performance and residency to Young Audiences. He has special training in early childhood education which makes him a particularly good choice for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners who need a little music in their lives.

Click here for Mo’s page on our website.

Shinmai Dance Ensemble is made up of Portland Taiko drummers Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe. Together they teach a Japanese folk dance called Soran Bushi, a fisherman’s dance. They have performed and taught in school setting in both Japan and the United States over nearly the past decade. In addition to dance, their residency also includes exploration of Japanese culture and language.

Click here for Shinmai’s page on our website.

That Time of Year…

10 Dec

We received the below message from the Snowman Foundation and wanted to pass it on…

Do you know a student, organization, school or non-profit that is in need of a piano?

The Snowman Foundation currently has pianos in storage.  We’d like to find good homes for these pianos for the holiday season!

The Snowman Foundation strives to provide access to music for kids and our instrument donation program is one way we provide that access.  Through our instrument donation program, we take in instruments that are no longer being used and in turn, provide those instruments for students in need.

I have attached the one-page, short application.

The Snowman Foundation
811 NW 19th, Suite 102
Portland, Oregon 97209

Instrument Application

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