Talk:Portland State University

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Collaboration of the Week ideas, feel free to select one or do your own thing:

  1. Copy edit the existing prose.
  2. Expand the current articles in the PSU category.
  3. Find sources for existing unsourced items.
  4. Find missing alumni and faculty by clicking what links here and searching through and adding them to the proper categories. done
  5. Create articles for likely notable topics such as:

To avoid duplication, please note any work you are planning on doing here (no need for two people to do the research on the Park Blocks). Thanks. Aboutmovies (talk) 11:02, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

I can fulfill any photo requests you folks might have. Just post 'em here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tedder (talkcontribs) 15:36, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks Tedder, how about the library and Benson House, I don't think we have pictures of those floating around. Aboutmovies (talk) 10:56, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Also the Peter Stott Center. Aboutmovies (talk) 09:39, 8 June 2008 (UTC)
Finished checking the links. Aboutmovies (talk) 11:40, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Non-duplication of programs citation issue[edit]

The citation can be found in The College That Would Not Die: The First Fifty Years of Portland State University, 1946-1996, Gordon B. Dodds, Portland: Oregon Historical Society Press, 1999, but I'm not sure of the page number. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:22, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Clean up[edit]

I have tagged this since there are a lot of problems now with the article. First, there needs to be consistent and full citations, not just inline ELs here and there or sometimes footnotes. Second, there are inline external links, which need to be removed or converted to references. Third, the history is really focused on the last 5 years, and the PR job on the sustainability grant needs to be trimmed (also suggest moving/integrating the "Awards" and "College Bowl" sections into the history section). Fourth, the WP:LEAD should be expanded some and split into multiple paragraphs. Fifth, newspapers needs italics and I think some of the red links are unlikely to go blue. Lastly, citations, citations, and citations. Aboutmovies (talk) 10:22, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

January 2012 cleanup[edit]

My name is Tracy Weber and I have recently been doing some edits to the PSU website. I work for PSU in Marketing and Communications and I am the one charged with updating and keeping our PSU wiki site current and correct.

I removed a paragraph from the History section because it was not something our office deemed necessary. I have also revised some of the stats on enrollment. I will be in the process of doing a major reworking of our page and when I finish I will be saving a boilerplate of the page and going back once a month to make sure the information on the page remains intact and factual. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tracy Weber (talkcontribs) 23:27, 31 January 2012‎ (UTC)

Hi Tracy. Since you are part of PSU, please be aware of Wikipedia's policy about having a conflict of interest. Also note that PSU doesn't own this page. One example of that is your comment that "it was not something our office deemed necessary", which shows clear page ownership. It doesn't matter what PSU thinks about the page on Wikipedia, actually.
I might be misreading, but "I'll be saving the page and making sure it doesn't change" is a threat to enforce your point of view to the page. That's clearly an attempt towards page ownership and enforcing your (and PSU's point of view). Please don't go down this route.
There are quite a few people around here that would be happy to help you collaborate on this. There are some fantastically productive avenues to go down. There was no information about Vanport and moving into Lincoln until it was added a few years ago. There's still not a single word about when the park blocks were closed to traffic or the big riot/protest/strike of 1970, yet a sustainability grant from 5 years ago gets a long paragraph. That's undue coverage, and I'm afraid your edits aren't helping with a historic, encyclopedic context. tedder (talk) 01:20, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
I completely agree with Tedder and have watched your edits with some concern. Perhaps you could outline what sorts of changes you will be doing (here, on this talk page) before actually commencing with them. You should spend a few hours reading all the pages linked from the Five Pillars of Wikipedia to thoroughly understand our requirement for neutral, verifiable, reliably-sourced and cited content and perhaps avoid spending time on work which has to be undone. —EncMstr (talk) 03:02, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
Also don't miss our new project WikiProject Cooperation for getting help when you are being paid to edit! Valfontis (talk) 03:41, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 13 February 2013[edit]


As Jessica Tyner's publicist, I would like to request her to be added to the Portland State University Wikipedia site under alumni. She's an accomplished poet and writer who has published dozens of pieces in reputable journals, is a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee, and received an Academy of American poets prize in 2005. She received her undergraduate degree from Portland State University in 2005, where she was elected Greek Woman of the Year. She was also a Ronald E. McNair scholar at PSU. You can view the complete list of her publications on her website at Please add the following info:

Jessica Tyner - Poet and writer (graduated 2005)

Thank you, Julie Allen, Publicist for Jessica Tyner Jtynerpress (talk) 01:10, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Not done: We only include alumni in the article if that person is notable enough to have a page on Wikipedia. RudolfRed (talk) 05:14, 14 February 2013 (UTC)

Rahmet Shoureshi has resigned[edit]

Hello Wikipedians!

My name is Jessica. I read in the Oregonian that Rahmet Shoureshi[1] has resigned after reports of staff mistreatment and other issues. I tried to make a factual edit, but I might not have the know-how. The current acting president is Stephen Percy[2]. The Board of Trustees has not yet selected an interim president. Not sure the best way to handle this, and hope that my corrections were helpful.Polla77404 (talk) 21:07, 18 May 2019 (UTC)Polla77404

Thanks for the helpful information, Jessica. I cleaned up your edit; that information is included in a template that requires very specific and limited vocabulary to be used in it. ElKevbo (talk) 21:54, 18 May 2019 (UTC)