First Farm to Fork Dinner a success

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A short burst of much-needed rain did little to dampen expectations for the first annual Learning Gardens Laboratory (LGL) Farm to Fork Dinner on Saturday, August 11, 2018. After the sun returned, nearly 100 guests settled into a lovely summer evening, exploring the acreage and visiting various stations that represented the garden’s many programs. At each station, students told stories while plying guests with appetizers like grilled mahi-mahi and a local brew or wine. The evening included a gourmet dinner prepared by PSU Eats—PSU’s campus dining service and catering—and concluded with a chocolate dessert under the stars. LGL provided fresh vegetables that Executive Chef Matt Steele carefully incorporated into each course. A community member, whose own garden plot was steps away, supplied background music.

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PSU Education Dean Marvin Lynn appointed to state Educator Advancement Council

Dean Marvin LynnAuthor: Kurt Bedell, PSU Media and Public Relations

Portland State University Graduate School of Education Dean Marvin Lynn has been appointed as a director of The Educator Advancement Council (EAC), a brand new advisory group representing Oregon educators and community leaders.

Following two years of efforts by the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement, the EAC was created this year by Oregon Legislature to help the state reach the goal of high-quality, well-supported and culturally responsive educators in every classroom. The Council will establish a system of local educator networks to connect Oregon public educators with professional learning and support so that they can best serve students.

Lynn joined PSU as dean of the Graduate School of Education last fall. He is an internationally recognized expert on race and education and the lead editor of the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with Routledge Press. He serves as an editorial board member of several journals, and has published more than two-dozen research articles and book chapters in reputable outlets.

Lynn works closely with an outstanding and diverse faculty and staff to advance the national profile of high-quality academic programs while further building and strengthening relationships with local schools.

The new EAC has 20 education and philanthropic leaders from across Oregon including superintendents, K-12 teachers, foundation and government leaders. Four members of the council are PSU alumni.