News

Fanfare: Fall 2019
Author: Madison Schultz and Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 24, 2019

 From Oregon to the world

EAGLE CREEK, Oregon, is the small-town home of a big-time artist: Oscar Flores-Fiol ’77. His impressionistic and abstract oil paintings are in collections in Italy, Germany, England, Canada, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and nearly all 50 states. Most were created on his remote16-acre farm where he lives with his wife, Lynn. The world around him, as well as his dreams, inspire Flores-Foil’s paintings, which are brightly colored and full of whimsy. Now in his 80s, the Peru native continues to exhibit his work—most recently at The Spiral Gallery in Estacada.

 Honoring the state’s cycling devotion

A BICYCLE pushing forward into clean air is how architecture students describe the new campus sculpture they helped design. Anthropocene, also known as the Bicycle Bill Sculpture, was the creation of Aaron Whelton, architecture faculty, with contributions from his students. It honors the legacy of the late Sam Oakland, an English professor who championed Oregon’s Bicycle Bill. Passed in 1971, the bill requires that a minimum of 1% of new, yearly state highway funds be used for walkways and bikeways. The steel sculpture is located near the PSU Library and features a bicycle and human figure that fades in an out when looked at from different perspectives.

 Music for all

DEEPLY PERSONAL LYRICS are sometimes read but mostly sung by Licity Collins MFA ’06 on her new live album Love Courage Yes. Collins blends rock and folk in her original compositions and describes her music as “‘Eleanor Rigby’ meets ‘Refugee’ by Tom Petty.” This is her second album, and it was recorded at the Underground Exchange in Ojai, California, where Collins now lives. On the June 14 release of Love Courage Yes, Collins was interviewed by both NPR and Fox News. She writes that she is gratified that “her passion bridges audiences.”

New Works

The East End: A Novel

By Jason E. Allen ’09, Park Row, 2019

The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution

By Jeff Alworth, PSU's Ooligan Press, 2019

Oregon Wildland Firefighting: A History

By Sean Davis ’09, The History Press, 2019

Breaking Cadence: One Woman’s War Against the War

By Rosa del Duca, PSU's Ooligan Press, 2019

Prospects of Life After Birth: Memoir in Poetry and Prose

By David Hedges ’59, 2019

Whale’s Tails

By Dale S. MacHaffie MBA ’73, MT ’80, Page Publishing, 2019

A River in the City of Fountains

By Amahia Mallea ’99, University Press of Kansas, 2018

Choices: Death, Life and Migration

By Patricia Rumer ’71, PhD ’81, CreateSpace, 2018

Devotion: A Novel

By Madeline Stevens ’09, HarperCollins, 2019

The White Death: An Illusion

By Gabriel Urza (English faculty), Nouvella, 2019