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PSU Foundation honors Portland State University faculty leadership in philanthropy with inaugural award
Author: Steve Beaven, PSU Foundation
Posted: May 15, 2015

Two long-time Portland State University professors have been honored by the PSU Foundation for their leadership in promoting philanthropic giving across the campus.

Rob Gould, director of the Conflict Resolution Program, received the Philanthropic Cultivation Award. Marek Elżanowski, the incoming chairman of the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics, received the Philanthropic Leadership Award.

Gould is the co-founder of the Conflict Resolution Program and has been its director for 17 years. He has worked closely with Portland philanthropist Al Jubitz to fund student fellowships, a peace initiative in Cyprus and the recent addition of an assistant professor.

Elżanowski was chairman of the mathematics department from 2003 to 2009, when he began working closely with Fariborz Maseeh, a generous PSU graduate. Together, they created the framework for a gift from Maseeh to support three new faculty positions, fund five Ph.D. students through the Enneking Fellowship and continue the support of two lecture series. Elżanowski will return as chairman of the department in September.

Gould and Elżanowski will be honored at the PSU faculty luncheon at commencement on June 14, 2015 at the Moda Center. Both awards are accompanied by a $1,500 honorarium.

This is the first year the PSU Foundation has presented the awards, which were established to help recognize and support faculty for their work to build a culture of philanthropy at Portland State.