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Salman Khan Earns Standing Ovation from 600 in Portland

Three Oregon Governors attended the sold-out Concordia University event

Three Oregon Governors – Atiyeh, Kulongoski and Kitzhaber – and 600 attendees filled the Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum Feb. 5 to raise funds for student scholarships to Concordia University.

The second annual Concordia University Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Awards, presented by HotChalk Inc, recognized two honorees – Ken Thrasher and the late Dick Alexander – for their leadership in early childhood education in Oregon.

Following the event, 120 iPads used on the tables were donated by presenting sponsor HotChalk Inc., to Faubion School, a local, urban, preK-8 public school adjacent to Concordia University. The iPads will be used by students and educators to help improve access to technology resources for Faubion’s students.

Concordia, Faubion and Portland Public Schools are expanding their partnership to create a national model committed to helping young people fulfill their potential from age "3 to PhD."

Keynote speaker Salman Khan shared his story of founding and growing Khan Academy to now seven million monthly users. He emphasized its mission to provide "A free world class education for anyone anywhere," and closed the event by stating his view that "Education should be a right, like drinking water."

This year's 2013 Atiyeh Scholars include the following 16 Concordia University students: Anab Abdirahman, Temari Asazuki, Scott Cozza, Marcie Fitzgerald, Megan Haug, Emmanuel Henreid, Feliza Lopez-Sanchaez, Shannon Mackaben, Jennifer McDonnell, Danetta Monk, Damien Ntawumpora, Sable Phillipi, Yuki Rutherford, Naiby Tejero, Angela Tsoumas, and Leily Villela.

Concordia University is pioneering education innovation in the region by preparing the next generation of teachers. The University's greatest growth over the past few years is in its Masters of Education degree programs online. Now, Concordia's EdD will launch online and on ground this spring.

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