Welcome to the Spring 2014 College A&S News Website! On behalf of the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the College: it is good to visit with you.
Springtime on the Bluff offers a deep and reverent sense of hope and resurrection. Cherry blossoms burst along the Quad, and everywhere we see signs of the goodness of all creation. As we enter the final months of the semester, I invite you to come to campus for one of our excellent symposia events and be inspired by the College’s academic pursuit of excellence that promotes a vision of the common good through engagement with the humanities, liberal arts, and the social and natural sciences. Nothing quite says “College of Arts and Sciences” like listening to a first-rate academic lecture or watching a student-directed play or catching the University of Portland’s annual Ethics Bowl.
I invite you to check out the College’s many upcoming events for spring semester. And while you are on campus, don’t forget to stop by the Dean’s Suite in Buckley 201 to introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you home.
The Catholic intellectual tradition promotes a habit of mind and heart that is reflective, contemplative, and integrative. And so I invite you to let the University of Portland’s College of Arts and Sciences help renew you, body and spirit, during this special time of Lenten and Easter preparation. For more information, check out the specific links on the College’s news website. Some highlights of activities involving faculty and students in the College during Spring 2014 include:
- The Ethics Bowl, scheduled for Saturday April 5 from 4-6pm in Mago Hunt. This year’s second annual McNerney-Hanson Ethics Bowl Showcase will feature undergraduate students from the University’s nationally-acclaimed Speech and Debate Union.
- Five CAS faculty members awarded Tenure and Promotion;
- Sr. Angela Hoffman, OSB named the Oregon Academy of Science 2014 Outstanding Higher Education Teacher in Science and Mathematics;
- Professor Alexandra Hill awarded the Graves Award in the Humanities;
- Professor Susan Baillet Awarded the Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising;
- Graduation Weekend, May 3-4, with Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony beginning at 2pm on Sunday, May 4 in the Chiles Center.
- World Conference on Science and Soccer, June 5-7, held for the first time in the U.S. For more information visit https://sites.up.edu/wcss2014usa/
Thank you for your loyal and continued support of the College of Arts and Sciences. As you can imagine, the College of Arts and Sciences depends on your generous financial support to be able to offer and expand upon the many academic, social, religious, and public events that make us a unique and excellent Catholic university serving Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. We have great hopes to continue to build upon the strong foundations established by those who came before us. Still, we need your help to ensure that our commitment to the humanities, the arts, and the social and natural sciences continues to grow and flourish. Please choose to be a part of the conversation, a conversation that will help the College engage our nation and the world in striving to be the kind of place we want it to be for our children and our children’s children. Any gift of financial support is deeply appreciated. Please visit the “Support Us” link, located here and on the main CAS News page.
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences! Welcome to a whole new world!
Michael F. Andrews, Ph.D.
Dean, College A&S
McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics