Vail Fletcher, communication studies, has her documentary project, “Rising Rwanda” (with photographer Lorena Turner) on display at the United Nations from June 12-20 as part of the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations. Fletcher and Turner, a documentary photographer and professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, developed “Rising Rwanda” in an effort to capture and define the experiences of children born and raised in post-genocidal Rwanda. The study, initially completed in February 2010 and funded by an “Imagining America” grant, involved interviewing and photographing each child with a drawing they created as a response to questions about their lives in Rwanda, and their perception of their community, family and themselves. The collective drawings and responses provide a unique lens through which outsiders can begin to view how this new generation of Rwandans understand their past and future.
- Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center construction begins May 9, ends in July 2015. Fencing will be set up around the perimeter of the public safety block and the parking lot across from the Chiles center will be closed. Parking will be available in the main parking lot. Public Safety has relocated across the street to Haggerty 101. The TriMet bus stop (line #35) located on the corner of Portsmouth and Strong will be relocated across Willamette to the corner of Portsmouth and Willamette.
- Tyson garage remodeling: starts in May, ends in September. Garage will be closed and remodeled into office space over the summer. The intent is for IT organization to move into this new space during fall semester.
- Shipstad Hall: May-August. This summer the University will be replacing windows in Shipstad Hall with new double-pane windows.
- Main entrance drive remodeling, May-August. The entrance will be repaved, the center median re-planted, and raised crosswalks will be added near Shipstad and the main parking lot turn to increase visibility and safety. One side of the driveway will be cloased at a time, and traffic will be limited to in-bound only. Exiting traffic will be asked to leave via the Portsmouth exit or the Kenna Hall exit.
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The University of Portland has been included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, a free, downloadable publication released on Thursday, April 17, in celebration of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. UP was chosen along with Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Oregon.
The guide, published for the past five years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, is the only free, comprehensive resource for college applicants that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The guide can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/lrlz46y as well as the USGBC Center for Green Schools’ site at http://tinyurl.com/pcj4m79.
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The University is preparing for a record number of graduates in its 2014 spring commencement exercises on Sunday, May 4, set for 1:30 p.m. , in the Chiles Center. University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., will confer an anticipated 818 bachelor’s degrees on Sunday. Also participating will be 111 students who expect to be awarded bachelor’s degrees at the end of the summer, for an all-time record 929 undergraduate students. Anne Thompson, NBC News’ Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate.
The University will hold a separate commencement ceremony for an anticipated 212 graduate students on Saturday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m., in the Chiles Center. Fr. Beauchamp will be the commencement speaker. No tickets are required for graduate commencement.
Tickets are required for all undergraduate commencement events. Please visit this site (http://tinyurl.com/axmryjw) for ticket information. For those unable to attend, the University will be providing a free live web stream of both Saturday’s and Sunday’s ceremonies at www.up.edu/commencement/video.
Receiving the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, is Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which reaches some 130 million people in nearly 100 countries annually with its relief and development work. Before joining CRS in 2012, Woo was dean and professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, and a vice president and professor at Purdue University.
Receiving honorary doctorates at the University’s May 4 commencement: Anne Thompson, NBC environmental affairs correspondent since 2007. She has traveled the world in that capacity, reporting on pollution, alternative fuels, global warming, land usage and new technologies, among many other topics. She began her broadcasting career at WNDU-TV in Indiana after her graduation from the University of Notre Dame.
John Beckman, of the Class of 1942, was instrumental in the invention of the photo-finish camera. Beckman, along with his wife Patricia, is a noted philanthropist to musical, historical, communal and educational causes in Oregon. He and Patricia are the founders of the University’s Humor Project, a multi-disciplinary effort to study and foment humor as a “spiritual and revolutionary energy in every field of endeavor, from business to politics to the arts and beyond.”
James Popham, of the Class of 1953, is a professor of education emeritus at UCLA, an internationally renowned scholar on testing methods and efficacy, and the author of many books. UCLA has honored him as one of its best 20 professors of the 20th century. Popham has been president of the American Educational Research Association, is the founding editor of the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and is a popular speaker who is often in demand for his humor as much as for his expertise in educational evaluation and measurement.
Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University since 2003, has directed a remarkable era at one of the state’s largest public universities. During his tenure, the school has raised more than $1 billion for students and faculty, developed a national reputation for research in science, opened and expanded the Oregon State U/Cascades campus in Bend, and successfully grappled with declining public funding.
Most Reverend Alexander Sample, the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon, was twice appointed a bishop by Pope Benedict XVI – first to the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, in 2005, and then to Portland in 2013, succeeding Most Reverend John Vlazny.
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The College of Arts and Sciences’ Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC) and the Dean’s office hosted the first annual Senior Toast, 4:15-4:45pm, following Founders’ Day, on April 8th. Click here to view a slideshow featuring CAS student senior quotes about faculty who have made a difference in their lives.
U.P. Music Dept. Graduate Eva Hortsch competed in the Oregon State round of the NATS Artist Competition on March 8th. This is a competition for classical singers who are emerging professionals. Eva was one of the winners of the Oregon division and moved on to a western regional division held in Seattle. Eva currently studies with U.P Adjunct Voice Teacher and Portland Opera Chorus manager, Wade Baker, and will perform the recital she prepared for the competition in the Music at Midweek Concert Series on September 17th at 12:30 in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall. Mark your calendars.
Dr. Nicole Leupp Hanig
Asst. Professor of Music
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
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
Please join us in congratulating the following faculty members who were recently awarded tenure and promotion, effective July 1, 2014:
Professor Andrew Golla, Drama, tenured and promoted to associate professor;
Dr. Christin Hancock, History, tenured and promoted to associate professor;
Dr. Patrick Murphy, Music, tenured and promoted to associate professor;
Dr. Craig Swinyard, Mathematics, tenured and promoted to associate professor;
Dr. Eugene Urnezius, Chemistry, tenured and promoted to associate professor.
We are sadden to see six of our beloved faculty members retire at the end of this academic year. Please join us in a ceremony to celebrate them and other UP retiring faculty members on Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Bauccio Commons board room. A list of our CAS retiring faculty is below:
- Chris Kodadek, Biology
- Herman Asarnow, English
- Thompson Faller, Philosophy
- Susan Baillet, Psychology
- Robert Duff, Sociology
- Rev. Claude Pomerleau, C.S.C., Political Science
Upon walking into the classroom on the first day of the semester, students in Brian Simmons’ communication studies classes are invited to kick back, relax and settle into the living room, but come the end of the semester, this living room will close. Simmons, a well-loved professor, will be leaving UP at the end of the school year to join the communication studies department at his alma mater, Oklahoma Christian University.
Simmons has been a part of UP’s community for the past five years, following the closure of Cascade College where he taught for 15 years. Students and colleagues say he will be well missed, but well wished.
“I remember getting there the first day of class and I knew I had picked the right major because he was so enthusiastic about what he was doing,” freshman Danny McGarry said.
After taking three of Simmons’ classes, McGarry looks at professors at UP in a new light.
“Him wanting to teach us so much had a huge impact on my view of professors in general,” McGarry said.
Simmons’ passion for what he teaches shines through his lectures, which cover everything from how to discern what flirting is to the value of understanding other cultures’ ways of interacting.
“As a teacher, Brian is very competent, very engaging, very passionate and truly believes that what we are learning has value for our lives,” sophomore Nathan Seppi said. “He’s just a fun guy to learn from.”
Communication studies Department Chair Jeff Kerssen-Griep has enjoyed working with Simmons during his time at UP.
“We’ve really benefitted from him being here,” Kerssen-Griep said. “Both as a person and a teacher he’s really admirable (and) someone to look up to.”
Simmons is known best for creating a “living room environment” where students are invited to relax, freely share their thoughts, ask questions and address Simmons as a peer instead of an authoritative figure. Simmons has enjoyed bonding with all of his students.
“Three years ago I was telling my class how much I love Taco Bell,” Simmons said. “I walked into class one day with about 50 chalupas and fed all of my students.”
The choice to leave UP has been a difficult one for Simmons, who along with teaching intro to communication, interpersonal communication, communication law and public speaking courses, is an adviser to the speech and debate team. Under his coaching, the team is ranked seventh in its division.
“I love it here,” Simmons said. “I love the classes I teach. I love the college students I work with. Honestly I feel guilty, like I’m abandoning my students, like I’m letting them down.”
Simmons’ decision to take a teaching job in Oklahoma came down to the job security it would provide for him and his family.
“They approached me about teaching for them,” Simmons said. “They have actually approached me essentially every year since I’ve been working here, and I kept telling them no. But they made an offer that I couldn’t refuse that gives me more job security in the long term than I have at University of Portland.”
Simmons will begin instructing at Oklahoma in the fall as a professor, teaching lower and upper division communication classes at the university, as well as working with their honors students.
Looking back at his time spent at UP, Simmons will miss the sense of community and place the most.
“My students and the people I work with have accepted me, liked me, and shared their lives with me,” Simmons said. “I have to start all over again from scratch. I know how things work and where things stand. When I came here I didn’t know anyone on this campus. So for five years I’ve created a sense of place. And (when I leave), it’ll evaporate.”
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