The third annual College of Arts & Sciences Senior toast was held on Founder’s Day, April 12th in St. Mary’s Lounge. Hosted by the Dean of CAS and the Student Leadership Advisory Council, CAS faculty and graduating seniors gathered to celebrate the Class of 2018’s journey.
Among the acknowledgements was the announcement of the first Kay Toran CAS Student Award for Excellence in Service, created in honor of 1964 CAS alum Kay Toran. Toran has been continuously living a life of service; she currently serves on the UP Board of Regents and is president of Volunteers for America, a non-profit organization that supports men, women, and children in various stages of transition, including the homeless, from New York to Portland. Three CAS students received this honor, representing the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, respectively.
Dean Andrews made the following remarks in presenting the awards to the honorees:
Ana Fonseca is an English major who exudes a habit of service that challenges and changes structures within the local community here in North Portland. Whether working with Youth and the Law or the Portland Police organization, or the Mayor’s office, Ana had devoted many hundreds of hours serving youth, including as a tutor at Roosevelt High School. Ms. Fonseca epitomizes the kind of service towards structural change that reflects Kay Toran’s own passion. She will be joining Jesuit Volunteers Corps after graduation.
Gianna Carducci-Huchingson is a Psychology major who personifies a sense of service as mission, as envisioned by the Congregation of Holy Cross in which serving others means serving the compassionate Christ. In particular, Ms. Carducci has worked extensively with refugees from Congo, Ukraine, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan resettling in the City of Portland. Gianna is expecting to be placed next year with the Lutheran Community Services of as a director of Refugee Care Collective.
Noah Forrest is a Chemistry major who possesses a global and international sense of service that lovingly reflects Kate Regan’s own spirit. Mr. Forrest has worked extensively with issues from Rural Immersion in Yakima, WA; immigrant communities in Tucson, AR affected by harsh immigration policies; Friends of Trees here in Portland; and volunteers three hours every Friday with Spanish-speaking children in his capacity as a bilingual volunteer. Mr. Forrest was a Nicaraguan Immersion Coordinator for the Moreau Center and will be working with an organization called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos at an orphanage in Latin America next year.
Dean Andrews also recognized two retiring faculty with respect and gratitude, Dr. Robert Butler, a professor of Environmental Science, and Fr. Tom Hosinki, professor of Theology. Graduating senior Ms. Jacqui Howard toasted Dr. Butler. Theology junior Mr. James Paul Gumataotao’s toasted Fr. Hosinki. Both men leave the UP community with contributions of outstanding service, scholarship, and a fantastic inspiration for knowledge.
The College of Arts and Sciences is happy welcome six nine new CAS faculty members into the UP community.
Aarti B. Arora, Ph.D, Visiting Lecturer, Communication Studies
Born and raised in India, Aarti B. Arora received her doctoral degree at the Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University, and earned her master’s degree in Communication Studies from Marshall University. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Child Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, and earned credits towards her undergraduate degree by attending Harvard Summer School at Harvard University. Her primary interest lies in uncovering what motivates people to choose complementary and alternative medicine and how culture and communication influence such choices.
Christina A. Astorga, Ph.D,Chair, Professor, Department of Theology
Christina A. Astorga previously taught at Gonzaga University. She was the first woman and layperson to serve as Chair of the Theology Department of the Ateneo de Manila-Loyola Schools, and completed her doctoral degree at the Loyola School of Theology in 1992. She did her post-doctoral study as a visiting scholar at Weston Jesuit School of Theology from 1996-1997, was a Fellow at the Jesuit Institute of Boston College in 2003, and at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in 2004. She was the Founding Director for the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought of Duquesne University from 2007-2011. Her second book, Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics: A New Method, received the 2014 College Theology Society Best Book Award. Astorga was the recipient of the National Outstanding Teacher Award in the Philippines in 2000.
Gregory May, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences
After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Portland, Gregory May completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology. May has been a professor since 2008, teaching undergraduate and graduate level psychology courses at both his alma maters. He has a clinical practice in Vancouver, Washington, specializing in traumatic stress response, relationships, psychoeducational and vocational assessment, and organizational consulting. His background in Montessori education provides the foundation for creating collaborative learning environments, fostering andragogical learning by placing an emphasis on experiential opportunities.
Matthias Kullowatz, M.S., Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Matthias Kullowatz has taught mathematics and statistics at the University of Porltand, as well as at Portland State University, Washington State University, and the Portland Jewish academy. In the past five years, he has worked in various capacities with students ranging in age from three to 60 years old. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College and his master’s degree from Portland State University, where he taught as a graduate assistant. Matthias spends his free time playing sports and writing about statistical trends in sports. In 2013 he started a website dedicated to the analysis of Major League Soccer, and he thinks that Sporting Kansas City—not the Seattle Sounders—are the plurality favorites to repeat as MLS Cup Champions in 2014.
Jen McDaneld, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, English
Jen McDaneld comes to the University of Portland from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature from UNC and a Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University. Her research examines how narratives about the early U.S. women’s rights movement circulate in twentieth and twenty-first century American cultural discourse, with essays recently published and forthcoming in journals like Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her current project explores first-wave feminist memoir as a way of theorizing the relationship between U.S. feminism and American literary history.
Jeffrey W. Meiser, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science
Before joining the Political Science Department at the University of Portland, Jeffrey W. Meiser was an Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs in the Regional and Analytical Studies Department and Director of the South and Central Asia Program. At CISA he has taught Methods of Analysis and Argumentation, Research Methods, American Way of War, Strategic Thought, and Frontline of Global War: South Asia Since 1979. He previously taught courses on American foreign policy and energy and environmental security at the University of California, Santa Barbara, The Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Mannheim. Meiser’s book Power and Restraint: The Rise of the United States, 1898-1941 will be published next year by Georgetown University Press. He grew up in Western Washington and is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest after nine years of exile in Washington, DC.
Susan Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biology
Susan Murray has been interested in the immune system since the summer following her junior year in college when she foreswore waitressing at Marc’s Big Boy Restaurant to take a job in an immunology laboratory at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she obtained a Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in 2002. Following a one-year hiatus as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Portland, Susan completed a post-doctoral fellowship at OHSU and went on to become a research assistant professor in the department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. During this time, she also taught immunology at the University of Portland as an adjunct faculty member. Susan is excited to be back at UP full-time as an assistant professor in the biology department. She maintains close contacts with her immunology colleagues at OHSU and is an affiliate member of the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology department there.
Sruthi Rothenfluch, Ph.D, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Sruthi Rothenfluch completed her doctoral degree at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2011, and is a 2003 alumna. Before joining the Philosophy Department, she taught at Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College, and at the University of Portland as an adjunct professor. Her research interests lie primarily in epistemology and, more recently, neuroethics. Rothenfluch is a Portland native, living in the northwest with her husband and daughter, and is happy to have settled in Portland after stints in the mid-west and Washington state.
Valerie Walters, Ph.D., Instructor, Chemistry
A native of Michigan, Valerie Walters received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Yale University. Since then she has taught chemistry at Lafayette College (where she was awarded tenure), Haverford College, Willamette University and, for the past two years, as an adjunct and visiting instructor at the University of Portland. She was the owner of a consulting business specializing in chemical education. After teaching for many years and fueled by an additional interest in chemical information, she earned an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Special Library Association (Chemistry Division). She has lived on both coasts and in the Midwest, but loves the Pacific Northwest region most of all.
Susan Baillet has been awarded the Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising. Professor Baillet was honored at the CAS All-College Celebration February 26th.
Susan Baillet became a faculty member at the University of Portland in 1983. She received a B.S. with honors in Psychology from Trinity College, then her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Denver. She is interested in the cognitive psychology, particularly human memory, forgetting, false memory, and language. Dr. Baillet is an Advisor and the Program Administrator for the Neuroscience Minor. In 2008 Dr. Baillet was honored with the Alexander Christie Award. She has served as an Advisor for Psychology majors and during her time has mentored hundreds of students interested in Psychological Sciences careers.
The All-College Celebration is held annually to recognize achievements by faculty and departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.
UP students Anna Warden, Jordan Lueras, and Sydney Weber were selected as winners of the Murdock Poster Prize in Neuroscience/Psychology/Exercise Science for their presentation “Are serotonin neurons involved in the depression observed in Hutington’s disease? Effects of human mutant huntingtin expression in the dorsal raphe of wildtype mice.” Warden, Lueras, and Weber presented their research at the 2013 Murdock College Science Research Program (MCSRP) Conference held on November 8 & 9 in Vancouver, Washington. Dr. Mark Pitzer was their research advisor.
This award recognizes students for their hard work in the execution of research as well as the preparation and presentation of the results in a poster format. Warden, Lueras and Weber excelled in their communication, knowledge and analysis of the material, creativity of the project, organization of the presentation, and poise when answering questions.
The Spring edition of “Colleagues” took place Thursday, March 7, from 3:30-5:00pm in BC 163. Faculty gathered to listen to Christi Hancock from the History department present, “Thinking about the Past through Story-Telling and Women’s Lives” as well as Andrew Guest from the Social and Behavioral Sciences department discuss, “The social science of sports: Explorations during one (long) sabbatical at three (very different) universities.”
This year’s conference theme was “In the Field: Cultivating Collaboration and Innovation” and both undergraduate and graduate students from dozens of universities across the US participated. Ruby’s paper was entitled Growing Opportunities in Education for Girls in Africa, and focused on best practices for improving educational opportunities in three countries. Each participant presented their research findings for about 15 minutes, and this was followed by audience questions. Students received feedback from a faculty moderator and were able to network and discuss their work with their peers throughout the conference.
Junior Julia Sheets (Engineering) also presented a paper entitled Time of Travel Study on Water Collection in Rural Honduras, and Junior Andrea Merrill (Sociology/Psychology) attended the conference as an observer.
Welcome to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our department includes twelve full time and several part time or visiting faculty members, with more than 200 students majoring in our programs. We offer three undergraduate majors (with a total of four programs, including the criminal justice track within sociology) that prepare students to take positions of leadership in the helping professions, in academia, and in the general community. We also offer minors in psychology and sociology. Through educational opportunities both within and beyond the classroom, we support students in developing ethical, fulfilling, and productive lives in a complex and heterogeneous world.
We invite you to explore our programs and the opportunities our department has to offer and to contact us if we can answer any questions.
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