CAS Staff Searches:
Currently, the College of Arts and Sciences is looking to fill the position of Budget Coordinator.
We are proud to announce that Drew Smith-Sahnow, our previous budget coordinator of two years, has been promoted to the position of Staff Accountant in the Office of the Controller. Drew was an integral part of the CAS team, and she will be missed greatly. We are looking for another detail-oriented, personable, and hard-working candidate to fill her position.
The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce that Dr. Gary Lee Malecha, professor of Political Science, has taken up his new position as interim dean.
Dr. Malecha, who has been at the University of Portland since 1992, has served on numerous committees at the University, most recently leading the University Ad Hoc Committee on Mental Health in 2016. He provided leadership as chair of the Political Science Department for many years, currently serves as the faculty athletics representative to the NCAA, and has served in many more leadership roles throughout his time at UP. Dr. Malecha is an expert in the area of American politics, teaching courses on U.S. Congress, the U.S. Presidency, public policy, and the politics of food. He was awarded the University’s highest honor for faculty, the James Culligan Award, in 1999 (University of Portland News).
Dr. Malecha agreed to serve the University in this capacity for one year to allow for a national search for the new dean of College of Arts and Sciences.
In just its second year competing in the Bioethics Bowl, UP’s team won the national competition. Dr. McShane, Philosophy, is the coach of the McNerney-Hanson Ethics Bowl and Bioethics Bowl teams at UP.
This year’s competition was held on April 8 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The competition drew 17 teams from around the country to debate a wide array of bioethical issues, including the ethics of international vaccine programs, clinical weight management, complex end-of-life care in the absence of surrogate decision-makers, and HIV disclosure policies.
The team went 5-0 in the competition, defeating University of Miami, Macalester College, Weber State, University of Alabama Birmingham, and, in the finals, Georgetown University.
This year’s Bioethics Bowl was coached by Paddy McShane, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Debate team members represent wide variety of disciplines:
Elisa Reverman (’17)–Team Captain– Biology major, Chemistry and Philosophy minors
Savannah Collas (’17), Biology major
Carolyn Lutzenhiser (’17), French Studies and Sociology majors
Owen Price (’19), Philosophy and Math majors, Computer Science minor
Kit Tobin (’19), Nursing major, Theology minor
Morgan Wilhelmi (’19), Biology major, Philosophy minor, also helped the debate team prepare for competition.
During competition the team did an excellent job of doing philosophy and of representing UP; they were models of collegiality, intellectual rigor, and moral sensitivity.
Please join Dean Andrews and the College of Arts and Sciences in congratulating Claire Kenneally in being chosen to receive the Kay Toran CAS Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. Claire received this award at the CAS Senior Toast on Founders Day. The Kay Toran Award for Service represents one of the highest ideals of the College’s integrated liberal arts educational mission, namely, the care and service of others. She was chosen for this award due to the amount of time and commitment she has given to serving the community around her. She was nominated for this award by the 2017 graduating class. Congratulations Claire, we look forward to seeing what your future has in store!
The Student Leadership & Advisory Council (SLAC) is composed of students representing each department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are appointed by the Dean of the College in April of each year after being recommended by their department chairs in consultation with the faculty to serve for a one-year term. Students may be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Sophomores or juniors may serve for a second term. The Council meets approximately once a month to provide advice to the dean about the programs of the College and to assist with projects. Among the tasks of the Council are the following:
* To suggest how the College may better serve its students and propose new services or events that will promote the College’s academic mission
* To assist departments with curriculum and program reviews, especially by helping to survey students and alumni
* To provide advice about how to improve advising in the College
* To provide advice about the publications, the web site, and the marketing plan of the College
* To suggest programs for inclusion in the College’s many academic programs, including “Integrative Conversations” events
* To present student perspectives to the dean on important issues involving academics and student life
* To manage parts of the communication plan especially reserved for the Student Leadership and Advisory Council To host the annual CAS Senior Toast for graduating seniors and retiring CAS faculty
The following is a list of 2016-2017 SLAC representatives along with their contact information. Feel free to contact your SLAC representative with any questions, comments and concerns about your department.
SLAC Members AY 2016 – 2017
|Communication Studies||Madelyn Edlin||(email@example.com)|
|Environmental Studies||Megan MacInnes||(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|International Languages & Cultures||Celeste Lau||(email@example.com)|
|Performing & Fine Arts||Angel Marie Summers||(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Political Science||Trevor Peralta||(email@example.com)|
|Phychological Sciences||Lauren Jones||(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Sociology & Social Work||Danielle Dillard||(email@example.com)|
|Theology||James Paul Gumataotao||(firstname.lastname@example.org)|
The following is a list organized by department of student awards received during the 2015-2016 academic year. These awards are the result of hard and diligent work of College of Arts and Sciences Students:
Blondel Carleton Award in Biology: Natasha McGlaun
Marlene Moore Academic Achievement Award: Saroop Dhatt
Becky Houck Teaching, Mentoring, and Service Award: Hannah Souders
Michael D. Snow Achievement in Undergraduate Research Award: Stephanie Rager
OHSU Murdock Undergraduate Research Program Award: Taylor Zehren
William & Lavina Wilson Award in Chemistry: Noah J. Forrest and Bao Tran N. Nhan
American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry
Dylan A. Nevin
American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chem: Noah J. Forrest
Paul S. Melhuish Outstanding Organizational Communication Award: Elizabeth A. Miranda
Robert L. Fulford Outstanding Communication Award: Hannes D. Zetzsche
University of Portland Speech and Debate Union Award for Debate Excellence: Anna L. Murphy
Louis J. Masson Outstanding English Major Award: Ana Fonseca
Herman Asarnow Award for Academic Excellence in English: Erika N. Murphy
Outstanding Writing Assistant Award: Andrea V. Turel
Rev. Arthur Schoenfeldt, C.S.C. Award for Environmental Ethics and Policy: Yannika N. Marquardt
Suzanne S. Fields Award for Environmental Science: Calli P. Vanderwilde
Rev. Joseph Powers, C.S.C. Senior Prize in History: Emily A. Dovel
Rev. Erwin Orkiszewski, C.S.C. Outstanding History Thesis: Emily A. Dovel
James T. Covert Leadership Award in History: Caroline E. Harpster
International Language & Cultures
Zertifikat Besonderer Leistung for Outstanding Accomplishment in German: Kristen M. Jakstis
Certificat D’Excellence for Oustanding Accomplishment in French: London S. Ballard Manuel J. Macias Certificado de Excelencia for Outstanding Accomplishment in Spanish: Anna L. Murphy
Narciso Zancanella Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in International Languages & Cultures: Hannes D. Zetzsche
Dr. Kathleen Regan Award for Outstanding Service in International Languages & Cultures: Tori J. Ward
Ron Smit Annual Mathematics Award: Taylor K. Spooner
Emmy Noether Award for Achievement in Mathematical Research: Nikki B. Carter
Performing & Fine Arts
Jerome N. Badraun Outstanding Senior in Theater: Tyler L. A. D. Hunt
Margaret Vance Outstanding Senior in Music Award: Haley M. Mukensnabl
Philosophical Achievement Award for Scholastic Excellence: Madeleine M. Boyle & Nathan L. Seppi
Agora Award for Leadership in Promoting Philosophical Dialogue and Community: Jason P. Smith Franz Mayr Award for Passion and Aptitude for Philosophy: Dylan R. Vahradian
Paul E. Wack Award in Physics: Tangereen V. Bailey Claringbold
Br. Donald J. Stabrowski, C.S.C. Award for Academic Achievement: Talbot M. Andrews
Rev. Claude Pomerlau, C.S.C. Award for Student Leadership: Mariah A. Wildgen
Steven B. Taylor Award for Excellence in Mock Trial: Katherine A. Miller
Social Justice Praxis Award: Josefina S. Duran-Martinez
Sr. Marian Dolores Robinson Award for Achievement in Psychology: Talbot M. Andrews
Rev. John B. Delaunay, C.S.C. Award for Outstanding Psychology Major: Jesse Dunn
Susan Baillet Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Minor: Kelsey A. Kincaid
Sociology & Social Work
Joseph S. Gallegos Award: Lydia Laythe
Dorothy Day Award: Jessica Fuller
Robert W. Duff Award: Erin Bell C. Wright Mills Award: Natasha McGlaun
Jim Short, Jr. Award: Ryan Mealy
Rev. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C. Award: Jessica A. Brown
Henricus & Antonia Baasten Memorial Award: Geoffrey R. Sasser
The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to share news that five CAS students (four graduating seniors and one alumnus) have received Fulbright Awards this academic year:
Caroline Harpster – History & German Studies double major, with minor in Education
Kristen Jakstis – dual CAS degrees: Environmental Science (BS) and German Studies (BA)
Jonathan Squires – Organizational Communication
Josefina Duran-Martinez – Spanish 2nd major, Social Justice minor in CAS (primary school is Education)
Emily Dovel – History (double minor in Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies)
Thank you for the mentoring and advising that helped inspire these students. The liberal arts and sciences CAS graduates and alumni continue to engage the great issues of our age with tremendous grace and the greatest of gifts: a liberal arts education informed by the Holy Cross mission. Thanks to all faculty and staff who helped in the preparation and application stages.
Please feel encouraged to drop these gifted CAS students a note of congratulations. More information is included on the UP website.
SLAC students served 20 dozen cookies, and massive amounts of coffee and lemonade to students studying for finals on Sunday night, April 24th. SLAC Snacks has become a greatly appreciated tradition each fall and spring semester the Sunday night before finals. CAS would like to thank Dean Harrington for allowing the SLAC students space in the library for this event each semester.
In recent past years, UP held intramural ethics bowl events, but this year they engaged in intercollegiate competition. This year’s efforts and team travel were generously sponsored by the McNerney-Hanson Endowed Chair in Ethics, the Philosophy Department, and the School of Nursing.
The team competed in the National Bioethics Bowl, April 8-10, at Case Western Reserve University. In competition, UP was the only team to go undefeated in the preliminary rounds—defeating University of Maryland Baltimore County, Ripon College, and San Jose State University—securing an advancement to the quarterfinals, in which UP fell to Macalaster College. During the Bowl, students debated a wide array of bioethical issues, including the ethics of uterine morcellation, state-sponsored newborn bloodspot biobanks, medical deportation, neuroenhancement, postmortem genetic testing, and voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) advance directives.
This year’s team members hail from a wide variety of disciplines:
Megan Berg, Biology major, Spanish minor
Madeleine Boyle, Philosophy/ Math
Emma Brooks, Nursing
Savannah Collas, Biology
Lucas Gushikuma, Nursing
Elisa Reverman (team captain), Biology major, Chemistry and Philosophy minors
During competition, and throughout the conference more generally, the team did an excellent job of representing UP; they were models of collegiality, intellectual rigor, and moral sensitivity.
In the fall, UP will begin building a new Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team (which will compete on a wider array of ethical issues).