Sarah Ponce is a rising senior majoring in Biology and Spanish with a chemistry minor. Her career goal is to become a bilingual psychiatrist and obtain a Masters in Public Health. She is also First-Generation student and was the first of her family to travel outside of North America to study abroad in Granada, Spain. Read about how Sarah reflected on her personal identity throughout her study abroad experience and what she loved most about her travels.
Congratulations to the College of Arts and Sciences, which placed second in total donors in #PilotsGive! Thanks to your efforts, 128 donors made contributions to CAS, surpassing our minimum goal of 100 donors to unlock the $200,000 pledge from Kunal Nayyar! Great job, everyone! Together, we all add UP!
Kunal Nayyar ’03, star from the Big Bang Theory, has pledged to give $200,000 to support the Performing Arts Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Kunal hopes to inspire at least 100 donors to make a gift to any designation in the College of Arts and Sciences campaign. When this goal is reached, his gift will provide support for performing arts students and programs.
Join the challenge starting tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.! On April 4-5 from noon to noon, the UP community will come together for our first ever day of giving:#PilotsGive. With nearly $400,000 in challenge funds available, University of Portland has an ambitious goal of securing 1000 donors in one day! #PilotsGive is OUR chance to make UP stronger. pilotsgive.up.edu Together we all add UP!
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.
Madeleine Boyle (philosophy/math) has had papers accepted for presentation at four conferences this spring: “A Catholic Philosophical Response to Pro-Natalism and Adoption,” accepted for the Society of Christian Philosophers Mountain-Pacific Regional Conference, the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, and the DePauw Prindle Undergraduate Ethics Symposium. Also, “The Truest Truth: Analytic Statements in Mathematics,” was accepted for the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
The Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
and the Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC)
invite all CAS Graduating Seniors and Faculty to the Third Annual
CAS Senior Toast
Founders Day, April 12, 4:30-5:00pm in St. Mary’s Student Center Lounge
All CAS Professors and Graduating Seniors are welcome!
Please come and enjoy refreshments, a short formal program
and a faculty appreciation slideshow
The Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising presented to Dr. Martin Monto at All-College Celebration, February 24, 2016
“This annual Award is named in honor of our beloved CAS faculty colleague, Becky Houck. The Award honors and recognizes an individual who has committed a large part of his or her faculty work to mentoring and advising students — something that doesn’t typically show up on a vitae. Like past recipients, this year’s award winner exemplifies Becky’s indefatigable spirit and love for helping prepare undergraduate students to live a life of integrity, compassion, and service. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Martin Monto of the Sociology Department as this year’s Becky Houck Award recipient.
Several former students note:
“Dr. Monto helps students find direction and often assists them to creatively pursue double majors or to customize their programs to individual goals and interests. “
“His creativity in advising serves the mission of the University in developing the whole person, which is only successful if we take the time to learn their individual goals and needs. In this regard, Dr. Monto is a rock star.”
“I transferred into the major late from Engineering. Not only did Dr. Monto help me to draw up a plan of classes to help me graduate on time, he also made it possible for me to add a minor in Education and take extra classes my senior year! After I graduated, my sister (then a sophomore at UP) was having difficulty scheduling classes without much assistance from her assigned advisor. All it took was a single email to Dr. Monto and he immediately took my sister under his supervision as an academic advisor. Professor Monto eased much of my sister’s stress and she actually graduated on time.”
Over the last many years Martin has been a long-term mentor on advising issues for other faculty members in his own department, in CAS, and across the university. Here are several peer comments:
“I regularly discuss advising issues with Monto and routinely solicit his advice on how to best help and mentor students during advising sessions. . . . I have worked with him to become a better advisor using methods that he has developed over the past two decades.”
“Several years ago, Martin served on the College’s first Advising Consortium. As a member of the consortium, he took an active role in building the initial advising website for the College of Arts and Sciences. He also helped to design and lead an early session focused on advising at the University of Portland on Faculty Development Day. “Dr. Monto has spearheaded several surveys of graduating seniors, each time taking the data received seriously and implementing changes [to the major that would] that help students improve internship experiences and better prepare them for graduate studies.
Martin has been a faculty model in helping further develop the advisor’s role from “course scheduler” to “mentor” or even “life coach.” In his role as mentor to undergraduates, Martin’s good influence reaches beyond simple scheduling and career advice, as he has also sponsored undergraduate research, even publishing an award-winning article with a former student, for which he received the Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
An extension of Martin’s advising / mentoring role to students is clearly evident in his taking the lead on the Green Dot initiative, a university-wide mentoring effort to educate students about violence. Through traditional and non-traditional advising, Martin’s efforts as a respected faculty advisor to students inspires students to live the kind of life of service to one another that represents the highest goal of the College’s educational mission.
I am very pleased to present this year’s 2016 Becky Houck Award for Excellence in Advising to Dr. Martin Monto.”
-Dean Micheal F. Andrews
Brad Franco, history, co-edited The World of St. Francis of Assisi: Essays in Honor of William R. Cook, published by Brill Academic Publishers as part of their series, “The Medieval Franciscans.” Franco also contributed an article to the book, entitled “The Functions of Early Franciscan Art.”
Sourced from UpBeat.
Larry Larsen, performing and fine arts, moderated a roundtable discussion of current challenges facing MFA theater graduate programs at the NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) Conference in New Orleans. He was also elected to serve a three year term on the NAST Commission for Accreditation. NAST is a national arts accrediting organization that includes 180 universities around the country and the University has been a member since 2000, when it met accreditation standards for theater degree programs.
Sourced from UpBeat.