The University of Portland campus continues to grow. One hundred years ago life on the Bluff cycled through just three buildings: West, Christie, and Howard Halls. That was the story.
Today the campus – upper and lower – is 150 acres, with 30+ buildings supporting and sheltering student life. So this brief, helpful orientation for new members of the University Community.
If you can hear the bell chimes of the Bell Tower, following the sound will lead you to Bauccio Commons and The Chapel of Christ the Teacher; the south corner of the academic quad where body and soul are nurtured and fed.
If you look up and see a purple P against a white background, you are at the sports and practice fields along Willamette Boulevard: the Chiles Center, Merlo Field, Prusynski pitch, for varsity and club sports.
If looking west from Etzel baseball field you see a gorilla on the horizon: well, some matters are beyond explanation. All anyone knows is that the gorilla has risen joyously above Villa Maria at the opening of the school year on and off since 1998.
If you look up from green space into these marvelous arches, you are lost: off-campus, in Cathedral Park at the base of the St. John’s bridge.