“Perspectives” is on display through August and celebrates the creative endeavors of Clark Library faculty and staff. The works encompass a broad range of media from paintings to photographs to fiber art, exploring each artist’s view of the natural and human world around us. From bold patterns to the softest of embroidery, the pieces provide insight into the myriad of experiences and interests represented in our library. We invite you to take a summer stroll and drop by to see the exhibit in the gallery on the main floor.
A first-generation (FGEN) college student is defined as an individual who attends college when neither their mother nor father earned a four-year college degree. The Shepard Academic Resource Center is continuing to develop programming specifically for FGEN students, and can use your help. They would love to update their master roster of current UP faculty and staff that were FGEN students themselves. If you were an FGEN student, please take a moment and contact Matt Daily, program manager for special populations in the Shepard Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, any faculty or staff who would be interested in opportunities to help current FGEN students are asked to please let Matt know.
Users can now encrypt individual UP emails to transmit sensitive information to anyone with the confidence that only the recipient(s) will be able to decrypt and read the message. Encryption is easy to enable on a case-by-case basis. All you have to do is add [encrypt] anywhere in the subject line of an email sent from your UP account. No special interface or website is needed for sending, and the message notification goes directly to the recipient’s inbox for easy retrieval. Any UP email that contains the following protected or sensitive information must be encrypted:
- Protected health information (i.e., patient record information)
- Personally identifiable information (ex., social security number, birthday, driver’s license, etc.)
- Credit card information
- Any information protected by governmental or institutional regulations.
The University’s student-run news source, The Beacon, has won six national Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Winners include:
- Hannah Sievert, Feature Writing (Small School Division), “Call to the Church“
- Ben Arthur, Sports Writing (Small School Division), “Tall Standards: Despite Being Undersized, Wintering and Johnson are one of the Top Backcourts in the Country.”
- Rachel Ramirez, On-line Feature Reporting, “Life and Terror: John Paul Mugisha Finds a New Life on the Bluff.”
- Finalist, Claire Desmarais and Brennan Robinson, General News Reporting (Small School Division), “ROTC Adjusts Training in an Era of Mass Shootings.”
- Finalist, Annika Gordon, Feature Photography (Small School Division), “Muslim Women Answer: What Does the Hijab Mean to You?“
- Finalist, Rachel Rippetoe, General Column Writing (Small School Division).
For more information contact student activities at x7470 or email@example.com.
Are you teaching a course this summer? As you plan, remember that the librarians are here and available to provide library instruction. We will work with you to make sure key concepts are covered and can also create course guides to support your students in their academic research and projects. To schedule a class meeting, please email preferred dates and times to Heidi Senior at firstname.lastname@example.org. To arrange multimedia instruction through the Digital Lab, please email José Velazco at email@example.com.
The REFLECT Institute, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources grant, met on the UP campus from May 14-17 for four days of deep thinking about defining and moving towards a vision for STEM teaching excellence at the University of Portland. Attendees included mentors Eric Anctil, Heather Dillon, Carolyn James, Valerie Peterson, Tara Prestholdt, and Stephanie Salomone; and fellows Laurie Dizney, Eli Goldwyn, Ryan Kenton, Elliot Mylott, Cara Poor, Niki Schulz, Kristin Sweeney, Jen Symons, Buck Taylor, Tammy VanDeGrift, and Christine Weilhoefer.
The group worked on barriers and mitigators to changing pedagogies, applied brainstorming to their classes and teaching, and crafted the following vision statement:
“Teaching and learning at the University of Portland is characterized by student-driven learning, fostering an inclusive learning and campus community through excellent student support services, interdisciplinary curricula, and collaboration between all community members. We value learning and understanding over memorization and the utility of concepts and skills connecting to the real world. We create supportive and collaborative environments for teachers to innovate while being informed by best practices and promoting critical thinking and problem solving. UP is a T1 University that supports excellence in teaching and learning with money, time, and staff. We prepare students to be transformational change agents in a global world by teaching the head, heart, and hands.”
For more information contact Salomone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Provost’s office would like to remind all faculty members conducting collaborative research with undergraduates this summer that the Deans Council approved a uniform, University-wide protocol for all undergraduate research projects. A list of the items required each semester as part of the protocol can always be found in the Undergraduate Research section of the PilotsUP Forms page. The same information is listed below. Any student receiving a stipend or credit for an undergraduate research project at UP is expected to complete the protocol and faculty members are responsible for informing students of this expectation.
- Learning Agreement This form is completed by both the faculty member and student and needs to be completed only once for each project. The faculty member must complete their portion of this online form first and the student will be sent an email notifying them to complete their portion.
- Responsible Conduct in Research Training New users will need to create a CITI account and affiliate with University of Portland during the registration process to access the course. After creating an account the user must select the appropriate Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) course from the UP course selection menu. Both faculty members and students must complete CITIs RCR course, if they have not done so at a previous time.
- Pre-Experience Survey To be completed by the student during the first week of the project. Only one Pre-Experience Survey is needed for the duration of the project, even if it spans multiple semesters.
- Post-Experience Survey To be completed by the student during the last week of the project each semester.
- Post-Experience Evaluation To be completed by the faculty member at the conclusion of the project each semester.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact John Orr (email@example.com) in the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement.
The Office of Institutional Research has updated its Data Snapshots blog with a post about accreditation. Do you wonder how we measure the three core themes at the University of Portland? We use a variety of different methods and one of the tools for measuring “Faith and Formation” is the subject of this month’s Data Snapshot. Use this link to find out more.
The University’s Faculty Awards were presented on Tuesday, May 8, at the Faculty Awards Dinner, with the following results:
- The James Culligan Award, established in 1953 in memory of a dedicated servant of the University and presented annually to a faculty member in recognition of distinguished service, was presented to Matthew Kuhn, Br. Godfrey Vassallo Professor of Civil Engineering (pictured). Winners of the Culligan Award wear the medal with their academic regalia, as a sign of the University’s highest faculty honor.
- The Deans’ Award for Faculty Leadership, presented annually to a tenured faculty member who exemplifies, in an extraordinary way, the qualities of teaching and scholarship described in the University’s Articles of Administration for appointment, advancement in rank, and tenure, was presented to Lorretta Krautscheid, nursing.
- The Outstanding Teaching Award, presented annually by the University’s Committee on Teaching and Scholarship to a faculty member who is a particular exemplar of the University’s commitment to superb teaching, was presented to Tara Prestholdt, biology..
- The Outstanding Scholarship Award, presented annually by the University’s Committee on Teaching and Scholarship to a faculty member who presents unusually significant and meritorious achievement in professional scholarship during the past two academic years, and whose work substantively enhances the effectiveness of his or her classroom teaching, was presented to Alexandra Hill, international languages and cultures..
- The Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, presented annually by the Committee on Committees to a faculty member “who engages in creative service work that transforms not only local communities but also those afar and acknowledges distinguished contributions that express the University’s commitment to responding to the needs of the world,” was presented to Anissa Rogers, sociology and social work.
For more information contact the provost’s office at x7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The provost’s office is pleased to announce the first cohort of Ignite Grant awardees. This award program supports new ideas and approaches for course, curriculum, and program development that make an innovative contribution to UP’s teaching and learning future. The following faculty will receive a $5,000 grant to explore new ideas that have the potential to reshape the classroom experience:
- Jeffrey White, international languages and cultures; Carolyn James, mathematics: “Peer Learning Capture”
- Rebecca Smith, Nicole Ralston, and Ben Gallegos, education: “Going Beyond the Classroom: Using Virtual Reality to Enhance Classroom Learning”
- Laurie Dizney, Tara Prestholdt, ad Christine Weilhoefer, biology: “Advancing the Biology Curriculum through the Franz Campus”
- Alexa Dare, communication studies; Lauren Alfrey, sociology; Ali Na, communication studies: “Radical Praxis: Race and Gender Inequality In and Beyond the Classroom”
- Lindsay Benes and Joanne Olsen, nursing: “Designing the Learning Ecosystem to Ignite Education”
- Sam Holloway, Ian Parkman, and Itzel Megchun, business: “MakerSpace Curriculum”
Project abstracts will be posted in the coming weeks on the Teaching and Learning Hub under “Ignite Grants.” The Office of the Provost extends its thanks to all who have participated in this round of Ignite Grants and Tom Greene would like to acknowledge leadership of Erin Tochen and Sam Williams in facilitating this work. Stay tuned for the next round of Ignite Grants scheduled to launch in the fall.