The University has purchased a new security software protection plan, FrontDoorSoftware, for the entire campus, according to Janice Lundborg, information services. If a device is stolen, the software enables users to lock it down remotely, blast a message to the device that says “This computer is reported stolen,” send text messages to the thief, use Google maps to track the device, and more. It will work on MacBooks, tablets, and laptops, and will soon be usable on Androids and iPads. There is no charge to users; click on http://www.frontdoorsoftware.com/up/ to set it up.
The fall 2013 semester’s Opening Mass will be held in the Chiles Center on Saturday, August 24, at 4:30 p.m., and faculty will process in regalia. Faculty who plan to process and need regalia are asked to e-mail Billy McWood, university events, at firstname.lastname@example.org with name, degree, the name of the institution that awarded the degree, and height and weight. McWood must place the order with Jostens no later than July 12. Faculty members’ deans will decide if faculty are responsible for payment or if their departments will pay for the rental.
Faculty robing for the Mass will be in the north lobby of the Chiles Center; those processing should arrive no later than 4 p.m. to prepare for the procession, which will begin at 4:15 p.m. A representative from Jostens will be available to assist and answer any questions with regard to regalia. For more information contact university events at 7523.
Most of the furniture for the renovated Clark Library has been delivered and is in the process of being assembled and arranged, according to Diane Sotak, library. The previous building had seating for 400 and now there is a wide variety of seating for 700. The seating is colorful and includes task chairs, easy chairs, booths, and couches. The next phase will be installing the technology hardware, such as computers, flat screens, and digital lab equipment. For more information contact the library at 7111 or see the “Transforming the UP Library” blog at http://wordpress.up.edu/library/.
A group of seven members of the University’s performing and fine arts faculty will present “UP The River,” an exhibition of paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, images, ceramics, and other art forms, during the month of August 2013 at Portland’s Gallery 114 (1100 NW Glisan, Portland, www.gallery114.org). Pat Bognar, Victoria Christen, Bruce Conkle, LeAnne Hitchcock, Elaine Powell, Mylan Rakich, and Karen Esler Taylor will be showing their work, described by Gallery 114 as “a broad spectrum of work from a small art department up on the bluff overlooking the Willamette River.” For more information contact Pat Bognar, performing and fine arts, at 7792 or email@example.com.
The learning assistance program which operates during the academic year will also be available on a limited basis for students taking summer classes. All students interested in developing skills of time management, test taking, reading strategies, note taking, and more are welcome to improve their abilities by contacting the learning assistance counselor, Bro. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., at 8716. Faculty referrals are welcome.
The Portland-based Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and the University of Portland have announced a grant of $1.5 million by NWEA to the School of Education to establish the Multnomah County Partnership on Education Research. The partnership will support research that informs educators and policy makers on issues related to best practices that enhance student learning and improve teacher practice.
The partnership will engage with local school systems in research projects to support research-based and data driven decision making on their implemented models of educational change. The partnership will bring together local schools, NWEA researchers, and University of Portland education faculty and doctoral students to conduct research in the areas of educational outcomes and best practices. The grant will support these efforts with $250,000 per year for six years, for a total of $1.5 million. The partnership has the following goals:
- Enhancing student learning for the nearly 84,000 students enrolled in Multnomah county public, private and parochial schools;
- Establishing the University of Portland School of Education at the forefront of education research;
- Securing Portland’s identity as a center of excellence in educational research.
The University of Portland’s School of Education, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala reception and dinner on June 27, has graduated more than 7,500 teachers since 1962. Education students annually serve more than 140,000 hours in schools in the local community.
The NWEA grant is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $161 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university. For more information contact the development office at 7395.
Rev. Joseph J. Boyle, C.S.C., eighth president of the University of Portland, died suddenly of complications from a stroke on July 3, 1936. He was in Mason City, Iowa, where he had gone to visit family. He had been appointed president of the institution in 1934 and was still serving in that position when he died at the age of 54. He was about to accept an invitation to teach at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC when he learned of his new duties at the Congregation’s university in Portland. He was enthusiastic about his appointment to the Pacific Northwest and reportedly told the Morning Oregonian newspaper: “I became a citizen of Oregon this morning when the North Coast Limited crossed the Columbia River into the State, and I became a citizen of Portland when I stepped from the train.” In his first year as president the four-year University program was fully accredited. In his second year he authorized the change of the college’s name from Columbia University to the University of Portland in order to be more closely identified with the city. He later initiated a fund raising campaign for the Science Building, now Romanaggi Hall. He died two weeks after construction began, the first University of Portland president to die in office.
University of Portland has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $50,000 from Donald T. Galarneau, a 1949 University graduate who worked at General Electric Company for 35 years as a field engineer. The gift will be divided equally to help renovate the Clark Library and for the Shiley School of Engineering.
A Portland resident, Galarneau earned a degree in physics at the University and served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. His interests at the University of Portland include the engineering and science programs and the Mini Baja Project. He often attends University reunions and events and is involved with the local Catholic radio station KBVM.
The library renovation and rebuilding project began in May 2012 and is expected to cost an estimated $12.5 million. The library was closed during the 2012-2013 academic year, and is set to reopen in August 2013. Library services have been offered during the interim year.
The renovated library will help facilitate new tools and resources for the University’s students. While maintaining a similar infrastructure, many aspects of the library will change from the renovation. The new library entrance will face the Academic Quad and will be open for students 24 hours a day.
The Galarneau gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $158 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.
For more information contact the development office at 7395 or see the RISE webpage at http://rise.up.edu.
One of the University’s most entertaining RISE Campaign gifts are the annual Brian Doyle Scholarships in Gentle & Sidelong Humor – $3,333.33 per student for one academic year, during which the recipients must create and publicly share a project of some sort that “brings the community together in laughter, acts as a statement that the cultural bias to cruel humor and constant irony is shallow, promotes helpless giggling, and insists gently that true humor is a weapon against violence and greed,” says donor John Beckman ’42, who began the scholarships last year with his wife Patricia, as the start of what they hope will be a renowned Humor Project on The Bluff, akin to the University’s nascent Character Project. The first three recipients, last year, were students who devoted themselves to improv comedy, humorous film, and humor on the Web. The four recipients of the scholarships (named for Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle) for the 2013-2014 year are Katherine Hampl (who plans to organize a campus comedy week), Sara Jacobs (who plans to bring local children to campus for humorous events), Andrew Stacey (who hopes to start a comic film competition and festival), and Katy Stevens (who plans to make a hilarious promotional video over the course of the year).
The scholarships are open to any current or prospective student (there were 66 applications this year), and are awarded by the University’s financial aid office; the only requirement on acceptance is public sharing of all projects. For information on applying for the annual scholarships (there will be six next year), contact Denise Stack, development, at 8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org; for information on the projects, contact Brian Doyle, marketing and communications, at 7202 or email@example.com.