On Saturday, April 13, thirteen voice students from the University of Portland participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Festival Competition for Classical Singers from Oregon and Southwest Washington, held in Corvallis, Ore. Participants were Lydia Blaine, Bronwyn Jones, Hannah Kitner, Brenna Stacey, Ashley Woster, Katrina Welborn, Amelia Segler, Nicole Bennavente, Daisy Guzman, Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas, James Lange, Meagan Usselman and Kelsey Rouse. Freshman Lydia Blaine, a student of Nicole Leupp Hanig, performing and fine arts, won first place in her division. Junior Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas, a student of Wade Baker, performing and fine arts, received honorable mention in his category.
Senior mechanical engineering student Matthew Dally placed second in the engineering poster competition at the 9th Annual Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter Research Symposium on April 12 at Portland State University. Matthew’s poster, “Nonlinear Parametric Health Monitoring of a Slender Cantilever Beam Subject to Non-Stationary Excitation” described a method to accurately track the health and predict the catastrophic failure of an aluminum beam subjected to vibrations called NMT. The symposium provides an opportunity for students to display research they have conducted in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/cqsot6z.
Senior communication studies majors will present selected research projects at the Department of Communication Studies Capstone Showcase Night on Tuesday, April 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Buckley Center room 163. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Dann Pierce, communication studies, at 7340 or email@example.com.
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend “The Impact of Catholic Education in America,” a conference to be held June 20-22, 2013 on the University of Portland campus, according to Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center. The conference, coordinated and cosponsored with the School of Education and the PACE program, brings together teachers, school administrators, pastors, and scholars to deepen the conversation around the serious issues facing Catholic schools today, as well as the impact these schools have had on the flourishing of the Catholic faith throughout the nation.
Members of the UP community—including undergraduate students—may attend any or all sessions free of charge but are asked to register at http://www.up.edu/garaventa/. Faculty who have local archdiocesan teachers, administrators, or pastors as students are asked to let them know that registration is $100 for the Friday sessions, which include topics of particular interest to them. There are also a limited number of $50 scholarships available. For more information contact Powell at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practitioner graduates have been working diligently over the past year to complete their practice improvement projects (PIPs), which are designed to improve practice or patient outcomes. The students will be presenting their PIP posters beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in Buckley Center room 310. All interested parties in the academic community are invited to attend some or all of the presentations. For more information contact Stacey Boatright, nursing, at 7211 or email@example.com.
Based on proposals received, the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship has put together the following schedule for the Faculty Development Day to be held on Tuesday, May 7, according to committee chair Aziz Inan:
- Part I (9-10:15 a.m.) Plenary Session, Nostrum Commune Futurum, Buckley Auditorium
- Part II (10:30-11:10 a.m.) Five parallel sessions: II-A: CISCO, Franz 214; II-B: Student Writing at UP, Franz 231; II-C: Media for the Flipped Classroom, Franz 34; II-D: Using Scholarly Data Online Tool, Shiley 101; II-E: Comparison of Physical Activity Assessment Tools, Shiley 123
- Part III (11:20-noon) Four parallel sessions: III-A: Curricular Content on Latin America, Franz 34; III-B: Handling Diversity: Connections between Students and Professors around Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Shiley 301; III-C: Practical Application of Screen Capture Software, Franz 231; III-D: Citation Tracking, Franz 330
- Lunch Break (noon-1 p.m.)
- Part IV (1-1:40 p.m.) Four parallel sessions: IV-A: Faculty Welfare Committee, Shiley 301; IV-B: Exploring the Idea of Teaching Circles, Shiley 101; IV-C: Research Simplified with Ref Works, Franz 330; IV-D: TIAA CREF, Shiley 124
- Part V (1:50-3:15 p.m.) One session: V-A: Rank and Tenure Committee, Shiley 319.
More details about some of these sessions will be posted on the Teaching and Scholarship Committee website at https://www.up.edu/academicsenate/tas/. Please contact Inan at 7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org or any other member of the committee for additional information or questions.
Faculty members are encouraged to send the names of ambitious and talented rising seniors who would benefit from applying for a Fulbright Grant next October to the fellowships and grants office, according to John Orr, assistant to the provost. Students will be contacted and given assistance in starting the application process over the summer so that their files can be finalized at the start of the fall semester. For more information or to pass along names, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 7857.
The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m., in the Chiles Center. Graduates and faculty will assemble at 4:30 p.m. in the north corridors of the Chiles Center. The academic procession will begin promptly at 4:50 p.m. Academic regalia will be worn. According to campus ministry, this will be the only Mass celebrated on campus during commencement weekend; there are no Masses in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on Sunday, May 5. For more information contact campus ministry at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noted ethicist and scholar Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, will address the 2013 University of Portland spring commencement exercises, set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center. Hanson will receive an honorary doctorate as part of the school’s 112th commencement. University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., will confer an anticipated 744 bachelor’s degrees.
The Right Reverend Monsignor Tim Murphy will be awarded the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal, in honor of his many years of service to Central Catholic High School as teacher, principal, and president, as well as service to the local Catholic community.
The University will hold a separate commencement ceremony for graduate students on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m., in the Chiles Center. Fr. Beauchamp will confer an anticipated 160 master’s degrees. Former University provost Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., will deliver the graduate commencement address.
Tickets are required for all undergraduate (not graduate) commencement events. Please visit http://tinyurl.com/axmryjw for ticket information. For those unable to attend, the University will be providing a free live web stream of Sunday’s commencement at www.up.edu/commencement/video.
Also receiving honorary doctorates on May 6:
- Brian Druker, M.D., director of the Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute since 2007;
- Karen Gaffney, famed swimmer, Portland native, Down Syndrome activist, and president of the Karen Gaffney Foundation;
- Tribal leader Kathryn Jones Harrison of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde;
- Running and coaching legend Roberto Salazar;
- Former University provost Br. Donald Stabrowski, C.S.C., now assistant provincial for the Congregation of Holy Cross in America.
All graduates and faculty are to be present at the Chiles Center no later than 1:15 p.m. The academic procession will form in the north corridors of the Chiles Center. Enter the building through the north doors, off Portsmouth Street. The marshals will begin the procession at 1:25 p.m. Academic regalia will be worn, and all faculty are expected to attend unless excused by their dean.
For more information contact university events at 7523.
On Friday, April 26, the Clark Library is hosting four librarians from Fujian province in China who are visiting Oregon as part of the Horner Library Staff Exchange, established in 1998 by the Oregon State Library. These honored guests will meet with library staff and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the building project.