The 2020 volume of our campus’s student-made creative writing journal, Writers magazine, made it into print just before campus shut down, according to Lars Larson, English. This year’s edition explores the theme of “Where I’m From,” beginning with a poem by Owen Klinger, and moving through stories, illustrations, verse, essays, and photographs that articulate where we find ourselves. You can find the electronic version here. Additionally, Larson would be happy to send paper copies (“we have many”) to anyone interested. Email the proper campus (or home) address to email@example.com.
The academic technology services and innovation office has scheduled a brief downtime for Moodle upgrades on Friday, May 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. We’ll be getting the latest Moodle fixes in place and getting Moodle ready for an online summer semester!
Also, the course creation process for fall semester is underway and should be completed by the time you are reading this. If you’d like to have course sections combined please see our Request a Course Merge Moodle Guide.
Would you like to consult with an instructional designer or get additional training on Moodle to plan for fall 2020? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the University community on Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. (PDT) for a special virtual Commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2020. More details are available at up.edu/commencement.
Gift yourself with a mini-retreat and enrich your sacramental imagination with another podcast from the Garaventa Center vault: Women of the Book Concert, featuring February 2018 world premieres of stunning music by UP and local artists.
For other uplifting and stimulating presentations, we invite you to check out some of our greatest hits from the last 5 years, or browse our complete archive of podcasts. For more information contact Karen Eifler at email@example.com.
The spring 2020 semester has been full of new experiences, innovation, and incredible teamwork by our campus community to make the quick transition to help our students complete their coursework remotely. As the term comes to a close, the Academic Technology Services and Innovation team would like to take a moment to look back on the lessons learned. How did things go? What resources would be useful to future online learning? Did you have an “a-ha” moment that might be helpful for others? Share your thoughts with us via the Online Learning Feedback Survey.
Thoughts or questions not covered in the survey? ATSI is here for you! Send us a message anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 Mark of Excellence Awards were announced recently, and UP students journalists were named as winners and finalists in the following categories:
- Breaking news photography – Jennifer Ng
- Feature writing – Catherine Cieminski
- Editorial writing – Dora Totoian, Delaney Vetter and Gabi DiPaulo
- General news reporting – Madison Pfeifer
- In-depth reporting – Austin De Dios
- Online/digital feature videography – Elizabeth Lyons-Best
The Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 comprises Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from twelve SPJ regions.
Regional winners would normally be recognized at regional conferences, however, all SPJ Regional Conferences have been either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regional winners have been notified by email and will receive their award certificates via mail. National winners will be notified in the late spring.
For more information contact Nancy Copic, student activities, at email@example.com.
Featured here, under The Lamp of Learning title, are some images and expressions of our purpose gathered by the University Archives and Museum from our past for this post on the Museum blog.
The Learning Commons will operate on a reduced schedule during finals week. Content tutors and the Writing Center’s writing assistants will be available by appointment only on a limited basis. Writing and math tutor schedules are on WCONLINE at https://up.mywconline.net. Tutors in the Natural Sciences Center, Language Studio, Group Work Lab, and Speech and Presentation Lab, as well as our nursing and business tutors, will offer limited tutoring through our email hotlines posted on the Learning Commons website at www.up.edu/learningcommons.
The Learning Commons recently certified 16 tutors at Level 1. The following tutors have completed the Learning Commons’ nationally recognized tutor training and at least 25 hours of active tutoring time:
- Mikey Antkiewicz (Math)
- Valerie Chen (Nursing)
- Riley Dehmer (Math)
- Bao Huynh (Biology, Chemistry, and German)
- Kaylin Ingalls (Math)
- Hanna Leonard (Nursing)
- Ashley Lincoln (Nursing)
- Megan McClarnon (Statistics)
- Paul Meister (Math)
- Julianna Oliphant (Nursing)
- Princess Palicte (Nursing)
- Annie Smith (Finite Math)
- Clare Spinner (Math)
- Anna Tinoco (Math)
- Victor Tu (Math)
- Ali Venneberg (Statistics)
These students are also among fifty-five tutors and writing assistants who trained in March to shift all Learning Commons tutoring and Writing Center support online in Microsoft Teams. The Learning Commons trains all its content area tutors; the Level 1 training is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification. Multiple research studies conclude that tutor training and program assessment are essential for high-quality tutoring programs and positive student outcomes.
For more information about the Learning Commons tutor training program, contact Jeffrey White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty members are reminded to load their scholarly activity on the portal in PilotsUP by May 31, 2020. Data obtained through the portal will be used to populate A Community of Scholars, published by the provost’s office. Faculty members use their school’s report on the home tab of the Scholarly Activity Portal to send the data to their respective deans as a part of annual self-evaluation.
You can find the link to the Scholarly Activity Portal in the Academic menu of PilotsUP or you can go directly to this link.
The Scholarly Activity Portal will retain the “Pilots Classic” look until July 2020, when it will fully transition the new PilotsUP. You will have to enter your username and password to login to the Scholarly Activity Portal until July 2020.
The Department of Communication Studies invites all faculty and staff to attend Carly M. Volkmer’s virtual thesis defense on May 1 from 12:30-2 p.m. via Zoom. Carly her thesis, An Empirical (Re)Exploration of Leadership in a Nonprofit: Understanding Leadership as a Perspective and a Practice. Her qualitative study of a nonprofit argues that leadership can be a mechanism for creating an inclusive and diverse culture. She illustrates how organizational participants engage in everyday routine organizing processes that create inclusive cultural assumptions that then lend to constituting leadership as collective agency or a collective ability to act, act for, and act with others toward a purpose.
If you would like to attend this thesis defense, please contact Natalie Nelson-Marsh at email@example.com for a zoom invite.