The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Office of Athletics are excited to provide all UP faculty and staff access to the Nike Employee Store from November 8 to November 19. Please register by Wednesday, November 4 for store access. More information and registration can be found at this link.
The alumni and parent relations office has reached the difficult decision to cancel Alumni Reunion Weekend for 2020. While current reports from the CDC suggest that June 25–28 may be safe for large gatherings, we asked ourselves, “What is the best way to serve our alumni in the coming months?” Our decision to cancel this weekend was made not only out of concern for everyone’s health and safety, but also because we recognize that, for many of you, large milestones are currently being celebrated or mourned through screens and phone calls rather than in-person gatherings: weddings, births, passing of loved ones, anniversaries, retirements, and graduations.
This cancellation is assuredly an acknowledgement of the important opportunity for this summer to be one where you can reconnect with your friends, your family, your neighbors, and your local community. We appreciate that financial uncertainty may be weighing on you as well.
Your UP community is always here for you. And we look forward, now more than ever, to bringing everyone together for an exuberant celebration of Pilots at Reunion 2021. Our gathering as a community will be that much sweeter.
For more information contact alumni and parent relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni & parent relations moderates a community platform called Switchboard, which serves as a closed community space for faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni to ask for what they need and offer what they have. Craig Swinyard, director, encouraged current Switchboard users to lean in to the power of connection. In these times of uncertainty, now more than ever, members of the UP community are here to support you. If you need help – or can offer help to your fellow Pilots – please reach out to your community here.
Spring will be here before you know it, and we want to let you know about a great deal for University of Portland alumni, faculty, staff, and friends currently being offered at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store. The invite only runs from now to March 15, so sign up today using this link.
The offer features a Columbia Sportswear employee discount, with items marked at 40 to 50 percent off regular retail pricing, on all of the latest product from the Columbia Sportswear Company family, including SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and more.
For more information contact the alumni and parent relations office at email@example.com.
The Office of Alumni & Parent Relations is accepting nominations for the 2020 Thomas A. Gerhardt Award for Student Leadership. Criteria for selection include:
- Student must be a graduating senior;
- Student must have demonstrated leadership throughout his or her undergraduate career;
- Student must demonstrate consistent dedication to the University and the community through service to God and neighbor.
Nominations are due by Monday, March 2. Complete a nomination form using this link.
For more information contact Craig Swinyard, alumni & parent relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University will soon welcome approximately 800 participants in the inaugural Family Weekend for first-year and sophomore students. Parents and family members will arrive on Friday afternoon, February 14, complete their registration at the UP bookstore, and are welcome to attend a full slate of academic showcases and social events throughout the weekend.
This weekend provides a special opportunity for families to spend time together learning, exploring, and experiencing the true sense of our community here on The Bluff. The complete schedule of events can be found at this link. For questions or concerns, please contact Kathryn Seccombe at the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at x7328 or Jeromy Koffler, student activities, at x7470.
The deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2020 Alumni Awards is October 15, 2019. If your nominee is selected as a finalist, members of the National Alumni Board will contact you to obtain more information about the individual you have recommended. Honorees will be chosen this fall, and will be celebrated at the President’s Alumni Awards Gala during Alumni Reunion Weekend in June 2020.
All faculty and staff are welcome to join the alumni office for the 5th annual Brunch with Santa. Skip the lines at the mall and have your traditional Santa photo taken at UP while you mingle with other Pilot families. We’re excited to offer two opportunities to accommodate more alumni and their families.
Saturday, December 7:
- Alumni Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher, 10:30 a.m.
- Brunch in Bauccio Commons, 11:30 a.m.
Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for children ages 3–12. Children ages 2 and under are free, but still require registration. No RSVP is required for Mass.
This event sells out quickly, so be sure to register soon!