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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Every year, the University of Portland recognizes alumni who embody the mission of UP in their life and work. As part of the Pilot community, you are invited to help us identify these alumni through the annual Alumni Awards.
Whether it’s a person who has shown great promise early in their career, someone who embodies the University’s mission of service and leadership, or an individual who has built a sustained record of accomplishment and community contribution throughout their lifetime, we’d like to celebrate them and share their inspiring stories.
Please submit stories and nominations by Tuesday, October 15 using this link. Honorees will be chosen this fall, and will be celebrated at the President’s Alumni Awards Gala during Alumni Reunion Weekend in June 2020. Learn about our outstanding 2019 winners, or view photos from this year’s Gala.
Inspired by the University’s Holy Cross values of hospitality and community, and in response to frequent requests from family members, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Office of Student Activities are partnering to expand opportunities for parents and family members to experience life on campus with their students. Traditionally this has been the focus of Junior Parents and Families weekend. Beginning with the 2019-2010 academic year, UP will offer Junior and Senior Family Weekend in the fall semester (November 1–3, 2019) and First-Year and Sophomore Family Weekend in the spring semester (February 14–16, 2020).
These weekends will feature unique programs and activities that will highlight the student experience on The Bluff. Learn more about this new program by using this link.