The University of Portland Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CCERT) offers emergency response training for all faculty, staff, and students, according to Jeff Rook, public safety. Volunteers are trained by the University’s CCERT trainers and Portland Fire and Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance on campus and in the immediate surrounding neighborhood. Public safety offers CCERT classes at no cost to people who live or work at the University of Portland. Participants attend a total of 24 hours of hands-on training. Classes are on Wednesdays, 4:30-7:30, starting January 29 in Buckley Center room 314. For more information and online registration clink on this link. For more information contact Rook at 7161 or email@example.com.
All faculty and staff are invited to show their UP pride and help out a great cause by joining the University’s Shamrock Run team. The run/walk takes place on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Those who join the team will get some great UP gear and will be able to pick up their race packets with official race shirt, race bib, and UP gear, on campus a week before the race.
Registration information for the Shamrock Run can be found here (choose the “team” option; the UP team code is 1070). Race registration closes on Wednesday, January 22.
Last year, the UP team was the 8th largest at the Shamrock Run, consisting of 157 runners and walkers. Because of the great turnout, we were able to raise $785 for the Bill Reed Scholarship Fund. This year, if we have at least 75 members on the UP team, Shamrock Run will donate $5 per person to the University’s Recreation and Wellness Center, which will break ground in May 2014. More information can be found here. Questions? Feel free to contact Amy Shelly (firstname.lastname@example.org), Roya Ghorbani-Elizeh (email@example.com), or Bridget Bimrose (firstname.lastname@example.org) in marketing and communications.
Four University of Portland students, under the team name Competitive Pilot Accountants, placed first in the national AICPA (American Institute of CPAs) Accounting Competition out of 145 teams. The University of Portland team, which won $10,000 its their first place finish, was one of three teams nationwide to be invited to Washington, D.C. as finalists for the competition. The other two schools joining the University of Portland were Santa Clara University and Southern Indiana University. Senior accounting majors Martin McMahon (captain), Ingrid Nelson, Michelle Siegal, and Tyler Desmarais represented UP as the Competitive Pilot Accountants.
The final competition, which was held Dec. 19-20, gave the top three teams, along with each team’s advisor, a trip to Washington, D.C., to present their case to an executive panel of judges. The University of Portland team passed the semifinal round by creating a video and having its accompanying spreadsheets and memo critiqued by the competition’s judges. There was also a public vote, which consisted of 10% of the team’s score. The UP team received 718 votes from the public.
For the fourth annual competition, a total of 145 teams analyzed a specific problem and prepared a written solution. The scenario involved a fictional 24-year old who has come up with an idea for a mobile app focused on live music shows. The collegiate teams helped take control of his finances and plan to pay off his debt quickly. After analyzing different scenarios, the team presented its findings through a written recommendation. The UP team must now complete additional work and present a film based on its recommendation.
For more information, contact faculty advisor Ellen Lippman at 7268 or email@example.com.
Beginning January 1, the University will have six designated smoking areas on campus. These six areas are located in easily accessible places on campus, and smoking will not be allowed outside of these six designated areas. See this campus map for the designated smoking area locations: http://tinyurl.com/mw85d22.
These new designated smoking areas were created in response to requests and concerns from the Presidential Advisory Committee on Health and Safety, the ASUP student government, and other members of the University community. Please respect others and use these areas as the sole smoking locations on campus.
For questions and comments, please contact Jeff Rook, public safety, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 27, 2013, University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. announced his intention to end his term at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 academic year. The process has begun to name a successor to Fr. Beauchamp as the next president of the University of Portland. Fourteen members of the University of Portland community have been asked to serve on the Presidential Search Committee, which consists of members of the faculty, staff, administration, the Holy Cross community, and the board of regents. University regent Thomas D. Arndorfer (pictured) is serving as the chairman of this committee.
The search process for a new president begins with the Congregation of Holy Cross, as outlined in the Bylaws of the University of Portland. The Holy Cross Provincial Superior, Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, C.S.C., invited members of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers to submit nominations from within the membership to fill this critical position. Two final candidates have emerged from that process: Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C., and Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.
Fr. Lies is currently the vice president for mission at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He also serves on the Stonehill College faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. He previously served at the University of Portland from 2006 through 2012 as an associate professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and as the executive director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture from 2009 through 2012. He is a graduate of the University of Saint Thomas, received a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Fr. Poorman has been the executive vice president of the University of Portland since 2011, as well as serving as a professor of theology and the pastoral resident of Schoenfeldt Hall. Prior to arriving on The Bluff, he served as vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame from 1999 through 2010. Fr. Poorman is a graduate of the University of Illinois, received his master of divinity from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
An interview process will take place at the University of Portland on January 14 and January 15. The Presidential Search Committee has asked the two candidates to meet with numerous constituencies of the University during these two days. The Presidential Search Committee will then provide a recommendation to the board of regents, who will meet to elect the next president of the University of Portland on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Shortly after this election has been completed, an announcement will be made to the University of Portland community.
For more information contact the president’s office at 7101 or email@example.com.
Employee awards for 2013 were presented at the annual employees’ holiday banquet on Thursday, December 19. The winners are:
Emmy Rosinbum, nursing, who won the Margaret W. Henzi Award for outstanding office/clerical employees, and was cited as “a quiet, unassuming glory who does eighty things with amazing skill, calm, and precision…she evinces a deep passionate faith by being herself, a wonderful exemplar of Christlike compassion.”
Walter Torres, physical plant, won the Ted Deiss/ Joyce and Virgil Dodson Outstanding Physical Plant Employee Award. He was praised as “the guy who loves to do just about anything, who is always smiling, who you can count on, and who will go the extra mile to get things done right.”
The winner of the Hooyboer Outstanding Professional Staff Award is Jason Brough, athletics. The Hooyboer Award honors the sort of dedication and commitment that drives and infuses the University’s best and most creative and visionary staffers. Jason was cited in part for “the same calm, and cheerful attention to detail, energy, and relentless curiosity he evinced as a freshman” in the performance of his duties as a director within the athletics department.
Winning the Father Charles Miltner, C.S.C., Award was Brenda Greiner, who was lauded as “an employee of absolute integrity, creativity, responsibility, and meticulous care for every student in her charge,” to thunderous applause, we might add. Beginning with the late Fr. John Hooyboer, C.S.C., the first recipient, the award has been presented to diligent and creative men and women who have gone to sometimes extraordinary lengths to further the mission of the University. It is the highest employee honor bestowed by the University.
Employees were also honored for milestone years of service to the University, including Emily Bridge, Thomas Stuyvesant, Tucker Brack, Brandon McNeil, David Taylor, Eric Barger, Brian Foster, Leanne Goolsby, Mary Dolan, Allen Hansen, Janet Turner, Kim Nguyen, Melissa Peterson, Dawn Lloyd, Daniel Kabele, Michael Minor, Anne Rasmussen, and Jim Ravelli (5 years); Connie Tamashiro, Ken Hallenius, Jason Brough, Melissa McCarthy, Angelique Sahnow, Krista Kennedy, Anthony Torres, Manu Jauregui, and Belinda Chamness (10 years); Jason McDonald, Marty Williams, Aimee Davidse, Karen Lee, Jamie Strohecker, Sharon Haner, Karen Nelson, Laura Steffen, Catherine Coulter, Thomas Greene, and Brenda Greiner (15 years); Garrett Smith, Beth Rumely, Debbie MacKinnon, Nanette DeRouse, and Cat Nguyen (20 years); Dave Doe (25 years); Wendy Delong and Victoria Hamilton (35 years); and Dan Reilly (40 years).
For more information contact Bryn Sopko, human resources, at 8987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The athletics department is excited to announce that Major League Baseball manager Dusty Baker will be speaking at the 13th annual Diamond Dinner, sponsored by Red Lion Hotel on the River. The Diamond Dinner has become Pilot baseball’s primary fundraiser and is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, in the Bauccio Commons. Tickets are $55 each or $440 for a table of eight and is open to the public. Festivities begin with a social hour and a silent auction starting at 5 p.m.; dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the program is planned to begin at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in attending should contact Laura Hanna, development, at 8607 or email@example.com.
As faculty members prepare for the spring semester, now is a great time to schedule library instruction for the best choice of dates and times. Librarians will work with professors to tailor sessions to students’ research needs. Classes will meet in the classroom on the second floor of the library. The library can provide laptops, or students can use their own wireless-enabled devices for hands-on experience. To schedule instruction, contact Stephanie Michel at 7418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 to Hallenius by Friday, January 10. Please attach a letter of recommendation, detailing reasons for nomination. For more information, contact Hallenius at 8326 or email@example.com.
As a part of ongoing efforts in fire safety and alarm monitoring, the public safety office will have a vendor on campus over the next 4 weeks conducting annual fire alarm testing. Below is the schedule for the buildings to be tested:
- Jan. 6: Bauccio Commons and Pilot House
- Jan. 7: Mehling Hall and Orrico Hall
- Jan. 8: Fields and Schoenfeldt Hall.
During this time there will be work crews testing each device in the assigned building, and there will be short audible tests conducted on the system. Staff are not required to leave during this time, but if for some reason the alarm is prolonged during this time period, please leave the building and organize outside the building until given the “all clear” to re-enter. For more information contact public safety at 7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.