The next meeting of the Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group will be Friday, January 31, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Murphy Room. We will discuss Thomas Merton’s essay “Rain and Rhinoceros,” Andrew Guest’s essay in Oregon Humanities, “Pursuing a Science of Happiness,” and the poem “Happiness,” by Jane Kenyon. All readings are available here on the Garaventa Center website’s FILDG page. All faculty and staff are welcome and refreshments will be served.
In celebration of the University of Portland School of Nursing’s 85th anniversary, our next guest speaker, Dr. Teri Pipe, will be visiting campus on Thursday, January 23, 2020, to discuss the topic of mindfulness. Pipe is the chief well-being officer at Arizona State University and the founding director of ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience. She is an expert on mindfulness, which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused, and alive.
We invite you to join us for her presentation as she works with our senior nursing students on “Mindfulness and Resilience: Practicing Presence in the Academic Environment.” The presentation will take place in Buckley Center Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, January, 23, 2020. No RSVP is required.
All are invited to a community reception that evening to honor Pipe and her work. She will present reflections of her visit and have the opportunity to engage in conversation over light hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 8 p.m. in the President’s Boardroom, Bauccio Commons. Please RSVP for the reception here.
If you have any questions, please email Steven Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you assign presentations and group projects in your classes? Do you often find that your students could use help in improving their presenting of material and working effectively in groups?
The Learning Commons in collaboration with the Department of Communication Studies offers peer consulting in our Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab. These peer tutors are accomplished in the areas of presenting and working with groups, and they are trained by the Learning Commons in tutoring approaches. Students can make appointments by emailing a request with two or three good days and times to meet to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, a PowerPoint slide, or an assignment blurb about the Speech and Presentation Lab and Groupwork Lab, email Jeffrey White, Learning Commons administrator, at email@example.com.
Keynote speaker Walidah Imarisha will share with participants from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Buckley Center Auditorium. The Brian Doyle Auditorium will serve as an overflow space as well. Childcare will be provided.
The Committee on Committees is now accepting faculty nominations for the 2019-2020 Excellence in Service Award. This award allows the University community to recognize and celebrate outstanding dedication and accomplishment in service. The committee will accept nominations until noon on Friday, January 24.
Nominations should be submitted to the Service Award Moodle site. Submission of supporting materials by nominees will be due by noon on Friday, March 13. Visit both the Moodle site and the C on C Faculty Awards Criteria and Submission Information page accessed from the Academic Senate resources page for information regarding the nomination process, award criteria, and supporting materials that will be needed by the committee.
Contact Mark Meckler at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers, will award the Spirit of Holy Cross Award to retiring University of Portland provost Thomas Greene. Greene is among the five 2019 recipients announced by the Congregation’s United States Province Office. Greene, who has served UP as an instructor, administrator, professor, and leader for more than 35 years, recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the current 2019-2020 academic year.
The award is given annually to lay collaborators who faithfully serve the Province in the United States and abroad. The Spirit of Holy Cross Award acknowledges the critical importance lay collaborators play in living out the vision and mission of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved, and served through education, parish and mission settings.
For more information contact the Holy Cross office at x8203 or email@example.com.
The athletics department posted a fall semester GPA of 3.296 with 41 percent (117) of student-athletes being named to the Dean’s List. More than 76 percent of student-athletes now have a cumulative GPA better than 3.0. A total of 18 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 in the fall. Since athletics started recording department data in the fall of 2011, this year marked the highest department GPA and most student-athletes recognized on the Dean’s List in a single semester. Baseball had a 3.35 team GPA and men’s tennis posted a 3.57 team GPA, both program bests.
For more information contact athletics at x7117 or go to portlandpilots.com.
Please join the UP and Holy Cross communities in celebration of the feast day of St. Andre Bessette, C.S.C., at the 12:05 p.m. Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher on Monday, January 6. St. Andre is a significant saint for the Congregation of Holy Cross as he was a Holy Cross brother and the first canonized saint for the Community. Learn more about St. Andre at this link.
For more information contact Campus Ministry at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center will be closed from Wednesday, January 8 until Sunday, January 12 for facility updates, according to Kaitlin Bourne, recreational services. Faculty and staff fitness classes will resume on Monday, January 13. The schedule will be posted next week.
For more information contact Bourne at email@example.com.
The controller’s office wants to remind faculty and staff that may be traveling and not on campus the first week in January, that they still need to do PCard reconciliations of December charges before Thursday, January 7, 2020. Wherever you are, the first week in January you can log onto the Wells Fargo website and hit the Statement Reviewed button. This will ensure that you are following your agreement with the University to reconcile your cards. If you have any questions please call or e-mail Theresa Knott in the controller’s office at x8712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.