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.
The University’s ChargePoint electric car charging stations located at the Clark Library and LP Tennis Center parking lots have been well used. The public safety office is updating the station rules to ensure that the charging stations are accessible and rotating effectively for all UP student, faculty, and staff electric car owners.
Starting on January 13, 2020, students, faculty, and staff can charge at the stations free for the first four hours, with a fee of $1.75 per hour after four hours. Campus guests will pay a fee of $3.00 per hour with no free period.
To access your free charging please email public safety prior to Monday, January 13 for a pin number to update your ChargePoint account. Please provide your UP ID and parking pass number in your email.
For more information contact public safety at x7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Pilots for Homecoming & Brewfest in Chiles Center on Saturday, February 1 starting at 4 p.m. Friends, family, and alumni are welcome to fill the Chiles Center for a basketball double-header and local beer specials. The Pilot women tip-off against San Diego at 2 p.m., and the men take the court versus Santa Clara at 5. One ticket is all you need for both games and the Briefest takes place between games. UP alumni-owned breweries Backwoods & West Coast Grocery will be there with a beer tasting, meet the brewers session, and games. Click here to claim a faculty and staff special offer of a ticket and one drink for $15.
Since its inauguration in 2015, the Provost’s Initiative for Undergraduate Research has provided support for faculty members from across the University who collaborate with undergraduates on a semester-long research project. The provost’s office is committed to increasing opportunities for student experiential learning, and this initiative represents a key element in achieving that goal.
Faculty members are invited to apply on behalf of themselves and an undergraduate student researcher for stipend support for an intensive undergraduate research experience during the summer. Students are expected to work full-time (35 hours/week) for 6 weeks on the project or the equivalent of 6 weeks over the course of one or both summer sessions. Faculty members are expected to work with and mentor the students in a co-designed research project. Students will be paid $2,500 for their work on the project. Faculty will be compensated $1,500 for mentoring the student in research.
The Integrated Writing Program and the Writing Center are gearing up to serve the UP community in spring 2020. The Writing Center (BC 163) is a completely free resource, staffed with trained writing assistants who can help students at all levels, from all disciplines, at all stages of the writing process. The center opens for the spring semester on Tuesday, January 21 (open daily except Saturdays). Please visit the Writing Center website at this link to learn more and make appointments.
One of the best means of getting students to bring their work-in-progress to the Writing Center is for faculty themselves to encourage them to do so (some professors require at least one visit; some give extra credit to students for using our services). When talking to your students about the UP Writing Center, you might keep in mind the following:
- Our goal is not just to inspire better papers, but create better writers. This means we don’t “fix” papers; we work with students to improve their overall writing skills for this and future tasks.
- Writing assistance isn’t just for students with major grammar or mechanical problems. Instead, we focus on higher-order concepts such as argument, organization, development, and other areas. Even accomplished writers can make progress on their work in a half-hour session.
- While our Writing Assistants represent most majors as well as the professional schools, they are trained in a semester-long course to work with students from any discipline.
- When a student meets with a Writing Assistant to discuss a paper for your course, you’ll get a copy of the conference report—a brief summary of what the student and Writing Assistant worked on (This is an easy way of keeping track of who visited the WC for assigning extra credit, e.g.).
- An effective way to familiarize your students with the Writing Center and to demonstrate your support for our services is to invite a Writing Assistant to visit your classroom with a 5-10 minute presentation during the first few weeks of the semester. Email our hotline at email@example.com with the day and time of the class you’d like a Writing Assistant to visit and we’ll get back to you shortly.
- Lastly, all Moodle pages now have a link to the Writing Center—see the top left corner, under “Learning Resources.”
To foster student writing integrity at UP, consider using the Turnitin function through your class Moodle page. Instructions for using this paper-authentication software can be found here.
All of your students should possess The Pocket Cengage Handbook as it’s required in their two writing-embedded courses. The Cengage Handbook helps keep our campus on the same page when it comes to grammar, punctuation, citation styles, and basic expectations for essay writing across the university. If you need a desk copy of this reference, please contact the Writing Center director by the second week of the semester.
Finally, as director of the Integrated Writing Program and the Writing Center, Molly Hiro is happy to be a point of contact on all writing-related matters this semester. Need insight on crafting better writing prompts? Resources for integrating writing instruction into your class-time? Help with language to use when evaluating student writing? Hiro may not have all the answers, but feel free to ask at firstname.lastname@example.org or x8031.
The provost’s office would like to remind all faculty members who will be conducting collaborative research with undergraduates this semester that the Deans Council has approved a uniform, University-wide protocol for all undergraduate research projects. A list of the items required each semester as part of the protocol can always be found in the Undergraduate Research section of the PilotsUP Forms page by following this link. The same information is listed below. Any student receiving a stipend or credit for an undergraduate research project at UP is expected to complete the protocol and faculty members are responsible for informing students of this expectation.
- Learning Agreement: This form is completed by both the faculty member and student and needs to be completed only once for each project. The faculty member must complete their portion of this online form first and the student will be sent an email notifying them to complete their portion.
- Responsible Conduct in Research Training: New users will need to create a CITI account and affiliate with University of Portland during the registration process to access the course. After creating an account the user must select the appropriate Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) course from the UP course selection menu. Both faculty members and students must complete CITIs RCR course, if they have not done so at a previous time.
- Pre-Experience Survey: To be completed by the student during the first week of the project. Only one Pre-Experience Survey is needed for the duration of the project, even if it spans multiple semesters.
- Post-Experience Survey: To be completed by the student during the last week of the project each semester.
- Post-Experience Evaluation: To be completed by the faculty member at the conclusion of the project each semester.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact John Orr (email@example.com) in the Office of Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement.
The Dundon-Berchtold Institute will welcome Susan Sygall for an Ethics Week Conversation on Monday, February 3, at 7:15 p.m., in the Brian Doyle Auditorium. Sygall is a world-renowned disability rights and leadership advocate, a MacArthur Fellow, and an honorary doctorate recipient at the University’s May 2019 commencement.
While the event is free and open to all, the Dundon-Berchtold Institute asks that attendees please RSVP using this link.
Sygall is CEO and co-founder of Mobility International USA, a non-profit organization advancing disability rights and leadership globally. She has co-authored numerous publications and lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to inclusive international development, women’s leadership, and disability rights. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, and also received the President’s Award from President Bill Clinton at the White House for her active role throughout our country and the world in empowering people with disabilities.
For more information, contact Hannah Pick, Dundon-Berchtold Institute, at x7825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The payroll office is in the process of producing W-2 forms, to ensure accuracy employees are encouraged to carefully review their personal information, such as legal name, W-2 mailing address, and social security number.
For fastest delivery of your 2019 W2, please sign up for electronic delivery. Log in to Self-Serve Banner, click on the Employee tab in the left hand corner, then select Tax Forms and Electronic W-2 Consent. This remains in effect each year so you only must sign up once!
W-2’s will be available by January 31, 2020.
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 email@example.com.
With the beginning of the spring 2020 semester, the public safety office asks that faculty, staff, and students keep the following safety precautions in mind, according to marketing and communications vice president Michael Lewellen:
- Be mindful of your surroundings and report any unusual or suspicious activity to public safety.
- Carry your student, staff or faculty ID card with you at all times.
- As always, all residence halls are ID card accessible 24 hours a day.
As part of UP’s safety protocols, please note the following access information for other campus buildings:
- Academic buildings will have open access from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with ID card access only from 5 p.m. to midnight.
- The Chiles Center will have open access from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center is ID card access only.
- Doors to Waldschmidt Hall will have ID card access during the business day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for all students, faculty, and staff. Visitors and guests will enter through the main entrance where a building concierge can provide assistance as needed.
- The Clark Library will have open access from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with ID card access from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. for late-evening study.
- On weekends, academic and office buildings will be ID card access only from 7 a.m. to midnight.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact public safety at x4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.