In the coming month, Zoom will release a number of new updates and features. You can find information on several of the most notable updates on the UP TechTalk site.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we invite you to visit our guide highlighting women who have been pioneers and champions in sports in the United States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the initial Title IX draft to Congress (became law in 1972). Please use this guide to discover more through the Clark Library’s books, videos, and public websites.
Want us to add an item? Send suggestions to Heidi Senior, Clark Library, at email@example.com.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this week at the 2021 WCC Basketball Championships. The tournament runs from March 4-9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans will not be allowed, but television and video coverage of all games will be available, as well as radio coverage of Pilot games on 910 ESPN-Portland (KMTT).
Last year, the Pilot women made a thrilling run to claim the tournament title and earn an NCAA Tournament invitation. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the tournament.
The Pilots officially opened the new Joe Etzel field with a doubleheader against Seattle University on Sunday, Feb. 21. Portland won the second game by a 7-0 margin, highlighted by a grand slam from Jake Holcroft.
The game was the first to be played on the UP campus for the Pilots since May of 2019. Last season the Pilots were forced to play away from campus as the University concluded a three-phase, long-term renovation project of Joe Etzel Field, the home of Portland baseball since 1966. The final and most recent phase of the project features the addition of new seating, concourse, press box, ticketing office, dugouts, and a refreshed plaza surrounding the stadium.
Phase one in 2014 included the installation of AstroTurf, new fencing, bullpens, a scoreboard, and a grass berm for seating down the right field line, and the addition of new lights to the facility were phase two in 2016.
Due to state regulations, fans are currently not allowed at any UP athletics home events. The Athletic Department will continue to monitor health and safety guidelines to determine if limited capacity options become available, and if those guidelines change, priority will be given to family and guests of participating student-athletes.
With all teams in season this spring, visit PortlandPilots.com for the latest schedules, updates and links for live video and statistics.
The Career Center is hosting Job Search 401 for the Class of ’21, a 3-part series to help graduating students prepare now for life after graduation. Topics include: career exploration, job search strategies, wellness, resumes/cover letters, what employers are hiring, and transitioning to life after college. The program begins on Thursday, March 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Faculty and staff who know students who would benefit from the program are invited to encourage them to register no later than Tuesday, March 9. A registration link can be found here.
For more information, contact Amy Cavanaugh, Career Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career Center and the College of Arts and Sciences are hosting Destination: Declared – a 2 session workshop series designed to help students explore majors and choose one that will be a good fit. Faculty and staff who know students who may be thinking about changing their major and/or need to declare a major are asked to encourage them to participate.
For more information, contact Chelsea Chase, Career Center, at email@example.com.
The Career Center is collaborating with Pacific Northwest institutions to host a series of virtual career treks. By attending virtual career treks students will have an opportunity to: hear from employees about company culture and career paths, learn about internship and entry-level career opportunities and how to apply, and cultivate and expand their professional network. This week’s trek is on Thursday, March 4 from 4-5 p.m. with Tableau. Additional companies include Vacasa, PNNL, and the FBI.
For more information, contact Audrey Fancher, Career Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to a Community of Care virtual gathering on Friday, March 5, at 1 p.m. This will have leaders of the Health and Counseling Center, Care Team, Active Minds, and more to provide resources about the mechanisms in place for the emotional and physical care of our community. Please click this link to fill out this brief form here to RSVP and receive the calendar invite and/or stay tuned about our future offerings.
As we all skip, amble or trudge through our 4th semester of remote teaching, a recent essay from the teaching arm of The Chronicle of Higher Education offers ways to incorporate play into college classrooms. In the complete essay, linked here, author Sarah Rose Cavanaugh fleshes out each of the strategies offered in this streamlined version, and for most provides a research-based rationale and ideas on how to make it happen in a Zoom or Teams environment. For those who are content with just the facts, here are Cavanaugh’s 5 ideas/arguments for incorporating play into college classrooms, all of them tweakable for multiple disciplinary contexts:
- Play is a natural way to learn, as in doing so we are usually testing possibilities, strengthening cognitive and physical repertoires and imagining future scenarios that demand emergent knowledge and skills.
- Play offers mental breaks from dire news, a particularly compelling truth when students’ media feeds and daily conversations teem with danger and threat from phenomena over which they have very little—if any—control
- Take a few minutes (3-5 max) to have every one find a fun gif that either demonstrates a concept you are studying or captures how the learning is going, then do some screen-sharing in breakout rooms or with the whole group. It’s amazing how apt and memorable some of those gifs can be, so this strategy has the additional bonus of making course material adhere to brains in lasting ways.
- Use improv “warm up” or community-building activities and don’t call them icebreakers, as the first rule of icebreakers is that everyone hates icebreakers. Have students find an object in their room or home that could demonstrate a concept from the course; have a snowball discussion in which students move from pairs to quads to octets building on conversation about cases, examples or dilemmas relevant to concepts they are studying.
- Move, move, move: 30-second yoga stretches, twists or jumps are investments of time that re-start waning attention spans and bring everyone in on the oxygenating fun, even if a few videos turn quickly off.