All faculty and instructors must turn in their course pack materials for summer classes to the printing services office before leaving campus at the end of the spring semester, according to Kassie Hansen, printing services. The lead time is needed so printing services staff can obtain copyright permissions and organize the packs for production before the start of the summer 2015 semester. For more information contact printing services at 7200 or email@example.com.
University administrative assistants and office managers are asked to order stationery for the fall 2015 semester, according to Linda Gill, printing services. And order form is available at http://tinyurl.com/lybl8ty. It can be filled out and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Printing services would like to be able to schedule printing of departmental letterhead and envelopes over the summer break. For more information contact Renee Byrd, printing services, at 8115 or email@example.com.
The University’s annual Founders’ Day celebration will take place on Tuesday, April 14. Four sessions of student presentations will be held in place of regularly scheduled classes, and all students and faculty are encouraged take part in the day’s events, featuring senior presentations, undergraduate research, panel discussions, recitals, and more. Classes scheduled to begin after 4 p.m. will be held as usual.
Founders’ Day was first celebrated at the University in 1902, when University founder Most Rev. Alexander Christie visited the school he had established on The Bluff the summer before. For more information, including a schedule of the day’s events, go to http://www.up.edu/foundersday/.
University employees’ TIAA-CREF investment counselor, Preston Watts, will be on campus a number of times this spring for individual financial counseling sessions on campus. The next one-on-one counseling sessions will take place on April 14, 15, and 16. Go to www.tiaa-cref.org/schedulenow or call TIAA-CREF at (877) 842-2028, press 5 to schedule an appointment today.
To coincide with the installation of the new CMS, the University is also making plans to redesign our public-facing website, up.edu, and we need faculty and staff feedback. A short user survey is running on up.edu. Next time you visit the website, please click on the “How Can We Improve?” tab and take a moment to answer the short questions about how you’re using up.edu. Your answers will help our design team plan the architecture and navigation for the new site.
Superusers are invited to a meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the Chiles Center Hall of Fame Room. Timelines for the redesign and CMS installation will be shared and there will be ample time for a question-and-answer session.
The Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation is proud to announce this year’s $100K Challenge Venture Competition on Saturday, April 25, in Shiley Hall room 301. This competition provides students with the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the entrepreneurial community, win monetary prizes, and acquire legal, accounting and other services that will help advance an idea to the next stage in the entrepreneurial process. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend and watch student presentations. Preliminary rounds start at 9 a.m., lunch is noon to 1 p.m., and the finals round is 1 to 3 p.m. A reception and announcement of winners takes place from 3 to 3:45 p.m. More information can be found at http://www.up.edu/cfe/default.aspx?cid=5693.
Prizes include $1,250 for 1st place (for-profit & social enterprise); $750 for 2nd place (for-profit) and $250 for 3rd place (for-profit). Sponsors include VTM Group, Allion Test Labs, Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, AARP, Foundation, Portland Business Journal, and the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN).
For more information contact Peter Rachor, Franz Center, at 7769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s still time to apply for an Immersion Accompanier position for the 2015-16 year. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, April. 17. If you have a desire to walk alongside students serving and learning from other cultures, socio-economic groups and countries, you are encouraged to apply. All that is required is a commitment to service, a desire to encourage student formation and a willingness to live simply while immersed in an extended experience with students. Several domestic and international opportunities are available over Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer breaks. Accompaniers only need to cover costs for any personal items or food outside of group meals. All other food and travel costs are covered (with the exception of passports, visas and immunizations). Details and application can be found at up.edu/moreaucenter.
Questions? Contact Dave Houglum at email@example.com.
After a decade at the heart of the Garaventa Center, Jamie Powell will be moving on from The Bluff to Napa, California, at the end of this month. Please join her many UP friends and colleagues for a farewell open house Friday morning, April 24. Drop by the Garaventa Center on the 3rd floor of Franz Hall any time between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to say goodbye and share a favorite memory or two. Because it’s a Garaventa Center event, there will be plenty of gustatory treats and quaffs.
Please contact Karen Eifler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
College classrooms are seeing large increases of numbers of students who are on the autism spectrum or with Asperger’s Syndrome. While accommodation plans offer specific directions for each individual, professors might find it useful to understand the variety of ways Asperger’s Syndrome present in people, and valuable to absorb some basic interventions that are not only helpful for working with students with Asperger’s, but many other students as well. The first is an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education that provides helpful context; if you’re in a hurry, scroll down to the bulleted list of tactics. The second resource is a 15 minute video produced by the Organization for Autism Research, Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide. Thanks to the Office for Students With Disabilities for locating these resources.
If you have a teaching resource (article, video, podcast) you’d like to share with the broader UP faculty, or a teaching conundrum on which you’d like some help, please contact Karen Eifler at email@example.com.
Applications for sabbaticals for the 2016-2017 academic year are due along with faculty development plans to faculty members’ respective deans by June 15, 2015. Faculty eligible to apply for a sabbatical must have completed seven years of full-time teaching at the University of Portland, or have completed at a minimum an additional seven years of full-time teaching since a previously funded University of Portland sabbatical.
Sabbatical requests are coordinated with departmental planning as well as the individual faculty member’s annual development plan. With careful planning the academic units have been able to take into consideration the needs of both the individual faculty member and the department or school. Additional information about sabbatical leaves can be found on page 50 of the Faculty Handbook: http://tinyurl.com/mvzbek8.
For more information contact the provost’s office at 7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.