All faculty and instructors must turn in their course pack materials for fall semester to the printing services office by July 30, according to Kassie Hansen, printing services. Astute readers will notice that July 30 is a past date; those who have not turned in materials are asked to do so as soon as possible. The lead time is needed so printing services staff can obtain copyright permissions and organize the packs for production before the start of the fall 2014 semester. Some copyright requests take up to six weeks to obtain—please keep this in mind so we are better able to serve your needs prior to the start of school. For more information contact Kassie at 8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, August 30, University of Portland first-year students will be uniquely immersed in the three hallmarks of our university: Teaching and Learning, Faith and Formation, and Service and Leadership. Faculty and staff members are asked to consider being a part of this endeavor by participating in the ninth annual Building Community: Serving to Learn program. Senior student Megan Lester is organizing this half day of community service and discussion for all first-year students, in coordination with the Shepard Freshman Resource Center and the Moreau Center.
As University community members, faculty and staff often go beyond the boundaries of classrooms and offices in their investment in the lives of students. This generosity is one of the unique advantages that students experience at the University of Portland. By giving time on August 30 to work alongside students and serve as a facilitator for a group students after their experience faculty and staff will be fulfilling a vital part of the University’s mission. More information and a signup form can be found at http://tinyurl.com/k8o5utu.
The day’s schedule is as follows:
- 8:15 am: Meet at the Tennis Center/Breakfast
- 8:45-9 a.m.: Send-off to designated sites
- 12-1:15 p.m.: Return to campus, pick up lunch, discussion in small groups
- 1:15-1:45 p.m.: Closing ceremony.
For more information contact Brenda Greiner, freshman center, at 7895 or email@example.com.
The Independence Day holiday will be observed for University employees on Friday, July 4, according to the 2014 University holiday schedule (http://tinyurl.com/kjtkqdj). Classes will not be held and University offices will be closed. For more information, contact human resources at 8981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to join the hundreds of alumni who return to campus to participate in the annual Alumni Reunion. A special registration form for faculty and staff is available online, and those who would like to attend are asked to fill out the form as soon as possible. Reunion will take place on campus June 26-39. The faculty/staff registration form is available at http://tinyurl.com/lzsdzma. Most events are free for faculty and staff, as indicated on the registration form. The following events are not free and require payment: Farm to Fork dinner, Alumni Golf Tournament, and the Mount St. Helens bus tour. To register for these paid events, please contact the alumni office directly.
Reunion is the largest alumni event of the year, annually drawing more than a thousand alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to campus for a weekend of reconnection and reminiscing. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Salzburg Study Abroad Program, as well as the milestone classes of 1964 and 1989. A Farm to Fork dinner kicks off the weekend’s festivities on Thursday night, followed by Friday’s National Alumni Board Golf Tournament, a bus tour with professors Bob Butler and Steve Kolmes to Mount St. Helens, the Bierstube on The Bluff welcoming reception, and the Late Night Gasthaus Talent Pub and Euro-Discotheque. Saturday features the Old Stomping Grounds 5K run, the 50 Year Club Mass and Lunch, a Men’s Basketball Alumni game, River Campus tours, a bike tour of North Portland, a story session with Brian Doyle, receptions for the classes observing quinquennial anniversaries, and the signature event of the weekend, the Welcome Home BBQ and Dance. The weekend concludes on Sunday with the All-Alumni Mass and Brunch.
For more information contact the alumni office at 7328 or email@example.com.
The printing services shop will be conducting its annual inventory on Friday, June 27, and will be closed for that entire day, according to Linda Gill, supervisor. Campus offices and individuals are asked to plan their printing needs accordingly. For more information contact Gill at 7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University regent and alumnus Rich Baek has extended his challenge to young alumni to help raise funds for the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center, which broke ground in May. His first challenge was to donate $50,000 to the center if 601 GOLD alumni (Graduates Of the Last Decade) donated to the University by June 1, 2014. The 601 figure was designed to highlight the deadline (6/01) of the challenge, which was met two months early, according to Leanne Goolsby, associate director of annual giving.
Baek is now increasing his donation, offering an additional $100 to the Beauchamp Center for each additional GOLD donor by June 30, 2014. GOLDs can make their donation to any area of the University and still be eligible for Baek’s match. As of June 1, the total number of young alumni who have responded to Baek’s challenge is 702, according to Goolsby. More information about the 601- GOLD Challenge can be found at www.up.edu/601.
Gifts made to the Beauchamp Center are included in the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and with a goal of raising $175 million by the end of the campaign on June 30. The campaign has raised nearly $181 million to date and is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university. For more information contact development at 7395 or email@example.com.
A farewell reception for University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., will take place on Wednesday, June 11, beginning at 2:15 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons dining room, according to Laurie Kelley, vice president of university relations. All are welcome as Fr. Beauchamp takes this opportunity to thank faculty and staff for their work and service to the University during his time here as president, and vice versa.
There will be a short program starting at 2:30 p.m., but otherwise the reception is intended as a low-key, come-and-go as you need event. There will be light snacks and refreshments. For more information contact Jamie Berger, university relations, at 7397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vail Fletcher, communication studies, has her documentary project, “Rising Rwanda” (with photographer Lorena Turner) on display at the United Nations from June 12-20 as part of the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide and the United Nations. Fletcher and Turner, a documentary photographer and professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, developed “Rising Rwanda” in an effort to capture and define the experiences of children born and raised in post-genocidal Rwanda. The study, initially completed in February 2010 and funded by an “Imagining America” grant, involved interviewing and photographing each child with a drawing they created as a response to questions about their lives in Rwanda, and their perception of their community, family and themselves. The collective drawings and responses provide a unique lens through which outsiders can begin to view how this new generation of Rwandans understand their past and future.
After 15 years of serving as the welcoming face of the departments of English and performing and fine arts (not to mention international languages and cultures), office manager Jewell Yaguchi will be retiring from the University of Portland. All are invited to wish her a fond farewell at her retirement party on Thursday, June 12, from 3 to 4 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163.
Jewell has been the constant stalwart of her departments and is always ready with a smile and friendly ear, as well as a piece of chocolate or some other sweet treat from one of her candy jars. She will be sorely missed since she is one of the few people on campus who knows where all the pianos are hidden; she makes department events run like clockwork; and she is always willing to help a student to get into a practice room or art class. Jewell will be moving to the Olympia, Washington area to be closer to her family and grandchildren.
For more information contact performing and fine arts at 7228 or email@example.com—it may be your last chance to hear Jewell’s calming voice answer the PFA phones.
The campus road that runs from Portsmouth Avenue (the “back entrance” onto campus) toward Bauccio Commons will be temporarily closed due to maintenance and repairs on the underground steam and condensate lines that provide heat to most campus buildings, according to Andre Hutchinson, physical plant. Traffic will be temporarily detoured around the back side of the physical plant building in order to get to and from the Bauccio Commons. Please drive carefully and proceed with caution when using this route. Physical plant staff and repair crews apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s cooperation. For more information contact the physical plant at 7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.