Faculty and staff members are invited to take advantage of a special 20 percent off deal on tickets to Ithaka, a new play by Oregon Book Award winner Andrea Stolowitz, performing and fine arts. The play runs through June 30 at Artists Repertory Theater in downtown Portland (1515 SW Morrison St., Portland. OR 97205). Use the special group code “stolowitz” to get the discount at tickets.artistsrep.org. For more information contact Herman Asarnow at 7244 or email@example.com, or see www.artistsrep.org.
The University museum will be open for special hours on Saturday, June 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the 2013 Alumni Reunion. All are welcome to visit the museum in the basement of Shipstad Hall, room 014. The museum contains photographs and memorabilia illustrating the University of Portland’s historical, religious, social, and educational history. In addition to the regular collection there are special exhibits and displays in the museum and Shipstad Hall. Contact Carolyn Connolly, museum coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8038 for more information.
Faculty, staff, and students are reminded that the bluff area on campus is perhaps the world’s most efficient breeding ground for poison oak, an innocent-looking plant that causes intense itching, swelling, and oozing blisters on the skin of those unfortunate enough to brush against it, or to pet a dog which has recently rolled in a big juicy patch, or any number of surreptitious poison-oak-delivery systems. The resulting misery will not soon be forgotten.
The best way to avoid poison oak is to stay away from the sloping sides of the campus bluff altogether. If your job makes it necessary to climb down the bluff, it would be best to learn to identify the plant (“leaves of three, leave it be”), which typically has shiny green leaves and white berries— but not always. For more information, contact campus horticultural whiz Jim Haines, physical plant, at 7306 or email@example.com.
Alumni Reunion registration packets were recently sent via campus mail to all faculty and staff. Unfortunately, some packets received the wrong RSVP card–the correct card has “Faculty & Staff Reservation Card” on the cover (the incorrect card reads only “Reservation Card” on the cover). If your packet didn’t contain the correct card, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll drop a new one in the mail. See you at Reunion 2013, June 27-30!
The complete NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) were released on Tuesday, June 11 and the University of Portland is once again among the national elite. All 15 Portland programs rated high on the scale and no teams are nearing any penalties. Among the four Division I universities in the state of Oregon, Portland posted the highest APR in 14 of the 15 sports in which it competes. Portland also recorded the highest APR in six West Coast Conference sponsored sports.
During the week of June 10 the West Coast Conference announced that the University of Portland was the winner of the 2012-2013 West Coast Conference REPRESENT Cup. The cup is awarded to the member institution that receives the greatest number of conference sportsmanship points during the academic year. The Pilots won the team sportsmanship award in four sports and received an extra point from the WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for their “Pilots Pals” program. For more information contact Jonathan Brooks, athletics, at 7431 or email@example.com.
The Pilot women’s tennis team recently received a national ranking of No. 7 for their incoming recruiting class among all mid-majors. The team signed a pair of WTA-ranked players last month, the first ever for the program. Portland has the second best incoming class in the West Coast Conference, behind only BYU. For more information contact Jonathan Brooks, athletics, at 7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.