All faculty and instructors must turn in their course pack materials for fall semester to the printing services office by July 30, according to Mary Scroggins, 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 fall 2013 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 Hansen at 8101 or email@example.com.
The Presidential Advisory Committee on Health and Safety and the athletics office are offering free cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator (CPR/AED) training classes on July 11 and July 12, according to Jeff Rook, public safety. Come learn how to save lives. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Buckley Center room 310. The class is free to all faculty and staff with limited space available. Registration for the class can be done at http://upcprtraining.eventbrite.com. Select the day that works best for your schedule. For more questions contact Rook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7161.
The Independence Day holiday will be observed for University employees on Thursday, July 4, according to the 2013 University holiday schedule (http://tinyurl.com/n7jo7mq). Classes will not be held and University offices will be closed. Please note that hourly staff performing essential services who are required to work on a designated holiday will receive holiday pay. For more information, contact human resources at 8981 or email@example.com.
University of Portland has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $50,000 from Donald T. Galarneau, a 1949 University graduate who worked at General Electric Company for 35 years as a field engineer. The gift will be divided equally to help renovate the Clark Library and for the Shiley School of Engineering.
A Portland resident, Galarneau earned a degree in physics at the University and served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. His interests at the University of Portland include the engineering and science programs and the Mini Baja Project. He often attends University reunions and events and is involved with the local Catholic radio station KBVM.
The library renovation and rebuilding project began in May 2012 and is expected to cost an estimated $12.5 million. The library was closed during the 2012-2013 academic year, and is set to reopen in August 2013. Library services have been offered during the interim year.
The renovated library will help facilitate new tools and resources for the University’s students. While maintaining a similar infrastructure, many aspects of the library will change from the renovation. The new library entrance will face the Academic Quad and will be open for students 24 hours a day.
The Galarneau gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $158 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.
For more information contact the development office at 7395 or see the RISE webpage at http://rise.up.edu.
One of the University’s most entertaining RISE Campaign gifts are the annual Brian Doyle Scholarships in Gentle & Sidelong Humor – $3,333.33 per student for one academic year, during which the recipients must create and publicly share a project of some sort that “brings the community together in laughter, acts as a statement that the cultural bias to cruel humor and constant irony is shallow, promotes helpless giggling, and insists gently that true humor is a weapon against violence and greed,” says donor John Beckman ’42, who began the scholarships last year with his wife Patricia, as the start of what they hope will be a renowned Humor Project on The Bluff, akin to the University’s nascent Character Project. The first three recipients, last year, were students who devoted themselves to improv comedy, humorous film, and humor on the Web. The four recipients of the scholarships (named for Portland Magazine editor Brian Doyle) for the 2013-2014 year are Katherine Hampl (who plans to organize a campus comedy week), Sara Jacobs (who plans to bring local children to campus for humorous events), Andrew Stacey (who hopes to start a comic film competition and festival), and Katy Stevens (who plans to make a hilarious promotional video over the course of the year).
The scholarships are open to any current or prospective student (there were 66 applications this year), and are awarded by the University’s financial aid office; the only requirement on acceptance is public sharing of all projects. For information on applying for the annual scholarships (there will be six next year), contact Denise Stack, development, at 8545 or firstname.lastname@example.org; for information on the projects, contact Brian Doyle, marketing and communications, at 7202 or email@example.com.
The University of Portland School of Education will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala reception and dinner on Thursday, June 27, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons. All faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend. Individual tickets are $50 ($35 for graduates of the past decade), and tables of 10 are $500, and can be reserved at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/mlcnk8m, or by contacting Amy Kwong-Kwapisz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7752. A portion of each ticket sold will be applied to the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, to be used in support of the next generation of teachers and school leaders to benefit from an education on The Bluff. Sponsorships in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000, and $1,000 are also available.
The 6 p.m. Meet and Greet Reception will feature open bar hospitality and the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, alumni, faculty members, administrators, and friends. Dinner will feature alumni greetings, celebrations, and special announcements. James Popham, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will deliver the dinner keynote address. Popham, a nationally recognized authority on educational assessment, teaching and leadership, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University in 1953 and his master’s degree in 1954.
The School of Education professional network has a far-reaching impact in the region. This includes alumni Bonnie Robb and Laurie Espenel, recent winners of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award; alumna Anne Storm, recipient of the 2010 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award; and education professor Karen Eifler, recognized as Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Free childcare is available for children between the ages of 2 and 12 during the dinner, but children must be registered by Friday, June 14. Please Kwong-Kwapisz at email@example.com or 7752 to arrange childcare.
Faculty and staff applications for tuition remission will only be accepted via online forms and can be accessed through the human resources website at www.up.edu/hr/, according to Bryn Sopko, human resources. The HR office will no longer accept paper forms. In addition to easier access, HR has updated the application dates for remission to match deadlines in student accounts, so please keep these dates in mind:
- Spring term: November 15
- Summer term: April 5
- Fall term: July 1.
Please note that there are separate tuition remission application forms for undergraduate and graduate course work, and that any graduate level tuition remission benefits will be taxable to the employee on the value above $5,250 for attempted credits and subject to applicable withholdings, and will be reflected on the W-2 form of the tax year the remission was applied. A summary on tuition remission and links to the online forms are available at http://tinyurl.com/c8f6j2x. For more information contact human resources at 7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printing services will be closed for the entire day of Friday, June 28, according to Mary Scroggins, printing services director. The closure will allow staff to conduct their annual inventory. Please plan printing projects accordingly. For more information contact Scroggins at 8334 or email@example.com.
- Harlequin Glorybower (pictured): Late summer blooms grace this tree near the library, Franz Hall, and the walkway by the baseball stadium. You can smell its perfume-like fragrance from blocks away.
- Goldenrain tree: Flower clusters from the summer turn into papery fruit capsules that resemble Japanese lanterns and persist all winter. You can find them near Buckley Center Auditorium.
- Ground cover roses, shrub roses: Pink “flower carpet” roses bloom all summer in front of the Chiles Center sign; pink and white Meidiland (pronounced May-de-land) roses bloom around Franz Hall and along the road that goes by the health center.
- In 1982, the estate of William Ingram of Salem donated many mature Camellias to the University, including several large C. Sasanquas, which can be seen blooming from early winter through early spring. Several are located on the east side of Howard Hall.
For further information contact Michele Zimmerman, physical plant, as she makes her rounds of campus flora, or Jim Haines, as he does the same.
The financial aid office would like to congratulate Alex Gonzalez, who has been hired full-time by the Office of Admissions. Alex has been working part-time in financial aid as the document imaging clerk. Congratulations also go to Brian Flynn, who was recently hired by the Office of Web and Administrative Services. Both Alex and Brian will transition out of the financial aid office on July 1. For more information contact Janet Turner, financial aid, at 7311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.