School of Education dean John Watzke has agreed to accept an additional appointment as Dean of the Graduate School, according to University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. His appointment is effective immediately.
Watzke has ably led the School of Education (SOE) since 2010. During that time, the SOE has frequently been home to the University’s largest population of graduate students. He has successfully launched several community engagement programs, established a doctoral program, and built upon the SOE’s reputation for excellence. Recently, he led institutional efforts in support of Strategy B of UP’s strategic plan, “Vision 2020.” Strategy B focuses upon expanding the University’s relevant, excellent, and self-sustaining graduation education programs.
Please join the UP administration in thanking and congratulating John Watzke for accepting this additional responsibility to serve the UP community.
All departments that will be sponsoring students to arrive on campus prior to the standard move-in dates (August 22 for new students, August 24 for returning students) are asked to complete a Department Early Arrival Request, according to Ezequiel Delgado-Cervantes, housing coordinator for residence life.
For departments who need an excel template to submit their request, please email Ezequiel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Departments will be charged $49 per person per night unless it is specified that the students’ accounts should be charged.
Students who are not arriving early for any department but wish to request an early arrival for themselves should submit a Petition Form to Modify Housing Contract to residence life.
For more information, please contact Ezequiel at email@example.com.
Due to a dramatic rise in the scope and sophistication of phishing attacks targeting UP staff, information services will be deploying Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for specific services on campus. The enrollment process should take about 5 minutes and it will significantly enhance the security of your account and personal information.
MFA combines two or more independent credentials to gain access to a system. These credentials include something you know (username/password) and something you have (token/smart phone/office phone). The goal of MFA is to create a multilayered approach that makes it difficult for any unauthorized individual to gain access to a system. If one factor is compromised, such as your password, the attacker will still need the other factor to gain access.
MFA will be deployed to staff this summer, with specific departments served week-to-week as we roll out MFA. Further communications will come from Curt Pederson, CIO, detailing installation and setup instructions.
The University of Portland development office has been recognized with a 2019 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Educational Fundraising Award, an honor given each year to exceptional fundraising programs at educational institutions in the United States. UPN is among a select group of more than 90 colleges and universities receiving awards this year. The University is being recognized for Overall Performance, based on the judges’ blind analysis of three years of fundraising data submitted to CASE’s AMAtlas Voluntary Support of Education Survey (VSE).
In addition, the University of Portland is being honored with a Sustained Excellence Award, which is granted to those exceptional organizations that have been recognized with Overall Performance and/or Overall Improvement in three of the past five years.
For more information, contact Connie Ozyjowski, development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enhance the security of university computers and the campus network, information services is modifying how Windows updates are being applied to Windows desktops.
Starting this month, we are requiring that updates be installed by the fourth Tuesday of the month, after which the patches will be installed automatically, and your computer restarted if those updates require it. Users will receive popup reminders to apply updates during the week before automatic updates are scheduled to be applied.
Best practices for this change would be to:
- Install the updates yourself when notified.
- Log out, but do not turn off your computer when not in use.
- Save your work frequently.
Please note: Updates will force a restart of your computer. A restart will cause any unsaved files to be lost.
More information is available on the UP Tech Support Portal Knowledge Base article, which includes screenshots and additional details, here. You may also contact the Help Desk at x7000 or email@example.com.
Abby McMahon has been promoted to associate registrar, according to Roberta Lindahl, registrar. McMahon started as a student worker when she was in school and graduated in May of 2011. She started as a temporary worker that fall and within a year was transfer articulation and graduation coordinator until 2016, when she became assistant registrar.
For more information contact the registrar’s office at x7321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.