During the final weeks of the second summer session the learning assistance program will offer individual consults on time management, test taking, note taking, reading strategies, reduction of test anxiety, and memory skill development. Individual appointments may be made with Bro. Thomas Giumenta, C.S.C., by e-mail at email@example.com.
University of Portland has successfully completed its RISE Campaign, raising nearly $182 million and exceeding its goal by almost $7 million, making it one of the largest funding campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.
The campaign, which began in 2007 and was publically launched in 2010 with a goal of raising $175 million, had more than 19,300 donors and raised money for such essentials as annual and endowed scholarships, faculty grants and development, construction of buildings and major renovations.
Campaign highlights include raising $48.6 million to establish more than 200 new annual and endowed scholarships and provide financial assistance for 5,595 students. Another $74.5 million was raised to construct or renovate 12 buildings on campus. Schools and programs received $24.7 million in campaign support, faculty grants and development $8.6 million, athletics $2 million, and a total of $22.6 million was received as unrestricted funds.
Co-chairs of the RISE Campaign were University regent Nancy K. Bryant, a community leader and volunteer in the Portland area, and alumnus Patrick Becker, Jr., ’88, president of Portland-based Becker Capital Management, Inc.
A key component of the campaign was the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, which began its rise when the late Donald Shiley, a 1951 University graduate, and his wife, University regent Darlene Shiley, made a lead gift of $12 million in 2007 to renovate the building. Their support, along with that of hundreds of other generous alumni and friends—notably engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor Ed Sweo, a 1956 graduate and University regent, and his wife, Sharon—allowed Shiley Hall to open in 2009 with 28,000 additional square feet for labs, classrooms and offices. Darlene Shiley later pledged an additional $8 million gift, bringing the Shileys’ total giving to the University to more than $20 million, the largest gift in University history. The landmark $8 million gift was made to fund engineering student scholarships, as well as faculty research and development.
Other capital projects included Bauccio Commons, a new and renovated student dining facility; a new campus bell tower; a renovated Science Hall, which was renamed Don V. Romanaggi, M.D. Hall; the Clark Library; and the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. The construction of Schoenfeldt and Fields Halls, two new student residence halls, has enabled 310 more students to live on campus. Funds were raised to upgrade athletic facilities, including the Chiles Center and Joe Etzel Field, and support performing and fine arts and student activities programs. The University also purchased 35 acres of Willamette River-front property adjacent to campus to provide for future expansion of facilities.
One of the final capital projects is currently under construction and named for Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., who served as UP’s president from 2003-2014: the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center. This project was made possible by lead gifts from University regent Mary Boyle and her husband Tim, and also through the Ann and Bill Swindells Charitable Trust. Fundraising for the center received a boost from alumnus Rich Baek ’93 M.E., ’02 MBA, a member of the University’s board of regents. Baek made a challenge gift to young alumni that eventually led to gifts by more than 750 recent graduates.
Another campaign highlight was a $4 million gift from regent Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63, to establish the Dundon-Berchtold Fund for Moral Development and Applied Ethics. The fund, created to deepen the school’s focus on developing ethical leaders, was spearheaded by Fr. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., who plans to continue teaching his popular class, the Character Project.
Also, as a result of the continued support and estate plan of John ’42 and Patricia Beckman, the University started the Humor Project, a multi-disciplinary effort to study and promote humor as a “spiritual and revolutionary energy in every field of endeavor, from business to politics to the arts and beyond.”
Beyond the dollar amount raised, another key measure of the campaign’s success is a 63 percent increase in annual donors, from 4,175 in fiscal year 2006 to 6,800 in 2014. Additionally, over the course of the campaign, undergraduate student enrollment has increased 31% from 2,753 in 2007 to 3,612 (expected) in 2014.
Mary Pate, nursing, began her term as chair of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation on July 1, 2014. She will serve a two-year term through June 30, 2016. A board member from July 2009 through June 2013, she was secretary/treasurer in 2011–2012 and chair-elect in 2013–2014.
AACN Certification Corporation, the credentialing arm of the AACN, promotes and enhances consumer health and safety through certification and certification renewal. It has certified more than 72,000 nurses and provides comprehensive credentialing for establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in acute and critical care nursing. Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide.
Leanne Goolsby has resigned her position as associate director of annual giving in the development office, effective July 18. She has accepted the position of director of development at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in North Portland. Goolsby has been a vital member of the development office staff and the Annual Team for the past six years. She was also a student caller with the University’s Telephone Outreach Program (TOP) during her undergraduate years. Leanne earned her bachelor’s degree from UP in 2007.
During her time on The Bluff Goolsby has demonstrated professional growth and leadership with the development office’s Direct Mail/Email program as well as the Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) and Senior Class Giving programs. A farewell party for Leanne will take place on Thursday, July 17, from 9 to 10 a.m., in the fifth floor conference room in Waldschmidt Hall. Please be sure to thank Leanne for her service to the University and wish her well with her new endeavors.
Physical plant director André Hutchinson reports that the University of Portland was recently recognized in Portland General Electric (PGE) regional advertising for our ongoing participation in PGE’s Clean Wind Renewable Power program. Every year, UP self-directs the maximum amount of its public purpose charge toward the purchase of Clean Wind power. In 2013, the University purchased 1,032,895 kWh of Clean Wind power, resulting in 1,450,753 pounds of CO2 avoided, which equates roughly to 1,618,891 miles not driven or 173 trees planted annually. For more information contact Hutchinson at 7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cara Hersh has replaced Lars Larson as the University Integrated Writing Program director. For questions regarding the Writing Center, the campus writing handbook (The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 6th ed.), Turnitin.com, or other campus resources for writing assignments, contact Hersh at email@example.com.
The Integrated Writing Center (in Franz 120, the Learning Resource Center) is available to Summer Session II students as a resource for writing assignments. In contrast with regular semesters, where students make appointments via an online schedule, summer appointments are made via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org on an as-needed basis. Summer writing assistants are Megan Lester, Sara McCrohan, Erin Savoia, and Andrea Turel. See the Writing Center website at www.up.edu/lrc/writing/ for information about UP writing resources. For questions contact Cara Hersh at email@example.com.
Happy new fiscal year from the controller’s office! Mileage reimbursement rates have decreased to $0.56/mile for any travel incurred after June 30, 2014, according to Eric Barger, controller. Please use this new rate for mileage reimbursement in fiscal year 2014-15. For more information contact Barger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Xi Liu, a 2015 Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner candidate, has been working over the past year to complete her Practice Improvement Project (PIP), a scholarly project designed to improve practice or patient outcomes. Liu will be presenting her PIP poster on Thursday, July 17, at 4-4:30 p.m., in Buckley Center room 314. The title of her presentation is “The Implementation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) Project: A Pilot Study.” All interested parties are invited to attend her presentation. RSVPs are not necessary. For more information contact the School of Nursing at 7211 or email@example.com.
Summer 2014 courses that have an end date during the final week of July (July 28-August 1) will have their course evaluations available for students to complete from Sunday, July 27, at 9:01 p.m., until Sunday, August 3, at 8:59 p.m. Faculty are asked to log-in to the online course evaluation system (www.smartevals.com/portland) and verify summer 2014 session II course information as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the course information that is in the online evaluations system, please contact Chris Olinger, firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to the end of the day on Thursday, August 24.
The Wednesday Ticket Happy Hour continues this week with a special mini-pack offer, according to Jonathan Brooks, athletics. For the next two Wednesdays, July 16 and July 23, athletics will be offering a mini-pack that includes 1 ticket to each of the following women’s soccer games: Stanford, Washington, Saint Mary’s, Loyola Marymount and one men’s soccer game of your choice, plus each pack will also come with a cushion seat. All of this is available for just $25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on these two Wednesdays; this package is valued at $35. In addition to this great package, all faculty and staff can purchase season tickets at 50 percent off regular price. Don’t miss out on any of the soccer action this fall at Merlo Field. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please call the Pilots Box Office at 7525.