As the Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center takes final shape, guided tours will be conducted each Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., starting July 29. Tour groups will have a limit of 10 people. To set up a tour, contact Liz Winters, recreational services, at 7294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The facility will be open for use beginning August 24.
A professional photo shoot for new faculty and employees or those who would like to update their headshot photos will be on Tuesday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, in Shiley Hall Vollum Study Room on the second floor. Photo sessions should take no more than five minutes. To make an appointment, e-mail email@example.com with the time that you are available.
The University has announced plans to construct a new residence hall with room for approximately 270 students, to be located on the UP campus adjacent to the newly constructed Beauchamp Recreation and Wellness Center. The University aims to have the project begin this summer and be completed prior to the start of the 2016-17 academic year.
The ground floor of the new residence hall will include a spacious lobby, a classroom, office space, a dining concession, and a chapel, while the top three floors will house students. Architectural renderings of the new building are available here: https://universityofportland.smugmug.com/Marketing/Willamette-Student-Housing/n-MvZhJb/.
With the construction of Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls, renovations to existing dorms, and completion of the new residence hall, the University will have increased its on-campus student housing capacity by 53 percent since 2009.
For more information contact university operations at 7540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University has received a $100,000 gift from alumnus John Becic, who graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting. With his gift, the University has established the John Becic Distinguished Professorship in Accounting within the Pamplin School of Business. Accounting professor Ellen Lippman has been appointed the inaugural holder of the new professorship. In addition, a portion of his gift will provide support for recent and future upgrades of Joe Etzel Field and the University’s baseball program.
Becic has been a strong supporter of the University and its athletic programs, especially baseball. While a student of the University, he was a pitcher for the Pilots baseball team. He had a career in accounting mostly in the Medford area. John and his wife Inez have four daughters and 13 grandchildren and currently live in the Portland area.
The Becic professorship will provide for such activities as a weekly accounting mentoring forum and a professional speaker series to develop awareness of career opportunities and create relationships among students, alumni, and local management professionals. Other plans call for a comprehensive leadership development program offered by the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.
For more information contact development at email@example.com.
The University has a new mobile app (UP Mobile) available for iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices and tablets. The app is ready and can be downloaded immediately at no cost, and it will give users access to important campus resources any time and anywhere, including:
- Courses – View class schedules, assignments, class rosters, grades (students only), and discussions
- Events – Explore the University calendar and save events to your mobile device
- Directory – Browse or search for students, faculty, and staff, and easily connect
- Maps – Search and get directions to all campus facilities using Google Maps (Updated campus map with virtual tours coming soon!)
- News – Read the latest campus news
- Emergency Numbers – Quickly access important emergency phone numbers on- and off-campus.
- Social Media – Interact with UP on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Pilot
- Athletics – Check scores and schedules by quickly accessing the Pilots mobile app
- Library – Access research databases, reserve study rooms, and more through a quick-link to the Clark Library’s app
A Windows version of the app will be introduced soon, and many new features will be added in the coming months. In the meantime, feedback and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Please share them with Ann Harris, information services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic technology services will launch the new version of Moodle on August 19, 2015. This new version of Moodle brings a fresh new look, simplified gradebook, Celly integration, improved turnitin.com assignments, and much more. it is also designed to work much better on mobile devices.
As part of the upgrade, academic technology services built new servers with full redundancy and enhancements to improve performance, and will not migrate 100 percent of content from the old server. To request that a prior semester’s course be moved to the new Moodle server, fill out the form at https://sites.up.edu/migrations/. Once a course is moved, it can be imported using the standard “import” feature. More information can be found at this link.
Monthly timesheets need to be submitted on Monday, July 27, by 3 p.m., according to Debbie Schwartzkopf, payroll. Approvers have until Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. to approve timesheets. For more information contact Schwartzkopf at 8338 or email@example.com.
All faculty and instructors must turn in their course pack materials for fall semester to the printing services office by July 31, 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 2015 semester. Some copyright requests take up to six weeks to obtain—please keep this in mind so staff are better able to serve everyone’s needs prior to the start of school.
For more information contact Kassie Hansen at 8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome to stop by the Garaventa Center to say hello to Sarah Nuxoll, the center’s new program assistant. Sarah will provide deft logistical support for the teeming calendar of speakers, exhibits, and performances planned for the coming year, and will serve as official greeter for visitors and guests in 331 Franz Hall. Sarah will be welcomed officially at the center’s first Thirst Friday on September 11, when the new academic year is well underway.
For more information c0ntact Karen Eifler, co-director, at email@example.com.