The Office of Residence Life is hosting a Campus Resource Fair during their hall staff training in August, and all departments are invited to participate. The Resource Fair is on Wednesday, August 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., on the quiet side of the Bauccio Commons. This is an excellent opportunity to connect resident assistants (RAs) to as many departments on campus as possible and, in return, for RAs to assist in getting each department’s name and services out to campus residents. To schedule a table at this year’s Campus Resource Fair, please contact Bryn Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 12.
Phase I of the University’s much-anticipated redesigned website launches on Monday, August 1, when some 60 of the University’s highest-traffic sites will debut a brand new look. The web redesign project includes both a new look for the website as well as a new content management system (CMS). The new CMS, Cascade Server, was installed last spring and will ultimately replace Sherpa for all content management on UP’s main website, up.edu. More than 100 superusers have been trained in the new system.
The redesign process included focus groups with representatives from all departments on campus, one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders, and surveys of faculty, staff, students, prospective students, parents, alumni, and donors. The site was designed with a “mobile-first” strategy. Currently about half of the University’s web site traffic comes from mobile devices; numbers are even higher for sites that cater to prospective students.
Phase II of the web redesign includes a new look for the online campus directory and improved individual pages for faculty and staff to personalize with information about their professional experience, interests, and activities. The new directory will launch in October.
Phase III includes the transition of the remaining 40 sites to Cascade Server. They will roll over to the new site throughout the fall.
The University of Portland has been ranked no. 18 in “The Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016” by Forbes.com. STEM is an acronym used to identify fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The list of schools, whose most popular areas of study included at least 40% in STEM according to the Department of Education’s College Scorecard, is topped by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. UP came in just below California Polytechnic State University and above Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. The University of Portland is the only Oregon college to be ranked on the list.
To see complete rankings and for more information, go to this link.
The University of Portland has been named the best college in Oregon for value in a ranking released today by MONEY Magazine, a Time Inc. publication. MONEY’s annual Best Colleges rankings and search tools are designed to help families find a great college at a great price.
The University of Portland received high marks for its health, accounting and entrepreneurship programs. “The university is best known for its health sciences and accounting programs. Another highlight is the Entrepreneur Scholars Program, which combines classes, meetings with local and international businesspeople and the opportunity to test out new ventures,” according to the ranking. “Almost a quarter of UP students come from low-income families, and the university graduates 80% of students.” The University of Portland is ranked 173rd overall nationally by MONEY for value.
View the entire article at this link. The magazine’s coverage includes personal finance, including investing, saving, retirement and taxes, and family finance, including credit, careers and the costs of college.
Portland Pilots head volleyball coach Brent Crouch led the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team to a gold medal last week at the U22 Global Challenge, held in Pula, Croatia. They defeated China in the finals to claim the 12th annual European Global Challenge Championship. The team also defeated England and Slovenia on the way to the title. The Global Challenge began in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a modest volleyball tournament with a few foreign teams. Today, it has grown to a 32-team international invitational featuring top teams in u17 and u22 divisions from around the world.
For more information contact athletics at 7117 or go to portlandpilots.com.
To celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janiero (August 5-21), all are welcome to view a display from the University museum of some sports played on the UP campus that are also found in the summer Olympic games. Enjoy photos of UP amateurs and athletes and some of the sports equipment and related memorabilia they used, some information about the Olympics, and a list of University Olympians. The display is located in the Buckley Center first floor display case across from the studies abroad office.
For more information contact Carolyn Connolly, museum coordinator, at 8038 or email@example.com.
A professional photographer will be on campus to take headshot photos for faculty and employees on Monday, August 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Shiley Hall Vollum Study Room on the second floor. Please note: Newly hired faculty have been contacted with information for their photo times. Photo sessions should take no more than five minutes. To make an appointment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a range of time that you are available. We especially encourage anyone without a professional headshot to attend, as public safety photos will be no longer be available for directory use on the new UP website.
For more information contact Michelle Bickley, marketing and communications, at 8676 or email@example.com.
To ensure your classes have course packs on Monday, August 29, submit your materials today! Packets received after Friday, August 5 cannot be guaranteed completion because of the time it can take to confirm copyright information.
If you have any questions, please contact Kassie Hansen, printing services, at x8101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.