The open enrollment period for UP employees started on Tuesday, November 5, and concludes on Tuesday, December 3, ending at 4 p.m., according to Andy Sherwood, human resources. This will be your opportunity to make changes to your plan choices, review the dependents you have covered, and sign up for a medical or dependent care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2014. Specific enrollment materials were sent to employees electronically on Friday, November 1. Please note that FSAs are not automatically carried over to 2014—employees need to sign up for the plan every year they choose to participate. For more information contact Andy Sherwood, human resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The human resources office is planning their third year of hosting a UP Wellness Fair. It will take place in the Terrace Room on Wednesday, November 6, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Representatives from Kaiser Permanente, dental, vision, flexible spending, local consumer supported agriculture (CSA) providers, local wellness centers approved through the UP Kaiser rider for self-referral, and many other great resources will be on hand to answer questions. HR will have laptops set up and will be ready to help employees with questions on using the on-line Open Enrollment tool. For more information contact Andy Sherwood, human resources, at email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center celebrates its move to the Corrado Reading Room (330 Franz) by inviting all faculty and staff to join them for “Thirst Fridays” this autumn. Stop by any time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25 and Friday, December 6 to enjoy wine, sparkling waters, snacks, and sparkling, convivial conversation with people from all over campus. For more information, contact Garaventa Center co-director Karen Eifler at 8014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All UP employees, both faculty and staff, are welcome to take part in the second Employee Kickball Extravaganza on Thursday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m., on the Shipstad Quad, according to Mary Beebe and Joe Kuffner, marketing and communications. What better way to celebrate the fall break but with some muddy kickball? Come rain or shine! If you want to participate but don’t want to play, we also need referees…and cheerleaders. Please RSVP to Kuffner at email@example.com or Beebe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2003, Strang has been a vital member of the University of Portland and a critical and successful leader within the university relations division. He oversees the philanthropic endeavors of the University, including the $175 million Rise Campaign. Under his leadership annual giving, planned giving and major gifts have all experienced marked increases in success.
Prior to coming to UP, Strang’s career included eight years as executive director of the Arthritis Foundation, Oregon Chapter, and sixteen years with Providence Health and Services. Please congratulate Bryce on his well-deserved promotion. For more information contact the president’s office at 7101 or email@example.com.
Renowned author and cultural anthropologist Jud Newborn will deliver the Zahm Lecture, the keynote address for the University of Portland’s academic year, on Thursday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. Newborn’s presentation, “Speaking Truth to Power,” is about heroes in the fight for human rights in the present day, and highlights the 70th anniversary of the student-led White Rose anti-Nazi resistance movement. His multimedia presentations, which include images, music, and dramatic readings, have been lauded by publications such as Lifestyles Magazine as having “dramatic power and a deeply felt passion that leaves his audiences both moved and exhilarated.” The lecture is free and open to the public.
The White Rose was the name of a group of students whose activities made up one of the few effective protest movements against Nazi Germany by German citizens. Newborn has written for both The New York Times and Jerusalem Post and helped build New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, serving as its founding historian and curator. He currently serves as Special Projects Curator for the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY.
The Zahm Lecture was established in 1999 to honor Rev. John Zahm, C.S.C., who, in his position as superior of the Holy Cross in America when the University was founded in 1901, contributed counsel, money, and Holy Cross men to the University. Previous Zahm lecturers include former Newsweek religion editor Ken Woodward, and science writer and Stonehill College professor emeritus of physics Chet Raymo. For more information contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the many topics discussed by the regents and officers of the University during their recent meeting was the University’s legal nondiscrimination statement. As a statute of the University of Portland, the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy may be changed or amended only if the proposed changes or amendments are presented and discussed at the previous board meeting. After reviewing proposed changes at their May meeting, the board of regents voted to change the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy to read as follows:
“The University of Portland does not discriminate in its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The University expressly reserves its rights and obligations to maintain its commitment to its Catholic identity and the doctrines of the Catholic Church.”
The designated coordination point for University compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for ADA is the executive vice president, Rev. Mark Poorman, C.S.C., in coordination with the University Health Center, Human Resources, and the Office for University Events.
Please join the University Relations Division as we wish our friend and colleague Jim Lyons a fond farewell as he leaves his University of Portland family after an amazingly successful 16 years on the Bluff. His party will take place on Monday, October 7, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the Terrace Room. For more information contact marketing and communications at 7202 or email@example.com.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a master of arts in teaching (MAT) informational on Monday, October 7, at 6 p.m., in the Franz Hall Murphy conference room. The MAT is an intensive program designed to prepare individuals with baccalaureate degrees for teaching in K-12 schools. Graduates earn a masters degree and are eligible for Oregon initial licensure at two contiguous levels of authorization: early childhood, elementary, middle and/or high school. To attend, RSVP to the School of Education at 7135.
On September 30, 2013, in compliance with the Campus Crime Reporting Act and the amended Higher Education Opportunity Act, the University of Portland’s Annual Security Report was published and made available to all members of the University community, and to prospective students and employees.
The report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University of Portland, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies regarding sexual assault, emergency response, and other matters.
You can obtain a copy of the Annual Security and Fire Report by contacting public safety at 7161 or at http://tinyurl.com/ofnz8t3. For more information contact public safety at 7161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.