All staff members are encouraged to save the date for the University’s 2013 holiday party, which will take place on Thursday, December 19, in the Bauccio Commons. The social will begin at 11:30 a.m., with seating at 12:15 p.m., and the program begins at 1. Please keep in mind that the holiday party is for staff only; with continued growth as a university community, there is not room available for student workers or family members. For more information contact human resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notre Dame law professor Mary Ellen O’Connell will speak on “Deadly Drones” when she delivers the 2013 Hesburgh Lecture on Monday, October 28, at 7 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. O’Connell’s lecture looks at the legal, moral, and strategic challenges of America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to fire missiles and drop bombs in combat.
O’Connell is a research professor of international dispute resolution at the Notre Dame Kroc Institute. She is also the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law, a position she has held since 2005. O’Connell’s research focuses on international legal theory and international law on the use of force. She has authored and edited numerous books and articles, most recently What is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11 (2012). She testified recently (on May 22, 2013) before the House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on Protecting U.S. Citizens’ Constitutional Rights During the War on Terrorism to clarify the basic fundamental human right to life, liberty, and to a fair trial during the war on terror, especially since 9/11.
The Hesburgh Lecture is co-sponsored by Notre Dame Alumni Club, Portland Chapter and the Garaventa Center. For more information, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or email@example.com.
Author Lucy Corin will read from her work on Tuesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. The reading, sponsored by the English Department as part of its Readings & Lectures series, is free and open to the public. Corin is the author of the short story collection The Entire Predicament and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls. Her latest collection, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses, was released this year. She is currently directing the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Davis. For more information, contact the English department at 7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next meeting of the Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group will be Friday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m., in Franz Hall Murphy conference room. The group will be discussing selections from Haidt, Righteous Mind and the poem “A Ritual to Read to Each Other” by William Stafford. Readings are on electronic reserve in the library under Eifler, Karen or Martin, Norah, Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group. All faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Norah Martin at 7138 or email@example.com.
Waldschmidt Hall, Franz Hall, and the university events house will be visited by a gaggle of spooky goblins, ghouls, dinosaurs, pirates, pumpkinheads, and other denizens of the University’s day care house between 9:45 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, which just so happens to be Halloween. Teachers and parents will bring them to visit each floor; any fun, healthful, or sweet goodies will be much appreciated by the kids (and parents and teachers). For more information contact Cala Richman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
W. James Popham, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on educational assessment, teaching, and leading, will be the guest of the School of Education when he comes to campus for the Educational Leadership Network Symposium on Thursday, October 24. Popham will be sharing key recommendations for quality teacher evaluation programs and practices, important cautions, and how his insight relates to effectively implementing SB 290, a law passed in 2011 by the Oregon legislature. SB 290 is meant to strengthening expectations for educator evaluations and professional growth. His lecture, from 5 to 6 p.m., in Buckley Center auditorium, is free and open to all faculty and staff.
Popham is the author of more than 20 books and 300 articles and papers, including his new book Evaluating America’s Teachers: Mission Possible? The symposium is free to the educational community. Registration for the symposium can be done at http://tinyurl.com/k6mkpo3. For questions, e-mail Peter Hamilton, education, at email@example.com, or call the School of Education at 7135.
The Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series will welcome acclaimed novelist and essayist David James Duncan on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Duncan is the author The River Why and The Brothers K, a New York Times Notable Book in 1992. He is also the author of three collections of essays; River Teeth, My Story As Told By Water, and God Laughs and Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right. He received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2004 for the “power, passion, and poetry of his work.” This event also marks the second time Duncan has been a Schoenfeldt speaker at the University.
The Schoenfeldt Writers Series was founded in 1988 by the late Rev. Art Schoenfeldt, C.S.C., and his late sister, University regent Sue Fields, with the assistance of retired UP English professor Louis Masson. Among its guests have been Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Ian Frazier, William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin. For more information contact Brian Doyle, marketing and communications, at 8225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of 35 students will be attending the Encounter with Christ Retreat along with 22 student leaders from October 25 to 27, according to Beth Barsotti, campus ministry. Faculty and staff members are asked to consider writing a note (palanca) to students they may know who will be attending the retreat. This is an opportunity to encourage students and express appreciation for them outside the classroom. Each retreatant will receive an envelope of surprise palanca. Please do not discuss this concept with students to keep it a surprise.
A list of those going on the retreat can be found at www.up.edu/campusministry/palanca. Please submit palanca to the campus ministry office in the Pilot House or St. Mary’s. Mark your envelope with “Encounter Retreat—(student’s name)” and bring it by Wednesday, October 23. Please forward any questions to Barsotti at 7463 or email@example.com.
The development office has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $2.2 million to create the Margaret M. and Vincent P. Aquino Endowed Professorship in Engineering, dedicated to undergraduate classroom instruction in the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering. The fund was established by the late Vincent Aquino, who graduated from the University of Portland in 1957, in honor of his parents, neither of whom attended college but were determined to help their children do so. Vincent Aquino passed away in July, 2013. He spent most of his career at Argonne National Labs, where he served as director of quality assurance.
The faculty member who will receive the endowed professorship will be announced at the Faculty Awards Gala in May. The gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million by 2014. The RISE Campaign, which has raised more than $163 million to date, is one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university. For more information, contact the development office at 7395.
Why should people get vaccinated against the flu? Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
The “seasonal flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating in the population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community. The health center has a limited supply of flu vaccine available for a $15 fee. If you missed last week’s flu vaccination clinic on campus, please contact the health center at 7134 and schedule a time to get vaccinated.