The Moreau Center will be sponsoring an eight-week summer service experience in Bologna, Italy, where students will live and work in a L’Arche community, in 2015. Founded fifty years ago in France by Jean Vanier as an ecumenical and inter-religious community with roots in the Catholic tradition, L’Arche is an international community of adults with and without disabilities living together. Since 1964, young volunteers from around the world have lived in L’Arche communities for periods of time to learn the “art of presence” and the beauty of friendship with adults with disabilities through its community life. Please encourage students who may be a good fit to apply and/or contact the Moreau Center with any questions. Applications available at up.edu/moreaucenter and are due Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. For more information contact Dave Houglum, Moreau Center, at email@example.com or 8559.
Employees are encouraged to sign up for electronic delivery of W-2 forms, according to Debbie Schwartzkopf, payroll. An e-mail will be sent letting employees know when the W-2 is available to print (usually a week earlier than the printed version is mailed out). Sign up by going into Self-Serve, Employee, Tax Forms, Electronic W-2 Consent. Read the information and check the “My Choice” box to enroll in electronic delivery. This remains in effect each year so you only have to sign up once.
The payroll office would like to be sure that all employee information is correct for their year-end W-2 processing. Please check the spelling of your name, address, and withholding allowances so payroll personnel can make the changes by December 12, 2014. Employees can review their direct deposit advice or look in self-serve and verify their information. If they need to make changes they can e-mail the payroll office with the address change or fill out a new W-4 for withholding allowance changes.
For more information contact Schwartzkopf at 8338 or Karen Davis at 7338, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s student-led Voice for Life club will host a talk, “Pro-life Relational Apologetics,” on Monday, November 17, at 7 p.m., in St. Mary’s Student Center lounge. The talk will focus on cultivating friendships and encouraging dialogue about human rights injustices. The event features Josh Brahm and Deanna Unyk, who met online and sparked a friendship over 13 months, 127 e-mails, and more than 20 hours on Skype.
Brahm describes himself as a straight, Christian, pro-life advocate from California; Unyk as a gay atheist from Canada. The pair formed an unlikely friendship that led to Deanna’s pro-life conversion. They will meet face-to-face for the first time at this event and will speak about the things that make their friendship work and how to cultivate friendships with people of different faiths and political backgrounds. The event will be followed by a Q&A session.
This event is sponsored by the University’s Voice for Life club, with funding from the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, the Dundon-Berchtold Institute for Moral Formation & Applied Ethics, and Campus Ministry. Student leaders Margaret Persing and Julia Anderson brought the speakers on campus through the Garaventa Center’s Student Leadership Development Initiative. The fund aims to develop students’ capacities to write fundable grants, develop entrepreneurial orientations and expand programming that furthers the status of Catholic intellectual life on campus and in the region.
For more information regarding the event, contact the Voice for Life Club at email@example.com.
Those who missed the October presentation on the summer 2014 Pollentia expedition are invited to attend a presentation on the recent and future expeditions on Thursday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Franz Hall Holy Cross Lounge. Expedition members Ray and Ronda Bard, Fr. Ron Wasowski, C.S.C., and Fr. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C, will share experiences from the recent expedition, which was spent excavating an early Christian cemetery in the ancient Roman city of Polllentia in Mallorca, Spain. Those who attend are invited to suggest ways to send future faculty and student research teams to Polllentia, beginning in summer 2015. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the provost, the Garaventa Center, and the Pollentia 2014 team.
For more information contact Fr. Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org; RSVPs are requested.
The Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainability (PACOS) will welcome the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) to campus for a Bike Commute Workshop on Thursday, November 20, from noon to 1 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. All UP community members are welcome to attend. This is a brown bag event, so please feel free to bring and eat your lunch during the workshop. Topics covered at the workshop will include:
- Basics of riding: laws, traffic signals and signs, how to handle bike lanes, bike boxes, tracks, and sidewalks
- Skills: hand signals, turning, sharing the lane, and changing lanes
- Choosing gear: bikes, helmets, lights, locks, accessories, cold and rain gear, carrying kids and cargo
- Route planning: resources and taking bicycles on transit
- Q&A: answers to questions from new or experienced riders.
The human resource office will host a brown bag lunch session on “Stress Management,” presented by Cascade EAP, in the Chiles Center Hall of Fame room on Wednesday, November 19, from noon to 1 p.m. The presentation will be just in time for the busy and often stressful holiday season. Bring your lunch and join us! For more information contact Andy Sherwood, human resources, at 8981 or email@example.com.
Last week marked the beginning of the annual Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, running from November 3 to December 5. During this time, the development office asks employees to make their annual gifts and pledge their support to the University. Last year, more than 400 employees donated and together raised nearly $100,000 for student scholarships and grants, building projects like the Clark Library, athletics, and for various programs such as Entrepreneur Scholars, fine arts, and the Moreau Center.
Faculty & Staff gifts are some of the most important gifts to UP since they send a powerful message to students, alumni, businesses, foundations, and friends of the University: that those closest to UP support its mission financially as well as professionally.
The University of Portland has received $40,000 in gifts to help add a Maternal-Child Simulation Lab to its School of Nursing Learning Resource Center. The gifts include a $25,000 gift from the Collins Medical Trust and $15,000 from Mario and Donna Giordano, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and both gifts were instrumental in the early success of funding the new lab.
The Giordanos’ daughter, Amber Giordano Livingston, is a 2011 graduate of the School of Nursing and is currently enrolled in the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The Collins Medical Trust is a Portland non-profit established in 1956 by Truman W. Collins. The University’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a sophisticated, state-of-the-art model hospital and clinic used to prepare graduate and undergraduate nursing students. The new lab will allow the School of Nursing to take pediatric and maternity education to the next level – providing student nurses the opportunity to develop real life-saving skills, focused on children and mothers, in a controlled environment.
For more information contact nursing at 7211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.