All faculty and instructors must turn in their course pack materials to the printing services office before leaving campus at the end of fall semester, according to Kassie Hansen, 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 spring 2014 semester. For more information contact printing services at 7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The University of Portland will celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Education Week from November 18 to 23, according to the international student services office. Faculty, students, and staff have planned exciting events throughout the week that showcase the global diversity in our community. A few of the events include a faculty lecture series, foreign language conversation groups, and cross-cultural films. All events are open to the UP community and their families. Review the official website at www.up.edu/iew for full events details.
Everyone is invited to the Physics Seminar on Monday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m., in Franz 231, according to Maximilian Schlosshauer, physics. The speaker will be physicist Michael Zwolak from Oregon State University, who will be talking about “Rapid DNA sequencing via transverse electronic transport.” Zwolak will discuss a new sequencing method that not only could have important impact in medicine and biology, but also serves as a test bed for studying open scientific issues in the relatively unexplored area at the interface between solids, liquids, and biomolecules at the nanometer scale. Snacks and tea will be served. For questions, contact Schlosshauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7263.
The Artisans for Nicaragua Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle is coming soon, according to Theresa McCreary, campus ministry. It will take place from Tuesday, December 3 through Friday, December 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons hallway.
Donations are needed! Proceeds of the Silent Auction & Gift Basket Raffle benefit UP students who will be going on the Nicaragua Immersion in May 2014. The students are responsible for fundraising for this valuable learning experience, and the Silent Auction & Gift Basket Raffle is one of their largest fundraisers. Last year many departments on campus generously and imaginatively created fabulous gift baskets to be included in the silent auction. Individuals (crafters or shoppers) are encouraged to donate an item to be included in the gift basket to be raffled off to one lucky winner.
Donations can be dropped off in the Moreau Center in St. Mary’s Student Center. This is a great fundraiser for our entire community. We appreciate your participation. Please call or e-mail McCreary at 7131 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
The University of Portland will host Lea Graham for her workshop, “Delving into the Camino de Santiago,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Novenber 21. in Buckley Center Room 163. The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Garaventa Center, the English department, and the international languages and cultures department. RSVPs are encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graham, an assistant professor of English at Marist College, is an avid fan of Camino de Santiago and shares her passion with student groups that she leads on the 500-mile pilgrim path stretching across Spain to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Graham is the author of the poetry book, Hough & Helix & Where & Here & You, You, You (2011) and of the chapbook Calendar Girls (2006.) Her poems, essays, translations, and reviews have been published in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Delirious Hem, Southern Humanities Review, and Fifth Wednesday. She is a contributing editor for Atticus Review and teaches subjects such as poetry and travel writing at Marist College. For more information and to RSVP, contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or email@example.com.
Brigadier general Steven R. Beach will be the featured speaker at the University’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m., at the Praying Hands Memorial. The ceremony, sponsored by the University’s Air Force and Army ROTC programs, will recognize campus members who have served during times of war, including World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War veterans.
The Veterans Day ceremony will take place after a 24-hour candlelight vigil with Air Force and Army cadets standing guard beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 10. The vigil ends at the end of the ceremony, at approximately noon on Monday.
Beach is the Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Oregon National Guard. He has received numerous awards and decorations throughout his career, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation with four bronze oak leaf clusters, Iraq Campaign, Global War on Terrorism, and other medals.
The Praying Hands Memorial was built by the University’s Class of 1948, in honor of the 69 University of Portland students killed during World War II. The addition of each brick wall surrounding the memorial represents four different battles: World War I, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.
For more information, contact Eric Chastain at 8065 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garaventa Center and international student services will sponsor Prayers for Peace on Monday, November 11, at 2 p.m., at the Peace Garden in Buckley Center Courtyard. International students and members of the UP community will offer public calls for peace in their native language. All are welcome to attend this annual event, and refreshments will be provided. For ADA accomodations or any questions, contact international student services at email@example.com or 7367, or the Garaventa Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7702.
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSWD) would like to remind faculty that there is just over a week between Thanksgiving break and the start of final exam week. Due to this short window of time, the OSWD encourages faculty to request final exam proctoring needs from students before they leave for Thanksgiving break. The OSWD offers faculty the following tips to assist them in preparing for final exams:
- Make multiple announcements of the date and time of your final exam and include a request of students needing exam accommodations for the final exam to contact you directly by a specific date (i.e the Friday before Thanksgiving).
- Send individual e-mail reminders to students with exam accommodations requesting that the student contact you by a specific date to confirm the need for exam accommodations for the final exam.
- Ask the student to confirm which exam accommodations are needed for the final exam. Note: Students who utilize accommodations such as use of a scribe, use of a reader, or use of text-to-speech or speech-to-text software may be referred to the OSWD for proctoring.
- Find a location for the exam. To reserve individual exam seats in FR 123 or locate other possible exam space, faculty should contact their school or departmental administrative assistants.
For assistance with exam proctoring questions, contact Christa Hill at email@example.com. For general accommodation questions, contact Melanie Gangle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your partnership in creating equal access for every member of our community.