Mailing services will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday along with the rest of the campus on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, and will be open on Wednesday, November 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Metered mail needs to be at the mail center no later than 2 p.m. in order for it to be taken to the Post Office at 3 p.m. Please do not drop FedEx/UPS items in the mail box slots; be sure to hand them to a real live smiling mail center employee. For more information contact Mary Scroggins, supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All University community members, including alumni, families, and friends, are invited to gather in Bauccio Commons on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m., for the 15th annual University of Portland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Refreshments will be provided by ASUP. Contact Student Activities at 7470 or email@example.com for more information.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Donations from faculty and staff have been the backbone of the success of the annual Silent Auction fundraiser for the Moreau Center’s Nicaragua Immersion service program. All faculty, staff, students, and UP friends are welcome to participate in the Silent Auction, either as a donor of items or a bidder. This year’s auction will take place from Tuesday, December 3 through Friday, December 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons main entrance hallway.
Single items, gift baskets, tickets to events, signed books, weekends at vacation homes or timeshares, gift certificates to local restaurants, and UP merchandise are just some of the items that have been popular at the auction in the past. Donations can be brought to the Moreau Center any time during the workday from now through Monday, December 1. Please contact Theresa McCreary, campus ministry, at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the auction. Thank you for your support!
The University of Portland Orchestra will present “Music for a Winter’s Evening” on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to all. Please join orchestra members for a powerful journey of visual and aural art as they perform Mussorgsky’s iconic Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring the legend of Baba Yaga and The Great Gate of Kiev. They will also celebrate the season with Barber’s Die Natali: Chorale Preludes for Christmas and other holiday favorites. For more information contact David De Lyser, performing and fine arts, at 7382 or email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center continues in providing a festive spirit by inviting all to join them for “Thirst Fridays.” All faculty and staff are invited to drop by the Center in 330 Franz Hall any time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on 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.
- Session I: Monday, Dec. 2, 5-6 p.m., Terrace Room
- Session II: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7-8 a.m., Terrace Room
- Session III: Monday, Dec. 9, 7-8 a.m., Terrace Room
- Session IV: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5-6 p.m., Terrace Room
- Session V: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3-4 p.m., Terrace Room.
Jim Ravelli, VP for university operations, and Tom Greene, provost, will be there, as well as chairs of sub-task forces as their schedules allow. For more information contact Kathleen Staten, provost’s office, at 7105 or email@example.com.
All University alumni employees are invited to attend the 7th Annual UP Alumni Employee Luncheon on Thursday, December 5, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons Terrace Room, according to Carmen Gaston, assistant vice president, alumni relations and planning. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to celebrate and share our unique experience of working at our beloved alma mater. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 7328 by Monday, December 2. All degreed and non-degreed UP alumni are welcome. No list is perfect, so please pass this invitation to any UP alumni employees who may have not received this message.
Faculty and staff members who are tasked with updating their departmental and office information in the 2014-2015 University Bulletin are free to do so at any time, according to Tom Greene, provost. The Smartcatalog tool used to implement the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 bulletins can be accessed by going to the Provost section under the “Academics” menu on the main UP webpage. The link is located under “Faculty Resources” at http://tinyurl.com/ad5nzkk (“Smart Catalog (Online Bulletin) Login”) or by using this link. Access is limited to designated users who have been issued usernames and passwords. For assistance with usernames, passwords, or using the Smartcatalog tool, contact Marc Covert, marketing and communications, at 8132 or email@example.com.