The Committee on Teaching and Scholarship is accepting faculty nominations for the 2014-2015 Teaching Award and Scholarship Award, according to committee chair Lauretta Frederking, political science. These awards are an opportunity for the University community to celebrate publicly two of its own for outstanding achievements in teaching and scholarship. The committee will accept nominations until noon on Friday, January 30, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of supporting materials by nominees will be due by noon on Friday, March 20.
Information services has launched a new self-service password reset application. All users must enroll in order to use this new tool, which will require updating your security profile by adding an alternate e-mail contact and setting up your security questions. This takes just a few minutes to complete. The new app offers a convenient way to reset a forgotten network password from any web browser on any device.
Instructions on how to enroll and details about University password requirements are available on the Virtual Service Center at http://tinyurl.com/o397wrx.
For more information contact information services at email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center and Campus Ministry invite all members of the UP community to step away from the frenzy of the season for Visio Divina on Wednesdays during Advent, 12:45 and 7:15 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Visio Divina, which means “sacred seeing,” is an ancient form of contemplative prayer centered on sacred images. It is rooted in monastic tradition.
Participants will experience the Divine in images from the University’s Saint John’s Bible, a different one each week. Visio Divina asks only for our silent presence; each session lasts about 30 minutes.
The School of Education’s Teacher Leadership Network (TLN) will present “An Evening with Dr. Karen Eifler” on Thursday, December 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The evening will consist of opportunities to network with colleagues, learn about the TLN and future events, and a keynote presentation from Eifler.
The Teacher Leadership Network promotes professional growth and development, mentorship, and networking among educators in the Portland and SW Washington areas. Comprised of local school and school systems educators, classroom teachers, teaching and curriculum coaches, community educators, current students and alumni, Teacher Leadership Fellows are committed to TLN’s focus on professional development, networking, and mentorship.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Amy Kwong-Kwapisz, education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s TIAA-CREF investment counselor for employees, Preston Watts, will be on campus this week for individual financial counseling sessions on December 8, 9, and 10 in Orrico Hall room 101. Go to www.tiaa-cref.org/schedulenow or call TIAA-CREF at (877) 842-2028 (press 5) to schedule an appointment today.
For more information contact Andy Sherwood, human resources, at 8981 or email@example.com.
Employees will need to either confirm their current coverage or make changes using our UP online Open Enrollment Tool by Tuesday, December 2, at 3 p.m. The effective date of the elections and new rates will be January 1, 2015.
The Flexible Spending Account is an annual election. Employees who had this benefit in 2014 and wish to continue will need to re-enroll online through the University’s provider website for Flex-Plan at http://tinyurl.com/n654hrk, as paper forms are no longer accepted. The company code is “UOP”, instructions for online FSA enrollment can be found at http://tinyurl.com/plc6d2b.
For more information, please see Andy Sherwood, human resources, in Waldschmidt Hall 502, during Open Enrollment drop-in hours:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 to 10 a.m., and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All University community members, including alumni, families, and friends, are invited to gather in Bauccio Commons on Monday, December 1, at 6 p.m., for the 16th annual University of Portland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Refreshments will be provided by ASUP. Contact student activities at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Each year faculty and staff are asked to help support the University and its students, programs, and spaces. As a part of the Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign, open November 3 to December 5, those who wish to contribute through payroll deduction must re-enroll to continue their donations in January. Employees can donate a minimum of $10 per month through payroll deduction to one designated fund and sign up for an additional donation to a second fund as well. To re-enroll, simply visit http://tinyurl.com/p3o5ooh.
Employees can also make a one-time gift of any amount by writing a check or paying by credit card online. One-time gifts can be for any amount and designated for any fund.
The Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign is one of the most strategic funding campaigns for the University. These gifts underwrite tuition support for students and important projects like the new Clark Library. Additionally, employee gifts send a powerful message to alumni, businesses, foundations, and friends of the University—that those closest to UP support it financially as well as professionally. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ncc499l to find out more about the campaign. Contact Amy Eaton, development, at 8551 or email@example.com with questions.
The Nicaragua Immersion Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle will take place from Monday, December 1 through Friday, December 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons hallway. Proceeds of the Silent Auction & Gift Basket Drawing benefit UP students who will be going on the Nicaragua Immersion in May 2015. The students are responsible for fundraising for this valuable learning experience, and the Silent Auction 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.
This is a great fundraiser for our entire community. We appreciate your participation. Please call or e-mail Theresa McCreary, campus ministry, at 7131 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The Garaventa Center will hold a Thirst Friday social gathering on Friday, December 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the last day of classes before finals with a glass of wine, tasty appetizers, and fun conversation. For more information contact Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, at 8014 or email@example.com.