A TIAA-CREF representative will host a brown bag lunch presentation on retirement income options for those close to retirement on Wednesday, April 17, at noon in Buckley Center room 163. Contact Andy Sherwood, human resources, at email@example.com for more information. Snacks will be provided.
The Clark Library renovation is on schedule and books will start moving to their new home in mid-June, followed by furniture and computers in early July. Library faculty and staff will return in late July. The collections and staff in the Terrace Room will move last in order to ensure minimal disruption. Specific dates will be publicized and targeted announcements will keep summer session students and faculty updated. If all goes as planned, the building will open by early August, with campus celebrations in late September. Visit the Transforming the UP Library blog (http://wordpress.up.edu/library) to see the latest project news and photos.
Faculty and staff applications for tuition remission will only be accepted via online forms and can be accessed through the HR website at www.up.edu/hr/, according to HR director Bryn Sopko. The HR office will no longer accept paper forms. In addition to this easier access, HR has updated the application dates for remission to match the deadline in student accounts, so please keep these dates in mind:
- Spring term: November 15
- Summer term: April 5
- Fall term: July 1.
Since the April 5 deadline for summer tuition has passed, please submit remission forms as soon as possible.
Please also note that there are separate tuition remission application forms for undergraduate and graduate course work, and that any graduate level tuition remission benefits will be taxable to the employee on the value above $5,250 for attempted credits and subject to applicable withholdings, and will be reflected on the W-2 form of the tax year the remission was applied. A summary on tuition remission and links to the online forms are available at http://tinyurl.com/c8f6j2x.
For more information contact human resources at 7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual Sam Jam will take place on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chiles Center. Members of the Pilot men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete in a wheelchair basketball game against the Portland Wheelblazers of Oregon Disability Sports to raise money for Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Sam Jam was started by University of Portland student Sam Bridgman, who was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia when he was 15 years old.
Admission is free, though a $5 donation is recommended at the door. Donations can also be made online at http://tinyurl.com/cq7h76c. Learn more about Sam Bridgman’s story at http://vimeo.com/43579515, or RSVP on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/cgel3ol.
All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend “The Impact of Catholic Education in America,” a conference to be held June 20-22, 2013 on the University of Portland campus, according to Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center. The purpose of the conference is to bring together teachers, school administrators, pastors, and scholars to deepen the conversation around issues facing Catholic schools today and the impact these schools have had on the flourishing of the Catholic faith throughout the nation.
Members of the UP community—including undergraduate students—may attend any or all sessions free of charge but are asked to register at http://www.up.edu/garaventa/. Faculty who have local archdiocesan teachers, administrators, or pastors as students are asked to let them know that registration is $100 for the Friday sessions, which include topics of particular interest to them (technology in the classroom, school standards and benchmarks, legal topics, effective school boards, transferring the mission to lay leadership, etc). There are also a limited number of $50 scholarships available to this group.
For more information contact Powell at 7702 or email@example.com.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, local Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein will speak on Friday April 19, at 4 p.m., in Buckley Center room 163. Her talk is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided.
Greenstein will be bringing her autobiography In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl’s Survival in the Holocaust. Copies will be available for $20 and can be autographed at the end of the program. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the endowment fund for the maintenance of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. For more information contact Bethany Sills, student activities, at 8198 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Portland School of Nursing is pleased to announce the appointment of Joane Moceri as associate dean for the undergraduate program effective May 1, 2013. Moceri has served as an associate professor with the School of Nursing since August 2012, teaching in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She came to UP from the University of Washington Tacoma, and also served as founding director of the Pierce College Nursing Program. Her scholarly interests include increasing under-represented minorities in nursing and the nursing workplace environment. She speaks broadly on diversity issues in nursing, serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Cultural Diversity, and is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. For more information contact the School of Nursing at 7211 or email@example.com.
Curt Pederson has joined the information services team as chief information officer (CIO), according to Jim Ravelli, university operations. Pederson will be responsible for the overall leadership of the IT organization including infrastructure, applications, and academic computing. He formerly was the CIO for Oregon State University and prior to that was the CIO for the state of Oregon. For more information contact Ravelli at 7540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All faculty and staff are invited to bid farewell to Kitty Harmon at a party in her honor on Friday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m., in the gallery of Shiley Hall’s second floor. Refreshments will be provided. Instead of bringing a gift, Kitty has requested that her friends and colleagues make a donation to the Kitty C. Harmon Scholarship for the Study of Engineering and Music. For more information contact Kim Spir, engineering, at 7314 or email@example.com.