The staff holiday party, held annually in the Bauccio Commons, will take place this year on Thursday, December 20, at 11:30 a.m., with the formal program beginning at 12:45, according to HR director Bryn Sopko. The party will feature a holiday selection of fare from Bon Appetit’s food stations, annual employee award presentations, prize drawings, recognition of employees’ service to the University, and words of holiday cheer from Fr. Beauchamp. All current University staff members are invited to attend, as are retired staff. All are encouraged to come early for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with your friends. Employees who cannot come are asked to RSVP to university events at 7523 or email@example.com.
University of Portland has announced a RISE Campaign gift of $100,000 from the George and Virginia Schneider family. Half of the gift enhances the existing Molly Hightower Scholarship. The other half establishes the Schneider Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship, designed to help deserving nursing majors who demonstrate financial need. The scholarships represent a longtime interest in and dedication to three areas that Virginia and her late husband, George, championed through their lives: Catholic education, community service, and health care.
The Schneiders have long-standing ties to University of Portland and to the Portland community. One of their children, Ginger Corrada, graduated from the University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. The Schneiders’ granddaughter, Emily Corrada, is currently a senior nursing student.
The Schneiders’ gift is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which seeks to raise $175 million over the next several years, one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.
Susan Stillwell, nursing, was invited by the Nursing Quality Network, American Nurses Association to speak on “Evidence Based Practice, Research, or Quality Improvement: What’s the Difference?” The webinar was held November 29, 2012.
2012 is quickly coming to a close and with year-end comes the time to think about tax returns. Please take a minute to verify your permanent address online (through self-service Banner) and to opt-in to online W-2 delivery. If you need assistance or need to make any changes, please contact payroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The start of the year is also a great time to review how to properly document expenses. All expense reimbursement requests must include: what was purchased, the amount, the date, the business purpose of the activity, and the names of participants. Requests should include an itemized receipt. Mileage requests should include the destination, the purpose of the trip, the names of travelers and the number of miles traveled. Any questions about this may directed to Eric Barger, controller, at email@example.com.
Your friendly student accounts staff would also like to remind all departments that any cash or check payments received must be deposited with the cashier the same day. If you need help with this contact Heidi Keller, student accounts, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays from the controller’s office!
The men’s basketball team continues action at home this week with two non-conference games. The Pilots host Cal State Bakersfield tonight (Monday, December 17) and then take on North Florida on Wednesday, December 19. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. tip-off with gates opening at 6 p.m. The women’s basketball team will also be in action at the Chiles Center this week as they are set for a matinee game versus Oregon on Friday, December 21 with a noon tip-off. For more information visit www.portlandpilots.com and for tickets call 7525 or visit the Pilots box office. Go Pilots!
The UP Shuttle will follow a different schedule over winter break, according to Jeff Rook, public safety. Shuttles will run Monday through Thursday, Decem ber 17-20, from 6:55-9:30 a.m. and 3:55-7 p.m., and there will be no service from Saturday, December 22 through Sunday, January 6. Reduced service will resume on Monday, January 7 and will return to normal service on Saturday, January 12. Shuttle times for the winter break are posted on the public safety transit/travel section of the UP website at http://tinyurl.com/c6tna76.
Faculty and staff who signed up for Flex Spending accounts for 2012 are reminded that the 2012 balance on their Benny Cards can be used through December 31, 2012. Any remaining funds may be accessed through the normal claim reimbursement process from January 1 to March 15, 2013. All claims for 2012 must be filed by March 31, 2013. For more information contact HR at 7461 or email@example.com.
During the University’s holiday break the Terrace Room Interim Library will be closed on weekends and from December 24 through January 1, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays (see full schedule at http://tinyurl.com/3cxvc88). Library staff will still be working behind the scenes on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and can be contacted by phone or email if you have questions, or need something outside of publicly open hours. The library staff wishes all UP community members a wonderful holiday!
Course packs for the spring 2013 semester are due to printing services as soon as possible, according to Kassie Hansen, printing and mailing services. New copyright restrictions often result in a clearance time of four weeks or more, and in order for printing services staff to provide needed course materials, they must have books and documents from faculty well in advance of the end of the fall semester. For more information contact Hansen at 7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Portland’s Speech and Debate Union successfully participated in the Orv Iverson & Krista Bacon-Vickery Memorial Forensics Tournament at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, over the weekend of December 8-9, according to Brian Simmons and Bohn Lattin, communication studies:
Anna Murphy (business) won 1st place speaker in the Novice Division of Debate with a Bronze award
John Russell (civil engineering) advanced to the elimination rounds of Debate, Silver award
Beau Woodward (economics) advanced to the elimination rounds of Debate, Bronze award
Arthur Hammer(business) advanced to the elimination rounds of Debate, a Bronze award
Katherine Wilson (political science) won 2nd place speaker in the Open Division of Debate and advanced to the elimination rounds, a Bronze
award, and won 2nd place in the Open Division of Extemporaneous Speaking
Elizabeth Hartley (biology) won 3rd place speaker in the Open Division of Debate
Nikki Carter (civil engineering) won 2nd place in Open Division Impromptu Speaking and 3rd in the Open Division of Extemporaneous Speaking.
In addition, the University of Portland team won 3rd place overall in the tournament among participating four-year schools. For more information