The Garaventa Center will present the spring semester’s final installment of the Bringing Eyes of Faith To Film Series with a screening of “The Avengers” on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 319. The movie and presentation are free and open to all. Series hosts Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., of the University’s theology department, and Karen Eifler, of the University’s School of Education, will present brief comments illuminating themes of grace, transcendence, and redemption found in unexpected places like popular movies. Thematic snacks are provided as part of the experience. For more information contact the Garaventa Center at (503) 943-7702 or email@example.com.
Patricia and John Beckman ’42 have funded four scholarships of $3,333 that will be awarded to University of Portland undergraduate students during the 2013-14 academic year. Recipients of the Brian Doyle Scholarships are expected to, over the course of next year, “create a gently humorous project, something that makes people laugh, draws people together, and reminds us that we are brothers and sisters in a joyous way.” Faculty or staff who know of students who may qualify for this new scholarship are asked to have them send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with their first and last name, student ID number, and a few sentences describing their idea for a humorous project. They should type “Humor Scholarship” into the subject line of their e-mails. The deadline is Friday, May 3.
The University of Portland Museum welcomes donations of University memorabilia and photographs for the museum collection and campus display cases, according to curator Carolyn Connolly. Faculty, staff, or departments with photographs or items of interest about the University of Portland’s academic, social, religious and athletic history (examples could include classroom and teaching props; overseas studies mementos; religious objects; sports uniforms and equipment; event programs, etc.) are asked to contact Connolly at email@example.com or 8038.
Beginning in early May, the process of gathering material for the annual University of Portland Report of scholarly activity will be online. The goal for moving the process online is to make the University Report a more accurate representation of all scholarship that occurs at UP and to make the it a celebration of that activity. Rather than releasing the report on Faculty Development Day as in years past, it will now be released at the Opening Convocation in the fall semester. Faculty members will be able to load their information once and then access it for the University Report, annual self-evaluations, and the UP Authors celebration. The online form will also feature an export process so that the data can be downloaded and used in updating curricula vitae. For more information, contact John Orr, assistant to the provost, at 7286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and staff members are asked to consider serving as accompaniers for upcoming Moreau Center service learning immersion programs, according to Laura Goble, Moreau Center. An application form, plus links to FAQs, program descriptions, and costs, can be found at up.edu/moreaucenter. Applications are due by Friday, April 26. Late applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The University of Portland and Neighbors for Clean Air (NCA) will present a screening of the film “A Fierce Green Fire: Stories of the Environmental Movement,” followed by a question and answer session with environmental activist Lois Gibbs, on Saturday, April 27, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The screening and Q & A session are free and open to all.
Directed and written by Mark Kitchell and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende, and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012. It has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins its theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.
Lois Gibbs began her work in environmental causes in 1978 when she discovered that her 7-year-old son’s elementary school in Niagara Falls, New York was built on a toxic waste dump. Subsequent investigation revealed that her entire neighborhood, Love Canal, was built on top of the dump. Gibbs organized her neighbors and formed the Love Canal Homeowners Association, leading her community in a battle against the local, state, and federal governments. After a three-year fight, Gibbs’ leadership led to the relocation of 833 Love Canal households. The screening and Gibbs’ appearance are cosponsored by Opal, the Sierra Club, and Groundwork Portland.
For more information contact Steven Kolmes, environmental science, at 7291 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Portland adjunct drama instructor Andrea Stolowitz, performing and fine arts, won the 2013 Angus L. Bowmer Award for Drama as part of the 2013 Oregon Book Awards for her play, Antarktikos, according to PFA department chair Larry Larsen. Stolowitz is the first University of Portland faculty member to win an Oregon Book Award.
Stolowitz’s screenwriting work includes Jonathan’s War, a feature-length action film, the treatment for Code Name: Pelicano, which was sold to independent producers, and the upcoming six episode web-series Crackerjacks. A Walter E. Dakin Fellow at The Sewanee Writers Conference, Stolowitz has also been awarded residencies at Ledig House, Soapstone, and Hedgebrook, as well as arts grants from North Carolina, Oregon, and private foundations. Her plays include Bad Family, Seascapes, Playing the Course, Berlin Circles, Hotel Traumbad, and Geological Disturbances. Her latest play, Ithaka, premiers at Artist’s Repertory Theater in Portland on May 28, and runs through June 30.
For more information contact Larry Larsen, performing and fine arts, at 503-943-7228 or email@example.com. See more about Antarktikos at http://tinyurl.com/c2ab38y.