The Vermont Hills Family Life Center online auction fundraiser will take place from Saturday, April 20 through Friday, May 3. Vermont Hills administers the UP daycare facility. To view auction items and place bids visit www.32auctions.com/vhflc. Winning bids will support VHFLC in their mission to provide quality care and education as well as tuition assistance for children in the greater Portland area.
Responsibility for p-card reconciliations will continue through the summer, according to Eric Barger, controller. Those who use p-cards for University expenses can go online from anywhere with internet access to reconcile p-card statements. For more information, contact Theresa Knott, controller’s office, at 8712.
Please remember that the IRS requires documentation of names of all participants for meals and entertainment expenses, an area of documentation that the University needs to improve. Best wishes for a safe and happy summer from the controller’s office.
On Saturday, April 13, thirteen voice students from the University of Portland participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Festival Competition for Classical Singers from Oregon and Southwest Washington, held in Corvallis, Ore. Participants were Lydia Blaine, Bronwyn Jones, Hannah Kitner, Brenna Stacey, Ashley Woster, Katrina Welborn, Amelia Segler, Nicole Bennavente, Daisy Guzman, Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas, James Lange, Meagan Usselman and Kelsey Rouse. Freshman Lydia Blaine, a student of Nicole Leupp Hanig, performing and fine arts, won first place in her division. Junior Rodrigo Gaspar-Barajas, a student of Wade Baker, performing and fine arts, received honorable mention in his category.
Senior mechanical engineering student Matthew Dally placed second in the engineering poster competition at the 9th Annual Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette Chapter Research Symposium on April 12 at Portland State University. Matthew’s poster, “Nonlinear Parametric Health Monitoring of a Slender Cantilever Beam Subject to Non-Stationary Excitation” described a method to accurately track the health and predict the catastrophic failure of an aluminum beam subjected to vibrations called NMT. The symposium provides an opportunity for students to display research they have conducted in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering. For more information go to http://tinyurl.com/cqsot6z.
The University community lost one of its most beloved members when Rev. Chester Stephen Prusynski, C.S.C., passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. He was 91 years old. Fr. Pru served at the University of Portland for 46 years (1964-2010) in a wide variety of capacities. He was perhaps best known as a tireless advocate for the University’s athletics programs, serving for decades as both a team chaplain and ardent fan. In recognition of his support, he is a member of the Portland Pilots Hall of Fame, the University annually awards the Fr. Chester Prusynski Award to its top student-athletes, and the state-of-the-art soccer practice field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex was named Rev. Chester S. Prusynski Field (“Pru Pitch”) in his honor. Fr. Pru would have celebrated his 50th anniversary of his ordination at the C.S.C. Jubilee Celebration on May 25, 2012. We miss him still.
The library will switch to its summer intersession schedule starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The Terrace Room’s public hours during the intersession week will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff will still be working weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and can be contacted by phone or e-mail if you have questions or need something outside of publicly open hours. The full schedule is available at http://tinyurl.com/3cxvc88.
Child care will be available during events like nursing pinning, ROTC, baccalaureate Mass, graduate or undergraduate commencement, or the Faculty Gala thanks to Vermont Hills Family Life Centers. Four-hour sessions will be available at $30 per child or $40 per family:
- Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 5, 1-5 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 7, 6-10 p.m.
A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve spots, but the deposit will be applied toward childcare costs. Please contact VHFLC UP site director Cala Richman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior communication studies majors will present selected research projects at the Department of Communication Studies Capstone Showcase Night on Tuesday, April 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Buckley Center room 163. All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Dann Pierce, communication studies, at 7340 or email@example.com.
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 conference, coordinated and cosponsored with the School of Education and the PACE program, brings together teachers, school administrators, pastors, and scholars to deepen the conversation around the serious issues facing Catholic schools today, as well as 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. There are also a limited number of $50 scholarships available. For more information contact Powell at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 doctor of nursing practice/family nurse practitioner graduates have been working diligently over the past year to complete their practice improvement projects (PIPs), which are designed to improve practice or patient outcomes. The students will be presenting their PIP posters beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 29, in Buckley Center room 310. All interested parties in the academic community are invited to attend some or all of the presentations. For more information contact Stacey Boatright, nursing, at 7211 or email@example.com.