W-2 tax forms for employees who signed up for electronic delivery for 2012 are now available in Employee Self Service at http://tinyurl.com/8y5yq65 (you will need to provide your UP login and password). Instructions for accessing and printing W-2 forms can be found on the UP web at http://tinyurl.com/ay8sfrz. For 2012 you will need to click the “Printable W-2” button in the lower left-hand corner to get the official document to submit with tax returns. Paper forms were mailed on Wednesday, January 30. New this year is code DD in box 12. This is an informational box that lists the total cost of healthcare that employees and the university paid for the calendar year. For more information contact payroll at 8338.
On Thursday, February 7 the “Half-time Mile” is scheduled to take place during the Pilot men’s basketball game vs. Loyola at 7 p.m. On Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. the Pilots take the court against Pepperdine for the annual Military Appreciation game. All active and retired military personnel will receive free admission by visiting the Pilots Box Office on the day of the game. There will also be a special performances by the 204th Army Band and activities for kids so bring the whole family. For more information go to www.portlandpilots.com or call 7431. For tickets call 7525 or visit the Pilots Box Office at the Chiles Center.
All faculty and staff are welcome to attend the next UP Hive lecture, featuring 1988 UP alumnus Dan O’Leary, on Tuesday, February 5, at 5:30 p.m., at Environments (707 SE Belmont St.). O’Leary is a CPA and member of the deans advisory board for the Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. School of Business, as well as a founding board member of Young Entrepreneur’s Business Week. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to Jason Lesh at firstname.lastname@example.org. The UP Hive is an open forum for UP alumni, current MBA students, and UP supporters.
The University dedicated a new, sorely needed multipurpose instructional and office facility—the $2.5 million, 92,000 square foot Buckley Center—on February 7, 1969. Named for the first chairman of UP’s lay board of regents, James L. Buckley (whose gift was the major source of funding), the new building became home for the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, the Graduate School, and the Office of Student Life. According to Jim Covert’s 1976 history, A Point of Pride, “The Most Rev. Robert J. Dwyer, archbishop of Portland in Oregon, formally blessed Buckley Center…followed by a premier performance in Buckley Auditorium of a commissioned cantata, “For Men Yet Unborn,” written and conducted by Gerald Kechley, professor of music at the University of Washington. It featured the University choir and orchestra with a soprano solo by Portland singer Gloria Cutsforth; honorary degrees were conferred upon the Honorable Edith Green, U.S. representative of Oregon’s third district, and Mr. James L. Buckley. Professor Jacques Barzun of Columbia University delivered an address entitled “Knowledge Development and the Quality of Life.” In all, it was a memorable experience that generated considerable warmth among members of the University community, despite the unseasonably cold weather that weekend and the prevailing chilly winds that blew across the quadrangles of academe in those years.” For more information on University history see the University Almanac at www.up.edu/almanac.
Faculty who are planning to process and students who are planning to graduate in May 2013 may order their caps, gowns, and personalized graduate announcements at the Jostens Ordering Event in the Pilot House Lounge, February 12, 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to Billy McWood, university events. Orders may also be submitted at the events office at 6605 N. Portsmouth, from February 12 through March 22. Please note that any orders received after March 22 will incur a special handling fee of $15.
Order forms for personalized graduation announcements are now available in the events office. Students may also order online at www.shop.jostens.com or by calling 1-800-353-5299. For more information contact McWood at 8434 or email@example.com.
Campus community emergency response team training is available for faculty, staff, and students who would like to learn skills to keep themselves and their families and community members safe in an emergency, according to Jeff Rook, public safety. Volunteers are trained by the University CCERT trainers and Portland Fire and Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within the campus and immediate surrounding neighborhood. CCERT classes are offered at no cost to people who live or work at the University of Portland. To join the UP CCERT program, participants attend a total of 8 classes of hands-on training. Classes are at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting February 5, in Buckley Center room 310. For more information and registration go to http://upccert.eventbrite.com/. Contact Jeff Rook for more details or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University employees have until Sunday, February 17 to form their teams for the second round of competition for Thrive Across America and Mix it UP, according to Carol Welch, human resources. Winners from the fall competition will be enjoying their catered lunches in the next few weeks, so now is the time to team up and work toward being in the spring competition’s winner’s circle. Remember, you don’t need to be a star athlete to compete in Thrive Across America or Mix It UP; much like the story of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady can win the race.
For Thrive Across America, start or join a team of 4-10 coworkers and for every 30 minutes or more of exercise per day, you earn a Thrive Across America star. The more stars you earn, the higher your score. Those who signed up last year do not need to sign up again. For more information go to http://up.thriveacrossamerica.com or contact Welch at 7461 or email@example.com. For Mix It UP, start or join a team of 4 to 10 coworkers and prepare your taste buds for adventure (team membership is not required to participate). Each day, try different kinds of fruits and vegetables and log them on the Mix It Up website at http://up.gomixitup.com. Keep in mind that while employees don’t have to create a new log in and password, they do have to create a new team and sign up teammates. Teams can use the same team name from fall or create a new name. For more information contact Welch at 7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to the fist annual benefit dinner hosted by Village Gardens at the Bauccio Commons on Friday, March 15, according to Kim Nguyen, nursing. Village Gardens has been a UP partner agency in many important projects. The organization promotes community leadership, growing and sharing of healthy food, and youth empowerment, education, and skill building. The evening will include food and drink, community participant presentations, brief videos highlighting program successes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $40, with dinner included, and can be purchased at www.villagegardens.org. Students may use Pilots meal points to purchase tickets. The event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with dinner served at 7. For more information, contact Nguyen at email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center invites paper proposals for a conference highlighting the history of Catholic education in America, according to Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center. “The Impact of Catholic Education in America: Past, Present and Future” will take place from June 20-22, 2013, on the University campus. This gathering of scholars, administrators, teachers and Church leaders, co-hosted with the University’s School of Education as they celebrate their 50th anniversary, will review the past and assess present circumstances as a lens through which to view current challenges and future possibilities. Papers proposals are welcome from faculty and staff, and all are encouraged to share this invitation with colleagues from other institutions.
Possible topics include implementation of new practices; academic excellence and Catholic identity; effective advisory boards; implementing new practices; parish and school relationships; history of Catholic education; integrating curriculum; special needs/differentiated instruction; evangelization and catechesis; public policy; environmentally aware students; families and the cycles of faith; Catholic school leadership; diverse populations; technology in the classroom, and more.
The deadline for submission of one-page abstracts for individual papers is Friday, February 22. Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, March 1. Abstracts, along with full contact information, should be e-mailed to Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference’s keynote speaker will be Thomas Groome of Boston College. Invited speakers include Regina Haney (NCEA), Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, SJ of Boston College, Sr. M. Angela Shaughnessy of St. Catharine College, Lorraine Ozar of Loyola University-Chicago, Martin Scanlan of Marquette, Sr. Dale McDonald (NCEA), Sr. Clare Fitzgerald, SSND, and Kathy Mears (NCEA). Additional conference information is available at www.up.edu/garaventa or by e-mail to email@example.com.
The Hawaii Club is looking for faculty and staff to dance as part of the show at the University’s 37th annual Luau on Saturday, March 23. Those who participate will receive a free ticket to the event. No dance experience is necessary to join the fun, and UP employees should note that Hawaiian dance practice is great exercise and would count toward points for the Thrive Across America competition.
Practices started on Sunday, January 27 and will be held every Sunday in St. Mary’s on the following schedule: Slow Tahitian, 9 a.m.; Auana, 10 a.m.; Kahiko, 11 a.m.; Boys Fast, noon; Haka, 1 p.m.; Seniors, 2 p.m.; Tahitian, 3 p.m.; Couples, 4 p.m.; Poi Balls, 5 p.m.; Samoan, 5 p.m.; Professors, 6 p.m. New dancers are welcome to join until Sunday, February 9. Contact Jamie Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fredeliz Misay at email@example.com for information.