All are invited to a free performance of Angel of the Amazon, a new American opera by Evan Mack, on Saturday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The opera presents the riveting story of Sr. Dorothy Stang and her 2005 martyrdom as she worked to help the poor in the Brazilian rainforest, and features UP faculty member Nicole Hanig in a supporting role. Co-sponsored by performing and fine arts and the Garaventa Center. For ADA accommodations or more information: x7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Briana Rotter, nursing, wrote “How can faith be integrated into palliative home-based care?” in Journal of Christian Nursing 36(1) doi: 10.1097/CNJ. 0000000000000564 (2019).
Halina Wyss and Amber Vermeesch, nursing, wrote “Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior in Nursing Education” in ARCH Women Health Care Volume 2(1): 1–1 (2019).
Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, gave three invited presentations at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities at their annual meeting in Washington, DC, February 2-3. These centered on the launch of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education online professional development program whose creation she directed over the past year. Julie Kalnin, education, was the lead consultant in developing the assessment components of the program.
Fr. Richard Rutherford, C.S.C., emeritus theology, delivered the principal theological lecture at the 2019 Catholic Cemetery & Funeral Service Convention in Napa, CA, at the end of January. The talk, “What makes Catholic Funeral Service and Cemeteries Catholic?” led to a lively discussion among Catholic funeral service and cemetery professionals as well as convention vendors about “why we do what we do as Catholics and what it means” when death touches the life of our faithful communities.
Aziz Inan, Shiley School of Engineering, had his article and brain teaser, “Desmond Doss’ name adds up to his birth date,” in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Chinook Observer. See the article here.
Michael R. Prendergast, adjunct theology and music, gave a presentation at Regis University in Denver, Colo., on Sunday January 6, 2019. Michael and his colleague Anne McGuire, from Omaha, Nebraska, presented “A Place Called Home: Liturgy, Music, Hospitality and the Communion of Saints.”
Sarina Saturn and Deirdre Katz, psychological sciences, are mentoring UP students’ research projects and poster presentations at the national and annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention, held for the first time in Portland, OR, on February 7-9, 2019. Co-authors include Chelle Plaisted, computer science, who helps tremendously with data management and syntax, and Jessica Chung, biochemistry, who assists with psychological constructs and biomarker processing in the lab:
- Alyssa Cole ’19, psychological sciences, “Physiological Response to Moral Elevation in Relation to Constructs of the Self and Coping Mechanisms”
- Elaika Celemen ’19, psychological sciences, “Examining the Differences in the Transition to College for Students of Varying Asian Ethnicities”
- Lena Lyon ’19, biology, “Physiological Response to Moral Elevation in Women with Depressive Symptoms”
- Sabrina Legaspi ’20, psychological sciences, “Effects of In-Group Colorism and Eurocentric Beauty Standards on Minority Mental Health”
- Brittney Kawakami ’19, psychological sciences, “Examining the Utilization of Coping Strategies among College Students of Various Racial Identities”
- Abby Kosiara ’18, psychological sciences, “Sex Differences in Humor Experiences in Relationship to Compassion for Oneself and for Others”
- Rachel Mehlman ’20, psychological sciences, “The Relationship Between Facets of Resilience and the Physiological Response to Moral Elevation”
- Bethany Pham ’19, biology, “Prosocial Traits of Young Adults from Collectivist and Individualistic Cultures”
Aziz Inan and Peter Osterberg, Shiley School of Engineering, coauthored “Number curiosities to celebrate Jackie Robinson’s centennial birthday,” The Cairo Messenger, p. A7, February 6, 2019.
All staff and faculty are warmly invited to enjoy tasty food, drinks, and good company at the next Thirst Friday on February 8 from 4-6 p.m. in the Garaventa Center (Franz 330). Celebrate friendships old and new, discover potential cross-campus collaborations, and try this month’s tasting menu. Accompanying our usual array of snacks and beverages will be gustatory marvels inspired by the cinematic masterpiece Napoleon Dynamite. Extra credit for bringing along someone who’s never been to Thirst Friday before.
For more information contact Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center, at email@example.com.
Irene Routté, Moreau Center, was selected as a Fellow with the New Leaders Council (NLC) Institute, the leading leadership development program for progressive young professionals across the country. This six-month program trains Fellows in the skills needed to run for public office, start a non-profit, or launch a business.
Laura Blackhurst and Chris Blackhurst, nursing, co-authored a chapter, “Quality Improvement and Patient Safety,” in C. R. King, S. O. Gerard, & C. G. Rapp (Eds.) (2018) Essential knowledge for CNL and APRN nurse leaders. New York, NY: Springer.
The late Brian Doyle was mentioned in an article titled “A Cider Fest, Yoga With Cats and 9 Other Things to Do and See in Portland Jan. 16-22,” in the January 15 issue of Willamette Week, in reference to Sweet Dreams, Storycatcher, a collection of his essays from Portland magazine. See the article here. Those who knew Brian will relish the thought of him processing the idea of “Yoga With Cats.”
Simon Aihiokhai, theology, published his article, “Making Way for Comparative Theology in the Liturgy of the Word: In Dialogue with James L. Fredericks” in Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Volume 53, Number 4 (Fall 2018): pp. 499 – 519.
Steve Kolmes, environmental science, wrote “Ground-level Pollution, Invasive Species, and Emergent Diseases,” pp 259-272, in Elizabeth A. Hoppe (ed) Ethical Issues in Aviation, second edition. Ashgate Publishing Company, Farnham, Surrey, UK , January 2019. He wrote “The Extra Cow of the Global North” in Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 61:1, 26-32, January 2019.
The University will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 21, featuring Diversity Dialogues at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. The guest speaker will be Erin Jones, a longtime educator and former administrator with Tacoma Public Schools, who will speak about her experience as a black woman in her field and how to continue Dr. King’s legacy and work.
Remembering MLK: Interpretations of Change is sponsored by the Moreau Center, ASUP, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, Social Justice Coordinators, and the Black Student Union. For questions or ADA accommodations contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University’s digital student run news source, The Beacon, is among twenty-five digital publications chosen as finalists for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Crown Awards, to be presented in March 2019 at ceremonies in New York City. The digital publications were published during the 2017-18 academic year.
The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook or digital (online) formats are all eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,100 publications were eligible for judging. This latest honor comes on the heels of Beacon wins in the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards in November.
For more information contact Nancy Copic, student activities, at email@example.com.
Heather Dillon, engineering, presented “The REFLECT Project: Spreading Evidence-based Teaching in STEM” (with Carolyn James, Tara Prestholdt, Valerie Peterson, Eric Anctil, and Stephanie Salomone) at the 43rd Annual Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education Conference, Portland Ore., November 2018.
Aitana Shough ’19 represented UP on Friday, November 16, at the regional Sigma Xi Research Conference and took first place in the biology section, according to Tara Prestholdt, biology.
Janet Banks, nursing, attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2018.
Andrew Guest, psychological sciences, gave a presentation entitled “World Cup Teaching: Making Mega-Events Sociological Learning Opportunities” at the annual meetings of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport on Thursday, November 1, in Vancouver BC.
Michael Johnson, Navreen Kaur ’19, and Elizabeth Lee, institutional research, presented “Developing a campus-wide student leadership assessment program” at the Annual Conference for the Pacific Northwest Association for Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP) in Portland, Ore., November 14-16. Additionally, Lee serves as treasurer for the PNAIRP executive board. She received recognition for her work organizing the conference as the 2018 recipient of the President’s Service Award.
Simon Aihiokhai, theology, published “Locating the Place of Interreligious Friendship in Comparative Theology” in Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 38 (October, 2018): 149 – 152.
Several faculty members from international languages and cultures participated in the Pacific and Ancient Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference November 9-11 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. María Echenique presented “El pacto con el lector en los cuentos de Magela Baudoin”; Giannina Reyes-Giardiello presented “Beyond the Long Shadow of Magic Realism: Mexican Gothic Fiction” and also chaired a panel entitled “Spain, Portugal, and Latin America: Jewish Culture and Literature in Trans-Iberia”; and Matthew Warshawsky presented “The Excellencies of the Hebrews of Isaac Cardoso: Shades of Spain in an Iberian Diasporic Denial of Anti-Jewish Calumnies.”
Dr. Rami Nashashibi has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Opus Prize for his inspirational work as founder and director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, Illinois. The award was announced on Thursday, November 15 during a ceremony hosted by the University of Portland and the Opus Prize Foundation at the Chiles Center.
IMAN is a nonprofit organization that fosters health, wellness, and healing in some of the Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods. The organization was founded in 1997 by Nashashibi and others directly affected by and deeply invested in social issues affecting communities of color living on Chicago’s South Side. The nonprofit’s endeavors include organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center, corner grocery store initiative, and job-training program. Since its founding, IMAN has steadily grown and, in 2016, opened a second office in Atlanta to continue mobilizing a cross-section of people committed to their mission. More at www.imancentral.org/
Two other Opus Prize finalists, Daniel and Avitha Victor of Agape Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, India, and Rev. Daniel Panchot, CSC, and Jose Antonio Patron of Yancana Huasy in Lima, Peru were awarded $100,000 each.
The Opus Prize is one of the world’s largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship. In the face of improbable odds, its laureates are creating change in their communities and demonstrating faith and creativity through their work. Their leadership and dedication is transforming the lives of people around the world.
The University was selected by the Opus Prize Foundation to administer this year’s award because of the school’s commitment to educating the hands and heart – in addition to the mind – of its students, many of whom are dedicated to service and social justice. The 21-month process to identify, nominate and review candidates was made possible by the involvement of University of Portland students, faculty, alumni and administration.
The University of Portland posted a 97 percent student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the second consecutive year, according to the latest data released by the NCAA on November 14. UP’s baseball, men’s cross country and track and field, men’s tennis, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s cross country and track and field, and rowing teams each posted perfect scores. Portland’s remaining five sports reported scores that were higher than the national average.
The GSR measures graduation rates for the most recent six-year graduating class of student-athletes who entered as freshmen during the fall of 2011. The national GSR this year increased by one point to 88 percent.
For more information contact athletics at x7117 or go to www.portlandpilots.com.
Basketball season is officially here, and while there are no games this week, next week is the annual Portland Classic basketball tournament. The men’s team will play the following games:
- Monday, Nov. 19: Pilots vs. Lewis & Clark, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 21: Pilots vs. USC Upstate, 7 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 23: Pilots vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 24: Pilots vs. Texas State, 5 p.m.
The Pilot women will take on Cal State Fullerton in their first official home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 24, at noon.
For more information contact athletics at x7117 or go to www.portlandpilots.com.