The next Bringing Eyes of Faith to Film movie screening will featured “28 Days Later” on Tuesday, October 29, beginning at 7:15 p.m., in Shiley Hall room 319 (a change from room 301). Hosts Karen Eifler and Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., use this free Garaventa Center series to illuminate unexpected themes of grace and redemption in popular contemporary movies. In this 2002 film, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK. All are welcome to enjoy the conversation and thematic movie snacks. For more information contact Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center, at 7702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next meeting of the Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group will be Friday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m., in Franz Hall Murphy conference room. The group will be discussing selections from Haidt, Righteous Mind and the poem “A Ritual to Read to Each Other” by William Stafford. Readings are on electronic reserve in the library under Eifler, Karen or Martin, Norah, Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group. All faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Norah Martin at 7138 or email@example.com.
The Garaventa Center celebrates its move to the Corrado Reading Room (330 Franz) by inviting all faculty and staff to join them for “Thirst Fridays” this autumn. Stop by any time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 25 and Friday, December 6 to enjoy wine, sparkling waters, snacks, and sparkling, convivial conversation with people from all over campus. For more information, contact Garaventa Center co-director Karen Eifler at 8014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to visit the Garaventa Center’s website at http://wordpress.up.edu/garaventa/, according to Jamie Powell, Garaventa Center. A number of podcasts are available, including the weekly Fractio Verbi podcast. Visitors can link directly to the readings and obtain a written transcript of the spoken reflection. There is also an occasional podcast series called Theodeon, in which Karen Eifler and Fr. Charlie Gordon discuss themes of grace and transcendence they find thanks to their popular Bringing Eyes of Faith to Film series, which applies sacramental worldview to movies now showing in theaters. For more information contact Powell at 7702 or email@example.com.
The Teaching & Learning Collaborative (TLC) is working to make http://wordpress.up.edu/tl/, its new website, a great first stop for teaching tips and resources, according to Karen Eifler, Garaventa Center. University of Portland professors from every discipline will bring their tried and true strategies to life in short, two- to 10-minute videos. Like what you see? Follow up with a conversation with your colleagues in the Commons or Holy Cross Dining Room, a benefit of using local talent to shed light on teaching dilemmas faced by all faculty. The TL website also features a Technology Teaching Tip of the Week, links to other instructional resources on campus, and downloads of portable ideas such as peer review protocols, writing prompts, and discussion starters for those days when just one new idea is all it takes to ignite your own teaching imagination. If you have suggestions for new content or ideas for TLC to pursue, please contact Eifler at 8014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first meeting of the Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group for the 2013-2014 academic year will be on Friday, September 20, at 3:30 p.m., in the Murphy Room in Franz Hall, according to Norah Martin, philosophy. The group will be discussing “Farther Away: Robinson Crusoe, David Foster Wallace and the Island of Solitude,” by Jonathan Franzen, and “Antilamentation,” a poem by Dorianne Laux. The direct link to the e-reserve is http://clark.up.edu/search/p?SEARCH=eifler. All readings are on electronic reserve in the library under Martin, Norah and Eifler, Karen, Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group. All faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Martin at email@example.com or Eifler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Portland School of Education will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala reception and dinner on Thursday, June 27, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons. All faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to attend. Individual tickets are $50 ($35 for graduates of the past decade), and tables of 10 are $500, and can be reserved at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/mlcnk8m, or by contacting Amy Kwong-Kwapisz at email@example.com or 7752. A portion of each ticket sold will be applied to the 50th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, to be used in support of the next generation of teachers and school leaders to benefit from an education on The Bluff. Sponsorships in the amounts of $10,000, $5,000, and $1,000 are also available.
The 6 p.m. Meet and Greet Reception will feature open bar hospitality and the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, alumni, faculty members, administrators, and friends. Dinner will feature alumni greetings, celebrations, and special announcements. James Popham, emeritus professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will deliver the dinner keynote address. Popham, a nationally recognized authority on educational assessment, teaching and leadership, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University in 1953 and his master’s degree in 1954.
The School of Education professional network has a far-reaching impact in the region. This includes alumni Bonnie Robb and Laurie Espenel, recent winners of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award; alumna Anne Storm, recipient of the 2010 National Catholic Educational Association Distinguished Teacher Award; and education professor Karen Eifler, recognized as Oregon Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Free childcare is available for children between the ages of 2 and 12 during the dinner, but children must be registered by Friday, June 14. Please Kwong-Kwapisz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 7752 to arrange childcare.
The provost’s office has announced the appointment of Karen Eifler and Rev. Charles Gordon, C.S.C., as co-directors of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, effective July 1, 2013.
Eifler is well known across campus and involved in many activities that speak to the very essence of the Center. She has been a board member and leader in Collegium, a national organization that explores issues similar to those explored by the Garaventa Center. Eifler and Norah Martin, College of Arts and Sciences, have led the Friday afternoon Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group for many years. Eifler is a respected and recognized teacher, author, and colleague. Her vast experience, inexhaustible creativity, deft organizational skills, and unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding will be assets in leading the Center forward.
Fr. Gordon is well-known for his public lectures in the region and his scholarly discussion groups. His students also find his classroom lessons stimulating and provocative. Cambridge educated and an expert in American culture from the sublime to the ridiculous as well as a widely respected Holy Cross priest, he will add his capacious set of attributes to advancing the Center.
Jamie Powell will continue in her role as program coordinator for the Garaventa Center. For more information contact Powell at 7702 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The final gathering of the Faith and Intellectual Life Discussion Group will be Friday, April 5, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Franz Hall Murphy conference room. The group will discuss three pieces: “Losing Our Religion” by Katherine Ozment, “Awe and the Religious Life: a Naturalistic Perspective” by Howard Wettstein, and Czeslaw Milosz’s poem “Meaning.” All faculty and staff are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served. The readings are available as online reserves under the names Norah Martin or Karen Eifler. For more information contact Karen Eifler at email@example.com.