Jacob Murphy will be joining the Office of Student Activities on August 20 to serve as the new weekend and late night program coordinator. He recently completed his master’s of leadership for student affairs in higher education at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he served as graduate assistant for student activities and programming in the Department of Student Life & Leadership. We are excited to have Jake focus his energy on our Pilots After Dark program, Campus Program Board, KDUP, and more. Please join us in welcoming Jake as he joins the Student Activities team later this month.
Spots are available for “Transgender Inclusion and Interrupting Interpersonal Oppression Moments,” a training session provided by Basic Rights Oregon, according to Yuri Hernández Osorio, student activities. The training session takes place on Monday, August 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the Beauchamp Wellness Center 2nd floor classroom. To reserve a spot please e-mail Yuri at firstname.lastname@example.org. The free training is provided by Diversity and Inclusion Programs, and will cover transgender inclusion to create a shared discourse and understanding. Attendees will build on their understanding of privilege and oppression and how different forms of oppression are manifest and connected. Participants will get the chance to practice hands-on interruption of interpersonal oppression.
For more information contact Hernández Osorio at email@example.com.
Tyler Zimmerman has been promoted to the role of associate director of student engagement in the Office of Student Activities, according to Jeromy Koffler, director. He will primarily work to support ASUP, the implementation of the new Engage platform, and the many programs within student activities. Many faculty and staff may recognize Zimmerman through his role as weekend and late night program coordinator, and previously as the assistant director of Christie Hall. He is also a graduate of the University’s master of communication studies program and has been on The Bluff since 2012. Please join us in welcoming Tyler to his new role starting July 2.
The University’s student-run news source, The Beacon, has won six national Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Winners include:
- Hannah Sievert, Feature Writing (Small School Division), “Call to the Church“
- Ben Arthur, Sports Writing (Small School Division), “Tall Standards: Despite Being Undersized, Wintering and Johnson are one of the Top Backcourts in the Country.”
- Rachel Ramirez, On-line Feature Reporting, “Life and Terror: John Paul Mugisha Finds a New Life on the Bluff.”
- Finalist, Claire Desmarais and Brennan Robinson, General News Reporting (Small School Division), “ROTC Adjusts Training in an Era of Mass Shootings.”
- Finalist, Annika Gordon, Feature Photography (Small School Division), “Muslim Women Answer: What Does the Hijab Mean to You?“
- Finalist, Rachel Rippetoe, General Column Writing (Small School Division).
For more information contact student activities at x7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orientation for new students begins on Friday, January 12, at 9 a.m., in the Pilot House, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities. For a complete schedule of events, go to this link. Be sure to welcome our nearly 100 new students and their families! Questions? Contact the Office of Student Activities at x7470 or email@example.com.
All University community members who identify as Latinx (Latino/Latina/Chicano/a/Hispanic, etc.) and work at UP in any capacity, including adjunct, faculty, staff, and administration, are invited to contact Yuri Hernández Osorio, who serves as diversity & inclusion program coordinator in students activities. Hernández Osorio hopes to form an informal group for Latinx employees. She hopes to create an email list so the group can stay in contact, organize events, and share trainings and resources. The overall mission is to gather and provide informal support to each other. To join the group or for more information contact Hernández Osorio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yuridia Hernandez-Osorio joined the Office of Student Activities on August 3, 2017, as the new coordinator for diversity and inclusion programs, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities. She is a 2015 University of Portland graduate with a bachelor of arts in social work, and won the Joseph S. Gallegos Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in Social Work that same year. Since her time at UP, Yuri completed her masters of social work at the University of Michigan, where she served as an intern at Wayne State University’s Latino/a and Latin American Studies Center.
For more information contact student activities at 7470 or email@example.com.
After 12 years of service to student activities, Bethany Sills will be leaving The Bluff to start a new chapter in her career as a professional development manager with Audigy Group. Her last day will be June 2, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities.
Bethany was hired as a program assistant in June 2005 and was promoted to assistant director and multicultural programs coordinator in 2007. In her time at UP, Bethany has collaborated with students, faculty, and staff to develop countless events that educate about identity and celebrate cultural, racial, and religious heritage. She was also invited to serve on the Presidential Advisory Committee for Inclusion and to assist the Division of Student Affairs in the development of a diversity and inclusion website and strategic plan.
There will be a celebration on Thursday, June 1, in the Bauccio Commons Terrace Room, at 3 p.m., to appreciate and thank Bethany for her service to the students and the University community. For more information contact Koffler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Portland’s student-run digital news publication, The Beacon, has won six First Place awards in the regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest, and now advances to the national SPJ competition in the following categories:
- Best Digital-only Student Publication (Beacon staff)
- Online News Reporting: “Portland shark attack survivor begins to pick up the pieces” (Rachel Rippetoe)
Small university (9,999 or fewer undergraduates):
- General News Reporting: “Disconnected: Black students on The Bluff feel they don’t belong” (Malika Andrews)
- Feature Writing: “Students dig up American’s racist past” (Jenna Rossiter, Clare Duffy)
- Breaking News Photography: “Champions at last” (Annika Gordon)
- Feature Photography: “Snowpocalypse” (Annika Gordon)
National winners will be notified in the late spring and will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif., in September.
Beacon content also placed in regional finals (Second or Third Place) in the following categories:
- Breaking News Reporting (Clare Duffy, Hannah Baade)
- In-depth Reporting (Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, Rachel Rippetoe, Annika Gordon)
- Sports Writing (Malika Andrews)
- Best Use of Multimedia (Cheyenne Schoen, Jeff Braccia)
- Online News Reporting (Clare Duffy,Hannah Baade)
- Online In-depth Reporting (Clare Duffy, Malika Andrews, Rachel Rippetoe, Hannah Baade, Jenna Rossiter)
The Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 10 involved student media entries from colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. See complete regional contest results here.