Student leadership and involvement are paramount to a vibrant, engaged university community. Becoming involved in student life at the University of Portland will help develop interpersonal leadership skills, enhance students’ educational experience, and help better prepare them to be leaders in the world. Please encourage students who may be interested to consider applying for a student leadership position for the 2015-16 academic year. Various positions are available and some are paid. Complete details and application information can be found at up.edu/leadership. First round submittal deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join student activities, the diversity multicultural programs office, and the Moreau Center to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Bauccio Commons, Franz Hall lobby, and the Pilot House. Each location will offer sign-up stations for community service opportunities throughout spring 2015, free t-shirts, and other giveaways.
The Hawaii club will be hosting its 39th Annual Luau on March 28, 2015. This year’s theme is Pi’i Mai Ka Nalu (“Overcoming/riding a wave”). As in years past the Hawaii Club extends an invitation to any faculty or staff members who are interested in learning hula basics and showcasing their dance talents in the luau show. It is always a fun role reversal when the students can be the teachers; they promise there won’t be any tests. Practice will take place on Sundays in St. Mary’s at 10 a.m., beginning January 25.
For more information contact Tiffany Harada at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mahalo!
All University community members, including alumni, families, and friends, are invited to gather in Bauccio Commons on Monday, December 1, at 6 p.m., for the 16th annual University of Portland Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Refreshments will be provided by ASUP. Contact student activities at 7470 or email@example.com for more information.
Student diversity coordinators are compiling a list of students, faculty, and staff members who are interested in engaging in interfaith programming and dialogue. Possible ideas include “speed-faithing,” religious and interfaith site visits, interfaith dialogues, interfaith and community service projects, interfaith literacy, interfaith cooperation, and more. If you are interested in participating, please contact Elvia Gaona, lead student diversity coordinator for interfaith programming, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, e-mail, and religious or non-religious identification with the subject heading “Interfaith.”
Riverboat, an event organized by Student Affairs, was awarded the 2014 May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award from the NorthWest Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NWASAP). Riverboat took place following the August 30 UP-Stanford women’s soccer game and was the first-ever event held on the University of Portland’s River Campus. Nearly 1,600 students attended this event, which included live music, food carts, carnival games, and roasting marshmallows around fire pits. Attendees had the opportunity to sign “the riverboat,” a rowboat painted purple and white and set up in the center of the event. The organizers of this event intend for Riverboat to be an annual event at the beginning of each school year.
Riverboat was planned by staff members from Student Activities, Residence Life, Public Safety, University Events, University Operations, and the Office of Student Affairs, in collaboration with Bon Appétit.
The May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award recognizes “programmatic innovation to address emerging needs of students in a new and creative manner.” The award was created in 1987 to honor the achievements of May Dunn Ward, a longtime faculty and staff member at the University of Washington.
All faculty and staff and their families are welcome to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” on Thursday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., in St. Mary’s Student Center lounge. The event is free and open to students and neighbors as well. Activities will include arts and crafts, music, dancing, and more.
For more information contact Bethany Sills, student activities, at 7470 or email@example.com.
University community members can now read The Beacon and much more on phones and iPads using the new Beacon Mobile App. It features the News, Sports, Living, and Opinion sections plus social media channels, the UP calendar, and a live audio stream of KDUP. National and international news programs are included on the app via NPR. Beacon staff and KDUP will host a launch party with music and treats at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, at 7 p.m., during Espresso UP in St. Mary’s. All are invited. To download the app, go to http://bit.ly/Zj3wtJ. For more information contact Nancy Copic, student activities, at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tyler Zimmerman has joined the student activities team as weekend and late night programming coordinator, according to Jeromy Koffler, student activities. He will primarily work to support Pilots After Dark, the Campus Program Board, and Pilot Audio and Lighting. Many faculty and staff may recognize Zimmerman through his role as assistant director of Christie Hall, and as an active participant of Moreau Center immersion programs. Tyler is currently studying for his master of arts in communication studies here at the University as well as serving as an intern for the National Association of Campus Activities, where he is working to increase conference engagement through the use of social media. Please join in welcoming Tyler to his new role.
For more information contact student activities at 7470 or email@example.com.
The Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism has chosen three Beacon staffers for its paid summer internship program, which places student journalists at media outlets around the state of Oregon.
Beacon “Living” editor Kate Stringer will divide her time reporting for the Portland Tribune and Forest Grove News-TImes; editor-in-chief Kelsey Thomas will report for the Mail Tribune in Medford; and Beacon reporter Nastacia Voisin will intern for the News-Register in McMinnville. Each will have an experienced mentor editor, who will work closely with them for 10 weeks.
The Snowden Program is based at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and honors the legacy of Charles Snowden, a longtime editor at the Oregon Journal and Oregonian. A key component of the internship program is reviewing ethical practices in the context of journalism. Interns are chosen based on their potential for successful media careers based on journalism experience, commitment to ethics, passion for journalism and academic achievement.
For more information contact Nancy Copic, stuent activities, at 7470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.