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Cascadia Zone Online Course

University of Portland launches Cascadia Subduction Zone online education program

Education

Environmental Studies

Dr. Robert Butler, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies at the University of Portland, has developed a new online course, “Cascadia Earthquake Education,” designed for K-12 educators and others who teach children about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the science behind the earthquake that could someday devastate the region.

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Service Plunge at Caesar Chavez Elementary School

Princeton Review ranks University of Portland 5th in nation among schools that make an impact

Awards and Rankings

Moreau Center

Campus Ministry

Student Activities

The Princeton Review has ranked the University of Portland fifth in the nation among colleges and universities whose students are making a positive impact in their communities through volunteer service, on-campus engagement, and other meaningful contributions.

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Shiley School of Engineering

$25,000 Esco Foundation grant advances University of Portland innovation initiatives

Engineering

Development

The University of Portland has received a $25,000 grant from the Esco Foundation of Portland for the development of an interdisciplinary makerspace in the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering.

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Photo of Christine Sinclair '06 holding up her Olympic bronze medal.

Former UP soccer star Christine Sinclair '06 appointed to Order of Canada

Awards and Rankings

Athletics

Alumni

Christine Sinclair '06, former UP soccer powerhouse was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest honors, second only to membership in the Order of Merit which is a personal gift of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Eiffel Tower

Seven University of Portland graduates awarded international government teaching awards

International Languages and Cultures

Seven University of Portland graduates have been awarded International Government Teaching Awards in 2017, according to the University’s international languages and cultures department. All will be serving in English teaching assistantships (ETAs) during the 2017-2018 academic year.

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University of Portland nursing major Kyle Doty receives American Psychiatric Nurses Association Scholarship

Nursing

University of Portland nursing major Kyle Doty receives American Psychiatric Nurses Association Scholarship

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Carol DellOliver

Carol Dell'Oliver Hired as Health & Counseling Center Director

Health Center

Carol Dell'Oliver Hired as Health & Counseling Center Director effective August 2

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The University of Portland Bell Tower

The University of Portland welcomes prospective students to campus for Oregon Private College Week, July 24-28

Admissions

As part of Oregon Private College Week, the University of Portland is joining 11 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state in welcoming hundreds of prospective students and their families to campus July 24-28.

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Sr. Angela Hoffman, O.S.B.

Sr. Angela Hoffman, professor of chemistry, awarded $15,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s Partners in Science program

Chemistry

Development

College of Arts and Sciences

Sr. Angela Hoffman, O.S.B., professor of chemistry at the University of Portland, was recently awarded $15,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s Partners in Science program.

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Message to the UP community from Fr. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C.

President

A message from the president on the University's commitment to environmental stewardship.

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Joane Moceri, dean of UP's School of Nursing, presented with Outstanding Alumna Award from UW Tacoma

Nursing

Awards and Rankings

University of Portland School of Nursing dean Joane Moceri was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumna of the University of Washington Tacoma's Nursing & Healthcare Leadership Program in June.

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Shiley School of Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering will be welcoming five new faculty to campus this August.

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School of Nursing launches two new masters programs

University of Portland’s School of Nursing launches two new Masters of Science programs for health care professionals

Nursing

The University of Portland’s School of Nursing has this week received accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for two new Master of Science (MS) programs for health care professionals.

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Pamplin School of Business awarded Seven Seals Award

Pamplin School of Business awarded Seven Seals Award

Business

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business has been awarded the Seven Seals Award for their support of military personnel.

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Cassi Khol  and Robert Winstead

Mock’s Crest Productions presents “The Pirates of Penzance,” June 9-25 at the University of Portland

Performing and Fine Arts

Mock’s Crest Productions will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operetta of mistaken identity, “The Pirates of Penzance,” in the Mago Hunt Center Theater at the University of Portland (9000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland) on June 9-11, 15-18, and 22-25.

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Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle, award-winning author and editor of the University of Portland’s acclaimed Portland Magazine, passes away on May 27

The University of Portland lost a beloved member of our community when Brian Doyle, award-winning author and editor of Portland magazine for 25 years, passed away early this morning, May 27, 2017 from complications related to a brain tumor.

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2017 Davis Scholarship Recipients

Eight first generation students will attend the University of Portland on a full ride from the Davis New Mexico Scholarship this fall

Admissions

Eight students from New Mexico will attend the University of Portland on a full ride scholarship this upcoming fall, thanks to the Davis New Mexico Scholarship, which provides access to higher education for students who will be first in their families to earn a four-year college degree.

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Alumnus David Allstot ’69 accepts prestigious position at Oregon State University

Engineering

Alumnus David Allstot ’69 has accepted a faculty position as a senior research professor at Oregon State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Allstot graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Portland in 1969.

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Shiley School of Engineering honors three retiring professors

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering is proud to honor three retiring professors. Professors James Male, Wayne Lu, and Zia Yamayee retired at the end of the spring 2017 semester.

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Opus Prize

University of Portland selected to host $1 million Opus Prize

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

President

The University of Portland has been selected to host the 2018 Opus Prize, a $1 million annual award which recognizes individuals or organizations who address critical social issues within their communities.

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Computer Science graduate Christine Chen named valedictorian

Engineering

When Christine Chen ’17 arrived at the University of Portland, she had no experience in programming or calculus. Four years later, Chen has graduated from the Shiley School of Engineering as valedictorian with a degree in computer science.

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Civil engineering graduate Reyn Stisher awarded Shiley Dean's Award

Engineering

Civil engineering graduate Reyn Stisher ’17 is the Shiley School of Engineering’s 2017 Dean’s Award recipient.

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University of Portland ranked top Oregon university in two recent rankings

University of Portland was ranked the top Oregon school for best return on investment among 300 private and public institutions in Forbes Magazine's second annual ranking of America's Best Value Colleges for 2017. The Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration program has been ranked highest of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings.

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University of Portland ranked top Oregon university in Forbes's "Best Value Colleges 2017”

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland has been ranked the top Oregon school for best return on investment among 300 private and public institutions in Forbes Magazine's second annual ranking of America's Best Value Colleges for 2017.

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Shiley School of Engineering students participate in Franz Center’s $100K Challenge Venture Competition

Engineering

Students from the Shiley School of Engineering participated in the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation’s annual $100K Challenge Venture Competition, held at the University of Portland on Saturday, April 29.

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2017 Commencement

Over 900 graduates to participate in 2017 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 7  

Commencement

Celia Hammond, the first female president of the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA), will address the 2017 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 7 at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd..

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Lily D'Amico

Economics student Lily D'Amico’s Oxy camping chair takes top honors at University of Portland’s 2017 $100K Challenge Venture Competition

Franz Center

A record 36 teams participated in the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation’s annual $100K Challenge Venture Competition, held at the University of Portland on Saturday, April 29.

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Shiley School of Engineering's Ashley Martinez '17 receives Fulbright Student Grant

Engineering

Civil engineering graduate Ashley Martinez ’17 was awarded a prestigious Fulbright student grant and will be moving to Mexico City this Fall.

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Electrical engineering student presents research in Washington, D.C.

Engineering

Electrical engineering student Quentin Ward ’17 was one of 60 students from around the country to present research at the annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

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$100K Challenge Venture inspires student entrepreneurs and inventors

Franz Center

A virtual farmers market. A new way to store and charge your smart phone. A program which makes learning math fun for high school students. Low glycemic snack bars for diabetics. These are just a few of the business ideas which will be presented by promising entrepreneurs competing in the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation’s annual $100K Challenge Venture Competition, at the University of Portland on Saturday, April 29.

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Adele Kennedy '17

Three University of Portland students take top honors at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC  

College of Arts and Sciences

Performing and Fine Arts

Awards and Rankings

Three students from the Department of Performing & Fine Arts (PFA) at the University of Portland were awarded national fellowships at the 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held April 17-22 at the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

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University of Portland bioethics team wins national competition

Chemistry

Nursing

Biology

Philosophy

The University of Portland bioethics team won the 2017 Bioethics Bowl by defeating Georgetown University in the finals. In only the second year competing, the UP team was undefeated in the Bioethics Bowl.

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2017 Fulbright Finalists

Seven University of Portland students offered prestigious 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants, has announced that seven students have been named finalists for the 2017 awards to teach English, do research, or attend graduate school abroad.

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The Beacon

The Beacon takes top awards in college journalism competition

Student Activities

The Beacon, the University of Portland student newspaper, recently won six First Place awards in the regional Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) Mark of Excellence competition for college journalism.

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Dr. Laura McLary

Three German Studies students awarded grants to study in Germany

International Languages and Cultures

College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

The German Studies Program and Department of International Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce three awardees of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) University Summer Course Grants for intensive German language learning in Germany this summer.

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School of Education

University of Portland School of Education EdD Program Earns National Carnegie CPED Designation and Research Partnership (NNERPP) Affiliations

Education

The University of Portland’s School of Education Doctor of Education in Leading and Learning (EdD) has earned two national honors for its innovative programming and research partnerships, including a Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) designation and a national Research Partnership affiliation.

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UP Regent Pat Johnson '86 honored among "2017 Women of Influence"

Awards and Rankings

Business

Communication Studies

Alumni

Patricia (Pat) K. Johnson, a member of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents, will be honored this April by the Portland Business Journal at the 14th Annual Women of Influence 2017 Awards.

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University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business ranked top part-time MBA program in Oregon by U.S. News & World Report

Awards and Rankings

Business

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked 84th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School rankings. The Pamplin School of Business is ranked highest out of Oregon institutions that offer part-time MBA programs.

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Shiley School of Engineering joins National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program

Engineering

The University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering has been accepted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program, a combined curricular and extra-curricular program with five components that are designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century, according to Sharon Jones, Shiley dean of engineering.

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Seven students win honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

College of Arts and Sciences

Performing and Fine Arts

A group of 38 University of Portland students and five faculty spent February 20-24 at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for a week of competitions, workshops and performances, and seven students received awards and honors.

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Architectural rendering of Dundon-Berchtold Hall

University of Portland unveils future academic building

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

At the University of Portland’s annual State of UP luncheon today, University president Rev. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. unveiled the plans for Dundon-Berchtold Hall, a new academic center with over 63,000 sq. ft. of classrooms, offices, auditorium, career center, and the Dundon-Berchtold Institute.

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Four engineering students complete University Innovation Fellows training

Engineering

Shiley School of Engineering students Alec Kauffman, Jean Paul Mugisha, Jeremy Revlock, and Elizabeth Rowe have completed University Innovation Fellows training offered by Stanford University' Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

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School of Nursing professors, students research factors that improve moral resilience of students

Nursing

Professors Lorretta Krautscheid and Laura Mood, UP students, and researchers from University of Tennessee in Knoxville are studying ways to help student nurses improve resilience and prevent burnout.

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School of Education

University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master’s level institutions

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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2017 Commencement Honorary Degrees Announced

University of Portland announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorees

Commencement

The University of Portland has announced the honorees to be recognized during the 2017 Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on campus in the Chiles Center on Sunday, May 7.

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Gary Malecha

Dr. Gary Malecha, professor of political science, to serve as interim dean of College of Arts & Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

University of Portland president Fr. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C. has announced Dr. Gary Malecha, professor of political science, will serve as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

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Brian Doyle

Portland magazine editor Brian Doyle selected as winner of 2017 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing

Awards and Rankings

The John Burroughs Association announced today that Brian Doyle, editor of the University of Portland’s Portland magazine, has been selected as the winner of the 2017 John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing for his book Martin Marten, published by Macmillan Publishers in 2015.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

Shiley School of Engineering becomes first Oregon institution to join Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network

Engineering

The University of Portland’s acclaimed Shiley School of Engineering has become the first institution of higher education in Oregon to join the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a small group of universities working together to help engineering students graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Author Anthony Doerr

Pulitzer-winning author Anthony Doerr to speak at University of Portland on February 27

College of Arts and Sciences

Library

English

Residence Life

Garaventa Center

Acclaimed author Anthony Doerr will speak at the University of Portland about his award-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27 in the Buckley Center Auditorium.

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A message from Fr. Mark L. Poorman C.S.C., President, to the University of Portland community about the Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

President

On Saturday, January 28, President Donald J. Trump announced significant changes to immigration policies affecting people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. These changes have, understandably, raised concerns and created anxiety for many in the University of Portland community.

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Nursing Lab Refresh

School of Nursing announces changes to Learning Resource Center

Nursing

The School of Nursing’s Learning Resource Center will be undergoing major changes in the upcoming year. Comprised of a 3-phase development plan, nursing students will see upgrades to existing facilities as well as new spaces in the already state-of-the art model hospital and outpatient clinic labs.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

University of Portland ranked top university in Oregon in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values: Private Universities” for 2017

Awards and Rankings

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in its private universities category for 2017. The University of Portland was ranked 58th nationwide among all private universities.

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Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F.

Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F. honored as recipient of Spirit of Holy Cross Award on Blessed Basil Moreau Feast Day, January 20

Residence Life

Awards and Rankings

All members of the University of Portland community are invited to celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, on Friday, January 20, at 5 p.m., at Mass in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. Sr. Sue Bruno, O.S.F., Fields Hall Director, will be formally honored as a recipient of the 2016 Spirit of Holy Cross Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Congregation upon its lay collaborators.

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University of Portland opens Howard Hall as temporary shelter for fire victims

Public Safety

Howard Hall open January 6-13 for people displaced by SW Alder St apartment fire.

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Susan Stillwell

University of Portland’s Susan Stillwell joins American Health Council Nursing Board

Nursing

University of Portland associate nursing dean Susan Stillwell has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council.

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Shiley School of Engineering develops engineering high school course

Engineering

Shiley School of Engineering professor Shazib Vijlee is working to develop a one-semester pre-engineering course for seniors from De La Salle North Catholic High School who are interested in pursing engineering careers.

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University of Portland Tops 2016 WCC Commissioner’s Cup Standings

Athletics

The University of Portland sits atop the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings after a historic fall season on The Bluff.

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University of Portland students win undergraduate awards, study abroad scholarships

Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Study Abroad

College of Arts and Sciences

Four University of Portland College of Arts and Sciences students have won national and international awards recently.

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School of Nursing announces creation of Alumni Steering Committee

Nursing

The School of Nursing is proud to announce the creation of the Alumni Steering Committee. The group, comprised of 10 members, aims to connect nursing alumni back to the University, support new nursing graduates, and give back to the local community.

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Fr. Ronald Wasowski C.S.C.

Fr. Ronald Wasowski, C.S.C., beloved member of the University of Portland community since 1998, passes away on December 5 (story updated with Funeral Mass information)

Environmental Studies

The University of Portland lost a dear friend and colleague when Fr. Ronald Wasowski, C.S.C. passed away unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack or stroke on Monday evening, December 5.

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Shiley School of Engineering students compete in local competitions

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering recently sent student teams to compete in the 2016 Pacific NW Regional Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Programming contest as well as the William C. Kloos Traffic Bowl this past month.

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Alumni profile: Mark Pillers ’83, ’86

Engineering

Alumnus Mark Pillers ’83, ’86 never imagined he would spend the better part of his successful engineering career, going on 35 years, in the “frigid Midwest.” The University of Portland graduate (B.Sc. ME 1983, M.Sc.ME 1986) is the Vice President for Cab Sales and Marketing at Crenlo, Inc., in Rochester, Minnesota, a company best known for designing and manufacturing industrial and agricultural vehicle cabs for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) clients such as Caterpillar and John Deere.

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Shiley School of Engineering students awarded local scholarships

Engineering

Senior civil engineering majors Antonia Molina and Jacob Whitfield each received a 2016 Douglas P. Daniels/Coral Sales Company Scholarship.

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Shiley School of Engineering professor Mehmet Inan interviewed about Japan earthquake

Engineering

Civil engineering professor Mehmet Inan was interviewed by KOIN channel 6 about the earthquake in Fukushima, Japan on Monday, Nov. 21.

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Rhodes Scholar finalist Parkes Kendrick '17

Scholar-athlete Parkes Kendrick '17 selected as finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

College of Arts and Sciences

Mathematics

Awards and Rankings

Athletics

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

University of Portland senior Parkes Kendrick has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. If successful, Kendrick will become the first University of Portland student to be named a Rhodes Scholar.

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UP students win top honors at Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium

Environmental Studies

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Two University of Portland science students brought home the top two awards in the Earth & Environmental Sciences category at the Sigma Xi Student Research Symposium Nov. 4.

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School of Nursing to add new master's programs

Nursing

The School of Nursing will add two new master's programs: a master’s of science in innovation in health systems and a master’s of science in quality and safety in health systems. Both master’s programs, which will begin during the Fall 2017 semester, can be completed in five semesters, including one summer session, with online courses and several on-campus immersion sessions.

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ROTC cadets at Veterans Day ceremony

University of Portland hosts Veterans Day 24-hour vigil and commemoration ceremony on Friday, November 11

The Praying Hands/Broken Wall Memorial on the University of Portland campus is the site of the 2016 Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

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UP alumna Monica Enand ’05, MBA receives Entrepreneurial Achievement Award

Alumni

Business

UP alumna Monica Enand ’05, MBA in finance, received the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award during the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network's 2016 Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards on October 26. Enand was one of 20 finalists chosen from 141 nominees.

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Eric Daniel Arakawa '02 receives professional achievement award

Alumni

Engineering

Eric Daniel Arakawa '02 has been presented with the 2016 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement.

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Dan Wieden

University of Portland to host Bauccio Lecture Series speaker Dan Wieden, Wed., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Franz Center

The University of Portland and the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation will welcome Dan Wieden, co-founder & chairman of Wieden+Kennedy, on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bauccio Commons on campus.

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Stempel family

Alumnae profile: Mary '78 and Katie '15 Stempel

Nursing

For mother/daughter pair, Mary and Katie Stempel, the University of Portland is more than just a university; it’s where they both found their passion for helping others. Not only did Mary ’78 and Katie ’15 both graduate from UP’s School of Nursing, they happen to both work in women’s services and volunteer their time with the organization Faith in Practice.

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Portland women win the team and individual WCC Championship titles, while men take second

Athletics

The eighth-ranked Portland women's team won the 2016 West Coast Conference Cross Country Championship on Friday, while junior Lauren LaRocco ran away from the field to win the individual title at Mission Bay Park. The No. 12 Portland men also had a solid showing at the WCC's, finishing second only to No. 4 BYU.

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Fr. Richard Berg, CSC

Fr. Richard Berg, CSC's "Scars" adapted into stage play, premieres January 24

Development

After interviewing a group of nine active duty military veterans undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, Fr. Richard Berg, CSC wrote a fictional story incorporating the soldiers’ stories and his own research. The resulting novel, Scars, was published by Corby Books, Lakeville, Ind., in 2013. The book has converted to a stage play by scriptwriter Roccie Hill and producer John Beaulieu and will be premiered on January 24, 2017, at 7 p.m., during the Fertile Ground Festival, held January 19-29 at Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego, Ore.

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Dr. James Covert

Dr. James Covert, UP professor emeritus in history, passes away

College of Arts and Sciences

History

Alumni

James Thayne Covert, Ph.D., professor emeritus in history at the University of Portland, died at his home on Thursday, October 13, of complications from a stroke. He was 84 years old.

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Michael Williamson '18

Michael Williamson '18 competes at University Start Up World Cup

Business

Franz Center

University of Portland senior finance major Michael Williamson was awarded runner up in his category for his business venture, Sentri Performance, at the finals of the University Start-Up World Cup, held Friday, October 7, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Shiley School of Engineering students

Shiley School of Engineering continues to surge in Northwest

Engineering

The University of Portland's Shiley School rises in prominence among schools of engineering as it builds a reputation for drawing women and underrepresented minorities.

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2016 Service Plunge at Peninsula School

University of Portland listed on annual President's Service Honor Roll for 8th Year

Moreau Center

Awards and Rankings

The Corporation for National and Community Service has announced the 2015 award winners for the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the University of Portland has been named once again.

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Circle of four women cross country runners

Women’s cross country ranked no. 5 nationally

Athletics

The Pilot women's cross country team notches its highest national ranking in program history.

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Taylor Zehren '16 awarded Fulbright to Argentina, brings student Fulbright total to seven for 2016

Awards and Rankings

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Taylor Zehren '16 was awarded UP's first student Fulbright to Argentina. He is the seventh UP student to accept a Fulbright award for 2016-2017.

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Shiley School of Engineering hosts Summer Project Showcase

Engineering

The Shiley School of Engineering held a Summer Project Showcase in September to highlight industry-based research projects completed by students.

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Illustration of University of Portland athletic P logo.

Pilot Student Athletes Excel in the Classroom

Athletics

Pilot student athletes demonstrate academic excellence, with 39% of all Pilot athletes earning Dean's List recognition in the fall of 2016, with representatives from every UP athletic team.

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Shiley School of Engineering research team completes innovative ecoroof project

Engineering

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Cara Poor, civil engineering professor, and her team of two students recently finished their project “Sustainability of Ecoroofs: An Evaluation of Runoff Water Quality from Ecoroofs in the Portland Area.”

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University of Portland ranked 7th in the West

University of Portland ranked 7th in the West by 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings

Engineering

Education

Nursing

Business

Awards and Rankings

For the 22nd consecutive year, the University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The University is 7th out of 124 institutions listed in the “Regional Universities – West” classification.

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University of Portland Welcomes Class of 2020: second-largest and among most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history

Admissions

University of Portland welcomed the Class of 2020 as freshmen moved into the dorms on Thursday, August 25. It is among the largest, most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history.

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2016 Zahm Lecture features Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF on "Cosmology, Catholicity, and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters"

Garaventa Center

The 2016 Zahm Lecture in American Catholic Education will take place on Thursday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, a Franciscan Sister and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, will present “Cosmology, Catholicity and Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters” on Thursday, September 22, at 7:15 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The Zahm Lecture is free and open to all.

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Kyle E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship receives new $1.5 million pledge

Development

Alumni

The family of the late Kyle E. Johnson ’05 has expanded their bequest to a memorial scholarship named in his honor. Keith Johnson and his wife informed the University of an additional gift of approximately $1.5 million to the Kyle E. Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The funds will be held in trust and will transfer to the University as part of Keith Johnson’s estate.

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University of Portland School of Nursing ranked no. 4 in the West

Nursing

Awards and Rankings

UP nursing program ranked no. 4 in the West, no. 46 in US by NursingSchoolsAlmanac.

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Donald T. Galarneau ’49

University of Portland alumnus and longtime benefactor Donald T. Galarneau ’49 passes away

Alumni

Physics

Engineering

Development

University of Portland alumnus and longtime benefactor Donald T. Galarneau ’49 passed away on Saturday, August 20 after a sudden illness. A Portland native, Don generously gave the University $1.5 million during his lifetime, including matching gifts from General Electric (GE), for whom he worked his entire career.  

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Over 150 University of Portland students volunteer at schools, parks and non-profits across the city as part of public service project, August 23-24

Moreau Center

More than 150 students volunteer at 11 local Portland service agencies as part of University of Portland Moreau Center's annual Service Plunge.

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Jennifer Snow Mayo

University of Portland graduate Jennifer Snow Mayo named 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Education

Jennifer Snow Mayo, a 2016 graduate of the University of Portland’s School of Education doctorate program, was recently named a 2016-2017 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Mayo is one of 13 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers chosen from throughout the nation to receive the esteemed fellowship.

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Robert W. Franz

Robert W. (Bob) Franz, member of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents and long-time donor to the University, passes away on August 9

Development

Alumni

Robert W. Franz, longtime regent, friend, and donor leaves his legacy as philanthropist for Franz Hall, Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Franz Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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Matthew Rygg named associate vice president for student affairs

Student Affairs

Matthew Rygg joins UP as associate director for student affairs, overseeing residence life, student activities, the Moreau Center and Career Center.

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Engineering student working with device and computer

University of Portland ranks no. 18 in “Top 21 STEM Colleges of 2016” by Forbes.com

Mathematics

Biology

Engineering

Physics

Awards and Rankings

Chemistry

UP ranks no. 18 in Forbes.com's list of top STEM schools.

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University of Portland named best Oregon college for value by MONEY Magazine's annual Best Colleges 2016-2017

Awards and Rankings

The University of Portland has been named the best college in Oregon for value in a ranking released today by MONEY Magazine, a Time Inc. publication. MONEY’s annual Best Colleges rankings and search tools are designed to help families find a great college at a great price.

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University of Portland alumnus Riley Clark wins Northwest Emmy Award

Alumni

Athletics

Riley Clark ’16 won a Northwest Emmy Award for his video, “University of Portland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Raises Money for St. Baldrick's Foundation.”

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Earle M. Chiles

Businessman and philanthropist Earle M. Chiles, member of the University of Portland Board of Regents, passes away at age 83

Development

Athletics

Portland businessman and philanthropist Earle M. Chiles passed away on Thursday, June 23 after a long illness. He was 83. Chiles was a longtime supporter of the University of Portland and had been a member of the University’s Board of Regents since 1975.

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Portland Pilots receive All-American honors at track & field national championship

Athletics

Reid Buchanan, Woody Kincaid and Lauren LaRocco win All-American honors at NCAA track & field championships.

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Xan Arch named new dean of University of Portland’s Clark Library

Library

Xan Arch joins University of Portland as dean of the Clark Library, replacing Drew Harrington who retired after 10 years at UP.

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Alumnus Mike Merzenich ’64 awarded prestigious neuroscience award by the Norwegian Academy of Science

Alumni

Education

University of Portland alumnus Mike Merzenich ’64 has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience by the Norwegian Academy of Science for his work in documenting the fundamental plasticity of the human brain.

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University of Portland alumni awarded teaching assistantships in France

Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement

Awards and Rankings

International Languages and Cultures

Kealey Johnson '16 and Douglas Blair '15 were awarded French Teaching Assistantships by the French Ministry of Education

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Allen and Kathleen Lund honor family, faith and formation with a new gift to the University

Residence Life

Development

A new gift commitment from Allen and Kathleen Lund brings their lifetime commitment to the University of Portland to $10 million. In recognition, the new residence hall will be named Lund Family Hall.

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University of Portland alumnus Dennis Hartmann '71 elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Alumni

Engineering

Dennnis L. Hartmann, a 1971 graduate of the University of Portland's mechanical engineering program and a professor of atmospheric sciences at University of Washington, is one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected as a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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Over 1000 graduates to participate in 2016 University of Portland Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 1

Commencement