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Shiley School of Engineering research team completes innovative ecoroof project

Engineering

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

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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

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

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

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

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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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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

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

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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

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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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

International Languages & 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

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

Tim Boyle and Fedele Bauccio will give Commencement addresses; Allen and Kathleen Lund will receive the Christus Magister medal; and honorary doctorates will be presented to Eleanor Blum,Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C., Cathy Rush, Steve Shepard, and Ron Thomas.

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Political science professor Lauretta Frederking appointed associate provost of University of Portland

Lauretta Frederking has been named associate provost effective July 2, 2016. She will work in the areas of Title IX, faculty contracts and support, special projects, and summer school administration while serving on the Dean’s Council and the President’s Leadership Cabinet.

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Six University of Portland students and one alumnus awarded prestigious 2016 Fulbright grants to work and study abroad

International Languages & Cultures

College of Arts & Sciences

Seven Fulbright finalists have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) in Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, and Turkey.

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Sentri Performance and Pro Social take top honors at the University of Portland’s 2016 $100K Challenge Venture Competition

Franz Center

Sentri Performance wins the for-profit venture competition with an innovative outdoor hoodie and Pro Social wins the social enterprise category for its focus on connecting non-profits with potential volunteers via social media.

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University of Portland’s School of Nursing takes pledge on opioid education in national effort to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse

Nursing

As part of academic nursing’s ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug and opioid abuse across the United States, the University of Portland’s School of Nursing is proud to announce that it has committed to educating its advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on Advancing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery.

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University of Portland student newspaper, The Beacon, amasses awards, student internships

Student Affairs

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The University of Portland’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Beacon, has won four regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and advances to the national competition in the following categories: General News Reporting, In-Depth Reporting, Online Sports Reporting, and Photo Illustration.

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University of Portland’s Bonnie Parks receives 2016 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award

Library

Collections technology librarian Bonnie Parks has been named the 2016 recipient of the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award for her distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services division of the American Library Association makes the award each year to a leader in the field.

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University of Portland announces 2016 Commencement speakers and honorees

Commencement

Allen and Kathleen Lund head the list of honors at the 2016 Commencement ceremonies. The Lunds will receive the University's highest honor, the Christus Magister Medal.

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University of Portland is a national top producer of Fulbright students and faculty

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University of Portland ranks fourth among peer institutions for number of student Fulbrights and ties for second among peers for faculty Fulbrights.

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Gift from University of Portland engineering alumnus establishes Richard and Diane VanGrunsven Professor of Engineering

Engineering

University of Portland has received a gift from engineering alumnus Dick VanGrunsven '61, for $30,000 to establish a new term professorship in the Shiley School of Engineering. Over the three-year term of the project, mechanical engineering professor Timothy Doughty will have the title “The Richard and Diane VanGrunsven Professor of Engineering.”

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University of Portland hosts National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Auditions; sends 7 UP students to regional finals

Performing & Fine Arts

Some 160 high school and college students competed in the regional competition. Seven UP students qualified for the regional finals, including three students who placed first.

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UP ranked top university in Oregon in Kiplinger’s “Best College Values: Private Universities” 2015-16

For the sixth consecutive year, University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger's Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in its private universities category. University of Portland was ranked 51st nationwide among all private universities, up from 65th in 2014-2015.

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University of Portland Nursing Professor Amber Vermeesch selected for National Faculty Policy Intensive Program

Nursing

Nursing professor Amber Vermeesch has been selected as one of eight participants from around the nation for the 2016 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Policy Intensive program. She will also be recognized as an AACN Faculty Policy Fellow.

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University of Portland receives three grants totaling $45,000 from The Alliance to fund collaborative undergraduate research in environmental and sustainability issues

Engineering

University of Portland Shiley School of Engineering has received three separate grants totaling $45,000 for undergraduate student research projects dealing with environmental and sustainability issues. The research involves collaboration with other schools and organizations, and each project is funded by a $15,000 grant from the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (The Alliance) and the Katherine Bisbee II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

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Feast of Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., to be celebrated on Jan. 20; Karen Eifler, co-director of Garaventa Center, to receive Spirit of Holy Cross Award

Campus Ministry

Garaventa Center

Karen Eifler, co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture will receive the Spirit of Holy Cross Award for her contributions to the work of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

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University of Portland accounting students place second in national competition, held in Durham, North Carolina

Business

Isaac Mansuetti, Lance Chee and Connor Ward finished second in the 2015 AICPA Accounting Competition, held recently in Durham, North Carolina. The UP students’ finish earned a $3,000 award for the University and a $10,000 award to be split among team members.

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UP ranked the top private Oregon university, 65th nationally in Kiplinger's 2014-15 Best Value Private Colleges

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For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was the top Oregon school in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance annual ranking of best values in private colleges and universities.

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UP partners with other groups to secure $75,000 grant to help youth prepare for high-needs careers in Multnomah and Washington counties

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University of Portland, working with Impact NW and the Portland Metro STEM Partnership, has secured a $75,000 grant from Work Systems, Inc.

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UP business professor Sam Holloway receives Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management

Business

Sam Holloway, a professor in the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business, has received the Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management.

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Recent University of Portland graduates join Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Five recent University of Portland graduates have signed on for one-year service positions with Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and JVC Northwest.

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UP biology professor Elinor Sullivan awarded $3.7 million grant from National Institute of Mental Health

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University of Portland biology professor Elinor Sullivan has been awarded a $3.7 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

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University of Portland’s Laura A. McLary, a professor of German, named Oregon Professor of the Year by Carnegie Foundation and CASE

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International Languages & Cultures

Laura McLary, professor of German at the University of Portland, was named Oregon Professor of the Year by the national Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the international Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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Two UP students named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation

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Two University of Portland engineering students have been named University Innovation Fellows by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation.

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University of Portland announces appointments of Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., and Rev. John Donato, C.S.C., to new vice president positions

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University of Portland President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., has announced the appointments of Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., as vice president for University relations, and of Rev. John Donato, C.S.C., as vice president for student affairs.

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University of Portland professor Alice Gates wins 2015 Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award

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Sociology

Social Work

Alice Gates, a faculty member of the University of Portland’s sociology and social work department, is this year’s winner of the Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Organizations and Social Administration (ACOSA) and Taylor & Francis Publisher.

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University of Portland professor Martin Monto wins Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence

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College of Arts & Sciences

University of Portland sociology professor Martin Monto has received the Hugo Beigel Award for Scholarly Excellence

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University of Portland announces Sandy Chung as new human resources director

Human Resources

Sandy Chung has been appointed director of human resources for the University of Portland, according to Alan Timmins, vice president for financial affairs.

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University of Portland Announces Transformational Gift for Academic Support from Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold '63

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University of Portland President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., announced a $15 million commitment from Board of Regents member Amy Dundon-Berchtold and Jim Berchtold ’63.

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Karen Eifler, co-director of University of Portland Garaventa Center and education professor, receives 2015 Spirit of Holy Cross Award

Garaventa Center

Karen Eifler, a professor in the University of Portland’s School of Education and co-director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture at UP, has received a 2015 Spirit of Holy Cross Award.

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UP civil engineering professor, associate dean Mark Kennedy receives Oregon Engineer of the Year Award from American Society of Civil Engineers

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Mark Kennedy, University of Portland civil engineering professor and associate dean for the Shiley School of Engineering, has received the 2014-2015 Oregon Engineer of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

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U.S. News & World Report ranks UP 7th in West; among top ten for 21st consecutive year

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For the 21st consecutive year, University of Portland has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which today released its “2016 America’s Best Colleges” publication.

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Alumna Margaret Trout '97 appointed director of the Health Center for University of Portland

Health Center

Margaret Trout ’97 has been appointed director of the Health Center for the University of Portland, announced Rev. Gerard Olinger, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs.

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University of Portland's Class of 2019 is the second-largest and one of most diverse and academically gifted classes in school history

Admissions

University of Portland welcomed the Class of 2019 as freshmen moved into the dorms Thursday, August 27.

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UP environmental science professor Robert Butler receives 2015 Neil Miner Award from National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Environmental Studies

University of Portland environmental science professor Robert F. Butler has received the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT).

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More than 100 University of Portland freshmen and transfer students to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 25-26

Moreau Center

More than 100 University of Portland freshmen and transfer students to arrive early at school and volunteer in the local community Aug. 25-26.

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University of Portland announces plans for new residence hall

Residence Life

University of Portland has announced plans to construct a new residence hall with room for approximately 270 students.

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University of Portland alumnus John Becic '52 gives $100,000 to establish professorship in accounting and help with upgrades of Joe Etzel Field

Business

Athletics

University of Portland has received a $100,000 gift from alumnus John N. Becic, who graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting.

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University of Portland and Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education announces launch of Catholic School Leadership Initial Administrator License program

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University of Portland and the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) are launching the Catholic School Leadership Initial Administrator License program this summer.

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UP alumnus Donald T. Galarneau '49 gives $50,000 to Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering, resulting in $50,000 match from GE

Engineering

University of Portland alumnus Donald T. Galarneau, a 1949 University graduate, has donated $50,000 to the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering for the purchase for a high speed camera.

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Joane Moceri begins tenure as dean of School of Nursing

Nursing

Beginning July 1, Joane Moceri is now serving as dean of the University of Portland’s School of Nursing.

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University of Portland receives $75,000 from Elizabeth Cebula to help fund the Entrepreneur Scholars Program and the Dean’s Leadership Initiative

Business

Franz Center

The University of Portland has received a $75,000 gift from Elizabeth Cebula, whose family has long and supportive ties to the University. Cebula’s gift will help fund the Entrepreneur Scholars Program and the Pamplin School of Business (PSOBA) Dean’s Leadership Initiative.

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University of Portland receives $100,000 for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

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University of Portland has announced a $100,000 gift from Dick Ebersol to help fund the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, currently under construction and named in recognition of President Emeritus Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.

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Columnist, author, and TV commentator David Brooks to speak at UP on March 16, 2016

Dundon-Berchtold Institute

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times, analyst on PBS’ Newshour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, frequent contributor on Meet the Press, and author of The Road to Character, will speak at the University of Portland on March 16, 2016.

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Pamplin School of Business Launches second online course, Marketing Intelligence, as part of continuing education certificate, Master Strategist Certification: Craft Beer Business

Business

Students anywhere in the world can now learn the art and science of marketing by studying the craft beer industry through the second online course offered by the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business.

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Eduardo Contreras, Jr., appointed Director of Studies Abroad for University of Portland, effective July 1

Study Abroad

Eduardo Contreras, Jr., has been appointed Director of Studies Abroad for the University of Portland, announced Thomas G. Greene, Provost and Professor of Education.

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UP named one of America's "Green Colleges" for sixth consecutive year by The Princeton Review

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University of Portland is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

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University of Portland students awarded teaching assistantships in France

International Languages & Cultures

University of Portland French studies students Britta Geisler, Rubama Nasir, and Julia Maynard have been granted teaching assistantships in France, according to French instructor Trudie Booth, international languages and cultures.

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University of Portland's renovation of the Pilot House begins; set to be complete during Fall semester

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The University of Portland has begun renovation of the Pilot House, which historically housed the campus bookstore and a small dining area and lounge.

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University of Portland professors John Orr and Nick McRee awarded Faculty Fulbrights to teach abroad

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Two University of Portland professors have received prestigious Fulbright grants to teach overseas, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Larree Renda, University of Portland 2015 commencement speaker, tells graduates that attitude can help overcome adversity

Commencement

Addressing graduating students at the University of Portland 2015 spring commencement Sunday, Larree Renda, former executive vice president of Safeway, Inc., stressed the importance of attitude in responding to positive and negative moments in the future.

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UP students Nick Ost and Paul Dilley win $100K Challenge Venture Competition with their business Townie Shades, a regionally inspired brand of sunglasses

Franz Center

University of Portland students Nick Ost and Paul Dilley placed first in the for-profit business category of the $100K Challenge Venture Competition, an expanded business plan competition hosted by the University’s Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.

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University of Portland receives $500,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center

Recreational Services

University of Portland has announced a grant of $500,000 from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center, currently under construction and named in recognition of former University President Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.

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Six UP students awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad

International Languages & Cultures

History

Communication Studies

English

University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars for several years, has announced that six students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to work and study abroad.

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University of Portland ranked 14th nationally among peers in students studying abroad

Study Abroad

University of Portland is ranked 14th nationally among its peer institutions in students studying abroad for a long-term duration, defined as more than one academic semester.

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University of Portland to hold undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 3; Larree Renda, former executive of Safeway, Inc., and member of UP Board of Regents, to speak

Commencement

University of Portland will hold its 2015 spring commencement exercises on Sunday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.

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Chika Eke, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, awarded prestigious three-year research fellowship from National Science Foundation to study at MIT

Engineering

Chika Eke, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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The Beacon named nation's best newspaper for colleges/universities with fewer than 5,000 students

Student Activities

University of Portland student newspaper, The Beacon, won the Apple Award for "Best Newspaper" for colleges/universities with fewer than 5,000 students.

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Shiley School of Engineering is one of 122 schools nationwide to pledge support for solving engineering's “Grand Challenges”

Engineering

University of Portland’s Shiley School of Engineering is one of 122 schools who signed a letter of commitment presented to President Barack Obama announcing a plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

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University of Portland president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., to give his first annual “State of UP” talk; tickets sold out for Tuesday, March 17 event

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University of Portland president Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., will give his first annual “State of the University” address and present the 2015 Alumni Awards on Tuesday, March 17.

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University of Portland ranked 20th nationally among peer schools in number of Peace Corps volunteers

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University of Portland is ranked 20th nationally among its peer institutions in producing Peace Corps volunteers, according to a study released today. The University has regularly placed among the top 20 since 2010.

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Rev. James Gallagher, C.S.C., appointed Director of Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry

Rev. James Gallagher, C.S.C., has been appointed Director of Campus Ministry at the University of Portland, effective July 1, 2015.

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University of Portland accounting team advances to national finals

Business

Four University of Portland accounting students won the regional round of the KPMG Case Competition, held in Chicago, Ill., January 17-18.

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